Wool 100%

I started a list of movies I wanted to watch in August of 2007 and when I remember to find them at the local rental place, I watch them. The list was growing because the movie place doesn’t get all the movies that come out during the year. We started a Netflix trial subscription this week and my first movie arrived. Now my list is online and the movies are delivered to my door, two out at a time. We’ve tentatively split them one for me and one for husband. Wool 100% is the first movie I requested.

I saw something mentioned on a forum I frequent about Wool 100% and put it on the list. I knew next to nothing about it except it featured knitting. I’m glad it’s a Netflix movie, I’d feel horrible borrowing it for $3 at the local place. It was quite entertaining, but definitely out there. It’s a Japanese movie subtitled in English. The movie opens with children singing a song to two elderly sisters about a sheep eating an apple and the wool turning red as a result. These two elderly sisters collect things that others discard but rarely does anyone see them. They have been collecting for sometime. Their house is covered inside and out with the treasures they find. The treasures are gently wiped clean and drawings of the them are systematically cataloged special books.1 One of the treasures they collect is a bunch of red yarn. The yarn leads a young girl to their house. When she finds the red yarn she spends a bit of time knitting the yarn into a garment of some sort, tries it on and screams, “Damn! I have to knit it all over again.” This one of the odd parts of the film, she seems to have supernatural powers at this point because her screams are deafening as well as haunting. Over the course of the movie she rips out her knitting and knits the sweater/dress/garmentagain many times.2 The ladies call her “Knit Again” because she doesn’t say anything other than variations on having to knit the garment again. She won’t stop to knit, so they feed her, she won’t wash so they wipe down her legs, arms and face several times. While she knits the red yarn, the two sisters go on a walk down memory lane remembering their childhood and early adulthood. If you can put reality aside and watch a movie for the beautiful art work and creative story line, go for this one. If you need a bit of reality, steer clear.


1 which caused me to wonder why hebrew, japanese, chinese and alike are read right to left and we English speakers go left to right I wasn’t interested in an answer, just a question
2 makes me wish I had counted how many times she ripped it out, I’ve been known to rip out what appears to be perfectly good knitting many times