Soon it was time to get ready for dinner. When we entered the big ballroom we had to collect a Lindt chocolate bar from a choice of different flavours and were told not to eat them yet! All very mysterious. When we found a table to sit at, our table hostess (Karen K) had to make a list of how many chocolate bars of each flavour were at the table. Even more mysterious. My girl found she had to sit with her parents (how boring) as the seat the 2 other girls had tried to save for her at another table had been taken by someone else.
|My Lindt dark chocolate on the table|
|Florence and my new Iona had brought the pram, while Laura wore a dress she had won on the Sasha Celebration weekend raffle in May|
|Karen K's Jack Sparrow in best swashbuckling mode|
My girl received the white dress with dress tartan apron, red socks and brown shoes (by Marti). I received the floral dress and underwear with the sage green jacket, white socks and brown shoes (by Marti). Also in the box was a specially printed cover for the Lindt chocolate bar featuring the outfit but also showing small photos of the complete set of 2017 Festival outfits. The photography was by Ellen C. We shall keep the covers flat off our chocolate bars (which were gradually consumed in the next few days) as they are so beautiful. What a lovely keepsake in memory of Sasha Morgenthaler's link with the Lindt chocolate company when 1960s chocolate bars featured Sasha dolls. The festival outfits were an astonishing feat of sewing - Karen had made 104 outfits, 26 of each design, which is one reason why the festival registrations had been limited to 100 people (4 outfits were kept for the display at the Dinner). It had taken her a long time to make them all (nearly 4 years from the start of planning) and we were all very impressed (her outfits are outstanding quality).
|Laura was soon changing into her new Festival outfit|
After dinner Norvell introduced the programme item for the evening - a talk by Diane Duke about her knitting for Sasha dolls and how it has evolved. Diane has a great love of Kaffe Fassett designs and has permission to adapt his designs for Sasha doll knitting. She took us on a colourful journey of the designs she has adapted.
|Norvell introduces Diane's talk|
|Diane waits to start her talk as Norvell introduces her to everyone|
|Another view of the audience and dolls as the start of Diane's talk|
|Diane Duke starts 'Sasha in Colour'|
|While preparing for the talk Diane took a baby Sasha to her favourite wool shop... I think this baby was better behaved that her very mischievous baby Curly with his gavel might have been!|
|One of Diane's earlier knitting projects involved outfits for a Sasha rock group!|
|Three different sweater designs|
|Diane's knitting - different variations on a theme|
|Several babies wearing Diane's knitting in the display|
|A variety of styles|
|Babies, Wobbler and Sasha girls all wearing Diane Duke's knitwear|
|A bevvy of boys and some girls wearing variations on a similar design|
|Finn (right) and friend wearing Diane Duke's sweaters|
|Some great matching hats|
|A starry night on the right|
|Two hiding at the back of the group are having a quiet conversation|
|A proud Iona leads the way in Diane's knitting|
|Baby and Wobbler comparing hats and sweaters|
|An overhead view|
|Babies, toddlers and studio babies in Diane's knitwear|
|A longer view of Sasha in Colour|
|Cosy for the winter|
|A mixed group|
|The prototypes for new designs|
|Experimenting with different designs|
|Close up of fishy designs|
The children had disappeared - where did we find my girl and her friend (from 2012 and 2017 festivals) - playing chess again!
|Late night chess|
My previous posts about the 2017 Sasha Festival can be found at part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.