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Watching: the children and I have been watching a lot of The Munsters. We also watched the Buffy episode “Halloween,” and the 2000 live action Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, which was truly horrifying. Will and I watched the restored version of Nosferatu last week, and while I am not going to pretend I stayed awake (having the TV in our bedroom is not great in that regard), it was GORGEOUS and I will for sure watch it again.

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We had a little party on Saturday to celebrate our ten year anniversary. As a result, the apartment is super clean and we have a ton of leftover s’mores fixings. OH DARN.

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Watching: I won’t lie, having Gilmore Girls on Netflix is a real impediment to my watching anything else on earth, but yesterday we started watching The Munsters with the kids and OMG THEY LOVE IT. Especially Sam. I’m not sure when he last took to something this quickly or strongly.

Reading: I’ve been too tired to read at night, and it’s been too loud during the day. I need to figure out a solution to this, since not reading isn’t an option. At least we are still reading our October book.

Making: nothing Halloweenie at the moment (waiting for an orange dress I ordered for G to arrive so I can foxify it), but I am SO CLOSE to finishing the cardigan I started, um, two years ago? Which is definitely autumnal, and therefore appropriate. I knitted an entire sleeve yesterday and only stopped because my stitch count was off at the cuff and I wasn’t going to deal with that until tomorrow. Which is today, so I guess I should count stitches after I finish my coffee.

Capsule Wardrobe: Update

So, back in April I cleaned out my closet and put away or got rid of all the clothes I don’t wear. I’ve continued getting rid of stuff, even my most precious way-too-small stuff. (Well. A lot of it is sitting in piles waiting for me to mail it to people. Mailing stuff is expensive.)

I bought fabric and some basics, like jeans. I sewed myself a dress no. 1.

After that we got really busy rearranging our apartment, which takes forever because we are four people and a lot of stuff in three rooms. So I haven’t sewn anything else, but I have been slowly collecting off-the-rack pieces. (THAT SOUNDS SO FANCY. I’ve bought a few t-shirts and some skirts and jeans. I shop at Old Navy and Target. I’ve also bought some fun t-shirts online.)

Our apartment is in pretty good shape but I haven’t gotten into the habit of creating again. For one thing, it’s been insanely hot and that just makes me sleepy. It’s started cooling off a little so I am hopeful that I will get back into the swing of making. (Or into it at all. I’ve always gone in fits and spurts. I’d rather it be a regular thing.)

My wardrobe building has been a little unusual. It’s not a true capsule wardrobe, because that implies that I am narrowing down my existing wardrobe, when in fact I am building it from almost nothing. In a way, I think this makes it easier for me. My hard choices are all based on what I can afford.

My goals are/were to have a well-rounded wardrobe, suitable to wherever I need to go, with a good range of items that mix and match well. I want good colors, variety, and to look/feel cute at all times. Being comfortable is non-negotiable.

Lots of details follow. Continue reading

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Watching: The Gates should probably be called Inhuman Monsters Are White People Too, but I suppose the title they went with is a bit snappier.

The show is silly and rather enjoyable but the lack of diversity is really horrible. Yeah, yeah, it’s an upper class gated community. Those are usually white, right? LAME. There is no excuse for defaulting white in fantasy.

Reading: nope.

Making: nada.

Busy couple of days. Very little October-ing.

…and nonsense.

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Watching: Hey, did you know X Files is on netflix? IT SURE IS. Last night we fell asleep re-watching the best episode ever, Bad Blood.

Reading: Still nothing, because I was sidetracked writing my own story. I expected it to be horror but it surprised me and ended up as noir.

Making: I finished Foxy but it’s huge for Grace. Trying to decide whether to rip it out or make do. I have time to reknit it but I am very very lazy.

Not much to report.

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Watching: Friday night we didn’t watch anything, because it was our gaming night. Last night we watched Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (also on Netflix!), and it was wonderful. (I maaaaaaaay have fallen asleep near the end, but that was not a reflection on the movie! I swear! I’m just so tired.)

Reading: I stopped by the library yesterday afternoon and picked up a copy of The Restless Dead, a horror anthology with a majority of lady authors that I am very excited to read. I will report back.

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Making: after playing musical chairs with the needles for all of my current knitting projects, I am working on the foxy hat. Grace has given me very clear directions on how the rest of the costume is to look (white belly, white and red tail, red everywhere else) so I will be essentially recreating her wolf costume from two years ago, in different colors.

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Watching: the first episode of the original television series The Twilight Zone, “Where Is Everybody?”

Despite being a total sausage fest (literally the only woman involved in many manner was a mannequin), I love this. I’ve seen several episodes of The Twilight Zone in various incarnations, but somehow never this one–at least not that I remember.

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Making: foxy! I found some Malabrigo Rios that I think will be perfect, leftover from Dorothy and another (not yet published) hat pattern. I just need to liberate the right size needles and we’ll be good to go!

Reading: Tales of Eventide, the creepy town that’s shown up on my husband’s blog. Start here.

Review and Giveaway: Kung Fu Knits

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Okay, I love this book. It is a knitting-themed comic book with knitting patterns, or maybe a knitting pattern book with a comic.

The comic book portion is super cute. It has great illustrations–not too complicated (I hate distracting stuff in comics) but with tons of detail (I hate lack of detail too, which makes me difficult to please). But am I its intended audience? I asked my children to come read it with me. Sam, who is eight, read Liam’s dialogue, and I read Elizabeth’s. Grace (four) was disappointed that there is no little girl, but she loved the hedge dragon. Sam couldn’t believe how quickly it was over.

“AWWW. That’s IT? I wish there was MORE!”

Well, there you have it. Kung Fu Knits is kid-tested and mom-approved.

The patterns are straight-forward and relatively easy, with clear directions. These projects are not for a true novice, but an adventurous beginner with all basic knitting skills mastered could manage. At the same time, there is enough going on that I would happily knit one of the projects without fear of getting bored. (After all, Gilmore Girls is on Netflix. I am going to keep mentioning that until I have time to watch all seven seasons.)

I am giving away a copy of the e-book. To enter, just leave a comment on this post by next Wednesday, October 8th. You can comment about anything, but if you need a topic, how about your favorite martial arts movie? Please include your email address and/or Ravelry username so Elizabeth can send the book to the winner.

If you just can’t wait to get a copy:

Kung Fu Knits is available for digital download for $9.95 at Ravelry or in paperback for $15.95 at Cooperative Press (comes with the digital download). I believe it will be on Amazon soon as well, though you will not get the digital download with the paperback if you purchase there.

I also have a discount code that’s good for any of Elizabeth’s self-published patterns: you can use the code kfklaunch for 15% off.

Here is the rest of the blog tour schedule! Lots of great stops.
22 September | Mixed Martial Arts & Crafts blog
24 September | Fibretown podcast
28 September | Must Stash podcast
29 September | Through the Back Loops blog
2 October | Through the Looking Glass blog (you are here)
5 October | The Knitgirllls podcast
10 October | Makewise Designs blog
15 October | Sunset Cat Designs blog
17 October | Joeli’s Kitchen podcast
22 October | Slate Falls Press blog
3 November | Wattsolak blog