11 Jan 2011
in Knitting Mama Tags: Free, Gaming, Geek Knit, Knitting
Fancy knitting yourself a Sack Boy? Yeah, me too. I haven’t even played the game, LittleBIGPlanet, and I want to own myself one of these little dudes. He is just too cute. I could eat him with a SPOON!
This is really not a complicated knit at all, there are some fiddly bits here and then that give my sadly pathetic skills some pause, but he is the kind of character that can get away with an mistake or two. I HEART this knit.
So…prepare your sticks and get knitting. Sack Boy all the way…
Oh, and thanks must go to Simply Knitting who let The Sun use the pattern and let all us happy geek knitters get a chance to create him for free.
18 Aug 2010
in Fascinating Things, Slightly Insane Tags: Blog, Fat, Gaming, Trains, Turning 40
I know that I’m not entirely normal. This is alright. I’m nearly 40 and have come to terms with the fact that I am not rich enough to be eccentric, and have noisily slipped into the category of “weird”. Possibly deranged. I’ve even bought a onepiece to emphasise my growing insanity. Yes, I may look like I need a diaper and a dummy but damn, that suit (pictured left) is going to rock Fat Days.
Today I was thinking about the things that make me go, “hmmm“. Here are some of the ones I really, really do relegate some serious brainpower to.
No, not the chicken and the egg. Eggs. Like, who was the first person to see a small, round, hard object fall out of a chickens ass and go, “I’ve got to eat that.” And who thought of cooking it? Did the same person suck the egg and go, “It needs salt?”
2. The dishwasher.
Why has the person who invented the dishwasher not been knighted. Seriously. Every single day, as I stuff plates in there, I thank her/him. I offer up a little moment of gratitude that I don’t have to stand in front of the sink getting wet sleeves and a wet stomach. I always slop over the edge. Always.
3. The X-Factor.
It’s a recurring nightmare. I wake up on stage at the X-Factor auditions and have no choice but to perform. The thing is, I am not talented. I can’t sing, I can’t dance (well, I can, but not in a way that makes you gasp in amazement, more like snigger in amazement), and I can’t juggle fire while balancing a cat. So, I have spent time pondering what I would do in an attempt to stop this weird dream. So far all I’ve come up with is “let me show you how cool my gnome is in World of Warcraft“.
4. Which is better, stupid or clever?
If you are clever then you know how much trouble the world is in, you know that you should be watching your trans fats, you get crabby when politicians lie to you on TV and so on and so forth. So I ask this…surely being stupid is better. When I was younger I would ask people, “If you had a choice between beautiful and stupid, or ugly and clever, which would you choose?”. I chose the first option every time. So what if people didn’t like you or your husband was 98 and used you as arm candy. You wouldn’t notice or care. Brilliant.
We have them every day. One is born every minute. Their creation is the most basic of activities. And yet they are just incredible. Whether they are human babies, animal babies or alien babies (sorry), the very process by which they come into being is phenomenal. The odds against eye colour, personality and the DNA strands selected are enormous and each time this wonderfully unique person arrives on Earth. Humbling. At least a two hour train journey of pondering.
There are more but I can’t remember them now. And this is already way too long. What do you ponder?
16 Jul 2010
in Bedraggled Mum, Parenthood Tags: Gaming, Mommy, Squidge, Tired, Work
Somedays, like today, I wonder if I’ll ever feel “not tired” again. It’s been a long week and the weekend is as packed with work as the usual days of Mon to Fri. Not that I’m complaining, mind, it’s just that I’m sitting here with a head full of lead and about two hours to have down time and I’m too shattered to decide what I’m going to do!
Oh, the irony! Should I curl up in front of the TV with my knitting and mindlessly absorb fabulous dross while my needles click the shawl into place? If I don’t hurry up this is only going to be ready next winter. Ha!
Do I play Bioshock on my PC because I’m desperate to finish it and really feel like some gaming to wind down tonight?
Or do I finally get some time with my shiny new Xbox 360 and carry on attempting to play Alan Wake?
The thing is. Knitting is ace but I’m not sure my brain can cope. The Xbox 360 is an entirely new FPS control system that I’m rubbish at (snort) and Bioshock makes me jump. Although perhaps I’m just the right level of sleepy to just relax and enjoy the game and ignore the terrifying noises oozing out of my speakers.
It does make me wonder why I get all these scary games when, since having Squidge, I’m now too jumpy to enjoy them. And, what’s that all about anyway? I used to be really good at FPS’ and now I’m a bit rubbish. Not sure if it’s practise or turning into a mom that’s done it.
Well, it’s getting late (time is flying today!) and I’ve decided I’m going to Bioshock myself tonight. Not the world’s most riveting post, I know. But hey, everyone has a down day.