Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Dr. Manhattan Beanie

Getting ready for the release of Watchmen, I knitted up a little Dr. Manhattan beanie. Let it never be said that I can't take my dork-ness to the limit. I think it's fantastic tho; and at my age, that's about all you can do really. 

Chloe's Scarf

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Baby Zane's Hat and Scarf

This set I knitted for Baby Zane. The patterns for both were from Debbie Bliss's simple baby knits. Neither took too long; although again, the scarf was a bit tedious for me. It's a cute set tho and I can't wait to see how they look on him!

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Dee's Scarf

Before Christmas Dee asked if I would make him a scarf.  I Cannot refuse a scarf request. I kind of hate knitting scarves because it gets dull very quickly and then you just want to hurry and finish but you can't if it's not long enough. But I can NEVER say no if someone asks for one. I just feel very honored to make something for someone. Anyways, it was also a quick knit 2 purl 2 combo in Lion Wool's thick 'n quick blend. and quick it was. For all the bitching and moaning tho, it was totally worth it to see how happy he was about it. 

Griff's Scarf

This was an easy-peezy piece to knit up for Griff. It took only a few days using Rowan's big wool. It'd done in a  knit 2, purl 2 pattern. It's very warm, and no complaints so far from Griff. It was perfect for when it was snowing out :)

Finished January 2009

Friday the 13th

It had to be done. Going to see Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th was a treat that I could not resist. 

From the initial get-go I was skeptical of the new installment in an otherwise stale franchise. Don't get me wrong, I love Fridays 1-7 (in particular I love Part 4: the Final Chapter with Crispin Glover AND little Cory Feldman. It's just too good to be true), but I drew the line and hated Jason Takes Manhattan, or as I call it, Jason Rides a Boat. I couldn't finish Jason Goes to Hell and flat out refused to watch Jason X (in space, really?). And when they announced a new Friday the 13th they said it was going to be a remake. A REMAKE!?!?!

So I hated it from the start. There is nothing wrong with the original, in fact, I find the original to be very right indeed. But as they started releasing info, and then actually a picture of the new Jason, it dawned on me that it can't be a remake. (SPOILER): Mrs. Vorhees was the killer!!! Jason doesn't arrive till part 2! Needless to say, I become more excited about the impending arrival of the new Friday. AND I was ecstatic when they released that they would be playing it on Friday the 13th. Marketing scams like this I willingly oblige to play into. It adds to the fun (see also, the remake of the Omen that was released on 6-6-06. Brilliant! Rob Zombie made a MAJOR error in not pushing for Halloween's release to be on, what?, HALLOWEEN. Marketing and audience would have been done, finished, finito.). 

Opening night and a full house. One of my favorites. And then the movie started and the disappointment can over me in waves. First, the premise that this group of kids are hiking through the woods looking for a crop of weed was stupid. AND the fact that it was so close to Camp Crystal Lake, also stupid. As Griff pondered, how did all that weed get cultivated with Jason running around so close by?

I continued to feel disappointed until it suddenly dawned on me. Once again, THIS IS NOT A REMAKE, thus it's a-okay to enjoy. And then 2, IT'S JASON. So once I had this little shout out with my brain I allowed myself to enjoy. It was also the first Friday movie I had seen in a cinema. So I took a chill pill and enjoyed.

When I decided to that, there were a couple pleasant surprises. For example, there was a lot of little "in" jokes and references to those who have seen all the other Fridays. And all the annoying people died, and who doesn't love that?

But even when I resigned myself to the fact that it was good for a Friday the 13th movie, I have a few issues. First of all, it was annoying how big and loud Jason was, but he was incredibly quiet when it came to appearing behind someone. Also, how the hell did he get on top of the house so quickly?

My biggest problem though, is a personal one. Because you see, I hate fake boobs and more than that I hate pornographic sex (and all that that implies). In the 1980s, you saw a lot of films that jokingly address teen sex and how awkward and funny it was. Now though, all the girls have fake boobs, and people behave like they are starring in a porno. I miss funny awkward sex of the 80s and I wish it would come back. 

So that's my little commentary on Friday the 13th. It had to be done....

Saturday, 14 February 2009

My Tattoo

Done by Lindsey at Old London Road Tattoo; photo taken by them as well. I think I still want to add a bit more too it....

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Friday, 6 February 2009

A Book List Thing-a-Do

"This one is originally from the Big Read. Apparently they reckon most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here." -kinda borrowed this from someone else's blog. but it was fun/interesting....

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Underline those you intend to read. (no underline button, so i'm using different color!)
3) Italicise the books you LOVE.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan

51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel - will read
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
On The Road - Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - will read
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

You know.....

I don't blog as often as I want to because the stupid thing takes ages to load.