Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Lea. Lay. Laya. And once, apocryphally, Lee-i-gah. I was too young to remember this so I can't confirm but I can believe the stupidity of people.
Montana. Montonyo. Montonya. Nope. Not at all. Thanks for trying though.
Imagine this at every introduction, class roll, doctor's appointment of my entire life. I actually had the same professor for two semesters in a row who never, not a single day of class, pronounced my name correctly. He was also one of my favorite professors so you can imagine the blow to the self esteem when that happens to you.
You can see why I would want a pen name.
But now that I've actually had a handful of essays published and I'm hoping to get more (much more) writing work in the future, I think the time has past.
And I'm okay with it.
Sure I've had a frustrating time with my name my entire life but I'm at a point where I am happy with it and how unique it is.
I still hate introducing myself though. The new trend is for people to hear "Emily" when I say, "Hi, I'm Leigh."
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I'm at that point that I really hate with starting any bottom up sweater/vest/shirt thing: The endless ribbing. I know it isn't endless but it feels like it. It feels like no matter how much I actually knit on this damn thing, it isn't getting any further along. At this point I kinda need it to go a bit quicker since I'm now behind schedule by a A LOT. I guess I'll just have to plan my time better and you know, get out of bed before 11 am...
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Today, I got a job. There will be of course, more details once they come about but I get to write and I am so damn excited about it.
It's just weird to have two very different days right next to each other.
Monday, January 27, 2014
That isn't entirely true. He died in October but I only found out today. From Facebook.
You could say that we weren't entirely close since I didn't find out sooner. You'd be right. I would still call him my friend though.
He was one of the awesome people in my creative non-fiction classes. There weren't a lot of us but we became really close. We shared stories of dying pets and what the manners were about returning a plate that once had cookies on it. I remember him talking about a girl he had a crush on when he was a kid and the funny drawings he did to accompany them.
That whole class got really close. I am still friends with a few people in that class and would run to them if I ever needed advice about an essay I'm writing. They're some of the most creative, funny, sincere people I've ever met.
It hard to lose a friend, someone you think you're close to. It's even harder when you realize you weren't that close at all.
Finally finished that washcloth.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
|Another action shot of my latest skein I've spun|
Felt a bit sick today so spent most of the day on the couch being a lazy bum. Knit more on that saaame washcloth. Maybe one day it'll get finished. Meh.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
But here I am. Crocheting.
Something about the cold weather that has finally found Florida is making me want to crochet all of the blankets. In the past week, I have worked on four different crochet blankets. Four. You know what I've knit on this past week? I finished a blanket and I've done a handful of rows on a washcloth. And I haven't even wanted to do those, I've just been doing them to fulfill my own self-imposed challenge.
I don't understand it and I don't know why but right now, lately, the past week, I've just wanted to crochet. What's gotten into me?
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
What should I write about?
I could write about my life, I guess, in the way that most blogs do. I could write about memories and discuss various aspects of my life but whenever I think about that I get a bit depressed. I mean, I had a pretty crappy childhood, something that most 20-somethings say before their 30s epiphany that they really didn't, but I actually did. I've thought for years that I didn't and that I had a normal life but the more people I've told about it, the more people look at me in amazement that I'm not more fucked up. I'm quite proud of the fact that I haven't yet been committed to any sort of mental facility, even though I've thought of it and there was a 3 month time period where it probably would've benefitted me.
So while I could talk about my life growing up, I just don't think that anyone wants to be bummed out that often, especially not me.
I could write about my opinions but every time I seem to do that, I end up pissing people off and while I don't mind pissing people off, I just hate people yelling at me for something as stupid as my own goddamn opinion.
I could write reviews, I guess. But of what? I don't try new things that often because of various food things and budget restraints. I don't really watch new movies and the TV shows I watch but do people care that much?
What do you think, dear readers? What would you want to read about, aside from my various knitting plans? Do you want to hear about my tumultuous childhood or my personal opinions about random things or something else? Help me, dear readers. You're my only hope. Okay you're not but you get the idea. Reader input is important so let me know what you think and what you want to read about!
Monday, January 20, 2014
So I marathon knit it. And knit some more.
And it still doesn't fit.
I have time to fix it still but at this point my hands hurt so bad, I can't knit any more.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
My posts have been short lately mostly because I want to get something done and up quickly before I go to bed since the posts recently have been put up about 5 minutes before I hop under the sheets and off to Sleepy Time Fun Land.
Friday I finished a blanket that I've been working on for quite some time! I've been knitting on it for over a year. It's actually one of the first things I blogged about! That's how old that blanket is! And surprisingly, it's not the oldest scrap blanket I have in my WIP pile. I have some that are older than my relationship with the Boyfriend.
Yesterday was a lazy day filled with dicking around, doing nothing and lounging on the couch watching TV with the Boyfriend. He's been gone for business for the past two weeks so it was nice just to do normal couple-y things like watch Mythbusters and cleaning off the DVR. I picked up the washcloth yesterday long enough to do two rows and move it off of the couch so lounging could reach maximum capacity.
Today though. Today was a deadline day for HPKCHC. One of the quidditch events required us to knit or crochet something really fast so I busted out that hat and even though it's too big and I needed to make that lovely/tacky flower for it, I still got it done. The hat will go to the Boyfriend when he goes out of town on business again in the future since winter in other parts of the country are actually cold. I have to reknit it but it's something he actually requested so I figured I should oblige. So I actually have something I need to get done on a somewhat deadline which is kinda nice. I have other projects I should probably work on as well, but scrap blankets are just much more entertaining. (Don't ask me how many scrap projects I have started or how many bags of scraps for future projects I have. Let's just say "A LOT.")
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
I still feel like I'm in my rut and I still don't know what to do about it.
I'm up for suggestions, dear readers, if you have any helpful advice. So far, I've got nothing.
Knitting for today: A row on a random washcloth. Accomplished more spinning than knitting.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I really enjoy routine. I have routines on top of routines and thrive when I have every minute of my day planned.
But a routine isn't a rut. A rut is worse than a routine.
A routine has purpose, structure, meaning. A rut is something that you have fallen into and repeated so often that you can't get out of it.
So how do I get out of it.
I don't know. I don't know yet but I'm hoping some things will change in the near future to get me out of said rut.
I'm at a place where I feel stunted and like I'm missing part of me, like my creative part decided to get up one night and take a walk and got lost on its way back to me. Maybe it'll find its way home soon.
Continued working on the grey monotone blanket today. I can't decide if I'm done with it yet. I feel like I might be since it's garter stitch and will stretch a lot after it's washed. I don't know. I feel like I can't decide anything right now. You know?
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I woke up in a terrible mood.
Well first, I woke up at 6 am and was hoping to get another few hours of sleep. Four hours later I finally decide to give up and just get out of bed. Between the one cat drooling on my arm, which was adorable albeit gross, and someone calling me, and then the other cat deciding it was time to get up, I never really got back to sleep.
So I worked out. Ate lunch. Showered. Did chores. I did a lot of chores. I swept every room, I mopped all the non-carpeted floors, I cleaned litter boxes for hours (really only like 10 minutes but it felt like hours), I cleaned off the one counter that I don't think has been cleaned since we moved in, I semi-repotted a plant. I was busy.
And then I spun some fiber.
And then I ate dinner.
And then I watched the cats to make sure they weren't going to murder one another.
And then, after all of that, I finally knitted some. Only a row of a washcloth but I knit.
Sometimes terrible moods lend to more productive things like cleaning instead of knitting. Knitting while frustrated usually just leaves me frustrated. Cleaning on the other hand tends to make me feel better.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some progress done on something.
Monday, January 13, 2014
It was a day when nothing spectacular happened.
I don't know if I should be grateful of it or start preparing for whatever might happen next.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I also wish I had more excitement to talk about.
I heard back from a job. I won't say much about the job itself although I do really hope I get it because I think it could be a lot of fun and really rewarding.
I think my day was made though when I opened my email and saw that I had gotten the response about a job. If I had a dollar for every job I have applied to, I wouldn't have to worry about getting a job. If I had a dollar for every job I have heard back from, I'd have a dollar. My mom and I were talking one day, both of us in the midst of heavy job searches, and she said that it would be nice just to hear back to remind yourself that you are a person and that you do exist. And it's true. Even just a "Sorry, you're not the right candidate" would be better than just being ignored. Being ignored continually really affects your self esteem.
That was a real downer. Sorry.
In other news, the cats are still not getting along. They are sitting closer together now and the growling is at a minimum. Maybe, one day, they will be friends like some Disney movie or some shit. *dreams*
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I was thinking that there were a couple of really pretty blankets that people are doing and I wanted to join the fun. A square every day. That's the plan. One square, every day for a year will give me a queen/king sized blanket which will be perfect for the Boyfriend and I.
As for knitting today, I just knit for the first time today about five minutes ago. I casted on and knit the first row of my second commission stocking. I probably would've knit more but I have a lot of graphing and sketching I need to do first and I just haven't felt like it. I definitely need to get a move on it though because I promised it for the end of January but the customer said she didn't care when it got done. I need to stick to my own deadlines though.
I didn't run today. I should've but I just didn't feel like it so I went to the gym and lifted some weights. My goal is to not get gross granny arm flab even though I'm starting to. I'm too young to have grandma arms so I did lots of dumbbell exercises in my attempt to stop that process. I almost didn't work out at all but I made myself because I need to not be a lazy bum, dammit. At least that's what I keep telling myself.
But for now, I'm going to be a lazy bum. At least until tomorrow morning when I go and run again.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Knitting accomplishments today:
Finished the ribbing on my vest! WHOO!
Figured out the lace pattern for that blanket I was working on! Also WHOO!
I also finished spinning the singles for that little bump of fiber I was spinning. I hope to ply it tomorrow although it might wait until Thursday.
Tonight my only goal is to actually get some sleep.
The past few nights, one or both of the cats has woken me up in the middle of the night. Interrupted sleep isn't good, especially not for numerous nights in a row. I also hope that one day, these two cats will get along. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
Monday, January 6, 2014
And guess what?
You can't really tell.
I always feel like ribbing, especially for bottom up sweaters, goes slower than anything else in the world. Put it on size 3 needles in fingering weight yarn and at 274 stitches and it's going to take FOREVER just for a row.
So while I knit today, I didn't really get anything done. Sure, I got quite a few rows done but my overall progress is still minimal.
I also spun a bit today. I have some mystery fiber from a destash that I've been working on. I'm guessing that it's about an ounce of fiber so it's not a whole lot but it will probably be enough for a square that I'm totally not planning on knitting right now. (What? It's actually cold outside. This is what I do. I get cold, I get the urge to knit all the blankets. All of them. ALL OF THEM.)
So that's where I'm at. While I've done a lot, you can't really tell, hence no picture because it would probably look a lot like the one yesterday.
And the cats still hate each other.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
This is a blanket that I've been working on for a while. Probably about a year.
"But Leigh, why is it so small if you've been working on it for so long?" you might ask.
Well that's because I restarted it today. It also wasn't very big anyway because it is one of my numerous scrap blankets. It's actually the last blanket on my Ladder of Scraps, a term I just came up with.
So I love scraps. A lot. Probably as much as I love knitting. Each length of scrap has a different project it's attached to. This one is where all of my very shortest scraps go. Nothing longer than two or three yards and some as short as a few inches. And it's going to be awesome.
I'm making up my own pattern as I go. So far I'm enjoying but that could change as I go along. I could change my mind and change the project yet again but so far it's enjoyable!
Friday, January 3, 2014
Right now, I'd just like to thank everyone who reads or stops by or casually glances at my blog. I don't really do this for you but it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to see my page view numbers slowly go up. I'm fine with talking to myself but it's nice to have someone to talk at as well.
Today for knitting, I knit a bunny nugget. It was SUPER quick and fast and easy and the new kitty, William, loves it. That might have something to do with the catnip in it but he loves it nonetheless. I want to make another one for Pebble cat because I know what it's like to have a sibling get something and you not get anything and I know she's a cat but I figure that she'll enjoy batting it around as well.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
But, aside from a bunch of pages with bad doodles and ramblings about how much I was depressed all the time, I found my new years resolutions for 2013.
- Drink a glass of water every morning
- Exercise more even if it's just a few pushups while something is cooking
- Read more. Try to average a book a week
- Knit more, especially for charity
- Be on the computer less
- Write more
So here it goes, yet another year of resolutions that I might give up after a while:
- Continue drinking a glass of water every morning
- Knit more, especially for others
- Read more
- Write more
- Exercise more and follow through with the Couch to 5K program
- Be on the computer less
- Be less of an all around lazy bum
|William "Buddy" Spoons Greyson Esq.|