Friday, January 20, 2017

FO Friday - 1/20/2017

I finished some things!

Pattern: Seaside Blanket
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted Heathers and Solids in a nice gray.
Comments: This afghan is a gift. The occasion has passed. Several months ago, I was three-fourths finished with this project, but noticed a glaring mistake about a quarter of the way in. 


So, it went into time out until around Christmas time, when I decided it was time to finish it.

Pattern: Self-Striping Socks with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn:  String Theory Colorworks Continuum Self Striping in Kinectic Energy and Safronie Fish Tales Gradient Mini Skein in Christmas Red.
Comments:  I had hoped to make these socks in December for my Christmas socks, but there were too many other things that needed to be done. So, since part of the Twelve Days of Christmas are in January, these became my first pair of socks for my Box of Sox 2017. I loved working with this yarn.

MK out.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Start Something Sunday - 1/15/2017

There's illness at Chez Merry Karma. The Husb and I are both being treated for respiratory infections, but there's also a case of startitis going around.

I have completed 2 projects in the last week, but there wasn't an FO Friday post because the weather has been kooky, the lighting has been bad and of course, illness. Then, of course, startitis reared its ugly head and got a hold of me in my moment of weakness.

I've started a pair of Hermione's Everyday Mitts

and I've found my fade (Find Your Fade is a new pattern taking Ravelry by storm).

I hope y'all are staying well.

MK out.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Movie Monday - 1/9/2017

Going to the theater to watch a movie has been a hit or miss proposition for a while now, BUT in the last week, I've been four times!!!

As soon as the credits were rolling after the screening of La La Land, I turned to The Husb and declared, "This movie is going to win the Best Picture Oscar." Well, it has my vote, at least, but apparently The Golden Globes feel the same way that I do. I liked it because it's a fresh take on the musicals of yesteryear. It's nothing like anything else Hollywood is churning out these days, and for the most part, that's a good thing. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as a musician and an actress, each trying to make it big in their respective fields. Loved it!

The weather plays an important role in Manchester by the Sea, acting as a sort of Greek chorus. This movie is as heavy as La La Land is bright and airy. Casey Affleck plays Lee Chandler, an unassuming maintenance man, who is named guardian of his nephew (Lucas Hedges) when his older brother (Kyle Chandler) dies suddenly. He returns to his hometown where he must confront his past, including his ex-wife (Michelle Williams). Gretchen Moll and Matthew Boderick also star in this film. It was beautifully shot and well acted. It was very good. Take Kleenex.

Rogue One isn't the best Star Wars movie I've seen, but it certainly isn't the worst. The die-hard fans of the brand love it, I'm sure, but for me, it just served to add a little context to the big picture. Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker are among the actors in this movie. It was alright.

Imagine being one of the over 5000 people on a spaceship bound for a new world that's 120 miles away from home.  Everyone is in suspended animation for the journey, but after an incident with an asteroid, your pod malfunctions and you awaken with 90 years remaining until the destination is reached. It's not long (relatively speaking) before you determine that the lives of everyone on board are threatened. This story plays out in Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen and Lawrence Fishburn star in this film. It was pretty good.

That's all for now.

MK out.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Start Something Sunday - 1/1/2017

Wow! That's the first time I wrote 2017 this year!

I couldn't pass up the chance to start something on the first Sunday of the new year.

It's my first pair of socks for the year, in my quest to knit a pair a month.

Happy New Year!!!

MK out.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

D is for December

Today is the last day of 2016. It seems it was the last day of 2015 just the other day. Time seems to fly, no matter what.

I've had fun making projects this year. Here's the last of the Loopy's Monthly Mixer projects I finished this year.

Pattern: Declan's Hat
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Camel
Comments: For the December Mixer project, the prompt was to make something whose pattern name or yarn brand, name or colorway starts with the letter D. 

I really like texture. I think hats are a good way to play with patterns. A body can go to town with cables, ribs, twisted stitches, twisted cables...whatever strikes the fancy.  And a small(ish) project sweetens the deal with instant gratification.

I wish everyone much health and happiness in the coming year. 

MK out.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

I've Made a Decision

I finished all my Loopy Academy knitting projects! I've only made one of the sewing projects (a set of box bags) and I don't think I will finish the other two in time. I've been dragging my feet with the wallhanging/table topper because I don't need another one, and I couldn't identify a gift recipient. AND I took forever to decide what to make for the garment with embroidery project. TLE sells lots of quilting cotton - not the best choice for garments - but they have some beautiful double gauze chambray. I planned on making a skirt and I was going to embroider some flowers on the waist band. Well, I ran out of time and other shiny and sparkly projects are calling my name. Yada yada yada, I am just full of excuses.

In light of all that, I will likely use the fabric I bought for the wallhanging/table topper to make other things - mug rugs, coasters, project bags...the possibilities are endless. I plan to make the skirt too, just in a more relaxed and (hopefully) enjoyable way.

I'm not waiting for Friday to show off the knitting FOs.

Pattern: Lacy Sweater by Zoe Mellor
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima in Teal
Comments: This project is a double dip for Loopy Academy and Loopy's Monthly Mixer. For Loopy Academy, the assignment was to make something with bobbles, nupps or popcorn stitches.  Since I've never done any of that, it was also my "something scary" project for October's Mixer. 

After reading project notes on several projects, I decided to go with the 6-12 month size to shoot for 18-24 months size. I'm glad I did, because it turned out closer to at least a 2T. (I don't like baby sizing.) I nixed the lacy bottom part because while it looks adorable laying flat for a picture, it looking good on a person was a crap shoot. I converted the pattern to in the round up to the armholes. I picked up stitches around the armholes for the sleeves to knit them in the round and didn't do all those eyelet rounds either. They did not appeal to me. The end.

Pattern: Knotty Gloves by Julia Mueller
Yarn:  Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Miami Red.
Comments: The final Loopy Academy for me to complete was a pair of gloves. 

I've never made gloves before and I'm not altogether sure I'll make them again. It's only because I don't think I did a good job closing the gaps at the base of the fingers, but I'm not ruling them out completely. 

I followed the pattern as written and it was nicely written. I loved the yarn too.

So, that's it for now.

MK out.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016!!!

Ho, ho, ho and fa-la-la-la-la!

We are having a nice time at Chez Merry Karma. Family has come and gone. Presents have been opened, dinner has been eaten and things are back in their places.

This week was busy, but not in a preparing-for-Christmas kind of way. I had finished the Christmas sewing a while back. Now that they've been distributed, I can show you the official 2016 Christmas Gift.

Everyone got Christmas themed pillowcases.

Even Bitty Baby got one.

I'm wishing all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Serene Solstice and Joyous Kwanzaa!!!

MK out.