Memorable Women

Concert time! 3 of my best friends and I decided to attend Lilith Fair when it came through Hartford. Of course I had to consider what knitting I would bring! I settled on a “plain vanilla” sock following the cheat sheet from the Yarn Harlot. For the yarn, I used my new Memorable Women yarn in the “Agatha Christie” colorway. It seemed the most appropriate – listening to Memorable Women show their talents in the company of Memorable Women.
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I cast on the cuff and knit two rows the night before so I would be all set to go. Here are my girls and the sock, waiting for the lawn to open up.

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On the lawn, with a refreshment. This was after Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles played – they are both adorable. Love their stuff. Ingrid did a great version of “Poker Face” and “Toxic” and Sara did “Single Ladies”, and I especially loved her song “Fairytale” about the princesses.

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The real draw for us was seeing the Indigo Girls and Sarah McLachlan. This is the fourth time I’ve seen Amy and Emily and it was so great again! I only wish their set was a little longer. I have to say though, that I was pleasantly surprised at how efficient and on time this concert was!

Links to stuff on YouTube (I love finding this stuff – I was actually there!!)(sound is not so great some, turn the volume down and it’s better)
Because the Night covered by all the performers, awesome.
Love’s Recovery – Indigo Girls and Sarah – I had forgotten about this song actually, and it’s stunningly beautiful. I think I “get” it more now that I’m older. (sound is not so great on this one, turn the volume down and it’s better)
Closer to Fine with the Ladies of Lilith.
Toxic – covered by Ingrid.
“Official Lilith Hartford”

SOLI – socks and water

In the last PhatFiber box I got a sample from Cupcake Factory. I found the group on Ravelry, and there was a request for test knitting a sock. This is the back story:
(Quoting Carissa)
“One of my friends, Ashley, is the founder and CEO of a non-profit: Streams of Life International…SOLI for short. SOLI brings hope to communities in Africa by partnering with community leaders to build wells and sanitation facilities, refurbish local hospitals and provide essential medical equipment, supplies and health education.

When she announced she was campaigning to raise the funds to put wells in 1000 communities in Africa this year, I wanted to get on board. Unfortunately I don’t have tons of cash. But what I do have is time and a specific skill set. I was trying to figure out how to use the resources I do have available to me to help….

So I’m cooking up some knitterly things, with proceeds going to SOLI. The first (of hopefully many) things I’ve been working on is a sock yarn line called “SOLI sock.” It’s a luxurious merino / silk blend. I chose it because the sheen the silk give to the yarn reminds me of a shimmering stream. The SOLI sock colourways are all aqua-inspired shades of blues and teals. I’ve also got a sock pattern that I’m cooking up using SOLI sock, where 100% of the proceeds will go to SOLI.”

Awesome, right? I’m test knitting the sock and I really like it so far. I’m using NeighborhoodFiberCo yarn, Watershed line, in Thomas Circle colorway. Seemed appropriate (I like matching up yarn with good names to projects – my Monkey socks were done in the “rainforest” colorway!).
Sock in progress - stretched
That’s the cuff and one lace repeat down, two more to go on the leg. The stitch marker is a wee little Woodstock I got as part of my “Woodstock” sock kit from woolgirl.com last fall. I think it’s made by weeones on etsy.

I wanted to include the Indigo Girls cover of “River”, but can’t find that video on youtube. Instead I’ll leave you with another favorite cover – Dave Matthews cover of Lyle Lovett’s “If I Had a Boat” –

I’m going to see the Indigo Girls in Hartford this April – third time is the charm! Can’t wait!