Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I dyed Mission Falls 1824 cotton, which, FYI doesn't take the kool aid the same way wool does. I followed the usual recipe though, and used 4 packets of lime green kool aid. Looks like noodles:
Sunday, September 30, 2007
And last night was the 2nd annual Nuit Blanche. I didn't take many photos, but I saw lots of neat stuff. Better time management needed for next year, plus I should've taken an afternoon nap. But we managed to stay out 'til a little after 4am, after a picnic of Fresh take out in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Here are some of the pom poms at Knit Cafe, snipped in the wee hours:
There was so much branding from a certain bank you know, and some of my student loans are with them. Glad to see they're using the interest I'm paying to fund some artsy things!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I have a soft spot for scrawny lead guitar players, this one with the added bonuses of being Scandinavian and wearing lipstick:
"Who shall receive this holy shroud of Turbonegro?" The guys had an endless supply of fresh white towels, and threw them to the audience when they were done sopping the sweat off their faces. Hank wiped his butt-crack and crotch with one one them, he's like that. Some of the towels had more makeup on them than others:
Retox is their new album, the opposite of "detox." I don't encourage or admire substance abuse, violence. military clothing or mean-spirited lyrics, but somehow I can dig it in the Turbonegro context. Can't explain it, what's gotten into me? (I still don't dig that they use animals on set for some of their videos though, tsk tsk.) It's like in You've Got Mail when Kathleen teases Frank for falling for a Republican, he says "I can't help myself."
Hey sailor. The fanboys were out in various hats, helmets and makeup, and especially sailor caps.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I want to keep up my blog but I don't know what to post about anymore, so I'll just ramble. I work v. close to Roy Thompson Hall so I was in the thick of TIFF for awhile, but I didn't see any stars out and about. I went to a screening of The Stone Angel and some of the actors were in attendance, including the fabulous Ellen Burstyn!
But I saw other Stars *three* times that week! They played a welcome week show at UofT, then V-Fest, then I creeped out of work for a few hours to see them at MTV (Canada) Live. That was a good week for my seeing-bands statistics (22 in 5 days!).
The UofT show was so great, everyone was singing along and the band seemed to be having a nice time. It took me a few listens to get into the new album, but then I didn't like SYoF right away either and it turned out to be my favourite for a long time. The new album is a bit rock-ier. There's a non-Stars-like, but awesome lead guitar solo at the end of Window Bird. And I love the falsetto in The Ghost of Genova Heights! And the drumming! My Favourite Book is super-sweet and cheery. This new album doesn't have as much of the strings and the horns that SYoF does.
The CD is around at shows, and the tracks are on iTunes. The physical album is officially in stores on Sep 25. They're touring with the new album so watch for them (3 Toronto shows in November at the Phoenix).
And just for the sake of it, I took a picture of this sweet little doggie waiting for someone at Shopper's. Cutie!
Monday, September 03, 2007
Labour Day is my vegetarian anniversary, today it makes 14 years!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I met a knitter from Welland on Ravelry and he gave me the lo-down. You should check out his podcast! He told me about a vegetarian vendor at the farmer's market, but it wasn't there this week. He also told me about knitting and crafty places all over the area, I wish I could've made it to all those little towns! I did get to Broadway Textiles, and the main LYS in Welland though:
Nancy the Librarian Action Figure liked the Welland Zine Library best:
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Did you hear that Propagandhi's record label went packaging-free!? Clever and daring vegan anarchists!
Speaking of riots, I actually spent a week at that resort in Montebello for a family reunion in the 1990s. There was no sense of politics there then.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I thought I was waiting until partners get assigned to post this, but I just got a reminder to post. It was already done anyhow, so here goes.
I've been taking a break from swaps because I was late on the last few, but I couldn't resist signing up for Vegan Pal 2. One of the organizers is the fabulous Ellie, she was who I sent a package to last time. She's awesome: a vegan crafty librarian who likes cats. No wonder I like her so much, we have so much in common. The other organizer for this round is Cass, and she might have the best funniest blog name ever: Shut Up I'm Counting. The counting thing is the only drawback of SnB, it's hard to count stitches while you're shooting the breeze with friends.
So here's my Questionnaire:
1. What is/are your craft(s), & how long have you been doing it/them?
Knitting, cooking, sewing, whatever. I've been doing them all for a long while, but I'm still at the beginner-intermediate level.
2. Are you a vegan, vegetarian, veg-curious, veg-friendly or other?
3. Is this your first swap, or have you done previous swaps before? What makes a swap enjoyable for you?
I’ve done loads of swaps, just because it’s fun to get a package together. Nice to get something surprising back and see what other people made or got.
4. What is/are your favorite color(s)? Do you particularly dislike any color(s)?
Pink, purple, black are my favourites. Don’t really dislike any colours, but I don't really like "camouflage" print.
5. Do you have any allergies (such as pets, foods, fibers or cigarette smoke)?
No allergies, no pets, non-smoker.
6. Do you have any companion animals? If so, name(s) and type(s)?*
No animals, but I have a Blythe doll called Magnolia!
7. Do you collect anything?
Zines, music, tiny little things for Blythe dolls.
8. Do you have a favorite vegan food, snack or dish? If no fav that's vegan (for those who aren't vegan), what's your favorite food? (Hopefully your pal can find a vegan version!)
Any vegan chocolate or candy would be nice. Wha Guru Chews, Green & Black chocolate bar with the soft mint centres, whatever.
9. What are some of your favorite/least favorite tastes/flavors? (e.g. sweet, salty, chocolate, crunchy, smooth, tart, sour, spicy, thai, whatever - Help your pal get a feel for what kind of recipes you might like and/or never ever make.)
All of the above! Not overly picky, as long as it’s vegan of course. I like rice bowls, pad thai, easy fruity recipes.
10. What tools/supplies/accessories for your craft(s) are you wishing you had but don't? Also, what do you have TOO many of? (basically a wish and anti-wish list)
I could use more 4.5 mm needles, because I have so many worsted weight UFOs!
11. Are you on Ravelry? What's your handle?
Got in last week! I'm "pinkvegan."
12. Is there anything else you would like your pal to know about you?
I'm an archivist / media librarian, big fan of Coronation Street, I like hearts (the cutesy kind and the anatomical kind)
13. What scents do you like/dislike?
I like the smells of coconut, vanilla and basil.
14. Do you prefer fall or Halloween or some other Autumn theme?
Halloween, but whatever!
15. Just for fun - tell your favorite Halloween or Autumn related memory.
No real memory, I just love going for walks on crisp fall days and having hot chocolate after that.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Let that dry, then put green over top:
Before the green dried, I etched. The pink and purple were hardened enough that they stayed when I scratched the designs into the green:
Then I painted a little plate for her, with the same idea:
The studio is glazing and firing them, I'll pick them up next weekend and see the actual FOs. The colours always change with the finishing. In the mean time, let me know a nice rice bowl recipe!