Sunday, 24 April 2011

Shutter Island

I started re-reading Shutter Island at about the same I cast on for the Rock Island shawl. I picked up this book completely by random just under a year ago as the third in a buy two get one free offer. You know, the book that looks interesting enough, but you probably wouldn't bother if it wasn't on offer kinda book. I finally got around to reading it in about October last year and once I'd gotton into it, I was absolutely hooked. I loved everything about it - the story line with it's twists and turns, then tension in the atmosphere and as I came to the conclusion I could not put it down.

Desperate to share this story with as many people as I could, I bought the film and made my sister watch it, then lent her the book (she's not fussed as to which order she watches/reads). I was thrilled that the film lived up to expectations and beyond - apart from two minor changes (which actually changed it in big ways), the film was more or less lifted out of the book. I made my friend Slava watch it and she loved it and has since bought it. The book got lent to my mother and she loved it and then I made her and the rest of my family watch the film. And now I am telling you to read it, or watch it if you haven't already.

So when the Rock Island pattern was released, Shutter Island was in my head. When I bought the grey yarn for it, the rocks of the island, the colours of the clouds gathering for the storm and the greyness of the fort were all at the forefront of my mind. A shawl that I could link with one of my favourite books? Love it.

I'm still re-reading the book - savouring it and taking my time to pour over the details, to see if there was anything I missed the first time.

But Rock Island is off the needles and will be finished when I am back home tomorrow.

Edited: Bah, completely frogot to say that this post is part of Sandy's Friday Night Knitting Club - go check out the other postings!


Amber said...

What a beautiful shawl. I can't wait to see completion pictures.

I'm sad to say I've never read Shutter Island, but I love the back story you gave with it. ♥

P'cess said...


Holy crap woman, lend me some of that knittin speed and prowess! I've been on holiday for a week and I only got 225yards of a feather and fan shawl done!

Sandy said...

Awesome that you enjoyed it so much you're reading it again. Glad you were able to share it with those around you too. Anxious to see your's looking good.
Thanks for the visit, comment, and joining in on the linky...but you forgot to add the link in your post.

chemicalika said...

Darcy - I still don't think I'm a fast knitter (for one thing I knit English style), I just knit a LOT. Seriously, if I'm sitting still, I will have my needles in my hands more or less. This may have only taken a week, but thats been knitting on it for about 8 + hours per day...

Sandy - So sorry, I completely forgot! Now amended.

Carmela Biscuit said...

Shutter Island is a must-read, I agree with you. I read it after I watched the film, which was brilliant - dark, confusing, schizophrenic, and Leo's wink at the very end left me wondering. Now I think I might want to re-read it and re-watch the film.
This is a bull's eye association for your beautiful gray shawl.