(I don't want to get too deep and thoughtful on you here, but:) Things depend so much on context.
For me (and most likely for others of you out there) it's not an easy ask to accurately summarize how others see you.
When given the opportunity to pick other people's untainted and unacquainted brains I do: it happens rarely, but is interesting, if still revealing nothing more than general stereotypes and pre-judgements.
I work in a museum, in the gallery space itself. Dimly lit. Desk tucked into a corner. After a short conversation, one visitor commented that I must be a quiet person. Another that I must be very self-disciplined to regulate my own research and work schedule. Yet another that I don't seem to be the "marrying type".1
In another awakening of self-image: a group of friends decided we should all make mixed cds and swap, so that we could introduce each other to new and interesting music. Some in the group were a bit surprised to see this band, video below, on there. I didn't know I didn't give off a Cock Sparrer vibe! Maybe it's the glasses and the museum job. And maybe the knitting.
Cock Sparrer "Teenage Heart"
1 I do believe this deserves a hearty wtf?! When asked to elaborate, this visitor could not. So, my brutish insecurity kicked in, and began yelling at me that he must mean "you're too ugly to be marrying someone! Who'd want to marry you!" :p
Now morphing into an every fourth day post, here's my next two choices for music me likes:
A Song that Reminds me of a Certain Event:
It was my high school grad dance. Of all the people to randomly pull me onto the dance floor, it was a dude I'd had a crush on in grade nine. It was so funny and ironic. Of course he decides to dance with me when the crush was years gone! The song we were dancing to?
Spirit of the West's "Home for a Rest"
And to continue the dancing theme....
I can dance to anything because I'm awesome that way :)
So, I'm making the executive decision to retool this day into "A Song I Really Like Dancing To", with a bonus selection for "A Song I Wish I Could Find a Partner To Dance To" (really, who wouldn't want to be flung about a dance floor to Jump Jive and Wail?)
There's a fabulous array of patterns available from deezknitz. Especially in the hat department! Check out this piece, Summer Slouch Hat. It was an Etsy Artist of Color Pick of the Week on June 9. Very summery selection! I love the artful crochet - this same textural focus can be seen in her other designs as well.
Take for example her more wintery selection of hats, of which the 360 Set is one. I really love the undulating texture of the hat, gloves and cowl. All these pieces are available for purchase in her etsy shop.
And she's not only a talented hat designer - check out the adorable sweater she created for her son!
I'm excited to be talking about this week's designer for a few reasons.
First of all, she's very talented, and has a number of fab patterns published.
See her wonderfully textured Blackberry Cabled Cardigan (right). It's hard to choose a favourite part of this design, but I think it might have to be that collar. SO stylin'-ly perfect.
I'm also excited to talk about alliknit and her work because she's on the verge of releasing a beautiful new pattern, the Celtic Cathedral Cardigan (pictured below). That link will take you to her project page, but hopefully soon you'll be able to download the finished pattern for yourself.
She has many other great knits! Take her Whole Wheat Cardigan. A sweet, short and simple combination of lace and cables, in what I believe would be quite a wearable knit. It's always great to find a pattern that you know you can (and will!) wear over and over.
Inspired by my upcoming Stag & Doe, I thought a round of silly music meme was in order.
So, here begins Day 1 of the 18 part saga, "Music Me-likes".
Here's the list:
Day 1 - A favourite song Day 2 - A song that makes you happy Day 3 - A song that makes you sad Day 4 - A song that reminds you of someone Day 5 - A song that reminds you of somewhere Day 6 - A song that reminds you of a certain event Day 7 - A song that you can dance to Day 8 - A song that makes you fall asleep Day 9 - A song from your favourite band Day 10 - A song that no one would expect you to love Day 11 - A song that describes you Day 12 - A song from your favourite album Day 13 - A song that you listen to when you're angry Day 14 - A song that you listen to when you’re happy Day 15 - A song that you want to play at your wedding Day 16 - A song that you're embarrassed is on your iPod Day 17 - A song that makes you laugh Day 18 - A song that reminds you of your childhood
The way I'm retooling this particular meme is to simply post, every other day, a vid link to the song which best fits that day's description. If anyone wants to join in the fun, all the better!
For today, I'm supposed to post "A favourite song". Seeing as how I obviously can't choose an all time favourite, I'll go with my favourite of the moment, MGMT's "Time To Pretend."
If you've followed this bloggy for a while now, you may have noticed the distinct lack of cerulean- or cobalt-coloured, teal- or turquoise-tinted, yarnny friends. (that is, until very recently!) This is in part due to my stated, (waveringly) confident opinion that blue is not my colour. But oh, how lovely it can be. Irresistible, in fact.
Some designers just have a really cool vibe. I think yarnovermovement is one of them!
Check out her shrug, Orillia (pictured). There's so many things I like about this, I think it's going to have to be in point form: -texture: both in the yarn and stitches -colour(s): hue-on-hue action is awesomesauce -shape: bell sleeves are awesomesauce-on fire! -practicality: so much - one can never have enough shrugs. I can so see this with a cute dress, or even with jeans/casual skirt
And speaking of skirts....
The York Mini Skirt is, quite possibly, one of the best knit skirts I've seen. It makes me want to run out and buy bulky, bulky yarn. But then again, so many of her pieces are worked with this weight, it's making me rethink my whole dedication to the small gauged! (check out her projects page/etsy for so many more).
This designer knows how to style her photos, and make what are clearly solid, stylish and eye-catching patterns look even more appealing.
I'll give you just one more example before I go: her Extra Long Drop Stitch Cowl. It's that bulky yarn at work again! The stitch pattern compliments the yarn perfectly - if you look closely at the photos, you'll be able to see the twist to the yarn. It's so lovely, it would have been a shame to smother it up in another texture.
...wherein I natter on about my nuptials, and I'm all about those crafts!...
My deeply-ingrained love of making lists, and subsequently checking things off said lists, is one of the big things propelling me forward in my on-going task of wedding planning.
See here the most recent of checks, my "bouquet wrap".
In one of my last wedding posts I mentioned that I would be crafting with several wee framed photos. This is the end product.
Since I'll be making my own bouquet, I thought it'd be nice to add some personal flair.
My wedding gown had to be hemmed up (about 6" up!) and with the extra silk I embroidered this little design. The photos are of his & my parents' and grandparents' weddings. The ring stitched on is his great grandmother's, purchased in the 1920s. I wanted to incorporate it into the day somehow, and unfortunately it's about 3 sizes too big for me to wear. So, on to the bouquet wrap it goes.
And in non-crafty news...
About a month ago we had our engagement photos taken (yes, clearly not any time near our actual engagement, but it was included in the wedding package so we had them done.) Here is a link to our photographer's blog, where she's posted just a few of the images she took on the day. You *might* recognize the background of these photos; it's served as a photo shoot for me before!