Day 163

Okay, let’s not talk about my sleep last night or the two hours that I had my eyes shut, as I like to call it. Around 5.30 am I just gave up. I grumpily got out of bed and flopped down onto the sofa. What could I even do so early in the morning, with everyone still asleep?

French! Tu as raison. I had another encouraging lesson. There were only a couple of times where I just blatantly forgot what I was doing but mostly, I was parler français. The French got me through to about 6.20 am and I repeat, what could I even do with everyone still asleep?

Knitting! I said that I would start a knitting project today so what better time to do it. I put on a song by Shakey Graves and started on hubby’s fingerless gloves. I’ve done the starting ribbing and the first few lines of the first colour. I didn’t start the second colour at the time.

It was just before 8 am when a friend asked if I would do some stuff in WoW, so, I did. My morning had already been rather productive, so why not relax a little. I spent about an hour doing the social.

When the clock struck 9 am I knew it was time to draw. I started work on the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 8. Feathers. Today I would work in colour. Wifey had picked up some simple colour pencils on last nights shopping trip and I took them for a test run.

I have become so used to working in lead that I wasn’t even sure where to start with the colouring. I’d done a very rough outline of the general shape and then got my colour on. The colours are vibrant. My design… needs work. I’m looking forward to more colour creativity.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I did a little housework, had some lunch and then did the next Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 9. Keys. I really enjoyed the last time I sketched a skeleton key, so I went for the same again. I found a reference picture and worked in lead and colour.

After drawing number two, I did a little more work on the knitting project. I think it’s wrong again. I think I needed to change colours on a different row. Oh well. Here is my daymare, enjoy.

While listening to Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed, earlier this morning, I tracked down the chords. I pulled out my favourite guitar (I learned to play on it when I was in my teens) and spent about an hour trying to play the song. My fingers are in a world of hurt. I forgot how sensitive fingertips become after playing guitar. It was fun though. I will definitely be adding more instrument playing to my to do list.

You can find the chords here or you can check out the song on Youtube.

This has been the biggest post I’ve done (I think.) It feels it. I’ll wrap it up even though it’s only 5.30 pm. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for any more creative, even if I do it today.

I hope your day has been overflowing with creativity and joy. I also hope you have the most wonderful dreams the next time you sleep.


Day 72

I actually got out of bed on time today. The morning went quickly, hubby went to work and I worked out. I was 5 minutes faster than I should have been. I was cold and determined to do better than I have the last few days. I achieved that mini goal. 10 points to me.

Before I got into anything else, my brain decided it wanted to work out what being a friend is all about and how friendship even works. The only people I interact with are hubby and wifey, plus a couple of people I game with. I’m not sure people I game with are considered ‘real friends’ because I really don’t know anything real about them.

With this in mind, why do I feel bad if gaming friends are not talking to me? Should I be the one initiating all the conversations? Are conversations not being initiated by them because they don’t want to talk to me? Am I trying to push my way into their lives and it’s really not wanted?

This is why I have trouble doing friends. What’s the right amount of friending? How do you know if they don’t want to friend anymore? I am in the friend abyss and I don’t know what to do. I don’t even know where to look for an answer.

While my head was full of friend wondering, I picked up my knitting needles in hopes of finishing the fingerless glove that I’d been working on. Not long after lunch time, I had it done. It didn’t look the best but it was finished and wearable.

I decided to start on the second glove. I felt confident I could do this one better. My start was fantastic. Then, I noticed that it wasn’t looking right. Oh no! I had used the same stitch (knit or purl) twice. Of course I had continued the back and forth stitching for a number of rows without noticing.

Once I had noticed, on the next row I used the same stitch and got back on track. As it turns out, the little error in stitch actually looks good. The whole second glove turned out so much better, with no holes to fix and a snugger fit.

Frankenstein Gloves modelled by hubby

I used a pattern from Red Heart called ‘Really Easy Wristers‘.

Although, I have decided to call them my ‘Frankenstein’ Gloves. They don’t look so good but they’re functional. Hubby has claimed these gloves.

I’m looking forward to my next knitting project, which will most likely be some gloves for myself.

Amidst a day of knitting, I still got in 30 minutes of French. I did 4 revision levels with no mistakes. It felt good.

Bonne nuit. À demain.