Monday, July 14, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Here I am at the end of my year long mission to knit every day. I wish I had something pithy or clever to say about it other than, "Holy shit, I actually finished it."
But I am actually surprised in myself. I've said before how I didn't expect to make it this far. That I would get distracted by something else, like a job or something floating in the breeze. But I didn't fail my mission until I was so overwhelmed by Harry Potter that knitting wasn't the first thing on my mind.
And then I still continued. I still powered though, determined to finish a year of knitting, even if it wasn't every day in a row. And sure, getting a job and working has cut into my dicking around time, but I am still knitting. And I'm officially on the class list for teaching beginner knitting at the Big Box Craft Store that I work at which I am incredibly excited about.
Looking back, I've actually accomplished a lot. I've gotten a lot knit and finished including a mountain of Christmas presents, numerous washcloths and even got a few lingering works in progress out of my stash. We won't talk about the many, many others that are just chilling out in my closet right now. And of course, the biggest accomplishment is still finishing this thing.
Right now, my plan for the future is to start a new year long project but not until August 1st. It'll be a little bit different format since I do have a job and will be quite busy but hopefully, dear reader, you'll still stick around. I'll be taking a little time off from the whole blog thing but only until August. So never fear, my illuminating quips about knitting and crafting and everyday life will be returning but, I don't know about you, I need a break.
Have a good summer and thank you for coming with me on my mission.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
One more project off the needles just before the Tour de Fleece starts and my time will be taken up between spinning and knitting on my other lace shawl.
The shawl which I have been working like crazy to get progress done on. I'm seeing the progress from the yarn slowly disappearing from my yarn ball.
And of course, my year of knitting (almost) every day is coming to an end. I still haven't decided what I've learned or what experience I've gained other than I've learned that I can commit to something and actually finish it when I want to.
Maybe I can put that on a resume...
Sunday, June 29, 2014
I haven't knit a whole lot lately. Don't get me wrong. I've still been knitting but once I got my shawl to 50%, I slowed down. Even though I have at least one more deadline to make in the next couple of days. Even though my plate is full of stuff right now. I've taken my extra time to play word games online and take nice baths.
It's difficult to explain to someone who has never worked in retail just how draining it is but everyone who has been in my very worn, "All Day Comfort" shoes, knows that it is exhausting. I know my shifts are short and my paycheck reflects that I am just part time, but at the end of my day, I want nothing more than to veg out in front of the TV while casually playing games on my phone. (I am really enjoying Tiny Death Star right now because it is easy to play and entertains me.) So knitting isn't my priority. Especially not after days when I have to pack/unpack/move stuff all day. My hands are currently screaming because yesterday involved shoving my hand into very tiny holes and trying to get little bottles of paint organized. My fingers are swollen and stiff and don't really want to knit socks right now. Maybe a crochet a blanket square but definitely not knit on sz 1s.
So don't fret. I'm still knitting. I'm just taking it easy.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
And I'm kinda crocheting too.
And reorganizing everything, like a spring cleaning but in June.
I'm trying to find a daily rhythm that's adaptable to my life and the chaos that seems to be ever present.
Just trying to get shit done without going crazy or losing motivation or will.
I know my year of knitting is coming up and I'm excited. I've enjoyed documenting my progress and seeing what I've actually gotten done in the past year while I tried to stay sane.
I'm trying to figure out what my next theme will be. Do I continue with the knitting theme? Or do I do a "craft" every day. I've taken up crocheting more and spinning has been added to my list of skills so I don't see why not. I've also been journaling like crazy and planning a bigger, long term craft project that involves a quilt and a map. It's gonna be great.
But until then, I guess I'll just keep knitting.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
I'm also trying to figure out how to make money from spinning. I really enjoy doing it and while I might not have the highest quality of yarn yet, I'd like the option. But I don't know how I should go about doing that.
But these are worries for another day. Today I am hoping to get caught up on some knitting and maybe organize the mess that I call my desk. Maybe.
Friday, May 23, 2014
I really don't recommend working 7 days in a row in retail. Especially when you have to walk to and from said job, in Florida, in the summer.
Along with my aching feet that I don't think will ever feel normal again, I have an awesome heat rash creeping on my leg. At least I hope it's a heat rash. I go to the doctor on Tuesday for a checkup on my anxiety meds so I'll ask him then.
But I have been knitting. Sure, some nights it was only two or three stitches, but dammit, I have been knitting.
Knitting is just a stitch at a time so those two or three stitches, no matter how minor and few, were actually progress.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Here is my knitting! I swear I actually knit on Friday, Saturday and today. I've just been stupid busy. The Boyfriend's mom and stepdad left yesterday and then I had possibly the worst day at work ever and I don't want to talk about it but at the end of the day, at least three different people had seen me cry. I still have my job, so that isn't the problem, just a crappy crap crap day.
I've restarted my Citron shawl. I am knitting it on the size needles that I originally planned and then changed my mind because I can't make a decision to save my life. So far it's going well but I'm only about 14 rows in. My other, big shawl is going well too. I'm back on track I think, time wise so I can work on the Citron and my spinning which has been sitting since I finished that bobbin.
Life has been busy with Universal and Harry Potter and then the Boyfriend's family still visiting and work. So much work. I have another 4 days before a day off again, which I am SO looking forward to, mainly just so I can sleep in or not have to wear a nametag. Or work pants.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
I missed a couple of days because I suck. There's honestly no real reason except that I forgot. Poor planning and being overwhelmed by Harry Potter and excitement and being sick all combined left me a bit fried. There's no other reason besides that.
So my plan.
I'm just going to continue. It obviously won't be "every day for a year" now but I will keep going for 365 days total. It sucks. I know. I'm kinda kicking myself for it because it was going to be such an awesome accomplishment that I could point to and say, "Hey! Even when I didn't have a job or anything, I was still accomplishing things!"
Here I am at day 311/365. Maybe I'll actually get there and finish this now. It'll just be a few days later.
Here's my knitting for today. I'm working on my shawl still. I'm a *little* bit behind schedule but not so much that it's a bad thing. I just need to get ahead before other things happen like more family visits or more work. When I was hired they told me I'd get at most 15 hours a week and now I'm averaging 23 which is great but cuts into my knitting time even more. I'll also be able to start teaching knitting soon. I just have to get the classes planned out and fliers made and class supplies lists made. Fun stuff! It's all stuff that I have thought about but I just haven't written down yet.
Right, back to chores on my day off because I'm an adult now. Sad.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
My dear readers.
I have failed. I did not knit yesterday. I thought about it and there were times I wish I had my knitting with me but I didn't. I didn't even knit one stitch. My project stayed promptly in the bag and didn't come out at all.
I failed. And I was so close to finishing my goal. I know I was still 55 days out but in the grand scheme of things, that's pretty close.
I haven't decided what the plan is from here. Along with being at Universal, I decided that I was going to continue the long tradition of getting sick while going on vacation. I think (and hope) it's just a cold but we'll see. Being sick combined with walking around all day and of course the no sleep I get when I am sick, I'm a bit slap happy and can't really think straight.
As a sign of apology, here's a picture of the Hogwarts Express.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Worked on cleaning the apartment for the Boyfriend's mom and step dad so the only knitting was on my shawl. I'm gonna be taking my OpArt blanket on our trip to Orlando tomorrow. Yes, we are going to be going to Harry Potter world and yes I am ecstatic.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Today was a day off and it was nice.
I knit. I spun. I did chores and laundry. I got to hang out with a friend and teach her how to make a washcloth.
I love that moment when someone gets so excited because they are making things with their own hands and they're happy about it. It's so gratifying seeing that "AHA!" moment. I love it.
I worked on a washcloth while she was working on hers and I also worked on my shawl this morning while occasionally doing chores.
And then I spun too. I finished the first half of my braid of fiber and I'm very happy with it. I'm consistent and that is what makes me super happy. It looks almost the same size for most of the single. Now to just repeat it for the second half. I'll probably start that after we get back from our mini vacation. We're going to Universal Studios. Excuse me while I go squee forever.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
So I got my new needles a day early. As I was scrambling to get my lunch made and my work clothes not wrinkled and trying to figure out how to get to work without being a literal hot mess when the UPS man knocked on the door. And there, laying next to my door because my UPS guy just ran off, was my envelope with my new needles. My ChiaoGoo Reds. I had 12 minutes before I needed to leave when I opened them and almost started crying because they're new needles and I wanted to use them.
So of course I took them to work to try them out during my lunch.
They're...different. I love how pointy they are and just the texture of the needles themselves but the cord is different. It's a stainless steel cable covered with some sort of nylon according to the package. I don't know if it's the nylon and the silk that aren't getting along but I have to stop and physically move the stitches along the cord, which isn't a bad thing I've decided, but it definitely interrupts the flow of my knitting. It might be the cord, it might be the combination with the yarn, it might be that they're BRAND NEW. We'll see. I've done a tricky lace row that has lots of slip stitches and passing the slipped stitch back over and the points are WONDERFUL. I love how sharp they are. For the points alone, they were worth it. Now if only the store I worked at would sell them so I could get them for cheaper.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
I've gotten a lot done on my shawl. I have the lace pattern figured out, it's looking like I want it to look. I'm not having too many issues keeping count and everything but I was having problems. When I really got into knitting, my grandmother got me the Boye interchangeable circular knitting needle set for Christmas. It's one of my favorite presents ever and I absolutely love it. I've used those needles to hell and back and abused them in any way possible along the way. But they aren't known for being the best quality. The joins are clunky. The cables are stiff and bumpy and when you're working on small needles, like the smallest size, US sz 2s, it's a bit difficult to push your stitches from the cable over the bump, over the join and onto the needle. I had looked at needles and thought about getting a new pair just for this project but then told myself I didn't need them.
And then I got a payment for doing a study about finances or something. I don't know, I just know I got $12. $12 is more than enough for a pair of Chiaogoo Red Lace needles.
Mine should get here Thursday.
I am very excited about this and I know that my gauge may change but because it's lace, and not a complex lace pattern, I think it'll be fine. I am excited to try these new needles out. I've heard good things and of course I will report back with my opinions on them.
So my knitting today was a bit on my OpArt blanket. It might become my "Oh shit. I need to knit something today," project. It's easy and easy to drop and pick up randomly.
Work today was a bit better than it has been. I was given the task of rearranging shelves and while I hate fake flowers, it was still a wonderful half of my shift. I love organizing and would be completely happy just doing that for the rest of my time at Big Box Craft Store. Now to only convince the managers of this.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Boop boop boop! Look at me knitting that lace! And so far *knock on wood* there are no mistakes! Yay! I've also been spinning some. Spinning is one of those things that I have to force myself to take breaks and not spin the whole 4 oz braid of fiber at one time because it's just so fun! I have almost half of the braid spun so far and my own personal goal is to have it done by the end of the month so I have a bit of time. But I do have a mini vacation and people visiting a lot this month so getting more done now instead of having to rush it later is probably a good thing...right? That's my excuse at least!
Sunday, May 4, 2014
I did get a lot of progress on my shawl and I think I have the main lace motif figured out which WHOO! I don't do lace so me figuring something out it crazy awesome.
Right now though, I'm gonna eat some yogurt, watch some TV then head to bed.
P.S. Please remember that cashiers are people too. We don't allow you to use coupons because we don't like you. We do it because we're following company policy and I really like the money I'm getting from my job so not getting fired is like, my only goal right now.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
I promise I knit yesterday. I had a shift at work then came home and bathed then met with my knit group so there was actual knitting.
I was going to write a blog post when I got home but as a "congratulations on your job!" present, The Boyfriend got me a new keyboard! I was so distracted that I forgot so I then just went to bed because I was tired.
I don't think I've told this story. So one morning, I got up to get on the computer. I got up when the Boyfriend did because I had a busy to-do list that day so it was early and I was tired. I walked to my desk and realized that it was wet. There was something on it. I then saw my coffee cup from the day before that had about half an inch of coffee left in it, was knocked over. I then spied my cat who seemed to be grooming himself more than usual. I moved my keyboard, my nice, pretty, expensive Mac keyboard that The Boyfriend had gotten me for our anniversary, and it was drenched in day old coffee. I took it to the kitchen, covered it in what rice we had and then left it. My keyboard never worked again.
Luckily, because my Boyfriend is a computer nerd, we have lots of extra keyboards. Unfortunately, the only keyboard that would work with my computer was huge and bulky and didn't like to work half of the time. I was not happy with it but I used it begrudgingly because I knew that a replacement keyboard was out of my non-existent price range. So I dealt with it. And it sucked. But it was useable so I couldn't complain.
But now I have a nice shiney new keyboard and it's pretty and I love it and it distracted me from writing an actual blog post last night.
In knitting news, I got the okay to start my OWL shawl, so that's what I worked on yesterday. I was doing well and then of course I dropped not one, but TWO stitches, in lace. Luckily there is a very wonderful woman in my knitting group who fixed it for me so I didn't have to rip out everything I had done to that point. And now that I'm home and not distracted by various chit chat and awesome conversation, it seems to be going better. I do have a long way to go though, so that could all change at some point.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
I finished my mystery washcloth that I was behind on.
I finished my test knit.
I finished swatches for my shawl.
I started a new braid of fiber on my spinning wheel.
I went to work.
This is what I've done today. And now I am going to go to sleep. Goodnight.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I forgot just how draining working retail is. I am so exhausted that it is difficult to even write this post right now since I know my bed is in the other room and right now, my bed is looking mighty tempting. Mmmm bed...
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I started a new project today because I obviously don't have enough going on right now.
I was asked by a newbie knitter if I could meet with her and help her with her problem and so I decided to start the same blanket she's working on so I would be familiar with it. I also finally figured out how to use that rainbow scrap yarn I made! Two birds, one stone and all that. She figured out how to fix the problem she was having and I showed her how to change colors which is more intimidating than it should be for new knitters. Every time I show someone how to change colors they think I'm tricking them. Nope. It's really that simple!
I also worked on Hush Hush for a bit. I'm about halfway done with it which makes me happy. I figure I can probably get a lot done on it this weekend. Tomorrow is my second day of work and Friday night knit group and then Saturday some of my knittas and I are going to a sheep and wool fest that is a bit of a drive away so I'll have lots of car knitting time. I plan on taking lots of pictures of the various animals that they'll have so I'll probably share at least one or two. I hope to get my Hush Hush done by next weekend but I'll have to wait and see if I can. At this pace, I don't think it'll be a problem at all.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
And the coordinator for scheduling classes was very excited to learn that I knit and want to teach! Yay!
As for knitting goes, I got a lot of progress done on my Hush Hush. I am about 5 yards from finishing the second ball of yarn which means I need to go wind the third one. I'm guess right now I'll use 5 balls of yarn which means I'll have an extra to do with as I please. Maybe washcloths since it is cotton, or a granny square. Hmm. But first I need to finish it so I can see how much, if any, yarn I'll have left over. But I enjoy counting my chickens before they hatch, you just have to be careful when you get a duck instead.
(No picture today because I forgot and it'll be a boring picture with little to no visible progress.)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Well, not everyday at least.
Worked some more on my Hush Hush. It's coming along nicely if I do say so myself. I've also been working on the test knit and it's coming along. There are issues with the pattern but hey, that's why I'm here! To find all of the errors and things that people might misconstrue so that the pattern will be 100% awesome.
Right now, I'm going to go spend my last few hours as a free woman, so that means candy, knitting and TV of course.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I'm not usually this bad about updating but a houseguest plus getting home much later than planned and not planning ahead made it so an update last night wasn't possible. Already have gotten my knitting in for the day though. I am on it!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Spent the day cleaning for the Boyfriend's Dad's visit this weekend. Found this yarn and it was begging to be made into a granny square so I used my break times to work on it. Also tried to catch up on my mystery washcloth even though I'm still a couple of days behind. Hopefully that will be back on track by Sunday.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Today was an exciting day for me. I had a job interview. For those keeping count at home, this is only my second job interview since moving to Florida so it was very exciting. And then I had the interview and it went REALLY well. I should know by Friday whether or not I got the job but I hope I do. It would be so amazing in so many different ways if I got this job. But right now, I just need to wait and see.
Today I finished the baby blanket. It should've gone out in the mail already but with the Boyfriend being sick, me doing a test knit and then me getting sick, it took a back seat. It's done now though and just needs to be mailed out. I am now waiting to hear back about some questions I had about the test knit I'm working on. I also have catch up to play for both my mystery washcloth and my square a day blanket. I'm 5-6 days behind on those right now. Between the Boyfriend and I getting sick, my schedule is all sorts of messed up.
But hopefully everything will work out. Hopefully I will get this job. It's not glamorous but it's a job and I definitely need something right now.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Had another day of laying on the couch and feeling miserable. Headache, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, nausea. The works. So my motivation is gone. And I have a lot to do this week so it's frustrating. But that always seems to be when it happens, right?
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I'm cruising right along on my test knit and as of right now the only thing I can say about it is that my cat really likes laying on it. I don't think that gives away what I'm knitting.
In other knitting news, I've swatched for a new project that I want to do as soon as I finish this test knit and that baby blanket which really should've gone in the mail today. I think the mother-to-be will understand though why her blanket might be late.
I've also been in contact with a local historical preservation group and have signed up to volunteer with them. The first two gigs are basic take tickets at events or count heads but once that's done, I'm going to be working on a big research project for them. I described it to the Boyfriend, who is alive and well and no longer flu-ish, and he said it sounded boring but I think it's going to be very exciting because I really like research projects. And maybe, just maybe, it will turn into a paying job at some point. Or maybe I'll meet someone who likes my research skills and will hire me. Networking! WHOO!
Right now though, I gotta tackle this test knit. I wish I could show pictures because it is ridiculous in all of the fantastic ways fun knitting projects are.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
We went grocery shopping today because while Boyfriend is sick, we were super low on food. And "we" went because I still can't drive his manual car even though I'm slowly learning. So I went about my grocery shopping while he sat in the car. Shopping was completely normal until I went to put my final items on the conveyer belt and the man behind me, who smelled of cheap, stale beer, started putting his on there too. I honestly didn't care. I was more concerned about letting the cashier know I had two 10 packs of Gatorade in my cart. I go to put a stray can of chili on the belt and the cheap beer man apologizes. I returned with my go-to phrase when someone apologizes, "You're fine."
"And you're pretty cute yourself," washed over me in a wave of stale beer and cheap pickup lines. Frazzled and confused, I just awkwardly smiled and ignored him for the rest of my transaction and rushed out to the car.
The Boyfriend noticed something was wrong when I got in and looked noticeably rattled.
I don't rattle easily. I have been hit on by so many guys who are old enough to be my father that I am used to it. Or so I thought. Hours later, I still keep thinking about that creepy guy and how he was either trying to hit on me or was trying to compliment me and failed. Either way, I do not approve of what happened.
In knitting, I've only gotten the mystery rows for today done. Been busy walking back and forth across the apartment to check on the Boyfriend. Tomorrow I hope to get the first part of the test knit done. Gotta look through my yarn stash though and see what I can come up with that will work.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Now, I don't feel well regularly. It might be because I'm really in tune with my body or I eat stuff I shouldn't or I'm just special. It's not uncommon for me to not feel great or have a headache or something.
The Boyfriend on the other hand rarely doesn't feel well so when he announced this morning that he didn't feel great and that he might come home early, I was surprised.
I had lunch plans today with one of my new knitter friends. Me, her and her husband went to a great local restaurant and had delicious lunch and did tequila flights. I learned all about tequila and mezcal today and it was an enjoyable outing all round. And then I came home and found the Boyfriend's car in the parking lot.
I've never thought I'd be a good mom. There are some people who you just know they'll be great parents but I never thought that way. What little maternal instincts I have though, kick into overdrive when the Boyfriend is sick. So I've been playing nurse all evening. Luckily there is a lot of downtime so I got caught up on my shows from last night and worked on my daily projects and have done a few rows of the test knit.
Now my only mission is to not get sick as well.
Monday, April 7, 2014
In other news, I've started a Citron shawl because I like shawls. I found this great yarn at one of the Big Box Craft Stores. It's bright and obnoxious and will pair wonderfully with some of my new dresses I bought. It'll be the perfect accessory to throw in my bag so I can wear when I go from 90* outside to 70* inside. It has taken a back seat though while I get this test knit done ASAP. I have that baby blanket to finish too. I'm much closer to finishing that than I expected to be.
Let's see, what else?
I got some great advice on some new places to apply for one of those "job" thingies. I have sent out emails and have begun hoping that I appeal to someone enough to at least get an interview. You know things are a bit messed up when I'm just hoping for an interview. A job would be lovely but since I've only had one interview that ended with never hearing back about the position or whether or not I was right for the position, I'll take just an interview.
I think that covers it for now. Gotta get some more knitting done on this test knit. Deadlines and such.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Knitting was minimal again. Just did my two rows of my washcloth. I've felt really tired today, unusually tired for what I did. I am afraid I might be getting sick but I'm hoping that it's just a combination of not sleeping well and allergies. Add the general lack of energy with break month at HPKCHC and I don't want to start anything that I might not get points for because now that I can be granted imaginary points for completing things, I don't want to start anything new.
I have started planning my next big project and no it isn't working on my very sad and lonely vest that is still sitting in a bag, very lonely like. It's going to be a pi shawl out of yarn that my aunt got me for Christmas. I think it's going to be a more plain one because I'm not THAT lacy of a person. I have the idea worked out, I just need to do a swatch or two and see how it all works up. I'm very excited about it though. And it should be perfect knitting for the impending summer that I fear will be unbearable and disgustingly hot. A silk, laceweight shawl? Yes, I do believe it will be perfect.
No picture today because I am lazy. So there.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I did crochet quite a bit today. I have the body completed for a Mr Meeseeks that I'm doing for my lovely co-writer Austin. Just need to do arms, legs and a face.
But right now I am going to go shower and go to bed. My nagging headache that started when I was at knit group has just gotten worse as has the cough. I blame the pollen coating everything and hoping it's just allergies and nothing more.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
I've really enjoyed this past season. It was different. Sure they crammed a lot into a few episodes but I felt that it wrapped everything up well. It made me more excited for the series finale.
I came out of the finale last night after crying at random moments thinking, "Wait. What?" The audience has watched this show for years and then the Mother is more of a footnote than anything else. For someone who was so important to the story, she is hardly mentioned.
It was one of those times where I with the episode had ended three minutes earlier. Or just differently.
Anyway, that's enough of me complaining. Other than the last three minutes or so, it was a lovely finale for the series.
Knitting today was the mystery washcloth for April! Whoo!
Monday, March 31, 2014
Today I got a rejection letter. I was excited about it. You see, from all of the jobs I've applied to and all the resumes I've sent out, I've had one interview and now one rejection letter. It would be nice to actually get a job so that I can start chipping away at my student loans. I know this is completely unrealistic. The rejection letter I got today was for an entry level data entry position. I'd like to think that I can mindlessly type in various numbers all day but apparently I'm not even qualified to do that.
But I finally got a rejection letter. It's nice to be acknowledged that you did actually turn in a resume and you did in fact spend time copying over your most relevant jobs and that someone did spend at least two seconds to look at it. It's nice to know that I'm not just being ignored.
If you know anyone who is looking for a plucky writer/knitter who can write and/or knit, please send them my way. Maybe they'll give me a rejection letter too.