But I’m having trouble visualising this rough, loosely woven fabric as anything other than a very casual longish A-line skirt and simple jacket. Something fairly loose but lined so the fabric isn’t against skin.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated❣️
All for now, except to wish you all the Very Best in the New Year! 🎉 🎉 🎉
Isn’t this a lovely design! I thought so, which is why I decided to fix the reason it wasn’t worn at all last year.
This was my third update today. Well, I thought it would be. Those belled sleeves trail into all the wrong things, which is why it didn’t get worn.
Even though I’d found it at a charity shop, it is mostly silk, so I decided it was worth a bit of TLC, and a lot more wear before returning it to another charity shop for someone else to enjoy.
Examining the sleeves, I had a hard time flattening the seam. And even more time figuring out how get it to stay flat long enough to figure out what kind of stitch was used. I’d originally assumed it was overlocked, as it’s a knit.
But it wasn’t.
That’s a single stitch with what looks like not-the-average (read, super skinny) thread.
I think I’m gonna live with it . . . . . .
about the disappeared Commentssection
The only solution I can think of is to change the theme, so I’ve been looking at different ones. Any thoughts? Suggestions?
Just wanted to let you know, so you won’t think it’s you.
Pleasedonothesitate to let me know your thoughts as things shift.
Hello, Lovelies! It is Monday. Again. And the First Day of July. Where is this year speeding off to, and why? Herewith, despite despair at all that wasn’t accomplished, are a few of the bits that were. . .
I’m thinking of changing my gravatar…
You know, this thingey that pops up whenever I write here or comment elsewhere.
My sticking point is this gravatar connects to two things—the C with CurlsnSkirls, and the thistles with my Scots sewing and crocheting grannies, bless ’em.
What do you all think ? ? ?
Pleeese be very honest and say if you think it’s a nutty idea. I promise I won’t be upset.
Oh. What would replace it? Am considering this, if you can imagine it reduced to 1/4 inch-size.
Things are ticking over at the usual hot summer pace, which isn’t spectacularly speedy.
I decided to fiddle about—again—with the dotted duster. I took a good look at it whilst outside at high noon one day and decided it was too white and I wanted a more subdued effect.
My solution (no pun intended) was to tea dye it in the kitchen sink. Not something I do often, but there were tea bags left from the last bout.
I wrote about it even before that session, so that giant box in the photo was good value.
(For tea drinking I prefer decaf English Breakfast, and other black teas which never get used for anything but drinking!)
Hey-ho. Not much photographic difference, but to me, in full sun, there is. 🤣
Stop the presses! I cleaned off my sewing table! And resolve to stop piling things on the end except when I’m sewing.
One of those little but pesky (aka, put off forever) sewing projects is done: I cut down an extra pillow case for a little pillow made years ago. It’s gotten a lot of use, and always needed a pillow case. Minorly major or majorly minor, am not sure, but pleasurable every night when I see it.
Slowly but surely more rounds are being added to the crochet project. Baby steps, but that’s fine. No rush!
We have a strange week here in the U.S. At least it seems strange to me. The Powers That Be usually move whatever day a major holiday falls on to the following Monday so everyone has a three day weekend.
However, this week it’s Fourth of July/Independence Day on Thursday. I guess moving that to Monday would not be appropriate. So we have a national holiday on Thursday. It just feels odd.
“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on 24 December at 3pm (10:00 EST or 07:00 PST). The service is also broadcast at 2pm on Radio 3 on Christmas Day, and at various times on the BBC World Service.
“In the United States the service is broadcast by around 300 radio stations, including American Public Media and its affiliates (Minnesota Public Radio and WNYC-New York, for example). Unfortunately there is no list of radio stations that are broadcasting the service, so it’s best to contact your local stations or check their online listings.”
For several years I’ve made a point of listening to the Last Night of the Proms. Whilst drinking tea & dunking digestives, I listen on-line.
This year I thought I’d also sew, but got too involved in listening. I always sing along at the end, thus my copy of “Jerusalem” (above).
Want to plan your own listening party? The complete concert is available here and here. BBC will have both halves available “from Sunday 13th September for 30 day.”
There are some video clips of various performers here and here.
I’d heard both the tenor and the mezzo many times a few years ago, and was interested to hear how their voices were aging. Both sounded good.
Voices change as their owners grow mentally and physically. They also tell immediately if the singer is under stress.
(Can’t you tell if your BF is stressed out, often from a single “hello” over the phone?)
Even women’s voices change, particularly if they have children, as Ms. de Niese did recently. Her voice seems to have darkened slightly, having more heft to it, but she’s kept the agility.
Herr Kaufmann’s tenor is also perhaps a bit darker, and his top notes are maturing nicely. During an intermission interview, we learnt he’s just added the famous aria from Turandot, “Nessun dorma” to his repertoire.
Wisely, he’s allowed his voice to age and develop into this pressure-laden aria. (Men’s voices mature more slowly than women’s.)
Voices are more stubborn than mules. If you think you’re going to do something your voice isn’t mature enough for, or the right type of voice, you will have problems.
A voice can’t take much stress before it starts going haywire! It can develop wobbles, loose agility, lose top and/or bottom notes, develop nodes, or become permanently disabled.
When your voice is your career, you need to understand how to care for it wisely.
A look around the trio of web sites from this prolific blogger reminded me of a story about a soprano singing on the streets of San Francisco over one hundred years ago.
Memory proved accurate, and I can now suggest another site for piccies next time she’s on Market Street with a camera.
Famed soprano Luisa Tetrazzini (1871 – 1940) loved San Francisco, and had a knack for creative programming. During a contractual dispute on New York City, she reportedly said, “I will sing in San Francisco if I have to sing there in the streets, for I know the streets of San Francisco are free.”
On Christmas Eve in 1910 she did just that.
To an audience of somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 San Franciscans, she sang ~ no microphones in those days ~ for 30 minutes. And was heard blocks away. The lady had technique. She had heart.
The concert also recognized the rebuilding of the city after the 1906 earthquake. Her final song was “Auld Lang Syne.”
From all I could gather, the bronze plaque commemorating that concert is still attached to Lotta’s Fountain, on Market at Geary & Kearney.
Was reading over at Uncle Spike’s blog, and came across his Nessun Dorma post, which immediately reminded me of a video with more behind-the-scenes details.
Wonder of wonders, and perhaps because it’s still only available in VHS, the entire piece is available on-line here.
I guess the 58-minute video is too large for wordpress to upload. My apologies for making you click over to watch, but please do. It’s well worth it!
It shows the original three tenors meeting for the first time, discussing possible repertoire, clowning & rehearsing with conductor Zubin Mehta – long before they rehearsed with orchestra. It also details some of the obstacles event producer Mario Dradi had to surmount.
Event producers, be aware of those details. And of how many rehearsal hours were scheduled with these four hugely successful artists.
Was their rapport infectious? Yes. Why? Those maaany hours of rehearsals, besides lifetimes of study and performing.
Don’t think it can be equalled without those rehearsal hours!