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I can't remember the last time I did not knit when at a movie theater. It just does not work for me any more. I've always loved movies but the need to sit still in a dark theater for 2+ hours is not something I particularly relish if I can't have my knitting. Let's face it. Sitting still at all is not something I'm good at. Anyway, for the past two weeks Andrea and I have been putting ourselves to one of the most extreme tests of fan loyalty. We have gone to see the first two Lord of the Rings Extended Editions in theaters. Last night was The Two Towers -- three hours and fifty-five minutes, no intermission. So naturally I've been knitting. A lot.
This growing monstrosity (the Lodi Cardigan from Knitscene Summer 2011) is my current movie theater knitting, though I predict that by the end of Return of the King it will have at least one partial sleeve. I'm a bit afraid of having to pick up any stitches in a dark theater even if I do know every line of the film by heart.
Last night, while the battle raged for Middle Earth I was fighting my own battle. Against my needles. Evidently my knitting life is not exciting enough. We had just reached the Dead Swamp when I realized my yarn was not moving from the cord up to the tip of the needle. Now the yarn is a cotton blend so it is
freakishly stiff a bit on the uncooperative side. I soon realized, however, that it wasn't the yarn that was the problem. My needles were splintering at the join.
I don't remember what brand of needles these are. They're a pair of US5s that I picked up at a yarn store last year. As the movie wore on, more and more pieces of the needle were snagging parts of the yarn, creating an epic battle that I ultimately won right as Aragorn fell off the cliff. Fortunately I was close to the part of the pattern in which I needed to change needle size, so I quickly grabbed my nice Clover bamboo circs out of my bag (much to the dramatic sighing of the woman next to me) and changed needle sizes early.
Only to drop a stitch at the beginning of the Battle of Helms Deep.