Knitting Adventure

Hello!

Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time alone with nothing to really do, and as a result I have taken up a hobby that I’ve been on and off about since I was 11; knitting. Basically all I knew how to do before I started my most recent finished project, was how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.

The pattern: found in the January issue of Simply Knitting.

The pattern: found in the January issue of Simply Knitting.

This project required me to learn how to increase two stitches at a time, decrease in two different ways, how to yo (yarn over) and how to make it so that when one uses yo, they aren’t left with a hole in their project. Since I was knitting this in the round, I also learned how to Sl2tog and p2sso. Those gave me quite a worry when I first read the pattern, since I thought it was asking me to slip 12 stitches together, not 2. I didn’t think this was possible, especially with how to project was at that point in the pattern (the end). That was quite a worry, especially since I was away from Amelia (my laptop) for several hours after coming across that in the pattern.

Now, I feel like I can do a whole lot more with knitting with my new repertoire of knitting jargon. Now for a series of photographs throughout the project. It took me about 10 hours of knitting to complete. I knit slow.

When I reached this far, I thought I'd done so much. I realize now that I wasn't even half way...

When I reached this far, I thought I’d done so much. I realize now that I wasn’t even half way…

This baby and all its brothers and sisters (there are 20 of them in total) gave me quite a scare, even though they are just eyelets for the drawstring.

This baby and all its brothers and sisters (there are 20 of them) gave me quite a scare, even though they are just eyelets for the drawstring.

The final finished project! It's it just a cute little project bag? It might be too small for anything I knit though... (I've recently taken up knitting sweaters, none are finished but three are started).

The final finished project! It’s it just a cute little project bag? It might be too small for anything I knit though… (I’ve recently taken up knitting sweaters, none are finished but three are started).

For some reason I still enjoy knitting and I hope to finish the multiple sweaters that I have on the go at some point in the future. When exactly will be the real question.

– Rachel

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Submitted for the Approval…

of the Midnight Society, I call this story, The Tale of the Nostalgic Blog Post

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Midnight Society it seems obvious that you must fit into one of two categories. Category A: you were not a child of the 90s. Or Category B: you couldn’t stand the horror. The Midnight Society comes from a television show from the 90s called Are You Afraid of the Dark?

AYAotDThe basis of the show was that it was a group of kids who met in the woods and told each other spooky stories. They called themselves the Midnight Society and because of this framing device it meant the show could tell a different story every week.

I’ve always been into horror and I have no idea what started it all but it could very well have been this show. I’ve actually been rewatching it lately and because of that I decided to make this post to mention the top things I remember from Are You Afraid of the Dark? I’ve noticed that they mostly seem to come from the first couple of seasons and the only reason I can think of it that maybe those were the ones that were repeated on television most. These memories can be a whole episode or just an image or phrase, but here they are in order of the episodes.

1. The Tale of the Phantom Cab

Tale of the Phantom CabThis is actually the first episode of the very first season. The story is told by Frank as his test to see if he deserves to be a member of the Midnight Society. He tells the story of Denny & Buzz, two brothers who get lost in the woods. They meet a man named Flynn who takes them to the house of ‘the good doctor’ who likes himself a good riddle. There are exactly three things I remembered from this episode:

a.

Dr. Vink

Dr. Vink

This is the aforementioned ‘good doctor’ – he goes by the name of Dr. Vink (that’s Vink with a va-va-va as he’s fond of telling us). He’s actually a recurring character in Frank’s stories.

b. The answer to the riddle “What is lighter than air, can be seen by the naked eye, and if put in a barrel, will make the barrel lighter?” – a hole.

c.

"I sorta Died!"

“I sorta Died!”

This is Flynn. He’s the driver of the titular phantom cab and it turns out he’s dead, and Denny and Buzz are going to die too if they don’t figure out the riddle.

2. The Tale of Laughing in the Dark.

Laughing in the DarkThis is the second episode and there is exactly one thing I remember from this episode – and it is an image.

It's the most fun in the park, when you're laughing in the dark

It’s the most fun in the park, when you’re laughing in the dark

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Zeebo. He’s the clown who haunts the Laughing in the Dark funhouse.

3. The Tale of the Lonely Ghost

Lonely GhostThe third episode of the series and again it’s a single image that I remember – and it’s this one.

Mirror GhostWhy yes, that is a little ghost girl in a mirror.

4. The Tale of the Super Specs

Super Specs

We finally skip a few episodes as this is episode 6 of season 1. Once again it is only a single image that I remember from this episode. Upon rewatching I was very disappointed that I didn’t remember Sardo (No mister, accent on the do), but you don’t choose what you remember. Speaking of what I remember, it’s this:

Basketball

It would be the creepy black robed things playing basketball, wouldn’t it?

5. The Tale of the Pinball Wizard

Pinball Wizard

This is a rare one where I actually remembered quite a bit. It’s the last episode (episode 13) of the first season and tells the tale of a boy who really likes to play pinball games. He ends up playing this game that he was told not to play and then he gets stuck in the mall. However, the mall turns into a game where he has to save the princess (just like in the pinball game he had been playing) and he ends up trapped in the game FOREVER.

I have no idea why this one stuck with me so much, but I always remembered it quite clearly.

6. The Tale of the Final Wish

final wish

This is the first episode of the second season and it tells the story of a girl who likes fairy tales and everyone around her mocks her for it. She makes a wish on a book about the Sandman and finds herself trapped in the Land of Nod with the Sandman where her whole family is sleeping. Mostly I remember this epsisode because of this guy

That's the Sandman boys and girls

That’s the Sandman boys and girls

I also remember it because she has to break his giant hourglass full of sand in order to escape and I remember the scene where she comes upon her whole family sleeping.

7. The Tale of Locker 22

locker 22

This is Season 2, episode 3 and this one has hippies. It tells the story of a new girl in school and she gets assigned to locker 22 which is in a practically abandoned part of the school and looks old and damaged. Inside her locker she finds a beaded necklace and when she puts it on she travels back in time and everyone in the past calls her Candy Warren. Turns out Candy died in a chemistry accident and the new girl goes back in time to that day causing her new friend to have to travel in time to save her/Candy.

8. The Tale of the Thirteenth Floor

13th floor

This is season 2, episode 4 and I didn’t remember the plot of this one at all except that a sister and brother go to this factory. I definitely remembered the color scheme because the factory looked like this

Look at those colors!

Look at those colors!

I remember the two kids escaping, but I had completely forgotten the twist at the end (spoiler alert – the girl is an alien and the weirdos were her parents).

9. The Tale of the Curious Camera

curious camera

This is season 3, episode 9 and I’ll be honest I’m not sure if I remember the Goosebumps episode with a very similar story or if I’m remembering the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode. Nevertheless I’m including it here. Basically the story goes that a boy finds a camera that brings misfortune to anyone it takes a picture of.

10. The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float

dead man's float

We’re really skipping ahead with this one way up to Season 5, episode 1. Yet again it is only an image that I remember from this one. I imagine most people who watched Are You Afraid of the Dark? will remember this one and so I’m just going to let it speak for itself.

AHHH

And frankly, that opening is still creepy.

I declare this meeting of the Midnight Society closed.

– Kali

Baking, its joys and pains.

Hello! (think PinkiePie, all excitement and energy and high pitched.)

I have always loved baking, but recently I’ve been trying to do more. The only problem with this is I have no one to eat it. I have never been all that big into eating sweets, and I definitely prefer baking and making them to eating them. Except gummy worms, those are a weakness of mine. I don’t have an abundance of people in my life who enjoy eating massive amounts of sweet baked goods, so I tend to not bake for the sole reason that we still have some left from the last time I baked.

Recently I baked a batch of about 20 white vanilla cupcakes, and they taste delicious, but we still have about 10 left sitting on the counter. I want to do more baking, but it would just be a waste at this point. You can see my conundrum. I want to do some baking with cinnamon hearts in it, cookies, cupcakes, etc. but I hate to see my baked goods go to waste, and if I bake new treats now the white vanilla cupcakes will definitely remain untouched until they go stale.

Our oven is broken, but so broken that we can’t use it and then gets fixed. Oh, no, the oven is broken just enough to be annoying while cooking and baking but to not be a priority on the ‘To Do List’. The bottom element (which is the one that is mainly responsible for baking and cooking) is malfunctioning and not turning on. We only have the top broil element, so in order for me to even bake the white vanilla cupcakes, I had to turn the temperature up to 450°F and put the rack at the very bottom of the oven. At least we have a temperature gauge in the oven, so I was able to know what temperature I was actually baking the cupcakes at.

I’m always looking for new recipes to try and make, so if anyone has any they are willing to share, I would really appreciate it. You can email them to live_life_to_the_fullest@live.ca.

On another note that’s completely unrelated to baking, I’m thinking about creating an email address just for the questions I’m planning on asking about feminism. When I do, I will post it here so that anyone who wants can contribute.

Another completely different topic, I loved getting dressed today. I have most of my favourite fandoms represented, and days like that always make me happy.

Thank you and have an amazing day!
Rachel