A Mish Mash of Random Stuff from Today

1 02 2010

Okay so as promised, here’s a picture of the stupid hat I crocheted. It’s being modelled by my nice, horrid-smelling, plastic water bottle I got for sophing this year. I refuse to wear it for a picture because it’s that bad. I don’t believe that anyone will look acceptable in this hat, especially not J. Stubbs. She definitely looked like she was wearing a knit version of a hospital cap.

As you can see, this thing was so stiff that it doesn’t even attempt to flop over my water bottle. Instead, it holds itself perfectly prim and proper like a hat made from straw would do. Uggghhhh. Not only that, this picture took me 3 tries to upload onto here. I think reznet was killing the system, but it might just be that this hat is so ugly and horrible, it’s breaking the interwebs.

But, as it stands, I’m extra happy right now from the endorphins generated from my much missed workout so I’ll post some other interesting things too.

First up, a MSN bot. I got added by a strange email to MSN messenger today and was very suspicious of it: I’m totally¬† not popular so no one really adds me for no reason. Because of that, I was hostile at the onset. After I’ve confirmed it was a bot, I decided to type random things to see how many different responses it had, although I quickly got bored after about 3 lines from me.

Bonus if you get what I was talking about in the last night I said. =)

Next up, I got linked to the Rorschach test on Wikipedia from a fashion blog (don’t ask, or, ask but it’s a long story). And as I was glancing through the cards I realized that I totally see different things than the average person. I mean, I’m pretty sure not everyone has the mundane and/or boring and/or generic responses like Wiki lists as common responses. At least, I hope not, because they were really unimaginative. But I got a feeling that mine were a little too creative.

#5, usually seen as a bat, butterfly, or moth was seen by me as an alien with antennae or bunny ears wearing really puffy arm warmers holding two giant prongs, like a tuning fork… Then I got hungry at the thought of a fork…

I don’t like how the governing factors in my life for decision making or anything else for that matter, are food and warmth. I feel like a primitive savage whose actions are dictated by basic animalistic needs. My liiiiiiiiiiiifeeeeeeeeeee……………………….


Done and Done

31 01 2010

I finished it!

I finished that darn hat I was so fixated on finishing this weekend. I closed it off early in fear of making the rim part too tight for my head and therefore cutting off circulation and making me stupid.

Well, it was a stupid move, now the hat is slightly too big at the rim. And there’s not enough depth to the hat.

Having it made in the cheapest, stiffest, scratchiest yarn in mint green did nothing to improve the image of this hat since the longer I stare at it the more I think it looks like one of those hospital cap things.

Pictures tomorrow when the lighting is better.

I Want to Kill Zombies So Much Right Now

31 01 2010

A quick update with my crochet hat progress.

I don’t think I’ll have a chance at finishing this thing this weekend since I just spent 12-hours trying to do and getting stuck on FOUR questions. In the end I had to give up with a 18/22 score on the last question. I might give it another try tomorrow but it’s really annoying and the solutions do it in a way that doesn’t make sense. Now I’m all exhausted and all I want is a hot shower and my too-squishy bed. And I was so ready to take out my anger on some zombies in L4D2…

I don’t know why I’m so intent on getting this hat finished. It’s not even made with nice yarn. Despite my surprisingly nice and even crochet (knots?) it’s still made with the cheapest yarn I could possibly find short of buying twine. I’m not even sure if it’s going to come out all floppy and stuff like it’s supposed to. I might end up wearing half a bubble on my head…

Thanks for texting me at 1:20am. If I was asleep like I usually am at this time (comes with being old), I’d be so mad (or just not hear it).

But yeah. My crochet hat… I really like how much less linear my train of thought goes.

Here’s a picture of how much is done with my awesome magenta glasses as reference.

Good night folks.

My New Addiction Involves a Hook

29 01 2010

Recently, most of the crafting blogs I’ve been following has been all about ‘doing more stuff for the new year!’ or ‘look at what I did during/for the holidays!’ so they’ve been posting crap loads of smallish things or humongous things… basically things that I suddenly really want to make.

Especially, a quilt.

No don’t worry, I haven’t started a quilting operation in my rather spacious and toasty prison cell at rez. But looking at the amazing cathedral window quilt over at During Quiet Time, I can’t help but want to make one for myself. The cathedral window one especially despite the multiple steps, since it doesn’t need the sandwiching thing that normal quilts need, or the elaborate quilting that I want to do but will never ever in my life be able to.

Back on topic, I wanted to reveal that I dove head-first into yet another ‘hobby’ that will likely get abandoned in a short while: crochet.

Last night while I spent hours trying to figure out stupid geometric puzzles of quilt pieces that I’ve set upon myself, I suddenly decided to buy some yarn and hook and start crocheting. Immediately.

Following that train of thought this afternoon, I braved the bitter cold and went to Michael’s to buy my supplies. I think I was meant to head over there to dish out money today since the crochet hooks were on sale. And this is what came out of it after 1 hour and some youtube videos:

I’m trying to make a hat as per this video from Threadbanger. It’s a rather ambitious first project but it’s something to look forward to while I get used to the whole thing. There would be more to show if I didn’t just spent 4 hours facilitating soph carousels (a group interview thing).

I find crochet easier than knitting because it’s just one hook but harder to keep track of the beginning and the end when working with a circle.

The yarn I’m using was the cheapest I could find, “Red Heart Super Saver”. I figured, no matter what complete things I make of it, the first half will probably get wasted as I adjust.¬† It feels super gross to touch because it’s so scratchy ‘n stuff. But hopefully at the speed I’m going, I’ll finish the hat this weekend, which should use up over half the yarn, then I can make a tube neck warmer that I’ll never wear with the rest. My real goal is to make a super cool granny square afghan.

By the way, have you noticed the trend? Crochet for the ultimate goal of an afghan, quilting for the ultimate goal of a… quilt, knitting a hooded scarf on and off, living in a room that feels like sticking your face right above the furnace vent…

Winter needs to be over soon. Or actually, slow down a bit so I can finish something before it’s gone. =)