Translating

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.

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WIP Wednesday: Larger Blanket

Knitting:

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.

Reading:

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.

WIP Wednesday: The Blanket Grows

Knitting:
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.

Sewing:
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.

Reading:

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

WIP Wednesday: Neverending Yarn

Knitting:
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.

Reading:

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.

WIP Wednesday: Baby Blanket

Knitting:
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.

Reading:

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.

WIP Wednesday: Gloves and Socks

Knitting:
I’m kinda creating again. Mostly I’m starting things and losing steam or finishing things and not being happy with them. I don’t know that I’m getting past the grief or coping any better .. maybe I’m just hiding behind a giant mask, it’s hard to tell. Anyhow, I am actually a bit happy with the gloves I’m working on. Specially since I charted out the pattern in excel with notes for when the thumb begins and when the hand is done. The chart doesn’t match up from side a to side b so the number were quickly going to be off. Plus with it being in excel I can hide the rows I’ve already done.

   

I’ve also started new stripy socks, which means the previous socks are finished. Though I didn’t do enough of the leg and not only do I have a ton of yarn left over, they’re shorter than I’d like. Plus I went down a size for ribbing and forgot to go back up a size to bind off, so they’re a tad too tight. I’ll pull it out and redo the binding.

I thought about re-connecting the yarn and making the socks longer .. .but then I’m not sure the stripes would line up just so and apparently that bothers me more than I expected it too. It makes sense after all, that’s why I’m so careful to start the exactly in the same spot. Just means I have more to add to the blanket.

Gaming:

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Borderlands, mostly on the hunter, he’s finally up to level 21. I wanted to punch things so I started a bezerker the other night and he’s level 7 or 8 now. Though I know sniper will always be my favorite of any character.

Reading:

The Night Bird by Brian Freeman. I’ve been reading a bit more, it’s easier to insert myself into a different world. I’ve liked this one, the way the author strings the words together and the pictures he paints with them.

And … if you’re still hanging around after all this silence on my part. Thank you. I’m trying to get back into things. The grief hits at odd times and I still don’t know how to deal with it. Thank you for sharing this part of things with me.

WIP Wednesday: Lacy Wrist Warmers

Knitting:
I feel like this week has been about stepping back. I started the heels on my socks but I need to pull them out and begain again as it’s not as clean as it could be. This wrist warmer had about 20 rows pulled out last night as I’d gone wrong somewhere with the counting. It’s much better now. There’s still a bit of laddering between the needles, no matter how much I try to fix it. So .. I’ve decided it’s just going to be a design element.

Reading:

Princeps’ Fury by Jim Butcher. I can’t leave this world and while I want to rocket to the end and see how everything settles … I also want it to last quite a bit longer.

WIP Wednesday: Bunny and Socks

Knitting:
After just a week I have nearly a full bunny. The only piece left is the stomach. I picked up the stuffing and safety eyes last night so one I have the last bit knit then I can sew it all together.

The current stripy socks are nearly done too, just a heel for each of them and they’ll be added to the rotation. I made these quite a bit shorter than previous stripy socks but now I have a blanket to add the excess to so I’m not as obsessed about using all the yarn in the socks.

Reading:

Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher. I’m still blasting through this series and absolutely loving it.

WIP Wednesday: Bunny and Gloves

Knitting:
I had just enough lace weight to give these gloves a try. Somewhere, on this row or the last patterned row I messed up. Of course I figured this out while quickly losing light and traveling 70mph down the freeway to our camping event on Friday. So they got set aside until I have time to look at them and figure it out.

And since those aren’t time sensitive … I started on a project that is on a deadline. A friend asked if I could make a bunny for her nephew. Knit up a cute toy? Yes! So far I’ve started the legs and the back. It made a lot more sense once I figured out that I have to make two.

I’ve also been zooming through the stripy socks. Now that I have a plan for the remains I think I’ll bind off at the end of this color. I think that plus making the heel from the lighter colors will balance them and then I’ll have plenty for my blanket.

Reading:

Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher. I really love that I have all these and can just fly through them one after the other. I’m really enjoying the story and the pacing, plus the little twists the story takes is keeping me very entertained.

WIP Wednesday: Feet Things

Knitting:
First off, these needles! I got the Hiya Hiya interchangable set for Christmas and I’ve already knit two hats, a shirt, and a bootie on them. They are so incredibly wonderful. Smoother than any I’ve worked with before and the joins, oh so lovely and swively. Anyhow, this scrap of garter stitch will become the second bootie of the set and I’ll likely see it done before the day is out. And no, none of these baby things are for me, a friend is due this month.

I’ve also made a lot of headway on the stripy socks. For the first time I’ve switched to a size 0 for the ribbing. Hopefully this will fix the stretchiness that happens at some point during the day. I need to pull the yarn for the heel but I think these will be done fairly soon if we keep up with movie and game nights.

Sewing:
No pictures because it’s all black duck cloth. But I have cut out 4 tabards for friends for the event coming up on the 13th. I also have grey linen for a double thick tunic for another friend. So much to get done before then.

Reading:

Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher. I’m very glad I have several of these on my kindle and I’m finally making time for them. I’m quite enjoying the adventures of Tavi and his friends. I very much want to see what happens to their home.