Friday, September 26, 2014

A Recent FO...

...of sorts:

That's my completed passport from my adventures participating in the Yarn Along the Rockies yarn crawl.  (Sorry for the blurry picture.) This year, crawlers had from September 13th until the 21st to visit 24 shops.

Since I was in the area due to Fall Fling and visiting with family and friends, I thought "Why not?"

I hit 12 shops the first day, 9 on the second and 3 on the third.  It was fun.  I've been going to the Denver area for the last 29 years and I had never really seen Denver.  Well, now I can truly say I have.  There are some really neat neighborhoods and 24 shops I'd like to revisit.

I purchased the official bag of the crawl to place all the pins I collected from the shops along the crawl:

One pin is missing because they had run out! 

It was fun and it made me get ready for the DFW Yarn Crawl that's coming up next fact it starts next Friday!

Hope to see y'all on the crawl...

MK out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fling Has Flung!

I was one of the lucky people who were chosen to participate in The Loopy Ewe's annual fiber extravaganza. It's a weekend with classes, knitting, making friends and, of course, yarn shopping.

We were all gifted a goodie bag filled with luscious treats:

There was a dessert reception the first night, complete with a talk by The Yarn Harlot:

At night, the knitters would gather in the stitching lounge to knit and talk.  The teachers (all goddesses in the knitting world) would join the group. Here are two of the teachers, Ann and Stephanie, explaining each of their philosophical takes on the Kitchener technique:

Here's what I bought on my trip to The Loopy Ewe:

There were door prizes on the last night:

I won one!

I cannot reveal much else, because What Happens at Fling, Stays at Fling, but I will say that there was a lolly salad and Tim Tam slamming going on...

MK out.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Movie Monday - 9/22/2014

Let's do this...

I watched CBGB not too long ago.  It tells the story of the New York club called CBGB for country, bluegrass and blues, owned by the infamous Hilly Kristal. The club and Kristal were characters. Yes, the club was a character and the bands that played there were as well.  From Blondie to The Police to the Talking Heads and The Ramones. CBGB, as it turns out, was the birthplace of punk.  Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Johnny Galecki and Ashley Greene were among the stars in this film.  It was pretty good...and so was the soundtrack.

Fruitvale Station was a thought-provoking movie, based on Oscar Grant's last day before he was shot and killed by BART police in the wee hours of New Year's Day 2009.  The film is based on true events. The filmmaker wanted to give Grant a story besides "He was a young, black man who was killed by a white cop." Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer star in this movie. It was good.

Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington and Dennis Leary star in True Crime. Eastwood also directed this film. It's an old movie I saw on tee vee the other day. An alcoholic reporter has a hunch that a death row inmate set to be executed in the next day or two did not commit the crime. He has just hours to gather some evidence and convince the law that they have the wrong man. It was well acted and very good.

MK out.

Friday, September 5, 2014

FO Friday - 9/5/2014

I won't even apologize for the radio silence...I remain overextended, and all I can do is the best I can.

I did finish my Camp Loopy Project 3 just under the wire:

I used Swan's Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering in the color Beetroot.  I think the name accurately describes the color, if I do say so myself.  The pattern, Valine, is by Mary Annarella.  I highly recommend her patterns.  They are very clearly and thoughtfully written.

I was having trouble at the beginning of the project, among the reasons being the two skeins were not the most closely matched on the planet. I had to alternate skeins throughout the entire experience, and that just makes me cranky from the get go.  The final time I restarted was the 15th of the month; so, it actually didn't take me all that long to knit the sweater, but it wasn't the most favorite time I've had knitting. 

Despite all that grumbling (and there was quite a bit of grumbling), I really like the feel and the fit of this sweater.  The yarn is soft and the color is de-vine.  I think I will get plenty of wear out of it...and that makes me happy.

So, it was another successful Camp Loopy for me this summer.

MK out.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Movie Monday - 8/4/2014

And So It Goes is a little rom-com about a crusty aging realtor who is used to running the show. He keeps a tight grip on his orderly world until his neighbor and the grandchild he never knew he had shake up his world.  Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton and Sterling Jerins star in this film. Rob Reiner directed.  It was alright.

Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys, based on the Broadway musical about The Four Seasons. John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza none Christopher Walken star in the film.  It was very entertaining.  I loved the music.

Doug Block, a documentary film maker, supported himself in between projects by filming wedding videos. Over the twenty years that he shot these videos, he often wondered what happened to the couples after the wedding. In 112 Weddings, he tracked down some of these couple and told the rest of their story. It was good.

MK out.

Friday, August 1, 2014

FO Friday - 8/1/2014

I finished Camp Loopy Project 2 on Sunday and finally got it blocked in time to upload a picture to The Loopy Ewe's site one day before the deadline and to show it off for FO Friday.

In case you didn't know...I used Shalimar Breathless in the Neptune colorway. 

I bought three skeins and ended up needing the third skein for a couple of rows of ribbing and the bind off of the second sleeve.  You know what that means...I have roughly a skein of this luscious yarn left and I can make a nice shawlette or cowl...that may or may not become a gift. It's a win-win in my book.

The pattern is New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella.  I really like her patterns - they are well-written with clear instructions.

I've already worn this cardigan.  I know it's now August, but yesterday, I was freezing in my house.  I figured I might as well wear it...isn't that why I made it after all?

I wore it to Knit Night too.  The temps outside were mild and pleasant.

MK out.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Last...

It's the last day of the month.  It's been the nicest July I can remember weather-wise.

It's also the last day to watch PBS OnLine Film Festival.  I watched the ones I had not seen in the last few days:

Mad River Rising is animated and is about an old man living in a skilled nursing facility who escapes to the time of the Great Flood of 1927.

My Dear American is about an Indian American couple celebrating the Fourth of July in their new home, when they are exposed to prejudice.

North Star shows excerpts of a slave's memoirs about escaping to Vermont using the North Star to guide him to the land of freedom.

Overpass Light Brigade is a documentary short about the group of activists who hold up lighted letters on a bridge at night spelling out words that express their concerns.

Sorry About Tomorrow is about a guy who travels back in time, attempting to alter the course of events to come.

The Jazz Ticket is a documentary short about a Los Angeles inner city high school band teacher who starts a program that has benefitted the students and the surrounding community.

The Yellow Wallpaper is adapted from a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gibson.  It's about a woman struggling with mental illness.

Tryouts is about a Muslim girl who wants to join the high school cheerleading squad.

Westland is about reclusive artist Tim West who lives in Arkansas.

Why We Rise documents the story of three young people who are undocumented.

Will is an animated short about a dad who leaves his young daughter a voice mail on 9/11.

You're Dead to Me is about unresolved issues between a mom and her daughter.

All the films were good - some more than others.  It was time well spent.

MK out.