May 28th, 2015
|01:03 pm - Hurry up, June!|
Hurry up, June! I want Nerdopolis to start!
I'm very excited about being captain. I plan to do Weekly Summary posts on Mondays, WIP Wednesdays, and Game of the Week on Fridays. That should keep the thread moving.
Team rosters were announced today, and we have 7 players on Team Co-op, which puts us in the small team category. It's too late to sign up for a team, but you can still play as a Rogue (and independent player). I've gone ahead and locked our old thread and started a new thread for the new tournament. I've been writing the intro post in my head for days now, LOL.
I've been planning on what I'm going to make for Nerdopolis. I'm going to finish my Tunisian shawl for Area 51. I'm also going to do another 198 Yards of Heaven in white and pink. There's the needle holder I'm making for the Red Heart Lovers group. That's three projects. I'm also thinking of doing a Fishy Tawashi, which makes four. Finally, I'll probably do some more baby blankets for the ministry, which makes five projects. Hopefully I can fit these projects to the themes.
I dug through the yarn goody_scrivener gave me and pulled out the skeins I'm going to use for the needle holder and shawl, so I'm good to go. I just need it to be June already!
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Current Mood: impatient
May 26th, 2015
|02:05 pm - I'm prolific!|
I reached 200 projects on Ravelry. WOW! Here are some stats:
* 60 BAMCAL squares
* 9 Ministry projects
* 13 doilies
* 41 dishcloths (wow, that many?)
* 2 garments
* 60 knitting projects
* 139 crochet projects
...which means that somewhere I have a project that's marked neither crochet or knitting. Hmm.
I finished the first set of ministry baby blankets. That used up 5 of the 39 skeins of yarn I got from goody_scrivener. I have a plan to use two skeins of One Pound yarn to make another gigantic 198 yards of heaven. Another skein is in use for a MCAL in the Mystery 220 group. And I'll be joining goody_scrivener for a KAL/CAL in the Red Heart Lovers group.
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Current Mood: accomplished
May 18th, 2015
|01:22 pm - good weekend|
Friday night was a meeting of the shawl ministry. I brought along the two shawls I crocheted last week, along with the Wailea shawl and 1600 yards of heaven. We only had six people at the meeting, though other members had dropped their shawls off earlier in the day. In total, we had 16 shawls, so a quarter of them were from me! One of the members oohed and ahhed over my shawls, and asked if the knit ones were hard to do. I said no, but I've been knitting for seven years. She's a newer knitter who is unsure of her skills, and I wasn't sure if my answer was encouraging or not.
The ministry recently got a donation of $150, so I got $25 of it in order to buy more yarn. We're in need of baby blankets for the local hospitals, so my plan was to buy white and pastel colors.
On Saturday goody_scrivener and her daughter came over! She inherited a TON of yarn recently, and brought me two large boxes. Look at it all!
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As you can see, it's mostly pastels and whites! There's the yarn for the baby blankets, then! I'll use the money from the ministry to buy some bold colors for shawls.
I wore my Orchid Top and Adirondack Socks and felt pretty all day. We had some nice conversation--she caught me up on news from friends. I could NOT believe that two of our friends had gotten married. I thought they never would, so that was a surprise! We also spent a good portion in companionable silence while we worked on projects, which was nice. I had a knitting mishap--there was a spider on a thread hanging next to me (yikes!) and I got up to get a paper towel to squish it, and my foot caught in a loop of yarn and I didn't realize it. So I dragged my project halfway to the kitchen. Alas, I ended up pulling out some stitches. I tried to fix it with a crochet hook, but eventually ran a lifeline a few rows back and ripped it out.
After Goody and her daughter left, I went to Culver's for dinner. Mmm, that was good. They have good hamburgers and french fries. I also got a concrete mixer with chocolate ice cream and Reese's peanut butter cups, yum! Then I came back home, played on the Internet for a bit, then made a baby blanket. The hospital wants them only 15x15, so it took just a few hours to finish.
Then I tried going to bed, but couldn't sleep.
I honestly think I went hypomanic last week. Between getting two shawls crocheted, and volunteering for captain, and getting money from the ministry, and visits from Goody and her daughter, I was wired. I was up until 5:30a.m. Saturday night. I spent the time cataloging the yarn I got (why, I don't know, because I don't really use the stash feature in Ravelry) and writing up Game of the Week posts I plan to make in Team Co-op's thread in Nerdopolis. I ended up writing 17 pages in my paper journal over the course of Saturday night and Sunday. I did finally drift off a bit around 5:30. It caught up with me Sunday night, and I flopped on the bed around 7:30pm and rested. I'm still feeling a bit tired today.
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May 11th, 2015
|01:17 pm - Crocheted socks!|
I bought some purple sock yarn recently to match my Orchid Top. Since I'm planning on wearing the top soon, I wanted to go ahead and make the socks.
So I looked through my Ravelry queue and picked out a knitted pattern, Cable and Lace socks, and got to work on it. The twisted rib cuff took forever. And then it was time to start on the cable and lace part. The cable went okay, but the lace? There are double decreases. That's not the easiest stitch to do. I dropped some stitches while attempting the DD, utterly befouling the lace. So I put the sock aside while I contemplated what to do.
I could have probably fixed my mistake, but I was only on the first repeat of the pattern, and I imagined this happening again, and just.... no. I did not want to deal with that. I could have picked out a different knitted pattern, but really, I have no business knitting socks right now since the last two pairs I made came out too big. And I had just gone through my crochet magazines recently, which had some good articles on sock making. Plus, I really wanted the socks to match the top, which is done in a shell stitch. Interweave Crochet had a pattern in one of their magazines for a shell stitch sock. And so I crocheted socks!
I like this pattern. The first socks I crocheted had an afterthought heel, which means the heel was done last. This ended up with an ugly and uncomfortable seam underneath the heel. The Adirondack socks are crocheted from the top down, with a heel flap and turned heel--just like I knit my socks. I wore them for about an hour on Saturday night and they were comfy. Unlike other crocheted socks, the pattern has some stretch to it--not as much as a knitted sock, but it definitely stretches. This is a good thing, because the largest size the pattern had was for a leg circumference of 10-1/2", and my leg is bigger than that. The sock stretches enough to fit around my leg.
I will definitely NOT be frogging these socks. I may even make more crocheted socks in the future.
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Current Mood: accomplished
April 25th, 2015
|12:42 pm - RIP PSP|
My new PSP charger came. It didn't work. ; ; So it must be something wrong with the PSP itself. As of now I have 17 minutes of battery life left, so we're pretty much dead.
My life has already changed because of this. I've been going to bed really early (for me) because normally I would be on the PSP browsing FFXIAH but I can't do that now and there's only so much knitting and crocheting I can handle in a day. So I go to bed. But it's hard to fall asleep because I am effectively going to bed a mere 12 hours after I get up and I'm just not that tired yet. So I lay there for over an hour. Bleh.
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Current Mood: disappointed
April 17th, 2015
|01:33 pm - hope this works|
Just ordered a new A/C adapter for my PSP using my Vanilla Visa gift card from Christmas. It was less than $10, including shipping. It's not the Sony brand, but whatever. I hope it works because I miss using my PSP to access the Internet. I have a habit of reading Shakesville on it before dinner, and I often browse FFXIAH when I can't sleep.
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Current Mood: hopeful
April 13th, 2015
|02:53 pm - that's a relief|
I had the best possible outcome from jury duty: they didn't call my panel number, so I wasn't even interviewed. They let my panel go at 2:00pm, too. Yay!
The seat I was sitting in was uncomfortable. I spent most of the morning just sitting. I did kind of watch TV a bit. They gave us an hour and a half for lunch. There was no where to eat in the building, so I walked to 159th street and had Burger King.
I got a check for $17.20 for my trouble, which will be used tomorrow on yarn as celebration for getting through the day.
I have a new worry, though: my PSP appears to not be charging. I noticed it yesterday, when it turned itself off twice. It's supposed to do that after a period of inactivity on battery power, but I leave it plugged in all the time so normally it doesn't shut off. I checked all the connections and they seem to be okay. So I don't know what's wrong. I will be upset if it doesn't fix itself, because I spend a lot of time on the Internet on my PSP which helps keep me sane.
In knitting news, I finished the socks I was working on. They are too big. *sighs* This is the second pair I've made that have come out too big. I don't know why, because the first socks I ever made were done on size 2 needles with a cast-on of 64 stitches, and they fit perfectly. I did these on size 1. They seemed okay when done, but when I wore them they sagged around the ankle. So I will probably re-knit them.
In other knitting news, I started a new shawl for the ministry. I have three WIPs I could be working on instead, but no, I wanted to do the shawl. It's coming along fast as the top is a lot of plain knit stitch. I should finish with the top portion today. The lace will probably take me a bit of time to do, but I don't expect it to be too long.
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Current Mood: relieved
April 2nd, 2015
|01:24 pm - goal complete|
I finished my Ministry Shawl #3! I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I showed it to my therapist, who asked if it would be hard to give it up. I said no. I think I'm a process knitter--the enjoyment comes more from the process than the finished product, although I do love the finished objects, too!
This month I am knitting a pair of socks. I don't think I've finished a pair in a month before, but it should be doable. I spent 65 hours on the shawl, and only 38 hours on my Jaywalker socks so yeah, should be doable.
I still haven't tried Lightning Returns again. I guess the game really turned me off. Instead I've been playing Final Fantasy III. An acquaintance said that he maxed out all the jobs in the game, so that's my goal for this playthrough. Right now I have the first set of jobs all at level 10 or above.
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Current Mood: accomplished
March 16th, 2015
|01:18 pm - knit knit knit knit knit|
I've been doing a heck of a lot of knitting the past week. On Monday I managed to put work into all of my WIPs, yay! Otherwise, there's been quite a bit of work on the camisole, which is going well now that I've restarted from a twist in the cast-on. What I should be working on is Ministry Shawl #3, which I want to get finished this month. I estimate I have about two hours of knitting a day to do on it in order to finish it. Doable, but a lot of work.
If I don't finish it I have other things I can submit for Nerdopolis, because I've been so busy with projects. In addition to all the WIPs I have, I also knitted a headband. Because I saw someone post it on Ravelry, and it was the perfect use for yarn I had left over from a scarf, and nothing would do except to knit it NOW. So I did. I'm also crocheting socks. Yes, crocheting. Why? Because it is International Crochet Month, and the Party group on Ravelry is making socks and there are prizes. I'm a sucker for prizes, so I am making a pair. I already know that I will likely frog them to knit socks instead, but it's kind of a proof-of-concept thing. I've been intrigued with crocheted socks for a while, so now I can say that I've made a pair, lol.
I dreamed about them. I was over in England, or possibly Ireland, and was in a yarn store looking for yarn to take home as a souvenir. They had some really fine yarn, like thread-weight but softer than thread, to be used with steel hooks to make socks.
My mom's birthday was on Friday, and on Saturday we went out to a German restaurant. They spelled our name wrong on the reservation, which is a bit of a fail since our last name is German. Otherwise, everything was lovely. I played it safe and had wiener schnitzel, which was good. I was tempted by the sea scallops, but it came with rice instead of potatoes, and I really wanted German potato salad. There was live entertainment. He was quite talented - played the accordion, trumpet, tuba, and handbells, and also sang and yodeled. It was a nice evening.
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Current Mood: busy
March 9th, 2015
|01:48 pm - Lightning Returns first impressions, plus more knitting/crocheting|
People have played the Final Fantasy XV demo, and it's getting great reviews. AM SO EXCITED! Oh, how I wish I had the money/console to get Type-0 HD so I could play the demo for myself. Alas, it is not meant to be.
So, on Tuesday I did indeed start Lightning Returns. And well, um. ( first impressions. SPOILERS.Collapse )
Instead I've been knitting and crocheting a lot. On Friday evening I made a doily, which was entered in the Nerdopolis Pi challenge. I woke up early on Saturday and couldn't fall back asleep, so I frogged the original Orchid Top I had tried making. Then I split the yarn from the frogged swatch, and knit a swatch for the Cockleshell Camisole. On Sunday I entered that into the Nerdopolis Summit Seekers challenge, to give me motivation to do it. I'm really eager to get started on the knitting part of it, not so eager to split the yarn. Yes, I am crazy and splitting yarn for this, LOL. But I split 11 skeins for my Orchid Top, and that turned out nicely, so I'm willing to do it again for the camisole (which I will wear underneath the Orchid).
Also on Sunday, I worked on ministry shawls #2 and #3, and did a few more rows on my pumpkin socks. Which means that all the projects I currently have on the needles were worked on, yay! I'm hoping to finish ministry shawl #3 this month so I can submit it to Nerdopolis, though I'm not sure what challenge I will submit it to yet.
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