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FO: Pineapple motif wedding afghan

I’ve been sitting on this FO for awhile, but I guess I can go ahead and post this, since the wedding was in April :)

This afghan was a wedding present for some friends of mine who I met at Virginia Tech, but are also from South Carolina originally (like me!) That’s what attracted me to this pattern with its pineapple motif, since it’s such a Southern symbol. They are also (unfortunately) University of South Carolina fans (no one’s perfect), so I sucked it up and bought a rather spot-on shade of garnet yarn.

Poirel Wedding afghan

I wanted this to be at least somewhat a substantially warm blanket, so I used a thicker yarn, which had the side-effect of making this thing HUGE! It’s a bit difficult to get a sense of scale from these pictures, but this is literally taking up my whole (apartment-sized) dining room.

Poirel Wedding afghan

I’d bought more pins and blocking boards, since the blanket was ruffling as I was crocheting it up, I knew I would have to block it all. But they still weren’t enough! You can definitely see in that picture that I also had to use towels. Luckily, I didn’t have to pin anything, the weight of the wet wool was enough to keep it laying flat once i’d stretched things out a bit.

Poirel Wedding afghan

Isn’t that picot border just darling!?

Poirel Wedding afghan

Poirel Wedding afghan

Poirel Wedding afghan

(I may be a bit obsessed, actually.)

Poirel Wedding afghan

Well, there it is! Project and yarn info over on ravelry, as usual :)

Lee Brice — Orange Empire

Oh, you knew it was coming, don’t pretend like you didn’t. Much like I know my boy Lee Brice is representin’ the Tigers today & wearing orange!

Happy Happy Solid Orange Friday, y’all!

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Joe Pug — I Do My Father’s Drugs

Happy Thursday!

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WIP Wednesday! Yarn Along edition
Beads, beads and more beads! I recently picked my 2012 mystery afghan back up again, and I’m loving it. I feel like every time I set it down, I forget how gorgeous it is. Then I pick it back up again, and flip through everything I’ve already completed, and my jaw drops. To finish up the patterns for May, I’ve got a couple of beaded lace fan panels to crochet up. And for each of the panels, you have to pre-string 420 beads. That’s a lot of beads, y’all! It took me almost the whole hour-long conference call meeting just to count out and string beads. Whew.
Joining Ginny.
What have you been crocheting lately?

WIP Wednesday! Yarn Along edition

Beads, beads and more beads! I recently picked my 2012 mystery afghan back up again, and I’m loving it. I feel like every time I set it down, I forget how gorgeous it is. Then I pick it back up again, and flip through everything I’ve already completed, and my jaw drops. To finish up the patterns for May, I’ve got a couple of beaded lace fan panels to crochet up. And for each of the panels, you have to pre-string 420 beads. That’s a lot of beads, y’all! It took me almost the whole hour-long conference call meeting just to count out and string beads. Whew.

Joining Ginny.

What have you been crocheting lately?

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness — Cecilia and the Satellite

So glad to see this show up on my fave Unofficial Alt-18 playlist this week!

Happy Wednesday!

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Matt Nathanson — Headphones

Happy Tuesday!

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The Wallflowers — Three Marlenas

Gotta ease back into this week…

Happy Monday :)

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FO Friday: Elise scarf

Here’s to picking up projects you started last year (and then abandoned because you had two wedding afghans to finish…) and finally finishing them!

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Ta-da!

Elise shawl

I guess this is my first shawl-type scarf, and I never really realized how unwieldy they are to photograph. Not in a nice rectangular shape that you can just drape over a chair back and still see the pattern. Much thanks to my Adirondack chair for filling in. Elise shawl

I can’t wait until cold-weather fall comes around and I can start wearing this beauty!

Elise shawl

That stitch pattern is just so gorgeous.

Elise shawl

Especially that picot edging… (as much as I hate crocheting picots, I can see that it was totally worth it).

Elise shawl

I really need a tripod. Selfies with a DSLR are HARD!

Elise shawl

Much better lighting, but not quite enough hanging room.

Elise shawl

Blocking is key for this project. For example, here’s the shawl all laid out, ready to block.

Elise shawl

And here it is, pinned out. So much more open, you can see the stitch patterns gorgeously, and the picots come to those sharp points (that I just think make it look so delicate and beautiful).

Elise shawl

Project details can be found out on ravelry, as usual!

What have you been crocheting lately?

Miranda Lambert @ Walnut Creek — 21 August 2014

Reaching the end of the Country Megaticket for this summer! I missed Miranda last summer, so I was pretty excited for this show. She definitely didn’t disappoint! I just love her unabashed girl-power personality. I mean, when someone begins her entrance with a video montage that includes Sally Ride and Amelia Earheart, she’s automatically awesome in my book.

I stayed “unplugged” (so to speak) during this show & kept my phone in my purse, so I didn’t keep track of the setlist. No one else has posted it either, but it looks to be pretty much the same from this show. That’s what I based my Spotify playlist off of, the only change being I included Somethin’ Bad at the beginning, as the video played on the screens just before Miranda made her entrance.

  1. Somethin’ Bad
  2. Fastest Girl in Town
  3. Kerosene
  4. Platinum
  5. Heart Like Mine
  6. Baggage Claim
  7. Hard Staying Sober
  8. Over You
  9. All Kinds of Kinds
  10. Me and Charlie Talking
  11. Old Sh!t
  12. Famous in a Small Town
  13. Mama’s Broken Heart
  14. Priscilla
  15. Smokin’ and Drinkin’
  16. The House that Built Me
  17. Automatic
  18. Little Red Wagon
  19. White Liar
  20. Gunpowder & Lead

She played a couple of covers for the encore, but in the interest of not getting caught in traffic leaving, we took off before she came back out.

Happy Happy Solid Orange Friday, y’all!

(Source: Spotify)

Old Crow Medicine Show @ Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh - 20 August 2014

Holy cow, but that was an amazing show. I mean, I guess I knew it, but i’d never witnessed it: these guys are just flat out talented. Every one of em can sing, and every one of em can play all the instruments. FINALLY, finally, I heard Wagon Wheel played live by the originals. (And  the opener, Shovels and Rope are pretty dang good too.) What a fantastically fun time.

  1. Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer
  2. Alabama High-Test
  3. James River Blues
  4. Caroline
  5. Bootlegger’s Boy
  6. 8 Dogs 8 Banjos
  7. Doc’s Day
  8. Sweet Amarillo
  9. Firewater
  10. Mary’s Kitchen
  11. Humdinger
  12. CC Rider
  13. Raise a Rucks / Shit Creek
  14. Take ‘Em Away
  15. Dearly Departed Friend
  16. Crazy Eyes
  17. Somebody Tell That Woman (Willie Dixon cover)
  18. The Warden
  19. I Hear Them All / This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie cover)
  20. Carry Me Back to Virginia
  21. Fall on My Knees
  22. Tear It Down
  23. Wagon Wheel
  24. Cocaine Habit
  25. Tell It to Me

Encore

  1. Carolina in the Morning (Al Jolson cover)
  2. I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You) (Hank Williams cover) [with Shovels and Rope]
  3. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Elvis Costello cover) [with Shovels and Rope]
  4. American Girl (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover) [with Shovels and Rope]

(Source: Spotify)