Donnerstag, Oktober 23, 2008

See and Hear Chris on TV

Chris is singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their Music and the Spoken Word program this Sunday, October 26th. It's broadcast online here at 9:30 a.m. Mountain time.

If that link doesn't work, the main site is Music and the Spoken Word, and then you click on "View a Broadcast."

If you live in Utah you can probably hear it live at the same time on Channel 5. I think I am going to go to the rehearsal tonight. That way I don't have to get a substitute to play for me at Old People's Church (not its real name) on Sunday morning. I have a sub lined up for the following week to do something fiberish with Joanne, and I ought to show up once in a while in person.

If you live in Salt Lake you could also catch Chris in Madama Butterfly Friday or Sunday with the Utah Opera. He is Prince Yamadori.

Ooops, looks as if it's sold out.

Paul and I went to Madama B. on Monday. I had a surprising emotional reaction to the performance. Instead of just thinking, "lalalala, its an opera, I have heard the CD 50 times, so what?" (which is what I usually do) I was very upset by the final scene. Here is Butterfly with a little blond 2-year-old, and she finds out her husband has left her for another woman. Her distress is so great that she wishes she could die, and ultimately kills herself.

Instead of Butterfly, I kept seeing my mother in the same circumstance, deserted by her husband on Christmas Eve as he left her for another woman. She had a little blond 2-year-old, too. Fortunately for me she didn't kill herself, but struggled through many years of a mediocre-to-bad second marriage in near-poverty circumstances. I have a super brother and three wonderful sisters because she didn't give up.

My mother might be nuts, but I love her.

Montag, Oktober 20, 2008

I try monogamous knitting

All I have worked on for three weeks is Princess Pea's Brambling sweater.

I finished it at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning

Pale Barney 1

only to try it on The Pea and learn that what had looked suspiciously like gorilla arms (do you read The Yarn Harlot's books?) were, in fact, gorilla arms.

I think my efforts to put a real sleeve cap on the sleeves might have had something to do with it, but I also think that I just can't measure.

I clipped a thread on each sleeve as close to the armpit as possible, and another thread 24 rows below that, and unpicked both rows on each one. I released the underarm sleeve seams, grafted the sleeves back together, and re-sewed the seam.

Time-consuming, yes, but not as bad as unpicking the sleeve out of the armhole, frogging, and reknitting. It looks much less like a gorilla thing now. ETA: and it fits The Pea now.

Pale Barney 2

Hey, what do you know? It's 1:00 a.m. again.

I thought I could whip this out in a week by knitting on it monogamously. It took three weeks.

Next: A Hanna Falkenburg kit for Wee Meggie.

I don't think it will be faster, even though I am only knitting size 2. It uses tiny yarn and needles. It has bobbles.

I wonder how long I can keep up this monogamous knitting thing.

Freitag, Oktober 10, 2008

The Random Report

  • My mom is nuts

  • When I visited my parents this week, my mom had taken all the pictures off the walls and put them into her car "to move to the other house." Apparently she has been doing this for weeks. Ruth Ann saw the movie 50 First Dates, which makes her think mom would benefit from a scrapbook reminding her that the house where she has lived for ten years really is home, and the old house is gone.

    Random Fact: The house I grew up in has been replaced by a cluster of cabins.

  • The desert is beautiful

  • I didn't take a camera, and I wouldn't have stopped to take pictures anyway, but the fall colors are just stunning. The gold of the grass, the black and grey of the sagebrush, the weeds with oxblood stems and blackened leaves, and the ever-so-surprising occasional patch of rose . . . a photograph doesn't do them justice.

    After thirteen hours of desert driving in two days, I have the colors imprinted inside my eyelids anyway. Who needs photos?

    Random Fact: The desert I was driving through is the home of the Idaho Nuclear Laboratory (they like to pretend that the "N" stands for "National" but we cancer survivors know the truth).

  • The Pale Barney sweater is nearly done.

  • Brambling in progress
    Brambling by Marie Wallin, from Rowan's Story Book of Little Knits;
    knitted in Rowan's All-Seasons Cotton, color #203--"Pale Barney"

    This picture is a few days old. The body pieces are finished now. I think the sleeves are ready for the sleeve caps to be knitted.
    I will assemble the body of the sweater tomorrow and then try it on Princess Pea with the sleeves so far to see if they need to be a little longer.

    Not sure what to do about buttonholes, though. I hated the two-stitch buttonholes in this size yarn, so I knitted it without any buttonholes. I may swatch for steeked buttonholes. Why wouldn't that work? Shannon at Hemstitched Heirlooms will have pearl cotton to match my yarn, I bet.

    Random Fact: I knit faster with pink yarn. Desperation, I think.

    Laurel, I appreciate your giving me a chance to back out. I just like to complain.

  • Book Review

  • No, not The Graveyard Book. I only just started listening to it.

    Instead, I finished listening to Tintentod today. The verdict is finally in--I love the Inkheart series by German author Cornelia Funke. I wasn't so sure after book 2, Tintenblut/Inkspell. They're very dark for children's books. Lord Voldemort seems tame after you get to know Capricorn and Basta.

    Random Fact: The German titles of the books, Tintenherz, Tintenblut, and Tintentod, mean Inkheart, Inkblood and Inkdeath in English. These words are central to a key plot point, but for some reason the English-language edition of Tintenblut is called Inkspell.

  • Thanks to you, the piano club has a name!

  • I loved Terri's suggestion that we call the club "The Piano Animals," but the deal was that the name would be suggested by a student, so we will go with P.E.D.A.L. (Practice Every Day and Learn) which was suggested by 11-year-old Mick. His suggestion got 57% of the votes, winning him a coupson for a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.

    Montag, Oktober 06, 2008

    Please help me with a piano teaching thing

    I have put a poll on my blog to have you help choose a name for my piano students' practicing club. I think you have to go to the blog to do the poll, not sure if it will show up in bloglines.

    I hope you will take time to vote.

    No tickers