Holy Jeez! It’s Been so Long

Well, let’s see. Life is much better right now than it was when I last wrote. We got the apartment, the girls adore the school their in, I’m dealing with my mental disorders. I’m back on my full dose of Effexor, I ended up in the inpatient due to trying to quit it. They bumped it back up and the scary self harm type thoughts stopped.

That’s not to say that every thing is perfect. I just found out I have arthritis, and I’m in the process of getting diagnosed with fibromyalgia possibly. Which yes both of those things suck majorly but if i  can get them under control well then that’s a good thing isn’t it?

The family is doing well and I love them to pieces. I’m still big into looming. I’m learning to knit and crochet. Keep your eyes peeled for yarn posts. Loom reviews (there are some good ones out there). I’ll probably start featuring etsy shops again. I will also of course keep you up to date on me and my family. I’ll go more into depth as to what’s going on with my mental and physical health.

I bcc almost forgot to introduce you to my sweet baby Athena. Here she is.
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The Most Awesome Yarn Site In the Whole Wide Web: Yarnia

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So I’ve become a bit obsessive about looming lately. But hey that’s part of who I am and it’s better than obsession over the bullying I’m dealing with or the problems we’re going through! It’s much better than pulling out my hair. 

Looming is really helping me right now. Creating something with all my nervous energy is turning out to be so good for me. So of course now that I’m interesting in looming I’m interesting in all the bazillion yarns out there. Sooo searching for something different I found Yarnia. This shop is in Portland Oregon which is kinda in my neck of the woods which made me take a second look. When I realized what this shop does I was intrigued.

Yarnia, creates a custom yarn that YOU build. You go to their yarn creator and choose from all the strands that they have. There is wool, chenille, cotton, lurex… there are seriously a ton of choices. You drag your choices down to the slots that they provide and the meter tells you what weight of yarn you are building. It also lets you know as you go how much it’s going to cost. 

Now this is not CHEAP yarn. But I didn’t expect it to be. It’s made from quality products and it’s exactly what YOU want it to be. You get to choose how much you want, what colors, materials… you choose everything about your specialty yarn. 

Check out their site. Try the yarn builder. Maybe place an order. Not only are you getting a one of a kind product but you’re supporting a small business which I feel is very, very important as you can tell from my Etsy features. 

If you’re in Oregon, stop by and check them out. Tell them that you heard about them on my blog! 

Lovely Looming Ladies Made My V-day Great!

ImageSo yesterday after shaving my head I felt ugly and was very aware of my desperate need of hats. So I knit one, It was fun but you can only knit so much when you have three kidlets, a husband and stuff to do. 

I’m a member of a Facebook group called GoodKnitKisses it’s a great little community and I’ve had fun talking with people who understand my obsession with looms, yarn, knitting and the search for more projects.

I posted my blog post there because well, I like to share my blog and I had mentioned my trich before… I was a little apprehensive about posting it but the response I got was so happy making. 

Three of the lovely ladies offered to send me hats! Seriously these are people that don’t know me and they, out of the goodness of their hearts offered to send me some of their lovely handmade hats. 

There were also some wonderful suggestions on ways to embrace my baldness and some sweet encouragements. 

This came in the middle of more than a month of pure horribleness. It’s like a ray of sunshine that has totally brightened my outlook on the human race. There are good, sweet, giving people out there. Yes there are bullies and people who mess with you but there are also people who just want to do good things. 

So to Christie, Danya, Julie and the rest… thank you so much for doing such a sweet thing for a complete stranger. I don’t have the words to explain to you exactly how much it really means to me right now.

Busy Hands = Happy Head!

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Here is a hat that I loomed today! I did it on the blue Knifty Knitter so it’s a tiny little preemie size hat. I’ll be calling the Children’s hospital in my area to find out about donating hats for preemies because let me tell you I’ve already done more than a dozen and that’s on top of the headbands that I’ve been working on for myself. That hat is probably one of my favorites so far… here are a couple more. 

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This one is SO soft. I love this yarn so much. I actually need to figure out what it’s called so that I can let you know what I used. Please bear with me, I’m new to the whole blogging of my crafts thing! This hat reminds me of the beach in Washington state, the colors really bring the beach and waves and sky to mind. I believe the yarn is called Angel Hair but I don’t know what brand it is. 

Those are the two that I’m going to post for today! Okay okay you talked me into it I’m going to post pics of some more!

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So soft and sweet!

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Okay terrible blurry pic but it’s such a cool yarn I wanted to get a close up of it. It’s actually a specialty yarn that normally sells for like fifteen dollars but I got it for four at a store called Tuesday Morning.

That’s really it for today! Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have some adorable headbands finished to show off!

Idle Hands Are a Trichster’s Enemy

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It’s my personal experience that my hands being idle is a bad thing. So I’ve endeavoured to find a couple of things to keep my hands busy.

One of my new hobbies is my blog and the research I do for it. I have always been a major information gatherer and now I’m putting it to a use. I’ve often wished it was something I could do as a job actually, I’ve always been good at ferreting out information. Whenever my family or friends need something found, I generally find it for them.

My other major hobby right now is loom knitting. I would love to be able to knit with needles but I just can’t seem to get the movements down. So I pulled out my yarn and looms that I had put away a while ago and started looming headbands to cover my bald spots. I had some realizations while I was looming, here they are:

  • Looming keeps my hands busy which means they aren’t in my hair
  • I can loom and watch television at the same time which means that I am not pulling my hair while watching TV
  • Running the yarn through my fingers while looming, plucking the loops over the pegs… well it satisfies part of the compulsion I have to pull my hair. I’m pulling and plucking something that is smooth and hair like. 

I’m not a doctor. I’m not a psychiatrist, a nurse … I’m not a health professional so don’t DON’T take anything I say here as medical fact, these are merely my observations, my experiences and my suggestions. 

So my fellow trichsters … pick up a hobby. I of course am recommending looming because it satisfies something in me and I think it very well could satisfy something in other people. If you don’t want to make headbands, don’t worry there are patterns out there for just about everything. Blankets, sweaters, scarves, hats and purses. If you don’t want to make something for yourself? Make preemie hats. According to the research I’ve done many many hospitals are in need of warm, soft, tiny hats for the preemie babies in their NICU wards. 

How satisfying to knit up some hats for some tiny babies that need the extra protection for that part of their body that we so often abuse? I mean really that gives me a great deal of happiness to know that I am producing something to protect a tiny innocent little baby’s head. I’ll have to post up some pictures of the hats I’ve done so far. They honestly don’t take long and once you get going you could probably whip them out and get one done during an episode of Dr. Who or Grey’s Anatomy or whatever show you watch. 

My Very Honest Review of — Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom

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So as a hand busy work hobby I started looming again. I’ve been doing mostly headbands to keep my baldness warm and well…hidden. I have the basic Knifty Knitter round looms in all the sizes and a couple of knitting boards that I had tried with the help of my husband to make that didn’t quite work the way I wanted them to. 

The looms I have worked alright but I really wanted something that was a smaller gauge, So when I saw Martha Stewart’s contribution to loom knitting I said to myself THAT is what you need. No you don’t want this you NEEEED this. I did manage to hold off till my 50% off coupon from Joanns was valid and got it for half price. Which is good because full price was $44 plus tax. 

So here is my totally honest review. 

First for the pros and cons 

Pros:

  • It’s pretty, it really is, it’s not bright or gaudy like most of the looms.
  • It has about a zillion different configurations
  • It comes in a decent little storage box
  • You can easily weave on it and it comes with a weaving tool.
  • The book is pretty, it has a few beginners projects and is really very Martha Stewart-ish. It’s also written in several languages which is cool and a good thing if English is your second language.

Cons: 

  • It falls apart while you’re looming unless you don’t pull on your yarn AT ALL. I mean seriously if you like to pull your yarn tight when doing the no wrap method or you tug on your yard at all, you’re going to be dealing with pegs falling out. 
  • Some of the pieces don’t fully join together, what I mean by this is that there were a few pieces in my loom set that weren’t properly machined, there were areas inside them that had defects that caused them not to fit together properly. Which in turn caused the pegs not to fit in properly, which in turn made it so that the whole dang thing could fall apart at any second.
  • The tools included with the kit sucked. Period, the knitting tool sucked, it was a cheap piece of junk, the crochet hook was a cheap plastic piece of crap…I have to admit it really ticked me off when I opened it up and saw the cheap quality of these items. I mean HELLO the knitting tool is quite important to the whole process and I really really REALLY doubt Martha would be using this thing. I think she would demand a higher quality knitting tool.
  • The cost. It ends up being around $50 after tax if you don’t have a coupon. 

In the end, I sadly took it back to Joanns and got a Tadpole and some yarn. I SO wanted to love this thing. I worked with it for a few hours over a couple of days, telling myself that it would get better, telling myself that maybe the pegs will stay put now that I pushed them in yet again. By the end of it I had a headband that was going to be too big, sore fingers from trying to force the pegs to stay put and a totally bummed out attitude. 

I read a lot of blog reviews on this item before I bought it and just about Every. Single. Blogger. Had gotten a free loom from Lion/Martha Stewart/Whoever gives these free things to bloggers. So I feel like that very well may have colored their reviews. I’m not accusing anyone of anything but I know when I get something for free it makes me a little more inclined to feel very generous towards any imperfections.

My totally 100% honest review of the Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom is… don’t buy it. There are other options out there for smaller gauges that I wasn’t aware of before. I’ll be writing about those within the next couple of days so if you’re interested in that follow my blog and you’ll receive an email letting you know when I’ve posted.