a musical interlude

This is my quiet moment.

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Calming, peaceful, inspiring.

Schubert Impromptu in G flat major D899 No.3 –  performed by Vladimir Horowitz.

He defines the term ‘economy of movement’ and yet produces the most beautiful sound.

 

dreams

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I woke up this morning with this song going through my head. It’s weird how I dream songs… is that a thing? I wasn’t thinking about it, haven’t listened to it in a long time. Anyway, this seemed rather prophetic for this week.

There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief,
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”
“No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke,
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”
All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.
Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

Apologies to Bob, Jimi’s version is perfection.

No WIP update today. Still knitting pussy hats and using up every bit of pink I’ve got left to make more.

cypress trail and amethyst sunset

Two new shawl/scarves to add to the shop!  First is a shawl woven with one of my favourites, Zauberball.  I love the long colour striping it makes for the warp and paired with a lace, in this instance a Madeline Tosh lace, it makes for a light weight wool shawl.  It reminds me of our hiking trails here in Vancouver, so hence it is named Cypress Trail.

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Next is a scarf I wove that is from hand-dyed, hand-spun yarn, a mix of merino wool and silk.  Yum.  I dyed it so that I could spin it in a long colour change and was so happy it achieved the effect I was going for.

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The warp yarn is a fingering weight, Spud & Chloe, that I over-dyed in the same amethyst as the handspun.  The whole thing soft and squishy.

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We had a good but busy weekend and very little crafting going on, but we did get a good hike in on Saturday for the Mister’s birthday and then I spent all day Sunday at a flute choir workshop, where we had approximately 35 people from two countries playing our little hearts out all day.  It was fun and exhausting!  Today I’m recovering and mentally plotting the next shawl.  It may definitely will involve more zauberball and lace.  I don’t think I’ll rest until I’ve woven from all the colourways!

Have a good week!

quarry rock

at the top of quarry rock, deep cove
at the top of quarry rock, deep cove

slip sliding away

A new year to me means new dishtowels and washcloths.  I don’t know why, but it’s the first project I like to get started with for the year.  This year I used Purl Bee’s Slip Stitch Dishtowels pattern and Lion Brand Recycled Cotton in rose coral and sand.  I used the Three-and-One Tweed Pattern, one dishtowel and two washcloths, casting on 35 stitches for the latter, eliminating the icord edging and hanging loop.

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Now, that I’ve put Christmas away and have my dining table back again, I’m going to get my loom warped up.  Maybe even today.  With the extra leaf in, the table is the perfect length.  The loom is clamped at one end, the warping peg at the other, crank up some music, maybe some vintage Simon and Garfunkel today, and before you know it, voila, ready to weave!

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It feels strange not to be doing my 52week project, but also it’s a little liberating not have to go through and edit a lot of photos.  Instead, doing one a day over here is much more manageable.

Have a good week!

Socks and Flutes

First the socks.
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alpaca sox in the poppy bed

How about these?  Imagine my surprise as I was knitting the second sock to see such a different colour value!  This is just one skein of yarn, not two balls that had different dye-lots.  This is one skein of Alpaca Sox, colourway 1849.  My kids gave this yarn to me for Christmas and I’ve been waiting until the time seemed right to make them.  Now, my timing may not be the best… what with warm spring weather and summer looming, but they’ll get a lot of use by me, if not now, next fall and winter.

These are probably my favourite colours, blue and green.  I love all the different variations of blues and greens, so this is a perfect fit.  I made the pattern that I’ve knit before, a ripple~wave that gives a bit of interest, but not too distracting from the striping effect of the yarn.  After experimenting with different heels, I’ve gone back to my original heel.  Even though the colours pool a bit around the ankle, I’m okay with this because I just like the way it looks and fits.   It just seems more sturdy to me.

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Oh, hey...look at the colours here.

I’ve not worn alpaca socks before, so I’m hoping they’re not itchy or uncomfortable.  I have a problem wearing alpaca scarves for that reason.  Maybe feet are exempt.  They certainly feel and look soft and my hand felt fine knitting with it.

The details are here on Ravelry.

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Now for the flutes.

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everyone sight reading music together

Over the weekend, our flute choir hosted our annual workshop that we do with choirs from Victoria and Seattle.  It turned out to be a perfect venue…we’ve tried a new one each year and each year there’s been problems from not enough space, to an inadequate kitchen (we like to eat our way through, when not fluting), or the most perplexing was the year we had babysitters sit and watch our every move.  It was a senior’s centre and we had two rather bored and not particularly friendly seniors, sitting in a couple of chairs, watching us like hawks and whispering to each other, in case we took off with some teaspoons or a coffee cup, I guess.  It was just weird.  But this year we had a large space, an enormous kitchen, a newly tuned (in fact that morning as we arrived) grand piano, lots of natural light, a large stone fireplace, and best of all, no one watching our every move.  I guess a bunch of flute-playing musicians can seem very suspicious.

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seattle flute group performing, complete with contrabass and rain sticks

Lots of music was played, lots of food was consumed and lots of friends to catch up with.