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: 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: 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.