Monday, December 3, 2012

A Weekend at Longbourne: Rooms that are Handsome Enough to Tempt Me.

You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love... I love... I love you.
And I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.

I spent the weekend bewitched by the beautiful rooms and sets in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. I'm so amused by the similarities between Keith and Mr. Darcy: They're both men of few words who work quietly behind the scenes to do good things, but they're misunderstood when they don't state their intentions.

And the brooding. 
And the handsomeness. 
And the dramatic overcoats. 
Thank you, costume designer. THANK YOU. Best Source ever.

So I wanted Keith to watch the movie, even though I know it's annoying to make a man watch Jane Austen. But to my great surprise, he liked it--a lot! To keep myself from narrating and giving away the plot, I contented myself with silent admiration of the gorgeous sets. Perhaps it's my age, but lately I've been admiring shabby but stately rooms with more polish and less IKEA. I'd happily move in with the Bennett brood!

The dreamy neutrals with blue are SO where it's at. That mantel... The painted wainscotting...
Oh, someone grab the smelling salts for Mrs. Bennett and her poor nerves!
The dark, moody gray-green walls at the Bennett House are exactly what I like. Who wants tea? Source
I can haz sparkly sconces? Snobbery and set design at Netherfield Park
Can we have a moment of awestruck silence to honor of this gorgeousness? Thank you.
This is the Temple of Apollo at the landscape garden in Stourhead. Apparently. Thank you, Internet.
It was a wonderful weekend. When I wasn't drooling over wainscotting, misty moors, and antique portraits in gilded frames, I was bouncing to The Faint at Cannery Ballroom, drinking wine and playing Settlers while catching up with my oldest and very best friends, dining with new friends, and and sleeping in. Oh, and knitting! Here is the progress on the scarf I'm making for Keith. 

Right now it's 33 inches long, un-stretched. This pattern is interesting enough to keep my mind engaged while I work, and it's so satisfying to see the design develop. The edges don't lay flat, and I'd like for the geometric shapes to look tighter and more defined. But blocking should take care of that. I'm not sure how much blocking will affect the length, though. My last scarf was 8 feet long before blocking, and 13 feet long after blocking! Is there some kind of formula to estimate the final length of a piece? 

Where my knitters at? 
Any advice?


  1. A little bit of stretching can be expected with blocking, but wooow that's a lot of growing! I don't remember, was the yarn you used for your skinny scarf a superwash? Those tend to grow a LOT, as I sadly learned with my last sweater. In general, no, it shouldn't grow that much if you are using pure non-superwash wool. I can sometimes coax an inch or so out of my sweaters when I block them, but not much more than that.

    At any rate, the scarf is looking lovely thus far! :)

    1. I know; it seemed insane for the first scarf to get that big! It was Lion's Brand Fisherman's Wool. 100% undyed, pure virgin wool. Warm, water-resistant, and scratchy as hell! I must be a really loose knitter? Could that explain it?

      Thanks! I'm already planning my next project. I'm going to make some fingerless gloves that require me to learn new tricks. And then I'll use those new tricks to start my first sweater. SO EXCITED ABOUT SWEATER MAKING!!

  2. I see the Darcy/Keith similarities. He would rock that overcoat like no body's business. And while the BBC/A&E version with Colin Firth is incredibly faithful to the text, I really do love the newer version for its eye-candy. The landscape takes my breath away.

  3. Haha, it's true! Before Keith and I were introduced, I simply called him The Man with The Coat. For about 8 months. I didn't know a thing about him, but I was in love with his COAT. :D

    I'm overdue to re-watch the BBC version. Colin Firth is The Darcy, period. All other Darcys are just imitations! But it's not nearly as pretty as the one with Matthew and Keira.

    Oh! Last night I discovered an old BBC miniseries with Matthew Macfayden and Cillian Murphy. Have you seen The Way We Live Now? It's so good!


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