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Cross-country skiing in Tabernash. The snow came down.

A TARDIS phonebooth, knit-bombed by certain crafty Whovians who shall not be named. Currently at the Festival Playhouse in Old Town Arvada.

A TARDIS phonebooth, knit-bombed by certain crafty Whovians who shall not be named. Currently at the Festival Playhouse in Old Town Arvada.

The Secret World of Arrietty. Another beautiful Ghibli film depicting handcrafts, domestic labor, and a deep love for the natural world.

Kwaidan // dir. Masaki Kobayashi

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King Neptune - 1932

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

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This greedy robin is eating all our hawthorn berries. He’s also very cold.

This greedy robin is eating all our hawthorn berries. He’s also very cold.

The Hidden Fortress // dir. Akira Kurosawa

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kurosawa-akira:

What kind of influence does the Noh play have in Throne of Blood?

Akira Kurosawa: Drama in the West takes its character from the psychology of men or circumstances; the Noh is different. First of all, the Noh has the mask, and while staring at it, the actor becomes the man whom the mask represents. The performance also has a defined style, and in devoting himself to it faithfully, the actor becomes possessed. Therefore, I showed each of the players a photograph of the mask of the Noh which came closest to the respective role; I told him that the mask was his own part. To Toshiro Mifune, who played the part of Taketoki Washizu (Macbeth), I showed the mask named Heida. This was the mask of a warrior. In the scene in which Mifune is persuaded by his wife to kill his lord, he created for me just the same life-like expression as the mask did. To Isuzu Yamada, who acted the role of Asaji (Lady Macbeth), I showed the mask named Shakumi. This was the mask of a beauty no longer young, and represented the image of a woman about to go mad. The actress who wears this mask, when she gets angry, changes her mask for one the eyes of which are golden-colored. This mask represents the state of an unearthly feeling of tension and Lady Macbeth assumes the same state. For the warrior who was murdered by Macbeth and later reappears as an apparition, I considered the mask of the apparition of a nobleman of the name of Chujo. The witch in the wood was represented by the mask named Yamanba.

[ Interview with Akira Kurosawa | Joan Mellen, 1975 ]

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Lines run. Pages turn. Hours pass. The silence is utter. All Istanbul is outside the window, but it seems muted, slowed, suspended in golden heat, mellified. Ayşe glances up to refresh her eyes. Arabic imposes a rhythm, a diction, a direction on the world different from the left-to-right, up and down of Roman alphabets. The room is cut free from time; it could be a hundred years from now, a thousand years ago. Sacred time. Ayşe understands it now. The words run. The words run. Look for what the eye of faith overlooks. See with the eye of the unbeliever, with the eye of the dealer, the merchant. Light moves across the room.

—A glorious passage from The Dervish House by Ian McDonald.

Some mornings, she’d wake and vow, Today I will get it right. I won’t be such an awful mess of a girl. I won’t lose my temper or make unkind remarks. I won’t go too far with a joke and feel the room go quiet with disapproval. I’ll be good and kind and sensible and patient. The sort everyone loves. But by evening her good intentions would have unraveled. She’d take a dare she shouldn’t, just to be noticed. Perhaps Mabel was right, and she was selfish. But what was the point of living so quietly you made no noise at all?

This fluffy baby owl is distracting everyone at the gym.

This fluffy baby owl is distracting everyone at the gym.

Pinocchio Ducky!

Pinocchio Ducky!

The Shetland Trader’s “Aestlight” shawl, knit in a Sargasso blue merino. I made this while the winter hung on.

Rewatching Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. Love this film. Completely forgot there was a knitting scene.

Signs of spring.

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