Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thank you all for your condolences on Nanna's passing. The funeral in Wagga was small without fuss - she would have approved. I'm very glad I won't have to delivery any more eulogies for grandparents.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I'm feeling much better than I was, thank you - back at work this week and largely functional.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
What sucked the most was the inability to do anything for days but sit on the couch and stare into space or sleep. I was too ill to knit much (what, lift my arms?), couldn't wear my glasses so reading was out, daytime TV is nothing to stay home for and I had no talking books at my disposal.
What I need is an emergency sick day pack of DVDs, tissues and teabags. But what DVDs? I used to have a video tape of the Laurence Olivier in Pride and Prejudice for such occasions, but it's long dead or lost. What's your DVD version of chicken soup?
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Nan is not asleep. She is working out how to steal my yarn. The geranium coloured yarn in front of her was, momentarily, my aunt's but Nan decided she like it better than the pale blue and that the pattern was boring anyway. She really liked the Naturally Aspire I was knitting into brioche stitch scarf. I had to move it from her reach.
(details on Ravelry)
There were sheep on the road - been a while since I've seen that.
Somewhere on the "short cut" between Leeton and Ardlethan that added an hour to the journey home.
There was op-shopping in Temora, Young and Yass. Total haul 2 pieces Tupperware ($1.50), 2 pairs new swimmers ($4), 3 blouses ($8), and 2 balls old Patonyle ($2).
Salvos shop in Young
And there was more dealing with Nanna's stuff. Several more cartons of dolls have now found appreciative homes, books have been delivered to Lifeline and clothes to various op-shops and the Old Flame scored a pressure cooker for his putative still.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Mum and I are off to the Riverina for the weekend to visit Nanna. She had a heart attack on Christmas Eve which made her fall and break her hip. She's pulled through it all and we're seeing her in her new home in Narrandera for the first time.
Oh, and there may be a little light op-shopping on the way home. Monday is a public holiday in the ACT but not in encircling NSW.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
The woman on the bench next to me asked what I was knitting, fondled the spare balls of Jet and marvelled over stitchmarker bling and told me about how her late mother was a knitter and how nice it was to see someone younger (than her late mother) knitting.
The bus for the stadium came. My neighbour let out a huge sigh and said "Thank heaven the stadium bus is here, now all these hooligans will leave!"
I smiled and said, gently, that I was leaving on that bus too. She blushed and replied "You? But I thought with the knitting and everything...."
"We're not all hooligans", I assured her.
Mind you, I think I like the sound of hooligan knitters.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
There was knitting, naturally. Finished the TTWC that TSS and I started at Twilight the other night and started another Inca beret from scraps. This photo was taken seconds before I realised why it didn't feel quite right - I'd forgotten to change needle size for the body of the beret. Bugger. It's in the frog pond now.
I also spotted this rather nice jumper causally slung around the shoulders of a bloke a few rows in front of us. Interesting columns effect pattern with a garter stitch shawl collar.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Towelhead but this was not so.
Body of Lies was completely knit free. It was also very violent, with quite explicit images of torture, but it wasn't gratuitously so. Tightly scripted, it was a very good film, despite the lack of knitting content.
Towelhead was more disturbing because the abuse was more personal and more within my imagination. The Old Flame and I agreed that a read of the book the film was based on would be a worthwhile excercise. Uncomfortable viewing. There is one scene in which a minor character is observed knitting.
Monday, March 02, 2009
The Old Flame found the clause in the ANU Film Group membership rules that allows members to take up to two under 16 guests for nothing to any film, even those marked "No Guests". E, my just-turned-14 niece, is a twerd (Twilight nerd, how could you not know that!?) so was beyond excited to attend with us. OK, there was squealing involved and it wasn't only her father pleased to have someone else listen to endless chatter about Twilight - she's been banned from speaking of it at home.
This was her third showing of the film, although, she assures me, the book is much, much better. And that's exactly why I took her - she's finally reading. Her whole life I've been trying to get her to read. Her twin sister is never without a book, but E has resisted despite all the gifts of books to tempt her. She valued the book as an object but just wasn't all that interested in what lay between the covers. Now she's reading with appetite and we are all overjoyed.
TSS contributed to our first TTWC of the year but that wasn't the only knitting that night. The knit count in the film was pretty high - between 8 and 12 different items, including some lovely cabled mittens worn by Bella (our heroine) and a sweet lacy scarf worn by Rosalie (picks on TSS's blog). No-one was actually caught in the act of knitting and there were no knitting references. Crochet also featured a couple of times.
A quick Rav search showed several copycat patterns and lots and lots of tribute ones (there's even a Twilight sock club).
Here's some of the copycat patterns for you - I've provided non-Ravely links where I can. The prices are US dollars.
Snoweviolet has created a pattern for these (Rav link) $5; as has Beth Galantino (Rav link) $6. Both must be purchased.
Shigella has created a pattern for this and there's a crochet version, too. Although, I admit, I had a different idea of the scarf myself. Free.
And one by Beth Galantino (Rav link). $4.
A fine version with free pattern by Craft with Kater Tater.