So, 2014 is the year of big changes, mostly awesome, I have to say. I’ve been feeling like my life is on hold all this past winter, mostly because I can’t wait for the house to be finished and life as a homeowner to begin. Only 3 or so more weeks of waiting left.
I don’t know why I haven’t been knitting; I’d finally started making FOs that were actually wearing and using in everyday life, which is kinda the point of knitting in the first place. I want to get back to that kind of productivity again. Not feeling trapped in very small, uncomfortable living space will help a lot, I’m sure.
I actually got to see the Hobbit in theatres last week. My not so quiet 7 year old boy actually sat through the whole film, with no fuss. In fact, he was play-fighting the next day with a shield, but he asked that I pretend it was an oak branch.
The film is completely different from the book, but is enchanting and mesmerising in its own way. I’d go see it again in theatres if I get the chance. The Hobbit is very different from the LOTR films, much less formal in tone, more relaxed and fun.
The Erebor/Dale sequences at the beginning are full of lovely design elements; hexagons, octogons, angular shapes abound. There are a lot of what looks like hand-knitted garments too; this is easily noted in the Bag End sequences, during the Unexpected Party.
All the ‘changes’ from book to film seem to be added on. There is not as much hacking and chopping (I’m referring to the absence of Bombadil in LOTR) at the book itself, just many many details added on top of it. Or maybe I need to re-read the book again to find more stuff to nitpick.
There is a lot of action, so it should be a good film even for people who haven’t read the books / don’t like / don’t care about Tolkien, but it might be a bit long. I’ve read and re-read Tolkien since I was twelve, so I was riveted the entire time. My husband didn’t grow up with Tolkien, has no interest etc… (in his defence, he’s from China), and he found it boring, he had trouble following the story and he was truly shocked and disappointed when he found out that it was part one of three.
Watching The Hobbit got me in a knitterly mood, hopefully something will come of it and I will actually have some FOs.
November has a way of turning into a crazy busy month for me, and I never see it coming. Below is the reason for one my ER trips this November. The other was a 2 year old covered in hives. Thankfully nothing was seriously wrong with either kid. No allergies and no stitches, just medical grade glue.
I did finish a hat, which turned out to be a bit of a collapsed souffle rather than a wearable object, and I’m on the verge of finishing a cardie for my daughter and a sanagi dress for me. We’ll see what I can crank out this month, but what with the holiday and me knowing better than to knit christmas gifts, I think January is going to be a lot more exciting on the knitting front.