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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Laura Neuvonen "The Last Knit" (2005)









The Last Knit (Kutoja) is a movie I intended to feature well over a year ago but it somehow got lost in the ether. Laura Neuvonen' s tale of an obsessive knitter is compulsive viewing, edge of your seat job, or rather cliff. It is barely dawn and a lone knitter sets down her chair high on top of a cliff face. Her fingers get busy and ripples of coloured wool are set against the bare terrain looking for all the world like a mountain range. The lady is unable to stop knitting, even when the weight of her output pulls her ever nearer to the cliff edge. And when she needs it most she runs out of wool. A funny tale of compulsive disorder. Some folk eat, some diet, some write blogs. Just like that rooftop I was writing about the other day, the location is terrific with the director teasing out each nail clicking moment for all it is worth. Laura's character is a superb creation, her facial expression determined in her madness, clawing her way back from the brink, knitting needles utilised as fiercely as a pick axe on the Eiger. Laura works for Helsinki's Anima Vitae, who claim there have been over a million internet downloads of the movie. The link above is actually to a higher quality version.

6 comments:

head said...

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Anonymous said...

A truly brilliant work of art!

Anonymous said...

brilliant. i showed this to m y teacher (we both knit. also have a knitting club at our school) and we both had to try not to burst out laughing (she teaches a study hall once a day and we have to be quiet)

10in10Diet.com said...

Aside from the fact that I'm a knitter, too, so I appreciate the humour of this little film, I'm also an illustrator of human gesture and this is what really blew me away. It goes beyond the physical exaggeration, it's also the subtle expressions where you can see the knitter's mental wheels turning as she problem-solves. Non-knitters may not realize how much of our skill is in fixing mistakes, usually caused by our being in such a meditative groove that we speed past a change we were supposed to make.

Kudos to Laura!!

doro said...

thanks for this great film which shows how to be addicted by handcraft.

passbook said...

Aside from the proven fact that I am just a new knitter, also, i really enjoy the particular humour with this little motion picture, I am just in addition the illustrator of human being body language along with this is what genuinely blew us apart. The idea is going passbook outside of the particular real exaggeration, it is also the particular understated expressions which you could see the knitter's mind added wheels converting because your lover problem-solves. Non-knitters may not know the amount of individuals expertise is fixing problems, usually caused by each of our being in their normal meditative groove that people velocity earlier a big change all of us were being supposed to help make.