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.  =)

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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