I finished the other pullover! Took almost 3 skeins of Caron Big Cakes yarn and a year of working on it on and off. My oldest loves green. It’s the same free Red Heart pattern I used before. But for both I kept holding the pieces against the boy it was for and making it fit. Both are too big but I want them to be used and loved for a long time. It’s a great pattern and easy to adjust. There are only 4 pieces to make!

Yup… I’m going to make more of these.

A baby blanket:

A BIG blanket! There will be 24 squares in all.  Just picking stitches or patterns I like. I got the idea from Moogly (bonus: it cuts through a lot of stash). I think it will be queen sized.

There are two kinds of blanket makers: people who block and people who don’t.

I don’t. Acrylic is great for long lasting snuggles but a pain to block. Meh. I think I’ll bring in another color next and I’ll use the invisible method to join them all together. 😃

I’m working on two more at the moment, more pics soon!

Unique Simple Square
Clown Car
Flower Burst
basket weave stitch
Bean stitch

I hurt my back a few weeks ago. I get sciatica sometimes but it has been some time since I had it last… Don’t know what I did, but this is the worst I’ve ever had. It felt like I had lightning for veins and my pelvis was trying to escape! Bed bound for 2 days and I used a cane for a week. I’m not looking for sympathy, just telling it like it is.

Well, one good thing about having to sit down a lot is that I had an awful lot of time to craft! It could take my mind off the pain, and it gave my hands something to do. I like to be busy, or at least have my hands busy because it’s hard for me to sit still.

(I swear I was reading too….but I misplaced my book at some point. It’s really good too so I keep searching for it! How could I lose a book!?)

I worked on my newest shawl for a long time. I’ve had these three colors hanging out for awhile now, waiting for the right pattern. You get it. I like how it looks (and feels) crocheted and at first I tried Lost In Time (swoon) but…it wasn’t right. It’s fussy to change color every row and my heart wasn’t in it. Somewhere along my third try on that pattern I tied together all the bits of rows from other tries and then I had a randomly changing colorway, lol. Then I came across Erigeneia on Ravelry. I started with the random colorway ball, now I’m doing the orange gradient set in blocks next to the silver. The edging will be Duke City Knitter by ZiaWoolz (in Sundancer yarn).

Eregeneia

Side note: I just tie knots when I change colors. It’s much easier for me than weaving in (and forgetting some of it) tons of ends in a lacy shawl! Plus I don’t care about knots.

I hope this shawl is big enough to properly wrap up in!

That’s 1.5 skeins worth so far. The remaining ball is 2 skeins.

P.S. The project bag is hers too! Sometimes they’re on her etsy, but I find mine at The Yarn Store in Nob Hill. They’re soft and well made. She uses fun, unique fabrics!

P.P.S. for those who are wondering, I lost Destination Truth, which is kind of funny, really. I lost a book about lost creatures and places! It’s a great read, I can just hear Josh’s voice in my head.

I finished all these books last year! Woohoo! I’m so happy to be back into the scary spooky stuff. Getting back into reading was like putting on a favorite sweater. I just had to wean myself off of the phone/tablet, and now I don’t want to go back…except for audiobooks.

I like to mark what platform I used to read a book too, just to see what I use the most. I was a little surprised at the results and it was a lot of fun to keep track!

I read (=finished) a total of 51 books in 2017. 20 were audio books (from Overdrive or Audible), 4 were hardbacks, only 2 were paperbacks, and 25 were kindle books. I bet there are a few I forgot to write down, especially the random short story here and there…anyway, it was fun and I’ll try to write it all down this year. 

k=kindle

@=audio book

p=paperback

H=hardback

L=library

?=forgot to write the author/editor and can’t find it now

January:

Beyond the Ice Limit-Preston&Child (H)

Made You Up-Franscesca Zappia (k)

Carsick-John Waters (@)

The Excorcist-William Peter Blatty (k)

February:

Cops’ True Stories of the Paranormal: Ghosts, Shivers, & Other Stories-Loren Christensen (a collection from reddit submitted stories) (k) this was before I discovered some excellent youtube channels that will read the stories to me in very nice narratives

Haunted Route 66-Richard Southall (L, p)

You Can’t Touch My Hair & Other Things I Still Have to Explain-Phoebe Robinson (L, @)

I briefly tried out kindleunlimited this month, hence the influx of spoopy stuff below!

True Ouija Board Ghost Stories from Real Ghost Hunters (True Ghost Stories Book 2)-Lauren Gilman (k)

True Ghost Stories: Frightening Accounts of Haunted Houses, Paranormal Mysteries, and Unexplained Phenomenon-Selinda Hart (k)

Ouija Board Nightmares: Terrifying True Tales-John Harker (k)

Demonic Dolls: True Tales of Terrible Toys-John Harker (k)

Haunted Places: Exploring The Creepiest Locations On Earth: Don’t Even Think About It… (True Hauntings Book 2)-Roger P. Mills

Evil Unleashed: True Tales of Spells Gone to Hell and Other Occult Disasters-John Harker (k)

Ouija Board Stories: Terrifying Eyewitness Accounts Of REAL Life Ouija Board Experiences: Would You Dare Play? (True Paranormal Book 2)-Roger P. Mills (k)

True Horror: Let’s Not Meet Again Reddit Collection-? (k)

March:

I, Zombie-Hugh Howey (k)

April:

Materialist- Eric Garcia (k)

The Devil in Silver-Victor LaValle (k)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy- Lemony Snicket (@, L)

May:

The Dispatcher-John Scalzi (@)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Hostile Hospital-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

June:

Lucretia and the Kroons-Victor LaValle (k)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Full Tilt-Neal Shusterman (k)

Doll Parts-Amanda Lepore (k)

July:

Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance & Promote Social Justice-David Pilgrim (k)

The Watson’s Go to Burmingham, 1963-Christopher Paul Curtis (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

August:

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Penultimate Peril-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

HEX-Thomas Olde Heuvelt (H, L)

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened-Jennifer Lawson (k)

Alien-Alan Dean Foster (@)

September:

The Graveyard Apartment-Mariko Koike (H, L)

Aliens: Out of the Shadows-Tim Lebbon (@)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The End-Lemony Snicket (@, L)

October:

Lovecraft Country-Matt Ruff (k)

Carter & Lovecraft-Jonathon L. Howard (@)

Haunted House-J.A. Konrath (k)

Alien: River of Pain-Christopher Golden (@)

November:

Lots of youtube scary stories **

Murder on the Orient Express-Agatha Christie (@)

December:

Burn Notice: The Bad Beat-Tod Goldberg (p, L)

Dead Trees Give No Shelter-Wil Wheaton (k)

The Hellbound Heart-Clive Barker (k)

Gone Fishing-Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (k)

 

**I love these channels on youtube for scary stories read aloud. The stories are user-submitted, mostly through reddit or their email. Check them out!

Corpse Husband https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFNTq9XKHDNy_1-2lL0kqCg

Insomniak https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1qzXjbsIiBmkaCbl0ezchg

Lazy Masquerade https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7dHBh9QmYF1L0TOeGIzZgw

Mr. Davis https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC23nJ5NfrsN4wX9fAynA1SA

Mr. X Dreams https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1dRxsZYGElwy9-4ohmYjeg

Let’s Read https://www.youtube.com/user/LetsReadOfficial

Mortis Media https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCCLGjb5b9_0MY9HLE65x9Q

Swamp Dweller https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyYjOfKMuuIv0oMjG68Reug

The Creepy Fox https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGYfa8SkVrI_f437hOZnHlg

King Spook https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaQgjklPY4JLF0_wF8bOWlA

I know it’s been awhile, but suffice to say 2017 is what I’ve been calling the Year of the Dumpster Fire. There’s been a lot of rough times this year, but it wasn’t all bad. Here’s a few pictures of some good stuff:

Pepper is very helpful with crochet projects.
A sunrise mimosa with creme brulee, amongst besties.
Took myself to lunch at Flying Star.

 

Some of my haul from the NM Mineral Symposium. I plan to facet those little yellow stones (apatite).

I have been trudging along on the happily ever after Stitch along; I only have 3 months left!

It’s almost finished! I even got the bottom left corner, and some of the right corner. Now it’s on to October (Sword in the Stone!)

I will bring this to my parents house next week, I really hope I can at least get October done and November started. I hope the border will line up…I’ve had such a good time with this project.