Documented reality

I have been catching up on my documentary watching lately.  From my recently watched list below, you can see that I am a huge fan of social/cultural documentaries.

The waiting room – Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.

How to die in Oregon – In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide

Marwencol – after a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in “Marwencol”, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

First Circle –  A look at the Foster Care system in the United States.

Solar Mamas – Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her four daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate grandmothers from around the world are trained in 6 months to be solar engineers.
Mr. Angel  – Chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender activist and porn pioneer, Buck Angel.

Of Two Minds – Explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder in America today.

Meet The Fokkens – A documentary on Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in the red-light district in Amsterdam for over 40 years.

Somewhere Between – A documentary on four teenage girls living in different parts of the US and united by one thing: all four were adopted from China due to family situations colliding with the country’s “One Child Policy”.

Lost Angels – Los Angeles’ Skid Row is home to one of the largest homeless populations in the United States.

A place at the table – A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.
The End – One of the most powerfully intimate films ever made about the final stages of life, The End is a profound and moving chronicle of five hospice patients whose stories are in turns honest, humorous, and heartbreaking.

Bronies – The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony

65_RedRoses – This personal and touching journey takes an unflinching look into the life of Eva Markvoort as she battles a fatal genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis

Zara Cully : Mother Jefferson

I love re-watching old television shows that I grew up with. Shows like All in the family, Sanford and Son, The Jefferson’s. I own several of them on DVD, and like to have one on in the background when I am doing something boring like cleaning the house or ironing. Recently I have been watching old episodes of The Jefferson’s and I never get tired of watching Mother Jefferson.

Zara Cully played Mrs. Jefferson and she played the character perfectly.

Knitted rag rug

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I have a container of scrap fabric that is cut into 1 1/2″ strips that I normally use for locker hooking rugs. I have a locker hooked rug that I have been working on for a long time now. I love how it looks but it can be a bit time consuming which is why it is taking me so long to finish it. I love the look of rag rugs, and my scrap strip container was overflowing so I needed another project to use them.
I really love the look of braided rag rugs but when I looked up the instructions I wanted something that was even easier to make but had a similar look.
I haven’t learned how to crochet yet so I looked up knitted rag rugs and liked what I saw.

#1. I prefer square/rectangular rugs which knitting would give me.
#2. I could make it more intricate by following a pattern or make it a simple garter stitch rug.

I picked out fabrics, not really going for any particular theme, colors or style and put them together to make rag yarn balls which is super easy and a great way to recycle old sheets etc. I had an old futon cover that was stained in spots and was a thin fabric not a heavy duty one like some futon covers. I cut that up to use. I have an old sheet that I’m using in addition to my other scrap fabric.

The only cost is the $5.00 I spent to purchase size 35 19mm knitting needles using a coupon. It’s knitting up quickly on the big needles. I’m using a simple garter stitch and watching Misfits while I work on it.