I can’t talk about horrible campy horror movies without mentioning Vincent Price. My favorite Vincent Price move has to be House on Haunted Hill. It’s so over the top and low budget. It’s a haunted house movie and it’s enjoyably theatrical.
Do you have a favorite old horror movie? My mom and I always record tons of them in October on Turner Classic Movies to watch throughout the year and it would be hard for me to pick just one.
It’s my blog’s birthday! I started this blog 3 years ago so I had somewhere to talk about knitting. I always forget my blog’s birthday because I didn’t really post regularly until about 10 months after I started it. It’s gone through a lot of changes since then including 3 face lifts and one big move over to my own domain. There have been a few identity crises, but I’m happy that this blog has been around for so long. Happy Birthday, blog!
Since it’s my blog’s birthday and I released this pattern not too long ago, I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway of a copy of Agatha to celebrate. To enter just leave a comment. To keep things interesting, tell me what you love about knitting blogs. It could be about writing your own or reading them. The contest is open until next Wednesday the 19th at 1 AM PST.
I love this button hole. It’s a bit like the Basic Button hole in that you BO stitches and you CO stitches, but all of that happens in one row so the button hole doesn’t gape. It’s also reinforced so it’s a bit sturdier. The button hole is a little rigid, but I think that’s a good thing because it doesn’t stretch out.
My only complaint is that it’s bulky looking in worsted weight. Well, that and the fact that was really hard to try to knit this using two colors, but that’s not something one would normally do.
This weekend I told myself that I would work on homework and do some design stuff, but Saturday rolled around and was beautiful. I decided to hit the thrift store and get the ingredients to make a pie instead. I walked to the shops and I remembered that the Farmer’s Market was running later this year than it used to so I stopped by. And what did I see?
Wool! I had never seen yarn at the Farmer’s Market before. The stand was selling mostly meat, including lamb. The yarn was a reminder of what I told myself I would do on Saturday, but I was on a new mission so I went to get the ingredients for pie.
I grabbed some lunch while I was there and I sat down at the tables outside to eat. A few minutes later a woman came and sat down at the table next to mine with a latte. She dug around in her bag for a bit and finally pulled out some knitting. It was like I couldn’t escape yarn. It was following me everywhere!
I made my pie, but I also dug out my little orange sketch book and doodled up some ideas. Last night I started swatching. I know I have two sweaters on the needle already, but nothing beats working on my own designs.
I finished the body and have started on the back. I had imagined that the sweater would go lightning fast after I separated for the front and back. Um. Not so much. It’s still a fingering weight sweater. Progress is more apparent now and that’s nice.
I made a slight mod to the upper back because I forgot to think about a selvedge stitch around the armhole when I converted the body to in the round. Oops. I was going to end up with an awkward single rib stitch on either side of the armhole. I decided to work an extra armhole decrease instead. Finished pictures on Ravelry showed that the shoulders sometimes stretch and sag from the weight of the sleeves so it seemed like a good fix to me.
I love bad horror movies and I frequently use the month of October as an excuse to inflict them on everyone else. I like to sit around with my friends, a giant bowl of Halloween Candy, and my knitting and watch bad movies. I thought I’d share some of our favorite movie choices. I was originally going to call this feature a month of horror, but then I realized that the movies I picked were more horrible than horrifying. I tend to go for campy horror more than the serious stuff.
To kick things off, lets start with my favorite movie about sheep: Black Sheep. I never can decide if they’re were-sheep or zombie sheep or zombie were-sheep, but it’s a fun movie. It’s very silly and a little gory. Sometimes when people see the trailer they think it’s just a parody trailer, but this is a real movie.
The availability of bad horror movies is probably my favorite thing about this month. Do you have any goofy October/Halloween traditions?
The Standard Button Hole might have been the first button hole you learned. It’s pretty easy and rather obvious. You bind off a few stitches in one row and you cast them back on in the next row. Easy, but not the best method ever.
The button hole it makes is big and gaping. I find that even if I only bind off one or two stitches, the button hole ends up too large for standard button sizes when working with worsted weight or heavier yarn. It might not be a horrible choice for finer yarn, but the hole stretches easily and is pretty weak if you don’t take the extra steps to reinforce it. It also can be pretty lopsided looking depending on the BO and CO methods you use. I’m not a fan at all.
When I went to visit my friend in Boston in July, her mom let me go through her giant stash of old craft magazines that she had bought at a yard sale. I loved looking through all of the old issues. She let me pick out a few and take them home with me. I mostly went for the 60s issues, but the 70s ones are pretty entertaining, too. The notes are from the original owner.
Some of the projects are actually kind of cute, but most of them are not. I rather enjoy going through them and laughing at the ugly projects, but I thought you might find the attractive ones more interesting and less frightening. Some of the projects were kind of terrifying like weird clown dolls.
Mostly I like looking at the ads. Some of them are very well done and some are so dated that they’re a little horrifying like the ads for diet plans. And since I’m very juvenile at heart, I’m always amused by the number of ads for adult diapers in these things. Half of the small ads in the back are for them!