Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New Mandala! (Pic dump)

Hello, all!  I have been away for a bit working on my health and I think it's paid off.  I'm officially back to walking every day.  You don't realize how much help the walking is until you're out of breath after a flight of stairs.  Taking the time off helped me feel better, but put me way out of shape.  Ah well, just means I have some work to do!

I was working on that Mandala Madness CAL, but I chose my colors before seeing the finished product.  That being said, I scrapped it.  Let's face it, it was ugly.  Really, really ugly.  So I picked out some new colors and I am much happier with the result.  Here's all the WIPs so far.  I think I'm working on 7 right now, so when that's done I'll update again.

Anyway.  I've been playing this game called Brave Frontier.  I am in love with this game and didn't realize I'd played as much as I have.  So, that being said...if you play, I started a guild called Shanalot.  If you would like to join, send a request and I'll accept!  Sorry, shameless plug lol

I'm off to play my game some more (and maybe some Dark Souls III, the DLC just came out).  Happy stitching, everyone!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Busy, busy, busy.

I haven't been able to update lately, but I've been having some issues that have kept me from updating.  Particularly medical testing and all that fun stuff.

I have Crohn's and so naturally I have a crap ton of things I have to do when something (ANYTHING) seems even a little bit off with my body.  I've been in and out of doctors' offices for the last month which has put a huge damper on my exercising because I just don't have the time.  Hopefully the next couple weeks are finally it for me.


Enough about that.  I started a mystery crochet afghan and I picked all the colors not realizing the way they would come together.  So now it looks like about halfway through my crocheting I forgot what I was making and started something new.  What I mean is that my blanket went from earth tones to a random few pastel rounds.  It's...not very lovely lol

Here's the pictures I took for the blog but never got around to uploading:

Page 1 of pattern

Page 2 of pattern

Page 3 of pattern

Page 4 of pattern

Page 5 of pattern (see what I meant?)

Page 6 of pattern

I'm really hoping that I get some darker colors back on it soon.  The pastel rounds are actually really pretty and if I had known how the colors would line up, I think I would have done all pastels because I love the way it looks.  I'm working on the 7th page right now and it's more pastel.  We'll see.  I am having fun making this, even if I don't particularly like the colors.

Okay, I'm probably not going to be on much for a while again because I'm going through this wonderful battery of tests over the next few months and I start physical therapy next month.  Life just kicks your butt sometimes, yeah?

Happy stitching, everyone!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Long time no post!

I haven't really been on very much because I'm, well, I'm a bit forgetful.  Some updates:

1.  Still working on the baby blanket.  I actually frogged the whole thing and started over because it kept curling.  No pictures because I don't want the recipient to see it.

2.  Just finished up my second race.  This one was a Woodstock themed one!

The medal is HUGE.  It's roughly 3 1/2 inches in diameter.  Really large.  When I got it out of my mailbox this afternoon, I couldn't believe how heavy this thing was!

I'm starting another race on payday.  This one's The Race to Oz and it's based on the yellow brick road.  I'm excited to start this next one!

Mmkay...on to other things.  My son started school this year.  I'm so bored all day without him because he was the lively one in the house.  So now that it's just my daughter and I all day.  We've been trying new things together.  She's been learning how to bake, we've been coloring together, going to the playground, etc.  With my son not home, the house stays cleaner, so I haven't got as much to do during the day.

We've also been using the white board in the living room to draw a Pokemon a day.

Hmm...anything else?  Not that I can think of.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Thursday, August 11, 2016 and a little star

25.3 miles.

I joined the website and I'm so glad I did.  I am one of those people that needs a lot of motivation as I've said before and today I got my first medal!

Sorry it's a teensy bit blurry.  I couldn't get my phone to focus on it to save my life.  If you can't read it, it says, "Sleepy Hollow 25.3 Miles."  This took me 5 days to complete while walking my dog.  I am joining another one of these races tomorrow.  The new one is 69.1 miles, so it should hopefully take me a while longer to finish.

A bit about the site.  I am not sure if they all are the same price or not, but the one I entered (and so far all the ones I'm interested in) was $25 to enter.  That covers the medal, the tracking, and the shipping and handling.  As you go through the race, there are "stops" along the way that are informational.  An example would be the Sleepy Hollow cemetery I hit at a certain mile marker.  The website sent me a page of information about it and it was really interesting to learn things about Sleepy Hollow's history and what it's like today.

My next one is Woodstock themed!  I hope to update y'all with that eventually, too!

Mmkay, on to something else.

I AM BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT Y'ALL!!!  One of my best friends is having her first baby and as soon as I heard I started plotting baby blankets.  She's getting a star shaped green, yellow, and white one.  Of course I'm already about a quarter of the way through.  I want to show a picture, but I don't want anyone to see it until she does!

Hopefully I can go home for the baby shower.  I would love to be there, but unless money allows for it, then I can't.  Such is life.

Off to keep working on the little star <3  Happy stitching, everyone!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Working on some things

I know there are a lot of youtube tutorial videos out there, but I thought maybe I'd throw my hat in the ring, too.  I've been working on fixing up my husband's old school desk because it's a nice deep brown color which is a decent background color for overhead shots.  I just bought a bit of video lighting equipment and have been shopping around for a good microphone.

All I need to figure out is where I'm going to start.  I want to do both crochet and cross stitch videos, but I don't know when it's going to be.  I'm thinking within the year at least.  I don't expect many subscribers, but even if I can help one person learn then I'll be happy with that. of that, I'm going on to some other stuff.  I've been working on my Desert Star afghan and am sewing in the tails of  the next round right now.  So whenever that's done I'll be able to post an update picture of that.  I'm loving my afghan, I just hate sewing in tails, so when I finish a color it takes me forever to get the picture because of that.

I'm off to watch the Powerpuff Girls with my son.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Desert Star and Geisha WIP

I have a Geisha WIP for you!

The left picture is where I was at before and the right picture is where I'm currently at as of...oh...two minutes ago.

Next up is the Desert Star afghan I've been working on.  I finished the pink section a lot quicker than I did the grey, so here's where I'm at with that!

No more pink for the rest of the blanket.  Now I'm working on the variegated color again.  I was afraid these colors wouldn't really work together, but I'm really liking this blanket so far.  Apparently my daughter is liking this blanket as well because as with all my other blankets I've ever made EVER, she has stolen this one.

Okay, on to something kind of personal.  I signed up for a website called  I've never actually signed up for anything like this before.  It's a website where you run "virtual races" and you get medals for completing them.

It seems to me that the entry fee for each race is $25-30.  I assume that's for the cost of the medal plus shipping.  A little gimmicky, I know, but for me I look at it like it's a tangible thing I can feel and look at that shows that I walked or ran that far.  I am someone who very much lacks motivation, but I feel like having something there that shows "Hey, I did it and here's the proof!" I will be more likely to keep going.  

Random, I know!  My dog is seriously benefiting from these walks though.  We went five miles tonight alone.  He ran through the grass that we walked by as if he'd never seen grass before.  That happy dog smile was definitely a mood booster.

Off to play some Demon's Souls.  Yeah, yeah, old video game, I know.  I'm looking to get a Siegward tattoo (Dark Souls 3) but I didn't want to get it until I've played all the games in the series (I've played Dark Souls 2&3)...even if they're not totally correlated.  I have never played Demon's Souls until now, so I'm really behind!

Happy Stitching, everyone!  Praise the Sun!!! (Dark Souls, sorry, couldn't resist)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Desert Star

I have finished the next part of my Desert Star blanket

On to pink!  This blanket is starting to take shape.  It's actually been a pretty fun work up so far.

I have been on this weird "go, go, go" kick.  You know, where I don't want to be at home, I only want to go out and do things.  I am now in the habit of venturing out to Barnes and Noble when I'm bored.  My most recent trip to B&N I went to the craft section.  I never visit the craft books there because I've never had good luck finding anything.  This time, though I struck gold.

I found THIS:

I'm currently working on one that says "I hope you choke" for my kitchen.

Off to go finish watching Wreck-It Ralph with my kids.  I've got banana bread cooking and it's made my house smell wonderful.  Happy stitching, everyone.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sophie's been removed from the land of UFOs

UFO=UnFinished Object

I finally did it.  I finally finished my Sophie!  Here's the finished project!

So happy to finally have this done.  I started it in California and finished it in Texas.

And just because:

While I was trying to lay it out, my dog kept diving into it or sitting on it.   I had to pen her just to take the finished product photo.  Apparently she likes my blanket and also thinks she's a cat.

Mmkay, on to something new...POKÉMON GO IS OUT Y'ALL!

My son and I have been wandering the neighborhood checking out Pokéstops.  Unfortunately where we live is not exactly Pokémon inhabited, so we haven't seen any in the "wild" yet.  We have received a lot of eggs from various stops, though!  My son likes to wear his Ash Ketchum hat and carry around a plush Pokéball when we're out.  It's pretty adorable.

I'm off to go Pokéhunting at WalMart while I shop for school uniforms for my kindergartner.  MY BABY IS GOING TO SCHOOL!  Happy stitching, everyone!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

No more greybeard

I ran out of the grey colour that I was using for my Desert Star afghan.  So I have put it into outer space with the rest of my UFO's.  That being said, I started a new blanket.  This time it's a scrap granny square one because let me tell YOU I have a lot of scrap yarn.  I a LOT.  So I figured it was time for a scrap yarn blanket.

Right now I have 11 different colors being used, but I think that will actually be enough to just use up those colors because I have multiple scrap skeins of the same color.  Usually just because I almost finish the skein, buy a new one, and then forget to use up the rest of the first one.  It happens way more than I'm proud to admit.

I only have four large squares made up, but I'm working the yarn into THIS pattern.  It's really just a basic granny blanket.

Off to feed my kids and probably clean my house.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A fun visit.

I haven't been on here in a while because we have had a pretty busy couple months.  My dad came to visit in April, and now my sister came to visit in May.

While my sister was here, I taught her how to make granny squares and how to read patterns.  I used a kind of complex pattern to teach her how to read them, but it taught her a bunch of different stitches.  So now she's got some new skills.

Here's the square we made!  It's the Lise square by Polly Plum.

One is mine and one is hers.  

I think my sister is planning on making a blanket for her father for Christmas and his birthday.  She was asking about the price of shipping a blanket before she went home.  I'm always happy to share crafting with people.

I am going to go clean my house now, so happy stitching everyone!

UPDATE:  My cross stitching stuff has been mostly located.  My peacock is still missing.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Nothing has been going on.

Nothing exciting has happened lately.  My hair is green now, so there's that.

I've been working on my Geisha a bit, but I'm not sharing a picture until her face is done.  Maybe her head, I don't know.  I am working on another (yes, ANOTHER) blanket.  I have an obsession and probably should stop, but I would fill my house with blankets if I could.  Anyway, here's the blanket!

It's supposed to look like one of those star quilts.  The pattern is really easy and hasn't bored me yet which is a problem I have with projects.  I'm already started on the purple which is the next round of colors.  

I just separated all my threads for the map of California I'm stitching.  I figured I'll stitch a map for each place my husband gets stationed.  Kind of a little memento for each place we've been.  Cheesy, but then again, that's just what I am.

Off to make my minions their lunch.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Half my stuff is missing!

I have been unpacking my house by myself because my husband works most of the day.  Unfortunately I ended up throwing my back out really badly so I had to take a break.

This afternoon, for some reason, I got the itch to cross stitch.  I think it's my anxiety has built up because I haven't been able to do much around the house because of pain.  You know, feeling like a bump on a log.

I got off the couch and figured I'd wander upstairs and collect my massive scroll frame and peacock kit.  It dawned on me:  I haven't seen my peacock kit since California.  I keep all my stitching stuff in the same place and so it hadn't occurred to me before that my stuff wouldn't be there.  Habits, you know?

I figured I must have just forgotten to unpack it.  I went all the way downstairs and outside to my garage.  I dug through a couple boxes that I thought my stuff would be in and never found it.  Eventually I started getting angry and thinking, "Back pain be damned, I am going to find what I am looking for!"  I tore through my entire garage and never found anything.  I went through all the boxes that had previously been unpacked and as I went through each box, I tossed it aside.  Realizing that there were no more boxes to go through, I went back upstairs to check my stitching supplies again just in case I missed it.

Now I'm in more pain than I was when I started, and still all my stuff is missing.  I take inventory of my supplies, so I have a rough idea of everything that's missing:

My gigantic peacock kit (the whole thing...threads, canvas, everything)
All my hoops
All my threads
All my finished, but unframed projects
All my not finished projects
My pattern binders
My cross stitch magazines
Half my aida and linen (brand new)
All my needles.  Every single one except the one attached to my Geisha.
My seed beads
My project bags

I can't wait for my husband to come home this weekend because he said that he's going to help me unpack every box.  He's irritated because he helped me collect all that stuff over the years and a lot of things were gifts from him.

The only reason my Geisha was never touched by the movers was because it was in the car with me (and my two Sophie blankets) so I could work on her in the various hotels we stayed at.

So frustrated and really sad because I'm fearing the worst right now.  I really, really just hope I overlooked it all.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Geisha WIP It's been a while!

Holy cow, it's been a long while since I posted a Geisha WIP.  Like...since OCTOBER!  But I've done a bit of stitching on her since being in Texas, so here's what we've got!  The left is the last picture I shared to this blog and the right is where I'm at now:

Quite a difference!  And I've worked on her more since I took this picture so there's a little bit more done than this.  I didn't realize it had been so long since I shared a picture.  I will probably share another picture when I add her head.  She's still headless right now.  I think her background is going to be the most tedious part because of the confetti stitching with beading.

I am watching Wreck It Ralph with my kids, so I will be off.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Something bugging me *****WARNING!!! May trigger******

This is long and rambling, but I feel like I needed to get it out there...even if no one reads it.  It's mostly just to make myself feel better.

Everyone who knows me knows that I absolutely ADORE Toby Turner's YouTube videos.  I've been a fan since...I don't know when.  Just after high school maybe?  Maybe a year or two later?  Something like that.  If you have heard of him lately, it hasn't exactly been in a good light.  There were allegations that he had drugged and raped a girl.  While I don't personally believe her, I can't say whether the allegations are true or false.  I wasn't there, I don't know any of the people involved personally, so I can't say whether it's happened or not.  Not my place, honestly.  I just know what I believe.

The reason I bring this up is because this whole situation reminded me of something that happened when I was 15 that I would have rather forgotten because it changed everything between a friend and myself.  I won't give any names, so we'll call my friend "F" for this story.

It was my sophomore year of high school, so this happened about 12 years ago (wow, I feel old now) and "F" (a friend I'd literally had my whole life) just told me about a very tragic event that happened in her household.  No details as that would give away her identity to people who may know her.  Her entire family was destroyed.  She was definitely going through some weird emotions and all I could do was to be there for her.  She was probably going to move away for a while and maybe visit me sometimes.  I was devastated at having a friend move away, and I felt very selfish for feeling that way.

Fast forward a couple weeks.  My friend tells me she's been raped.  F just suffered this horrible event in her household and now this has happened?  I can not deal with this anger I feel because F was like my sister.  I grew up with this girl.  Everything in my being wanted to strangle this BOY (we will call him "S").  I tried to be there for her as she cried and all I wanted to do was cry with her, but the seething anger and hatred for S, someone I thought I knew, was more than enough to keep me from crying too.

After a few times of her talking to me and me trying my hardest to convince her to file charges, she still refused.  I get it.  As a fellow survivor, I get it.  I really, really do.  I still tried, though.  I wanted S to pay for hurting F like he did.  I wanted him to pay.

Soon, though, things started sounding funny.  She wouldn't remember certain details.  I wrote this off as PTSD because again, I get it.  She started trying to ruin S's reputation.  This didn't bother me so much because I thought he deserved it.  I mean...he raped her.  He hurt my best friend in the entire world.  How could I not think he deserved it?

She succeeded.  S was labeled a rapist throughout the school.  He was never popular to begin with, but things got vastly worse for him.  He became a complete outcast and was constantly ridiculed.  Several times he attempted suicide because nobody believed him when he denied being a rapist.

F finally moved away a couple months later.  This is where things started to come out.

S started trying to appeal to all of F's friends saying that he never hurt her.  Naturally I didn't believe him because how could someone make that up?  I was disgusted that he even had the audacity to look at me let alone talk to me.  The other girls in our little clique felt the same.  How dare he.

 Another month or so later, it was F's birthday.  We were all gathered for her party where she introduced her new boyfriend to us.  Who shows up but S?  When everyone was obviously disgusted that he dared to even show his face, F says, "I invited him."  Everyone was pretty surprised and a little confused.  I talked to her later at her party and asked her why.

She told me that she wanted to show off her boyfriend.  She told me that her boyfriend wanted to put the fear of God into him.  Then she told me something that made my jaw drop.  She said that he never raped her.  She just wanted to get back at him for taking her virginity and then dumping her.  My heart sank.  In that moment I felt so much shame at the way I had treated this boy.  This poor, poor S who hadn't done the absolutely horrible thing that she had accused him of.  That she had made everyone believe he had done.

I was so angry with her that I left the party.  No word as to why, where I was going, or anything.  I walked home in the middle of the night by myself.  I couldn't handle all the different emotions that were running through me.  Guilt at the way I had treated S, anger that I had been lied to by someone I trusted so absolutely, fear that if he ever decided to press charges, I could be in trouble too, and selfish for all of the above.  I was disgusted with myself.  I was disgusted with her.

At 15, this was all too much to deal with.

Several months later, my mother announced to the family that we were moving at the end of the school year.

F and I carried on a friendship, but things were very stiff.  I didn't trust her anymore, but I didn't know how to not be friends with her.

During our final exams in school that year (before we moved), my assigned seat in the auditorium was right next to S.  During our hour break for lunch, I asked if I could talk to him.  I apologized for everything that I had put him through and I even apologized for F because I knew she didn't think she'd done anything wrong.  I apologized for everything.  I cried, he cried, and when the exams were over, we went our separate ways.  I felt better after getting everything off my chest and seeing him smile because someone finally believed him made me feel even better.

Nothing will ever take away what I did to him in high school.  I was young, dumb, and incredibly naive.  He never deserved the hell we put him through.  I thought I was a vigilante, but really I was just a bully.

When I moved away, I stopped talking to F.  I really had nothing to say to her.  I still hear from her every once in a while.  She's married with two kids now.

Good for her.  I wish her the best.

I wonder sometimes if she ever thinks about what she did.  I wonder if she ever feels bad for what she did.  I also wonder if she ever apologized to him.  I mean...she DID invite him to the party, I guess.  Maybe that was her way of apologizing?  I don't know.

I only brought all this up because of this whole thing going on with Tobuscus.  I've been feeling ill all over again about what happened with F and S since hearing about it.  I am a weird one, I have too much empathy for people I don't know.

Monday, April 18, 2016


I am waiting on yarn and feel like I'm dying.  My poor, poor idle hands.  I guess I'll have to cross stitch again (yep, my Geisha is STILL unfinished!).

Unfortunately, I'm not sure just how much crafting is going to be done because Dark Souls III came out which means I'll be playing that instead.  This is mostly just a check-in.

Off to play DS3!!!  Happy stitching (and gaming!), everyone!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Finished the Bold Blues!

I finished my Bold Blues blanket!  It's a lapghan, so it's only about up to my waist at it's tallest point.  Sorry, my measuring tape is still packed in a box somewhere.

Before sewing.

All finished!  Don't mind my toes...

All in all a pretty fun project.  I would say though that I'm terrible at sewing, so maybe next time I'll just zipper join everything.  It'll lay flat and I won't have to sew...which I have no faith in my blanket holding up.

I am working on a pattern right now for a coffee sleeve.  You know, those paper things that you put around your coffee at a Starbucks?  Yeah, it's one of those.  Here's what I have so far, it's really a "rough draft" because I've never written a pattern before, so I'm just going to share a picture for now.

This is a Sailor Neptune coffee cozy.  I worked it in continuous rounds rather than slip stitching and it's very apparent, so...I guess I won't be doing that next time?  The continuous rounds makes it look really sloppy in my opinion.  I will probably go up a hook size or add a couple stitches around because it was a little bit too snug.  Definitely going to try again soon, but I am working on something else right now.

Finally, I have to share because I took this picture on Easter and it makes me laugh every time I see it because my dog has the cutest face!

She's the sweetest, kindest, loving dog I've ever known.  Her name is Mia and she is a fully rehabilitated dog now.  Took long enough, but she is so worth it.

Anyway, enough gushing about my Mia Dumb Face.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Back on the wagon.

I have been "yoyo dieting" for the last six or so months.  Well, actually only the last 2 months.  Pretty much just since my husband came home.  I was doing really well, no skimping on my diet, no cheating, no eating anything bad for me, and even losing 24 pounds.  Now that my husband's home, it's SO easy to fall back into old eating habits because the food that I should avoid is there and it's always available because he refuses to eat like me.  Not an excuse, explanation?

Anyway, so I have recently jumped head first back into my way of eating because I noticed that I've gained back 5 pounds and that's a big no no for me.  I was pre-diabetic and definitely don't want to keep heading that way.  The doctor said that a healthy weight for me is between 110 and 125.  Without saying how much I weigh, I will just say that I have a ways to go haha!

I'm starting to feel bad about myself, too.  I know that it comes from eating crap all the time instead of the healthy alternatives that I was eating.  I guess I need to put on my big girl pants and learn to say no when that delicious food that's terrible for me is available.

Okay, off that.  I am still diligently working on my Bold Blues blanket.  I am sewing the last 12 squares on it and then working the border and it will be done!

I saw some cross stitching work and decided that I need to start stitching again.  I really loved doing it and it was very calming for me.  I think tonight I will put on a TV show and just stitch until I'm ready for bed.  My Geisha needs some love, after all.

No pictures today, but maybe some pictures tomorrow or the next day depending on when I finish my throw or how much progress I make on my stitching.  I'm off to go finish cooking dinner.  Happy stitching, everyone!


I did make something that I totally forgot to share!  I am making my husband an Easter basket in secret and I just finished a Yoshi egg pouch to add to it!

It isn't much, it's a basic pouch pattern and I used my general crochet knowledge to make little circles to make the spots.  Took me roughly an hour to make all the pieces and stitch it together.  It's stuffed to the brim with atomic fireballs in the picture, so don't mind its lumpiness.  He's getting a Yoshi amigurumi to go along with this stuff in his basket.  Sadly I think I spent more time on his basket than I did the kids' this year!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Don't care, don't care, don't care.

So many political posts on Facebook!  I get it, it's an election year and I get that people are flexing their right to an opinion, but my goodness!  Enough is enough!  I have seen a meme that very much shows exactly how I feel right now:

Excuse the grammar on the meme as I didn't make it, I just saw it.  Anyway, I'm just kind of ranting right now because I have friends who keep trying to drag me into political discussions and then belittle me when I want nothing to do with it.  I don't post anything regarding my political views because I like not having conflict, but it seems that somehow I'm being labeled as "ignorant" for not wanting to engage.

I don't get it.  If I did engage, then I would be ignorant as well.  Politics really bring out the worst in people.

Sorry, I'm kind of venting and a little frustrated that my friends seem to think we can only be friends if we're discussing politics.  When I politely decline by saying, "No thank you, I would like to keep my views to myself," (literally what I say every time I'm asked, even if I agree with them) I get berated or "Oh, you must be a such and such supporter."  Never fails.

So, since I know a lot of people seem to have this same issue as me, here's something cool.  Check this out!  

Thanks for listening to my vent that was really just a bunch of frustration and nonsense...

Saturday, March 12, 2016

I forgot to edit

I posted yesterday?  The day before?  Something like that saying that I would add a picture of the square for the Moogly CAL.  I forgot to come back and edit the post with the image, so here's an image of that AND an image of the new blanket I'm working on.

First, here's the square for Moogly:

This is probably my favorite square so far for the CAL.  I loved making this one and it ended up being a really cute square.  I might have to make a blanket out of just this one with different colors.  Very fun to make.

Mmkay, here's the new blanket I'm working on:

Look familiar?  It should!  This is actually a picture I took this time last year when I made the first square of the blanket.  Now I've got all 7 of that square done and I'm almost done with the next 6 of the second square.  This is the Bold Blues Throw and it looks way prettier in person than the image shows.

Okay, I have to break up a sibling fight right now because my kids are at that age where fighting is pretty much all they do.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Yay, I'm back!

We moved into our new house and just got our internet hooked up today.  Now I can finally start really working on my projects again.........after I finish unpacking all the boxes.

So a bit of sad news:  Sophie has been put into the land of unfinished WIPs.  I have one more round on it before the blanket is done, but I don't have the color I need.  I don't know the area well enough to know where a Hobby Lobby is and I haven't got a mailbox set up to order it.  Basically I'm being super picky on what color I use for my border.

So in the mean time I'm working on the Moogly 2016 CAL.  I just started square 5 a few minutes ago and will probably edit with some pictures later.

This was mostly a "hey I'm still alive" kind of post.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Casting On

Well, it's happening.  I'm teaching myself how to knit.  Look how far I've come!

Okay, so I have only figured out how to cast on...but that's still way further than I was yesterday!  I know the yarn looks black in the picture, but it's actually the Surprise Stripes yarn by I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby. So it'll be either pink or grey in the next few stitches.

I'm only practicing right now, but I'm hoping to make a pair of socks by the end of the week.

We're moving again in a little less than two weeks.  Hopefully when I get to my new house I can FINALLY unpack my Geisha and get to work on her again.  I miss her... ha ha!

Okay, that was all.  Happy stitching (and now knitting), everyone!

Friday, February 5, 2016

I am a Pegasister

I don't know how it happened.  One day out of the blue I actually paid attention to an episode of My Little Pony and now I'm hooked. My daughter watches it and is obsessed with Pinkie Pie, but for me it was just background noise for crochet.  Not anymore. No, sadly I have even gone so far as to buy a Rarity (she's my favorite) for myself.

Anyway, so that's going on right now.

I just got an Ellipsis 8 tablet. Do NOT recommend. It's very apparent as to why the store gave it to us for free. Two of them even!  A few things: it's extremely slow.  My first gen iPad is faster than this brand new fresh out of the box paper weight.  The touch screen has a mind of its own.  It randomly flips through pages and scrolls and acts like it's possessed. Then when I am actually touching the screen it won't respond at all sometimes.  The battery life is pretty awesome though!

I'm actually posting this from the slow, annoying tablet. I'm not sure how the blogger app works, but I attached a photo of my Sophie's Universe progress. Hopefully it actually works.  If not I will just go to the actual website and fix it.

Anyway, this whole not having a computer and relying on a terrible tablet thing is frustrating me, so I am going to just say happy stitching and be off.


Yeah, the Blogger app is garbage.

Anyway, here's a picture of Sophie's Universe page 19:

It's really hard to lay it out on tile while your cat is constantly diving into it and sliding it all over the place. Not even a second after the picture was taken, she dove into it and slid it into the couch.

I also have the first two squares of the Moogly 2016 CAL finished:

Block number 1

Block number 2

I think the third block is available, but I haven't checked yet. Okay, now that I've updated you on my projects, I'm off because I am about to throw my tablet across the room. I need to go buy a new computer...

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Finally Settled!

We're finally settled in Texas.  Well...not really settled, but we're here and I have internet finally.  No project updates right now as everything is still mostly packed.  Though I should be done with my 19th page of Sophie soon.

We're moving again in March, so I won't have very many project updates until then probably.  This was just a quick update to say hello and that we're still alive.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

We're in Texas!

Alright, so we're here!  We made it!  I don't have a house yet, so we're living out of a hotel at the moment, but we will hopefully have a house tomorrow.

We've been in Texas for three days, but I only just got the internet in our hotel room to work.  I am going stir crazy without any of my crafting or video games.  This is killing me.  I can't wait to move into the house!  That was all.

Hopefully the next time I write, I'll be writing from my new home.  Happy stitching, everyone!