Sunday, February 25, 2007

I guess I have no life?

I lifted this from Annette:

It’s been said that allegedly if you’ve seen over 85 movies you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste it in and put x’s by the ones that you have seen. Add them up, change the header adding your number, and post it.

(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
(X) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
(X) The Princess Bride
(X) AnchorMan
(X) Napoleon Dynamite
( ) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(X) Anger Management
(X) 50 First Dates
(X) The Princess Diaries
(X) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total so far: 14 out of 22.

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
(X) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
(X) The Village
(X) Lilo & Stitch

Total so far: 24 out of 43.

(X) Finding Nemo
(X) Finding Neverland
(X) Signs
(X) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
(X) Robots
(X) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
(X) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(X) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
(X) KingPin
( ) Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents
(X) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong

Total so far: 35 out of 66.

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
( ) Flubber
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
(X) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards

Total so far: 37 out of 90.

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street
(X) Sixteen Candles
(X) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
(X) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
(X) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(X) Ocean’s Eleven
(X) Ocean’s Twelve
(X) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(X) Ice Age
(X) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George

Total so far: 48 out of 121.

(X) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(X) E.T.
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(X) Maid in Manhattan
(X) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
(X) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(X) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(X) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(X) The Terminator
(X) The Terminator 2
(X) The Terminator 3

Total so far: 61 out of 147.

(X) X-Men
(X) X-2
(X) X3
( ) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
(X) Freaky Friday
(X) Reign of Fire
(X) The Skulls
(X) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
(X) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2

Total so far: 72 out of 165.

(X) Swimfan
(X) Miracle on 34th street
(X) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(X) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
(X) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(X) The 40-year-old Virgin
(X) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total so far: 84 out of 181.

(X) Base-ketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(X) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard

Total so far: 89 out of 200.

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
( ) Hook
(X) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
(X) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
(X) Kill Bill Vol. 1
(X) Kill Bill Vol. 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(X) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 94 out of 220.

(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(X) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(X) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
(X) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix: Reloaded
( ) The Matrix: Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(X) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(X) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Total: 103 of 239

I'm actually pleased I have this many. Now if the question was how many have I seen at the movies? Then I'd probably have 15 or so.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Nothing New to Report

Sorry, I've been MIA. It's been quite the hectic week in the Knitter in Progress household. And the next week and a half isn't shaping up any better.

Little Diva's birthday is coming up and she wants a party. SO we have reserved a place for a pool party, sent out the invitations, gotten all the paraphernalia for the gift bags, picked out a cake, and now we just need to wait for the RSVPs. This whole party thing has been really stressful. First getting out the invitations has been a nightmare. She's only allowed to have 15 people at the pool(herself included) so that eliminates a good portion of her class. I've tracked down as many Moms as I could, mailed some others, but I still have one kiddo to track down(you see you cannot and should not pass out invitations at school unless everyone can come--it's only fair--and, of course, everyone's addresses aren't listed in the student directory so that makes tracking down kids/parents I've never met a challenge). Then there is the cost of the whole thing--holy smokes, who knew? And she's only turning 7; I can't wait to see the expense the teen years bring. Oh, and did I mention there is another birthday party in her class the day before her party?

My birthday is the week before hers. Luckily mine isn't so time consuming. The only thing I want from DH and the kiddos is to not have to cook dinner :) I already got my present(which I picked out) and I would like to forget I'm having a birthday at all, truth be known.

I'll miss knitting with my grrls for the next 2 Fridays and I'm hoping we can get together for knitting and dinner after the madness passes :)

All this Little Diva party prep has cut into my knitting, stitching, and workout time. This all leads to a stressed out and cranky mommy. So bear with me until a normal schedule resumes(which is looking like the week of March 5 at this point).

Thursday, February 15, 2007

PS2 and First Thoughts on my HP House Blanket

I spent yesterday knitting up some test swatches for a new project looming on the horizon. I'm sure you have noticed that since the release of Mason Dixon Knitting there have been quite a few log cabin blankets popping up throughout blog land. Well, before Mason Dixon came out Sally Melville's Color book was out(I think Color came out first anyway--I had the Color one before I bought MDK). I bought it and the only reason I did was for the log cabin pattern in it. As soon as I saw it the first thing I thought of was Harry Potter. I thought about making log cabin squares using the for house colors then putting them together into an afghan.

I have never jumped into the realm of changing a pattern to suit my personal vision, so there were a couple obstacles in the way. How much yarn to order? Would the squares looked the way I envisioned them made with only two colors? Would the blanket look the way I envisioned it when all the squares where put together?

Luckily I had two balls left from my Harry Potter Ravenclaw scarf and I decided to use them to work up some practice squares. The reason behind that is two fold: (1) to see how many squares you can get from two balls(helping with the amount of yarn question) and (2) to see I smaller layout so I could get an idea of the big picture.

Here is the result of yesterday's work(I still have more yarn left--hopefully enough for at least two more squares):


They do look the way I thought they would so I'm thrilled with that. There may be a couple of problems when it comes time to assemble the blanket(but more on that in a later post). They are about 8 inches square and they actually work up pretty quickly once you get the hang of the pattern.

Just for my own personal reference, here are the sources of inspiration:
Pattern: Book 3: Color Sally Melville
I did take some liberties with the square; judging by her directions I think mine may be worked backwards somehow.

Layouts: Make a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin Pattern Eleanor Burns
It occurred to me when I started to seriously think about doing this that there must be tons of quilting books on Log Cabin designs. I liked this one because it has pages and pages of layouts for log cabin quilts ranging from 9 blocks to 36 blocks. I really think that quilting books are an untapped source of knitty inspiration--although after MDK and Color I think the secret may be out.

Colors: Atypically Knit--Azkaban Scarf

I decided to use Encore, because it's washable and holds up well:
Gryffindor - burnt sienna (#0999) and cognac (#175)
Book Ravenclaw - dark country blue (#0555) and cognac (#175)
Hufflepuff - black (#0217) and butternut (#1014)
Slytherin - hunter (#0204) and gray (#194)**

**I had to change the gray in Slytherin from atypically's first choice of #130 as it doesn't seem to be available anymore, plus I like the #194 better.

I'm sticking to book colors to so my Ravenclaw squares(above) won't work for the actual afghan(plus they are the "pre-Azkaban" colors). If I can get 4 from my leftovers I may put them together for a pillow top. The squares I am practicing with do fit in well with the February/March Project Spectrum colors though :)

If you read all the way to here, good for you. This post was mostly a place for me to put my thoughts at this beginning stage. Now I just need to wait patiently for the yarn to arrive at the shop :)

Future posts on the blanket forthcoming(after the yarn arrives)
Also, some swatching on a Sirius Black inspired scarf coming soon.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

What Does Your Candy Heart Say?

I lifted this from Mel(who has one of the coolest blog headers I've seen):

Your Candy Heart Says "Get Real"

You're a bit of a cynic when it comes to love.
You don't lose your head, and hardly anyone penetrates your heart.

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: is all about the person you're seeing (with no mentions of v-day!)

Your flirting style: honest and even slightly sarcastic

What turns you off: romantic expectations and "greeting card" holidays

Why you're hot: you don't just play hard to get - you are hard to get


**That last one is too true; it's cracking me up just reading it. Back in my dating days I was down right mean to guys. I know in about 30 seconds if I like someone and if I don't they'd better disappear.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Check One Off the List

I don't expect anyone to have noticed this, but I've put a list up of books I want to get through this year. It's an ambitious list to say the least and is doesn't even include the rereading of the six Harry Potter books in June/July(Book 7 is there though).

I've finished one of the books. As you'll notice one of the items on the list is "any new release by Sherrilyn Kenyon". I preordered The Dream Hunter and just received it yesterday afternoon(which has been agony, by the way, as it was released last Tuesday). And long story short, I read it last night. I stayed up really late to get through it. As usual with her books I couldn't put it down.

If you haven't read any of the Dark Hunter books before, they are romance books first but they also contain an underlying story line of the Dark Hunters, the Greek gods, and the Atlantean gods. Well, ever since I started reading this series and exploring her website, I've wanted to know more about the Dream Hunters. The books drop hints here and there, but you got a little more information about them in this book.

I loved the book--no surprise there. I thought it was interesting that it was set in the past. If I'm not mistaken, most of the books in the series have been steps forward in time. This one is a big step back, before Zarek's story was told(which was my favorite; I just love Zarek). Of course this is all building the background for Acheron's story. And for anyone else that reads her stuff, is it just me or could Katra be Ash/Artemis' daughter? I'm not sure. Kenyon seems to be leading you to believe that there is a different relationship there but after this book I'm not sure. Lots of ideas swirling in my head to justify the daughter theory.

So one book down and it's back to the list!

Happy reading :)

Misty Weniera

Yes, it's that time again. Time for HAED's Yearly SAL weekend(the second one of every month this year). Here's what I have gotten done this time around:



Start: January 15, 2007-?

Fabric: 28 count white Jobelan

Stitched: 2 over 1, tent stitch(half cross)

I am up to about 2700 stitches. It's difficult to count exactly as I'm kind of working cross country on this one. It's nice to see that tower done. Hopefully next month I can get down to the water. In case you are wondering what the finished piece will look like, here it is. I love this picture. If you want to know some of the story behind it check out Tracy Butler's site, she is illustrating a story she wrote which this piece is a part of.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Harry Potter Character Compatibility Test

You scored as Luna Lovegood. You're an extreme introvert and because of this, are also a deep thinker. You ponder things others would never dream of pondering and stand with your beliefs without backing down. You find it more valuable to daydream than to socialize, because there's so much more going on in your head than others'. Most people don't understand it, but you seem to prefer it that way.

Luna Lovegood

63%

Hermione Granger

63%

Percy Weasley

53%

Neville Longbottom

50%

Sirius Black

47%

Oliver Wood

44%

Albus Dumbledore

44%

Bellatrix Lestrange

44%

Harry Potter

41%

Severus Snape

41%

Ron Weasley

38%

Remus Lupin

31%

Draco Malfoy

22%

Lord Voldemort

22%

Harry Potter Character Compatibility Test
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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Let the Pottermania Begin!

I was reading Laura's blog last night and she mentioned the Harry Potter Read Along. I am so in!



This spring and summer is going to be loaded with Harry Potter goodness. First, there is Alison's book, then Order of the Phoenix on the big screen, and finally The Deathly Hallows will make its appearance heralding the end of the Harry Potter era.

It's definitely a time for the HP obsessed to celebrate.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Stalled Peds

I started these "back in the day"--which was a Wednesday(at least according to Dane Cook). And I finished the first sock really fast; then I put them away. Fast forward to months later and I've finished sock #2. These are great little socks; even if they did take me forever to finish.

I've been knitting socks pretty much since I started knitting and I don't know why it is but the foot of the sock always seems to take FOREVER. I was just whining about this very thing Friday to Wanda. I think there are certain parts of knitted garments where you enter "no man's land" and no matter how long you knit, you never seem to make any progress. That always happens to me on sleeves, the feet of socks, and scarves.

Anyhoo, here they are in their finished glory:



Pattern: "Not Pedestrian" Peds, Stitch-n-Snitch

Yarn: Reclaimed Socks that Rock in Farmhouse

Needles: size 2 dpns

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Five Things

Laura tagged me for this, so here we go.

Here are the rules:

1. Get tagged
2. List five things that have not been revealed on your blog
3. Tag five other people


***I taught aerobics and step aerobics for three years(and it was a blast!!) I even got to attend a certification class with Gin Miller.

***I only like green beans(any other kind of bean grosses me out).

***I always wanted to learn how to ride English. I've loved horses since I was little and my mother always thought I would die on such a big animal.

***I worked in the Costume Shop for my Theater Department when I was in college. I wish I learned more about design and stuff but we mostly spent our time doing temporary alterations to costumes--ie. quick fixes.

***The first record I had was the single "Tragedy" by the Bee Gees. Seriously, that is SOOOOOO not where my head is musically anymore.


If you want to be tagged by my guest--I'm not sure who has done this and who has not.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Bloggers (Silent) Poetry Reading

Sonnet 91

Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their bodies' force,
Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest:
But these particulars are not my measure;
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost,
Of more delight than hawks or horses be;
And having thee, of all men's pride I boast:
Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
All this away and me most wretched make.

--William Shakespeare

Project Spectrum 2--First Finish

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I have my first Project Spectrum finish. I went out yesterday and found some beads I liked, then I used the handy-dandy stuff my SP6 pal gave me and made these. They are by no means perfect but they are a good start. Let me just say that making stitch markers is a real fiddle-y business. Why doesn't wire just cooperate already?!

I don't want to give any future projects away, BUT I did find some skull charms that just may find their way into a future project :)

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Project Spectrum 2

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It's time for Project Spectrum. I had a lot of fun last year; even if all my lofty goals didn't come to fruition. This year I've decided to try and set more "realistic" goals.

With that in mind, here are my plans for this time around:

  1. Make a set of 4 stitch markers using each of the PS2 colorways. I want to perfect my stitch marker technique SO this should give me loads of practice and I'll have some cool stitch markers to show for it.
  2. Make an ornament using one or more colors in each PS2 colorway. This one will be doing double duty as I have to make an ornament each month for the Christmas Ornament SAL.
  3. When applicable(as in when the colors apply), I'll make one of my large HAED WIPs my monthly focus piece. There may not be a lot of progress, but I'll get to see the color(s) in action.
  4. And, of course, try to work in knitting using the PS2 colors whenever I can :)

February and March are going to be for BLUE, GRAY, and WHITE.

I'm off to look for some beads this afternoon. I already have some blue ornament overdyed thread(although I may not do a blue ornament until March) and I'm making Eternal Promise my stitching focus piece(its got loads of gray).