Mega-Kal 2017

The first round of the mega-kal this year has come and gone. So many awesome sets of hats and shawls or cowls!

Next up is Legs and Arms? Well hands? Well whatever. No hard and fast rules in the group! Keep things fluid so that FOs and not UFOs are generated.

On my list is the circle mitts and the rejoice leg warmers. I haven’t decided what I want to make them out of just yet though. It’s been pretty gloomy in terms of the weather here, so I’m trying to knit some stuff with perkier colors. But…I don’t wear perky colors? Haha!!

Moving out of my comfort zone isn’t exactly a bad thing. šŸ˜‰

So for the next two and a half months, May is half over already, I’ll be working on some shawls and then those two little bits for the mega-kal group. Hopefully it results in some cute little ankle/leg warmers I can wear with my Blowfish sandals this fall. =D

MayDay and the Oliver

LOL so there were some people freaking out over a few trash can fires and a broken window downtown calling it a “riot”….LOL

Ok and past that, nothing has happened. At least, I haven’t heard of anything happening. Which in of itself probably means May Day is getting less attention because of other bullshittery. Such as – the new chair of the FCC trying to reclassify the internet so that we can all get throttled and charged up the ass by cell/net carriers…..great.

If you’re curious to take action:

#nsfw, #nsfc

Go…now…

Contact your representatives. All of you. NOOOOWWWWW!!!!!!

Hello Kitty + Seattle Yarn Train + Chrome Industries

INCOMMING PHOTODUMP! XD

May Update

Oh blog, I have not forgotten about you, I promise.

Lately I just haven’t felt like enough project work has been happening to really warrant a new post. The new apartment is pretty sweet and I’ve been trying to keep up with keeping it nice and fresh so it doesn’t aggravate Jonathan’s allergies. So, busy being domestic…not entirely interesting…

Keeping it short today:

Completed the Faberge Shawl

Washing my Frosty Acorn sweater

Starting sleeves on my Bloom cardigan

 

April Update

Hello!!!

I haven’t updated in AGES! First post of April and it’s already over half way through the month, my bad.

A lot has happened over the past few weeks that I’m just now getting settled into a routine for work, housekeeping, cat attendance, knitting, and other…crafting…

So, in that order: Work.

Things are kinda same old, same old at the office…my home office…my kitchen table. Projects keeping me busy enough. Stuff going smoother than expected. My dissatisfaction at work as ebbed a little bit due to some external factors which will be somewhat apparent in the rest of this post.

Housekeeping: WE MOVED!

Holy crinoline, batman. We’re in a new place: closer to town, closer to stuff, closer to everything. It’s amazing how much of a change being 2 max stops closer to downtown makes. We’ve also increased our altitude. We’re not on the 4th floor of a 5 floor building. Kitty has SO MANY WINDOWs to choose from! We got lucky and have a corner unit, so there’s 2 walls of windows. We’re also NE facing, so no summer blistering sun to worry about! The view from here is pretty bland, but it’s nice to watch the rain fall and the trees outside. We’re high enough to see fights between pigeons, crows, and falcons.

I know it may seem weird, but Lucy has been chirping again! At our last place we had a lot of wild life, but not so much of a perch for her to be able to watch and chirp like she did at the place before. Each time we move it seems like we’re just getting a better situation for the cat…and then realize it’s absolutely terrible for either us or her. It’s only been a few weeks, but so far it seems like we hit the jackpot with this place! More room, more storage, we have CLOSET SPACE AGAIN!!!!

Life Pro-Tip: Never compromise on closet space thinking you’ll be able to get by with shoving your clothes into a dresser. Seriously.

Cat Attendance: All the space for activities!

Lucy is having the time of her life: people watching, napping, and playing with her toys. That last bit there, the toys, she’s doing it on her own?! This is something she barely did in the other places we were. Granted the first place we were at she could, but I was hardly ever home to witness it.

She’s got a semi-routine down now that things have gotten situated.

AM: Wake us up, wait/meow for breakfast, signal that she wants the blinds open, watch people from her perch for a little bit, use the box, run around like a crazy animal, hit up the toys in the living room, roam around for a little bit, settle in for a mid-morning nap.

PM: Wake up from the mid-morning nam (she’s a cat), check up on the plebs down on the street level from her perch, wait for the heater to turn on, snuggle in her bed, roam around, nap until dad comes home from work.

PPM: Meow for dinner, be as obnoxious as possible, check up on all the rooms in the new place, use the box, snuggle in her bed and blink at us for a few hours.

PPPM: We go to bed, she starts her night watch. Eventually returning to a kitchen table chair to settle in for the night.

That’s basically what she’s been doing. When we first moved into the place, she was all over the place and wasn’t napping as much. The more I moved around during the day unpacking, the more she had to be awake to investigate progress and micro-manage me.

Knitting: projects on hold and new projects on needles.

At this point I can proudly say that I’ve knitted A sock, and it fits! On hold though is my flower cardigan as I work on some secret knitting.

Other Crafting: spinning and sewing.

I GOT A SPINNING WHEEL FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Yes, I’ve managed to not be all gooshy about it on Instagram. Jonathan bought me a Kromski Minstrel in Mahogany finish!!!!!!!! Drove me all the way out to Newberg to pick one out at Pacific Wool and Fiber. I’ve already managed to figure out the setup with Scotch Tension and have spun up nearly all my fiber. I’m still a little iffy on plying, but my first and second attempts so far seem to be legit. The drafting technique isn’t that far off from using a drop spindle. Which btw, I’m kinda glad I don’t have a huge collection of drop spindles as I think from now on this spinning wheel will be my main cheese for spinning.

As for other crafts, I’ve gotten really into beading recently. Just small things, nothing fancy or crazy. I really enjoy it because it’s like instant gratification. I can many just about any design that I want too without having to follow some crazy techniques. The basics I have down are from Angela Clayton’s beading videos on Youtube. She’s really good at showing her technique and it isn’t complicated so that anyone can easily pick it up. And thanks to the enabling factor of Etsy, I have some more seed beads on their way to me! (I’m actually planning on using some of them for a knitting project, but I got a little bit more to experiment with!)

So yeah, that’s about all that has been going on in my world. Ā =)

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 theirĀ 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 IĀ 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. =)