Showing posts from September, 2007

Giant Music Post: The Slackers at Slim's SF

Slackers Mosaic, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Friday night we sent to see one of our favorite bands, The Slackers, at Slim's in San Francisco. You can see the large versions of the individual photos above if you click through to my flickr page.
I've always had quite a few "favorite bands", but I've come up with a new criterion- any band I've seen play more than 3 or 4 times gets favorite status. The Slackers put on a great show as usual, but this time I had a camera (Bryan's old digital point & shoot). Right now, my photos are still on the main page of the Slackers website (through a flickr group). Another awesome change from the ordinary was that both of us climbed up on stage (along with as many other people could fit) during the last song and danced as best we could without knocking over band members or equipment. I've done this before at a Dropkick Murphys show (it's traditional to invite girls up on stage during the Spicy McHaggis…

Future Project/ LYS Report

Dress, Yarn, and Beads, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion. I attended the Santa Clara County Meetup Group's get-together at Knitting Arts in Saratoga. I love Saratoga. For you Texas folk, it's sort of like Salado times 1,000, I guess. I found out that Knitting Arts was having a week-long anniversary sale- 20% off. I had intended to make a Cap Shawl to match this dress I bought in Hawaii, but I saw a sample of a "Heavy Mesh Scarf" made with Colinette Tao Silk and Colinette Parisianne held together. It's a free pattern with purchase of those yarns from the shop. It was really lovely and silky, and only used one skein of each yarn! One of the colorways almost exactly matched my dress. Then just before checking out, I found a package of beads that almost exactly matched the beads on the front of the dress! I might get to cast on tomorrow once my size 13 needles arrive with the rest of my stuff. :)
I also stocked up on white Kidsilk Haze (hooray for sales!!) …

Curved Shawl on US 1.5 Needles

Curved Shawl from VLT, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
I've restarted the Curved Shawl from VLT (about 10 times, haha) with size 1.5 needles. After 11 or so repeats (out of 40-something total) I blocked to check the fabric and gauge. I like the fabric a lot better, but I think I'm going to need to do more repeats to get the right size shawl. That's ok cause I have about twice the original yardage.

Kitty Movin'

Kitty in Temp Apartment, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion. Yum Yum did so well on our move day! All the TSA people thought she was so cute going through security with me. (You have to take pets out of their carrier and hand-carry them through the checkpoint as the carrier gets x-rayed.) She did talk a little on the flight, but was much quieter than the surrounding small children. Most of the time I couldn't even hear her until the husband pointed her out, so I'm sure she didn't bother anyone else. Moving the cat was one of my biggest concerns, but it turned out to be the easiest part! Getting in to the temp apartment was MUCH more difficult. We had outrageously detailed instructions for getting the keys from a lockbox, but NO info on how to get into the parking garage. Finally we discovered that the garage key card was IN the apartment. This place has so many keys they come with a color-coded identification guide. Seriously!
On a more exciting note, we've f…

The Whole Story So Far

The Story So Far, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

BFL Spinning Update

BFL Spinning Update, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion. I finally finished plying the BFL singles! The bobbins were SO overfull. After filling one bobbin with 3-ply, the singles bobbins are now appropriately full. So I have a lot of plying to do. I'm not thrilled about the low twist angle, but I don't know if it bugs me enough to go back and run all the singles through the wheel to add more twist. I may use the finished yarn for something other than socks anyway, since I'm going to have so much yardage. (The first skein was 200 yards and I estimate that took up only 1/5 of the singles.) Also note that these were quick-and-dirty photos taken just before the move.