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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!

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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]

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WIP Wednesday! Yarn Along Edition

Y’all, so much has happened since last Wednesday. I’ve nearly reached the end of my bib saga, but boy was it a bumpy road. Last week when I  left you, I’d embarked on an attempt to keep with the stitch counts as closely as possible, and thus had skipped the 2nd row 4-5 repeat. I ran into my next problem about 1 or 2 repeats into the row 11-12 repeat. If you think of the bib as being 3 sections: the center, where the stitches go up-down & the 2 sides, where the stitches are angled inwards (see my lovely diagram below), the side sections were losing stitches each row, while the center section was gaining stitches. Eventually, the center section gobbled up all the stitches until there was no space between my 2 markers.

So I ripped back and did the 2nd row 4-5 repeat, in hopes that this would give me enough stitches to finish the row 11-12 repeats before I “ran out.” No dice. This time I made it about 5 repeats in. At this point Friday night i’d lost count how many times I’d ripped this bib out & I’d had it up to here.

So I set that aside, found a new bib pattern & attached a lacy strap from my original, problem-child pattern. This time in orange. And tried out my button options. So much easier!

I’d also gone to the ravelry forums to ask for help. Let me tell you, this is why the knit/crochet community is so awesome. One lovely lady went to the library & borrowed the book to see if she could help me! Never made the pattern before, doesn’t have any potential babies that the bib could be fore, but she was prepared to go buy dk cotton to work it alongside me so we could figure it out. Lucky for her, i’d also finally found a straight-on, non artsy picture that I could use as a reference. That, combined with the forum chats we’d had, allowed me to formulate some tweaks to the pattern that eventually worked. Huzzah!

(I’ll talk about what I changed, [and maybe even attempt a stitch diagram!] when I do my FO blog post about these.)

In the meantime, guess what my next portable project is? That’s right, i’m picking up the 2012 mystery afghan again! Maybe this is the year i’ll actually finish it…

Joining Ginny.

What have you been crocheting lately?

Old Crow Medicine Show — Hard to Love

Old Crow concert tonight! Been looking forward to this one for awhile. So ready for a night full of fun bluegrass music. Fingers crossed the rain holds off.

Happy Wednesday!

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The Civil Wars — Forget Me Not

Happy Tuesday!

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The Presidents of the United States of America — Peaches

Happy Monday!

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Taylor Swift — Everything Has Changed

Happy Thursday!

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