Saturday, May 31, 2008
So, here are a couple of pictures. They had two opening acts, and we missed the first one. This picture is of Modest Mouse.
They were ok - must be that I'm getting old. The picture does show the stage at the venue, which was the Greek Theater at UC Berkeley, donated by William Randolph Hearst in 1903, I think. Very cool, except for the concrete seats.
Here is REM.
For the distance and the lighting, it's a little crappy, but at least I can say we were there.
The videos were ok, considering I took them with our Canon Powershot, which is a 6 megapixel camera. If only I could have snuck in the video camera. Oh well.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wild Kat, pattern by Deby Lake. Knit in Tofutsies #739. I did these using the Magic Loop method, which worked out much better than I had thought. I have to revisit the use of the dpn's. I'm not a convert yet.
3-4 years ago I discovered all kinds of cool kits on eBay. This was a Fiber Trends kit with the recommended yarn included. Other than one being a cotton chenille and the other being a cotton/rayon blend chenille, I can't tell you much. This is the first time I have made a hat with a brim. I probably won't wear it until the winter.
And, of course, chemo hats. I am anxious to get through the yarn I purchased for this project, and I'm getting closer. Since the pattern uses about 1 1/3 skeins, the leftovers are going towards an afghan. I have now competed 100 squares towards that afghan. I need to make the calculations to see how big it might be.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
In a word, one of my favorite things is cheese. I love cheese. I could happily munch on cheese all day. My two favorite's are Jarlsberg and Smoked Gouda. Yum.
In fact, I think I'll go have some cheese now!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I was rather surprised when I realized that I finished two big sweater projects in the last month. Not bad for me! I'm busting through some stash!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
It sucks to hear you are either over qualified or have non-transferable skills.
God, I hate this.
Monday, May 26, 2008
It's a crocheted throw in Red Heart. I probably made it when I was 14-15 years old. I thought most of these "old" throws were long gone. Even Red Heart will eventually give in to my mother's rigorous cleaning rituals. This was found in one of the cabinets in the garage where my mom keeps excess linens. I haven't seen this is in at least 15 years, so imagine my surprise.
Mom said she doesn't use it much, she thinks it's too pretty for regular use and I may want it someday. I asked her if there was anything else that she might have that I thought was long gone. "I'm not sure, dear. What do think I have?"
I wish I could get her out of the house for a few hours so I could snoop. I know my old Barbie's are there somewhere.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
These are both Chemo Hats, pattern by Kelly Petkun of Knit Picks. The yarn is Knit Picks Shine Sport in the colors Cream and Grass. I have now knitted 28 of these. All of them are charity knits meant for the Cancer Society.
I didn't get my socks done, but I have a feeling they will be done by next Friday, so check back!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
You use two lace weights. In this case, Jojoland Melody and JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool Silk. The Jojoland had long variegations, and the Jaggerspun is a solid. The stipes are based on a AA, AB, BB, AB, AA color combination. The Jojoland is very thin, and I was almost tempted to triple up on it, but it's working out ok anyway. After finishing the first socks, and burying alllll the ends, I moved on to an old WIP that has been languishing since last July.
This pattern is called Wild Kat and is by Deby Lake. I don't know why I was so apprehensive about this pattern. Once I got through the first patter repeat, it was smooth sailing. These are knitting up very quickly. I really only started working on this Tuesday night, having completed the ribbed cuff and stuffed it in a bag almost a year ago, and I have the first sock done today. Not bad.
I think that once I'm done with these, I'll still be taking a break from the lace weight socks. The pattern is easy, but those needles are very stabby.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Those of us who remember the oil crisis in the 1970's should have learned something, but we didn't. Brazil learned. They made a concerted effort to reduce their oil consumption and are using sugar cane Ethanol, which is 7 times more efficient than corn based Ethanol. They are not feeling the effects of the current oil crisis, and that's what we looking at, folks.
The US, and I know I'll catch heat for this one, has a government that doesn't give a crap about those that are struggling to make it from paycheck to paycheck. Our economy is in the tank, and Bush thinks we're going through a "rough patch". The Democratic party is more concerned about keeping special interests groups happy than in doing what's right for the constituency. In a word, we're screwed.
As individuals, we kept our rose colored glasses on too long. I'm in that group. Obviously, I'm a consumer of things that I don't need. Do I need 50 skeins of sock yarn? Do I need those 5 knitting magazines? Do I need that new blouse? Do I need those CD's? No. Do I need to save money for a rainy day? Do I need to save money for retirement? Yes.
One thing I can honestly say that we did right comes to our cars and driving habits. When Kevin was in his accident last year, we weighted the idea of fixing his car instead of buying a new one. The $2,000 to fix the Subaru would have made sense if it weren't for the fact that we knew we would have to replace it in the next couple of years. It had 267,000 miles on it, but it was still getting 38 miles to the gallon. We were more concerned about it's reliability on long trips, which we made several times a year. So we bought the Honda. It was the first time we had had a car payment since 1996.
Now, I drive a car that is 20 years old. Granted, with freeway driving, I only get about 17-18 miles per gallon, but I'm not driving 20-30 miles one way to work. I take BART to San Francisco. I try to consolidate my errands to make it as economical as possible. This is coming from someone who loved just to get in the car and drive somewhere just to get out of the house. I've spent less than $2000 in upkeep in the last 2 years. It killed me to fill it up for $60, but my monthly cost for maintaining the car is exceptionally low.
When I think of those people that drive their huge SUV's and trucks that get less than 15 miles to the gallon, with their $500+ a month car payments and their $2000+ a year car insurance bills, I don't know how they do it. I read about one man that is a contractor and when taking the three factors I mentioned into consideration, he's spending over $2,000 a month just to use his truck. How much more does he have to work to make up for that? I have also read about many people that are just leaving their gas guzzlers in the driveway with the keys in the car, and have told their lien holder to come and get it.
Last year, there was a bill before Congress to raise the fuel efficiency requirements. Lobbying from the car industry and oil producers was sufficient enough that Congress didn't nail them as they should have. It all comes down to CAFE Standards, which is the bar that car manufacturers are supposed to achieve. As of early 2004, the standards for cars had to be 27.5 mpg and light trucks 20.7, otherwise the manufacturer would have a fine. The manufacturers pay the fines instead of working towards the creating more fuel efficient cars. Since 1983, they have paid more than $500 million in penalties. In 1974, the standard was set to double the average by 1985 to reach 27.5 mpg. In 1978, it was set to 18mpg, and then it was raised each year until in reached the goal. Standards were dropped slightly between 1986 and 1989. They were set at 27.5 again in 1990 and remained unchanged until last year when the first new goal was set in over 30 years. The manufacturers have until 2020 to reach a standard of 35 miles per gallon for both cars and light trucks. This is a bigger change than the one seen in 1973, because standards for trucks was not imposed until 1979 and the set yearly without a specific long term goal.
So auto makers have 12 years to improve fuel efficiency by 6.5 mpg. In comparison, auto makers previously had 12 years to double their efficiency. Granted, that was around 13 mpg and they were working with engines that had carburetors not fuel injection. One question - the Japanese have been doing it for years. The Japanese have never paid fines. I am reminded of that old quote "if you build it, they will come". The Japanese imports have kicked US manufacturers butts for years. US and European manufacturers can build fuel efficient cars, we've seen them on the road. Here's a novel idea - instead of just fining the auto makers, add a usage tax to the inefficient cars.
Ok - I'll stop my rant. If you want to see where I got my info - here are the sites:
CAFE Overview - NHTSA
Corporate Average Fuel Economy - WIKI
Monday, May 19, 2008
Heidi and Fen in 1995. Heidi was used to being on her own after 5 years. Then this little, annoying furball showed up.
This look tells me "Look, Mommy - I kilt it!" The novelty of playing with "it" wore off after a week or two, when she realized "it" wasn't going away. The main problem was that he didn't respect 1) her sleep time, 2) her cushion, 3) her special time with Mom and Dad, 4) her toys, 5) her food. He learned over the years, and he paid dearly for his indiscretions. He was completely devoted to her, though.
Every once in a while, I could really use a dog fix.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Two things that are true about this video. Yes, elkhound pups will chew on anything. I still have the evidence of that on a number of bookshelves that were perfect for teething. Yes, they love to wrestle. It gets more interesting when two of them are doing it in your living room when one weights 75 lbs and the other 55 lbs. The lighter one was my old girl and she would kick his 5 year younger butt every time.
You have to admit, they are awful cute as puppies. It almost makes me want to get one. Then I have to remember the training, housebreaking, teething, and basic mischief they get into. A bored elkie is a wiley elkie.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Now I can say that something I made is in Australia. I can check another continent off my list.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I found Library Thing about a year ago, and thankfully have not become obsessed with it. It could happen, very easily. There has been a meme going ‘round, and this is one of the lists being been used. Since the count changes with people joining and adding their libraries, you can only hope for so much continuity. So here is my breakdown of my list of the top 106 books tagged “unread” on LibraryThing. The rules:
bold = what you’ve read ( ) school reading requirement, which I added
italics = books you started but couldn’t finish
crossed out = books you hated
* = you’ve read more than once
underline = books you own but haven’t read yourself
1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
6. (Catch-22 by Joseph Heller)
7. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Don Quixote by MIguel de Cervantes Saavedra
9. (The Odyssey by Homer)
10. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
11. Ulysses by James Joyce
12. (Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert)
13. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
15. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
16. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
17. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
18. The Iliad by Homer
19. Emma by Jane Austen
20. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
21. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
22. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
24. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
25. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
26. (Great Expectations by Charles Dickens)
27. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
28. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
29. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
30. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
31. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
32. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
33. Dracula by Bram Stoker
34. (The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck)
35. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
36. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
37. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
38. Reading Lolita in
39. Middlemarch by George Eliot
40. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
41. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
42. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
43. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
44. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
45. Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
46. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
47. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
48. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
49. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
50. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
51. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
52. Dune by Frank Herbert
53. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
54. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
56. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
57. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
58. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
59. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
60. (The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand )
61. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
62. A Clockwork
63. (Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy)
64. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
65. Persuasion by Jane Austen
66. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
67. (The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne)
68. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
69. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
70. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
71. Atonement by Ian McEwan
72. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
73. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
74. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
75. Dubliners by James Joyce
76. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
77. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
78. Beloved by Toni Morrison
79. Collapse by Jared Diamond
80. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
81. (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote)
82. (Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence)
83. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
84. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
85. Watership Down by Richard Adams
86. (The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli)
87. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
88. (Beowulf by Anonymous)
89. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
90. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
91. (The Aeneid by Virgil)
93. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
94. (David Copperfield by Charles Dickens)
95. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
96. Possession by A.S. Byatt
97. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
98. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
99. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
100. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
101. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
102. Candide, or Optimism by Voltaire
103. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
104. (The Plague by Albert Camus)
105. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
What you’ve read: 46 (14 while in high school or college)
Books you started but couldn’t finish: 2
Books you hated: None on this list – there are books I just hated, though
You’ve read more than once: I’ve only read two books twice – The Stand by Stephen King and Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Books you own but haven’t read yourself: 20
I surprised myself a little. It also reminded me of how much I loved to read and how little I have read this past year or so. I need to exercise my brain.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
It's supposed to be 100 by Thursday. I am so not looking forward to that. We don't have air conditioning, and our electrical system can't handle it. I have errands that I need to run over the next few days, but I'll get those taken care of in the morning. I don't want to be out in the worst of it in the afternoon.
Those who think Global Warming is myth need to wake up.
I was reading an article in Newsweek written by a man who has lived in Alaska since the early 70's. The valley he lives in has a glacier at one end. It has receded by more than a mile since he moved there. No one can say that's normal.
We are looking at drought conditions this year. The Sierra snow pack was lower than expected, our spring rainfall way off. We're pretty good about water conservation anyway, so I don't know how we're going to cut back anymore than we have.
It's just depressing any way you look at it.
Monday, May 12, 2008
The Einstein Coat!
The flash washed it out, the colors are much deeper than that. I tried to take the picture in natural light, and it came out too dark. As you can see, I also knitted a hat to go with it. Now I'm going to put it in the laundry room, mist some Febreeze on it and hope the smell of the dye goes away.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The podcasts are related to 5 topics - Knitting (duh - Lime N Violet are the sole reason for my sock obsession and enormous sock yarn stash), Disney (it's an illness - you move away and you become infected), Las Vegas (I have my reasons), Cruising (research, I swear), and NPR (it just happened one day, I don't know why). I do listen occasionally to podcasts unrelated to these five topics, like the Galactica Watercooler (BSG Fan cast) or Norwegian news podcasts (though very similar in presentation to NPR podcasts). They help me fall asleep at night too. No reoccurring insomnia anymore.
One of the podcasts I have been listening to, since receiving my iPod for my birthday in 2006, has been The Dis Unplugged. They are an Orlando based team, and two of the team are owners in a travel agency. They love Disney World - and Disneyland. There are a couple of other podcasts that have a similar loving respect for the first park, the one that Walt walked in, and that's what made them special. One of the podcast team, Bob Varley, passed away suddenly on April 28th. I found out about it today. When there were no podcasts to download again, I knew something had to be wrong.
I can't say how stunned I was to find out about Bob's passing. He was only 58. After reading the message boards at The Dis, the memorials from his team mates, I had a good cry.
Bob was a true character, in all the good ways that can be. He had the heaviest Boston accent I had ever heard. He mangled the English language almost every time he spoke. He had a huge heart, and an easily expressed love for his family and friends.
I regret that I will never be able to meet Bob. I knew that if I ever did, I would have a wonderful and instant friend. Listening to The Dis Unplugged will not be the same without his charming banter with his friends on the team. I will miss the ribbing he would get for any number of things. I will miss his thorough research, sage advice, and mispronunciations.
The world is a little less bright right now. I'll miss you Bob. I'll be thinking of you next time I have to wear the boot.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
We saw Speed Racer and Baby Mama. We thought we might hate Speed Racer, Rotten Tomatoes showing a less than 40% favorable rating. With all the seizure inducing flashing colors, like a neon festival on crack, we didn't expect much. But we were pleasantly surprised.
It borrowed enough of the original cartoon series to provide some nostalgic comfort (for Kevin) without alienating those who weren't fans, or watched infrequently (like me). At 2hrs and 15 min, it was a long movie, but didn't drag much. It was a popcorn kind of movie, though we ate fried chicken and broccoli salad. Popcorn came later, as did Scharffen Berger chocolate. Mmmmmm.
The movie was rated PG, and there were a lot of kids at the Drive In. There were a lot of people in general. The last time we were there, we saw half as many people. As the summer warms, we will go back, with camping chairs and more picnic food.
Decent plot, not too hard to follow. It's colorful, but not strobing. I would say this is a family movie, but little boys (size or disposition) may have a need for speed after this one.
Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Amy Pohler was a fun little movie, had it's moments. If not part of this double feature, it would have been a DVD rental for me. Movies that try to be funny and meaningful miss more than hit a home run. Steve Martin had a memorable role, but that's only because we live in the greater San Francisco Bay Area community and experience that kind of character in real life. Infertility is a sensitive subject, and I have mixed feelings after watching this. Probably because I'm childless and the whole subject is a touchy one with me already. The parts were well played, and the characters were interesting.
I wonder what we will see next week. Probably won't have time to see one, since we are visiting my mom. The weekend after that - watch out! Here comes Indy!
Friday, May 09, 2008
I had errands to run today. I was freaking out a little because I didn't get my Sock Wars dossier, but then again, a lot of people didn't. The pattern was posted, so instead of staying home and getting started, I went out to enjoy the day. I had one bit of nastiness to get out of the way.
I hate getting lab work done. I am not crazy about blood tests. I hate the needles, and the variety of experience labs techs have - and don't have. I expect bruising now. I find especially nerve racking when they claim they can't find a good vein. One crazy person wanted to drawn three vials from my hand!I figure if you can see the vein, you can draw from it. Of the hundreds of vials I have had drawn in the last 15 years, only that one woman thought the ones in my arms were inadequate. It hurt a bit more than usual today, and it looks like there will be some mild bruising. Goody.
Next, to the dry cleaner. That wasn't as painful as I thought it would be. Less than $35 for 8 pieces. Can't complain.
Treated myself to Jack in the Box for lunch. I know it is just awful to some, but I love the Sourdough Jack. I have been a good girl for weeks!
It has been 3-4 months since I filled the tank in my car. I would put in $10 here and there to keep me going to and from the train station. With barrel prices going over $120, and possible job interviews over the next few weeks, I figured I might as well bite the bullet. It literally felt like I did.
We have a Costco here with a gas station. For those of you unfamiliar with Costco, it is a membership discount warehouse store chain. Gas there was $0.11 cheaper per gallon than the station in our neighborhood. I have a 16 gallon tank, so that saves some money. I pumped 15.88 gallons. I was much lower than I thought. I did manage a perfect pump without looking at the meter. Landed on zeros. Of course the expletive I uttered at seeing the total took all the mirth out of the moment - $60.00!! Sixty freaking dollars!!!!! I have never put that much money into my tank. When I bought my car 20 years ago, I was complaining that it was $1.25 per gallon. It wasn't all that long ago it was under $2. It makes you want to stay home.
I just don't know how people are doing it. Everything is going up because of gas prices. Food is more expensive. I heard one guy on the radio say that when he went to pick up a bottle a vodka it cost a $1 more than it had a few weeks ago. When he asked the store clerk, he was told that it was due to increased cost of gas. One whole dollar increase? Seriously? They only deliver a few bottles at a time? There are those that take advantage at times like these to increase their profit margins.
They rest of my day was a bit tainted by the $60 of gas in my tank. I wasn't down shifting to stop, I tried to coast. No quick shifting and revving, slow and steady increase instead. It's so aggravating. And this whole thing with Ethanol is supposed to be the way of the future? It's a joke. In our land of plenty, more and more people are going to food banks to get assistance. We're turning our fields into a gas alternative that studies show is not a cost effective solution.
Enough of my soap box - I just wanted to share my pain at the pump.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Sock Wars starts on Friday. Have no idea what yarn I am going to use. The suggested yarn is Tofutsies, but I'm not crazy about that yarn. The pattern is also calling for 32 stitches to 4" on US 2's. That seems awfully big. They are trying to cover a large group of people, and I have a feeling these socks will be similar to my last swap socks - bed socks. Too big to wear with shoes, but great for keeping my feet warm at night!
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I have had the opportunity to try 3 different yarns from Interlacements - the colors are gorgeous! I have made socks with Tiny Toes a 100% Superwash Merino, a stole with Arizona a nylon ribbon and the Einstein Coat with a chunky chenille/rayon/cotton blend called Santa Barbara.
The nylon ribbon was very cool. I loved the colors and thought that I had accomplished the look I was going for. It was easy to work with and handled better than expected.
I used a honeycomb stitch to open up the space. This would have made a very dense fabric, if completed in stockinette or something similar. It was colorfast and left no dye on my hands.
Heelless Sleeping Socks - great pattern - quick knit - truly comfortable sock. It pills like crazy and every time I wash them, they bleed. The amount of dye that came off on my hands was amazing. I was very disappointed with the fuzziness after washing. I use these as sleeping socks - not too much walking around and no slippers and shoes are worn. Pretty much, I put them on right before I go to bed. Personally, I wouldn't trust this for a daily wear sock. Again - the color was wonderful! Now I'm concerned that it will fade more and more. Yes, I did set them with vinegar.
The picture of the final item will have to wait for later this week, but it is the Einstein Coat from The Knitting Experience: Book One: The Knit Stitch. Lord, it took me for-ev-er to get this one done. It's heavy, it leaves dye residue on my hands and because of the cotton or chenille it generates sneeze inducing fuzz gnats. It smells funny too. I like the colors, but it is a very bulky coat. Of course, I finish it just as it gets to be too warm to wear it. The dye stained my hands and nails. A regular hand washing didn't help, even with a strong soap.
As I mentioned, I like the colors. I also like the texture of the fabrics these yarns create. The bleeding dyes are an issue, and will probably give me second thoughts in the future when considering a purchase.
If you have used Interlacements, I would love to know if you have encountered the same issue, or is it just me?
Monday, May 05, 2008
There are days when I just want to get in the car and go to the beach. Since that is further away than it used to be, and with gas at nearly $4 a gallon, it's an expensive "just 'cause I feel like it" trip. So I have these picture to fall back on.
This is at Pfeiffer State Beach at Big Sur, a couple of hours drive south of Monterey. It's so beautiful. I always mean to spend a few more hours there, but it seems I arrive towards the end of the day, and I'm heading home or spending the night in Monterey. There's a mystique to Big Sur, an other-worldly feeling. The air is so clean, tinged with sea mist.
If you ever make it out to California, go there if you can. You'll understand why we put up with the living in other parts of the state!
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
I was surprised that Iron Man ran 126 minutes - it felt longer. That isn't a bad thing, though. Having read Marvel Comics, mostly X-Men, I have enjoyed a story arc or two of Iron Man's. They hinted at SHIELD and War Machine towards the end, which could make for interesting sequels. The story, just as with most Marvel movies, doesn't fall completely true to the Marvel Universe, but in this case, that's ok.
Robert Downey, Jr. is fantastic, and even if you don't like movies based on comics, he's worth seeing. He is a wonderful actor and brought a great performance. If you like comic books, Downey is Tony Stark. If they pursue the Marvel Universe story, the sequel could deal with Tony's alcoholism, and I think Downey could bring a lot of depth to the role under those circumstances.
People get blown up, there are scenes of Tony being tortured by Arab terrorists, there is death. There are no body parts, but some of the scenes may be too intense for small children, though there were plenty at the theater for a 2:30 pm show. It has a PG-13 rating, because there is some "adult content" (Tony hooks up with a reporter - no nudity).
If you want a story were someone finally "sees the light" and wants to "change their ways" and "do the right thing", this is one of those movies. It's a popcorn kind of movie - go see it. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 93%, their highest of the year!
Friday, May 02, 2008
I have made a lot of Chemo Caps for charity. A lot - almost 3 dozen. I have made them all from Knit Picks Shine Sport. They just came out with new colors that I have to order. Darn. Anyway, the cap calls for 2 skeins, which you only use about 1/3 of the 2nd skein. That makes for leftovers.
A whole bunch of 4" squares. I now have about 80 of them, enough for a baby blanket. With the new colors that Knit Picks has released, it will add some additional depth to the the blanket that I am going to make. I spent some time this weekend and re-knit some of the obviously misshapen ones.
For these squares, I start by casting on 2 and knit one row. At the beginning of every row after that, I knit one into the front and back of the same loop, thereby increasing one. I continue this until I have 30 stitches. I knit one row with no adds. On the next row, I knit one and knit 2 together, knit to the end. I make this decrease at the beginning of every row until I have three stitches left. I slip the first stitch, knit 2 together and slip the first stitch over and pull the tail through. I knit these on US5 needles, and it makes a 4" square for me.
I am going to be making blocks of 4. The garter stitch in this case makes for depth and interest since, when sewn together, it will form squares and chevrons and pleasant geometric designs. I still have about 7 hats to finish, and of course, whatever my next order from Knit Picks will include!