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.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Long-Awaited Eclipse Post

I've been meaning to write this post for weeks...WEEKS!

By the time I had processed the awesomeness of the eclipse experience and was ready to sit down to share it with you, Hurricane Harvey entered the Gulf of Mexico. My brother and his family evacuated (early, thank goodness - thereby avoiding traffic issues) and came to our house. Between The Weather Channel's continuous hurricane coverage, spending time with the princess niece and all the other stuff called Life, the post was forgotten. They did go home, and very gratefully were spared any damage. Other friends (and people I don't know) were not so lucky. My heart goes out to all of the Hurricane Harvey victims.

Now, there's been another hurricane threatening life and limb in Florida and surrounding states, where many friends and family members, as well as a whole host of people I don't know live. I've been thinking that it would be inappropriate to write a post about a really cool thing when so many people are about to lose, and have already lost, their homes, possessions and even lives.

Then I thought about how Life is a dichotomy.  It's tough and not always fair, but it can be really, really beautiful and wonderful. So, even though we have property directly in Hurricane Irma's path that will most certainly be damaged and/or lost, I need the reminder that this world has much good in it. It's the good with the bad, the bitter with the sweet...Life.

So, let me tell you about the eclipse.

Several years ago, The Husb noticed that there was going to be an eclipse on August 21, 2017. He thought it would be a fun event to witness. Fast forward to mid July 2017. No further thought had been given regarding said eclipse. Until, the news mentioned it. Then, while going over hotel reservations for an upcoming trip to Colorado, The Husb noticed that we had plans to spend a few days in Fort Collins beginning August 20 as part of our trip - and we had made the reservations months before. He was happy, because he figured that we would already be up that way, and we could just drive up to Wyoming that morning to pretty close to the line of totality for a great vantage point.

Let this sink in for a second. By sheer dumb luck, or maybe the universe felt that The Husb could use a happy, we just happened to have reservations 150ish miles away from a most awesome astronomical event. We knew that there would be traffic. We knew we'd have to get up at the crack of dawn. If we had not had those reservations already in hand, however, there was a good possibility that we wouldn't have been able to witness the eclipse in totality. 

I can not begin to explain the degree of eclipse fever we encountered almost a week before the 21st. All the Denver area news could talk about was the eclipse. There were news reports about getting on the road early, the lack of hotel rooms from Denver all the way up I-25 into Wyoming, making sure one had the correct eclipse glasses and what to do if one didn't have any glasses. It was crazy!

Finally, the day arrived. 

We got up at 5:15 and were on our way by 6:15. We turned on the Waze app and it got us to the highway, avoiding the most congested intersection. We headed towards Torrington, 
Wyoming. There were a lot of cars on the road, but it really wasn't that bad. 

As we got closer, the road was getting fuller. We came up to a rest stop and thought it would be a good idea to utilize it in case before the traffic became impossible. We pulled in and pulled right on out who we saw her many cars were parked and how many people were waiting in line to use the restrooms.

So, off we drove. About 20 miles south of Torrington, the traffic was still light enough that we decided to look for a last chance place for a potty break. We found what was basically a bar that was open. While standing in a short line for the WC, a local man recommended a back way that would take us to a little town called Lingle. His son had reported that there was a two-mile back up getting into Torrington that was basically a parking lot on the highway. We thanked him, did our business and were on our way.

After a few miles, we came upon a couple offering part of their land by the side of the road. It was $10 to park, but they had amenities! They had parked their travel trailer with two bathrooms there, and they had drinks and snacks. 

By then, it was about 10:00. In thirty minutes, the eclipse was about to begin. There were a few other people who had parked there and everyone was settling in for the show. We ate sandwiches with the fixings we had brought along. The air was charged with the electricity of anticipation.

Of course, I had eclipse knitting with me.

Here's The Husb assuming eclipse watching position.

When the eclipse started, I put on my NASA approved glasses and saw a cookie bite taken out of the sun. It steadily got bigger and bigger. The light around us started getting eery.

Finally, totality started! The corona was magnificent! It was much darker and cooler. The temperature got down to 71 degrees. Venus appeared in the sky. There wasn't a sound around us, except for the periodic "whoop!" from a fellow watcher. Otherwise, all of nature was at a standstill. I cannot adequately describe the awesomeness of the experience. It was truly a magical moment.

I couldn't get a good shot of the corona with my iPad. It just looks like a normal sun in the sky; so, I decided to soak it all in. For about two minutes, we enjoyed the corona without our special glasses. I felt so alive and connected! 

There's supposed to be another eclipse in about seven years. Totality runs right thru Dallas. I'm already making plans.

MK out.

Friday, September 8, 2017

FO Friday - 9/8/2017

I finished a pair of socks.

Pattern: Plain Vanilla with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.
Yarn: Must Stash Yarn & Fiber Wooly Bully in Kama Sutra
Comments: I bought this yarn at DFW Fiber Fest in 2015. It was about time to knit it up. I love this colorway! I really enjoyed making these socks. I smiled the whole time I was knitting them. 


MK out.

Friday, August 25, 2017

FO Friday - 8/25/2017

Hello! I know I owe y'all an eclipse story, but I'm still processing the experience.

I do have FOs though.

Pattern: Hermione's Everyday Hat
Yarn: Cascade 220 SW in Turquoise
Comments: I used the pattern stitch of Hermione's Everyday Socks and made a hat, with the help of another Raveler (edgiknits) for the crown. It's my August entry for the Inside Number 23's yearlong Harry Potter KAL.

Pattern: Mercury Socks by Kim Drotar
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids in Cerulean
Comments: It's an easy to memorize pattern. I think I would like to make another pair at some point. 

MK out.