Tuesday, December 31, 2013
So I cleaned.
I cleaned up my yarn area because it has definitely gotten out of hand and it was difficult to just maneuver the area. But now it's all tidy and waiting for me to start the next big project. In the next year, I want to knit a pi shawl, ala Elizabeth Zimmermann, and a fair isle vest that is nerdy to the max. I should also probably work on some of the projects that I have laying around on various needles and cables.
Oh, like this one, mayhaps?
Since it isn't the start of the new HPKCHC term yet (shut up, I know I'm a nerd, get over it), I don't want to start anything new and I don't really want to work on the second sock that I need to finish since when they do get finished, I have to mail them and ugh, mailing things. So I pulled this bad boy out and started working on it. I've finally got some more black scraps, which is why I put it on hold for a while. One day it'll get finished. Maybe it will be my "need an easy project and don't want to work on anything else right now" project. It's great TV/Youtube/Netflix knitting.
To me, it is always nice to take a few moments before the new year and just prepare yourself. Last year was a doozy and I don't expect next year to be any better/worse, but taking a couple of moments to just face the universe and say, "I'm ready. Let's do this."
Happy New Year.
Monday, December 30, 2013
I wish I could be more eloquent and loquacious but I'm just not feeling it. I'm guessing it's the downer after coming home and not seeing my family again today. Maybe a nap would help, or probably just bedtime.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
For those who have been following along for the past few months, you might've been curious about what the Supa Sekrit Project was. You might've also not cared at all but I'm going to talk to you about it anyway.
A few months ago, my friend Tanner retweeted an article that was talking about a WuTang Christmas sweater. Being bored and not having much else to do, I had said that if I had the money to buy the yarn, I'd knit it for him. Then my friend Sarah texts me asking if she bought the yarn, would I knit it. Yes, yes I would. So I knit it. It was one of the most frustrating things I've ever knit and had made me appreciate colorwork so much more but I never want to do it again. Or at least not for free. If someone is willing to pay me an appropriate amount then I would knit it. It was a beast and I'm so glad that it's done and that Tanner likes it.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
"But Leigh! Isn't it cheating, presuming that you'll be knitting on Christmas day?" Trust me, I will be. If not, I'll edit this and come clean and tell the truth.
Here is a fun tag from The Pointless Blog that I thought would be fun to do!
1). Use one noise to describe how excited you are for christmas.
2). Whats the best present you've ever been given and why?
3). What;s the worst present you've ever been given and why?
4). Sing a line from your favourite christmas song.
5). Whats your favourite Christmas film?
6). Show how good you are at wrapping a present.
7). If you could rename one of Father Christmas' reindeer, what would you name it?
8). Whats your favourite thing about christmas?
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
It might've been while I was half awake. It might've been done the day I needed to give it. It might've taken an unreasonably long time to wrap but dammit, I finished Supa Sekrit Project 2 and my brother seems to enjoy it. I'd say all in all a good Christmas Eve.
Also, tomorrow's post has the wrong day for now but that's only because I wrote it a week ago and I'm fantastically bad at counting. It will be fixed eventually but I can't figure out how to change it on the app on my phone so it'll have to wait.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I worked on Supa Sekrit Project #2. I should've worked on one of the other project that I need to knit on the plane but I was too anxious to even attempt it. Have I mentioned that I hate flying because I really really do.
Today was a great day of just sitting and hanging out with my mom, making cookies and generally getting ready for Christmas. Dinner was with the Boyfriend's mom and step-dad and now we're just watching a movie.
Sometimes the simple things are the best things to remind us why we love our family and why we miss them. And boy did I miss my family.
Friday, December 20, 2013
In less than 12 hours, I will be on my second plane to my trip back to Indiana. I am very excited!
What Supa Sekrit Project? I have no idea what you're talking about! It's definitely not shoved in a bag, mostly done but with the knitting needles still in it...
Thursday, December 19, 2013
And in more exciting news, I packed my clothes and presents. Only things left are things that have to wait until right before I leave.
Aaaand finally, I think I'm getting a cold. Calling it early tonight.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tomorrow I've decided I'm going start packing so that Friday can be a day of packing stuff I forgot and repacking to make more things fit. I'm not checking a bag because it would be my luck that my checked bag would get lost or something. So I have to pack 9 days worth of clothes, any necessities and all of the gifts I've knit and knitting into my carry on. SHOULD BE FUN!
But right now I'm going to try to finish this section before midnight so I can get some sleep. Mmm, sleep.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
My mom's Christmas present is going to be a pair of felted slippers. They're going to be pink bunnies and they're going to be awesome. I just have to figure out how I'm going to felt them. I know that I have options the problem is that I just don't know which one I want to use. Do I want to hand felt them so I know they won't felt too much or do I want to chuck them in the wash and hope for the best? This is where I'm at because I honestly don't know. All of the bits are knit for the slippers, I just need to felt it so I can then put them together and mark one more thing off of my to-do list before I leave Florida for Indiana in about a week and a few hours. I am very excited about this trip. Excited and anxious because it will be the first time ever that I'm flying alone and I hate flying when I know someone so flying by myself will truly be a terrifying experience, I'm sure.
- Finish Supa Sekrit Project #2
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Today was one of those days where my progress is negative. I have less done today than I did yesterday because of me deciding thatt I didn't like how the Supa Sekrit Project #2 was coming out.
In other news, I washed SSP#1 and it is fine. Whoo!
Tomorrow I will finish the stocking and hopefully a good portion of SSP#2. Hopefully.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
- A fuck ton of laundry
- Finished test knit
- Ripped back to my mistake on the commission stocking.
It doesn't sound like a lot but I am exhausted. I did spend a good portion of the day picking at my face, which still seems to be getting better (yay) but could be so slow to heal because of the water and the fact that the chlorine levels in our water match the local pool. SO THAT'S GREAT.
Right now, I'm going to go finish my beer and then go to bed.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I've honestly been knitting on my brother's Christmas present, Supa Sekrit Project #2, so I can't show pictures because I know he's a nosy little shit who would go looking for hints and clues and has at least once. His is a big project that I don't know if I'll get done before Christmas or before I leave for Christmas so he might get a very fantastically wrapped IOU.
Every year for Christmas, we wrap each other's present in the most ridiculous way possible. Last year his present was wrapped in tamper resistant tape. That's the level we get to with that. I already have a plan for this year, I just need a present to wrap. It's going to be awesome.
In other news, I'm waiting to hear back from someone I'm doing a commission for. I'm knitting a stocking for her daughter which should go quickly, I just need to get her preferences before I start. The last thing I want is to knit something for someone that they hate, you know? I'm also going to be doing a stocking for her boyfriend but she said it could wait until after the new year.
The Boyfriend and I have met our future cat. A friend of mine in the local knit group helps run a cat rescue and she found our future cat and heard that we were wanting a second one and figured the new cat would be a perfect match. We did a house visit where he came and chilled at our place for about an hour and he is going to be a perfect companion to Pebble, our current cat, and us. He was friendly and cuddly and ready to move in that day. The only reason why we didn't is because we don't want to get a new cat and then go away for a week, which we're getting ready to do.
I'm very excited about Christmas. I've been wanting to go back to Indiana to visit for months now and I am so looking forward to this trip. Not the whole flying alone thing, but the trip home is going to be good. I'm very much looking forward to it!
Now to just finish all these darn presents! (In all actuality, I only have 3 that I need to finish they're just all time consuming really.)
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I wish I could show you something. I did work on a gauge swatch today but it was knit in white yarn and no matter how exciting you try to make it, a white knit gauge swatch is boring.
Supa Sekrit Project #2 is going well and by well I mean I probably won't finish it before Christmas. Such fun.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some spinning calling my name.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
That's where I'm at.
Friday, November 22, 2013
So I've been working on the supa sekrit project trying to finish it for my OWL for HPKCHC which is due next Saturday and something I've feared but thought I was just being over anxious. But then here I am, relatively close to finishing it and I'm going to run out of yarn. Luckily for me, it's on sale this weekend. So yay! But boo! But yay! I hope to have it done in time and I think I will, just have to get more yarn first.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Writing has a wonderful way of helping you solve problems and show you what you were too afraid to face.
I have scads of essays that were started and never finished or lines that I thought sounded interesting to be saved for a later date. Sometimes I go back to them and try to finish them but more often than not they get ignored.
I fantasized about being a writer when I was younger. I thought that I was fully capable of stringing together a string of words and make them sound halfway interesting. As I grew older I thought better of it because it's hard work and not many people find their audience. True, I write for me but I also write because I think I'm interesting enough to be heard, even if that does sound narcissistic.
I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my life. I have a halfass assembled set of skills that aren't really marketable for any job that exists right now. So I've been writing.
I know my blog posts are sometimes short and sweet and seem more like to-do lists than any semblance of narrative or vignette or anything remotely literary. Writing is hard. As one writer said, writing is easy. Just sit at a typewriter, open your veins and bleed. Replace typewriter with computer and you have me. I love to write. It's in my blood, as it were, and yet it's one of the most exhausting things to do. It's tough being that creative and not getting distracted by the shiny aspects of the internet.
But I've been writing. Sure my blog posts haven't always been the most illuminating or exciting but I don't share everything I write. I've got tons of pages and Word documents and Post It notes to back it up. I've spent the evening going back and reading finished essays, half started ideas and ones I decided best kept as a string of random thoughts. I do this from time to time to remember that I do love writing. I love sharing my stories and my idea of a witty anecdote. I like to read my old essays that I've forgotten I'd even written and fix them and edit them even though the assignments have long since been graded and I don't really know what to do with besides move them from hard drive to hard drive, the band of roving gypsies that are my essays.
Today, an essay I wrote and got paid for was published online. I don't know what did it, what clicked, but tonight I feel like I went from "unemployed" and "trying to figure things out" to "writer." This is honestly the first time in a very long time that I haven't felt helpless when debating my future.
I write all of this and then a friend of mine writes a tweet that's more beautiful than anything I've written in years. Bastard.
I knit today, too.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tomorrow is a busy day. I get to go have my blood drawn for tests to make sure my anti-anxiety meds aren't completely messing with my body and then my ride, Jeannine and I are gonna go get brunch. From there, who knows. Possibly a nap before knitting with the ladies and possibly meeting my next commission in the afternoon. Or I could just load up on coffee and hope for the best. The worst is that I can't eat anything before the appointment so I'm going to be starving and grouchy because I have to get up early and can't go back to sleep.
I think I might've also figured out what is causing the rash on my face but time will tell if I'm right or not.
I have about 10 days to finish Supa Sekrit project #1. I think I can do it as long as I'm not a lazy bum like I have been the past two days. I don't know why I've been so slow at knitting lately.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
But then I read Wikipedia. I usually also listen to TV shows on my iPod because the only way I've found to fall asleep is to be overstimulated which sounds backwards for most people but it really does help me. Don't judge.
Generally my Wikipedia routine is to go to the main website and just hit the random button, read the article, sometimes it will be a foreign minister in a very small town in a country smaller than the city I currently live in, sometimes it's a random world event, more often it's an athlete for a sport that I don't pay attention to. I skim it if it isn't interesting or read it if it is and then either hit "Random" again or I find a link and fall down the Wikipedia hole. My favorites articles are the ones about nature. Simple things that you would take for granted are fascinating. Have you read the Wikipedia article for apples? How about the sea? What about kiwi birds? For example, the other night I started reading about rattlesnakes. I will say that I didn't random myself to this article, I had watched an episode of Mythbusters with a rattlesnake in it and I wanted to know why and how they made their rattly noise. And then I fell down a Wikipedia hole. Did you know that pit vipers are called so because they have pits in their face that allow them to sense heat? I thought they were called pit vipers because they enjoyed living in pits, a simple but easy to follow train of thought. These are things that we don't learn in school and I think that we totally should because what's more badass than a rattle snake that has extra holes in its face to smell its prey? I would've paid attention in class that day.
Another example: Today, I was curious about the bar exam that lawyers have to take and after reading all about that, I somehow ended up reading about the Talmud. Fascinating and stuff that I never would've learned if it weren't for Wikipedia. I know Wikipedia gets a lot of flack for the fact that anyone can edit it (with restrictions but no one cares about those) but I honestly love it. It's my second favorite website (seconded only to Ravelry.com because Ravelry is amazing) and I feel bad whenever I visit Wikipedia's page and they ask for money. I love Wikipedia and I use it pretty much daily. There's a long list of things I plan to do once I have a steady income and possibly extra money and donating to Wikipedia is definitely one of them. Even if Wikipedia gave me a job (something I don't know how to go about getting but I'm damn sure I would love working for Wikipedia because who wouldn't love to do research and fact check various things all day?) I would donate a part of my paycheck.
So, Jimmy Wales, if you find this in your random google search of your name, I would love to work for Wikipedia because pit vipers are badass.
In knitting today, I just worked on another hat for Christmas, my 2nd to last one, I *think*. I might do one more just in case I've miscounted or forgotten someone. This one is going to be a Creeper hat for my youngest brother. He likes Minecraft (or at least did the last time I saw him) so I'm hoping he likes it. If not, tough. I'll just take it back! Harumph. After I finish this hat, I will only have 3 more presents to knit which I'm pretty excited about since it's not even December yet. Look at me, all ahead and everything!
Monday, November 11, 2013
I sat down today and decided that I needed to work on Supa Sekrit Project #1. I needed to figure out this one stupid part, so I went to Ravelry and looked at various patterns for inspirations and two hours later, I was fixing that stupid part. I am even almost done with that stupid part now, a part that is a much bigger hassle and chunk of the project than I foresaw. But it's looking great. I am finally happy with it again. Yesterday when I wrote my post for the day, I was so frustrated with that stupid project that I didn't want to finish it. Now, I honestly think I will be able to get it done by the end of the month so I can get full points to HPKCHC, because I'm a nerd like that. But I'm happy and I've been productive on it. I'm looking forward to finishing it now. Sometimes you just need a bit of inspiration to hit even if it does take it's time to get to you. It isn't lightning, it travels at its own pace.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
So that's it. I hope to get some spinning done this weekend. I have plans for some fiber that I think will be awesome but I have to actually spin it first.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
|Completed sweater! Sorry for the crappy pic. You will survive.|
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Today I finished the part of the supa sekrit project #1 that I've been having the most problems with and I am very happy. It's finally done so to get to 50% will be a piece of cake and I will definitely get it tomorrow. And then I can finish my sweater hopefully in time to be submitted to the local fair. I feel better now that I can see progress on things and things are finally getting finished. It's a nice feeling.
Doctor's appointment today was a quick one. He just looked at my face and basically said to keep doing what I'm doing and hope for the best and if it's not better in a few weeks to come back and we'll go from there. At least it's not flesh eating bacteria. That makes me feel better.
Just a quick update today. I want to go get some things done before bed. I've started reading the Game of Thrones series and it's actually pretty nice to read before bed although not many people have been brutally murdered at this point, just a few.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
|Please ignore the missing dresser drawer. I took it out to empty it and just hadn't put it back yet.|
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
|She is really bad at hiding.|
That's how I feel. I have a weird sick thing happening that I really don't want to talk about because it's kinda embarrassing and I'm not over how embarrassing it is yet. Once I get over it, I'll share but for right now I'm just going to remain sick. Trust me, I have a rough draft of an essay all about it already written, I'm just not ready to share with anyone yet. I can be private sometimes. No, really! I can!
I've worked on the test knit. It's slow going, which is something that Lee Meredith said when she sent out the test knit but it's slower than I expected. I consider myself an incredibly fast knitter (only because I've been told by lots of people that I knit quickly) so when I say it's slow going, it's slow going. I am enjoying it, I just don't feel like I'm getting anything done on it. It doesn't help that I had to restart. It is looking better now though and I'm 2/3 of the way done now, I just have to finish it up so I can get the rest of the stuff I need done. I go months and months without needing to do anything and then all of a sudden, 4 different things need to be done within a week of each other. Buh.
And I'm sick on top of it. Sorta. Again, more on that later.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I blame not feeling well. Can I do that? I haven't been feeling too hot over the past few days and that's meant lots of naps and not a whole lot else. Well, except knitting. I've been knitting a lot. But it's all on stuff that I can't show you so...Just trust me here.
Restarted the test knit last night. I missed a huge pattern instruction and I wasn't liking how it was turning out so I decided to restart it. No big deal. Just have to focus my attention on that now instead of other things. Whoo, scheduling things!
Monday, October 21, 2013
|If she fits, she sits even if there is a bigger box that she fits in better just over there.|
This blog does not necessarily endorse the company on the mug, I just wanted to show off my new mug. I've had ones similar to it on my wishlist for about two years now. The Boyfriend got it free from work and since he doesn't use mugs hardly ever, he let me steal it.
Today has been busy with work on supa sekrit project 1. Since I actually have some deadlines for it, I figured it should get some attention this week. I actually have to schedule my time this next week because of various deadlines, which I'm enjoying. Scheduling something in my life that doesn't involve a tv schedule makes me feel like I have some importance.
Wow, this went dark fast.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Knitting today has all been supa sekrit knitting. I'm test knitting something for Lee Meredith which I have been sworn to secrecy about. I'll show you of course once I'm done with it but for now you just have to trust me that it's awesome and fun and I love it.
But for now it's bed time. Just wanted to pop in and do the post real quick. It would've been a no dialogue post if I had gotten a picture earlier today but I didn't because I forgot. *shrug* Oh well!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
|She's got no legs! (Jkjkjk she does)|
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
|I have no explanation for why she looks terrified.|
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
|Pretty picture of the yarn I spun instead of what I worked on today because all I worked on was the Supa Sekrit Project.|
But I've had some good news today. Not a lot but a little and you know what, it made me smile like a lunatic for about two hours. More information once I get it. I also did some writing today, outside of the blog. Once it's finished I'm going to submit it to all of the places I can in hopes that SOMEONE will publish it. I submitted another piece to a publication. It's already been rejected once from another publication but I really like it and I have faith in it. It just has to find it's audience.
You know what must be boring? Reading about writing about writing. It's pretty boring for me but that's all I have going on right now that I can share and so I thought I should share what I can. I also did laundry today but that was much less exciting and no where near as productive.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
|She looks perturbed because the Boyfriend just played Lion King with her (where you hold her up and try to sing the Circle of Life. She wasn't happy.)|
Today not a lot of knitting happened. I had to rip out a big section on the supa sekrit project because I didn't like how it was looking and I need to redo it. I knit probably two stitches today before I ripped it all out. It's now sitting in timeout because I'm frustrated with it. I needed to do it so that it would look nice and how I want it to but I'm still frustrated with it.
I feel like I should have something with more substance today but I just don't know what to say. Maybe tomorrow I'll have an opinion about something.
Friday, October 11, 2013
|Walked by the bathroom to find this. I don't understand her.|