Wednesday, 6 June 2012

What Next?

Knitting
I have no idea what I'm going to knit next. I was so enchanted by the Purity shawl that I didn't look ahead at all. I had a couple of other things on the needles which are now finished or as good as, and I have no idea what to do next.

Purity is in the bath as I type, but I took some more besotted shots beforehand.





  The Cloudy Cozy is done. I've just realized I haven't got a photo yet of it off the needles. It's nice, although I knitted it on an Addi sparkly plastic needle and the tension is very loose. I realized when it was finished that the dark stripes will shed on to light garments, and the light stripe on to dark garments, so that was clever. It needs a soak and some cooler weather.



I've almost finished the coral Opal but haven't taken a pic of that at all. I forgot to pay attention at one point so it's not quite the right shape, but Aura is not for ripping so it'll be fine as it is. It's the same needle size as the Cozy but I switched to an Addi Turbo and the tension is tighter. Gorgeous colour and the silk is particularly sheenful in this colourway. My impression is that different shades of Aura are slightly different in weight and appearance, but that can't be right, can it?

I have been sorting through my Favorites on Ravelry, looking for something that I simply have to cast on immediately.

I bought Norah Gaughan Vol. 10 recently. I always like her designs and there are a couple of good tunics in this book.  Berrocco charge the same price for the online purchase of a PDF as they do for the hard copy, which I thought was a bit cheeky but after reading the discussions about supporting LYS and so on, I can see their point. I bought it online and then got clobbered for the price of two international telephone calls because I'd used a debit card instead of a credit card, so in the end I could have bought a nice shiny 200-page hardback for the same outlay. Sigh. I like Gregale very much, although I might omit the lace panels. I like Levanto too and there are a couple of nice cardis.



Then there's Cerulean from Kim Hargreaves' new book, Indigo.I like this, although the model looks very grumpy about it.

I'm not planning to wear it as a dress. Perhaps she didn't want to either, and that's why she's so grumpy.

Selection is further complicated by the fact that my body dysmorphia is even more severe than usual just now and I can't decide what might suit me, or more importantly, what might not.

I have the yarn for an I Want You, three balls of Rowan Kid Classic in the most heavenly shade of pearly misty bluey grey called Drought, but I think that's something to knit in the autumn.



And I've got some Kidsilk Haze Stripe which would make a good Mohair Bias Loop, or perhaps another Shoulder Cozy.

Orr I could do another Purity; I do, after all, have another whole ball of Cream KSH to use, which weighed the same after I had finished the cast-off as it did before I started.

I've got a few days away from home coming up - I've got a cat-sitting gig - so I had better have something  cast on by then.

Movies
I went to see Prometheus at the weekend. I'm an Alien purist and haven't seen any of the sequels because they weren't directed by Ridley Scott, but I've seen Alien rather often and in all its versions, although I couldn't necessarily tell you what the fine differences are. I've listened to all the commentaries on the special edition dvd too. I would have quite liked to see Prometheus in 3D on an IMAX screen but my companions were another kind of purist and they insisted on 2D. I enjoyed it a lot and I thought Michael Fassbender was terrific. He plays an android (although they keep calling him a robot) who models his appearance and mannersisms on Peter O'Toole, and he handles his ambiguous role (I'm not telling you any more than that) with subtlety.

 Michael Fassbender as David

Some reviewers have complained of a lack of character development, which makes me laugh. Obviously they thought they were going to see a Bergman movie. Some of the characters are fairly stock ( you can recognize who's going to get killed first) and you won't view life differently when you come out of the cinema, but it's staggering to look at, the sound and the music are outstanding and I didn't look at my watch once.

Noomi Rapace has the role of The Girl Who Runs Around Screaming a Lot and does well in it (I can't understand why anyone would complain about character development rather than the fact that she continues running around screaming after major abdominal surgery); Idris Elba is great as the Captain; and while I expected a fairly by-the-numbers perfromance from Charlize Theron, she does much better than that. The script was wittier than I expected too. There are all sorts of hommages in it, probably more than I spotted, so a working knowledge of sci-fi movies will enable you to get more out of it but it works well as a stand-alone too. It sets up enough ripples for a few more sequels or even a television spin-off, but unless Ridley directs them I probably won't see them.

Telly
When The Bridge finished on BBC4 we had a couple of episodes of another scandicrime, called Sebastian something but I found it so dull that I can't even be bothered to look up its name. There wasn't a single character in it that I cared whether I ever saw again (which was one of the problems for me with The Bridge, as well as the ludicrous number of red herrings) and I think with a serial or a series there has to be someone every now and again that you are actually glad to see on the screen, someone who doesn't just come in, snap at all the other characters and go out again. Lilyhammer is coming on over here in the autumn, Mary Lou, so I'll catch up with that then. But I'm still missing Inspector Montalbano.


7 comments:

Mary Lou said...

I haven't seen sparkly addi needles, are they plastic? I'm looking forward to a money shot of purity, it certainly looks lovely. I have been looking for inspector montalbano, but expensive DVDs seem to be my only option at the moment. I'm sure he'll turn up somewhere. I saw by myself when it first came out. I was supposed to meet up with friends, we got out times/locations confused. No cell phones, then, of course, so I just bought my ticket and went in. Seeing it alone in a big dark theater was terrifying, I loved it. I haven't seen of of the sequels, either, but I'll have to check out prometheus. An android Peter otoole sounds delicious.

lynne.litchfield@gmail.com said...

Hello!
Been followin you for a while and love the tv and film posts as much as I do the knitting ones!
Have you seen Braquo? We've been watching season 1 one DVD, and taping season 2 to follow. Couldn't understand how we missed the first season when we started seeing the trailers for the second one! It's really good, but the subtitles make all but the most mindless of knitting really difficult! I'm sure that's why I missed a couple of plot points in series one!

I too have the same probem with 'what's next syndrome' - absolute panic as I near the end of a project......which often results in bad decisions about what to knit next in my hurry to choose something

All the best
Lynne

Knitting Linguist said...

I'm glad to hear your review of Prometheus - I hadn't decided whether to try to see it or not (it's hard to get to the theater these days). Is it as creepy as Alien? Such a good movie, Alien, but I find that my ability to handle creep has declined as I get older, rather than increasing.

Your knitting is looking absolutely lovely - that white shawl is amazing. I, too, am having issues deciding what to cast on, and am therefore knitting very little. Must work on that...

Raveller said...

I really enjoyed Lilyhammer.

Joan said...

Having terrible trouble imagining you empty-handed. I wonder what you have decided on? Purity is lovely. Perhaps I ought to start knitting wedding shawls for daughter/future daughters-in-law now, just in case.

The more different yarns I knit with, the more I love Kid Classic.

zippiknits said...

I watch, on Netflix, many things. Your reviews are so well written, and witty when called for. Excellent stuff!

I'm an escapist, therefore I watch an amazing amount of crap but no TV. Hate commercial television with a passion bordering on homicidal mania.

You've given me an idea for a small stash of kid silk. thanks!

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