Friday, July 26, 2013

FO Friday - 7/26/2013

The July 2013 Socks are finished!

Here are the deets:
Yarn:  Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in the colorway knitters without borders
Pattern:  Sarah's Slip Stitch Socks
Needles:  2 circular - 2.00mm

With the socks being complete, that leaves two WIPs. 


I am chomping at the bit to start my next pair of socks and Camp Loopy Project 3, but I have to wait...I cannot start either project until August 1st.

I do want to finish those two WIPs.

I guess that means that I should work on them.

MK out.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WIP Wednesday - 7/24/2013

I still only have three WIPs.  My temperature is normal too.

The Equinox Sweater:

The Gaia Cardi:

I picked it up yesterday and did about eight rows on it.

The July Socks:

Back to knitting.

MK out.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Movie Monday - 7/22/2013

There hasn't been very much movie watching around here, but I did see one in the last week.

In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, an asteroid is heading towards Earth and the world will end in three weeks.  Penny (Keira Knightly) gives her neighbor, Dodge (Steve Carell), a letter from his high school love that was put in her mailbox by mistake weeks before.  Because she feels guilty for not having given it to him sooner, Penny tags along to help when Dodge sets out to find his love.  It was entertaining but a little predictable.  I liked it though.

MK out.

Friday, July 19, 2013

FO Friday - 7/19/2013

Hello Y'all!

I finished Camp Loopy Project 2 on the 15th and here it is:

The challenge was to knit an at least 500 yard project (between July 1 and 31) that is popular with other knitters that I had not knitted before.  I chose the Hitchhiker by Martina Behm. 

Is it a scarf?  Is it a shawlette?  Yes.

I used a Wollmeise We're Different coloration of Fledermaus that I had in my stash.  It's so nice that The Loopy Ewe allows you to participate with stash yarn as long as it is something they carry in their store.

It has bright to wine-ish red and charcoal-ish black in it.  I was only able to squeeze out 40 and three-fourths teeth out of the skein.  It is the 80/20 Twin - which has only 510 yds, compared to the Pure.  It has 575 yards.  It is fine though.

I also finished the June 2013 Socks!

Here's a better photo in the sun:

I used Madelinetosh Tosh Sock - one of the squishiest sock yarns around - in Betty Drapers Blue.  SKA has more than one challenge per month, FYI, and I chose Literary Theme.  The pattern is Snow Queen Sock by Emmy Coplea. 

It was the first time I've ever worked a Dutch heel.  It was easy...So, don't fear the Dutch heel!

Wednesday, I showed you the July Socks.  I am zipping along on them...I should at least complete the heel turn today.  The pattern does not require extensive concentration or a quiet room; so, yay!  I may actually finish them in July.  That hasn't happened in quite a while.

I've picked out my Camp Loopy Project 3 yarn and project already:

The challenge for Project 3 is to knit something out of 800 yards of yarn, single stranded, (and get a picture posted on the website between August 1 and 31.)  I choose to make the Storm Water Shawl. The yarn is Handmaiden Sea Silk that I had in my stash.  I bought this yarn in Victoria, British Columbia seven years ago. 

Yes, you read that right. 

Back to knitting on WIPs while I wait for August 1st.

MK out.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WIP Wednesday - 7/17/2013

I am down to three WIPs and this week, I am concentrating on two of them. 

The July Socks:

The Equinox Sweater:

That poor Gaia Sweater was odd man out again.

MK out.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WIP Wednesday - 7/10/2013

I just wanted to flash a quick update of the two projects that are in the forefront right now:

The Hitchhiker is coming along:

I have thirty-two teeth completed.  I really like the pattern and it is a fairly quick knit, although the rows are getting longer; so, I may not be saying that from now on. 

I am really enjoying Camp Loopy this summer - even with the fact that I am using stash and didn't allow myself to buy new, shiny yarn.  Most of my stash is full of yarn that I love; so, why let it sit there, right?  I mean, I bought it to use it...

I am on the foot part of the June socks:

There may or may not be an FO to show on Friday.  I guess it will depend on whether or not I choose to do the other things in my life that need doing...

MK out.

Friday, July 5, 2013

FO Friday - 7/5/2013

So, I did finish those socks:

The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silkie Socks That Rock in Tlingit.  It's a pretty black/charcoal color with purple...I like it. The pattern is Katniss.  I like them and they are done.

I had a lonely skein of Berroco Lustra in a silverish colorway; so, I made a cowl (what else?):

I don't really like Lustra - it is quite splitty. I will probably not use it again, unless I have to make something for which it is just right.  (Sure.)  The pattern is Sanibel Cowl

I did't do a WIP Wednesday post this week, but here are the projects in the forefront this week:

The black and red project is my Camp Loopy 2 entry.  We were challenged to knit one of the popular patterns on Ravelry.  I've had my eye on Hitchhiker for a while.  I thought this particular skein of Wollmeise Twin in my stash was just the perfect yarn for it.

The blue socks are those June 2013 Socks.  I want to finish them soon, because I've already cast on my July 2013 Socks - and don't forget I have two sweaters on the needles...


MK out.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Movie Monday - 7/1/2013

Did the earth move?  I've seen two movies in the theater in the last week:

Frances Ha, starring and co-written by Greta Gerwig, is a quirky little tale about a quirky not-so-little girl.  The movie is a peek at Frances and her life.  She is in her late-twenties and doesn't really have a place to live, or a real job or real friends, for that matter.  And despite wanting all that and more, she seems to get by in a charming and effortless way.  It was funny and it was cute.  I liked it.

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy star in an irreverently funny, but predictable buddy movie The Heat.  Bullock plays FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, who is very smart, serious, by the book and yet, a little arrogant. She is sent to Boston to help bring down a drug lord and is paired with Detective Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) - a foul-mouthed police officer, who doesn't have time to worry about procedural matters.  My ears were hurting from all the F-bombs, but it was the perfect, funny movie for me to brighten my mood.  It's not Academy Award winning caliber and probably a renter, but it was entertaining.  I liked it.

I also watched a video - a romantic comedy - with Jason Segal and Emily Blunt.  The Five Year Engagement is definitely a renter, but perfect for a day when there isn't anything good on television and all one wants to do is be entertained without having to put forth much effort.  Tom and Violet are a happy couple who become engaged a year into their relationship, but have to keep postponing the wedding because of Violet's career.  It's cute; it's predictable; it's alright.

MK out.