3 Rs Year of Projects: Ribbing, Reading, and a Rant

It was a rough week coming off of medications, full of unregulated emotions and unregulated body temperature. I didn’t get much crafting done, but I thought a lot about this blog.

I love making, and sharing my makes. But I feel like this blog has turned into, “Look what I can do!” Nothing wrong with being proud of what you’ve created. But to be honest, I’m a little bored. Don’t worry. I know now is not the time to make any big decisions, like changing my name or closing down my blog.


Desperate for the big hit of serotonin I used to get when casting on a new knitting project, I did just that. I reached for the simplest, softest thing I could get my hands on. This design is Lodge Sweater by Ozetta, in Cornbread and Honey “Peaceful” DK held with a mauvesque kid mohair and silk from KnitPicks I found on sale. This baby has a total of 6 inches of hem ribbing plus ribbing up the sides.


I know I’ve said this before, but reading and I are not on the same page. I do ok with nonfiction, but I’ve wanted a good chew of fiction. Fiction has to be really good for me to get into it, like Charles Frazier Good.

So what have I done? I’ve done what I always do when tackling the most difficult problems in my life: I hit it from all sides. Because if you throw enough at it, something will stick. From years of experience, I can say this is not true. But it doesn’t keep me from trying.

First up was Vampirella and Red Sonia Meet Betty and Veronica, which I checked out at the library. Vampirella was the comic queen of my youth, and one of the few comics I read because she was female and she kicked ass. And she was a vampire, and I have always loved vampires. This was not half bad. Not a gripping read, but fun. The authors spent more time on Red Sonia than Vampirella, which I didn’t like. Although Red Sonia is pretty cool, too. And of course I read Archie growing up. So this ticked a few boxes. I really loved how all perilous situations were solved by Veronica calling her rich and influential family. At first I thought it was poor writing and unrealistic, then I realized this is exactly how the world works for the rich and influential.

The next thing I did was purchase a paperback copy of House of Salt and Sorrows, because I saw it at the local bookshop on the staff recommended shelf and the cover was pretty. I read the back and thought, this sounds gloomy and marinal. Just the thing. I have been occasionally reading a chapter before bed, and it’s pretty good. Enough to want to pick it up again, not enough to want to spend an entire day on the sofa sucked into an alternate universe until I have to finish it.

Waiting in the wings is Long Live the Pumpkin Queen, which I found at the library. Somebody posted something about it somewhere online, and I thought, I’d read that. I like Nightmare Before Christmas, but I wouldn’t say I’m part of that fandom. But hopefully it will be Halloweeny enough to enjoy with low expectations. I’ll let you know.

A Rant

Covid. You bitch. You took my coffee taste buds then you took my tea taste buds. How am I supposed to caffeinate in the morning? And as someone with unmedicated ADHD, this is not optional for me! This morning I was rifling through the pantry and found two little packets of flavored instant coffee I received in a yarn advent last year. I decided to give it a try because if I can’t taste it, who cares what it tastes like? It was pretty good! I added some sweet oat creamer and I felt like I was drinking fancy gas station coffee. I know Bob is going to roll his eyes and call instant coffee an abomination, which it is. But if I point out how much cheaper it is than the whole bean coffee we usually buy, Homo Economicus may win the day.

Speaking of vampires, we recently watched a new favorite film: Vidar the Vampire. My love for this film is so great, I am recording it here for posterity. I am not recommending everyone run out and watch this film. It’s for sick people with a dark sense of humor, like me and Bob. If you do not have one, you will be offended. It’s also Norwegian, so if you don’t like subtitles, you will be offended. Whenever we watch something with tears of joy streaming down our faces, we look at each other at the end and say, “It’s a keeper!” And we add it to our library. If you still want to watch it after being warned that you will likely be offended, it’s free right now on Tubi.

I guess this has been a Year of Projects (YOP) update. You can read my updated list here, and my original list at this link. You can find out more about the group on Ravelry or Backstage Kath’s YOP bloggers list.

Can anyone tell me where I can find an instant coffee version of a pumpkin spice latte?

18 thoughts on “3 Rs Year of Projects: Ribbing, Reading, and a Rant

  1. I’m so sorry you are suffering through the loss of taste and smell with Covid. I can’t image. I know my daughter said it was awful. Removes the little pleasures. I like Maxwell House International Pumpkin Spice. I personally like Starbucks Via instant packets but I’m a Starbucks fan (I hate their instant lattes though – skip that pumpkin spice). Please don’t feel your blogs are patting yourself on the back. I do love reading it for ideas about patterns, color combinations, etc. We are similar in size so I like seeing how things fit on you. Best wishes that the taste buds start tasting soon.

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  2. I didn’t know your taste buds were affected—I’m so sorry! That’s got to be really annoying, and a little disconcerting. I hope it improves with time. Your sweater looks so gorgeous and now I want to make one too!

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  3. Hey! sorry you’ve been having a shit time healthwise. I do get it. I do. Retail therapy works sometimes, other times (like today) I had a fab shower, hair wash, and then put on my favourite clothes and earrings. Cheaper than spending money, and almost as good! We call instant coffee “scraggy coffee” in this house – hubby much prefers ground. I love your posts about what you’ve been doing and making. Counts, for me, as “knitting” time, because I can’t actually knit at the moment! crocheting a bit, though xxx

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  4. Alissa, just have to say that I REALLY ENOY YOUR BLOG! It is a great way for you to share your energy with those of us who can use a hit! You have so many quiet skills in addition to your knitting and sewing. And keeping this blog up is one of those quiet skills! I don’t do blogging or even social media primarily because of the time it takes to keep them up. I also do not have your fabulous picture taking ability to make your blog so much fun to always take a peek at. Also love seeing your gardening and cooking adventures. Admittedly we have different tastes in reading and movies, but hey that’s still what you add to my world!! So even if you need to cut back on posts, I hope you will send us a bit of what you have to share, as you feel up to it.

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! I doubt I’ll close it, but I may readjust my approach. Like instead of focusing on projects, I may shift that to special interests, which includes knitting and sewing. We’ll see. I just know I need a bit of a change.


  5. You do what you need to do for you – but know that your blog is a gift to the world, or at least the world of crafters! But nothing lasts forever, even great informative and inspirational blogs. I never developed a taste for coffee – or tea, for that matter; as long as I can taste chocolate, I’m OK! And if I lost my taste for that, maybe I’d drop a few pounds…

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  6. I really liked this post. Thank you for the honesty and the information. Did you try to talk to Bob like the women in International Delight commercials? Maybe if you mentioned John Luc he wouldn’t think it was an abomination. https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Traditions-Pumpkin-Spice-Latte/dp/B09DTHM44X/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=pumpkin+spice+instant+coffee&qid=1661132524&s=grocery&sprefix=pumpkin+spice+instan%2Cgrocery%2C98&sr=1-8

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  7. Sorry about your sense of taste; definitely have instant coffee if it works for you! Good luck in figuring out the changes you’ll want for the blog–I hope you’ll still show your creations in some form. It’s been a while since I read non-fiction, but even with fiction these days, I find myself discarding more titles than I read, and I blame the pandemic for it. :-p

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  8. I’m so sorry your sense of taste is still affected – that is terrible!! But glad you found a solution. It looks like Sarah has found the perfect instant for you!!
    Your sweater start is amazing – can’t wait to see how it progresses 🙂
    Finally, Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica is about the best thing I have heard of in a long, long time! It’s in my Amazon cart right now 🙂 Now I’m curious about Vidar, though from the sounds of it I will need to wait until I’m alone in the house! Have you ever seen Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? It’s godawful. I think you will love it.

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  9. I know what you mean about getting disillusioned with the blog. I go through periods like that every now and then. I have definitely re-imagined my blog in the many (18?) years I have been blogging. Do what you enjoy here! If that’s posting about projects, do that. If it’s showcasing what you’ve learned about sewing, do that. If it’s random posts about movies you’ve watched, do that. This is supposed to be fun. 🙂

    I hope you get your taste buds back soon. And that the instant-PSL alternative works well in the meantime!

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  10. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say – write about what you want, how you want – we will come just to have a bit of time to visit with you, whatever you want to share. It’s your blog so whatever you want to post about is all good!

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