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And then some November 1, 2009

Posted by Fiona in Craftiness, Knitting, Lovely people.

November. So what’s happening in November?

Iolanthe’s on this week – shows are from Wednesday to Saturday – and I’m so excited. It’s my first proper show in the Assembly Rooms this year and it’s going to be so much fun.  I’ve been in rehearsals all this week and it’s been the most fun I’ve had since, well, the last DULOG (Durham University Light Opera Group – they do all the musicals) show that I called.  Hard work, certainly, but the cast is fantastic, ditto the production team, and I’m back in my theatre with my friends working on my shows to the exclusion of all else.  This time last year I was WAY out of my depth.  But now, it’s where I’m comfortable.  I’m doing what I do again.  Plus it’s Gilbert and Sullivan – and who doesn’t love a bit of the old G&S?  I’m sure I’ll be talking about it a lot.

And then the week after that, off I trot to Castle for a rather exciting production of Murder in the Cathedral.  In Castle Great Hall.   We’re putting up truss in a Grade I listed building again.  Who in their right mind turns down a chance to work with stage lighting and a chamber choir in the great hall of a medieval castle?  I worked there on Carmen last year and it just blows you away, the surroundings, and also what you’re doing in there.

So that’s what I’m crowing about at the moment.

It’s November, so what does that mean craft-wise?  A new month’s yarn budget for me, hurrah hurrah, a new Mystery sock (I don’t know what it’ll look like yet but the moment I do there shall be overexcited snap-happiness with the camera – hoping to cast on in the next week somewhen) and – joy of joys – my first cardigan.  It was going to be one of these but after swatching I discovered it looked all wrong – the yarn I’d set aside wasn’t nearly thick enough.  So with the help of Ravelry and a bit of sodding about on the internet… I’ve found a cardigan, and I cast on this morning.  It doesn’t really look like anything at the moment.  But it will do.  Let’s just say that it’s an old favourite designer of mine, and that it’s exciting.  It had to be, really.  There will be owl jumper at another point, I hope, but for the time being, I’m just soakin’ up the i-cord.




1. Martin - November 3, 2009

World Heritage Site no less, even higher than Grade I listing! It is quite a privilege to live and work in Durham.
I feel like I’m missing out not doing this year’s G&S… 😦 Hope it goes really well – I’ll certainly be coming to see it.

2. Jenny - November 3, 2009

Wow, I think *I* could potentially knit an owl sweater. Where can I get the pattern?!! I know people have done their own customisations and such but do you know if i can get the original somewhere…? a jumper is probably my next project, although I do want to do a big long cardigan… xxx

3. Jenny - November 3, 2009

P.S. fi, martin, have you actually met?!! small and wonderful world if you have. xxx

stitchthisdarling - November 4, 2009

It’s on that website, if you look around, I think. Otherwise you have to be on Ravelry. Be on Ravelry! It’s good.

Martin and I worked on several shows together last year – definitely HMS Pinafore, and I want to say Guys and Dolls? but I honestly can’t remember. He’s a nice actor. He makes conversation and offers to carry things. I fully approve 😀

4. Jenny - November 4, 2009

Then I shall join Ravelry!

Meanwhile I am very glad you two know each other; this makes me very pleased. As I say, small and wonderful world.


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