Demise of a Sea Slug

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.

Advertisements

All the Washcloths

I had, and still have quite a bit, of cotton yarn left over after the washcloth blitz of Christmas. So I paired these two colors together to see just how many I could make.

I did have a bit of warning to wash them before use as the lighter color attempted to dye the recipient of the original cloths.

I think this one is my favorite. Quick decreases, large needles, and simple pattern make for a happy Shadow.

Luckily one spin through the washing machine seems to have taken care of the color issue.

I think I like this one the least. I don’t think I sewed the center together correctly as it’s not bunching up like it’s supposed to. Oh well, just going to be used here at home.

It was supposed to be a spiral but I didn’t quite get the order correct.

The last one was made in just one evening .. once I figured out my counting issues.

I still have a bit of the dark blue but I think it’s little enough that I’m okay with tossing it into the stuffing bag.

WIP Wednesday: Socks and Something

Crochet:
Technically the Loki are not finished but all they are lacking is hair so I didn’t bother to take another picture.

Knitting:
The first project is my Shamrock socks, the brainless, no thinking knitting I take to work on while wandering conventions. They’re finally long enough for me to shove the yarn into each sock, no more tangling!

The other project is my Peacock Something. It’s a cute little sweater, though it doesn’t look like much at the moment since I’m only on row 4. I ran out without stitch markers and couldn’t find any I liked at the DFW Fiber Fest so I made due with some safety pins Shannon found for me.

Gaming:

Thanks to Scott I’ve made a new character on his server and I’m working on leveling my spanking new character up to lvl 10 so I can go join him.

Reading:

Hekaton by Various. It’s a good book, I just seem to have no time to read these days, not even in the car as the last several days I’ve spent on the phone or driving long distances. Both are completely worth it, though I’d like to finish the book.

WIP Wednesday: Thor

Crochet:
Thor seems to be flying along with fewer problems … of course I had Loki experience and there’s only one Thor. But here’s him sans hair and eyes, most of his hammer, and the pieces of his helmet.

Gaming:
Dungeon Siege still claims my time. I’ve never gotten this far so I’m completely wrapped up in what happens next?! Plus I actually got to take on a dragon. At this point I’m fairly close to the end so I’m really looking forward to the next in the series.

Job Hunt:
Kinda not done anything with this. I did attempt to file unemployment (and was turned down) but this is the first week that I’ve been without a job. Mostly I’m wrapping up things at home that have been left for a while. I plan on getting my resume together early next week and start directing it out into the world.

Reading:

Hekaton by Various. I’m still working on this one, reading in my copious spare time. I’m having my normal problem with short stories which is that they are over far too soon, just after I’ve become attached to the characters. But I’m still enjoying it.

WIP Wednesday: Helmet

Crochet:
It’s a helmet. No really, it is. I swear.

Knitting:
Wandering cons and sitting chatting with friends is getting these socks done rather quickly.

Games:
I keep buying games but I don’t think I’ve actually played a game since Thursday … unless you count Farmville 2 and I don’t.

Running:
I’m actually managing to not only be somewhat consistent in actually doing the run but managing to run longer and not fall on my face. Plus I’m steadily losing weight.

Reading:

Hekaton by Various. There are nice things to say about this but I’m pretty sure my brain has shut off. I’ll at least say I’m enjoying the stories.

WIP Wednesday: Loki & Shamrocks

Crochet:
I’m getting there! I have a helmet and 3 sets of hair to do and these guys will be done!

Knitting:
It’s March so it’s obviously time for some green! I started these socks to take with me to cons and wonder around with. Love them so far.


Games:
All my meager spare time has been in Dungeon Siege. It’s an easy, mindless game that I really need right now and this fits the bill fairly perfectly. Plus, I’ve never been this far in the game.

Spinning:
I managed a little time with the wheel last week but it mostly looks the same.

Sewing:
I’ve thought very hard about working on the quilt square. Currently though my sewing table is covered in art and autographs from the conventions.

Reading:

Swords of Kos: Necropolis by Michael O. Varhola. I picked this up a couple weeks ago at a convention in Richardson, Tx. I spent some time talking with the author and really liked what he had to say so thought I’d give it a try. It’s a good story, though not my typical style of writing. Also, it’s a real book, not a book on my kindle. I suspect I’ve become spoiled with being able to do things while reading that I can’t do while holding a book.

WIP Wednesday: Loki x3

Crochet:
I’m finding it harder to go through the finishing process and jumping to the next piece of the puzzle. So Loki 2 is kinda there and Loki 3 is started. I think part of the problem might be the focus required for any of it and the fact that I pretty much have to be sitting at my desk with the pattern in front of me. On the plus side, I have the loom for the hair. Though I’ll be out of town again this weekend so we’ll see how much gets done.

Knitting:
There’s nothing on my needles and it makes me feel weird. I’ve been carrying around the yarn and needles for my next pair of stripy no think socks but haven’t been able to start them yet. I’ll have to get them past the toe increases before Saturday morning. :crosses fingers:

Games:
Strangely enough when I’m not home all that much I don’t have much time to sit down and play. I’m still working on Dungeon Siege though, typically staying up a bit late to have a bit of down time and hit things.

Reading:

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands by Stephen King. I’m still on familiar territory with this story and still enjoying it. I’m hoping to finish soon though because I’m going to take a brief break from Mid-World and Roland’s story to read a couple books I picked up this weekend from a friend of mine.

WIP Wednesday: Loki x2

Crochet:
Since I’m still missing the part I need to do the hair I went ahead and started the second one. There have been bits of Loki floating around on my desk for a few days. I managed to get them sewn together last night. At the bottom is the start of his cloak.

Knitting:
The socks are almost finished with a little done here and there. Hopefully my new stripy yarn will be in today as I have a convention this weekend and I’ll need new socks to work on. Can’t be without a project after all.

Gaming:

I’ve been running with other plans but I have managed to log some time in Dungeon Siege and to get past the part I’d been stuck at for the better part of a month,

Reading:

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands by Stephen King.After all these years I still love the overall story.

WIP Wednesday: Loki & All the Things

Crochet:
This is making my eyes cross with the dark colors and trying to keep count. But it’s getting there. Only a couple things left I think.

Knitting:
When I couldn’t work on the little guy I managed to knit a bit while reading or mentally processing.

Spinning:
And with the new purchase I’ve managed to return to spinning. It’s horrible results but it’s wonderful since it’s made by me. My first thing with a spinning wheel. Maybe I’ll ply it with the spindle spun since it’s the same Jacob Grey Wool Top.

Quilting:
I even managed to find a bit of time to sit at the sewing machine. I need to purchase a larger square so I can square the larger blocks. But I got them stitched together as well as half of the smaller blocks, plus the ironing for each.

Games:
& 

I think I’m stuck on Dungeon Siege, I may need to exit the current dungeon and go back to the last section to either clear things out a bit more or buy better equipment … or both. XCOM goes slowly since I managed about 1 mission each time I pull the game up. My backlog of games is getting quite large since I’ve found Humble Bundle, plus gog.com and Steam keep having sales.

Reading:

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King. It’s a reread and it’s like falling back into a loved conversation with old friends. I managed the first book last week. I’m not sure if I’ll power through all of them in one go or slip a couple others in the between.