Ella’s Gift

So I finished.  Weaving in the ends was fun.  Now that I’m a pro at duplicate stitch I enjoy weaving them in.  Weird.

so here they are on my blocking board.  This is the FIRST time I have blocked anything.

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They are now all wrapped and bagged.  I even sewed in care labels!  Another first for me.  I forgot to take pictures of this step.  SIGH.

But it is done and now I need to focus on finishing Hey Teach! for my co-worker’s birthday at the end of May.

P.S. – I’m getting married tomorrow!

Ella’s Sweater, Part 2

So I finished the sweater.  By finished I mean I haven’t woven in the ends or blocked. What I did do, while on a knitting high, is knit a hat to match!
Here is the sweater.

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Here is the hat in progress.  As of writing this I haven’t finished.  Just started the decreases so I will post a finished picture of both items 100% tomorrow (or when they are done lol).

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Now back I go to finish the hat!

Ella’s Sweater, Part 1

So my fiance’s (less than a week til we’re married!) old roommate just had a baby.  She and I have never met and the interactions we’ve had in the past have been far from pleasant.

I can’t not knit for the baby just because I don’t like the mother!  So I have been browsing baby knits for the past week looking for something quick yet fun.  I settled on Dirghagama Baby Cardigan by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe.

© Henriette Roued-Cunliffe

Isn’t it just adorable?!?  I’m supposed to use a bulky weight yarn but since I don’t have anything of that weight in my stash I’m setting for worsted.  The cardi is written for a 6 month size so I’ll just use worsted and go down to size 9 needles from the called for size 10 and get something between newborn and 6 months.

In fact I’m finally going to use my Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Victorian Pink.  It is a perfect pale pink and I’ll have more than enough to complete the cardigan.  The hardest part will be finding the ribbon!

© CrazyPurls

Blogging News

So I got a new tablet that will help me blog.  This wasn’t the reason I got it, but it works wonderfully.

You see, I have a Windows phone that I bought because it has an amazing camera, 42mp to be exact.  This phone automatically backs up my photos, but to OneDrive when I’d like it to be Flickr since I have always stored my photos there.  OneDrive is great actually but just like Flickr it makes it a tediuous process to post on the computer.

My tablet is Droid, which I love as a platform.  The apps are complete.  To make matters worse, I also have another tablet, the original iPad.  So I have all three mobile platforms.  When I bought my iPad I got the one with the least amount of space and wifi only, so no connecting to a cell network.

What my post it getting at is now I can snap a photo on my phone and add it to my blog when using the Droid tablet with the press of a button. Since the new tablet uses my cell network, I can do thiswhile on my lunchbreak or even while knitting or watching tv.

The good news is you’ll hear from me more often.  The bad news is you may hear from me too much.  Especially now that I turned off autopublish to Facebook.   I did that so I would be comfortable sharing the nitty gritty without my Facebook friends stalking me.  I can use the blog for what it was intended for, speaking my mind without fear of hurting someone.  More Dear Diary and less sugarcoating.

The only exception is my fiance.  He already knows all the things and still wants to marry me in two weeks.  In fact, we chose out wedding bands yesterday at Jared.  I had wanted to engrave them with Soulbound, as in our game life when you put on equipment it is soulbound and no one else can use it.  His can’t be engraved because of the metal used, so mine won’t be either.  We’ll get a couple’s tattoo instead.

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So I fail at blogging.

I think of all these great things to say and post about during the day, but when I get home I’m blank.  I spend a lot of my time thinking and have been thinking of buying a recorder.  I could use my phone but it’s Window’s and apps of any nature are crap.  So a small easy to carry recorder that’ll pick me up talking to myself (haha, but true) so I remember the things I’m thinking about later when it’s time to talk to you.

I think fast and it’s not something I can always slow down and write or type.  Typing is faster and it allows me to vomit my words onto a page and easily edit the parts I want to keep.  Writing by hand is slow and cumbersome.  I can’t type anything at work because I’m super busy and would rather work (I love my job) than compose my thoughts in a blog post.  At night it’s hard to unwind and do all the things that need done and sit and type out post.

I mentioned in a recent post that I found pictures so hard to share and compose a post around.  Just time-consuming when I’d rather spend that time doing something else.  So I’ve decided to provide you beautiful words here and pictures with knitting progress on Twitter.  There will still be knitting here and projects to show off, but I’ve decided that I’d rather my blogging experience be more about me than my craft.

I not a social person by nature, but I find the anonymity of the internet a great place to be true to myself.  I tend to recluse.  I don’t really know why.  I’ve always been this way and it never really bothered me.  On the opposite end, I’m an open book and always willing to share the ups and downs of my life.

I have acquaintances, but just always that.  I do get close to acquaintances at times but I never commit to live-long relationships.  Usually these are coworkers or family/friends of my partner.  People that are always there in my life day to day.  I can get close but once I change jobs or partners, I lose touch with them.  I never pursue the continuation of those friendships.

 

I am getting married in a few weeks. He is my perfect match (ilymtmayatloml — inside lover’s talk, he’ll get it).  I guess you could say he is the end of my long search for an eternal friend.  We share similar interests but have noticeably different personalities.  I’m shy and reserved and he’s friendly and bold.  I’m all peace and love and he’s sometimes a grrr.  I’m the healer and he’s the tank, a perfect translation from one of the online games we play together.

We didn’t meet in a game world originally, but we did met online a year before we met in real life and officially started our relationship.  We didn’t live far from one another (an hour or so), but it made it difficult to meet up more than on the weekends once we started dating.  We were able to maintain a long-distance relationship because of gaming, starting with Diablo III’s release. So gaming on weeknights was how we spent time together while on the phone.   Then Mist of Pandaria was released as an expansion in World of Warcraft (WoW).  He hated the concept of WoW because while Blizzard developed it, his favorite game (Diablo) wasn’t getting love or attention.  I had been playing off and on for several years by then and just bided my time to get him addicted.  I didn’t push, he asked.  Now it’s our main game.  I heal, he tanks.  Perfect love right there.

After a year of this long distance nonsense we decided what we really needed was our own place.  So we looked and ended up staying in a motel for a month so we could actually spend time looking in the areas we wanted.  Scored a house and we’ve been renting it every since.  Now we’re to wed on April 19, 2014 and we can finally look at buying a home of our own.  I’m even excited to change my last name because I’ve coveted his for a long time.

Odd story, but I fancied myself as a writer in high school and developed a pseudonym for myself to write under.  My real and maiden name just didn’t have what it took.  So I created “Sara Evans”, which was before the singer was popular.  She stole my perfect name thunder and so I was left with the one I already had.  I changed it once when I married  the first time. I’m still using his last name, I kept it for the benefit of our son.

I’m ready to change it again.  A name change is like a getting a fresh start on life.  It feels like you’ve been cocooned in your previous life, but ready to transform into something better.  A butterfly?  You get the picture.  In reality the name change does nothing.  It’s  just how your feel inside. Changing your name is no small thing, yet it is a common thing for a wife to take her husband’s name.  I like the idea of starting over.  Plus, I’m getting the last name I imagined as my pseudonym years ago.  Mrs. Evans just sounds fine to me!

We’d originally planned to wed on October 4, 2014

(10-4 good buddy) <—- did you get it?  kinda cool which is why we liked it after we figured out our date could be said that way.

I hated the idea of a big wedding, but if we were going to have one his entire clan would have to be there to witness it.  This is not a small clan.  I went from expecting 10-15 guests to almost 100!  I did my dutiful duties and searched for all the stuff so I could do it myself.  I don’t have the funds to really say, “here take my money and make the day gorgeous”.

Turns out, we finally talked about it a few weeks ago and I discovered he didn’t want the wedding either!  I was elated.  Our new plans included a sooner wedding, his late grandmother’s birthday on April 19, 2014.  Just a quick wedding at the courthouse.  What just hit us a few days ago is that our date was a Saturday.  Can’t get married in the closed courthouse on Saturday.  We’ll you could, but that’d involve some B&E.

Part of the new date was telling everyone that we’d just mailed save-the-dates to that our wedding was cancelled.  So we sent a letter that explained the situation, announced our new wedding date, and advised that there was no wedding to attend.  I don’t feel guilty over it either. Especially since I’m not a party person and I was honestly pulling one together for everyone but myself to enjoy.  I’d rather spend a night at home with him watching tv than playing in fancy clothes and dancing.    We’ll probably do dinner someplace for all the local and immediate family to attend but that is it.

So that’s my big news for now.  I promise to write more in the future.  I need to make time in my life for blogging.  I didn’t even tell you about how we started weight watchers and how all the healthy food has kept me busy!  Also, it has been a month since I picked up my needles.  I’m feeling guilty about that but can’t find the motivation to do it.  More on that later.

Liebster Blog Award

I logged in today to discover that I’d been nominated for an award!  Since this is the second, I figured I’d create a new page to display them.

I was nominated by naptimethoughts.  You should check her out!  I recently discovered her blog, I think she might have stumbled upon mine first or I found her by visiting another.  Regardless, she’s full of wit and honesty.  I hope you enjoy her antics as much as I do!

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The Rules:

As any blog award, this one comes with a few rules.  Who am I kidding, I get to make the rules!  Of course, I do have to follow the rules of naptimethoughts since she nominated me, but who wouldn’t as they are pretty cool.  The fun is I get to make my own rules/questions for those I nominate :)

Let’s get started!

The questions I have to answer for this Liebster:

The theme was “Which of your followers would? (and why?)”  The rule I have to follow is: “Please provide a link to the page of whichever follower serves as your answer.” Oh, and, “Have fun!”

If something horrible happened to you, and you lay bleeding on the side of the road, which of your followers would:

  1. use their hands, feet and face to staunch the bleeding? Chasity at Purls just wanna have fun
  2. step gingerly over the pools of your blood and stand by your side while the paramedics came?  Rachel at allnightknits
  3. run to your aid while writing a post on what’s happening at the same time? LittleWhiteDove
  4. reach into their mom purse and have everything she needed to treat your injuries on the spot? Trish at A Bunch of Everything

These were very hard to do and I have to admit that none of my followers fit perfectly into the above categories, so enjoy the free publicity :)  All of you have received the Liebster in the past, but I wanted you to be a part of this post!  I’m confident that if you did find me bleeding on the side of the road (and didn’t run me over to begin with!) that you’d do at least one of the above and not leave me in misery.  :D

To pass on the Liebster, I nominate:

Since the idea of these awards is paying it forward, I nominate the writers of these blogs.  One of the major “rules” of handing out the Liebster award is to new bloggers or those with limited followers.  I kept this in mind but certainly went with anyone who I thought was overall cool and deserved a quick spotlight.  I may not reach many people but exposure is everything and that is the true point of this award.  Perhaps you’ll find someone new to follow :)  I know I did!

So, in no particular order, the nominees are:

Questions Nominees Have to Answer (on their own blog):

hmmmm….

This is actually the hardest part!  I don’t have a list I can just paste because there is no “list” with this award.  I have to make it up or ruthlessly steal it from another source.

Oh, wait, I have an idea (or two)!  If your name is listed under the nominees, then you have to answer these questions on your blog and nominate some of your own followers.  The best part?  You get to make up the questions like I’m doing now!

  1. What is your favorite FO (favorite object) from any craft and why?
  2. What is your UFO (ugliest finished object) from any craft and why?
  3.  We all have that intimidating project we love and adore but could never imagine actually creating it because we don’t feel worthy.  Mine is Magickal Earth Shawl, what’s yours?
  4. What is your favorite crafting tool and why?

EXTRA CREDIT: Post a picture of the above items!

Now go forth and pass on the magic that is this award and pass it on to your followers.  There is no preset number requirement so do what works for you!

Another Week Gone

So the Mister was successful in making me sick.

On Saturday we visited my mom and she cooked breakfast. Delish! We had to drive an hour to get there and had plans in the area at six for his mother’s birthday dinner.

So we ended up going to get my oil changed and shopped while waiting. It was miserable because of my runny nose. Mike ended up finding tissues (we were at WalMart) for me to use.

The car wasn’t ready by the time we were done so my mom and I were talking about my birthday present, a bearded dragon! We haven’t bought it yet and she actually knew someone who was trying to sell theirs. Yay!

Sunday was blah and I stayed home Monday.

I wanted to stay home on Tuesday, thought about calling in sick again.  A few miles from work another car slammed into mine.  Long story short, I’m alive if banged up some and I didn’t work on Tuesday.  I should have just stayed home lol.

It was a long workweek since I had so much to catch up on.  I worked late every day until the weekend saved me.

We went South to meet my mom for lunch on Saturday for my birthday.  The Denny’s we went to was fail.  We were left with another trip South to meet my present, Jack the Bearded Dragon.

He’s cool.

This is how he sleeps.

That bit of hanging skin is him shedding. I pulled it out of the tank this morning.

Someday Jack will have a cage-mate, Sally.  For now he is content to eat crickets and worms with his daily salad.