March 8, 2010

a busy weekend

Posted in general, knitting at 2:28 pm by peachknits

A lot happened this weekend.

1) I finished a project on Friday that I had casted on for on Tuesday.

Pattern: Emerald Fingerless Mittens
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed
Started: March 2, 2010
Finished: March 5, 2010

Notes: These mittens flew off my needles. I was crunched for time, because the recipient’s (Lady Bear Crafts) birthday was on March 5. I was literally casting off about 30 minutes before I was supposed to meet her for birthday dinner plans.

This was a fun pattern, and the tweed gave the mitts an interesting texture. I’m not sure the bobbles are as defined as I would like them to be, but that’s probably just personal pickiness. If I were to knit these again, I’d probably choose a smoother yarn, and I’d make boobles instead of bobbles, as the author of this pattern suggests. Plus, I just like saying boobles. πŸ™‚

2) I attended a birthday party for Rachael and saw Alice in Wonderland.

Rachael and her boyfriend Brian at Red Robin

Lady Bear Crafts (a.k.a. my friend Rachael) turned 25 on Friday night. We went to Red Robin, where I ate an uncomfortable amount of food, and then we went to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D. My consensus? It’s a fun movie, though bleaker than I would have liked, at least visually. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonam Carter are exceptional, as usual. I even liked the girl who played Alice. The plot fell a little flat, but then, I’m a harsh critic of plots. I’d say go see it, if you’d like to be reasonably entertained. It’s no epic, but it’s at least amusing and witty, and there’s plenty of insanity to go around.

3) I did the birthday thing with Mom and family.

Happy mom.

Mom’s birthday is March 10, so we decided to throw her a little impromptu birthday get-together. We ate at Cracker Barrel, then went back to the house for some awesome cake that my sister Lynleigh made.

Lynleigh is going to culinary school at Cincinnati State this summer to get her pastry chef degree. She’s already awesome at making cakes that also taste amazing. I mean, I can’t even make a cake that doesn’t lean to one side.

4) I watched the Oscars at an Oscar party.

My friends Geoff and Terry hosted an Oscar party in their beautiful home. I wish I had taken pictures. (My camera was with me, but the battery was at home, plugged into the wall.) We filled out the categories ahead of time and competed for a prize. I didn’t win, but I did get 13 out of 24 categories correct. Not bad for someone that hadn’t seen most of the movies in question.

The Hurt Locker was the big winner for the night, and I was surprised to see how much the Academy (and several celebrities) snubbed Avatar. That’s really okay, in my book. Avatar was a great visual and technologically advanced film, but it had. no. plot. None. I don’t think a movie sans plot deserves the top award our society bestows upon cinema. But that’s just me.

Some other things I learned from watching the Oscars:

  • At least one crazy thing will happen during the night. This crazy thing can vary in the degree of craziness, but it will most certainly puzzle and confuse the audience, and it will end with an awkward musical ushering of the winner(s) from the stage. This year’s craziness was the woman dressed in purple who inexplicably appeared onstage beside the winner of the short documentary award. What was she saying? Why was she up there? We may never know. (Or will we? Read this.)

When I'm an old woman, I will wear purple...and make loud, crazy-ass speeches at the Oscars.

  • There have only been 4 female directors ever nominated for Best Director, and Katheryn Bigelow became the first woman to ever accept the award. She looked absolutely stunned when she walked up there, as if she could hardly believe it. I was really happy for her. I haven’t seen The Hurt Locker, but with all of the accolades it received last night, I’m definitely planning to now.

I'd like to thank the Academy, and the cast, and my crew, and my dog....

  • Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin still got it.

Is that a banana in your Snuggie, or are you just happy to see me?

  • Holy cow, is it appropriate for me to have a crush on a gay man? Because Neil Patrick Harris has my heart after that opening act.

Wait, can I do that part over again?

  • The Oscars are still waaaaay too long. Although this year, it seemed as if they cut back on the commercials. It’s thoroughly appreciated.
  • Interpretive dance WTF?

5) I cast on for Haruni, a lace shawl.

Like I said, a busy weekend.

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2 Comments »

  1. Rachael said,

    I feel special. I was mentioned in two of the 5 things listed above. Thanks again for the super cute gloves. I am a little sad that its finally getting warm again. I wont be able to wear them until next year.

  2. Rachael said,

    Oh and thanks for the link about the crazy lady in purple. It makes a little more sense now as to why she was an ass and stole the mic. i would have punched her in the face. πŸ˜‰


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