Link a Dink a Bottle of Ink

Too much knitting related internet surfing is making me want to buy lots of things. But I’m trying to be good and work with what I’ve got at the moment rather than let myself go wild. So I’m going to share the things that are making me drool at the moment. Don’t blame me if you are suddenly inspired to melt your credit card.

Crochet Me by Kim Werker
Projects that I like in this book are many. I love the great things done with crochet, especially the Cocoon Market Bag. I know this is the year of the super eco, reusable, knit/crocheted market bag, but this is the first one that has actually tempted me to make one.

200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton
To help support my sudden desire for a granny square afghan. I have visions of over sized blocks becoming a topper for my bed. Winter is coming soon (but hopefully not too quickly).

Interweave Crochet – Fall Issue
In this issue, I’m completely in love with the Seaside Coat. Partly because I love the idea of crocheting and felting such professional looking outer wear, partly because it’s a very similar style and colour coat to one that I already own and love. Really I just need to subscribe to this magazine already as there’s always something in there that I desperately want to make.

The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller
Not only will it add to my Stitch ‘n’ Bitch library, it’s got some good technical information on crocheting. I know all the stuff so far has been crochet related. That’s because it’s seriously under represented in my craft library and I’m intrigued to work more with a hook since discovering I can make more things than 60’s related Hallowe’en costumes.

Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray
I’ve been looking at embroidery for months. Slowly I’ve been accumulating the required supplies and amassing a library of inspiration. I’m working through ideas in my head before putting needle to fabric. I like the kitsch value of using old embroidery patterns and some of the cool ways embroidery is being used to be more than little rosebuds on little girls pinafor dresses. This would be a great addition to the internal brainstorming. One of these days I’ll put down my wool and pick up some floss. Mark my words.

Oh and to lighten the mood (and again so I don’t lose track of these fun things), here’s some fabulous craftiness that the internets have provided me.

Cross Stitch Minipops by Ruby Khan
These are too too too awesome for words. I want all my favourite bands and cast of characters translated from pixel to cross stitch, framed and hanging in my hallway.

Crazy Awesome Crocheted Thingmes by Nicole Gastonguay
Who doesn’t want their tv dinner to be smiling up at them as they dig in?

Knitting Daisies

I like it when knitting shows up in movies and on tv. I was recently very pleasantly surprised to see knitting on one of the new fall tv shows that I enjoy, Pushing Daisies,* has character that knits when nervous. Emerson Cod, the PI, starts knitting in the second episode in response to the dead girl being not dead anymore.

The actor isn’t a very good knitter, but not completely hopeless.

Cod’s recent finished pieces, a lovely sweater vest and gun cosies.

In the middle of the action, a knitting needle saves the day!

In the end, he continues to knit.

He finishes up with some money cosies.

I quite enjoy the super cuteness of this show. Especially when they add fun character traits like knitting. The best part was having a knitting partner without needing to leave the house.

* An ABC show that airs on CTV here in Canadia.

The Improbability of Knitting

It’s nice to see knitting appear in pop culture. I get the same level of enjoyment as I do from when Canada is mentioned in US tv shows. Even if they’re making fun, I still enjoy the mention. My favourite use of knitting in film also happens to be in a film I really enjoy. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is exactly my sense of humour and is a pretty great translation of the book into film format.

I heart the animations that go along with the book’s descriptions throughout the film and really fell in love with the knitted scene after the second use of the Heart of Gold’s Infinite Improbability Drive. Here are some pics if you haven’t seen the film (which should be done at once).

The ship as is exits hyperspace travel using the Infinite Improbability drive.

Knitted version of all the characters and the interior of the ship. I love the attention to detail.

Here Arthur is being sick into a waste bin. Please note the ribbing and cabling on the columns and the knitted portrait of Zephod in the background.

As the ship regains ‘Normality’ the transition from knitted dolls to real people begins. Note the real bathrobe.

But the vomit in the bin remains yarn and Arthur pulls the last bit of yarn out of his mouth. I luv it!

That last bit of the scene really adds that extra level of smarts to the comedy that is true to the books. This is the sort of visual gag that makes me really love the movies. It’s like an inside joke just between me and the filmmakers.

Maybe the film isn’t a faithful translation of all events of the book to the screen, but Douglas Adams changed the story each time it was told. From the original radio shows, tv series, and books. It then follows that the movie would be it’s own entity still. There are those who criticise editing Douglas Adams, but a death can’t be helped. I would rather editing by someone else than losing the project entirely.

Oh and I’d love to have a knitted Marvin one day.