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Oh, BeHAVE! And Let’s All Watch a Movie Together

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Dear Kay,
I don’t know WHAT is going on, but these outbursts–congressman Joe Wilson, Serena Williams, Kanye West, even Federer!–are getting on my NERVES. What is with people?
Whoopsy–getting a little unattractive there myself. I sincerely apologize for my outburst. Don’t censure me! I don’t know what came over me.
Seriously, even my ten year old saw Kanye’s ploy for what it was: “He just wants attention,” he said in a deadpan voice. Everybody just needs to take a breath, think for about two seconds before opening up the ol’ piehole, and be a grownup.
A Portable Movie Festival
Speaking of being a grownup, I have to tell you that I got my copy of The Singing Revolution, the documentary about Estonia’s nonviolent road to independence. A whole COUNTRY filled with grownups, Estonia is. If you want to watch a movie about people who are apparently unusually able to do courageous things without shooting a bullet or getting nasty–by singing Estonian folk songs, actually–I have an offer for you.
Here’s the plan:
Email me here with your address, and I’ll cook up a list of viewers in order of receipt. I’ll send the DVD and the list to the first person.
To keep things moving, you have to promise to watch the DVD within 24 hours of receiving it, then send it to the next person on the list. (Please be willing to send it to an international address if necessary. It’s still cheaper than buying the DVD! And you’re promoting world peace!) It’s a 90-minute film, and it makes for the best kind of knitting entertainment. Except, of course, for the parts where you’re wiping away tears with your sock and singing along even though you don’t speak Estonian. I will warn you that there are several brief scenes of violence done to Estonians, so be aware of that.
Feel free to watch the trailer and to buy your own copy here.
Maybe we can’t make a 400-mile-long human chain of peaceful people, but we can all learn from this extraordinary slice of history. I’ll stick in a little notebook so you can share your thoughts about it.
Meanwhile, Sleevishly Moving Along
OK, my need to begin making the collar for Rowena (Ravelry link) was so overwhelming that I took the sleeves off the blocking board, still damp. I hope the thing doesn’t mold up or anything.
I sewed the raglans together and commenced picking up stitches. I increased into every one of those stitches I had picked up, making the collar a very ruched experience.
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It won’t be long now until the thrilling field trip to the fabric store to find buttons and ribbon to thread through the ruched parts.
Ruched is starting to look like a big typo.
Love,
Ann

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54 Comments

54 Comments

  1. I just requested our Regional Library buy the movie. Have you also seen “Paperclips”?http://www.paperclipsmovie.com/

  2. I just requested our Regional Library buy the movie. Have you also seen “Paperclips”?http://www.paperclipsmovie.com/

  3. That is such a cool idea with the dvd. I’m going to get it from netflix, though; I know that I probably wouldn’t get it done in 24 hours, and I don’t want to hold up the line. I still have Twilight here after a month. If I just send it back, I could have Singing Revolution here in a couple days…
    Your ruched sweater looks cool. Just wanted to say “ruched”, too.

  4. My library has two copies of the movie already! Since I fear the commitment of the mail-along movie, I just put in a request for it.

  5. Ruche ruche ruche.
    Please put me on the list. You have the address I believe.
    Please include a good smooshy pencil with the notebook. I think people should be encouraged to do a little “Wreck This Journal” thing with it. Tape a piece of yarn from what you were knitting while you watched it, drip a few tears or a beverage, etc.
    Ruche on, ruche mama, ruche on.
    Yours in pointless creativitizing,
    Kay

  6. No ruching here… And I was going to say I’d watch your movie, but then, like a grown-up, I checked my local library, and they have it, as well as a book by the same name, and I put holds on them both. Nothing like a crash course in modern Baltic political history.
    Ruche on!

  7. I’m seconding MicheleLB’s comment. I think the film festival is a great idea. I just went and put it on the top of my netflix list though, as I am not the best at sending things along in a timely matter. I used to be a librarian and my library books are always late!
    The sweater is coming along beautifully.

  8. PS! Yourdictionary.com says
    Ruching: noun
    a fluting or pleating of lace, ribbon, muslin, net, etc. for trimming dresses, esp. at the wrist and neck
    Etymology: Fr, lit., beehive PS! Yourdictionary.com says
    Ruching: noun
    a fluting or pleating of lace, ribbon, muslin, net, etc. for trimming dresses, esp. at the wrist and neck
    Etymology: Fr, lit., beehive < OFr rusche < Celt, as in Gaul rusca, bark (used for making beehives)
    I love etymology!

  9. Ohh, part of my PS disappeared…
    Etymology: Fr, lit., beehive Ohh, part of my PS disappeared…
    Etymology: Fr, lit., beehive < OFr rusche < Celt, as in Gaul rusca, bark (used for making beehives)
    You need to know about the bark part!

  10. My library doesn’t have it so I’ll get in line with Kay and do my best to watch it in 24 hrs and send it on (tho I should admit that I had to put the Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange Grey Gardens back on hold b/c I didn’t watch it in the week I had it from my library and someone else had it on hold so I had to return it and that my sister’s b-day box- her b-day was in Feb- is still sitting partly filled and unmailed but in my- admittedly weak- defence I do keep finding more cool stuff to put in it and I found the perfect yarn to knit her a hat so maybe it’ll end up with christmas presents in it too and I’m conserving resources by mailing only one box. Yeah, that’s the ticket! And right after knitting today I resolve to watch the documentary Grey Gardens that I only have for 3 more days before it is due back at the library.) Are colored gel pens OK in the movie-review notebook b/c I have a lot of them and they are fun to use. Like grown up crayons.

  11. Add me to the list, too, please. A heads-up about international mailage: DVDs come in different world regional formats (kinda like clothing sizes) – so a US market DVD will not necessarily function as anything other than a coaster in some other parts of the world. (Not that I’d do something like that.) Kelly

  12. oh come on people, don’t you want to be part of the knitting-journaling-world-peace-freedom-for-all-chain? It may be more grown up to check out movies from your local library – I am a great supporter of “ALL LOCAL” – but this is such an awesome project!
    I was under the “singing arch” weeping with pride and singing with all my might in this revolution, and I fully support this idea, Ann. Count me in… I guess you’ll need my address…

  13. oh come on people, don’t you want to be part of the knitting-journaling-world-peace-freedom-for-all-chain? It may be more grown up to check out movies from your local library – I am a great supporter of “ALL LOCAL” – but this is such an awesome project!
    I was under the “singing arch” weeping with pride and singing with all my might in this revolution, and I fully support this idea, Ann. Count me in… I guess you’ll need my address…

  14. Southern women have always cornered the market on manners and decorum. You tell ‘em Ann! Perhaps Obama can appoint you National Etiquette Advisor?
    In the interest of participating and having good manners I will sign up for the movie! And I will finish seaming my latest Peter Bergmann afghan for Afghans before I knit another stitch! Down with slackerdom and rudeness, let the knitters lead by example!!!

  15. This sounds very cool…I am going to email you my address!
    btw, when I was in college (back in 1989!) I was in choir and we had a very cool spring break trip to Ireland/England for a competition (in Ireland) and some performances (in England). We won our group (all female choir–went to Wellesley) and the Estonian Boy’s Choir won their group (there was no oveall winner of the competition, but we did have the most points-but I digress). I remember their performance being quite lovely!
    I also remember the pub crawls we did! That was a fun trip!

  16. I am inspired by both the singing and the ruching! Maybe if outbursts had to be sung, instead of loudly blurted in a bombastic manner, the world would be a better place (at least the televised portions of it). Ruching needs to be sung about, as well. I’ll make an allowance for congressional bills, they can be longer multi-stanza anthems, but keep in mind that at the end of the singing, one has to be awake to vote.

  17. What a great initiative, Ann – count me in. And I love your idea of a notebook for all to leave their opinion in (sorry, bad grammar, I know, I know).
    I’ll be finishing my Jamila throw while wathing it (unless I get it too late in the line-up).
    Marianne

  18. The ruched sweater is going to be STUNNING!

  19. Please put me on the list ahead of Tish.

  20. Count me in! I think it’s a great idea and another chance to show the world the power of the knitting community

  21. I just read this morning that Marc (Mark?) Jacobs was all about the ruffles and ruching in his show at Fashion Week. You are so au courant! So fashion forward! You could walk the runway in your new sweater. Can’t wait to see the final product (which has been done in record time, I might add).
    http://tinyurl.com/o9hmat

  22. Ann…THANK YOU for your gentle voice of reason and cheer…something that we so desperately need right now. Cannot participate in the DVD acquisition because we are heading south for a visit, but will be thinking of you as we journey through Nashville!! Love the sweater…!

  23. Wow, I really like the sweater! I keep wanting to try it on when I see it…
    All this talk about runching, puts me to mind of ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’; but, of course, the operative word there was runcible.
    I’ll send my address, and will be knitting my a4A baby blanket while watching the film.
    Knit on!
    LoveDiane

  24. Hi y’all!
    I’ve seen this movie–it’s brilliant, and it will make you cry! As a choir enthusiast, I loved seeing an ENTIRE COUNTRY that understands how important music can be in your life!
    Knit on, and sing while you knit…

  25. FYI For netflix subscribers they have it….

  26. We got the video from Netflix. It was fantastic!

  27. **Maybe we can’t make a 400-mile-long human chain of peaceful people…**
    Why not? =)
    You 2 are so strong and determined, I bet that you could get people together for that.
    =)

  28. **Maybe we can’t make a 400-mile-long human chain of peaceful people…**
    Why not? =)
    You 2 are so strong and determined, I bet that you could get people together for that.
    =)

  29. Sorry about the double posting…my innernets had a hiccup.
    Lovely sweater! I have wanted to make that for a long time and it was the primary reason I bought the book-can’t wait to see it all done.

  30. I’ll have to see if my local library is willing to pick this up (or if they already have it). It definitely seems like something I would love to see, though I too am very slow at watching movies.

  31. As a librarian, I have to say I love all the people who realize the resource they have on hand with their local library — although the chain of watchers thing sounds inspiring too. I also have to agree with Shannon that we librarians are awful about returning things on time (I think it’s all those years of the ability to waive one’s own overdue fines).
    Finally, as a teacher, I have to say kudos to your ten year old and to you as a parent. When your kid is more mature than several adults in the public eye, you must be doing something right!

  32. A great idea and I really don’t want to rain on the parade, but…..in my experience a DVD made for US consumption will not play in some other countries – ones I know about for sure are Japan and the UK. So int’l is good, but some may be disappointed.
    But I’ll sing along anyway.

  33. That’s the way with that word, to the point where an LYS sent out a kit called a ‘rauched scarf’ – apparently that looked better to them. (Looked up rauched BTW in the dictionary and didn’t find it.) Anyway, however it’s spelled, your sweater is looking gorgeous! I love the color and the yarn, and a lot of other things in that book.

  34. Of course that didn’t keep me from buying the kit; it was gorgeous yarn (silk and cashmere), but I’m not sure I’ll be doing any ruching (rauching) with it yet.

  35. Thanks for the movie recommendation. I just ordered it from Netflix.

  36. I bet a ton of people are going to add that movie to their Netflix queue tonight! (Myself included!)

  37. Ruched!–Why have I been all along adding an ‘n’? (often my keyboard skips a letter, or two, but never adds one…)
    My dictionary defines the word “ruche”, as “frill or quilling of gauze, lace, etc.”
    OK, now I can sleep. Or perhaps I shall get my runcible spoon and eat some mince and quince– hmmmmm.

  38. What a beautiful idea.

  39. Pretty sweater. Would love to see it finished!

  40. Love the ruching. It’s the ruchiest!
    Seriously, wonderful sweater.
    And I hadn’t tied together all the public outbursting but now that you mention it, what’s the deal?

  41. The sweater is gorgeous!! I love the movie idea, but lo and behold, we don’t have a dvd player (who would believe it) except on our computer and it isn’t too comfortable for two people to sit in the office and watch on that. Maybe I’ll look for the book!!

  42. Put me on the list! What a great idea!

  43. I got the video—from that now most rare of species, a small independent video retailer–as soon as you mentioned it in your most excellent travelog. Singing and knitting are two of my favorites! It’s my five year anniversary of knitting conversion this month, and I have been a member of a remarkable women’s community choir for over 15 years. Both experiences have changed my life.
    I have also noticed the recent run of incivility, but was heartened by the nice manners of the young US Open winner, Juan Martin del Potro. He’s a pretty good tennis player, too!
    Laura

  44. I’d much rather make a ‘ruched’ than a ‘raunched’ sweater. Most days.

  45. Love the sharing Idea, Ann. Thank you. Even better, I found it on Netflix and so can get it soon to see with my visiting parents. They always see all the good movies first. Also thank you for test driving this sweater. It’s one of the ones I visit when I visit with Knit Two Together. I’m trying very hard not to pattern stash by simply not keeping up or not admitting that we are not all in possession of Hermione’s time turner jobbie the way I do with sewing, but I really am loving knitting it vicariously through you. It’s a lot less work this way. Of course, I won’t get to wear it, either.
    ch

  46. Please put me on your list. I promise to make the treck to the mailbox to keep it on its way.

  47. Yup, I just reserved my library’s copy.

  48. Love the idea! Sign me up, and I’ll do my best to move it along timely. (Netflix must be marvelling at all the people who queue’d this movie today!)
    I’m another big library user, there weekly, but ours is very small and doesn’t have this DVD – yet.
    Steve Dahl had a column in today’s Chicago Tribune about civility – the irony there is that he was one of the original “shock jocks” when I was growing up, but he too was calling for people to act like grown-ups.

  49. Great idea! I checked my library, but they don’t have it. So my son just put it on his Netflix list. We’ve been to Estonia, so we are both really interested. Thanks for the heads up!

  50. Thanks for the tip on the movie. I also just put in a hold at my library for it. There are two copies and no holds, so it should arrive at my branch quick quick. Also, thanks for the heads up on Knit 2 Together. I’d skimmed the book when it first came out, wasn’t impressed, but looked at it again this week at the library and have checked it out. Not sure Rowena is on my list but I really liked the skirt (linen!) and a couple of others.

  51. That’s one astute 10 year old you’ve got there.

  52. A wonderful movie, and a wonderful idea. Grownups acting like grownups.

  53. Anyone who gets a Democrat and a Republican to watch the movie together should get a bonus 24 hours.

  54. Thank you for the grand idea – this is the first movie I have watched from beginning to end in quite some time, and it was inspiring! Being a singer and musician myself, the power of music still never ceases to amaze me, and the music in the movie was just wonderful. And I got to sit and knit the whole time I was watching – that must add up to some kind of multiple karmic bonus. Can’t wait to see what the next movie is that you recommend.