Thursday, November 25, 2010

Feast for the Senses

Presently I am Reading Paul Kelly's How to Make Gravy.

Regular Readers will know I love Singer-Songwriters, especially those that write from an Australian perspective. At the top of that list is Paul Kelly accompanied by Mick Thomas (Weddings, Paties, Anythings and solo/Sure Thing work), The Triffids David McComb, Robert Forster and Grant McLennan (Go-Betweens).

How To Make Gravy was emerged from a series of 4 concerts where Paul Kelly performs around 100 of his songs in alphabetical order (appearing at the Sydney Festival in 2011). As part of the performance he included anecdotes about the songs, around the songs or even as a result of the songs. The book captures these in a written format and can be accompanied by recordings of most (all bar 2) of the songs.

Being the tragic music fan that I am, of course, I am listening to the songs and then reading the chapter associated - some long, some short. I am enjoying it beyond expectations (and they were high). An unparalleled music biography that isn't a biography at all.

I am up to Change Your Mind.

If you appreciate Paul Kelly's music then this is a worthwhile adventure to undertake. Music and Words the perfect partners.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ada Lovelace, finished (alas not mine)

Ada Lovelace, finished
Originally uploaded by run amok
I love these socks.
Rockin Sock Club Pattern for mid 2010
The name is worth it all and the pattern is just stunning.

Friday, November 19, 2010

It Grows!

The Wollmeise Lace collection grows 2 Aquarius, 1 Flaschenpost and a Feldmaus.
Stormy Tonight (Shipwreck is also growing). I used some Modifications found on Ravelry to neaten up the second leaf on the Madeira Lace. Ready to start the last section (yay)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Challenging Knitting

I am happy to report that I am back in love with my Stormy Tonight Shawl (Shipwreck pattern from Knitty).

The first two lace sections went so quickly it was such a fun knit. Then the Madeira Lace section went well up until the third and fourth time you move the stitch marker (to denote the beginning/end of round. I reknit this piece three times thought I had it and then spent Monday and Tuesday of this week tinking it again. (Lifelines rock!)

I am now back on track onto the second half of the Madeira Lace and past both the stitch marker moves 10 and a half more rows of that section to go (not including the stocking stitch).

The Mumbai Skies colourway from Knitabulous' Indian Summer yarn club is just perfect for this pattern and the aqua blue and the soft blue-grey are blending beutifully.

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Raining Yarn

It seems I might have been spending some money on Yarn lately
Yesterday I picked up from the post office
Magnolia Society October Jewel Tones Club package
Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Merino Cashmere Nylon in Laurent Blue with Purple and Green

Wollmeise Grab Bags
100% Merino Kunterbunt
from Left WD Mistzelweig, WD Scarabaus, WD Bussi, WD Im Jahr der Ratt, WD Igor

Twin Gelb Orange
Not sure (red Orange on the left) and WD Campari Picolo on the right

WD Semisolid Lace Garn in Blue

A week or so ago this arrived from madelinetosh.
Tosh Dk in Nostalgia

On the knitting front progress has been slow this week. I have hit the dreaded Madeira section of the lace on Shipwreck and reknitted the same three rows about ten time. Finally past it so I am about to commence the Yarn K2tog row in the centre of the lace.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stormy Tonight - Shipwreck Shawl

Pattern: Shipwreck Shawl

Yarn: Knitabulous Merino Lace in Mumbai Skies

I am up to the Madeira Pattern section