Saturday, July 29, 2006

Friday Night Knit in Public

I had a fabulous Friday evening with the girls last night! The "girls" are a group of friends gathered together by Darian F., who we each know from a different part of our lives. This is very cool, because we get to meet people we wouldn't have a chance to otherwise, and since Darian has excellent taste in friends, they are all wonderful women.

Last night's excursion was to hear a piano recital by Clark Bryan and Marion Miller at the Aeolian Performing Arts Centre. The hall is a beautiful old building that has been around for ages and is being restored, bit by bit, by Clark who owns the building and actually lives in the lower part. The hall was set up with candlelight on tables, as Clark told us he was trying to create an intimate feeling to the performance, as though we were invited into his living room. I like to knit in people's living rooms, don't you?

Knitting on the vacation shawl, wearing
Frost Flowers and Leaves because it's so fancy!

The music they played was for four hands, and isn't often heard anymore. The composers were Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Debussy. My absolute favorite was the En Bateau movement from Debussy's Petite Suite. There was a rocking motion to the music with a little swirly turn that just carried me away to such a happy place in the sun it brought tears to my eyes. Lovely!

Bravo to Marion and Clark!

The hall was hung with beautiful artwork by Marion Drysdale and other artist's work adorned the stage. It was lovely to look at during the performance and the intermission.
The cap to the whole evening for me was discovering another knitter in the crowd. My method of discovery was quite simple:

Who could miss such a gorgeous shawl? This is Patricia C. and the shawl is from a back issue of Interweave Knits from the 1990s. Patricia's work is flawless. I know because she graciously swept it off her back and let me look it over front and back.

What a wonderful evening I had! Thanks Darian!


  1. Can't think of a more pleasant way to spend an evening - and that shawl is gorgeous! Someone needs to revive that pattern!

    Speaking of beautiful patterns - I'd like to blog about your fish mittens and perhaps post a picture of them, if you wouldn't mind. I'll give you all the proper credit and I won't steal your bandwidth, but didn't want to post your picture without your permission. If it's okay, let me know! Thanks!

  2. Hey - please send me your email address again as it got deleted up here, to the address. I have some comments on the test knitting. Just started and I'm having fun.

  3. That shawl is gorgeous!! I wish there were some way to get the pattern. I would make it in a second.
    I adore your fish mittens too. The new ones are so cute.

  4. Oh my god I love that shawl! Do you know which issue of IK it is?

    Thanks for coming by and commenting on my sock. :-)