Irish Eyes Are Smiling…

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling – performed by The Irish Tenors

I’ve never read the lyrics for When Irish Eyes Are Smiling until today, and feel like I’ve been cheated of something my whole life! How has this song not been a forever favorite? Reading the lyrics reaffirms that I love all things Irish:

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure ’tis like a morn in spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy, all the world seems bright and gay,
And When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure, they steal your heart away.
There’s a tear in your eye and I’m wondering why,
For it never should be there at all.
With such power in your smile, sure a stone you’d beguile,
So there’s never a teardrop should fall,
When your sweet lilting laughter’s like some fairy song
And your eyes twinkle bright as can be.
You should laugh all the while and all other times smile,
And now smile a smile for me.
For your smile is a part of the love in your heart,
And it makes even sunshine more bright.
Like the linnet’s sweet song, crooning all the day long.
Comes your laughter so tender and bright.
For the springtime of youth is the sweetest of all,
There is ne’er a real care or regret.
And while springtime is ours, throughout all of youth’s hours,
Let us smile each chance we get.

I joke on St. Patrick’s Day that I’m a total Irish-WannaBe. Things like, “kiss me, I’m the only one NOT IRISH in my family” or “I love an Irishman”.

It’s true, I love all things Irish. I enjoy good Irish beers. I make a mean reuben always paired with a mint shake. I watch Irish dancing, and feel that clogging was probably my former life’s work. I swoon at the sound of an Irish brogue. And Irish melodies melt my soul. And yet, I’m not Irish. Good thing I married an Irishman, though; to pass on these lovely traditions to my own children is a delight.

I spent the morning perusing green and orange patterns on Ravely. I don’t remember the last time I simply sat down on Ravelry and just looked. Usually, I go to ravelry looking for something specific and don’t have the luxury of just looking. What a treat this morning was! So many beautiful creations. So many fun things to knit. My inventive juices wished I had hundreds of people knitting for me, as the visions of new creations flooded my mind! Instead, I happily skimmed pages and pages of patterns, and watched as green and orange jumped out at me. Here’s what I found:

Red_red_wine_2_small2 Rob Roy by Thea Colman. I was not surprised one iota to find that Thea had designed this great hat. I’m not certain I’ve seen one design by her that isn’t beautiful. The spiced orange decorated with the contrasting poof is brilliant. Great color combination. The slouch is ideal in my book, and I’m a sucker for wider brims. It’s perfection in my book.

003_small2 Three Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli. Again, not a surprise to find that this was again designed by Joji. I knit a great hat by her a few years ago and loved everything about it. This cowl jumped out at me due to the color and stitch combinations. It’s really a brilliant piece – something I like to call knitting ADD. Really, so often I get “bored” with larger knit projects, because it’s often the same stitch pattern over and over again. Which is great for mindless knitting, and not having to be married to a pattern for what seems like an eternity. This seems ideal to me. Just when you might be getting bored of the color or stitch, she switches it up. And the end result is a great piece full of texture and color. The green may not be exactly what I’d call Kelly Green, but it caught this IrishByProxyGirl’s eye!

Rossbeg_small2 Rossbeg by Carol Feller. This just melts my heart.  A great Irish Cable sweater for a lil’ swee pea. Beautiful color, interesting movement of cables, looks like a top-down one piece (easy knit). Love the choice for closures. I’d love this in a big-girl size!

 Leighton by Alison Green. Socks seem to be popping up all over my radar. I haven’t knit socks in, well since I knit this exact pair (these were my first sample knit for Berroco). Sometimes they took on a blue tinge, other times they were defintiely green. But again, a great accessory to show off delicate and intricate Irish Cablework. They scream to be paired with a great skirt.

 Finally, The Fisherman Stocking by Mary Thomas b1934. This is a pattern I found over 10 years ago and began knitting for our family Christmas stockings. It’s an heirloom pattern and a pleasure to knit.

Can’t wait to continue creating…Éirinn go Brách!

 

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New…

A new world calls across the ocean. A new world calls across the sky. A new world whispers in the shadows. Time to fly, time to fly.  – “A New World” from Songs For A New World by Jason Robert Brown

I’ve been listening to Songs For A New World quite often lately, as students are beginning to pick their musical theatre piece for this year’s Solo&Ensemble. I immediately gravitate to this music for a couple reasons:

  1. The music stirs my insides. The compelling rhythms, lyric melodies, thought provoking lines, and not to mention fabulous voices make these songs something that everyone should have the opportunity to hear. 
  2. It’s one of those shows that just doesn’t get the attention it deserves from many music teachers. I’m a sucker for the “unconventional” and so, I make a point to bring new songs to their attention.
  3. It’s completely nostalgic for me. These songs are my graduate school years. Great music from a great period in my life.

But this song gives new insight today as I’m no longer in grad school, no longer performing these pieces myself, but teaching my students how to perform them.  New days…

New pattern published. New blog format launched. New pattern in the works. New ideas cluttering my thoughts. 

My mom has yet to receive her new scarf. In the meantime, I enjoyed a random pattern giveaway via Facebook and have put some time into reworking the blog. Hoping to find the update visually clearer, more easily navigable, and a bit more “me”. I’m giving all my patterns face lifts and spending more energy on TheSingingKnitter.

It’s interesting to see that my days allow for more time spent on something I enjoy. Bittersweet, perhaps; as this also means the kiddos are getting older and our little family is once again changing. I think I just found myself at the end of an era as I opened up my prenatal vitamins and only saw two tablets laying “oh-so-lonely” on the bottom. Times are changing. New world coming…

My indulgent hour arrived at 1:00pm today. Liam quietly napping. Girls enjoying a sunny afternoon at school. And all I hear is the steady tic of our living room clock. A deafening quiet that is all too easily disturbed by the creative noises in my brain. Instead of finding myself frazzled, I welcome the stillness as I sip my Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin coffee and adore this “me” moment. 

Hoping we can all find these “me” moments in our day. Moments to indulge our spirits and enjoy life’s good things.