FO Friday: Cast on mania, Cast offs week 3


Ok I made it through week 3! Gasp!

wk1, wk2 and wk3 almost finished everything to date.

Cast on Mania Ravelry Forum

(here’s the to do list for the month)

2/14/13 A Box of Boxes Blanket My stashbusting design!

15 boxes

15 boxes

 2/15/13 Beryl Blanket by Juliet Bernard

57 hexs

57 hexs

 2/16/13 Toddler Tootsies #1  

 2/17/13 Toddler Tootsies #2  

Pair #5 for Charity

Pair #5 for Charity

 2/18/13 Easy Peazy Shawl For my Kal group This is a larger project, I am endeavouring to finish this before the end of the month.

Still in progress

Still in progress

I love this yarn however I am swallowing a lot of fibre. Not Fun!

 2/19/13 Yarn Ball Cozy For my Kal group

2/20/13 Beryl Blanket by Juliet Bernard

57 hexs

57 hexs

 And what am I watching while knitting?

DH and I watched The Women (2008) on DVD,

This is a delightful remake of a great movie made in 1939!

Almost as good as the origional “The Women” (1939) here are some of the witty lines. I highly recommend both films!

Then we watched “The Holiday” another great movie I highly recommend!

Current WIP List (11)

    1. Top Down Swing PulloverOne sleeve done
    2. Easy Peazy Shawl 2.0 For my Kal group
    3. Toddler Tootsies #2My stashbusting design, I have to knit 6 pair for charity.
    4. Yarn Ball Cozy For my Kal group
    5. My Spring SocksMy design
    6. Beryl BlanketLong term project (2 hexs for Cast on Mania)
    7. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project (1 Box for Cast on Mania)
    8. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost
    9. Kelp Forest Shawlette very close to done
    10. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry

FO’s 2013 = 14 + 5 = 19

WIPS 2013 = 13 – 2 = 11

Used of purchased patterns from Rav = 34 – 7 = 27

Stash Used 2013 = 9 + 2 = 11

Books 2013 = 9

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week

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WIP Weds: Of Romantic evenings, Hobbits and Christmas Gifts

 Good morning campers, I hope you are all well and happy. DH has been treating me like a Queen! Yup, 2 movies since I last spoke to you “Skyfall” and “Twilight Breaking Dawn (Part 2).”  The former was rather good for a violent boy movie. I really like Daniel Craig as Bond. The other, well I saw all the previous Twilight films, and I particularly enjoyed the last book.  I did like the movie it was really well done. It was a little disappointing the lack of context and character development of the Cullen guests/witnesses as well as J.Jenkins interview. I guess you can’t have everything. I was amazed how packed the theatre was.

I do suggest reading the novels before seeing the series, it will add to your enjoyment, if you are considering watching it. At times the tale does seem a little disjointed in the films.

We also had a Marriage maintainance night, lovely romantic dinner at the local Mexican restaurant. Almost as good as a vacation, almost. The deal is no talking about the boy, work, games, (soccer or computer), knitting, church or any complaints. My DH being the most interesting man in the world (to me) was his usual fascinating self. Sometimes I could pinch myself, how I ended up with such a wonderful guy I will never know.  I am so looking forward to the release of “The Hobbit” on December 14th.

He has promised to go see “The Hobbit” on opening night too!

Still working on gifts for family and friends.

Fabulous Fake Fingerless Mitts

This pattern was designed by and available at Soper Creek Yarns.

Fabulous fake fingerless mitts with the buttons

 Blissful moss rib washcloth

Another washcloth. I like this pattern, it works up fast and feels nice.

I am working on a Pink Version too

Blissful Moss Rib facecloth, can you tell that this is my go to pattern for Facecloths?

Elfish Hat

Elfish Hat

This hat caught my attention as the weather is getting a bit cold.

I’m putting along on the socks, thinking of calling them

“Bombur’s Travelling Socks”.

Bombur’s Travelling Socks

What do you think?

I am so looking forward to the release of “The Hobbit” on December 14th

This weeks Audiobook: Listening to the “Hobbit” by JRR Tolkien

This is an old favourite, I started this as a refresher for the upcoming film release. Here is the whole thing!

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (of 3)

I am looking for another audiobook for knitting time, meanwhile I am reading “The Girl who played with Fire” by Stieg Larsson

Yes, I started this a while ago. Someone around here pinched it and I had to start over again. I’m hiding it this time! Really enjoyed the dubbed swedish version of the movie!

FO’s 2012 =  67

Patterns from my own Library = 6

WIP’s 2012 =  1 + 4 = 5

Stash used 2012 = 75

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  39 + 1 = 40

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next Friday.

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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Picture: Kitten with Mittens and Yarn!

Quotation: “God created cats so man could play with tigers”.

Now, Pixar is just too funny…

I was cruising the interwebs to cheer up on this totally cold and damp day, and I found these enjoy, and thanks pixar!

For The Birds

Luxo Jr.

The God


Partly cloudy

and of course my all time favourite

Geri’s game



Amazing little knitted films

These are just incredible little little films, everything knitted!

Boy with an airplane

Knitting warmth in your home

How they made the above

The last knit this is amusing

Berroco Film Festival thanks for sharing :0)

Film: Bride and Prejudice (2004)


Ok, I really like this movie. It’s a feel good, colourful, musical romp, and did I mention it is a Bollywood take on Pride and Prejudice?

The purists out there need not apply!  This movie doesn’t aspire to literature so don’t get all little fingers up while sipping from your tea-cup.

Wonder why this movie didn’t really take off in India or in north america. It might be that it was to much of a fusion of

North American sensibilities and Asian sensibilities and didn’t speak clearly to either.

I think it is fun and worth a look.

Film: Rango (2011)

We rented this movie the other night. I rather enjoyed it. Think the surrealism of Kill Bill and the off beat humour of Cat Ballou.

I recommend this Rango for the family, children over 10 yrs. (some characters die and there is violence)

Film: Cowboys and Aliens

Pleasantly surprised!



Cowboys and Aliens caught my darlings attention, so on date night I was prepared to go to his movie and then go out for a nice dinner at Eastside Mario’s.

Would have been a very good Cowboy movie, face it Daniel Craig as rough, tough, grenade on toast gun slinger. Harrison Ford as a crusty Colonel from the civil war.

Makings of a really interesting premise, add aliens!

I Recommend this movie. However rather violent with a little nudity, not for kids.

Films: The Duke

 John Wayne, “The Duke” born Marion Robert Morrison May 26 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, USA. You ever wonder how he got the nick name “The Duke”?

John Wayne and Maureen Ohara in "The Quiet Man" (1952)

As a boy he used to go everywhere with his huge Airedale Terrier “Duke”, a local fireman started to call him “Little Duke” well Marion prefered that, and started calling himself ______ and that’s history. Over his career which started in 1926 and ended in 1976 he acted in 184 films, and produced 6 films (the best known being the “Alamo”) So in 50 years he made about 3.84 films a year, almost all of them outdoors on location. Can you imagine any actor today that would do that today, and they get paid the moon! Sadly the Duke passed away of stomach cancer in 1979 at age 72. (There is some conjecture this may have been contracted during the filming of  “The Conqueror” in 1956, filmed in St George Utah. Of the 220 cast and crew, 91 ended up with cancer, that’s 41%. Wayne himself felt it was his 6 pk a day smoking habit).

These are a few of the movies he made that are really worth watching…

Stage Coach (1939) – This one made him a star though he had been working for a while.

The Angel and the Bad Man (1947)- I own this one, I guess that says it all

3 Godfathers (1948) – This is a favourite, if you see it on the TV listings watch it!

The Quiet Man (1952) – With Maureen O’Hara, I own this one too and I watch it frequently. Very funny and delightful.

The Searchers (1956) – Popular, but not my favourite

The Man that shot Liberty Valance (1962) – with Jimmy Stewart, they where great together.

McLintock (1963) – Maureen O’Hara, I own this one too, great pairing!

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) – I can’t put my finger on why I like this one, but I do.

Hellfighters (1968) – just a good movie

True Grit (1968) – Just love him as “Rooster Cogburn” he is sweet, rough and tough in this one and I am going to buy it!

Big Jake (1971) – Maureen O’Hara again, the movies they did together where among the best they both did.

Rooster Cogburn (1975) – with Kate Hepburn, I wonder why they never did a film before they where wonderful together

The Shootest (1976) – with Lauren Becall, and Ron Howard. The Duke had worked with Becall years earlier. This was is last roll, he played a dying gunfigher who wanted to go out in style, and he did.

John Wayne, “The Duke” died in 1972 at the age of 72. He will be remembered in all the wonderful films that are his legacy.

If you wish to learn more see

Films: Robert Mitchum – worth another look!,_Mr._Allison

1962 – “Two for the Seesaw” This film is not one of his most popular films,  but it is one of my favourites. It shows a different type of character than most of his films.

1957- “Heaven knows, Mr.Allison” really highlights the rough and really, gritty characters we are more accustomed to see him play. I am not into war films at all, but this is a goody if you get an opportunity to see it. 

I can see why his peers used to say that he had a male magnetism that made every women look his way when he walked into a room. If you get a chance to watch either of this films I highly recommend them. (Did you know he sang too, look him up on wiki, interesting read)


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