So, what have I been up to? In chronological order, I've: sung in a concert; helped run a games convention; found some RPG-playing knitters and co-foundered The Order of the Pointy Sticks ("greetings fellow Minions!"); driven to/from Scotland to attend DH's best friend's father's funeral; rehearsed for a concert in France; watched England play Switzerland at Wembley; gardened a bit; spent the day with a friend from the Motley Fool who was en-route to Portugal; visited the BBC; and knitted a lot. I'll give you some potted highlights.
On Saturday 21st May, my choir performed Purcell's Funeral Music for Queen Mary; Holst's Choral Fantasia, Rutter's Psalm 150 and the Rutter Gloria. Although the Rutter was lovely ("Utterly Rutterly" according to our conductor), a lot of the concert was music to slit your wrists by: sorrowful, heartfelt and full of pain. Perfect music for Goths. This is particularly true of the Choral Fantasia, which I keep referring to as "A hymn for the damned".
Given that I was mourning one death and expecting another, I found the drum and brass intro to the Purcell to be especially painful. If you need a choir and brass ensemble for a funeral, let me know.... In the meantime, we leave on concert tour on Thursday. We're off to Nancy to sing Faure's Requiem with the Choeur Nancy Ducale on Saturday night.
The Games Convention and the Order of the Pointy Sticks
Shadow-Con is two days of RPG's, mayhem and dice which
My usual chores are manning the Tuck Shop, ordering and fetching the meat for the barbecue and doing the Saturday morning bacon butty run. This year, I spent several hours re-creating the tickets (unobtainable because the file/template is on BF's computer), shopped for Tuck Shop and barbecue (I was comparison shopping for the barbecue when I found the Arnott's BBQ Shapes) helped set up on the Friday night, ordered outdoor lighting for the barbecue. My reward: I got to listen to the cricket when I was in the Tuck Shop and I got to play in a couple of games for free.
I was on duty in the Tuck Shop on the Saturday, and knitting on my latest sock, when I discovered TWO MORE crafters: a knitter and a crochetter. I'd already outed a third in a Cthulhu game about 9 months ago, and before Saturday was over the four of us girls were talking patterns, comparing projects and swapping Ravelry IDs. By close of play on Sunday, we'd formed The Order of the Pointy Sticks and started trying to arrange meet ups. After ten years of wishing, Ladies and Gentlemen, I've found a knitting group.
Lots and lots of knitting
The body and sleeves of the Willow sweater are done.
In the meantime, I needed something more mindless to knit while playing RPG's on Sundays, so I cast on the Three Hour Sweater in Rowan's RYC Cotton Jeans from my stash. The colourway is Blue Wash. This pattern is famous/infamous on Ravelry: it's a vintage, 1930's sweater knitted on big needles to fit a vintage size 16 (supposedly a modern US size 8). The gauge is 4 stitches to the inch. The needle sizes given in the pattern are obviously modern add-ons - 1930's Americans didn't use the metric system.
(I'm knitting it in the round instead of flat.) Most knitters have had to modify it to fit their size, including me - my modifications can be found here. So far, it's taken me about 8 hours.
And, finally, here are my latest socks for DH in Lang's Jawoll Magic.
Simple, plain vanilla, mindless socks. Yay!