Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Misandry!

Bec gave me permission to turn her pixel artwork into a proper cross-stitch pattern and distribute it. I'm pretty happy with the colors, though I've changed the notation to a different light pink in the pattern (one that's slightly pinker).

Here's the pattern with colored blocks and symbols. Here's the pattern with black and white symbols only. In case there's any confusion, misandry is basically a joke term. Individual people can discriminate against or dislike men, but it is not sexism, it is not a widespread, institutional system that discriminates against men in a vast, societal way.

The piece pleases me so much I'm having postcards printed of it. If you'd like one, feel free to e-mail me your address (mabithdarling at gmail).

Summer has been hard, in part due to being stuck inside so much, and a lot of extra pain lately. Some excellent reading though, and I got the best book holder ever, The Book Seat. I really recommend it if you have trouble holding books. Some reviews said it tipped with heavier books, but I didn't find that to be true at all (and I tested it with the largest, heaviest books I have). It even works well with mass market paperbacks.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

penguins! reading!

My swap partner received this, so now I can show you what I made for The Great Tumblr Needlework Swap! Hannah had reading and penguins on her list so I felt compelled to design this.

I might clean up the drawing a bit and put it in my free pattern section (just added The Cheat and my dalek pattern there), or I might try to design a slew of cartoony animals reading patterns and sell them as a group. Who knows!

The World Cup has been slightly breaking my heart. Not so much in terms of the US loss (I never expect us to do that well, and I don't think much of Klinsmann's coaching), but I'm still upset over Mexico's exit (due to cheating by The Netherlands) and Algeria's near thing with Germany. So pleased for Costa Rica and Colombia though, and I will be cheering for Belgium due to personal connections.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

well hello

I got over my embroidery swap fear and finally joined on, and got my piece done on time. Hopefully have it in the mail tomorrow. So excited. I'll post the piece once it gets to the person.

What I can show you is the sweetest knit plush I've ever made. I made it for my friend Christine's baby, Maisie, a first birthday present. I love it's face soo much. Cute, right? Free pattern here.

I changed my couch surfing setting from not hosting to maybe hosting and got five requests in about four days. Two were way too last minute for me, but I've got someone coming Monday.

The World Cup is on and that is literally all I'm thinking about. My brain is so drained from watching three games every day. It's shaping up to the best Cup since 2002. Great play, some surprising games, some gorgeous goals, and some annoyingly over-zealous refs (as per). Soo delighted with Mexico, especially after their dreadful qualifying play, and England is playing far better than I expected.

The US has been badly coached and were trying to play a German style of soccer, but we don't have the passing accuracy or confidence for that. For god's sake, just focus on speed, endurance, set pieces, and passing accuracy! Don't think about style AT ALL! Gawd. I could talk about the games all freaking day.




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hello

Oh, hello, I do still exist.

It's been a hard time, and I don't really know how to get out of it. I'm working on it. I stitched this, and I'm working on a project now for the Tumblr needlework swap, which I'm pretty excited to show you (probably in a week). 


My main interest now is that the World Cup starts tomorrow! Soccer is rather my thing, it was always the family sport and I love World Cup time. There are some interesting groups this year, with some of the best teams having no strong competition in the groups. There's certainly a possibility that the US won't advance to the round of 16, likewise England and certainly Mexico who played appallingly during qualification. My main away team this year is Uruguay who I usually cheer for anyway due to quite enjoying saying Uruguay in a Colombian accent.

Never read the book The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle. It is SO BORING and so depressing that he wrote it (it's about spiritualism).

Thursday, April 24, 2014

knitting

Haven't started any new stitching projects. I knit a couple fluffy scarves for my niece in hot pink and purple (those being her favorite colors currently). Her birthday was on Easter this year, and today is my birthday. She is now three and I am twenty-nine. As we left on Sunday she told me "I'm glad you could come and give me birthday presents." Too cute. She was very happy with the scarves.

This month has been hard. I think I'll feel better when we're past my birthday, but I've been saying things like that for a good year. This morning started with confronting a postal supervisor who was not super helpful. My last two Graze boxes were likely misdelivered and who knows if I'll ever get them.

I've been knitting a soctopus, and stuffed a wool octopus I'd knit ages ago and randomly found again. I even remembered to take them to my mom's house so she can felt it in her washer.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pain

 My legs have been in more pain than usual for a while and not my upper body has joined them in this shameless mutiny. I am getting very close to the end of my tether.

I super messy stitched a quote from a Leonard Cohen poem onto a handkerchief. We'll call it pain-stitching, which you do just to be stitching something anything, just for that focus it provides. If I can focus worse pain into just my hands it's easier to cope for a bit, but there's a limit.


Right now I am knitting a Clanger. I will eventually make two, one for my niece and one for my nephew. They're extra big, since I just kind knit with size two needles. Size five is pushing it already. 

Hoping I can take a bath at Madre's tonight which will maybe help? Who knows. My body is an evil unto itself.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dreams and Nightmares II

I got a local commission for a really involved pattern (just the pattern) and working on that sapped my desire to stitch. I finally finished the second installment of my Dreams and Nightmares series.

This one was a little easier to get through, and I think they'll continue getting easier which is maybe the point? I don't know.

Now I'm at a loss for what to do next. Mostly I've been reading up a storm while playing mindless time management games due to vastly increased leg pain. It's typical fibromyalgia changing-seasons bullshit. I haven't even been to snuggle with my cat, just her leaning against my leg is too much. 

Also making it hard to sleep is being stalked by a morning dove. Never in three and a half years has there been a bird on the window ledge (it's a slanted ledge, not flat), and suddenly twice in as many days there's a morning dove cooing at me.

Yes, that sounds nice to some people, but birds don't like me and I don't like them. Not your normal doves, robins, starlings, cardinals and such anyway. I'm happy with crows and larger birds.