Archive for October, 2008

A song to represent me

Posted by on Oct 11 2008 | General Ramblings

Now. A question was posed to me the other day, and I’ve been pondering it since then.

If you were to put forward a song for a mix-cd (oh! how times have changed, no more tapes) to represent you, what would it be?

It has me stumped. What’s my favourite song? It changes all the time.

Do I go for something by The Cardigans, one of my all-time favourite bands? And if so, which song? The sweet poppy Gordon’s Gardenparty that I loved when I was 17, or a the more recent I Need Some Fine Wine and You Need to be Nicer?

Or another all-time favourite band, Belle and Sebastian? And again, which song? If I can’t even narrow it down to one or two here, how could I just pick one to represent me totally? If I pick Beautiful will people think that I think of myself as beautiful only slightly mental? Do I? Is that vain? How about The Boy with the Arab Strap? Too predictable? Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie because it always makes me dance oddly in my car?

Then what about Nick Drake for songs that always move me? Magic? River Man? Too depressing for a compilation? Would I bring everyone’s mood down?

How about Janis Joplin with Son of a Preacherman? It’s a classic. You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes? Wives and Lovers by Jack Jones (written by the legendary Hal David and Burt Bacharach) for the sheer hilarity and irony?

There are too many possibilities: Bic Runga, Stellar, Nirvana, The Carpenters, The Bee Gees (laugh if you like, but just try and walk down the street listening to Saturday Night Fever without strutting), Blur, The Kinks, Beth Orton. Ack. Too many. (Also, you may notice that on the whole I stopped buying new music a while ago.)

So, I put the question out there: One song, to represent you. What would it be?

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I Love Your Blog

Posted by on Oct 11 2008 | General Ramblings

The lovely Jackie, who blogs at Jiki Knits has nominated me for an “I love your blog award”.

I’m genuinely honored by this, thank you Jackie. It’s lovely to be appreciated, especially at a time when I don’t feel that I have much of interest to say.

I am however, going to break with the rules and not pass it on. There are simply too many people I could nominate and I don’t want to have to pick four.

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Back to normal

Posted by on Oct 05 2008 | Crafty things, Delicious Things

Ahh, back to Saturday knitting. It’s great. The cafe we meet in has great coffee from Ariosa, a small Irish company, wonderful sandwiches, and fantastic cakes from The Cake Cafe. I had a piece of delicious moist gingerbread. I adore ginger. I’ve been looking for a good parkin recipe for ages, if anyone knows of one please let me know. Bonus points if it’s vegan so I don’t need to buy eggs.

We were a small group this week, but were joined by four lovely new people, which is great. Afterwards we all went our separate ways but all ended up in the new This is Knit in the Powerscourt Townhouse. I think this could become a habit. I failed miserably in my working through my stash plan. I managed so well at the launch party on Friday night, but a project idea’s been niggling at me, and the perfect yarn presented itself, so I couldn’t resist and have cast on.

The hats I was working on yesterday are for Innocent Smoothie bottles. For their Big Knit campaign, for every little hat knit €1 will go to Age Action Ireland. I have 8 made so far, but I’m taking a tiny break for a couple of days. The hats are really quick to knit up though, and the perfect opportunity for a little sampler of stranded knitting, which I’ve been meaning to try for a while. The sweater I want to cast on for next is a lot more complicated than a tiny hat, but it’s a start, and I have another intermediate project in mind for some extra practice before I get to the complicated yoke of the sweater. (Plus, you know, I also need to swatch and start the project, I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself).

(The innocent smoothie bottle above can be seen modeling this season’s latest style: Fair Isle in the Galway colours)

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Winter’s coming…

Posted by on Oct 03 2008 | General Ramblings

It’s been a lovely crisp autumn day today: clear and cold. I’m on the bus on my way to town to visit the This Is Knit opening party and then see friends, and I’m very excited about it all.
I have on my newly finished clapotis, my jaywalker socks, and my old voodoo wristwarmers, which are looking a little the worse for wear and need replacing. (I have a plan for that though. It’s been cooking away today.) The point is, I’m nicely wrapped in wool.
What I’m missing is a hand knit hat. I left my old (shop bought) hat in a taxi before what passed for a summer here, and my other hat was knit 8 years ago, and is for emergencies only. So, I’d better get on to that too.
I love this weather. There’s a nice chill to the air, but it’s not that cold, and most importantly it’s sunny. Give me cold and sunny over grey and raining any day.

—- ?Sent using a Sony Ericsson mobile phone

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Posted by on Oct 02 2008 | General Ramblings

That’s what I’ve been doing recently. Lurking around the internets, reading but not participating.

I’m utterly fascinated by the US election, so I’ve been spending a lot of time hitting F5 on various news sites.

I’m also unbelievably annoyed by the Irish government and their bank bail out but even though in my head I’ve started many posts about this I have too much rage to be coherent.

I spent a day watching season 5 of The Wire. I’m not going to discuss it on blog in case of spoilers. I will just say that the people I know who have this should watch it please so I can talk about it.

Tonight I dyed my hair brown. My hair’s already brown. This is a tiny bit darker. It’s still wet, but I’m happy enough. It’s come to something when the highlight of your week is dyeing your hair the same colour that it is usually.

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