Commissions, Yay!

Okay, well, I’m only getting paid for one thing. Even so.

I am making a baby blanket for a client’s great-grandchild and, to add a bonus item to the mix, I’m going to attempt to make a little toy bear to go with it.

For my second commission, I am making my new friend a pair of gloves. That’s if my thumb will let me. You know, I think I ought to include this darn thing in the Blog terminology page? It’s almost as bad as Frankenfoot.

Now, both of these are going to require that I buy some yarn. I don’t consider this a breaking of my goal of a yarn diet as the purchase of the yarn is not directly for me. I did stipulate that commissions which require the purchase of yarn would be exempt from my yarn fasting. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself…

Onto the Doily. I made it as far as round 24 and was all prepared to go to round 25 when I noticed one of the pineapple chain 3 loops was missing. A further investigation revealed that I had, in point of fact, messed up a full three rounds before. Oh, the frogging I did was enough to make anyone cry. It’s presently sitting on the floor, collecting dust until such time as I finish this blog entry. Then, I’m going to give it the college try again. Pity me.

Rest In Peace, 43Things

Wow, I can’t believe it’s ending. I’ve been on that site setting and acheiving goals since 14 August 2005. I was hoping to put my goals up on 43things for years into the future but sadly, it’s not to be. I’m going to move my goals over to this blog.

Thank you, 43Things, for everything.

Oh Hai There!

It’s me, your friendly neighborhood Loony.

I’ve got a date. Yeah, I can scarcely believe it myself.

He’s a seemingly normal, very nice gentleman who hasn’t tingled my spidey sense yet. That’s a positive. As you can probably tell from the calendar reference in the sidebar, we’re meant to go out this Friday. The details of where we’re going and for how long we’ll be gone are still unknown. Spontaneity isn’t my strong suit. I like plans and details. Especially with people who are effectively strangers to me. Hell, I don’t like surprises with my own friends and family. Yet, I’m willing to go on this date, regardless.

Why? I hear you and me both asking? I would have to say it’s because I genuinely like the guy. Had it been one of the numerous blind dates and not so blind dates my parents tried to set me up on, I would have been running for the hills. He doesn’t strike me as a horrible person or an evil person. He just seems like a nice guy.

Being no fool, I will, of course, take every precaution in my arsenal to ensure my safety. Call it my Linus Blanket, if you will. :D

At the very least, my German can get a good practice with him at the level of basic friendship.

I did promise him I’d make him some gloves. I might also make him a hat which would require I buy yarn despite my yarn and book diet. I’m not getting much. Just six skeins of Lion Brand’s Superwash Merino Cashmere in the color he chose, black, and some Lion Brand’s Pound of Love to make a baby blanket for a recently acquired commission. The glove yarn, I’ll incorporate into my own accessory set, as it’s the third of my tricolor of black, purple and green. The blanket yarn, I’ll incorporate, as needed into my cardigan.

Deliciously hideous. :)

Okay, that’s enough rambling. Back to working on the doily. I’m currently on round 20. Thanks for reading. I hope it wasn’t too traumatic. :p

Blog Hoppin’ Den Style – KaliTime’s Turn

I was nominated for this bloghop by Den via this post. I’ve never done anything like this before, so please bear with me. :)

1. What am I working on?

I am currently working on Seven projects. A baby blanket, Two pairs of socks via magic loop method, a hat via magic loop method, a crocheted cardigan, a doily and a large blanket. I’m not working on all of these all at once. Some are on ice while I do others. I’m also working on a story about a Polygynous family.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

For my knitting and crocheting, I try to put my own personality into my work. Using colors most people wouldn’t use and putting my own spin on patterns unless it’s something requested by a paying/trading customer. For my writing, I tend to write about things like Polyamory and other multi-partnered relationships in a fictional setting. I also tend to write about people with mental illnesses. It’s all a reflection of my own life.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

For my knitting and crocheting, I do it because I like it. I feel better about my creations being in the world. In the case of my writing, I feel like it’s a story that needs to be told. A reflection of my own personality and life that I want to share with the world and any potential partners.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

In the case of my knitting and crocheting, I get a compulsion to create and something comes out of it. Since I’m dedicated to finishing my projects, I usually get them done in a set amount of time. In the case of my writing, I tend to do what’s called Pre-writing. I do a data dump of everything that’s in my mind about the story, writing it out as best as I can considering I’m not editing or proofreading. Once it’s complete, I go back and edit it properly for dialog and punctuation.

I am nominating two people for this:

Spiral Owl Creations
The Gothic Sex Kitten – An Expat Wife

Pottery Pineapple Doily Exchange 2014

I am currently on round seventeen of the Pottery Pineapple Doily Exchange 2014 doily. I have ten more rounds and six more rows to go until completion.

This doily is for my friend Meredith. Though she doesn’t have to, she’s giving me pottery she’s made in exchange for it. I’m deeply appreciative of her gift and I just hope that my gift to her is good enough to justify the exchange.

Why, may you ask, am I working on a doily when I was previously working on a sweater? My mind is scattering something bad and I needed something complicated to focus on to keep it from drifting off. So far, it’s working. As soon as I’ve finished this doily, I’ll evaluate my mental state and do another project accordingly.

When my hands are too tired to crochet, I’m taking the time out to read. Right now, I’m reading The Ethical Slut by Janet Hardy and Dossie Easton. So far, it’s a pretty good read. It’s not the original book but the updated version. Right now, I’m just reading straight through it for now. I’ll probably do the written assignments on my next read through.

That’s about all that has been happening in my life. Later. :)

Today Was Not A Good Day

However, there are a few bright spots in it.

It became apparent today that I am moving into a mild to moderate depressed state when I did a quiz on one of the health based websites. It’s the anniversary of the Maternal Parental being hit by a car and, while shes doing a lot better than those first few days, she is still struggling a bit emotionally, physically and psychologically as a result of the event. Cars still frighten the hell out of her and, considering what happened, I can’t say I blame her. :(

For me, it’s been a none too subtle reminder at just how much my illnesses affect me. The self same Agoraphobia which prevented me from going to the hospital to be with her when she got hit is still present. I am working on it daily but I seem to be making no headway. The anxiety disorders are flaring up (PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder) but I’m knocking them down as they do. I’m hoping for an increase in my medication when I next go to the Doctor for my physical. o_O

On the side of the good, I am itching to get more work done on Sam’s infernal hat. I’ve gotten three inches knitted already with a lot more to go. I’m determined to get this done. The itch to knit hasn’t hit me in quite a while, so I’m happy it’s returned. I just wish my thumb didn’t hurt so I could do it for hours like I used to do. Still, some progress is better than none at all.

Another good thing, on the crochet front, I’m making a warm weather cardigan. I’m very well into the front portion of it now. I’m hoping to have it all completed before September. My boobs are so big, I had to modify the pattern drastically but it’s based on the Veranda Cardi. Instead of sewing the two pieces together, I’m making the two pieces the front and then making a larger back piece. From there, I’ll sew those together and, if I can manage it with the same color yarn, crochet some small sleeves into the piece. If I can’t, it’ll be the Amazing Pastelcolor Nightmare Coat since I have a lot of Lion Brand’s Pound of Love remnants to go around in many colors.

A fantastically great thing on the blogging front, Polyamory Mom is back to blogging. Her new blog is called Red Thread Farm. I was really inspired reading her initial blog and I look forward to reading her new work. :)

A wonderful thing on the health front, I am no longer in possession of a pained knee. Neither one hurts anymore. Now that the ridiculousness of pain is over for the most part, I can get back to exercising regularly and pursue my outdoors exposure therapy goals with gusto. By “gusto”, I am of course meaning one baby step at a time. I am determined to have this thing beaten by next year.

So, chin up, people. There is work to be done. Later. :D <3