Sunday, 6 November 2011

Speeding up

Just when I thought things would settle and I'd gain some quiet momentum, I find myself hurtling towards Christmas ... so I'm all busy again. There are probably no readers left out there, but anyway.
Before I get started on Christmas gifts, I thought I'd finish off this quilt, which is a present for my sister-in-law's 50th birthday.
I'm keen to finish it soon, because she'll be 52 in a couple of months ...
The all-over stippling is looking okay, though there are occasional angular bits, and two points at which I have crossed over a stitching line. But I'm telling myself this is the idea of handmade stuff. As I'm stitching, I keep telling myself, "Curves ... curves ..." to stop doing loops and zig-zags, which feel more natural.
Faves
:: I'm reading Stella Gibbons' (of Cold Comfort Farm) novel, Westwood on the kindle and loving it.
:: David and I have spent several weeks watching 20 gripping, tense episodes of the Danish thriller, The Killing, and now we wish we could start it all over again, it was SO good. And how fascinating it was to hear the Danish language spoken. It sounded quite guttural, with not so many staccato consonants as in the Romance languages. And for the most part it seemed entirely incomprehensible, until suddenly the characters would say a short sentence or the odd word that sounded like German, or English. It just added to the fabulous TV, in my opinion.
We are also loving The Slap - so brilliantly done. I forgot how truly despicable so many of the characters are - good stuff. Likewise the BBC adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's novel, The Line of Beauty. Lord knows if either of these will get to air in the US - there's so much graphic, no-holds-barred sex in them that they'll cause conniptions.
Oh well - back to the swirly-wirly and curves, curves, curves ...

6 comments:

Knit Witch said...

I'm still here! Good to hear from you.

Natalie said...

Lovely to hear from you! Our dear friends and neighbors have moved (for five months) to Australia... so I think of you and Jane, and all the attractions to that far away place. Feels a bit closer when you get us caught up.

Anonymous said...

Yes loving the slap and they are all truly despicable but still compulsive viewing.The quilt looks great the spotted borders have come alive with the squiggle.
Shelley

rhubarbwhine said...

How great to see you post again. And the quilts look divine!

Mousy Brown said...

I am pretty sure that if it was me I wouldn't mind how old I was when I finally got that quilt....I'd just be stunned by its beauty! Glad you are well - if busy....Christmas rush has started here too, ho hum!

Fairlie said...

Still here!

I can't watch The Slap. I detested the book so much, I couldn't bear to lose another 6 hours of my life to the TV series.