Circular Sock Knitting

The above machine is from 1893, created by a company called Creelman Bros which was based here in Canada, in Georgetown Ontario. The design is quite simple, you crank a handle, needles move, yarn moves, and it stitches for you. There’s an attachment that fits in the top so you can do ribbing, too. They’re solid machines, weighing about 28lbs – and I recently purchased one off of EBay.

Why?

Because these textile machines absolutely fascinate me – and they’re no longer in production except for one company that creates reproductions for upwards of $1200 USD. It honestly blows my mind that something I am so incredibly passionate about hasn’t actually evolved or changed over time, it is that niche.

It hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m excited to try it out and see how well it knits. The test samples shown seemed to work well, but sometimes you just don’t know when it comes to EBay. I certainly didn’t pay as much as the reproductions go for, but it wasn’t a light sum, either. Hopefully I’ll have an update on the purchase in a week or two.


First C2C – Complete

Well, almost. I’m still adding a border to it right now (I’m doing two rows of grey then a row of black then I’ll assess if I want more) but it’s looking really nice and hopefully my daughter gets lots of use out of it. It was simple, a lot faster than knitting a blanket (bit over a month, at my pace that’s pretty good) and a pretty good size, too. I’ll most certainly try more C2C blankets in the future.


The Whole World Went to Shit – Lets Blog

I’ll be participating in Blapril (an early Blaugust) and hopefully blogging lots over the next little while – but – it will more than likely be a lot of craft-related posts, because honestly that is my happy place, and with covid-19 taking up 99.9% of my life, I NEED that happy place.

No idea what Blapril is? Read about it over on Belghast’ site, sign up, connect, be together and all that good stuff.


Parasol!

I’ve been doing a LOT of the restoration project. I reached 60+ in all crafts and harvests, and also picked up this really neat parasol!


No Longer a Bunny – Meow.


So many cut scenes, so little time

I’ve been playing Final Fantasy for a bit over two weeks now, and I have been having such an incredible time I wonder why I didn’t stick with the game previously. Granted, experience is VASTLY changed to how it was when I used to play, but the game really does cater to everything I love in an MMO.

Two weeks in I’ve managed to finish the first Main Story Quest (MSQ) and move past the filler quests that led to Heavensword, which is where I’m at now. I loved my Warrior, but I had high anxiety tanking dungeons which are a requirement for the MSQ (you can bypass this for a small fee) so I swapped over to Red Mage, which I enjoy but I don’t love.


FFXIV Goals

Yesterday I hit level 48 on my marauder thanks to the daily roulette, and I’m working through the main story though I’m only in the 30’s for that. I know you can purchase a boost that will unlock all the story stuff from the mog station but I wanted to experience it myself, otherwise what’s the point in playing.

I reached level 35 in mining and I’m learning how much I dislike harvesting 99 nodes for NPC only slightly less than I enjoy harvesting 15 high quality nodes. It’s nice brainless work at least, so I can relax from the daily grind of smushing mobs.


Health Goals: Details

I mentioned I want to lose weight and get healthy in my previous post, so here’s a bit more of an in-depth look at what I’m doing to accomplish those goals.

I’m going back to portion control by means of meal prep. This is what I did when I lost 75lbs last time, and I know it works for me. My issue is not eating unhealthy so much as it is eating way too much. With mean preparation I don’t need to figure out what I’m going to eat each day, it will already be cooked. I also don’t need to worry about how MUCH of it I eat, because I have it all divided up in handy little containers. This also leaves me with more time during my days NOT focused on food, which is great because I have little time due to my kids anyway. Less chance of making unhealthy choices.


Using That Handspun

I’ve been trying to make an effort this year to use up some handspun yarn, but honestly since I’m so new at spinning not all of it suits the projects I like to knit. I did make a scarf that I love, but there’s still lots of yarn to turn into something pretty.


Goals n Stuff

I’m not one for resolutions, and it’s already well on the way to March, but I do have some goals I want to work on this year, so I thought I’d post them here.

  • One completed craft a month, for a total of 12. That means doubling up one month and then skipping a month is fine as long as by the end of the year I have at least 12 crafts total.
  • Track meals on myfitnesspal for at least 3 months in a row.
  • Reach below 200lbs
  • Reach gold cap in WoW on at least one character
  • Reach 80 in at least one job in FFXIV

It’s not a huge list, but I hope that makes it more reasonable to expect from myself. I might add to it as time goes on if it’s not enough of a challenge. It really depends on how much ‘free’ time I have this year (which is typically just about zero except for brief spurts when the kids are in bed, and even then I’m with my smallest every 30 minutes or so since she’s still restless and nursing these days. I constantly remind myself it’s just a phase, it’s just a phase).