Not Much, But Enough, And PTSD

I am in no way equating to my current temporary battle with ptsd with that of people who have had real and horrific trauma in their life. This is more of a ‘oh shit, wait, no, stop’, light-weight, in my control kind of ptsd…and it has to do with the actions of Lucy.

If you’ve been reading the blog or following my Instagram account then you know Lucy’s face. Her cute little puffy cheeks, gleaming eyes, and expressive whiskers are super duper cute. But she also has a gnarly feral streak from her hectic youth. Now what happened last week wasn’t even any way remotely caused by this feral streak as it is something that all cats are wont to do.

The night time zoomies. (more…)

Rose City Yarn Crawl 2017

I always feel more comfortable with myself if I make expensive-ish things for myself instead of buying them from the store: wool sweaters and accessories mostly. A lot of where I shop doesn’t exactly scream haute couture anyways and it’s a hunt to find a good quality sweater that isn’t 100% acrylic, fashionable, and doesn’t cost $80.

Bring in the yarn. So I went to RCYC this year. Managed to hit up 3 stores with the helpful enabling of my friend @kathynancegirl. First up was a large purchase at Close Knit. I won’t disclose how much I spent, you can figure that out on your own…but lets just say that I bought $90’s worth of 1 sweaters amount of yarn.

But Marilyn! That’s more than the $80 you didn’t want to spend on that other pre-made sweater!! (more…)

The Year of the Hoodie

So, this is the year of the Rooster according to the Chinese calendar. For me, it’s the year of the hoodie!

Most of my 2017 projects planned for this year involve a hood or hat of some sort that I’ve never made before. I’ve already completed the Maclure bonnet by Norichan that was published in the Winter 2016 Stranded Magazine issue. A nice quick knit that I also used some handspun for! Score!

What else have I got planned this year?

Hoodie Shawl Cardigan

Edge Hoodie

Minty Fresh

Granted that’s only 3 more projects, but these three have been in my queue for quite a while and are pieces that I lack in my wardrobe. I have 1 zipper hoodie…and it’s from the kids department from Target. I have many beanies, but none that are shaped like Minty Fresh. The three knit sweaters currently in rotation will probably last me another year or two before completely falling apart. So hopefully, if all goes according to plan, I will have an awesome set of hooded items come next fall. =)

Wet Cat Food: You’re Going to Have a Bad Time

I always want my kitty around.

She makes me laugh and smile.

I always want my kitty around to cuddle.

Even when it results in the vile.

Yup, the Lucy-furr has started biting aggressively again on a regular basis. It may indeed be entirely my fault though. I started feeding her wet food semi-regularly and now she demands it every meal. Nope, kitty. Not going to do it. (more…)

Seatle Jan-Feb Photo Dump: Cats, Food, Fun!

At the end of last month I took a short trip up to Seattle via Amtrak to visit my friends. We hit up two famous places: Churchmouse Yarns and Uwajimaya. Yes, there is an Uwajimaya here in Beaverton, but holy smokes this places was about twice as big in all respects: larger grocery, larger home goods area, larger Kinokuniya bookstore.

Here are the pics of the AB products I got at Uwajimaya. I’ve already detailed them in IMGUR so I’m not going to duplicate that content here. Enjoy! (more…)

WIN 2017:K-Beauty January Bag First Impressions

Hi there, so last year I was getting Ipsy bags. $10 a month, cute little makeup pouch + 5 samples with 1 being deluxe size. I really liked these bags, but realized I was quickly collection a lot of makeup samples that I would never use. After a few months lurking on /r/AsianBeauty I came across some rather interesting alternatives for my monthly fix.

  • With some basic Google-fu I came across Beeju’s website that has a great subscription box directory. Some are subscription and some are curated packages so you know before you buy. There’s a large range of prices, product, and type to fulfill all your snail mail desires!

I decided to go with WIN: What Is Next after I saw a few posts on Reddit. It’s $14 a month, no hidden shipping fees, and it comes with 5 samples and a makeup pouch. Granted it’s $4 more expensive than Ipsy, but the items you get are specifically Korean brands only and are skin care rather than makeup.

We’ve been having some really terrible weather lately, so I only just received my first January box. Super excited!

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Mini-tut: Find mistake, drop a stitch, fix a purl

Hi there! Today’s post is mini tutorial on fixing a mistake in your knitting. Specifically, fixing a textured knit. My example is a basic one where the row repeat is an offset of 3 knits and 1 purl, a repeat of 4 rows of the Talus hat by Cory Ellen Boberg of Indie Knits. The yarn I’m using is a single ply of Intrepid Otter. I don’t quite remember which one it is, but it’s awesome!

Super easy cakes, so follow a long as I have some handy tips for working a fix.

Tools: a crochet hook smaller than gauge or at least 1/2mm to 1mm size smaller than the needles you are using for the project, and a removable stitch marker. For the crochet hook, see if you can find one that has a tapered end or evenly milled without a bulky handle.

Mine shown here is a Susan Bates aluminum crochet hook size 3.25mm and 4″ short with the opposite end shaped like a needle point. Yay, dual use!

* this tutorial assumes you know how to use a crochet hook * (more…)