Life isn’t all about knitting and spinning around here.
Costumes have been mended. Rehearsals were had. We performed for the athletes and other folks at the Canada Games. It was a busy week even before our pavilion opened. Hosting a pavilion for Folklorama is a lot of work and requires the hard work of many dedicated volunteers. It is also a lot of fun and worth it when the show is on.
My eldest has been dancing with the Scandia Young Folk Dancers for 5 years now, since we moved here. The youngest pair joined when they were 3. I joined the adult Fun Folk dancers last year. I had no costume to perform in, so early last summer I created 4 new costumes – one each for me and my girls. Since we are part Icelandic, I based my pattern on photos of Icelandic costumes. My vest needs to be improved and one day I’d love to embroider my cultural attire, but these versions will keep us on the stage for now. This year I had to add extensions to the girls’ vests because while I prepared the skirts for growth, I did not similarly prepare the vests. There isn’t enough time in my schedule (or brain cells available, it seems) to make another attempt at sewing vests from scratch. I like to think of it this way: back in the day, would someone toss a perfectly good item of clothing just because it was short? That sounds wasteful. If it were me, I’d add an extension if I could. Or I’d have planned ahead better. (Next time; lesson learned.)
We don’t seem to stand still long enough, together, to get a photo. However, I did set up my camera on a table tripod last night and had my hubby video some of the show for family afar. I’ve edited it down for some clips to share as a single video. I’m in the red vest with gold accents and orange apron. My girls have dark skirts like mine, black vests with yellow, pink, and blue ribbon accents and yellow-purple, pink, and blue aprons (in that order of appearance).
Only 2 more evenings (Friday and Saturday) of performances and I can return to my Manitoba Fibre Fest activities full swing. There are KALs to corral, handspun skeins of yarn to solicit, prizes to gather… (and a test knit of my own to wrap up in case any of my Lace Enhancement workshop students are interested in a pattern that utilizes all the techniques I teach).