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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Sock Scrap Blanket

I find that it’s good to have at least one mindless thing on the needles, sometimes more than one. I have the scrap blanket that fills that spot, at least for now. It’s still small enough to be portable, simple enough that I can do it in the dark at a movie, and yet the stripy colors make it feel like potato chip knitting.

Each little section of color finished feels like an accomplishment. As does the corners. I did manage to do a bit of it while watching Wonder Woman. Though I did manage to miss a stitch and end up with one more on the needles than I was supposed to have. I tried to figure it out in the dark but Gal Gadot’s lips were incredibly distracting.

I should be working on the sea slug but I’m not quite mentally focused enough for that. My sinus’ are still chaotic with an infection of some sort and depression is running rampant in my brain meats, what with the housing stuff. I think I know what I need to do so that everything lines up though, so hopefully when I sit down to begin again it’ll fall neatly into place. Though I’m super glad I didn’t cut the yarn every couple of rounds as the instructions say, that would be quite frustrating to basically be out that yarn.

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.