Film distractions

FuzzeMan and I went to see “The Bourne Supremacy” Thursday night. It wasn’t as good as the first, but for a sequel it was definitely worth a watch. The main distraction for me, aside from Matt Damon 🙂 and the wobbly camera work in the fight scenes, was the knitwear worn by the cast! In particular Julia Stiles scarf, Matt Damon’s jumper (sweater) and Joan Allen’s cabled jumper. Gorgeous!

Another time I remember being distracted like this was during “The Hours” and Meryl Streep’s characters jewellery. Sitting in the cinema thinking “hmmmm how could I make that necklace” and what I could construct it out of.

On a completely different track. I am an avid reader of Dooce. She is amazing. I have been having doubts about why I am doing a blog, then I read her post dated 28/8/04 and am so amazed by her courage and honesty. Particularly talking about mental illness. Go Dooce and thank goodness for women like you!

Tom White

Saw new Australian film “Tom White” this evening. I’m not a Colin Friel fan, but he was very watchable. A little disjointed at times but it did have some interesting touches and didn’t have the usual Hollywood happy ending. Worth viewing.

There’s been a bit of a drought in the past month with decent films to watch. But finally there’s some interesting stuff coming up. “The Corporation” should be interesting and worth a watch, continuing the theme of corporate responsibility.

“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” will hopefully be worth viewing, tho’ not a huge Geoffrey Rush fan.

The latest offering, “The Village”, from M Night Shyamalan will be interesting. I saw Signs with a friend, Paul. He thought it was terrible and I quite enjoyed it. Our reactions were so different it was if we’d seen two different films. Very funny.

Finally and lastly, saw the Coen Bro’s latest offering, “The Ladykillers”. So disappointing. I don’t know what has happened. Tom Hanks isn’t convincing and the usual band of quirky characters are so cliched and shallow. After watching this it’s difficult to believe it was the same film makers that created Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Intolerable Cruelty was bearable, Georgy Clooney being its saving grace.

On a crafty note. Check out The Thread Studio (thanks Alison!). Some interesting fibres and threads and located in Australia (thank goodness, no international shipping charges). They stock some gorgeous silk, including silk cocoons. I have no idea what I’d do with them, but they are beautiful. AND Tibet recycled silk…..hmmmmmmm


On the sticks and in the wings

On the needles

  • Jo Sharp “Favourite” from book 6 in Clinker for FuzzEman (knitting up nice and quick on 7mm’s)
  • Debbie Bliss “Rosy” from Cotton Angora knitted in Cotton Angora (lovely lovely yarn)
  • Scribble shawl from Unexpected Knitting by Debbie New, knitted in Rowan Kid Silk Haze (black) and Hawthorn Cottage Chunky BBC (Black, brown and caramel)
  • Pocketbook slippers (great free pattern, thanks!) in Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran in Empire with little crotchet flowers in Jo Sharp Silk Road DK Tweed, Night. Very sweet pattern. I’m thinking these should be called “Nana Slippers” ’cause that’s what they remind me of. I’m going to sew a little bag for them to live in. They’re a gift for a girlfriend.
  • Jo Sharp “Cosmopolitan” from book 6 in Anny Blatt Fine Kidd (I’m fudging the tension a little but it looks like it’s working).
  • Rowan’s “Mist” in Jo Sharp DK Ebony. This is actually the first garment I started 2-3 years ago when I began knitting (I know, I know). I remember at the time, my friend Emma (one of those “I’ve been knitting since I was 7” kind of people) saying kindly to me (with this look, that I NOW understand) are you sure you want to start this as a first project. DK yarn on 3.75mm in MOSS stitch. I’ve finished the back, one front and started another front. I still love it and will finish it one day, it’s just not a very exciting garment/yarn to knit. I do remember however that the pattern does short row shaping and I managed to teach myself and if I do say so myself it looks pretty darn good 🙂
  • Crochet rug in Ozeyarn’s kid mohair boucle (hand dyed) in Capricornia

In the wings

  • StitchDiva asymmetrical shawl in Giotto, Dusk colourway.
  • Rowan’s “Veer” knitted in Kidsilk Haze. I think possibly black or one of the reds.

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Scribbling pussy

Sorry these pictures were begging for that post title! I was attempting to take pictures of my scribble shawl and Spud decided that I’d put the fabric down for him. He’s very pretty and lots of fun. Interestingly, I’ve grown up with cats and he’s the first indoor cat I’ve had. It’s a much different relationship with an indoor pussy cat. Lots of playing, mainly with him being involved in whatever’s happening in the house, leaping out at you at 3am when you’re coming back from the loo. That sort of stuff. (Can you spot him in the fourth pic?).

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