Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Yarn Along - Not Really Reading

Joining today with Ginny for Yarn Along.

I am cheating a bit today and sharing a DVD I watched, rather than some reading. I have been doing more DVD viewing than reading at the moment as I knit, dye and skein yarn furiously in preparation for the opening of my little shop on 1st February.

 


 
 
The Age of Adaline is one of those movies that hubby fell asleep in the first few minutes, but I loved! Graceful, elegant, well-spoken characters, just divine.
 
Harrison Ford was in the movie and they also had flashbacks to him as a younger man. When I first saw the younger version, I was certain the man had to be related to Harrison Ford - he even has the same sideways smile! But after watching the bonus features, I found he is an Australian actor who they found doing Harrison Ford impersonations on Youtube. It is uncanny how much he resembles Harrison Ford.
 
And the costumes - oh my! As I love vintage, the costumes were wonderful to see. Many of them were actual vintage clothing of the era, borrowed from private collections. I just love to see a movie where everyone is so well-dressed.
 
It was a delight from start to finish. Blake Lively was just gorgeous. Well worth watching.
 
 
This is one of the knitting projects I am currently working on. It is a knitted monster from the wonderful Rebecca Danger. I am planning on turning it into a rattle toy, I think.
 
And does anyone recognise that yarn? Some may remember it as the ugly yarn from 2012. I had some left and ugly yarn would be the perfect yarn to make a monster! It is hard to see but the ugly yarn has little specks of lime green in it, so I dyed some lime green to make the ears and eye patch. I actually like the ugly yarn so much now that I am planning an ugly yarn dyeing session! Watch this space! I have so many ideas for yarn collections - my head is spinning!
 


 
Some of my dyeing to date. The top one is a sock yarn; the bottom two are alpaca, but it is hard to see the more subtle colours on the computer.
I will keep you posted with my progress.
 
 
 
 


48 comments:

  1. Hi Jayne. I'm thinking of taking up knitting again. I thought that maybe some of you're lovely variegated wool would make up a great little cardigan for my daughter. Could you email me about the possibility of purchasing some? Regards Therese.

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    1. Absolutely, Therese! That is what my new little business will hopefully be! I sold some of my yarn at a Makers Market here before Christmas - it was so exciting to think that people actually want to buy it!

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    2. Great. I have carpal tunnel surgery on both hands in February so I think I'll leave it until after I've healed from that. I'd love something purplish/pink. I'll contact you about it when I'm ready.

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    3. Oh my, best wishes for your surgery and a speedy recovery. I will be posting details here about my 'shop' opening, so you can have a look there when you are ready.

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  2. Watching DVDs whilst knitting or stitching is a wonderful thing. I haven't seen this movie, looks like a great chick flick. The wool you dyed is lovely and soft. The top one with all the variegation is beautiful...how did you dye so many colours? Your knitted monster is very cool.

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    1. It is a great movie - too slow and gentle for hubby though! The top one is hand painted - takes longer but I love all the colours. I am looking forward to finishing the monster and seeing how he turns out.

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  3. Looks like a great film, i love Harrison Ford, sooo pretty! ;) i love seeing all the costumes too, they always dressed so nicely back then :)
    That yarn is beautiful, i'm looking forward to seeing your shop :) xx

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    1. I agree - I just love the 40s; even in the midst of a war, they still managed to dress better than we do! I'm very excited about setting up a little shop - should be fun.

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  4. I haven't had much time for reading either sometimes life just takes over. Good luck with the opening of your shop.

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  5. Sounds like a good movie. I'm in the opposite though, way more reading than movie watching (I just don't have the energy left at the end of the day to sit down to a movie!) Your knit monster will be so much fun.

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    1. I seem to go through phases - sometimes lots of reading, then hardly any for a while. Hope to get back to some good reading soon.

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  6. Your yarns are gorgeous!
    Thank you for sharing the dvd rewiew, I have wanted to see The Age of Adaline, but wasn't sure how it would turn out, I'm not good at picking out 'new movies', so I usually just watch TCM movies.

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    1. I really loved it - if you are not into heaps of action, you should enjoy it. Glad you liked the yarn. I have just wound up another five to start some knitting. It is so much fun, playing with colours!

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  7. Hi Jayne! You have a happy knitting week, too!
    The movie looks good! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! It is a lovely movie.

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  8. Love your monster and your ugly yarn!! They are great! And I've been wanting to see Age of Adeline. Glad to hear a good review! Visiting from Ginny's Yarn Along...blessings on your week.
    Kelli

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    1. Thank you for visiting! I think you'll enjoy the movie.

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  9. That was a lovely movie. My daughter and I enjoyed watching it. Good luck on your new shop! Thats a dream of mine someday. I love the little monsters. I bought my daughter a monster knitting book for christmas this year. The yarn is perfect!

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    1. Monster knitting is definitely addictive - they are so cute! Fingers crossed with the shop - it has been a dream of mine for a long time also.

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  10. Ooh opening your own shop, how exciting!
    Good luck with your preparations.
    x

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    1. Thank you! It is very exciting and nerve-wracking too.

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  11. The movie sounds intriguing. Harrison Ford is an excellent actor. I may do a bit of hunting for this movie on Netflix.

    You have some beautiful yarn in your collection. Alas, I do not knit, but I love to look at yarn. Maybe someday...

    Thanks for your visit to Thinking About Home and for sharing in our joy of a new granddaughter! :)

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    1. It is a fabulous movie. I love to look at beautiful yarn too. Hope your granddaughter is doing well.

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  12. Your dyeing is just beautiful especially that first one.

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    1. Thank you! It is such fun to play with all the colours.

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  13. Thanks for the movie review, I have wanted to see it but was never sure if it would be any good, it's hard for me to tell! I'll have to check it out! Your yarn is gorgeous, Jayne! So exciting!

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    1. Thanks! It is exciting - I'm nervous too though. I think you would like the movie.

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  14. I enjoyed The Age of Adeline, too. So much so, that I had to take my mother and aunt to see it. Thirty minutes into the movie my aunt turned to me and said, "Is this a real story?" Octogenarians! I thought the actor playing the young Harrison Ford did an excellent job, too. The monster knitting book looks interesting. I just had a grandson and I think he needs a few monsters in his life. ;)

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    1. Monster knitting is great fun! Rebecca Danger's patterns can be purchased online - she has robots and other things as well as monsters. It was a wonderful movie - I could definitely watch more than once.

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  15. I love how your husband fell straight asleep watching that movie! How funny. Wow, your yarn dye adventures sound so exciting. The blue grey alpaca looks especially divine - with yarn like these I am sure your new business will be a huge success. The nurse minster looks great fun too! Tania ~hedgerowharvest~

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    1. Thank you! I am hoping that it will work out well.

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  16. I really love the ugly yarn! It’s great and perfect for a monster. Thanks for the tip on the movie. Putting it on the list. ;)

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    1. I just call it the ugly yarn as it looked terrible when it first came out of the dyepot. But it turned out OK!

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  17. I've wanted to knit a Danger monster for a while. I love her projects. You'll have to let us know how easy -- or not -- it is!

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    1. I've nearly finished knitting all the pieces - fairly easy so far! I love all her other non-monster ones too. Just not enough time to knit all I would like to.

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  18. Amazing how much those ugly things grow on us! I dyed some roving for my shop that when done I really didn't like. Lots of people loved it though.

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    1. I know - we are all different, I guess. I have sold things that I really thought would never sell as I didn't like them that much, but others did.

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  19. You know, I've never watched this film, but I'd love to, I like Harrison Ford and every film of his has always such a nice and enjoyable plot !
    Thank you for this suggestion, and good work, have nice knitting days, darling Jayne,
    sending dear love to you
    Daniela

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    1. It is a lovely movie, just thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you for your kind words.

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  20. I liked that movie - I like just about anything involving nice manners and pretty costumes haha! That looks like such a fun project, the 'ugly' yarn probably makes it more authentically monster-like! :)

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    1. I so agree! I just love a movie where all the characters are well-mannered and well-spoken.

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  21. I love the ugly yarn! And you're right, it will make the perfect monster!

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    1. It certainly has grown on me! I am planning a pink version as well, just have to get dyeing.

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  22. you've got some very pretty yarns in that line up!! I haven't seen that movie so I'll keep an eye out for it.

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    1. Thanks! It is such fun - I could dye all day and never get sick of it especially as they all turn out so differently.

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