Friday, December 9, 2016

FO Friday - 12/9/2016

I finished these socks almost three weeks ago. I didn't get around to posting them because issues.

Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock (nice yarn!) in the Aurora Borealis colorway. 
Comments: I like the yarn, I like the pattern and I like the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. 

I've mentioned before that this yarn was from my first ever order from The Loopy Ewe in 2012. I've now used all three skeins

and I have three pretty pairs of socks.

MK out.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Remember Rio?

For the August Loopy's Monthly Mixer, the prompt was to make something Olympics-related or using the colors of the Rio Countryside. For the knitted project, I designed an Olympics-related washcloth.

I finally made my sewing project.

Patterns: Charm Square Fabric Tray and Hexagon Fabric Tray
Fabric: I used leftovers from my very first Camp Loopy fabric project from the summer of 2015.
Comments: I love the colors in these batiks, and they do remind me of the Rio countryside we got to see during the Olympics this year. 

The tutorials are clearly written and easy to follow.

If you are keeping score, I have completed the Mixer projects through August now. Next up is September. I haven't touched the Liesl cardigan in a while. I need to finish the Loopy Academy bobbles/popcorn/nupps project first and then I will get back to The Liesl. I am finished with all the secret Christmas sewing; so I am ready to make a little something for the September fabric project.

MK out.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Well my pretties, I haven't been feeling the blogging lately. Of course, all the rules and parameters and expectations are ones I put on myself. I do have things to write about and show, but it seems that these posts don't get written on the days they are "supposed" to be written. Then, I start feeling badly, because I feel like I am letting the three of you down, and then I start feeling like I am letting myself down and it all becomes a vicious cycle of inertia.

Inertia is my biggest challenge in life, and always has been. 

So, I thought that maybe for the rest of this crazy, busy, fun, frenzied, holiday-celebrating, family and friend time spending kind of month, I will post in a non-structured kind of way. If I finish a project, I'll post about it. If I watch a movie, I'll post about it. If I have a thought, I'll post about it.

Let's talk about yarn chicken. You know that game, right? Here you are, casting off your project and hoping that you have enough yarn to finish because for whatever reason, you don't have another skein of said yarn?

Well, it applies to sewing too, and it's called thread chicken. Last night in the work shop, I had one line of stitching I had to complete and one partial spool of red thread.

I hoped, and hoped and sewed and sewed.

Yep, I was FIVE inches short. Luckily, I had some more red thread, and though it wasn't the exact color, it worked. The good thing is that it's easier to go to the fabric store and buy more thread, than it is to get more yarn. A spool of thread to finish five inches won't break the bank like a another skein of hand-dyed yarn for just five inches or twenty stitches or whatever will.

But technically, Thread 1, MK zero.

And then, today, I needed to use green thread but didn't have a bobbin wound with any green. I didn't need much; so, I wound some on an empty bobbin hoping that I had wound just enough. I don't like having colors of thread I don't use often taking up space on my bobbins, but that's just me.

The Karma is balanced.

MK out.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WIP Wednesday - 11/23/2016


I just thought I'd post a progress pic of another Loopy Academy yarn project I am making for this semester. I am double- dipping again because it's also my October Monthly Mixer project (something scary).

The Academy assignment is to make something with bobbles, popcorn stitches or nupps. Since I had never done any of these techniques, this project was scary to me.

I am modifying the pattern greatly. First, it was written as a pieced pattern. I knitted in the round to the armholes. Secondly, it instructed to start by making the lace edging at the bottom. That wasn't floating my boat; so, I skipped it. I might add a lace edging, or I might not. I'll have to see what I'm feeling later on down the road. Finally, the sleeves are supposed to be knitted flat, then attached and seamed, or visa-versa. I'm going to to pick up stitches after seaming the shoulders and knit them in the round.

Another WIP around here is Thanksgiving dinner. I'm getting ready to prep the turkey breasts.

I've been assigning containers for all the food too.

Happy  Thanksgiving Y'all!

MK out.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Movie Monday - 11/21/2016

I can't believe I had movies to share and I forgot all about them!

In The Light Between Oceans, a lighthouse keeper on the coast of Western Australia (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) can't seem to have children. Not long after they buried their second stillborn child, a dead man and an infant girl in a boat wash ashore. The wife is so desperate to have a child that she convinces her husband to not report the incident and they take in the baby as their own. I won't say more because I don't want to give anything away, except to say that it was really, really good. The scenery, the acting and the story worked well together. I really liked this film.

Meryl Streep stars in Ricki and the Flash about a woman who abandoned her family to follow her dream of becoming a rock star. She is, for all intents and purposes, estranged from her family, but her ex-husband calls her back to help with a family crisis. Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield and Mamie Gummer also star in this predictable little tale. It was alright, yet entertaining.

MK out.

Friday, November 18, 2016

FO Friday - 11/18/2016

Don't faint.

I finished the first of three Loopy Academy projects for this semester.

Pattern: Opal Sock Bunny by Susan B. Anderson and Poppy Cardigan 
Yarn: The Loooy Ewe Solid Series in Ice and Slate Blue
Comments: We were instructed to make a toy as one of our assignments. To make the 250 yards requirement, I made a little cardi for the fellow. I also lengthened his body and appendages. After it was all said and done, his head should've been bigger, but it's a complete-as-you-go kind of scheme. File that one away, People.

I have never been a toy knitting kind of gal. It's just never interested me. Making this project hasn't peaked my interest, but I guess I would make another should the need ever arise in the future.

Remember those little needle keepers from earlier this month?

I decided to make do with cutting some narrow strips of the wool for the ties. They are both felted wools; so, no finishing of raw edges required.

I just attached them and we are done!

The score for Loopy's Monthly Mixers is - I am totally finished through July with the sewing and the knitting projects. (I didn't do a May knitting project by choice.) I need to finish August's sewing project. The September knitting project is OTN and the sewing project has been planned. The October knitting project is OTN. The November knitting project is almost done. I'm not sure what I am going to make for the sewing project yet.

Loopy Academy is a bit more tenuous. There's one down and two to go for the knitting. I have one of them OTN; so, at least there's that. I have all three to go for the sewing - one is cut out and ready to go; another is a stack of fabric at the moment and the third isn't even a plan.

I'd better get busy!

MK out.

Friday, November 4, 2016

FO Friday - 11/4/2016

Hello Y'all!

I finished a couple of little somethings.

For July, the Loopy's Monthly Mixer prompt was to make something using flannel or wool. These are needle keepers and the tutorial is included in this book:

They need some kind of closure, but I am having a hard time finding a bit of ribbon that would do the trick; so, I am calling them done.

The tutorial suggested eighth-inch wide velvet ribbon.

I used my own design for the cut outs. The bluish fabric is Harrington Wool Solids by Penny Rose Fabrics. The red one is Wool 80 by Moda.

Sorry for the poorly lit photos. I never promised stellar production values.

MK out.