it's been a hard clay's night

22 October 2012


I just had one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. I saw my absolute favorite band for the nth time. Old 97's. They changed my life. Even as they have entered the actual, personal friend phase, and not just my adored from afar rock stars, I don't know if they will ever understand the platinum pivotal role they have played. Unfortunately, that is a story for another post.

The HELP in the blog title refers to the help I'm asking for on behalf of the band that opened for the Old 97's. They are from Dallas also, and they are named the Travoltas. Led by singer/songwriter/producer Salim Nourallah, they collectively blew my mind at the Madison show (and again in Chicago!)
Kitsch-tastic in every way, the lounge-y delivery of catchy, smart pop songs were a joy to behold. They all wore tan, polyester suits with the pockets and lapels edged in a dark trim. They were everything I've ever wanted and I didn't even know I was missing it. Kind of like the discovery of the Old 97's, -where have you been all my life?-
The Travoltas need our HELP. They may not break even on this tour. They are bringing a unique brand of happiness across this fine country of ours and there's a chance they will be in the red, because they had to leave behind their regular jobs to go on tour. This breaks my heart. They have a Kickstarter account with many awesome bonuses for various levels of  help. Please click the link and watch this video and see for yourself! They are a winning team that needs a little boost, please do what you can. Every little bit will help!
The Travoltas Kickstarter

You will not regret it!

15 October 2012

When I'm Sixty-Four

The Granny Square (not to be confused with the Granny Specs) is the latest in multicolored glory. This is a gradient acrylic that I plan on edging in black and then connecting them all to make a lovely blanket. Usually the Granny Square is made from scrap yarn, hence the different colored rounds. I just thought I'd let the pattern fall where it may, and each square is unique, but similar.
15 down, a zillion more to go!