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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: June 14, 2014 12:49:36 PM
The TV program I've seen with the most needlecrafts is Call the Midwife. The nuns apparently do multiple kinds of needlecrafts, as they are shown knitting and sewing by hand, and they have crocheted pillows on their furniture; also they have a sewing machine on the premises. The patients often have handknit or crocheted baby clothes and blankets for their babies. The non-nun midwives can probably all do basic sewing and knitting, and one of them, Chummy, is shown making her own patterns, as well as sewing clothes and furnishings.

Something a little irritating--like a bit of sand in your shoe--from Call the Midwife though. There's an episode where they decide to keep the old nun with dementia out of trouble by setting her to making "blanket squares", which I assumed meant knitted squares that would be seamed together to make a blanket, and I believe we did see something like that going on. But at one point one of the sisters is talking and there is a granny square hanging off her knitting needle! I had to back the TiVo up and get another look. Who let that get by?

The squares--all granny, BTW--make an interesting part of the story later though. While one of their number is hospitalized, we see the midwives complete the squares and seam them all together while they sit up waiting all night, then spread the completed blanket over the unconscious woman. Even the character who had spoken disdainfully of handmade blankets early in the episode participated. It was a nice depiction of people using a handcraft to soothe their own anxiety and to offer a kind of silent, physical prayer for someone they loved. The silliness of the granny square on a knitting needle aside, I liked the use of yarn crafts in this episode.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: June 14, 2014 12:30:16 PM
I've been watching far too much TV in recent months and noticing any crochet. It's usually just afghans across the back of a couch--like Amy's granny square afghan on The Big Bang Theory--but I saw the character Rosario crocheting on an episode of Will and Grace.

A couple of afghans that interested me: In the 1941 movie The Great Lie, Bette Davis' character has a ripple afghan on the back of her couch; I didn't know the pattern was that old. And on The Middle, there's always what appears to be two afghans, a ripple and a striped one, on  their couch (and, unusually, the characters actually use it), but in one episode it's spread out enough so that I now think it is only one afghan--a ripple bordered with wide stripes; I've never seen that done before and it's kind of odd-looking.

The Middle also has other crochet: I've several times seen a granny stripe afghan in the daughter's bedroom, the daughter has at least once worn a crochet scarf, and I think the aunts may have some afghans or somesuch. I don't know who's supposed to doing the crochet. There was a bag of yarn in the mother's room once, but I think they were gathering up stuff they didn't use,  and in an episode where she was supposed to volunteer wearing a team colors scarf, she showed up in something very badly knitted.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: March 02, 2014 07:09:47 PM
I haven't been on Craftster in forever, but I thought about this thread tonight. One of the anime simulcasts my husband and I are watching on CrunchyRoll is Seki-kun: Master of Killing Time. It's about a high school girl who can't stop watching the boy across the aisle from her waste class time in wonderfully inventive ways. This week he was making an amigurumi. It was pretty cool, as we see the girl go from "he's knitting" to "that's a crochet hook" to "that's a double-ended afghan hook" and go from feeling superior about her own skills to being impressed by Seki's ability.

A couple months ago, we watched another anime, Kimi ni Todoke, that mentions crochet in a couple of episodes. The main female character crocheted Christmas gifts, and I could see a crochet diagram for a hat. As seems to be usual, it was translated as "knitting", which is why tonight's Seki-kun surprised me by distinguishing between crochet and knitting.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Turning denim brown? on: November 27, 2012 08:07:06 PM
The FAQs section at the RIT site has some advice on what dye colors will cover which colors.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Knock-off Star Trek Captain Bathrobe on: November 18, 2012 08:48:16 AM
Just dropping in to complain. I haven't been able to get this amazingly cool bathrobe wholly out of my mind ever since MistressT posted it, so a few weeks ago I picked up a shawl collar bathrobe pattern at a sale. Then I made the mistake of asking my husband what color/job he'd like to have, assuming he'd go for either command gold or "operations" red. He picked science officer blue. Guess what color is hardest to match?

Gold fleece is easy to find. I can find suitably red flannel or fleece. Science officer blue is so elusive I may have to go with the "periwinkle" fleece at Hancock's, though it's not quite right and I have a hard time imagining Mr. Spock wearing anything called periwinkle; still, it's better than the powder blue, which is what I mostly find.

Solutions would seem to be:
1. Give up. Don't make super cool ST robe. Allow husband to continue stealing my plush winter robe.
2. Live with fact otherwise super cool robe is inadequately blue.
3. Present husband with robe in color of my choice, saying "But you're the captain of our little Enterprise, honey" or "You know you have an engineering mind and, besides, Scottish accents are sexy".
4. Make myself a gold robe first, then tell husband he has to be a redshirt because I'm the captain and I say so. Any insubordination and he'll be sent on an away mission. Cheesy

There's also "Continue dithering until cold weather is past, then expand search to include less warm fabrics", but that seems like less of a solution and more of a delaying tactic.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: turned a neckline from a mens t shirt into a female one on: September 11, 2012 07:17:45 PM
What a clever idea those folds are! It gives an interesting look, while solving a common problem.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Netted Mobius Scarf with matching fingerless gloves on: September 03, 2012 07:18:27 PM
Very nice!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Elastic Waist Dress on: September 02, 2012 08:28:14 PM
I like yours much better than the inspiration piece.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Faith Hope and Love in China on: September 01, 2012 12:28:10 PM
This is beautiful.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 31, 2012 10:28:33 PM
I also wanted to say I really enjoyed the summer semester at Hogwarts. It was cool seeing all the different stuff people came up with for the assignments. I didn't get to all the assignments I planned to do, but I had fun with what I did. I liked peeking in here during a hectic week, like this past one. I also got some good ideas for later. One take-away I'm glad for is eiseldora passing on the idea of "blessing bags"; I'd never heard of them before, and, although I seldom encounter homeless people, I've already passed the idea on. Thanks to pinkleo for starting this.
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