Yesterday I caught some early Judy Garland films on Turner Classic Movies they were playing for her birthday. It's amazing how easily you can be sucked into these old movies. Not just because there are no commercials to break the spell, but because even the ones you've never heard of are just plain fun to watch. Plus, there's usually at least one face that I recognize from some long-lost memory in the corner of my brain.
Like seeing Steve in 'Broadway Melody of 1938' and realizing that that's a younger Jed Clampett from 'The Beverly Hillbillies', known in real life as Buddy Ebsen. Apparently he was also going to be the Tin Man in 'The Wizard of Oz', but he was allergic to the metallic make-up. And then Margaret Hamilton, who did play the Wicked Witch of the West, was in 'Babes in Arms'. Dorothy was just picking up people from all over Judy's roster.
While the early films have some catchy tunes, they can't compete with the decades of ear worm power that 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' has. So that's been stuck in my head. There are definitely worse songs I could be held hostage by. I find myself humming it as I knit my newest work in progress, 198 Licks of the Lollipop. It started like this on Friday morning:
It's been a while since I've done a lacy shawl, so it feels good to get back to that, and this is such a quick knit. It's relatively simple, the only thing I notice which would have tripped me up in my earlier crafting days is that this pattern does involve some knit stitches throughout the wrong side, as opposed to most which are just purling straight across apart from the edges. So you just have to be able to recognize a knit from a purl stitch and stop yourself from just purling away like a fool until you get to the end.
What are you working on right now? What's your favorite Judy Garland movie?