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week 261-262

I found it impossible to post anything last week as my energy level dropped and patience was almost non-existent.

This part was finished some time last week. I originally connected the sleeve where the seam was on top, but fixed it so both the side and sleeve seams are in (almost) one line. Still have to knit the other sleeve then the middle bits, connect everything and then block it all.

half the pullover

I frogged a project and will reuse the yarn for something else, that I have no idea the end result. There have been sketches done that shows a starting point, but things rarely finish as it looks in the preliminary sketch. Starting with the green then use the blue. Can’t remember the yarn name except it’s not been made in a really long time, and that the website it was bought on, doesn’t exist anymore.

start of another project

Finally getting around to sewing the final pattern pieces for the dress. Most of them were drafted from measurements and constant trying it on, but the skirt was traced from a Simplicity skirt pattern piece. Depending on the result, might make the skirt more a-line. The sleeves might change, and will probably be longer.

dress pattern pieces

This bracelet has been in pieces, sitting in the desk for the longest time, so finally just put it all together. Took two tries as the first one was too wide, and would have easily flown off my wrist during sudden hand movements.

bracelet and earrings

week 221-222

Happy New Year.

There’s something refreshing about the idea of starting over with a clean slate. Except, every January involves me trying to finish up as many projects from the previous year. And I have many.

 

I’ve made some progress on the oversized pullover I’m making with the Red Heart’s Unforgettable Yarn in parrot. I’m not sure I’ll be done with the amount that can be seen at the top of the photo.

The shoulder seams aren’t joined and still need to add the rest of the bottom before adding the second colour.

progress on pullover using Red Heart yarn

And, an up close of the stitches for the pullover.

I originally was trying to do a basic spike stitch but instead of using the front loop and going to the one below, it’s back loop and going into a stitch on a lower row. It’s an alternate of hdc/htc and making that spike. It’s colourful and the colours sometimes abruptly end which is I like.

upclose progress on pullover

 

I got bored one night and used up some nail polish to paint with. The pink blob in the middle completely throws it off and looks awful. I’m not sure what I can add to even it out.

quick painting with nail polishes

 

Was quite surprised to get a really pretty yarn bowl for Christmas and just showing it off. I wish I knew the one who made it but obviously my sister-in-law won’t tell me who she bought it from.

yarn bowl in various yarns

 

I don’t think I’ve shared this before but these are the crystals I’m crushing, to turn into pigment. So far, only one has been problematic to turn into powder, because of its hardness. Yes, it’s not exactly free of toxins and a lot of them are much paler than I expected, but the end result will still be worth it.

I’m not exactly so awesome I could charge the crystals with good energy but whoever ends up with the painting (or paintings, depending on how much paint I end up having), I can promise I’m in a good mood while creating.

In a sense, every piece of art, whether it’s a tv show or the glass you see in some doors or whatever that’s been created, some essence of the creator is a part of the end result. We’re constantly leaving behind pieces of ourselves, whether it’s obvious or not.

crystals and containers

 

I cut out the alphabet from the tissue box and was almost worried I would be one letter less because the letter N was a pain in the butt because I kept doing it backwards.

I want to use these letters and for each letter, make something to represent that letter. One of my friends is having a baby in May but I want to make a book for her and her kid out of the end result.

alphabet made from tissue box cardboard

 

It took me five seconds of staring at the nail polish painting and figured out what it needed.nail polish painting

I turned the pink blob into another head and so it’s three ambiguous heads looking outward, into maybe water. There’s no name for it, as of this moment.

week 205-206

This blog had to be temporarily put on the backburner.

My jury duty service ended last Tuesday. I really don’t feel like talking pubicly about the case, but it felt so nice to watch the local news or pick up the paper and not skip parts, after it was complete. Being a juror is more boring more than what shows make it out to be. Imagine being in a lecture and you have two professors giving their viewpoints on the subject. It sucked that two different cases were almost finished when ours finally finished.

After leaving there, filled with relief that it was over after about two weeks, I decided to reward myself with ice cream. I never got the ice cream because on the way there, got rear-ended. The funny part was it ended up being one of the mother’s of my son’s classmates. Thankfully, no one is hurt. Car’s bumper and closing the trunk is an issue and will have to use a rental until week’s end. Last week was an emotional rollercoaster, where my self-worth pretty much plummeted.

I haven’t had a chance to do much craftwise, because parts of me completely shut down, but this weekend I’m finding it’s slowly coming back to me. By the way, crying jags while untangling yarn is not a great experience. Also, I’m thankful, I don’t have to count spoons.

Over the weekend, I started a project. Twice I’ve attempted to make a pattern from Leigh Radford’s book, Alterknits. Twice, I’ve failed the Multilayered Tube Shawl or Scarf. It shouldn’t be that hard but it’s way easier to join rounds in crochet than knitting.

The second time I thought I had successfully not twisted the stitches, but then got to several rows and it became obvious, it wasn’t going to go my way.

Starting over is the worst but the end result is always worth it. Well, almost always worth constantly starting from the beginning. I’m not an absolute perfectionist, after all it’s more about the process than anything else, but like hitting some semblance of a goal.

So, this is what casting on 180 stitches, then joining in the round and knitting a few rows looks like. I’m pretty sure I realised it was going to be a failure when I wasn’t paying attention, then turned the project around and knit a round from the other side. Oftentimes I just incorporate mistakes into projects and just make them part of a design, because I really can’t be arsed to start it all over.

twisted stitches on circular needle

So, completely frogged that whole bit and restarted. This will be 180 stitches and won’t join the ends. I haven’t officially started drawing up sketches yet but have an idea from looking in all my knitting books. I have no idea why I’m constantly failing so much with this particular yarn. I think I’ve tinkered with it so much that at least three times the yarn separated itself in my hands when I gently tugged on it.

I’ve been wanting to make a pullover for a while and end up constantly making cardigans.

120 stitches

 

I promised my sister-in-law for a while now that I will make my niece’s music teacher a baby present. In the process, I snapped my favourite yarn sewing needle into two pieces.

broken blue sewing needle

From doing this. It’s all a complete mess.

I’m currently redoing the hat and need to make another sock to complete the set. Next time, I’m just going to sew the whole set and make it easier on myself.

messed up green crochet beanie and socks

 

The weekend between September 1-4 was starting and mostly making a crochet mini-shawl or cowl or poncho. (For a crafter, I still get them mixed up but it depends where on the shoulders and neck it covers.) I finished the last row (in order words, ran out of yarn), while listening to my boyfriend’s radio program, The Tripwire on The-Phoenix dot net, which airs at my time from 2-5am on Tuesday mornings.

The ends have been since sewn in.

mini crochet shawl

I completed the pom pom rug but still have to fill in a few holes. I’m going to use white pom poms to break it up more. It looks amazing but have to do a better job of weaving in the ends in the back but, also, want to put something on the back because it feels like it might slide about if it was on a tile floor.

pom pom rug

week 177-179

I have to apologise for having such a long absence between posts. Life gets in the way. Some days or weeks, your energy is spent and time just passes and you have no idea where it went.

Two weeks ago, my dad’s on and off problems with chronic bronchitis was spent a couple days of having to take him (one of the two since my brother took him one of the days) and picking him up from the hospital, then my son’s ongoing problem which has finally gotten under control for now.

I rarely talk about my child because I’m not comfortable and purposely omit mentions of him, but I feel it’s necessary to partially explain my absence. He has Autism and feel it would take over the purpose of this blog. He’s also had an ongoing constipation problem that basically resulted in a dermatologist saying he has Jacquet’s Disease. So, I’ve taken him to a Gastroenterologist who is trying out a casein-free, gluten-free high fiber diet on him, which I’ve been pretty good about except for Valentine’s Day. At first,  I felt like I was starving him, but then poured through some of my cookbooks and realised it’s not that bad. Just have to change out some items.  Plus, having a

Made these and surprised he liked them.

lentil and black bean "cookies"

I was aiming for patties but they ended up biscuits slash cookies. I pureed cooked lentils (with onion and spices) and drained black beans together with walnuts, olive oil and water, then added a cup of baking mix and an egg. I overcooked them at 20 minutes but the kid didn’t care and even went so far as to eat the crumbs.

Last week, I’ve slowly returned to making.

Finally, sewn up the pillowcase, which was paused for a while.

pillowcase zipperwhole pillow

odd part by the zipper

Have been a while but the zipper is wonky. After hand-sewing it on then sewing it, it’s finally done. The part that is supposed to be smooth isn’t smooth and quite bumpy.

I’ve spent most of the weekend trying to come up with how the sweater or cardigan will look when it’s finished.  This is the progress on it so far.

striped pullover or cardigan progress

week 173

Until the weekend, I got absolutely nothing done and  just let the time slip by and didn’t start or finish anything.

Over the weekend, I finished up another scarf.

I didn’t bother blocking it because I like it curling that way, although I could sew up the other side so it’s one long tube.

After adding fringe from a different yarn, it was done.

curled up finished red fringed scarf

 

I use my phone to post videos on YouTube and had to cut up something I wanted to quickly explain into three videos, which is the antithesis of fast.

Wasn’t able to go in depth and give a proper explanation, but wanted to try to show the difference between crochet and knitting because a lot of people constantly confuse the two. It’s also hard to focus when your kid is standing next to you.

Also, I think you can hear it but I had the TV on, which I should turn that off when I vlog, but The Fiddler on the Roof was on.

So, here are the clips I posted yesterday on YouTube:

Part one. The tools. I think I repeated myself three times.

Part two. This is how fast I normally knit.

Part three. Beginning a crochet project. I only made three chains and should have just made a circle but wasn’t thinking it through.

There will be more videos on projects and other stuff, and tend to post on Sundays. So far, the videos are just me rambling and doing nonsense. I also don’t edit them so you can tell I’m not very good at being professional.

Another thing about having a YouTube channel is being amused by looking at the Analytics and found someone in Australia did a Google search on me on the 6th and found my channel and I totally wanted to give them a shout out. Probably someone who hates me from Twitter because I noticed a very specifically named playlist went up more than 100 views.

week 171

Having a kid on vacation means you have less time to focus on other stuff.

Christmas was yesterday and I didn’t get any real baking done over the past week, which is unusual for me. I got it in my head to attempt to make lamingtons and did it the lazy way and made boxed cake which should have told me it wouldn’t work.

I made one before the cake pieces started disintegrating.

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sad single lamington

In turn, I just made biscuits with the leftover chocolate, coconut, a handful of walnuts, two handfuls of sliced almonds, two tablespoons of AP flour and an egg.

I’m usually very exact when it comes to baking but this one was just throwing together a few items and hoping it would turn out.

350F/177C for about twelve minutes.

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resulting biscuits

Did sneak in a few things.

I was waiting to turn this into a scarf and get more yarn but got impatient so while listening to Bat For Lashes’s curated evening on BBC6 radio on Christmas Eve, I turned it into a cowl.

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bobble cowl

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bracelet

Before I turned to the cowl, this was done in a few minutes but I had to change one part where the bracelet connects and it ended up falling apart when I was fussing with it after I had the heart upside down. Only in claddaughs are upside down hearts proper otherwise they should be right side up.

I need a harder wire gauge because my original idea didn’t work so just strung these on flimsy wire. The original idea was to wire wrap crystals because, except one, they don’t have holes drilled in them.

I started this today.

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yet another red and pink scarf

I am feeling very lazy of mind so a simple garter stitch scarf and not a lot of time spend on planning it out. A lot of projects take up planning and sketching but making simple things tide me over in-between.

 

This is actually my last post of 2016 and it’s weird to think this year is ending so soon.

I ended 2015 miserable over a breakup and somewhat hopeless, but a year later, I experienced another breakup a month ago after something extremely short termed, but feel okay and somewhat looking forward to what next year brings.

I have quite a few things in the planning stages that hopefully will come to fruition next year.

Hope everyone reading this is safe and in good spirits. And, getting drunk on New Year’s Eve is for amateurs. Kidding.

week 165

white bobble scarf

Top and bottom pieces of a scarf.

I have no idea what to do with the middle two pieces, although it could be a different colour or just stick with off-white. Am strongly tempted to use a pale grey but not sure how it will tie in if I take that route.

orange knit to crochet scarf or something

Didn’t realise this would be a bit blurry. Sorry.

This started off as knitting but impatience took over, so cast off and started crocheting.

Wasn’t counting rows so the knitting was knit, purl, purl on repeat until the last stitch which was knit.

After casting off, two rows of hdc/half treble and now it’s rows of closed scallops.

sucky embroidery over paint

This is a slow project and pretty much reminding me why I don’t actually embroider. The second thread I used kept knotting and splitting. Knotting is fixable but splitting, when you don’t want it to, makes things tedious.

Maybe I’ll learn to like embroidery but for now, not really.

progress of silk and lace shirt

Past couple of days I’ve been sewing this. I used a pattern piece for the body but the lace upper part and sleeves are just randomness. I haven’t sewn buttons onto the front yoke yet.

The sleeves oddly enough took forever. Had to sew one sleeve more than once. First time the sleeve cap was too big so adjusted it, then had sewn the sleeve backwards then had to reattach it after making a noticeable pucker.

Right now, I’m quite undecided with how to fix the bottom. It’s bothersome for tops to end close to my belly button, either above or below, which is the case for this top, but otherwise fits perfectly. I ran out of both fabrics so am currently deciding between the lace options. I’ll probably scrap both and use a third to add onto the mishmash.

yarn with the label saying the wrong colour

Just had to share this because whoever wrote down the colour had mislabeled it. Fig is a dark purple and I looked it up and I’m pretty sure this is raspberry. I couldn’t find any other bits of this colour at that Joanns, though.