Impromptu Card-Making for the Win!

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IMG_2978Well, I have been keeping rather busy lately. First, we had visitors from abroad; I’d not seen my sister and her husband in years, so it was great to have them around. Of course, I was doing my bit to spread the knit-love too, naturally. My sister had learned before me (I think), but she’d never taken to it. So I switched to right-handed (wrong-handed, blargh!), and showed her the rudiments of knitting rib. It turns out part of her problem was reading the wrong side of her work as she went, so she made some lovely seed stitch before we got her pointed in the right direction. She was feeling very enthusiastic after our sessions, so that pleases me. She can knit or not knit as she sees fit, but it pleases me when I can make knitting make more sense for someone.

IMG_2982I, of course, continued work on my actual project as well. I was doing another pair of Talena Winters’ Just Plain Socks, which is a pattern I rather adore. In spite of her mock-cranky face, my big girl is extremely fond of her new socks, and it was very difficult to get the first one off of her so I could finish the pair. I’m thinking I should probably make IMG_2984a pair for myself as well — after all, who doesn’t like custom-made socks?! Plus also, quite happy to keep pimping for Talena Winters, because she is a total sweetheart.

But before I get there, I’m trying to do a bit of stash-busting. The wool in question is Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK in WM10 (Denim), and I had two 50g skeins to use up. I poked around Ravelry until something that looked appealing for me popped up, and settled on a set of armwarmers. I’ve got to say, I’m sort of skeptical. 30 stitches around in DK isn’t that many. But it goes over my hand, so I’m just going to knit on for now and see what happens. Worst comes to worst, I pick it back and add a few more stitches to the pattern. We’ll see once I get the first one done and tried on properly.


IMG_2988Tomorrow is Mother’s Day here in the United Kingdom, and of course, that means cards. Apparently, none of the cards have ‘Nanny’ on them this year (our preferred method of addressing my mother-in-law in her grandmother duties), so my husband bought some crafting stuff so we could make cards. Now, I’m not into card-making per se, but I like to think that I’m pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. He’d said something about a vase and flowers for our big girl’s card, so that’s what I whipped up. Our little one sort of ended up with a sheep-esque theme from the womb, so I figured that would work in a pinch. We’ll worry about doing any lettering and signing tomorrow after the glue dries… glue and felt… I don’t think they’re particularly good friends, considering the quantities we had to goop on to get things to stick. I’m happy that we managed to cobble something cute together though… even if at the last possible minute, ha ha.

Past that, I’ve been trying to poke at my Steam library a little bit. I’m limited in what I can play based on the age of the graphics card I’m using until the other one is repaired… but you know what? It might be ancient, but it actually runs Dragon Age: Inquisition. In a tiny window. On low settings. I moved to playing it over on my laptop to get a proper fix now that I want one, but it was of amusement to me that I can clearly demonstrate over and over again that the card I took out is defective. I still need to mail that back, but that should happen next week.

As for games played, I knocked out Hero of the Kingdom over the course of a couple of days. It’s a cute little point and click, and I’m probably going to pick up the sequel at some point. And then I got grumpy ’cause I wanted to play things in windows and most weren’t in windows, so I dabbled in Sims 4 for a bit instead. My broken brain tends to get fixated on weird things like that in spells. It’s also wanting to find games that are knit-friendly, so things like Sims are great ’cause they just sort of putter along slowly while your hands and brain are elsewhere.

For now, it’s time to join my husband in watching part two of The Hogfather in remembrance of Terry Prachett and all the joy he brought into our lives.


And Suddenly, a Cardigan Appears!

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I fell down the wormhole again… sorry about that. Computer problems tends to make me really bad about blogging ’cause the energy that would have happily gone to nattering about things gets eaten up by fret and stress. And also, it meant that I couldn’t get my gaming on in a meaningful fashion, as the problem was the graphics card overheating over nothing. While I still adore Serf City:Life is Feudal, I *really* wanted to play something more modern (in this case, Anno 2070). While things aren’t fully resolved (I need to send my graphics card to be repaired or replaced), at least I was able to pillage one from an old computer, which seems to be working well enough for my basic gaming needs.

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IMG_2954So really, I guess the main thing I can tell you is that my cardigan is complete… minus one button because I accidentally ordered too few, but close enough. I am very happy with it as a first, proper big ‘for me’ project, though I definitely look forward to it getting squished up and a bit flopper, hee hee. Not that it’s stiff per se, but I feel a good wash and dry will see it fitting me a bit better in places like the arms (which feel very slightly poofy in my head). But really, it’s super comfortable, and the only actual complaint that I can make is that my hands keep reaching for pockets that aren’t there. It’s because of an old cardigan my sister gave me years ago that really needs to get binned. It has pockets at the front, and I guess my brain has decided this makes a suitable replacement, even if it doesn’t have a hood. I think my next one might have to have a hood. I really like hoods, hee hee.

IMG_2931 IMG_2929I also finally got around to doing something I’ve been meaning to do for years — I’ve wound all my stash into pretty little cake skeins. I’d picked up a winder in late 2012 or 2013 when someone had brought a bunch of knitting goodies to pick over to Stitch ‘n Bitch one night, and it had been sitting in a drawer doing nothing. One the lasses had shown up with a wound up ball of wool she’d gotten from me at the Christmas party, and I was charmed and decided I needed to do the same to all of mine. I’m glad I did! It gave me a chance to take stock of what I had, to tag it (as you can see), and of course, I made more space. I compressed 5 full drawers into 3 full drawers. That’s right, I have spare room now, ha ha. Having said that, I really don’t feel the need to get more wool right now — I want to work through what I have to hand first. We’ll see how that resolve lasts, but considering I’m the most nascent of wool snobs (which is to say, really not at all)…

For now, I’m taking a break and doing another small project to wash my palate — another pair of socks. This pair is for my bigger girl, and in the wool colour she picked out of my stash. I’m betting she won’t wear them like she won’t wear the shirt I made to her specifications, but ah well. I’m not going to get offended by a kid being a kid. Besides, I’m still having fun, right? :D


Sock It to Me, Blockhead

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I seem to have fallen down the wormhole, dreadfully sorry about that. But while I was there, I received all the pretty needles I ordered, and made my first pair of socks, one sock at a time:


I looked around for good, friendly learner patterns, and decided on Just Plain Socks by Talena Winters. It requires being able to do basic maths… but I think most knitters would agree that one improves their basic math skills by dint of knitting, thereby making knowing the actual size in inches that you’re working less scary. Which is to say, rather than quoting actual number of stitches for each size, you need to be able to work out basic formulations. Trust me, it sounds scarier than it actually is.

Of course, being my first pair of socks, which made them scary by any stretch, I opted to do them baby-sized for starters:

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I’ll admit that I made a bit of a bodge the entire way through both of them, but as they came out sock-shaped, I wasn’t going to complain overmuch. After all, one has to make mistakes to learn how to not make them later. The mistake I didn’t expect to make was the second one coming out so much smaller than the first one! I guess my tension was tighter? I’m still new to working in the round on DPNs, so it doesn’t come as any real surprise that my tension isn’t even yet. And it gave me the chance to *gulp* wet-block for the first time.

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As you can see, I borrowed one of my daughter’s play tiles. I couldn’t find any that were hole-free off-hand, so thankfully, the 6/9 worked well enough for pinning up the socks after I wet them and pulled them about a bit. The smaller sock is still a smidge smaller, but that’s okay. Shoving them on tiny baby feet will help with any remaining stretching needed, I reckon. The experience was relatively pain-free though, so I’m feeling more optimistic about future blocking efforts.

For the moment, I return to my cardigan. It amuses me how huge the 4mm needles feel after the 3.25mm needles! Even the wool feels like chunky after working with sock wool. Having said that, it feels nice to not have to turn after a handful of stitches, and to be working straight again. I’ll definitely do socks again, and probably this same pattern again — this time, for Lilbit, the 5 year old. But first I need to make some sincere progress on the cardigan again. I’m slightly amused that I went from ‘one project at a time’ to ‘Oh well, I guess I can stop and do a little one’. I understand that this is a common knitter ‘woe’, but still!



Past that, I’ve been trying to find what games I can manage to play without angering my desktop computer. The graphics card seems to be breaking/broken. Sometimes it works fine all day, other times it freaks out and stops working properly for a few days, complete with crashes. I tried emailing the company I bought it from to get them to take it back and fix it while it’s under warranty, but their email support team seems to be the most freaking incompetent lot of ticklist-following idiots I’ve ever come across. We’re going to call to shake ‘em down… once we manage to work ourselves up to using the phone. The husband’s stutter and my severe phone-based anxiety make phone-based contact less than ideal, to say the least.

But I’m still managing to get my gaming on, for great justice. I’m running one of my old favourites right now — Serf City: Life is Feudal (aka Settlers 1). I’ve also been on an Anno kick, specifically 2070 and 1404 Venice. I’ve also had a bit of Caesar III and Caesar IV. What can I say —  I love city-building games. And because they’re slower real time strategy games, they go together quite well with knitting. I also acquired Final Fantasy Tactics Advance with my birthday-Christmas money, so I’ve got that loaded into my DS to give a spin to. I loved the original so much (and do have an emulator version thereof), but I do like a bit of hand-held fun still. I need to get the sequel as well eventually, yanno, for the principle of the thing.

So yes, busy days indeed.


Around in a Circular… Double Pointed… Thing

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IMG_2846I have to say, I’ve been having way too much fun lately. IMG_2845Of course, a part of that has been knitting up a storm. I finished my scarf in that really fun pattern, and suffices to say, I am well pleased with it. Of course, watch the winter continue to stay too mild to really need it… but we’ll see. At least it’s made, and teasing me that I should buy more of the wool and make matching accessories… hrm… I think it’s fair to say that practice made perfect in working the pattern though, and here in the second (and a half iteration), I did a better job of keeping my barely functioning brain following along the pattern. Mind, it hides mistakes well enough by dint of being fanceh-frilly, but still. Better to be able to do it right!

IMG_2848IMG_2849Now, I can knit circular, and I can knit magic loop, but I have not had a lot of luck figuring out double point… until now. I’d flipped through assorted tutorials off and on over the past year, slowly absorbing how-to knowledge. I found this one from The Purl Bee to be of the most use, for one silly reason — because she put her needles down on a desk, which somehow made it easier for my brain to process how to hold the working needle while letting the other two rest. As you can see from the picture to the left, I managed a few rows! I need to practice, maybe do a pair of socks or something that’s a simple tube, but I think the idea of what to do is finally in my head. It also helps that my brain has quit being a whiny baby about knitting a row before joining. It’s not like it’s hard to leave a little tail and use that to close up the tiny little gap formed by not joining in the foundation row, yanno? Really on the whole, it amuses me how daunting every little thing in knitting is… until you do it. And then, really, it’s not so bad!

IMG_2861IMG_2865I ended up going to Hobbycraft with the childlings and the husband the other day. While there, my big girl declared that I needed to buy wool to make myself a hat or a scarf (apparently also, in lime green). I talked her around to me making a hat for her, and into the Sirdar Snuggly Crofter DK wool. The colour here is 0174, Skye, and the wool is one I’ve wanted to use because it claims to have a ‘Fair Isle effect’. Which means that it sort of knits up a pattern. Sort of. I wanted a simple pattern to show off the patterning, so I went with the Yellow Child’s Hat by Erin Douglas. I didn’t do a gauge at first, or else I’d’ve realised that the circumference claimed by the pattern bore no relationship to what I actually knitted up… and, I think, I tend to still knit too tightly when I’m working in the round. It pulls over the kiddo’s head though, and she rather likes it.

IMG_2855Which circulars… circles… me back to the double pointed needles. The pattern calls for it to be done on DPNs, but I did it on circulars. One of my best friends said she’s had no problems finishing off hats with only circulars, but I wanted to make sure I understood the rudiments of DPNs before I got to the last couple of rows. And yes, I did manage to finish it off just fine on circulars! But I still ordered myself a couple of sets of DPNs because yanno… I had Christmas and birthday money to spend, so might as well splash out for something I’d not normally buy, right? Well okay, maybe I would have bought them eventually, but anyways. Now I just get to go hog wild buying myself knitting shinies, which I will show off at a future date. For now, y’all can cast envious glances at my cupcake carrier, and extra Kenwood spatulas, hee hee.




All the Things!

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Christmas Shinies

Christmas Shinies

My, I have been quiet over this holiday season, hee hee. I’ve been busy, let’s be fair. Besides spending time with my lovely family, I’ve been knitting up a storm, and gaming like mad. You know, what I do with all my free time any ways, but yanno, with having even more time to spend doing things.

In that regard, my cardigan is coming along lovely. I’ve finished the back, one of the fronts, and one of the sleeves. I’ve made any number of errors on the latter two especially, but I have faith that I can mask most of it in the sewing up phase. It’s not like I’m going to rip back to fix it when I’m so far along, and really… mistakes happen. It’s just going to make this cardigan more ‘me’, I guess? It’s coming along a lot happier now that I’ve got my new circulars, though! It was a choice between those, and a Knit Picks set of mermaid needles (as I’ve been calling them). The Caspians were not available when ‘Santa’ finally hit Amazon, so that made the picking easier. I’m still probably going to get them though with my eventual possible pocket change, hee hee. For one, the Knit Picks set covers some sizes that crop up in American patterns (like 3.75mm needles). And for two, well… they’re pretty and I want them. And really, having extra knitting needles is pragmatic anyways!

It’s also been the Steam Winter Sale, which of course, requires close monitoring. I ended up picking up a small handful of games, like I do most every time it rolls around. This seasons’ acquisitions include Talisman: Digital Edition (plus season pass; my husband insisted), Airline Tycoon 2, Bully: Scholarship Edition, Castle Crashers, City Life 2008, Don’t Starve, Driftmoon, Etherlords II, Euro Truck Simulator 1 and 2, Faery – Legends of Avalon, Sacred 2 Gold, Terraria… oh okay, maybe I ended up getting more games than I realised. I’ll just… yanno… avoid looking at the bank account. >__>

But yes, games. Lots of games. Playing lots of games too! I had some computer overheating drama going on that made me think I was going to have to send my desktop in for repairs, but it sorted itself out. Right now, I’ve got Simcity offline on the go, and Final Fantasy VIII. I’ve also been playing a lot of Sid Meier’s Railroads!, and have gotten back into Minecraft a bit as well. To build railroads. Yeah okay, I might have a thing for railroads right now, ha ha. But really, it’s been great to have a bit of time and brain space to play other games besides my usual stopovers. I tend to stick to the same couple of games because they’re easy to play between pauses, or leaving running autonomously around children and things.

I hope everyone has been having a lovely holiday period.


Knitting Up the Loose Ends

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My, it’s been busy around here lately, and I’ve apparently fallen off the blogging bandwagon. It, in part, started because I was having computer troubles. My desktop’s GPU (graphics processing unit, or graphics card) was overheating for some reason, and I’ve spent some time troubleshooting it. That included taking things apart in the computer, putting them back together, cleaning them, cleaning them again, and then cleaning them again and again just to make sure. It’s all happy now, but I’m bemused about it. Old games like Sid Meier’s Railroads! should not cause a fairly up-to-date computer to freak out and overheat. Nor should Simcity, but anyways. It’s happy and sitting at a good temperature now, and I’m enjoying playing a region in Simcity offline… aka, where it doesn’t eat my saves and make my games unplayable (true story, repeatedly).

IMG_2767I’ve also been knitting, which probably comes to no surprise to anyone hereIMG_2755. I finally sewed up the second pair of arm warmers, though I’ve not sat down and turned it into a proper pattern. I also finished the scarf I’d started on… but it’s not for me now. I realised as I was working it that my mother-in-law would way love it, so it’s going to be a Christmas gift for her now! I bought some wool in a different colour to make myself one as well, so we’ll all sort of have matching scarves. And by all, I mean myself, my mother-in-law, and my eldest daughter. I’d taken what little was left over of the red wool, and cobbled together a complimentary pattern that was only 16 stitches across rather than 28, but that had the same basic elements as the original pattern.


All my pattern-writing seems to happen on tiny bits of paper…

IMG_2787Unsurprisingly, I plan on taking that bit of cobbling and turning it into a free pattern as well. I’m excited that I’m starting to understand the elements of knitting well enough to be able to create things as such! I mean, okay, adapting a scarf pattern for another scarf pattern isn’t really that hard, nor is telling someone how to knit something that is essentially a tube with a bit of ribbing… but it’s still sort of encouraging and exciting.

I’m also apparently now hooked on doing more than one project at once… oh well. I’ve now finished the back and the first front of my cardigan, and am casting on to start the first sleeve today. While working on my scarf. Yeeep. I have to say though, the cardigan seems to be knitting up encouragingly quickly! I might even finish it while it’s still cold, ha ha. And then I’ve already got the wool and buttons purchased for the next one I’m thinking of doing, so yeah. I’m also thinking (always thinking!) that I’m going to make blanket squares to keep myself from burning out on one project too quickly, and to help use up wool that is otherwise just chilling in my drawers. Plus really, can’t have too many blankets, and it would be a chance to do some texturework practice — I have a Debbie Bliss book a friend let me borrow that has some great ideas for that in it.

For now, I’m just counting down the days to Christmas. If I’ve been a good girl, Santa is likely to get me some nice new circular needles. I was tempted by those, and this gorgeous Caspian set (mermaid needles!), but the latter was out of stock by the time ‘Santa’ was looking to do the shopping. And then they came back into stock. I said that there’s every chance I’d buy the one I didn’t get for Christmas with any gift cards or cash I got, earning me a flat look. What? Beautiful knitting needles are a practical and pragmatic thing to collect!

Past that, the Steam Winter Sale is on. Which means me pouring through games on sale and adding them to my wishlist to maybe buy later. And by that, I mean my husband convinced me I needed the Talisman Season Pass, and then I bought a couple of games that were less than a pound, and then a dear friend and her boyfriend gifted me some shinies off of my wishlist. So yanno, all sorts of goodie game build up for me to get around to, hee hee. I guess that will also require me to want to put down my knitting needles more; Simcity works well ’cause I can just watch it do its thing while I knit.

I hope everyone has a lovely holiday season!


A Wild Scarf Appeared!

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Now me, I couldn’t resist a Pokémon reference, hee hee. While I don’t have Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire yet, they’ll eventually make their way into my hot little hands. Because yanno, I’ve been addicted to the franchise for the entire almost 20 year span, so… gotta catch ‘em all!

IMG_2748 IMG_2749Now, I can report that I’ve been making some awesome progress on my cardigan. I’m to the part where I do the armhole shaping, which means I’m probably about halfway done with the back (which of course, is the biggest part). I was getting a right good tease about it at Stitch ‘n Bitch the other day; I’ve been taking Lilbit’s best friend’s mother with me, and as she’s a neophyte to the craft, she likes to rib me good-naturedly about my relative level of skill. I grin — she’s well on the way to joining me, especially now that she’s picked up purling. I mean really… if you can purl, and if you can knit, you’re like, 90% of the way to doing just about anything you want. Well, after she learns how to bind off, at least!



IMG_2746I’m the kind of person that likes to have one thing on the go at a time. I only read one book at a time, I only do one project per craft at a time, and so on. So I surprised myself yesterday by deciding to do a scarf. I was cheering a friend on while she worked the pattern (available for free on Ravelry). I was also making a point to check the pattern math for her, because she’d somehow gained like, nine stitches. I couldn’t help too much, as she’s a right-handed continental knitter, and I’m a left-handed english knitter (thrower 4 lyfe!), but I got to thinking — scarves are easy, I have some chunky to use up, and I don’t have anything new to wear to the Stitch ‘n Bitch Christmas party. It’s our tradition to wear something we made, so I figured rocking up in a new pretty scarf out of the blue would kick ass.

As to be expected of chunky, it knits up really fast. I don’t know that I’ll finish it today, but I should definitely have it knocked out over the weekend by my reckoning. We’ll see. I like really long scarves, so it might be what runs out of steam first — me, or the ball of wool. And the wool leftovers that I’m using is James C. Brett Marble Chunky in MC 14; I consider this gloriously amusing, seeing how the cardigan is in James C. Brett Marble DK in MT11. I tend to just nab Stylecraft or King Cole because they’re cheap and cheerful and perfectly nice, so I didn’t expect to find myself doing two projects in fluffy gradient goodness (and especially not at the same time). But really, I guess it’s normal for a lot of knitters to do a small project in the middle of a big project to help keep sane, so it’s not like the hell of doing multiple crochet projects and trying to remember which hook fell out of which mass of yarn, ha ha.

Anyways, good times in the land of knitting.


Return of the Knitting

IMG_2738Hello, crafty and sundry!

It’s a huge relief for November to be over. Even if I won NaNoWriMo on the 19th, and wrote ‘The End’ on the 21st, the rest of the month has totally been a cooling down period. I’ve refrained from thoughts of writing beyond my daily efforts (my private blog and my entry), and just let myself veg out in Dragon Age:Inquisition and knitting. eXtreme knitting, if I’m honest — my efforts have ganked my shoulders all out of alignment. But as you can see, the progress on this part of the cardigan is coming along swimmingly. There’s still a million rows to go, but I’m starting to feel like I’m making good progress on it at this point.

itssI had to stop at one point because of something that was annoying me — increases and decreases. You see, for left-handed people, we have to flip them around. Where a right-handed person would do SSK (slip slip knit) for a right-leaning decrease, it becomes a left-leaning decrease for a lefty (as pictured here). I was also trying to figure out which increases and decreases looked best. I didn’t get too too far into experimenting. In part, it’s because I was not having any luck finding a comprehensive list of increases and decreases, and in part because doing that bit of work assured me that the four techniques I have there work well enough for most of what I need to do. I’m still hoping to find and create a comprehensive list, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that unless I get some help from my designer friend Miriam. Which means pawing back down my wall because I know she gave a pretty good list a few months back, ha ha.

ScreenshotWin32_0002_FinalScreenshotWin32_0000_FinalPast that, I’m still hardcore rocking out playing Dragon Age:Inquisition as mentioned above. I decided to play a Qunari, because why not. I’m mainly liking the game. There’s lots to do, from exploring to crafting to gardening, and most of my complaints are niggling things that I can hope they fix in patches. For example, the mini-map is a transparent circle with symbols on it, which is… feh. You have to pull up the main map to verify terrain and such, and that bothers me and most of my old-school gaming friends. We also agree that it’s WAY annoying that you can only have one bind for movement keys. Really, how hard is it to have WASD -and- the four direction pad able to move you? I also have some minor complaints about camera controls, but like the aforementioned — it’s a niggle rather than a game-stopper (only place I’ve hit game-stopping because of cameras and controls is the Elder Scrolls franchise, which is ridiculously bad and pretty much unplayable).

It’s also the Steam Black Friday/Cyber Monday/whatever sale, which is so far less tempting than the Summer Sale was. I picked up some games that were like, pence apiece for future consideration. I tend to fixate on one or two games at a time, and not explore around. So it surprised me that I booted up Talisman: Digital Edition. My husband is a fan of the game from way way back, so he was happy to gift it to me some time ago. I guess I had fun my first tinker with it? He booted his copy up on his laptop and we spent an hour or so complaining about the game back and forth, which really, is a lot of fun. All hail the RNG, the stinker that he/she/zer/it is! I’ll probably give it another go later, and I know that the husband would like to actually play a game with me in future. We tend to both solo our things in the same room rather than game together-together, so that’ll be a nice treat. I think.

Anyways, back to knitting!


NaNoWriMo: Done and Dusted!


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B29c-VjCIAAkBsxHrm, the header is probably a bit of a giveaway, but — I did it. I won NaNoWriMo again. I hit 50k on the 19th, and wrote ‘the end’ on the 21st… just in time for the weekend, hee hee. If anyone is interested in reading it, I’ll be turning it into a ereader-friendly PDF in the near future.

And of course, the game of note out this week (besides Pokemon, which I don’t have yet), is Dragon Age:Inquisition. I fell into the franchise some years back when a friend from a fiction fan site had gone on at length about the first game and, (I think), was writing her own fan fiction off of the game. It’s been a few  years, so I can’t remember the specifics. I just know she really liked it, and  I figured I’d give it a punt. I ended up liking it a lot, as well as the sequel (the map repetitiveness thing bothered me less than most people). So whups, here’s me getting a game on release day, ha ha.

I’m liking it so far (le gasp), except for the fact it utterly hates my desktop computer. I’ve got a good set-up here (card is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 SE in the desktop, versus a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M in the laptop), and while the card in my desktop is older, it should be working as good as or better than the one in the laptop, I’m pretty sure. Instead, the game crashes out like none other. I’ve done all I can to make sure it’s working right, but I finally threw my hands in the air and started playing it on my laptop and its smaller screen. I guess I’ll take it, ’cause yanno, isn’t crashing. At all. It was crashing after a minute or two on the desktop, even with graphics turned way down (which I should not have had to do).

IMG_2730On the upshot, I was so frustrated with it crashing on my desktop, I finally played a bit of Game Dev Tycoon and Goat Simulator. The former is a total delightful time sink; my husband and I were both playing on our copies and comparing how our efforts turned out. Me being a mature adult, the tamest title I think I had was ‘Faaaaaaaaaaaaaack'; most were as pervy as I could muster because dude, it’s hilarious and who is going to see it. We both really knew we wanted to buy the game after we heard their approach to dealing with pirates, but yeah… I tend to buy most games when they’re on sale and let them collect dust until I’m bored of my main games. I’m sure I’ll rack up some beauties this week in various online sales, ha ha.

Past that, need to buckle down and knit more now that I’m not writing all the time. I’ve only really been working on it when hanging out with other knitters (or, more likely, when not in the house). I’ve not even gotten the first section of the back of this cardigan done, though I’m pretty close. I’m also probably slacking on it for the simple reason that I’m currently intimidated by a ‘big’ project. I’m sure it’ll be fine once I get going, but anyways.  Just need to do it, really. And the sooner I finish this project, the sooner I can feel invigorated to trying something more complex, hee hee.


Not Much Knitting, Very Much Writing

Hello, crafty and sundry!

IMG_2698I’ve continued to keep very busy with NaNoWriMo. I’m still in the game somehow, and am actually pulling ahead of pace to build a nice buffer. I’m still not sure where I’m going with it, but it’s continuing to be fun.

It’s been just about all I’ve been doing though. I’ve cast on for a cardigan, but I’ve only done a couple of rows, and only managed that because I did it at a friend’s house. I’ve got an armwarmer to sew up and the flat pattern to write, but I’m just not there right now.

By the same token, baking has tailed off. It’s probably for the best, ’cause I was keeping us in a steady stream of pies and cakes and the like. Having said that, the husband made Bakewell tarts, and they’re lovely.

I’m still debating whether or not to upload my chapters to my Figment account like I did in 2012… I might. We’ll see. I’ve not poked around Figment much because oh hey, home to kids, and I don’t want to take away from them competing with each other and the like.

I’m happy with my progress though. I totally made the main character bi/pansexual, sexually experienced, and not at all shamed about getting it on. And it’s not graphic in the slightest, which is one of my greatest peeves. The only overt recognition of the sex happening is that the main character’s lover’s mother realises they’re sleeping together and yells at them about it (but also, because the main character is a mortal, and her lover is not, and his mom is a snob about that).

But anyways, just wanted to wave at the page and let everyone who doesn’t follow me on Twitter or NaNo know how that was going, and that I’m still alive!


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