Saturday, November 3, 2012

Writing Projects and a New Gun

First of all, thank you for all the birthday wishes via Facebook and text messaging. And thank you to my family for all the wonderful presents and most of all a great big thank you to my dear husband Mikey for planning a fun weekend to celebrate my birthday.

The months of October, November and December are big months for me and my family because October we have our wedding anniversary and then my birthday and majority of my side of the family have their birthdays in October. November is another big month because Mikey's side of the family has their birthdays in November. And then you have Thanksgiving then Christmas for December.

The Saturday before my birthday, Mikey and I went to the Denver Zoo then we had a late lunch at Cinzzetti's, an Italian buffet restaurant in Denver then my in-laws treated us out to Sunday lunch at Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen, also in Denver. Mikey got me a Takumi Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook Set that was top of my wish list and of course, I couldn't help but immediately customize the case it came with.

Another very much wanted and appreciated present was a Knit Picks yarn scale and a really cute small project bag from Liberty Avenue Bags, all these from my brother-in-law and his lovely wife. So guess what I did when I had a free moment? You guessed it right, I updated my yarn stash on Ravelry with the correct yardage thanks to the handy dandy Yarn Scale! Luckily I don't have a huge yarn stash like Tina of the KnittingBlooms podcast among others or else I'll have a problem.

I haven't been knitting much because I am learning (or more accurately, teaching myself) to crochet (again). And this time, I made a pair of fingerless gloves and though they didn't come out as perfect as photos shown in the book does, I use them a lot. I only hope I improve with time and practice.

My next attempt at crochet was Bear In A Jiff but it didn't turn out well. So I threw that out, didn't even bother to frog it since it's made out of Lily's Sugar 'n Cream yarn in the Strawberry colorway. As for Knooking, I'm giving up on that one. I am completely hopeless with a hook. Good thing knitters still use different sized crochet hooks to weave in ends and for emergencies. So I'm covered in that area.

I think I'm going to try sewing a project bag/purse as soon as the basement is clear of debris from scraping the popcorn off the ceiling.

During this knitting break, I am back to adding words to my various writing projects and hopefully I'll be able to finish a children's story, the second in the Fairy and the Gnome series that I am collaborating with my husband, Mikey (he gives me the ideas and the plot and I write it down in narrative format). I am quite positive I'll be able to write more because I'll be able to bring my iPad to work. I wasn't able to bring my iPad to work before and was typing out my stories on my iPhone because Mikey gets home earlier than I do and he uses my iPad to watch Netflix/Hulu videos while he runs on the treadmill. But all that will change because since his birthday is in a couple days, I got him the iPad 4 mainly for this purpose and I also ordered a Bamboo Wacom Solo stylus pen so he can draw/sketch on his iPad and hopefully, he'll get so good at drawing maybe, he'll be able to do the illustrations for my children's books.

So for November, which is also NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month), I probably won't be doing a lot of knitting (which I already feel bad about). Wish me lots of inspiration.

On a completely different note, Mikey got me a gun! It is a Ruger LCR .22 LR and I love it!

Today's Target
I knew it was coming because sometime last month, we went to a shooting party at his friend's house/property and the next day, I got to try to shoot the Sig Sauer P238. I didn't care for the recoil and I didn't care for the fact that the pistol jammed three times and I thought to myself that though it is a really great gun for women to conceal carry, I don't like the idea of having to pull the slider back to shoot especially if an attacker is right in front of me and my gun happens to be in my purse. So I looked around some more for other small sized guns and I found the 8-shot Ruger LCR .22 LR. Mikey got that for me and as of writing, I've gone through 100 rounds on my first shooting trip at the range and I love how minimal the recoil is. The only problem I encountered while at the range is that I had trouble pushing down on the eject rod to unload the cylinder of empty rounds. It sometimes felt stuck. I am not sure if this is a known issue or maybe I just need to break it in or something. Another issue I had is the heavy trigger. I had to pull the trigger with two index fingers (well, considering I weight 100lbs if my size matters). Mikey and I are thinking of sending it over to a gun smith and have the trigger altered to be a bit more lighter if that is possible. I love the feel and weight of this gun in my small hands and most of all (once I get my conceal carry permit), I love the idea that I can shoot it directly from inside my purse without having to deal with a safety and a slider if an attacker approaches me.

As embarrassing as it is to admit this, my first shoot with my LCR at the range last Sunday, I was such a terrible shot, I think I only got 10-15 rounds that actually hit the target out of 100 rounds. But today, I'd like to think I am getting better because I was able to actually get more rounds at the target and towards the end of it, I was able to control my breathing, improved my sights and I was able to focus rounds on certain areas of the target. Thanks to wonderful tips from our friend! They were very helpful indeed and I am so proud of today's accomplishments and I can't wait for next weekend so I can go shooting again!

Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post
• Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
• Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 10/3/12
• Divine Evil by Nora Roberts - 10/8/12
• The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory - 10/7/12
• Defending Jacob by William Landay - 10/17/12
• The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tales, #4) by Eloisa James - 10/11/12
• Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt - 10/12/12
• Wings (Wings, #1) by Aprilynne Pike - 10/16/12
• Spells (Wings #2) by Aprilynne Pike - 10/24/12
• A Kiss At Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1) by Eloisa James - 10/26/12

Currently Reading
• Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Finished Objects
• Louie the Lovebot by Rebecca Danger x 2 for Rachel

• Pink Haze Fingerless Gloves

• Deborah's Gnome Baby

Currently Knitting/Crocheting
• None due to NANOWRIMO

Product Reviews
• Small Project Bag by Liberty Avenue Bags - this bag is very ideal for sock knitting or any small projects or for any one skein/ball project. It has 2 yarn guides (perfect for 2-colors colorwork projects), a crochet hook pocket and a notions pocket on the inside. It has a wrist strap to easily carry the bag and knit on the go. If you are one to tote around a really large purse, this bag can definitely fit in there. It is made of sturdy, durable fabric and the closure is secured by snap buttons and I just love the design on the front. Overall, I highly recommend this project bag. I love it and it is awesome!

• Knit Picks Yarn Scale - this item is exclusively sold by KnitPicks, battery operated, lightweight, has a handy conversion chart at the back for different types of yarn weights, unit of measurement is either in ounces (oz) or in grams (g). This is a very handy tool for yarn crafters as it helps in determining the yardage of a finished project and left over yarns and if you need to divide a skein of yarn in half (like when you're knitting two at a time socks). I am very pleased with having this handy tool.


Just in case, I would like to share the blogs and/or podcasts I'm really enjoying which are also listed on the side bar...and these are in the order I discovered them...hope you'll enjoy them too!

• 2 Knit Lit Chicks
• Never Not Knitting
• The Writing Show
• Books On The Nightstand
• Knit Me Happy
• Knitting Blogcast
• Blooming Knitter
• Knit 1 Geek 2
• Just One More Row
• That's Write
• The Foodie Knitter
• Knitabulls Podcast
• Ladies of the Knit
• Robinz Nest
• The Book Pod
• Your Weekly Zen
• Life Coach and Author Sheri Kaye Hoff