On TV

It has been quite a long time since I did a post about what I’ve been watching on TV so I’ll give you an update. As many of you know, I can’t just sit there and watch TV I need to actually have my hands doing something. Perfect time for knitting really easy things! This IS the reason I have so many socks completed.

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I finally finished season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I must have gotten busy half way through the season and not finished watching them. Paul and I do like to binge watch TV shows so sometimes we wait until the season is actually over and then watch the whole season in a week. I was actually tweeting Super Karen from the Knit 1 Geek 2 podcast as I watched the season finale. She was much amused. I finally saw how things ended in that season and was able to get all the fantastic puns from the episode where Mega Maggie and Super Karen discuss the ending.

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If you’re into the Marvel movies at all (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, Ant Man, etc.) this TV show adds another layer of depth. The TV show is intertwined intimately with the movies and there are little bits of information in the show, while not crucial to the story line, solve some of the small mysteries in the movies. I would highly recommend these if you enjoy the superhero movies.

We also got all caught up on Sleepy Hollow. I don’t believe I have actually talked about this show before. It has an intensely creepy vibe, as the name would suggest, but the first couple episodes are the highest on the creep-factor. They do mellow out a little bit after season one in general. Regardless, if you don’t like creepy things, I wouldn’t watch this. That being said, I wouldn’t classify this as horror, but not something to be watched when you’re home alone in the dark.

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My favourite thing about this series is the interactions between the two main characters. Ichabod Crane is bewitched into a sleep for 200 years and wakes up in modern day Sleepy Hollow. There me meets lieutenant Abigail Mills. Crane was married in his time and through the course of the first episode you find out his wife is still around. Throughout the two seasons there is no sexual tension between Mills and Crane at all. There are interesting things happening with the plot line of Crane’s wife and himself, but no love triangle or catty jealousy between Mills and Mrs. Crane. That is INCREDIBLY refreshing to me and I love the banter and relationship between Mills and Crane. Great character development as well! Overall it is an extremely well written show!

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I’ve also caught up on season ten of Supernatural. This TV show used to have a high creep-value as well, but mostly now there is a little bit more violence than Sleepy Hollow. The past four or five seasons have been markedly more religious in tone, but season ten managed to maintain the religious story line while getting back to monster-slaying in general. It really reminded me of the early seasons. It gives me hope for future seasons that they won’t hold the strictly religion based storyline of the past several seasons.
I have definitely caught up on a few other things since May, but I’ll have to let you know what they are another time… mostly because I can’t remember that far back. However with all the shows starting in the next month, it will definitely come up. I am really excited because the Doctor Who season premier happens the day before my birthday! A new episode of Doctor Who for my birthday, what more could a girl ask for?

The Parasol Protectorate

The latest books I am listening to! I stumbled upon the Parasol Protectorate Series purely by coincidence. They were mentioned briefly at the end of another audio book series. The only thing mentioned was the name of the first book and the author, Soulless by Gail Carriger.

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These books are set in Victorian England; an alternate reality were werewolves and vampires are accepted into everyday society. The main character, Alexia Tarrabotti, was born without a soul. Her soulless state leaves her unaffected by other supernatural’s powers.

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This complicates things in the very beginning when Miss Tarrabotti accidentally kills a vampire. Queen Victoria sends her lead investigator, a werewolf named Lord Maccon.

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Unlike most of the books I read this series has concluded with five books. I am usually finishing off a last book and waiting forever for the next one to come out. I guess that will be true with this one, because no more will come.

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The thing I like most about these books is the humour. Miss Tarrabotti is unfailingly polite to everyone, even in the most ridiculous situations. Even though this is Victorian times she is not submissive at all. Miss Tarrabotti prides herself on being an intellectual woman with a sharp tongue, mostly aimed at Lord Maccon, but who’s counting?

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I haven’t finished the last book yet, but if it is anything like the other ones it will not disappoint. I’ve been texting my friends with quotes and passages trying to lure them into reading all the books!! Lets hope I can succeed!

On and On Again

What is going on with knitting this week!? Nothing much I am sad to say! I haven’t been all that interesting lately; I think I’ve lost some of my knitting mojo! It’s a real thing and happens to everyone at some point! For me it is usually in the summer when it is absurdly hot. No one even wants to look at a sweater let along knit it! This past weekend the temperature was in the high 20’s but the ‘feels like’ temperature was 34. THIRTY FOUR DEGREES!! I couldn’t look at what the humidity index was, but I am sure it was something absolutely atrocious.

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This past weekend I got a chance to sit and do nothing. No writing, no sample knitting, no knitting for other people. Just… nothing. I started thinking about knitting a sweater. It’s been a while since I’ve done it and at heart I am definitely a sweater knitter. I think my grandmother’s sweater has really annihilated my desire for sweater knitting. If I am knitting a sweater then I feel like I should be knitting hers because she asked me to so long ago. The last sweater I knit as a palate cleanser turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. I need a success, I need to just whip off an easy sweater and not worry about anything. I’ve listened to a podcast where the podcasters gave their listeners permission to change a pattern or put things on hold. I am officially giving myself permission to knit a sweater, out of whatever yarn I want, without guilt, without shame even!

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I think this is something every knitter gets caught up in. As soon as you start knitting, people start making orders. I always offer to teach them and they can make their own. I really think it’s interesting how quickly a lot of people back pedal away from the thought of knitting. It takes hours and hours of time for a knitted garment to be produced and knitters pour their blood, sweat and tears into these projects. I know I’ve mentioned this book before but Franklin Habit’s comic book It Itches really hits the nail directly on the head. If someone is knitting you something, that is time they are spending on you. There are a 1000 other things they could be knitting or doing, but they are taking that time aside and working on something special for you. Odds are, they’re thinking about you and how much you are going to love this gift, pouring good feelings into it.

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I’ve heard the philosophy, don’t knit angry. If you’re fighting with someone or unhappy, don’t knit on that project. I can remember what I was listening to or watching while I was knitting particular garments. Sometimes I don’t get specific scenes from garments, but I will get the emotions that film evokes; inspiration, anxiety, suspense, excitement. I know when I watch the Lord of the Rings movies and knit I always feel like those pieces are for travelling. I might have to start picking my projects based on what I am watching on TV at the time.

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When I was knitting the Harry Potter scarves for the last movie, I ONLY knit when I was watching a Harry Potter movie. To cut the fringe, I wrapped the yarn around the third Harry Potter book. I couldn’t help but remember the movies when I wore that scarf. I had to make about five of them and in the end, I think I gave the scarf I made for myself away. I might have to make another one and instill it with the same concentrated amount of Harry Potter power as the last one. Perhaps I’ll do something different this time? A Lord of the Rings or Doctor Who scarf? Decisions decisions…

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Books!

It has been a long time since I’ve written about the books I am currently into. I really fell off the book wagon and didn’t keep up with the series I read. When I came around to it, there were two more books out for the Chloe Neill, Chicagoland Vampires series.

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This book series is one of my favourites and a blogged about it way back in April 2014. The last time I checked in, I was waiting for the next book to come out around August 2014. I was so excited for the book release, but didn’t manage to check it out when the time came. I suppose that was only two months before the wedding and one month before the Kitchener/Waterloo show so I was, unsurprisingly, preoccupied.

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I realized I was TWO WHOLE BOOKS BEHIND when I was recommending this series to a friend. When I looked up the order of the books, there were two I didn’t have! I actually love it when that happens because you get a new book without the wait. Usually when I finish a book I am hunting down the release date for the next one immediately.

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I really love the energy this series gives. They’re a fun read and very descriptive. I swear I gain weight every time I go over these books; all the food descriptions are to die for. The next book in this series is coming out in March of 2016. I am going to mark that one on my calendar and try not to miss it!!

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Chloe Neill is coming out with another series, the Devil’s Isle books. I am really looking forward to checking this book out! I really love Chloe Neill’s writing style and can’t wait to see what she has coming out next!

Psych

The newest TV show on the docket for my knitting is called Psych! This was recommended to me by a friend at work who, very energetically and enthusiastically, acted out most of the first episode. After watching said first episode, I was totally hooked! Later, Paul was looking through ‘best shows on Netflix’ and it was up near the top.

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This show is totally and completely hilarious; it’s really light hearted and actually laugh-out-loud funny. I would actually advise against drinking anything while watching just to avoid the whole soda-through-the-nose thing.

The show is about Shawn Spencer who is highly observant, thanks to his cop father. He is immature and unemployed, but makes a bit of money leaving crime solving tips at the local police department. Head Detective Lassiter and his partner bring Shawn in for questioning because his tips are just a little ‘too good’. Pressed for an explanation, Shawn claims he gets the information through his psychic ability… hilarity ensues.

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Now, when I sat down to watch episode one, Paul was sitting with me. Laying on the other side of the sectional in fact. I looked over part way through and saw he was a sleep… not only that, but he had a hole in his sock. For some reason, he has a hard time throwing out socks that have worn out. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make it very easy to trash this sock and warn him about falling asleep too close to me in the middle of the day. Moral of the story, never trust a knitter with scissors!

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He has now started to build a defence… I’m not sure if this will work out better or worse….

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Epidemiology of Socks

If anyone is following me on Instagram or subscribed to the newsletter, you might have noticed that I finished my rainbow socks! When I was at the Creativ Festival, the finished sock was out on display and I was knitting the rest of the second sock. I had been planning on posting them eventually, but everyone loved them so much I am going to share early.

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I’m going to be posting 5 skeins of this self-striping sock yarn in our Sapphire base. The listing will go up on our Etsy store May 16th at 11am. I am going to release a different colour of the self-striping variety next month. I am not ruling out future skeins of the rainbow self-striping, but I have no solid plans to repeat it in the immediate future. I’ve been playing around with a lot of colours and combinations with self-striping yarn and it is a fantastic amount of fun! Keeping me vastly entertained!

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I’ve also been working on Paul’s socks. When we went to see the new Avenger’s movie, I brought them and worked on them diligently for a good two hours. After I got out of the theatre, I noticed that the colours were pooling very differently! A few people call these socks cousins instead of twins, but the colours were really different. They had to be more like 2nd or 3rd cousins on your step-father’s side.
I looked at my Ravelry notes and realized I had not only used the bigger needle size, but had increased the number of stitches as well. I usually use 64 but in this case I used 72. I had completely forgotten about this and was happily knitting along at 64 stitches. I immediately ripped out the 3-4 inches of sock I had finished in the movie and set it up so I could pick up and go when I was ready. With so little knitting time, it breaks my heart a little bit to frog so much work.

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To be completely honest there were an uncommon amount of mistakes in the ribbing, but I just kept repeating the mantra ‘I REGRET NOTHING’ whenever I knew I had messed up the ribbing.
I am still thinking about what projects I want to knit as samples for the next show. I am looking for some really good one or two skein projects. I think I’ve knit a great many socks, not that anyone could tell by the blog content, so I need something different; a pallet cleanser of sorts. Usually the best patterns are the ones you hear through word of mouth, so if anyone has anything they really liked, please comment or send me an email through the link in the side bar!