Sunday, June 22, 2008

Where were you when the lights went out?

I was in the pit at Bass Hall! We are in the middle of the ballet performance (click for the review - our concertmaster played a breathtaking solo) and suddenly the stand lights went out. We were in the middle of Khachaturian's Spartacus when POOF! half the orchestra was in darkness. A few lights did remain on, so the players with crucial parts (like solos) sidled up to a light and played. Our conductor said he heard all this scurrying about but since he was looking at the stage he didn't know what happened. As soon as we finished the piece, I ran upstairs to alert our stage manager who was already on his way down to help. Our conductor halted the performance (at the end of Spartacus) while Justin figured out what had happened.
Can you say fried extension cord? The fix was quick and we were back on our toes in no time. Ah, the excitement of live performance :-)

I didn't have a large quantity to play so I got in some quality sock time during rehearsals. This is Meteor from Knitpicks - it was in the sock sampler from a few months ago. And I am knitting another pair of Cookie A.'s Monkeys.

Flutter sleeve is moving albeit a bit slowly. I have finished the ribbing on both fronts and am into the sleeve and neck shaping on one. I couldn't take it to rehearsals - too much counting involved.

Thank you for your buttony input. My friends here who have seen them also thought they would be a nice addition. And Bonnie! That is so funny! We have great taste :-)

The tomato plant is growing very happily and has a few itty bitty tomatoes on it. I put a bird mesh over the top since you warned me about it (thank you, thank you).

I hope your Sunday is restful and the upcoming week is energizing.
See you soon -

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cosi fan tutte

We are in production of Cosi fan tutte.

It is really hilarious (meant to be, thank you) and I hope we have a good turnout.

Since we have been rehearsing until 11:00 pm this week, my knitting time has suffered.

I have managed to get to the ribbing on both front pieces.

(No photo, not much to see.)

But here are a few IK shots of the Flutter Sleeve

And I found these buttons.

They are clear with bits of real lavender suspended in them.
I think against the creamy vanilla cardi they will look really pretty.Yes?
Time to go make reeds for tomorrow's performance and work out those last few measures that are still eluding me.
See you after the weekend ..... Have a good one

Sunday, June 08, 2008

From Wallis to Flutter

Thank you for all your for your "harpy" comments. Yes, it is difficult but I am having fun with it. Unfortunately, this week I am consumed with rehearsals then performances of the Mozart opera Cosi fan Tutte and do not have much practice time. After teaching lessons, making reeds all week, trying to learn my part and rehearsing for 5 hours yesterday, practicing harp was not at the top of my priority list.

However, knitting was. Instead of that beautiful Wallis Cardigan, I am in the middle of Flutter Sleeve from IK Spring 2008. While I love the style of Wallis, I am thinking it would accentuate the tummy area - which needs no accentuation, if you know what I mean ;-)

Here is the completed back:

I am using Micro Spun for this and find it very sweetly soft. It is quite splitty, but with the Options seems not too bad.