Sunday, February 15, 2009

(Not) Knitting at the Movies



There was no romantic Valentine's Day for me: Michael is in Austin visiting his daughter, so Allie and I went to the movies to see Coraline. Alex wouldn't go. Since the movie is named for a girl, it didn't seem promising to him, but Allie and I thought the movie was terrific.

We went to a nearby town to see it in 3-D, which I highly recommend. It's a visual treat, and the main story elements: a big old house, cloth dolls, buttons, and a black cat, are right up my alley. I took my movie knitting with me: my second Tasha Tudor shawl, which I'm making for my mom, but I was so entranced, I didn't even take it out of my bag.

There were a lot of children in the audience, but I would hesitate to take a very young child (say younger than 7) because the the story has some very psychologically creepy elements. Go see the movie (in 3-D) then tell me if you love it too.

There is even a pattern on the web for Coraline's sweater. Yes, the movie inspires that kind of obsession.

Here's the second Tasha Tudor shawl, which I'm making with vintage wool from my aunt's stash, just like Tasha #1. Tasha #2 is a very pale yellow, and I'm loving the color.

I went to my local yarn and fabric shop looking for a shawl pin for Tasha #1, which I finished for my aunt, and they kindly pointed me to this very economical alternative.

Remember kilt pins? They make perfect (and cheap) shawl pins. Someone crafty would fancy them up with beads and other danglies, but I like them plain and utilitarian for this shawl. They would also be handy for all those button less sweaters that are so stylish right now.


Here's my aunt's finished shawl ready to go into the mail. I'm starting to think about a multi-colored Tasha for myself.

9 comments:

Plays with Needles said...

Jack who is 12 is creeped out by the previews for Coraline and he doesn't like any movies by this director. Sigh* Even though all the crafty talk is that we should all go see it cuz it's so good...I'm going to have to wait for the DVD, I can just tell...Love the idea of a multi-colored Tasha -- you need something more jazzy...

Debra said...

I am loving this shawlmaking you have going on lately. I do so remember kilt pins and wearing them in junior high school. My sweater has stalled so maybe I should do a shawl instead. I guess I'm not that much of a knitter after all. I doesn't seem to draw me in that much.

Jeanne said...

I'm intrigued with this shawl! Don't really need a new project, but ...
Jeanne :)

rianammerman said...

That is a wonderful shawl! Seeing it in that color makes me want to squirt dye in riotous colors all over it! You said multicolored...

Allison Ann Aller said...

I agree with the idea of lots of color...the old-fashioned-ness of the shawl design would be a great contrast with loud proud color!

Magpie Sue said...

I'd love to see Coraline in 3-D (but probably won't risk it)! I read the book and am curious to see what Tim Burton did with it.

Quiltnbee said...

Love the shawl Barbara! It looks very cozy and easy...I may have to see what I can do about starting one...=-)

Quiltnbee said...

Me again...=-) Did you use a #4 needle circular needle? 32" or ? I am making a scarf with a sz 6 and it is taking forever, though the yarn is fairly fine. I will look for a good worsted weight for this! I remember the kilt pins. I had a cool kilt in Jr. high...my older, married sister made one for me, one for my mom, and a shirt for my dad, all out of the same plaid wool...I used to "borrow" my dad's shirt to go with my kilt=-) The kilts a nice fringe edge to the wrap part of the front...ahhhh, we were so stylish!hahaha! =-)

Cindra said...

You need to google the movie and see the video about the knitter - Althea Crome, who knitted the sweaters used in the movie. She is a very nice person and her website is Bugknits. I've gotten to meet her a couple of times and she is fascinating and delightful. She talked about this project and how interesting the whole process was. I am going to make a point of seeing it in 3D.