First, some real knitting gossip: Kris is the new manager at Tapestry Craft, the only yarn store actually in Sydney City. Proud to know ya, grrl!
I mentioned that we had lunch at a cafe and art gallery called Blue Poles, in the tiny township of Byaburra, when we were away last weekend. These two photos are the ones I took there. The first is the view from the cafe down the valley; the second is of a little house behind the cafe.
One of the most charming things about this interesting building was its windows: every one of them seemed to be planned to show a carefully framed view of the property and the trees to the people inside. Through one small one you there is only a close-up view of the beautiful trunk of an enormous gum tree. So the art wasn't only on the walls!
And the modular cardi is progressing again, thanks to Tina from Victoria. She read my plea on the justdoitknits email list at Yahoo for a ball or two of Cleckheaton Tapestry in colour 10, which has been discontinued, and replied that her sister had some. So now I have some balls of wool and Tina and her sister have some yummy Belle Fleur chocolates. I had really lost interest in it for a bit there, but now I am powering away.
I love this modular knitting! I decided that it was too short, so I have added half a modular block of extra length to the fronts and back; now I am doing the front bands. Instead of seaming it, I am picking up stitches along the edges of the pieces and using the three-needle bind-off inside out. This ties in with the ribbed kind of look of the modified garter stitch (which is 3 rows knit, one row purl). I will take a close-up pic of a seam when I am finished so you can see what I mean.
Peter brought me this gorgeously dyed fine wool as a gift from the Bendigo Sheep and Wool show, and I am looking for a lace scarf pattern to use with it. I have not really worn knitted lace much, but the lace scarf I knitted last year is so lovely to wear that I am getting more interested in it. I’ve ordered thisfrom Lucy Neatby, and I’m also looking at some of the scarves and shawls offered by Jamieson and Smith. Sandra has two of the Fiddlesticks patterns, and I'm considering those too.
But my next project will be a vest for Lizzie, my daughter, using the thick-and-thin Colinette Point Five, mixed with Marta’s copy-cat yarn, in many hues. Lizzie wants something with shaping at the waist, so I'm thinking of using cables to achieve this, as i think that anything else will be too obvious in this very thick yarn. I’m also going to start using up the leftovers from my socks to make socks for my granddaughters.
And then there was Othello. What can I say? It was stunning. We were in the third row, and we could see the sweat on the man's face and the spit coming from his mouth when he got agitated, hear his breathing. He was a huge and stunning force on stage. The final scene was just overwhelming. The physical strength of the man provided a focus so strong that there was just nowhere else to look as he held Desdemona feet off the ground and seemed to be pushing his thumbs into her throat for several minutes on end. We could see his muscles working through his soaking white shirt. I was so moved that I cried a little as they took their bows, just overwhelmed. I have absolutely no idea how someone can act like that, night after night. Stupendous.
The rest of the cast was excellent as well: Iago was creepy and slimey and pitiful; Desdemona was not a confused girly twit as I've seen once before, but a strong, stroppy young woman with a good sense of herself, as was Amelia.
The set was absolutely minimalist. They used the whole stage area, clear. You could see the wings and the flies and the lighting frames etc, and it was huge. But they used it all; they had conversations across it, they strode over it. For props they only used six big long wooden boxes - ammunition boxes. For indoor scenes they were covered with kilim-like mats, and they were pushed together for the bed in the final scene.
This was a UK company, Cheek by Jowl. Although I love the local productions, it's good to see overseas companies from time to time, especially when they can present performances like this.