19 July 2014

Dream journal

Dream last night: we were having some kind of party at someplace like my grandmother's house (it featured my paper decorations) and we cleaned the back yard. There was a weeping angel statue in the back of the yard. It “infected” some guests and my brother and I started rushing everyone inside and telling them not to blink. I had to kill one of the guys and then we tried to barricade the door. But it turns out the guy was just playing a prank!

Oops.

There was also a very vivid dream with MTV's Daria that involved going to a hippie couple's hotel room and then a wild chase away from a guy and a girl through the woods and then there was a hamster? I managed to evade them through a series of warehouse-like storage rooms. And then someone gave me a key for any lock and I could escape and go steal a flashy little car but then I became friends with the guy chasing me that I may have killed earlier. Oh, and I outran the police by going so fast in the car that it was flying so they gave up. The hamster and I walked off into the woods next to the plastic surgeon's place in the strip mall.

23 April 2014

A Big Damn Willie Warmer

Truly, some of my finest work. This was actually a commission though the penis-pom and ball-flaps are my own contribution to being a big damn hero.



Pattern info [here].

And don't forget [Ravelry]!

07 March 2014

Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps

I had the pleasure of seeing celtic/Arthurian/folk/etc. musician [Heather Dale] and her musical partner Ben Deschamps live for the second time last night.

What an amazing show! She does a great job of combining storytelling and music--very much a modern troubador who spend months out of the year on the road. I'm always blown away by their combination of art and spot-on technical skill both in music and vocals.

Anyway, I wanted to mention that she has a [completely free live album] called Perpetual Gift. I'm not usually much of a live album enthusiast, but this one is really good. The sound quality and execution is very much like their studio albums because they're such awesome, consistent, professional performers. It combines the energy and storytelling of her live shows with great recordings of some of her most popular songs. It's a perfect introduction to her music.

So go [download] it! Burn it! Put it on USB sticks!

She's also got (at the time of this post) fifteen more days on an IndieGoGo campaign to help launch her [Celtic Avalon] project. It's a touring musical/mixed performance art touring show of the King Arthur story. It will be combined with an educational component AND you can get a professionally produced concert DVD of the show!

02 January 2014

illogiCon 2014 Panel Schedule

This is still a bit preliminary, but my [illogiCon panel/event schedule] is as follows:

Friday
3pm- LGBT Inclusion in Fandom
6pm - Breaking into Burlesque
9pm - Smutty Fanfiction
10pm - Open Filk

Saturday
10am - Romanticized Mars vs. Real Mars
Noon - Make-up for Costumers (I'll be doing a clown grease demo)
1pm - Ethics in SF
9pm - Nerd-Vana Variety Show
After - Open Filk

Sunday
10am - "Hard" vs. "Soft" SF
Noon - Women in Fan Culture
3pm - Running Table Top Games
6pm - Geek Arts and Crafts (hands-on!)

And don't forget to bring singles for the [Nerd-Vana] show on Saturday! 18 and up only and we'll have to card at the door. I'll be doing two songs and a little bird told me there would be a sexy Kirk...

30 December 2013

Minta Durfee Shrug

My friend was in the middle of knitting this cute shrug pattern when the blog that was hosting it fell off the internet. I managed to get a snapshot from the Google cache and save the pattern into a .pdf. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do this.

The shrug is a re-write of a 1912 pattern for modern knitters by Elizabeth F. It's knit flat with worsted weight yarn and then seamed under the arms.

[Pattern .pdf]

The [original Ravelry info] is still up.

03 December 2013

Filk-lesque

Filk-lesque: one of those annoying blend portmanteaux that describes what I've been doing all year. I perform musical acts of an often nerdy bent at burlesque, variety, and cabaret-style shows in Raleigh, and the rest of the Triangle and Triad. I usually perform in clown-style full face makeup, but I've also appeared in my own skin and in drag!

Check out my [videos and music]!

There are also TONS of pictures on my performer Facebook page and a list of upcoming shows.


Photo by Patrick Kirby

14 July 2013

Snuggles for Shelter Animals

I was browsing [Ravelry] and came across the [Snuggles Project].

The Snuggles Project encourages people to knit, crochet, sew, or otherwise fashion small, machine-washable blankets for animals in shelters and rescues. You take the Snuggles to your shelter/rescue of choice on your and then report it back to the site to say you participated in the project.

I've been working some cat-sized (14x14 inch to 24x24 inch) blankets for the often beleaguered Wake County Animal Shelter. If anyone would like to join me, let me know and I can drop off a bundle. I'm almost up to one square yard of Snuggles knit! It's a TERRIFIC stash-buster for all that bulk acrylic I have lying around. Since I'm still a fairly simple knitter, it's also been a great way to practice more complicated stitch patterns (and by complicated I mean more complex than a 1x1 rib :P). I'm starting on a fisherman's rib blanket and it's SQUISHY.

Scrap yarn Snuggle!

[Snuggles Patterns] has lots of plushy stitch patterns to try!

And finally, a spreadsheet of my [running Snuggle yardage].

19 March 2013

08 January 2013

Fingerless, Asymmetrical Skull Mittens

My first attempt at duplicate stitching! Because skulls are TOTALLY RAD!


[Pattern .pdf]