Posts Tagged ‘the hobbit’
As soon as I saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, I wanted to write about a certain piece of knitwear. I’ve been putting it off for a month because, well, I just don’t want to say what I’m about to say and I just can’t write about it without saying it. Here goes. I was so thoroughly disappointed by this film. SO disappointed. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy really inspired me as a preteen. I’m not sure if maybe the magic has worn off since I’ve grown older and less interested in fantasy epics or maybe four years of film school have soured me to having any fun at the movies. But I have a feeling that this movie was just not what it could have been. It was long, it looked like a video game, and Orlando Bloom is not as fresh-faced as he once was (sorry).
Really the only good parts of this film for me were Bombur getting stuck in a barrel (definitely my Halloween costume this year) and giggling with some of my best girlfriends about how I’d snuck an impressive amount of candy into the theater. To have to go back and search through the entirety of this movie for a screen cap was just too much for me in this cold, bleak winter. But THDOS (is that the official abbreviation? Quite a mouthful.) has been nominated for three Oscars and this knit is not one of them. It’s time to talk about it.
Let’s talk about Gandalf’s sparkly scarf.
When I first noticed Gandalf’s scarf, I’d say right after the group stays with Beorn, I felt completely giddy. And every time it appeared on screen, one of my friends would say, “Sparkly scarf!” Despite the flashiness of said accessory, the silver scarf is a part of canon Gandalf costume. It’s specifically mentioned in the books so this is one serious piece of knitwear.
Of COURSE Gandalf has a beautiful, long, and mystical scarf. I’m not kidding about it being sparkly. It’s definitely got this rustic, tweed-y quality but then there is a metallic yarn woven throughout. I just loved seeing it swirl around in 3D magic.
If you’re interested in seeing the costumes in real-life close ups, check out this article. Or you can buy an authentic movie replica woven with real mithril (aka not actual mithril) for $99. Or, maybe, just knit one? (I’ve got a nerd bone to pick here. Is this book canon? I’m not really sure what good it would do to weave a scarf with mithril. I guess if you got shot in the throat with an arrow? Maybe we should start with mithril in hats and gloves and then maybe scarves if it’s particularly, dangerously cold outside. Feel free to discuss in the comments.)
Who do you think is best dressed in Middle Earth?
I’m still feeling all dreamy over the Oud tank. I just love how it’s styled! Seriously, pick up a copy of Knitscene. I’ve been so crazy trying to get Faro off the needles (it’s such a quick knit!) to wear to Vogue Knitting Live this weekend, I haven’t had time for much of anything else. (Also, I may have gotten sucked into reading Gone Girl. The book has completely taken over my life this week. I haven’t finished yet but I’m pretty close so save your spoilers!)
>> CBS lists the five best knitting stores in NYC. I have a hard time choosing my favorite LYS in the city. I get asked that a lot. My answer: whichever one is closest! (Purl Soho, which I consider to be the most well known, got snubbed. Interesting!)
>> If you aren’t spending all of you money at VKL this weekend, don’t forget that Mochimochi Land is offering 20% off PDF patterns! Anna’s patterns are so crazy cute. If you haven’t knit one yet, you should!
>> Saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug two weeks ago. More on that soon, actually. But, hello! Look at these knitted Hobbit characters! I would totally knit a Gandalf.
>> What do we think about this hand-knit merino (shorts!) onesie from Sibling? I’m surprisingly ok with it but really that model could pull anything off.
>> This is a video about a party for sheep. You’re welcome.
So, who am I going to be seeing at VKL this weekend? I’m already there. Who knows what I’m wearing since Faro is still not finished. Come say hey, though! Like I always say, I’m really shy so, really, come say hi. Happy knitting!