Starting Over in 2017
A New Year
Hello everyone! It is just over a week into the new year, and I am already exhausted. I have had quite a few changes in the last few weeks and have tried to acclimate to them. I hit a rough spot with my fibro, where some symptoms been particularly intense. Slowing myself down more, both figuratively and literally, seems to be helping manage. I’ll be a tad slower this year in producing craft projects, but I’ll be sure to make it worth it.
Another change is that I have gone back to school, enrolled for a master’s degree. I had been originally planning on a career in clinical psychology, but as certain things in my life have changed, including health issues and personal views, I have altered what it is I would like to do next. My background education in psychology is still going to be quite useful, but I’m taking things in a different direction: public policy, with the possibility I’ll be going into advocacy work. So my time is going to be mostly dedicated to schooling in the coming months. But I promise I’ll keep writing patterns and DIYs and sharing them here on the blog.
My husband and I have recently moved to a new apartment, and it has taken me a few weeks to settle us in properly. Slowly but surely, it is starting to feel like home. I have my kitchen stocked with baking supplies, some favorite snacks, and coffee. I already shared my go-to cookie recipe in the last blog post on Treat Baskets, but I would like to share with you a few recipes that we use in my family. So be sure to pop in now and then for those.
A New Apartment
With the new apartment coming together, I wanted to show you a little of where I spend my days. It’s rather compact here, but appropriately cozy. As you can see, I have a bookcase full of yarn. A lot of those have been accumulated over the years from various projects and will be used this year in one big project (more on that further down). My desk has a unique setup that my husband rigged up for me. I am legally blind, and the main problem with my vision is that my eyes’ ability to focus is quite impaired. The only real way I can see is by having the thing I’m looking at, very close to me. Like…within 6 inches. So my husband bought that heavy-duty desk mount you see there, my new iPad, and a bluetooth keyboard. I gotta say, this is so helpful! I can sit up straight finally and have a monitor (the tablet) the right size for what my visual field can actually handle. This should make it easier to produce my blog posts and write up patterns for you all!
I gotta say, I love having my yarn in order like this. I tend to prefer it ordered by color, simply because it looks nice. But it also helps that most of my yarn is worsted weight, otherwise I’d likely organize by weight and then color. How do you organize your stash?
What I love best about having this new apartment is that I got to pull all my books out of storage and lined my walls with bookcases again. Frustratingly, two of my bookcases broke during the move, but that is to be expected after having them for so long and them having been of rather cheap materials. I’m actually surprised they lasted so long. It gave me a good excuse to go shopping for a few new ones. And my brother contributed one as a house-warming gift. Thanks big bro!
These first books are my religious studies books, history and biographies, social and cultural studies books, psychology books, science books covering a range from chemistry, physics, geology, biology, and medical studies, writing and grammar, business and marketing, craft books, and humor books.
This next section could use some improvement. I’ve read more books than I own, thanks to the local library where I grew up. But even with this small fiction section I have, I’m rather happy with how steadily it is growing. I take recommendations on books, so be sure to leave me a comment with those below. These bookcases contain some kids books that I like to keep around for memories’ sake and for younger members of the family that want to read them. I have plenty of classics including Sherlock Holmes books, Jane Austen novels, Shakespeare works, and Victor Hugo books. There are mysteries and suspense books, including the Amelia Peabody series and some Heather Graham books. I have lots of science fiction and fantasy sets including The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and a couple of the Game of Thrones books and Dune books to start these series off; I’m hoping find some of the old Dragonlance series too while I hunt for new authors.
And in this lower set of bookcases, just under the breakfast bar, I have put together all the romance novels I’ve collected over the years. There was a phase just at the end of high school where the simple storylines and happy endings of romance books was something I binged on. I grew to like the authors Nora Roberts, Julie Garwood, and Susan Carroll. It was a short phase where this was all I concentrated on reading before I moved on to broadening my reading-list again. Sometimes I pick those books up again when I want some brain-candy. Although, I must say, finding a romance novel that makes you emotionally work for that happy ending and gets you invested in the good characters and plot is always a treasure to find among the less-complicated stories of the genre. Good authors are worth crossing over into any genre, I think.
A Few Small Projects
I have a few left-over projects I need to finish up from last year, and those will be shared as well, since I have a couple of patterns and DIYs to share with you from those. Here are just two of the ones I want to finish up though. The creamy, pink to yellow one is a baby blanket for my friend who has a baby due next month. And the grey one is going to be a long scarf for one of my cousins.
A New Big Project
I told myself at the end of last year’s 5-blanket project, that I wasn’t going to do any more big projects for a while. And of course, like any other avid crafter, I failed in this resolution. Haha! To be precise, this new project is a combination of a temperature blanket and a Star Wars project. Intrigued? Good! I’ll elaborate on my next blog post where I introduce it, but for today I’ll leave you with this: I frogged the small section I had going on my 2016 temperature blanket and have replaced it with this new project. A 9-blanket Star Wars project.