Well hallo there! How has your weekend been?
I have been a bit poorly, so I made a plan to begin a cute thing called Hook & Look.
The hook part of the thing is self explanatory – a crochet project (because you use a hook when you crochet, as you know!)
The look part of the things refers to films. And watching them. While you (and by you, I mean me) make something with aforementioned hook.
This weekend I thought I would make a pet blanket, because I haven’t made one for a while and pets need blankets.
Of course, this project could easily be sized up to make a lap blanket (still doable in a weekend) or a bigger blanket still.
+ For this project, I started with a basic granny square pattern and just kept going, growing the square until it measured around 100cm x 100cm.
+ I crocheted two rounds of each colour to cut down on time and ends.
+ I used odds and sods of regular old 8ply yarn (DK yarn to some) and … and this is the crucial bit … an 8mm hook.
That plump hook and the less plump yarn still work together and they create a lovely, loose blanket that feels forgiving, cosy and expressive. If blankets can feel those ways. And if you ask me they can.
I watched a bunch of films in my PJs and ate some comforting things. I watched via YouTube movie rentals … I thought I’d choose from there, because I think then if you want to watch one, it’s really easy to access wherever you are in the world. They are between $4 and $7 to rent and you can stream them straight away. So not super cheap, but cheaper than going to the movies! Plus you can wear PJs and nobody minds if you chat or have to get up and go pee. (not sponsored!)
Here’s what I watched from under the doona …
1. The Favourite
This movie was bonkers. I really liked it. Of course who could not fall in love with anything Olivia Colman does. And I am a sucker for a period piece. 4 out of 5
(Mustard, pink and magenta rounds!)
2. Can You Ever Forgive Me
Melissa McCarthy is brilliant in this movie about an unlikeable writer who gets up to some interesting mischief. I loved this one. (Remember that time Clare Bowditch invited me to help her interview Melissa McCarthy for ABC Radio?!) 4 out of 5
(Blue and neon yellow rounds.)
3. The Chaperone
I loved the wardrobe design in this, but the film was a little plodding. No matter, because it was pretty to look at, made me look a little more into Louise Brooks and also had the benefit of starring Cora from Downton Abbey. PLUS it’s based on a book by Laura Moriarty of the same name (which I am sure is better than the film!) I’m going to read that. 3 out of 5
4. My Kid Could Paint That
Gosh. This documentary is so good. And also sad. And also really interesting. Perhaps you remember the story of the four-year-old artist who rose to fame, selling her painting for tens of thousands of dollars? Well this film is about her and her family. 3.5 out of 5
(Blue and bright orange rounds.)
This flick follows the Notorious RBG’s life from childhood through to now. What a brilliant woman – and also an incredibly interesting documentary detailing RGB’s determined approach and incredible work ethic. Hearing about her husband and seeing how much her family love her were also some standout moments. 4 out of 5
(Grey, sunshine and white rounds.)
This one will not be everyone’s cup of tea because it features some pretty gross behaviour and offensive language/attitudes in the name of skate kid realism. That said I thought it captured elements of the dark side of boys’ friendships. And there were some great performances. 3.5 out of 5.
(Neon pink, neon green and forest green rounds).
I was feeling a bit shite, as I said, so I made a big pot of my favourite chicken soup. I also had cheese and chutney on sourdough. And some more sourdough, this time toasted until the edges just catch and middle is golden … and then spread with butter and Promite.
Here’s hoping my quiet and square-eyed weekend will help me feel MUCH better this week!!
And maybe you want to make a blanket for your pet too?! I still have to get rid of those woolly ends. That is next on the list of to-dos.
Love to you, peaches.