Determined Rambling

Thirteen days ago, I was struggling with every aspect of my creative, academic, and fitness life. As of today, I am making inroads into regaining my life.

 

Not only have I been writing and doing some sporadic knitting, I’ve also been reading and I just completed the first day of the C25K via Zen Labs Fitness App. I’m even making inroads into the Vegan diet I’d like to adopt.

 

I would love to say that this inspiration to do more came from within but, actually, I’m filling a void left by the hopes and dreams of having my own garden plot being temporarily shattered. I got a call yesterday saying that a garden plot was ready for me and asking me to come register. I returned the call and made an appointment to meet with Garden Lady. Just as I was about to head out the door with my checkbook, Garden Lady called me back ten seconds after we’d hung up and asked if I knew the garden plots were for fifty-five and older people. This had never been mentioned so, naturally, I was shocked. I was totally professional as my heart sank to my feet at the prospect of losing the growing space I’d never really had in the first place. She said she’d keep me on the waiting list in case anything changed. I thanked her and we disconnected the call.

 

I was in a right peeved mood for quite a while, I was short with people, distant, and moody for most of the day. Then, I got to baking a cake for The Maternal Parental and making dinner. For dinner last night, I made an Afghan Kidney Bean Curry thanks to a recipe I found on The Curious Chickpea blog. It was then that I realized that, without the garden, I was free to do more things in my day than if I had to walk the miles I would have had to walk. It also freed my financially. I can save the money I was planning to spend on gardening supplies and plants to grow.

 

I can either make due with what I have: An Aerogarden, two windowsills, and a few surfaces with room for houseplants or I can splurge and buy another Aerogarden or grow lights and grow more stuff in my room. I think I’ll err on the side of houseplants for now. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Aerogarden and I’m curious about grow lights but I just don’t know if I have the room in my room for so much stuff. Houseplants are more practical and easier to maintain. Sure, I won’t be growing beefsteak tomatoes or anything anytime soon but I can grow low light loving favorites of mine.

 

I will also pester politely ask the Manager of the community if I can grow stuff outside in pots and Earthboxes. Ten to one, they’re going to say no but it is worth a try.

 

If anyone had any suggestions for a good houseplant, please share it in the comments section. My room, while SSW facing, gets very little sunlight. It also has an extreme in temperatures. It is usually very dry in here too.

 

Okay, I think that’s enough personal writing for today. I will be saving my writing energy for tonight and my continuation of one or more of my stories, if not the start of a whole new one.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Take care and have a fantastic day.

 

Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

An Interesting Turn

My understanding of Plant Based vs. Vegetarian vs. Vegan was completely and utterly misinformed. After talking with some friends of mine, I was properly informed of the errors in my classifications and help was offered to aid me in adjusting to my newly adopted diet.

 

A Vegan diet. Here we go again. I’ve been down this road before. At least this time, I’m doing it on my own terms.

 

As stated before, I am not giving up my knitting, crocheting, weaving, and other Yarn-y goodness. I am adhering to a dietary regimen. I’m just a bit more clear on the details now with regard to what I’m eating.

 

Speaking of yarn-y goodness. I  finally pushed myself to knitting the heel flaps of the Rye Light socks I’m knitting. My socks are nicknamed ‘My Patronus is a Harpy Eagle’ on Rav if you’re interested in following my progress. Here’s an old picture from January:

 

 A pair of light green socks in the process of being knitted via the magic loop method.

 

These will be short socks. However, I’m proud of me for pushing myself to knit on rather than get stuck in the crafting equivalent of quicksand. It isn’t the pattern but my own mood due to unavoidable things going on in my life right now. I have nine projects (at least!) to complete this year. I don’t want to spend my time getting tangled in one.

 

That’s about it. I’ve got to rest up because I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate recently.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. wlEmoticon-rollingonthefloorlaughing.pngwlEmoticon-redheart.pngwlEmoticon-rainbow.png

Plant-based Diet

I have been studying a lot about Plant-based diets for the first time in literally years. I’ve been reading and looking at credible videos, recipe sites, shows, etc.

 
For the first time ever, my thinking on this particular dietary path isn’t based on my animosity towards another being or my trying to prove myself. To the best of my knowledge, I haven’t been bitten by an anti-meat tick. I simply appear to be losing the craving for animal-based foods.

 
I’m not trying to convince anyone else to join me in this escapade. This is my journey. See you on the other side of this thing.

 

 
In other business, I’ve been knitting. By the way, I have no intention of giving up on the knitting, crocheting, and weaving. I’m going to be adopting a diet, not a full lifestyle. Back to the narration. I’ve had multiple projects going since before the first of January but, owing to my being incredibly sleepy while knitting, I managed to mess up the Villimarjatar shawl. I will restart the shawl once I’ve finished the Rye Light Socks.

 

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. wlEmoticon-rollingonthefloorlaughing.pngwlEmoticon-redheart.pngwlEmoticon-rainbow.png

Busy and Learning

I’ve been neglecting this blog. Between all my other obligations and the obligations which have foisted themselves upon my shoulders, I haven’t had much time for the mentally carefree writing I normally do here.

 

*chortling*

 

I currently *shock*gasp*awe* have only two knitting projects I’m actively working on. One is a larger project that I hope to get completed before the end of the year. It’s a sweater for the Maternal Parental of which I am currently into knitting the body portion. I will be knitting the sleeves once I’ve done a few reinforcing rounds in the trunk. The other is the second of two gloves I re-started weeks ago. I have finger number one mostly completed and hope to have this silly thing completed before the end of the week (generous timeframe). Once I’ve completed the gloves, I will get to work…finally…on my much put aside Nomad Hat and Scarf combo.

 

I have so many crafting plans for next year but before I can even think of them, I have to get through this current workload of knitting and crocheting. Party smile

 

In addition to this, I’ve started a blanket for my little cousin. It’ll probably be one of the first things I finish crocheting in the New Year. I’m making another Dreamy Lace Baby Throw in Lion Brand’s Pound of Love/Pastel Green.

 

I’ve also got to make an appropriate gift for my friend and his affianced. They’re both great people and I am overjoyed at their betrothal.

 

I’m in the process of finalizing the knitting/crocheting list but it looks something like this as of right now:

 

  1. Villimarjatar by Elina Urmas
  2. Flax Light by tincanknits (x2)
  3. Ice Queen by Rosemary (Romi) Hill
  4. Ethereal by Lakshmi Juneja
  5. Harvest by tincanknits
  6. Kerti Shawl by Heddi Craft
  7. Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley
  8. Lost Souls Skull Shawl by Maryetta Roy
  9. The Hobbit: Bombur’s Travelling Socks by Sue Sedlak

Obviously, this is a lot more Fingering/Sock weight, Lace Weight, and Sport Weight knitting yarn than I’m used to working with. However, I think I’m up to the challenge now given all these years of practice I’ve had. The thing that is honestly giving me the jittery stomach is the whole notion of doing lace knitting. Academically, I know I can do it but there’s something about never having knitted a complete lace project that eats at you.

 

I don’t know. I’ll get it done somehow.

 

I also have plans to increase my weaving and sewing in the New Year. I plan on, somehow, getting my hands on a bolt of Muslin and sewing in practice mode until I fully get the gist of it. Practice makes perfect. With the weaving, I don’t know what I’m going to do with the end results but something is getting completed. I suppose it depends on how well they’re received. I wouldn’t mind making a project bag for myself or something like that.

 

I think I’ll also go for making a pair of socks a month. It is low impact enough as to not interfere with my other knitting and crocheting while giving me the benefit of socks for my hobbit feet.

 

At the risk of making this a three day post, I think I’d better stop here. I do have a tendency to ramble.

 

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

Sorry, Not Sorry

I was unhappily knitting away yesterday morning when the dreaded doom of dread happened. I made a mistake in the lace portion of the knitting. Undaunted, I slowly tinked back my work and was doing fine with getting the stitches in proper accord. Once I got back to the missed Yarnover, I applied the stitch and began slowly advancing the pattern again. That’s when IT happened.

 

The yarn snapped on me. The yarn actually snapped on me.

 

By that point, nothing had slipped apart but, to be honest, the blanket, for me, had been a comedy of errors  and “soul” draining from the very beginning and that was the last straw. I decided to call it quits and inform the party waiting for it of my decision.

 

The overwhelming relief I felt at the snap of that yarn was palpable. I’m never going to allow myself to get tied down into a project like that again.

 

For the record, I like Lace knitting, or rather, I would like it under normal circumstances. These were most certainly not those times.

 

The first thing I did upon tossing that thing in the trash? Picked up my sweater, of course! Sleeve one has commenced. I’m following the pattern for my first time knitting a sweater but, in future, I may utilize the two at a time technique.

 

Today is actually the first day I’ve been predominantly migraine free for the first time in three days. I’m still a bit off but I’m not in any great mind numbing pain like I was before. Hopefully, this will foster a more positive experience in my knitting.

 

Despite this, I managed to maintain my German Language learning streak, albeit through an unintentional extended lesson via Duolingo for a total of thirty one days thus far. Someone may have taken several breaks between XP points gathering sessions due to the light on her phone being too bright to look at. Someone is about to, at 4:19 AM, do more German language practice right now. Party smile

 

On a completely different note, I’ve changed my mind regarding the Die Ärzte t-shirt. It’s a long story but I’m eternally grateful to a friend of mine for saving me so much money. Instead, I’ll save my money for something else.

 

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

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

I’m Baaaaack….

It has been some time since I last posted here. NaNoWriMo was and still is a success. I’m still writing my story. Though there isn’t the pressure to finish within a month like there was previously. I’m seriously considering participating in Camp NaNoWriMo when it comes up. I’ll have to read more into it.

At this point, I’m barely a third of the way into it and I’ve got so much more to write. I’m hoping I’m up to the task as it is building up to be quite a good story.

Among other things, namely my sweater. I’ve been sporadically working on that since the end of NaNoWriMo and have made some progress in the length of the body. I’ve added another cake of yarn to the Mir Ist Kalt sweater and caked the rest of it for processing as needed. I’m hoping to get this thing finished before the end of the year but, knowing my notoriously slow knitting, it doesn’t seem likely.

At this point, that’s the only project I’m working on as I wind down from the stress of November.

During my hiatus from the blog, a few things happened. I found my old hat and scarf set, so no immediate need to make a new set. I won’t freeze in the descending chilly weather.

 

I also managed to finally get my glasses. It is great to finally see things again without using my manual zoom function or having blurry vision. I also took the Sweet Pickle Organic Peppers out of commission. They’ve been replaced by Mega Cherry Tomatoes. Let’s see. What else? Gave one of the pineapple babies away and it is being cared for very well. My home got new windows. Yadda Yadda Yadda.

 

I’ve also been social. I’ve been going to *shock*gasp*awe* events held at local establishments like the Libraries. Finally, I am learning from the Khan Academy and Duolingo again.

 

I’m doing the Computer programming section and struggling through programming languages. I think I’m starting to get an inkling of it. However, only time, practice, and more practice will help me. Right now, I’m working in JavaScript but my ultimate goal is to learn Python.

For Duolingo, I am, of course, taking German. It is remarkable to me how much I’ve retained. I took to the app like a fish to water. My language level may be Beginner/Basic but I retain the words very well. Next step, an academic course in the language.

 

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