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Monday, June 26, 2006

Actors and Cables

I saw the movie "Lake House" starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock on Saturday. I would rate this chick flick a C+.

Christopher Plummer has supporting role. Mr. Plummer is one of those actors that I enjoy watching on the big screen although every time I see him, I expect him to pull out a seaman's whistle to order his children around like he did in the Sound of Music. He has superb enunciation and stage presence.

I have to admit that I made a serious error about Mr. Plummer's acting career. I thought that he was "Ming the Merciless" in the 1980 flick "Flash Gordon". He was not! This role was acted by Max von Sydow who you might remember seeing in recent movies like "Minority Report" and" What Dreams May Come".

Ah... Flash Gordon. A childhood favorite. It was one of those shows that ran continuously on cable (like Dragonslayer). My dad and I would watch it together and giggle over our favorite lines. Many of my favorite memories include watching movies with Dad. He would get tickled and start laughing with his really loud laugh. He would slip out of his chair onto the floor and bang the carpet with his hand just laughing and laughing. As a kid, this was fantastic! I would fall onto the floor with him and we would laugh until tears came to our eyes. As soon as one of us started to calm down, the other would quote the funny line again and we would start laughing all over again.

In Knitting News, I took a class on Saturday to learn how to cable. There were four other participants, all with the same level of experience. I was impressed to learn that Jamie, the yarn store's owner and our cable class teacher, had only been knitting for five years before she opened her store. Pretty cool, huh!

Cabling is easier than I thought it would be. I thought I would work a cable row on every row (wrong!). You actually work a cable row every 8 or 10 rows (depending on your pattern). I'm knitting more slowly as I knit my first cable scarf, but I'm enjoying watching the cable pattern grow. It's magic! Check it out:


At 2:04 PM, Blogger Veronique said...

Cables are so much fun! Yoru scarf is looking good.

At 5:36 PM, Blogger wenders said...

What a lovely color - and I, too, thought you cabled every row for a while! :)

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Briar said...

I also recently discovered cables! I'd read about them in the S&B book, but was always scared they'd be so complicated (even though I was aware they weren't worked every round, I figured it was for a reason, lol). They're such a fun way to make a pattern look really intricate!

Thanks for the warm wishes. I hope things start looking up -- I hate sad blogging.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger revrose said...

I had planned to see The Lake House, which I think might be adapted from a book I read several years ago,and when I got to the theater the times were different and I saw The Break Up instead. So should I forget about The Lake House? I recommend The Break Up, if you aren't too attached to the ending being perfect.


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