Friday, February 5, 2016

FO Friday - 2/5/2016

Hello Poppets! I have two things to show y'all today.

I finished the Copilot Cowl: 


Pattern.
Yarn - Alisha Goes Around Marmalade (of Ponies) in a pink-red-purple colorway.
Modifications - I bound off after two pattern repeats because I was running out of yarn. It's pretty long though - easily wound around the neck twice.
I like it.

The Peipponen Shawl is done (yet, still blocking):


Pattern.
Yarn - Wollmeise Pure in the color way Magnolie Dark.
Modifications - none.
Of note - This project was my offering for Loopy/ January Mixer. 
Love it!,

MK out.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sooooo...

I forgot to do a WIP Wednesday post yesterday; so, I'll do one today. The Oscar nominations were announced today and it's a WIP kind of situation, because I have eleven films yet to see. In case you wanted to know, the nominations for the top five are:

BEST PICTURE 
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
Spotlight
The Big Short
The Martian
The Revenant

BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Matt Damon - The Martian
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs

BEST SUP ACTOR
Christian Bale - The Big Short
Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone - Creed
Tom Hardy - The Revenant

BEST ACTRESS
Brie Larson - Room
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years
Jennifer Lawrence - Joy
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn

BEST SUP ACTRESS
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs
Rachel McAdams - Spotlight
Rooney Mara - Carol 

Since we are in the WIP kind of mood, I'll share a little gander at my two projects on the front burner.

My project for the January's Loopy Monthly Mixer is coming along. I've gotten to the lace rows:



This month, we had to pick a pattern, yarn base, yarn color or fabric line that begins with a P. I picked the pattern Peipponen in Wollmeise's Pure base and it's a purple-ish color...it's a trifecta!

I'm also making the Copilot Cowl out of a skein of Alicia Goes Around's Marmalade (of Ponies) in a fun pink, purple and red colorway.



Both are coming right along.

MK out.

WIP Wednesday - 1/27/2016

Did you have "centers" when you were in Kindergarten? The room is divided into areas like "kitchen," "construction," "dress up" - just to name a few. I did not when I was in Kindergarten 100 years ago, but The Kid did. Today, my approach to my day looked like a center-fied WIP Wednesday.

I had a quilting center:


There was an organizing the paperwork center:


And there's always a knitting center:


MK out.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Movie Monday - 1/25/2016

I am working through the movies I need to watch before the Academy Awards...

The Revenant is loosely based on a real person. Back in the 1820s, there lived a fur trapped named Hugh Glass. While on an expedition, he was mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his team. However, he didn't die. His sheer determination to live was fueled by a little dose of revenge. Leonardo Di Caprio plays Glass. Tom Hardy plays John Fitgerald - a greedy, duplicitous member of the team - and he plays him well. There were some scenes that were hard to watch (bear mauling), but it was good.

Jennifer Lawrence stars in Joy, a film loosely based on the life of inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano of Miracle Mop fame. There are a lot of people in this movie - Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, and Edgar Ramirez, just to name a few. It was cute.

MK out.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday - 1/20/2016

Last night, I had the time to sit down at the sewing machine and work on catching up with the Farmers Wife SAL. I am very far behind, although I have cut out the pieces to some of the blocks. I decided I wanted to make the Sara block. I had the fabrics picked out; so, I grabbed them and started cutting. I didn't realize that I had grabbed some cheap, white fabric that I had used for a craft project. I'm not entirely sure how it got mixed up with my quilting stash.

Anyway, I made the block, and noticed that the white pieces were looking strange.


Apparently, I was shrinking the white fabric with the iron. Horrors!

Tonight, I cut out the pieces for the block again, this time using some nice quality quilters' cotton. 


I think I'll wait before I put it totally together. I still need to cool off about that one.

MK out.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Movie Monday - 1/18/2016

In the last week, I've knocked one movie off my getting-ready-for-the-Oscars movie watching extravaganza. Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise and apparently, it took many years to get it to the theater. The critics loved this movie. I did not. It had a little plot, but none of the roles were a stretch for the high-powered stars (Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron). The special effects were technically adequate, but nonstop action is not really my cup of tea...not to mention it took a third of the movie for me to figure out who the good guys were. If you're into this type of thing, I can see where it would be entertaining, but for me...no thank you. And I don't know how it got nominated for Best Picture. Oh well.

Concussion is based on a true story of the forensic pathologist who took on the NFL and their deplorable act of covering up the evidence that head hits are dangerous to a person. Will Smith plays the doctor - Bennet Omalu. It was good.

Amy Winehouse had a short, turbulent life - mostly because of the choices she made. Amy is a British documentary that tells her story. It's always a shame when someone so gifted, talented and young dies. I thought it was an interesting look. I liked it.

MK out.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

FO Friday - A Day Late

I really meant to write a post yesterday, even though my FOs aren't really all that exciting. I really did. I guess I lost all track of time working on some super secret Christmas presents...not for the Christmas that just passed, but for the one coming. You know the one...the one that is out there looming in the future, but will be here before we know it.

Back to FOs. It's the middle of the month and I've finished three things already! Actually, I started all three on the first and finished them all by the next day.

Here's the first one:


No...I didn't make a skein of yarn. I just forgot to take a picture, and the next day I gifted it to an adorable little girl I know. What did I make, you ask? I made a boa...something every little girl needs. So, imagine a boa made out of this yarn.

Then, I made these:


I used my favorite pattern and some Encore Worsted and I knocked those babies right out.

So, that's it...that's the list.

MK out.