I'm a theater going maven lately! Saw Richard III Thursday night at the Cal Shakes outdoor theater. It was good, but honestly, if the first play is good, they always produce a sequel.........but once they release the third.....Shakespeare was just milking the franchise. Bada-boom! Yes, folks, I'll be here all week.
*I'll blame it on the play I saw yesterday. A "double feature", A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. The first was basically a series of musical skits with the Grauman theater and its ushers as the background singers/dancers - we (the audience) even got to do a sing-along to Over the Rainbow. One skit portrayed how Bob Hope's signature song, Thanks for the Memories was sung as a duet with Shirley Ross first in the 30's, as a long divorced couple meeting on a cruise ship for the first time in decades.
A Night in the Ukraine was a take off on the Marx Bros. Gah. I'm not a fan of the Marx Bros, the Three Stooges and slapstick in general. The first ten minutes confirmed my fears - but then Serge B Samovar, A Moscow Lawyer (aka Groucho) started letting those one liners fly - it just cracked me up. He even had a K1 P2 laugh! Even the Harpo character was pretty good.
Did I mention that Richard III was in an outdoor theater? Yes. COLD.
But yay! I wore my Uggs and at intermission, put on my nice long Log Cabin wool socks too, to the envy of a couple of people around me. I had toasty toes, at least.
I pretty much dropped all knitting to knit up a helmet (Knitters 2003, Fall, I think) after freezing by the end of the show. Sadly I didn't have quite enough yarn to finish it yesterday, so I ordered some more. Even more sadly, it looks like.....well, predigested food. Why do I knit with variegated colors/thickness when I know perfectly well I only like the way they look in the skein or knit in stockinette?
Even more sadly (Yes! more sadly than the last more sadly!) going through the blog pix I ran across a pic of piles of balls of yarn from my frogged shawl collar jacket....
- 100% Wool.
- Plenty of yarn for the helmet and matching convertible mittens.
- ALREADY IN MY STASH.
- One solid color and gray at that. [sigh].
Now I just need a size 8 circ that's 16 inches long. The pattern calls for a 24 inch circ but at 4 sts an inch and 72 stitches to cast on, I come up with 18 inches. It is VERY hard to circularly knit 18 inches on a 24 inch needle. (I faked it with the first one. I could probably fake it with the second, but clearly I need a size 8 16 inch circ.)
Still reading Paul Murray Kendall's Richard III, although I'm almost done. The play was such a contrast! Well, naturally, Shakespeare did write it in the realm of Richard III's usurper's granddaughter. But it was jarring at first. Let me just say, there is no way that a man who was in as many wars as Richard was, and successfully at that, was a hunchbacked cripple. He might have done away with his two nephews (the Princes in the Tower) but it's just as likely that Henry VII did, or even the Duke of Buckingham.
* I'll blame it on the play, but really, I shamelessly stole the joke from my brother. Hi Bryan! Thanks! ;)