Dudes, I am awesome when I get motivated to get shit done, and what better motivation than trying to get closer to a sexy piece of loving man? I know right? So since you’ve last heard, I have picked up a copy of Creating Web Pages for Dummies, which teaches HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, etc., so that’s exciting. I’m just cracking into it now, so I can’t display my mad coding skillz yet but at least it’s becoming less foreign and frightening. And as Talea pointed out today, I’ve kind of become a graphic designer on the side since I like to create productive projects for myself at work to increase sales. I’m making info packages and brochure type documents left right and centre, and I’m doing it all on friggin’ bitch-face Microsoft Word. We all know what a pain in the ass that program is, so imagine how much easier I’ll be able to get all my pretty visions out once I know how to use the far superior tools of Dreamweaver and whatnot. Awesome.
I can, however, show you some other stuff I’ve been working on, which is my fun knitty projects! I’m planning on whipping up a batch of scarves, ’cause they’re oh-so-fun accessories (really, knitting sweaters may be impressive, but…no, no knitted sweaters for me) and because I can whip them up in a hurry. If I’m going to sell things, I better be able to produce them quickly, right? Then I’ll make a stop down to the public crafty type venue (I’m totally spacing on the name) where you can rent machinery you couldn’t possibly afford on your own, like super awesome sewing machines that I’m hoping/presuming can sew up fun tags and stuff. Tag ’em all up and by the time I’ve got the website up, I’ve got a decent headstart on virtual shelf filling goodness.
Check it out, yo! (Oh, and there’s some fun other stuff mixed in there too.)
This here’s a super fuzzy green scarf I made with a really simple pattern that Talea taught me. I’m so in love with this yarn! It’s called Sean Sheep and I’m so embarassed to say that I got it at Walmart, but I checked their website and it seems the gigantic bastards have exclusive distribution rights or something. Alright assmonkeys, I’ll play your game. I have to find more, I’m so amazed at how soft this yarn is without costing me an arm and/or leg. Any start up knitters out there, I’m totally pimping this stuff. I really hate the damn Walmart association, but I can’t pretend not to like the stuff. Hate the game, not the player.
This is a scarf that is a duplicate of a scarf I actually made for myself last fall, my first completed knitting project ever! The first one was a burgundy colour, and I had wanted to make a series of brightly coloured ones. You can’t see the shape too well in this photo cause it’s all pile up (on the super gorgeous flower carved wooden box Josh sent me for my keepsakes, awwwww), but the sides wave in and out. You can see better in this pic, I think.
Damn my shaky hands. I’ll probably model it at some point when I’ve got someone else to take a picture, but you get the idea. It’s kind of wooshy. Anyways, it’s just increasing and decreasing, but I thought it was kind of awesome that I came up with the idea all by myself 🙂
This is the next project:
This is actually a product of some mild math, an expansion of a smaller version of this pattern that I found…somewhere, I went on a crazed pattern collection binge one day, Google is awesome! You’d be amazed at the collection of pattern creators out there. Some of them sell their patterns (and kudos to them, cause I haven’t been able to come up with anything other than skinny-wide-skinny-wide = wavy), some are just spreading the crafty love. Anyways, in future, I will make sure to pay attention to see if someone has requested a credit for their knitty genius, but hopefully I’ll be able to create some of my own.
My stash of yarn, with patterns already assigned. I think I’m going to bead the shit out of that super crazy fuzzy pink stuff (as opposed to that slightly crazy fuzzy pink stuff and the sleek and shiny pink stuff) and do a simple pattern but randomly switch needle sizes, so it comes out kind of funky and uneven and net-like, in a sexy trendy fun kind of way. And I’m going to try my hand at a sort of quilt scarf by knitting patches of that shiny pink and purple stuff on the left and stitch them together to make a piecework scarf. I’m excited to see how it turns out.
My itty bitty place. There is a bedroom, but I gave it to the bunnies.
I’m actually kind of in love with the concept of small, compact living, although one of those itty bitty Swedish designed bunkers with bookcases for stairs to a loft bed might be a bit nicer than a teeny apartment with unsticky floor tiles. But I’ve got my TV, my futon (not craptacular, as a matter of fact, it’s pretty and awesome with drawers) my awesome blue trunk that Talea and I dragged up my stairs when we found it on the curb (Scavenging, go! I dragged that dresser under the TV up too, it holds all my shoes!) my fan and space heater cleverly filed away, my clothes dressers that are out of sight and obviously the bathroom. Peep my tiny kitchen! I’m so used to prepping food on a square foot of counter space that even when I bought a table for more space, I covered it with a mini indoor garden. I still really love having the extra shelf space underneath.
I think I’m going to make one of my first “How To Be Awesome” instructional videos all about cloning (and possibly stealing) plants. For someone who’s never really done much in the way of gardening, I seem to be doing okay! The last time I remember ‘gardening’ up until very recently was wanting to invite all my kindergarten friends over to see the carrot patch (also itty bitty) I had successfully grown in a decorative barrel in my grandmothers back yard. I even drew up invitations saying “Come See My Carrot Patch.” My mother and grandmother humoured me, but the baby hippie tea party was not to be.
The big one is from work, we apparently had too much greenery at reception. And when it outgrew the little pot, I potted it with soil in a bigger one. No point in tossing the little pots, so I decided to try my hand at planting some snipped leaves and seeing if they’d take root. So far so good! I’ve started two others with those brightly coloured leaves there from a big tropical plant I bought that I still don’t know the name of (seriously, if you recognize it, let me know what the hell it is).
The gnome is named Wally by the way, Josh sent it along with the carved box and other goodies. And when I went downt to visit, he gave me a little carved squirrel too, since he knows how much I love squirrels (but won’t let me have a flying squirrel for a pet, harumph!) One day I’ll be able to put them in a real outdoor garden.
He also got us some matching tattoos, for any newcomers out there who haven’t seen them yet 😉
Well that’s pretty much what I’ve been working on the past week and a bit. And right about now is way past my bedtime, (plus Josh is online, so I’m going to spend some time with him first ’cause we’ve both been busy working our asses off lately) so I’ll check in with y’all later.