I'm almost halfway through the shrug I'm knitting for my mom -- its a good mindless project to work on while watching a show or listening to a podcast on my lunch break, basically endless stockinette stitch until I get to the ribbing at the end. -- and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need another 3 skeins of yarn to finish it. I have a sneaking suspicion that the pattern I looked at for inspiration called for bulky, not worsted weight . . . Luckily, the yarn I've started with is not expensive and is apparently still available so I should be able to get more, as soon as I get paid.
That's usually what I do with patterns, so far. I find an interesting idea, or a cool looking stitch, and then I try to use them -- sometimes with various modifications, and with whatever yarn I have on hand, whatever needles I have that I think will work. Which is often fine! Many patterns are very forgiving. But the hat I made turned out kind of on the small side, because I didn't account for differences in needle size, and this shrug is going to take quite a bit more yarn than I figured on . . . I should probably take the suggested materials more seriously.
I accepted an invitation for the Ello beta -- as far as I can tell it's a mix of twitter and tumblr, promising no ads. I have no idea if I'll actually use the platform -- I'm already on tumblr, instagram, and twitter, as well as LJ, DW, and facebook. And AO3. It might go the way of my Google+ account, and languish untouched almost all of the time, with occasional visits to check people's photo albums. Or maybe I'll focus it, and use the Ello account for a sort of knitting blog, or a place to talk about video games. . . Anyway, if anybody else is trying out Ello, look me up. I'm phauxks
on there (which is also who I am on Steam, if any of you are PC gamers).
I've been playing a lot of Dragon Age: Origins -- I can't afford the new DA game yet, but it looks AWESOME. So to distract myself I'm going to play the first two games. I never actually finished either of them, so this is a great opportunity to get back in. My Boy, on the other hand, went ahead and bought the new game, and I have to stop myself from just staring over his shoulder as he plays. DA: Inquisition is SO PRETTY. I want it!
Before that though, I should double check the Yuletide deadline. I haven't gotten beyond vague brainstorming yet. It's probably time to kick that up a notch . . .