Friday I'm in love

I've been a longtime admirer of my friend Misha's blog series, Friday I'm in Love.  Every Friday, she and her gals post lists of ideas, events, and items that they're loving that week.  I think it's a great way to learn about new things and gain some inspiration.  That's why I am excited to announce that I am joining the circle of fun!  Come back every Friday to see what I'm loving.  Be sure to check out what Misha, Kendra, Mary Beth, and Amanda are digging each week, too. 

ONE:  Mary Flanagan Textured Wool Bundles from Purl Soho

Each set of 10 is hand-dyed in the same bath to create a coordinated collection.  They even have a project guide to make a Quillow (a quilt that folds into a pillow).

Spring Rain

Spring Rain

Wake Up Call

Wake Up Call

Straw

Straw

TWO: Arm Knitting

What is arm knitting?  It's when you use your arms and hands, rather than needles, to knit.  Using super bulky (6) yarn, you can create fast, chunky scarves and blankets.  Even if you're a novice, the tutorials on SimplyMaggie.com are easy to follow.  I made the infinity scarf below a few weeks ago during TGIT commercial breaks.  And, while listening to the Bears game on Sunday, I knitted the blanket.

 
2 skeins Lion Brand Hometown USA Little Rock Granite doubled

2 skeins Lion Brand Hometown USA Little Rock Granite doubled

 7 skeins of Paton's Cobble Yarn doubled

 7 skeins of Paton's Cobble Yarn doubled

THREE: Literary Portraits by Terrific Friends

These prints are a whimsical way to pay homage to your favorite author.  I ordered one for a friend and was impressed by the quality.  I like the idea of framing the portrait alongside a quote from one of the writer's works.  I'm especially partial to Henry David Thoreau (surprise, surprise), Flannery O'Connor, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I'm hoping that one day, Terrific Friends will immortalize my favorite playwright, Tennessee Williams.

FOURHoliday Affair (1949)

Since it's officially the Christmas season, holiday film viewing may now commence.  (Confession: I watch Christmas movies all yearlong...and listen to festive music in the middle of summer.  I love me some Dean Martin...what can I say?)  I especially enjoy the old black and whites.  A few years ago, I was pleased to discover one that I had never seen called Holiday Affair.  It's a Christmas romantic comedy involving a love triangle between Connie Ennis, a war widow and single mother; Carl Davis, her boyfriend; and Steve Mason, a store clerk. Connie's son, Timmy, is one of the most adorable children ever cast in a film.  This lighthearted movie is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.  It includes two of my favorite film quotes: "Anything can change a life that's ready to be changed" and "No time is wasted that makes two people friends."  Hopefully you can catch it on TCM or rent it from iTunes.

 
 

Enjoy your weekend!