Crochet

Crochet Haul #2: Cheap Crochet Set

Since I’m just starting out with crocheting, I bought a somewhat cheap crochet set on Amazon. I’m hesitant to buy high end luxury tools if I’m not even sure I want to continue crocheting. I do think it would be a worthy hobby to take part in!

The case itself is seriously cute. The brand seems to be Merrywindix but I can’t quite tell. It’s a lot smaller than I expected which is great, that means it’s extremely portable.

Once you open the case, the crochet hooks and a gauge are all laid out neatly and in the middle is a detachable pouch containing smaller items.

Here is the open case with the pouch removed, if you so choose.

Inside the removable pouch there are a couple of useful items such as stitch markers, foldable scissors, a magnifying glass (how cute!), measuring tape, yarn needles, and two contraptions I don’t know what they are quite yet.

If you need to know any additional information about the case, let me know! I know I’m looking forward to using it.

Crochet

Crochet Along Together #1: Easy as 1-2-3 Cowl (Part 1)

The fine folks at Skacel Knitting are hosting a series they call “Crochet Along Together” or “CAT” for short. They post videos throughout the month to walk you through the project. A draw is also held after the project is finished.

March CAT

This is their very first installment and is geared towards (but not limited to) beginners to crochet. The project for this months is the Easy As 1-2-3 Cowl which is a three colour cowl.

Supplies

  • 3 skeins of HiKoo ® Simplicity yarn each different colours
  • 1 4mm corchet hook (size F in addi® or size G in other brands)
  • 1 locking stitch marker
  • 1 darning/tapestry needle

Why I’m joining

This is perfect timing for me to enter the crochet world. I had been interested in crochet for a couple of months after my SO received a cute crocheted Yoshi as a present and after seeing a couple of people busting out their crochet hooks in lectures. This definitely goes with my “find a hobby” quest that I have for myself. My SO actually suggested I try knitting but I was a little more drawn to the cute crocheted toys that I so often see. In general, I like how crochet results in something a little more concrete and physical. It seems like a good way to keep my hands busy and give some trinkets to family, friends, and people in need.

Books

Book Blogger Hop #8


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

How do you feel about books with multiple narrators? Submitted by Eli @ The Book Supplier

I definitely don’t mind them nor do I have a preference towards them. My opinion isn’t fresh as I haven’t read a book with multiple narrators in a long time. The only ones that stand out in my mind are Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen and Jodi Picoult’s Songs of the Humpback Whale. The former was done pretty well and I enjoyed the he-said she-said style. The latter, however, got a tad too confusing with it’s multiple narrators although it did get me incredibly invested in the story.

In summary, I don’t have any complaints as long as it does not detract from the overall reading experience. As long as I can remember who’s who, I can probably get through it.

Movies

The Ending of Arrival

I finally got to watch Arrival the other day. It wasn’t exactly everything that I expected but I think I wasn’t displeased with the twist.

The fist half of the movie follows Louise, a professor who specializes in languages and translations. She is recruited by the government to help translate the language of aliens who had touched down on earth. Together with a mathematician, Ian, they slowly learn the writing system of the aliens.

At the climax, the aliens are at risk of being attacked by multiple countries around the world. This is when it is revealed that Louise can experience the future. She uses her glimpses of the future to piece together how exactly she had to prevent the attack on the aliens.

Throughout the movie, Louise had been seeing visions of her child. I initially thought these were flashbacks from the past and that the stress of sleepless nights had resurfaced painful memories for Louise. What was really happening was that Louise had been experiencing the future and the present simultaneously.

Louise marries her partner Ian and have a child together and that child is the one Louise had seen in her episodes into the future. While still in the present, Louise experiences multiple memories with her daughter Hannah and eventually learns that Hannah has an incurable disease that causes her to die in her teens.

This part of the movie caused great confusion for my SO and I.

If Louise knew that her daughter would have to suffer and die early, why did she choose to have her at all?

One of the arguments that I think is the most forgivable is that Louise is not able to control the outcome of her future, despite being able to see it. That is, her future is predetermined and she can’t change her future no matter what. So it doesn’t really matter that she knows what’s going to happen if she can’t change it.

A counter argument is that when she experiences the future, it is happening and she can make choices. There is hard evidence in the movie that supports this argument. When Louise is talking to her daughter at the lake, she asks her what day it is because she isn’t sure that what is happening is real or just a vision. Another scenario is when she is trying to think of a term for her daughter and it isn’t until she hears someone say it in the present that she can tell her daughter the term in the future.

In terms of morality, I have mixed feelings. Is it immoral of Louise to bring her daughter into the world if she knew her daughter would suffer? It’s a touchy subject and I cannot come to a complete decision on the topic.

On one hand, I’m a firm believer of “it’s better to have loved and lost than to not love at all.” As a result of knowing Hannah’s future, Louise is able to cherish each and every moment with her daughter. She loves Hannah with ever fiber of her being. Who’s to say that Hannah’s happier years weren’t worth it?

While I also believe in a women’s choice to do whatever she wants with her body, this situation is different because her actions absolutely impacts another person’s life negatively. It’s unfair that someone so young and just beginning her life would have it cut short. Some people might say it is cruel and irresponsible for Louise to bring her daughter into the world.

I really don’t know what to think of it but I keep turning it over in my mind. Louise doesn’t really have a rare circumstance. Some people have genetic disorders that can be passed down to their own kids. They have to choose whether or not they want to have kids or not. Some find out about a condition while the child is not yet born and they are faced with the same decision.

Is it up to the parents? Do some situations call for different actions or is there a universally ethical way of handling it? I don’t know myself. I hope I don’t have to choose and if I do, I hope I’ll be confident in my answer.

Music

Learning the Guitar: Week 1

I have been following Justin Guitar‘s lesson plans for learning the guitar.

This week I went through the first 15 beginner’s course lessons, BC-101 to BC-115. I learned the basics of choosing a guitar, posture, etc. In terms of actually playing, I learned the D chord, A chord, and E chord. The first two chords were incredibly “easy.” The chord that really stumped me was the E chord. I could not press down on the strings hard enough so that it didn’t sound muted. It got easier in the middle of the week because my fingers hurt less from pressing down on the strings so often.

The lesson I’m working on right now is trying to get the most chord changes in one minute. The idea is to aim for 30 changes in one minute. Speed is the main factor here and not so much how good it sounds.

Here are the results of my first two tries:

Chord Round 1 Round 2
D chord – A chord 17 changes 27 changes
D chord – E chord 21 changes 31 changes
E chord – A chord 26 changes 30 changes

The next couple of lessons will be more chords, I predict. I’m not quite sure. Hopefully I can stick to this for another week!

Cooking

Homemade Cheesecake Quest

I can count the number of times I have tried to make cheesecake on one hand. It’s not that many but I count that as a quest to make the ultimate cheesecake. It’s my favourite dessert. Yes, it’s incredibly filling and calorie dense and expensive but I love it. The expensiveness factor is a big reason why I’m trying to perfect the art of the cheesecake.

On my first attempt back in high school, it tasted lke cream cheese on a graham cracker crust. Definitely not quality cheesecake material.

Since we’re stingy on saving electricity, my next two attempts were of the no bake variety. They were good but they didn’t taste like cheesecake at all. It tasted more like a heavy cream pie. But it was still delicious.

For Valentine’s Day, I baked my first actual cheesecake. I followed a recipe on Reddit. It was a cheesecake but with a brownie bottom instead of the traditional graham cracker crust. I was a little stressed because I had bought less cream cheese than I needed and it seemed like it just spread over the brownie like a thin layer of icing. Also when I was cutting it, it was hard to pry it from the pan. I was worried the brownie had burnt but some parts of it weren’t actually that cooked…

However, it was my closest attempt to an actual cheesecake I had ever made. It. Was. Delicious. When I got home from work, my brother and mom had almost eaten all of it.

Books

Book Blogger Hop #7 (02/17-02/23)


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

Can you read and watch TV or listen to the radio at the same time? Submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

Nope! Unless we’re talking about dry, academic textbooks. I can read the words but nothing will go into my head. I do like multitasking with audiobooks but only when the task is mindless enough that I can pay attention to the story. For example, one time I was playing Dragon Age: Origins (a video game) while listening to the audiobook Waiting by Ha Jin. In the game I was just slaughtering enemies while exploring a forest. Not much to truly pay attention to. Other than that, I cannot read at the same time!

Books

Is it Possible to Read Too Much?

I’m in a weird place where I’m reading a lot but I’m unsure if I’m feeling depressed because I’m reading too much or I’m reading too much because I’m feeling depressed.

I’ve always thought of books as an escape. That sounds a little too negative but I enjoy experiencing a story that I would probably never experience myself. Lately I’ve gravitated to historical fiction because it’s just so different and unknown territory. But sometimes when I finish a book, I feel a little bit sad. Sometimes, I envy the characters for their exciting lives and feel worse about my own life.

At the same time, I read because my own life is boring. I’m not sure how to feel.

Books

Book Blogger Hop #6 (02/10-02/16)


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day read? Submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte

Is it okay for me to say that I don’t have any…? I don’t really read anything specifically for Valentine’s Day. I also don’t recall any Valentine’s Day themed books. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance novel, but I’m not sure I can think of one appropriate for a special day like Valentine’s Day. I think my tastes a bit too tragic for that, haha!

Life

I Joined a Gym

In an attempt to do more things in my free time, I decided to join a gym. My original plan was to go to my university gym however since I am on co-op, I no longer have the discounted membership included in my tuition. Instead, I opted for my local Fit4Less. It is an extremely more convenient location, significantly cheaper, and a good “introductory” gym for those who are just starting out. An added bonus was having a friend who had a membership at the same gym so I had a gym buddy!

Today was my first day working out with him. He was a little late so I walked on a treadmill for around fifteen minutes. Once he arrived, we got on another cardio machine. I don’t really know the name but we spent a good 30 minutes there talking about how life was going. I got a little out of breath but not really so maybe we weren’t doing it right.

Afterwards we went on the lateral row machine. I could only do three sets of ten with 50lbs. A little concerning but I’m really weak and I guess you gotta start somewhere!

It was just a quick session because it was getting late and the roads were pretty bad (half the office was working from home today). My mom was worried so we went home. It was a good solid hour spent there and we got to use the massage chairs at the end.

Hopefully we continue going!