It is DONE

Jan. 30th, 2014 07:30 pm
anagramofbrat: (old school tetris)

Shotgunned the last six rows last night so OW but BEHOLD. Worth it.

Taking a bit of a break, healing up... and planning the Next Thing.
anagramofbrat: (yarr!)

24480 / 25840 beads. 137.18 rows. 94.737% done!

Projected completion: Wednesday.

My gods, my hands hurt.
anagramofbrat: (beads)

These last 25 rows or so? proving to be excruciating. Some of it is definitely hitting the wall on a project when you get to a point where you're approaching finished and yet you'd rather throw all your work out the window than actually finish it. Working on this has been like pulling teeth this week - wherein I was happily putting in 3+ rows a night a couple of weeks ago, this week I've been lucky to squeak out one. Some days not even that. So progress has slowed to a crawl. Some of it is that the last 25 rows of this pattern is a very detailed repeating pattern where I can't fudge a mistake as easily as I could in the beginning of this project so there have been several instances where I would notice a mistake made at the beginning of a row and then have to rip out a good two+ hours of work. Or just real life copy/paste areas where I'd be comfortable with the pattern I've been repeating and then continue it beyond a point where I'd have to change it. There's been more grumbling and invective hurled at this particular project this week alone than any of the rest of the time since I started it.

Me: Grumble grumble rassum frassum arg [rips out mistake]
Lil'Beast: Did you mess up again?
Me: Yyyyyyyyyyyyyup.
Lil'Beast: Maybe if you quit messing up you'd be done by now.

Unhelpful six year old is unhelpful, surprising no one. >_< Hilariously I screwed up real good about a half hour after this exchange, whereupon I stepped on the handle of my beading box and scattered three colors of beads over a good three foot square area of the Jones Library carpet yesterday. It's gotten to the point where that sort of thing doesn't even warrant cursing anymore, just long sad sighs and the resignation to sit down and pick the beads out of the carpet for the next hour. (Though this time I was kindly assisted by [ profile] cell23, Kidzilla and one of the librarians.) At least when they were gathered up and re-containered they made a very pretty mess:

That's the 3rd and least full container, btw, lest you think I'm planting my flag atop Mt. Molehill here.

Price of doing business, I guess. Thought the incident and their aftermath led to one set of the library parents chatting me up - turns out they'd just moved to Amherst from Kensington, not too far from Dad's house, so there was some old neighborhood connecting there.

But yeah, I'm in kind of a state of grumpiness and hatred for this project currently. What is further annoying me is that I'm too close to the end to put it down. I just want to get it DONE at this point so I can finally think about something else. And I'm mad about the dragging of last week - I'd kinda planned to have it done by now.

Oh well. A break, then back to work.

23320 / 25840 beads. 137.18 rows. 90.248% done!
anagramofbrat: (old school tetris)

21590 / 25840 beads. 127 rows. 83.553% done!

It's certainly coming along! With any luck (and hopefully a minimum of wrist breakage) hopefully I can get this done by next weekend? Maybe? We'll see.

Life has been... well. Pretty much this, and podcasts and TV and will likely be that until I finish this. Hence the lack of postings. The two kind of major bits being dealing with Moonbeam's recovery, since he spent the better part of the week shut in our bathroom, to no one's enjoyment - the other two cats were freaked out by their comrade being trapped in there, Moonbeam HATES being shut up away from people, plus the inconvenience of not really being able to use the bathroom effectively. But thankfully Moonbeam is on the mend, is once again continent (thank fuck) and there is no longer kitty litter all over the bathroom (yay) so there was that. He's still on antibiotics for another week and on the urinary tract food at least until we finish the bag/cans, but at least that bit's not quite as gross. As an added perk, his general smellycatness seems to have gone away as well, so maybe the hideous breath was a sign of something else going on that the medicine is taking care of. Either way win.

Not much else to report other than attending a lovely party at [ profile] renegadethumper/[ profile] deliriumdeva's new place in CT. Those two do love themselves old converted factory spaces. Also I have various home improvement/cat amusement projects in the works for when this thing is finished... they mostly at this stage involve lots of measuring and discovering that I have pretty much forgotten all of my middle school trig except for the Pythagorean theorem. >_< Meanwhile I am terrifying the husbeast with murmurings on twitter about possibly needing 1500 feet of sisal rope and a whole lot of PVC pipe. Hey, I said they were projects. :P

But... first things first. Let's finish this one first.

Tomorrow, much to my surprise, I have off for MLK day. I will mostly be spending it going in for my annual as well as making a crock of stew for the week, and maybe not pissing myself off with tumblr: land of social injustice, to mark the holiday? :/ And of course, the beading. All the beading.
anagramofbrat: (no more caffeine for you)
I promised a progress picture.

16150 / 25840 beads. 95 rows. 62.5% done!

Meanwhile 2014 so far? HAS BEEN BITCHING COLD OH GOD. Seriously, it got to below zero last night with a -25F wind chill. I like winter and all, but I should not still be freezing my ass off inside. With the heat on. Wearing sweats. AND THERMALS. What the blessed fuck. I mean, it's winter and all but that shit is ridiculous and this is a region kinda known for ridiculous weather.

Also I should not have coffee after 10pm. Especially on a day when I've slept until 2. Wheeeeeeeeeee
anagramofbrat: (beads)
...which is rather inexcusable, as while yes, life got chaotic and "interesting," bead stuff still happened.

I did have to put the Castlevania Forest project on the back burner so I could make a present for Amanda. I decided on a cuff bracelet with three diamonds in it. Between Things Happening *wince* and some shortage of supplies I didn't quite get it done for Christmas - in fact I only just got it done this evening so I'll be putting it in the mail tomorrow. I hope. *shifty eyes* Anyway, have a slideshow of THAT project:

And if the slideshow doesn't work, have a link instead.

Things I learned from This Project:

  • I now know how to do picot fringe. I now also hate doing picot fringe. Also when doing pico fringe, order tiny round seed beads, not delicas, unless you're going for sharp looking. (It kinda fits with the design though.) But moral of the story? Fuck picot fringe. Fuck it right in the ear.

  • Miyuki end tubes are the best findings ever ever amen. I may order some tinier width ones and some much much wider ones for Mysterious Future Projects.

  • Next time I do this - four diamonds and much less chain.

  • if you're going to do a lot with jump rings, suck it up and get a set of tiny bead pliers. After muddling along with tweezers and regular pliers I took advantage of a Joann's sake and got extra snips and a set of three craft pliers and oh my god, quel difference. I apparently mentioned buying these in my last bead post but DONTCURR they're awesome.

  • There are almost zero local major bead and finding retail websites that aren't wholesale. The closest for beads is my go-to ( but they don't really have any findings at all. Thankfully it's not too bad paying $5 shipping for 2-day mail from but argh. I'm about half tempted to offer to build an online store for my local bead shop purely for my own self-interest.

  • It is also damn hard to shop for exact shades of colors/finishes online. Not every retailer has every color, most of their search tools are absolute shit and considering these beads originate from Japan their descriptions/names for colors vary wildly in translation. (thankfully, their product numbers don't; I have the five shades of Game Boy Green memorized. There were a few points where I gave up in a fit of pique and built my own database. I might still, because ARGH.

In other news, along with some of the aforementioned hard to find findings, I treated myself to one of these bad boys, which came today and OMG I love it.

I know, it kinda looks like a pregnancy test. It isn't. In fact, oh god, keep this thing far away from your hoo as possible. This is a thread burner - good for taking care of those persnickity millimeters of thread you can't quite clip. You just BURNINATE THEM OFF with this thing. (and then Trogdor comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT - sorry) It is also fantastic for taking care of those ugly patches where you have a visible buildup of wax in between beads/rows. BURNINATED. EEEEEE.

*cough* I might like hot things. A little. The only drawback is that burning nylon and wax smells exactly like burning hair, which isn't too bad of a thing if you've spent any amount of time in a black hair salon.

I started back up with Castlevania on Christmas: I'll post some progress pictures on that front in a few rows, but I guess for now have a bead count.

14790 / 25840 beads. 87 rows. 57.237% done!
anagramofbrat: (old school tetris)
Finally hit the halfway mark, and it actually looks like something now:

A week late, but whatever. Hey, next row I get to use "black" again! whoo.

Progress on this may slow up for a bit this month, as I have to work on Amanda's Silent Santa present. Still, I will be more than happy to have this done by mid-January. 2.5 months is still waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than 8.

12920 / 25840 beads. 76 rows. 50% done!

Oh hey, I also bought beading pliers, cause sales at JoAnn's are apparently impossible to walk away from.
anagramofbrat: (beads)

10880 / 25840 beads. 64 rows. 42.105% done!

A little short of the goals I'd set, but not a bad amount of progress, really.

I have a POST but honestly I'm still all up in my feels and can't quite get it out on paper yet. Not thinking about it for now and knowingly, flagrantly sublimating into beading. And maybe baking. And maybe Christmas decor.


Nov. 27th, 2013 01:11 pm
anagramofbrat: (ARBT logo)
I dragged out the breadmaker last night and cranked out three loaves of bread - one for us, two to take with us to NY. And I'm not done - some whole wheat and pumpkin are also planned. There might have been cackling and repeated exclamations of BAKE ALL THE BREADS while I did so.

Drew and I are heading down to NY with [ profile] esotericscribe tomorrow. Prayer circle for us, lol.

9955 / 25840 beads. 58.56 rows. 38.526% done!

Can't see the forest for the trees. And the glare. Taking pictures of this thing is a right bitch.

Seeing as November ends on Sunday and this weekend is bound to be nuts I'm revising my goal count down a bit - from half done to 45%. I probably could bang out 18 more rows by Sunday, but I'd have time to do nothing else. 10 seems a bit more reasonable, though what will probably happen is I'll land somewhere in the middle. I'd be ok with that. Regardless, its still going MUCH faster than the Tetris one did - I didn't hit 39% on that until February. I mean I started it a couple weeks later in the year than this, but still I'm kinda boggled that I've managed to do in a wee bit under a month what took me twice as long last year. What a difference determination and a few improvements in technique make.

Anyway, time to fill my house with the smell of baking holiday stuff.
anagramofbrat: (dragon)

9350 / 25840 beads. 55 rows. 36.184% done!

I'll probably take pictures tomorrow cause you can actually see enough of the tree trunks to make it interesting.


Nov. 24th, 2013 02:23 am
anagramofbrat: (yarr!)

7990 / 25840 beads. 50.676 rows. 33.34% done!

Whoop, 1/3rd through.
anagramofbrat: (game face)

7990 / 25840 beads. 47 rows. 30.921% done!

My end of month goal is half done: 76 trombones in the big parade rows. We'll see if I get there.

damn it

Nov. 22nd, 2013 12:50 am
anagramofbrat: (superfail)

7650 / 25840 beads. 45 rows. 29.605% done!

1 row. Yeeesh. But considering I've spent much of the evening scouting used car listings on the internet and stressing about River being terminal, if not quite yet dead... yeah.

Oh and I was going to elaborate on my rant about #feministselfie on Twitter earlier but it's late and I got other shit to deal with than internet shit.

I really wish these sorts of happenstances didn't immediately dredge up all my YOU FAIL AT LIFE HOW ARE YOU 35 AND NOT ON TOP OF YOUR SHIT YET crap.


Nov. 21st, 2013 12:33 am
anagramofbrat: (Default)

7480 / 25840 beads. 44 rows. 28.947% done!

Woot! I have gotten to row 44! Which means I'm done with the eye bleedingly difficult top foliage and next row begins tree trunks. I know that just made no sense whatsoever and I should probably repost the pattern but I'm lazy and I want to go bed down with my book and boy.
anagramofbrat: (spoon flower)

7058 / 25840 beads. 41.518 rows. 27.314% done!

Nothing on Monday and only a row and a half-ish done yesterday due to a sudden onset of deathly Vague Plague. it was not pretty - I went home early on Monday, and was feverish and miserable by the evening and mostly slept it off. Still not feeling too great as of this morning, but very grateful that I can work from home so I don't lose 2.5 days of work I actually get paid for.
anagramofbrat: (rip things in half)
First the non beading news. River seems to be joining the fantastic dying by degrees party and is grounded until [ profile] cell23's next paycheck. We're hoping she just needs new transmission fluid and not, oh, a new transmission, in which case a new (to us) car might be in order. Not that we can afford one, but lets worry about that shit later.

In better news, yesterday was all kinds of fun. First some noodling around downtown Greenfield with [ profile] deliriumdeva and [ profile] cell23 looking for lunch. We ended up at a Korean restaurant, which was a bit of an adventure considering I'd never tried Korean, but I found a seaweed beef soup that was more than acceptable and I've gingerly tried kimchi and found that it's actually tasty. This was followed by the next stop in our Kidless Saturday Local Brewery Tours. (Seriously, we've been on three now, it's kind of a Thing.) This one was Lefty's - one, I love the name for obvious Reasons, and two, porters seems to be their specialty and porters and stouts seem to be the only beers that don't immediately taste like awful to me. (Another reason these brewery tours are kind of a hilarious thing for me to be tagging along to.) But anyway, they make a graham cracker porter (IKR?) that is more than acceptable, and the only other place that sells it isn't too far away, though I suppose it's not much harder to get it directly from the brewery.

The latter portion of my Saturday was supposed to be a trip down to Northampton to see HMS Pinafore with [ profile] extrajoker and [ profile] claxman, which did eventually happen, but due to Spontaneous Social Things, before the show I spent the hour beforehand having a light dinner and a draft cider with [ profile] deliriumdeva, [ profile] esotericscribe and [ profile] avalon616 at the new McLadden's Pub, which I'll fully admit I've rather fallen in love with at first sight. I sorta wish I liked beer more - 101 on tap? OMG. Anyway, after that I met up with [ profile] extrajoker and thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Pinafore, which I'd never seen live. It was admittedly a bit weird to hear music I primarily associate with Animaniacs and $amusement_park area incidentals in its original context, but the show is so raucously silly that I quickly got past the weirdness. :) After [ profile] extrajoker dropped me home I found myself over at [ profile] deliriumdeva's for a bit to wrap up the evening with some of the usual suspects - all in all a quite successful day.

Also I looked damn good:

Serving some American Horror Story Marie LaVeau realness, if I do say so myself.

Today? pajamas, antisocialness and BEADS BEADS OMG BEADS. My wrists are the sore of accomplishment, even if the side of my pinky's still a bit raw - I bought medical tape at CVS last night so that the thread would quit cutting into my finger when tightening it. Crafting injuries are so badass. *rolleyes*

Anyway, just completed row 40. 4 short of my goal for the weekend, but eh whatever, I don't actually want my hands to turn to useless noodles.And I've almost caught up from the several days of little or no progress so there's something.

It doesn't look like much yet because you can't tell that that's the tops of trees without, well, additional context. Also, shitty photo, but meh, I'll do better when it actually looks like something.

6800 / 25840 beads. 26.317% done!

And with that, to bed with me.
anagramofbrat: (Evil Squirrel (SOON))

5116 / 25840 beads. 19.798% done!

...better than zero, just keep telling myself that. :/ But yeah, if my hands don't hurt by the bottom of the weekend I'm doing this wrong.

In other beadish news, I just want to note down some links for Reasons:

Strapworks - reducing loops
Open End Bar Link
End bar links
Average wrist sizes
Delica bezels
how to attach tube bar clasp to peyote stitched weave
anagramofbrat: (Default)
Just a bead count...

5055 / 25840 beads. 19.562% done!

I'm about a quarter shy of being done with row 30, but it's damn late and I don't feel like finishing it tonight.
anagramofbrat: (i'm on a horse)

4590 / 25840 beads. 17.763% done!

It's better than zero, though, so there's that.

There are probably going to be a few marathon bead sessions over the weekend just to make up for lost ground.
anagramofbrat: (got pms?)
Today was just full of runaround stupid and I'm really starting to fucking hate Wednesdays.

I had two doctor appointments today. Ugh. Remind me never to do that again. In fact, I'ma go through my calendar and make sure all my damn doctor appointments are spaced at least two weeks apart because UGH. But anyway. This morning was a follow up with Dr Kate about last week's drama (and to dig the stictch from the biopsy out of my elbow because ITCHY). Turns out the lab lost my tissue sample so I have been admonished to come back in the office the second it flares up again and maybe I get a small chunk taken out of a different part of me, huzzah.

At least I have the go-ahead to start weaning off the prednisone, yay.

Doctor #2 in the afternoon was going to my GI for my check in, which I kept because I had put it off a couple times before and I wanted to discuss the rash with him. I was apparently tested for sarcoid before and came up negative (guess I'd brought it up before) so between than and the lost biopsy rash remains a mystery. Game plan for now is to get off the steroid and back onto a regular schedule with my other meds and check back in in 3 months, or before if rash=yes.

I also had to sit and go through my huge file of gastrointestinal fuckery with him because they're transitioning over to digital records and some of my files weren't jiving with other ones. (Turns out a years worth were not, in fact missing, but refiled because I apparently became a different person once I got married. Whut.) While doing this several photographs of my small bowel the night before it exploded cropped up... scary shit I never want to see again.

I had just enough time to scratch kitties and pee before heading back out to bells.... and then home to what would have been a nice evening with the husband and [ profile] deliriumdeva except Moonbeam peed outside the litterbox in a corner of the kitchen and it was pink. Because great, the last thing I needed at the end of my day was elderly cat UTI. Calling the vet first thing tomorrow, and meanwhile kicking myself for forgetting to put down water for them this morning, and having a good old grump about some folk back home and their unwillingness to take care of cats properly.

After all that the fact I got even one row done of beading seems heroic.

4420 / 25840 beads. 17.105% done!

There were nice things about today too. Bells was good and I like our holiday piece. Drew unexpectedly met me in town for lunch off the Amherst halal cart which was soooooooooooooooooo good. I spent much of my day working remotely from the Jones Library, which was lovely. And I continued to unravel bits of code and put it together better today, so it wasn't all a wash. And now I'm going to have a nice shower and maybe watch American Horror Story before bed.

Here's hoping tomorrow is a bit better.


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