Saturday, May 23, 2015

Of Tumblr, hobby stores, and craft room relocation

So, while I am the most horrible blogger in the history of blogging (I have given up ever, EVER, being a regular blogger), I do still enjoy putting posts out periodically to talk about what I'm up to and such.

Thing the first is Tumblr. I have become sucked into the lovely black hole that is the Tumblr role play community. This is a microblogging social media site, where I basically do shared story writing with other members. What was originally a character that I thought would get about 10 other people who would enjoy writing with me, I am apparently rather fun to write with as I have over 300 followers and (on a slow day) 30 threads awaiting replies.

This is sucking up the most of my internet time, though I am enjoying it immensely and my creativity juices have been reignited.

Thing the second (which is sucking up a lot of my craft and off internet time), is our local hobby store. Now, this is not a knitting or crafty store, I use Hobby very appropriately. This is a store with board games, plastic models, card games (like Magic: the Gathering, and Pokemon), etc. Originally this was a store where C and I frequented (he is one who quite enjoys playing Magic, and I am one who likes painting miniature models and board games). Over time, we became volunteers at the store, and this past January, C became a full time employee.

The hobby store has basically become a home away from home for me. I continue to volunteer and am a very active part of the store (which is cool because a lot of these types of stores don't usually have a large female customer base, but ours does, and that's partly because the owner has women helping behind the counter).

I run a lot of the card tournaments, make bags to hold the dice and tokens for some bags, and play in a number of events as well.

However! I have been listening to the Knitmore Girls podcast lately and have got my mojo working again.

You can see in the photo above, the start of the Mile High Club Socks in a wonderful neon yarn whose ball band I do not currently have on me. Yes I am a child of the 90's.

I also just got my new Interweave Knits magazine, which I am very much looking forward to going through.

Along with the mojo returning, I have been working on setting up my craft room, it's now in the basement, with the sewing machine in the living room. I have the majority of my fabric put away, and now have to dig through my yarn and get it put into its cupboards. I have a thought that I may go through and take pictures to put on Ravelry as I'm putting it all away.

We'll see if I am actually ambitious enough to do that.

With that, I'll say farewell until the next time I remember that I have a blog and come back to post an update.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone.

It is currently 8:45 am and I have been knitting since 3:30 am. I have just finished the socks below for Grandpa, which is the final Christmas gift that I had to create:

These beauties are my standard toe up sock pattern in Patons Kroy Sock in the Eclipse Stripes colourway,

Grandpa is diabetic and has circulation problems, so he has sworn off all other socks except the ones his granddaughter (me) knits for him.

With this done, I have started looking towards next year and my plans for crafting and blogging.

I will be doing a Christmas gift round up sometime this weekend. I also have a few new challenge ideas for myself, and a few weekly or biweekly posts that I will be looking at putting up.

These will all be discussed anon as I have to get the hubby up so we can head to Christmas with Grandpa.

Look forward to a bunch of new posts and some series of pretties!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

So... about that blogging thing.

Hello internet!

It's amazing what can happen in a year (well... technically nine months).

Apparently one of those things is not writing in my blog. Hey, I never said I was good at this thing.

So here's a photo dump of the last number of months, with a bit of explanation included.

We had a very lovely, appetizer filled Christmas and New Years with friends.

We got just a bit of snow in January.

February was so cold that Peari decided being on TOP of the heater was the best place to be.

My friend Alex came out from BC, and we geeked out together as we always do.

 I started making dice bags for my local hobby store. They're not a million dollar maker, but the guys like them.

 I went to a 90's themed birthday party where I was the only person who had actually been a TEEN in the 90s.

My Craft room is getting an upgrade. Since these pictures were taken all my fabric stuff has been put away. The yarn still needs to be taken care of, but all in due time. The bedroom set is my corner side find (I love freebies!!) The armoire is holding all my fabric and the dresser is where my sewing patterns are kept.

Alex came out again in May and we went to Anime North as a couple of cats. (I'm the one on the right).

I started working on the wig for my next costume, but it got put on hold for other projects.

In April we had a bit of a car accident, nothing too serious, but our backs were out so we couldn't deal with the yard. Some of these weeds were higher than my shoulder and required a hack saw to cut down. Thankfully I had the help of my friend to get it all done. 

For our next convention, the husband grew out his beard for a costume that he decided to be without any coercion from me. It was quite nice having Wolverine about the house for a month, especially when he tried to pretend he was grumpy. 

 And now we're up to present. Alex, Cindy, and me as Flotsam, Ursula, and Jetsam. This was the main project that I paused my wig for and we had a blast.

I'm currently working on a knit blanket for a coworker of mine who just had pretty heavy back surgery, and I will show pictures once I remember to take them before it gets dark.

So that's 9 months in review, and with luck, I'll be able to keep on top of things a bit better for the rest of the year.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Back from Oblivion

Wow, ok, so yeah, I'm a horrible blogger... I kind of let this really slide and such, but I'm going to try to keep better track of the stuff I'm working on.

For starters, I need to go back and see what finished items I've posted on here, and then update that.

Then I need to take stock of my Wall of Shame and continue with it (it got a little side tracked for Christmas knitting).

And then I need to show you my pretty new book I got for Christmas, and the challenge I would like to do in the next couple of years.

With it being the first day of 2014, there is so much potential. I'm not going to say I'm going to be a constant blogger... every time I've tried I've failed. But I will attempt to write here more often. At least when I've finished something or done something cool.

Onward to the future!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ever make a life changing decision and then kind of regret it

Good morning,

So first off, in the fibre world, my sweater is in time out. I finished the arms, but I've decided that since I have plenty of extra yarn, I'm going to pull out half of the sleeves and increase the width a bit more. The arm holes are a bit smaller than I like so I was trying to make the sleeves to match, but I've decided that they need to be a bit wider to be comfortable.

In other news, I've started a life change (the one I reference in the title). I'm doing a 30 day challenge that is offered on A very intense personal trainer work out series for 30 days. We'll see how well I did. Yesterday was day one and I'm about ready to keel over, but I have day 2 tonight.

I only regret it because of the pain I'm in, and that pain is really just because I've done NOTHING since I had surgery in June. Here's hoping this kicks my butt back into gear.

I'm also trying to pump more veggies in my diet and such.

We'll see how this goes.

Monday, October 7, 2013

How Fast Time Flies

Good morning!

Sorry I missed a week there, life got crazy, I was sick, I was visiting my dad who lives on the other side of the country, and yeah, Life got in the way of blogging.

In fact, I didn't get much done on anything crafty over the last week. I finished the sleeves on my big autumn sweater, but since I'm making up the pattern as I go along, I now need to rip back half of them and add a few more increases as they're way too narrow.

I got some of the backstitching started on my Cross stitched penguin, but I'm not very good at cross stitch so it's taking me a bit.

Other than that, It's just a matter of recuperating and such. I hope to actually have pictures for you tomorrow.

Till then.!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pengie Penguin

Not much to talk about, except my little penguin who has all his cross stitch done.

All he needs now is his backstitching and his french knot eyes and he'll be done!