Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WIP Wednesday!

There's not very many WIPs I can share on this blog as we come down to the wire for holiday gift knitting. Perhaps that was the reasoning behind starting this mesh top for myself using the Shangri-La I scored at VK Live? That, and I have no self-control. How many times have I sworn off laceweight at this point in my knitting life? Too many to count, I'm sure. Yet I'm still optimistic that this laceweight top will succeed. Stranger things have happened, I guess!

Yarn: Shangri-La (50% yak, 50% silk)
Pattern: Filtes Shetland Openwork Dolman by Michelle Porter

And now for something a little different, though it is a project that is very near and dear to my heart! A few readers may already know that I'm in a band with my husband called shalloboi. Just last week, our Kickstarter project was approved, so I thought I'd share our musical work in progress on this blog, as it's something we've been working on for quite some time now. I know there are lots of knitters who also love music out there, so I hope you don't mind if I share this with you!

field of flowers vol. 1 by shalloboi
First and foremost, my husband Tyler and I are total vinyl nerds. My office is filled with our record collection, in fact. Though we've released seven albums as a band, only one is a full-length LP, mostly due to the costs associated with pressing vinyl as well as the length of our songs.

Long story short, this is a project to release a series of 7" singles on vinyl, something we never thought possible (see above: cost and song length!). In 2010, we recorded a series of songs that, much to our surprise, were short enough to fit on a 7" single. The tracks are already recorded, mixed and mastered - now we just need to come up with the money to put them out according to our artistic vision: four 7" vinyl singles, each with original handcrafted artwork.

I hope you'll take the time to click here to check out our Kickstarter project. You can also listen to some of our music on Soundcloud and Bandcamp if you're curious to hear what we sound like! Even if you can't contribute monetarily, sharing our project with your music-loving friends will help us towards our goal, and we'd be most appreciative of your help. You can like our brand-new Facebook fan page for project updates, too!

One final question before I sign off today - are there any yarn or fiber-related rewards that you'd like to see on our project page? If there's anything I can do to sweeten the deal (within reason), I'd love to hear your feedback!


  1. I love the pattern of your shirt. Lovely. Have a good week! Wish the best for your music. Sabine.