Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A couple of SAL's and a WWII Film

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thanks so much for your kind comments yesterday!!  At this point I am not too sure how I will finish up the SAL piece.  I hadn't really thought of the finishing as I was really taken with the piece and the stitching.  I am thinking it might be a nice little framed piece instead of something else, but there is plenty of time to get that done. 

I wanted to mention a couple of SAL's out there that you will be seeing me stitch here at Blacksheep.  The first is one that I got in on after the fact and am in the second round of stitching.  It is a really cute Winter sampler SAL that is a joint effort between The Thread Basket and C Mon Monde I just got the first piece the other day and have yet to pick out some linen - or do my usual changing of DMC to Belle Soie - I think this will be really lovely in silks.  The other SAL is being gathered together by sweet Vonna.  She has started up a great SAL Blog for us to work on the NEW CCN Monthly Cottages.  They are really great looking and should prove to be a great stitch.  If you remember I stitched up the LHN Monthlies last year as a single piece....


I really enjoyed this piece and must take a moment to thank once again Ma Teakettle as it was due to her generosity that I got my sticky little claws on the charts in her Gift-a-way and so was able to stitch this up.  It will be a gift this Christmas and hope it will be well received. Soooo...  with all that said I plan on doing these New Country Cottages as a single piece and you can watch that progress here over the next year as the charts are released. 
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The movie I wanted to mention I saw a couple of days ago is called "In Tranzit" - 2008 - starring Vera Farmiga, John Malkovich, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Bruhl and Natalie Press.


The film, although very harsh, is wonderfully shot and although not typically "beautiful" there is some really great cinematography!!  Set in the winter of 1946 after the end of WWII a group of German POW's are sent mistakenly to a women's transit camp in Leningrad.  Based on a true story it is really the acting and NOT the script that makes this film worth seeing.  There are three super performances - 1st - Farmiga as the Doctor trying to keep her shell shocked husband close by while doing what is required of her.  2nd - Malkovich as the cruel Pavlov trying to root out the SS Officers that are mixed in with the prisoners - and 3rd - Kretschmann as Max - trying to hide his identity by flying under the radar while at the same time falling for the kind Dr. - his subtle performance was worth the whole film.  At 113 Minutes it is not too long -  this is an adult film for sure.
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There you go sports fans.  Thanks again for stopping by and for the great comments!!  Stop by again!

Take care,
edgar

18 comments:

Vonna said...

I remember your spectacular finish of your monthlies Edgar...part of the reason why I dropped a load and bought all of them.. HA HA HA :)
I LOVED THEM!!!! Now I'm going to search your blog and find out fabrics, floss and the etc that you used so I can COPY like a big 'ol fat copy cat :)

Ana's World said...

I am in the CCN SAL too! I'm super excited as I've never done one of these. Ma, Vonna and you are truly inspirations to we wannabe great stitchers! CHEERS!

LoriU said...

Thanks for sharing the link to the new Cottages! Very cute! I am going to have to see about stitching those in 2012!!

Margaret said...

I so admire that beautiful finish you did of those monthlies. I'm excited to watch your progress with the new cottages -- Vonna too! And the C Mon Monde SAL -- it looks so pretty! That WWII movie looks interesting. I'll have to check it out.

Mouse said...

love that finish of the monthlies ... and can't wait to start the new one either :) love mouse xxx

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I'm glad to know another Thread Basket SAL participant! It is a fun stitch so far. I can't wait to see what colors you choose for it! I'm sure Vonna's SAL will be awesome too. The monthlies look great.

Carol R said...

I got in to the first round of the C Mon Monde SAL and shamefully fell behind. Last weekend was very hectic with the Mystery SAL but I have caught up and am now waiting the release of Part 3. Although I am tempted, I hesitate to sign up for Vonna's SAL, firstly because I do not have any of the charts and secondly because I still have my Christmas ornaments to stitch. Unfortunately there are only so many stitches one can put into linen in a week!

Penny said...

Your LHN monthlies is lovely and I can't imagine it not being well received! Looking forward to seeing your Country Cottages.

Laura said...

Love the idea of doing the cottages as a single piece!

Karen said...

I've just started the C Mon Monde SAL and choosing the fabric and threads has been giving me fits but I think I'm finally satisfied with the substitutions I've come up with. Love the idea of doing the CCN Cottages as one piece, I totally bought a couple of the LHN monthlies after seeing your finish!

Sherry said...

What wonderful SALs. I can't wait to see your progress as you work on them. I love your finish from yesterday too!

Ellen said...

I have just started the C Mon Monde SAL too!

Your monthlies look great in one piece, looking forward to your monthly cottages!

Hugs,

Cindy's Stitching said...

The piece is beautiful Edgar. Love to see it framed.

Jennifer said...

Got caught up in "Saving Private Ryan" again last night. "In Tranzit" seems like one I would like also. Thanks so much for the marvelous book that arrived last Friday. Love it!! It's my go-to read in between stitching, knitting and coaching (AGAIN, after nearly a year!!). Lots to be thankful for. Hopefully a blog update soon.

natalyK said...

I am doing the C Mon Monde SAL as well-- Round 2 as I missed the first deadline. Can't wait to see your progress pics. I also love the CCN Monthly cottages but haven't jumped on board yet!! Still deciding. Happy Stitching.

Charity C. said...

Your LHN Monthly's is just gorgeous! I'm glad I got the chance to see it. Congrats on the new CCN SAL too! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun!

Lynn said...

I adore that C Mon Monde design! It's right up my alley! I'm going to enjoy watching your progress on this one. I love the new cottage designs as well. I haven't signed up for the SAL yet but it well may happen!

Akila said...

Yep, remember seeing that finish. Would love to stitch CCN. Thanks for sharing :)