Julie and Julia, (Julie Powell) which was not what I expected—the blurbs I had heard about the book (and the movie.) made is seem light hearted and funny.
I had a problems with Julie’s tone. I don’t (and didn’t mind) that she uses the F word.. (I do, too, in real life, but I try to keep it infrequent!)
It was her, “even though I am from Nowheresville, Texas, and working as a temp (not the leading lady I should be) I am so much a New Yorker, that I can’t believe that I am forced to live in a dump in Queens” attitude that turned me off.
REAL New Yorkers live in NYC –all of it. And NYC has 5 (count them, FIVE) boroughs, (that are also 5 (state) counties) and, while there hardly breathes a NYer’s who doesn’t want to live in New York County, MILLIONS of us live in the boroughs. REAL New Yorkers live in Queens. (and Brooklyn, and Staten Island, and the Bronx. )
There are always trade offs. (Me? I don’t live in LIC… but I do live in Queens. I live a bit further away from Manhattan, (and so it’s a bit cheaper) I traded time (commuting time) for space. My roomy 2 bedroom apartment would be twice the price in LIC—if I could find one. I LOOKED for condo’s in LIC when I was looking for apartments--and compromised.
I have great space, and a great view, (and a great price)—and door to door (from Rego Park to Midtown (5th and 31st)) is 45 minutes—about 30 minutes of that is my subway ride. Which, truthfully is about average commute--Lots of people who live up town or other parts of Manhattan, and are further from a subway stop (longer walk/shorter ride) or who have to change trains, have just as long a commute--door to door.
And I have been reading John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany. I like Irving. I haven’t (yet) read everything he has written, but I have liked everything of his that I have read—and this book is no exception.
And I have been knitting—a bit of an experiment—that I haven’t been talking about--til now.
I liked the February Lady—and I liked (but not as much) the Lion Brand Textured Circle Shrug KAL--from Glam Knits by Stefanie Japel)—but I didn’t like the idea of NO front at all, and all that the collar. (that is a Ravelry link above.. but you can also check out the Lion Brand Studio web site for info)
So I have been winging a bit of shrug…I started with 3 skeins (each 4 oz/unknown yardage each skein)—this lovely deep turquoise blue that I got in trade with Pam (aka mackenzieknits55)….. (on ravelry)
The shrug has a bit of front (2 inches!). and now that I am below the armhole, it will have some short row shaping (in the back), making the back a little longer, than the front--that will give the lower hem a curved edge. It will be ‘finished’ with some rows of garter. (This represents skein 1 of the 3)
Skein 2 will be a garter stitch lace ruffle—Worked down the front and around the back—extending the garter stitch edging.
The ruffle will have double shaping, and will be deeper/wider at the top front, and will be shallower at the center back, as well as being ruffled.
Skein 3 will be worked from center and the outside, and be used to make ruffled cap sleeves—which again will be shaped with short rows, with more of a ruffle on the top of the sleeve, and less on the under arm.
I have, from earlier this year, some fingerless glove that work well with this color.. and I have some zepher to make a scarf (or will it be a cowl?) so I don’t need a collar on the shrug. (Remember this from last month? The tweedy wool is now the shrug, the fingerless gloves are finished, and the zepher is still waiting.)
I hate thing that are up close and snug around my neck—(which is one aspect of the Textured Circle shrug that I didn’t like) It has to be quite a few degrees below freezing before I button up a coat or jacket, and below 0° (f) before I think about wearing a scarf (for warmth!)I don’t need or want a shrug that has a big collar or high neckline.