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If you follow my twitter at all, you might possibly have noticed that I'm attempting to watch all of the Stanley Cup playoff games (or at least have them on in the background while I do other things). If you are unaware of the joy that is ice hockey (closest thing to quidditch you'll ever see on the ground, honestly, joy to watch), the NHL consists of 30 teams (31 next year) which play 82 games through the regular season. The top 16 teams (you'd have to look up about Eastern and Western Conferences and first and second wild card entries) end up in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Each playoff series consists of the teams playing a best-of-7-games format against 1 opposing team. The first round also serves as the semi-finals of the Western or Eastern Conference finals; the second round is the quarter-finals and the third round is the finals. The best team of the Eastern Conference then plays the best team of the Western conference in a best-of-7 series to determine who wins the Stanley Cup.

You may be able to tell from this that the NHL season is pretty much the most demanding (by far) of all professional sports, and the Stanley Cup is the toughest trophy to win. And it's played on ice. At top speed. Sometimes with blood and fights and the threat of serious injury. And all the players are armed with sticks and skates (knives on their shoes. Seriously. Football - of whatever form you prefer - is incredibly wussy compared to KNIVES ON SHOES. Unless it's Australian Rules football. Which is just insane, and the referees start fights and look like butchers, and the players are part MMA fighters, part gymnasts on speed).

So. As of this afternoon, 40 games have been played in round 1. 6 teams are through to the second round, with 4 teams competing for the last 2 spots. I am a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, because they're awesome and lovely and like dogs and they're quite simply the best team out there with the best players in the world, who are also some of the nicest guys you'll find in pro sports. (Yeah, I read a hockey romance, started following the Penguins, then they won the Stanley Cup, so now I have a subscription to NHL tv and spend far too much time cheering them on.) I've watched 35 games (watching my 36th at the mo) and I use the time (surprise) to do a little crafting.

So here's my Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 blanket, which is done bar a couple of loose ends needing sewn in. (Dante's in the background, on one of the many dog beds.)
Crocheted blanket in pink and blue stripes.

Next up: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 legwarmers. By request from my sister's mum.
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Just a quick post to show off a few things I've made recently/am making at the mo:

Photos )

At last!

Feb. 8th, 2015 12:49 am
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The ludicrously long skein, conquered after a mighty battle. And Newton, wrapped in blankies and ready for bed, as am I. G'night, all.
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Or, yanno, the random things one does when living in the countryside...

Today I have: got up early, thrown the dogs out, fed the dogs, given Planck his Loxicom (anti-inflammatory and painkiller, because his bad hip is still bad, but his new hip is awesome), went back to bed, got up again, showered, dressed, emptied the range as the fire went out overnight, took the ash out, cleaned out the range from top to bottom (yay, soot up to my elbows), re-did the fire cement around the cooker plate since it chose today to crumble away, re-glued the rope around the cooker plate hood since that's needed doing for ages, relaid the fire and got it going, bagged up the last of the loose sticks in the barn so I could get to the bags with larger lumps of wood, restocked the wood box in the living room, picked up the dog poo in the garden, retrieved the dog toys from the garden, let the dogs in and out of the house repeatedly, stripped the throws off one of the sofas (half-done thanks to the dogs anyway) and shoved them in the washing machine, sat down and had a cuppa, and in amongst all of that, played ball with Planck.


So that's all that done; now to return to winding yarn off a ridiculously long skein so I can finally warp up that peg loom and give it a go. Not that, yanno, I spent around 10 hours yesterday doing just that, and the thing's still not given up the ghost... *sigh* I was so fed up that I went to bed around 10:30 last night just so I didn't raid the fridge outside for one of Dear Husband's bottles of Kopparberg cider (which he never drinks, I don't know why he has them, eh *shrug*).

My weight's been up a kg, thanks to monthly weight fluctuation, but I'm back down at 3.5kg weight lost, and the next two weeks should see it dropping further, unless this skein drives me to drink and chocolate.

Have photos:

Crafty stuff, yada )

Anyway, depression sucks, and it's a real effort to keep on reaching out even this far, so thank you for the comments and I'm sorry I haven't replied, but I'm not quite at the stage where talking to other people, even friends, and even in a tiny little comment, is something I can do. Which, how pathetic is that? I mean, really, that's just the wimpiest thing ever. Still, that's where I'm at, and it's an improvement, so I'll take it as the win it is and aim for actual direct contact with friends over the next month.

Yes, I am writing again. No, I'm not ready to share it with anyone other than my dad, who's helping me pick away at it, but it's not rubbish, hurrah!

Back to The Skein of Doom....
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I've been working my way through a few projects and today's seen progress at last, hurrah! The photo below shows the scarf I'm knitting for my brother-in-law's 40th, the skein of 4-ply yarn I've spent hours plying on my drop spindle, which will soon be woven up on a small peg loom to make viking leg wraps for DH, and the under-door draught excluder I've finally sewn up for my parents-in-law. I also finished sewing silk bags for lavender sachets for my mum, patched one dog coat and extended another and put Velcro on it. Phew! So I'm tired but feeling better for working my way down my to-do list.

Clicky clicky, photo here )


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