Friday, September 5, 2014

FO Friday - 9/5/2014

I won't even apologize for the radio silence...I remain overextended, and all I can do is the best I can.

I did finish my Camp Loopy Project 3 just under the wire:

I used Swan's Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering in the color Beetroot.  I think the name accurately describes the color, if I do say so myself.  The pattern, Valine, is by Mary Annarella.  I highly recommend her patterns.  They are very clearly and thoughtfully written.

I was having trouble at the beginning of the project, among the reasons being the two skeins were not the most closely matched on the planet. I had to alternate skeins throughout the entire experience, and that just makes me cranky from the get go.  The final time I restarted was the 15th of the month; so, it actually didn't take me all that long to knit the sweater, but it wasn't the most favorite time I've had knitting. 

Despite all that grumbling (and there was quite a bit of grumbling), I really like the feel and the fit of this sweater.  The yarn is soft and the color is de-vine.  I think I will get plenty of wear out of it...and that makes me happy.

So, it was another successful Camp Loopy for me this summer.

MK out.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Movie Monday - 8/4/2014

And So It Goes is a little rom-com about a crusty aging realtor who is used to running the show. He keeps a tight grip on his orderly world until his neighbor and the grandchild he never knew he had shake up his world.  Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton and Sterling Jerins star in this film. Rob Reiner directed.  It was alright.

Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys, based on the Broadway musical about The Four Seasons. John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza none Christopher Walken star in the film.  It was very entertaining.  I loved the music.

Doug Block, a documentary film maker, supported himself in between projects by filming wedding videos. Over the twenty years that he shot these videos, he often wondered what happened to the couples after the wedding. In 112 Weddings, he tracked down some of these couple and told the rest of their story. It was good.

MK out.

Friday, August 1, 2014

FO Friday - 8/1/2014

I finished Camp Loopy Project 2 on Sunday and finally got it blocked in time to upload a picture to The Loopy Ewe's site one day before the deadline and to show it off for FO Friday.

In case you didn't know...I used Shalimar Breathless in the Neptune colorway. 

I bought three skeins and ended up needing the third skein for a couple of rows of ribbing and the bind off of the second sleeve.  You know what that means...I have roughly a skein of this luscious yarn left and I can make a nice shawlette or cowl...that may or may not become a gift. It's a win-win in my book.

The pattern is New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella.  I really like her patterns - they are well-written with clear instructions.

I've already worn this cardigan.  I know it's now August, but yesterday, I was freezing in my house.  I figured I might as well wear it...isn't that why I made it after all?

I wore it to Knit Night too.  The temps outside were mild and pleasant.

MK out.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Last...

It's the last day of the month.  It's been the nicest July I can remember weather-wise.

It's also the last day to watch PBS OnLine Film Festival.  I watched the ones I had not seen in the last few days:

Mad River Rising is animated and is about an old man living in a skilled nursing facility who escapes to the time of the Great Flood of 1927.

My Dear American is about an Indian American couple celebrating the Fourth of July in their new home, when they are exposed to prejudice.

North Star shows excerpts of a slave's memoirs about escaping to Vermont using the North Star to guide him to the land of freedom.

Overpass Light Brigade is a documentary short about the group of activists who hold up lighted letters on a bridge at night spelling out words that express their concerns.

Sorry About Tomorrow is about a guy who travels back in time, attempting to alter the course of events to come.

The Jazz Ticket is a documentary short about a Los Angeles inner city high school band teacher who starts a program that has benefitted the students and the surrounding community.

The Yellow Wallpaper is adapted from a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gibson.  It's about a woman struggling with mental illness.

Tryouts is about a Muslim girl who wants to join the high school cheerleading squad.

Westland is about reclusive artist Tim West who lives in Arkansas.

Why We Rise documents the story of three young people who are undocumented.

Will is an animated short about a dad who leaves his young daughter a voice mail on 9/11.

You're Dead to Me is about unresolved issues between a mom and her daughter.

All the films were good - some more than others.  It was time well spent.

MK out.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday - 7/23/2014

I had pictures all ready for knitting documentation last Wednesday, but it's been a flurry of activity around here lately and time got away from me.

I'd be finished with my Camp Loopy 2 project by now, but since we've had company, I'm behind.  Here's where I was last week - picking up the trim stitches:

Here's where I am today - ready to finish the sleeves:

I really heart this yarn.  Have I mentioned that before? 

MK out.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just Shellin'

Growing up in the G, we'd go to the beach frequently, but we never really went shelling.  We'd find shells and sometimes take them home with us, but it was more of a "Oh, that's pretty!!!" spontaneous or happenstance moment - not a dedicated activity. 

We have some friends visiting and since we are at the beach, we had to go.  

My friend Harriet taught me how to shell.  Her family has been taking beach vacations for years and that's an activity they enjoy.

My first day's haul:

Harriet turned me onto the shells known as Kitten's Paw.  They are the ones on the bottom row of the picture. The shells are found in nature attached to coral. They are a bivalve - like clams and mussels, but instead of a hinge holding them together, they depend on their attachment to the coral.  

My second day's haul:

I found a plethora of Kitten's Paws - in many different colors and sizes.  They really charmed me, as you can tell.  I picked up about a hundred of them. (There's a penny in the picture for scale.)

I got lots of the doubles:

I like this double that has a smaller one attached:

Here's the teeniest one I found:

My third day's haul:

Shelling is fun...

...I highly recommend it.

MK out.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Movie Monday - 7/21/2014

Only ten more days left for the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival People!  I need to get busy seeing the rest of the films I haven't watched yet.  We are currently entertaining some good friends and I haven't been able to sneak away and do things like that.

I have watched a couple of movies since last Monday:

Ida is about an orphaned girl who is raised in a convent and is about to take her final vows.  The mother superior insists that she meets with her only living relative. When she does, many revelations about her past are brought to light. The film is set in 1960s Poland - spoken in Polish with English subtitles. It was really good.

In Chef, Jon Favreau plays a recently fired chef who sets out in a food truck to jump start his culinary creativity.  Favreau also wrote and directed the film.  Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, John Leguizamo and Oliver Platt are among the talented actors in this movie. Although it was fairly predictable, it was a good movie and I liked it very much.

MK out.