Friday, February 6, 2009

St. Nick at SXSW

ST. NICK trailer from ST NICK on Vimeo.

*The adventures of a borther and sister, trying to survive, all on their own, out on the plains of Texas*

One of my talented and awesome movie making friends, David Lowery, had his film accepted into South by Southwest! St. Nick is his first feature length film, so the acceptance is doubly impressive. I haven't seen anything but the trailer, but I'm sure it holds true to his other work. Thoughtful, original, and a little dark. Good stuff. I wish I could make it to the screening - if you are going, make sure you put St. Nick on your list.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Not Quite Weekend Knitting

Pattern: Fluffy Lace Camisole and Pull-Off Cowl (just the cowl)
Yarn: Elann Super Kydd
Needles: size 10

I've been really happy with most of my projects lately; this is not one of them. The first beef I have is that it took me over a week to just make the cowl. I guess if you have the time and stamina to knit non-stop for two days you could maybe complete both pieces.
The second beef is the size. I think it's too big. Had I cast on fewer stitches than the recommended 133, it wouldn't be so droopy. I'm not going to block it for fear it might become even larger.

*it seems to also make my neck look alien skinny*

I can kinda tuck it around and wear it with my coat. It is pretty warm and I think the blue looks nice with the grey, so I won't count this project as a total wash.

Monday, February 2, 2009

When to Quit

It's been said that a mark of being a great artist is knowing when to quit. I make no pretensions of being a great artist, but I think knowing when to quit is a good skill for any creative endeavor. Right up there with "Keep it simple, stupid.
I had a little more fun felting this weekend and attempted to make the giraffe from Wool Pets. The book had to go back to the library before I finished him, so some of his parts have been guesstimated.
Clearly, he is still a work in progress, but how much more progress? I kinda like him how he is, even though his exact place in the animal kingdom looks a bit ambiguous right now.

How far should I go? full spots? a face? is he sweet enough? Your thoughts.