A Month of Fridays – Portulaca and Magic Looping

Up early this morning with the new puppy and caught the sun rising off a frosted deck. One benefit of having a puppy around is starting my day a little earlier. I never thought I would say that but there, I just did. At nine weeks he is sleeping through the night which I am thankful for but when he is ready to get up he is really ready.

Puppies? What can I say? They are a lot of work!  This one has one terrific ‘assistant-mom ‘ who is willing to let her stay in her home for a while instead of his owner’s home, my daughter’s apartment. Dear daughter’s crazy-long nursing hours are not exactly the best schedule for a young pup so I’m helping her out. She does, of course, run the risk that he just may have to live with me forever. Who can resist falling in love with a golden retriever?

I have spent considerable time this week working on my Portulaca cardigan. I’ve finished the body all the way up to where the raglan sleeves will be joined and I just started the first sleeve. Having recently learned the Magic Loop method of knitting in the round I’m using it to knit the sleeves.

I am really glad that I finally took the time to learn this method because I have a smooth circle with no loose stitches which is something that happens between double point needle changes.

Magic Loop is a method using a very long circular needle, instead of double point needles, to knit small circumferences in the round.  It is best to use a circular needle with a thin, flexible cable that is approximately three to four times the circumference of the knitting.  My Signature Needles are PERFECT for this technique with their amazing cable cords!

You might have noticed my archaic method of keeping track of increases on my sleeve. Are you surprised that a gadget girl would not be using one of her fancy-pants gadgets to keep track? Knit Companion is still my favorite and I did use it for the body of the sweater. Although it is capable of keeping track of those increases I still find I can just ‘see’ the placement of those better using my little grid along the side and ticking off the rows as I work them. Before I even start I go in and put a little circle in the box where the increases are to be. If my arm looks like it is going to be too long then I can just erase those circles and adjust there at the end.

I plan to watch a movie today and work on the sleeve. If I’m really, really lucky I might catch two movies but with a puppy…..well….it is highly unlikely.

Happy Knitting!

A Month of Fridays with Rosemarkie

Little Irish girl Kelly inquired about Rosemarkie within minutes of me trying to decide if I wanted to resume A Month of Fridays with Rosemarkie. That was all it took. I pulled out the storage box and figured out where I had left off on the last Month of Fridays. I finished up a couple chores and then settled myself in for an afternoon at the home cinema.

Only three more rows until the body measures 34 cm from the cast on edge. At that point I will begin the armhole steeks. In case you are wondering how someone steeks an armhole, here are the steps below, but if you aren’t in the least bit interested then head right to Sense and Sensibility Trivia Quiz:

  • Knit the right front in pattern
  • Place the next 19 stitches on a holder
  • Cast on 8 steek stitches in alternating colors, plus 2 edge stitches
  • Continue knitting the back in pattern
  • Place the next 19 stitches on a holder
  • Cast on 8 steek stitches in alternating colors, plust 2 edge stitches
  • Continue knitting the left front in pattern
On the next five rounds I will be decreasing 1 stitch on either side of the armhole steeks. And after that I will begin the V neck shaping.

Sense and Sensibility

ActorsTrivia Quizz

1. Which Sense and Sensibility actor played a villain opposite Bruce Willis in his or her first major film?

2.  Emma Thompson won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Sense and Sensibility in 1995.  For what movie did she win an Oscar for Best Actress?

3.  What was the name of the young aristocrat Kate Winslet played in the 1997 blockbuster Titantic.

4.  What Sense and Sensibility actor fought Colin Firth, kissed Julia Roberts and was prime minister?

5.  Which three actors starred together in both Sense and Sensibility and the 2003 comedy Love Actually.

6.  In About a Boy, what song does Hugh Grant’s character Will sing onstage during a school talent show?

Next up, The Kings Speech and two armhole steeks.

A Month of Fridays with Rosemarkie

Today is the fourth Month of Fridays.  I have enjoyed knitting and watching movies this month with the Rosemarkie vest.  So much so, that I think I will just have to continue these Friday movie days for a little bit more.  I had an appointment in town today that I actually rescheduled so that I could stay home, knit and watch two movies.  The big question will be whether or not I will put Rosemarkie away and spend my next Month of Fridays on another project or to continue knitting as is.

The purpose behind Month of Fridays was to see just how much knitting I could get done on one project if I gave it dedicated time while I watched two movies every Friday for one month.  I measured the vest this morning and it is 29cm so it has grown significantly in its weekly movie rendezvous.  I am hoping to get to 34cm this afternoon at which point I will begin the armhole steeks.  We’ll see!  Silly me for thinking I could FINISH Rosemarkie in one month of Fridays.

I am in the mood for comedy today and have selected two movies accordingly.  The first is Love Finds Andy Hardy.  I have always laughed my way through the Andy Hardy series and I’m certain today’s viewing will deliver the same effect.  I never quite understood why the generation before mine thought Mickey Rooney was so funny until I watched a young Rooney portraying Andy Hardy.  Love Laughs at Andy Hardy was filmed in 1947 and is one of the later movies.  In this one Andy Hardy goes to college after returning from the war.  As usual, a succession of hilarious circumstances pushes him into one frenetic situation after another.

The second movie I will be watching today is Steel Magnolias.  QUICK PLOT:  In a small Louisiana town, a close-knit group of friends gathers at Truvy’s Beauty Parlor to share gossip and to support each other through life’s triumphs and tragedies.  Lots of big names in this movie and ALL will make you laugh.  This was filmed in the eighties so everyone has BIG hair.  Speaking of hair, if you only feel like answering one trivia question today IT MUST be the one about Julia Robert’s hair color!

Before I give you today’s trivia quiz I will give you the answers to last weeks quiz because I keep forgetting to do so!

  • Orson Welles starred in, co-wrote and directed Citizen Kane.
  • Grapes of Wrath was based on a novel by John Steinbeck.
  • Clarence was the name of George Bailey’s visiting angel in It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” is the famous line at the end of Casablanca.
  • The Philadelphia Story was the movie starring Katherine Hepburn as a socialite divorced from Cary Grant’s character and pursued by Jimmy Stewart’s character.
Since Steel Magnolias has a very young Julia Roberts in it, today’s quiz will be a JULIA ROBERTS TRIVIA QUIZ.
  1. What was Julia Roberts’ first name before she changed it to Julia?
  2. What movie launched her career success and earned her an Academy Award nomination?
  3. Julia Roberts was the first actress to earn what salary for her role in Erin Brockovich?
  4. WHAT IS JULIA’S TRUE HAIR COLOR?
  5. What special event did Julia celebrate in 2004?
  6. Why was a 9,000 year old skeleton excavated in Bulgaria given the name ‘Julia Roberts’ by archaeologists?

A Month of Fridays with Rosemarkie

“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” ~ Margo Channing

For today’s viewing on A Month of Fridays I will be watching the acclaimed classic All About Eve which won six Academy Awards.  This movie has received the most nominations in film history and I’m really looking forward to spending the afternoon watching it and working on the Rosemarkie (Ravelry details here)vest.

QUICK PLOT:  An aging actress faces betrayal, love, career uncertainty, and the challenge of growing old gracefully.

I will spend the remaining half of Month of Fridays at White Cliff by the Sea, Gull Cottage.  The second movie that I will be knitting through today is another black and white classic, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.  It was a real treat the first time I saw this movie because I was a fan of the television series (1968-1970) that lasted two seasons.

I had a bit of a crush on Rex Harrison back then.  Of course, he never replaced Sean Connery!

So, are you up for a little classic movie trivia quiz?  I’m sure you can answer at least one of these questions and leave that answer in the comments.  🙂

  1. What movie, often considered one of the best movies in cinematic history, did Orson Welles star in, co-write, and direct?
  2. Grapes of Wrath is based on a novel by what author?
  3. What’s the name of George Bailey’s visiting angel in It’s a Wonderful Life?
  4. What famous line ends Casablanca?
  5. What movie starred Katharine Hepburn as a socialite divorced from Cary Grant’s character and pursued by Jimmy Stewart’s character?


A Month of Fridays with Rosemarkie

The premiere of Month of Fridays was so successful last week that I looked forward to another all week long.

I was able to knit nine rows through the two movies I watched last week.  It doesn’t sound like much progress but Rosemarkie does look a little longer to me.  I am anxious to see what a month of Fridays will bring to her!

My two movies for this afternoon are selected.  Today I will be watching Sleepless in Seattle and While You Were Sleeping.

In keeping with the food theme in While You Were Sleeping, I have put a pot roast in the oven.  I have ground some wheat in the mill for Featherlight Rolls and will make them when the movies are over.  Then I will round out the meal with honey-glazed carrots and creamy mashed potatoes.  Do you remember the line from the movie that was repeated several times?  “These mashed potatoes are soooooooo creamy!”  You might recall that Mary was Jack’s little sister who mashed the potatoes for Lucy’s dinner with the Callaghans.  Throughout the meal she was praised for her creamy mashed potatoes.

Speaking of trivia questions, how about answering a few about Sandra Bullock?

  1. In what action movie did Ms. Bullock make her on-screen debut?  (Speed, Hangmen or Demolition Man)
  2. What writer is one of Sandra Bullock’s favorites?  (Ernest Hemingway, Tom Clancy or Dr. Seuss)
  3. Sandra and her father work together on a passion of Sandra’s.  What is it?  (Real estate, Deep-sea fishing or Jujitsu?)
I must go………my movie companions are watching the previews………

A Month of Fridays with Rosemarkie

What would happen if I focused my attention on one goal for a month of Fridays?  I recently read somewhere,wish I could remember where, that it would be a productive idea to take your junk drawer into your television room and clean it out while watching a movie.  Well, couldn’t you apply that concept to a number of daunting projects around your home, providing they were portable enough to relocate into the den?

I have many things around my house that could use some undivided attention.  Photographs.  Lots of them and all waiting to be put into albums.  I have drawers to be organized.  Bookshelves.  YARN bins.  And, for that matter, finishing my Rosemarkie Vest!  See, you knew I would somehow make Month of Fridays about knitting, didn’t you?

Three days ago I decided that the first daunting project I would tackle would be my Rosemarkie Vest for one Month of Fridays. So,  I put my “sheep” pajamas on (actually, I never changed out of them from the night before) and watched not one but two Chick Flick movies.  It was a productive afternoon of knitting and I enjoyed watching Fried Green Tomatoes and Something’s Gotta Give.  You know, I don’t even remember the last time I watched two movies back-to-back.  I like this plan!

I grew up eating fried green tomatoes and my mother makes them for me every time I go south for a visit.   A couple years ago I ordered some fried green tomatoes at the Stable House on the Biltmore properties in Asheville, North Carolina.  I still think about those tomatoes.

Fried Green Tomatoes, one of my top comfort foods

What is yours?

Can you answer any (or all) of these comfort food trivia questions?

  1. What fine, Southern lady brought us the first ready-mix food to ever be sold commercially?
  2. Why is pound cake called pound cake?
  3. What popular packaged treat was invented in 1931 as a way to use the thousands of shortcake pans that sat empty all year except for strawberry season?