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.






Monday, March 27, 2017

Movie Monday - 3/27/2017

The dash has been hopping lately. I've even watched a few movies! Here's two of them:

Kate Winslet stars in the dramedy, The Dressmaker. She plays Tilly, a woman who was sent away from her home as a child. She returns with an agenda. Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving also star. It was goooooood! It's a must see.

Bradley Cooper plays a chef in Burnt. He tries to overcome an incident or two in his past that caused him to lose his job and the respect of his peers. Now, he's on a mission to get back on track and to earn a third Michelin Star. Sienna Miller also stars.  It was cute.

That's all for now.

MK out.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

FO Friday - 3/10/2017

I'm alive. I've been knitting and doing a little sewing.


Pattern:  A Breath of Fresh Air by Debbie O'Neill
Yarn: The Loopy Ewe Seasonings Series in Tickety Boo
Comments: I made this scarf for the February Monthly Mixer. The prompt was to pick a project that incorporates hearts or the color pink, red or burgundy. I bought this yarn as a kit a few years ago. The pattern came with it. I enjoyed making it.

I finally finished the January Fabric Monthly Mixer:


The challenge was to use three colors of batiks. 


I had a bit of leftover border that I made for a previous Camp Loopy project. It may have four colors of batiks, but I'm not counting. I have tons of that Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed linen/cotton blend; so, I slapped that batik piece on it and made a kitchen towel. 

That's the first bit of sewing I've done in a while. My sew-jo has been on vacation lately. I hope it comes back soon.

MK out.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Movie Sunday - The Oscars Edition

The show is tonight. Forgive me for my lack of zeal this year. There's been too much on my mind and my plate. In the last twelve days, I've seen seven movies. There is one more I haven't seen (Elle), but it just opened and I didn't have a chance to go see it. I think I will be able to watch tonight's awards ceremony just fine.

Captain Fantastic - A guy who has been raising his kids in the wilderness starts to question if he has been doing the right thing. Viggo Mortensen plays the dad and he's been nominated for Best Actor. Frank Langella and Kathryn Hahn also star. It was good.

Loving - This film is about the true story of the 1967 Supreme Court decision that struck down the validity of laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Ruth Negga stars as Mildred Loving and has been nominated for Best Actress. Joel Edgarton and Michael Shannon also star. It was good.

Arrival - Amy Adams (I heart her!) stars as a linguistic professor hired to help communicate with the inhabitants of one of twelve spaceships that touched down on Earth. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker also star. The film has been nominated for Best Picture. I really liked this movie. 

Moonlight - This follows the story of a boy who grows up in a dysfunctional home. Mahershala Ali (nominated for Best Supporting Actor), Naomie Harris (nominated for Best
Supporting Actress) and Janelle Monae star in this film. It was nominated for Best Picture. I really liked this movie.

Nocturnal Animals - Amy Adams (Yes, her again) plays an art gallery owner.  Her ex-husband sends her a manuscript to read and then to discuss at dinner when he comes into town. It's quite the novel.  There are lots of good actors in this one - Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon (nominated for Best Supporting Actor), Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney and Micheal Sheen. It was intense. 

Hacksaw Ridge - This film is based on the true story of  Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector, who served as a medic in WWII. In the Battle of Okinawa, he singlehandedly saved the lives of most of his regiment who had been left for dead when the company had to retreat. Andrew Garfield (nominated for Best Actor), Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn star in this film. It is really graphic and serves to remind us all that war is bad. The film has been nominated for Best Picture.

Jackie - Natalie Portman has been nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in the hours and days following the assassination of JFK. Peter Saarsgard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and John Hurt also star in this film. It was good.

My feeling is that Best Picture is between La La Land and Moonlight. I like Meryl Streep for Best  Actress. Casey Affleck is my pick for Best Actor. Viola Davis is my pick for Best Supporting Actress and I like Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor.

MK out.