Tuesday, September 27, 2016

27 Down, 9 to Go

I apologize for being late with today's prompt.  Today got away from me, as I re-connected with a friend I haven't seen since 5th Grade.  He was my boyfriend once --- well, at least as much as you can have a boyfriend when you're a First Grader.

At any rate, your next square should be
THE COLOR(S) OF YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM.

I'll be looking for some gold and black myself:


Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Again


*Do you work better in groups or alone?
Alone.  I tried to never assign group work when I was teaching, knowing how much I hated it. 

*Butter or margarine?
Butter.  Why did anyone ever come up with margarine anyway?

*For a day : no phone or no computer?
Phone.  Easy.

*Gym shoes: wear them out or replace regularly?
I replace them, though not regularly.  I haven't truly worn out a pair since playing tennis in college.

*More likely to find in your couch cushions: money or needles?
Needles.  The finding money trope never, ever came true for me.

*What kind of knitting hurts your hands/arms/fingers?
None, really.

*How do you feel when someone asks you to knit for them?
-delighted?
-burdened?
It depends on who's asking, and what they want.  I like to have people choose their own yarn, and most don't get to that once they've asked.

*I choose my patterns based on : 
-the designer
-the difficulty
-ability to use stash on hand
The design.  I don't know from designers, and I'll tackle something difficult if it's pretty.

*I store my yarn in :
-plastic bags
-project bags
-bins and pots and pans
Cardboard boxes.

*Last company you called customer service .....
SunTrust.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September Saturday

Even though the temperatures around here are still in the 90s, I'm trying my best to Think Fall.  Sitting in my den, with the windows open to the backyard, football on television and knitting in my lap, it's pretty easy to do.

In knitting news, I am working on this Side-to-Side Shrug, in these colors (I bought a kit):
The yarn is Cascade's Casablanca, but it feels very much like a Noro.  It's a wool/silk/mohair blend.

There are also two new things here for Harry's Hundred.  I've already sent a box out for the National WWII Museum's "Knit Your Bit."  The next box will be for the men's shelter here in town.  I'm thinking scarves and mittens/gloves next.
(That cowl is so yummily soft.  It'll be hard to let it go.)

There's no holiday knitting to do, unless an absolutely perfect pattern shows up, so all my knitting is pressure-less.  That makes things much better, much more comforting --- don't you think?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Visual Aids

First up, two photographic representations of sheer joy:
Priyanka Chopra at the Emmys.

A girl, named Mari, meeting President Obama.

Remember that sort of tease photo from a few posts ago?
Here's what a finished Myrtle Creek Shawl looks like:
Beautiful, no?  And for it to look so delicate and intricate, it's a relatively easy knit.  Easy and fun.  If you're going to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival this weekend, you can see it in person.

Still on the purple roll, this is my nail polish today:
  It's "Let's Jam" by China Glaze, and I like it a lot.

My wait is over, as the new season of "Gotham" premiered last night.  Briton told me to watch it, that he thought I would like it, and he was right.

And I am knitting --- it's that I just don't have any pictures of the things I'm working on.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Confession(s)

Hi.  I'm Kim, and I can't use a yarn swift or a ball winder.

*Hi, Kim.*

The swift will collapse, or the yarn feeding to the winder gets tangled underneath the wheel. . .  It's emabarrassing.  I'm so envious of the people who work in yarn shops, who can just pop the yarn onto the swift (with the starting point always on the outside) and wind a perfect yarncake without stopping.

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Hi.  I'm Kim, and I used to be a garter stitch snob.

*Hi, Kim.*

Garter stitch always looked "rough" and "unrefined" to me.  I didn't need fancy pants cables or something to impress me, though.  Now, I've come to appreciate the ease of garter.  It means all you have to do is sit and knit, knit, knit.  Too, designers are stepping up their garter game.  I'm working on this scarf right now
in these colors



Friday, September 16, 2016

Chow Time!

It's September, and a new chance to try some Chewy.com products!

First up, 
Natural Balance Cat Food.  This is a pate', and my cats are accustomed to eating shreds or bits, so it took them a minute to figure out what was going on.  But then, as Lily's blurry head attests, they dug into it:
I've since mixed the Natural Balance with their regular food, and both Lily and Erin clean their plates.

Next was Nulo dry cat food:
(Yes, I did ask for the Adult Trim, but don't let the cats know.  They're very sensitive about their looks.)  Once again:
a hit the first time out of the bag.  Erin (the gray) sort of nudged Riley (the black) out of the way to perform a taste test.  Since that first feeding, I have to say that Erin and Lily have turned rather cold toward this food.  But, guess who stepped in in their places?
Yep, Rupert.  Finn sort of "taught" him to eat the cats' dry food.  Sorry about the blurriness, but he was chewing as I snapped the photo.  He has a very odd way of eating dry food;  he drops pieces on the floor (those "spots" on the right), then picks them up and eats them from there.  To each his own!

So, cat-wise, the Natural Balance and the Nulo both get a "B."  Dog-wise, an "A" for the Nulo!

Each month, I request and receive samples from Chewy.com to test.  My reviews are honest accounts of our experiences.  No monetary, or any type of, remuneration takes place.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Prompting

I must admit to slacking off on Blankapalooza-square-making during the contests.  With this, I hope to get back on track.  How's your Palooza knitting going?

Do you prefer
coffee (KNIT WITH BROWN)
 or
tea (KNIT WITH GREEN)


Monday, September 12, 2016

Kathy to the Rescue

I'd been trying to think of something to blog about today, and nothing was coming to me.  Then I remembered that it's Monday, which means Kwestions from Kathy!

Would you rather have someone sit by you and teach you a knit skill, or watch something on you tube and learn?
I haven't had a lot of luck trying to learn via video, so, by default, learning from an in person person.

What is the largest number of stitches you have ever had on a circular needle at one time?
I seem to remember around 600 on a shawl once.  ONCE.

Would you rather learn falconry or swim with a dolphin?
Well, I can't swim, but I'd prefer falconry anyway.

Coffeecake or cheesecake?
Cheesecake.  Cheesecake over anything except flan.  

Bacon or sausage?
Bacon, bacon, and, bacon.

Do you use any solar energy?
Sadly, no.


Witchyporides again or Henpecked.? (Blue Moon Sock Yarns)
Henpecked.  Very soothing.


How much does a wool cycling jersey cost today?
I can't even begin to hazard a guess.

What handknit gifts get the most usage per year, in your family?
Scarves.  Easy.

Apple butter or applesauce?
Applesauce.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Kim Would Like To Thank. . .

. . .Every nominator.  You gave us terrific fields in both KH and KC.

. . .Every voter, for taking the time to look, think, and propel the contests forward.

. . .The voters who participated until the very end.  Scores of people disengage once their nominees are gone.  Thank you to all who stick with it.

. . .Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, for having, perhaps, the dreamiest portfolio of photos of any nominee.

. . .Camille, Kim and Lorette for donating beautiful yarn prizes.

. . .Neil Gaiman, for wearing a baseball cap on a day there were photographers present.

. . .PrintYourBrackets.com --- the contests would be impossible without it.

. . .These fellows, for reminding us that Hunks have been around for a good while:





Saturday, September 10, 2016

And Then There Were These

One of these years, I'm going to run a tally of how many hours I spend looking for photos of KH and KC nominees.  It's a lot.  I mean, when Denzel Washington stops looking like Denzel Washington, you know you've been at it too long.

Here are some pictures I came across that I couldn't use, but really like:
Jerome Flynn as Bennet Drake.  "iPod in Whitechapel."

Most of Yo-Yo Ma's pictures show him with his cello.  Oddly, no other nominees had the same prop.

Idina/Elphaba.  This is a masterpiece.

Very few nominees have their own Funko Pop Figures.  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is one of The Chosen Ones.

Everyone looks good in a cowboy hat.

Black and white make for the best portraits, I think, but not every nominee has them available.

It's weird, not setting up matches anymore, after 2+ weeks of doing it.  I also finished the shawl I was testing for Kelli:
I can't show you all of it, obviously.  The purple yarn was DIVINE.  With it done, and KH and KC over, the two things that ate up all my time are gone.  

Friday, September 9, 2016

After Eighteen Days. . .

. . . Your champions have been decided.

The 2016 Knitters' Hunk is
the 2013 Knitters' Hunk
Ewan McGregor.

Nicely done, everyone.  Since Ewan went into the contest automatically (no one had to nominate him), the KH Grand Prize moves to the person who nominated the other finalist.  So, Bridget wins the KH prize package!  Kathryn and Melanie will receive KH Runners-Up prizes.

The 2016 Knitters' Chick is
Helen Mirren.

We love our English women, don't we?

She was nominated by both Lora and Vicki, so they will both be receiving Grand Prize packages!  And Kathy is the Runner-Up, so she should be watching her mail, too.

The final results:
COUNT OVERALL:  Ewan McGregor 12 (52.17%) / Denzel Washington 11 (47.83%)

COUNT OVERALL Tina Fey 7 (30.43%) / Helen Mirren 16 (69.57%)

Shall we do it all again next year?  It will be, believe it or not, our 10th Anniversary!  Look for goings-on all year, leading up to very special contests.  We here at KH/KC HQ have got some interesting things planned. . .

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Whom Will It Be?

Yes, it has all come down to this.  Voters, choose your winners!


The winners will be announced tomorrow morning. As always, thank you all for getting involved with this.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Semifinals

Or "The Final Four," or "The Ones Still Left," or "We See the Light at the End of the Tunnel."  Choose your phrase.  Then choose who will be going head-to-head for the 2016 crowns.  And, yes, the polls are set to hide the results.  I thought a little extra suspense was called for.  Counts will be hidden tomorrow, too.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Quarters, Day Two

Whee!  Let's keep things going!  Many of you are still in the hunt for prizes.  Four nominators are left in Knitters' Chick, and five are left in Knitters' Hunk.  There's excitement everywhere!


The One That Got Away

OOOPS.

I blanked on a color prompt over the weekend.  Sorry about that.  Let's make this an easy one, then.  For your next Blankapalooza square,
MAKE A BLIND REACH INTO YOUR STASH.
Your square will be made with whatever color you pull out.

See you on the 15th!


Monday, September 5, 2016

Quarters, Day One

Down to the final eight in each contest, folks.  Some wins have been by a single vote;  things are getting serious  How about sending some nominees into the Final Four?


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Twelfth Phase

Oh, my.  How about trying this one again, to see if the tie can be broken. . .


I have to admit, there are some people in these contests whose pictures are a pure joy to comb through.  I'm not at all photogenic, so it delights me to see folks who are.  My daughter has never taken a bad picture in all her 24 years.  It's a source of intense pride and a bit of jealousy.

But, to business --- we're getting closer and closer to the end.  First into the Quarterfinals are
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Tina Fey
Neil Gaiman
Emma Watson (Full disclosure: Lucy Liu was my nominee)
Kristen Bell
Helen Mirren
David McCallum

Who's next?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Level Eleven

Somehow, I managed not to post one KH race yesterday, so you will see it here.  Totally my fault, and I apologize.  This will not impact anything about our schedule, which is as follows*:
Today, Third Round,
Sunday (the 4th), Third Round,
Monday (the 5th), First Quarterfinals,
Tuesday (the 6th), Second Quarterfinals,
Wednesday (the 7th), Semifinals,
Thursday (the 8th), Finals
and
New Champions Announced Friday, September 9th!

Those still in the running for those great honors:
Neil Gaiman (Full disclosure: Dale, Jr. was my nominee.)
Kate Middleton (Full disclosure: Emmylou was my nominee.)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Isabella Rossellini
Maggie Smith
Prince Harry
Meryl Streep

Running today:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tenth Stage

Today's voting ends Round Two.  Then there'll be two days for Round Three, and we'll be on to the Quarterfinals!  The races are certainly picking up steam, now.

My dear, dear Twinnie has nominated Alexander Skarsgard every year of this contest.  Unfortunately, he did not win his Second Round match-up, but perhaps it is time to make him the image of KH from now on:
That would make a nice wool-related header, don't you think?

In this part of Round Two:
Ewan McGregor
Helen Mirren
Jon Bon Jovi
Tina Fey
Viggo Mortensen
Claire Forlani
were selected to move forward.  Who's deserving of moving forward with them?

Qs

"Q" as in "curly-q," as one of this week's prizes is this  pattern book.  There are some beautiful wraps here....