Its late Sunday evening and its has been busy and a lazy weekend at the same time! I’m enjoying watching so many sappy movies on Hallmark and TCM. I have one eye on the TV and the other on my knitting project. Knitting while watching TV helps me feel I’m not wasting time. I’ve been busy finishing several knitting projects for the holidays and a few new ones.
I’ve made several slough hats for Christmas gifts and now I want one for myself!
I’ve always wanted to make socks, and after making a pair of old fashioned Christmas Stockings, felt confident enough to give it a try.
So far its been really fun to knit the sock because its interesting since each foot section is worked differently. I’m making a top down sock knitting starts at the stop of the sock, the ribbing, and then work the leg part. Next comes the heel flap where the needles are.
The heel flap is the part below the ankle and is the back of the heel. Heels take a lot of wear and tear with the shoe rubbing against it a good stitch to use, to re-inforce it, is the Eye of Partridge pattern that produces the texture that is strong and stretchy.
After this part you start knitting short rows to turn the heel out in the direction of your toes. Then knitting the gusset, which is the sides of the sock, the body and then the toe part. Knitting your own socks means you can make it exactly to fit your own feet. My first pair is for Mr. C and then I’ll be making some for myself.
The yarn is a worsted weight wool and makes a sock meant to be worn with slipper or boots. Not an everyday sock but one heavy enough to keep our feet warm in the Midwest cold winters.
There were so many great movies to watch this weekend….I love old movies…and can watch the same ones over and over again. I loved the acting, writing and content of old ones. The First one I watched was Lady On A Train.
A young, pleasant Nikki Collins (Deanna Durbin) witnesses a brutal murder while riding on a train on her way to New York City. Though she desperately tries to inform others of what she saw, no one believes her. In her scramble to convince someone, anyone, of the crime, she finds an ally in a mystery writer named Wayne Morgan (David Bruce). Trapped as she is on the train, however, the more she tries to raise the alarm, the more attention she draws to herself — and the killer is starting to notice.
Deanna Durbin was a Canadian-born actress/singer who appeared in films in the 30 & 40’s. She had a beautiful professional soprano like voice and sang the song silent night in the movie.
I enjoyed the movie and through research found her most famous role was in the movie, It’s A Date! I plan on watching it because its on youtube. The movie is broken down in to 11 parts at 10 minutes each. Here’s a link to the movie if you would like to watch it.
Another movie was Come To The Stable with Loretta Young…
In this heartwarming 1949 film, Sister Margaret (Loretta Young) and Sister Scholastica (Celeste Holm) arrive unannounced and determined to build a children’s hospital in the small New England town of Bethlehem. They seek to fulfill a promise they made to God when he saved a similar infirmary in war-torn Normandy. To build it, the sisters recruit various townspeople, negotiate with a bookie (Thomas Gomez) for the land and contend with a songwriter (Hugh Marlowe) who’s set against the project.
I remember watching this film as a little girl and was thrilled when I taped it. Loretta Young was one of my favorite actresses.
I also watched Christmas In Connecticut…
While recovering in a hospital, war hero Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) grows familiar with the “Diary of a Housewife” column written by Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck). Jeff’s nurse arranges with Elizabeth’s publisher, Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet), for Jeff to spend the holiday at Elizabeth’s bucolic Connecticut farm with her husband and child. But the column is a sham, so Yardley hastens to arrange a publicity ploy by setting up single, nondomestic Elizabeth on a country farm.
Another favorite actress Barbara Stanwyck.
I’ve taped so many old time movies to watch over the holidays and finish several knitting projects.
Do you like watching old time movies and who are some of your favorite actresses?