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What I’m Watching

… is, as usual, mostly garbage! But I haven’t done one of these What I’m Watching posts in a while so I thought it’d be fun to give you a rundown.

I’m up to my ears in WIPs, knitting the Holla Knits Summer garments ahead of a Memorial Day weekend photo shoot, which is always a fun game I like to play with myself. 5 garments in 5 weeks – CAN SHE DO IT?!

With the help of TV. Lots and lots of TV.

The Tudors Season 1

The Tudors Season 1

The Tudors, seasons 1-4, Netflix: I’ve always wanted to watch this show but never got around to it until I recently blew threw the whole thing in 9 days. I LOVED it! Trashy and violent with good costumes and sexy dudes.

A fun game we can play now? Where are they now! Above is a promo shot from season 1. Top, left to right: executed, suicide before scheduled execution, sweating sickness, executed. Middle, left to right: Alive!, dead – maybe poisoned?, King Henry, sweating sickness, consumption. Bottom left to right: executed, written out.

The Tudors Season 4

The Tudors Season 4

Left to Right: Already way executed, alive!, alive!, King Henry, executed, already dead, already way dead.

Turn, season 1, Netflix: American war history and Jamie Bell? I’m in!

Turn

Turn

SERIOUSLY lacking worthwhile female characters (sorry Mrs Jamie Bell), but what they lack in female depth they make up for in intrigue and sexiness! Definitely worth checking out. Season 2 just started this week, which I won’t be able to catch until it pops up on Netflix next winter I’m sure, but this first season is worth binging.

Laura McDougal's Setauket Hat

Laura McDougal’s Setauket Hat

And just to tie in the knitting a little bit, my friend Laura designed a hat based on the slouchy beanie Jamie Bell wears throughout the show. Snag it here!

Bloodline, season 1, Netflix: Coach Taylor AKA Kyle Chandler being a sexy sheriff solving crimes while dealing with his deadbeat brother, and other shenanigans.

Bloodline

Bloodline

I’ve got 3 more episodes to watch but I’m super hooked. It’s dark and slow, well written and beautiful. Queue it up.

One Tree Hill, season 1, Netflix: Holy goddamn bullshit garbage garbage.

One Tree Hill Season 1

One Tree Hill Season 1

Chad Michael Murray Mudface leads this blast from the early 2000s hilarity, complete with bootcut jeans, cropped tees, and lots and lots of Gavin DeGraw and Travis. It’s SO AWFUL that I can’t stop watching it? I’m rolling up to the end of season 1 with EIGHT TO GO WHAT THE HELL WB? Dawson’s Creek (love you for ever Pacey) only gets 6 seasons but you roll One Tree Hill out for NINE?! How the absolute hell.

Baseball, Detroit Tigers, 2015 season: It’s that time of year again!

Detroit Tigers Schedule

Detroit Tigers Schedule

Commit this schedule to memory so you don’t accidentally interrupt my viewing. The Tigers are off to a strong start which means I’m in a REALLY good mood!

So there you go, ladies! What I’m watching. Pop up if you’ve got a recommendation or are also watching any of these!

Florida Vacation Pics, and Off to Michigan

I spent the past few days in Florida soaking in the sun and cleaning off this gross winter.

Shane and Beers

Shane and Beers

Pretty much as soon as we landed and made our way down to Cape Coral, where Shane’s family lives, we found a bar with a garden and had some beers. I was pretty surprised to find Yuengling was everywhere! I hadn’t had a Yuengling since I was staying in NYC that summer in 2010. It was a very fun perk of our trip!

Poolside Stitching

Poolside Stitching

We stayed with Shane’s cousin Michelle, who has a great pool in her backyard, where we spent a lot of time hanging! And I of course did some poolside stitching.

Beach!

Beach!

Shane took me to a few beaches, including Captiva and Sanibel. Each was super sunny and breezy and warm and lovely!

Tigers!

Tigers!

We spent the weekend running around, seeing Shane’s family, eating lots of seafood and drinking lots of beers, before heading north on Monday to Lakeland, where the Tigers hold their spring training. We caught a game and it was SO FUN! I absolutely loved it. Everyone there was SUPER into the Tigers, and just huge huge fans. It got me so excited for baseball season to start!

Passed OUT!

Passed OUT!

Shane was so excited that he took a little nap out on the grass.

Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay

Then we headed to Tampa for our last night in FL. We had a great beachside dinner, and our hotel had a great pool! I did more stitching and stayed out of the sun as much as possible. My liberal applications of SPF 30 didn’t do much against that sun and I’m a little toasted!

Cafe au Lait - Back Done!

Cafe au Lait – Back Done!

I brought my Holla Knits Knit Along project Cafe au Lait and got a lot done! I finished the back.

Front!

Front!

And I’ve almost got one front finished. I hadn’t shared progress pictures of my modified Cafe au Lait since mid February because I haven’t been able to work on it, but I was very happy to be able to pick it up again.

Pretty Little Chicago Progress!

Pretty Little Chicago Progress!

I also make some progress on my Pretty Little Chicago! It’s coming to the point where I’m just filling in a lot of teeny tiny parts (and white barf). It’s looking SO GOOD!

And talk about a quick turn around – I’m off to Michigan tomorrow morning to house sit for my mom, who is now in Florida for a nice weeklong vacation. So I’ll just be frantically catching up today and prepping for my next trip. Whew!

Have a great week everybody!

Crafty Fantasy Football League Blog Hop!

As you know one of my very favorite things in the whole world is playing fantasy football. And I’m sure you’ve gathered that I’m kinda into crafting! So last year when Diane of CraftyPod was starting a fantasy football league for crafters I had to be in! And I EPICLY failed. Last year in our crafty fantasy football league I won like 2 match-ups I think. But that certainly didn’t stop me from joining again this year, and I’m doing slightly better!

This year’s group of crafters are super motivated to both win at fantasy football and share our crafting and love of football, so we’ve organized a blog hop of football related crafting! Fun right?

My favorite crafts are completely silly personal touches in everyday spaces. Like a kitchen towel customized for your favorite team?! Exactly.

Go Lions!

Go Lions!

A little football counted cross stitch project to keep you company in the kitchen while you are cooking up your favorite game day snacks? This was super easy and easily customizable to your favorite team.

Counted Cross Stitch Kitchen Towel

Counted Cross Stitch Kitchen Towel

I found this towel at JoAnn near the embroidery floss and other embroidery and cross stitch supplies.

Counted Cross Stitch Panel!

Counted Cross Stitch Panel!

When you open the towel up there is a counted cross stitch panel worked into the towel. I counted and got that the panel is about 218 x 40 boxes.

Graph Paper to the Rescue!

Graph Paper to the Rescue!

I pulled out my graph paper and started charting letters. Since LIONS was only 5 letters, and I wanted to fill up most of the 218 boxes wide, I made them big and wide, and wanted to space them out pretty wide as well. My letters were 20 boxes wide and 25 boxes tall, and I put 10 boxes between each letter. If your team has more letters, space them closer together. 20 stitch wide letters would be perfect for any team with less than 10 letters in it’s name. If your team has 10 or more letters (sorry, Buccaneers!) just make your letters 18 stitches wide.

Stripes and Letters!

Stripes and Letters!

I took the Lions 3 main team colors – blue, silver, and black – and went to town! I started with 4 stripes of blue across the top and bottom, then mirrored stripes of silver, black, and blue. I folded my towel to find the center, then started there with the center letter of my team name, and worked out from there to make sure LIONS was centered.

Looking So GOOD!

Looking So GOOD!

A little tedious? Sure. But it was a great to go project for when I couldn’t put my brain on anything else. And we all need one of those every now and then! And this towel is going to do double duty and be a Christmas present for my brother. Win win! Feeling inspired to start your own football inspired craft project? I know this is just the beginning of my football crafting! Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blog hop for more inspiration:


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LOTS of California Knitting

Poolside Knitting

Poolside Knitting

One of the things I needed to do while in California was knit my fingers off. And I feel pretty good about all of the knitting I’ve gotten done!

Lace Raglan!

Lace Raglan!

I came to California 13 days ago with 30% of one sweater done and yarn for two more, and on the day before I leave to go back to Chicago I’ve got 1 sweater finished, 1 sweater 70% done, and another sweater 50% done. My goal was to have 2 1/2 sweaters finished, so with a knitting day today and a knitting/travel day tomorrow, I’ll say I’ll get there!

Travel Knitting on the Way to California!

Travel Knitting on the Way to California!

Why such an insane schedule? Holla Knits Fall/Winter, of course! I’m testing patterns and tech editing before the photo shoot on August 24th. Will I do it? …. I don’t really have a choice!

Knitting at Dodger Stadium!

Knitting at Dodger Stadium!

If I come up short it certainly won’t be for lack of trying. I’ve been knitting everywhere – 6-10 hour knitting days, on top of shooting the web series and embroidery pattern planning!

But I have been having a total blast here! I even crashed the LA Stitch and Pitch and caught a Dodger’s game with my new friend Jessie, who I met on Instagram! Which has got to be the first Instagram matchmaker ever!

Jessie and Me at the Dodger's Game!

Jessie and Me at the Dodger’s Game!

And we kinda look like sisters, right?! Look at those matching squinty smile eyes!

(Find Jessie on instagram at TheBonvivant, and me at AllysonDykhuizen, if you aren’t on it already!)

Me Knitting at the Beach!

Me Knitting at the Beach!

And we went to a beach in Malibu yesterday and I was even working hard on a sweater there! So I’m going to do it!

… I hope!

RIP Baseball Season 2012

Last night my beloved Tigers got beat by the Giants in the World Series. It’s the second time I’ve watched them get annihilated in the World Series, and this year I took it a lot better. I think because this has all just been bonus baseball! The Tigers never looked like a World Series bound team, so since like mid September when they started playing well and we all started to think MAYBE they could make it, it’s just been a crazy fun ride.

Double Dipping

The most wonderful thing ever? When you have to pull your second TV out of the closet because you have playoff baseball to watch on football Sunday.

Rain OUT!

I was lucky enough to go to Detroit last week for the Championship Series! We partied through a game 4 rain out.

WINNING

Then partied through a warm and sunny game 4 Yankee sweep the next day to become American League Champions! And it was one of the best things I’ve ever gotten to see live.

So this morning I’m sad that they couldn’t make it happen, but feeling so lucky to be so miserable. Only one team gets to lose the World Series, and that was my team! Everyone else has been without baseball for weeks now.

But tonight at 7pm when I’m looking for a movie to watch instead of tuning into my baseball game it will really sink in. Summer is over. I’m baseball-less until March, when I can be obsessive/miserable/excited/happy all over again.