Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I HEART Matt Nathanson

There are fibery updates, I promise, but first, some fangirl gushing.

Last night DH and I ventured into the city to World Cafe Live to see Matt Nathanson. We saw him open for Tori Amos about a year ago at the Kimmel Center, and he had me at hello. If you like funny, affable, smart, talented singer/songwriters, you MUST give Matt a listen! He's in his early thirties, I think, so he was brought up on hair bands and metal, so DH loves him for all his 80's rock references (like his reference to sleeveless T-shirts being the secret to rockin' out Journey-style). He's one of those guys who's just so genuinely funny and interesting that you want him to keep talking as much as you want him to keep singing. Good good stuff. His new live album, At the Point, was recorded at The Point in Bryn Mawr last year (a show we couldn't get to because it sold out in minutes!) and it's a GREAT representation of both his music and his personality. This is a guy who, after his own set and Tori's almost 3-hour set at the Kimmel, made himself available to the absolute crush of people wanting to meet him and get his autograph. It took us at least 30 minutes in line just to buy his studio release Beneath These Fireworks and then at least another hour to meet him. But he was still upbeat and friendly and chatty, no matter that it was almost midnight by that point. Very very cool guy. Buy his stuff here and support him!

And if you get the chance to go to the World Cafe Live, do it. It's down near UPenn, it's XPN's venue, and it's awesome! They serve dinner, which is nice and reasonable (DH and I had a burger and chargrilled chicken parm sandwiches, respectively, plus split a dessert, had coffee, and DH had 3 beers, and we spent $40). The entire place is pretty much tables so you can eat and watch, they have wait service the entire concert, plus a bar. We were upstairs in the mezz, and our seats were couches. It was so nice and comfy...for $15 a pop! We ate dinner at tables, then moved to our couch right at the edge of the balcony. And the acoustics...WOAH! What a GREAT place to hear music! Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

Of course the universe is conspiring against me...the digital camera is dead, so I have to charge it. Pics and fibery updates later, I promise!


Ok, on to the fibery goodness. Although I guess right now it's more knitting goodness (only because I JUST got my camera cleaned out so I can take pics of the dozen or so skeins of yarn waiting for me to photograph and list on Etsy). First, my room is done, except for some storage issues. I'm hopefully going to IKEA this weekend to get this, which I think will be a nice way to store the bagged fiber! Can't wait! I would love to have one of these when you come right in our front door, to create a little nook (I LOVE nooks!) where our overstuffed armchair is, but I think our 2-year-old would probably use it to climb...

Here are some room pics.

This is the room maybe HALF loaded. Yes, half loaded. I've been a spinner for less than a year, and I've amassed so much fiber I don't think this very small room (I call it the half-bedroom, they say these rowhomes we live in are 3 BR, but there's NO way to fit the things one would need in a bedroom in this room!) will be able to hold it all. A lot of it waits until MDSW and the hopeful purchase of a wheel!

This is the wall my spinning chair is up against. It's got room tattoos of a moon and stars against the darker purple paint. And under it is a print of a tree I got from a seller on Etsy who has some beautiful prints. I have a thing for trees, especially bare trees...just LOVE em!

This is where I want to put the bookcase from IKEA, so it will be right across from where I sit and I can admire all the pretty fibers! The two green tubs are all yarn...pretty much all wool yarns. I have a storage container under my bed that's all the cotton and acrylic yarns.

This is the same wall where my chair is. My chair would be bottom right. There's a small table next to it (with the striped canvas basket on it) that has my gardening books on it (actually, now it has my old giant CD player on it until I get a smaller one) and next to that (towards the window) is another table that now has my swift and ball winder attached to it. Under all the crap on the table is a neat shelf-y thing that has my knitting books on it. I was going to hang it, but it's really heavy even without the books. There's hanging baskets by the window with balls of fiber from a particular ebay seller in them. I'm going to hang a shelf over the table and a rack under the shelf for my spindles to hang from.

Here's a basket of my handspun that I have to take pics of and get online. There's a few more skeins in that basket since I took the pic...I have a lot of work ahead of me!

And here's a blurry pic of a basket of small samples of other people's handspun that they tend to include with their skeins of yarn (because even though I'm a spinner, I can't resist other people's handspun! It's, uh, market research...yeah, that's it!) I'm thinking of making a scarf or something from all of them!


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