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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Fostering Positivity

The few of you who know me personally are well aware that I am often brooding to the point that Eeyore would have something to say to me in response to my mood. Comparisons have been made to some cartoon from the 90s called ‘Daria’ as well as a host of other comments.

 

Thanks to the intervention of QueerJoe’s blogpost, I’ve decided to do something about it. I am going to dedicate myself to fostering positivity in the world. Wherever I can and whenever I can, I am going to do good works for the sake of doing good. It’s my hope that this Positivity web/chain/whatever that started with QueerJoe expands outward and encompasses as many people as are willing to participate. I hope that there are a lot of people willing to join in on the fun.

 

First, I am going to dive into all these unfinished projects that have been accumulating dust on my desk recently. Not only is this not good for my asthma, it’s not good for my creativity, nor my allergies, nor my sanity. So, those are out of the way ASAP.

 

Next, I will do a vlog. This will be the first formal “sit down” vlog I’ve done in months. So many things have happened in my life between then and now. Hopefully, this video will be cathartic and just the right balance of entertaining with educational.

 

Positive news about the Maternal Parental: Her eyes are in magnificent condition right now. The surgery site healed well and her glaucoma is under control with the aid of medications. She’ll be fitted for glasses within a few weeks.

 

Tonight will be a night of reveling in movies. I’ve got Demolition Man, Dragonslayer and The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. Last night was Priest and Legion. Hopefully, I can overcome my shyness to actually talk about some of these movies and shows I look at in greater detail.

 

About the only other things happening right now are three burgeoning friendships and the rise of the Mega Cherry Tomatoes in the Aerogarden of Serendipity. The Sweet Pickle Organic Peppers died due to my overzealous application of Neem.

 

That’s all. Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day, Everyone!

Slouching Towards Completion

Hello, Everyone!

 

First, I would like to say Happy Darwin Day to everyone reading this.

 

 

Now, to the projects I’ve been working on. Project number one mentioned in this post is the Cosmos Doily Madness. I am fifty percent completed with that particular lunacy. As I cannot work with the black thread at night without hurting my eyes and giving myself a migraine, I have decided to do it during daylight hours.

 

In the meantime, and to give my hands a rest, I have decided to make my new friend, Valerie’s, Hobbes doll. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not getting paid to make this doll. I just really like creating them. Valerie sent me the yarn, felt and fiber fill. All I have to do is put it together and ship the completed doll back to her. Easy peasy.

 

 

So far, I’ve got the head complete after a few hours of working on it. I gave myself a week to get the doll done but, if I’m going at this rate, I should have it done in two days. We’ll just have to see. I have the arms, legs, ears, tail, muzzle, features and accessories to make and sew on before I’m completed.

 

So far, on the new medication regimen, I am doing exceptionally well. No PTSD nightmares so far, no mood swings, etc. Hardly any anxiety. I’m happy and I hope it stays this way or improves. I have yet to test the boundaries of the agoraphobia but I’m hopeful that this feeling of calm will stay with me.

 

I did do some gardening today. Specifically, I am making another attempt at propagating the African Violets in my care. I took a leaf from each one of the two I have and dusted both with some rooting hormone. Then, I let the pot soak in some water for a few minutes before draining it, putting it under a 32oz clear plastic container and inside a DVD+RW spindle case. Both plants have a lovely purple color. The first is a first time home picture of the older of the two. I got it on 24 April 2014 for .27 cents from the supermarket. It was on its last legs when I bought it and now it’s thriving.

 

 

The second is one I just got a few days ago. I paid $3.99 for it and I think, upon looking at the new flowers coming in, that it’s either a color changing variety or there are two different plants in the pot, each with its own color. Some flowers are coming out lavender and others are coming up indigo. I’ll know for sure in a few months when I feel its ready to be repotted.

 

 

Anyway, from these two plants, I’ve taken one leaf each. Using the method shown on YouTube by M3rma1d, I augmented it a bit by using rooting hormone. This is purely an experiment to see if I can get it to grow at all. I thought that Sansevieria plants couldn’t be grown in water but I’ve managed to do it. I also thought that, once an Aloe Vera was decapitated, the top was unusable. Proved myself wrong with that one too. I currently have one growing downstairs in the living room window along with all the other spillover plants and propagation experiments.

 

If I do manage to get it growing, I will, of course, spread the love around to local people I know. I’m trying to convince the Maternal Parental to take one. We’ll see. 

 

Well, it’s long past due for me to take my medication. Later. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

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.

One Sock Complete

I finally managed to get one sock completed. It’s currently residing on my left foot, keeping it toasty warm. I can’t wait until I can knit mittens. Must order more Mexicana yarn.

Nothing much happened today. I knitted, did more knitting and still more knitting. I was pretty much obsessed with the sock. Its twin is waiting to be made as I write this.

Oh yeah, I’m thirty-one years old now. My birthday passed within the past two weeks. *fanfare*

Every year, I ask people who want to buy me something to either donate the money to charity or to buy me either yarn or salsa and lime flavored tortilla chips. I still didn’t get what I keep asking for but I did get ten dollars. I bought food with it.

Thirty-one is treating me okay so far. I’m just hoping for an increase in my knitting and crocheting skills. That would be gift enough for the year.

Now, back to that sock.

Long Time, No See…

Wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here.

Mainly, I’ve been taking advantage of my agoraphobic tendencies by crafting. I’ve finally managed to make socks and I’m loving it. I’ve also crocheted the squares for a Granny Square afghan. All I need to do for that is weave in the ends and stitch the whole thing together.

I’ve been making shawls too. I’ve got two so far, including a Pineapple shawl, with plans laid for more.

I still haven’t finished those damned scarves. The pink cable scarf is still on the needles as is the cheap sock yarn scarf. I would make a promise to do it by the New Year but…eh. I don’t feel like it.

I even crocheted a Remembrance Poppy. Yes, I finally have one of my own. I wore it on Remembrance Day and I have plans to wear it for many years to come. My next flower plans are a Labour Rose in honor of Norway and some other flowers for general practice. My next small project are Awareness Ribbons for AIDS and Breast Cancer. I have just enough pink and red yarn for that.

Right now, I have socks galore planned for my friends. I’ve finally made something they all want. My friend, Aurnia Star, is the first of many to get a set of my creations.

Oh yeah, speaking of friends. I finally mailed off the scarf and hat set to my friend in Finland. *sigh of relief*

What else?

The agoraphobia is no better, so I’m still spending a lot of time indoors. I’ve had to give up two volunteer positions owing to my inability to make it to the assignments. I was initially sad about it but it’s opened up a whole new avenue of volunteering for me. I can practice my crafting and volunteer at the same time via the Jewish Volunteer Connection’s Community Mitzvah Day Knitting and Crocheting Drive. I can work on pattern after pattern while helping out those in need and all without leaving my home.

Other than all that, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and buy all seven series of Knitting Daily. It’s going to set me back some but I feel it’s worth it since it’s dozens of episodes featuring crafting tips and tricks. All of which will help me acquire more skill in Knitting, Crocheting and who knows what else.

There’s probably lots more I could type here but I don’t want to turn this into a saga. Later, but not too late! 🙂

One Thousand Plus Volunteer Hours Completed

“Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.”
– Katharine Hepburn

I saw this quote on 43things as I was searching for a new goal to adopt. I’ve managed 1,003 volunteer hours in nine months. Now that the weight is off of my shoulders, I can go back to not being super nervous when on my gigs.