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What I’m Watching

I did one of these posts back in April and thought it was high time for an update! Things are calming down computer-wise only to pick back up knitting wise, so I’ll have a lot of TV time over the next month. I’ll never quit you, Netflix!

One Tree Hill - Season 5 Cast Photo

One Tree Hill – Season 5 Cast Photo

One Tree Hill, season 5, Netflix: I can’t fucking believe I’m still watching this stupid show! Back in April I was on season 1 and amazingly I’m now in the middle of season 5. It’s 2007! We’re super into dress shorts and most of the super attractive white people in the show are very famous after a hilarious time jump over collage (so smart). Fashion designers! Writers! Nearly famous basketball players! It’s NEARLY unwatchable. Nearly. Ever so nearly.

Black Sails

Black Sails

Black Sails, seasons 1 and 2, ???: Shane and I blew through all of Black Sails recently and this pirate whore island show has absolutely no business being as good as it is. It looks awesome, the costumes are great, the story is compelling and gripping, and season 2 is batshit bonkers insanity. Sure, when they aren’t on a ship they are in a brothel and there are tons of boobs everywhere, but there are some bad ass women running things too so it kind of evens out. If you’ve got access to Starz or a friend who has access (thanks Paul!), check it out! It’s pretty fun.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black

Orphan Black, seasons 1 and 2, Amazon Prime: Another two seasons Shane and I did over a rainy weekend! I had no clue what I was getting into when we started it, but Orphan Black is for sure the best show I’ve watched in ages. We did a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime just so we could keep watching it! It’s funny and compelling, and as soon as you think you’ve got something figured out you don’t have anything figured out. Season 3 is airing on BBC American now apparently and I can’t wait to watch all of those in a day! Super insanely highly recommended.

The Amazing Race!

The Amazing Race!

The Amazing Race! Seasons 2404282482, CBS Go: My mom shared her newly acquired CBS Go account with me and I’ve been working my way through seasons of Amazing Race, which is just so infinitely entertaining. There are a billion seasons and watching a ton of episodes in a row makes me feel like I’m not just sitting on my couch but doing travel research! For the record, this is the only reality show I’d ever go on. Until they make a reality show about knitting!

On Deck:

Pretty Little Liars, season 5

Pretty Little Liars, season 5

I just saw Pretty Little Liars season 5 pop up on Netflix so that’s for sure happening soon! I love that crazy show.

Summer TV watching I love you so much! As always, let me know if I’m missing anything!

My Favorite Things Pinterest Board

I love Pinterest for lots of reasons, but lately I’ve been using it to calm myself the hell down.

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Puppy in a sweater because why not?

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Kitty in a sweater? Cool!

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Baby kitties SLEEPING NEXT TO EACH OTHER DUH

Sometimes you see a picture on the internet and you’re like, holy shit look at that tiny puppy in a sweater! But where do you put it?! I pin it to My Favorite Things board. That way when I need to look at baby animals wearing sweaters or sleeping on each other, I can.

The Royal Tennenbaums

The Royal Tennenbaums

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

I also really love finding beautiful and unique artistic movie posters of movies that I love. Those also go on the board! This is also a nice gentle reminder of what my favorite movies are, and if I’ve really got to calm the hell down, I should put one in.

Alan

Alan

I’m REALLY not into quotes on pinterest, but very very rarely it works, and I pin those, too.

So this is my little ode to My Favorite Things pinterest board, which has saved me from having to lay down away from the internet when I’m stressed for a long time now. I highly recommend making one yourself! It’s really fun to find other people’s favorite things boards because you get such a clear picture of what they love. And I really like what mine says about me!

Giveaway Winner

Oh yeah! Last week I released my new pattern, Francisco Cowl, and had a kit giveaway! I huge thank you to everyone who commented to enter. The winner is lucky comment #14 – Desiree! I’ll shoot you an email confirming right now.

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!

A Little Embroidery Push

As you know, over the past year I’ve been really getting back into embroidery, even going so far as to launch a new embroidery pattern business with my friend Katie called Red Letter Day Stitches!

Here's to the Red White and Blue embroidery pattern for 4th of July - Red Letter Day Stitches

Here’s to the Red White and Blue embroidery pattern for 4th of July – Red Letter Day Stitches

This is our latest pattern for 4th of July, Here’s to the Red White and Blue.

Red Letter Day Stitches Subscription Sale!

We’ve got 5 patterns left to release in 2014 – Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve – and we wanted to have a subscription sale for people just interested in the patterns yet to be released. So this week you can subscribe to RLDSts for only $15 to get these yet to be released patterns.

These patterns are going to be CUTE we promise! Subscribe today and you’ll get each pattern when it’s released 1 month before each holiday for only $15!

And Some Cross Stitch!

While I was just in California with Katie I told you I was going to take a little knitting break, and I totally did! Look how much I got done of my Pretty Little Paris cross stitch while I was there:

Pretty Little Paris!

Pretty Little Paris!

ALL I want to do is work on this! But alas – I’m knitting my fingers off getting ready for the Fall Holla Knits Collection and a few other designs I’ve got down the pipeline. Soon, Pretty Little Paris! Soon!

Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

Also, you’ve got to keep an eye on Red Letter Day Stitches because we’ve got something super fun up our sleeves! Especially if you are new to embroidery or need a refresher. And, you know, CUPCAKES! They’re so adorable! More soon.

New Embroidery Pattern! Raise a Glass

So as you know I’m also part of the team behind the new embroidery site Red Letter Day Stitches, and I’ve got a new pattern out today! Raise a Glass! to help celebrate St Patrick’s Day next month.

St Patrick's Day 2014

St Patrick’s Day 2014

Fun shading techniques!

Fun shading techniques!

Designed by me!

Designed by me!

Raise a Glass: St Patrick’s Day in Chicago means you crack open your first beer while you are waiting to watch the Chicago River dyed green at 10 am. Hot Tip: Guinness in coffee is surprisingly good! And yeah, it’s all downhill from there. Irish Americans, and those of us who are only Irish one day a year, celebrate St Patrick’s Day by raising a glass (or twenty) and wearing green. Would the patron saint of Ireland who drove the snakes away approve? Let’s worry about that on March 18th! Until then, raise your stein and give a loud “Dia shábháil Ireland”!

Get more information about the pattern and download it now!

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