YOP11 Week 12/52 – a week of music and lampshade prep

Felting

I spent some time laying out fibres for some new lampshades but it will be a couple of weeks before they are all felted and constructed I think. I will show them once finished, but here’s a close up of one ready for felting.

Knitting

I have cast on the Mostly Warmness fingerless mitts to go with the Mostly Warmness cowl I made a few weeks ago. This is my portable project as opposed to having some socks on the needles.

Mostly though, I have been knitting on my Winding Down jumper. I am just at the end of skein 1 of 6. I LOVE it so far!

Other News

Out on my SUP this week I noticed a bit more colour changes happening. I’ve also done a bit of tree and shrub pruning this week. One of our Japanese maples is really starting to go its autumn red colour in places.

I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole one evening this week. The channel is called The Charismatic Voice. It’s an opera singer/voice coach listening to music tracks and her talking about them. It’s so interesting listening to her analysis. She listened to Disturbed’s version of The Sound of Silence and expected not to like it but loved it (who doesn’t love it though, even Paul Simon loves their version), then people have recommended more heavy rock/metal to her. It’s a hugely eclectic mix of music she listens to and I have added a few bands to my listening list. From Eva Cassidy to opera to pop to heavy metal. There are loads of these reaction video channels it seems but this is the one that hooked me.

Whilst talking about music, my husband and I have been listening to the Beastie Boys Book and it is really good. They have dozens of guests reading chapters, it’s well written and really transports you to New York in the late 70s and early 80s. We both felt the nostalgic for those days of recording mixed tapes on cassette tapes for our Walkmans in the 1980s. I am not really a fan of their music but my husband is and my high school best friend was a huge fan and I remember her bedroom had poster of them. My bedroom posters were all Paul Young back then. Anyway I think even if you aren’t a fan of their music you may enjoy it. Certainly the performances of the chapters are very entertaining, with Rosie Perez, Steve Buscemi, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and many more being the readers.


This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 11th year, but this is my 4th year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry.

18 comments

  1. Your jumper looks to be knitting up beautifully. Thanks for the book recommendation. I listen to a lot of audio books while I’m knitting and although I was never a huge fan of Beastie Boys (Duran Duran were more my thing back then) I think if I’d been just a little older they would probably have had more of an impact on me.

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  2. Do you mean Disturbed’s version of The Sound of Silence? I want you to know I’ve just spent 15-20 minutes listening to different versions of this song – first a music video of Disturbed singing it, then Simon and Garfunkel, then back to a live performance of Disturbed (on Conan). Oh my… I feel like the song took on a whole new meaning. Disturbed’s version is hauntingly beautiful. Deeply moving. Disturbing even (pun intended). Which this song really should be. Thank you for writing about it. I want to go listen to it again now. And then check out The Charismatic Voice. Have a great week, Liz.

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    • Yes Becki, I did mean Disturbed’s version and have edited my blog…thanks. My memory is hopeless, especially when you think I listened to that song 20 odd times last week 🙈 looks like you’ve fallen down the same rabbit hole I fell down and hope you enjoy her appreciation of it.

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      • lol I’d never heard of Disturbed before this, but that’s what came up when I looked for the other name. I’m sure I’ll listen to this more in upcoming days. I was singing it while heating something up for supper. ;^)

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  3. Beautiful progress on your sweater. That’ll be a lovely addition to your closet for the cooler months. Thanks for the podcast recommendation – I’m always on the lookout for good, entertaining listening.

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  4. On your heading I thought your felting was a photograph! What a beautiful job you did. Your sweater/jumper is lovely. I’ll have to look up that pattern….it is so pretty! Nothing changing here yet except some leaves are falling and if you really look there are some changes. The acorns are falling so despite the temps…Fall is arriving.

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  5. I love that color pink in your sweater! Your lampshades are to dye for; they are going to sell like crazy. Your stuff looks so great. I found a big bin of dyed fiber while cleaning up this week and I actually did think of making some felted items. You have inspired me! 🙂

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  6. I happen to love the Beastie Boys, and will hunt down the audio book version to give a listen.

    Your sweater looks amazing, that is a great color on you!

    As always, I am excited to see the lampshades all felted up.

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  7. Your felted works are truly works of art. I would hang that one on the wall as a painting! It is so great to read about your SUP adventures. And by the way I loved seeing your haircut (was that last week’s post), anyways, now I have long CoVid hair I need to get it trimmed too. You have inspired me!

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