Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jupiter Maroon - Empty Spaces [Tech House]

       Long time, no blog entry... No real excuse for it outside of not really having much blog-worthy going on. Well, outside of unending knitting on UFOs, accidentally frying a cellphone via leaving it in a shorts pocket through a wash cycle and clearing and sorting out crud in the room. I do plan on actually posting more in the near future, though. And in semi-related news, I've gotten an Instagram account. You can find a link up in the left hand column, in the 'Other places you can find me' link list. There, you'll find odd photos of architecture around town, knitted projects, gardening stuff, weight loss progress pictures and the like.

       Speaking of weight loss, I've managed to drop thirteen pounds since I've started the diet and lifestyle change. A lot of it I'm attributing to holding myself accountable for logging everything that enters my mouth (with the odd flub), and tracking my activity. It's also helped along by the fact that I got a proper smartphone after frying poor Twitphone (my semi-smartphone) and downloaded MyFitnessPal to it. It certainly means less fighting with mom for the tablet that I originally had it downloaded on, since I've got my phone on my 99.99% of the time, anyway.

       As for what phone I have? I bought a Samsung Galaxy Core Prime. While it isn't the latest and greatest smartphone on the market right now, I rather like it. Aside from needing to get data cards for it (Tracfone, $20/750), I'd like to eventually get a good case for it, along with headphones. But that's all in the future.

Ta for now!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hellooooo, summer!

       I don't know about where you folks live, but the dog days of summer have most definitely hit Casa KatKnits. To the point where I've taken up making Mom and myself home brewed iced coffee, complete with coffee ice cubes (or as Mom and I have dubbed them, coffeecubes.), and I headed over to the park down the block to wade in the stream and cool off in the sprinkler. Thankfully, that seemed to peeve off whoever upstairs has been skimping on sending us rain, and holy balls, we had one hella downpour around 6:45 pm. 

What have I been crafting on, though?!?

       I know, you're probably less interested in my wet wanderings (Don't blame you there. I don't even want to see my lardybutt in wet clothing.) than you are what I've been making lately. Whelp, I've got photos of some chainmaille I made about... A month ago.

First up, wire wrapped amethyst necklace

Amethyst necklace, plain

 Celtic Cross necklace

 Celtic charmed bracelet, revamped

Same bracelet from the last jewelry post, I just added some bead charms to it.

 Flowered heart

I actually found the pendant in Walmart several years ago, and bought it, without having a real project in mind.
       I'm considering selling these, so if you're interested, leave a comment, and I'll get back to you.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

More Chainmaille jewelry!

      I mentioned in my last non-video post that I'm teaching myself how to make chainmalle now, and whaddya know? I've got two non-practice pieces down! I finished the first, a chainmaille bib type, on Friday night, and the second, a charmed bracelet, on Saturday morning.

Pentagram bib

Yes, the top folding over is semi-deliberate.
And the tee is an old LMFAO one that I found on clearance at Hot Topic.

       Holy bugger... This project took roughly 6 1/2 432 count packs of the silver jump rings and 1 144 pack of the darker, and took about... 13-15 hours total to construct. The Pentagram charm is from an orphan earring I had hanging around in the jewelry stash. I'm currently planning on adding some (possibly dark) red crystals or beads down near the pendant, and some grey/black crystals or beads closer to the top. So, don't be surprised if this makes further appearances in the blog.

Charmed bracelet

       This... was a spur-of-the-moment project I started after I'd finished the pentagram necklace Friday night, because hey, large project finally done! I'm currently not sure if I'm going to keep this or sell it somewhere.
       And of course, me being me, I had a couple knitting projects going on in the background, but those deserve a blog post all to themselves.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Candlelight Vigil for Orlando, Fl, June 15, 2016, Carlisle, Pa

       I know you're probably sick of hearing about what happened in Orlando on June 12th, but this kind of violence towards the LGBT+ community can't keep happening. These folks were/are someone's brother, sister, mother, father, cousin, aunt, uncle...

(Ninja edit to add this. Copied from what I posted on Patreon.)

       Most of what I hate about this shooting in particular is how the shooter used Islam as an excuse to go murder and injure the folks. Mom knows/has known several through her job, and they're pretty damn peaceful, not violent like the shooter and the terrorist hate groups. But of course, once Islam's mentioned, Islamophobia's going to rear its ugly-arsed head. 

       My opinion on his real motive? Not being able to accept he was gay, and the fact he didn't get the mental help he demonstrated he needed when he was younger. What I think could have prevented this? Actually keeping his arse on the Do Not Fly list, and having that show up on background checks for weaponry as a hard no on buying guns. But before you bring up the whole 'But he would have gone to the black market' argument, I don't doubt he would have, and there really needs to be a fragging way to block that. How, I don't know. But let's use that as a jumping off point to figure out a solution.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Local 58 - You Are On The Fastest Available Route

This was created by Kris Straub, the creative genius behind Broodhollow. <3

Monday, June 13, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Oooo, pretty chain maille!

       Yes, I'm teaching myself how to make chain maille. I picked up Basics of Chain Maille by Lauren Andersen over at A.C. Moore a week or so ago because hey, I've wanted to try doing it for awhile now.

First chain?

       This is the Byzantine (or birdcage) chain, the first type covered in the booklet. This is actually the second one I made, since I didn't think to take photos of the first one I made, and Mom's already claimed it.

Second Chain?

       These took a few tries to get the hang of, but I rather like this particular chain. It definitely lends itself to having various bits added on a hair better than the Byzantine in my opinion, but I'll be experimenting a bit with that some after I learn the next couple chains in the booklet. But I do know the last 4-in-1 will be going on my camcorder with maybe one or two additions. Gotta keep my equipment looking snazzy and recognizable, after all!

       I'm seriously considering having some chainmaille jewelry up as a Patreon reward level, depending on interest.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Back to our normal blog programming

       It's been awhile since I've posted anything about the latest knitting, but I'm still working away on it in the background.

What am I currently working on?

       Currently, I've got a hat and scarf set on the go for mom, in Isaac Mizrahi Craft University in Fordham. It's a nice, rich purple with a ply of copper/gold metallic thread running through. I've already gotten the hat done, and have the scarf on the go.

I've also got a hat/cowl/fingerless mitt set on the go for myself, using Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue. I've used this yarn before in a project for a friend of mine, and liked it. As with Mom's set, I've already got the hat done, and have the cowl on the needles. Unlike mom's scarf, the cowl will be both wide enough to cover both head and neck, and long enough to be doubled over without strangling the wearer.

       I do still have several UFOs lurking about, but these are what I'm currently working on at the moment. 

What's on your needles?

Monday, May 16, 2016

RealTalk: Why I'm running a Patreon

       Alright, going to detour  from the normal blog content for a serious talk concerning the future of both this blog and the YouTube channel.

       As I've mentioned in previous posts, I have a Patron page set up to support the blog and Youtube channel. Since I'm currently unemployed (Yes, I'm looking.), I don't have an income to support the costs associated with running them.

 What costs are those?

       First off, there's the ever-fun topic of paying rent. Since I still live with the parents, I don't pay nearly the current going rent in my area (Yes. I keep an eye on the ads in the paper.), but I was paying US$185/month to mom, which would go into an account dedicated to saving towards paying for repairs needed in the bathroom, kitchen, living/dining room, damage caused by a leaking steam radiator upstairs, and add a second bedroom for me. 

       Since half of the Youtube and blog work involves computer and internet use, it's only fair that I pay for my share of the bills. It would also mean less financial strain on the parents' pay and social security checks.
       As with any other creative endeavor, there are costs involved with running the blog and Youtube channel. There's the cost of keeping a few spare micro SD cards for the camcorder, keeping the current (shared) computer up and running (thank god our current ISP offers IT support.), keeping Kaspersky up and running on the family computers (currently US$34.99 for Basic Protection, on sale, according to their site.), and making sure Mom is fed when she's with me, if need be. And that's not including some tech upgrades that need doing, including getting a separate computer dedicated to blog photo and Youtube video editing, getting better programs for both, and a laptop dedicated to on-the-go Youtube and blog business.

       Lastly, I also need to cover my share of food. As I said in my last post, I'm going through a diet change, and trying to eat healthier and actually track what's going in my body in relation to what I'm burning. And since it's my diet, I should cover it and not make the folks pay for it.

       Hope this may clear up any questions you folks may have. 

       Talk to you later.