Monday, September 29, 2014

DWTS season 19: Week 3

Randy. I felt as if he was trying to dance it well but there was a disconnect. His body position didn't have the tension to be strong. His footwork didn't have the drive to support it either. He seems to do better with the ballroom. 7s were generous.

Alfonso. That song is a hustle first off. He didn't look as comfortable in hold. But they stayed close in the hips which is rare. And you support your shoulders with your back muscles. I'll agree with the scores.

Betsey. There were times her feet could have been pointed more. It seemed to be lift she tricks and not much in between. Too high even getting rid of Kevin's score.
 
Lea. She looked like she forgot the choreography a bit. Knees were a little too bent at times and she seemed on her toes rather than being grounded through her hips. Jive was better. I'll give her the scores.

Michael. Why is he safe? And where was the rise and fall? And the fluidity? And what were the judges seeing? Don't think it was worth 7s.

Antonio. Song was not a foxtrot. It was too fast. His shoulders were too high in hold. It didn't look right. Better than Micheal not an 8. I'm iffy on the 7s as well.

Sadie. I liked it but there were one or two moments out of hold where she had an odd position. I'll agree with the scores.

Jonathan. Interesting. I like her dress. I think his butt was sticking out. There wasn't much connection at the hips. Feet looked a bit flat. Barely give him the scores.

Janel. Loved that. Would call it Broadway rather than jazz bit I don't care. I agree with the scores.

Tommy. Much better then last week. There were one or two awkward moments. I'll give him the 8s.

Bethany. Cute. But I felt the wrap on her able was a bit distracting to me. I'll give them the scores but I preferred Janel's number.

And Randy goes home. Although he didn't quite live up to his initial foxtrot for me, Michael was the one that should've give home based on last week's dance.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

SFS2014 - September

Eek. 3 months until the end of the year. Let's see what did I do this month. I worked on some cross stitch

Started sewing. Made a cat, intended to make a dress by Halloween, don't know how well that's going to go.


Crocheted a Love Bug


And finished my Petals Wrap Cardigan.




And just for good measure, I reorganized my stash located in my Craft Closet of Doom. Which got it's own post.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

End of September

My (slow) progress on Triptych. The castle may drive me nuts.


I finished my Petals Wrap Cardigan! White shirt was for contrast due to the similar nature between my dress form and the yarn used.

 
Sleeves were a bit tight at the shoulder when I initially tried it on, but it could have been a bit twisted.

I spent an entire day reorganizing my stash. Which you can see on my latest post on my Craft Closet of Doom.

Monday, September 22, 2014

DWTS Season 19: Week 2

Interesting opening. I was correct in picking the eliminated couple last week, although that wasn't hard to figure out.

Randy. He didn't do much actual cha cha. But he was entertaining. Bit flat footed. Did better with the foxtrot. I'll give him the scores. Barely.

Janel. I give them props for doing a foxtrot to that song. A tiny bit jerky at times, mainly when they weren't dancing actual foxtrot. I'll agree with the scores. I'm not completely convinced on the 9s.

Lea. More memorable than last week. Her posture looked a bit hunched. But footwork was good. Don't know if it was 9s.

Michael. Uh... Most uncoordinated hip rolls I've ever seen. He walked the dance. The judges are being really generous.

Tavis. Where was the cha cha? And that song is a hustle. He looked at Sharna for the choreography almost the entire dance. Way too generous again.

Alfonso. For samba, that was pretty good. Some transitions looked a bit rushed in his feet but he had 3 weeks for the last dance. I'll agree with the scores.

Bethany. Song didn't match dance. There wasn't that much foxtrot. It was cute. Too high for me.

Betsey. Better then last week but very simple. I noticed a limp hand as she came down the stairs. And she never looked left when in hold. And she looks less crazy. I'll agree with the scores.

Antonio. Knees were too bent, footwork was sloppy. Where were the hips? Too high.

Tommy. Umm... okay? That did nothing for me. High for me.

Jonathon. I don't think he did anything. She danced around him almost the entire time. Too high.
Sadie. Cute. I felt it was simple. A bit jazz by the numbers. Too high. 

Michael should be in the bottom if not going home tomorrow. Joining him may possibly be Tavis and Betsey with an option of Tommy.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bits and pieces

Well, I switched cross-stitch projects. So this...

Plus this...



Will eventually equal TW's Fantasy Triptych. Why did I start this piece? It was the next random # after I did skip two that I knew I didn't want to work on.

Onto the crochet update. My Petal Cardigan has both sleeves and the right side edging. Looking at the picture, I could've focused a bit better., but I think you get the idea.


A close up of the edging, which is very focused.


And finally. The progress on the dress.


Which at this point is just a muslin version of the midriff. I've been a bit lazy on this project. I cut it to size 14 and it's a little big. I most likely will have to lengthen it as I feel the skirt will be too high to be flattering on me at the moment. Also must remember to mark the top of these pieces properly as it's very easy to confuse which side is which.

Monday, September 15, 2014

DWTS Season 19: Week 1

Cute opening. Nothing amazing. 

Antonio. Heel leads in Latin is a no no. Especially Locksteps. he'll stay around for a few weeks. I guess I'll agree with the scores except Bruno.

Lea. Not bad. It was a fairly basic routine but pretty. Her position in hold needs work. Hmm. I was just reminded Carrie ann and Artem dated for a while. I'll give her the scores.

Janel. Not much actual Jive, but the song didn't lend itself to it. Some of her static positions looked a little odd. Over rotated and leaning back? Good performance. I'll agree with the scores.

Lolo. Very stiff and awkward. Didn't match Keo in anything.  She's in a dangerous position if she doesn't have a big fan base. I'll agree with the scores. Antonio had a better performance.

Betsey. I'll give her that she's flexible. But that's about all she had going for her. I'll agree with the scores.

Tavis. A bit bouncy. Foxtrot is smoother. Entertaining but technique needs work. Not 8 worthy.
Sadie. Pretty good, she was sharp. Knees could be straighter at times. She was enjoying herself. I agree with the scores.

Michael. Locksteps were horrible. Everything else wasn't much better. Not worthy of 7s.

Jonathon. He needs to pick his knees up more. He didn't match Allison, who impressed me but I'm still a bit skeptical for a few more weeks. I'll agree with the scores.

Tommy. Really slow song. Not much cha cha either. Too high.

Randy. Was not expecting that. Light on his feet and smooth. I'll agree with the scores.

Bethany. Cute. I had seen a preview of this routine earlier. It was clean. Don't think it was the best of the night.

Alfonso. That was the best dance of the night. Content, technique, and entertaining. I agree with the scores. 

Based on what I saw the people in danger of going home tomorrow night are Lolo, Betsey, and possibly Lea. Betsey may stick around for the 'crazy' factor. Lea is there because she went early and may have gotten lost by the end of the night.

I harp of locksteps a lot on here. If your legs do not 'lock' at the ankles before stepping forward again, you are not doing them right.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stuffed finishes

My progress on my cross-stitch. I've gotten to a point where I'm working in that cream/beige coloring and I'm thinking of switching.


So, one guess that those fabric scraps from last week became a teapot cozy. Nope. Maybe this will be helpful.


No? Maybe these?



Still no guesses? Well, here's the finished product.


A stuffed kitty cat!
And this mess of parts...

Became this.

A love bug.

And my cardigan has sleeves. Well, 1.5 sleeves. I'll go finish up the other one now.
 
Not the best photo. I'll get to work on the dress this week. I was worried I had lost two pattern pieces but they were stuck at the bottom of the envelope.

And Dancing with the Stars starts Monday. Yay!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Restarting my sewing

I think you can finally tell that there are people in this piece. I have *drum roll please* Two hands! Belonging to two different people! Is that a shirt collar too? (Ok, I'll stop)


And this is the crochet I've been working on. The pattern was not written clearly at all for the joining round. They didn't take into account the lack of a double shell. It should be joined in the ch2 of the shells but to make everything else work, I had to join the front to the back between shells. Several times as after I figured out how to join them properly to get 8 unworked shells on each side, I realized I skipped half of the shell earlier in the round (thankfully I caught the mistakes before I got too far along with the sleeves. That would've been disastrous.

And now for the title of the this post. I've started sewing again!




Well, I've cut out pattern pieces to sew something. Still need to get out my machine(s). Any guess as to what this will become? I'll give you a hint, it's not wearable. This is just to warm my sewing skills up for the major project for a specific event.

A wedding. Specifically a masquerade wedding on Halloween, formal attire. So yesterday I pulled out all the patterns I had that were or could be formal wear. I then gave a few of them to my mom to choose. Turns out the one she liked the best was the one I had the materials for.

So this one will finally come into existence. I'm making the bodice in muslin first to check the fit. I do not want to cut three layers of fabric for the bodice just to have to take it in. I have a little under two months to complete it.

I do have a back up dress in my closet should this somehow not come to fruition in time.

Maybe I'll get around to the Halloween quilt I bought materials for last year after this. Then the Christmas wreath. We'll see if I get on a roll or peter out like I did with that sun dress. Maybe I'll end up finishing that. I only had a few more steps... Formal dress first.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DWTS season 19 cast

Well, the cast for the upcoming season has finally been (officially) announced. Here are my pre-season opinions on the cast and their partners.

Antonio Sabato Jr, 42, General Hospital (partnered with Cheryl Burke)
The 'hot' guy of the season. He'll stick around for a bit just because the ladies want to see him with his shirt off. If he can actually dance, he'll make it far.

Alfonso Ribeiro, 42, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (partnered with Witney Carson)
Carlton! He has rhythm, I think, and I'm pretty sure that famous dance of his will make an appearance at some point during the show. Hopefully he's a better dancer than his character was. Pretty sure this will be a fun partnership.

Bethany Mota, 18, YouTube sensation (partnered with Derek Hough)
I think I've seen her in the recent youtube commercials. No clue what her dancing ability is but she has a large fan base. Whether or not they'll vote it a different matter. Given she's partnered with Derek there's a good chance the producers think she will go far.

Betsey Johnson, 72, fashion designer (partnered with Tony Dovolani)
Poor Tony, he's always with the older ladies. If she can't dance, she may be one of the first ones out.

Janel Parrish, 25, Pretty Little Liars (partnered with Val Chmerkoskiy)
Don't watch the show, but it's safe to assume this is the 'Disney kid' of the season.

Jonathan Bennett, 33, Mean Girls (partnered with Allison Holker)
Another good looking guy, but maybe not in the same league as Antonio. My real issue is on his partner Allison. She's not a ballroom dancer, she's contemporary. That's what So You Think You Can Dance uses her for as an All Star. So even if she's had a whole slew of lessons recently, I don't know if her choreographic repertoire of steps will be as wide as the other pros. It waits to be seen. Most likely they'll have contemporary for the first show.

Lea Thompson, 53, Back to the Future (partnered with Artem Chigvintsev)
No clue what her ability is but Artem's hot. They'll be promoting him as winner of Strictly Come Dancing but he also started out on SYTYCD. Although they failed to mention him on that show too.

Lolo Jones, 32, Olympian (partnered with Keo Motsepe)
This could be an explanation as to why she ended her track season early. Keo was in Burn the Floor which is a really good ballroom show.

Michael Waltrip, 51, NASCAR champion (partnered with Emma Slater)
Our last race car driver won even if he wasn't the best dancer of the season. But personality will really factor into how far he gets from the starting line.

Randy Couture, 51, MMA champion (partnered with Karina Smirnoff)
I'm going to put Randy into the 'boxer' category, they don't really do too well. Maybe Karina can work him into staying a little longer or it may be another early exit like last season.

Sadie Robertson, 18, Duck Dynasty (partnered with Mark Ballas)
Reality show star. She's young and the show kept topping the ratings last fall. We'll see how that will eventually translate to placement.

Tavis Smiley, 49, talk show host (partnered with Sharna Burgess)
I have no clue who this guy is but he's also an author. Shall we assume no fanbase?

Tommy Chong,  76, Cheech and Chong (partnered with Peta Murgatroyd)
Entertaining but I'm not sure of his dance ability.

Of course I end up being surprised sometimes.