Sunday, January 19, 2020
While Miz Kittling Knits: Unbelievable
When I first learned how to knit, I quickly learned that I needed discipline. I still need it in order to fight the urge to start multiple projects. Why is that so bad? Because the more I begin, the more I won't finish. Anyone else out there have the same problem?
previous post, and all except one are made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn, which is super bulky, super warm, and 80% acrylic 20% wool (so it's not scratchy).
From the top to the bottom of my cowl pile, the colors are Butterscotch, Palazzo (using a double strand of a 100% acrylic discontinued Isaac Mizrahi craft yarn), Bluegrass, Raspberry, Campfire, and Kale.
I'm working with a color called Lollipop right now, a color that almost seems to be a touch radioactive.
But I'm having urges, which come from buying lots of yarn in new colors and types. I'm working on a table runner that doesn't have to be done until next Christmas, and I've started something else that I think I'm going to try to unravel and start over with a different pattern.
Purl Soho. Called Tussock, it's 60% superfine kid mohair and 40% silk.
The colors I'm using in the pattern are Anjou Pear and Ripe Boysenberry, and although I love the feel of the yarn in the portion I've completed, there are problems. Working with the yarn is a lot like trying to work with strands of a spider web. I kid you not! Extremely fine and sticky. I could overlook this if it weren't for the fact that I chose the wrong shawl pattern. 99.9% of the pattern is the stockinette stitch, which is a yawn, and if working on something is deadly boring, chances are it will never get done, right? There's only one thing keeping me from unraveling and beginning again: something tells me that unraveling spiderweb-like yarn is NOT going to be fun!
What have I been watching on television while I'm cowling and fighting shawl avoidance?
Unbelievable. (Here's its official site on Netflix.)
"After a young woman is accused of lying about a rape, two female detectives investigate a spate of eerily similar attacks. Inspired by true events."
As I watched the eight episodes, I vaguely remembered reading about the case that Unbelievable is based on, and it also reminded me of an Emmy-winning documentary called I Am Evidence, which made my blood boil so many times I lost track.
The three female leads in Unbelievable are fantastic. Kaitlyn Dever is the teenager Marie Adler, and although her behavior is sometimes impossible to fathom due to her upbringing, her plight still can break your heart.
Detective Grace Rasmussen (Toni Collette) and Detective Karen Duvall (Merritt Wever) are a study in contrasts when it comes to their personalities, but their work ethic and sense of responsibility to the victims are superb.
I don't know how I stumbled across Unbelievable-- it might have been one of Netflix's recommendations-- but I'm certainly glad I did. It's far from being light-hearted entertainment. It's serious. It's gritty. And it can be downright mesmerizing. Perfect for keeping a leg elevated and the knitting needles clicking.