Social Dancing At NTIF 13 – 2016

We’ve reached 2015 in the series of posts leading up to the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival. This is last year before this year!  What will we show after this post?  No matter what’s next, even if you don’t dance, come out and cheer on the dancers!

If you’re on Facebook, add the workshop and ceili events to your calendar.

First up we had the afternoon workshop with a couple of two-hand dances followed by the Camp Set.

2015 dance workshop with Susan and Michael Harrison

Music for the evening ceili was again provided by the wonderful Lone Star Ceili Band.

2015 ceili band

Come on out to the Emerald stage in the Tower building for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

If you’d like to see tons of pictures and video from past festival workshop and ceili’s, head over here.

Social Dancing At NTIF 12 – 2016

We’re staying in 2014 for this post in the series leading up to the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival.  Make sure you set your schedule up before you arrive so you have time to see the headliners as well as get your dancing in!

If you’re on Facebook, add the workshop and ceili events to your calendar.

For the evening ceili we again had the Lone Star Ceili Band with dances called by Susan & Michael Harrison

2014 ceili played by LSCB

With some Waves of Tory called by Susan & Michael Harrison

2014 ceili called by Susan & Michael Harrison

Come on out to the Emerald stage in the Tower building for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

If you’d like to see tons of pictures and video from past festival workshop and ceili’s, head over here.

Social Dancing At NTIF 11 – 2016

We’ve reached 2014 in the series of posts leading up to the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival.  Are you bringing a dog to the festival?  You are, aren’t you?

If you’re on Facebook, add the workshop and ceili events to your calendar.

First up with an afternoon dance workshop with Susan and Michael Harrison.

2014 dance workshop with Susan and Michael Harrison
2014 dance workshop with Susan & Michael Harrison

Where’s the ceili?  Coming in the next post!

Come on out to the Emerald stage in the Tower building for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

If you’d like to see tons of pictures and video from past festival workshop and ceili’s, head over here.

Social Dancing At NTIF 10 – 2016

We’ve reached 2013 in the series of posts leading up to the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival. If you attend the whiskey tasking before the workshop or ceili, don’t drink too much!

If you’re on Facebook, add the workshop and ceili events to your calendar.

First up with an afternoon dance workshop with Susan and Michael Harrison. Hard to tell what we were teaching in this photo. Perhaps An Rince Mor.

2013 dance workshop with Susan and Michael Harrison

During the workshop we also taught the “Maggie” figure for the Connemara Set where Susan was able to show off her levitation skills.

2013 workshop called by Susan & Michael Harrison

Music for the evening ceili was again provided by the wonderful Lone Star Ceili Band.

2013 ceili band

and called by Susan & Michael Harrison

2013 ceili called by Susan & Michael Harrison

Come on out to the Emerald stage in the Tower building for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

If you’d like to see tons of pictures and video from past festival workshop and ceili’s, head over here.

Gimp Gnowledge

I’ve been having all sorts of fun (and frustration) learning how to do more complicated image editing and thought I’d share my latest.

On the wonderful snow days of Dec 25 & 26, 2012 (oh how they will be fondly remembered) I took the following photo.

Pleasing to the eye it is.

Based on learning to use masks in Gimp which I’ve been using to enhance my bracketed sky shots and a few single frames I decided to apply the glernin to an “older” picture.

Thence, the following:

Hey, wait a minute.  Looking at the latter picture by itself I liked the changes.  Even toggling the mask layer on and off I really felt the new version was much better.

Seeing them side by side like this I’m not so sure.  The rose pops out more in the first version and remains as the focus of the picture.  In the latter more can be seen but that takes focus away from the rose.

What do you think?

Texas Snow 2012 animation

Give it a moment to download and then watch the snow fall…

Time lapse of the snow coming down, Christmas 2012
Time lapse of the snow coming down, Christmas 2012

 

 

Double Knitting Teeth Gnashing

When one of my knitting group’s organizers suggested the heart hot pad as a knit along for February, I thought “how adorable” and “that looks quick and easy.”  For an insane moment I thought I could knock one out in a day for a Valentine’s Day present.  Proud of my one-and-only past accomplishment of double knitting the Rectangly Hat, I thought this would by a cinch.  Hubris pie, anyone?

Cutting to the chase, here’s what I’ve learned so far.

  1. The pattern looks simple, but the directions have confused better knitters than I.
  2. Double knitting in the round means never having to flip a chart in your head.  This ain’t that.
  3. Holding red and white yarn together for a long-tail cast on makes a pepperminty jumble.  It’s easier, and it’s a valid design choice but not my preference.  After some false starts, the Happy Seamstress’ directions made a nice single color cast on edge.
  4. The side edges in the original pattern match the crushed peppermint look of the two-strands-at-once cast on.  Being persnickety, I followed lissaplus3’s video instead.
    • On the final 2 stitches (1 of each color), hold both colors of working yarn in back, and slip the penultimate stitch purlwise.  Move the working yarn of the same color as the last stitch to the front, then slip that last stitch purlwise.  (Call this color B.)  Turn the work.  Knit the now-first stitch (color B) with its matching color, which is already in back.  Move that working yarn to the front, where the other color (A) of working yarn has been  hanging out, then use color A to purl this stitch.
  5. I double knit really loosely and should have gone down two more needle sizes.
  6. The original chart had an error on row 25 (extra red square, removed from charts below), and it showed 29 stitches across, even though the written instructions said to CO 30.  Make it 31, and you’ll have a 2-stitch border on either side.

Here’s the best part — a corrected chart showing 31 stitches across plus row / column numbers and a second chart with the colors flipped.  Hats off to clear-headed knitters who can invert colors in their heads, but I needed a second chart.  I’m using the white background one for the odd rows and the red background for the even.  I hope these help other knitters.  Now, as someone else mentioned about double knitting, take a deep yoga breath and get busy!

white background Double knit heart hotpad 01

Feb. 23, 2012 update:  Finished, unless I decide to add a crochet border as reinforcement.  The side edges came out cleanly in color, although the slipped stitches look loose and wonky.  I bound off by grafting / kitchenering the ends together, which avoids the crushed peppermint look but doesn’t provide structure. Maybe a normal bind off, doing a k2tog on each pair of stitches, would have been the better choice.  Anyhoo, this has been a learning experience, and I hope my thrashings help you avoid similar convolutions!