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Random thoughts and some project stuff

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This week’s been a little tiring and overwhelming, so I don’t have a nice polished blog entry. I’m fine, everything’s fine, it’s just a combination of technical difficulties, slight arm pain caused by sleeping on the side I got the covid vaccine on, and a big deadline coming up fast and hitting hard. Instead, I thought I’d follow in the fine tradition of the Yarn Harlot  (she’s a great writer, but hasn’t blogged much lately) and present a random collection of images and projects that I’m working on that aren’t enough to get their own entry but do deserve at least a mention. About half of this is rpg related, about half is yarn related, and all of this is theoretically at least half-decent. 

The benefits of a nonexistent budget

I don’t have much of a budget for yarn or rpgs. In fact, most of the time, my budget is best described as nonexistent, for a handful of reasons. In addition, I have highly limited space. These two things combined mean that I rarely buy things, and if I can, I will always try to make do with what I have. However, though it may seem like a bad thing, I actually love my situation (most of the time). The budget, and the fact that the budget is not easy to stretch, has taught me a lot of lessons about myself and my crafting and gaming.

A guide to the DnDBeyond character builder and building your first D&D5e character

 I haven’t done anything particularly noteworthy lately, just swatching for lace and trying to plan out a rpg campaign so it ends by the middle of August when we lose a dedicated player, so today you get a guide to the DnDBeyond character builder that’s mostly here because I’m tired of copy-pasting it into a really long email for new players in one of my games a couple times a month. This guide is tailored for people playing in the campaign I’m running through our local library (read: it details making a 5th level character for d&d5e) and uses the example of a 5th level fighter, because I don’t recommend playing a magic user of some kind as your first character (but the advice is applicable to anyone, I think).  Most of this is copied directly from an email thread with a completely new player trying to make her first character, an “elf who uses a bow” (actual description). This is going to be a really long post, so it may be best to read and follow along at the same time.

Papagena Shawl — pattern and pictures

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I finished this a few weeks ago, and I’m finally sharing both pictures and a free pattern for my new favorite shawl (and, hopefully, I might even be able to figure out ravelry posting)! I love shawls because they go with everything, and this one combines rainbow colors, a feathery border, and beautiful drapeiness. 

Solo Meditations, Solo Games

 This week has been a little hard for me, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I feel out of control and I’m having trouble coping. So I thought today I’d talk about using solo rpgs as a sort of guided meditation, as well as share two that I recently finished writing.  Update, March 27, 2021: I messed something up with the permalink Thursday when I tried to rename the post after I published it, and I had to unpublish and republish the post to fix it  I apologize if it shows up twice.  Second update: Unpublishing and republishing didn’t let me change the permalink, so I’m sorry if it shows up twice for absolutely no reason.  Third update: fixed, after yet another unpublishing and republishing. I think. And at the expense of having to change the date. It was really bugging me.

Easter Egg Roving

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Tuesday afternoon, the Easter egg dyes (we use food coloring) were out around here (not for the hard boiled eggs yet, but for some wooden ones and some shells), and I decided it was about time to try dyeing roving with the leftovers. I shared some process photos  yesterday , but I wanted to share a sort of tutorial about it, because it was a cheap, fairly easy, way to dye fiber. 

I am besotted.

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 I know it’s only Wednesday, not Thursday. I promise an actual post tomorrow is coming about this and that I’m going to try to stick to my Thursday blogging schedule, but look at these pictures! Beauty incarnate. I had to share. You understand, right?