Thursday, November 25, 2010
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
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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
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
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.