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We’re now on Podcast Alley

I’m listing Cloudy with a Chance of Fiber (the knitting podcast I co-host with RachelP) on Podcast Alley.

My Podcast Alley feed!

And sorry for being delinquent with my blogging but since I last posted here we’ve released Episodes 6: Lace Interval & Episodes 7: Done with Cloudy Weather.

At least I can safely say that the heat and drier days are here for a limited period of time. I consider myself a consummate Pacific Northwester but even I could no longer deal with the long string of damp dreary days. I was starting to become the water ghost of Harrowby Hall.

I finally got around to talking about Gansey’s in Episode 7. A good thing too because maybe if I get around to starting my TV John McIver Aran Sweater I can finally work on version to of Lochinver this time around in some Reynolds Whiskey I hoarded away.

TV John McIver

TV John McIver

Short story – The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

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Meaning of Life? Nah… Just a Reminder of What’s Truly Important.

We popped into see this film, $9.99 last night and I was quite charmed by the whole experience. The animation was wonderful, the shading and textures on the characters was a refreshing sight from all the clean lines we see here in America with all the MacAnimation we get from the big animation houses.  Plus there was a lot of knitting to oggle and wonder at. I really adored the story about the little boy who became attached to his piggy bank.  I have to admit, if you are the kind of person that likes explicit explantation or plot lines that are spelled out for you…  or if you think there must always be a point to a story…this isn’t the movie for you. This film may not be for those who crave the explicit or a traditional, clear moral ending, but even without lines clearly drawn, I walked away pleasantly surprised and feeling good.

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Say it isn’t so… Rmmmrghph!

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How are they going to get that hair on Ted?

Keanu to Play Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop

Isn’t Keanu Reeves a bit too old to be playing Spike Spiegel, the bounty hunter?  Rggggh~@#!!!  Okay, so here I’ll admit that I once had a cartoon crush on Spike from Cowboy Bebop. After him came Jin from Samurai Champloo. It’s not just sacrilege to cast Reeves… it’s just wrong.

Here’s where the crotchety gen-x anime fan in me screams… LEAVE IT THE %$#$! ALONE ALREADY!!!!

Sometimes I just wish they would leave animation as it is… forget the live action movie. The novelty of translating things into live action has long worn away into a thin excuse for Hollywood not having enough of it’s own new ideas.  I’m not sure I even relate to Reeves as the ‘action hero’ of my generation…. maybe the Mall Rat or Beach Bum of my generation. Perhaps it’s because the Matrix has become so overplayed or perhaps it was just a half-way decent story rammed into the ground by the needless sequels.

And this latest betrayal…Why am I surprised? Hollywood just lets one stinky cock-up right after the other.  Not sure what to expect from this, plus they’ve left me disillusioned with countless cartoon to live action remakes…. Speed Racer anyone? Sorry, I’m just being crochety.


Crew of the Bebop

Crew of the Bebop

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Skull and Bones and Funny Nazis

I want to design a scarf for someone with a skull and bones. I found a pretty good pattern here at the Domiknitrix.

The skull fixation reminded me of a funny funny clip from “That Mitchell and Webb Look”

Have you looked at our caps recently… the badges on our caps… they’ve got skulls on them… are we the baddies?

Catch the little skull knitting at the end of the clip. I’m not sure, but the scarf the nazi is knitting looks like it has the same graphic pattern I linked to above.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO5WoLnOOlU]

They were never going to give me the job when things were going well… Heil me though….

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcQpj2XUsc8]

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What’s all this hooey about Jane Austen?

Cautionary note: if you truly love Jane Austen books just be forewarned. You may not want to read further… I have a bit of a complicated opinion about her writing and characters… Well, I warned you.

Jane Austen Movie Draws Fire from Fans

Whenever I take up “Pride and Prejudice” or “Sense and Sensibility,” I feel like a barkeeper entering the Kingdom of Heaven. I mean, I feel as he would probably feel, would almost certainly feel. I am quite sure I know what his sensations would be—and his private comments. He would be certain to curl his lip, as those ultra-good Presbyterians went filing self-complacently along. Because he considered himself better than they? Not at all. They would not be to his taste—that is all.

-Mark Twain

My apologies, but this has nothing to do with knitting.

Apparently Jane Austen fans are “getting their knickers” in a bunch over the recent film Becoming Jane because it alludes that the inspirational spark for her genius came from a man. When I read this article I remembered a funny clip from the show Red Dwarf from the episode “Beyond a Joke” (where the Characters go to “Pride and Prejudice Land’ in “Jane Austen World”):

[Youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=pvuZWIeVQDs]

Okay, so Becoming Jane is probably based on very tenuous information about Austen’s life, but it’s just a movie. And who says that we women can’t have male muses? Or the inspiration for the soul of art is gender-based?! I’m not a Jane Austen fan. Maybe I’m not really a woman and I’m certainly NOT a connoisseur of literature, but for me her books basically serve as a substitute for Nyquil.* I know there’ll be hell to pay somewhere/someday for me posting my opinion on Jane Austen.

Yes, Austen may have been a pioneer of her time at portraying women as vibrant and noble characters in literature, as pointed out quite eloquently by this blogger, and I appreciate that so many people love her books, but I’ve always felt like an outsider to my sex because I don’t particularly enjoy the superficial flirting and drama that drives the plot in these stories. I’m basically a low-context woman and the coquetries and indirect actions of some of Austen’s characters just irritate me. I know that Austen was probably a good observer of the human machinations and intricacies of relationships of her day, but I just suspect that women (and even men) at times get so involved in the whole ‘foreplay’ and ‘titillation’ of the heroines’ flirting and teasing of their suitors… and become entwined with the whole ‘idea’ of romance that they forget about the complications and human difficulties that come with love. Take the good with the bad when it comes to love, and realize that there’s more than the hunt and chase.

I read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I started reading Emma, but I just couldn’t get past the first three chapters without drifting off to sleep. About Pride and Prejudice, I think the only character that I can relate to in the book is the sensible and frank Mr. Bennet who openly admits that his youngest daughters are dingbats. Frankly, and again I may be speaking heresy, but Elizabeth Bennet completely irritates me as a character. I think the only thing I found admirable about her was that she walked several miles to see her ill sister and apparently didn’t care that the house guests at the Bingley’s manor mocked her for her muddy and travel-stained clothing. Still, the hubris she wallows in through most of the book is too much for me to stand. As far as I’m concerned, both she and Mr. Darcy deserve each other because they are perhaps the most irritating couple ever portrayed in literature. I’ve often thought that it would be interesting if someone wrote and epilogue of what happened after they actually get together. But perhaps maybe I’m only looking at the story with the eyes of a person who grew up in the 20th century.

Still, it irks me that a woman who perhaps never consummated any love relationship has basically authored what for many has become the Western standard for romantic love. I haven’t read all of her books, but did Austen actually write about what happens in a romantic relationship after it’s flowered then matured? Sometimes seeing the fruits of relationships that have lasted the test of time is just as rewarding as the excitement that comes from the beginning.

Actually, as I write this, thinking about Austen’s novels and reading some of the comments posted on her writing (from people who both hate** and love Jane Austen) has made me want to pick up the Emma one more time and give it yet another try. I want to try to appreciate her portrait of women at the time as courageous characters characters and perhaps even find evidence of Austen’s own defiance towards the conventions of her time. I just might need a little caffeine.

* But I do enjoy a good Gothic tale. Mary Shelly and Isak Dinesen all the way. Also, I’m more of a Russian Literature fan (Doestoevsky and Chekov in particular).

**Apparently Mark Twain had strong opinions about Jane Austen as a writer
Though this article hints that perhaps he was a closet fan and conflicted between his irritation by the conventions in her writings and character portrayals and his genuine appreciation for her ability to capture problems with human nature.

Other interesting links I found:

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More Dr. Who Knitting Trivia and Daleks

I’m a sci-fi geek. At lunch I spent some time working on my husband’s Dr. Who Scarf. I just found out today that Lalla Ward who played Romana, a companion to the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) actually has a line of knitting books out there. Here’s an example: Beastly Knits by Lalla Ward.

Lalla Ward as Romana

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I’m a history buff, so it was also neat to know that she’s a descendant of the Plantagenet family known for their part in the War of the Roses.

If you’re interested in viewing the first series of episodes Lalla Ward appeared in “Destiny of the Daleks.” Here you go:

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT1d9uB0pZE]

Speaking of Daleks I did an image search and found a number of neat links.


Beautiful Dalek Cakes:

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Image found here.

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Image found here. This person actually has quite a nice website dedicated to Fiber Arts.


Building a Dalek:

http://www.thinkythings.org/dalek/

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How to Make Your Own Knitted Dalek:

http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/who/extermaknit.html

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And finally…

The Top 10 Geekiest Yarn Creations on the Web:

My favorites are the Atari with TV Set and the Katamari Hat.

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http://www.threadbanger.com/post/433/the-top-10-geekiest-yarn-creations-on-t

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Sew(knit) little silkworm, sew(knit)…

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Remember that old cartoon where a familiar cartoon pig has the little silkworm that makes all sorts of silk dainties when he says the word “Sew (So).”  This was probably one of my favorite cartoons from my childhood. Though admittedly the little oriental caricature of the silkworm is a little irritating. But what can you say… like people knew any better back then.

I want to be the silkworm without the Asiatic Caricature.

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Link to the Cartoon

I apologize for the ads in advance. Well, the clip is on ‘that’ company’s website… so what do you want?

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