Monday, November 22, 2010

Joanna Newsom

Last night, Ryan and I went to one of the best concerts I've ever been to. I've loved Joanna Newsom's voice from the moment I first heard it, her lyrics are smart, and she plays some interesting instruments. The mixing was good (as opposed to all of the other shows I've seen up here) and the venue was intimate. (Even if I thought we might be murdered in the empty parking garage.) The best surprises were the musicians that she's touring with, and the arrangements on her new and old songs. Inspired and absolutely beautiful.

Her voice has gotten stronger since this video, but this was my favorite "old" song of the night:

My only disappointment of the night was that she didn't have her harpsichord with her. :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jeff

Hard to believe that he would've been 44 today.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fiber Diet

Since buying my wheel, I've gone a little crazy with buying fiber.

Just a bit.I won't even post pictures here, because they're far too embarrassing (if drool-inducing, heh).

I kept saying that I was going on a fiber diet, but it just never stuck. Damn etsy! But after attending the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Fest, and buying.. lessee.. 20oz of roving and (cough) 7lbs 12oz of fleece, I swore that I'd be off buying fiber/yarn until March 2011.

Somehow though, I'm still managing to acquire fibery things. Ryan brought me some very yummy yarns from England, then bought me a beautiful skein of locally grown and spun alpaca while we were in West Virginia. Mom purchased some roving from Pocket Meadow Farm for me to spin up for her, and I just won 2 skeins of Sanguine Gryphon Eidos in a West Knits contest on Ravelry. Eeek!

The contest, Westknits in the Wild!, had some fantastic entries, and was very inspiring. There were 10 winners total, and I was incredibly excited to be among them. These were the pictures (which Ryan took!), of me and Mom walking by the river. I'm in my Boneyard Shawl, and Mom is wearing my recently completed Clockwork. Isn't she gorgeous?

If you haven't knit one of Stephen West's patterns yet, you should. They're well-written, distinctive, and kinda addictive. Well, really addictive.

Coming up soon: a post on processing my first fleece! :)