Thursday, April 28, 2011

Anne Of Green Gables

I finished watching the Anne of Green Gables films with Megan Follows in the title role. What a great series! I already want to watch them again.

For those of you who have not read the books, the series follows Anne Shirley, who is an imaginative orphan. She is adopted my Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert. They live at Green Gables, which is in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island.

Anne is an outspoken child. And she is always imagining. Everything has to be romanticized. Barry's Pond becomes the Lake Of Shining Water. And Anne wishes her name was Cordelia because it sounds so much more distinguished than Anne.

The one thing Anne longs for more than anything else (even more than having black hair rather than red) is to have a bosom friend. She finds that person in Diana Barry.

Anne also creates an enemy in Gilbert Blythe. Well, she sees him as an enemy after he calls her "Carrots", a capitol offense. It takes a good long while for her to forgive him, even though he is always apologizing.

The first two films follow the books pretty well. There are trials and tribulations as Diana, Anne, and Gilbert all grow up. Anne always seems to get herself into muddles, no matter how hard she tries to behave.
Regardless of if you have read the books or not, the films are a lovely way to pass the afternoon. (I should mention that the third film does not relate to the books. I personally like the first two films better, but the third is worth watching)

The filming is gorgeous. A good portion was filmed on Prince Edward Island. And, boy did it make me want to go there. I may just have to plan a trip. (Anyone want to go to Prince Edward Island with me?)

What I wasn't expecting was to see so many lovely knits in the films. Anne has several sweaters. I particularly wish I owned the blue one.

And maybe Marilla's sweater as well. All the sweaters looks so flattering on each wearer.

Even the baby blanket got me. I haven't seen any films with so many beautiful knits. I'm going to venture a guess that all the knits were in fact hand knits. It wouldn't surprise me if some were even made specifically for the film. I only wish there was a pattern book full of Anne of Green Gables knits. But that leads me to my next point.

I watched the films in preparation for a new knit. I won't reveal much more than 1) It is a shawl, and 2) it is inspired by Anne of Green Gables.


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