Tomorrow, I plan to take the day off in a sense. As most likely know, tomorrow is Samhain, and a holy day for many pagans. So, I'm planning on spending the day working on things geared towards remembering those who've passed and such. If there's something moving that happens during the day, I may post about it tomorrow, I may just write it down and then put it up later. We'll just see how that goes.

Unfortunately, I didn't do much knitting yesterday, so I don't have much to talk about on that front. (Though I think I should go through and organize my folder of blog pictures so I can quickly tell what I've posted and what I haven't.) I guess I should get on that, but I have new bright green nail polish and want to play with that. (But nail polish and me generally means a day of not knitting.)

Bright Blessings!


Missing Sock

So, I mentioned that I couldn't find my usual traveling project yesterday. This is the project I can't find. I'll give my laundry basket, that seems to be my catch-all place for random things that don't seem to belong there. Don't ask me, it's just how that seems to work right now. But as you can see in the picture that I'm getting close to finishing the first sock. But that's about all I can say about it right now. I might have more to say if I can actually find the thing.

Bright Blessings!


Took a Walk

So, I'm talking about this now is because I walked down to the DMV and couldn't find the normal sock that I would normally take when I'm expecting to be waiting (who doesn't expect to wait at the dmv?) and so took the sock to the left with me. I also have a knack of knitting while I walk. I did manage to get one comment of "If you can walk and crochet, she has it made." I did mutter to myself "It's knitting." Mainly because she had walked past and I likely won't be seeing her again, so what's the point of creating a scene? And then there was practically no line at the DMV, who would have thought that?

Bright Blessings


Holding myself responsible

And getting work done. So, if you can't tell, I'm working on a dragon plushie. I've been meaning to getting patterns typed up and ready for sale, and to do that I need to knit up all of my plushies again. I know how to knit them but to be able to put that into some sort of intelligible written form without actually working on it again is a little bit like staring at a blank page at the start of the story when you have no clue where to start. So, yeah, I guess I have a start on my council of dragons. A start, anything beyond this one probably would be personal knitting and is a step down in priority.

Honestly, I was just being lazy and slacking on getting things done, and something TB said in one of his q&a videos. Basically, it was "If you don't hold yourself responsible, nobody else is." So, I'm going to do my best to get this all done and up. Right now, I'm thinking that I'm going to be just selling my patterns on Raverly, that is unless there's enough out cry for me sell on Etsy as well.

Bright Blessings!


More Shirt

Okay, so I have another strip down on the top. I'm probably going to be flipping through projects currently. I don't remember what all you've seen, but I'm just going to show you a bunch of things. But now it seems like it's going to get confusing because I'm about to start on the strip that goes up into the underarm. Yeah, I stopped and took a picture when I was done with the strip. That seemed like a good point to move from my little computer nest. (It's not completely common knowledge that I actually have two computers, and I have a habit of writing on one while the other is running something that is minorly attention grabbing.) I'm also finding that even though I do want this top done, I'm finding the playing with the balls of yarn every second row a bit tedious and so I get tired of working on it after a while. But that's about all I've got right now.

Bright Blessings!


I want

So, I'm bad about going to back to check things like Knitty and Twist Collective regularly. But on the latest issue of Twist Collective there's a blanket I want. Also, do you see it? Do you see why I would be interested in this blanket? I think in it's own way it's subtle enough that most people wouldn't see what I see unless they're of a similar mind as I am. The pattern name is Penta, and that there probably tells you what I see in this. Probably at some point I'll actually get around to buying the pattern. But this is something that I could see taking out to an outdoor concert and if I left it along not many would probably see why I like the blanket. I does look very much like a flower if you take the whole thing in. Though I am curious how many other knitting pagans or wicca are going to see this and want to make it.

Bright Blessings!


A bit more progress

This is probably going to get boring until I decide to pick up something else to work on for a little while. I got several squares done. Probably a less than I normally could get done in the amount of time I had. (I might have been stalling with the sock talk yesterday to cover the lack of progress I've been having.) I might have said that I wouldn't adjust colors so that colors wouldn't go matchy-matchy. Well, I lied. That's part of why I have a lack of progress. Or at least it feels like a lack of progress to me, but I see my progress and when I pull back because I'm not happy with whatever. It happens, and you should know by now that I'm a fickle, fickle knitter and will go back on my word because I'm not going to spend hours on something I'm not happy with. I'm horrible at that, anyhow.

Also, am I the only person noticing the vertical lines in the knitting? And is it weird that I think it's weird that there are vertical lines on it?

Bright Blessings!



So, as of right now, this is where I am in the sock. As you probably already know, I've been watching a bunch of youtube videos while I'm knitting. This in theory is not a bad thing. In theory, it's a very good thing because my mind is being entertained and informed while I'm working away on whatever I've picked up. (More working on my top right now, I want that done, but I do pick up the sock now and then.) (Also? You can see that I'm trying to magnetize my sewing needles in the back ground.) But you see, sometimes theory doesn't always translate well into real life. It appears that sometimes that I actually need to pay attention to what I'm working on instead of a screen somewhere in front of me. Want proof?

I have two pieces, two holes in the heel. Part of it was that was that the stitches kept slipping off my needle and then losing their wraps. Which normally would be a problem, I can pick up stitches, and have put wraps back around the stitches. This time? I couldn't tell which was the stitch and if I could, I couldn't find the wraps. You know that I'm not making this pair of socks for myself, and even if I was, I wouldn't stand for holes in the heel. That just feels like a really bad place to have holes, even if they don't affect the structure, but maybe that's just me.  But if, you can't read the dates on the smaller pictures, that was about three days ago. So, I didn't lose much time, all in all, but I should probably work on it more. But, cold weather is coming, I want my top first.

Bright Blessings!


Fishy Rainbow Top

Even without the picture, from that title you probably know what project that I'm working on. Yeah, it's my Carp that I'm working on in the rainbow yarn. I was further along at some point last night, but I decided to see what would happen if I flipped the primary and secondary yarns. So, that's about where I am now. Sucks that I had to do the triangle at the bottom twice, maybe three times. (I suck at remembering which side is the right side and the wrong, sometimes.) So, instead of being on block three blocks in this strip, I'm at the first block of this strip. But I guess that's just how it goes.

Bright Blessings!



So, I've been trying to knit as much as possible while watching TotalBiscuit's first impressions. So maybe I should work on all my family reunion stuff and get a good head start on all that. As you can see, I have been working on this sock. Probably could have done more if I thought about it. But sometimes I want something a little mindless while I'm trying to pay attention to the videos than on my knitting. I know that may seem weird to some, but I'm watching to learn if some of the games are something I'd be interest in playing and spending money on. So, yeah, I haven't even measured to see how long the sock is yet. I'm aiming for 7 inches before I start the heel, then I'll make the leg long enough to for the top of the cuff to reach the toe when you fold at the heel, which is what I usually do. I don't often picture it like that because I'll likely look boring.

Bright Blessings!


In Planning

So, the planning going on behind the scenes here. You probably saw that when I accidentally posted my thoughts on why seeing others fail feel so good for us to watch. I'm actually in process of building buffer for what kind of posts I can so that I can still post for you somewhat regularly to November. As you know, I can't fall off the map to November. While I focus on writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Yeah, that and work takes up a lot of my time during the month.

Now, I knew how to get the words slowpoke, which may help in getting the words down. I'll do my best to post knitting as much as I can, but that can't be really be written ahead of time. So, this is an open call for topic ideas. If there's something about paganism or Wicca that you're interested in, let me know. I'll write about it as best I can, and if I don't know, heck, I have time to research right now, and learning is certainly not a bad thing. Who knows, it may even help with my story.

Bright blessings, and bring on those ideas!


I've been thinking

And this post brought it to the fore again, and I may have talked about this before. What is it about someone else's failure that is so entertaining for others to watch or read about? I think some of it is comfort. Seeing that someone who is far more skilled than ourselves at whatever it is (Or maybe not, that blog I linked? I was laughing at it, laughing hard) who messes up or is unable to complete something that they are usually good at makes us feel not so bad about our own failures. Seriously, go read that blog and see if that particular post doesn't make you feel as bad about your own horrible mistakes. I'll wait.

For another example outside of knitting or crafts in general, as I've said, I've been watching a lot of TotalBiscuit's "WTF is..." videos on youtube. (this is actually part of a lot of the knitting time I've been having lately) My main reason for watching is to see what games I might find interesting, getting a free first impression for myself in a way, but sometimes there's a game I'm not interested but I don't skip over the rest of the video to the next one. I don't because even though the game isn't my style, TB is not doing so well with the game, either because it's not something that he thinks he's good at or the game mechanics just aren't that good and it's a struggle to do anything well. Those, though they seem far and few between are very entertaining for me to watch, because I don't always see myself as being very good at a lot of games.

Maybe just something to keep in mind the next time someone starts having trouble with something.

Bright Blessings!

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13

So, the pattern is based off of the golden rectangle which is a visual of the Fibonacci sequence. I started the small "1" squares with 10 stitches. The largest finished block is 80, and you can see that I've started what would be thirteen. Likely my progress will slow down greatly now, one is just the length of the rows and two is that I'm making blocks, and I just have to knit more to make a square. This is the main project I've been working on lately. The main part of that is that I've been marathoning TotalBiscuit's "WTF is..." videos. So until I'm done with that (I'm on 101 of 196, you do the math)I'll probably be working on this nearly exclusively.

As I said, one friend said this sounded painful because there would be a lot of math. I'm still not sure that's there's going to be a lot of math. Actually, I think I should probably work out the sequence a little further along than I am, just for knowing how many rows I need to knit for each block, but that's not very hard math.

Bright Blessings!


A Blanket

So, why is it that when I get an idea in my head that I can't get it out until I start working on it? I don't know, but if you look at the picture maybe you can figure out what type of pattern I'm using to decide the size of the blocks. I had one friend say it sounds painful because it would involve math. I really should have told him that all knitting involves math, because in some sense it does. Other than this really hasn't. You can call me a lier if you want, but picking up stitches off the side of an already worked piece isn't really a lot of math. That and I've already worked out to a fair point how many stitches/ridges I need for a fair bit a head of where I am. Granted, you can probably guess that the picture right there is a little old. A few days, I am further along than that shows.
Here's about where I am now. Yeah, and a cat decided to show up today to help me show you how much it's grown. Though it probably doesn't help all that much since the first picture doesn't have all that much of a sense of scale in the first place. Also, this new picture probably gives you a better idea of what I'm doing for my "pattern." There are actually two answers I'd consider right, but I want to see if anyone wants to guess. Though I do wish that the pink, black, and blue yarn would have flashed more, I find it pretty for some reason. Maybe I'll have make this kind of afghan again and use it on a smaller block or a larger one later on. Also? Kitty says that row counters are fun cat toys.