Sunday, December 16, 2012

Speedy socks

I just finished Cookie A's Reykjavik socks with Stricken Smitten Sinful Sock yarn in Scheherazade's Sky (CC).  Not only are they beautiful, but I was able to complete them in 5 days. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Phish - Kansas City Starlight 8/22/12

On Wednesday night, after 3 years of no live Phish shows, Kyle and I went to see one of our favorite bands.  We had a CPJS "Meet 'n Greet" at Shelter House 2 that was labeled "The Goldberg Family Reunion".  We saw so many good friends from all over the country.  My best friend from high school, Smithie, was able to come with us.  We went to our first Phish show together on 8/6/1997 at Riverport in St. Louis.

The weather was perfect, the lights were amazing, and we had great seats (house left, 15th row).

photo from Phish's FB page

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Skin It Back, The Moma Dance > Rift > Bathtub Gin, Stash, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Kill Devil Falls > Funky Bitch > Run Like an Antelope
Set 2: Tweezer > Piper > Mike's Song > Bouncing Around the Room > Backwards Down the Number Line > Heavy Things, If I Could > Weekapaug Groove, Harry Hood > Suzy Greenberg[1]
Encore: Loving Cup > Tweezer Reprise
[1] Stairway to Heaven tease from Trey.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

April yarn update

I've been busy with work, school, knitting, and spinning.  It's a careful balance, and I'm looking forward to finishing with school for the summer very soon.  Here's what I've been up to.

On April 15th I went to the last day of Knitting in the Heartland.  I took one spinning class from Jacey Boggs, who was fantastic.  Check out all of these spinning wheels! 
That was only half of the circle too!  I wish I would have gotten more pictures.  After the class I went to the market.  This was my take home.

Corny Goodness - Fingering Weight in Blue Jay and DK Weight in Fern Green Medium (it's made from corn and it's really soft!)
Nerd Girl Yarns - <3 Heart You (100% superwash merino) in I'm a Knight

Esther Purl Fibers - Cormo Roving Braid, 4 oz.
Wooliebullie - 50% merino, 25% silk, 25% bamboo, 2 oz, in Raspberry Swirl
City Street Textiles -  two 1 oz. rainbow batts
Treasure Goddess - Superwash Merino braid, 4.1 oz in Mint 'N Teal and Fluffy Batt Superwash Merino Wool & Sparkle, 2.7 oz in Turquoise

So I need to get spinning!


So as far as finishing goes, I don't have a lot.  I've been working on some big projects lately.  Currently I'm working on my Evenstar Shawl, aka The Lace Monstrosity. 

Right now I'm doing the border, which contains almost 3000 beads.  I've been working on it since April of last year, so I'm really glad to be nearing the finish. 

I also have a Zora sweater freshly on the needles out of Malabrigo sock in Cote D'Azure.

I always have some socks going.  These are the Cookie A sock club April shipment, Nanaimo socks in Socktopus Sokkusu Original in River Styx.
I see a blue theme here, but that is typical for me.
Recently finished I have a pair of socks:

I used a sock pattern called Groovy Socks with Walking Wisti Travel yarn in Zombie.  I've been wearing them every day since. 

Also, I made a pair of booties for a co-worker:

This is my favorite bootie pattern, Christine's baby booties.  They used only a couple of yards of the Corny Goodness Fingering in Blue Jay.  I have plenty of yarn left over, so I'm sure that there will be more.

That's mostly it for my April fiber-y yarn-y adventures.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

 Kyle won tickets to see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the Blue Note.  I got off of work a little early, but we still decided to skip the opener. 

The stage background was filled with jungle plants and a stuffed lion.  They played some songs from the new album and I'm looking forward to checking it out when it's released on June 12th.

Monday, March 26, 2012


Wurstfest is the best fest!

Here's our haul:

We had a wonderful weekend of camping, drinking wine, and eating sausage. The weather was rainy when we got there, and cleared up almost immediately.

We can't wait for Wurstfest 2013.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Kyle caught some crappie, so we ate 'em!

Not only were they delicious, but it makes me want to go fishing more!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lunch with Dirtfoot

We missed the Dirtfoot show in St. Louis because Kyle and I had to be responsible adults that finish their homework. Luckily we got to see the band as they passed through CoMo on their way to St Louis. I fed them potato leek soup, beer bread, and a romaine salad for lunch. My favorite part of the visit (this happens every time) was that one of the guys announced that it was time to leave. As most of them head toward the van, Scotty and Daniel each pour some whiskey and linger in the kitchen. Those two try to stay here as long as possible. It's not without threats to leave them here that they finish their drinks and load into the van.

James E. recorded their show, so you can listen for free here.
Dirtfoot at 2720 Cherokee in St Louis, MO
Thanks James for taping! It's not the same and being there, but it sure does help.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

NYE with Umphrey's McGee

Umphrey's McGee at the Pageant for New Year's Eve weekend was incredible!

Thursday, Dec. 29th

Set One
Jazz Odyssey > Cemetery Walk, August*, Resolution -> Anchor Drops, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft**, Wizard Burial Ground
Set Two
Bright Lights -> 1348 > Dr. Feelgood$ > Cemetery Walk II$$, Second Song%, Pay the Snucka, Sociable Jimmy > 1348
* with Paradise City and I Want a New Drug teases
** with In the Hall of the Mountain King ending
$ incomplete
$$ with A Love Supreme jam
% first time played, TV On the Radio

Friday, Dec. 30th

Set One
Jazz Odyssey > Conduit, #5, The Bottom Half, Uncle Wally@, Nemo@, All Things Ninja, Slacker > Dear Lord > Slacker
Set Two
40's Theme, The Triple Wide, Maneater*^, Night Nurse^, Plunger, The Fussy Dutchman, Nopener, Rocker Part 2
Nothing Too Fancy**
@ with Brendan and Jake on acoustics
* first time played, Hall & Oates
^ with Jeff Coffin on saxophone
** with Natural Mystic jam, including vocals

Saturday morning we had a Chompdown of grand proportions at the Spanish Society, including a bloody Mary bar

and pastries.

Saturday, Dec. 31st

Set One
Cummins Lies > Domino Theory, The Linear > The Floor, Kabump* > Divisions**
Set Two
Catshot^ > Dump City^, Don't Do It^, Ocean Billy, 2x2, Miami Virtue^ > 25 or 6 to 4^$
Set Three
Nipple Trix^ > Booth Love^ > Auld Lang Syne^, Let's Dance^$$, JaJunk > "Jimmy Stewart"% > JaJunk, FF%% > Hangover, Ringo^
Puppet Strings^, Late In the Evening^
* with Rocket Queen (Guns N' Roses) teases
** with Hajimemashite tease
^ with Mad Dog's Filthy Little Secret horns, including Jeff Coffin
$ first time played, Chicago
$$ first time played, David Bowie
% with lyrics
%% with The Fish (Yes) teases

Happy New Year!

Photos from Phil, Liz, and Darby. Thanks!