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Gretel and MILK reviewNovember 30, 2008

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 First, I give you the Gretel Hat.

I loved making it -- it's super fast and very fun. But it is big, yes. A little too big, although I kind of find myself liking it this way, with the front of the brim rolled up a bit. I made the medium fit (I think it's all one size, if I remember, with close fit, regular fit, and slouchy fit. I went with regular).

I used handspun from the stash. It also works worn the regular way, but it makes me feel kinda rasta, which is not the way I feel inside, you know?

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Forgive the dark photos - it was nighttime and I never remember to photograph it during the day.

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Yes, I look a little startled. Not sure why. Probably a cat or two climbing up my leg.

Overall, very fun pattern. Omit that crazy cast-on and just use long-tail: it will STILL be loose enough to put on, trust me.

BONUS REVIEW SECTION:

My sisters and I went to see MILK yesterday. Let me be the first to admit, I had NO idea what it would be like to see this movie at the Castro theatre. In my head, I was vaguely annoyed that we had to cross the bridge to see it, that it was only playing at one theatre in town (open in general release this Friday, I believe).

But Christy really wanted to see it this weekend, and she and I were extras in the Big Speech scene, so we agreed.

It was amazing. I loved the movie itself and started to cry at the beginning and didn't really fully stop until the end. It kind of felt like election night that way.

And seeing the movie, which is set in the Castro, seeing the old marquee of the very theatre I was sitting in up on the screen was incredible. Truly incredible. And I was a moron not to realize that the ONLY place anyone should see this movie, if they're on the Western seaboard, is at the Castro.

(The girl sitting next to me didn't seem to know the story at all.  If you don't know the story, go see this movie. And if you do, go see this movie. It was great. Worth the hype, I think.)

ETA: No, we didn't see ourselves up on the screen, but I think I will be able to, when we buy the movie and freezeframe it....

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I don't know the story at all. But I'm South African, and I suspect most of my political/historical headspace has been occupied with my country's own infuriating issues. Or maybe I'm just clueless - also very possible. Anyway, looking forward to seeing it.

I love that you were an extra in Milk. Did you spot yourself. Sean Penn's performance is getting rave reviews.
I love that hat and think it looks great on you. In fact, I have added it to my Ravelry queue, as I think I like the way it looks on you better than on the model.

Did you spot yourselves in the crowd scene??

Very cute hat! I like the way you're wearing it in the first picture best. Perhaps it's time for a little trip up to the Castro...

The Castro is the PERFECT place for that movie. Glad you liked it.

Didn't you say someplace that you don't suit hats?? Look again girl, this looks great on you. Better than on the model IMHO.

Didn't you say someplace that you don't suit hats?? Look again girl, this looks great on you. Better than on the model IMHO.

wow. You saw Milk in the Castro. Double wow, he was an amazing man.

Oh...yeah, brim rolled up, fer sure.

I just tinked back an entire row of my Gretel hat because of mistakes(making the slouchy version) glad to see that yours looks so fabulous! Good inspiration for me to keep going.

Lovely hat, I like it with the brim down - doesn't look at all rasta to me :-)

awesome hat, and I cannot think of a better place on earth to see Milk than in the Castro - I'm jealous! I wish I could see it there! I'll look for you in the crowd scene when we see it...

So, are you going to wear this one?

More than knowing the MILK story, I REMEMBER the story even though I was a kid in the Bay Area at the time.

I like your new Gretel hat. It looks cute on you!

We saw it at the CT Saturday as well, and agree that it's the *only* place to see it, really. Especially since we should all be boycotting any and all Cinemark Theaters (that includes all Century Theaters) since the CEO of Cinemark gave $10000 to the Yes on 8 campaign. If he makes a dime off anyone going to see Milk, it's a crime.

No longer can you say that you don't look good in hats, missy, 'cause this is too cute on you!! What a good thing to take to NYC with you, as it's been colder than a welldigger's ass in January there for weeks and weeks. (I hear, courtesy of the Weather Channel. And I surmise, courtesy of the far below normal temps we've been having in Florida this October/Nov/now.) And about that NYC thing? Have a blast, darlin'!

It looks adorable on you!

It looks adorable on you!

GREAT HAT!!! I have recently found that bigger hats are better - they frame the face rather than shrinkwrap the head. You look wonderful in your gretel - I'm casting on....

Cheers!

GREAT HAT!!! I have recently found that bigger hats are better - they frame the face rather than shrinkwrap the head. You look wonderful in your gretel - I'm casting on....

Cheers!

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