Buying Yaaaaaarn~

So today I accidentally spent $50 on yarn. Whoops!

I guess, I spent about $35 on yarn and about $15 on needles and cables. Because seriously, I need more super long cables for my interchangeables, and these ones are green!

But today I basically went through my queue and found several patterns I plan to make for Christmas gifts this year, and I was going to just add all the yarn I needed to my wishlist, but then I realized more than half of the yarn I needed was on sale. (Because apparently all of KP Palette is on sale right now.)

I’ll post pictures in like two weeks when I actually get the yarn, but I am just super excited!

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Planning Ahead

So in the vein of Yarn Harlot, I have made a Christmas Spreadsheet. I used it last year, making it around August? It made Christmas go soooo much more smoothly and it was a good choice.

I spent about an hour and a half today looking through my queue on Ravelry, looking at photos from last Christmas, and looking at my list of people to get things for and made my knit-list for this year! I’ve already got one gift mostly done, I just need to do some duplicate stitching on it. (And I’m actually super glad I procrastinated on this because the intended giftee changed her name as part of a religious conversion thing. Hooray procrastination!) But I’ve got a nice list, and everyone who I intend to knit for has a pattern picked out for them and an estimated time that the project will take to complete. Hopefully everything will go well and be done by December 20! That’s my goal.

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Yub Nub Take Two

I’ve finished another one!




It’s a nice, warm hooded scarf for my little sister, based on the hoods that the Ewoks wear in one of the Star Wars movies. (It’s the third/sixth one, but I really couldn’t tell you what the name of it is. Return of the Jedi?)

My sister and girlfriend are both into Star Wars (my girlfriend more than my sister, but still), and are both into adorable things, so this seemed like a good fit. After running out of yarn twice for the main body, and then losing the brown yarn for the inner ears for a while, this took almost two months despite being quite simple. But it’s worth it! She loves it and it’s super super warm.

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Incredibly Orange!

Eey! I finished something!


I don’t actually have a baby in mind to give this to. Maybe my niece, but I’m not sure if it’s the right size for her.


It’s even got a wee button! It’s so cute and tiny! Babies are the greatest.

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So I’m feeling a little guilty. After I decided that I wanted to clean up my WIPs . . . I didn’t. Not only have I only finished one thing so far this year, I’ve started several more. So here’s a blurb about each and every one of them. For posterity or something!

Polaris Mittens:
Started June 1 2014, more than half done.
Polaris Mittens
I’m mostly pleased with how these are coming along, but they were originally a gift for Lily’s sister. But when some family drama went down, she seemed to ally with the “other side,” I would say, making it clear that she was not the sort of person I wanted to knit for. She might be coming around (here’s hoping!), so maybe these will get to her some time.

Leetle Bloo Gloves
Started September 16, 2011. Halfway done, but I need to rip and redo the thumb.

I like these a lot, and I love the yarn, but the idea of ripping the thumb is making me be such a baby about it. To be fair, when I was first working on them that was probably beyond me. But now it’d be easy peasey. Just gotta get around to doing it!

Starbuck’s Mandala Socks
Started May 25, 2012. Just the cuffs done so far.
I want these so badly! The yarn is soft, the pattern is mostly easy, but the cables! Oh the cables. They are tedious. Too fussy to watch TV, to easy to not.

Started January 30, 2014. First cuff done; about 25% along.
These are so incredibly beautiful, I’m really worried that they won’t fit me. I’m worried about the cuffs and my stupid whale legs, and I just really want them to be mine!

Winter Twilight Mitts
Started March 1 2014. Halfway done.
This picture is actually a touch old. I love these, and my sister is so excited for them. I guess I’m worried that the hype will make her let down when she actually gets them? Which is silly, since she’s actually a fantastic knitted gift-receiver.

It’s Bigger on the Inside?
Started June 28, 2014. About 70% done.
This was meant to be a two week project at most. But then it ended up being fussier than I wanted it to be, and then it was more boring than I wanted it to be. It’ll be worth it when it’s done, but it’s just getting it there… My goal is to wear this to CON this July.

TARDIS Mittens
Started December 13, 2014. About 20% done.
These are super cute, and actually really simple. (Seriously, I can’t recommend this pattern maker enough! Spilly Jane Knits is great!) But once the Christmas deadline passed, I put them on hold, knowing that my sister would understand even though I feel bad.

Blanket for Jezayah’s Baby
Started January 15, 2015. About 15% done.
My coworker is having a baby in April! This is actually a high priority project, but I have a mailing address for her just in case. (We work in a restaurant; she might not come back after she has the baby.)

Yub Nub Flub Flub
Started January 19, 2015. About 95% completed.
This is an incredibly easy pattern, but this project has given me no end of trouble. I ran out of the main yarn, and now I’ve lost the yarn I’m using for the ears. I don’t want to have to go out to get more, but I will if I have to. Ugh!

Time Traveler Socks
Started February 1, 2015. About 25% done.
Nice and cozy, these socks are super easy. I’m just nervous about making them too short for my foot like the last pair of toe-up socks I did, so I’m stalling.

Obnoxiously Orange Baby Shrug
Started March 7, 2015. About 35% done.
I just wanted a quick, easy thing to spit out for Nerd Wars. I’m not sure how big this will be, but I might try to get it to my niece? Who knows.

Mittens with Pints On
Started June 12, 2014. 98% done.
This knitting is all done. There are just so many freaking ends!

Granny Square Rainbow
Started March 2013. Around 75% done? Halfway through the blue.
This is a great mindless project, and I’m so excited about it. I try to do at least one edge each night, just to make sure I’m always making progress.

Companion Cube Blanket
Started October 1, 2012. About 15% done.
Ridiculous photo oh my girlfriend for scale. It’s huge. We lost this project for a year, because it was packed into storage on accident. There are so many squares left to make, and I need to buy so much more yarn! Ack! I’m going to make it a goal to make at least one square a week.

If You Wish to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch…
Started June 1, 2013. 20% done!
This is so beautiful and so nice, and I can’t wait for it to be done. It requires a lot of attention to make, but I can hardly express how excited I am for that day when I cast off and open it up!

Sooooo there it is. So many WIPs, so little time. Some I’m more excited about than others, but I’ll finish them all at some point. I’ll let you know how that’s going . . . soon. :P

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New Year, New Knits

I spent the first day of 2015 doing nothing that I did not want to do. And it was fabulous. I played some World of Warcraft, ate delicious soup in a breadbowl from Panera Bread with my girlfriend and knit:

Fightin' Words fingerless mitts

Fightin’ Words fingerless mitts!

They’re the Fightin’ Words pattern that I’ve seen tons of people do. I’m excited to take my turn at them! I even learned a new technique with them–the tubular cast on. Oh my gosh, that cast on is pretty amazing. It seems complicated at first, but once you sort of think it through, it’s actually super easy.

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Crafting Goals for 2015

Yeah, I know, everyone is making posts like these. But that’s ok! This way I have something to work towards in the coming year. I’m not going to limit myself to my knitting goals, even though this is supposedly a knitting blog. I figure if I open that up a bit, I might actually post more. So, without further ado, here is a list of crafting related things that I want to do next year:

  • Finish all of my WIP’s. I’ve got 11 “active” WIP’s, plus three more “hibernating” ones. (If You Wish to Make an Apple Pie From Scratch.., Companion Cube Blanket, Granny Square Rainbow, Mittens with Pints on (which actually only need their ends woven in. But they have hella ends to weave), TARDIS Mittens, Bright Freaking Pink Socks, Sage Boot Cuffs, Granny Stripes Blanket, It’s Bigger on the Inside?, Winter Twilight Mitts, and Fredrika, plus Starbuck’s Mandala Socks, Leetle Bloo Gloves, and Polaris Mittens.)
  • Do colorwork with three or more colors at a time. I’ve become relatively proficient at two-color colorwork, but I want to take it up a notch.
  • Knit myself a sweater.
  • Sew myself a dress
  • Par down my stashes:
    My yarn stash, which is currently in fourish bins with much spillover. Down to three bins by the end of 2015.
    My fiber stash (for spinning). I don’t have a whole lot of this when compared to other things, but I need to get it down and finish some spinning projects.
    My fabric stash. Such fabric, wow. I just need to go through and take inventory first, I think. It will likely be a long and boring blog post. If only there was a Ravelry for sewing?
  • Draw at least once a week. Throw that shit on Tumblr.
  • Practice photography. Take portraits. Edit. Study. Learn. And then maybe get a second lens.
  • Finish my sewing WIP’s! I’ve got a quilt for my dad and stepmom, a quilt for myself, a couple of cosplays in the works, plus a quilt I want to make for my little sister for her birthday in early February.


I’ve also got a few personal goals, while we’re here:

  • Exercise. Seriously. It’s not that hard.
  • Eat better. Vegetables, fruit, home cooked meals. So delicious, so easy.
  • Get a better job. My current job is ok, but it’s stressful and hard on my body. My poor wrists and arms and knees are getting beat up enough on their own and do not need the help.
  • Look into adoption requirements. We’re several years out at least, but I want it to be on the radar.
  • Start building good credit. We can’t just rely on Lily’s to get by.
  • Tidy the house. Keep it that way via whatever means necessary. Get rid of crap, make up a routine, get Lily to actually help me, but likely all of the above.
  • Print and post photographs around my house. I have so many that I love, I should really show them off.
  • Learn to make decent tea so I can actually totally drop soda from my diet. This will also mean finding new mixers for alcohol, since I don’t like beer and tend to just default to hard liquor and cola.
  • Beat a video game
  • Do a dungeon in World of Warcraft. This one sounds super pathetic, but I’ve been having a really difficult time with it. The idea of grouping with strangers who might yell at me, or might remember who I am and hate me, or whom I might let down just fills me with such anxiety that I can’t play. It’s stupid.
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