FFXIV Adventures

I have one job at 80 in FFXIV – and it’s the dancer. Unfortunately, I don’t really ENJOY this class at 80 as much as I thought I would, so I’ve been looking to level up a few other jobs so that I have more options. One that I wanted to try was Archer/Bard. I managed to inch my way to 30, do the class quest to unlock bard, and then I paid for a boost to 70. Zero regrets, this is a fun ranged DPS class that I’m enjoying a great deal.

I’m also leveling up a warrior and an astrologist for a tank / healer option. I’d like to get caught up in the current story before 5.5 releases, but I’m pretty sure that won’t be happening, there’s just so much content (NOT a bad thing by any means, I love that there’s so much for me to do).

I’d also like to reach 80 in a few more crafts, and finish off botany which is my final harvest job that needs 80 yet (I think I’m at 75). My husband is no longer playing with me and that has put a bit of a damper on things, plus my FC fell apart so I have no ‘home’ but I’m still chugging along.


Knitting Goals – April 2021

Completed in March:

  • I actually finished my Stillness shawl! The goal was 90% but I was having such a great time with it I decided to continue on. I’m very proud of it, it turned out beautiful.
  • I did also frog my Silver Bell Sweater – and started re-knitting it once I got past the dropped stitches. I’m using a cord to a set of needles that doesn’t excite me and instead frustrates me because it’s so stiff, so I’ve been looking into get a new set of chiaogoo interchangeables, US sizes 2-15. Being frustrated with my knitting due to the equipment is annoying.

I did not get 1/2 way with my TAAT socks, but I’m still pretty pleased with my progress for March. I also completed a quick little headband using some handspun which is fantastic. I don’t get a lot of opportunities to use that yarn.

Current WIPS:

  • Sockhead Cowl (50%)
  • Scrap Blanket (2%)
  • For the Horde Mitten Liners (0%)
  • TAAT January Sock Club Socks (20%)

April Goals:

  • Complete the TAAT socks
  • 50% completion on the Silver Bell Sweater
  • Two squares on the scrap blanket

I’m not adding anything too intensive as a goal for April, it’s my birthday month and I want to take things slowly, plus give myself time to work on other hobbies. Hopefully I can keep up with the few that I’ve added.


April Gaming Goals – 2021

I didn’t have a lot of gaming goals this time around, but that is probably a good thing because I didn’t even keep up with the ones I had.

Incomplete:

  • Did not clear the plot of land I own on Novus – instead I traded this to Moumix, and started Quail Plaza on my main deed on Liberty.
  • I also did not play any Littlewood – though I did pick it up for Switch when it released.

Complete:

  • Continue to play Divinity Original Sin 2 with the husband. This has been a great evening activity for us, we’ve made it out of Fort Joy, and discovered all sorts of juicy details. I’m having a blast.

April Goals:

  • Finish at least four floors to one building at Quail Plaza. There are three buildings total, I’ll be happy as long as SOME progress is being made.
  • Reach 80 in another class in FFXIV. Whether it’s crafting or adventuring, I want to see some progress!
  • Play an older game from my steam library and try to complete it (hah).
  • Continue past the next chapter in Divinity. I’d love to see me and my husband ‘complete’ this game together.

50s inspired headband

I was looking for a simple knit to use up some of my hand spun yarn – so I made this ‘pin me up’ head band from a pattern over on Ravelry. It’s cute, it used my whole skein, and it was an instant gratification project that I’m pleased with.


Fatter Cat

I absolutely had to get this mount from the shop. My retainer is working at fishing the minion version up, and everything about the duo makes me laugh and smile. Especially the little cat sounds they make when you summon / dismiss.


The Couple that Games Together

Me and my husband met back in EverQuest II many years ago. We lived long distance, so we gamed together. It’s what strengthened our relationship, and while neither of us has the time we used to, we still try really hard to get some game time in together.

These days we’re not playing MMOs together any more – but we’ve started playing Divinity Original Sin II – something I’ve had in my library for some time, but never really put any time towards. So far, it is fantastic. The story is interesting, and there are so many options and secrets and little hidden quirks to find out. We’ve just made our way past the very first chapter, and I can’t wait to see what else there is in store.


Next?

I’m honestly not sure what project to pick up next now that I’ve finished my massive shawl (that I adore). It’s blocked and almost ready to wear, I have a few small things to fix (like dropped stitches that I’ve picked up with stitch markers to fix at a later time). I’m thinking it MIGHT be time to bring out the Silver Bell Sweater that I’ve had in time out since December. I could almost stomach fixing it. I think.


Deed Update

Working on my deed has gotten a lot slower lately, but I’m certainly still pushing at it. The main portion is ‘complete’ (the town) with just a few details being added here and there. The next big part is to complete the plaza, which is an enormous shopping square, 4-16 floors high with different tiers. Then I want to decorate that, so that people can peek into the shops and see various items for sale, or just look around the pub. It’s an enormous project that requires a LOT of raw materials, and I’m having difficulty keeping it stocked, especially when the contract this time around is for 10,000 mortar. The payment for that amount of work is horribly low, so I’m not actually sure I’ll even bother. I think I could make better use of the mortar just using it for myself, or even selling it later to players.

Still, things sure are looking beautiful.


Stillness Shawl – Completed

I am finally done my Stillness shawl (pattern is from Ravelry) after having started it February 1st. I am so proud of myself for knitting such a large project and actually sticking with it. What I did to help myself along was to actually print out the pattern and assign rows to specific days as goals. This way I wasn’t overwhelmed with a whole lot of knitting, and if I wanted to work ahead I could. Some days I didn’t knit at all, and instead I knit twice as much on other days. It was the perfect way to keep me in line.

There are mistakes, but I still love every inch. I’m also ready for a new less time intensive project next. I have a pair of socks to finish off, and then we’ll see what is next.


(Yet Another) Hobby

I have always been fascinated with miniatures. Everything from those travel sized shampoo bottles, to miniature toys, and food. I recently was gifted some polymer clay and tools – so I decided to try my hand at making miniature bread! It’s air dry clay, with chalk pastels for the colour. There are numerous ways of achieving the texture and colour of bread, you can wait until the piece dries, or in my case, you can apply the pigment right to the fresh clay. Unfortunately if you do it that way you lose a little of the detail because of the brush. Still, for my very first attempt, I’m quite excited!

I also bought two smaller shadow boxes and I have plans of creating some scenes inside of them. One will be quails (naturally) since they’re amazing, and the second one I think I’m going to turn into some sort of book nook. I might just turn it into a yarn / knitting / spinning scene instead though. I haven’t decided.