Sunday, February 24, 2008

Oboe Pics

Thank you for your interest. And since you were interested, I thought I would have Jim take a few pictures in my studio. I did sit to play the bass oboe in the orchestra, although I had a taller chair and used a cushion to add another inch.

So for comparison, here I am with my regular oboe

(Please excuse the goofy expression.)

And here with the Bass Oboe

And one more standing (for size reference, I am 5'2")

The bass oboe sounds on octave lower than the regular oboe and sounds like a cross between oboe and bassoon: a little bit buzzy but definitely an oboe.

(Did you notice the Fiber Trend Felted Clogs on my feet?)

So there you have it. Crazy, huh?!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bass Oboe?! and some Knitting too.....

Thank you so much for your comments! I really enjoyed knitting Bamboozle and am pretty darn happy :-) with it. I wore it last weekend and felt wonderful knowing I knit it. I didn't care if anyone else knew because I knew. I feel like I am beginning to get a grasp on how to do this knitting thing.....

This is the 4th week of a 5 week working frenzy. The 1st week was RSO with Zeidwig, the 2nd was Ft. Worth Symphony with the 60's show: "The Beat Goes On", the 3rd was Wichita Falls Symphony, the 4th - this weekend is East Texas Symphony and next week is RSO again.

We are having a blast here in Tyler, TX. Seriously! We are performing Holst's Planets and I get to play the BASS OBOE!!! Have you ever heard of such a beast? I never played one until last week. Here it is next to my oboe so you can see the comparison:

My oboe is 23" long, the Bass oboe is 42"! It sounds one octave lower than normal.

Since I am in Tyler, I get to see yet another hotel room - and so do you!

Please pardon the backgrounds (in this hotel), but here is my current knitting.

First we have Jim's socks with the heels turned:

And here are the first 6" of the Basic Cranberry Cardigan

I am knitting it with Sirdar Country Style DK (acrylic/nylon/wool blend) on #5 KP Options. I will have some time tomorrow after the youth concerts in the morning and hope to get in a good knitting day.

I hope your weekend is full of joy and great knitting~

Monday, February 11, 2008

FO: Bamboozle


Bamboozle Lace Panel Tunic knit in Gedifra California, color #3111, tobacco - 8 skeins, on #6 KP Options.

Began November 07, finished February 08

And it even fits!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Bamboozle and Zeidwig

Here is Bamboozle so far - the shoulders are seamed, sleeves are sewn on and one side pinned. I think it will fit :-)

We had Richardson Symphony this weekend and it was like an out of body experience. Our guest artist was Mitchell Zeidwig and his act can be seen in part if you click this link. Go to the one titled "The Original" - it is the last one.

Not only is the act unique, but I read an article where he states he is from a small town NY. So on break, I introduced myself to Mitchell and here is our conversation:

Me: "I saw you are from a small town in uptsate NY, so am I - from Monticello."

Him: "I graduated from Monticello High School."

Me, eyes growing larger by the second: "SO DID I! What year?"

Him: "In the 19##'s." (The dates have been changed to protect the innocent)

Me, incredulously: "I graduated in 19##."

Him, with huge eyes by now: "19##!"

We were one year apart in our graduating class.

After we got over the incredible coincidence, we had a lovely conversation. We probably passed in the halls and never knew each other. The Executive Director take a picture of us with the Maestro:

Crazy, eh?!