Ice Queen 101– Lessons in Cold

Perhaps this is a cold thing to do but I no longer have enough emotionally invested to care.




Prior to this year, I’ve been willing, nay, eager to gift things I’ve knitted or crocheted to people I considered friends and significant others gratis. I haven’t asked anything of them other than that they give me a place to send said gift once it is finished. Despite repeatedly putting my divestment of said items on hold by swearing they were coming for it themselves, in person, almost no one showed up. When I asked for an address/PO Box to send this growing accumulation of items, save for a few, all I got were the sound of crickets.




Now, I have put people on hold who were willing to pay for said items or who needed items more. I did it out of love and concern for the people I thought were my friends. Well, 2017 is a new year. I have been slowly giving away the items I’ve made. Just today, I gave away two very nicely made Fisherman’s wool hats and a Fisherman’s wool scarf I made for someone in April 2013. Yes, you read that right. I made it in 2013 and despite several attempts on my part to get it shipped out, with the response being to hold it until an obscure future date of visitation arrives, no one has come to get it or given me an address or PO Box to send it to.




So, it is gone. I just gave it all away today. I’m sick of living with the virtual clutter of a failed relationship’s pieces in the form of completed works overflowing my finished projects box. This is my tangible effort at moving on.


For this year, as far as Knitting and Crocheting are concerned, I’m going to focus on charities, select friends/family, and myself.

Blodeuwedd The Hat…

…and various other things.


Since NaNoWriMo is now coming to a middle, I thought I’d get in high gear in finally planning my own Winter accoutrements. Long has the project page for Blodeuwedd The Hat sat in my Ravelry projects, uncompleted. Up until now, I’ve been making due with the hat pictured below that I crocheted years ago.


Crocheted Mexicana Hat v2_00006_001

Now, I’m not saying that this current hat hasn’t served me well. It has. I am just looking for something warmer and more air tight/heat trapping.


So, using the Beanie 212 pattern, I’m going to go completely off the rails with the color design, to the best of my abilities. This new hat is going to be made of washable wool. It’s going to be at least three different colors. I am going to get more in if I can via scrap yarn. Topping this off, the scarf and gloves I’m making to accompany the hat will match it, again, to the best of my abilities.


I can see it in my mind. I just need to figure out how to design it properly.


In other stuff, I am teaching myself to write knitting patterns. It’s the next step in this journey I embarked on a little over ten years ago. I figured it was time to take it to the next level and get my feet wet with learning how to properly write patterns. I have two books on the subject, both of which are very informative. The two books are:

The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherley

Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design by Sharon Turner


I know that this is, by no means, the entirety of knowledgeable literature when it comes to pattern writing and knitting/crochet design. This is just the beginning of my long-term exploration of the subjects. There’s a lot for me to learn but I’m up to the challenge.


Also on the topic of new books and on the subject of personal challenges is my acquisition of a cookbook. I have Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking and I fully intend to use it. This is the first cookbook I’ve purchased. I’m hopeful I can get some food to make all these wonderful dishes.


Onward to present projects. Villimarjatar. I brushed against it the other day on my way to the keyboard to do some NaNoWriMo updating but, other than that, I haven’t touched it. I’m presently on the third row of the second pattern repeat. I’m hoping to get quite a bit done tonight since I’m finally ahead in other things. I live in hope.


As to NaNoWriMo, it doesn’t look like I’m going to get to the end of my story this year either even though I will exceed the 50,000 threshold. Still way too many characters and too deep a plot. Still, I like the story enough that I’m going to keep working on it beyond NaNoWriMo. I hope anyway. It’s a good bet my friend will be on me to write it because he wants to see it come to fruition too.


I’ve got to go now. My Aerogarden is whining for water. The tomatoes drink the level down almost daily now that they’re bigger and fruiting again. Later.

Last and First

I think I neglected to post the last project I completed in 2015. It was a doll for a friend of mine on the occasion of his birthday. I got it finished just in time too. The pattern information page is available via Ravelry – Hobbes by Ann Stiver-Balla.



So now we come to the first completed project of 2016. I made this hat for another friend of mine. He likes Hello Kitty and, when I discovered this, I immediately wanted to make him a hat I had seen on Ravelry. So, this is my attempt at upsizing this hat for a fully grown human man. Luckily, we have the same head measurements, so it wasn’t difficult keeping track. Pattern information available via Ravelry – Hello Kitty Hat by Elizabeth Pardue.



So, as of this moment, I’m turning skeins of bright red yarn into cakes with my Yarn Ball winder for a future shawl project because it is too dark to work on my current distraction. I’m FINALLY making my friend Sam his Boba Fett doll. *fanfare*


You are probably wondering why I’m spending so much time crocheting and knitting when I could be…sleeping. Well may you ask. Due to recent health issues with my current medications (edema, racing heart, etc), I’ve had to stop taking the one that stops the panic inducing nightmares from happening. So. No sleep for me. At least, very little in the sleep department, most of which is fretful. Such is life, I suppose.


Completely changing the subject: The Aerogarden Tomatoes.

They’re really taking off, as you can see in the above picture. I offer you a few close ups of the fruiting.


So far, I’ve got at least ten tomatoes with a lot more flowers coming in everyday. I try to do a trim as needed, usually about once every other week or so. I’m trying to maintain the health of the plants and ensure they keep flowering and fruiting for me.


Well, I’ve got to get back to winding up this yarn into cakes. Take care and Be Well.

Finished Dark Hexagonals and Hut von Mike die Schlafmütze!!!!!

Wow, am I ever tired! I finally finished both projects and managed to get a good portion of my desk cleared in the process of finishing these two patterns.

First, Hut von Mike die Schlafmütze:


This seems to be a recurring theme in my long delayed projects but it took me a month and a week to get this hat done owing to illness. I was sick with a fever and cold over the holidays. Once I got better, I went into high gear though. Then, after I had finished, my finger hurt enough so that I couldn’t do micro crochet work like I wanted to.

So, instead, I dusted off (literally) Dark Hexagonals:

I had originally started this afghan while sick with the WTAF flu. It went beyond a simple flu. I wrote about it back in October. Feel free to read that as I won’t rehash old stuff. Anyway, I started this project as my hands were peeling and shedding pretty badly. Pretty gross stuff just in time for my working with black cashmere and merino wool yarn. So, being badassed, I whipped out the pattern for the Hexagon Granny Afghan and decided to work on it until I stopped shedding like a snake. Ah, the best laid plans of Mice. The peeling eventually subsided and other things got in the way of me doing this project as well. 

Eventually, I finished all those projects and there this one was waiting to be completed. I really like it too. It’s most comfortable and warm. I have it on my chair right now while I procrastinate about weaving in the ends.

Next up on my agenda is another project started in 2014. I’m going to be working on the second pair of Handschuhe Times Three for my friend’s Dad. The gloves are in black, just like the first pair but they’re not sized for a giant this time. My friend’s Dad has hands about my size, so these will be a cakewalk to measure out. Just to be on the safe side, I’ll probably ask for a photo of his hand to be sure of the scale.

After that, I should be back in micro-crocheting headspace for the Cosmos Doily Madness to recommence. Yay.

Edit update 20:50 (8:50pm) Ugh, it’s so horrid. I’m using a different blogging software from normal. I normally use wBloggar but it’s not working for some reason, so I’ve had to use Windows Live Writer. I am a fan of doing all the hard work myself when it comes to writing out things. This feels weird but I’ll have to get used to it as my two main remote posters are not working. Sad smile


It sucks because I had them customized for all the languages I write in. Sad smile

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.

Three Week Agenda

Just my luck. kRaMpZ and a cold at the same time.

Trying to accentuate the positive in this. Erm, coming up blank. Being ill is not fun and there is no positive. There is only sufferance.

The current symptoms are (thankfully) mild (compared with yesterday) kRaMpZ, a stuffy nose, a headache, fever, bodily aches and pains, sore throat, lack of appetite and exhaustion. Some of these are undoubtedly related to kRaMpZ and others are squarely in the cold and flu camp. I wish they’d all take a running leap.

Today’s and, by extension, the following three week’s agenda. Finishing all those projects from last year. I am going to be working with Hut Von Mike die Schlafmütze most of today. I’m hoping not to sneeze all over it and get it finished by tonight. Admittedly, I got sick of doing the K2P2 ribbing and cut it short by about half an inch. It’s long enough though. I’m really just going to spend the day listening to random music and knitting. If I don’t get this hat finished by midnight, I’m dragging it with me into the next day’s agenda. I really hope I get it finished today though.

If I should finish the hat, the next thing I’m working on is the Little Boy Blue Blanket. It’s the only technically portable project I have of the different things that carried over from last year. Everything else is either too delicate or too many pieces and I have multiple doctor’s appointments to go to over the next week. You’ll be seeing me on the bus and in various waiting rooms knitting and/or crocheting my fingers to the bone. Provided I can get a seat that is. 😦

Well, this hat won’t knit itself. I’d better get back to it. Later.