Monday, May 18, 2015

Stuff

I finished some things, a baby sweater, but I can't post pictures just yet. It's a baby shower gift at the end of the month. I also have to make a hat for that, and Pikachu is ALMOST done, I just have to sew the whole thing together. I fixed the giant head problem.
James and I moved into my dad's a few weeks ago, and will be here until we find an apartment of our own.
I start a new job tomorrow, and will be working two jobs for the rest of this month. I'm really excited for these opportunities, but it will leave me with very little knitting time.
I'll post updates when I can!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Busy Day, Busy Life

I've been feeling like life will never not be busy. I'm going back to school in the fall, and my boyfriend and I moved in with my dad for the next few months (because our roommate turned out to be a bag of dicks but that's a long story.), until we can save up for a deposit on an apartment or we can get a house (not sure which we're going to do just yet.) BUT that means I have yard space for all of my plants!
And today has been quite a busy day for me! I got up with James this morning, he left for work, and then I made breakfast (just a bowl of cereal), and got right outside and did some gardening. Yesterday, before I started tilling, my patch looked like this:
A right mess, that's for sure. After lots and lots of tilling and spending time on my hands and knees pulling up roots and rocks, I finally got it clean. Today, I put my cantaloupes (twenty plants) and cucumbers (six plants) into the bed.

 I also put the cilantro in and sowed some parsley seeds.
 Tomorrow, I'm going to finish clearing out an old raised garden bed that's on the other side of the house, put the habaneros into it, and then I plan to get strawberries and carrot seeds as well.
On the knitting front, one skein of yarn has gone into the blanket, and it got me almost six inches. I'm on the second skein, and there are eleven total skeins, so my guess is that the blanket will be about sixty inches long. It's wide enough to cover our full sized bed.
 I've also finished Pikachu's head, and it's WAY bigger than I expected it to be. I thought I'd done the pattern wrong, but I read through it again and it looks right to me, but it also doesn't match the picture. I'm thinking about ripping it out and starting the head over. We'll see once I finish the body.
  I have started the body, but I haven't gotten too terribly far on it since I've been busy with work, apartment/house hunting, or other household duties. It's really been too cold for gardening up until yesterday.
 I've also been working on another Christmas ornament. Who's that Pokemon?! (Hint: it's Butterfree.) I just have to add his face, and then I'll figure out how I'm going to do the wings. They're kind of complicated looking so I'm not quite sure what to do just yet. I'm also not sure how to bake him either, because there is no oven at my dad's house.
 Among all of those things, I've also got a cute picture of my cat! She sleeps in bed with us at night, but down at the foot of the bed. When James gets up in the morning, she comes and climbs into the warm spot he leaves behind. She even puts herself under the blanket! I love it.
 Soon, I hope to have more garden pictures, and better/more knitting and crocheting pictures! Until next time :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Five years

Happy bloggiversary! April 13, 2010, I wrote my first ever blog on this page. It took me a while to get a hang of how it all worked, but here we are five years later. I've been through SO much in the last five years: homelessness, moving twice, a bad breakup, moving again, cancer, the loss and gain of a whole lot of friends, moving again, getting a job and a car and my license, finding the love of my life, changing jobs, and graduating school.
Over the next five years, I hope to graduate a few more times, and maybe we might get married and have a kid or two? Eventually, anyway. And moving is in the cards at least one or two more times (from a house with my boyfriend and our roommate, to an apartment of our own, to a house of our own eventually.)
Thank you to all of my followers, for being here for me through all of this. It's been an awesome five years of knitting. Here's to another five.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Homespun

I finally finished spinning that set of gradient fibers. Black Shetland, dark grey llama, mid-grey Jacob wool, light grey mohair, and white Cotswold wool. I have about 125 yards altogethher, and I'm not sure what to knit with it yet, but it's definitely ready for knitting!






I also made a little monster out of felt. My friend is adopting a baby, and she decided to go with a monster themed nursery because that's pretty gender neutral, and they aren't sure if they're getting a boy or girl.


I cut out a front and back, and then eyes and spots, and sewed them all to each other, lightly stuffed it, and then drew the smile and the pupils on with a fabric marker. He's going to get attached to a mobile to hang above the baby's crib, and the whole rest of the nursery has all kinds of adorable monsters.
Until next time, I'm still plugging away on pikachu and the blanket. And a baby sweater.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Window Garden

So Last time, I wanted to put my plants outside. My poor radishes ended up with root rot because I accidentally over-watered them. But the carrots are now in a window box instead of the small pot they were in. I even planted some more stuff and I've got a ton of sprouts! Cucumbers,
Cosmos
One TEEENY tiny tomato plant (the first tomato sprout died) that I'm hoping will do well
Sage babies still going strong.
My cantaloupes are so happy
And the cilantro is still going strong.
And of course the catnip is pretty strong too.


I'm still chugging along on Pikachu pieces, too. I'm done with all of the limbs, just working on the head now. So it's definitely getting there! But much larger and more slowly than I'd thought.
My next post will probably be from mobile, because the pictures are all on my phone, and I have yarn that I've finally finished spinning (it looks like the last time I posted anything about the gradient set was waaay back in 2012) The full set comes up to about 125 yards, total, and I'm not quite sure what to do with it just yet. We'll see.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Showers

April showers bring May flowers, so they say. There's already flowers in my yard, and a baby shower coming at the end of May, so I have until then to turn this yarn and these buttons into a suitable gift for a summer baby boy.

Then, hopefully soon, I have things to move into the garden outside instead of my windowsill inside. Sage sprouts have appeared.
My carrots are almost as crazy as the radishes.
Some spearmint doing it's own thing.
And the cilantro, which has my entire living room smelling like it.
I love the weather we're having today because it makes me want to be productive. Not only did I take care of my garden and get the yarn for a baby gift, but I did laundry and washed the yarn I finished spinning the other day. AND hung out with one of my besties. I'm such an adult. Go me!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sprouts

I have carrots!
And one teeeeeny tiiiiny forget me not sprout.
My cilantro and spearmint are also sprouting but they aren't quite big enough for pictures just yet. Soon, though!

Monday, March 23, 2015

L'elephant

 My radishes exploded and are basically ready to put outside, and some of them even have teeny tiny bulbs on them already. Too bad it snowed today.
 To keep myself busy while I wait for more gardening weather, I've been making two elephants for a commission. One pink and one blue. This pattern is very clever in its construction and I'm very fond of how cute it turned out. I have all the legs and ears done in both blue and pink, and the blue one is just about done altogether.


Soon, as in within the next day or two, I'll have them both done and ready to show off.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Planting

Monday I was off of work, and it was beautiful out (a high of 75 in Northern IL). So while my boyfriend cleaned, I opened all the windows and started planting my seeds indoors. I planted flowers, veggies, and some herbs.




Then I saw that our flowers from last year had bloomed already!


I have all of this (two pots of flowers, one is sage and one is cilantro, then there is radishes and carrots, and the egg on the top right is catnip) that I'm hoping will sprout soon, and the lower right one is my spider plant's first baby.





I was so productive Monday, I did all this planting and I baked a banana bread, and I made an arm for the Pikachu plush. One arm, two legs to go. Then the head and body.


With good weather comes good productivity :) I hope everyone else is having a good Spring so far!