Monday, May 22, 2017

Movie Monday - 5/22/2017

(Tap-tap-tap) Hello? Anybody out there? I've been watching movies, but I haven't been talking about them.


In Mother's Day, four women come to terms with their relationships with their mothers. Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis star in this movie. It was alright.

Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) joins the fight for women's voting rights in Suffragette. The film is set in England  in 1912. Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep and Natalie Press also star. It was alright.

It's Christmas Eve. Susan Sarrandon, Penelope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Marcus Thomas and Robin Williams are a group of strangers who are interconnected in Noel. It was good.

Free held is based on a true story about Ocean County, New Jersey police woman Laurel Hester who was diagnosed with end-stage cancer. She fights to have her pension benefits transferred to her same sex domestic partner. Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Luke Grimes and Michael Shannon star in this film. It's pretty good. 

In Calvary, a troubled man informs his priest in the confessional that he will kill the priest in one week. The film chronicles what transpires from that point on. Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Kelly Reilly also star. It was very good.

That's all for now.

MK out.


Friday, May 5, 2017

FO Friday - 5/5/2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!


Pattern: Gramps by Tin Can Knits.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Gray and Really Red. 
Comments: I think this pattern is so cute and so well written. It was worth the dollars. I decided to leave off the pockets and the elbow patches because I think the pups should take center stage. This project fulfills the button/buttonhole assignment for Loopy Academy.


I love the buttons.


And the grumpy grandpa-ish shawl collar is pretty cute too.


Pattern:  Basic Norwegian Star Hat by Cara Jo Miller
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Army Green and Daffodil
Comments: Yes, this hat is huge! I rolled the ribbing over twice!


There's a 250-yd minimum requirement for Loopy Academy projects; so, I knitted 40 rows of ribbing at the beginning. It did the trick - I used up plenty of yarn!


I don't think I did too bad of a job with the fair isle.

MK out.

Friday, April 28, 2017

FO Friday - 4/28/2017

Sorry for the crappy photo, but it's night and the lighting is poor and if I didn't post today, it be a whole week again before I could show you.


Pattern: Geek Socks I also used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel again.
Yarn: Tumbleweed Yarn Aurora Fingering Weight in BOI (stripey) and Beach (mini)
Comments: I love this colorway. The name refers to what people born on the G are called - we are BOIs (Born On the Island). I may have mentioned it before when I purchased the yarn last year. Regardless, I had to have a skein. 

I like this pattern and may use it again. Next time, I may cast on a few more stitches. OR, I guess I could have worked them inside out as I have done on a pair of socks in the past. The floats tighten the sock up a bit and it's a little hard to put them on. I did not work the slip stitch rows on the sole, but some people do. I like it both ways.

I would've had another FO to show you, but Wednesday, I decided I didn't like how splitting the olive stripe looked and I frogged them back to the teal stripe before starting the heel. I worked like mad to finish them today.


I probably should have ripped out the teal stripe and continued with the mini next to the Beach stripe, but it doesn't look too bad as it is now. 

I was working on them earlier today and snapped a pic in natural light.


The colors look closer to the actual in the shot.

So....until next week.

MK out.


Friday, April 21, 2017

FO Friday - 4/21/2017

I had hoped to have an additional something to show y'all, but I'm still doing a little finish work on it. Hopefully, the two things I have to show will suffice for now.



Pattern:  Plain vanillas with contrasting cuffs, heels and toes; Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Must Stash Yarn & Fiber Ritz Sock in the Dark Side of the Moon color-way and Must Stash Yarn & Fiber Mondo Mini
Comments: I only used half of the 435-yd skein of this lovely yarn to make these socks. I may make another pair! 

I forgot that I never showed the box bags I made. I finished this one before I made the others and realized that I wasn't going to be able to complete all the assignments for Loopy Academy last fall.



Recently, I made two more.



Pattern: I used this tutorial.

Fabric:  Two fabrics from the Riley Blake Fancy Free collection.

That's this week's offerings. I should have one or two things next time.

MK out.

Friday, April 7, 2017

FO Friday - 4/7/2017

Well, here's a couple of things off the needles...



Pattern: I improvised this design.
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock in Christmas Red
Comments: I made these socks for someone who won the prize...the prize being I would make one pair of ladies socks for the highest bidder in a silent auction at church. They are a little big for my sock blockers because they aren't my size.



Pattern: The Lost Diadem by Heidi Nick
Yarn: Nerd String Merino Nylon Fingering in Airy
Comments: I love this pattern, even though it is kind of slow going. I did not use the lace pattern on the back, as you might remember from a previous post. The yarn is a little splitty, but not enough to stand in my way. This project is the bead assignment for Loopy Academy and Loopy Monthly Mixer for March (Knit something that reminds you of where you would like to spend Spring  Break).

There's two more pairs for my #boxosox and a couple of sock KALs around the net.

MK out.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WIP Wednesday - 4/5/2017

Y'all, the WIP list just keeps getting longer...

Here are two little adorable things I'd like to finish sooner than later:



I have SEVEN WIPs currently on the needles. I'm chomping at the bit to start a couple more. I'll get them all done eventually, right?

MK out.

Friday, March 31, 2017

FO Friday - March 31, 2017

I have one FO and one almost FO.


Pattern: I used Rainbow Maze for the hat and an improvised recipe for the mittens.
Yarns:  BMFA Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Handsome Man and Frabjous Fibers Mad Hatter in Tulgey Wood.
Comments: I made this cute little set for a friend's grand baby. The next time I make the hat, I will use a solid yarn with more contrast to the multi. I did like how the hat came out though.

The almost FO is my Lost Diadem Socks. I wanted to have them finished today for the March entries to several KALs around the net. The pattern is fancy schmancy and I lost a whole week in the month while I was off living my dash; so, I'm not devastated. There's another reason I'm not finished.

Firstly and not related to the reason, I chose not to do the lace pattern on the back of the leg. Instead, I continued the rib pattern of the cuff. 


Do you notice anything? Look at the right side of the sock on the right. Last night, I discovered that I had set up the rib pattern wrong on the back of that sock. 


And I only noticed it when I had knitted the entire leg!

I put them away and went to bed. I grappled with deciding whether or not it's noticeable enough to fix them. Finally, I figured it would bother me for the rest of the life of the socks if I didn't repair them. 


I started where I needed to put a garter column, thinking that it would be the one that would take the most time. If it ended up taking way too long, I was going to go back to stockinette and just deal with the socks being less than perfect.

Before I knew it (it wasn't all that quick, but hey) I was working on the final column.


An hour and four redone columns of 90 or so rows later, I had socks whose backs matched.


Not too bad, huh?

I think I'm going to have a liedown now.

MK out.