Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Hey, I'm back! I don't know if you missed me or not, but my internet service was down for two and a half days. Talk about feeling out of the loop. Not a good way to start a blog, but I'm here again. It felt like I was gone for such a long time.

Thankfully we are all over the flu. This was a very bad season for us. The worst I've seen. Hopefully that will give us immunity through the rest of the winter.

On a sad note, the world has lost a phenomenal knitter and crafter, my Grandma Carolyn Young. She died on New Years Day of a terrible fast spreading cancer. I will think of you whenever I knit a stitch, Grandma. And your love of all things crafty and knitty will continue to live on in me. Thank you for that legacy.

So in the vein that life goes on, I finished all of the ornaments and got them delivered to my friend Ryndi. She liked them, thank goodness. I delivered them in a basket like this:
As I showed you in a previous post, I knit these up in three colors; Red:
and Burgundy:
of which burgundy was my personal favorite, though they all were nice and surprisingly easy to knit up and sew up. Very nice pattern, again from Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments, knit in Lion Brand Suede on size 9 needles.

And before I put all things Christmas away, I thought I'd show you one of many beaded ornaments I've done in years past:

I still do love to bead, and in fact I'm going to be taking a few beading classes in the next couple months with Ryndi (my ornament exchange friend), but knitting is now my true crafting passion, and I don't see that changing for quite some time, if ever. And speaking of classes, I'm going to sign up for a really neat hat class at the Yarn Garden. It's a little spendy, but there are a lot of cool techniques used that I want to master. And I've still got that finishing class coming up at the Knitting Bee. Fun stuff.

The hat class will be held over four Saturdays for two hours each class. I talked with the Count, who usually likes to work on Saturdays, but for his little Countess, he said he would work half days on those days. I tell you, this guy is the best.

I'm itching to get out to see a movie, namely the remake of Fun With Dick and Jane. But I don't get out to the movies as much as I used to or I'd like to, what with three small kids and my movie buddy Tulip adopting a baby this month. I'm just going to have to start going by myself, which is just not half as fun as going with someone else. But you've got to do what you've got to do. And desperate times call for desperate measures. Have any of you readers seen Dick and Jane yet? Your thoughts, please.

I've received a few quite good guesses on that movie quote, but no one has guessed it correctly yet. I guess it's a little more obscure than I thought. Some hints: the movie was released in 2004, so it's fairly recent. And a weird bit of trivia: this actual line was not included in the unrated director's cut, which I thought was very very strange, being the only thing cut out of the movie while other scenes were made longer, and it was my favorite line from the whole movie. Maybe that's why I noticed. By the way, crazy as I am, I own both the unrated director's cut and the regular editions of this DVD. I did not see this movie in the theatre, but would have if I had gotten the chance to.

And on the off chance that my dear readers have only seen the director's cut of the movie and missed the line, I will give you another hint. Kiefer Sutherland plays a small roll in this film. You guys might not have liked this movie as much as I did. Its kind was right up my alley, and I'm giving it a 10 out of 10. Ya'll would probably rate it lower than me, but I'm sticking to my marks. So who will be the first to claim the chocolate, anyone?

Love you babies, bye now.


Stephanie said...

You know... with the hint of Keifer being in your mystery flick, the only movie that keeps popping up in my head is Taking Lives, although I don't rememeber that line being in there. I'm not even sure if you like that movie!! hahah well, there's my guess: Taking Lives.

About Fun with Dick and Jane, I saw that movie recently. I won't go too much into it but I will say that if you're not a BIG fan of Jim Carey's outrageous humor, I'm not sure if you'd want to spend the time on this one. There are a couple of HA HA moments but mostly just chuckles here and there. Personally? I wish I had rented it, rather than having spent $8.50 and eatin' all that butter-soaked popcorn. (what was I thinking getting a large!?)

Stephanie said...

Oh! Cuuuuuuuute ornaments!!! You know what would have made them EVEN more adorable!? Some like, glitter yarn or something knitted into it to make it sparkle! But that's just me... sparkle is pretty. :-)

Stephanie said...

Also, I would just like to let you know how sorry I am to hear about great grandma. Please know as well that I'm thinking of Dram Dram and you ladies constantly. Love you!

Tim said...

The answer is Taking Lives. I saw the first half in theaters, and then saw the rest on DVD. Now that I remember it, it was the unrated version. I must have missed it. The movie was good, I liked it.

mamma said...

Was it from that movie about the phonebooth? Colin ferrall, katie holmes, keifer sutherland? Just a stab in the dark. That line is very cool, where ever it came from.

Anonymous said...

And the answer is: Taking Lives. The winner is Stephanie, by 17 minutes. Tim, you were correct, sir, but you just have to learn to type faster. Great guess, Mamma, with the evil Kiefer in Phone Booth. I've posted a new contest--check it out. By the way, Mamma, I love your blog. It's the funnest knitting blog out there, in my opinion.