Friday, December 1, 2017

FO Friday - 12/1/2017

Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
Yarn: Must Stash Yarn & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in Nutcracker
Comments: I do love me some plain-vanilla stripey socks, but this pattern adds enough of a twist to keep one from being too complacent. And the yarn! It's to die for; I mean it's so squishy and the colorway is so happy. I really enjoyed knitting these socks.

I also made some pillowcases recently. I can show them to you because they've already been gifted.

MK out.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Movie Monday - 11/27/2017

From the backlog of movies:

The Mountain Between Us is about a journalist (Kate Winslet) and a surgeon (Idris Elba) who are involved in a plane crash. They have to work together to get saved. It was good.

Same Kind of Different As Me is based in a true story that has (my new) hometown roots. Denver Moore (Djimon Housou) is homeless when he meets Ron (Greg Kinnear) and Deborah Hall (Renee Zellweger) while they were volunteering at a shelter. Denver and Ron strike up an unlikely friendship that has lasting effects. Bring hankies. I liked it.

The Florida Project examines the lives of people living in the extended stay hotels outside of Disney World. Bobby (Willem Dafoe), the manager, does his best to keep his tenants in line and their kids out of harm's way. It was good.

MK out.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Don't Faint

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you will know the significance of this picture.

MK out.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Movie Monday - 11/20/2017

Hello any of you who have not given up on my blog. I've had a busy dash lately. Although I've been watching movies, knitting and doing other stuff, I haven't really taken the time to reflect. This blog is a tiny exercise of my reflections and it has suffered.

So, movies. I've been seeing them. Here are the most recent. I have a short list of other movies about which I will be making comments in the weeks to come. Oh! And a friend of mine and I have formed a movie club. (Wanna join?) We want to make it a point to see one movie per week. Maybe, this action will keep me accountable.

I remember watching the actual match (from my crib, of course, as if that makes a big difference). In Battle of the Sexes, Emma Stone and Steve Carell recreate the principals in one of the most famous matches in tennis history. In 1973, Bobby Riggs, a self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig, challenged Billie Jean King to a match to prove that a woman could not beat a man in tennis. Even though I knew the ending, there were some tense moments, but I won't give it away. It was cute.

I can never get enough of Judy Dench. In Victoria and Abdul, she plays the monarch in her later years. In honor of her Golden Jubilee, an Indian clerk, played by Ali Fazal, is sent to England to present her with an official gift. The tongues start wagging when the two strike up a friendship. It's based on the true story. Who knew? It was very good.

When I sat down to watch Suburbicon, I didn't know too much about the movie. After seeing the coming attractions, my movie club partner and I thought it looked good; so, it was added to the list. To me, it had a certain Fargo-esque feel to it. Small wonder, it was written by the Coen Brothers (and George Clooney). Overall, the movie was entertaining, but it was rather disturbing. Matt Damon and Julianne Moore star as a couple living in a peaceful, planned, suburban community in 1959. Noah Jupe plays their son, quite well actually. There's racial injustice and murder and mystery. What more could one want? Apparently, the critics on Rotten Tomatoes weren't impressed.

That's it for now.

MK out.

Friday, November 10, 2017

FO Friday - 11/10/2017

Don't faint.

Pattern: Little Pumpkin Socks by Sabine Ruppert
Yarn: Knerd String Merino Nylon Fingering in Knerdball
Comments: This project was supposed to be my entry in the Grocery Girls October Sockbash and Inside Number 23 Harry Potter KAL for October. I can use it for Inside Number 23 HP KAL for November, as well as the sock KALs hosted by the Yarnhoarder and The Loopy Ewe Ravelry forum. Plus, it's my Loopy Academy charted project. And pumpkins are a fall theme, and it's still fall. How's that for double-dipping?

I decided to nix the pumpkins on the back and did a 2x2 rib. I also did an EOP heel flap. I thought it went well with this pattern.

So, sorry for the drive by post, but I have a fun weekend planned.

MK out.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

FO Friday - 9/30/2017

Two projects are done!

Pattern: Pine Dreams Hat
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Ravelry Red.
Comments: So, I finished this hat a week ago. I didn't start that entrelac scarf then, or yet because I had a big paperwork project to complete and it took up most of my time. (The next FO took some of that time too.)

The color is fabulous. All reds are, in my estimation. I enjoyed the knitting. I only worked two repeats of the pattern after I changed to the larger needles, and it made the hat plenty slouchy. I am considering a pom pom.

Pattern: Plain Vanilla
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock that Rock in ST-1
Comments: This colorway is beautifully autumnal! And what's not to like about knitting plain vanilla socks and letting the yarn take the spotlight? I bought this yarn at the first Sock Summit in, deep stash. 

I'm still living the under the delusion that I will be stashless one of these days...

MK out.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Yarn Porn

I'm in my senior year of Loopy Academy!!! 

I was in Colorado last weekend for a football game and had the chance to stop by The Loopy Ewe to purchase my school supplies.

I'm going to make an entrelac project with this luscious yarn.

These two skeins will turn into an asymmetric shawl.

This skein will turn into a pair of socks with a charted design.

Then, my friend Jerry sent this gorgeous red yarn to me to try out. 

However, I have three projects i want to finish.

I think I will start my entrelac project when I finish one of them. Any bets on which one it will be?

And when the second one gets finished, I'm definitely starting a pair of socks using Jerry's yarn. I just need to finalize a pattern choice.

MK out.