Testing My Balance

I’ll be the first to admit that, when it comes to knitting and crocheting, I’m not stretching myself nearly enough for what I know my capabilities could be.

One example of this is Continental Knitting. I have been meaning to switch over for years but have always found some excuse as to why I needed to knit English style.

No more excuses.

The next knitting project I start will be done Continental or will not be done at all. I’m going to make sure it is something repetitive and simple so I don’t frustrate myself too much but I need to get the practice in so I can properly adjust my tension.

 

I have a few contenders in the running. In no particular order:

 

  1. Rye by Tin Can Knits
  2. 198 yrds of Heaven by Christy Verity
  3. Easy Brioche Baby Blanket by Yay for Yarn Patterns
  4. Pine Forest Baby Blanket by Ingrid Aartun Bøe

 

Of course, all of this is coming after Camp NaNoWriMo and after the completion of my sweater and socks.

 

However, first I must get past this baby blanket. I’m going to knit on it every day from now until the 31st of March, for no less than four hours per day, until it is completed. This will be quite an entertainment as I’ll have just woken up during the wee hours of the morning when working with knitting needles…near my eyes. Surprised smile

 

That’s about it really. Nothing much else has been happening aside from my twin tomato plants developing sentience and demanding to be fed.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

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Procrastination Station

In a world where pain runs the show…

 

Hello all. It has been some time since I last posted. I’ve been in some measurable amount of pain over the past few months and it all finally came to the point where I had to see a specialist. For months now, I’ve had bilateral Plantar Fasciitis. I can definitely attest that this is not a fun thing to have. I went from walking two to four hours a day in the morning to screaming and crying bloody murder upon standing. Needless to say, I’ve been spending a lot of time utilizing my rest mode function. Which has exacerbated the weight issue which has, in turn, exacerbated the Plantar Fasciitis issue. *headdesk*

 

I’ve been in so much pain that a lot of complex things have fallen by the wayside in favor of less complicated subjects. I’ve picked up yarn dyeing when I should be knitting a lace blanket. I’ve been doing a lot of horizontal reading when I should be vertical and writing. I have sorely neglected the upkeep of my plants, my sweater is on hiatus and my studies have dropped off considerably as I have to be vertical for a good portion of those tasks.

 

After the second visit to my physician, she could see that I was fed up with this whole thing and gave me a referral to see a podiatrist. It was worth it going to get some temporary relief from the pain. The good doctor taped my feet up and, until yesterday evening, it was working like a charm. I hardly felt the pain. I was diagnosed with Bone Spurs which are causing the Plantar Fasciitis injury. Basically, the bone spurs are irritating the tendons. The next step from here is to take some NSAIDs to relieve the pain. If the NSAIDs don’t work effectively, it’ll be time to get more radical. *ominous music*

 

Enough about my feet.

 

This is what I’ve managed to get done on the blanket since the last posting. I am presently one row shy of one complete pattern repeat completed. I really like this pattern because, unlike the next mentioned pattern, I don’t need my glasses for it. 

 

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I’m also making socks. This is a Kate Atherley pattern I came across on Ravelry a while ago. It is pretty much my go to pattern to fit my gigantic feet because it is sized all the way up to men’s sizes and I wear a men’s 9.5/43cm. I’m making four at a time on one 60” Size 2.75mm circular needle. With the exception of the inevitable tangles, all is going well. I need some new socks. I’m calling them Eris and Harmonia.

 

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I have also been knitting on my Flax sweater. The body is complete. I’ve tried it on and it fits. All I need to do now is knit the sleeves and weave in the ends. The picture below is me binding off in pattern. Between needing to finish the blanket and the sudden heat wave a couple of weeks ago, I put this sweater on hiatus for a bit.

 

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In addition to this, I have been teaching myself how to dye yarn. Thus far, I have two cakes I’ve dyed myself. These colors are called Redshift and Decomposition of Light. The yarn is Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool.

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There is also one collaborative effort done with the Maternal Parental. No name as of yet. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash.

 

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As if that weren’t enough for my plate, I’ve got even more planned for the months of March and April. I’ve got a few classes I’m planning on attending, feet willing. I’m also doing Camp NaNoWriMo. I got to fifty-thousand plus words on my story last November but I didn’t complete it. I’d like to set aside time to work on it specifically. Camp NaNo seems like a good opportunity to do that. I’m going for five hundred pages of writing. Hopefully, I can get that done.

 

I have to go now. Food is being called for and I am being summoned for its preparation. Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Celebrating Success

I am so not letting this illness get me down. Instead, I’m going to wax ecstatic about all the things growing in my room as well as the achievements I’ve accomplished.

 

First, an achievement.

 

Four chicken pot pies! If the swipes of tastings are anything to go by, they’re pretty tasty too. I wish I could eat some but they’re not for the household. They’re for the Maternal Parental’s brother and sister.

 

I would have included the Peanut Butter cookies I made along with them but…they sort of got eaten up. On well. Better luck next time.

 

In the realm of gardening, I’ve gotten a monster crop of Jalapeno peppers coming in (vlog coming tomorrow).

Also included is a little junior partner in the Equality Salsa Garden. Ladies, Gentlemen, Multiforms, and Variations Thereupon, I present to you the first developing tomato in my garden.

 

 

In the realm of crafting, I completed one last project, the little Yummy Yoda, prior to the beginning of NaNoWriMo prep for me.

Not bad for a first go at the pattern. I’m going to get some more DK weight yarn in various colors to see how well I can do on making the other figures.

 

The other projects I was working on prior to the beginning of NaNoWriMo Prep will just have to wait forty five days on my desk.

 

Speaking of the writing… I have my Novel title, summary and brief excerpt up on the NaNoWriMo site. I have absolutely nothing else except for a randomly written filling of the world of my story. I live in hope though as I have fifteen more days in this month and another whole month in November to write this out. I’m trying not to procrastinate, like I normally do, but it’s only making me do just that.

 

I’m going to make a revised schedule for myself tomorrow. Either that, or stick to the one I have up on my wall. I still have loads more research to do and characters to create. Wish me good luck.

No Halloween For You!

I feel terrible even writing this out but it has to be done. I’ve got mounting bills sitting on my back and so…I’ve decided not to buy for Halloween this year. Crying face

 

The kids are going to be devastated but it has to be this way. My door will be dark this year. Instead, I’m going to watch a marathon of movies and television shows while I cry my eyes out at not celebrating my favorite holiday. Also, I hope to be finished with this sweater by then and gearing up for NaNoWriMo. I hope so at any rate.

 

As to the sweater, I’m doing well thus far. I’m into the jacket portion of the knitting and on my way to the first of the body decreases. At the rate I’m knitting, I should definitely be finished with it (or intensely frustrated by it) by Halloween. I have to believe in myself that I can accomplish this feat.

 

Aside from these things, I’ve been writing again. I’m a little further along in my Poly story. Though, admittedly, I’m making some of it up as I go along. I originally intended on moving the family to India or something but France just seemed a natural place to put them. I’ve been posting snippets of the story on my Facebook page for my friends to see but, at the present, I’m not ready for it to be seen by “The Multiverse”.

 

The Aerogarden of Hope is doing fantastic. I just pruned the tomatoes pretty heavily and the peppers less so yesterday. Hopefully, this will aid in the development of tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers. Water changing day is in eight days and I’m looking forward to it as I plan on watering my soil babies with the used Aerogarden water. I figure its better than letting it go down the drain. All those nutrients still in the water can go towards other plants and that water can quench the thirst of a lot of dried out plants.

 

Tonight’s agenda is writing and listening to a bevy of inspirational musical scores. Take care, Everyone. Later! Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Day Eight of the Experiment

I am giving serious thought to ending the experiment early but I don’t know what i’m going to do with all the herbs I’ve grown. Make fish soup? Bake it into bread? Have one hell of a pasta hangover? I really don’t know.

 

Five of the seven herbs are overgrowing the Aerogarden of Hope. The two Basils are crowding out light for all the other plants. The Cilantro is starting to turn colors from a lack of light. The Dill and two Basils keep growing into the light. This is the third time I’ve raised the hood light in a week. Just as fast as I raise it, they grow into it again. It’s a good thing this is an LED and not a CFL system. There’s a shield between the LEDs and plants.

 

The Mint is doing an interesting thing. It’s shooting out the sides of the seed pod. Prior to the experiment, I cut one shoot off but six more have taken its place. Hail Hydra.

 

The Curly Parsley and Chives (which I had to switch out owing to light blockage) are finally starting to grow but their progress is being blocked by the Basils, though the Chives are growing into the light as well. The whole of the Room of Doom smells like Basil. It’s nice to wake up to but it’s starting to burn my eyes a bit. It is a very strong aroma. I am so tempted to just cut it all back. Again, what would I do with it? I’m not going to eat it all again. That was painful when I did it last week.

 

I’m thinking of experimenting with cookery vis a vis a Red Fish Soup. I have an extra can of Tomato sauce that the Maternal Parental doesn’t want to eat. I also have egg noodles, copious amounts of fresh herbs, corn, green beans, Lemon Pepper, salt, pepper and celery seeds. It’s not much but it is somewhere to put these herbs.

 

Oh wait. I have frozen vegetables in the freezer! Yay! I’m going to make a Red Fish Soup and Mint flavored tea. BowlCoffee cup

 

I guess this means that the Ignoring Experiment is over at nine days into it. Thanks for reading my updates. The results are that the herb garden, when left to its own devices, drinks up about four to six cups of water on a good day. Given the ambient temperature of my room, combined with the growing methods, the plants do exceptionally well in their present location, though there is an issue with light blockage due to the high growth rate of the Basils and Mint. Tomatoes and Peppers should love it here. Plus, I just got a request to grow Spinach.

 

Someone is going to have tea and soup soon. Wish me well. Devil

 

Not much else is happening. The World continues to spin on. I continue to live upon it.

 

Later Everyone! Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Aerogarden of Hope Experiment

Hello Everyone!

 

Today is the first official day of my experiment with the Aerogarden of Hope. I trimmed back the herbs most brutally. I was especially brutal to the Basils and Mint. I must have cut six ounces of herbs total from the vict…plants. I hope they don’t get me in the night.

 

Here’s a picture of the aftermath. The “before” picture can be seen in the previous post from yesterday.

 

My total yield of herbs was substantial. Pay no mind to the cluttered desk. From right to left, the herbs are as follows: Thai basil, mint, cilantro, dill, and Genovese basil. I didn’t take anything from the Chives or Parsley as neither are big enough yet to harvest from.

 

 

I am hoping that the pruning job I’ve done will yield me an abundance of herbs in two week’s time. The Curly Parsley and Chives should have caught up by then and everything else should be fully recovered from the waste laid to them. Well, not “waste” considering I ate it all. It was so STRONG… Devil

 

I’m going to smell like herbs for quite a while.

 

Anyway, back to the challenge. I am doing this in preparation of growing Tomatoes and Peppers. I want to put this Aerogarden through its paces to see how much it can take, how much it can support as well as what it can’t handle. I already know from siphoning off the water that it has a built in scale to alert when the water level is too low. That’s good considering (according to my research) Peppers and (especially) Tomatoes drink the reservoir of water dry in record time. If I’m going to grow them, I’m really going to need to stay on top of things.

 

This is why I’m just letting the plants go wild. While they’ll never get to Tomato/Pepper levels as far as water and nutrient requirements, it’ll be interesting to see just how much the Gourmet Herbs can teach me about growing using Hydrocultural methods. Hopefully, nothing will go to seed while I’m doing this experiment. Also hopefully, I’ll have something in the way of food to put all that basil in by the end of this.

 

After the Sixty day mark for the garden, I’m going to plant the pods in pots of potting mix, put them in my window and start with the Salsa Garden Kit. Either that or a Choose your own mix of Some Tomatoes/Some (probably Jalapeno) Peppers. Hopefully, my Aerogardening Prowess will have increased by then to the point where maintaining these plants will be a breeze.

 

With time and patience, I’m hoping to grow full sized fruit determinant Tomatoes in the Aerogarden of Hope. I’ve scoped out a few varieties that look as though they’d be perfect for growing in the Aerogarden.

 

I’m really finding it amazing that, just a few weeks ago on 20 May, the Aerogarden looked like the picture below. It’s amazing how quickly these plants have sprouted up. Red heart

 

 

As to the updated vlog on the Aerogarden, I’ll do that tomorrow. I’m still tired. Sad smile

 

Have a fantastic weekend, Everyone! Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Say Hello To My Little Friends

As you can see, I’m making a voodoo doll…no. Just kidding. Actually, this is the as yet unfinished Birthday Buddy Bunny for my little cousin. I’m hoping to get her finished by tonight and mailed off by Saturday. I’m incredibly tired right now though. So, I may have to ship it Priority and hope it gets there on or before her birthday.

 

In other news, my Aerogarden has shown quite significant growth among its plants. It’s almost unrecognizable from three weeks ago. Surprised smile

 

 

The Chives haven’t changed much but everything else is shooting up quite nicely. I will admit to eating a few…or more…of the leaves off of these plants over the past few weeks. Part of it was pruning, part of it was my being hungry. That’s all about to change though.

 

Starting today, I am not going to do anything to the Aerogarden of Hope except give it water. I want to see how far this machine can go as far as sustaining plants. Better to find it out now with the much less fickle herbs than when I get the tomatoes and peppers sitting in the Aerogarden.

 

I did a vlog on the Aerogarden of Hope’s progress tonight but I’m really not happy with the quality of it. So, I’m going to shoot another video tomorrow once I’ve gotten some rest. I’ve been up the past day and a half transferring most of the media on my computer to BD-RE disks. It is exhaustive, mind numbing, boring and tiring work but someone’s got to do it. Now that some 300gb of space is free on my computer, I can relax and enjoy how much more quickly it goes. I can also take my now portable media and look at it on a Bluray player if I so desire to.

 

Is everyone else ready for the upgrade to Windows 10? Apparently, I am. I got a special message from Microsoft offering me the opportunity to upgrade to WinX for free. Yeah, I know. I thought it was a scam or something too but it’s apparently genuine. I guess they got sick of the people holding on to 3.1 all these years. Joke. Hopefully, it won’t be a total cluster… of a situation with the upgrade. Embarrassed smile

 

This is actually the first time I’m keeping up with everyone on an upgrade in Windows. Normally, I stay on an OS version for years…possibly a decade or more. Don’t ask me about Windows 98…please. Crying face

 

Oh yeah….confession time. I recently bought some stuff from Knit Picks. Now, given both my yarn and book diet until 2017, I’m pretty ashamed of myself right now. I was supposed to refrain from buying either of these things until January 2017. The only thing I could have sort of justified was the purchase of the Shawl Pin I got. Though, I’m giving serious thought to re-evaluating this whole Yarn diet thing. I make regular trips very close to my LYS now and it would be a shame to wait until 2017 to go there when they have such good reviews and yummy yarns. So, I think I’m going to cancel the yarn diet and keep the book diet. Party smile

 

Got the Maternal Parental the three part series That’s Entertainment! and it’s a combination birthday/Mother’s day gift. This is her first Bluray.

 

Oh man, I am so tired.

 

Good night, Peoples of the Sun. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow