January: Update

Went to see the psychiatrist today — it went rather well!  I found her much easier to talk to than what I had expected, but then again the couple of people that reviewed her said that they found her easy to talk to as well!  She prescribed me some new medication to try, and wants to see me back in about a week and a half.  Hopefully this new stuff works, cause I’m about tired of this anxiety crap!  I’m also tired of the medication game, trying pill after pill until I find one that actually DOES something for me.  Blah.  It is what it is, I guess!

Oddity

So, I spun up 1.5oz of some pretty and awesome fiber to start on the Oddity mitts.  I came out with 80yd, though it fluffed out a lot when I washed it.  I’d say it is probably DK weight or so, but I haven’t checked it.

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Here is what the fiber looked like!  Though, my camera ate the color.  It really isn’t neon green like it looks in the first few pictures.  The last couple show the true colors the best!  And now for some in-process shots!

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The first little bit.

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40 WPI!

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The first full bobbin.

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What it looked like pre-wash!

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Post-wash!  It really did fluff a lot!

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And the start of my mitts.  Unfortunately I had to frog the row after this because I suck and can’t read charts to save my life!

February Planning

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It’s a bit early, but I’m starting to plan what I want to do with my crazy sewing/craft mess.  Saying it is a disaster is pretty much an understatement at this point.  It’s out of control, really.  I have a lot of fabric, fiber, and yarn, and I don’t have many places to put it.  So, unfortunately, I’m going to have to buy some more storage furniture.  My mind naturally went to Ikea’s Expedit series, and their big ass cubby thing that they have.  The downside to that, though, is that we don’t have an Ikea here.  We do have a company that’ll drive to Ikea, pick up what you want, and deliver it… but it’s like an extra $100, bringing a $200 piece of furniture up to $300.  That’s just too much to pay for a thing from Ikea!

I already have a 2×4 cubby thing from Target, though the cubbies aren’t as big as the ones from Ikea. I think the Ikea ones are about 13″x13″x14″, and the ones from Target are about 10″x10″x10.  The Ikea unit is 5 cubbies by 5 cubbies, the target comes in a 3 cubbies by 4 cubbies.  With Target I can go to the store and buy the damn thing.. Ikea I have to ship it/have it delivered.

As mentioned, I already have a 2×4 (8) cubby unit, if I get another 3×4 (12) cubby unit to stack on top of it that will give me 5×4, or 20 cubbies, for $70, since that’s the price of the 12 cubby unit.  Now, I will want another 8 cubby and 12 cubby unit for the other side of my sewing table.  That’ll be $122.  Which brings us to $192.  So for the price of less than what one Ikea unit will cost me, I’ll get way more storage!  Also the inserts for the Target units are MUCH cheaper than the Ikea ones.  Granted they are fabric, but they aren’t bad at all!  I can get a two pack of the fabric boxes for the price of one of the cheap Ikea plastic ones!

And so we have a point of reference… Here is my not-so-awesome, highly embarrassing, disaster area! (Sorry Pete!)  Don’t ask me how I work on it, because I really don’t know! LOL.  Also.. there’s 3 llamas and a sheep living on it….

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And apparently a dog.  He’s rocking his new Thundershirt!  But more on that in a later post. 🙂

My Awesome Dogs

My poor little dog, the snow is half as high as what she is!  Also, ignore my house clothes.  I’m totally awesome and don’t wear real clothes unless I have to!  May as well be comfortable, right?

The 2013 Action Plan

 

 

Everyone is doing these happy little monthly goals things, so I figured I would jump off the bridge too. I mean, why not?  It’s good to have goals, isn’t it?  Or at least that is what they tell us in school!

 

jan

Get anxiety under control!  As most of my friends know, I suffer with anxiety, to the point that it interferes with my daily life.  I’ve tried a few different medications with no luck.  Starting this month I’ll be seeing a psychiatrist (and our medical doesn’t cover mental health, so whoopie for that!) who will hopefully be able to help me get my medication straightened out so I can go back to being me again!

 

feb

Clean disaster area.. I mean my craft area… and get some better organization for it.  It always looks like something exploded on that table.  Right now there are three llamas on it, a sheep, a painting, all kinds of fabric, my sewing machine, my thread box, a ton of fabric I’ve already cut out, blah blah blah.  I have MAYBE a 20×20 space to cut fabric in.  It’s pretty redonkulous!

 

march

I’ve been suffering from chronic back pain for several years now.  It’s time to get it taken care of.  Over the last 5-6 years I’ll get random spurts of bad pain.  Some so bad I can’t get out of bed, or it hurts to walk, or even stand up.  Forget trying to bend over to flush the toilet!  My general doc has referred me over to a pain specalist, and of course instead of going NOW I get the joy of waiting until March, when our new policy year starts for our medical.  Since we have a deductable to meet, it’s kind of silly to go this close to the end of the policy year!

april

Get premades in the shop!  I sew and vend goods for sugar gliders.  My shop has been very bare and that is something else I need to try to stay on top of.  Until then, I’ll keep an eye out for good fabric sales, so I’ll have plenty of fabric stock to be able to work through!

 

may

Walk dogs every day!  I have two Pomeranians, Bug and Bear.  I’m horrible about walking them.  They get plenty of exercise running around our large back yard like a couple of crazy people (especially now, with the snow! LOL), but the poor kids should still be walked on a regular basis.

 

june

Spin every day.  In October of 2012 I bought a spinning wheel!  It was a hefty purchase at about $600.  I’d like to make better use of it, and get better at spinning in general, so I need to sit down and spin.  Even if it is only 10 minutes every day, it’ll make a difference.

 

july

Actually knit something and finish it.  I love love love to knit (and hence the spinning wheel to make my own yarn!) but I am completely horrid when it comes to finishing anything. I recently frogged a sweater I started two winters ago so I could restart it.  The damn thing is bulky weight. It should have taken a week tops!  So yeah.  July I will have a pattern picked out, some yarn ready, and I will finish a damn project!

 

august

Get Bear to stop barking.  This will be a fun one… not.  Chances are it will require spending money to get him into a trainer, because I can’t get him to stop.  I’ve tried playing with him more, walking him more, cuddling him more, non-shock bark collars, ignoring him, making loud noises to deter him, pretty much everything.  He’s driving us both nuts over here, and it needs to come to a stop.

 

sept

Create a new product for my sugar glider vending business.  I already have one product unique to me, but more can’t hurt, right?  So for the month of September I will be brainstorming and coming up with something new for the cute little fuzzies!

 

oct

Make a Halloween costume.  I wanted to do this last year, but put it off, didn’t want to spend the money, blah blah blah.  This year I am going to do it.  I can sew, I craft, I can make things, damnit.  There’s no excuse not to do it!

 

november

Write a book.  Oh, NaNoWriMo, how I hate you.  Calling to me year, after year, after year for the past several.  This year I will tackle you!  I will defeat you!

 

dec

Relax and enjoy the holidays.  Sorry, December, but I ain’t doing jack during you!  Sucks to be you!