Thursday, June 20, 2013

Last Day of Spring Shawl, and the movies

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This scarf really hit the spot, knitting-wise.  I haven’t tried to wear it yet, so I don’t know whether it’ll do that usual thing that shawl-shaped things do, which is to make me feel like a poseur hippie on her way to a Ma Ingalls look-alike contest, but knitting it was fun in the extreme, and it went soooo fast, even I can’t believe it’s done already.  I saw Kay’s (scroll down to June 5th) and coveted it madly, so I delved into the stash and cast on immediately.  It is the strangely named Clapo-ktus, which sounds like a sneeze if you say it out loud, made with sock yarn, and which very cleverly uses exactly however much yarn you have.  Simple and interesting, with a razor-sharp efficiency for not creating leftovers.  I quite love it.  [Knit jargon alert:  If you make the leap yourself, I’d suggest doing a M1 for the increases, rather than yo.  Big ol’ holes at one side only.  Yargh.] The yarn is a skein of fingering-weight merino wool in, well, gray, bought at a fiber fair—it came from here.  I can’t wait to wear this.  I’ll wear it today, I think.  It’s a gorgeous, spectacularly sunny day, perfect March weather.  Brr.

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Have you guys been to the movies lately?  I don’t know if this is happening everywhere (oh my goodness, I hope it is) but our movie theater—I’ll tell you about this as if you’re still in the movie theater dark ages—has taken out all the raggedy old flip-down seats and replaced them with, I’m not even kidding, plushy leather-like recliners.  Big, smooshy, like your dad’s chair.  There’s a cup holder in the arm rest.  You watch the movie lying down.  Or curled up on your side, hands tucked up under your chin, cuddled under a blanket, lightly dozing, and I don’t know about you, but $7.50 seems a fair price to pay for two hours of uninterrupted comfort, whether you stay awake for it or not.  Is this happening everywhere?   Can you imagine seeing Star Wars for the first time like that?  Mind=blown.  We saw Before Midnight, and I ‘bout sobbed with the bliss of it all.  I stayed awake.  It was lovely.  On the way out, I tried to hug the kid at the popcorn counter.  Then there was dinner out, with a cocktail, and my darling man and I sat at the table together and just talked and talked and talked.  Happy.

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  1. I am so jealous of your theater now. Mine has the nasty old folding seats. On the plus side, the spacing is good, so no heads in your way.

    And your Clapo-ktus is beautiful!!

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  2. My son works at our local Regal. So far, no one has tried to hug him. They must not have the cushy seats. :)

    In your opinion, which is easier for a (first-grade) child to learn: crocheting or knitting? I distinctly remember learning to knit when I was quite young. My grandmother put needles of all kinds in our hands whenever we needed a diversion. :) But I don't know if I picked up knitting first because it was easier or just because she did more of it.

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    1. I think I was crocheting at that age, and didn't pick up knitting until about middle school, but my mom wasn't a knitter, so probably that's why crochet came first for me. There are more stitches to learn in crochet, but first-graders' little brains are like sponges...I guess I'd say the easiest would be whichever one you'd have the most patience with teaching. :)

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    2. That is a practical response. :) Maybe I'll get her one of those little knitting looms and see how long that entertains her.

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  3. That is so elegant, you block stuff really well. Jo x

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  4. I've seen both before sunset and before sunrise and loved them, so this is a definite on my list although our local movie theatre doesn't provide such luxurious seats as yours...not yet anyway :o) Love your shawl is so feminine and delicate, love the grey x Penny

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  5. Your shawl is beautiful Kristen - enjoy wearing it - doesn't look hippy at all!
    You are so fortunate to have such seats in your movie theatre - and - I'm so looking forward to seeing 'Before Midnight'! I saw the second of the trilogy only recently but haven't been able to source the first just yet.
    Joy x

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  6. Love that shawl, there was a beautiful version of it at my LYS in Tampa last time I was visiting. A friend of mine who is new to knitting bought yarn for it so I had to download the pattern to help her out, of course seeing yours now I want to make one for myself. Beautiful shawl.
    Meredith

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  7. I *LOVE* your shawl.

    Your movies cost $7.50? We pay $10.50 here, with raggedy seats and sticky floors. Not fair!

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  8. Lots of sex and snoring possibly going to happen though?!!

    Beautiful shawl.

    The Little Room of Rachell.

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  9. Your shawl is so beautiful, I love the shape, color and stitch pattern.

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  10. Your shawl is lovely! Enjoy wearing it.

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  11. Very beautiful. You are very talented. :-)

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  12. Your shawl is so dreamy. Sounds like a great date night!

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  13. It's beautiful, I love it :)

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  14. The shawl is beautiful, I may have to check that pattern out I am dying to see that movie - will have to wait for it to come out on DVD. It was only playing in one city in New Zealand, unfortunately not mine.

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