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Piano Times

24 Apr

Hey guys! Did you know I can play piano? Well I can! I’ve even been playing since I was two! And then a friend of mine uploaded a video of her singing and playing piano onto YouTube and I thought, hey! I can do those things! This will totally work!



First off, Garage Band is confusing, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I ended up doing all of this in Photo Booth because I know how it works, and that at least was simpler, and as far as I can tell, there was no loss in quality. But oh, my friends, the quality. The quality was not good. Especially when the notes got loud. And, y’know, notes tend to get loud.

Also, it’s really hard to play piano, look at the camera, sing the right notes, turn the pages and not forget to not play too loudly at the same time. Which is how I got from this:

happy, in-the-zone face...

To this:

throwing sheet music in the air...

And finally to this:

angry, scary face.

When all I wanted was a pretty picture of me playing piano, like this:

Only, see, by picture I really mean video. I tried, friends and neighbours. I tried so hard to get a video of me playing a whole song. But it just would. not. cooperate. even a little bit. This was the first semi-decent thing to happen:


But the thing is, the intro was wrong. Even though I wanted it to be right. But the rest of the video was good, so I’m still putting it up for your enjoyment/criticism. Here’s a better video of me playing the intro actually correctly (dada!):


So there you have it.

Actually, wait, isn’t this a knitting blog? Whoops. Um. Let’s see. I’ve been working a little bit on Frankie’s front and I’m almost at pocket placement, I’ve finish the sleeve of Snuggleupagus (have I said that already? I think I have. Oh well). I’m almost ready to start working on squares again. And I promise a real update on all things knitterly no later than Vlog Friday.



15 Apr



ETA: for some reason when I uploaded this from my phone it was password protected. Oopsies. Everything is better now.

The Importance of Being Mitered

13 Apr

Sorry if I look or sound a bit sick; I’ve had a rough few days, but I didn’t want to miss Vlog Friday! And I’m fine, really. Just takin’ it easy and knittin’ up those squares and watchin’ those crime shows.

ETA: The video wasn’t working because of stupidity, but it’s up for reals now! Sorry about that, folks!


10 Apr

I’ve got this thing down to a science, you guys. During the day I knit about three squares, putting them up to block as I go. The next morning when they’re dry I take them downstairs and weave in all the ends, to keep on top of things. Then it’s back to knitting squares! It’s a simple science, but a productive and useful one nevertheless. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

I’m also writing down every combination I do so I make sure not to repeat anything. And I’m keeping two separate bags of yarn, so when I finish one square, I can put the cakes I’ve used into the “done” bag, and take out two new ones from the “new” bag. This way I use each color evenly. Writing everything down helps with that, too.

I’ve gotten all my colors too, finally! I’m still waiting for some to arrive in the mail because–get this–my aunts and uncles are participating as well, so I have squares coming from Texas, Washington and Maryland. Pretty excellent, yeah? And one of my aunts got excited and gifted me three colors, even though I literally only needed one left, so I get to pick from the ones she’s sending and then have some leftover Malabrigo stash. Or maybe I’ll just incorporate all three into the blanket and have some leftover yarn.

Speaking of leftover yarn…I’m assuming that I won’t finish every single cake completely, and so I’ve decided to make a matching scarf to go along with the blanket out of the leftovers. It’ll be awesome.

Other exciting blanket-related things:

–I love how the decreases are coming out, to make the diagonal line across the squares. When you lay them all out like I did up there it looks like quilting, and that is really, really exciting and awesome.

–I’m getting out three squares a day, so assuming I keep up this pace, it’s going to take me a total of 26.6 days to finish the knitting. That’s pretty excellent, no? I was assuming it would take way, way longer, but no! Of course then I have the seaming and the weaving in of the seaming ends and then the border, but still.

–I’m going to do the border in the colorway Paris Nights, which is a beautiful almost-black-but-still-blueish-purpleish, only I have no idea how many I’ll need, so when I’m done with the blanket, I’m gonna bring the thing to Webs and get their help estimating. I’m very exciting for this part, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure the border involves picking up stitches around the whole thing and knitting them in garter stitch for however wide I want the border to be. That’s what the pattern calls for, at any rate, but it has yet to be seen if I have the patience for that or if I’ll just knit long strips and then sew those on.

And that’s how that’s going! Here’s a picture of my kitties enjoying the blanket:

So even though they’re cats and thusly didn’t contribute yarn to it, I still have their love all over the thing 🙂 Not to mention any cat hairs I’ve inadvertently knitted into it!

Why I’ll Never Be Productive Ever Again.

6 Apr

Told in vlog form!

It’s Afghan O’Clock

5 Apr

I thought you should know. I’m excited.


Regularly scheduled vlog to be posted tomorrow.

A Second Visit to Ewe’ll Love It!, and more Granny Squares.

18 Jul

Today, Robin and I headed up to Ewe’ll Love It! to pay our respects (again, for me), and to take advantage of their sale, which is now at 55% off. After delicious yarn purchases, we went to Cooking Matters down the street for delicious food purchases.

Too many things to get in the frame all at once O.o

Yummy yarn + yummy food = happy campers.

Robin, who is allergic to wool and all wool-type fibers, got three skeins of Ella Rae Bamboo Silk in a lovely light purple, and five skeins of Queensland Collection Haze (which is made with corn, what won’t they think of next?) in greens/teals. I ended up with seven skeins of Cascade 220, to make Olivia. I am super excited, but will be restraining casting on until I finish Devon (hopefully this weekend?). Cooking Matters was exceptionally delicious, and Robin and I each got a fruit and cheese plate, plus I got an apple and fig turnover. I’ll definitely need to find an excuse to get up there on as regular a basis as I can image.

"Knit me...knit me...knit meeeeeee!"

It's just so tempting, sitting there in a pile, wanting to be turned into a fall jacket.

I am not posting this picture to guilt myself into finishing Devon so I can start Olivia I don’t know what you’re talking about.

In other news, more granny squares have joined the herd, including (roughly) house colored squares.

I may or may not have forgotten about white balance.

Square Number Five (7/17/2011): Valley Yarns Berkshire in Gold and Black.

This is the first square I crocheted after coming home from seeing the last Harry Potter movie. I was feeling a very important need to make house colored squares, and Hufflepuff came first because a) it is the best and also b) because I already had the perfect yarn for it, from when I made these. Both colors are Valley Yarns Berkshire, in Black and Gold. I made a mistake or two, but overall I’m very happy with it.

It's the littlest square, which I think is a little bit fitting, but only a little because I still love Slytherin.

Square Number Five (7/17/2011): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu and Araucania Nature Wool Multy.

Square number five is a Slytherin square, and I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu (absolutely fantastic, btw) from my first real sweater, and the Araucania Nature Wool I used last time. The colors aren’t exactly right, but since the whole point of this afghan is to use yarn from my stash, I had to make do. I currently have no plans to buy yarn to make another afghan only out of house colors.

Lalala I know how to make colors come out right and totally pay attention every time lalala.

Square Number Six (7/17/2011): Malabrigo Chunky in Paris Nights and Sunset.

Ravenclaw is probably the least “right” out of all the colors, but I only had the perfect bronze (Malabrigo Chunky, most notably from emergency mittens but also used in Charlena the Ceiling Monster and Florence’s Cosy) in bulky, and the only bulky blue (the same Malabrigo you’ve seen a bajillion times already) I had was a little dark. It is blue-r than this picture, I swear, but not by exactly right.

The fact that I did Gryffindor last is in no way a reflection of my house politics.

Square Number Seven (7/17/2011): Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flammé and Valley Yarns Berkshire.

Gryffindor ended up being made last, because I was stressing about finding the perfect red. I ended up going with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flammé, which was originally my Denny’s sweater inspired wristwarmers, and I used the same Berkshire from the Hufflepuff Square. I keep forgetting how thick and thin the Silky Flammé is, so it came out a little lumpy, but I’m hoping blocking will help.

House pride all the way!!

I also made some non house-pride squares:

There is no Americana in this picture I don't know what you're talking about.

Square Number Eight (7/17/2011): Cascade 220, Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton and Berroco Peruvia.

The next square was inspired by one of my other reds, the Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton from the wristwarmers I made as a birthday present for one of my professors. The middle blue is Cascade 220 from my only a little failed and really needs a post-blocking picture taken of it Scott Pilgrim inspired hat, and the outside off-white is Berroco Peruvia, from my mom’s Irving the Icebox Monster.  I have to say, I really adore Peruvia, and I absolutely need to use it again sometime soon.

Prettier in person, apparently.

Square Number Nine (7/17/2011): Malabrigo Worsted, Nashua Handknits Champlain and Rowan Colourscape Chunky.

This is maybe my prettiest square so far, but of course it’s the one my camera didn’t want to get a decent picture of. The middle two are Malabrigo Worsted and Nashua Handknits Champlain, which you’ve seen before, and the outside is Rowan Colourscape Chunky, which is these two. I was having a panic of “oh no what if none of these go together ever and it’s going to be the ugliest afghan in the entire world and I wasted all my stash”, and this lovely helped a lot with that.

Last square doesn't get a funny alt text because I am all out.

Square Number Eleven (7/17/2011): Berroco Pure Merino, Valley Yarns Lenox and Louet Riverstone.

Finally, we have this guy, also very pretty. The middle is Berroco Pure Merino from these fingerless gloves, the pink is the Valley Yarns Lenox you’ve seen, and the outside is Louet Riverstone from the Fetching I made for a friend.

And, before I go, I will leave you with this:


Walnut attacking my squares. Apparently, she is not a fan of Ravenclaw.