Saturday, April 28, 2007

Summer Blockbuster Swap

I posted about this over at my blog, but I wanted to post about this swap here too. Here's the info!

I've been thinking of doing a second Knitflix swap for some time and all the movie talk in my last post gave me the prodding I needed to put it all together. With all the summer blockbuster's coming to theaters starting on Memorial Day weekend, I thought it would be fun to make this second swap, the Summer Blockbuster Edition.

Here's the skinny:

What? We will swap 1) a favorite movie watching food/candy/beverage treat, 2) Enough yarn for a small project or some roving to spin while watching a movie 3) A DVD that you think your swap partner will enjoy.

Swap minimum: Swap items should equal around $25. Used DVD's can be sent but make sure that they work. If you buy it from Netflix or Blockbuster, please check the DVD to make sure it works. If you send yarn from your stash, then the yarn should be unknit with ball bands.

When should swap packages be sent? Swap packages should arrive at your pal's house on or around June 15th, just in time for summer vacations.

Contest! Just like last time, I'm hosting a contest at the end of the swap. Once the packages are sent, participants may email me a picture and an explanation of how their fiber/yarn fits the theme of the DVD they sent their pal. I, along with some other crafting friends will narrow down the choices to the top 3-5 entries. I will post the finalists on the fiberflix blog and ask you all to vote. The entry that garners the most votes will win some sock yarn and a set of stitch markers from me.

As a final note, swap partners will not be a secret. Like last time, swappers will be paired up and will mail packages to each other. Also, this swap is open to international swappers, but swappers will be paired according to DVD encoding regions. Therefore, US swappers will swap with each other, European swappers will swap with each other, etc. If we end up with an odd number of swappers, we'll work out some alternatives.

Sound like fun? If you'd like to join, email me at craftylilly AT gmail DOT com by May 11. I'll have matches out by May 13.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Designer Woes and Designer Highs

The good news: I finished my Silk Garden vest - WooHoo! The not so good news: It is too big. It is a combination of the fact that I have lost weight and I didn't factor the "hang factor" into my plan. Although the vest is beautiful, the weight of the fabric causes it to pull. I think I have the problem remedied and am working feverishly on a new bodice and a smaller size. Pictures tomorrow - the vest is at the shop and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to write about our day at Yarntopia.

Today was a great crochet day at Yarntopia. I missed a visit from the H-Town Crocheters - sorry ladies! Amy took good care of them and I understand they had a great time. I did get there in time for a visit from Houston's own Crochet Dude, Drew Embrowsky. It isn't everyday a celebrity walks in the door of Yarntopia. Drew's a great guy and a talented designer, we had a good time visiting about yarn, crochet, and our mutual Melissa Leapman admiration society. Stay tuned for information on a workshop we have in the works with Drew.

I'm still working on the baby blanket, and should be able to finish it next weekend while we drive to my mom's. I frogged the Bella vest and don't intend to reknit it. I am going to use the yarn for a crochet project instead as Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton is a dream to work with and will be fabulous to wear. I am finding it hard to follow other's patterns - all I want to do is make my own designs. Balance, I must find the balance between what I must do and what I want to do. It's tough being a grown up.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ingrid Bergman Movies

Well, the votes are in, and our official Ingrid Bergman movies are:

Notorious and Murder on the Orient Express

Two very good choices, I think. Of course you are welcome to watch any of the movies on the list and to post your thoughts and projects.

As you can see I tried to fool around with the font and messed it up. Sorry!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Don Juan DeMarco Talk

So, has anyone seen the movie yet? What did you think? If you've got a comment, question, observation, or review, please share with us either in the comments to this post, or a post of your own.

Also, if you haven't voted for our Ingrid Bergman selection yet, please do so in the previous post. Voting ends on Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Ingrid Bergman voting

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a chance to craft and watch Don Juan DeMarco. I have plans to watch it today. If you've already seen the movie and wish to talk about it, please post your thoughts and label your post "Don Juan DeMarco." If you are going to mention a spoiler, put the term "Spoiler" both in the label and the title of the post. The message board doesn't seem to be working for most of the group, so let's discuss here.

We do need to settle on a couple of Ingrid Bergman movies for next month. Now, since Ingrid Bergman is our focus next month, you could see any movie that features here. However, we will have one or two official movies of hers for next month.

Please take a look at my shortlist of her films. Please vote for two of these movies in the comments section of this post. Votes will be collected until Wednesday the 25th, and the official movies will be announced on Thursday, the 26th.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Anastasia (1956)
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
Joan of Arc (1948)
The Bells of Saint Mary's (1945)
Casablanca (1942)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Notorious (1946)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

"Logan, you renewed!" Well he was wearing RPMs

I finished them! I'm quite pleased with the results. Check out the details on my blog.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Look what I found at my local Target

Don Juan DeMarco for $5.50. Yes!!!