Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WIP Wednesday - 8/17/2016

It's been a while since I've mentioned any works-in-progress around here.


I can't seem to capture the colors right now, but I'm making a little cardigan to gift to a special little guy. I'm using Berroco Comfort DK in turquoise and seedling, which are way brighter than this picture leads one to believe.

I'm down to six WIPs. If I get it blocked, I'll do a post about my most recent finish on Friday. I'm trying really hard not to start anything new until I get more projects completed, but there are so many things I want to make and so much yarn around here calling my name. 

It's so hard being me sometimes.

MK out.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Movie Monday - 8/1/2016

Where is the year going? It is going by quickly, but one silver lining is that Oscar worthy films will be coming out soon. Of course, that means that I have to get out and see them.

I watched Rock the Casbah recently. Bill Murray, Kate Husson, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel and Scott Caan star in this film. It's about a washed up talent manager (Murray) who discovers a local girl with a great voice while on a USO tour in Afghanistan and wants to make her famous. There are cultural obstacles to overcome. It was cute.

Hail, Caesar! is a Coen Brothers film set in Hollywood in the 1950s. The studio machine, Communism scare, gossip columnists, morality clauses and big, choreographed productions are remembered in this quirky comedy. George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson,
Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes were all great in their roles. I liked it.

I actually went to a theater recently and watched Free State of Jones.  Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight and the film is inspired by true events that happened in Jones County, Mississippi during the Civil War. In the film, Knight, a defector from the Confederate Army fought against racial inequality during and after the war. Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali also star in this movie. It was pretty good.

MK out.

Friday, July 29, 2016

FO Friday - 7/29/2016

I finished another project. It's a small one, but it's done and it counts.


Pattern: The Almost Lost Washcloth
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ulta Pima in Honeysuckle
Comments: This project is my July Loopy's Monthly Mixer project. The prompt was to make something using a cotton or cotton blend yarn.

As I told you in a previous post, I used leftovers from another project and had enough to make two washcloths. I did cast on two more stitches than the pattern instructed, and then followed the pattern as written.

The WIP count is down to seven!

MK out.

Friday, July 22, 2016

FO Friday - 7/22/2016

Helloooooooo!!!!!

I've been in and out of town lately and haven't been blogging as much as I've wanted. I went to my one of my happy places earlier this month:






I've been knitting a lot, but when one has nine WIPs, unless one sticks to one project until completion, one continues to have nine WIPs. And that's been my story, until today.



Pattern: Tulips, A Colorful Cardigan for Baby
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, bought as a kit for the project.
Prompt: I knew I needed to make a baby gift ASAP because I would be seeing the little family soon; so, I was thinking about the Tulips Cardi. Then the prompt to make the latest pattern added to our "must make" list for June was announced.

In other news, I made an apron and kitchen towels for a gift not too long ago.



I had bought the fabric at Madtosh Crafts at the same time as the fabric for that red apron y'all saw last month. The linen is from The Loopy Ewe - Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed, again in flax.

I'm now down to only eight yarny WIPs. I don't seem to have the same problem with fabric projects...

MK out.

Friday, July 8, 2016

FO Friday - 7/8/2016

I know y'all have been waiting with bated breath to see my most recent yarny FO...you know, the one that brought the WIPs down to eight...before I cast on for that pink washcloth. 

Don't get too excited. I'm engaging in a few different activities to knit down my stash. One of them is a sort of alphabet stash down. I make a list at the beginning of the year of yarns or patterns starting with a letter of the alphabet and then I make stuff. I started it last year. It's kind of a work in progress, because I don't necessarily have ideas for all the letters of the alphabet. I didn't finish last year's yet. I'm doing two simultaneously - 2015 and 2016.

All that to say, may I present - U is for Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Batik:


I totally stole the idea - yarn and pattern - from a girl on Ravelry. Basically, it's square in a seed stitch pattern. The yarn was the extra skein I bought to make sure I had enough to make a Gallatin Scarf for my LSSK Secret Sister last year. 

I was able to get two generously sized washcloths out of one skein. 


And, I finished the outfits for Princess Niece and her Bitty Baby!


PN's is the third project I've made out of this book:


Remember this one?


Of course Bitty got one.


...and this one? 


They are the same outfit, but two different sizes. The mustard color one is a 6-month size, which fits quite well, even though she is 14-months now. The red and blue one is the 9-month size. I'm not sure when it will fit, but I'm hopeful she will be able to wear it. Don't get me started on infant sizing...

This latest creation is the same as the one on the front cover of the book. I made the 6-month size again, since it fits. The patterns for Bitty's outfits were drafted by me. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about grading patterns up for her...she'll be staying in the same size for...like ever!

I really like the infant clothes in this book. The outfits for older little people are not my taste, but there are plenty of other patterns out there...

MK out.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WIP Wednesday - 7/6/2016

I finished something yesterday. It wasn't the little cardi that y'all saw yesterday. That one has been put in temporary time out. I have a big project I need to finish sooner rather than later.

That being said, I was down to eight WIPs. Then, in a flash, I figured out what I wanted to make for July Monthly Mixer. We have to make something out of cotton or cotton blend yarn. I have some Cascade Ultra Pima leftovers from this project:


I cast on right away. 


I'm making The Almost Lost Washcloth.  

And the count is back up to nine...

MK out.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Nine Years

Today is my Nine-Year Blogiversary. It's been nine years since I wrote my very first post

Join me in celebrating. I'm going to knit and sew. What are you going to do? 

Currently (still), I am working on that little green outfit. I haven't touched it since Sunday's post. Those ruffles are a pain - I used to be great at ruffles, but it's been a few years. 

I am also trying to get this sweater finished:


It's my June Loopy's Monthly Mixer project. I've got to figure out what I want to make for July's...

MK out.