December 17th, 2005

The Librarian


The cold is back ... not as low and nasty as before, but the humidity is higher this time 'round, making the chill more penetrating, especially when one is strolling down city streets looking for an unfamiliar small movie theatre. And strolling farther than absolutely necessary, when one isn't sure what station to get off at. :p But my nose got frozen in a good cause and letting it inhale the steam from a mug of hot choccie will earn me its forgiveness ...

Made the expedition, via C-train, downtown to catch the matinee showing of Deepa Mehta's Water at the Globe. WOW! doesn't begin to cover it. Amazing, incredible film about the treatment of Hindu widows in 1938 India, beginning with 8-year-old Chuyia's arrival at a widows' ashram after the death of her husband. I highly recommend clicking on the "production" link at the movie site above and reading about the difficulties Mehta encountered in making this film ... Hindu fundamentalists are just as scary as those of any other faith, and they don't like movies that expose the dark side of their version of religion. The original 2000 attempt to shoot "Water" in India was ended by fundamentalist violence and sabotage ... filming eventually resumed four years later in Sri Lanka under cover of a different title and with an "anti-publicist" on staff.

Now, having had my mind and heart simultaneously warmed and torn by "Water", I have to get my hands on copies of "Fire" and "Earth", the first two films in this trilogy ... they are famed for packing the same emotional power and controversy as their successor, and it hasn't been difficult to come to the conclusion that any film Deepa Mehta makes should be watched. Multiple times. :-)

P.S. Came across another happy viewing potential downtown. Word had been that there was no Canadian release planned for Neil Gaiman's Mirrormask; there was certainly no mention of it on the Calgary movie site of it as a "coming soon" title, nor was it listed in any of the theatres after the official release date, so I had given up on checking for it. But, across the street from the Globe is another small movie theatre called the Uptown, which also specializes in non-mainstream movies and guess what it had on its marquee today! Hopefully it'll still be there next weekend and I can treat myself on Christmas Eve. :-)
The Librarian


Since this Saturday's Globe and Mail was once again lacking Heather Mallick's columns, I did a little curiosity Googling and discovered that she has resigned from the paper. The tale, from somebody who took the trouble to get the story from Mallick herself, is here.

I'll keep an eye out, and when Mallick resurfaces in a paper where I can access her work, I'll point all her readers who hang out here in the right direction. :-)
The Librarian

On occasion ...

... I have, for fun, sat down and made a sewing-related post of all the cool links in an issue of Australian Stitches. Today I was flipping through the current Interweave Knits and, noticing ads for nifty buttons, etc., thought I'd try the same with it. Fun, and possibly inspiring, stuff to look at for those of you who click on the links, and a handy LJ-stored reference list for me. :-)

Note: for kat1392 ... several of the yarn dealers have free crochet patterns stashed on their sites; for the sewers, remember that knitters/crocheters also need needles, buttons, zippers, dyes, and all kinds of other goodies ... the dealers sell those as well as yarns (I noticed that a few sites are offering jewelry as well).

Lion Brand Yarn
Brown Sheep Company
Plymouth Yarn Company
Coats & Clark
Colinette Yarns
Unique Kolours
Purl, Soho
Kolláge Yarns
Yarn Market
Patons Yarns
Takhi Stacy Charles
Rowan Yarns Classic
Australian Country Spinners
Lily Chin
JCA Crafts
The Handworks Gallery
Vivian Høxbro
Breckling Press
Jo Sharp
American Buffalo Products
Fiber Trends
Knitting Fever
The Knitting Universe
C&T Publishing
Yarn Barn of Kansas
Halcyon Yarn
Morehouse Farm Merino
Lana Grossa
Martingale & Company
Flying Fingers Yarn Shop
Fleece Artist
Plassard Yarns
Carolina Homespun
Cascade Yarns
Lambspun of Colorado
Goddess Yarns
Mountain Colors
Abundant Yarns & Dyeworks
Colorful Stitches
Arachne Designs
Yarn Lady
Alchemy Yarns
Penny Straker Knitting Patterns
Jimmy Beans Wool
La Lana Wools
Kaleidoscope Yarns
Fiesta Yarns
Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Fur Yarn
Ami Ami
Yarns International
Seaport Yarn
White Lies Designs
Knitting Central
Knit One, Crochet Too
Cat Bordhi's Magical Knitting
Stitch DC
Needlepoint Joint
Russi Sales
French Girl
Hand Jive
InfiKnits (this one is worth it, just for the photo on the homepage of the hamster knitting ... LOL!)
Color Me ...
Misti Alpaca
The Colonial Needle Company
Fiddlesticks Knitting
Chris Bylsma Designs
Aylin's Woolgatherer
Knitter's Review
Knit Happens
Judi & Co.
Two Swans Yarns
Stitch Diva Studios
The Fibre Company
Acorn Street Shop
Angel Hair Yarn Co.
Exquisitely Angora
Bartlett Yarns
Vintage Knits Wool Shoppe
The Fiber Studio
Susan's Fiber Shop
Earth Guild
Green Mountain Spinnery
Lakeside Fibers
Taos Sunflower
Glory-ous Knits
Nordic Fiber Arts
Himalaya Yarn
Ashland Sky
Rosie's Yarn Cellar
The Weaving Works
The Elegant Ewe
The Fiber Loft
Canadian Knitwear Designers & Artisans
Cheryl Oberle Designs
Jordana Paige
Goose Pond
Talitha Cumi Company
Nancy's Knit Knacks
Perfect Buttons
Sawyer Brook Distinctive Fabrics
Jesse Knits
Carodan Farm Wool Shop
The Wool Peddler
Dancing Leaf Farm
Caryll Designs
Classic Elite Yarns