Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Two mistresses is two too many!

Knitting is a terrible mistress. She does not progress with less time spent in her presence. The theatre is a very jealous mistress, when she sees me spending more time with someone else than I am with her, she gives me more work.

These two are fighting a lot now and I'm stuck in a mean love triangle!

Add that to being super busy in every way possible and a few emergencies that fall in between major and minor and you've got my life right about now. I haven't the time to go on and on about it all, but let me tell you I miss blogging! I miss the feeling of yarn running through my fingers. Oh, for the softness, the sheen, the drape! (Can you tell I've been in Shakespeare land a bit too long?)

I have one of my cotton turning socks finished. Not sure if it'll work out, since I keep forgetting to take it to class with me. Other than that, I've got nothing. Learning lines, audition material and class work has become my portable project of late. My knitting bag hasn't left my house in far too long. I'm just waiting to see if knitting is agressive enough to kick theatre's butt in a nice b!tch fight. Let the hair pulling begin.

Monday, March 20, 2006

It's been a week, eh?

Ack. Sorry. I don't really have anything to say. Or any excuse. Been seeing a new boy. He's pretty nifty -- ahhh I'm such a fickle, fickle youth. Some nice spring fever. Worked a bingo for the Humane Society on Wednesday night. Spending time preparing for my many auditions, assignments and show coming up. Spending some time knitting.


Working on socky number 2

Cast on for some cotton turning socks (you know, where they only cover your toes and then come up to your instep and stop) - not sure if they're gonna work... the cotton's not very elastic

Finished another granny square dishcloth (#8/12)

Have two people begging me to start scarves for them (guys, it's just about spring here, and they're still begging!)

That's about it. Still have yet to do anything for Project Spectrum. Will get there eventually. Can't speak in full sentences. There.

Monday, March 13, 2006

I got it!

Just wanted to let you all know that I went to my callback on Friday, nailed it for a part I wasn't even considering at all, and got one of the two the lead roles! I'll be playing a little boy, but hell, this is the year of diversity for me and that's a long way from the last role I played of a rich, old, fat, mean landlady. I couldn't be happier anyway. Thanks for all the prayers and warm thoughts. I know they helped!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

No SSS here!

Last night I cast on for my second socky. I am absolutely in love with the elastic cast on described in my sock book. It's a version of long tail and I must say it is probably the most fun technique I have learned so far, not to mention quite amazing! I have a few rows of the ribbing done so far and can't wait to get home to work on it more. I also finished the plain ol' granny cloth pictured on the needles in my last post. Other than that I don't really have anything interesting to say. I have a callback audition tomorrow for a children's touring production of a brand new play called Dr. Doolittle. I have little hope that I will get cast, but a callback is a good sign! They want people off book for the beginning of April, so I would assume final casting will be done over the weekend. Hopefully I'll have some good news come Monday. It's a paying gig so that would be nice. Plus, it's for children and there aren't very many opportunities to do children's theatre in my area (read none). Anyway, we'll see how it goes.

Happy knittingness to you all!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Awww... I'm growing up!

Those are the dishcloths I have finished for Tammy as of tonight. Aren't they beeeeeautiful? Obviously there are some granny cloths, two Baby Fern Cloths, and one Fir Cone Cloth (can't remember where I got the pattern from, sorry, but I can try to find it). I hope the colours are good for her, she said sage green and copper... I think that's pretty darn close.

AND --

It's my first finished socky! The REAL reason that I had to post at 11:30 PM. She is not without mistakes (i.e. being completely too tight around my foot), but I love her and soon enough she will have a nearly identical sister. I'm so proud of me!

P.S. Those ballet classes sure paid off for something!


My blog is lookin' like it needs some. Outdated links in my blogpal sidebar, last FO very old, very few recent posts/pics... the list goes on and on. I haven't even been commenting very much on others' blogs. Agh. Sorry 'bout that gals. Truly sorry.

On a brighter note, I have been knitting my little heart away. Unfortunately I'm finding myself spread between so many projects that I'm unable to finish much, but I'm OK with that. That seems to be my catchphrase lately, "I'm OK with it." I don't think that's such a bad thing, seeing as I'm sooooooo self-critical. Yay me. I'm thinking I need to actually start on something for Project Spectrum. Tonight I will search for something and decide.

Now, a little thought/story:

When I first started reading blogs everyone was making Clapotis. I wanted one, but didn't know enough at the time to make myself one. Once I knew enough, I felt I had truly missed the boat and thought I could live without La Clappy. Every time I see other late-comers finish her off, I really really want one for myself again. Now, I'm really against bandwagonning to a fault, which is probably the real reason why I haven't just bitten the bullet and cast on for her, but I think sometime soon she will make an appearance on my needles. Don't hold me to it, but don't be surprised.

Speaking of needles... I've got a finished dishcloth in a totally new pattern to me! I'll post a pic for you once I take one. I also think I'm about ready to start the short row toe on my sock -- almost there! I don't even care about the second sock at this point, I just want to get one done and on my foot... that's assuming it's not too small :s. I've been trying it on as best I can and it's either gonna be perfect or a bit tight, but I don't care either way... say it with me now, "I'm OK with it." What else, as always I've been working on Jenn's Gryffindor scarf (YIKES). I've also been working on her baby blanket and am halfway through the second repeat of the interlocking hearts motif. It's not very easy to see since I did it in veregated, but I don't care. We'll know that they're there and that's enough cuz it's like we know that there's love in the blanket, but it's not super obvious. Kinda neat actually. Speaking of this baby, it's gonna be a boy! Wait, I think I said that already didn't I. Well, if I did, I did and if I didn't, now you know. It's kind of a good thing since I still have all the leftovers from Logan knitting. Oh, and I cast on for another granny cloth. I think I'm gonna stop mentioning when I start a dishcloth, I feel it is slightly boring, but I still need to finish a bunch for that girl at work. Well, that's all I've got for now. I'll try to take some pics tonight. Mwah!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Play

Seeing as so many people requested the details on how my play went I figure I can share with ya!

So, we did The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertold Brecht. Overall it was a great success, the director was happy, the cast was happy. That is not to say it was without it's speedbumps. I was so happy with my role since it was the one I wanted and very far outside of my normal casting parameters. My whole goal for this year was to do some really non-typecast roles and see if I could pull it off. So far, I think I've acheived that, which is good. Now, I have always had a mortal fear that I will not make it onstage during a scene ontime. Always, I mean to the point that when I was little I peed my pants waiting for my turn to come at a piano recital cuz I didn't wanna miss it. That bad. Well, the worst has happened (yes, somehow worse than peeing my pants in front of everyone). During the second last show I completely forgot that I was in a scene. I was sitting in the green room, picking my nose or something (lord knows what I was doing, really), even paying attention to the CC TV that was showing the play and still didn't clue in that I should be onstage. The assistant stage managers came running in saying, "You're missing your cue, you're missing your cue!" It was like a bad dream and sure didn't feel like it was really happening. In the end, the audience didn't notice a thing, thanks to the two very wonderful actors who were onstage, but the director sure noticed and I got a lashing. The worst part was that I disappointed myself, though. It was a complete fluke, but it was my worst fear coming true. At the time I was sure it would be career suicide, but, thankfully, I think I half redeemed myself in the closing performance. It was definitely the best I did in the entire run, so I'm proud of myself. I did my share of bawling over the subject so I think I can move on from here. Overall, it was a fabulous experience and I'm better for being in such a wonderful production.

In knitting news, nothing major to report. I've got a new dishcloth FO, picture to be posted at some time in the future. Oh, also I taught my lil' sis how to knit over the last week. She's already not satisfied with one project at a time, but they're both stockinette scarves. I told her she should make herself a blog, cuz she'd learn so much faster that way. Good ol' learning by osmosis. Alrighty, buds, I'm outta here for today. I hope all your days are going simply fabulously!