in case you cant tell from the rash of daily blog posts, i am a little bored. i cant knit as much as i would like, and i Have Been Warned that taking the arm out of the sling may render me only able to crochet in my old (er) age. perish the thought! so i am trying to be good, typing this one handed, and have switched to knitting clapotis in short bursts only, as it has much bigger needles and much shorter rows, and involves less arm movement all around. here is how it is looking

and it feels even better. great choice for this yarn. now that i have finished reading Who magazine (which oddly didnt have any tips on traditional shetland shawl construction), i do have other reading material to be getting on with. today is saturday so there is that wonderful big newspaper to wade through, including mega sudokos to attempt. and there is the light and fluffy reading that i have been doing before bed:

i have read ‘the eyre affair’ and ‘lost in a good book’ and am into ‘the well of lost plots’. rosered introduced me to these, and i really like them. the concept is very cute: literary detective reads her way into famous books and rescues stolen manuscripts, changes the ending of jane eyre to the one we have now etc. the writing is a bit bland at times, but its kind of nice to have literary characters come alive, and i like the idea that books are actually happening, somewhere, that they keep happening even when we’ve closed the cover. i look forward to reading some more mr fforde.

then there is visual entertainment, and i have now finished all of season three of dexter and must wait for season four to be released here. yesterday i stocked up on new releases i hadnt seen, with varying success.

the time travellers wife justified my decision not to go see it at the movies. it really lacked a lot of the depth, passion and wit of the book, which i thought was very cleverly done. i love eric bana but he wasnt really henry (i dont really know who would be though), but maybe its inevitable that the film would be disappointing to those who loved the book. the lovely bones was a very interesting ride, directed by peter jackson, which was surprising. a great story with an unexpected ending, but too much narration. at film school one of the first things they taught us aspiring script writers was that narration was a lazy device, if you couldnt SHOW it then you shouldnt be writing films. which is part of the problem of adapting a book isnt it, especially when its written in first person. how do you get that personal touch across in a film? (of course, hollywood, you could just leave it as a BOOK!).

i havent watched sherlock holmes yet and have no expectations as to its quality or authenticity. i think it has some nice eye candy and i suspect that will be as good as it gets. after that, i am going to sit with the laptop and catch up on some iviews. i have missed all the new robin hoods, and missed the last episode of doctor who, but i think i am too late for the final epidsodes of whitechapel and place of execution, both of which i missed. bugger.

and today i am a bit sulky because by now i would normally be on the train up to sydney for inner city guild but i dont think i could, or should, manage it. at least its another beautiful sunny autumn day and i can sit outside for a while. after that, recommendations for other dvds (preferably with eye candy!) most welcome!

k xx


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16 responses to “distractions

  • missfee

    miss you at guild already

    I loved sherlock holmes – just for what it was – trashy adventure

  • bellsknits

    ooh the literary detective books sound like a hoot. I’ll try them some time.

    yes I think those of us who imagine a week or so at home with an injury would be blissful don’t take into account pain and other limitations. Hang in there.

    • drkknits

      yes, its the not moving thats the problem! the literary detective even has a time travelling father. you will want to BE her (she meets rochester you know)…

  • Rose Red

    I’ve been trying to think who would have made a good Henry, and it’s a hard one. It needs to be an actor who is not classicly “good looking” but still can be kind of charming. I was wondering about someone like Willem Dafoe actually, although I think he might be too old.

    I reckon Sherlock Holmes would be a lot of fun. And have you seen Iron Man – I really liked it – my brother Robert Downey Jnr is totally excellent in it. And if you like it, you can have a special treat and go and see Iron Man 2 at the movies!

    And have you seen Up? And the one about the robots in space that I can’t remember the name of (cartoon one, Pixar…). Both are excellent.

    You and I shall have to knit together at home alone, from 11-1, won’t we!

  • Jan

    I’m sorry to hear about the accident and your pain. I hope the break heals well and quickly.

  • Tam

    Some movies are all about eye candy ;D. It’s hard to enjoy the movies of good books, but at least they have some watchable actors in them…

  • 2paw

    Read the books and liked them a lot. Haven’t seen any proper films at the pictures all year though Iron Man 2 beckons!!!

  • Annie

    It looks like you are keeping very busy while your elbow is healing. I candy in movies is alwasy good even if the movie itself isn’t.

  • Catherine

    I always saw Henry as a Daniel Day Lewis character; I think Jeremy Irons would be tool old now, but he would have waltzed it in earlier.

    Maybe he could travel back in time, but then the book wouldn’t have been written yet. Wait, I’ve got it: his younger self would need to travel forward in time to after the book had been written.

    My brain hurts…

  • Catherine

    Of course, that should have been “too old”…

  • gidgetknits

    Oh, I love Jasper Fforde! And I love the red of that Clapotis. Yum.

  • Jejune

    I’m a big Jasper Fforde fan too! Love his stuff, so unusual and silly.

    Hope the elbow keeps improving, take care, you don’t want problems down the track (((hugs)))

  • Anna

    I am so sorry that you’ve buggered your elbow! And it is really crap that you’ve had to slow down on your knitting. If you’re at all into detective fiction escapism, my picks of the moment are Barry Maitland – an English guy who lives in Australia but writes cop fiction set in London, and Kerry Greenwood, who sets her novels in melbourne. One series is set in the 1920’s with Phryne Fisher as a private detective, and the other set in the present with Corinna something who’s a baker of decent bread and is seeing a private detective which gets her into all sorts of situations. Anyway, they’re both easy but very entertaining reading!!

    I hope you heal fast.

  • amy

    I couldn’t fathom why they made The Lovely Bones into a movie to begin with. How do you make a movie out of a book narrated by a dead girl? It was such a disturbing book. It was one of the movies offered on one of Husband’s loooong flights recently. He elected not to watch it, having already been briefed on the basics of the book by me (when I was sputtering at the commercial, “Why did they make a movie out of this?!”) and deciding he didn’t want to see anything so, well, disturbing.

    Hope each day brings some improvement!

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