Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wonderful things!

There are three wonderful things I want to tell you about today.  First, is the fact that the tartan weaving is finally underway.  I have been so sick for so long that I have lost nearly a month which means it will be delivered a lot later than I had planned.  But here is is:
The weaving is going smoothly so far.  There are six (6!) colors which adds to the work.  Most tartans have just five colors, a few have fewer.  But it is what it is and now you can see it.  It's 37" in the reed and I have yet to weave one yard so there is a long way to go.

 The second wonderful thing is a book that arrived in the mail yesterday from England.  It is a copy of Ann Richard's book.  Here is the cover:
Because of the third thing I have to tell you, I have not had time to go through the book well and certainly no time to read it.  But, from the limited look I have had it is just what I expected from Ann:  it is beautiful, quiet in its design, gorgeous and very, very well done.  I am going to enjoy this book very much!  It won't be available in this country for a while yet.

The third thing was the performance I attended last night.  The Utah Symphony and Opera is putting on Donizetti's The Elixir of Love now and it is lovely.

The sort of singing required (bel canto--and what a good name because it is "beautiiful singing") is very exacting particularly for the main characters, Adina and Nemorino.  As you probably know the story is set in a small town (for us an American town in the mid-west in the decade right after the turn of the 20th century) where there is a naive young man, Nemorino, who is madly in love with the prettiest, smartest girl in town, Adina.  He isn't subtle about his interest in her and moons over her;  she scorns him.  A travelling patent medicine salesman blows into town selling bottles of cure-alls.  Because Adina had been reading to everyone about Tristan and Isolde where a love potion figures in, Nemorino thinks his only chance is a magic elixir.  Do you see where this is going?

An army recruiter comes to town and sweeps Adina off her feet and a wedding is set up for the same evening.  Meanwhile, Nemorino has taken the elixir (actually Burgundy) and confident that it will work, relaxes, flirts with the other girls and waits for results.  Adina is cat-like in that solicited she walks away, but ignored she comes around our of curiosity with the inevitable result:  In the end the two young people realize their love for each other and all ends well.

The sets were completely charming, with the action taking place in the town square in a gazebo structure, the kind used then for band concerts.  Costumes were pretty.  It always interests me to notice how the colors are chosen so that our attention is directed to where it ought to go. 

Our Adina was played by Arya Matanovic and Nemorino was Aaron Blake.  Both were definitely up to their vocally demanding roles and acted convincingly as well.  Rod Nelman was the travelling medicine man, Dr. Dulcamara.

The opera is in start contrast to the last.  There is nothing light or cheerful about Rigoletto, a truly horrifying tale, but Elixir was just lovely in all kinds of ways.

So, three wonderful things to report this fortunate am I?


amyfibre said...

While Ann's book is not yet being distributed in the US, it is available from UK sellers via Amazon. I have my copy on order and eagerly await it. Another book in the same vein is finally coming to the US, and in English: Lotte Dalgaard's "Magical Materials to Weave: Blending Traditional & Innovative Yarns". That should be available in the next month or so.

What a delight to have new meaty weaving books to enjoy!

Amanda Cutler said...

Sharon, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the beehive weaving off on your sidebar! Where did you get that cute pattern?! If you made it up, do you mind sharing it? Also, I noticed you're in Salt Lake City! Do you have a favorite yarn store that you could share? Thanks!

Sharon said...

I made up the beehive pattern. I have these curtains in the guest room upstairs where there are no architectural details woth weaving into a curtain.

The beehive is one of the symbols associated with Utah. I don't have the draft close to hand. It is huck lace and took 20 shafts, I think. Do you have that many?

I have two favorite knitting yarn stores Blazing Needles and Black Sheep but the weaving yarn place has moved to a private home and I have not been there.

Amanda Cutler said...

Sharon, 20 shafts? Wow, no, I only have 8! I'll have to design something for 8! I noticed all the beehive stuff in Utah, it's way cool!!

I went to the yarn store at the private home and it was weird. I don't think I'll be going back. It was mostly knitting. Last year I got a GREAT deal on weaving yarn and was hoping to find that again, but obviously they were downsizing and that's why I got such a good deal! I'll have to try some of these other stores out next time I roll through town!

Take care! Your stuff is beautiful!!