• Vengeance
  • Wormhole
  • Asteroid - Blue
  • Asteroid - Green/Yellow
  • Plasma Planet
  • Asteroid - Purple
  • Intaki VI and Asteroids
  • Intaki Prime
  • SakBat
  • Warp Tunnel Distortion
  • Peyote Lake
  • Bighorns
  • Grizzly
  • White Anemone
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Purple Anemone
  • Waterton
  • Foothills
  • White Tiger
  • Red Panda
  • Orange Fungi
  • Grapes
  • Daenan
  • Arlayn
  • Stream
  • Berwen

Yearly archives: 2018

Temperature Blanket: September Update

From hot to cold in just a few weeks...

From hot to cold in just a few weeks…

September! Autumn, back to school, crisp air. The month went by quick (again), particularly as I spent ten days out on Vancouver Island at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort for a work conference. The time away was decent, and I took as much advantage of being out on the BC coast as I could muster given the circumstances and the mostly wet weather. I even took a small crochet project a coworker asked me to do for her!

Before I talk about my blanket, I want to share what Mom has done with hers, so let’s dive right in!


Incyanity Yarn Update

Hanks of Incyanity yarn, ready for selling!

Hanks of Incyanity yarn, ready for selling!

I originally announced my new yarn venture at the end of May. Now it’s September! Time has really flown by. I’ve been working on my yarn and some folks have been asking when the store will be open, so I wanted to post an update to let everyone know where things are at.

I’ve run a home-based business before (close to 20 years ago now, yikes) but that was a whole different ball of wax compared to this! Back then I was freelance editing science fiction and fantasy novels which meant I didn’t have to worry so much about a tangible product—because the “product” I was selling was me, and all the work I did was completed via email. Having a portfolio website with testimonials and some referrals was just about all I needed. For dyeing? There has to be actual yarn! Shipping agreements! Shipping supplies! And so on and so forth. There are a lot of things I still have to take care of to make sure everything is on the up and up. But, obviously, the most important thing for customers is the yarn.


Revisiting Sec Status

Today, CCP announced it will be acquired by Pearl Abyss—the makers of Black Desert Online. I find the announcement both interesting and amusing, for a couple of reasons: First, despite CCP saying they will continue to operate “independently”, common sense says if the mothership decides that it’s in its best interests to meddle in the affairs of the child it just spent almost half a billion dollars on, they absolutely will do so. Whether for good or ill, big or small, some amount of change is coming to EVE regardless of CCP’s assurances about their supposed retained “independence”.

Second, even though it’s true that CCP and Pearl Abyss both produce MMOs, from the perspective of the player these two companies are hilariously different in ways that will matter greatly to the existing EVE playerbase. I spent enough time playing BDO after my initial foray into that game to know there’s potential for internal corporate friction to erupt over the desired approach to two particularly hot topics: cash shops and PVP freedom.


Temperature Blanket: August Update

August 7 and August 8.

August 7 and August 8.

I ran into some snags on this project this month, so all I have is a quick update to let everyone know where I’m at!


Temperature Blanket: July Update

The Canada Day square.

The Canada Day square.

July has been super busy! I spent most of the month concentrating on things I need to do to get ready to launch my hand dyed yarn shop. The shop isn’t open yet but I’m pretty close! Most of the big things are taken care of so over the next few weeks I’ll be moving forward with building up some stock. It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to it.

This month I also had to get ready for a visitor: my best friend Mat is visiting from the UK for a few weeks while my folks are in the United States. I’m house sitting for them during their trip and looking after their dogs, so it’s nice to have the company. On top of looking after my furry siblings I’m also exploring options for a new day job that I can transition to—one which will hopefully lessen my stress and allow me to put more energy into pursuing my yarn.

With all of that going on (and also feeling a bit anti-crochet due to the heat we’ve been having) meant my blanket has been neglected this month, but even so, I do have some progress to share.


Temperature Blanket: June Update

A cool summer day: June 10 (and June 14 too).

A cool summer day: June 10 (and June 14 too).

Wow! It’s June 30. Time has flown by—half the year is gone, which means my blanket is about half finished!

Getting to this point is a pretty big milestone. This is my first blanket, the biggest crochet project I’ve undertaken to date, so it’s a pretty huge commitment. So far so good! I’ve managed to avoid burnout (though there have been moments!) and while there’s still a lot of seaming to do, the rows are coming together. The blanket isn’t quite big enough to start snuggling under yet (don’t really need that at this time of year) but it’s getting there. My mountain of yarn is starting to wind down too. Some colors are reducing faster than others. The bag I keep all the individual squares in is bursting!

In addition to being the halfway point of 2018, it’s the end of the second quarter too. Let’s see where things are at!


Temperature Blanket: May Update

May 15, 2018: the first lilac square of the year.

May 15, 2018: the first lilac square of the year.

Last month I talked about how April didn’t go as planned after my vacation to New Zealand. By month-end I still had all of the April squares to do on top of needing to start keeping on top of the May squares. Now it’s the end of May, and thankfully, I made it! It was a lot of work that stressed me out a few times and left my fingers feeling raw more than once, but all the April squares are finished, while May is completed more or less up to where I’d normally be for a month-end update. Whew!

A couple of notable milestones occurred while making all those squares:

  • April 12 marked the date I could seam the first and second rows together!
  • On May 12 I was able to add the third row!
  • On May 15 the high reached 28°C (82.4°F). Hot, at least for this time of year! This triggered me to use yarn from the highest temperature bracket on my chart for the first time. Each color has now been used at least once!

A New Venture: Incyanity Yarn!

Yarn in a dyebath.

Yarn in a dyebath.

I have a lot of interests: gaming, writing, art, reading, photography…lots of stuff. On Incyanity I explore them all, and recently it’s been pretty obvious that crochet has been at the top of my list. Crochet is a hobby I didn’t expect; it came out of nowhere at Christmas in 2015 and I’ve really taken to it since then, particularly with Pod Pals and other cute amigurumi. Something else happened too: I developed a love of pretty yarn. As I started to expand into making clothing, I left acrylic behind and began buying “real” yarn, either 100% merino, or merino blended with other fibers. I’m particularly fond of merino/silk and merino/tencel.

During my trip to New Zealand last month I had the privilege of visiting a farm where a very nice lady dyes yarn. All I really wanted was to treat myself to some locally-dyed yarn while I was in the country, but she happily told me why she got started doing it… As we talked, I started to feel wheels turning in my head.

The truth is, in the last two years I’ve bought a ridiculous amount of yarn. Yarn makes me happy. Another truth? Yarn in blends and colors I really love have not been that easy to find. The dyers I buy from come close…but not always close enough.

I thought to myself, What if I dyed yarn in colors I really love?

Then I thought, How many people out there are like me? Maybe they’re looking for the same yarn I am!

When I got home, I started researching. I read so much and watched so many videos about dyeing that I started to dream about it. The more I learned, the more excited I became. Maybe I really could do this. Maybe it could become a new career path! (I’m definitely ready for a new career path.) I talked to some people, I ordered some supplies…and then, last weekend, I was finally able to test it out for myself.


Temperature Blanket: April Update

April Fool's Day square.

April Fool’s Day square.

I’m back! My trip to New Zealand was amazing. I’ll have a post with photos up soon! For now, let’s talk about the temperature blanket…

I mentioned at the end of the March update that I would have a pile of squares to do after my vacation. Boy, was I right! Not only have I not done any squares (except for April 1, 2018, shown at right) from the time I was away yet, I haven’t finished the last remaining March squares either, nor any squares for the other April days after I arrived back in Canada. Yikes! :( The main culprit has been the chest cold that came back with me and that it has taken me about ten days to get over the jet lag. Originally I expected to do two or three squares each night after work to get caught up but it just hasn’t worked out yet. Instead, I’ll have to try doubling up on squares during the month of May now that I’m starting to feel better and am getting back to my normal sleep schedule.


Temperature Blanket: March Update

Not a speck of green for St. Patty's Day.

Not a speck of green for St. Patty’s Day.

According to the calendar, it’s supposed to be spring. Supposed to be. The snow flying by the window indicates otherwise, but then, I do live in the Great White North…

March, like February, hasn’t been that fun as far as the weather goes. Snow, and snow, and more snow. And just when we started to think we were done, yep, even more snow! As I write this, southern Alberta is under yet another heavy snowfall warning, with up to twenty centimeters expected. By tomorrow morning it should be done, maybe. We’ll see. I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about this apparent never-ending winter, and Old Man Winter and Mother Nature might just want to stick it to us for a bit longer.

You’d think, having been born here and lived here my whole life to date, that I’d be used to this kind of crap weather. Nope. I’m with the complainers: sick of winter, bring on spring and more colors for my blanket!