Knitters: take a look at this

2016-05-21Do you remember when, back in November, I posted about Codsworth, my little YarnIt knitting bowl? He’s featured in my cardigan WIP picture from yesterday as well, there on the top right. I have been using this bowl for quite some time since then and it’s become probably the most important knitting accessory I own. I’ve always admired those beautiful, hand crafted clay and wood yarn bowls I see on Etsy, but they weren’t for me. I’m far too mobile with my projects to lug a bowl around with me (not to mention the dangers of breaking one on the go!) and I don’t trust my cats not to knock it over at least once.

The YarnIt has been invaluable in my knitting experience. I used to spend so much time fussing and worrying about my skein or ball or cake rolling off a table, dropping on the floor, falling victim to hidden cat hair nests and more. Ever since I began to use this bowl, my only worry has been winding a new cake and having enough yarn on me to continue knitting wherever I am. No more tangling, no more cries of despair as I watch the yarn roll under a table that stands on a questionable floor at best, just knitting my little heart out. I love that they offer a variety of color combinations and even an optional, adorable and fancy mustache on front!

I love this bowl so much that I put off casting on a new project as long as this bowl is occupied with yarn.

My only issue with the YarnIt has been that it only fits 50g skeins of yarn. I’ve had to wind two cakes from one ball of yarn and use them consecutively because so much of my stash are big skeins like that. Imagine my surprise when I found out they’re making a big version, ‘The Big Sully’, and are trying to get funded!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1717527446/the-yarnit-brilliant-new-yarn-artist-accessory/

I’m absolutely THRILLED at the prospect of this upgrade. A bowl that is 2″ larger in diameter, and this time with all sorts of fancy, highly useful upgrades that will make it easier to be on the go with my projects. I’m also devastated that Kickstarter’s only method of pledging is a credit card and they don’t accept PayPal. (Dutch debit cards don’t function as ‘credit cards’ unfortunately, and I don’t do credit cards.) I was fully committed to bust my hiney and give the $70 pledge and have my own Big Sully with loaded base full of accessories later this year.

I will have to keep my fingers crossed and hope Kate Sullivan will be able to get enough pledges by the end of the Kickstarter to make this a reality so I can order one from their website when they go into production. In the meantime, I hope other knitters will consider funding this brilliant piece of knitting equipment. I’m a very frugal person who carefully considers her purchases, and this product is one I’m willing to throw all my money at because it makes my life so much drastically better.

They’ve raised over 1/3 of their goal so far. Will you contribute and help spread the word?

f433b6c4b0f41d15e4b60bb18262cc34

(No, I’m not paid to rave about this! I’m just extremely excited and want this product to become a reality because I love using its predecessor so much.)

The Friendliest place on the Internet?

I honestly think that would be the RP Repository! You may have stumbled on a link to it around my blog, but today is its 6th birthday celebration and I want to let everyone know about it!

I joined this community a few months short of 6 years ago, and it has literally changed my life for the better. The community is one of the friendliest I have ever come across. The site owner honestly cares about her members and works hard to keep the site in tip-top shape with new features all the time to meet the members’ needs.

I had the pleasure of being a contributing member, and I remain one to this day! If you’re into roleplaying, character creation or similar topics, be sure to check us out!

http://www.rprepository.com

You’re still in time to come celebrate with us, too. 😉 Everyone is welcome!

Mental illness and me

I haven’t spoken of mental illness in a while! I’ve been very busy with therapy and getting my life on track, but my diabetes has also had the upper hand for a while. Recently something happened that made me think a lot about my conditions and how the world responds to it, so I’ve turned to my blog to unload my thoughts again.

“So, what happened?” Tumblrites did, unfortunately. In case you’re unaware, Tumblr is home to the Social Justice Warriors movement, a very toxic, cult-like environment that twists something meant to be positive into a dark pit of forced guilt and self-victimization. You may want to refer to this image, its corresponding Reddit thread and this amazing article on Social Justice Bullies for a better understanding of this place. For reference, I am 100% pro-social justice and equality, but I am 1000% anti-Tumblr SJW/equality. They’re two very different things, I’m sad to say.

A reoccurring theme for SJWs is to be offended by damn near everything, something they inflict upon themselves more often than is actually inflicted upon them, and instead of taking responsibility for their offended feelings, they force everyone else to ‘stop being offensive’. I hope you’re rolling your eyes already, because that’s the only suitable response to such behavior.

Saying you are offended is just another way of saying you’re unable to control and take responsibility for your own feelings. Feelings are personal and cannot be controlled by others, otherwise we could force true love upon others . Feelings are not the truth, nor the cold hard facts that come before emotions. Debating feelings is impossible because they can’t be right or wrong, they have no morality, they just are, yet here we are in a community that considers feelings the ultimate trump card to rule superior over others and dictate their actions without holding themselves accountable. That’s why so much of the argumentation of Tumblr SJWs is flawed and can be tossed right out of the window. (But don’t tell them that, you’ll offend their fragile little souls.)

Being offended is an art among these people, but what really tops the charts is their continuous offense on behalf of others. Just a few days ago, I witnessed a person who (claims to) suffer from depression and anxiety, speak up about the damage that is done to people like me by inaccurately or obsessively playing mental illness in roleplay characters. That’s the summary of the topic, and there is a lot wrong with that.

Being offended on behalf of others, even if you have something (mental illness) in common, is rude and presumptuous.
I was not alone at feeling misrepresented by this person. They spoke on behalf of autistic, depressed and anxious people as if all of us feel this way. I disagreed, two of my autistic friends disagreed and more than a handful of similar sufferers disagreed with the notion. Even if we share a common illness, it does not mean I automatically speak for you. I only speak for myself, my own illness, the effect it has on my own life, never yours. I cannot know what you go through or how you feel, and neither can you say these things about me. Speak for yourself only. Even then you can’t make claims on what people SHOULD do – you hold no authority on that, and it’s disgusting that you think you do just because you have an opinion and feelings on the issue.

The only way people like us get hurt is when others refuse to educate themselves.
I have no problem with people playing roleplay characters with mental illnesses, even if they do it wrong, have the character exist solely as their illness and so forth. Let them play. I choose not to play with them to show I disagree with the execution of their ideas. That is within my power, and if nobody roleplays with their shitty characters, then they realize that there’s no point in playing a character nobody likes and they’ll grow wiser. I’m guilty of shitty writing when I was younger myself, what helped me be more sensible is not people telling me they were upset with me. It was simply the fact nobody played with me that drove me to better myself. No amount of my being offended will change their mind. My feelings don’t matter – my actions do. I’m also a firm believer that someone who chooses to take shitty writing at face value is someone who wouldn’t have understood or acted sensibly in regards to my illnesses either way. Someone who cares will educate themselves, ask questions, research from reliable sources or even consult professionals, something the former person wouldn’t do anyway. The real hurt is not in the wrong portrayal of an illness, but in the way people choose to handle the information they receive or need to receive.

I have a lot of things wrong with me, but I’m very much capable of speaking of these things myself. I don’t need someone else to have feelings on issues on my behalf, most definitely not offense! I still choose what I’m offended about, and to try and pry this basic right out of my hands through despicable attempts to force yourself on others makes you a shitty person.

RP Repository’s Anniversary

April 24th 2015 is more Epic than ever. The Roleplay Repository is celebrating its fifth anniversary!!

RPR is a site for everyone who enjoys to roleplay, or just needs a repository for character profiles, or just wants to hang out with tons of amazing people. It’s heralded as one of the friendliest and welcoming communities on the internet and it’s no wonder that everyone feels at home right off the bat.

The site is run by the most wonderful Kim, aided by her fantastic moderators who are there in everyone’s time of need. I have a lot of geeky friends who may not be a member yet. Why don’t you come check us out while we celebrate for a whole week, and perhaps you want to stick around? 🙂

http://www.rprepository.com/