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I didn't read any books in September. I think this puts me behind on my goal of reading 25 books this year. I'll have to correct that in October.

I did do a TON of crafting in September, though! The Red Heart Lovers group's KAL/CAL was softies, which coincided nicely with Nerdopolis' Cute Critter War. So I, uh, went a bit overboard crafting critters:

Final Fantasy Amigurumi


Pokemon Amigurumi

Other Critters


I made so many softies that I managed to win the raffle in the Red Heart Lovers group, for the third month in a row. Yay more free yarn!

I also did a few non-critter projects. There was the Mystery 220 KAL, which turned out to be the Bandana Cowl. I figured out what it was from the first clue, but I didn't spoil it for anyone. It was still a fun mystery, because I couldn't fanthom how it was made. Turns out it uses short rows!

I did two projects for the Holiday Stashdown CAL, the Rockskipper Wristers and Fall Thicket Coaster. I have a third in the works, but I don't have a picture of it yet so I won't bother to link my project. But it's the Holiday Hostess with the Mostest Shawlette, if you want to see what it looks like.

I made two hats for the Hat of the Month group, the cute Snow Bunnies hat, and a Shell Stitch crochet hat.

Finally, I did a washcloth for the Dishcloth Weekly group, Veined Leaf. I wasn't going to do it, but another group member was having difficulty with it so I did it to figure out where she might be going wrong.

Whew! Lots of projects! October should see less crafting. Nerdopolis is back on, so I have five projects for that, plus a shawl for the ministry, and I'm doing the Mystery 220 challenge. But otherwise I don't have many crafting plans.

I'm hoping to get back to playing Final Fantasy XII this month. It'd be nice to get it finished. I'm near the end of the story but still have a lot of hunts to do. I also started yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy V last night, as the Four Job Fiesta is doing a speedrun party this month which sounds fun. I have no way to record myself so I won't be officially entering, but I thought I'd try it out anyway.
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I reached 300 projects on Ravelry! I had reached 200 projects on May 26, 2015, so if I'm mathing correctly that's a project finished every 2.83 days. Sounds fast, doesn't it?

Stats:

* 26 Ministry projects
* 16 doilies
* 67 dishcloths
* 4 garments
* 112 knitting projects
* 187 crochet projects
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I didn't get a lot of crafting done in January as I was busy playing with my Kindle. I became rather a boring person, just refreshing Twitter, Facebook, and Ravelry over and over. I think I'd feel less bad about this if I was more engaged in creating content, by posting more to the sites. Instead, I was rather passive. Meh.

I did manage to complete some items, though! I finished another prayer shawl. It came out much bigger than I expected! But this is good; as someone in the ministry said, people come in all sorts of sizes.

I finished a cowl for the Red Heart Lovers group. I keep hoping to win their raffle, but it was not to be, again. Drat. I'm sitting this month out because they are making slippers and I've just made a pair, plus I am running out of Red Heart yarn.

I also made a pair of wrist warmers using up some leftover yarn I had. I've worn them while using my Kindle. They are cozy.

Finally, I made three dishcloths for the Dishcloth Weekly group: basketweave, Nancy's Square Cloth, and rib and welt.

Nerdopolis has started again, which always inspires me to craft. I started four new projects on the 1st, and have worked on each of them each day so far. February should be a productive month!
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This may be the last month I do two shawls. I managed to finish them both, but I had to do a LOT of knitting the past few days to do so, and it was tedious.

Anyway! Yesterday I finished my Celtic Myths shawl. The cable felt like it took forever. If I do this one again, I think I would do less repeats; since I was using Aran weight yarn instead of DK it came out nearly ten inches bigger than the pattern states.

I also finished a second Boneyard shawl. I'm pleased with it, but weaving in the ends from the color changes was annoying. I didn't have enough yarn to do one color, though.

I made a doily, Mini Moods of Change. As I was working on it, the initial section really wanted to be a bowl. It flattened out once I got to the second section, but there's a bit of extra fabric in the first section so it doesn't lay perfectly flat, which annoys me. The designer did warn that the beginning rounds would be tight and not to change hook size, but still.. I feel like there aren't enough stitches in some of the rounds. So I'm just okay with the results of my work.

I finished some crocheted slippers. Who knows if I will ever actually wear them, LOL. The toes are too long; I actually ripped one of them back and tried to make it shorter but didn't have much luck. These might end up being frogged....

I made a cowl based on the Elegant Ellen hat. It curls somewhat, but not too bad. I wore it to the Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting and got compliments on it.

I also made two projects for the Crochet Holiday Stashdown, the Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy and Adelyn Earwarmer. That latter one is Tunisian, so that was fun.

Finally, I made some dishcloths and tawashi for the Dishcloth Weekly group: Maidenhair Fern dischloth, Magic Spike Mandala, Tribble #2, and Scrubbie Dots.

Whew! I sure was busy! Funny thing is that I felt like I didn't do as much crafting this month because at the beginning of the month I was spending a lot of my time reading and playing Final Fantasy V. So the crafting went to the side for a bit. But I obviously found time to get a lot of things done, even though it doesn't feel like it.

In January I plan to take a break from the shawls and work on my Nerdopolis Summit Seeker projects: my Turkish Treasure Redux and Cockleshell Camisole. I'm also making a cowl for the Red Heart Lovers group, but I haven't picked the pattern for it yet. Any suggestions?
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I finished my first knitted garment for myself - my Harvest Cardigan! I am wearing it right now. It is very cozy. The arms came out too long, but I simply turned back the cuffs, and that is working nicely. So I don't think I will rip out some of the sleeve, as I first thought.

I finished two more shawls. My Wavedeck is going to be for myself, as it came out better than the first one I knitted. That one will go to the ministry. I also finished a Boneyard Shawl. It looks much better in person than it does in the pictures. I liked the colorway enough that I knitted a swatch with the scrap yarn to keep for myself, to remember it by.

I'm working on two mysteries. The first is a knitted mystery that I think will end up being a cowl. I love the pattern so far. That was the yarn I was untangling, by the way -- I did end up cutting the yarn in one place once I got to the knot, as there was no other way to untangle it. The other mystery is a crochet one that I think might be a container for plastic bags. I can't imagine what else it could be that is that skinny.

In December I plan on crocheting a Mini Moods of Change doily, and knitting a Celtic Myths shawl. I've also started on another Boneyard shawl with some more variegated yarn. I don't have enough of the variegated by itself, so I will alternate sections with Red Heart Super Saver in Aran.
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It is only the 18th and I already have my five stars in Nerdopolis. For Nerdopolis University: Pluto and Friends, I made a crocheted pumpkin treat bowl which is orange like Jupiter. The pattern pic looked so big, so I was surprised at how small this turned out. It'd be good for holding Hershey's Kisses. For Carousel Nerdception: Sidekicks and Pets, I made another baby chocobo. The eyes turned out better on this one, I think, but still no where as cute as the pattern pic, which used felted eyes. Eventually I'd like to make felted eyes myself. For Wildcard: Boo! I made a Tunisian scarf. It had two new stitches in it. I had to watch a video to figure out the twisted stitch, and I did the shells wrong at first due to misreading where the repeat was. But I eventually got it, and it turned out nice. It's destined for the frog pond, though, because I used yarn earmarked for a shawl. Finally, my last two stars were in Area 51: Oldest WIP. My oldest WIPs are Summit Seekers projects, so instead I made a knitted pumpkin and finished a Seraphina's Shawl that I started in a fit of anxiety on September 30th.

I also started my Harvest which is coming along nicely. I haven't worked on it for a week, though, because I'm trying to finish my Meandering shawl by the ministry meeting this Friday. As if I didn't have enough to do, I saw someone post a nice crocheted shawl that features a butterfly stitch, and started one myself, which I'm also going to try to finish for the meeting.
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It's my birthday! Yay! To celebrate, I spent the past few days finishing my Wavedeck shawl as a birthday present to myself. I'm pretty pleased with it, but there's some errors in it. So I'm probably going to make another one, and whichever one is better I'll keep for myself. The other will go to the shawl ministry.

I'm also working on a crocheted shawl for the ministry, the Silver Bells shawl. I'm not really a fan of pink, but I do like this soft pink. I probably should have made it wider, but I was concerned about running out of yarn. The pattern says it took 1000 yards, and I've only got the one skein of Red Heart Giant.

There's also the two scarves I'm making for the Red Heart group on Ravelry. I'm making a drop stitch scarf in a sunshine print. The color changes are very short, so it's coming out kind of busy. I do like it, though. The other scarf is a crocheted mesh stitch scarf in Real Teal. Love the color.

My parents went on vacation the beginning of this month. I spent most of the time in front of the computer, reading various threads on Ravelry. Also, eating. It appears that when left to my own devices, I default to overeating *sighs*. I did go to the library while they were gone and rented Skyrim, but was meh about playing it. I finally fired it up the day they came back, and played about two hours. It's brown. Why do games feel they need to be brown? I do not like brown. I also didn't like the combat. I felt like I wasn't hitting anything. I did successfully hit a chicken -- which put a bounty on my head and got me attacked by a townsperson. So, I wasn't too impressed with Skyrim. I might give it another chance and rent it again in the future, but so far it is not on my to-buy list.

Also while my parents were gone, the U.S. Puzzle Championship took place. I find I have less of an attention span for it the older I get. I lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes before I gave up. I only submitted answers for two puzzles: the battleships, which was easy, and four of the ten differences in the picture puzzle. I did try the Sudoku but didn't make much headway, and was intrigued by a crossword-type puzzle but had no clue how to start it.

I had been playing Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift before my parents left on vacation, but wasn't in the mood for it when they returned. I was enjoying the gameplay, but the story was sparse, and I was wanting something with more meat to it. So I started a new game of Final Fantasy XIII. It's been about a year since I played it, because I had bought a new xbox controller with my birthday money last year and played it then. I'm enjoying it.

I'm going to the library today to see if I can find a copy of The Scorch Trials (the second book in the Maze Runner series). The movie is coming out soon, so it will probably be hard to find the book, but one was due back recently, so maybe I'll get lucky.
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It's been a busy week as I stayed up late several times to work on knitting and crochet designs. I'm still slowly working on my knitted hat design, which I think will go well (but SLOW). But the crochet is DONE!

As previously mentioned, the first design was cupping too badly, so I reworked it. I set it aside, though, because it didn't meet my vision. I had an idea for another hat (a band of hearts surrounded by pink) but that one didn't work out, either.

But then I had my third idea, and I am tickled to say it worked out just fine and completely came out how I envisioned it would. Squee! And then I had a FOURTH idea, for a hat with cables and shells, and that one came out, too!

Well, I did it! I published my Cables & Shells Hat yesterday on Ravelry (after setting up a new email address and Paypal account), and today published my Fireworks Beanie. I also posted a free pattern for an afghan square, Fan Dance Square.

So I'm a published designer! Yay!

I'm not expecting much money from this. I think I would be thrilled if I sold ten hats. I hope I get my first sale soon.
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Yay, June is here! That means that Nerdopolis officially started. Here's this month's challenges:

The Lab: Medieval Art - This month, your challenge is to craft something inspired by Medieval Art or Architecture. The Lab is for non-Ravelry sanctioned crafts, such as needlework, painting, drawing, etc.
Area 51: Reboot - Rebooting your WIPs by frogging and starting over, or ripping back to fix mistakes.
Wildcard: Signs - For this month’s challenge, craft something inspired by a road sign. Please use an existing Real World sign (not imaginary or fictional, please).
Change the World - Water Water - This month we would like to focus on water, either for people or animals.
Nerdopolis University: Archeology - This months theme is you guessed it Archaeology. And your mission should you choose to accept it is to craft something inspired by Archaeology.
Carousel Nerdception: In Memory of … - make something inspired by the memory of someone that one of Nerdopolis’ fandoms has lost.

I don't do Change the World, as that is for donations to places and I don't have any money to donate. And I don't do anything for the Lab because I don't do non-Ravelry crafts. Instead, I submit two things to Area 51, which is allowed.

So, the plans! For Nerception I crocheted a bookmark in honor of Terry Pratchett. For Wildcard: Signs, I'm making a 198 Yards of Heaven shawl, which is triangular, just like a Yield sign. For University, I'm doing my Kable. The plan is to tie it to tools which area found in archeological digs. For Area 51, I'm going to finish my Tunisian Treasures shawl, and also going to frog and reknit apair of socks that came out too big.

I'll be very busy this month! I'm already halfway done with the backing for Kable, and am on the third repeat of eight on the Heaven shawl. I'm on row 55 of 81 on the Tunisian shawl. Haven't touched the socks yet; I plan to get to them around the middle of the month.
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Hurry up, June! I want Nerdopolis to start!

I'm very excited about being captain. I plan to do Weekly Summary posts on Mondays, WIP Wednesdays, and Game of the Week on Fridays. That should keep the thread moving.

Team rosters were announced today, and we have 7 players on Team Co-op, which puts us in the small team category. It's too late to sign up for a team, but you can still play as a Rogue (and independent player). I've gone ahead and locked our old thread and started a new thread for the new tournament. I've been writing the intro post in my head for days now, LOL.

I've been planning on what I'm going to make for Nerdopolis. I'm going to finish my Tunisian shawl for Area 51. I'm also going to do another 198 Yards of Heaven in white and pink. There's the needle holder I'm making for the Red Heart Lovers group. That's three projects. I'm also thinking of doing a Fishy Tawashi, which makes four. Finally, I'll probably do some more baby blankets for the ministry, which makes five projects. Hopefully I can fit these projects to the themes.

I dug through the yarn [personal profile] goody_scrivener gave me and pulled out the skeins I'm going to use for the needle holder and shawl, so I'm good to go. I just need it to be June already!
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I reached 200 projects on Ravelry. WOW! Here are some stats:

* 60 BAMCAL squares
* 9 Ministry projects
* 13 doilies
* 41 dishcloths (wow, that many?)
* 2 garments
* 60 knitting projects
* 139 crochet projects

...which means that somewhere I have a project that's marked neither crochet or knitting. Hmm.

I finished the first set of ministry baby blankets. That used up 5 of the 39 skeins of yarn I got from [personal profile] goody_scrivener. I have a plan to use two skeins of One Pound yarn to make another gigantic 198 yards of heaven. Another skein is in use for a MCAL in the Mystery 220 group. And I'll be joining [personal profile] goody_scrivener for a KAL/CAL in the Red Heart Lovers group.
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I bought some purple sock yarn recently to match my Orchid Top. Since I'm planning on wearing the top soon, I wanted to go ahead and make the socks.

So I looked through my Ravelry queue and picked out a knitted pattern, Cable and Lace socks, and got to work on it. The twisted rib cuff took forever. And then it was time to start on the cable and lace part. The cable went okay, but the lace? There are double decreases. That's not the easiest stitch to do. I dropped some stitches while attempting the DD, utterly befouling the lace. So I put the sock aside while I contemplated what to do.

I could have probably fixed my mistake, but I was only on the first repeat of the pattern, and I imagined this happening again, and just.... no. I did not want to deal with that. I could have picked out a different knitted pattern, but really, I have no business knitting socks right now since the last two pairs I made came out too big. And I had just gone through my crochet magazines recently, which had some good articles on sock making. Plus, I really wanted the socks to match the top, which is done in a shell stitch. Interweave Crochet had a pattern in one of their magazines for a shell stitch sock. And so I crocheted socks!

I like this pattern. The first socks I crocheted had an afterthought heel, which means the heel was done last. This ended up with an ugly and uncomfortable seam underneath the heel. The Adirondack socks are crocheted from the top down, with a heel flap and turned heel--just like I knit my socks. I wore them for about an hour on Saturday night and they were comfy. Unlike other crocheted socks, the pattern has some stretch to it--not as much as a knitted sock, but it definitely stretches. This is a good thing, because the largest size the pattern had was for a leg circumference of 10-1/2", and my leg is bigger than that. The sock stretches enough to fit around my leg.

I will definitely NOT be frogging these socks. I may even make more crocheted socks in the future.
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I've been doing a heck of a lot of knitting the past week. On Monday I managed to put work into all of my WIPs, yay! Otherwise, there's been quite a bit of work on the camisole, which is going well now that I've restarted from a twist in the cast-on. What I should be working on is Ministry Shawl #3, which I want to get finished this month. I estimate I have about two hours of knitting a day to do on it in order to finish it. Doable, but a lot of work.

If I don't finish it I have other things I can submit for Nerdopolis, because I've been so busy with projects. In addition to all the WIPs I have, I also knitted a headband. Because I saw someone post it on Ravelry, and it was the perfect use for yarn I had left over from a scarf, and nothing would do except to knit it NOW. So I did. I'm also crocheting socks. Yes, crocheting. Why? Because it is International Crochet Month, and the Party group on Ravelry is making socks and there are prizes. I'm a sucker for prizes, so I am making a pair. I already know that I will likely frog them to knit socks instead, but it's kind of a proof-of-concept thing. I've been intrigued with crocheted socks for a while, so now I can say that I've made a pair, lol.

I dreamed about them. I was over in England, or possibly Ireland, and was in a yarn store looking for yarn to take home as a souvenir. They had some really fine yarn, like thread-weight but softer than thread, to be used with steel hooks to make socks.

My mom's birthday was on Friday, and on Saturday we went out to a German restaurant. They spelled our name wrong on the reservation, which is a bit of a fail since our last name is German. Otherwise, everything was lovely. I played it safe and had wiener schnitzel, which was good. I was tempted by the sea scallops, but it came with rice instead of potatoes, and I really wanted German potato salad. There was live entertainment. He was quite talented - played the accordion, trumpet, tuba, and handbells, and also sang and yodeled. It was a nice evening.
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People have played the Final Fantasy XV demo, and it's getting great reviews. AM SO EXCITED! Oh, how I wish I had the money/console to get Type-0 HD so I could play the demo for myself. Alas, it is not meant to be.

So, on Tuesday I did indeed start Lightning Returns. And well, um. first impressions. SPOILERS. )

Instead I've been knitting and crocheting a lot. On Friday evening I made a doily, which was entered in the Nerdopolis Pi challenge. I woke up early on Saturday and couldn't fall back asleep, so I frogged the original Orchid Top I had tried making. Then I split the yarn from the frogged swatch, and knit a swatch for the Cockleshell Camisole. On Sunday I entered that into the Nerdopolis Summit Seekers challenge, to give me motivation to do it. I'm really eager to get started on the knitting part of it, not so eager to split the yarn. Yes, I am crazy and splitting yarn for this, LOL. But I split 11 skeins for my Orchid Top, and that turned out nicely, so I'm willing to do it again for the camisole (which I will wear underneath the Orchid).

Also on Sunday, I worked on ministry shawls #2 and #3, and did a few more rows on my pumpkin socks. Which means that all the projects I currently have on the needles were worked on, yay! I'm hoping to finish ministry shawl #3 this month so I can submit it to Nerdopolis, though I'm not sure what challenge I will submit it to yet.
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On Friday we went to the fish fry at our local VFW hall. This is the third time I've gone, and it was just as good as the last two times.

Saturday morning I finished my BAMCAL blanket, finally. Just in time for the end of round 1 of Nerdopolis, which I submitted it to in the Area 51 category. Saturday night was pizza, which we usually have on Friday, so that was a bit weird (but good!).

On Sunday I completed Final Fantasy XIII-2. I still have some achievements to unlock, but the story itself is 100% finished. I immediately went out to obtain Lightning Returns. Alas, my local GameStop did not have it. I checked Best Buy, too, since I was in the area but didn't expect them to have it (they didn't). I'm going to check a different GameStop tomorrow after my therapy appointment. I really hope I can find it, because XIII-2 ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and I want to know what happens next!

I also stopped at Joann to pick up some size 9 needles for a new ministry shawl. I'm doing 198 Yards of Heaven but continuing on in pattern to make it bigger. I started it yesterday and knit for about two hours. Then I was bored and went to bed early.
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On Friday there was a meeting of the Shawl Ministry. I had to walk there and it was COLD, especially on the way home as I was walking into the wind. The meeting went well. My shawl was admired (as was my crocheted sweater) and I got yarn, hooks, and patterns.

I spent a good portion of this weekend knitting and crocheting. I've made good progress on the BAMCAL afghan and should finish it this month. I also knitted a hat and finished a scarf I've been working on. While doing so, I listened to the soundtrack of FFXIII-2, which I think is better than XIII's soundtrack. XIII-2 has three composers, one of which is Naoshi Mizuta who composed XI, which music I love. There's a lot of vocals in XIII-2's soundtrack which I think works very well.

The rest of the weekend was spent playing FFXIII-2. I spent time building the perfect Ravager. To do this, I needed to recruit Tonberry and Don Tonberry, which are rare monsters, so I needed the Battlemania fragment skill to up the chances of meeting them. To get this skill you need to get 100% exploration of all the maps in game. That took some time, especially the final dungeon. Once I recruited all my monsters I had to level them up, which required farming materials. Honestly, this all feels a lot like XI to me -- not that the gameplay is similar, but there's a similar progression of your character. It was hitting the same pleasure spots of my brain that XI hits.

So my perfect Ravager is built, and I beat some of the optional bosses in game. I also saw one of the paradox endings. THAT fight took forever - a whole 54 minutes! I'm not sure I could have done it any faster. It wasn't a real difficult fight, just looooooooooong.

Tomorrow I have to pick up some medication. I'm hoping to have time to go to Michaels and get more yarn for my afghan, and some new needles for another ministry shawl. It all depends on if my mom has to drive the kids to soccer practice again. If she does I likely won't have time.

Shopping!

Jan. 26th, 2015 01:47 pm
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I went shopping yesterday. Yay!

First stop was Starbucks, as my sister had given me a gift card for Christmas. I forgot how expensive they are. I got a grande peppermint mocha and it cost $4.65, wow. I also got a salted caramel square and saved it for later.

Then it was onto GameSpot. I'm a bit superstitious - when the time is a repeated number like 11:11, I make wishes. One of my wishes was that GameSpot would have both games I wanted at an affordable price so I could just use the $25 gift card from my sister and the cash I had on hand, so I wouldn't have to dip into my $100 gift card which I want to use entirely on yarn. Happily, both games were in stock and were indeed cheap enough. I got Final Fantasy XIII-2 for 17.99 and Lost Odyssey (at [personal profile] lassarina's recommendation) for $14.99. Score!

Then it was over to Michaels for another skein of Red Heart Super Saver for my BAMCAL afghan. Truthfully, I like my local Joann better than Michaels, but I wasn't sure they had Red Heart Super Saver and I know Michaels does, so I went there. I was able to pay with cash. I think I have enough cash left over to get a haircut at Great Clips - I need to count it and see. It's about time for a haircut.

After that, my shopping was done, so it was back home. I worked on equalizing two more squares for the BAMCAL afghan. I have 5 large squares left to equalize, plus the 12 small squares. I'd like to finish this week, I think. Then I played some FFTA until dinner time.

After dinner it was time to try out the new toys! Originally I had planned on playing FFXIII-2 first, but I was lucky enough to get the manual for it and read that it featured Serah, which dimmed my interests a bit. So I fired up Lost Odyssey instead. I'm about four hours into the game and am enjoying it so far, though I wish I hadn't used up the 10 healing medicines you get at the start of the game.
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I was wrong about how long it would take to finish weaving in the ends. I thought it would take the full FFXII soundtrack; it only took two discs. So that's done. Now I'm working on equalizing the squares so they have the same number of stitches per side. I'm doing this because I'm going to crochet the squares together rather than sew them.

I finished listening to the FFXII soundtrack. It made good background music. I liked it, but felt that the songs blended together. There were no tracks that really stood out. I'd definitely listen to it again, though. Now I just need to get the soundtracks for FFIX and FFXIV and I'll have them all!

Had to go out yesterday in the bitter cold weather to my therapy session. I mentioned that everyone is doing 2014 year-in-review/2015 planning posts. My 2014 year in review? I knit. I crocheted. I played video games. I read. I'm planning on doing the same in 2015, mostly. It would be nice to get an income stream. I'm sorta mad at myself because several months back my local Joann Fabrics was looking for a knit and crochet instructor and did I offer my services? I did not. Grr. I've never taught knitting/crochet before, but I think I could do it. It'd be fun, a way to ease back into working, and a bit of money in my pocket. But I missed the opportunity, alas.

So we spent a lot of time during my session talking about Etsy. I've pretty much decided not to use my primary email account for it, as it gets way too much spam. So either I will use my real name account, or make a new email address for the business. Probably the latter. I need to come up with a business name. The only one I thought of so far is "Karen's Creations", but I am sure that is likely in use already. I could go with my FFXI screen name, which has personal meaning for me, but I try not to tie that name to this identity. So, I don't know. Any suggestions?

After my therapy session I came home and played a bunch of FF Tactics Advance. I leveled all my clan members to at least 10, and now I'm trying to unlock more jobs. I successfully unlocked Blue Mage and Gunner, and Marche is a Paladin with Excalibur which is very fun. I haven't done much progressing of the story. This playthrough has exceeded the total time of my first attempt at the game, and I'm not as far along (still only two laws). After I get off the internet today I plan on working on equalizing squares so I make some progress on that, and then play FFTA some more.
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I've been listening to the Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack lately. It's not as bad as I thought it would be when I first heard the music in the original trailer, but still, large portions of it are forgettable. So I made a CD of my favorite tracks. It was actually pretty hard to get it to fit to a single CD, but I managed. Here are the winners:

  1. Saber's Edge
  2. Snow's Theme
  3. Eidolins
  4. Blinded By Light
  5. Glory's Fanfare
  6. The Vile Peaks
  7. Lightning's Theme
  8. March of the Dreadnoughts
  9. Serah's Theme
  10. Hope's Theme
  11. Vanille's Theme
  12. Chocobos of Cocoon ~Chasing Dreams~
  13. Fighting Fate
  14. Desperate Struggle
  15. Fang's Theme
  16. The Archlyte Steppe
  17. Pulse de Chocobo
  18. The Yaschas Massif
  19. Start Your Engines
  20. Eden Under Siege
  21. Kimi Ga Irukara (Long Version)
  22. Ending Credits
  23. My Hands


If I have one complaint about the soundtrack as a whole, it's that it lacks a great opener. FFVII had Opening-Bombing Mission, FFVIII had Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec, FFX had Zanarkand--all great themes. FFXIII has the Prelude to Final Fantasy XIII, which is one of those aforementioned forgettable tracks. Bleh.

I have also recently acquired the Final Fantasy XII soundtrack, but I haven't listened to it yet. I'm only familiar with two songs from it: the Dalmasca Westersand, which was featured on Distant Worlds:The Celebration, and Kiss Me Goodbye. Both good songs. I'll be listening to FFXII while weaving in ends...

In 2013 I did a block-a-month crochet-a-long (BAMCAL) and made a blanket. I used it all last year. The ends are popping out. >_< I did a lot of crocheting over ends as I went along, so I think that is why. So for 2014's BAMCAL, I did not crochet over ends, figuring I would weave them in very well so they won't pop out. Except I neglected to weave in ends as I finished each square, so now I have to do them all. I've been slowly working on it, and it's taking forever. Hence listening to the soundtrack. I think it's going to take the full soundtrack to finish what's left.

After a bit of a break, I've gotten back into playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Still only have two rules, but they are getting tougher. I've gotten a yellow card twice, but both times I turned the game off and restarted from a save. I can't figure out how to unlock advanced jobs. For example, there's a quest that requires a Blue Mage, but none of my clan members are Blue Mages or can change to that job. According to the wiki I have to master abilities, but I'm not sure how to do that. I think I have to equip weapons that grant that ability, and then characters will naturally master them?

Presents!

Dec. 26th, 2014 02:26 pm
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I finished my blankets in time! The Pineapple Afghan was finished on December 7th; I finished the Snowflake Afghan the day before our party. Both blankets were well received. My sisters told me I should sell stuff on Etsy. I asked them if they had any idea how much I'd have to charge. I put over 60 hours into the Snowflake Afghan alone. Multiply that by minimum wage and you're talking a lot of money.

Still, I've been mulling it over in my head. Maybe not blankets. Maybe hats. They're relatively quick. Thing is, if I'm going to sell stuff I'd want to use nicer yarn than Red Heart Super Saver. I'm not even sure I can find wool at Joann or Michaels, and as far as I know, there are no local independent yarn shops. Another issue with selling stuff on Etsy is that I lack the means to take professional photographs. My Canon is broken, and my old Blackberry that I use for Ravelry pictures turns everything yellow.

Our Christmas party was the Sunday before Christmas. We had dinner reservations at 3:00. I finished my Jaywalker socks at 2:45, lol. Just in time! Dinner was good. I had fettuccine alfredo with chicken and broccoli. After dinner we came back to the house to open presents. I got:

A pink chenille sweater
A blue long-sleeved shirt
A framed photo of my niece and nephews
A Nivea bath set
A $25 Visa gift card
A $25 Starbucks gift card
A box of four Godiva chocolates

On Christmas Day we went over to my sister's house for bagels. The kidlets were very excited because they got an Xbox One. Then it was back home, and a very long wait for me to open the day's presents. Finally about 8pm we gathered together. I got

A Suave Moroccan Infusion gift set
A $100 Visa gift card

YAY! I was hoping I'd receive enough money to buy some video games. I am definitely going to get Lost Odyssey and Final Fantasy XIII-2. I'm thinking about Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep as well. If I could find my other memory card for the PSP I'd buy Final Fantasy IX, which I haven't played and am eager to, but I fear the card is well lost and I don't want to spend the money for a new card.

The remaining amounts of the gift cards will be spent on yarn. I just need to decide if I'm doing BAMCAL again this year. I joined the group and will be following along, but I'm not sure I want to make another blanket because I have no one to give it to. I could buy yarn to make hats for Etsy... which I might do. We'll see.

All in all, it was a nice holiday.

I was bored the past few days with pressing projects to work on, and I didn't feel like playing FF Tactics Advance, so I started a new game of Final Fantasy with four warriors. My goal was to complete the game without them dying. This was pretty easy until Mt Gulg, where I was insta-deathed by a pyrolisk. Grr! So I restarted from my save, and decided I needed some Protect Rings. Off to the ice cavern. First try: insta-deathed by a Mindflayer. Second try: paralyzed to death by a wraith. Third time was the charm, though, and I managed to get the levistone without another death, though I missed two of the treasures. Got the airship, then went off to Gaia and bought my precious Protect Rings. Went ahead and did the class change quest, then headed back to Mt Gulg. After that the game was pretty easy... until I reached Chaos, who whupped my butt. Not sure I'll be able to beat him without some deaths, hmmm. I also have a single red mage file that's also stuck on Chaos. One of these days I'll complete that one as well.

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