Day 151

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No blanket addition today but that’s only because i finished the body of a mitred-square shawl!!! It’s not as big as I want and I still have a half the yarn left of the 3 balls I allocated to this shawl so I’m going to give it simple but wide border.

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I’m going to rewind the half ball I’ve been working from then start on it. I’ll explain what I’m going to do as I go because I’m not sure that my plan will work yet.

William Shatner. Bohemian Rhapsody. ‘Nuff said.

Day 150

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Linkin Parks first 2 albums – ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’ – and another pair of albums thatbi return to again and again. The lyrics work for me as does the music for a broad spectrum of moods. This was their debut single and it still rocks 14 years later. Linkin Park – One Step Closer

Drab green rectangle was added to the blanket today.

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Day 149

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Quiet Sunday at home trying to ignore the clawing panic in my gut. Despite the long nap this prompted, I rewound the balls of yarn for the blanket – they were in quite a state – and passed the provisional half way point on the pink and green mitred-square shawl I’ve been gradually working on. I didn’t do say spinning because I burnt out the second motor 2 days ago. We’re going to have to try an AC motor instead of the DC motors we’ve been using so far (think I got those the right way around). The current type of motors need to be used at a ratio of 15 minutes in use, 45 minutes cooling down which is no way to achieve any sort of rhythm or quantity. So now we’re waiting to make an order for the new parts we need.

I also got today’s oddly placed trapezoid done.

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No music today. My head is music free….

Day 148

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Thunderstorms don’t bother me except for the terror it induces in my dogs. Our most recent storms started yesterday afternoon and continued with only brief gloomy breaks until this morning. Serious thunder and lightning, very close as well. Close enough to feel the sound. I’d have been impressed except for the three dogs trying to all sit in my lap at the same time.

No rain today but everything is still drenched from yesterday.

As well as a small turquoise square, I sewed in some of the ends on the blanket today. Sooooooo many still to do. I am setting myself to sew in at least 5 ends each day.

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In 1986, Paul Simon released an album called ‘Graceland’. It fused his distinctive style of pop music with African music styles and to this day it makes my heart swell with joy to listen to it. It’s celebrated 25 years in popular culture and lost none of its potency. This video was released as part of that anniversary and gives a fabulous overview of the music and the process of creating the album, as well as meeting more of the contributing artists.

Paul Simon – The Story of ‘Graceland’

A movie was made about his return to South Africa for the 25th anniversary, covering the political upheaval I the country at the time, and the responses to his visit. The height of apartheid was not the time for a white men to be to be associating with black men after all. Here’s the trailer for it.

‘Under African Skies’ – trailer

Every song ‘speaks’ to me in some way. Often there is a particular lyric but always there is the music. This album embraces so many instruments and sounds to create the whole and even now, I hear at least one new thing every time I listen to the album. If you haven’t already got it, you need it.

‘Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes’ introduced the African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the world and they were worth waiting for.

Paul Simon ft Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes

Day 147

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My head is full of empty space crowded with gravity heavy thoughts but everything is out of focus and too big and too small and too much and not enough, and the abyss is blinking back.

Suffice to say, today could have been better. I did catch up on blanket pieces though – a large pink square for yesterday and a small red one for today.

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Crowded House’s song ‘Distant Sun’ is apparently without a videoclip but there are lots of videos of them performing it live. I love how excellent they are live.

Crowded House – Distant Sun

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Kinda sorta worked out the e-spinner today. It’s so sloooooow though that I have to apply patience to get enough twist in the yarn. My first batch had to go through the machine twice to get it to hold together.

That’s not just because there is less twist going into the yarn each second but also because as the newly spun yarn moves from your fingers onto the bobbin it runs along several surfaces that force some of the twist out of the yarn and back towards your hands.

It can be difficult to judge how much twist is lost, particularly when you are working with new equipment.

I still want a faster motor.

A blue/green trapezoid today. Not sure I joined the short row pick-ups the same way as previously but it looks ok so I’m leaving it alone.

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Biffy Clyro. I’ve no idea where the name comes from but I really enjoy their music. They’re a British band – specifically from my nana’s hometown of Kilmarnock in Scotland – and they ROCK! Literally, in the musical sense, and in the modern colloquial sense.

I had trouble choosing which of the first two of their songs I ever heard to share. ‘The Captain’ won because I love the opening riff. Also, Pirates! (And the video clip doesn’t confuse me…)

Biffy Clyro – The Captain