Sunday, 7 September 2008

Accumulated Post

I haven't been able to post because I was getting a Blogger problem which allowed me to compose but not to move photos and one or two other rather important things. I thought it was a Java problem but it occurred to me today that it might be something to do with my browser, so I tried logging in to Blogger with Chrome and everything worked, so here I am. By the way, if anyone else is using Chrome (Google's new browser), does it really go backwards only one page at a time? Or am I missing something? 

I've finished knitting Icarus. It still needs to be blocked and I'm going to try blocking wires, so I need to wait until I see Jean, because I'm going to borrow hers. 
I finished knitting the baby's Forest Canopy Shawl and I'm going to block that with pins so I should do it in the next day or two. I'm expecting it to grow a lot. 
I've also knitted a hat for that baby; it's not a typical baby hat because it's in black and white stripes. It's Debbie Bliss's baby cashmerino, which might be the only baby yarn you can get in black. The baby daddy supports Newcastle United FC so I expect he'll be pleased, but if baby is a girl the hat might have to wait a while. 

Writing this, it occurs to me that maybe I should knit  a little scarf as well. 

I didn't use Jared's pattern in the end - I just made this up - but I tried the jogless joins. They weren't a huge success: I think I may have to practise a bit more. I'm not showing you them.

I'll knit another hat to go in the parcel but I haven't decided yet what it will be.

The Old Maiden Aunt yarn arrived and it's very nice. I realized it's the wrong weight for the Wristers, so I still have to buy some yarn for those.

One afternoon last week, Turner Classic Movies showed A Day at the Races and Casablanca one after the other, from the ridiculous to the sublime.  I turned it on just at the start of my very favourite Marx Brothers scene; I like it even better than the Sanity Clause. Groucho is posing as Head of the Florida Medical Board and impersonating a hurricane.

For fans of movie trivia, the pretty dark-haired girl is Maureen O'Sullivan, Mia Farrow's mother. 

It's been a long time since I watched Casablanca all the way through, and I loved it all over again. It left me with a hankering to watch Play it Again, Sam, again, so I must do that soon. I like it when one film leads to another.

I love Diane's sweater.

I also started a stripy hat for my little pink relation; it's going to have a matching scarf. I used the Bobble pattern by Kim Hargreaves from Rowan 34, in Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze, but I've changed the shaping. The pattern is described as fitting 'an average sized head', which is a fat lot of use. I made it a little smaller at the edge and a bit fuller elsewhere. The pattern is knitted on two needles: I was going to knit it in the round but then I remembered my lack of success with the jogless joins so I stuck to the pattern.

I was talking to her mother on the telephone the other day and she asked to speak to me. We chatted; I asked her if she had a good day at nursery and she told me she had a new Jasmine doll, and then she said 'K, BAI' and as she passed the phone back to her mother I heard her say, 'Who was that?'

Diva or what? I don't think it'll be long before she's saying, 'I am big: it's the movies that got small.' 


Anonymous said...

Can't a girl support Newcastle United too?
-- Gretchen

Cazzab said...

I really like the Kidsilk Spray in your Icarus. I hadn't seen it knitted up, so I always wondered how a lace pattern looks in it.

You always have the best Youtube clips! That part of Play It Again Sam is one of my very favourite bits of Woody Allen. I like to kid myself about having sophisticated tastes, but I have to admit to myself that some days slapstick is just what I need!

Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, thank you so much for that Groucho clip -- I needed that!! They don't make them that good anymore, I think... Your Icarus is looking beautiful, I can't wait to see it blocked. I love it in those colors.

grannypurple said...

Isn't Diane's sweater by a famous designer--pattern was in VK sometime in the past few years? Great movie clips, Thanks!