Saturday, September 30, 2017

FO Friday - 9/30/2017

Two projects are done!

Pattern: Pine Dreams Hat
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Ravelry Red.
Comments: So, I finished this hat a week ago. I didn't start that entrelac scarf then, or yet because I had a big paperwork project to complete and it took up most of my time. (The next FO took some of that time too.)

The color is fabulous. All reds are, in my estimation. I enjoyed the knitting. I only worked two repeats of the pattern after I changed to the larger needles, and it made the hat plenty slouchy. I am considering a pom pom.

Pattern: Plain Vanilla
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock that Rock in ST-1
Comments: This colorway is beautifully autumnal! And what's not to like about knitting plain vanilla socks and letting the yarn take the spotlight? I bought this yarn at the first Sock Summit in, deep stash. 

I'm still living the under the delusion that I will be stashless one of these days...

MK out.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Yarn Porn

I'm in my senior year of Loopy Academy!!! 

I was in Colorado last weekend for a football game and had the chance to stop by The Loopy Ewe to purchase my school supplies.

I'm going to make an entrelac project with this luscious yarn.

These two skeins will turn into an asymmetric shawl.

This skein will turn into a pair of socks with a charted design.

Then, my friend Jerry sent this gorgeous red yarn to me to try out. 

However, I have three projects i want to finish.

I think I will start my entrelac project when I finish one of them. Any bets on which one it will be?

And when the second one gets finished, I'm definitely starting a pair of socks using Jerry's yarn. I just need to finalize a pattern choice.

MK out.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Long-Awaited Eclipse Post

I've been meaning to write this post for weeks...WEEKS!

By the time I had processed the awesomeness of the eclipse experience and was ready to sit down to share it with you, Hurricane Harvey entered the Gulf of Mexico. My brother and his family evacuated (early, thank goodness - thereby avoiding traffic issues) and came to our house. Between The Weather Channel's continuous hurricane coverage, spending time with the princess niece and all the other stuff called Life, the post was forgotten. They did go home, and very gratefully were spared any damage. Other friends (and people I don't know) were not so lucky. My heart goes out to all of the Hurricane Harvey victims.

Now, there's been another hurricane threatening life and limb in Florida and surrounding states, where many friends and family members, as well as a whole host of people I don't know live. I've been thinking that it would be inappropriate to write a post about a really cool thing when so many people are about to lose, and have already lost, their homes, possessions and even lives.

Then I thought about how Life is a dichotomy.  It's tough and not always fair, but it can be really, really beautiful and wonderful. So, even though we have property directly in Hurricane Irma's path that will most certainly be damaged and/or lost, I need the reminder that this world has much good in it. It's the good with the bad, the bitter with the sweet...Life.

So, let me tell you about the eclipse.

Several years ago, The Husb noticed that there was going to be an eclipse on August 21, 2017. He thought it would be a fun event to witness. Fast forward to mid July 2017. No further thought had been given regarding said eclipse. Until, the news mentioned it. Then, while going over hotel reservations for an upcoming trip to Colorado, The Husb noticed that we had plans to spend a few days in Fort Collins beginning August 20 as part of our trip - and we had made the reservations months before. He was happy, because he figured that we would already be up that way, and we could just drive up to Wyoming that morning to pretty close to the line of totality for a great vantage point.

Let this sink in for a second. By sheer dumb luck, or maybe the universe felt that The Husb could use a happy, we just happened to have reservations 150ish miles away from a most awesome astronomical event. We knew that there would be traffic. We knew we'd have to get up at the crack of dawn. If we had not had those reservations already in hand, however, there was a good possibility that we wouldn't have been able to witness the eclipse in totality. 

I can not begin to explain the degree of eclipse fever we encountered almost a week before the 21st. All the Denver area news could talk about was the eclipse. There were news reports about getting on the road early, the lack of hotel rooms from Denver all the way up I-25 into Wyoming, making sure one had the correct eclipse glasses and what to do if one didn't have any glasses. It was crazy!

Finally, the day arrived. 

We got up at 5:15 and were on our way by 6:15. We turned on the Waze app and it got us to the highway, avoiding the most congested intersection. We headed towards Torrington, 
Wyoming. There were a lot of cars on the road, but it really wasn't that bad. 

As we got closer, the road was getting fuller. We came up to a rest stop and thought it would be a good idea to utilize it in case before the traffic became impossible. We pulled in and pulled right on out who we saw her many cars were parked and how many people were waiting in line to use the restrooms.

So, off we drove. About 20 miles south of Torrington, the traffic was still light enough that we decided to look for a last chance place for a potty break. We found what was basically a bar that was open. While standing in a short line for the WC, a local man recommended a back way that would take us to a little town called Lingle. His son had reported that there was a two-mile back up getting into Torrington that was basically a parking lot on the highway. We thanked him, did our business and were on our way.

After a few miles, we came upon a couple offering part of their land by the side of the road. It was $10 to park, but they had amenities! They had parked their travel trailer with two bathrooms there, and they had drinks and snacks. 

By then, it was about 10:00. In thirty minutes, the eclipse was about to begin. There were a few other people who had parked there and everyone was settling in for the show. We ate sandwiches with the fixings we had brought along. The air was charged with the electricity of anticipation.

Of course, I had eclipse knitting with me.

Here's The Husb assuming eclipse watching position.

When the eclipse started, I put on my NASA approved glasses and saw a cookie bite taken out of the sun. It steadily got bigger and bigger. The light around us started getting eery.

Finally, totality started! The corona was magnificent! It was much darker and cooler. The temperature got down to 71 degrees. Venus appeared in the sky. There wasn't a sound around us, except for the periodic "whoop!" from a fellow watcher. Otherwise, all of nature was at a standstill. I cannot adequately describe the awesomeness of the experience. It was truly a magical moment.

I couldn't get a good shot of the corona with my iPad. It just looks like a normal sun in the sky; so, I decided to soak it all in. For about two minutes, we enjoyed the corona without our special glasses. I felt so alive and connected! 

There's supposed to be another eclipse in about seven years. Totality runs right thru Dallas. I'm already making plans.

MK out.

Friday, September 8, 2017

FO Friday - 9/8/2017

I finished a pair of socks.

Pattern: Plain Vanilla with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.
Yarn: Must Stash Yarn & Fiber Wooly Bully in Kama Sutra
Comments: I bought this yarn at DFW Fiber Fest in 2015. It was about time to knit it up. I love this colorway! I really enjoyed making these socks. I smiled the whole time I was knitting them. 


MK out.

Friday, August 25, 2017

FO Friday - 8/25/2017

Hello! I know I owe y'all an eclipse story, but I'm still processing the experience.

I do have FOs though.

Pattern: Hermione's Everyday Hat
Yarn: Cascade 220 SW in Turquoise
Comments: I used the pattern stitch of Hermione's Everyday Socks and made a hat, with the help of another Raveler (edgiknits) for the crown. It's my August entry for the Inside Number 23's yearlong Harry Potter KAL.

Pattern: Mercury Socks by Kim Drotar
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids in Cerulean
Comments: It's an easy to memorize pattern. I think I would like to make another pair at some point. 

MK out.

Monday, August 21, 2017

I've Been Eclipsed! 8/21/2017

Today was a glorious was one of those days I call a Best Day. Best Days are the kind that your senses feel heightened and you feel very connected to the Universe.

I'll come back tomorrow and tell you all about it. I've been up since 0515; so, the bed is calling me.

MK out.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday - 8/16/20

Since I last wrote, I have finished the hat. The super glue worked well.

Anyway, this summer has been busy and I've been trying to finish more things, but it seems like it takes forever. The Dash has been keeping me so busy, especially the travel portion. Since May, I've been to Greece, Austin, Naples (Florida), Carlsbad/Ruidoso and Colorado Springs.

I am at the point of doing the heels for a pair of Mercury Socks I started this month.

I really like the pattern. I can see more in my future.

Back to The Dash.
MK out.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WIP Wednesday - 8/9/2017

While working on a hat, the cord pulled away from the needle tip.

Tomorrow, I will have to go to the store to purchase some super glue.

MK out.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Movie Monday - 7/25/2017

I have a couple, three movies about which to comment.

I do love Sam Elliott. In The Hero, he plays an aging movie star who wants to leave his mark before he dies. Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman and Katharine Ross also star. It was entertaining.

I recently watched the first two Bridget Jones movies to remember our story so far, before I watched Bridget Jones's Baby. Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth reprise their roles as star-crossed lovers Bridget and Mark Darcy. Hugh Grant appears in photograph, but the third point in this movie's triangle is played by Patrick Dempsey. It was cute and predictable.

The Big Sick is a rom-com loosely based on true events. Comedian Kumail Nanjiani wrote and starred in it. He plays himself, a Muslim who is searching for meaning and who falls in love with a non-Muslim white  girl, much to what he knows will be his parents' disapproval. Zoe Kazan plays Emily, the white girl. The real Emily co-wrote the screenplay. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter also star. It was cute. I liked it.

MK out.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

FO Friday - 7/22/2017

Remember that shawl I showed you a week or so ago that was in a holding pattern because I ran out of yarn?

Well, I finished it. 

I found some scraps from a different project that were close enough.

You can hardly tell it's a different yarn.

It's not ready for a beauty shot yet because it needs to be blocked.

Then I finished a scarf that I had started at the end of December.

I had run out of yarn on this project too.

Again, I found scraps from a different project that worked.

Also again, it's not ready for a beauty shot either.

I made a pair of socks during all this angst.

Pattern: Plain vanilla with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: the rest of the skein from Must Stash Yarns Ritz Sock in Dark Side of the Moon and leftovers from a skein of Cascade Yarn Heritage Fiber in red.
Comments: I was so happy that I could get two pair of socks from one skein of yarn. The stripes kept me thoroughly charmed. 

That's it for now.

MK out.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

FO Friday - 7/15/2017

Is late posting becoming a trend? I'm dashing large again and have had one of these projects done for over a week (more like two); so, late or nothing Y'all!

Pattern: Hermione Hearts Ron by Christy Aylesworth
Yarn: The Verdant Gryphon Bugga! in Devil's Flower Mantis
Comments: I love this pattern - I made no modifications. The hat is a tad small for my big head. Maybe, I just don't like beanies...or maybe, I just don't like hats. Well, I like the concept and the look of hats - just not on my head. The yarn is fabulous. I'm so sorry that both girls (the Sanguine Gryphon partnership split into The Verdant Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns several years ago) have given up dyeing. The Bugga! base is so yummy and their colors are beautiful. 

Anyway, I will likely make this pattern again. 

Pattern: Pome by Agata Smektala
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Lettuce
Comments: I ended up knitting two-and-half repeats of the pattern. I think it turned out well. The yarn is yummy and that color is fabu. I may have to rethink the wearing hats philosophy.

MK out.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Non-FO Friday - 6/30/2017

I didn't do a WIP Wednesday post this week because the beach has been glorious! By that reasoning, one would think that there are no FOs because, beach! (It's my personal preference to not knit at the beach - sun, sand, sweat...not congruent with knitting in my book. Plus, beach! I'd rather enjoy the beach to the fullest.)

No, the reason I don't have FOs is because

1. I ran out of yarn with 5 rows left:

I'm trying to find someone with leftovers they will sell to me. I do not want to buy an entire skein for 5 rows. Alternatively, I can rip back the lace rows I've done and bind off.

2. I'm trying to decide if I need to do another repeat or not:

It fits like a snug beanie on my head. I think my head is on the larger end of the head size spectrum, if 22" is a large in head sizes. I'm not sure. It would fit someone with a smaller head better. Plus, another repeat is supposed to make it slouchy. I'm not sure about that, because this fabric I'm knitting doesn't have much drape.

Oh well, thoughts to ponder.

MK out.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Movie Monday - 6/26/2017

I have a few movies to discuss this week!

Megan Leavey is based on the true story about a decorated Marine and her combat dog Rex. The two went through two tours together until both were injured by an IED. The movie stars Kate Mara, Edie Falco, Will Patton, Common and Ramon Rodriguez, to name a few. It was good.

The Founder is the story about how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) created the McDonald's fast food chain from the original restaurant founded by Richard and Maurice McDonald. Also starring are Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch. It was interesting.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling. The story is set in the 1920s, when a British wizard comes to New York, on his way to Arizona, in search of magical creatures. While in NYC, he runs into a bit of trouble involving an escaped Niffler, a demoted Auror and a wannabe baker. Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterstin and Colin Farrell star in this charming wizarding world story. I liked it.

That's all for this time.

MK out.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

FO Friday - 6/24/2017

Yeah, yeah...I know I got the date wrong. This is an FO Friday post, but it's today...not Friday. My dash has been full and fun the last few days. And that's all I'm going to say about that. There are FOs to see.

Pattern: Gather by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Berrocco Comfort DK Solids in Seedling, Turquoise and Red
Comments: I made these hats for gifts. I made the child and adult small sizes. I know they are supposed to fit snugly, but the adult small hats fit children whose ages were in single digits. My gauge wasn't off People! Aside from that, it's a fun, quick knit and I will likely make it again, keeping the sizing issue in mind.

Pattern: Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder and the Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Bluebonnet Highway and in Antler for the heels and toes
Comments: I've made this pattern before and I will make it again. I think it's a great pattern. It looks nice in tonals, but it can really make multis sing. Yep. Like it.

Pattern: This sock is a plain vanilla with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings in HP and a gray Must Stash Yarn Mondo Mini
Comments: I made these socks for The Kid. He loves them. The Husb likes them too; so, I may have to make another pair. I love stripeys. I always have to knit one more stripe - they go fast!

That's all for this time. I'll go back to what I was doing.

MK out.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WIP Wednesday - 6/21/2017

Driving through the rain with True Colors playing on the radio, I snapped this picture of one of the two WIPs I'm concentrating on this week:

The yarn is Lake Dillon on BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight. Lake Dillon is an exclusive colorway that Tina dyed for TLE last summer. The picture is not a good representation of the colors in this yarn, which is a shame, because it really is a beautiful colorway. It really reminds me of a Colorado mountain lake in the middle of summer. 

In case you are wondering...the current WIP count is eight, but shh! Don't tell. Four of them are longtime WIPs that I really need to finish or frog. I won't think about that today.

MK out.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Party in My Mailbox!

A few weeks ago, I ordered some yarn that was dyed in honor of Kevin the Skank, The Yarn Hoarder's dog, who was ill. Kevin has sadly passed since, but I'm happy to have this reminder of him. The yarn came this week.

Dyer: KarrieLynn at The Freckled Whimsy on etsy.
Yarn Info: The stripey is called Just Kevin and the green skein is called Kevin's Favorite. Both are on her Brawny base which is 75% SW Blue Faced Leicester/20% Nylon.


I am thinking I will make a pair of socks...likely for me, because I'm the only one who actually wears handknitted socks around here. I just finished a pair of socks for The Kid this last week (which you will be seeing on Friday) and The Husb remarked that he'd love a pair in the same colorway. Have either of them worn the pairs of socks I've made for them in the past? Nope. I will probably make The Husb another pair, but Dang! Wear your handknit socks People!

Today is Father's Day. I hope you are having a good one.

MK out.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Movie Monday - 5/22/2017

(Tap-tap-tap) Hello? Anybody out there? I've been watching movies, but I haven't been talking about them.

In Mother's Day, four women come to terms with their relationships with their mothers. Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis star in this movie. It was alright.

Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) joins the fight for women's voting rights in Suffragette. The film is set in England  in 1912. Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep and Natalie Press also star. It was alright.

It's Christmas Eve. Susan Sarrandon, Penelope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Marcus Thomas and Robin Williams are a group of strangers who are interconnected in Noel. It was good.

Free held is based on a true story about Ocean County, New Jersey police woman Laurel Hester who was diagnosed with end-stage cancer. She fights to have her pension benefits transferred to her same sex domestic partner. Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Luke Grimes and Michael Shannon star in this film. It's pretty good. 

In Calvary, a troubled man informs his priest in the confessional that he will kill the priest in one week. The film chronicles what transpires from that point on. Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Kelly Reilly also star. It was very good.

That's all for now.

MK out.

Friday, May 5, 2017

FO Friday - 5/5/2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

Pattern: Gramps by Tin Can Knits.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Gray and Really Red. 
Comments: I think this pattern is so cute and so well written. It was worth the dollars. I decided to leave off the pockets and the elbow patches because I think the pups should take center stage. This project fulfills the button/buttonhole assignment for Loopy Academy.

I love the buttons.

And the grumpy grandpa-ish shawl collar is pretty cute too.

Pattern:  Basic Norwegian Star Hat by Cara Jo Miller
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Army Green and Daffodil
Comments: Yes, this hat is huge! I rolled the ribbing over twice!

There's a 250-yd minimum requirement for Loopy Academy projects; so, I knitted 40 rows of ribbing at the beginning. It did the trick - I used up plenty of yarn!

I don't think I did too bad of a job with the fair isle.

MK out.