Friday, November 29, 2013

FO Friday 11/29/2013

I've been knitting some.  Really, I have. I just haven't been finishing much.

I finished my September socks on the last day of September:

The pattern is Starflower.  I used Strawberry Rose on Knitting Rose Yarns Budding Sock Yarn.  I really like the orangy-red and pink colorway.  

Here are the October Socks:

I liked knitting Hermione's Everyday Socks in February of 2012 so much that I used the pattern for these socks too.  They were my Socktober Socks - Halloween yarn and a pattern named for my favorite witch...well, there you go.  The yarn is Jimmy Cracked Corn on Wullenstudio Superwash Sock Merino Nylon.  I love this pattern.  It is quite meditative.

That's it Peeps.  I am all caught up with the finished objects - except for a gift that hasn't been gifted yet.

MK out.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!!

The turkey's been eaten and now it's family time.  I hope your day was wonderful too.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday - 11/27/2013

Where has the week gone?  

One of the three items from last week is completed - but I cannot show y'all until it is gifted. 

I finally started my November socks on Sunday.  Here's what they look like today:

The yarn is Alki Reflection on Hazel Knits Artisan Sock.  The pattern is Jeck.  I like the colorway.  It makes me happy.

MK out.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday - 11/20/2013

Hello, hello!

I currently have three things OTN and all of them are kind of stealth projects.

First, there's this one:

Then, there's this one:

Finally, there's this one:

More info when they are done and gifted.

MK out.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Movie Monday - 11/18/2013

Another week has passed...where do they all go?  At least I've watched a flick or two:

Many romantic comedies these days are targeted towards younger people.  For those of us who have been long married, they are hard to find.  Enough Said is one for us.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva - a divorced, single mother who is not looking forward to her only child heading off to college in a few weeks.  She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) and they begin dating.  He also has a daughter about to start college and it's just one thing that the two have in common.  About the same time, Eva meets Marianne, an accomplished woman who she admires - and the two become friends.  Eva soon realizes that Albert and Marianne are ex-spouses.  Each soon divulge their perspectives about the other to Eva and she finds herself in a dilemma.  I found the film amusing and entertaining from the very beginning.  It was a little bittersweet, though, knowing that it was Galndolfini's last film before he died.  I really liked it.

Sandra Bullock (playing Dr. Ryan Stone) and George Clooney (as Commander Matt Kawolski) star in Gravity.  It is one of the few 3D-touted movies out there these days that really needs to be seen in 3D.  They play astronauts on a spacewalk outside the Space Shuttle Explorer who are warned about a could of space debris coming their way.  When the debris reaches them, Ryan is detached from the shuttle and Kowalski has to try and retrieve her.  Communication with Mission Control has been lost, but the race for survival is on.  It was an intense drama-thriller with good special effects - and a little bit of belief suspending science fiction.  I liked it very much though.

Mother and Child is a story of three women.  Karen (Annette Bening) was forced to give away her baby at age 14.  Now an older, single woman, she cares for her mother but is quite bitter, as she has colored her entire existence by her lost possibilities.  Lucy (Kerry Washington) is an accomplished baker who is married and has everything she wants - except a child.  Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) is a bitter but accomplished attorney who was given away for adoption at birth and who didn't have a good relationship with her parents.  She has grown up taking care of herself and thinking that she has all the power.  It was very, very good.

I still have so many films to see on my list...

MK out.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Movie Monday - 11/11/2013

Yes...I'm still here.  I have my technology figured out, but am crazy busy these days - plus, I kind of got out of the habit.  Sorry.

I have been watching movies, but not as many as I should be.  I won't hit you with them all at once, but here are a few comments.

Earlier this year, we watched Despicable Me on dvd then took our grands to see Despicable Me 2 at the theater. Both are predictable stories with good versus evil plots.  Famous actors' voices give life to the colorful characters, many of whom reprise their roles in the second film: Steve Carell as Gru (the former villain turned father), Kristen Wiig as Miss Hattie in the first film and Lucy Wilde in the second, Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Elsie Kate Fisher as Agnes and Dana Gaier as Edith.   Both animated features are pretty cute. 

We are Trekkies at Chez Merry Karma; so, of course we had to see Star Trek Into Darkness.  As its prequel Star Trek did, this film takes place early in the careers of Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock.  Again, many of the actors from the first film reprise their roles in the second: Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Simon Pegg as Mr. Scott, John Cho as Sulu, Zoe Saldana as Lt. Ohura, Anton Yelchin as Mr. Chekov and Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime.  It had some action, a little romance and good CGI.  I really liked it.

That's it for now...

MK out.