Craft Update – June 29, 2016

Okay. It’s been a long time since I’ve updated crafty stuff. In my defense, there have been other things in life taking priority for me lately. 

If you’ve been keeping up here, you know I’ve written a few posts about T1D. Trying to advocate for change, and also trying to educate a few of the masses. 

But, this is a crafty post, so let me get to that.

For my local SC people, I am actually putting myself out there and going to a market on July 9th. It’s the first time I’ve done this, so I’m a little nervous, but there is a first time for everything, right?

I’ve been posting about it on my Etsy Facebook page, and have been teasing about pictures for a week or so, and since I am keeping up with school well at the moment, I took some time to snap some pictures. 

First, something that will not be for sale, this was a project I made for myself. There was a problem at first, I teased you all with a WIP picture a couple months ago. Well, I was about halfway through the first panel when I realized that my gauge was WAY off. Not just a little off, but it was about half the size it was supposed to be.  So, I ripped it all apart, made gauge swatches until five (yes FIVE) hook sizes later, it was there. But, in the end, this wrap turned out lovely, truly. 


I learned several things with it, including how complicated it can be to carry yarn up the side and how tangled it can get. 

Now, on to the preview for the market…

Scarves. Double knit on a loom in a lovely light weight yarn that stripes beautifully.


Another scarf, also loom knit, I found in a bag, presumably that I was going to list on Etsy that I never got around to.


Two grocery bag holders, a fun project I learned, they have elastic on both ends, and a tie at the top to hang.


Lastly, different styles of dishcloths. This is the main focus the past week or so, they are fairly quick and easy to make, and are made in cotton yarn. My favorite pattern is the top middle, it is a waffle stitch that feels very nubby so it will be good for scrubbing. 


Still more to do, and finishing touches to do (yes I have ends that need to be run under) but all in all I’m having fun prepping for this market.

Keep smiling everybody!!


Engage: The Officially Official Star Trek Podcast

Okay, so I think I’m going to start something new here on the Chronicles.

If you read this post from a week or two ago, you know that I came out of the nerd closet and am flying my flag high, letting my geek light shine, whatever the hell you want to call it.

I also mentioned in that post how I was interested in this whole podcast thing. I was never one to like “talk radio” because most of it was yawn inducing boredom, politics, or sports. I tried to like it. I really did. But, I just couldn’t get into it. I felt bad that I couldn’t. Like because I’m a reasonably intelligent person with a decent IQ, and a knowledge of what talk radio was talking about, I still wasn’t “cerebral” enough to listen, and it had to be something wrong with me, and not the talk radio. lol. Anyway, I digress… Podcasts at least some of them that I have found, are now the new talk radio for nerds. I know there’s LOADS of other topics covered, but yeah, I’m hooked. I’ve listened to the most recent Nerdist, as well as a couple from the archives, and I have Wil Wheaton’s latest downloaded, and one a friend turned me onto called Cracked.

But…

Being that I follow oh I don’t know, half of the trek-verse actors, as well as the official trek page, and goodness knows what else on twitter, I of course was well informed of Engage, the now OFFICIAL Star Trek podcast, fully licensed by CBS, official blah blah blah you know the drill.

I subscribed to the channel and downloaded Episode 0 onto my happy little phone, and so later that day when DS and I had to drive across town (20-30 minutes on a good traffic day) for his first dance class of summer, I asked him if he would mind if I listened, since I hadn’t had a chance to. (I usually listen while I walk, but considering it’s been 95+ degrees here in South Carolina with well over 65% humidity, walking outside has been VERY far from my mind, I like to be able to breathe while I walk thankyouverymuch). Thankfully Mr. I’m-13-and-I-know-everything was feeling rather agreeable (probably had a lot to do with being on the way to ballet class) he said “Sure why not?”, so I plugged in my phone, started it up and off we went. Honestly, as much as my kid gets into a lot of the same nerd stuff that I do, I figured his earbuds would be out about five minutes in, and I would just get the strange looks from the passenger’s seat while I listened.

Now, before I get into my thoughts on this new podcast, let me give you a little more background of the nerd that is me. I mentioned it a bit in my post from before (see link above), but let me go a little further. I grew up on Star Trek. I have very early memories of watching TOS reruns with my dad. My first memory of the any of the movies, is IV: The Voyage Home. To this day it is still my absolute favorite. Favorite is tough though, not really the best word really. I actually like all the movies equally, but again, I’m babbling. Anyway, some of my first toys were Star Wars action figures, and some of my favorite memories are curled up with my dad, when TNG was new. Now, fast forward to my early 30’s. I’m finally starting to not care what people think of me (really, it’s a hard thing to learn), and so with sudden amounts of extra time on my hands (first months being a housewife, and everything was clean, etc…) I figured out that Netflix had all of the series, and most of the movies. I was like a kid on Christmas.

So, being the logically minded person that I am, I started at the beginning. Sure, I’d read a lot of the stuff that said as long as you watched the movies you can skip TOS, and TAS. (don’t worry I’ll give you a list of acronyms at the end) I am so glad I didn’t. I dutifully watched my way through all three seasons of TOS, both seasons of TAS, I then went and watched the TOS movies. I – VI. Then, I went through TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. Then the new movies, VII – X. So, although not necessarily chronological, but kinda in order of release. (now after this I did move on to other series, and movies, but that’s for another post)

What does this have to do with Engage? (by the way you can read an article about it, as well as if you’re a twitter user, you can follow the host Jordan Hoffman there, or if Facebook is more your thing, they do have an official Facebook Page) Frankly it has a LOT to do with Engage. I spent nearly the entirety of Episode 0 smiling, laughing, nodding, and saying “YES! ME TOO!!” a LOT. Now, I have only seen the 2009 Star Trek movie, in pieces, once, so I don’t know much about the new alternate universe, but I do plan on watching them at some point. They’re not on Netflix and well, that’s the main way I watch my movies lol. (so unless someone wants to send me DVD’s or blu-ray versions lol I’ll just wait) Now, I’ve never been to a con, most of the good ones are too far away. I’ve never read the books, or comics, I didn’t keep up with blog discussions, or anything like that. I just really love the show. I get excited over episodes. I get excited when other people see a favorite, and I can get excited about it again. I don’t know what every little thing means, some things I just accept without diving into the hows and whys. All I know is it makes me happy. All of them do. This time around I’m watching in “chronological” order (or close to it) so, so far as of the time of this writing, I’ve watched Enterprise, TOS, and am in the end of season 3 of TNG. Next will be DS9 (and I will still have to dig my way through the first 2.5 seasons as much as I love the show, those first couple of seasons are… rough lol) and then Voyager. Yes, I did skip TAS this time around, but I have already watched movies I-VI (and I don’t care how many people don’t like it, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is brilliant).

All I know is I am very excited about this podcast, and I am looking forward to drives to and from dance, and other places with my son since we’ve agreed to listen to it together.

Episode 1, here we come!

As promised, acronyms:

TOS: The Original Series (meaning the 1966-68 television series with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, etc)

TAS: The Animated Series (1973-75, original actors doing voices, supposed to be the last two years of their first 5 year voyage)

TNG: The Next Generation (1987-1994 approximately 100ish years after TOS, the continuing mission)

DS9: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999, takes place on a space station on the edge of the galaxy)

Voyager: Well, Star Trek: Voyager lol (1995-2001, ship gets lost, fun stuff happens)

Enterprise: Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005, 100ish years BEFORE TOS, 100ish years after Cochrane’s first warp flight)


T1D Ignorance Day Two

Well. Hard to even figure out how to start this one.

Let me start this way. Yesterday I posted this.

Needless to say. The best “apology” that came up was this:

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Okay. I understand that the restaurant is your livelihood. I get that. We all have the right to make a living and do so in whatever way works best for us within the confines of the law. Oh. I said WITHIN the confines of the law. That sign did actually break a few, not to mention it was morally repugnant.

So then, his bestie at the local newspaper, pens this. If you don’t want to read the entire article, or give his newspaper more clicks then it deserves, I’ll quote portions of it here, and break it down for everybody, including the author, Mr. Perry White.

“This is truly as American as apple pie. Attacking Mike’s is equivalent to bombing Main Street.”

That quote was in reference to the outrage that ran through the T1D community yesterday when the picture of the sign that was hung in the restaurant was posted ON the restaurants page BY the restaurant. So. People outraged about a sign is the same as someone killing people. Great moral compass there Mr. White.

“But Mike offered up one thing that some people are jumping on as discrimination: he has a sign asking people who need to inject themselves with medication to do it in the privacy of the bathrooms.”

Sorry, but I’m not going to ask anyone to stick a needle into their skin, in the same place where people (excuse the term) poop, potentially causing the introduction of infectious materials into their insulin or their body, because a few people were uncomfortable. That’s unsanitary, and frankly ridiculous.

“I am a Type II diabetic, and I inject insulin. One type I use is taken just before my main meal, and I have from time to time been forced to take my injection pen with me. I have NEVER used that injection pen in public. I usually use it before I get out of my car, but I have also used it in a mens room. The inconvenience to me is nil. And more importantly, the inconvenience and discomfort to others in the restaurant is also nil.”

(FYI I left his typo, not my circus, not my monkeys, in case you’re wondering Mr. White, Men’s Room, not mens… great editing there.)

First off. I’m so very sorry that you have such badly controlled Type 2 Diabetes that you are taking insulin. May I recommend a gym membership and a better diet than Mike’s Pig Pen? (also, do me a favor and read this, it goes into more depth of how I actually feel about a lot of type 2’s). I am also so sorry that you have to take insulin before your “main meal”. My darling husband, and all other REAL diabetics like him (you know the ones that can’t lose their disease, and have been on insulin since they were CHILDREN), have to take insulin before or after EVERY meal, not just their “main” meal. They also have to take a long acting once or twice a day, and correct for any highs that may occur during the day. Look it up. Educate yourself. Type 2 is NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING like Type One. The only similarity is the name, and SOMETIMES the medications that are taken. Speaking of the children part, you’re telling me that a parent should take their squirming, restless, possibly scared, diabetic child (as young as infant or toddler age) into a BATHROOM where they could likely end up on a floor, or having to sit them on the toilet or counter to give them their necessary insulin shot. Right. Let me know how that works out. Oh, and you’re “forced” to take your pen with you. Right… again, so sorry. We carry a case with my husband’s insulin EVERYWHERE we go. Because it’s how we keep him alive. And being that we live in the south, it travels into every restaurant, store, or friend’s house we go into, since insulin shouldn’t be kept in the heat.

“For activist diabetics (bet you never thought you’d see that combination of words) to suggest the only place they can shoot up their insulin is standing on the counter of a small diner is little more than arrogance — and an unwillingness to consider the feelings of others.”

Damn right we’re activists. SOMEONE has to stand up for the Type 1’s to shout down all you squeaky wheeled Type 2’s. Watched TV lately? How many NEW AND IMPROVED medications are out there for Type 2’s and how many are out for Type 1’s. Get a grip. And NO ONE said they were going to stand on the counter. They just wanted to be able to inject at their seat, and not be shoved like some pariah into a dirty bathroom. I know needles make other’s uncomfortable. I have a daughter that doesn’t exactly enjoy watching her dad give himself shots. BUT. She also knows that it is what KEEPING her father ALIVE. And so if she doesn’t to see, she like everyone else on the planet, can LOOK AWAY.

“There are important causes out there to take up. When you do so, take up one that will yield positive results. But this isn’t one of them.”

You are correct. There are lots of important causes. Type 1 Diabetes is one of them. As much as you may not understand it in your narrow minded view of Type 1 being exactly like Type 2. Which I recommend a trip for you also, one last link for you Mr. White and those that think the same way, to http://www.JDRF.com. Educate yourselves on the differences. Yes, there are LOTS other causes as well, as we all know there is plenty of social injustice going on in the world. But, don’t talk down to us, like we’re stupid children, when you obviously don’t know the difference between your illness of Type 2 Diabetes, and the auto-immune DISEASE that is Type 1 Diabetes. So, thanks for the “advice” (I use the term extremely loosely), and I think I’ll keep to my “cause” of being an activist for Type 1 Diabetics.


T1D Ignorance 

*EDITED TO ADD MORE INFO*

This situation popped up on my Facebook news feed today since I follow a few T1D pages. They are a great source of inspiration, laughs, and information that I can share with my hubby. I may not be the T1D in this house, but I am a strong advocate.

This was the picture that was posted:

This conversation happened with the owner of the meme page not long after:

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I don’t even know where to start. Mostly I will let the ignorance speak for itself, but just in case you were wondering… T1D (or T2D for that matter) is NOT contagious. Also, the needles used for injections are so very thin and tiny rarely does the person injecting bleed. As well, this is a massive violation of ADA laws. Lastly, unless you are claiming that your bathrooms are cleaner than your dining room, it is quite unsanitary to administer injections in a bathroom. Oh, and by the way, although now removed, this picture was posted BY the restaurant.

In case you were wondering if this “fine” eatery is anywhere near you or someone you love, here is the info from their Facebook page:


May I suggest the Wendy’s up the road for your meal instead?

Some say ignorance is bliss, but, I think in this case, ignorance makes you look like a huge arse.


Being okay with being me

I sit here tonight, rather content. Is my life perfect? Oh hellll no. lol I have a new class starting tomorrow for school (anatomy and physiology I, and yes I’m scared), there’s laundry in the dryer, a barely started afghan on my hook, a cross stitch that hasn’t been touched in weeks, I should probably vacuum, and I really need to sort my closet.

But…

What’s had this post on my brain for a while now, has been this video. I will admit to being a huge Wil Wheaton fan. Ever since I was a little girl, not quite nine years old, curled up on the couch against my daddy’s side, watching “Encounter at Farpoint” for the first time, I thought Mr. Wheaton was the COOLEST person ever. He was a TEENAGER (which at not-quite-nine is a big deal) and he was ON STAR TREK. The NEW Star Trek. The first NEW Star Trek series in AGES (my earliest ST memories are of IV: The Voyage Home, yes I’d seen most of them, but for whatever reason IV is the one that sticks in my brain as the first movie I remember). So, all of that being said, when I was that not quite nine year old little girl, Mr. Wheaton was very, very cool. (by the way if you want to find out how cool of a person he still is, go here, he does podcasts and blogging things and just cool stuffs. Speaking of podcasts, can someone explain these to me? I have an iPhone and obviously internet, but I’m not quite sure what I do to listen/watch to these things… so help an “old lady” out here).

Then that nine year old little girl grew up into a rather shy, introverted, awkward, teenager… I tried really, REALLY, hard to fit in. I was in marching band, I changed that to JROTC (which actually was a great idea because I don’t know if I would have graduated if I hadn’t), I had friends here and there, but no one I was ever really close to. Yes, even today I have some people I knew in high school on Facebook and such, but, I was never really super close with anyone, and I’m still not. After being laughed at, or worse, bullied (at times rather severely), for being smart, liking to read, liking all the things I like (the list is long, but I’ll get to that), I tried to hide it. I tried to “give up” the things I liked. Seriously. I stopped watching ST:TNG, never watched an episode of DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise, when they first were on air. Never saw another movie in the theater. I gave it all up. (and Star Trek isn’t all of it, never watched Stargate, or Eureka, or Warehouse 13, or ANYTHING sci-fi related at all, more on that in a bit)

I hid how smart I was (and really, I’m not THAT smart). I wouldn’t read in public. Missed a lot of really cool stuff. Never went to a DragonCon in Atlanta (usually that’s the closest Con of any interest to me here in SC) or any other Con for that matter. (Still on my bucket list, but I’ll get there). I hid the fact that I loved Animaniacs, and Batman:The Animated Series (that IS where I found Harley after all, WAY before she was “cool” and Suicide Squad was a thing). I didn’t talk about growing up on Star Wars (my R2D2 underoos ROCKED thank-you-very-much), Star Trek (TOS and the movies, and TNG until I got “too cool”), Buckaroo Bonzai (still John Lithgow’s best role if I do say so)… I didn’t talk about how much I loved Stephen King, and Dean Koontz, and Robin Cook (they made you THINK), as well as Anne McCaffrey (dragons, DUH). Instead I tried to dislike all of that stuff, and like all the “cool” stuff. I tried. I failed. I liked rock and alternative and metal (I also have a deep love of classical, and was a trained pianist at one point in my life). I couldn’t get into pop and country (hey I am in the south, that was the “thing”).

So, I kind of wandered and did my own thing, and kept who I was to myself. I didn’t talk about what I liked, and would just smile and nod when my friends would get excited about what they were into. I would watch the popular movies, listen to the Top 40 stations, and just kind of exist.

So… anyway… onward…

I play it off well, but I am severely introverted. I could literally go days without ever leaving the house and be perfectly content. I struggle with reaching out to people, I struggle with making plans, and if I do make them, I struggle with following through with them. I am really good at excuses. That sounds horrible I know. It’s not always excuses either, I do have things that come up, life happens! I will admit that sometimes though, it is an excuse. Thankfully I have a couple of wonderful friends, and a great husband, that don’t give me too much shit about it either.

I really do have a point, bear with me, I’m getting there, I promise…

Within the last five years or so ago, I slowly started realizing that I can like what I like. Netflix has been the BEST thing ever. Really. That’s sounds crazy, but I’m quite serious. With the digital streaming service, I have been able to watch every single Star Trek episode and movie I’ve wanted. (okay, almost, the newest reboot of the Star Trek movies aren’t all available on Netflix yet, but I’ll get to it eventually). Not just all the ST series either, (and sorry to everybody, as much as TNG has a very special place in my heart, Voyager is my hands down favorite), but Charmed, Buffy, Angel, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Firefly, Haven, Eureka, Warehouse 13, and I’m sure more that I’ve lost track of.

Not long after I started binge watching (Hi, my name is Becca, and I binge watch on Netflix and Amazon), I found the video I mentioned at the beginning of this. I am woman enough to admit that the first time I watched it, I cried. Here was Mr. Wheaton, a man I’d hero-worshiped as an 8 year old girl (and sorry Anne, had a bit of a crush on, too), telling me that I AM OKAY. So… silly little fan girl that I am, loaded up my twitter again, and started following all kinds of my favorite people. Too many to name, but I’ve had some “follow backs” myself that have made me grin like a crazy person, as well as replies and likes from several of my favorite people. I’ve had brief Facebook chats with some truly awesome people (more on that in the future, maybe😉 ).

I tweet and Facebook about new projects coming up, sharing memes and seeing fun stuff. I laugh, I smile, I read blogs and articles, sign up for newsletters and generally enjoy myself and all the geekness I can handle. I look at pictures from conventions, I smile at Mr. Auberjonois’ bucket pictures. I giggle when Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo tease each other. I try not to swoon too much when I get a like, or a reply.

And then, as I’m writing, Jeri Ryan posts this meme:

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And well, it’s kind of my whole point. I’m letting my weird light shine bright. I’m here. I’m shy. I’m socially awkward. I may stutter, shake, giggle in weird places, or smile way too much, but I’m a weirdo. And I’m okay with that.

So, to Mr. Wheaton (and his lovely wife, Anne), Jeri Ryan, Terry Farrell, Gates McFadden, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Rene Auberjonois, Manu Intiraymi, Robert Picardo, Brent Spiner, Eddie McClintock, Connor Trineer, Jolene Blalock, and so many many many more, THANK YOU. You all have been massively patient with us crazy fans. I know there are “bad eggs” out there, but you still continue to be patient with us, even if we are annoying.❤

(P.S. I will get back to my crafty updates soon, I promise, I do have things to show off there)


Life as a Wife of a Type 1 Diabetic

I started this a couple years ago, and put it to the side. I feel the need to finish it now though, and hope it will explain a few things. I know this isn’t my usual crafty stuff, and I’ll get an update on that soon too, but this needed to happen first.

Many of you lovely readers that know me, know that DH is a Type 1 Diabetic. Diagnosed right before Halloween when he was 11 years old. Learned how to give himself shots, check his blood sugar, got lists and lists of “dos and don’ts”, and got chased around by nurses trying to get him to eat peaches *giggles*

Before this diagnosis, he was an aspiring hockey player (he is from the frozen Midwest after all) with not a care in the world (as any 11 year old should be). Now we have a son, not much older than that, I can’t even begin to imagine.

As a wife though, from the time I found out (funny story there), to now, I have given shots, spoon fed Lucky Charms, waited anxiously through tests, two eye surgeries, a hernia surgery, and dug through grocery store shelves to find that ONE bag of fruit gummies (his favorite low blood sugar treat) with more of his favorite flavor, and that’s just a tiny piece of it. Because, I love him, and I married him the man, NOT the disease.

Now, to the part that will probably get me LOTS of comments and such. If you are a Type 2 diabetic, go away. No offense intended, at all, but in 80-95% of cases, you can get rid of your diabetes (to those in the small percentages, I’m not talking to you). Type 1’s cannot. Ever. It doesn’t matter if they are under, over, or a perfect weight, doesn’t matter if they adhere to the strictest of diets, doesn’t matter WHAT they do. T1D will ALWAYS be there.

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I know it seems harsh to say “go away”. But seriously people. There are ways to keep T2D under control to the point of no medication (and before I get blasted, yes I know there is a percentage of people this is not the case for, but you aren’t the ones I’m talking to), or gone completely by doing what your doctors, nurses, exercise coaches, and nutritionists tell you.

All that being said. I’ve read some disturbing statistics over the years. The rate of T1D diagnoses has gone up 23% in the US between 2001 – 2009. Also, I believe it’s somewhere in the 80% range of the funding for diabetes research goes to Type 2, NOT type 1. That being said, if you want to help, http://www.JDRF.org is the place to go. They are dedicated solely to finding a cure for T1D. Push your local and federal leaders to support JDRF and increase the funding to find a cure for this.

My DH has been very blessed. No major problems from his diabetes. One eye has a few issues, he’s had some mild neuropathy. We are exploring options of a cure called Islet Cell Transplantation. It involves surgery, and time away from home, and a myriad of things I won’t get into right now.

What I do want to talk about though, as delicately as I can, without giving away too much information is this. Diabetes not only controls a good chunk of our lives. Not only is factored into every single decision we make. Not only is why I always carry I bigger purse, and snacks everywhere we go. Not only is why we don’t travel much. Not only is all of these things. But it is expensive. We have watched over the years the prices of all the needed medications rise steadily, and rapidly, over the past 15 years. At scary rates. For example:

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The second two listed? Those are two of the many prescriptions we buy a month. Not in vial form, and yes, we have insurance. And no, we can’t skip it. Yes, we have skipped other things to pay for this though. Average medical costs per month for us can be upwards of $400. That is prescriptions, alcohol swabs, special foods, doctor’s visits, lab work bills… I think you get the idea. And that’s assuming there are no major problems, and we keep him out of the doctor’s office (or worse, the hospital) for viruses, bacterial infections, and the like. (which by the way, if you’re sick, go away and don’t breathe on me or him, and as much as we care about you, no we will not come visit you in the hospital lol)

So, to all those people that say, “why don’t you get DS more private lessons?”, “what about this or that summer intensive?”, “how about these shoes, tights, clothes?” or sympathetic looks when I say my DD is doing technical college before transferring to a four year, like I’m doing something wrong. When I say back, “no sorry, we can’t.” or “only if there is a scholarship for it.” or “thank goodness my dad is willing to pay for this or that”. I’m not kidding. I’m not lazy. I home-school my DS, keep up with the house and laundry, taxi both kids everywhere they need to go in my 10 year old car, am taking 24 college credits from March to November (that’s 3 credit hours every 5 weeks, or the equivalent of two full 12 credit hour semesters in about 8 months with no breaks. None, seriously, I will finish a class on a Monday and start a new one on a Tuesday), and am seriously looking at any offer of a job, even if it’s bagging groceries.

And you know what. I’m not ashamed. Not of my circumstances. I’m a bit embarrassed for everyone that thinks I should be “doing better”. But you know what? I am happy. I am stressed out sometimes, and seriously wish I would manage to land a winning lottery ticket some days, but I am happy. My kids are happy. My husband is alive, and as healthy as can be expected. All I’m hoping for is a little more understanding. A little less, “oh you all should do this, that, or travel here or there.” It sounds great, it really does, but that’s not where my priorities are. My priorities are educating my children, getting my own education, and keeping my husband as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Is it really necessary for me to “tell the world” all of this? Nope. But I am tired of people not understanding. I’m tired of trying to make excuses for reasons we can’t go somewhere, or do something. I’m tired of trying to justify why my hubby is sick again (please, PLEASE stop spreading your germs, or just assuming it’s faking, or assuming he’s lazy, or just thinking he’s not doing something, trust me, daily vitamins and pro-biotics on top of all his regular meds are keeping him as healthy as he is, imagine how sick he would be if he didn’t do everything he does) And please understand. Sometimes there is NOTHING we can do. He can eat perfectly, take perfect doses of insulin, everything right, and there are STILL going to be days that sugars go high, or low, or whatever. There are many things that can happen when it does, and the effects can last for a day or two, as well. I will leave you with a little chart that is just a small glimpse of what my darling husband, goes through, sometimes daily…

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Craft Update – April 4, 2016

I couldn’t even call this one a weekly update. *hangs head* I haven’t posted anything since FEBRUARY! For shame…

I do have reasons though. School. Ballet. School. School. Ballet.

Yeah, I’ve been busy. School of course takes priority. Ballet just controls the rest of my schedule. Happy to report that my final grade for my first class at University of Phoenix was a 99.1%. First week of my second class ends today, four more to go.

Anyway.

I haven’t had much time to be crafty. Which is sad. But, as ballet winds down, and I get the hang of this whole school thing, I’m hoping I will find time.

I will update you on the tiny bits of things I have managed to find time for over the past month-ish.

First and foremost the fairy…

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A little bit of background since the last update I think (I hope) if not this will be just a repeat of last time lol…

Okay, the big rippled afghan. I still have “issues” with either gauge or how much yarn this is really going to need, but I’ve decided to just roll with it and see what happens.

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I do like the look and feel of it, so it will just end up being as big as it will be. I figure I’ll just keep going until I run out and although the stripes won’t be perfect, it will still be warm and pretty.

Lastly, I did start another project (yes, I was being a bit ADD about it) but I did have reasons. We were travelling for Aladdin, and at the studio a LOT for Peter Pan, so I needed something a bit more portable than the afghan. When you take up two or three chairs with your project, it stops being reasonably portable (in my mind anyway, I know I tend to spread out a bit with projects, and I try not to be rude and take up way more space than I should).

I found the pattern here and I fell in love with it. It includes one of my favorite yarns, I’ve mentioned before, Boutique Unforgettable, and you’ve seen some of the scarves and things I’ve done with it over the past couple of years. I screwed up a bit when I started, because it is REALLLY a good idea to read ALL of the instructions before you start. I didn’t read the whole “carry yarn along” part, and was tying off every row the first couple of times. Oops. Oh well, I didn’t FROG it or anything I just kept going, I will say it’s much neater this way since you change every row.

Here’s what I’ve got of it so far…

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I will say this is one of the first times I actually bought the yarn by exactly what the pattern said. Usually I pick my own colors, but these just worked for me. We’ll see, maybe by next fall I’ll have it done.😉

That’s it from me today. I might actually go and try to crochet for a bit…

Keep Smiling!!


Weekly Craft Update – February 22, 2016

Happy Monday my lovelies! 

Okay so I’m trying to be more cheery than normal. Because here we are, yet again, in South Carolina with cloudy skies and rain in the forecast for the next few days. Again. We have barely had a week without rain since September. It’s kinda getting old. 

It does leave time for crafting supposedly, but, I didn’t seem to have a ton of time for it this week. Saturday was a good crochet day since we were out of town for ballet again. I also didn’t have to drive thanks to the other male dancer momma so that was a very nice change. 

Updates!

A tiny bit of background done on and off this week. Never seemed to find the patience this week to sit and stitch though so not much. BUT every stitch is progress, so we will stay positive. 

  
Like I said last week. I wasn’t sure if I was happy with the gauge on the newest blanket, so I did frog it and start over. But, I wasn’t too upset since with this super bulky yarn, it works fast. The pattern is easy to keep track of since it’s pretty much all in threes. 

  
The other thing is… Well I may need advice. Michaels had mill ends on sale a couple weeks ago, but they weren’t balled or skeined. So of course I untwisted and started to ball it myself. Let me show you…

I started with this…

  
And now at the moment I have this disaster I’ve been working on off and on for a couple of weeks…

  
So, my question for all crafters out there. When I untwist I basically get a big loop/circle of yarn. Obviously I don’t want to work from this, and need to ball it first. What is the best way to go about this (without having to buy a bunch of stuff) so when I move onto the next “twists” of yarn I don’t have this problem. Should I be hanging it from something? Is this when I should have someone with their hands inside the loop for me to wind from? I’ve never had this before so I’m a little confused. I will keep working on my disaster and will eventually get it balled, but I don’t want to have to go through this every time. I have three more twists for this color and a couple more of another. Thanks in advance for any help!

Okay thanks for getting through my wordy post today folks. Happy crafting and keep smiling!


Weekly Craft Update – February 15, 2016

Totally dropped the ball last week. Sorry about that!

Good news is I have two projects going on now lol. Michaels sent me a lovely 30% off your total purchase coupons, and so I grabbed some yarn for some projects I’ve been drooling over. The first one I’ve started is with Bernat’s blanket yarn. Sooooo soft! Now I may end up frogging this one. Gauge has always been an issue for me. So normally I always go up a hook size to stay in gauge. Well, I’m 6 rows in and already though my first skein. If I’m reading the pattern right I should get close to 10 rows per skein so, I may have to frog it and go back to the original sized hook. It works up super duper fast though, so if I do, it won’t take long to get back to where I am. But here is what it looks like so far…

    
I have gotten a lot of background work done. Or at least it feels like a lot to me.:) I won’t babble on about it. I’ll just give you a picture…


Have a great week everybody! Keep smiling!

 


Weekly Craft Update – February 1, 2016

Wow. February already!?!? Where has the time gone? 

Well just a quick update from me this week. I did get some stitching time in, which made me very happy. I also bowed to the masses (here and on Facebook) that have kept asking about her eyes. Hopefully she’s not as creepy as she was before. More background done as well, and some more work to the flower in her hair. 

Here is your picture:

  
Keep smiling everybody! Keep crafting, keep doing what you love. 


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