bluehwys: (Fiction > Life)
Bruin Redemption: The Stanley Cup Returns to Boston – Alan Hahn
Liberation of Alice Love – Abby McDonald
Alice in Zombieland – Lewis Carroll & Nickolas Cook
Devil’s Cub – Georgette Heyer
The Walking Dead, Book 4 – Robert Kirkman
bluehwys: (Fiction > Life)
Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon – Matt Fraction
These Old Shades – Georgette Heyer
Pets in a Pickle – Malcom D. Welshman
Survivor – Chuck Palahniuk
Tall Tales and Wedding Veils – Jane Graves
In the Tall Grass – Stephen King & Joe Hill
bluehwys: (Cubicle Sex)
That AO3 hits meme is floating around again, and since it's been just over a year since I did it last let's take a look at what that year's brought.

I have a total of 19 fics posted, thank you Avengers fandom very much.

By hits:
Sunday, Monday, or Always, The Avengers, 1179 hits, posted 7/14/2012
Under the Sea, The Losers, 1093 hits, posted 11/20/2010
Section 6, Paragraph 4, Article J: fraternization, The Avengers, 898 hits, posted 7/13/2012
Inter-agency Relations, The Avengers/James Bond, 817 hits, posted 7/15/2012
Happy Little Trees, The Avengers, 652 hits, posted 7/13/2012
Welcome to the Jungle, The Losers, 618 hits, posted 10/26/2010
Beer Before Liquor, X-Men, 502 hits, posted 4/10/2011
Woobie, The Avengers, 460 hits, posted 8/4/2012
8:16 a.m., X-Men, 276 hits, posted 10/24/2010
And a tie for number 10
Never Give Up, Never Surrender, The Losers, 194 hits, posted 4/22/2012
Proud Member of the Emily Roberts Booster Club, The Losers, 194 hits, posted 5/6/2012

By kudos:
Sunday, Monday, or Always - The Avengers
Section 6, Paragraph 4, Article J: fraternization - The Avengers
Inter-agency Relations - The Avengers
Under the Sea - The Losers
Woobie - The Avengers
Happy Little Trees - The Avengers
Welcome to the Jungle - The Losers
Beer Before Liquor - X-Men
Never Give Up, Never Surrender - The Losers
Occasionally - X-Men

My one little Supernatural story doesn't have any kudos at all. Poor Dean.

Ugh

Apr. 4th, 2013 03:14 pm
bluehwys: (Until I die)
Got my taxes done this afternoon. Ugh. After seeing how shockingly, depressingly, little I made last year (and how very little of it I'm getting back) I realized that I actually do need to get a second job instead of just idly tossing the idea around. And that maybe I should start selling my crochet like everyone tells me I should.

What an eye-opener.
bluehwys: (Fiction > Life)
World War Z - Max Brooks


Only one book this month. So sad. I really need to do more reading during the day. Instead of reading fanfic on the computer I should be reading actual books.
bluehwys: (Let's Get Dirty)
I just accidentally spilled some shredded cheese on the the kitchen floor. Did I A) get a broom, or B) call the dog in for clean-up duty?



it's totally b
bluehwys: (Fiction > Life)
January - February
One Goal Achieved: The Inside Story of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks
Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon - Craig Nelson

February
Holding the Cards - Joey W. Hill
Kinky - Justine Eloyt
bluehwys: (Fishies)
Okay, I realized after my last post, that I'd never actually made a post about my holiday/season bunting project. Oops. So.

I decided to make a bunting for each month/holiday/season, because reasons. The first one I made was snowflakes for January. Details (with pattern names) on my Ravelry page, and pics behind the cut )

Then for February I did a heart bunting, but made it black like my soul. :)
I used this pattern, and Red Heart in black. Here, on Ravelry, or behind the cut )

Next up, Easter eggs.
bluehwys: (Fishies)
I finished another holiday bunting! This one is for March and St. Patrick's Day. I followed this pattern, and used Caron Perfect Match in evergreen.

On Ravelry, here.

Or behind the cut )

After they were finished I steam blocked them to stop them from curling up, and it worked pretty well! They look really nice after blocking.
bluehwys: (Driver picks the music)
I finished my project for [community profile] imadeathing! Last night, actually, and the deadline is today so, just made it.

I picked the prompt Supernatural, Salt. For those that aren't familiar with the show, the main characters use shotgun shells filled with rock salt to disperse ghosts. Almost immediately I could picture this scarf in my head; I knew exactly how I wanted it to look, and couldn't wait to get started on it. I used Red Heart yarn, beads, and felt, and made the pattern up as I went along. Though, in all honesty, it's a pretty easy pattern to figure. :)

The most time-consuming part was hand-sewing all the beads to the finished piece.

Pictures and details )

I'm not sure what I'll do with it, since we don't need scarves down here in NC, but it was really fun to make. I enjoyed coming up with the concept, and figuring out how to make it work, and seeing it take shape the way I wanted it to. It really got me interested in creating my own patterns!
bluehwys: (Fiction > Life)
The annual year-end book poll is up over at my LJ - go here and see if we've read any of the same books!
bluehwys: (Fiction > Life)
Wicked Business – Janet Evanovich (November – December)
Made to be Broken – Kelley Armstrong

Not a very strong finish to the year. But I'm going to try and read more next year, and also to read more on my nook as well.

Stay tuned for the poll!
bluehwys: (Let's Get Dirty)
I did half of the room, which is not bad at all I think. Actually, to be honest, I did the easy part first, lol. There is still a huge invisible corner that is desperately trying to get my attention, but that will have to wait a few more days.

BEFORE AND AFTERS!

Here is the TV side before. Not too bad really, but still enough to be bothersome.
Before )

And here’s the after. Things put away, surfaces dusted, snowglobes windexed. The big box to the right of the TV is an ongoing crochet project, as is the green bin to the left of the TV.
After )

Here is the before of my small (oh so small, pitifully small) bookcase and chair. Things start to get worse here, and it only gets horrible to the left of the chair. But we’re not talking about that, because that’s the invisible corner that doesn’t exist.
Before )

And here’s the after. Books straightened, more dusting, things put away and/or tossed.
After )

Then I vacuumed, not only the front room but also my bedroom and the hallway connecting them. Since I had the vacuum out I figured why not do it all?

Like I said, there is still the invisible corner and the couch to finish, but I think I’m done for the day. Those can wait few more days at least.

TO DO:

Dec. 30th, 2012 09:09 am
bluehwys: (Let's Get Dirty)
Laundry

Repot and redirt christmas cactus and orchid

Work on unfucking the front room Made a good dent in it. There's a couple of sections left, but I'm done for the day. I'm off again on New Year's Day, so I'll get back to it then.

Start embellishing the SPN scarf - Cannot start sewing on beads until I get thread to match the yarn. Grr! I thought I had some already, but nothing matches. I'll stop by Joann's after work tomorrow and pick some up. Also need to get some felt.

PAY BILLS, GODDAMNIT

Take down tree and village
bluehwys: (Fishies)
I have been seduced by tumblr and left my poor LJ and DW to rot. :(
So have all the projects that I've recently finished and posted over there, but not here. With links to Ravelry and patterns and lots of pictures.

So, first up - Christmas presents.

First is a throw that I made for one of the area managers at work, because when she found out that I crocheted she hinted not too subtley that she'd love to get something. Because I like her (and it was still, like, June) she got a blanket. I followed this pattern on the Red Heart website, and I absolutely recommend it. So simple and easy, yet different from your average ripple. 53in x 43in.

Ravelry or behind the cut )

And another throw that I made for another area manager at work, because he's such a nice guy and so laid back and working with hims is a real treat. I used this pattern which, while it looks great and is pretty simple, holy fuck leaves a shit ton of ends to weave in. And I only used three colors. 36in x 45.25in

Ravelry or behind the cut )

Then I made a mug cozy for the store admin, because she's so nice and has to put up with all kinds of bullshit. The pattern is super easy and quick, and looks great. I did make a few changes - I added one more row because when I tested it out on a mug it only came up about halfway, and then I chained more stitches for the loop because the fourteen in the pattern just wasn't going to work.

Ravelry or behind the cut )

And then, because I was making something for three people in the office, I had to go ahead and make something for the rest of them. So for the store manager and the other area managers I made beverage/coffee sleeves, because it's a super-duper easy pattern and I knew I could whip them up in an evening and use up a bit of my stash at the same time.

Ravelry of behind the cut )

For my niece, my sister picked out this pattern on the Lion Brand website. Again, I ended up changing it around a bit, mainly not doing a frog post and making the post a little shorter and narrower at the top. The best part is that I had all the yarn in my stash and didn't have to buy any! I did add one of those round plastic cross-stitch discs to bottom for a flatter base, and sewed a little pouch of poly pellets to add some weight to the base.

Ravelry or behind the cut )

That's it for gifts! Everyone loved them and I got a lot of compliments and gushing thank yous, which is always nice.

There are a few more projects for me, but I'll put those in another post.
bluehwys: (Christmas Lion)
I decided to make a dog blanket for one of the managers at work, because he's such a nice guy and working with him is stress-free and laid back. It's supposed to be a Christmas present, so all other projects have been put on hold until it's done. I followed the Scrappy Steps Afghan pattern, but only used three colors. It looks great, and I'm very happy with it, but the nature of the pattern means that there are a shit-ton of ends to weave in. Normally, I weave the ends in as I go along so that there isn't a lot of weaving in at the end. This time though, I ended up restarting the blanket a few times to fix/change a few things, so I decided to leave the weaving in for later. Regretting that now, ugh.

The Supernatural scarf is on hold because of the dog blanket, but there's really not too much more that needs to be done. I might pull it out and play around with it today for a little bit, give myself a break from weaving in ends, lol.

I also joined a crochet pen-pals thing on tumblr. We crochet a little something every month and mail it out, and every month has a theme. Like I don't have enough to do, lol. January's theme (which has to be mailed by the beginning of the month) is 'winter', so I'm doing a snowflake jar. Well, planning on doing, I haven't actually started it yet. But I have a plan, and supplies, so that's half the battle, right?

So, I have all that going on right now, and work, and the holidays, and what have I been spending my nights doing? Making snowflakes out of cotton yarn for a garland for my front room. Yep. Because I have to have one, because we don't really get snow down here and it's December and I miss the cold and snow from up north. Not that we ever got any real snow until January, but still. It's been in the upper 60's the past few days. I've gone out without a coat! In December! That's just wrong.
bluehwys: (Let's Get Dirty)
Bought a tablet last night, and one of the first apps I downloaded was Angry Birds: Star Wars. I was up til almost one in the morning playing that shit! OMG take it away! I actually had to force myself not to pick it up again this morning so that I could get dressed.

I’m hoping I can use the tablet with my crocheting. Like, instead of having my laptop on and open for a pattern, I can just pull it up on the tablet instead. I also downloaded a couple of crochet books from a nice person on tumblr, and plan to upload them to the tablet.

OH! I can also pull up coupons probably and not have to worry about printing and forgetting them!
bluehwys: (Fiction > Life)
Anything But Vanilla – Madelynne Ellis (September – October)

Exit Strategy – Kelley Armstrong (October)

Queen of Babble – Meg Cabot (November)
Queen of Babble in the Big City – Meg Cabot (November)
bluehwys: (Driver picks the music)
I finished part of my project for [community profile] imadeathing.



Can you tell what they're supposed to be?

Now to get started on the next part!
bluehwys: (Halloween)
Today I finished a pair of mittens for my baby niece. I’ve never made a clothing item before, but luckily I found a great FREE pattern that was easy to follow. I did make a few changes, but nothing really significant.

Instead of fastening off after the last row of the cuff, I just chained one, turned the cuff on its side and started the first row of the hand. I did 1 sc in the first stitch and the next stitch, then *2 sc in the following stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch*, repeating across and ending with 1 sc in each of the last 2 stitches, for a total of 27. I followed the pattern for the rest of the hand and thumb.

Then I measured my niece from wrist-to-wrist (or tried to, wiggly little worm), attached the yarn to one mitten on the thumb side with a single crochet, chained an appropriate amount, anchored the chain to the other mitten on the thumb side with a single crochet, single crocheted in the next stitch on the cuff, then single crocheted back across the chain (in the ‘spine’ on the back of the chain), and ended with a single crochet in the stitch next to the stitch I started my chain in.

Does that make sense? I’m not sure I explained it that well, lol.

I used an F hook and Caron Perfect Match in Orange, which is a REALLY bright orange. Like, safety-vest orange. Traffic-cone orange. They’ll definitely know which ones are E’s, is what I’m saying. The funny thing is, is that I showed E two skeins of yarn (she’s 10 months, btw), the orange and Monet by Red Heart, and she immediately reached for the bright orange. Sold!

Anyway, they're here on Ravelry, or click for pics )

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