January 15th, 2007


It is done!

The small Debbie Bliss blanket of dqqm is complete!

I started knitting it in May 2006. Last night, I finished up the knitting, and this morning I worked the yarn ends in and put it through the washing machine.

Next up: small bag made of theresat's yarn, and then maybe a crocheted cotton bath mat.

And more knitting

Although in my last post I kind of made it sound like I hadn't been working on other projects since last May, actually I started working on this bag (made of yarn spun by theresat) last week at an open mike. It's from a book called 'One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet' by Leigh Radford, and if this project is any guide, that book title is pretty accurate.

The pattern is a little odd; you start with a provisional cast-on, work upwards on circular needles until the top is done, then take out the provisional cast-on, pick up on double-pointed needles, and finish the bottom. If I were to do this again I might rewrite the pattern so you start at the bottom and then continue to work in one direction, since dealing with a provisional cast-on on circular needles is kind of a pain. Nonetheless, I think it worked out nicely. The drawstring is about a foot shorter than it's supposed to be because I ran out of yarn, but it seems like it works well enough.

Anyway, pictures:

Project #3 is supposed to be a crocheted bath mat, but I'm not going to learn how to crochet until a week from Thursday, so I guess I will come up with some interim project to keep myself occupied with until then. Fortunately, I have no shortage of yarn (and I got a couple of neat knitting books for HMas, so there's that too).
Van Halen

Show report; also, open mike plans

The show yesterday went well. My material was well received, including the new song, which I was worried would creep people out, but everyone laughed.

I talked a little to Allysen Callery before the show started. She was quite nice, and I enjoyed her music also. (Somewhat unusually, she plays a nylon-string guitar.) I asked her if she had done one of the 'Songwriters in the Round' events before. She said that she had done three, and that something about it tended to make her write about things that she normally would never write about -- often intensely personal things. She expressed hope that I had written something funny to offset this.

Which, actually -- I had brought along the lyrics on a piece of paper so I wouldn't have to worry about remembering them. (Performing a new song in public always kind of freaks me out.) While I was singing the second verse, I noticed that the guy sitting to my left, Rob Hinkal of ilyAIMEY, was raptly reading the lyrics sheet, so I broke off to tell him, "Hey, there's no reading ahead! That's not how this works!" and he looked away, abashed. He told me afterwards that he noticed there was a big word at the beginning of the first line ("Hey, darling, won't you please put down that old Necronomicon?"), so he looked ahead to see what the song was about, and then the next verse was about goat sacrifice, and it was around then that I called him out, so he was just as happy that I had done that. Ryan Fitzsimmons declared it the most evil country music song he'd ever heard, which, OK, fair enough. (Although is it a country song? I guess I will have to record it sometime soon so you can judge for yourself.)

A half-dozen of my friends turned up, which was very nice and made me happy.
This all (mostly) ties in with topic #2 of this post:

There is stuff happening at the open mike on Wednesday January 17 at Tazza Caffe this week: ilyAIMEY is one of the featured acts (they were good on Sunday), Chris Monti and his bass player Nick Pagano are going to be open miking to promote their show the next day, and I'll be open miking also.

So if anyone wants to join me at Tazza, my old offer of A FREE DRINK for anyone who comes to an open mike to see me play still holds.

Tazza's address is 250 Westminster Street in downtown Providence. The open mike generally starts around quarter to 9 pm. I will angle to get an earlyish slot (before the featured acts, which start at 9:30 pm and go to 10:30 pm generally).