Where has the year gone!

So it’s 2016 and I haven’t posted so far this year! Rest assured I am alive just busy. Almost overwhelmingly busy. 

I’m wandering around with only a playlist and a reading goal. The Bek who had organised a 15 for 15 and 24 in 2014 seems like a different person. 

That’s not to say I haven’t done some cool shit already this year. I’ve finished a test of a shawl I designed. I’ve already finished 3 books (including Villette which was an absolute slog! Not knowing French was nearly a deal breaker but I persevered and got to the end). I saw the live show of Welcome to Nightvale and made an “all hail” glowcloud pendant. 

   
    
 
Laneway Fest was amazing as always. Top tip – always take a yarn needle to a music festival because you never know when Cupid’s wings will need reattaching and you just may come to the rescue and then hang out with some super-rad new friends and have a super-amazing day! 

   
    
 I have some new apps which are helping with the business that is my life currently. Productive lets me tick off habits and schedule reminders for things like ‘stretch’ or ‘take medication’. It also means I don’t forget ive taken my meds and take them again which is always a good thing! 

Optimise me I found through the Career Girl Daily blog. I’ve only been using it does few weeks but I like how it trends and tells me where I spend most of my time. It’s only as good as the information you put in (which takes some time in itself) but being the data driven gal I am it’s so interesting to see how much time I spend on certain activities compared to what I think I spend on things. Housework for example! I’ve also been using the Unfuck Your Habitat app which is from the blog of the same name. My most used feature is the random challenge. Setting a timer and working towards a specific task totally works for me! 

  
  This is probably more of a brain dump then a structured post like 2015-Bek would have written. But writing it has made me realise I do have things I’m working towards even if they’re not structured goals like past years. 

  • I want to publish some more original designs this year 
  • I want to continue with my etsy store
  • I want to read 30 books
  • I want to seek out stories I wouldn’t normally read
  • I want to keep fostering good habits such as drinking water, keeping up with the housework, getting to bed before 11, stretching and exercising 
  • I want to keep up with my friends through whatever medium suits. I definitely want to keep sending letters, but I also want to text and chat and call to keep in touch. 
  • I want to study again. Maybe formal maybe not. But I need to learn something new. 
  • I want to keep studying German. 
  • I want to collect ALL the cats in Neko Atsume. 

So yeah maybe I do have some goals. Maybe I won’t put them in a pretty graphic like previous years. And maybe that’s ok. 

  
Here’s to 2016!! And fancy glasses!

(Oh and yes – my hair is currently pink!)

2015 in numbers 

6 books in ‘currently reading’ list
2 books in handbag (not on ‘currently reading’ list
7 books on bed side table (some are ‘currently reading’)
37 Books read.
 

15 levels on Fallout 4 completed
32 levels on Skyrim The Elder Scrolls completed
3 consoles I can play Dragon Age Inquisition on
5 Dragon Age Inquisition playthroughs created but not finished
1 playthrough of the Trespasser DLC completed
1 extra Dragon Age Inquisition playthrough created because I made bad Thedas-life choices
number redacted shreiks resulting from Uncharted 2 having two Dragon Age voice actors in it.
number redacted tears shed at the end of Mass Effect 3.
1 pair of N7 tights purchased
8 gold PS trophies, 47 silver and 277 bronze (all time – not just this year)
2020 xbox gamerscore
10 video games completed to credits (not including finishing dragon age inquisition on two different platforms because apparently that doesn’t count)
  

9 levels of German on Duolingo learnt 

15 hours watching new Doctor Who
20 hours watching Peaky Blinders (twice)
2 days 21 hours watching 3rd Rock from the Sun (thanks netflix viewing history – i guess…..)
5 days 10 hours and 34 minutes spent watching Supernatural (with cats)
 
30 years on earth achieved  

2 kittens became cats (look at how much Tina’s grown!)
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~17 finished objects knitted or crocheted
2 months of not writing in my daily ‘good things’ journal which kept track of finished items
1 resolution to keep better track of projects next year.
1 Frankie diary to help keep that resolution
  
1 amazing awesome care package received
16 Christmas Cards sent along with various other care packages and letters throughout the year.

  
28 cuffs stamped (plus 1 wallet and 3 necklaces)
19 etsy sales
5 patterns published on Ravelry
1451 unique pattern downloads!!! (seriously that is awesome! Thanks so much guys!!)
actual amount redacted skeins of yarn added to stash
9 skeins of yarn dyed 
  

6014 spotify tracks listened to
104 songs added to my 2015 playlist

9 of my favourite selfies all with slightly different hair!!

  

Thanks for sticking around with me during 2015! See you all in 2016!

2015

All my life I’ve had one dream to achieve my many goals (part 2)

For part 1 click here

Just in time for the harsh Australian summer I received a hand knit woolen beanie in the mail. 

I was so excited that it finally arrived via my property manager because it was sent to the wrong address! (Note to self: buy Megan one of those old timey address books with my correct postal address in it for Christmas).
My property manager is on the bus home from work so it was extra incentive to get outside and walking to public transport and after picking it up I had to open it then and there.
So it got opened right there on the street.

   
  

Twitter was treated to a live opening and then plenty of bus stop selfies of me in a beanie when it was about 30degrees (86 in Fahrenheit – it’s only spring).

  
 

I am super impressed because not only did a Green Bay Packers fan knit a Vikings coloured item (GO SPORTS!!!) but she was going to start ANOTHER one after the first one hadn’t shown up.

THANK YOU MEGAN!!!! YOU ROCK!!

Things I’ve learnt recently 

Dont start to dye yarn when there’s a strong chance you’ll nod off and leave it on the stove. 

  

But do dye some more once you’ve finished your nap. 

   
 
Cats like photobombing yarn pictures. 

  
Cats snuggling while playing Mass Effect is the best way to spend a Saturday morning. 

(Jane Shepherd is amazing and I love her and want to be her!)

   

Although it’s difficult when they’re climbing all over you and being adorable.

   
Bright pink hair makes me happy. As do polkadot shirts and dark lippy. 

  
  

Happy days. 

#KCBWDAY7 – Your Time, Your Place

I knit while waiting for the train,
I will knit whilst on a plane.
I will knit curled on my couch,
with cats at my feet about to pounce.

Sunny crafternoons knitting on the grass,
If I was in school I’d knit in class.
I can knit whilst walking home,
I will knit when on the phone.

Knitting is crucial when watching sport
Especially this year watching Port!
Knitting in public haters beware,
You’ll see me knitting everywhere.




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*this is a post for the 6th annual knitting & crochet blog week hosted by ekimimi makes. To see other posts on this topic search #6KCBWDAY7

#6KCBWDAY6 – polls apart

If you could only knit one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

 

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#6KCBWDAY5 – and now for something completely different 

  

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** yes this is the extent of my drawing skills. This was drawn by a 30 year old, not a 7 year old. 


#6KCBWDAY4 – Bags of Fun

Bag number 1 – Editors 

Contents: hand dyed yarn, 31 rows of  cold pine on 5mm Hiya Hiya circular needles  
 

Bag number 2 – Two Door Cinema Club

Contents:  scissors, yarn needle, yarnvszombies fingering weight yarn, Baba Yaga socks on addi turbo 2.5mm circular needles

   
Bag number 3 – Tangerine Designs 

Contents:  yarnvszombies doctor who collection tags, one geek to craft them all doctor who collection stitch markers,  snakeld scarf on birch circular needles in yarnvszombies 7th doctor colour way, home made lip balm from Twitter lovely Rocky, crochet hook, penguin tape measure from ravelry swap box, pen, nail clippers, bottle cap, cocoa butter lip balm, yarn needles, scrap yarn, carabena and stitch marker. 

  

 

Bag number 4 – The Shins

Contents: blanket inspired by grandmothers favourite dishcloth on birch needles. 8 ply marvel soft yarn in 4 colours. Curious Tina-cat

   

Bag number 5 – Typo flip out case

Contents:  carabena with handmade stitch markers, scissors, scrap yarn, pens, crochet hooks, pencil sharpener, sharpie, yarn needle, ruler/needle gauge, assorted double pointed needles, assorted short circular needles, modcloth measuring tape, Tina-cat. 

     
*this is a post for the 6th annual knitting & crochet blog week hosted by ekimimi makes. To see other posts on this topic search #6KCBWDAY4

**I am in no way sponsored by yarnvszombies. I am however putting her cat through college.