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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #45

Happy Sunday! I am extremely late today for various reasons....but, really, it's because of who I am as a person right now. Let's get going before it turns into Monday on me....


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018
15. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018; finished 20 July 2018
16. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017; finished 31 July 2018
17. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018; finished 2 August 2018
18: Cup Cozy: started 22 September 2018; finished 22 September 2018
19. Sockhead: started 11 September 2018; finished 2 November 2018

Nothing new to see here. I've worn the Sockhead a couple of times but it's not been cold enough. Oops.



WIPs (Works-in-Progress)
 These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
3. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
4. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
5. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
6. Returning: started 14 January 2018
7. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
8. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018
9. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018
10. Safari Duo - Ella the Elephant: started 11 July 2018
11. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
12. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
13. Age of Brass & Steam Shawl: started 10 August 2018
14. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
15. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018

I've not done a lot of knitting this week but what knitting I have done was on the Campfire Socks and the Abracadabra Socks. I am ready to start the heel flap on the first Campfire Sock and I finished the heel flap and turn on the first of the Abracadabra Socks.

I'm not very exciting this week, really. Most of this week was spent doing other things, which I will talk about soon...



Mooooving along...

OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
2. Mittens for Stormageddon
3. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
4. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
5. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, maybe)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and the Neighborhood Fiber Co. in "Charles Centre")
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
11. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
12. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
13. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
4. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch,
grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Sock Blanks (10) from Vice Yarns

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



This was a very trying week. Little Man was wound tighter than a corkscrew because his birthday was on Friday and his birthday party was on Saturday. In addition to that, one of my best friends from college also arrived on Friday. As a result of the insanity of our house, Stormageddon was also quite a handful this past week. He was naughty for both his speech teacher and his swimming teacher, as well as me.

Thankfully, hopefully, that seems to have subsided now that Little Man has calmed down. We shall see.

The week started out pretty benign. I took Stormageddon to the park earlier this week.







That night was election night.............so we were with friends.





On Wednesday afternoon, I had to take the boys and get Stormageddon registered for Transitional Kindergarten for next year. It was awful. There was a wait (I had maybe 6 people ahead of me)...took over an hour. My phone wasn't working so no YouTube or anything, and I wasn't expecting the wait so the boys didn't have anything to do.

It was kind of a nightmare.



I think the person working the registration process took pity on me because she got some paper and pens for the boys to draw/color....which lasted about ten minutes, which was still ten minutes of peace.



Little Man and I found this strange bird on Thursday as we were walking to swimming lessons. We're not sure what kind it is but it had green legs/feet.





On Friday, Little Man had his birthday event at school. I brought in his picture board, everyone in his class, including his teacher, me, and Stormageddon, said nice things about him, and Stormageddon found both a baby binky (in my car) and a snail (not in my car). And yet, no photos of the birthday boy on his birthday. I kind of fail at that. Boo on me. 

Saturday was the party. There were at least 20 kids in my house, plus parents....it was a long day of cleaning and the party and the insanity of cleaning up that followed. 

I was so glad to see this morning....except the house is still crazy because we're out of space in the garbage/recycling bins. ::sigh:: It never ends. 




But, it's Sunday. Tomorrow we have no plans, school is on half-days until after Thanksgiving......and then I'm heading back to Wisconsin for an emergency trip (flying standby so fingers crossed that it actually happens)......we'll see how it all goes.

I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Birth and Death

I have done this in the past but I don't do it every year. This year, I am compelled to say something about today.

Today is November 9, 2018. In my life, that means two things: it's the day I became a mother and it's also the day I view as the day I truly became an orphan.

Yes, today is Little Man's birthday. He is eight years old today. He's been wound up tighter than a corkscrew all week, much to his teacher's chagrin...and mine...and his swimming teacher's.... His birthday party is tomorrow. We've never really done a proper birthday party for him. I mean, he's had birthday parties but they involved Husband's coworkers and their families. This is the first year that he's having a birthday party where he's had a say in who he wants here. And right now, that means an additional 35-40 people in my house tomorrow afternoon for a couple hours (no, I haven't started cleaning yet). It'll be fine. I have no idea what we're going to do but I think the kids can figure it out. I am thinking about making a Pin the Tail on the Donkey kind of thing and we have a piƱata that I plan to fill with some of the leftover Halloween candy. Other than that, just some munchies, some playtime, and an excuse for Little Man to have a bunch of his friends over at once. If anything, we can turn on a movie.

But today marks another day. Today is also the date that my maternal grandmother passed away...eight years ago. So, while I was being wheeled in for my c-section with Little Man, my grandmother took her last breath at the nursing home. She was 84 years old and had Alzheimer's. She had no recollection of who I was, didn't ask about my mother, and only rarely asked where my grandfather was (he had passed away two years prior to that, and my mother passed away in 2001). It was the day that I truly became an orphan. My father is still alive but he has not been a part of my life at all during the last...almost 10 years now....and was scarce before then, save for a couple of years when I was in high school/college. He solidified my orphan status when we called him that November 9th in 2010. He didn't answer the phone (his girlfriend did) and has not made a phone call since to even acknowledge any of what Husband relayed to his girlfriend.

But this post isn't about what a schmuck my father is.

This post is about Little Man and my grandmother.


Little Man, from our Candlelight Tour at the Winchester Mystery House a couple weeks ago.



My grandmother, Agnes, and I (Syttende Mai, 1984, I think) in front of the house I grew up in. The crazy thing about this photo is that we are both wearing a version of traditional Norwegian attire.....and neither of us are Norwegian (such is the life in the small town where I grew up).




I hope you're having a lovely Friday! I'll be back on Sunday with my Year of Projects update (I hope).

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #44

Happy Sunday!

In case you've missed it, I've posted a few other times this past week. I posted a WIP Wednesday and a Stash Enhancement yesterday, in case you want to go have a look.

But we're not here for that. We're here because it's Sunday and it's time for another installment of my Year of Projects :)


FOs (Finished Objects)

1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018
15. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018; finished 20 July 2018
16. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017; finished 31 July 2018
17. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018; finished 2 August 2018
18: Cup Cozy: started 22 September 2018; finished 22 September 2018
19. Sockhead: started 11 September 2018; finished 2 November 2018

I finished a project. My Sockhead was finished on Friday afternoon. I suppose that means I'll have to have an FO Friday post one of these days. I feel like I might be a little behind on those....I should look. But yes, it's finished. It's currently still drying on the counter in the bathroom.


I did hit a snafu with it. I had just started the decreases when I came up short on one side....so, I'm looking and looking and then I see it......six inches down. A dropped stitch (the blue stitch marker is where I caught it). And it wasn't like I recently dropped it. No, I dropped it six inches ago and it didn't unravel all the way down and I just knit around like it hadn't happened (it maybe dropped three rounds). So, cue me having a little tantrum and searching out my grandmother's teeny crochet hooks to fix it. I did get it laddered back up and it was a little tight...but it's fixed. Since it's currently drying, I can still tell where the laddering and subsequent fix was done but I don't know that anyone else will. It's still a little tight in that area.

But, it's finished :)



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
3. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
4. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
5. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
6. Returning: started 14 January 2018
7. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
8. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018
9. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018
10. Safari Duo - Ella the Elephant: started 11 July 2018
11. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
12. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
13. Age of Brass & Steam Shawl: started 10 August 2018
14. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
15. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018

With November upon us (happy November, by the way), I suppose I need to get back to some of these other WIPs. My Age of Brass & Steam literally just needs the bind-off and it's finished. I'm hesitating because I'm positive I'm going to run out of yarn...and I need to dig out the mini of a different yarn in the almost exactly same color and I just don't want to do it right now. I really should.

I need to finish up Ella the Elephant soon because I'll have to ship it to Wisconsin for my Devil Niece for Christmas (because her birthday is tomorrow and there's no way I'll have it done before then, let alone shipped). At least I'm at the point of seaming....but I hates it, Precious.

I'm also to the point where I can work on the Returning Shawl again, now that I've sorted out my yarn. I think. We'll see. Lifelines will happen, if only for my sanity. Woo.

I might just be getting excited about my WIPs again.

But as for actual knitting this week, it was just the Sockhead and a little bit here and there on the Campfire Socks. I'm maybe halfway down the leg. I should measure or something. But that's it for actual knitting.



Mooooving along...

OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
2. Mittens for Stormageddon
3. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
4. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
5. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, maybe)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and the Neighborhood Fiber Co. in "Charles Centre")
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
11. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
12. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
13. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
4. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch,
grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Sock Blanks (10) from Vice Yarns

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



This past week has been.....well, it was better than the week prior but it was still a bit of a rough week, particularly at the beginning of the week. Mental health is no joke. It can completely derail a person. Unfortunately, Husband and I have both been battling these last few weeks, and we're feeding off each other and, in addition to that, the kids are also out of sorts because they're also feeding off us. So, it's been kind of messy around here these past few weeks, with regards to our mental health and stability. 

We'll get through it and we will be okay. Both Husband and I are already taking steps to mitigate the issues. But we're hitting a rough spot right now. 

Thankfully, for me, things were finally starting to loosen up by Friday. I was actually in a lovely mood and wanted to do allllllll the things. I baked a loaf of banana bread, cleaned up my corner a bit, did some knitting, and tried to make sense of the chaos. But it was fleeting because by that night, I was an anxiety-riddled mess again. It had lessened again yesterday but it was still niggling at me. 

Mental health, man, mental health. 

::sigh::


In other random events this week, Hallowe'en happened. And with Hallowe'en came the Historical Timeline at school. So, at Little Man's school, they don't do the traditional Hallowe'en. Kids don't come to school in whatever costume they have or are planning to use for Trick-or-Treating. The younger kids (preschool-1st/2nd grade) participate in an event called the Universal Timeline. Kids are allowed to dress as plants, animals, planets, or anything else from nature (one kid we know dressed as a volcano one year). The older kids (2nd/3rd-6th grade) participate in an event called the Historical Timeline. The kids dress as historical figures and do a biography (it gets more involved as the kids get older). Little Man originally picked Michael Jackson, then William Wirt Winchester (as in Winchester rifles), but settled on Abraham Lincoln. 




He gave a little presentation in his classroom and then all the kids that did Historical Timeline went to the gym and lined up in order of birth year. There were maybe five Lincolns but there were plenty of other names. Some only had one, some had five or six, and it spanned all of recorded history. 

That night, though, it was business as usual:


Stormageddon was Jack-Jack and Little Man was Dash from The Incredibles. We went with some friends, the boys had fun, and there is far too much candy in my house. 

Also, just as an added knitting comment: I haven't finished weaving in all the ends on my FrankenSocks.....but I wore them on Halloween anyway. To be fair, I did finish the one sock and I started the second one. I'll have to finish them soon. No photos, though. I'm far too lazy for that.

There hasn't been a whole lot else happening, honestly. Little Man's birthday is this coming Friday and his party is on Saturday, so we'll be prepping the house for that. Also, presents were wrapped yesterday. Oh, and one of my college friends is coming for her yearly visit, also on Friday. So, you know, the usual :) And today is my Devil Niece's birthday. I've not sent her anything (yet - I'll probably do it later today). I'm just that way as a person lately. I'll get around to it. 


I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend :) 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Stash Enhancement: FOMA

Happy Saturday!

I went through my labels for stash-related stuff for 2018 and I was surprised to see that I only had four posts. That's a far cry from past years where I had.....well, a lot more than four. So, this is only my fifth stash post for the year, which means I've been a lot better about working from my stash.

Anyway, I only have a couple of things that came in recently. I picked up both of these from someone destashing in one of the Facebook groups I belong to.




This is a skein of Show Stopper from Leading Men Fiber Arts in the Yarn Hoarder colorway. The lovely people at LMFA are quite good friends with Amber Lindeman of the Yarn Hoarder podcast (which I highly recommend - you can find it on YouTube) and made this colorway for her. I thought about getting my hands on it at one point, passed on it because I'm trying not to hoard all the yarn....and then it came up in a destash and it wanted to come home. No idea what I'm going to do with it but I'm sure I'll think of something.



This skein came from the same destash. It's from Adella's Crochet Cottage on her Cozy Fingering base. The colorway is called Dark Fairy and it's a 75/25 Superwash Merino/Nylon. I have no idea what it's going to be when it grows up but for some reason, Sockhead seems to be calling to me.....not sure that it's right, though. Maybe.




See? I told you I didn't have a lot come in.

I should be back tomorrow for my weekly Year of Projects update. I even have an FO :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

WIP Wednesday: I even took photos!

Happy Hallowe'en and happy Wednesday!

Today's already been a busy day and it's not even noon at my house yet! Little Man's school does both a universal timeline and a historical timeline. The younger kids (preschool, kinder, 1st, and some of the 2nd graders) do the universal timeline. They can dress up as things from nature like animals, plants, or in the case of a preschool classmate of Little Man's a couple years ago, a volcano. The 2nd-6th graders  do the historical timeline, where they pick an important person in history and they write a little biography and dress up as that person. Little Man was Abraham Lincoln. Originally, he was thinking Michael Jackson but I thought Lincoln was probably a better choice.

So, that's taken up most of the morning.

But now it's almost noon and it's time for an actual WIP Wednesday, the kind where I took photos and everything!

Really, I've only been working on two projects, even though I have scores of others: the Sockhead hat and the Campfire Socks.



My Sockhead continues to grow. It's definitely a slouch on Stormageddon and a little slouchy on Little Man so it's not quite ready for me yet. I should probably measure the actual length one of these days. I have ho idea how long it is. I think I'm supposed to start the decreases at 9" but I can't remember. I've not bothered to look (oops).

I'm using US #2.5 (3 mm) circular needles (two sets), I think. I'm pretty sure they're Addi Sock Rockets. They're Addis, at minimum. The yarn was a sock blank that I dyed and it definitely looks like clown barf, which I'm perfectly fine with. I'm not sure where I got the bag. I think I bought it locally when we lived in Wisconsin but I honestly don't remember. I've had it awhile, though.



My Campfire Socks are taking longer than I want them to but I'm also working on DPNs, which I don't do often for socks (okay, really, I need to just be upfront about it: I don't use DPNs on socks; I use two circulars). They're a bit more cumbersome. But, I will say that when I do work on them, they grow quickly because the yarn is a DK weight and on larger needles than I use for socks. So, I might have them done in a year or so :)

I'm using my Signature DPNs (US #4/3.5 mm). The yarn is a handdyed superwash merino in a DK weight from Kangaroo Dyer. I think I bought it at Stitches West or Lambtown within the last couple of years but I honestly don't remember. The project bag is from Slipped Stitch Studios. You might also see my little green locking stitch marker. I basically marked the first round so I can make sure I use the same number of pattern repeats on the second sock. I'm debating about whether I want to add a contrast heel/toe to these, just to ensure I don't run out of yarn. I have a blood orange from the same dyer and I might have enough leftover in a goldenrod. I'll have to look. Or maybe just contrast toes. I don't know. I'll see when I get further along.



Don't get me wrong. I have other WIPs. These two are the ones I've been working on the most in recent weeks, if only because they're fairly portable and don't require a ton of thought. I do have to pay attention to which round I'm working with the socks because it changes but it's pretty easy to read the knitting, at least.



Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely Wednesday! I'm off to get Little Man from school, candy awaits us tonight, and woo Hallowe'en :)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #43

Happy Sunday! Today's post was written early as I expect I'm hungover today. And if I'm not, all the better for me :)



FOs (Finished Objects)

1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018
15. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018; finished 20 July 2018
16. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017; finished 31 July 2018
17. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018; finished 2 August 2018
18: Cup Cozy: started 22 September 2018; finished 22 September 2018

Um, maybe we just shouldn't talk about any of this right now.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
3. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
4. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
5. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
6. Returning: started 14 January 2018
7. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
8. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018
9. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018
10. Safari Duo - Ella the Elephant: started 11 July 2018
11. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
12. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
13. Age of Brass & Steam Shawl: started 10 August 2018
14. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
15. Sockhead: started 11 September 2018
16. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018

I haven't done a lot of knitting this past week. I think most of the work I did was on the Sockhead and the Campfire Socks. I haven't measured my Sockhead in awhile but it's probably getting close to the point where I can start thinking about the crown decreases. Maybe. And the Campfire Socks just grew a few rounds.

Nothing terribly exciting.



Mooooving along...

OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
2. Mittens for Stormageddon
3. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
4. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
5. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, maybe)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and the Neighborhood Fiber Co. in "Charles Centre")
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
11. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
12. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
13. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
4. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch,
grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Sock Blanks (10) from Vice Yarns

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



This week has been......well, it's been a week. It's been a rough week, as far as my own personal mental health goes. Slogging along, things happening, life going on, as it does. 




The little caterpillars are coming back. We're not sure if the butterfly above is what they turn into but there were plenty of both this week. 









We have four pumpkins in our house. On Wednesday, Little Man asked if he could paint his pumpkin. So, I dug out my acrylic paints and let him paint his pumpkin. Of course, we couldn't leave out Stormageddon. I was kind of surprised that he wanted to paint at all. He's more of a physical play kind of kid. He's not into writing or drawing or coloring....but he wanted to do what big brother did and he had lots of fun. 

In addition to that, Little Man wanted some time on his bike. He's still got training wheels on but he's working at it.


I also caught a photo of what I have lovingly named one of the neighborhood kitties: Grumpy Ginger Kitty.


He just looks grumpy. And he's feral so he won't come to you. There are some of them that have homes and will come out for pets but this one is truly feral. 

On Thursday night, instead of going to swimming lessons, Little Man and I went to the Winchester Mystery House for their Candlelight Tour, which is done at night. In the dark. 




They had a little midway set up on the grounds. After our tour, we played some games, won some prizes, and called it good.












He gave the smaller of the two to Stormageddon when we got home.


This is the front of the house. We've done the regular tour but this one was less "tour" and more "Halloween fun." Little Man was scared but he did enjoy it. Of course, he's been sleeping with a nightlight on since......I can't say I blame him. You'd turn and see someone just standing there, sometimes looming entirely in the dark, sometimes just...there. There was an instance where we came up some stairs, turned and there's a hallway to the right and a man was walking toward you with a candle. If you acknowledged him, he'd start cackling.


Yes, he's in a coffin. 

By the time Friday came around, I was so over this week. But, we had work to do because yesterday, we helped host a Halloween party (for adults)......so there was cooking to do and a few other things. But all was well. 

I hope you've had a lovely weekend and week :) I need to swing in for a Stash post one of these Saturdays, also...oops.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Purloined: Knitting Q&A

This week, I'm purloining from Karen of Nothing But Knit (again).

With another Rhinebeck in the books, I thought I could get away with this Q&A since it's about fiber festivals :)

  • Have you attended a fiber festival? What did you think? Were you overwhelmed or in your element? If you’ve never been do you want to attend a fiber festival?
I have attended two different fiber festivals, but both have been attended multiple times. I've been to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, which is usually held in September in Jefferson, Wisconsin. I've also been to Lambtown, which is usually held in October in Dixon, California. The first one I went to was Wisconsin Sheep & Wool because we were still living in Wisconsin. I was pregnant with Little Man, so this was eight years ago, and I was not a spinner. While I found plenty of yarn, it was more focused on spinning and weaving....and I may or may not have come home with my first drop spindle that weekend. And my wheel came just five months later. I wasn't overwhelmed at all and I learned so much just by wandering the marketplace. I also took a class on sock knitting at that first event. Lambtown isn't all that different but I think because I'm further along with spinning, I'm more attuned to what I'm getting into. I've bought fleeces at Lambtown whereas I never did that in Wisconsin. Of course, since we moved to California, getting things home from Wisconsin Sheep & Wool requires shipping or packing a suitcase.....which I can do but I don't know how well the TSA would like finding a full fleece in my suitcase. Of course, they've probably seen stranger things.

  • What is your favorite part of a festival? Do you enjoy the items available for purchase, the animals or are you all about hanging with other crafters?
I think when I first started going to fiber festivals, my favorite thing was the marketplace. Now, don't get me wrong: I still love the marketplace. I think my favorite thing now is just spending time talking to the people, petting the fleeces, and just being present in the moment. Oh, and I like going to pet sheep. 

  • If you’ve attended more than one festival (you lucky crafter) which is your favorite and why? If you haven’t attended one, which one would you most like to attend?
I've only really attended the two mentioned above. I'd like to get to Rhinebeck someday or maybe Maryland Sheep & Wool...as long as they exist, and I'm able to get there, I'll go :)

  • I’ve been seeing lots of ads for crafty travel. Basically it’s a trip centered around a craft like knitting. You travel to a place and become a craft-centered tourist. There are also cruises where instructors teach classes on the ship. Have you seen these ads? Do you think you’d like to travel in a craft centered way? Would you like to visit wool mills in Ireland, Scotland or New Zealand? Would you want to take a cruise with your favorite designer?
I already like cruising so I'd be totally okay with a knitting cruise....but I have to be able to afford it first. I also would love to go to someplace like Ireland or Iceland on a fibery tour. Or anywhere, really. I like my fibery things. 




So....what's next for me? Good question. Right now, I'm just doing my thing when I can do my thing and calling it good :) 



Sunday, October 21, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #42

This week is the answer to everything. Or not.


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018
15. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018; finished 20 July 2018
16. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017; finished 31 July 2018
17. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018; finished 2 August 2018
18: Cup Cozy: started 22 September 2018; finished 22 September 2018

Move along now, sir.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
3. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
4. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
5. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
6. Returning: started 14 January 2018
7. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
8. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018
9. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018
10. Safari Duo - Ella the Elephant: started 11 July 2018
11. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
12. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
13. Age of Brass & Steam Shawl: started 10 August 2018
14. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
15. Sockhead: started 11 September 2018
16. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018

I'm officially done playing yarn chicken with the Age of Brass & Steam shawl. I'm going to run out of yarn and I have one row and the bind-off. So, I think I'm going to see if I have some extra in a close enough color (leftover from Little Man's Greyson sweater) and just do the bind-off instead of knitting the last row. I think that will work. I hope.

I also worked on the Sockhead this week. It's probably fine to start doing the decreases but I haven't bothered yet.

And, of course, I started another project. I had cold feet the other day and I decided I needed a pair of squishy house socks that were fairly quick....and the Campfire Socks fit the bill. But they're nowhere near finished yet, of course. They're done in a DK weight yarn on US #4 needles. I'm actually using DPNs on these, which is rare for socks but it's what I have. I'm maybe a few inches down the leg, which is lovely.



Mooooving along...

OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
2. Mittens for Stormageddon
3. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
4. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
5. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, maybe)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and the Neighborhood Fiber Co. in "Charles Centre")
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
11. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
12. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
13. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
4. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch,
grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Sock Blanks (10) from Vice Yarns

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



This week has been........well, it's not been the loveliest of weeks. Little Man was still on fall break and we had a few things here and there to take care of.

The washer is fixed for now. There were a few factors and we addressed all of them: the water pressure was too high (turned it down), the soap dispenser motor & motherboard were fried (both were replaced), and there's an issue with electrical surges around here (so we added a surge protector). Hopefully this fixes the issue because not having a washing machine is....well, it makes my anxiety go through the roof.

But that meant waiting around several different days. They were supposed to be here on Monday but the parts didn't all come in. So, it was rescheduled for Wednesday. But the parts still weren't in. So, they rescheduled it for Friday. It was finally addressed on Friday, over a week after the last person had been here. ::sigh::

In addition to that, we've had some issues with peeling & bubbling paint on the house siding. We took care of most of it ourselves (sand, spackle, sand, paint) but there were spots that the ladder could reach but we couldn't get on the ladder to reach them (weight limit on the ladder) so we had a friend of Husband's come over to help us out on Thursday. And while we were doing that, Husband said, "is that bubbling paint?"

Nooooooooooooooope. It was wood rot. So a section of the siding on our house was pulled off, we had to order replacement siding (which should be here tomorrow or Tuesday), and then we discovered the gate was breaking on the other side so I had to go get a new board for that....and then we see that there is another board that is going to need replacing soon. GRRRRRRR!




That's about a 9' high section, maybe 20' across, that needs replacing. I'm not thrilled about it but better to find it now than later. Also, it hadn't seeped inside yet and we sprayed it with an anti-fungal/anti-pest spray that kills any existing fungus/pests and keeps it from coming back.

Buuuut, it wasn't all about fixing up the house this week. The boys and I also went to the San Francisco Zoo on Wednesday.






Not gonna lie: I love the red panda. There are three in the enclosure, two females, and this male. And while the females are perfectly content to just chill and sleep, the male is a bit of a show-off. Also, they really only do somersaults in captivity. No one's really sure why that is.












The male lion was just sitting there, watching the people. The female was snoozing nearby.





The fact that both of them fell asleep on the way home is the sign of a successful trip. The zoo was pretty empty, because most kids are in school, but we still managed to find a family we knew. We ran into a classmate of Little Man's, who was there with his two younger brothers (the youngest is Stormageddon's age) and dad. So, we hung out with them for the rest of our trip at the zoo, which was lovely.




I also had a breakfast date with the boys, probably on Monday.

Yesterday, we had a slurry of activities and I woke up sick. It wasn't the most pleasant day but we were okay. The boys and I went to the Pumpkin Patch that we go to every year. They both got their pumpkins, bag of candy & goodies, and had their faces painted.








After that, we went to the mall here and did a "make your own trick-or-treat bag" at Lush. I don't have photos of that but the bags turned out really cute. Little Man did his own and I helped Stormageddon.


Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely week and weekend :)