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SYC: Four More With Squealing

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 6.7
“Once More With Feeling”
November 06, 2001

Most Buffy nuts will put this episode at the top of their favorite episode list, and for good reason. Music is almost another character in the BuffyVerse; from guest performers at the Bronze to Giles and his secret passion for rock ballads, to Dingoes Ate My Baby rocking the Bronze and assorted other locations. We got to see bands and single acts on their way up – they swung by Sunnydale on the way to fame (think Cibo Matto, Sarah MacLachlan, Aimee Mann, Michelle Branch).

But then there is this entire episode full of plot-moving, heart-breaking song. It set the standard for other musical episodes, but none, in my ever so humble opinion, pulled it off with as much impact. I loves me some Grey’s Anatomy, and their musical episode was great, but they sang covers. Joss wrote every song for OMWF!

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And the cast surprised us all – except for Anthony Stewart Head, we had no idea that so many of them could carry a tune. Well, some of us might have known that James Marsters had a band, or that Amber Bensen had some pipes, but it was still surprise after shock after revelation. Even Sarah held her own.

Yes, tactfully stepping away from a review of Alyson’s contribution. She knew she sucked, and still was brave enough to croak out a few bars where absolutely necessary.

Who knew Emma Caulfield was a rock goddess?

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When I binge watch Buffy, after so many replays, sometimes it becomes background. I’ll do other things while lending half an ear, and pay attention when I know funny or important bits are coming up. But when the opening credits and music start up for Once More, all other things are cast aside, and I pay attention.

Why? (spoiler alert – but just watch the thing!)

Plot Movements – Tara realizes Willow is losing control. Buffy admits she was in Heaven, not Hell. Giles feels unnecessary, plans to leave. Xander and Anya may need some relationship counseling. Spike and Buffy finally suck face.  And we see Dawn spiraling down into a life of petty crime. Seems like everyone has issues, and no one can talk about them – perfect timing for Sweet’s intervention.

Music – The songs are catchy, singable, and totally support the story lines in play.

Serious Funnies – Bunnies, I want boys now, Xander is Sweet’s Queen, giggles aplenty!

Guest Appearances – Marti Noxon trying to squirm out of a ticket, David Fury picking up his dry cleaning, and the great Hinton Battle as Sweet. That’s some great casting.

Here’s the Squealing Part

Dizzy Color grabs my face and demands attention for the four Club shipments inspired entirely by this single episode. Let’s gloat talk about them, shall we? If those mail delivery folks knew what they had in their hands…

It Must Be Bunnies is 400 yards (113 grams) of SuperWash Merino and Lurex (92/8); two mini cakes of sparkly rock-star glamyarn.

I’ll Never Tell  is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in those gorgeous colors of Xander’s and Anya’s jammies. That retro pastiche was both kicky and fashion conscious! Too bad it didn’t take off…

Under Your Spell  is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in those gorgeous colors of Tara’s bustier and skirt. All the boys wanted her… neener neener neener!

Walk Through the Fire / Give Me Something to Sing About is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in a gorgeous collection of rich blues, deep oranges, and swoony burgundies, the colors of Buffy’s final dance number outfit and that fire she kept complaining about. But if all that whinging led to this colorway, we can deal, right?

And this installment included four twinkly stitch markers hanging on a G Clef charm for your bracelet!

But Wait, There’s More

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Rebecca Conner designed our pattern for the Patrol, the They Got the Mustard Out Shawl.

If you haven’t already checked your Ravelry library for the pattern, it’s there, or the link has been sent to your Inbox.

Some Quotes from Once More with Feeling

Spike: Life’s not a song. Life isn’t bliss, life is just this. It’s living. You’ll get along. The pain that you feel can only heal by living. You have to go on living. So one of us is living.

Mustard Man: They got… the mustard… out!

Willow: We did a whole duet about dueling mushrooms…
Anya: …and we were arguing and then everything rhymed and there were harmonies, and a dance with coconuts.
Willow: …with the couscous.
Xander: It was very disturbing.

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3rd Calling!

 

Where has October gone?  Talk about whooshing by in a flash!  We blinked, and the next thing we know, it’s the middle of November, and well past time to announce the next season of the Sunnydale Yarn club!

Is this is your first time at Dizzy Color’s Sunnydale:  A Buffy/Angel production?  Well, welcome to the Hellmouth.  Where the days are hot, and the vampires are hotter!

Dizzy Blonde Studios and Mad Color Fiber Arts have teamed up to bring you Dizzy Color:  Sunnydale, a yarn club inspired by Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel.  Each “Patrol” or “Calling” will be 4 months long, with a 2-month hiatus between each patrol.

The yarn will be approx. 4 oz/110g. of glorious Merino/Cashmere/Nylon sock yarn, and dyed to perfection by either Dizzy Blonde Studios or Mad Color Fiber Arts.  However, we are not above surprising you with a different yarn base from time to time.  Just ask those Scoobies who were a part of Patrol 3 and Patrol 4!

We even include a little something extra:  Stitch/Row marker charms that attach to the charm bracelet from Patrol 5. (Message us if you weren’t a member of patrol 5, but are interested in a bracelet)  And as always, there will be an original pattern designed exclusively for this Patrol by a very talented budding designer.

All this for a mere $134.00, domestic, $144.00 Canadian, and $148.00 for all other international.  This includes shipping for all 4 installments.  What a deal!

For Season 9 aka “Third Calling” we’ll be back in the world of our favorite brooding vamp, and all of the campy vampiness that Angel, Season 3 has to offer!

So just a quick note on how sign-ups are going to work.  When memberships open up Monday, November 20, 2017, we’ll put Paypal buttons both in a separate post as well as in the sidebar where the countdown clock is now.   Just click on the relevant button to reserve your spot.  Make sure you have your current address entered into Paypal and include your Ravelry ID in the “notes” section so we can more easily match you up.

32 member are our target number, however, that’s not a hard number, and we’ve been known to take all comers. Additionally, if you really REALLY want to get in on Third Calling, but can’t swing the full amount up front, please PM me. I’ve been known to be a bit accommodating in the past.

First shipment will go out in December, with the last shipment going out in March and the pattern download going out by the middle of April.

Membership sign-ups close on December 1, 2017, so don’t delay.  Join today!

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Sunnydale Yarn Club: Second Calling

For so many reasons good and bad, I am just getting around to writing a blog for the 5th Patrol of our DizzyColor Yarn Club. And for this I am truly sorry – not so much for depriving you of my dizzying (see what I did there) intellect and shiny sparkly humor, but much more for not realizing what treasures I had in my hands.

Without getting too maudlin, life events have spanked me a bit more than usual. It has been a common thing for me to just go fetal and stare at the TV once my absolutely Must Do duties of each day are done. I had no idea what was in each of those shipping envelopes that arrived every once in a while – I just tossed them in a heap in my crap er, CRAFT room.

But now that I am forced to open these envelopes and catch up before the girlies start sending out new ones for the next Patrol, it’s like Christmas. Or a birthday.

These yarns and goodies deserve celebration, for they are truly fantastic.

It’s amazing how beautiful colors and sparkly things can lift the spirits and inspire us to just quit being a mental and physical lump, to consider clicking some sticks together and create the magiks.

Let’s talk about each one, shall we? Get comfy with a glass of the finest red, and let’s see what this Patrol brought to our mailboxes.

Hyperion is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in a retro pastiche (you’ll think that’s funny as we glide into the next Patrol) of colors that bring to mind the 50’s decor of our second favorite vampire’s Los Angeles hotel. Don’t let this one hang around in your stash. Yes, I slay me. But you all knew this.

 

Krevlornswath of the Deathwole Clan is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in vivid chartreuse, magenta, and other shades of reds greens and purples that make you want to put on a suit and sing karaoke. Lorne was a special kinda guy who helped the gang bridge the gap between two dimensions – his beheading was really just not fair, ya know? But even his corpse looked rather natty as it waited in a heap to be reunited with his head.

 

Princess of Pylea is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in grays, blues and silvers, reminiscent of Cordy’s Princess Duds while in the alternate dimension. Shouldn’t we all have a portal we can jump through to be treated like royalty once in a while? Except for the body parts in the basement, and the torture to prove she had the Sight, it seemed like a pretty good gig…

 

The Torment that is Darla is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in delicate colorway of the palest greens and pinks. Damn – that girl knew how to rock a bustier. And the pastels.

 

But Wait, There’s More

The extra gifts for this Patrol are the coolest little stitch markers and angel charm to attach to our charm bracelet with all the other markers we have been collecting over the years. Don’t know about you, but they totally compel me to get off my depressed arse and start cleaning up my craft room so I can re-locate all those goodies to load up the bracelet…which I also have to find… sigh….

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Slouch – in a Good Way – Not the Slouching Toward Bethlehem Way

Rebecca Conner designed our pattern for the Patrol, the Karaoke Karma Slouch Hat. In this picture, the hat is made with the Princess of Pylea colorway – how regal!

If you haven’t already checked your Ravelry library for the pattern, it’s there, just waiting for you, like Fred waiting in Pylea, alone, lonely, waiting to be found … so GO already and check it out!

Try to Keep Up – We are Going Social!

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Some Quotes from Angel

Cordelia: Are we finished?
Angel: Think so.
Cordelia: Good. Because I, for one, will be glad to see the last of this place. Gives me the heebie jeebies.
Gunn: No lie. Plus, it’s kinda got an odor to it, you notice that?
Cordelia: Seventy years of violence, mayhem, and paranoia? Bad vibes.
Angel: We’re moving in.
Cordelia: I mean, a few throw pillows — what’s not to love?

Host: Ho, ho, ho! Back up! You want me to talk to my family? On purpose?
Wesley: It’s that, or face the possibility of never getting back to our dimension.
Host: Come on, gorgeous. You can stare at yourself in my grandmother’s glass eye. Oh, and while we’re here, it’s just “Lorne,” okay? To the people of Pylea, a “host” is just one more thing to lay your eggs in.

Cordelia: In kind of a hurry to get back to the Cordelia’s-not-a-princess-dimension, aren’tcha?

Darla: Turn me back. God! I can’t bear this pounding in my chest for another instant!
Angel: It’s gift. To feel that heart beat – to know, really and for once, that you’re alive. You’re human again, Darla. You know what that means?
Darla: Of course I do. It means pain and suffering and disease and death. Look, I released you from this world once, I gave you eternal life. Now it’s time for you to return the favor.
Angel: Favor. Is that what you think? You think you did me a favor? You damned me.

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Patrol 6 Memberships are Open!

Sign ups are now closed. If you missed out on the 6th Patrol, check back in December for membership for the 3rd calling!

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Say You’re Happy Now…


Without going into a lot of tedious detail, let’s just say that Heather and Laura have been a little occupied lately with some lifestuff and have fallen a little behind.  But they’re back, if not a little late, to announce that memberships for 6th Patrol will be opening soon!

Is this is your first time at Dizzy Color’s Sunnydale:  A Buffy/Angel production?  Well, welcome to the Hellmouth.  Where the days are hot, and the vampires are hotter!

Dizzy Blonde Studios and Mad Color Fiber Arts have teamed up to bring you Dizzy Color:  Sunnydale, a yarn club inspired by Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel.  Each “Patrol” or “Calling” will be 4 months long, with a 2-month hiatus between each patrol.

The yarn will be approx. 4 oz/110g. of glorious Merino/Cashmere/Nylon sock yarn, and dyed to perfection by either Dizzy Blonde Studios or Mad Color Fiber Arts.  However, we are not above surprising you with a different yarn base from time to time.  Just ask those Scoobies who were a part of Patrol 3 and Patrol 4!

We even include a little something extra:  Stitch/Row marker charms that attach to the charm bracelet from Patrol 5. (Message us if you weren’t a member of patrol 5, but are interested in a bracelet)  And as always, there will be an original pattern designed exclusively for this Patrol by a very talented budding designer.

All this for a mere $134.00, domestic, $144.00 Canadian, and $148.00 for all other international.  This includes shipping for all 4 installments.  What a deal!

To make thing a little interesting, Season 8 aka “Patrol 6” we’ll be doing something a little different.  Instead of being inspired by the entirety of Season 6, we’ll be focusing on a single episode from that season.  Want to hazard a guess?  “Say you’re happy now…

We are ridiculously excited about this!  Probably way more than we should be, if truth be told.

So just a quick note on how sign-ups are going to work.  When memberships open up Monday, May 22, 2017, we’ll put Paypal buttons both in a separate post as well as in the sidebar where the countdown clock is now.   Just click on the relevant button to reserve your spot.  Make sure you have your current address entered into Paypal and include your Ravelry ID in the “notes” section so we can more easily match you up.

32 member are our target number, however, that’s not a hard number, and we’ve been known to take all comers. Additionally, if you really REALLY want to get in on Second Calling, but can’t swing the full amount up front, please PM me. I’ve been known to be a bit accommodating in the past.

First shipment will go out in June, with the last shipment going out in September and the pattern download going out by the middle of November.

Membership sign-ups close on June 5, 2017, so don’t delay.  Join today!

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SYC: Immortal, Invulnerable, and Insane

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 5.13
“Blood Ties”
February 06, 2001

Life is challenging these days. Without getting into too many details or waxing too political, let’s just say that every day brings more reason for frustration. It’s often quite difficult to see the light at the end of the rainbow.

I can’t be the only one who day dreams, even just once in a while, about what we could do if we were a God(dess). What problems could we solve, what crises could we fix, what we could do for the world to make it a better place? When it’s particularly hard to get to sleep some nights, when fears and anger sort of swirl around in my busy mind, I take a breath and focus on my if-I-were-omnipotent ToDo list. Pollution, climate change, famine, greed, ugly actions by horrible people – they are all on my short list, along with the ability to reduce the width of my butt. (I’m only human, after all.)

But not her.

Glory, Glorificus, Her Heavenly Scrumptiousness, Hell Bitch.

When Glory’s main goals are to find the perfect shoe and to go home, I sorta lose my shit.

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She is a god. She squanders that power on evil and shopping. Sure, she’s bat crap crazy, but even then she could spread a little joy once in a while, right? Instead, she is a taker – of brains, of sanity, of Ben’s existence, of the Key. She could care less that her efforts to return to her dimension will end all life as we know it in ours.

 

Joss likes these characters who on the surface have real power to change things up, to make things better, but fail miserably at it (if they attempt at all). Jasmine is another example. She actually does plan to make our world a paradise – but here’s the monkey wrench – she snacks on humans as compensation. Maybe if we could give her a list of the people to take first…. hmmm… but I digress.

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Before we all descend into darkness with Glory and her minions, however, there is one silver lining to this crazy dark cloud. Luckily, her fashion sense has led to the last Season Five SYC installment. “She’s Immortal, Invulnerable, and Insane” is 80/20 Merino / Tussah Silk- 400 yards of vivid red and darker silvery gray to rep that crazy dark mind. This stuff is lovely, like Glory, but it won’t drag you down into Hell if you hang out with it.

 

 

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And if the yarny scrumptiousness wasn’t enough, a little surprise was included in this shipment! Check out this cute little bracelet, with a wee key charm attached.

It’s hand-made, and you can use it to collect SYC charms – totally fabulous!

Favorite Quotes

Xander: “We’re going up against a god. An actual mightier-than-thou god.”
Willow: “Well, you know what they say, the bigger they are-”
Anya: “The faster they stomp you into nothing.”

Dawn: “Like you’d tell me anyway. Dawn’s too young and Dawn’s too delicate.”
Buffy: “Right. A young delicate pain in my butt.”
Dawn: “I just think you’re freakin’ out ’cause you have to fight someone prettier than you. That is the case, right?”
Buffy: “Glory is evil. And powerful. And in no way prettier than me.”
Dawn: “I just think you’re getting soft in your advanced age. She didn’t look that tough to me.”

Buffy: “Get away from my sister.”
Glory: “Hey, we were just talking about you.”
Buffy: “Conversation’s over, hell-bitch.”

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