Life = Sledgehammer

At least it feels that way. Lately I have been so busy with so many things that I want to share with all of you but I haven’t had time to do it. So I’m going to quickly run over everything and go into details in their own post. Also it’ll help me remember what I wanted to write about.

Books
I am continuing to make progress through The Dresden Files. I’m up to Proven Guilty although I do have a short story I need to read quick before moving on. It really is cool going though all of it again. But seeing as I’m reading everything except the short stories on my Kindle (the Paperwhite makes reading before falling asleep so much more convenient!), I was really starting to jones for a book.

Thankfully I had picked one up. I had stopped in a Barnes & Noble to use the restroom quickly when I saw a book that I had heard about on NPR (I think) and really wanted to read it. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain is an amazing and, for me, freeing read. I have probably mentioned it before, but I am an introvert. My hubby is an introvert. Many on my dad’s side of the family are introverts. But America is the land of the free and home of the extrovert. It is hard living as an introvert in an extroverted nation, but Quiet helps me to realize that it’s not a bad thing. I’m barely a quarter of the way into it and I love it! There will be a very thorough post, or two, about this wonderful book!

Photography
Ever since taking a basic photography class at school, I’ve been getting more and more into photography. I’ve always enjoyed it, but that class inspired me to start investing more into it. Recently I’ve invested a little bit more. I bought a 35mm lens and a couple of ND8 filters, one for the 35mm and one for the lens that came with the camera. I think that 35mm lens is going to change how I take pictures in a wonderful way.

Crafts
This is a complex one. First, while I am working on The Dude’s on the Grid sweater, I’ve also been inspired to get the supplies for a couple of baby blankets. Friends of ours recently had a baby and I wanted to do something for them. Then I remembered that my sister requested I make a Gryffindor-color striped baby blanket for her future nursery. No need for it yet, but I thought “Why not find the pattern now and use it for our friend’s blanket?” So I found a great blanket pattern, and ordered some great purple yarns and needles from KnitPicks. Hopefully I’ll be able to get started on it soon.

Second, I have a new job. I’m working at Jo-Ann’s. It’s really stressful suddenly working an almost 40-hour-a-week job where I’m on my feet for most of that time after working at a desk job for over five years. I’m slowly starting to get used to it again. But add school to it and I’m having a hard time finding a good balance that includes time for myself. I’m really hoping that writing here will give me some of that me-time again.

Food
Fall has inspired me to start cooking again. Between cranberries and squash and Brussels sprouts and asparagus, my fridge is full of food waiting to be cooked. As things happen, pics are posted to Instagram. Hopefully there will be posts here to talk about the wonderful photos I’m slowly filling up my Instagram with.

Okay. Now I think I’m going to meander toward bed. I’ve rambled for long enough.

What a Weekend!

Well, that didn’t go as planned. But it was great!

Friday wasn’t bad. The first panel was “Unpopular Anime”. I thought this would be a good way to find some gems hidden in the sea of anime. Nope. It consisted of the panelist standing at the podium reading descriptions of anime that enough people hadn’t heard of. About halfway through a con staffer came in and it turns out that her laptop wasn’t working with the projector. I decided to leave at that point because I couldn’t see how a slide show would help that panel.

I ended up having a panel cancelled on me because the panelists never showed up. There was quite a line too. It would have been quite the panel, if they had showed up. I was disappointed that someone would commit to doing a panel and then not show up. And it wasn’t a case of something came up and they cancelled the panel ahead of time. Nope. We were in line until around 10 minutes after it was supposed to start when they cancelled it.

Anyway. At least “Kimono 101 + 102” was great. I was also really glad I didn’t wear my yukata. Turns out I should have sewn at least half of the sleeve opening on the outer edge. It’s fixed now. And with the knowledge I gained from the panel, I’m going to be more confident wearing it. Also, this will give me time to wash it before wearing it, which should relax the fabric and it will sit better.

And here I wasn’t going to go into panel detail until later. Oh well. I guess I’ll continue tomorrow then.

Oh, and I’ve made more progress on the scarf!

I’m getting there. Slow and steady gives me a good scarf.

Gameplan

Go meet with awesome ASL teacher to chat and go over my final from class.
Go home to hubby, who worked from home today so he wouldn’t risk possibly getting coworkers sick.
Figure out and make dinner.
Do interpreting homework.
Knit like a madwoman.
Pass out in bed.

Sounds like a plan to me!

Weekend progress

So, I mentioned on Friday I was hoping to be here today:

Yeah, I’m closer to here:

But that’s because on Saturday I finished up the yukata! After a lot of sewing and seam ripping and sewing some more, it’s finished. I’m hoping to get a couple of pics of me in it this week before the convention this weekend.

Now I can focus on studying and getting the scarf finished for the weekend. As long as I have some time to just sit and knit I know I’ll be able to put a decent dent in the scarf. Hopefully that’ll be tonight. I was going to go to the gym after work, but the gym is at school. And school is closed today for the holiday. I guess my first time to the gym’ll be on Wednesday after I meet with a teacher. Not exactly how I was planning for this to go.

But the point of all of that is that I’ll have time to knit tonight that I wasn’t going to have before. Yeah, when I get home I’m going to sit down and start knitting. Maybe I can get half of what’s left finished. Then if I can keep working on it after class Tuesday and after the gym Wednesday, I might have it done in time. If I’m close, I may take it with me to work on while in line Thursday night. But I’d have to be a couple of stripes away from being done. I don’t want to have to have more than two colors with me.

I am really looking forward to this weekend! Now if they would just get the schedule up. ::scurries off to check::

“Witty Little Knitter”

‘Pity about the scarf. Madame Nostradamus made it for me. A witty little knitter…’
~Fourth Doctor

I have been a knitting fool lately. Well, knitting and crocheting. I’ve been working on a Fourth Doctor scarf for a few months now. Partially because the thing is 12 feet long when it’s done; partially because I’m in no rush to get it done, so I simply pick away at it. I was considering getting it done for Ohayocon, but I’m waiting on more yarn, so that’s probably not going to happen.

Last Monday I finally finished my net bag! I know I mentioned it before but, while reading No Impact Man he inspired me to use some yarn I had lying around to make a net bag. I’m planning to use it for produce when I’m at the grocery store. It’ll help me to keep from needing to use the plastic bags. I can’t wait to start breaking it in.

Soon after I finished that, I went on Ravelry again and looked for a slouchy hat pattern. I’ve got an awesome hat for everyday, but sometimes I know I’m going to want something like a knit slouchy hat. I found one I like, so I got started on that.

I just love knitting/crocheting!

Crazy or witty?

As I mentioned on Sunday, I am about halfway through a Season 12 Fourth Doctor scarf. I’m aiming for as accurate as possible, so I’m using the “original” pattern and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport yarn. I’m using Saffron, Thyme, Turmeric, Camel Heather, Chestnut, Cobblestone Heather, and Currant. The only one I think could be improved is the Camel Heather. Unfortunately it’s the closest color in that specific yarn. Once I figured out how to properly count the rows, and that every stripe has an even number of rows means all the ends are on one side, it’s going quite well. I’m going to keep this one for myself because of the row issue early on. But I’m thinking of continuing to make them and sell them on Etsy. I figure it can keep my fingers busy, help make some fans happy, and make me a little extra cash.

I’m sure by the time I finish this scarf I’ll look back at this and realize how crazy I was.

Weekly Hindsight: Motivation

Oh my gosh was I lacking in motivation this week. Well, mostly lacking in motivation. When it came to reading, that was not a problem. But when it came to working, studying, or eating well, motivation was nowhere to be found.

Thankfully it seems to have found me again this weekend. Friday I prepared my afternoon snack for the week. Yesterday I got some great veggies at Whole Foods, actually cooked up my bunch of asparagus from the week before, and got my lunch salads ready for the week. I also got myself much closer to the halfway point of my Fourth Doctor scarf (yes, I have decided to take on the noblest task of any Who-vian and knit a Season 12 scarf) and got my board in better shape.

Which I would love to show you a picture of but I can’t because either my camera has died or my new batteries have died, and my phone won’t let me use the pictures on it! I was thinking of getting a new desktop soon, but maybe I should just get a new camera instead. I’ve got a little under a year until Windows stops supporting XP. That gives me plenty of time to get a new one.

Anyway, I have a cork board with various spiritually important things to me on it and I put a lot more on yesterday, which makes me feel much better about it. In fact, I’m finding that I need to spend at least a couple of hours back in my room on the weekend to be able to just recharge and recenter myself. Hopefully it’ll help me to get through this week.

This week is the last week of classes for the semester. Finally! I can’t wait for this mess of a semester to be done so I can get to my nice, relaxing Summer. One advantage to taking a break, I can take just two classes at a time and be fine. Also, both classes are on the same day. So two classes, twice a week…going to be heaven!

The hat they call…Jayne

The Hat they call…Jayne is finished! Well, it was finished back in January. Just in time too, my ears really appreciated the warmth. It’s part of what I’m calling my “geek chic” style. Cunning, ain’t it? 😉

Jayne Hat

I used Dryope’s Jayne Cobb Hat pattern with a few adjustments. I used worsted weight yarn instead of the bulky the pattern calls for. So I had to eyeball things a bit. I made the orange section too long. So I went back and frogged the yellow, and frogged the orange down to the right length then re-knit the yellow. I also made the ear flaps longer so they looked right and made the pompom bigger.
As fun as it’s been wearing it and getting compliments, I’m going to make a new one sometime. I’m going to make sure that the orange to yellow ratio is right from the start. I’m also going to double knit it with a cotton yarn on the inside. It’ll make it that much warmer for the winter, and it won’t itch. I’m going to keep this one for not so cold weather and for fun things like Dragon*Con.

I am alive!

I’ve just been knitting my little butt off. Sorry it’s been so long, but I’ve been trying to get the scarves done. But I’m finally almost finished with them! There will be a celebratory post when that happens.

I’ve also been hit with a wave of inspiration. I’ve got an idea for some TRON: Legacy-inspired arm warmers. It came to me while we were watching it the other night. It’s going to take a lot of watching and pausing to get the pattern right, but once I get it figured out, I will definitely share it with you all!

Now that the scarves are done, I’ve got lots of ideas for little projects here and there. So there should be more posts coming than there have been. I just hope my little bamboo needles can hold out.

Hehe, that reminds me. Last night I took some of my knitting to practice at church for music practice. One of my fellow musicians saw me working on my arm warmers on my US2 needles and asked if I was using toothpicks! 🙂 I don’t know if he believed me that there are smaller needles out there. And I’m probably going to need them soon for some of those projects I’ve mentioned.