Sunday, September 9, 2007

A Night At The Opera...

WOW...It was the most amazing night! I finished the stole on Thursday night:

This is a close-up of the knitted part. Note the little seed beads in the middle. I sewed those on by hand...all 111 of them!

And now....

...The fringe...:

I don't even want to contemplate how many little beads went into that fringe. Here's a close up:

What I do know is that a diamond consists of 4 black bicone glass beads, and 40 silver-blue glass seed beads. The long fringe consists of 151 seed beads and 1 black teardrop glass bead. There are 21 fringes on each side, and this stole took me almost 5 months to complete. (For the complete Shawl Saga, go to this blog posting, scroll down to the post labels, and click on The Shawl Saga. It will give you a backwards blogline of the Saga)

But it was so worth it. By the way I changed the name. Snowdrop/Tulip Stole just didn't sound special enough for this project. So I've named it the Midnight Garden Stole.

And so without further ado: The Midnight Garden Stole in action on Phantom night:

(This cropped photo gave the best shot of the fringe).

We left the apartment at 5pm, and arrived at D'arcy McGee's Irish Pub at around 5:30ish and manage to procure a table on the patio.

This was the entertainment that greeted us:

Only in Ottawa can you enjoy authentic Irish Pub food whilst being serenaded by a Scottish Pipe Band! (We got a real kick out of that!)

When we arrived at the NAC, this was the view of the stage from our seats:

I have purposely posted the blurry one so no one can steal the photo and use it to break any copyright laws. (Incidentally the blurry yellow blob that is almost in the centre of the shot is the chandelier. When it was raised it was almost right above us!) We couldn't have dreamed of better seats! There was one part where flames shot up from the front of the stage and we could feel the blast of heat from them! It was incredible. The man who played the Phantom was not the headliner John Cudia (he only played for 4 days or so, then went on vacation), all I can say is Stephen Tewksbury had the most amazing voice! It was so powerful...a number of people who had heard the other guy said this one was by far the better performer, so we missed out on nothing.

All in all it was a fantastic and memorable night.

And what is a memorable night without a few souvenirs?

A Phantom Mask pin:

And I bought two of these mugs:

The mug when cold:

The mug when hot liquid is added (in this case coffee):

Isn't that cool?

Anyhoo now I am going to work on some socks, and the Aran-style sweater for my boyfriend.



Yosemite said...

I have that mug. I bought it when I went to see The Phantom here in Toronto Years ago. I still love it. The stole looks great. The fringe is amazing.

Raven said...

What a fantastic night. Living in 'Capital city' certainly has it's advantages.

The stole is amazing. What a huge amount of work and dedication. It has really payed off.

I had my first pint of Guinness in that pub.

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

Congrats on the stole, it's gorgeous!!!!

DH and I brought the kids to see Phantom while it was here in Ottawa. My oldest knows all the words to the songs. DH and I saw Phantom twice before in Montreal about 15 years ago.