Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Moon Review

OK since this is MY blog, I'm gonna post my New Moon review here. If you're here for knitting content only, feel free to ignore this post. :-)

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD--if you haven't seen it, or haven't read the book yet, and don't want to know, then don't read. You have been warned.

OK first of all, overall I LOVED it. I'm a team Edward person but I must say seeing Jacob without his shirt (the first time he took it off, a guy a few rows in front of me yelled "It's about time!" and everyone else responded "Hell Yea!" LOL. Gotta love going with all the fangirls!) WOW. There are no words. That and the fact that Taylor Lautner is a Michigan fan, well, I have to say I've considered switching to Team Jacob. But, Alas, Edward is the perfect guy so I am sticking with him.

As for the movie, it was 1000X better than Twilight. I'm not one of those "judge the movie on the movie and the book on the book" type people. If it is a book I love, I go to see it brought to life on screen. This movie was the best book adaptation I've ever seen in the aspect that it really stuck to the book well, and only changed a few things. The ending left you gasping for more, the cinematography was so much better than the indie-vibe you got from the first movie, the acting was a lot better (although Kristen Stewart still just seems monotone and flat to me, but it fit the role in this movie so it worked.) The actors were a lot more comfortable with eachother too, so there was better chemistry. Another thing I liked about this movie was that it was FUNNY. Billy Burke (Charlie) was hilarious, really did well as a bachelor dad of a teenage girl. The fight scenes were action-movie quality IMO, but thankfully without the gore. They took a lot of lines directly from the book, and the scenes flowed very well together (again, unlike the first movie). Where I would have given Twilight a C at best, I had to give this one an A.

Oh, and as a side note, as much as I'm Team Edward, he really needs to keep his shirt ON. That really wasn't doing much for me. :-)

And just in case you think I'm a nut, yes my husband is fully aware of my Twilight obsession. He even read all the books so that he could understand some of what I was going on about ha ha ha. And he enjoyed them. He's going to see the movie with me next week, he just didn't want to deal with the fangirls. :-)

Oh, and just to insert a bit of knitting content, I wore my new wristwarmers to the movie. They were nice in the chilly theater.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lacy Fingerless Mitts

I'm BACK! And I have a new pattern for you!! (Plus we got a new charger for our nice camera, so the photos are much better quality than my last few!


These are knit flat then seamed up the side, leaving a space for the thumb. Here's my pattern:

Materials: Less than 100 yards of worsted weight yarn. I used almost exactly 1 ball (had about a yard leftover!) of 127 Print, color #40. (100% wool. I have to be careful not to accidentally felt these!)

1 pair size 7 US straight needles, or size needed to get gauge.

Gauge: 16 sts= 4".

I got the lace pattern from a hat pattern in a book and modified it a bit to knit flat and changed the decreases a bit.

Cast on 37 stitches. Knit one row.

For lace pattern (1 stitch on each end is for seaming up)

Row 1: K1, *K1, yo, s1k1psso, K2, K2tog, yo* repeat to last stitch, K1.

Rows 2 and 4: Purl

Row 3: K1, *K2, yo, s1k1psso, K2Tog, yo, K1* repeat to last stitch, K1.

Repeat rows 1-4 until 1 " shorter than desired length. I did 11 repeats. Do 6 rows of 1x1 ribbing as follows:

Row 1: *k1, p1* across
Row 2: *p1,k1* across.

Bind off in ribbing pattern, leaving a long tail for seaming.

I blocked it, but you don't have to. I dampened it carefully so it didn't felt, then stretched it slightly and pinned in place until dry.

To seam up, hold on hand and use removeable stitch markers or safety pins to mark the beginning and end of your thumb hole. Starting at top with WS facing, use mattress stitch to seam to the beginning of thumb hole. Whipstitch around one side of thumb hole (so you don't have to cut the yarn and weave in extra ends), then continue seaming from the end of the thumb hole to the end of the piece. Weave in ends, and wear proudly!

These are great for those chily mornings when it's too warm for gloves but not warm enough for bare wrists.

Feel free to use this pattern to make these for yourself, a friend, or make a bazillion of them to sell at a craft show, I don't mind. Just please give credit where credit is due, if you share the pattern please link to my page instead of copy/pasting it, and please don't pass off the pattern as your own. Thank you!

And I realized that i had never shared pics of the finished Spiderman blanket! Here it is. I did make a mistake, I got so excited about finally being done that i forgot to garter stitch the last few rows, so I did 2 rounds of half-double crochet. He LOVED it!! He uses it at school for rest time :-) And I finished it at 12:30 am the morning of his party, so JUST in time! :-)