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:: Sunday, September 30, 2007 ::

They Were Giants



John Linnell, my favorite, on keyboards. In the middle ground is John Flansburgh and farther back is Dan Miller (left) and Marty Beller (right, drums).

Photo by Woo over at Flickr via a Creative Commons License


Just came back from a They Might Be Giants concert, and it was amazing! I went alone, but at a Giants concert you're never alone--I got into great conversations with Andrew, Kari, and Jonah about everything from which t-shirts one should wear to a show (from a different band, obviously) to Ira Glass and all things radio. You know that speech you give about yourself when you meet someone new? "Moved out here a year ago..." etc? Well, these people actually knew what I was talking about when I said I wanted to be "an independent radio producer for NPR". That never happens. Only at a TMBG show.

As for the show itself, it was amazing. The band has said that The Filmore is one of their favorite venues and it sure looked it. They treated us to whole bunches of rare and semi-rare songs, including Mr. Me, Ant, and Istanbul. So much good stuff.

Not to mention that they had a full horn section! Such a treat.

So now it's a shower (it was really hot, and one of those places where you stand the whole time) and sleep before work tomorrow. Hopefully my eardrums will recover while I sleep!

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HOMSAR!

Sounds fun!!
 
I'm going to be a fangirl for a moment:

OMG Squee! You got to see They Might Be Giants? You. Are. So. Lucky! I saw Weird Al back in June, and he was amazing. :)

Lucky you! Great picture of 'em, too. :)
 
awesome! i didn't even realize they were in town. though i can't afford any shows right now anyway.
 
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:: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 ::

There is Only One Mosquito in This Town


And she bit me. Four times.

Well, from the bite placement it looks like two double dipped, but I won't get too picky about it. One mosquito is much more realistic than two.

When I was a kid mom said my blood was actually honey to help explain why I kept getting bit up but my brother got nadda. "You're just too sweet, honey!" Then it was better consolation then than now.

Today is actually a day off so I'm going to see if I can get through a Random Stripe Sock or two. I have to clear off these dpns so I can get to the new stuff! Here's what I'm considering:

- Another pair of Vog Ons, but toe up so I can use every last scrap of yarn. Especially good because I have just one skein of that stuff left.

- A pair of Monkeys in the yarn that Sam gifted me. I think the light color will show off the pattern really well. I've considered knitting these up in my dark "Mixed Berries" Lorna's Laces, but it would do neither the yarn nor the stitches justice.

- I think the yarn I started my Lozengers in wants to be a Marigold sock. Does the second ball want to become it's mate? We'll see.

- I would also love to give Cable Net a whirl, but the charts scare me.


So later it's off to the laundromat for me... not so awful because it's quality knitting time! I can't bring myself to say that I'm looking forward to it, though.

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Unsurprisingly I vote for the Monkeys.
 
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:: Saturday, September 01, 2007 ::

Updating On


An update of what is on (and now off) my needles.

している(していた物も)アップデートしたいとおもう。

Dusk Socks

Dusk Socks
Pattern: Plain Jane stockinette sock with an Eye of Partridge heel (my new favorite)
Knit Picks Memories in Rocky Mountain Dusk (discontinued)
Size 0 US dpns (2.0 mm)

The yarn was pooling something awful, but I managed to get a pattern I like by knitting very tightly. As a result, the socks are a little tight, but still wearable. Have a bad feeling they're going to felt something awful, though.

毛糸は変な色のパッタンをしいたし、ぴんと張って作った。大丈夫になったかな~。それで、少し小さすぎるけど、履ける。残念だけど、この毛糸は時間経ってフェルトしてしまう可能性は高いそうだ。

Numerous dishcloths are on and off the needles, but nothing interesting to write about. Next we have a failure of sorts:

色々な布巾できたけど、面白くないし、写真はない。次は失敗みたい:

Lozengers

Lozenger socks from Knitting Vintage Socks. Love the pattern, but the long repeat and my lack of properly sized sock needles throws a wrench into things. This will wait until I get true US 1s.

「Knitting Vintage Socks」という本のロゼンガーソックスだ。パッタンがすきけど、かんぺきなサイズ編み針持ってないし、何も出来ない。ほんまのUS1の編み針かう時で待ってるね。

Random Stripe Socks

My random stripe socks. I used a random stripe generator online to come up with a sequence I liked and would use up my stash yarn well. Trying out a new cuff length--I want to see if it will look good with my skirt. I love planning socks to go with outfits that include my skirt. ^_^

ランダムストライプソックスだ。このストライプのサイトを使って、好きなパッタンつくった。持ってる毛糸を使ってきりたい。新しい長さやってみる・・・スカート似合うかな。服と似合うため靴下を作るの好き。^_^

Peaches 'n' Creme - Chocolate

This will become a dishcloth. Not very amazing, but I like the way the picture turned out. ^_^

これ布巾になる。すごくないけど、この写真好き。^_^

And this: これは:

Cable - Sneak Peek

Is part of some secret Christmas knitting. Don't want to give away the whole thing, of course!

クリスマスのための編み物だ。もらう人はこれ読んでいる可能性があるし、全部見せたくない、ね!

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They may be tight, but with the modifications you did, those socks look increadible! Good job! :o)
 
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Swappy Goodness


My swap package was delivered the best way possible--in person!

Swap - Partner

Sam's husband needed to make a last minute trip to San Francisco to procure a visa so we had a few hours to see the yarny sights. We started with a tea lunch for two at Leland Tea Company. That first sip of Tiffany, their house tea, is always heaven. Forgot to take pictures of the beautiful spread.

Then we walked over to Artfibers--yarnie heaven! I swatched some beautiful purple yarn (Valparaiso, I think it was called) while Sam picked out yarn for a couple of sweaters. I was so entranced by the fiber I didn't take any pictures.

Unfortunately that was all the time we had (we were able to make a quick Starbucks run, though!). It was then I received my package, and man, was I spoiled!

Swap - All

Look at all the yarn and tea goodness!

Swap - Yarn

The yarn is Claudia's Hand Painted in Stormy Sky. I've been looking for a lighter sock yarn to do Monkeys up in, and I think this will be it! I've also been wanting to try Louet Gems, and Claudia's uses that very yarn as a base. 一石二鳥!

Swap - Tea

And here's the tea! In the pretty canister is some Golden Monkey. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it's supposed to be really good with milk, mmm. I'm drinking the Moroccan Mint right now--spearmint with green tea. Kinda like Tazo's Zen, but better. ^_^ And I love this mug... did you go far back enough in my blog to see that I took pottery classes in Japan, Sam? I find myself staring into the mug, trying to figure out what kind of glaze would leave such a pretty blue tint.

Thanks for everything Sam--it rocks! ^_^

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