Tag: startitis

The eternally distracted nerd

Twilight Sparkle with a book
Imagine that book is my blog, and that Twilight Sparkle is me, happily chugging out a post a week…

I was on a really good posting streak there for a while, wasn’t I?

And then my brain got in the way and decided “hey, let’s focus on everything that’s NOT the blog!”  And silly me went and followed it down a bunch of rabbit trails.  I started three craft projects, in addition to the two unfinished pairs of socks and poor neglected Sailor Moon quilt.

Oh hey there, started-but-not-finished projects.

And then Kishar started back up again, which meant I got to don my elf ears and red dress again and run around as Ëlinyr the Sun Elf for a weekend!

Ëlinyr and a newcomer to the Adventurer’s Guild.

Then there are the cosplay ideas Ross and I have been coming up with for the conventions we’re going to.  (I’m not going to post about them, because it seems that any time I post about costumes I want to do for conventions here, I never end up actually making them, like Toothless and Rose Quartz…)  And of course I get wrapped up in those and get excited for conventions, and all the fun that comes along with them.

And then I remember my poor neglected blog, and feel bad.

That happy Twilight from earlier? Now she’s buried in craft projects and books and half-started projects and unwritten blog posts. :/

Then something else distracts me, and off I go!  *sighs*

So that’s where my brain has been lately, folks.  Lost in a bunch of ridiculous distractions.  I need to actually develop a blog posting routine – set down a day and time every week to write some stuff.  Even if it’s just “hey, I’ve got nothing this week, so here, have some pictures of dogs dressed up in costumes”.

Speaking of which – yes, it’s old, but I do love seeing Pudge dressed up as the Eleventh Dogtor.

Pudge the Corgi, dressed as the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who.
Because how can you be sad when looking at a corgi dressed as the 11th Doctor?

What this rambly post boils down to, I think:  I’m still here, I’m still distracted by everything, but I’m gonna try my darndest to put new blog posts out on a regular-ish basis.  There’s definitely no shortage of things I want to post about, like my idea for turning a Wingspan Shawl into a Toothless shawl.  Or how ideas for keeping track of my yarn tourism fun.  And don’t forget about how I managed to read through almost all the Dresden Files books this year – that merits a post of its own, I think.

There I go, getting distracted again!  Anyhow.  Expect some more regular posts from me – and feel free to pester me if you don’t see anything for a while.  Friendly reminders from readers are always welcome, hah.

The crochet-a-long, two-ish months later

Well, the Woodland Blanket crochet-a-long I posted about a little while ago came to a close a few weeks ago.  How’s my blanket looking, you ask?

Blanket in multiple colors draped over a basket.
It’s definitely a blanket!

Well, even though the crochet-a-long wrapped up recently, I’m still 11 or 12 stripes away from finishing the blanket.  I managed to keep up with the rest of the group pretty well for the first month or so, and then my ADHD caught up with me and my brain said “hey, let’s find something else to work on, we’ve worked on this blanket for like a month straight, so let’s do something new and exciting!”

So I started a pair of socks.

Beginning of a knitted sock, roughly three inches long.
This sock is much further along now, I’ve rounded the heel at this point!

And then I dug out a cardigan that I’d started a few years ago and hadn’t finished yet.

Close-up of crochet stitchwork that's part of a cardigan.
It still looks like an amorphous blob at this point, but the stitch pattern is pretty.

And then I decided to go back to another pair of socks I was working on and do some work on those.

Two socks, one still being knitted, only completed up to the heel of the sock.
This pair is actually pretty close to being finished!

And then I felt guilty about not working on the blanket and went back to working on that for a little bit, but then got distracted by socks again.  I know I’ll finish that blanket soon – I keep telling myself that I’ll finish it after I finish the socks with the zigzag pattern, that I won’t start any more projects until I get some others finished.  Will I actually be able to stick to that, though? Who knows.

Anyhow, I’ll post about the blanket when I get it finished, I promise.  And I will get that finished.  I’m determined.

The return of Startitis

Well, to be completely honest, it probably never left in the first place.

Ah, here we are again, making lists of unfinished projects…

As part of me trying to get some craft projects actually finished instead of lurking around my craft room or piled in the closet, I made a list of what I know I’ve started and haven’t finished yet.  And I gave myself an ultimatum: no spending money on craft supplies until I finish a good chunk of these projects.

Yes, that’s right – The Crafty Nerd isn’t going to buy craft supplies.  It’s scary, right?

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Unfinished Projects (or, Startitis)

How many of you out there have startitis?  I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about…

from the webcomic Worsted for Wear
from the webcomic Worsted for Wear

I know I’ve got one heck of a pile of unfinished projects stashed in my closet – in fact, this post is going to showcase some of the more interesting projects I’ve got stashed away, thanks to the ridiculous case of chronic startitis I have.  (I think it’s terminal, to be honest…)

The yarn pile

First off, the knitting/crocheting projects – there are so many of them, they’re not even getting their own individual introduction – I’ve just lumped them all together here for convenience, haha.  It’s just so easy to start a new knitting or crocheting project!  All you need is some yarn and a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook – sometimes, I don’t even need a pattern.  I just wing it.  (I also love how I have two scarves in the same pattern there, and didn’t even realize it until I went to dig out all these projects)

Punch embroidery

Next is the massive pile of punch embroidery projects in various stages of completedness – I sometimes get struck with an amazing idea, work on it with wild abandon for a few days, then get distracted.  Often by another craft project.  Told you my startitis was terminal.  Especially for many a project that just ends up languishing in a closet or a bucket.  Projects of note in this pile include the Doctor Who punch project I’ve been working on for… what, four years now?  I really should finish that and turn it into a pillow or something…  Also, the fact that there are three pieces that are just outlines on fabric, well, that’s a travesty.

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Then we come to sewing.  I am actually SO CLOSE to finishing this apron, too!  I’ve been working on it for about three years, which is depressing, considering I turned out the skirt for my Pinkie Pie cosplay in what, an afternoon?  I need to get this one done too.  Besides.  It’s coffee themed.  How can I not finish it?

Embroidery pile

I think needlework projects, especially those of the counted cross-stitch variety, are the ones that end up victims of startitis the most.  I’ve got, what, four or five projects here, in various stages of completion, and one of which that’s been hanging around since 2007.  They just look so pretty in their packages, and I think “oh I can get this one done while I watch TV”, and it never happens…

No-sew pony fleece blanket, waiting to be started

And I have one project that doesn’t even involve sewing or embroidering or anything – and that’s not done yet, either!  This one hasn’t even been started! I may work on this one this weekend, though.  Because the world needs more no-sew blankets.  Especially with Rainbow Dash and Applejack on them.  You know it. 😀

I end up starting way more projects than I finish – if this post were about the projects I’ve actually finished, this would be a much shorter story.  In the past year, I think I’ve finished… let’s see here.

  • the Doctor Who scarf for Bryan’s 4th Doctor costume
  • my Pinkie Pie costume for GenCon last year
  • two shawls
  • a pillow
  • a Pinkie Pie counted-cross stitch kit, which I then turned into a pillow
  • an embroidery sampler, which usually lives on my desk in the office
  • a Christmas quilt for my mother-in-law
  • THREE Toothlesses (sewed, crocheted, and sculpey’d)
  • a baby blanket
  • two scooter blankets
  • a scooter basket cozy
  • Wilbur Wellington the amigurumi corgi
  • Scootaloo and Trixie, the amazing crocheted ponies

Well, at least that’s something, but it nowhere near equals the amount of projects I actually STARTED last year.  My friends keep bringing things I’ve finished to my attention that I’ve forgotten here – everything added in green is something I made and I forgot to add.  Which means maybe my case of startitis isn’t as bad as I thought it was?  Anyway… when I get bored and whiny about not having any craft projects to do, I’m just going to look at my startitis pile and work from there, instead of getting anything new, no matter how tempting it is…