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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #34

Happy Sunday :)

As the Olympics are ending, so, too, is Ravellenics. Part of me is rather proud of myself and part of me is thinking, "really, that's it?" Oh well. Let's see what I'm talking about.

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016
38. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016; finished August 19, 2016

I finished up the little Gex sweater on Friday night. The knitting was finished during the day and then I was going to stay up and weave in all the ends, which did happen...but a few mishaps happened in between. More about that in a mo'.



WIPs (Works-In-Progress)
 - carried over year-to-year

1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016
4. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016

Because Gex has been finished, most of my focus was on that project. However, I did manage a little bit on the Caffe Macchiato Socks and I finished up the first of the Polwarth/Tussah single.


This is also proof that I do, in fact, knit in public. I was sitting in my therapist's waiting room while I worked on this. The receptionist, who is just lovely, asked me what I was crocheting.

o.O

He got a lesson in the difference in a 100% non-snarky manner. He said that he learned something new and also now understands why all his aunts gave him funny looks when he mentioned their crocheting because they were, in fact, knitting.

In addition to KIP with the socks, I also did it with the Gex sweater.


I took both of those during Little Man's swimming lessons on Thursday. I was on the second sleeve and got to the halfway point on that sleeve while at swimming (yes, I'm anal retentive and counted my rows on the first sleeve and matched the number for the second sleeve).

And, because I already mentioned finishing the first single of the Polwarth/Tussah:


Now that the parts have come for my wheel and Ravellenics is over, I might get back around to finishing up the other half of this fiber. And then I have a bunch more I want to spin. I found so much of my spinning fiber while I went through yarn and fiber bins this past week...sweater quantities worth, in some cases. I think I have something like three pounds of a merino fiber in a bag, for example. That should be enough for a sweater, right?

I may have worked a couple rows on the shawl but Wink is firmly hiding in my WIP bag. I'll get back around to it soon enough.


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors)
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *started*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Given that TdF happened and I SPUN ALL THE YARNS, I think I'm going to take a break from spinning for a bit...Viktor needs a tune-up anyway. At least my parts have arrived.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*
4. Toss the stash (fiber & yarn). *started*




This week seems to have gone by in a total blur. It's completely understandable, given everything that has happened this week.

So, if you remember, Husband was out of town from Thursday until this past Monday night. His flight home was delayed so he actually didn't get home until 2:30am on Tuesday morning, Not a big deal, other than he was sick. The boys and I were fine while he was gone, which says a lot because they do so often drive me nuts. But, we had things planned and playdates and so on, which helped. 

On Tuesday, Husband worked from home (because he was sick and because he got in so late). The doctor's office back in Wisconsin called to tell him that, yes, he did have strep. They were surprised because the rapid and the 24-hour tests both came back negative. They then went on to tell him that the strain he had wasn't common in Wisconsin and is most commonly found in California. ::sigh:: Medication was acquired, and things are fine. Tuesday continued to be a busy day. In addition to doing stuff from Husband's trip (laundry, unpacking, etc.), there was a new parent PTA meeting (which counted toward an hour of our thirty volunteer hours), we found out which teacher Little Man was going to have, I picked up our registration packet, filled out a bunch of forms, bought Little Man some new t-shirts for school, got my fingerprinting done, and, most importantly, ate ice cream. It was a busy day. 

Wednesday meant the first day of Kindergarten for Little Man. We were up early, we walked to school, he met some of the other kids in his class, and then I had a coffee date with some of the other moms/dads at the cafe across the street from the school. 

Thursday found me requiring a mid-day nap, along with Stormageddon. It appears that he's gotten the summer cold, probably from someone at the school (already?!) so he's had some naps and coughing and snot and ibuprofen, in addition to errands with mama. Friday night, I was about ready to start getting him ready for bed. I was finishing my dinner and I heard a POP and what sounded like running water. This is what I found in the back room:




The above photos are what happens when a 5-gal keg of homemade rootbeer loses a spigot and rootbeer goes spraying everywhere. I did the only thing I could think of: I grabbed the 5-gal bucket the keg was sitting in and threw the entire thing into the shower/tub, tried to wedge the spewing hose into the bucket (to no avail, hence the spray all over the bathroom) and just let it run out. The ceiling, walls, the kegorator & shelving unit, the rug, the tile bathroom floor, the walls in the bathroom.....it was a mess. We had to pull the shelving unit and the kegorator out so I could get the carpet washer out again to wash the carpet. I just did this a couple weeks ago for a similar keg infraction. ::sigh:: But, we caught it and it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Don't get me wrong, it still wasn't fun. 

Saturday was a relatively lazy day. Actually, I wound up taking a three-hour nap because I wasn't feeling too well. But, other than that, Husband picked up his car, the boys got haircuts (well, Husband and Little Man), we had a breakfast picnic in the car while Husband was having his haircut, and we spent some time in the pool. Exciting times all around. Or not.

Here are a few photos from this past week, including Little Man's first day of Kindergarten :)


Little Man's first day of Kindergarten :)


Stormageddon found one of Daddy's fancy hats and decided to wear it around the house with his Tardis shit.




One of the things that happens in Montessori education is sewing. But it's not sewing in the traditional sense. It's learning the motions and works on fine motor control. They usually sew pictures of simple outlines. Little Man got a bug in his pants on Thursday and decided he wanted to sew a Tardis. So, he found paper that would work (watercolor paper), he drew the outline, I poked the holes and helped him string the needle (one of my blunt-end tapestry needles that I use to weave in ends and some of my embroidery thread), and he sewed a Tardis. He was very proud of himself.


You know Pokémon Go has taken over when you go to Target and discover one of the red balls out front has been painted to look like a Pokéball. The paint was still wet, though, so the boys couldn't climb on it.


Here are the boys, enjoying their donuts in the trunk of the car yesterday morning. Little Man obviously had his hair cut by this point. Stormageddon's hair is still long and flowing but it's not in his eyes, so I'm not cutting it. Someday.


Short hair and a chocolate face. I call that a success :)


I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! I may not be so vocal this week. If you missed it, this past week, I had my mid-month goals update, one stash enhancement update, one club update, and my blogiversary post :) 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stash Enhancement: StevenBe Inappropriate (box #1)

Happy Saturday!

It's been a week since the delivery of my StevenBe Inappropriate club box. Sooooo, let's see what was in the box :)

This was the top of the box (and yes, I used my new US #4 (3.5 mm) Knit Picks Options Interchangeable tips to cover my address). A lovely black box that had a NSFW warning right on the mailing label.



Upon opening the box....


And what was in the box, you might ask?


First and foremost: this lovely skein dyed by Three Irish Girls exclusively for StevenBe. Since I'm doing the "Chubby Chaser" for my yarn base preference, this is their Springvale Worsted. I've used that base before and it's fabulous and wonderful and I'm excited that this was the first one I got.

The colorway is called Banana Hammock. The little colorway card (exclusive, too!) reads: Expertly dyed by Three Irish Girls. For when you need just the right amount of support - a gently but firmly cradled banana is a beautiful thing. 

Of course, there were other items in the box:


Two patterns and a little.....well, we'll get to that in a minute. The patterns are a Hammock Hat and a Banana Cozy. The idea is that you knit the hat and you have enough leftover for the banana cozy. We'll see. It's cute, though. The little green box....surprisingly, it's a mirror. I was almost positive there were Post It notes in there or something but I opened it up to a little two-mirror compact. The bottom mirror says: Warning: Objects in mirror are sexier than they appear.



Happy day! I'm looking forward to my next box. I'm also debating whether I want to pick up the skein of sock yarn, as well. I have an opportunity to do that but I have so much yarn...and I can also get the exclusive pattern that went with that one, as it's obviously going to be different from the worsted version. I don't know if I want to go that route, though. We'll see :)


I hope you're having a lovely Saturday :) I also posted on Thursday with my other stash acquisitions (all things Hunger Games!), if you're interested.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Stash Enhancement: The Hunger Games Edition

Happy Thursday!

If you stopped by on Monday, you may have read that my yarn diet went straight down the toilet. Between Purlescence Yarns closing later this month and my sudden need for all things Hunger Games....well, I'm kind of screwed.

So, let's get going on my latest stash acquisitions.




Brazen Stitchery Harmony Sock in Team Peeta. I found this while doing a Hunger Games search on Etsy...because I have an unhealthy obsession. I'm so so SO late to the Hunger Games party. I didn't actually even think about reading it until after I kept catching glimpses of the movie when Husband was home sick and watching it. And then the obsession began. Hence, all these yarny goodnesses :)


The next three are from Lorna's Laces.


Lorna's Laces Sport Multi in the Catching Fire colorway. This was a limited edition colorway done in November 2013, when Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out in theaters. I found these in a destash because that's the only way to get them now. I had hoped for the Shepherd Sock but four skeins of the Sport Multi will suffice :)



Lorna's Laces Worsted Multi in the Tribute colorway. This, too, was a limited edition colorway done in May 2012, for the release of the Hunger Games in theaters. Again, these were found in a destash...actually, the same destash as the Sport Multi.



Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, also in the Tribute colorway. I found this one first, actually, and then I started wondering if there were other ones I needed to get my hands on. That led me on the quest of Lorna's Laces acquisition...and there are no Mockingjay colorways that I can find. But, I'm good.



Do I have any idea what I'm going to make out of any of these? Noooooooope. Not a clue. I entertained the thought of a shawl of some sort for me out of either the sport or the worsted and, obviously, socks for the sock yarn....but who knows if/when that will happen. My yarn is well beyond SABLE at this point. Oh well.



I'll be back on Saturday with my StevenBe Inappropriate update, I think...

Have a lovely Thursday and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Seven Year Itch

Happy Wednesday!

Do you know what today is? You don't, do you?

Okay, aside from today being Little Man's first day of kindergarten, today also marks the Seven Year Itch....or, rather, on this day, seven years ago, I wrote my first blog post here....and second, actually.

I feel like so many things have changed in my little corner of the universe and, yet, at the same time, I almost feel like I'm doing the same old things over and over.

In the last seven years, I've gotten married, had one monkey, moved 2500 miles from home, had another monkey, started design work, spent far too much money on yarn and other fibery goods, taken classes, met wonderful people, met shitty people, gone up and down and all around, and....yeah, so many things.

So, you know, woo-hoo for that.

I have a post scheduled for tomorrow and another one for Saturday...and then Year of Projects on Sunday. Woo. Maybe an FO Friday will be forthcoming. I don't know. Whatever and ever amen.

I hope you're having a lovely Wednesday!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mid-Month Update!

Happy middle-of-August :) This week is rather crazy. Husband has been in Wisconsin since last Thursday (he gets back late tonight), for Beerfest, which he didn't even get to go to because he got strep throat. Little Man starts Kindergarten this week (Wednesday) so I've been getting school stuff all ready to go, trying to get the kids back on the "school schedule," which means going to bed earlier and getting up earlier, and then there's paperwork that needs to be done, I need to find money for things (like fingerprinting for the district and school shirts and donations and OMG MONEY!), and I feel like I've just been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

Buuuuuut, it's the middle of August and we should revisit my monthly goals :)

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink,  the Caffe Macchiato Socks, and the Gex Sweater.
2. Ravellenics (August 5th-21st): probably making a cowl from some handspun and hopefully finishing the Gex sweater
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

Soooooo, Ravellenics started on August 5th and I knit a rainbow gradient cowl in 24 hours. 



Proof that it did, indeed, happen, and I've woven in ends and washed it. I've even worn it out and about. It goes quite well with my Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness shirt. 

In addition to that, I've been working on both the Gex sweater and my Caffe Macchiato socks. I'm working on the sleeves of Gex, which means I'm almost done. I'm still cranking away on the first of the socks, as well. 

With Ravellenics going on, I've been knitting almost every day this month, which is a welcome change, actually. 

Um.....we should just skip over the yarn diet thing. I broke the diet very, very hard this month. Between the closure of an LYS and my newfound need for all things Hunger Games, my yarn diet.....well, it's been bad. We won't talk about it. But, on the upside, I pulled out every single yarn and fiber bin from the closet, went through things, and pulled out a bunch of stuff to destash (which I'm still working on getting photographed and entered properly). I also found a few random things I was half-assed looking for, like the missing pieces of my pseudo-Turkish drop spindle and I found some bobbins in a bag with some wool that needed picking and carding...I threw that out but kept the bobbins. Woo. 

I also started a new project. The original is called *Bad Nut* but I changed the name to *Oh, She IS a Bad Nut* because all I could think about was Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp version) saying that about Veruca Salt during the squirrel scene. I had a few mishaps involving dropped stitches and frogging but I think I'm good to go now. I'll probably throw in a lifeline at some point because I detest picking up dropped stitches in garter. I can't do it. I don't know why. I know what I'm supposed to do...but I just can't make my stitches do it. ::sigh::

Other than that.....yeah......moving along :)


Non-Fibery Goals
1. Put the armoire together in Stormageddon's room & organize.
2. Go through paperwork on the buffet & cookbook shelf.
3. Go through the pantry & cupboards.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.

We almost may as well skip this section, honestly. The armoire is still in boxes, paperwork is piling up, the pantry is a mess....but exercise has kind of been happening (when we weren't sick) and the journal has been happening....but that's about it. Someday, someday...




I'm kind of half-failing this month but I really don't care. It's been so nuts around here with all of us getting the dreaded summer cold at the beginning of the month and Husband being out of town, and school starting and....just nuts around here.

Here's to hoping the rest of the month goes better :)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Updates - Update #33

Happy Sunday!

It's been rather busy around here...but we'll get to that in a little bit. Right now, we're here for Update #33 for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects (while everyone else is on Update #7 for their 6th year). Anyway, let's just get going.

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016



WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016
4. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016
5. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016

With Ravellenics going on, I've been trying to work on some of these WIPs......okay, really, I've been working on Gex and the Caffe Macchiato socks. I've not touched Wink. I still might during Ravellenics. But, as is usual, Star Tits (Startitis) got the best of me. I was looking through my stash on Ravelry and a few patterns that have jumped out at me from my queue (including both the Herbivore and Boneyard shawls by Stephen West) and I came across one that just started screaming, "HEY, KNIT ME!" And then I had yarn screaming at me from the closet saying, "OH! USE ME FOR THAT ONE!" And....welll....I started another project. Oops. Unfortunately, we haven't been the best of friends. I did the crazy-long cast on (100 sts), got about 13 rows in, and found that I had dropped a stitch. I managed to find it, catch it, and get it back up to where it was supposed to be....except I didn't pick it up correctly and I couldn't be assed enough to fix it properly because I was already frustrated. Because I was only on row 13, I frogged it and started over. I've caught up and I'm beyond my frogging point. Here's to hoping all keeps going well....


I'm using some Purl Essence Tranquil yarn that I bought in one of those mill end bags at JoAnn fabrics. I have around 1200 yds to work with, so it should be plenty. I'll have enough to do other things when I finish.

Buuuuut, back to the other knitting I did. I had a snafu this week:


That is my US #4 Knit Picks Options interchangeable tip. Snapped while I was working on the hem of Gex. I lost a bunch of stitches but managed to catch them all and get them onto a spare needle I had lying around (US #1, if you're curious). Luckily, it's Knit Picks. Don't get me wrong, Knit Picks has faults; all places do. One of the things that they are really good about: replacements when things break. Aside from having difficulty finding the account (it was listed under my maiden name, even though everything comes in my married name), I got my new tips without any issue. In the meantime, however, I had a hem I was in the middle of knitting...but I also have a set of rosewood interchangeable needles, also from Knit Picks (that Husband bought me for Christmas a few years ago). So, I switched out the broken needle with one of the rosewood tips and worked on my merry way. The hem is actually finished and I'm working on the sleeves now.


This is the proof that I switched to the rosewood (it's on the right). I'm beyond this now, obviously.

My wheel is still just.....hanging out, really. I'm waiting for parts so I can give Viktor a tune-up.


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors)
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *started*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Given that TdF happened and I SPUN ALL THE YARNS, I think I'm going to take a break from spinning for a bit...Viktor needs a tune-up anyway.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*
4. Toss the stash (fiber & yarn). *started*



I wish I could say this week has been exciting but, really, no...it hasn't. We've done all the "usual" things like running errands and going to the gym, but we've not really gotten out to do anything overly exciting. No fun day adventures to the zoo or the aquarium or anywhere, really. Okay, that's not entirely true. We did get to the park a couple times this week; yesterday was a kindergarten playdate at one of the parks. All the families with children going into kindergarten at Little Man's school were invited. I'd say about half showed up. I know many are still traveling and using up the last of summer. We also went on Friday morning with another friend from Little Man's class (he will also be going into kindergarten with him but he didn't go on Saturday).

Oh, I went to see Bad Moms this week with a couple of the other moms from Little Man's preschool class. It was 100% worth it; it was absolutely hilarious. Obviously not appropriate for children. But such a fun movie. My only complaint is that all the moms in the movie are skinny. They're a little lacking in diversity of mombods. Okay, it's a lot. But, it's still really good. I also love that JJ Watt was in it as the soccer coach. If you're unfamiliar with him, JJ Watt was born in Wisconsin, played for my beloved Wisconsin Badgers, and now plays professional football for the Houston Texans. Oh, and he can apparently act. Also, Jada Pinkett Smith. Love her.

What else....oh, the important thing: Husband left for Wisconsin on Thursday afternoon. He won't be back until late tomorrow night. That means I've been flying solo with the boys since Thursday...hence going to the park and more knitting time. Unfortunately, he got sick. He went back for the Great Taste of the Midwest and was so sick he didn't even get to go. On top of that, the friends that he & our friend that went along stayed with....well, he got into a motorcycle accident earlier this week (maybe last weekend, I can't remember). He hit a deer head-on, going at least 60 MPH, on his motorcycle. Aside from all his gear being ripped to shreds (including his helmet) and his bike being absolutely trashed, the worst he suffered was a broken collar bone. He's sore and bruised and such but, you know, he could be dead. It wasn't like he hit some little yearling or a doe. He hit a buck, and it was at least a 10-pointer. So, there's that. It's just been....well, it wasn't the fun trip he was hoping for. I suspect Husband has got something nasty like the flu or strep, courtesy of the plan. ::sigh::

Other than that, not much else has happened around here. I acquired some more yarn (yes, I need to do a Stash Enhancement post), my new needle tips arrived, and my first club shipment from StevenBe.....but that's going to be another post because #StevenBeInappropriate (yeah, you can look up the hashatg in Instagram or Facebook or Twitter...). Exciting times.

No photos of Little Man, this week......hardly any photos, really.


Sesame Street is going to be HUGE in our house.



He found Little Man's hat, which no longer fits...and he has claimed it as his own.



Doctor Who is also HUGE in our house.



Don't be fooled. He's not asleep. We were cuddling and he closed his eyes and the photo happened.
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And lastly, proof that my StevenBe box came :)



I hope you're all having a lovely week. Little Man starts school on Wednesday :)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #32

Happy Sunday :)

It's been a big week around here and I feel like I'm crashing...but we'll talk about that in a moment. Right now, we're here to discuss my Self-Imposed Year of Projects. I'm still working on Year 5, while others are on Year 6 (update #6, if my math is correct)...but I joined the party late and, as a result, I'm exactly 6 months behind.

It works.

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016

Why yes, I finished a project in 24 hours. No joke. I cast on during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies (which I did not watch), knit for a few hours, went to bed, and knit some more yesterday. Woo. There's more information about it below :) And more photos.





WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016
4. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016


If you're unaware (or uninitiated), Ravellenics started on Friday upon the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in Rio. If you click on the linky above, you can find all the information you need (and more). You can join teams, and there are a zillion different "events" you can compete in. One is, of course, designed to handle your WIPs (called WIP Wrestling), while others are for things like making hats, shawls, sweaters, spinning yarn and then making something from the yarn (meaning you have to do both during Ravellenics), and there's even an event for frogging items. Each event has a set of rules for what qualifies and you can post in the event threads and your group threads and it's crazy. I'm working for Team BBMF (which is the LSG group's team and it stands for Bok Bok MotherFu**er). So far, I've only got two projects planned: the Gex sweater (in WIP Wrestling) and I started a new project, my rainbow gradient cowl (for Cowl Jump), during the Opening Ceremonies on Friday.


This was my CO: 200 sts on US #10 needles (Knit Picks Interchangeables aren't labeled so you need to have a needle gauge around or guess - I checked and it was US #10s ), using my rainbow gradient yarn I spun during TdF (#31 on the FO list above). By the time I went to bed on Friday night (around 1am), I had finished this much:

Yeah. Do you see that? I worked for maybe 4-5 hours total by this point and I was already to the purple section of my yarn, with only the rest of the purple, the black, and the white left. At this point, it's finished, the ends are woven in, it's had a bath, and it's currently hanging out in the bathroom, attempting to dry. I'm kind of impressed with myself, actually. I don't know what was going on because I don't think of myself as a fast knitter...but apparently when fake internet medals are on the line, I can knit fast. Kind of like when fake internet medals are on the line for spinning...and I spin ALL THE THINGS!

I also worked on Gex this week. I've not actually photographed it yet because it's a gift for my brother and sister-in-law for my incubating niece and I'd probably be stupid and post it to Instagram and link it to Facebook and Twitter and then get it onto my project page and my SIL is on Facebook....and maybe Ravelry (not sure). I don't want her to see it. I'm going to have to photograph it eventually and I will because it's a WIP. I've almost reached the bottom hem and then I'll have to pick up for the button band and such. Oh, and sleeves. I'm a lot closer to finished than I thought I was....but those little sleeves still take forever. Oh well.


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors)
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Given that TdF happened and I SPUN ALL THE YARNS, I think I'm going to take a break from spinning for a bit...Viktor needs a tune-up anyway.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*

I think I'm going to need to make a choice on what to knit next because I am pretty sure that both my projects I have slated for Ravellenics will be finished (and one already is).....but what to knit, what to knit......maybe I should work on Wink. Hahahahaha. Not with Stormageddon around.



Now that we're not all dying from the summer cold and, in Stormageddon's case, the ear infection....things have been crazy this week. Husband basically catered his division's release party on Friday, meaning we smoked a lot of meat, froze a lot of meat, vacuum-packed a lot of meat, ordered a ton of random things that we'd need (grilling utensils, charcoal, chef's jackets, etc.), picked up more food the day before and the day of (eggplant, mushrooms, corn, melons, etc.) and it was just nuts. Our house has looked like various bombs went off for the last couple of weeks...and it continues to look that way because, now that the party is over, we have the clean-up to take care of (washing all those grilling utensils, buckets, dealing with food, putting things away, etc.). I expect we should be back to normal by the middle of this week. Then again, we'll see how things go.

That's not all we did this week, of course, but that's what it feels like. I went to Purlescence Yarns a couple of times over the last 10 days or so (Stash Enhancement posts can be found here and here), the boys and I have gone to the park & out for breakfast, we've run tons of random errands, and.....yeah, that's about it.


That was one of the coolers we filled with vacuum-packed smoked meat on Thursday afternoon. We had three coolers, total, all filled with smoked meat.



Another interesting thing we saw this past week happened while going to pick up supplies to make rootbeer. We were in Palo Alto or Mountain View...I think it was technically Mountain View. Anyway, we weren't that far away from the Google headquarters and they've been testing self-driving cars. So, that is a self-driving car. We actually saw another one (the Lexus SUV one that had "Google" all over it) but this one was moving.


We had another Target parking lot trunk-of-the-car picnic. The boys were just hungry, not crabby (thankfully) and I didn't feel like waiting until we got home. So, picnic in the trunk again.


Yeah, I have no idea either. He's goofy sometimes. And I see that we need to have another talk about how to wear his seatbelt. ::sigh:: It never ends with this kid. This was the same day we saw the self-driving car, I think.


I mentioned the park. I have to keep an eye on Stormageddon so I have photos of him and Little Man ran around free. There are also several PokeStops at this particular park so I didn't mind too much, since I was out of PokeBalls again.

Aside from that, we're doing a little bit of potty training....


Yes, he's fully clothed. Yes, he's eating a pop tart. No, he didn't sit there and eat the entire pop tart. He sat there for all of five seconds. I call it a win. Little Man wasn't fully potty-trained until he was almost 3.5 years old, and even then, if we took long trips (planes, for example), I'd put him in a pull-up, just in case. I'm not overly worried about Stormageddon's potty training schedule.

Other than that, not a whole lot went on this week. We're not exciting when big party type things happen because it's all prep work for that. Oh well.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend. I might be back this week, I might not...who knows how things will turn out. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Stash Enhancement: I'm losing another yarn store....buy all the things (PART 2)!

Happy Saturday! Happy Stash Enhancement!

Didn't I already post about this? Hahahaha! Noooooope! This is the second part of my BUY ALL THE THINGS because I'm losing another LYS.

Soooooo.....I went back on Tuesday this past week because Viktor needed some attention. After Viktor had some attention (in the form of tightening some things, adjusting some things, and suggestions for replacements of other things), I found more things that wanted to come home...oops. Sorry, so not sorry.





Two more skeins of American Worsted from MJ Yarns. The top is Soul Fissure (which, really, is just black) and the bottom is Intrigue (and it's much brighter than the photo is showing - think a very bright Hunter Orange).



A skein of Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in Mountain Tango (again, brighter than what the photo is showing).


About 8 oz of natural Shetland (no specific brand), which will probably grow up into something fabulous. I don't know. I don't think I've ever spun Shetland before. I might hate it. I doubt it. Then again, the Bombyx blend from TdF was absolute hell to spin because I was so so so SO allergic to it (but I can rub it all over my face now that it's in yarn form - weird!). We'll see.



About 4 oz of Dream Merino Roving from MJ Yarns in Forest Elf (it's an 80/20 Merino/Tussah blend). It spoke to me last time I was in and this time, it decided to come home with me. WOO!




The last lonely 10 oz bump of Zombie BBQ from Lorna's Laces came home, also. Soooo, I have 30 oz of this, which translates to about 850 g...which, if I spin it decently, I could wind up with 3200 yds of finger weight yarn...or 1600 yds of worsted...or.........yeah. We'll see what happens.



This little kit spoke to me. It's from Lorna's Laces, also. The color combination is called Snare Drum, which speaks to my inner-drummer-of-yore. I wish there had been a second one. Buuuuut, one will do. It's 525 yds of sock yarn so I can definitely get a pair of socks. I'm considering ordering a couple of the other sets from Jimmy Beans that the LYS didn't have (Marimba and Piano, specifically).



And lastly, because I don't have enough needles...HiyaHiya Sharps in US #1.5. Woo. More sock needles! 


In other random events, I'll be back tomorrow with my Year of Projects update :) Happy Saturday!