Piano weekend

Picture this: Sitting in your seat, knitting on an airplane. A pattern is on the tray table; Ishbel is in your hands. A ball of blue laceweight yarn is on your lap. You shift in your seat slightly, and the ball rolls off your lap, under the seat in front of you, and down the aisle…

No, it didn’t happen, but I was visualizing it as I was knitting. Just in case, next time the yarn should be in “cake” form!

piano

The weekend was lovely. Five erstwhile pianists (I think only two of us are actively playing right now) who met at piano camp several years ago. Two more piano buddies came down on Saturday to play for us: Satie, Grieg, Mozart, Bach… D’s piano sounds fantastic in its new space. It sounds rich and round. The space is very open, with a cathedral ceiling. And the view from the piano is inspiring, looking across the Carmel Valley.

piano room

back view

How could I not be inspired to play? I re-acquainted myself with the Granados Waltzes from Valses Poeticos. And the Adagio movement from Mozart’s K 332.

Friday afternoon’s sky was especially lovely.

friday sky

Saturday’s walk took us down by the beach.

cormorants

gulls

In other piano buddy news, fellow piano camper Katie Hafner’s book on Glenn Gould, A Romance on Three Legs, is now available in paperback. The book is a great read. Katie is one of the smartest, funniest, and most charming people I’ve ever met.

I did a lot of knitting on Ishbel while listening to my friends. But it’s not done yet. :sigh:

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10 responses to “Piano weekend

  1. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. I bet you thought the weekend was too short.

  2. I’ve had that same thought about yarn and the train. Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

  3. Beautiful pictures, now I know where our sunshine is! I can’t wait to see Ishbel, I was going to cast mine on tonight but I forgot to wind the yarn.

  4. Wow–gorgeous pictures! They make me so nostalgic for the Pacific coast.

  5. I agree, it sounds like a wonderful weekend!

  6. morewithles

    So nice to spend a weekend doing something you love.

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  8. It looks wonderful!

  9. absolutely BEAUTIFUL! i wish i’d kept up with my piano from my youth!

  10. Oh I’ve so been there done that from your daydream! Whenever I fly to Spain the knitting goes with, OF COURSE! So embarrassing having to retrieve a ball of yarn from down the aisle!!!

    Beautiful pictures, though – and I can just imagine the amazing music!