Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WIP: Sonmi

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Yesterday I was feeling unwell and rather antsy, so I cast on for something new - a mini-scarf/buttoned cowl.  And re-cast on.  And re-cast on again, until it was exactly the way I wanted it.  And then this morning, I finished off with some garter stitch and played with a crocheted edging until it was exactly the way I wanted it.  I used every single possible inch of a 100 yard skein of Yarnarchy handspun in the Cherry Blossoms colorway, bought at the last Seattle Urban Craft Uprising.  In the last year or so, I've started to get really obsessed with handspun, so it's nice to have it actually get knit up from my stash!

For some reason, from the moment I cast on, I was thinking of Sonmi 451 from Cloud Atlas - I saw the movie a few weeks ago, and am currently reading the book.  At first, I couldn't figure out why I would associate such a soft color and texture with a character who lives in glossy, dystopian view of the future.  Then I remembered this.

Which got me thinking about the film again, and how they used Sonmi's clothes as a way to subtly echo the shifts in her character.  At the beginning, she works as a waitress in a cafe in Neo Seoul, where the uniforms are tight, shiny, and regulated by the corporation that runs the cafe.  When she is freed, her clothes become more fluid and soft, and although they are provided to her by the man who helped her escape, they communicate her character's introspection, curiosity, and kindness much more accurately than her uniform ever could.

And when I think of it that way, this association makes much more sense.


The mini-scarf/cowl is currently blocking in my yarn room - now I just need some extremely excellent buttons to go along with it!

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