December 6, 2010

Evolution of the (blog's) soul

I have been thinking lately about how I blog and the effects that has had on my audience, or lack there of. Generally I've stuck to just updating on what crafty things I've been playing with. Also up till now I've kept things pretty impersonal, and that, to be honest is due to my love of my privacy with a teensy bit of internet paranoia thrown in for extra flavour and this has left my blog with no soul. Lets be honest, its been pretty lifeless lately. And I'm not happy about this.

So the time has come to pique my readers interest. I want my blog to have a bit more of a crunchy granola experience for my readers as opposed to the bland vanilla yoghurt you're getting now. Consequently, I've decided that I'm going to expand my blogging somewhat, extrapolate on the mundane quality of my life if you will.

I'm not 100% sure how this is going to happen, and of course I still intend to guard my privacy, but I think I can stand to show people a little more of who I am, and how my life is evolving...or devolving, depending on how you hold your head. I'm planning to just play it by ear for the most part and see how it develops naturally.

So what has been happening since my last post?

Just over a week ago I moved out of my large comfortable and mostly inexpensive apartment. I didn't actually WANT to move out of my apartment, where I'd been comfortable for over three years. I just couldn't stand living next door to the petulant, immature, insane cow living in the apartment next door any longer.

I know that sounds a bit harsh and judgemental but we're talking about the kind of person who, when told by their brother to turn their stereo down at midnight, during the week, cries and pouts and screams 'this is bullshit', then stomps around slamming doors loudly like a teenager (she's 32 by the way) having a tanty because they got grounded, then two weeks later when my friends two year old daughter has the audacity to squeal in my living room during the day (as two year old girl children are wont to do), turns their stereo up so loud (doesn't take a genius to figure out that it was some supposed to make some kind of point) that the air starts buzzing and my friends promptly leave (and never came back incidentally).

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm no killjoy, I like my music loud too when it's appropriate, and I never once asked her to turn it off, just down. I only asked twice and I stopped asking after the second stream of verbal abuse. Also, I'm not against the idea of having a quiet gathering with friends to just kick back and have some fun, but when its 4:30 in the morning and you and your friends are yelling at the top of your lungs and there is domestic violence afoot that can be clearly heard in the apartment next door I'd say that's a clear indication that things have gotten a wee bit out of hand. Anyone with half a brain knows that when you're living in a place that clearly has paper thin walls you behave like an adult and have some consideration for your neighbours. Am I right?

So anyhoo, now all my furniture is in storage and I'm 'doing it rough' as my partner likes to call it. We're sleeping on a mattress on the floor of his, admittedly very large, office for the short term with plans to turn it into a bedsit. This shouldn't be an issue as he has his own business and no one else uses the building. I have a roof over my head, a kitchenette, a toilet, somewhere to shower and somewhere to store my spinning wheel and fibre stash so I'm content for the time being. My partner and I are seeing it as a great opportunity to save money for a deposit on our own house. The best thing is, I'm no longer so stressed out from living at crazy bitch central that I cant sleep.

Merino/Soy - Nplied yarn
Pretty Bird - 340m
Speaking of my spinning wheel and fibre stash, I have actually had some time to do some spinning since I moved and I've managed to make some incredibly brightly coloured yarn. I'm not sure I love it as its just a wee bit too multi coloured for my liking, but who knows, the colours might pool nicely when its knitted up.

The navajo plying turned out
quite well if I do say so myself :oP

I have been working on my cap shawl a wee bit, and I think I have maybe two or three repeats left to go on the border before its actually finished.  I'm going to do some work on that this afternoon but its probably going to have to wait to be blocked because I want to get some blocking wires before I even attempt that part of the process.  Having said that, I cant wait to get it finished finally.  Its only been over a year since my first attempt at the darn thing (this being my third attempt) and I started this one in May 2010 so its still taken me a while to knit it.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with it once it is finished though, as I just don't go anywhere that would be appropriate for wearing it.  I guess I'll just put it in my wardrobe and let it sit there till I figure out what to do with it.

Well thats it for today's post.  I hope some of you at least will find my new posting style more entertaining, if nothing else.  Feedback is always welcome so please fee free to leave comments or suggestions for making the site more interesting (so long as its not pornographic :oP).

Catch you all on the flip side.

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