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First thing's first: thateringirl > [personal profile] booksyarntea . The former will redirect to the latter. It was time for a change since, in most cases, I haven't used the username ~thateringirl in a while in most places that require such things. Also, the new username reflects more of my interests that I post about (at least lately lol).

Secondly, obviously I'm still alive. Obviously I still can't commit to, and consistently post to, a singular journal, lol. But I think I've warned of this enough that no one should be surprised?

Thirdly, since my last post, I've started a pretty big project (for me) based on this chevron/ripple pattern (you can see my progress on it on Instagram in the last four photos). I didn't work much on it over the summer as I lost interest/got bored with it, but in the mean time I did work on a few short and sweet projects and I'm working on another scarf for someone I know through a scrapbook camp weekend thing.

Lastly, a finished yarnbending project put under a cut so I'm not stretching/messing up F-lists on InsaneJournal. )

I LIVES.

Mar. 10th, 2015 07:06 pm
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I haz a crochet project to show off:



Not much else has happened in actual RL events. I've been RPing somewhat? consistently over on IJ. This Friday I'm super excited about the Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo exhibit we're going to at the DIA and NEXT weekend, is Scrapbook/Crafting Camp. YAY~ I'm gonna be crocheting up a storm. <3
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It's taken me a really long time to see the pattern, but now I see it. When the months start getting colder, I start getting a little more down in the dumps. This usually impacts my motivation to do things like writing—My RPG over at InsaneJournal took a real hit from all of us the last few months—but, despite that and the lack of motivation, I did try to keep up with my crocheting. Still, I did not get all my gifts done and there are still ones that are not finished. I'm trying to alternate between fun stuff that I just want to try and the scarves I'm working on as gifts. Currently, I'm working on an infinity cowl/scarf based on this pattern, with a minor addition of my own: Click for image )

Christmas 2014 )

And that's pretty much the significant events of late. XD
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Who wants to play Fallen London with me? :3
Anyone? Beuller?
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So, it's been a little while since my last post, but my excuse for that is my aunt totally took us by surprise the week of Thanksgiving and randomly showed up on our doorstep! Apparently she'd been on the east coast for a nursing conference and decided to go visiting various friends and family on her way back. Since I hadn't seen her in a while, it was nice to have her around for feasting! (^^)

My previously mentioned meet-up went very well! My mom and I and my friend and her boyfriend found Casey's Tavern easily, although parking was a problem (I'm not even kidding on this, the parking lot was crazy and small lol). The portions, however, were HUGE at this place so mom and I shared a Reuben and it was quite tasty for, ya know, something with sauerkraut on it, XP (Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the stuff lol). We spent a good two hours chatting, having fun, and Lourdes LOVED the coaster set I made her (I also made one for her boyfriend in U of M colors, lol). By the end, I was kind of sorry to see them go. The only downside was we were not in downtown Ann Arbor proper, so I apologize to [personal profile] wyldbutterflies—we could not see the cute faerie doors. :\

In Yarnbending updates, I finally finished the blue/earthy-toned scarf on Thanksgiving. Details can be found here if you want to know them. It measures approx. 76" long and 6" wide (about a half-inch off from the pattern, which I think it okay considering it's my first pattern I'm going off of!). One thing I need to note is that I didn't quite use two whole skeins of the listed yarn as I had used some of one skein for practice and for another tiny project. I'm definitely going to get more of that colorway if I can, though. It's so beautiful and I want to try a coaster set with it, XD. Maybe this pattern? Other Yarnbenders, what do you think? In terms of meeting the width for the scarf on another one I'm making off that pattern, I'm having more success meeting that requirement with the green/earthy-toned one. I'm concerned, however, with that scarf that I might end up going a bit too wide? Oh well, I do have 4 skeins of that colorway and I can go down a hook size for the next one. XD Still got a lot of projects to work on, although for my sanity, the scarves are all the same pattern so that'll be easy on me at least!
 
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Random, but to this day I still have no idea where the "plox" for "plz" and all it's variants came about. Ahem, anyway! More crochet progress photos:



Pattern: Easy Scarf | Hook: J (Clover) | Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream (19983 Renegade)

I have to be honest with the scarf above that I'm both happy and not-so-happy with how it's turning out? The jury is still out on whether or not I'm liking the required/suggested hook for the project, but I have a feeling that my leanings of not liking it have to do with the yarn I'm using and the way the hook is made. I also think that the grip Clover makes their hooks with is affecting how I crochet, but I'm afraid to switch to my Boye or Bates H hooks for fear that there will be a drastic narrowing in the work. The scarf starts off as the 6½" in width that the pattern states for the measurements, but measuring it across again just now, the scarf is at 7". I haven't gained stitches so I'm chalking it up knitting too loosely, which nods back to waffling about the idea of switching hooks.



Pattern: Easy Scarf | Hook: H (Boye) | Yarn: Red Heart Soft Prints (9935 Waterscape)

There isn't much to say with this scarf. I haven't had any problems with the hook, yarn, or the work getting bigger or smaller (which leads me to believe the troubles I'm having with the other scarf is a hook/yarn combo). I think the next scarf I make with this pattern, I'll try with one of my H hooks in a solid color because I'd also like to figure out how to count rows (I don't know why that's so elusive to me, but counting rows in crochet seems more difficult vs. knitting) which it's difficult to see with these multi-colored yarns I picked, lol. I suppose the MSU colors I picked for [livejournal.com profile] mangobaby716 will do the trick.

Cut for non-crochet stuff. )
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My first completed scarf! I (hopefully) left enough yarn to put some fringe on it. If not, it's still a nice scarf as-is. :D I'm really super proud of this one and love how it turned out.


This one is from a pattern booklet by Coats & Clark titled Easy Scarf. I'm still in the beginning stages, but so far I think it's turning out nicely! Note — I am not using the recommended hook for this project. The primary reason I'm just using what I have is, well, just that. Currently an H hook is all I have at the moment. Before Halloween weekend came and I got this sore throat, I had intended to head over to Jo-Ann's to pick up the proper hook (and yarn lol) but Life got in the way. I guess we'll see how this scarf turns out regardless!
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Have I told anyone how much I love Hark! A Vagrant and don't read it nearly enough? No? Ok, well it's true.

Ravelry is a black hole. It sucks me in with patterns, patterns, and more patterns. But, who am I kidding? Crochet has me way more interested than knitting ever did so I'm excited to find this stuff and add it to my library. I think I'm going to do this Easy Scarf pattern for most of my Christmas requests and this Eliza Scarf pattern for [insanejournal.com profile] themplusme. Speaking of which, I've made her two cute cozies for her Kindle Paperwhite! They aren't 100% done yet, though. I just need to find appropriate buttons and make the fastening straps for them:
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I have now crossed Bitten off my to-read list and moved it to my read shelf. I enjoyed the book for the most part, but there were times where I wanted to throw the book across the room when Elena was whined a little too much about her human/werewolf problems.

Outlander ramblings under the cut. )

Not sure what to finish next on my currently reading or on-hold shelf. I'm tempted to finally finish The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow because I'm like maybe one chapter from completing it. That book has been in play since 2012. Yes, I'm not kidding. 2012. It's taken me that fucking long to read the damn thing and that's a shame. I usually love reading Lilith's stuff, but this book, while interesting was all over the place and glaringly put her trust issues to the forefront. That kind of smacked of my problem with Laurel K. Hamilton and her Anita Blake series. At one point I dropped it because the sex was getting in the way of the plot in my opinion. When your main character, who has tried their damnedest to be moral, gives little consideration to having sex with a near stranger? That's when you know they have a fucking problem. In this case, it's literal. But I'm digressing.

My difficulty in consistently reading The Iron Wyrm Affair was that, overall, it felt like a novel that started in the middle of series already in play and not like a first novel. It didn't read like an introduction of a new universe and explained things and I was left struggling to understand what was going on most of the time. Saintcrow would use terms without explaining them very well, not at all, or not until later. Overall, I did enjoy the book, but it's... incohesiveness will not have me rushing out to get the next book in the series as much as I'd like to be excited about the prospect. And honestly... when it's come to Steampunk-oriented novels, Gail Carriger's Alexa Terribotti, Devon Monk's Age of Steam, and even Cassandra Clares's Infernal Devices series have done a better job at explanations of such things than Lilith did and that's just disappointing when she's done such a bang up job in bringing to life her previous universes. It was like she forgot she was writing the first in a series of novels and it made for a very frustrating read.
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So, so tempted to do this with Robert. Or Elijah. But mostly Robert.

Watch List

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:18 am
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So, after I hop in the shower I'm gonna sit down and catch up on a bit of Nisekoi and Sailor Moon Crystal, and start on Psycho-Pass 2 if I have time/am up for it. That said, my introduction post has been updated with what I watch and I plan on making Access List Filters for each show so I can discuss them without spoiling anyone that doesn't want to be spoiled. If you're interested in being added to any of the filters, please let me know so I can include you for the discussion.
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So, it's been ages since I posted anything and unlike previous times where I've fallen off the journaling radar, I'm not going to make the empty of promise of trying to post more here. I'll post when I post and that's that. So, stuff that's happened since I last posted...

In early-to-mid July, my mom injured herself in our garage yet again. About five-to-six years ago she tripped and fell and fractured her back. Last year she did the same thing again. This year she stumbled and broke her foot. So most of my summer was spent helping and driving her everywhere and it totally fucked with my sleep schedule since I spend most of my nights up and sleep until Noon. When you have a parental unit that gets up at 7 or 8am... You're not getting much sleep when you're hitting the sack anywhere between the times of 3 or 6am. When she didn't have appointments, it was ok cuz it meant I could sleep until I woke up on my own, but when she did... omg. :| I was so glad when her September foot appointment came around and she was finally free to drive herself! Lol

Due to be chauffeur for all that time, plus the Beck 'n Call Girl, I couldn't really sit down and focus the creative things I wanted to do such as jewelry and crocheting. I'm the type that has to be all in on projects or my attention will easily divert to something else so when your creative juices keep getting interrupted, it's difficult to stay on task. I have not made nearly as much jewelry as I've hoped to by now and it's also effected my motivation to crochet (although I did pick it back up again today). However, that's mostly due to the fact that I got frustrated trying to make this phone cozy and not making it to my satisfaction (one end turned out bigger than the other most of the time). I don't know, maybe my expectations were too high or I tackled the project too soon. For now, while I get myself re-situated with crochet again, I'm just going to make two rectangles and stitch them together for the cozy I promised a friend I'd make for her Kindle Paperwhite. To keep practicing, I think maybe crocheted scarfs are in order for family and friends this year! XP

Something else I've been wanting to write about is a productivity tool called HabitRPG. I've tried things like Wunderlist (which is a nice tool, don't get me wrong) and other stuff, but HabitRPG has kept me more productive and on task (most of the time) than the other things I've tried. I think the incentives of either rewards of my own choosing or the equipment for my avatar with the gold I earn really helps me keep on task. Lately, however, I've been feeling under-motivated to do much of anything (I just think it's the time of year, tbh) but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Speaking of productivity...

I'm 7 out of 12 books in my Reading Challenge! Considering I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to do this since 2012, I think that my progress thus far is pretty damn good, :D. And, I'm going to try my darnedest to put a good dent into RPWriMo this year, too.
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Penny Dreadful Musings: s01e07 - Possession [Spoilers!] )

On an unrelated note, now that I figured out that George Blagden (Grantaire from Les Miserables with a wonderful, wonderful voice) is in Vikings, I now have to get all over that series. I wish Netflix would release a streaming version instead of DVDs because it would be easier to stay on top of it that way, but I guess I'll take what I can get.

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And now I've moved on to the Double Crochet...I actually think the square turned out WAY better than the ones I was doing with the Single. Ya know, minimal curling and all that.
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Well, I personally think I've improved quite a lot in a small period? I don't know, maybe I haven't and I'm just deluding myself! XD But, I think between Practice #1 and Practice #2, there is improvement. Between the two, you can see where I'm dropping/losing stitches and I think I know where I went wrong because I'm at ~same point and it's much more even/"square."

Single Crochet, Practice #1
I also think that after shopping at Jo-Ann's today and getting different yarn and hook, it was easier to work with the materials below than what I was using above. Maybe it's just me, but I swear that even though both hooks are the same size (H), they are different! But, perhaps I'm just crazy. XP What do you think? Ahehehe...

Single Crochet, Practice #2(Coaster & Dish Towel Project)
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I posted this originally to my CDJ, but haven't gotten a response so I thought I'd try my luck here:
Anyone who follows or participates in a comm that is fanfic-centered, what are usually the posting requirements (ie, info that needs to be included when posting/linking fic)?
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So, we've decided to mutually follow one another, eh? Fantastic! :D I hope you have fun and enjoy the interaction. Some things you may or may not know going in:
  • I don't post consistently. While I'm trying to work on posting at least once a week, I can't always promise this. Having stated several times already, my life is really routine and I'm very introverted on top of having mild SAD. I don't often go socializing in public unless it's with the bestie. Most of my socializing is done online and that probably says something about me. XD
  • I may or may not talk about Second Life.
  • I may or may not talk about role-playing (the writing sort, not the table top sort even though I have played table top in the past). If you like to role-play, let me know! I can link to my CDJ on IJ and maybe we can do something?
Uh... I think that's it? Oh! If you want to be included in a particular fandom circle, let me know. I hate being spoiled and I don't want to inadvertantly spoil anyone by discussing events in a show we mutually watch. Right now I have a GoT circle, although I have not been particularly consistent in posting about the show these last few weeks. XD Some circles I'm thinking of creating:
  • Haven
  • Graceland
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Penny Dreadful*
  • ... And others when I think of them
*I recently created a DW comm for Penny Dreadful if you want to join, but it looks, well... dreadful at the moment (pun intended?). XP Anyway, here is a link to the comm: [community profile] pennydreadfultv
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Game of Thrones Theme, Covered by Dan Newbie )

Happy, Covered by Dan Newbie )

Hrmm...

May. 9th, 2014 10:12 pm
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I have not been a very good blogger as of late. To be honest, though, there just hasn't been a whole lot to write about. As I previously said, I'm very routine and don't really have much to say about that--There is only so many times you can write, "did more RPing today" before that gets boring.

This week has been rather "blah" in terms of, well... everything, but I attribute that mostly to Mother Nature dropping by for her monthly visit, :\. I've been terribly unmotivated or only partially motivated to do anything and I feel very guilty about that with regard to my writing partners. I'm sure I'll be back to normal over the course of the weekend, :).

While in Ohio, I asked my aunt to teach me how to crochet, so I've sort been working on that, but haven't made a lot of progress. Although, I will say this, crocheting is a bit easier to understand than knitting and I'm sure once I muddle through learning the single crochet I'll be on my way to doing something! I'm kind of excited about that, but I'm also a bit frustrated because I don't think I'm doing something right. I guess I should probably take some time to sit down and watch some videos on YouTube. My aunt and I did find one while I was visiting and an online friend recommended some more, so we'll see I guess! :)

I still need to photograph the jewelry I made back in March and I'm going to make that happen this weekend, despite the fact it'll be partly cloudy all weekend. There is a ton of scrapbook paper in this house--I'll think of something!

On a completely unrelated note, I'm pretty sure this abandoned German amusement park was part of the setting for Hanna.

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