Monday, July 26, 2010

Bronchitis 10: Damselfly 0

I had a bad night. And that’s all I’m going to say on that subject. Don’t know about you, dear readers, but I’m boring me to death with the litany of complaints!

So lets talk about something completely different, ’kay? I managed to drag walk the 3 blocks with T-Man to the movie theatre yesterday. Popcorn for dinner! Yum! We saw “Inception” with Leo DiCaprio and I have to say that it was pretty good. Unique concept but some people must have very bad dreams! (Not anything like mine at all!) Also a very long movie at about 2-1/2 hours but you are so busy trying to figure out what’s going on that you don’t notice. I tried hard not to cough at the quiet parts, which were of course few and far between! I don’t much like watching movies in the theatre. Can’t put my feet up. Can’t pause the action for more tea and a pee. Can’t babble incessantly to my seat-mate. The action is bigger and the sound is louder though which I guess is the draw for those poor souls who don’t have a 50” flat-screen, surround-sound and Blu-Ray. Ummm…kind of like us?

So. On to another review: the new Interweave KnitScene Fall 2010 issue is out. Some cute things in there to knit. If I could knit. (Shut-UP, damselfly!) I particularly like the Brit Knit Vest by Mathew Gnagy. It’s got all the close shaping in the back with only wide ribs on the front to hug the body there. That suits my figure just fine. The Brise Soleil Cardigan by Debbie O’Neill is cute too but the asymmetry isn’t quite enough for my taste. Either do or do not, but if you’re going to do it, do it big! If it’s too subtle it just looks like a mistake instead of deliberate.

I would love a pair of Connie Chang Chinchio’s Blume Gloves, given my love of all things fingered. The hat is adorable too but it wouldn’t suit me. I’d drown in it’s slouchiness! Lots of other wearable functional pieces here, nothing too out-there or too trendy. You don’t want something you’ve paid a pretty penny for the materials and slaved over for weeks or months to be passé the second it’s off the needles! Though Interweave tries to slant KnitScene for the younger crowd, I don’t really see an age-appropriateness to most of these styles. Perhaps slightly simpler construction and stitch techniques.

Interestingly, the last issue (KnitScene Winter 09/Spring 10) was totally sold out in what seemed like seconds and is now only available in digital form. I never even saw a single copy at any of my favourite haunts. I’ve spotted this current issue in large heaps at several outlets so far. Maybe Interweave got the memo to print and distribute a more reasonable number of copies?

I’d show you how my flour-paste cloth finally turned out but it was…ummmm…kind of a disaster. One of the fabric paints that I used for quite a large section of each piece washed out entirely. Boo-hoo! I think it was too old and had been diluted with water ages ago which broke it down. Anyhow, I’m very disappointed with the fact that most of my effects disappeared in the wash. I will use them for backings for the 4 pieces I did previously that actually turned out ok. Note to self: throw out old paint before it ruins your hard work!

Sorry about the lack of pictures in this post. I’m not getting out of bed to go take any. You’ll have to live with the boringness of all these words.


yarnpiggy said...

I'm sorry you're having such a rough go of it at the moment. Hope you're feeling better soon!

And you're never boring, dear Damselfly. :-)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on asymmetry. It has to be big to look intentional. And I think it is best done for grown-ups.. There is an adorable, asymmetrical sweater in color block in one of the "One-Skein" books. On an adult, it would be gorgeous, on a 2 year-old, it looks like they dressed themselves (i.e., crooked!)

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Barbara M.