Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Take the Prediabetes Risk Test | Type 2 Diabetes Prevention | Ad Council



Just a little something to think about if you're overweight/obese like me.

Underworld of Ireland.

Friday, December 23, 2016

O Come All Ye Faithful (Goat Edition)



Yes, more Christmas Goat fun. I love the eff out of these for some reason.

Silent Night (Goat Edition)



A fellow redditor shared this with the RAOA sub, and I found it hilarious, so y'all are getting goats doing Silent Night.

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.

       And if you'd like to add to my Thanksgiving list next year? Become a Patron. Cheapest level is $1/month, and a fairly good way to keep more posts and videos coming your way.

Kat


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.
Kat

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.

Kat

*- 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 PA.net 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.
Kat

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!
-Kat

*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!
Kat

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.
~Kat

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.

~Kat

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.

Kat

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?
Kat

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.
       -Kat

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. 


Kat

*- 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!

Kat

*- 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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What's back up, and stuff going on behind the scenes

       Yes, I know. I said I'd have a knitting video up last Tuesday. But Mom and I are in the process of setting up a space where I can comfortably film my knitting videos/PSAs/occasional rants. It may be a few weeks, but it is on the way. For now, I'll be putting out the walk around town videos mom and I'll be filming through the week.

Which brings us to our next topic!

       I've up the link to my Patreon page up on the "Where can you find me' link list, along with re-adding the link list for my Amazon wishlists.

       I've revamped the Patreon some, so it's for both here on my blog and my Youtube page. I've also redone the reward levels and goals some. If you're interested, go check it out. I'd love it if you decided to become a patron, because it would mean less dependence on the folks for support on the blog/YouTube things.

       The wishlists are back up for the YouTube needs, Gothy Things, Knitting things, and Pagan things. Why? Because I don't always have the money on hand to get what I need for the Youtube channel (hence the micro SD cards and computers on the list.) and blog. And hey, if you folks want to help out, at least you have a list to work from if you want to send things.

And to round things out, a little Adam Lambert and Queen. 


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Youtube channel update!

       Just a quick post to let y'all know I'm setting a schedule for releasing new videos. Starting this week, Tuesdays will be What's On My Needles, and Fridays will be rotating between WOMN bloopers and outtakes/Mom and me strolling around town/request videos/the odd PSA.
       Let me know what you think!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

How to NOT Be a Jerk on the Internet



Yup, I'm spamming you folks with more Youtube. Don't hurt me... Just spreading some love for Lily, because she does have a damn good point with this video.

Friday, April 22, 2016

What is "Social Anxiety Disorder"?



       I'm back! With yet another video from tha' youtubez!

       Ok, I know, that last bit was kind of bad, but eh. Need to lighten this place up some, hm?
       Why am I posting this anyway? Because when I was watching it last night (super late, as I'm a fragging night owl. Don't judge.), I was noticing a few similarities to some of the stuff I have pop up sometimes. Mostly that I can't easily deal with large crowds, having to call people, and feeling like people are judging/talking about me. Now, this doesn't always happen, but it does pop up, especially the not liking to be in big crowds. Which would explain the not liking to go to The Capital City Mall on Black Friday... Or any other day it's likely to be super extra crowded. And, much like Leah, I've come to learn how to deal with it on my own terms, mostly because I'm not comfortable talking about shit like what I'm feeling with anyone else. Which is kind of counter-productive, I know, but eh. We all have our quirks.

       If you're interested in more information, I'll have a page up over on the right with links to more info in the next few days.

Kat

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

This Video Could Save a Life



       Yup, Matt Santoro again! Yes, I know I feature his videos quite a bit, but he's got so much darned personality! It's touching on a previous video he's done that I posted about here.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Part 1, Chapter 1: Omelet



       Oh, I am absolutely loving this new series! It's from the same folks who bring you Welcome To NightVale, and on a more serious tone. It's enjoyable as hell, still.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Huzzah, Spring and a BatPolaris!

       Yes, dear reader, you read the title right. Mom and I ran into a random BatPolaris on the way home from doing a bit of grocery shopping.

Wait... Not literally right?

       Nope, we didn't pull a Bruce and near go into the wrong lane while falling asleep/lusting after a nicely restored classic car. (Trust me, he's done it. The falling asleep while driving this past weekend, and the lusting after a classic car a couple years ago.) The car's going to have to go back to Sloop's to have the power steering schiesse repaired again, dammit, so we wound up walking over to our nearest Giant with a cart. (Nope, didn't go and steal one from Weis/Giant. We aren't rude like that. We've got one of the little white granny carts for hauling groceries/laundry. Useful things, those.) Since it's actually been decently warm the last few days, there were flowers already starting to bloom that, since I had my camera in my bag, I took photos of. Y'know, as one does while out walking with one's mom.






Wait, where's the BatPolaris?

       Don't worry, I'm getting there. On the way back, we came around the corner of the Carlisle Ribbon Mill building, and lo and behold:
The elusive BatPolaris outside McCarren Supplies!
      My honest immediate reaction: 'Oh my god, BatMobile! I must document this for the Blog!', and proceed to photograph.



Yes, that really is a Batman Pop! vinyl bobblehead on his dash.
Extra point given for getting the irony of the design and going with it.