Monday, January 12, 2009

Show Knitting

Every time I do a show (don't forget, I'm not only a knitter, but a singer!) I like to have something on the needles.

It's best for it to be something simple, where I don't need a chart or to keep track of what row I'm on... something that I can put down mid row if need be. But it also has to be an interesting enough project that I don't get bored to tears.

At the end of the month I'm going to be in a production of Pirates of Penzance with my fabulous Gilbert and Sullivan troupe. And as the show opens in less than two weeks time, our rehearsals are getting longer, crazier, and full of more gaps of 'hurry up and wait' time.

Knitting fills those gaps perfectly, and keeps me sane. As I'd be doing jumping jacks if I didn't have knitting, this is a good way to make sure I can sit still. The energy of performing is so intense, that I really need a counter-balance.

Besides, I've managed to convince enough of the other ladies to bring theirs that we sit around and have little knitting circles during our offstage moments. Great fun!

So, what am I knitting? I've picked The Prismatic Scarf by Huan-Hue Chye to show off the colourway of my favourite malabrigo silky merino that I picked up at The Purple Purl: loro barranquero. Mmmm. Apparently loro is Spanish for "parrot".

Definitely sproingy and silky soft.

And yes, I'm back to selfish knitting: this one's for me!



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