Monday, June 18, 2018

Movie Monday - 6/18/2018

Based on the memoir by the same name, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is the true story of Gloria Grahame's relationship with a much younger man. Annette Bening plays the aging Hollywood actress who had quite a colorful past. Jamie Bell plays Peter Turner, the younger man who wrote the book. It was good.

Wonder Wheel is Woody Allen's latest film set in Coney Island in the 1950s. Kate Winslet plays a former actress, now in a less than happy second marriage. Her son by her first marriage is a pyromaniac, her husband is an alcoholic and her grown step-daughter puts a wrench in her plans for happiness. Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple and Jim Belushi also star. It had promise, but it didn't deliver.

MK out.

Friday, June 15, 2018

FO Friday - 6/15/2018

I finished a pair of socks!

Pattern:  Winte Rose Socks by Helen Stewart 
Yarn:  Handmade Fine Yarn Casbah in Radiant Orchid
Comments: This pattern is the first release from this year's The Handmade Sock Society.  I enjoyed knitting this pattern and the yarn is yummy. It was my first time to use this yarn.  I'm very happy with this pair of socks.

MK out.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Movie Monday - 6/4/2018

I've watched a few flicks.

I had higher hopes for Table 19, based on its synopsis on various sites. Anna Kendrick plays Eloise, who gets dumped via text by her boyfriend. She was supposed to be the maid of honor in her friend's wedding, but since said friend is the sister of the ex-boyfriend, Eloise is relieved of that duty. She's also assigned to Table 19, the table of misfit guests. It's a good setup, but it doesn't really fly from there. Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Stephen Merchant and Tony Revolori also star. It was alright.

Treblinka's Last Witness is a documentary. Samuel Willenberg tells about his time as a prisoner in the WW II death camp. It was a fascinating story of a person's journey of survival.

I watched Mother! for about 10 minutes before I took the DVD out of the player and sealed it in the Netflix return mailer. It was weird. Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris are in this film. Lawrence plays a woman, living her life, minding her own business (allegedly) until some strangers barge into her home and things get strange. Who knows if I would have liked it. I wasn't impressed at the get go; so, I just didn't watch it.

MK out.

Friday, June 1, 2018

FO Friday - 6/1/2018

I finally finished my May socks yesterday!!!

Pattern: Winters Frost by This Handmade Life
Yarn:  Fresh from the Cauldron Gradients in Mykonos
Comments:  Thanks to the Grocery Girls, I tried out knitting with a sock blank. 

Of course, it had to be a double blank (2 yarns are held and knit together), because I like to knit my socks two-at-a-time. Plus, single blanks tend to produce socks that are not identical twins since the socks are knit one-at-a-time and the yarn is used in sequence. MK don't play that. 

I don't think using sock blanks again is in my future. About half-way through, I wound each yarn into two separate balls.

MK out.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sump'm Sump'm Saturday - 5/26/2018

In continuing my tradition of making only thoughtful purchases of yarn this year, I bought yarn for the fifth month in a row.

Sorry, not sorry.

MK out.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Chat - 5/24/2018

(Blinking and rubbing her eyes from the glare of the sun.)

I've read some good books lately and would like to tell you about them.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy is set in India, mostly around the turn of this century.  It is full of interesting characters, but it was a little hard for me to keep them straight sometimes. Overall, it was good and I enjoyed reading it.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal is full of Indian characters, but it's set in England. It's setting is more present day. A young woman answers an ad to teach creative writing in the heart of London's Punjabi community to a group of older women who think that they are enrolled in a literacy class. It was very good.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a present day story set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the author's home town. The lives of two families becomes intertwined when the children become acquainted. It was light, yet complex. I really enjoyed it. I hear this book is going to be made into a movie or mini-series. I am looking forward to it.

That's all for now.

MK out.

Friday, May 4, 2018

FO Friday - 5/4/2018

The dash has been keeping me busy. I finished the first project I'll show you last week. I meant to write about it before now, but again, dash.

Pattern: Just a plain vanilla sock; so, no pattern, except for the Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Must Stash Yarn Perfect Self Striping Sock in I Am Fearless, from The Affirmations Collection    and a white Perfect Mini
Comments: I really love Stacie's yarn. The colorways are fabulous. I want to knit all of them. Her base is so squishy! Stripeys shine the best in plain vanilla, in my opinion, and this yarn was no exception.

Pattern: Hiraeth by Rae Gronmark
Yarn: Spirited Fibers Fingering Weight in Malbec, Coffee and a speckled
Comments: I made the small version of this pattern. It was a fun knit. I like the yarn and the pattern.

However, beware. The darker colors have a lot of excess dye that made the cream speckled less cream.

I'm not too torn up about it because I was thinking that there was too stark a contrast between the cream and the other two colors.

In other news, I'm not happy about the excess dye from Tart turning the Antler in my Derecho a pink color...

...despite the cold water soak with the three color catchers.

I've heard of ways to prevent this sort of thing from happening and I need to research it. I want to make a Fading Point Shawl using these skeins:

The two Madelinetosh yarns on the left end are supersaturated colors and I'm worried. I want the gray in the two skeins on the right to stay gray.

MK out.