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

I’ve Finally Found It…

My second language has finally been discovered. True, it took trepanning and a good deal of mental excavation to find it.

 

That language is…German. In truth, I should have known better. I did try to teach myself this language when I was ten. I have been practicing daily, about three hours per day, for thirty-seven days now. If you’d like, you can follow my progress on Duolingo. I’m now at the point where I can just barely make out what people are saying or what is written down. I definitely need to practice more if I’m going to be fluent but it is a good start.

 

I just need to find some Germans. Yoo hoo. Germans? Are you out there?

 

For that task, I’ve done the unbelievable. I’ve opened a new OKCupid account. This time around, my task isn’t really dating. It is finding a language pal/study buddy, so hopefully, I won’t have any trouble with anyone at all. Wishful thinking, I know. It is the seat of comedy but I’ve gotten rather a lot of matches to Dutch people. I don’t mind. It is a bit mentally rich carrying three languages around in my head at once in the name of politeness but you do what you do.

 

The friends I’ve made have gotten a hilarious chuckle out of this one. I’ve been learning a lot of German from the lyrics of Rammstein. Someone…might listen to them for more time in the day than they study on Duolingo. Angel 

 

Those same friends suggested I expand my musical tastes, so they gave me a small listing of artists that they liked. I then combined their favorites with the Get Germanized listing of popular German music artists (YouTube Link) for later exploration. Some [who I won’t name] I really didn’t like, but others sound very good.

 

One group I’m going to be giving my ears next is Die Ärzte. They came up on multiple lists as highly recommended. Anyone out there have any other recommendations? Please, leave them in the comments. Smile

 

Aside from the above, it has been a summer of Plantar Fasciitis in both feet, crochet, strange propositions, lather, rinse, Repeat.

 

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

Summer WIP Frogging

Apparently, I’m driven to eliminate languishing WIPs and destash my hoard of yarn. Why, I don’t know but it appears to be happening and I’m being quite cut throat, where before I was quite sentimental about my Works In Progress.

 

My listing:

 

Blodeuwedd The Hat for me
Little Boy Blue Blanket (Loading…45%)
Cosmos Doily Madness: Doily Three (Loading…95%)
Child-bearer’s Cardigan (Frogged)
Boba Fett Amigurumi Doll
Rose Doily #804
Bigger on the Inside Shawl
Gloves for myself
Villimarjatar Shawl (Frogged)
Large Pineapple Doily (Loading…50%)
Monster Slippers for Valerie
Volunteer Scarves
Volunteer Baby Hats (Loading…5%)
Cardigan of the Progenitor (Loading…16%)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Hobbes – Yay! (Loading…53%)

 

If you’re wondering why I’m making five Hobbes dolls, it is due to the fact of a promissory backlog. I promised four people Hobbes dolls as gifts and figured there was no time like the present when, on hearing that the Pharmacy Delivery Driver’s birthday was upcoming, the Maternal Parental begged me to make him a Hobbes doll in appreciation. She actually pleaded with me to put aside the work I was doing on her cardigan and get working on the Hobbes doll as soon as possible.

 

So, knowing that I had this backlog growing, I figured I’d eliminate them all at once. I’m currently 53% completed with this task. At this point, I can do this pattern in my sleep, which is good because I have been falling asleep at the desk while working.

 

Onto Villimarjatar. I initially tried to make this shawl in a sock yarn. Until I saw an episode of Fruity Knitting where Romi Hill was interviewed, I was fully prepared to knit eight hundred yards into my shawl using said yarn despite being unhappy with the look of my progress. Let’s hope that the new yarn I’ll be using works more effectively.

 

The reclaimed sock yarn will be going into two projects. One cake will go into the Syncopation socks. The other cake will join my first attempt at Doublefun socks. I’ve been looking forward to making the Doublefun pattern for some time now. Some of the remainder may go into my take on the Find Your Fade shawl. We’ll see.

 

Into the destashing, one of my relatives has decided to rekindle her knitting skills and was fully prepared to go up to Joann’s to buy supplies with which to do so. I just couldn’t allow that seeing as I’ve got all this yarn and all these needles that hardly get use. So, I made her up a box that will, hopefully, make her happy.

 

What made me happy was, on seeing the depth and breadth of the box, the Maternal Parental decided that she wanted a batch of yarn as well. I really hope she means it this time. If they both keep at it, I’ll give them the more expensive yarns once I’ve fully divested of the less costly product. More people need to be knitting, crocheting, and weaving. That’s my philosophy.

 

My other philosophy is that, shock and awe, I’m moving away from acrylic. The more I work with wool and other natural fibers, the more I want to. Also, there is the environment to consider. Wool and natural fibers are…natural and biodegradable. As much as I like being the Empress of Economy, acrylic costs the environment in the long run even if it saves me money in the short term. So, in future, if I do buy acrylic yarn, it’ll most likely be a colorful wig project someone commissioned me for. Which is to say…not very likely.

 

About the only other thing on my RADAR is a story idea creeping on the periphery of my conscious thoughts. I dream it just fine but when I wake, the dream is gone from my mind like someone erased it. I’m determined to bang something out on this keyboard over the next few days. So, one way or another, something is getting into my OO.o Writer.

 

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

Swatching Is Essential

I neglected to swatch for the pair of socks I was making for the Maternal Parental. The bad news is that they were about two sizes too small. The good news is that not only didn’t she mind but she encouraged me to work on the Cardigan I’d started for her at around the same time I began wrestling with those socks. I’ve made about an inch of progress already on the back panel of the garment.

So…here is my updated list. Wah wah.

Blodeuwedd The Hat for me
Little Boy Blue Blanket (Loading…45%)
Cosmos Doily Madness: Doily Three (Loading…95%)
Child-bearer’s Cardigan (Hibernating at 90%)
Boba Fett Amigurumi Doll
Rose Doily #804
Bigger on the Inside Shawl
Gloves for myself
Villimarjatar Shawl (Loading…5%)
Large Pineapple Doily (Loading…50%)
Monster Slippers for Valerie
Hobbes Doll for April
Hobbes Doll for Darren
Volunteer Scarves
Volunteer Baby Hats (Loading…5%)
Cardigan of the Progenitor (Loading…16%)
Mommy Sox Junior (Frogged)

 

With the recent relocation of the main other person I was doing a rush project on, thus canceling/hibernating said project, I am left with a lot of free time. So, I am going to dedicate it to finishing this cardigan. This would be my first major non-winter accoutrement (hats/scarves/gloves) garment I will have made. My hopes for this are grand. Hopefully, it will last the Maternal Parental many years to come.

 

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