James Bond (and some yarn commentary)

So I saw Quantum of Solace yesterday. I rather enjoyed it and definitely didn’t regret spending money to see it, although Casino Royale is still a better movie. I got a kick out of reading the credits and discovering Fields’ full character name ๐Ÿ™‚ Daniel Craig is definitely not Sean Connery, but I’m not sure that I’d want to watch a Connery-esque Bond now. I adore his Bond in his films and forgive him anything, but the attitudes that I forgive in those movies would irritate the hell out of me now.

Thank god Craig is no Roger Moore.

He’s put his own stamp on Bond and, if this is closer to Fleming’s Bond, then I may have to borrow my father’s books and actually read the original texts.

Overall, an evening well spent.

On the knitting front…

I finished my socks ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been using the Riverbed architecture from New Pathways for Sock Knitters and really enjoyed making them. Toe-up is definitely my chosen way to make socks! They’ve turned out really well, although the fit is slightly loose particularly around the foot. I suspect that this was due to a poor gauge swatch rather than a problem with Cat Bohrdi’s formula – I calculated for 8 stitches to the inch and was probably knitting 6 or 7. The yarn was self-striping and terrific fun so I’d definitely buy something like that again. Despite being 75% wool, they feel great on my feet. Obviously my feet are much less sensitive to wool problems than my torso.

This morning I cast on the gauge swatch for my next pair. I have plans to make Fountain Foxgloves from Cat’s book but I want to make sure that my gauge is good this time. So I’m making a decent-sized swatch. I’m knitting on 2.5mm and so far the yarn is knitting up beautifully. I’m not sure that going up a needle size to get gauge will work for this yarn, though, so I may rethink my pattern plans if the gauge isn’t right. It’s Trekking XXX and I finally understand why so many people rave about it. Gorgeous! Can’t wait to wear some socks made from this stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

For the next few weeks I’ll only be sock knitting at lunchtimes and while travelling, though, because my evening knitting time needs to be devoted to finishing my sister’s blanket. I am determined. Then I have a couple of other small knits for other people to do in January/February, but then I am determined that the rest of the year will be all about being selfish and knitting for myself.

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