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Monday, 28 December 2015

Saturday Night Movies & Crochet 2015 Recap in Pictures!

If you follow my Facie page, you'd know that most Saturday nights (or Sunday nights), the Blonde Bombshell (aka BFF Emma) and my lovely Bear and I watch movies. And crochet. 

Now you and I both know that there's nothing more wonderful than curling up on the couch with a bit of tellie, or a movie and picking up yarn and hook. And drinking the tea and eating the munchies.

Sometimes we've had Ring Ins join us.  And without fail they have been all like, "So you really do crochet AND watch movies?!?" like it's the last bastion of crazy multitasking and it's as weird as if we told them AND demonstrated that we cooked a souffle AND fought off the vikings at the same time.

Most of the time I post a little Photo mosaic of whatever we're watching and both crocheting on Facie.  When the Bear joins us, he doesn't crochet. But I'm sure if he could give a car an oil change or tinker with solar panels in the loungeroom, he'd do that.

What he does do is help us unravel tangles, slowly unwind tricky yarn balls and sip his Scotch and regularly drops hints to the Blonde Bombshell to see if she'll finally succumb and watch Sharknado. He hasn't succeeded yet and probably won't after we watched Zombeavers.

So to wrap up our year in movies, I thought I'd indulge and give a recap of my photo mosaics from Facebook.  I started posting them in about mid April and unfortunately one or two are missing such as the night we watched Zombeavers...

bill murray
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: We love Bill Murray. And Wes Anderson movies. The Blonde Bombshell was making some coasters that night whilst I made a cloche hat for a friends little girl.
(18 April)
sun theatre yarraville
The Avengers Age of Ultron: We took our movie night to an actual cinema for family movie night. And we took our crochet! (25 April)

granny stripe blanket
Noah: Sorry for the funny fuzzy photo. I also had salted caramel chocolate treats. All to myself! (2 May)

kingsmen colin firth
Kingsman Secret Service: Who doesn't love Mr Darcy? Sexy monkey that he is. That's my Rainbow Scoodie nestled with a nice cuppa. (9 May)

mermaids movie bob hoskins
Mermaids: Shoop shoop shoop. Such a gorgeous classic movie! Remember how Cher only ever cooks entrees because she can't commit to cooking a whole meal? (16 May)

Eurovision 2015: No movie tonight. It was a huge magical Eurovision weekend. And what made it a huger deal was Australias invitation to participate. I was so excited I even took a dodgy photo of the tv screen. We're super equally excited that we've been invited back again for 2016! Squeeee! The Blonde Bombshell was working on the worlds heaviest and most labour intensive blanket whilst I was working on my Fan Dance Wrist Cuffs (24 May)

scandi knit scarf
From Here to Eternity: I really enjoyed this movie. Although it wasn't all about the sand pash. That scene left me with an uncomfortable empathetic feeling of sand up the clacker. Ugh. But Frank Sinatra and Burt Lancaster were delicious to watch. My project that night was my Intarsia Knitted Scarf. (30 May)

wrist cuff crochet
The Last Five Years: seemed to drag for blimmin' five years. Holy Oprah I would have rather watched 5 hours of infomercials! The BB was crocheting a gorgeous chunky cowl whilst I played around with more wrist cuffs! (13 June)

Thor The Dark World: That Saturday night I was solo and I think I was just happily sitting there enjoying Hemsworth muscles and sorting through my yarn stash. Drinking a massive cap and totally blissed out. (18 June)

netflix series
Daredevil: no, not the dumb ben affleck movie (gawd I hope he doesn't eff up batman). This was a bit of a Netflix tv show binge. The BB was absent, so Sonofagun No.1 and I tucked in. Why has he got a laptop? Because he was watching some other Avengers movie on the lappie AND Daredevil on the tellie. The teenaged version of multitasking. (20june)

cucumber sex toy
Swinging with the Finkels: have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee whizz! I wonder if Mandy Moore has ever used vegetables as a sex toy?" I haven't. But I found out anyway. I'm not sure that scene was relevant to the storyline.... I also was working on my Rainbow Granny Stripe designed by Lucy at Attic 24.(27 June)

sun theatre yarraville
Antman: Another trip out to our local Art deco cinema to soak up calorific Choc tops.  A tip for crocheting in dark places like the cinema is to take something with an easy, repetitive pattern that you don't need to look at too often.  (18 july)
granny rectangle crochet
Wives & Daughters (Netflix series): After smashing that Granny Stripe blanket in under a month, I moved on to my last blanket of the winter season which was a big granny rectangle in blue and white for love of my life, the Bear. (25 july)

sun theatre yarraville
Fantastic Four:  there's something about this movie where, no matter how many times they try to revamp the story, if never seems to launch. But it still made for cosy blanket making and a fun night out with the kids. (8 august)

square crochet basket
The Grand Budapest Hotel:  Another Wes Anderson indulgence. I think I was trying to figure out how to crochet a square basket in the round. By the end of the night I gave up and started playing with cottons! (1 August)

christopher meloni fridge
Wet Hot American Summer: If you haven't caught this bizarre gem of a movie yet, do yerself a fava and get on it! Then (as in 'afterwards', watch the prequel series on Netflix. I have never loved Christopher Meloni more than after I saw him humping a fridge... (15 August)

amigurumi bird
Zac & Miri make a porno: Well they tried. That night I finished one of my first little birdies. I call them 'chickadees' but still have not published the pattern.  (29 august)

Focus: Good old local soap opera star made good Margo Robbie and the fresh prince. Watch it. It's interesting. And tonight I finally finished Bears blankie. Crap that blanket took ages!  (5 Sept)

tunisian crochet
The X- Files Season 2:  Since they announced the new 6 episode special of the X-Files which is to be released in January, I have been catching up on ALL of my favourite ever tv show episodes. I also started working on a pattern I found in a magazine for a Tunisian Cardi. It's a beautiful cardigan and I'm sure the designer created it perfectly, but whatever was published in the magazine doesn't quite work out. I have already emailed them about one error, which they gave me the correction, but quickly found several other errors which ultimately decided I didn't have time to figure out or follow up on. Maybe in a few weeks I'll pick it up again :( (26 Sept)

stephen hawking
The Theory of Everything: This was kind of interesting. I actually started to read Stephen Hawkings book A Brief History of Time after this. Fascinating read! Well the first few pages were. I'm sure the rest is too if I ever get the chance to finish the book. I haven't yet figured out how to crochet AND read a book. It's the whole book holding, hook holding business. (10 Oct)

berry cheesecake
Jurassic World:  Look at that cute little bubba! My beautiful Sonofagun No. 1 turned 15, and as his party was held another night, we watched his movie of choice and the BB brought over the most delicious cheesecake! (24 October)

amigurumi fox
The Hunger Games: The BB decided it was time my HG cherry was popped. I also started working on a sweet amigurumi fox I found the pattern for in a crochet magazine.  (7 November)

crochet stars
The Hunger Games Catching Fire:  See those sweet little stars? This was my free pattern for Join As You Go Christmas Star Garland. (21 November)

egg nog
A Very Murray Christmas:  Every December we switch to Christmas movie mode, and kicked off in awesome fashion with this little gem of a special. I started working on my Axel cushion which is still a work in progress. (5 December)

Lethal Weapon: A classic Xmas movie. Just like Die Hard. I had put aside my Axel cushion to create a sweet little kawaii felt fairy doll for my Christmas tree which I found in a copy of Mollie Makes magazine. (12 dec)

elf on a shelf totoro
Bad Santa: I couldn't believe what I was watching! It was hilarious and depraved viewing. This was our Christmas dinner and I was able to give the BB her Totoro Amigurumi which I made from a free pattern I found on Ravelry by designer Lucy Collins. It was so quick and easy to make! I was also working on a cloche hat as a Chrissy prez for one of my nieces.
(20 dec)

budgie crochet
Hunger Games Mockingjay: With Xmas finally over, I was itching to get back into the Hunger Games movies. Only one more HG left in the series! My Axel Budgie cushion is coming along nicely. (26 dec)

There we are. The year in movies. And a year in crochet!

This has been a tradition at my place for the past 4 years and I wish I had catalogued the previous years. The previous year was an absolute pearler as we indulged in many old classics such as Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple movies, I think somewhere in there we also watch some classic James Dean. If you've got any suggestions for me for future movie viewing I'd love to hear them! Now we look forward to the next 12 months of Saturday Night Movies & Crochet (not a very catchy title, I know).

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Beating the Winter Can'tBeStuffeds with Crochet

I haven't really been posting as often lately. I haven't exactly got the winter blues, more the Winter Uninspireds.

The Winter Boreds.

The Winter Can'tBeStuffeds.

Not with crochet. But with Doing Other Stuff.

Like excursions and day trips.  

Melbourne winters aren't that challenging. Yes it's a bit cold. Sometimes really frickin cold. But I grew up in Canberra which is bitterly icy freeze your nuts off cold.  Especially at night when it gets down to minus 7 celcius.  So Melbourne ain't that bad. But it's just unpleasantly windy, rainy, cloudy and glum. And I don't really want to leave the house that much. 

Which has been awesome from a crochet perspective!

I've finished a Rainbow Scoodie.

scarf hoodie scoodie

And 3 different sets of wrist cuffs including writing up and publishing the pattern for one of them.

Crochet wristlet
I'm still experimenting with this wrist cuff. I think the shell cuff part should probably be horizontal striped instead of vertical. What do you think?

I was also sorely, sorely tempted to purchase an Attic24 pack from Wool Warehouse in Pommie Land to make a granny stripe blanket.  


2 reasons. Firstly I looked at my mishmash of yarn and wanted to make something to use it up.  Like thousands of Crochet Queens, I love Lucy and always wanted to make a Granny Stripe Blanket. 

Secondly because I worked out that it's just as cheap to buy one of these packs (including postage) as it is to buy the same amount of DK but another brand from retailer Lincraft here in Australia! Crazy isn't it?

But after sorting through my stash, I realised I had the same of most colours, and similar shades of others. The compulsive shopper in me itched to jump online and order. Fulfil that glorious endorphine rush of waiting for that big package to arrive in the post with the thrilling Royal Mail sticker. Opening it and soaking up all those gorgeous bronze bands of Stylecraft DK that I've seen online.

BUUUUTTTT the sensible Amazona (who rarely makes appearances) popped her head up and said "No. Not yet sweet Red Haired Amazona. USE WHAT YOU HAVE!!!"

I only needed to buy 3 extra colours.  I had small balls left of them but they wouldn't have completed a whole stripe. I found them at my local Big W. 

So I've put my designer brain to rest for a little while and am enjoying row after row of mindless granny stripes. So delicious and satisfying!

rainbow crochet
25 rows of delicious Granny stripes with only 1 colour substitution. I couldn't find Aspen green so used a grey instead. No, they aren't rug stains, just lens smudges. OK they are rug stains.  :(

I've promised myself that special thing that all Yarn Crafters promise themselves.  Not to buy anymore yarn until I use what I have....  Are you laughing with me? We both know it's sort of a white lie, don't we? 

crochet meme

As I mentioned before, we haven't really had any excursions out for a little while. We've had a bad run of illness and injury here in the Amazona household. 
At the moment Sonofagun No.2 has a persistent cough which has kept him home on and off for a couple of weeks. I'm exercising Mothers Discretion and have kept him at home since last Thursday to try and help him shake it.  

But in a week* we are fleeing Melbourne's Wintery Lurve for some Northern Exposure.

(*I originally just wrote "In a few of weeks", then wrote the rest of the post. Happened to glance at the date today and realised it's in just 1 week! Crap! haven't found anyone to look after the bird or packed, or booked a rental car or anything!  Is there anyone in the area who is willing to Bird sit for 1 week in exchange for a couple of balls of yarn?)

5 days in Coffs Harbour.  

I had hoped it would be warmer than here. It is 15 hours drive north from Melbourne (we're flying thank goodness!). The Weather man is telling me it's only 19 degrees there today but thats a good 5 degrees warmer than here and it is beachside and lush and green and it will be lovely to have a change of scenery.  And of course I'll share holiday snaps with you! 

I'll probably pop instant snaps on my Facebook page. Now which crochet project should I take with me?  

My Granny Stripe Blanket? Or a small project like wrist cuffs?  
The Red Haired Amazona