Saturday, July 9, 2016

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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.

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.

Patreon: What is it?

       I've mentioned Patreon in previous posts, and you've probably wondered, "What the eff is Patreon?". And probably why I keep randomly mentioning it, but that's the next post*. 

Seriously Kat, what is it?

       What it is is a crowdfunding site for creators of all stripes to attract patrons who will pay monthly/per item to support the creators in what they do.

Wait, what? Monthly? Per item? Huh? What about my budget?

       I hear ya on the budget, and guess what? Most creators have reward levels as low as US$1! And if the creator has it set up to support them per item? You can set a limit on how many you support per month.

Ok. But wait... Reward levels?

       Those are donation levels where creators will send out rewards such as pictures, shout-outs in videos, letters, access to patron only content, and the like. 

Alright. So I want to try it and support you. Where do I go?

       You can click the link right here, or click the link in the upper left hand box. Either will get you over to my Patreon page. 


*- Like literally, the next post, which is going live TODAY at 12:30 pm, EST! Yes,  you guys'n'gals get two posts today? Why? Because I need to get this ish out!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Weight loss, take two!

       Yep, I'm doing it again! I'm dieting. Why? Because I don't want to become a hamplanet, I'd like to get most of my joint pain gone, and I'd love to be able to actually fit into more normal sized clothing. And it's always nice to not be judged and found a lardass*. **
       How am I doing it this time? I'm cutting out the junk food, a lot of the processed crap, and soft drinks, because I will pig out on these, given half a chance. I'm also paying more attention to the serving sizes and calories listed in the nutrition facts along with actually eating slower and listening to when my body says 'Enough already!' It's easier to do this instead of just binging til I'm feeling bloated as heck.

 Trigger! Trigger! Trigger! Trigger!

       Before I go into what else I'm doing, the following may be triggering to those who have suffered with Anorexia Nervosa, are still dealing with it and trying to break out, and those who may slide into it. Also, those who are HAES, FA, and the like, don't bother posting your 'thin privilege' propaganda, because it will be deleted.

 You have been warned.

I'm tracking my calorie intake, to better balance it against what I'm expending via walking, biking, and the like. I've managed to stay under my caloric budget so far. *knock on wood* I'm currently using the UnderArmour MyFitnessPal app on the tablet, and while I wish it covered gardening and urbex filming, I'm liking it. 

Off Trigger! Off Trigger! Off Trigger!

       Now, off the triggery subject! Since I've cut down the amount of milk (Mom got me back on whole milk.) and cut out soda, I'm upping my intake of water. Why? Well, it's the easiest way to stay hydrated, there are water fountains practically everywhere, our bodies are mostly water anyway, and it's always a good way to cut down on just how much you eat when you're drinking it with your meals/snacks. I'm also keeping an empty Propel liter bottle with me to refill as needed. And honestly, just in the few days I've been doing this, I've noticed I've been draining it more, and missing the sugary beetusjoos less. 
       Also, I'm working on actively getting up off my butt and moving around waaaay more than I have since I got laid off. Since I'm trying to get my YouTube channel going and film things off the beaten path a bit, plus mom's gotten me into gardening, so this should be easy. Mostly because I'll at least be getting outside and motivated to move and explore, thus burning calories.
       I'm starting off at 217 lbs, and my goal weight is 120 lbs, which would put me about smack dab in the middle of the normal BMI range for my height of 5 feet, 2 inches. I'll be doing periodic updates on how my weight loss is going, so stay tuned!


*- Yes, I do refer to myself as a lardass, fatass, and just plain fat. May as well admit it, y'know?
**- If you could spot the Knight's Tale movie line reference, kudos! I love the carp out of that movie. Don't have the lines memorized (yet...), but I love the 'You have been judged...' line to now end. Also, Adamar is a sexy fuck. Yeah, I said it. Yes, he was a complete jerk, but damn... Also, Colville? Yum.