Monday, 7 April 2014

Fingerless gloves *free pattern*



You will need 

One ball of Sirdar Crofter DK, or 110m (120m, 145m) of DK yarn 
3.5mm needles 
4.5mm needles 
2 stitch markers 
Needle for seaming 

Sizes S, M, L 


Using 3.5mm needles CO 36 (40, 44) sts using cable CO. 
Rows 1-8: k2, p2 rib 
Row 9: change to 4.5mm needles, k33 (37, 41) kf&b, k2 [37, 41, 45 sts] 
Row 10: p Row 11-14: knit one row; purl one row; knit one row; purl one row 
Row 15: k17 (19, 21), m1r, k3, m1l, k to end [39, 43, 47 sts] 
Row 16: p 
Row 17: k17 (19, 21), m1r, k5, m1l, k to end [41, 45, 48 sts] 
Row 18: p (for large size gloves, knit an extra row, purl an extra row, continue as for small and medium) 
Row 19: k19 (21, 23) pm, m1r, k3, m1l, pm, k to end [43, 47, 51 sts] 
Row 20: p 
Row 21: k19 (21, 23) slm, m1r, k to marker, m1l, slm, k to end 
Row 22: p 
Repeat rows 21 and 22 until there are 15 sts between each marker, ending with a purl row [53, 57, 61 sts]. 
Row 31: k (remembering to slip markers) 
Row 32: p 
Row 33: k to marker, slm, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p3, slm, k to end 
Row 34: p to marker, slm, k3, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, slm, p to end 
Repeat rows 33 and 34 twice (repeat three times for large size if needed). 
Row 39: k to marker, remove marker, BO in pattern to marker, remove marker, k to end 
Row 40: p18 (20, 22), p2tog, p to end [37, 41, 45 sts] 

Stockinette stitch for 8 (8, 10) rows, ending with a purl row (making sure you p2tog on last row to get back to an even number of sts). 

Change back to 3.5mm needles, k2, p2 rib for 7 rows, BO in pattern. 


Sew the side seam. Wear!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Zombies in a row - EP



After the franticness of my Musical Advent Calendar in December last year, to raise money for Shelter Cymru; I've been doing some musical experimentation. I've made a few tracks and remixes using hann stretch techniques, and some of my selfmade VSTs. Drone, noise, experimental, ambient fuckery.


The tracks feel like they go together, so I made them into this little EP. Free to download, as always.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Day 25 - I'd Do Anything (for Christopher)


Day 25 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Day 25 - the final track! Thanks to all who donated to my Musical Advent Calendar for Shelter Cymru, you have helped make a massive difference. This song isn't strictly a Christmas song, but Oliver is always on at Christmastime and I wantred a song for my wonderful fiancé Chris. It's also now Christmas Day, so Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd!

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Day 24 - Hallelujah chorus


Day 24 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Today is another bonkers 8-bit bit of loveliness was sponsored by equally bonkers and lovely (and all round darling) Julian Rosser. It's Christmas Eve and I'm on £590, let's see if we can get it a bit higher for this amazing charity - the donation page is open for a few more months, so if you're feeling flush after Christmas, please donate then.

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Monday, 23 December 2013

Day 23 - Some children see him (Rainbow version)


Day 23 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Today is a rather special one. I collaborated with my good friend Kitt of Jesus in Love, to make a new inclusive, queer version of this lovely song. Extra special thanks to Kitt, Audrey and Three-Turtle Man for sending me such excellent ideas, music and love all the way from LA. This was probably the hardest of all the tracks to do, but I love how it turned out.

Kitt will also be promoting this on her blog, and she has kindly allowed me to use her text: 


**
A Rainbow Version of the Christmas carol "Some Children See Him" was released today. It has a new straight/queer stanza added to the standard multiracial lyrics. 

"Some Children See Him" is a delightfully liberating song about how children imagine the baby Jesus looking like them. It has a verse for every race -- so why not a verse for every sexual orientation?

Here are the new lines that I wrote:

Some children see him straight as they Playing like most boys play Some children see him straight as they Straight but not narrow. Some children see him queer or gay Because some kids are born that way Some children see him queer or gay The rainbow child of God.

I even sing on the new track. Our band is called "Kitt and Andy and the Splott Queer Community Singers."

My co-leader Andrew Craig Williams is a queer artist and music maker in Wales. He and many of his queer friends live in an area of Cardiff called Splott. 

http://andrewcraigwilliams.blogspot.com 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splott

Andy often provides queer Christian art for the Jesus in Love Blog. When he asked me to suggest songs for his Musical Advent Calendar, I offered to write some queer lines for "Some Children See Him."

He was immediately enthusiastic and started organizing a group to sing it. I thought he would record everyone singing together in Splott, so I was flabbergasted when he asked, "Is there any way you could record you and Audrey singing?"

I live in Los Angeles, home of the recording industry, so it turned out that there was a way -- with the help of a mystery co-producer behind the scenes in true Hollywood tradition. My life partner Audrey and I are raw amateurs when it comes to singing, so it was rather embarrassing when we got the star treatment at the professional recording studio of a friend, who shall be known here only as Three Turtle Man. But somehow it made sense because it was all for the cause of showing God's unconditional love.

The church has often excluded LGBT people from Christmas festivities, so we all made our best efforts in the spirit of Christ who was born in lowly circumstances to embody God's wildly inclusive love for all.

Andy mixed both our voices into the final version along with heavenly synths, piano, strings, and maybe a bell or two. We are a truly international group, with singers from Wales, England and America.

"Our singers hail from American, Welsh, English, Scottish descent," Andy said. "How's that for multicultural!! A wide range of beliefs too; people from Anglican, Catholic, MCC, pagan, and atheist backgrounds. Wowsers!!"

The Musical Advent Calendar is a fundraiser for Shelter Cymru, a charity for the homeless in Wales. Donations can be made at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/andywills

If you like our Rainbow Version of "Some Children See Him," please consider making a donation at my GoFundMe page for Jesus in Love, a project supporting LGBT spirituality and the arts. http://www.gofundme.com/5mugns

The original lyrics [link] are great, including these words in the final verse: http://www.alfredburtcarols.com/burt/Web%20Pages/This%20Is%20Christmas/Childrensee.htm

The children in each different place will see the baby Jesus' face like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace, and filled with holy light. 

**

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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Day 22 - Ring Out Solstice Bells


Day 22 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Today is a collaboration with my lush friend Jane Oriel - she normally sings the blues, but she turned into a folk mistress just for me! Thank you sweetheart.

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Day 21 - Last Xmas


Day 21 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Today is a collaboration with lovely Matt Cook (who did most of the work on this one!)

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Day 20 - Riu Riu chiptune


Day 20 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Today is a mediaeval chiptune.

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Day 19 - 12 Days of Christmas


Day 18 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Today is super late, busy day in work, then a terrifying drive back to West Wales in torrential rain!

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Day 18 - Away in a manger


Day 18 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Today is super late, busy day in work, then a terrifying drive back to West Wales in torrential rain!

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Day 17 - Ave Maria


Day 17 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Today is a whole orchestra (well, all me) doing Ave Maria.

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Day 16 - Oer yw'r gŵr


Day 16 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Today is a really old Welsh folk dance tune, that you might recognise as a carol. Oer yw'r gŵr sy'n methu caru.

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Day 15 - Sleigh Ride


Day 15 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

Why not donate a fiver, then join me for a sleigh ride!

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Day 14 - Fairytale of Cardiff


Day 14 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru. Today's tune is also to celebrate Andrea's birthday, Happy Birthday Andz! And was also sponsored by loads of people - it's a very famous song, after all.

Cath and I changed the words and Cardiffised it right up!

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Friday, 13 December 2013

Day 13 - Mele Kalikimaka


Day 13 of my ‪#‎MusicalAdventCalendar‬ to raise money for Shelter Cymru. Today's tune is also to celebrate my sister's birthday, Happy Birthday Beverley Williams! And was also sponsored by Becca Bowen, diolch cariad. It was made by my gorgeous friends the Pickle Belly Newts - Matt Cook, Sam Evans, Catherine Kerry, Shauna Guinn, Alex Nute, and wouldn't have been at all possible without the lovely Chris Walker. So after all this hard work, lovely music, silly singing, why not donate a fiver?

Mele Kalikimaka! x

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