Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ingmar Bergman knits a sweater...

Rob's been Netflixing Ingmar Bergman movies recently, and, somewhat to my chagrin, I've found that I actually appreciate them. ("Like" is probably the wrong word as they are fairly depressing, but they're good.) So last night we got "Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie," a documentary done about the filming of Winter Light.

It was very technical and detailed, and would probably be fascinating to a student of film: they talked about how they figured out lighting, how they worked out every detail of costume, how they moved from a written script to a shooting (camera) script. But it was also more than two hours long.

We didn't make it through the whole thing, but I did get a lot of the Pea Pod done. It really is a very fast knit!


I realize my stitches are pretty uneven on the Pea Pod. This is because I kept having panic attacks about running out of yarn, then calming down and thinking no, I was totally fine, then having panic attacks again. So my gauge was all over the place. I really knit loosely, because using size US #4 needles, I was getting 4.5 spi whenever I relaxed (I wanted 5.5). Oh well, a lot of the unevenness will come out in the blocking. And I'm definitely not running out of yarn.

I should have taken this yarn out front and photographed it in the sun. It just looks grey here, but this is some of Cabin Cove Dave's fabulous merino-tencel. Tencel has a slick, slightly shiny quality that really takes to Dave's dyeing methods and I keep falling in love with his colors.

It's fated to be the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl, which I purchased about a month back, and hopefully (if I knit fast) a Christmas present (for a friend who doesn't read this blog). The color is really a gleaming silver, nearly metallic, and just glitters in sunlight. It's amazing, as is all of Dave's yarn.

Go buy some. You have been advised!




A week ago, I couldn't resist ordering a little more of that marvellous "wool-sweater-for-$20" cone closeout yarn from Webs. This is another cone in the golden brown I already had, and one in the other available brown (which is a bit redder) — two more sweaters' worth. I know, I'm out of hand.

7 comments:

Jen said...

I haven't seen many Ingmar Bergman films, but I should. Aside from just being a movie fan, one of my great uncles on my mother's side of the family (the Swedish side) supposedly worked with Bergman, though I don't know in what capacity.

I keep seeing all these great Webs deals everyone shows off on their blogs, and I think my next major fiber crawl ought to be to their store. It's within day trip distance for me!

April said...

Oh greatttt, just what I need, another project I want to make. I love that Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl.

Yeah, Dave's yarn is alright. I mean it's not Red Heart and all but whatever. ;)

Michelle said...

I love Webs closeout cones! After seeing your recnet purchase I'm itching to get some more :)

Knittinreed said...

Great PeaPod! It is a great color and cutest design...

Earin Marybird said...

I remember going through an IB phase. Beautifully made films that made you forget where you put your good cheer. It's all those dark days during the winter. I'd take the Santa Anas over no sunshine any day.

I like the golden brown. It looks like a fall leaf color. You are so bad, you post so many great links and I just can't resist when I'm there. Thankfully I don't wear shawls and I don't 'do" lace - yet. Be still my beating credit card!

Gina said...

I love the peapod sweater, especially in that pretty purple. It's definitely on my list, though I have no babies. And I don't really like to share.

Sharon G. said...

Your pea pod looks fab-o. Have fun with the forest canpy shawl. I made one a few weeks ago and I love it...it's a fairly quick, easy knit (even quicker if you don't frog it like I did - heh.)

Your two honkin cones of yarn make me wanna buy yarn...