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Tag: crafts

The Growing Stash: Becoming a Yarn Snob?

In my entry called Beginner Crochet: Ten Tips I Wish Tutorials Had Taught Me, I said:

Make it a rule for yourself that you’re not allowed to get more yarn if the basket is full.

At the time, I’d just purchased a fairly large wicker basket to stash my yarn in. I had more yarn than I expected and when I was done putting it all in, the basket was full. I wrote that quote above with the best of intentions and figured it’d be reasonably easy for me to keep to that rule, mostly because I’m primarily interested in crocheting amigurumi and one does not really need a lot of yarn for that.

In that entry, I also said:

Fact is, unless you are remarkably strong-willed (but just assume you aren’t, it’ll be easier in the long run), your stash won’t be confined to that small space for very long. There are just too many pretty yarns out there…

Pretty yarns indeed. I now have direct evidence to support that, like many other people, I am definitely not strong-willed. I have succumbed to the lure of pretty yarn! I am not ashamed of this! But now my stash doesn’t fit in the basket, not even close. It got to the point where the basket was an overflowing mess that was taking over the living room. While organizing it, I started to wonder if I’m becoming something of a yarn snob.


On the Go

As I start writing this entry I’m sitting on my balcony, rocking gently on my deck swing. It’s mid-morning on a Sunday and it will be a beautiful spring day, even though for the moment I have a blanket wrapped around me because the sun hasn’t quite come around the building far enough to warm up my deck. My neighborhood is quiet; other than a distant lawn mower and few cars going by there’s nothing to listen to except for chickadees, swallows, red wing blackbirds, and some other songbirds I don’t know the names of. It’s a clear day and I can see the Rockies stretching away to the south all the way to the Chain Lakes and then some. They still have quite a lot of snow on them. There’s a May tree growing off to the side just below my balcony that in a few years will be almost tall enough to touch. I like May trees; like lilacs and crab apples, the gentle fragrance of the flowers is one of the best parts of spring in Calgary.

This year I’ve taken to sitting on my balcony quite a lot on weekends when the weather is good (and even when it’s tolerably miserable). Life has been busy…maybe a little too busy…and these moments offer some peace and quiet that I feel I desperately need.


Quietly EVE-ing

Life has been busy. Work has been kicking my ass since the start of 2017 which doesn’t leave much time for gaming. Even so, I’ve still managed to quietly continue my existence in New Eden, though my activity has shifted around some.


A Big Thank You – Pod Pal Auction

My first Pod Pal auction has ended with Otto Bismarck as the winner!

Wow. Seriously, WOW. I’m completely floored by the response. Mind is officially blown and broken. When I started talking about making Pod Pals and did the beta Sakaane I didn’t really expect that other players would think it was that much of a cool idea. Grown men and women, hardcore EVE players, getting excited about a doll? Nah. Not exactly on the same level as commissioning an alliance logo, a painted portrait, a corp video, or a Guristas toque, eh? At best, maybe it’d be a curiosity that people would smile at and say “that’s neat” and then change the subject, and I’d become that weird crocheting gamer.

Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained… I was going to make one for myself either way, and if nobody ever expressed interest in wanting one for themselves, well, that would have been disappointing but not the end of the world.


Pod Pal Auction!

If you’ve been waiting to get a Pod Pal, now’s your chance! An auction has just started on my Twitter account and will run until 17:00 Mountain on January 29, 2017. To make your bid, read the image attached to that tweet for instructions!

The easiest way to see who has bid so far is to check the Twitter thread.

Good luck!


Pod Pals Info Page

Mynxee took her Pod Pal to EVE Vegas and was kind enough to share pictures! As a result I’ve received a number of really nice comments on Twitter and new interest from other players, all of which made me blush like crazy and squee like a little girl. ♥ Pod Pal Mynxee even got to meet CCP Guard! That’s really awesome. :D

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to find out when you can get a Pod Pal of your very own, there’s a new info page about them up there in the menu. Check it out!


EVE Online Pod Pals

Several years ago on my daughter’s birthday, she begged me to get the newest Andorandy doll set for her. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find even one of the popular dolls, even though I ran market database searches repeatedly in this region for several weeks. Well, I’m happy to say I turned all that effort into a lucrative business; today, I sell Andorandy dolls and many other sorts here from my offices. Maybe you’ve heard of us? My Little Girl, we’re called.

Anyway, right now I have a problem: I have a shipment of dolls awaiting delivery, but some inventory problems in one of my warehouses are interfering. Can you pick up the dolls for me and deliver them…?

Cargo: 6 x Crates of Raggy Dolls (240.0 m³)

—My Little Girl, Level 2 Distribution Mission

This mission has interested and amused me since my earliest days of playing EVE. Here we have a universe where capsuleers, the immortal demi-gods of the cluster who are feared and awed for their ability to command legions of starships in great battles, who are renown for tossing aside the lives of baseliner crews without so much as a blink of an eye (only to have scores more sign up to replace them), who build corporations, alliances, and coalitions that can rival the major empires…are nevertheless still being tasked to deliver children’s toys.


Practice Makes Perfect. Sort Of.

In February I was still really new to crochet. One of the projects I did back then was a Star Wars stormtrooper. I was reasonably happy with how it came out, but I also knew I could do better. In August, having completed a few other projects in the meantime, I tried the stormtrooper again. The second one came out much better, though in looking at it today I can still see places where further improvement could be done. Here is a comparison of the two, to show how practice makes perfect (sort of) and how quickly it’s possible to improve in crochet over a short period of time. :)


Beginner Crochet: Ten Tips I Wish Tutorials Had Taught Me

It’s been eight months since I started crocheting amigurumi. I’m having a lot of fun with it, particularly as it still allows me to engage in other things I also enjoy, like science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and so on. So far I’ve completed about a dozen projects and have progressed fairly well with my skills (though I still have lots to learn!). While reflecting on how far I’ve come, I realized there are things I’ve learned along the way that would have been helpful to know up front. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, so, without further ado, here are ten beginner crochet tips I wish amigurumi tutorials had taught me!


Scouting for Cute: Pod Pal Mynxee

In May I was working on crocheting the second test for my Pod Palls doll. Beta 2.0 was going to be more detailed, potentially able to stand on its own, and would have been a bit larger than Beta 1.0. In the end I scrapped that test as it was taking too long and I was getting frustrated over trying to work in the extra details. Possibly I’ll give it another go in the future. Instead, I decided to move on to doing my first official Pod Pal, for Mynxee!