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

Catching Up…

So…I organized most of my yarn stash. It’s getting to be unruly and uncontrollable. I have around two hundred pounds of yarn and crochet thread here. I know this because I had to lift it all.

Honest to goodness, I’m not buying anymore yarn or thread anytime soon. I really don’t have the space or the money to do it. So, for now, I’m focusing on getting my list of projects on Ravelry that I have the yarn and thread for down. That seems a noble goal.

Aside from that, I’ve finally got a darning egg and stranding guide. I predict my socks being properly fixed in the future and colorwork being done.

I’ve also gotten two new books. Yeah, I know. I said I wasn’t going to get them but I did.

One is called Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece: Custom-Color Your Favorite Fibers with Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques by Gail Callahan and the other is called Think Outside The Sox: 60+ Winning Designs from the Knitter’s Magazine Contest by Elaine Rowley. I’ve flipped through both and they look very good. The patterns I saw in Think Outside the Sox look mouthwatering. I just hope I’m up to making them. I’ve got just one more book to get and this truly will be the last book I get for a while. It’s called Star Wars Crochet by Lucy Collin and that one is due to come out in May.

Last of the yarn for a while – Purchased
Last of the books for a while – May 2015.

Right now, I’m supposed to be reading Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush but I’ve been sidetracked by the Great Search for Bluetooth Earphones. I got a pair of Arctic P311s from Amazon but they were defective in that the microphone didn’t work. How useless is that for a phone hookup? Going on hope alone, I bought a second pair in the color I actually wanted in the first place figuring lightning wouldn’t strike twice so to speak. I lucked out in that the new ones work like a charm and they’re green to match my everything. Since I can’t return the black ones without incurring a charge, I’m giving them to the Maternal Parental so she can listen to her JW programs when on the go or when at home and she doesn’t want to disturb me. The positive thing about these earphones is their battery life: 20+ hours as far as I’ve tested them.

Still haven’t finished Hut Von Mike die Schlafmütze or the Cosmos Doily Madness. I am closer to completion on the hat though, so that’s something. I’m now into the K6P2 ribbing and about three inches from closing the top. Thankfully, this is not a priority or paid project. If it were, I’d be so fired by now. LOL

Tomorrow is going to be baking day. I had a cold but it’s gone now and I had thrown my back out but the pain is lessening, so I figured I’d get something accomplished in the way of cookery before the end of the weekend. Breadworld has changed the layout of their site but this is the recipe I’m making sans raisins. However, tonight I knit. Later. 🙂

Finished Hobbes!!!!!

Consider the With A Little Help From My Friend Called Hobbes complete.

Now, I’m going back to knitting Mike’s hat. Later.

Finished The Cosmos Practice Doily!!!!!!

I like this pattern as it’s a challenge but I did have trouble with some of it.

For my own future notes:

Round 5 – The treble crochet cluster stitches are a monster. Gently wriggle the hook through these if you want to keep your hook…and your eyes protected from flying broken hook heads.

Round 8 – Very confusing to read but written correctly. Pay close attention to detail on this round.

Round 11 (Setup round for Round 12) After doing the three treble crochets with the chain 3 on either side, be sure to do SEVEN consecutive chain five, single crochets BEFORE you do the next three treble crochets with a chain 3 on either side. Anything else will cause nightmares.

Round 12 – Remember the mnemonic: “First comes the queen, then the king”. In essence, first comes the more elaborate treble crochet grouping (Queen), then the chain 5 single crochets twice in the loops, then the less elaborate treble crochet grouping (King), then two more chain 5, single crochet twice in the loops.

The pattern actually isn’t complicated, excepting those parts. Just a lot of trebles, chains and single crochets with a few double crochets and slip stitches thrown in for good measure.

Next up on my agenda, I will start The Cosmos Doily Madness. Then, later, I will knit some on the Hut Von Mike die Schlafmütze as my hands need rest from using the small hook.

Finished Bunny Bun Bun!!!!!

I finished Bunny Bun Bun last night. I’m late in posting stuff mainly because I keep falling asleep.

To the front:

To the right:

Mooning you all ’cause he’s a rude boy:

Bunny Bun Bun was a lot of fun to create. He created quite a stir amongst my friends too. Everyone wanted one. Bunny Bun Bun himself is going to live in the Pacific Northwest and I’m going to create his hutch siblings as soon as I get the yarn to make them from everyone who requested a Best Bunny. In the interest of public disclosure, I am not charging for this. It’s not my pattern and…it’s my friends.

Next up on the agenda is the Cosmos Doily practice.

I’m making six of these things. Two for Kathleen in Olive, Two for Daniel and Christine on the occasion of their marriage in Black and two for me in Blue. Well, technically, I’m making seven. I’m starting off with a practice doily to make sure I can complete the pattern correctly. So far, it’s coming out great. I’m already on round five and I am doing well. The pattern is quickly forming. I don’t know what I’m going to do when i get to those picots though.

*sigh*

It’s always something.

I am enjoying myself immensely though. I love crafting without commission pressure.

I am getting to the point where I’ve decided I don’t need the money of that weighty commission as much as I need my sanity. I am teetering on the edge of giving the blanket away as a gift rather than charging for it. Call it my last hurrah of paid crafting. I am cancelling the hats and other requested items though. The feeling of absolute relief that just rushed through me when I wrote that decided me. I will give the blanket, for free, to the purchaser.

Remember Hut Von Mike die Schlafmütze? Remember Dark Hexagonals?

Well, they’re still sitting on my table and in my closet collecting dust. I haven’t forgotten them, Hobbes just took my attention from both and then I got the itch to crochet small stuff. As I finish each crocheted project, I’m going to complete one knitting project. Alternating work will keep my hands from cramping up and my mind from locking up. Especially using this 1.65mm hook. Yes, I know, my Magpie mind is showing.

I still haven’t made my hat, scarf and gloves set for myself. I’ll get to it, eventually.

Thank Goodness For Chase Brexton

I am so exhausted. I’ve been up since 4am and traveling since before 6:30am to make what turned out to be a futile appointment up in Reisterstown. Not for me, understand, but for the Maternal Parental.

For as long as I can remember, the Maternal Parental has had dental issues. She got the first of her teeth pulled when I was very small and has been losing teeth regularly since then. At present, she’s down to her last 7.5 teeth. I say 7.5 because one broke off the other day. This is where the rude and unhelpful medical service comes into play. I’d heard about a local medical facility that offered no cost dental extractions for those who qualify. Well, the Maternal Parental qualifies, definitely. So, we got up well before dawn and started traveling from where we live, out to Reisterstown, Maryland (closer to Glyndon) so she could, hopefully, be seen. We got to the location at 7:38 precisely and I rang the doorbell for the site. A very nice gentleman explained that the health facility was set up in the back and asked us to walk around to the back parking lot. Thinking that the Maternal Parental might finally have some relief, we obliged happily.

We got around back and met a man coming out of the back of the place and asked him if this were the place we were looking for. He said yes but that we might not be seen as there were already people ahead of us. He told us to try anyway though, and we thanked him for his help and hoped that we could somehow get the Maternal Parental seen that day. When we went in, we asked the two ladies who seem to be in charge about the possibility of being seen and were rudely rebuffed.

My mom, not understanding the process of selection, thought we’d called and made an appointment and one of the women rudely said, “Well, we don’t take appointments!” in a snappy voice as though she were admonishing a child. So, I’m getting pissed but remaining polite and the Maternal Parental is getting, understandably upset at the treatment. The Maternal Parental brought up their phone message, which states that eight people would be seen that day and was told, “Well, we already sent two people back” in a snappy voice before the woman further condescended to us both by holding up her fingers reiterating the number of people meant to be seen while explaining rudely that only six people were going to be seen that day and that some people had waited since 1am for dental work.

I then politely tried to end the whole debaucle by asking about the next possible time as advertised on their website, that being the 23rd. In a huff, I was told that they weren’t coming back to that location until January 6th. Wanting to end the whole experience, I thanked them both for their consideration and wished them both a Merry Christmas. No reply. The Maternal Parental was adamant about not going back over the rude treatment she received and I’m inclined to agree. It’ll take a while but we’re going to save up and go to Chase Brexton instead. I just hope her broken off tooth doesn’t develop an infection while we’re saving up.

Now, I’m trying to give them the benefit of the doubt. I don’t know how long they were on site. They could have been there from 1am. I don’t know what’s going on in their lives as they could have any number of stressors running rampant in their personal lives. Still, do you really have to reply to people asking basic questions about a service you’re supposed to provide in so undignified a manner? No one was rude to them. Heck, people are showing up and grateful for the free care considering the cost of dental work in Maryland. I don’t know, it’s just been weighing heavily on my mind all day since it happened.

Thank goodness for Chase Brexton.

My “Day of the Doctor” Experience at BSFS

Yesterday was the most fantastic day I’ve had in years.

It all started when my friend and his Dad picked me up (agoraphobia, remember) and, after picking up his friend, we rode down to the best pizza I have ever eaten at a place called Matthew’s Pizza. We had wonderous garlic bread and three kinds of pizza: pepperoni, everything but olives and the famous crab pizza. I have never tasted such bliss before yesterday afternoon. I dreamed of that pizza’s wholesome goodness and they were blissful dreams.

After we ate, we rode around to The Baltimore Science Fiction Society to watch The Day of the Doctor. The wonderful people of the BSFS held a free screening of the 50th Anniversary showing of Doctor Who and it was amazing! I’m still in tremors over how absolutely fantastic the whole experience was. While I was there, I got a chance to see a very good friend of mine. I hadn’t seen him in person in years, since pre-agoraphobia days. It was really great reconnecting with him.

While we were there, some guy in a Doctor #4 scarf was handing out jelly babies. Most people, including me took them. It was a really sweet gesture of camaraderie and nostalgia for the show.

I must admit, once I was put in front of a big screen, I went into viewer zombie mode. I could barely make out what my friends and my friend’s Dad were saying but I tried to answer as best as I could. Some of the questions were about series seven, which I haven’t seen yet. That will be rectified today. A few of the questions were about me. Boooooring.

For those who haven’t seen it, fear not, there will be no spoilers on my blog. I respect your viewing pleasure.

One awesome thing I did see in the pre-show coverage was someone who’d completed Kate Atherley’s Doctor Who: Bigger On The Inside shawl showing it off. It never fails to inspire seeing that wonderful masterpiece completed. The drape and construction were fantastic! I can’t wait to get mine started with the yarn I bought for it. I nearly screamed when I saw it. Doctor Who has such awesome and amazing fans.

We watched the show and it simply tore our hearts out. As usual. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place by the end. There was a strategic box of tissues for anyone who needed it and, let’s just say, it got a lot of usage yesterday.

All good things must come to an end. My friends and I had to leave right after the show ended. I said my farewells to my very good friend and proceeded to wheeze and power walk my way through the darkening streets of East Baltimore to get to the nearest bus stop that would take us to the Metro. Suprisingly, I made it and we waited in the growing chill. I was so elated having seen Doctor Who’s 50th that I didn’t even feel it for a while and neglected to put my coat on for most of the wait. Eventually, common sense took over and I put the bloody thing on. 😀

I was so absorbed in the afterglow of the 50th that I could barely talk. So, my friends carried the conversation on the Metro ride out to our connecting stops. After warm hugs, we said farewell at their stop and I, shockingly, continued on to my own stop. No anxiety attack, no freaking out.

For those of you who aren’t in the know, I’m agoraphobic. Distressingly so. I can’t normally leave the house without escort and, last night, I was able to complete the journey home on the bus and walking by myself. That’s the power of friendship and Doctor Who on me. I can complete amazing feats without my Linus Blankets with me.

So, in the 27F cold, I made my way home. I’m bursting to tell you all about the showing itself but…spoilers.

My eternal thanks of gratefulness go out to the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for hosting this event and allowing us, the Fan Family, to see The Day of the Doctor for free. I highly recommend everyone goes to the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. They’ve got all sorts of wonderful things going on there from critique circles, to movie outings, to board gaming, to the largest collection of Science Fiction related books I’ve seen outside of a public library and so much more. Please check them out? 🙂

That’s about it. I need to go help The Maternal Parental bake a cake and watch Doctor Who series seven as well as a plethora of other movies and series. Later!