Saturday, December 3, 2016

Som Sabadell flashmob - BANCO SABADELL

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

       It's that time of year! No, not the point where we get frustrated with all the Christmas marketing that's been going on since freakin' July/August, but Thanksgiving! Time to give thanks for the little things going right in life, for having a roof over your hand, and family or friends to share a meal with, for having made it through this recent election year safely...

       I hope this next year is full of moments to find thanks for, good food and memories.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sorry - I Have To Rant About Brexit...

Transpose US in for Britain, and she's saying pretty much how I feel about some Trump supporters. And the people who didn't go vote? Well, if you're reading this in the U.S. and you didn't go vote? You're a big part of why we're going to more than likely to quote Dorian get fucked up the ass by Trump. And the people who didn't listen to Bernie and still voted for a third party candidate? Fuck you. While I get the sentiment completely (I almost voted that way myself), I didn't because holy balls, I didn't want to fuck over what Obama's managed to pull off in his 8 years in office.

Ugh. I'll have a full-on rant up within the  next few days. Preferably when I'm not as likely to have every other word be 'fuck' or some variation thereof.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

System of a Goat - Chop Suey (Tongue Flapping Version)

Found this in the comments on a subreddit thread I found, laughed my sick butt off at it, and figured you folks'd enjoy it.

Also, I've got a cowl pattern up for sale on Ravelry. I've got a link up in the left sidebar for those on desktop. For my mobile readers, here's the pattern.  And if y'all want more patterns, blog entries, and YouTube videos, hit up my Patreon.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Library knitting

       I mentioned a couple posts ago that I prefer doing my writing in the local library or over in  Giant's coffee shop more than at home*. Well, that apparently extends to drafting out and test knitting patterns. 

       Yep, you read that right. I'm working on a knit pattern currently, for a cabled cowl. I'll probably be posting progress pictures over on my Instagram account and cross-posting to here. 

       I've actually been kicking around the idea of writing out my ideas into pattern form for a while. It's mostly been spurred on by local crafters and passersby commenting on whatever I happen to be currently knitting on, and the fact I'd like to see others' interpretation of my patterns. It's also a way to use up the stash knitting up example knits, and get the inner knitter to shut up about whatever she happens to be on about now.

       As for where I'm going to be publishing the pattern(s), they're going to either be published here or on Ravelry with links over in the sidebar.


*- It's a mix of factors that boil down to me being able to concentrate on drafting things out better away from the house.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

What fuels your creative juices?

I don't know about you, but I definitely have things that spur my creativity when I'm not funked up. It's honestly a bit of an odd mix, considering some of the sources. Let's dive in!

Knit/jewelry porn

       This can appear anywhere at anytime (especially in stores...) and inevitably makes me (or mom for jewelry.) want to immediately stop and feel it up, examine how it's made, take pictures or measurements, and the like to be able to recreate whatever caught our eye at home. Best examples of knit porn? Tom Selleck's sweater in Blue Bloods (Biggest reason I like it.) and Billy the Kids' sweater in Expendables 2.

       Every time I see this, I'm lusting after it. Not because it's on a good looking older actor (though that certainly doesn't hurt a bit.), but because holy balls,  it looks damn comfortable, pretty damn well constructed, and the cables. Holy fuck, the cables. Yes, I have a thing for cables. If it has fairly interesting cable work, there's a damn good chance I'm going to want to knit it. 

       This sweater (and his cowl) completely made this movie for me the first time I saw it in the theater. Not because it was on Liam Hemsworth (certainly doesn't hurt, again.), but again because it looks comfy, and I'm a sucker for most things cowl necked, even if they wouldn't look good on my current body type. Thank god I'm working on at least part of that, though.

'I'm cold and achy at work'

       This is also known here as 'Mom's arthritis hates winter and the a/c at her job'. It's especially bad in her hands and neck, hence why she's got a ton of scarves, and is getting more arm/hand warmers. Also why I don't have as many knits for myself outside of the odd store bought or cowl that she does want.

I need something to knit while browsing blogs or Reddit/Watch TV/I'm a passenger in a car

       I really do knit while doing things that don't need the use of my hands. It's usually something fairly simple if I'm on the computer, navigating somewhere with mom,  or watching an interesting TV show. Semi uninteresting TV show, Going somewhere we've been enough times before to know the way (like Mom's cancer follow ups, or in Mechanicsburg for something computer or payment related) gets something a little more complicated. Now, if it's something more complicated, then I'll switch to music or a horror narration like Lazy Masquerade, Corpse Husband, or Be. Busta  on Youtube.

       What gets your creativity going? Let us know down in the comments! I'd love to hear about it.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Depression and anxiety suck.

       I've posted before about having undiagnosed depression and anxiety, and the fact it screws around with things I need/want to do. Especially the internet connected creative shit. No, you guys aren't shit. I just swear a lot.

       Well, the blog and Youtube certainly fall victim to the evil little bastards. I haven't really thought I had much worthwhile to share craftwise on here*, and any ideas for Youtube videos/promos/idea gathering? Pfft, nobody's gonna give a rat's ass about it, or they're just gonna shit all over the stuff. And ad in the fact I really dislike having people wandering through where I'm trying to write up a rough draft/type up the blogs** (Helloooo, ADD!), and I'm not going to be entirely comfortable at home. Thankfully, I'm usually more comfortable in Giant's coffeeshop area, or at the local library in a back corner, and they're both in fairly easy walking/biking distance, so I have outside of the house options. 

       Ok, I know this is a bit rambly and ish, but I had to get myself out of my own head some, and shut up the demons. Hope you're having a great day wherever you are!

*Mostly have WIPs, and a few UFOs that need a good wash.

**Mostly Bruce the jackass. I've posted here before about some of the crap he's done, and have since stumbled across some things that have led Mom and me to seriously think he's a narcissist, on top of all the other shit that's going on with him.

Blog playlist, 9/16/2016

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.