Dinner and a Movie

They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom. ~ Braveheart

This weekend, we continued our quest to watch all the movies that won an Oscar for Best Picture. The next movie on our list was The Broadway Melody from 1928, but we had a semi difficult time finding a copy of this movie so we moved down the list. All Quiet on the Western Front won best picture in 1929/1930.

This movie was grim. By the end of the movie I was teary eyed and nervously knitting. It was an interesting German perspective of World War I. One hundred years later, society is still sending it’s youth to die for causes they don’t understand. 009This movie was so intense, we took an intermission an hour into the movie. The British Hubby put a poke and wait in the oven. This week we had asparagus stuffed chicken breasts. Unfortunately, this version was a bit disappointing. It was really salty and slightly over done. 011Ernie decided to hide during this movie. 010One positive in this post, I had a completed wip ready for a soak! Stay tuned for the very first completed wip in 2018!

 

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Intrigue, Conspiracy & World Domination

Comparison is the death of joy. ~ Mark Twain

It’s the start of another calendar year. Traditionally, people like to set new year resolutions that are forgotten by the end of January. A few years ago, the British Hubby and I decided to have a theme for each year. 2017 was the year for outdoor adventure. We’ve had the year for eating good food (also known for no back seating cooking) and the year of no faffing (this was a personal favorite). 2018 is the year of Intrigue, Conspiracy and World Domination. IMG_20180103_1818134In preparation for our theme, I cut off all my hair (okay, you can’t really tell from this blurry close up of Ernie). Or maybe the universe was conspiring against my hair? 005.JPGMy latest cast on, The Last Cast on for 2017, is also getting in on the theme. Intriguingly, the mitts started off with a provisional cast on and are worked back and forth for the first 24 rows. (Check out my new project back from Father Christmas. It’s cat butts!)019Burt and Ernie are dominating the world via snuggling. Or maybe via their cuteness?

The Last Cast on for 2017

The year end brings no greater pleasure then the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and new year be filled with joy. ~ Charles Dickens

My last post, I was contemplating if I should cast on one last project for the year. I couldn’t resist one last chance to wind yarn. Burt was here to help me. 008.JPG

Here’s The Last Cast on for 2017. It’s a lovely mitt pattern called Mailou from Bristol Ivy’s new book, Knitting Outside the Box. Apparently, I’m on a fingerless glove kick. The past several projects have been mitts. 013.JPG

2017 was the Year for Outdoor Adventure. Here’s a few of my favorite photos from the past year. 0422017 saw numerous snowfalls at our own house.

And fun in the snow. 013I wonder what 2018 has in store?

Coming up next, our theme for 2018!

Gumdrop Tribute

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.

Yesterday was the last Friday of 2017! How did you celebrate life? Every Christmas, I make gumdrop cookies. It’s an old family recipe from my Grandma. Since the British Hubby and I are doing no carbs/no sugar, I wasn’t going to indulge in this cookie tradition. However, this is the first holiday season since my Grandma passed away. It seemed wrong not to honor her memory. After some consideration, I thought I could alter the original recipe. My first change was to use almond flour instead of regular flour along with switching out the sugar.

Well, I didn’t take into account that almond flour lacking gluten doesn’t provide any structure for a cookie. I decided to make it into a gumdrop loaf instead of cookies.  This produced a loaf that burnt on the outsides and wasn’t done in the center. Sorry Grandma, this wasn’t a very good tribute, but you always did like to experiment in the kitchen. None the less, the British Hubby ate most of the gumdrop loaf just the same. 005.JPGA storm moved through the PNW last night delaying this post. The power flickered for a few hours and then went out completely for a few more hours. I was able to knit by candle light and finish a few dish clothes. It’s never too soon to start thinking about Holiday gifts for 2018. 012.JPGBurt waited out the storm by taking cover. 007.JPGJust a few more hours left in 2017. I’m currently contemplating if I should start one last project for the year or if I should power through and finish a few wips. What do you think I should do?

Celebrating Life: No More Workie in 2017

Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle. ~ Stevie Wonder

It’s been a week since my last post. Where has the time gone? Well, I spent a good chunk of it at the day job. The remaining time I spent snuggling with Ernie and knitting up a storm. Normally, I don’t knit for everyone, but this year I decided I needed to give knitted items to as many people as possible. I might also be giving some New Year’s gifts since I’m not quite finished with a few items. I had wanted to make Fancy Christmas Balls for everyone, but they took too long to knit so a few people received Holiday Headbands instead. I also completely wiped out my stash of dishcloths. I even gave away all the non holiday ones.

This year, I’m fortunate the day job decided to close between Christmas and New Year’s. Today was the first of 11 days off! I’m so excited. Ernie’s ready for a snuggle marathon. The British Hubby is ready to snow shoe. 012.JPG

Burt things going out in the cold is a bad idea when you could be nice and warm in your cat cave.

Orphan WIP Rescue

Life is about the journey. Finding yourself in unexpected places, taking the path not traveled and enjoying life’s great adventure.

My knitting reflects this. I’m a process knitter. I knit because I love to knit. I get a thrill when I find the perfect pattern for that special skein of yarn. Casting on new projects is like discovering a new crush. Could this be my one true love? I want to spend every waking moment with my new project until I find the next new project that sweeps me off my feet. Repeat this process for the last decade or so. Associating monogamy with my knitting projects seems sort of dirty and wrong. Abandoned projects have been lovingly named my knitting orphans (thanks hubby).

As my knitting was threatening to take over our lounge (you know it’s bad when your cats are secretly judging you), hubby suggested I clean out my craft room and round up all my orphans. It was time for our annual Spring clean, why not go through my knitting. What would happen if I did a Spring clean with my knitting? What would I discover?

Four bins and three bags house 75 projects. A few have moved all over the country with me, hubby and the kitties. At least one is over a decade old in the making.

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My quest is to have no orphan wips by March 1, 2017. This breaks down to at least 8 projects finished or frogged every month starting in May. This seemed achievable when the bins were safely tucked in my craft room. Outside in broad daylight, I feel a little daunted by this quest. Can I really stay focused for the next 10 months and not cast on a new project? Will I cave? Will I go through casting on withdrawal?

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You may be tall, but I’m sitting on it, and that makes it mine.