This is [an extreme close up of] the collar of the Retro Cardi. It's a nifty little yo/slip rib pattern. I even managed to figure out how to drop down and fix mistakes, but alas, despite the fact that I was almost done with it (and therefore done with all the knitting on the Retro Cardi itself) it took me too long to figure out the pattern and increases on it, so when I made an egregious mistake and had to rip back 3 or 4 rows, I figured, what the heck, and ripped the whole thing. There's this short row shaping for the mid back collar - it's practically a Dracula style stand up collar. I love it.
So basically I made a full size swatch. And joy, I get to make another. Live and learn. Think that will teach me to swatch? Yeah, me either.
From Overdue Books comes From The Stacks Reading Challenge because it just wouldn't be right to not be in a Reading Challenge, and besides this one looks like fun. It's from now until Jan 31st and the challenge is to read five books already on your shelves.
So far my plan is to read:
1968 by Mark Kurlansky (I loved his book, Salt)
Her Majesty's Spymaster by Stephen Budiansky
The Blank Slate by Stephen Pinker
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
and.....one to be announced later.
Film Reviews: (undoubtedly spoilers somewhere)
Stolen from The Knitty Professor
Film Title: How to Murder Your Wife w/Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas
Describe the film in one sentence: A wacky misognyistic chauvinist sexist look at marriage in the 60's.
Who should see this film? No one.
Who should not see this film? Anyone who thinks that the idiot gender proscribed roles are really true as it will just reinforce their idiot prejudices, and anyone who doesn't believe women naturally shop, entrap men in marriage, ruin lives etc, because they'll undoubtedly start heaving things at their screen.
Do I want those two hours of my life back? Pretty much, even though I kept watching the stupid thing. I have never been more mislead by Jack Lemmon in my life.
Anything else? Oh, don't start me. Jack Lemmon being a cartoonist that acted out his comic strip before drawing it was an interesting bit of storytelling, but my word. The sexism. Terry-Thomas was about the only one that was truly funny as Jack Lemmon's "Man."
*Rating: Mildewed acrylic yarn found in a chicken house.
Film Title: Equilibrium w/Christian Bale and Sean Bean
Describe the film in one sentence: Dystopian future where Farenheit 451 and Big Brother rule. (You know, it's not that easy to sum up in one sentence. I much prefer long run on rambling sentences myself).
Who should see this film? Christian Bale and dystopia fans.
Who should not see this film? Anyone who is too truly disturbed at the sight of books and paintings being burned in bonfires. And who likes pets.
Do I want those two hours of my life back? Since he saved the puppy, no.
Anything else? Dominc Purcell (of Prison Break, John Doe) has a brief part in it.
Film Title: Portrait of Jennie w/Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones
Describe the film in one sentence: Lake House meets Ghost & Mrs. Muir.
Who should see this film? True Love and time travel fans.
Who should not see this film? Anyone who will mock it to me. I'll have to whap them upside the head. People who don't like black and white films in general. (You know who you are.......)
Do I want those two hours of my life back? Nope! Time well spent.
Anything else? There was knitting in it! And a cat gallivanting on the chair with the knitting.
* an idea that Knittin Brit in Wi came up with, but I'm probably mangling it beyond all recognition.
Argh. My head hurts. And unlike Deb who does amazing things with a crushing headache, I pretty much consider sitting upright and getting dressed to be an accomplishment. Luckily I wrote most of this earlier in the week. I was stalling on posting it for the 5 books to read from my shelves.