You know, there are some movies you can knit to and there are others that require full attention. Last night I watched Helvetica and, just so you know, it requires full attention. I first read about this movie last year, was very amused by a haiku contest (winners here) in which the subject was fonts. I was so amused, in fact, that I printed three personal favorites and posted them near my computer both at work and at home. It's been months and months and they still make me laugh. It's even funnier because I actually used the type they wrote about -- Comic Sans for the one entitled "Comic Sans," it's 10x funnier and just cracks me up. There's another about how to "pica stock" using "small caps." Who knew fonts could be so entertaining. Is it just me?
Anyway, Bonne Marie reminded me the other day by adding "Helvetica" to her sidebar wish list, and that prompted me to add it to my Netflix queue -- and make it number one. I think more people would find it interesting now than, say, 20 years ago, but most would probably still find it a bore. I worked as a typesetter from 1978 -- actually, I started part-time for my dad in 1975 -- until 1991 and I loved it. "It" being both the movie and the job. I never actually set lead type, but I did work on some clunky old machines before sitting down at some amazingly big, totally awesome, completely dedicated-to-one-thing computers: the Compugraphic Mark IV with its one line of display and all the cool flippy switches for leading; the mammoth EditWriter with it's big screen and 8-inch floppy disks; and finally the Varityper, also enormous, but with a sort of WYSIWYG option. Yep. We've come a long way, baby. Fonts came on film strips, four to a strip, and they were expensive. We were always like giddy kids when it was time to order new fonts. Oh, and the border tape, X-acto knives, waxers and rubber cement. If people only knew -- really knew how awesome it is to have hundreds of typestyles in whatever size they want at any given time... That's not saying they all know what to do with them.
I ran out of coil-less pins, but managed to get one Log Cabin slipper upper pinned to the suede lower. The Cork is way too weak to use for sewing, so I'm going to use a finer wool/cotton in a nice brown. I'm lovin' Tudora. I still need to find a button -- and block -- and weave in ends.
Oh, and there was knitting talk on the radio this morning!! One of the local news personalities who does double-duty on morning radio (as so many of them do) was talking about last night's knitting class at Loops 'n Links. She sounded so excited! They've moved from scarves to hats, and last night they learned to purl. ; )
What else can I say? Oh, yeah... TGIF. The next five days are mine.