Lily and RosieHere I am wearing one of my creations, holding my sister’s beautiful creation. If I had known I was being papped I would have smiled. I’m having a very bad photo day: there’s not much more ignominious than getting your photo taken in the chemist. I don’t know why I do it: always appalling results.

This top is the first piece of clothing I’ve crocheted for myself. It was not difficult but some aspects of the pattern were a little difficult to follow. I didn’t get much assistance from Rowan Yarn when I asked them, so the edges turned out quite wonky hence the belt. You can get all the details from my project on Ravelry. including yarn and links to where you can buy the pattern. You can also see how it turned out for other hookers.

In this picture we’re in the cafĂ© of the Royal Hibernian Academy. We were there to check out VUE, the annual art fair. It was amazing to be able to see the work of so many different artists curated by so many different gallery owners. I understand that this exhibition previously took place in the RDS but the RHA strikes me as a much more pleasant venue. We were there to support my common law brother John O’Reilly and my actual brother Blaise Smith of course but I have to say I was totally smitten as usual by Patrick Redmond’s work.

VUE is finished up but I would recommend a visit to the RHA just off Stephen’s Green where there is always someting inspirational to see in a beautiful space.

New Buds by Abigail Smith

Here is Abigail performing New Buds at last week’s Electric Picnic. This song is very special to me because she wrote it for me and Nipper 3.0, premiering it in the Odessa Club on my birthday last February. It didn’t quite have the intended effect of getting Nipper 3.0 to shift but she made her appearance not long after that.

She’s now 6 months old and I am back at work. Two seasons have passed and my favourite begins. Time does indeed fly.

Buy Night Time Walking all over the place!

My sister Abigail Smith‘s debut album, Night Time Walking, is now available to purchase online on CD Baby, and iTunes (this last link will open your iTunes if you have it installed).

If you are in Dublin and wish to support a local record store you can pick it up in Road Records on Fade St. It is also available from Dublin’s Tower Records.

Here’s Abigail about a fortnight ago. She called in to see her new niece AGAIN and sang this beautiful new song that she wrote for us. (Recorded live in me kitchen using the Qik live app for iPhone) She first sang it for me on my birthday at her gig in Odessa in February. I love it. She has written beautiful songs for all three of the nippers.

This second video was recorded live at that gig and uploaded using to Facebook using my Qik Video Camera App for iPhone. Nifty eh?

Vote, vote, vote!

My sister Abigail Smith has been nominated in Most Promising New Artist 2010 in the Meteor Music Awards. It would mean a LOT to her to do well in this competition so please take 10 seconds to vote for her.

You can find out more about Abigail on her MySpace including news of her upcoming gig as part of the Odessa Sessions on 18th February 2010. I hope to be there to celebrate my birthday but it all depends on whether Nipper 3.0 (Beta) decides to celebrates its birthday around that date too!

Over to Abigail singing Oh Sam in a video created by Adena Rice as part of the Hot Press/ Tisch School of Film award last year. Abigail told me that Sam represents inspiration in this song.