Wild thing. You make my heart sing.

I’m sure you read and was fascinated by Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are (1963) when you were a kid just like I was.  I was far from wild and angry like Max in the book, but I wanted a wolf costume just like his and often fantasized about other worlds.

Where the Wild Things Are

I was thrilled when Spike Jonze did his take on the story with the film that came out in 2009. It’s not a very comfortable adaptation, but actually rather disturbing at times. Still comforting. I really like it. And being a knitting nerd, I can’t help but notice The Knits. The boy Max wears a lovely knitted sweater at the beginning of the movie that I find very inspiring. I want that sweater!

Screen caption from Where the Wild Things Are
Max in the movie Where the Wild Things Are

Screen caption from Where the Wild Things Are
Here’s another shot of the sweater

If I’d ever have a go at the wolf costume, I would probably sew one, but if you’d prefer to knit it, Tiny Owls Knits has designed a pattern including the crown! Perhaps I have to knit one, now that I think about it…

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A magician, sinister gentlemen and a rabbit

Award winning stop-motion animation director Jamie Caliri has directed a video for a group called The Shins. I’d never heard of them before, but they sound pretty good. The video, though! Excellent, disturbing and beautiful. Check it out here. (I tried to embed the video, but it doesn’t seem to work. You’ll have to follow the link).

You might recognise the style of Jamie Caliri, he’s the artist behind the stop motion animation in the Lemony Snicket movie. Check out his other works here. I’m particularily fond of the “The sun and the seed”:

The Sun and the Seed from Jamie Caliri on Vimeo.

A quick fix

Even thought I try not to, I constantly come back to not being satisfied with only working on my WIP’s. I’ve made some good progress on the striped scarf, the back of the red cardigan is soon finsihed, but I needed something quick. A quick knit. A quick RESULT. I’ve had some light blue Debbie Bliss Merino Aran in my stash since… oh, I don’t know, forever? It just so happened that now is a good time to do something with that. I have 150 grams in my stash.

So, what to knit? Well, I like to think that someone, mostly me, should have a real use for the things I create. So what do I need that doesn’t require more that 150 grams of Merino Aran? Recently, I’ve walked to and from work. It’s a 45 minutes walk one way. Since the weather has been really cold for the last couple of weeks I can’t go outside without mittens. No problems there, I have a lot of different mittens, mostly hand-knitted by me. However, after walking for about 10-15 minutes my hands get really warm and I often take the mittens off. Which leaves my wrists cold. Aha! Ergo – I need fingerless mittens! Warm wrists – cool fingers!

Knitting fingerless mitts
Fingerless mittens in blue

The pattern was easy to choose, it’s by Ann Budd from the book Holiday Knits. I’ve actually had my eye on this pattern for a long time, but never thought I’d have a use for fingerless mitts.

When I first started knitted I wanted to learn something new from each project. I don’t always do that anymore, but I find it very satisfying that with a simple project like this I’m actually doing three things for the first time: short rows in garter stitch, three needle bind-off and a (to me) new way of knitted cast on. Just like that!

I’ve finished the first mitt, and the second one is underway.