Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Top Ten Human Qualities

Things we could all use more of, in no particular order...

Acceptance of differences
Treating others as we want to be treated
Responsibility for one's own actions

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ballgown Revision

I don't have any pictures right now, but I'll find one.  I have a Victorian ballgown a friend made for me back in my late 20's.  Black Watch tartan in silk taffeta with a green velvet bodice.  It was always a lot of fun to wear, but it no longer quite fits.  So today I detached the bodice from the skirt and let the skirt out a few inches.  Well okay, about six inches (sigh).  It was made in two pieces and just attached at six points, so taking the two apart wasn't that hard.  I un-stitched about six inches of skirt from the waistband on each side of the closure, added more waistband, spread out the gathers to fit, and stitched the skirt back on.  Used velcro instead of a hook and eye.  Much easier to put on and adjust the size that way.

I'm doing all this for the Victorian ball the Bru is playing for in March.  I'm calling the dance.  This will be the second time and I'm tired of wearing the blue cotton gown I made.  So for the dance I'll wear the tartan skirt, an almost-off-the-shoulder blouse and the black velveteen bodice I use for Scottish Country dance demos.  I tried them on together today and it looks pretty good.  If my hair was longer I'd look like a Scottish lass on the cover of one of those silly romance flying, tartan skirt billowing in the wind, standing on a cliff looking out to sea. Ha-ha!

Anyway, I was happy the skirt re-make worked out well.  Now I just hope the blouse I ordered comes in time.  I think it's going to work.  If not I'll have to make something new.  Meanwhile until the one I ordered gets here, I won't know if I'm going to be making a blouse or not.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Brief Catch-Up

Work is crazy.  Has been for a few months now.  We all can't wait until we get a few new people working in our area.  Thing is, non-work life is somewhat crazy as well.  The Burns Supper demo was last weekend, and I have two dance-calling gigs this month, and two next month.  No more invites to teach a workshop so far, but I'm sure getting alot of ceilidh/contra calling gigs.  Guess I'll have to learn more contra terminology!

I've been having fun with crochet.  Just finished a quick little neck-warmer in alpaca yarn.  The pattern is called "Queen Anne's Lace".  I added a third row because I wanted a wider scarf.  The edges are wider than the center, so when you wrap it around your neck it looks like a tall ruffle.  Kinda fun.  And really soft!  I just have to be a bit careful with it, as alpaca isn't as springy as wool and tends to stretch out but not come back.  That's why I did a short scarf.  Didn't want the weight to pull the scarf out.

I've also started a flower motif scarf in an inexpensive wool as a gift, and pretty soon I'm finally going to get started on my "pay-back" project for a friend.  We're doing a crafting trade.  She's knitting me a shawl in that amazing red yarn I showed off in my last post.  Madelinetosh "Tart".  I'm crocheting her a cowl.  Not sure what yarn she's chosen yet, so it'll be fun to see.

Tomorrow night The Bru is playing for a Father-Daughter Valentine's dance.  I'm calling.  It's only 8-9 dances, not a long evening, and they're all pretty easy.  Hopefully it will go well and the dancers will have fun.  Then the fourth Saturday of this month I'm debuting as a caller at the monthly Contra dance.  Just two Scottish ceilidh dances, not difficult.  I hope!