Monday, November 24, 2014

Movie Monday - 11/24/2014

In Boyhood, we follow a boy for about several years of his life from age six. What is interesting about this film is that it was shot over a twelve year period, a couple of weeks per year and using the same actors throughout.  The boy, as well as everyone else, age naturally. Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette star in the movie and all do a good job. It was good.

Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Hamish Linklater star in Magic in the Moonlight - an entertaining rom-com by Woody Allen.  The movie is set in the French Riviera during the 1920s. Firth plays a famous illusionist who is hired to discredit Stone, a psychic medium. Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins and Marcia Gay Harden also star in this film. I really liked it.

Vincent (Bill Murray) is an unlikely choice for a babysitter, but single-mom Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) has no one else to watch her 12-year-old son in St. VincentNaomi Watts should garner a supporting actress nomination for playing a Russian prostitute who "dates" Vincent. She steals the show from Murray and McCarthy. I'm not a big fan of Watts. I think she's a little over-rated as an actress, but not in this film. She was funny. Chris O'Dowd delivers another wonderful comedic performance. I really liked this movie.

MK out.




Sunday, November 9, 2014

Start Something Sunday 11/9/2014

I have many things on the needles, but none are appropriate for my current activity...



...so, I started a new project.


I am making Wurm for my second Loopy Academy Semester 1 project.  The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Middleweight.  

MK out.

Friday, November 7, 2014

FO Friday - 11/7/2014

I finished something else, Y'all!!! 

I participated in Sweater Babe's MKAL (Mystery Knit A Long) and made this pretty scarf:





I used Rowan Kid Silk Haze.  KSH is not my favorite yarn, but I it was the perfect choice for this scarf.  I enjoyed participating in the KAL and I have a scarf to show for it.

MK out.

Friday, October 31, 2014

FO Friday - October 31, 2014

Hellooooo out there!

As I may have mentioned, I enrolled in Loopy Academy this semester.  We have assignments for three different projects that must all be finished by December 31st.  I have purchased all the yarn I need:


One of the things we have to make is a cowl in a multi-colored or self-striping colorway.  I chose Merino 370 by JulieSpins in the color Cha Cha Cha:


The pattern is Irish Mesh Cowl by Jo Strong.

I finished my cowl earlier this month - and I love it!



I think I'll do the hat next.

MK out.

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 month...in 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.