It’s been ages. Between depression (finally got that stable thanks to the doctor), a sudden move (much more room but a ton of stress), and then Hurricane Harvey (Woo second floor apartment and perfect contentment to be stuck inside!) the urge to craft just hasn’t been around.
But I’m mostly unpacked at this point. My mood is much better now that I have a bit of breathing space and organization. I still need to buy a long shelf to re-home several things that used to live on my desk plus a bookcase. I also need to get the sewing machine fixed. But, other than that I’m pretty much done with the house set up, minus some decorating.
Speaking of decorating, this will be the first year in about 6 or 7 (if not longer) that I’ll be able to decorate. I’m not sure how that’ll work with cats but I’ll figure it out. I simply can’t wait to play with the pretties and see where things want to be.
But I have started working on the commission again. Yep, same one.
The astute will note that it was crochet and now it’s knit. Thus the translating. I’m switching this over, at least the main body. I think I’ll try to go back to crochet for the rest of it. This completely flummoxed me when it was crochet. I knew 100% that the number of stitches was right. I went down a hook size and tried to adjust my tension but it kept spiraling. So … knitting. I’m rather happy with how it’s looking so far.
Of course now that I have a full desk setup again I want to play all the games. I keep working my way through my Steam library and categorizing the games after I play a bit of them. I’ve been quite obsessed with Dungeons of Dreadmore lately though I’m starting to move more toward Torchlight simply so I can play Torchlight 2. It helps that Torchlight is fun too.
Plus, with the desk setup again it’ll be much easier to update the pictures on the site. So I’ll have to do that soon. There’s quite a few that I haven’t added to the site because it’s a little more complicated on a laptop with only a touchpad versus a full set up with mouse and keyboard.
I managed to work my way through a compilation of 68 Lovecraft stories. I ‘want’ to enjoy Lovecraft more but man! He’s entirely too verbose at times. I like the occasional story but clearly this many was simply too much one after the other. I’m finally onto some of the other books in my library. Currently I’m reading Traitor’s Masque by Kenley Davidson. It’s a re-imaging of Cinderella and the first in a series. So far it’s very enjoyable. I like the backstory she’s given our Cinderella and the prince, it’s unwinding perfectly. I’m pretty sure I’ll be checking out the rest in the series.
I find that it’s good to have at least one mindless thing on the needles, sometimes more than one. I have the scrap blanket that fills that spot, at least for now. It’s still small enough to be portable, simple enough that I can do it in the dark at a movie, and yet the stripy colors make it feel like potato chip knitting.
Each little section of color finished feels like an accomplishment. As does the corners. I did manage to do a bit of it while watching Wonder Woman. Though I did manage to miss a stitch and end up with one more on the needles than I was supposed to have. I tried to figure it out in the dark but Gal Gadot’s lips were incredibly distracting.
I should be working on the sea slug but I’m not quite mentally focused enough for that. My sinus’ are still chaotic with an infection of some sort and depression is running rampant in my brain meats, what with the housing stuff. I think I know what I need to do so that everything lines up though, so hopefully when I sit down to begin again it’ll fall neatly into place. Though I’m super glad I didn’t cut the yarn every couple of rounds as the instructions say, that would be quite frustrating to basically be out that yarn.
So, I’ve been noodling on this pattern for a while.
I have a complicated relationship with crochet. Meaning, we don’t get along very well. I can generally make it work though. I suspect this will be one of those moments.
That dark blue is supposed to be straight and the center of the other end, where the marker is should be is very much not centered. So shortly this will be torn out and restarted. I don’t mind the restarting so much as the uncertainty on if I’m doing it right.
Uncertainty seems to be the name of the game lately though. Our housing is up in the air and that freaks me out quite a bit. We’re still packing but currently, we have no set place to go. I think the packing is a nervous thing, just trying to get something done. We’ll have to have something figured out by the end of the month so fingers crossed.
The updating once a week was feeling confining. My other journaling place has pretty much died out but I still have words that need to get out of my head, onto the screen. I’ll be breaking things out a bit more over here. It’ll still be primarily knitting, sewing, and crafting of some sort. But I’m feeling more that crafting of my life is also a thing and something that I need to work on.
The blanket has pretty much been my life in terms of knitting. Or crafting at all. I really, really want to make sure it’s done and handed off before the baby arrives in Aug. I just added in the 4th skein of yarn and I think I have 2 more to add in. After that I just have a small left over portion I’m planning on using specifically to bind off with. I also extended my cable so I have a better idea of size, it feels too small. I’m hoping that once the acrylic relaxes and the yarn overs expand it’ll grow a little bit.
Of Moths and Butterflies by V. R. Christensen. A dash of drama and romance thrown into another time, forever my candy. I like this one more than the other of this author that I’ve ready.
One of my fighting guys requested a headband. Well … it took me far longer than I’d like to admit to sit down and knit it but the knitting took only a handful of tv episodes.
The pattern is super simple. I start with one stitch and increase every other row until I have 5-7 stitches, knit it to length, decrease every other row. Also I slip the first stitch of the row to make the sides neater.
Project page: Ravelry.
The blanket has grown a bit, the sections aren’t feeling impossible yet but I can tell the difference. Now if I could just remember consistently when I’m supposed to do the yarn over row. I always catch it about 2-4 sections in. Luckily it’s an easy fix.
The plan is to start cutting the fabric for an altered version of this overdress. I’d like to have it done by this Saturday since we have an event and I’d like pretty, plus my current overdress is in need of alterations and repairs.
Thought, because I want a new overdress I need a new rank device. And now that we have an embroidery machine I have a better chance of creating what we want So .. I designed a thing!! It needs a little cleaning up of threads but I’m still pretty stoked about it.
The Last Paradise by Antonio Garrido. I only just started it yesterday so I’m not very far but it’s interesting and based in a time period I enjoy reading about.
However! I just finished Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor and … wow! It’s a broken girl and broken boy story, and at times it feels a touch slow moving. But the story was just so compelling and wonderful that I didn’t care. I felt that I had plenty of time to learn each of the main characters before they meet each other and then we’re shown how they both grow brave. I loved the writing and the story itself. I’d certainly recommend this to pretty much anybody
I’m hard at work on 2 blankets. The sock blanket is progressing at work because it’s small and I haven’t gotten around to finding a bag for the baby blanket. I just keep putting up on the shelf at night so Hestia kitteh can’t get to it. She’s been quite a pain getting up to my alpacas and pulling those down as it is. But! There’s progress on the baby blanket, a lot!
While the blanket itself is not all that interesting, not a ton of color and not a difficult or changing pattern .. I’m interested in the yarn. That little squiggle of yarn to the side is the last of the first ball of yarn. For several times around now I keep telling myself it’ll run out soon. Yet I keep getting another round and another round. I suspect this is neverending yarn. The waiting ball will be the second. I have 4 or 5 others waiting. This blanket just might end up epic.
Diary of the Displaced Books 1-3 by Glynn James. An interdimensinal traveller chasing after an evil monster but with the small problem of having lost a lot of his memory. I’m nearly done with book 3 and I’ve quite enjoyed it. If this doesn’t tell me how the evil is defeated I’ll have to be on the lookout for more of the story because I really want to know.
When I heard that a friend was expecting a baby I instantly thought of the baby yarn sitting in my stash and knew I could make a few things from it. Gifts for friends + using up the stash = double win!
First up was a tiny hat:
This knit up so fast and cute that I had to do another one, naturally.
i love the colorwork and the corrugated ribbing, even if it’s not a stretchy as normal ribbing. It’s freaking adorable. But at this point I had a whole lot of yarn left over and I was about done with hats. No matter how cute they are.
So I found a tiny shirt.
This was an absolute delight to knit and it happened so fast! It’s so tiny and cute.
And yet … I still had yarn left over. Not a lot though. Tiny feetses! Those need covering too! So booties it was!
Finally! The set was complete and all the yarn was gone! I think it’s such a cute little collection of baby things, either together or on their own.
Patterns: 2 Hearts Newborn Hat by Kelly Forster, BQ Baby Tee by Sabra Morse, Seamless Baby Booties by Becky Rudella
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Beige and Pink
Project Pages: Hat, Hat, Shirt, Booties
I still have my stripy socks, and the sock blanket, and the color work gloves … however a friend is expecting a baby in August so naturally I had to drop (nearly) everything to do up a baby blanket for them. I’m using some of the yarn from Talesia’s stash that I found in her boxes. I still miss her dearly .. but passing along something she loved in a way to wrap another in love feels fitting.
I don’t feel like getting out the posterboard and turning on all the lights so you get a phone pic from my lap. That’s also why there’s no pictures of the progress on other pictures. I’m curled up under a fuzzy blanket and don’t wanna move.
Diary of the Displaced: Books 1-3 by Glynn James. I’ve blazed through book 1 and started book 2. It’s an interesting story, though not one I think I’d pursue had I not had the chance to get the first 3. Again, I’m in a weird headspace so no idea.
As a reminder I’m offering charting work as well as my standard sewing and knitting commissions, as per my post yesterday.
I know we all can read or chart our own patterns. However, if you don’t have the time or simply don’t wish to be bothered with it, let me know!
Free patterns only, unless you want to purchase a pattern for my use, in addition to the cost of charting. I’d absolutely hate for any designer feel that I was getting their paid patterns for free.
Here’s an example of my most recent work:
Format will be Microsoft excel so easy to open with Google docs or Open Office. Benefits for colorwork include seeing the stitches laid out before you, in knitting reading order, all repeats listed, with increasing and decreasing notes, plus the ability to hide completed rows. I have not yet done lacework in color, but that is likely the next thing for me to figure out. Though I can do a chart of the symbols, if that’s needed.
2 colors: $5; 3 colors: $8
More than that and we can work it out. And of course I’m always willing to knit on commission, particularly small things. Anything I can do to earn a bit more at the moment is up for discussion.