“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss,
A distant time ago I decided to teach myself to knit. Many, many, many YouTube tutorials later I did actually manage to get going and basic stitch that it might be I was off. I kept going, it was long going, I dropped more stitches than a cared to count, and certainly more than I had the ability to correct!
Then came the daunting and terrifying task of casting off. In fear, I lingered, too terrified to actually take the leap I watched more tutorials, read more blogs…. I kept loitering in fear. It could all so quickly go wrong. Eventually I did get the courage to cast off and it was not too bad, I did manage it without destroying anything.
I am ridiculously proud of my holey, dropped stitches, wonky scarf! Just in time for summer I know, but oh well!
I am already planning my next project, but given the speed with which I knit please, please, for your own safety do not hold your breath!
Nope, not painful or medical but definitely on a Sunday, on the last Sunday of each month.
This Sunday I was invited along to attend SundaySurgery which is produced by DYSPLA. A collaborative group of creatives attend a viewing of new writing that is workshopped on the same day with professional director and actors, giving the writers the opportunity to see their work stand on its tentative new legs.
With only two hours of rehearsal time the directors and actors breathe life into the play and with script in hand, work though a max of 15 pages of the script. A small audience of industry professionals are invited to attend the workshop in view of offering constructive feedback to the script in development.
This Sunday there were three extracts from three different plays. It was brilliant to see the achievements that can be made in such a short time. The energy and creativity from the actors and directors was phenomenal. But even more so, it was a true privilege to see new writing with such promise and such creativity brought to life.
After each scene the audience were invited to feed back to the writers, concerns, ideas and advice given about characters, relationships in fact all and anything that we felt would be helpful to the writers. Most importantly it was lovely to be in a room full of people who were all accepting and willing to contribute in a positive and welcoming way. No egos here!
Afterwards we trot down to the local, to have a drink and mull over the afternoon and naturally to chat “shop”. I lovely end to a fruitful day.
I left feeling inspired to write and create and of course to attend again!