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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WIP Wednesday

I'm just posting a lot today......but this is a WIP Wednesday post :)

I'm only showing you a couple of my WIPs this week because, quite frankly, I've been too lazy to photograph everything and I've not been doing much knitting recently anyway.j

So..........

Wink (link to Project Page)
First up, we have my Wink sweater. I've finished the back neck portion, I've picked up stitches and placed stitch markers, and now I'm ready to start working on the raglan increases and such. It's not very exciting but it feels like it's taken me forever to get to this point. I'm working with my US #6 (4 mm) Knit Picks Rosewood interchangeables that Husband got me for Christmas. The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash in Camel Heather. So far, this is just the first ball. I ordered 25 skeins. Oh, and then, I started this sweater before I lost 35 lbs. and I'm knitting the largest size. I have a feeling that I'm going to have a sweater that's a bit too big. But, I'm okay with that as cardigans should be a little big, in my opinion. So, I'm just going to go with it :)

Petty Harbour Socks (link to Project Page)
Secondly, my Petty Harbour Socks. This is actually the second sock and it was just after it came out of time out. A couple weeks ago, I was counting stitches on the heel side, as one does, and discovered that something was........off. I had an odd number of stitches in the gusset section and an odd number on one of the sides but the other side was correct (it's worked kind of in three sections: two sides and then you do the gusset decreases in the middle and then there's the instep on the other needle). I wound up tinking back about 12 rounds to fix the mistake: a misplaced stitch marker when I first started the gusset decreases. But, I'm back on track....if I'd work on them. They're not hard, it's fat yarn, they're short socks...they should not be taking this long. But, alas, they are. The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock (Heavyweight), which is a DK yarn and the needles are two ChaiGoo Lace Circulars in US #1.5 (2.5 mm). If I'd work on them, I could have them done soon.



As for reading material......well, I've not done much reading lately. I picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up at Costco yesterday morning but I've not started yet. I'm also in the middle of The Hobbit (from this printing)....but I've not read it recently.

Honestly, between Little Man starting school, all of us getting the plague, and just plain readjustment.....I've not had much time to do anything.

But, there it is.




I hope you're all having a lovely Wednesday :)

Also, if you haven't read it yet, today is Stormageddon's first birthday!

Happy birthday, Stormageddon!

Happy Wednesday :)

Today is a different sort of post. I'm going to tell you a couple stories, show you some photos, and leave it at that (a WIP Wednesday post is probably forthcoming, if you're interested). I apologize right now for this is going to be a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG post.

September 2nd is an interesting day in my world. Some of you may recall that Little Man was born on November 9, 2010....the same day my maternal grandmother, Agnes Lucille (Johnston) Green, passed away. Well, September 2nd is similar. Today is Stormageddon's first birthday. Today is also seven years since my maternal grandfather, George Anton Green, passed away.

See, the boys just won't let me have their birthdays on normal days.

So, first, my grandfather, George Anton Green.


Now, to be quite fair, this photo is from c 1992 but, that's my grandpa (and me, of course).

George Anton Green was born in Elk Mound, Wisconsin on 19 April, 1923, most likely at home. His parents were Margaret Mary (Michelbook) and Anton Edward Green (who went by Ed, as his father was also named Anton). He joined older brother Vernon Nicholas Green.

He spent his early years in northern Wisconsin, working on the farm with his family. They survived the Great Depression as well as any Catholic farming family could during that time. He went to school in Elk Mound, played basketball, was a member of the student council, and graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1941. Sometime in 1942, he married Muriel Irene Hawkinson. Now, if you've been reading and paying attention, you'll know that Muriel Irene Hawkinson is not my grandmother. I'm unsure of what exactly happened but they were divorced before April 1945 and I've since heard that my great-grandmother may be partially to blame for that. My great-grandmother was a stoic German woman (she being a second-generation born in the US - her grandfather was born in Luxembourg in 1818) and was apparently pretty harsh with both my grandfather's first wife, Muriel, as well as my great-uncle Vernon's first wife, Idell. I don't know if it was the unemotional stoic German nature or if she just didn't like anyone her boys took up with....but both my grandfather and my great-uncle, Vernon, divorced their first wives. Keep in mind that they were Catholic. You just didn't do that. Both were kicked out of the Catholic church and neither are buried in a Catholic cemetery. But, anyway...moving on. My grandfather and Muriel divorced prior to April 1945. I'm unsure of when exactly but I do know they were divorced before my uncle's birth, which was in April 1945. Yeah.......about that......Muriel was pregnant when they got divorced. She had a son, Michael David (Green) Tylee, who took his step-father's last name, born 23 April, 1945. I had heard rumors as a small child that my grandfather had another child but upon his deathbed, when I asked him outright, he told me he didn't know if she was pregnant or not....which is a total lie. Not only did he know, my grandmother knew, her siblings knew, some of my mom's cousins knew.....but my mother and I? Nope. We didn't know for sure.

In 1945, George enlisted in the US Army. It was nearing the end of WWII, not that anyone really knew that at that point. He enlisted 8 May, 1945 and was honorably discharged in November 1946. He never really talked about his time in the military. I do know that he was in Japan twice during his 18 months in the army. He once told me that it *was* a beautiful country, which means he was there post-atomic bomb and probably not long before that. I found quite a bit of Japanese items upon his death, including military-issued Japanese yen, a couple kimonos, and several other random items.

I'm still a little fuzzy on when my grandparents actually met because I have all the letters my grandfather sent to my grandmother while he was enlisted...which means they were dating by the time he was in the army. I suspect they met not long before he enlisted. Either way, he and my grandmother married on 21 December 1946 in St. Paul, Minnesota and my mother came along on 25 May 1947. Yes, yes, do the math...my grandmother was pregnant when they got married. And I've seen their wedding photos....you cannot tell she was pregnant.

They moved to Stoughton, Wisconsin in 1951, when an army buddy of my grandpa's said, "hey, I've found you a job down here." In 1951, Stoughton was a very finicky town. I mean, it still is even now, but back then, you were either an old Stoughton family or you were an outsider. It took my grandparents almost 10 years to break the barriers that existed. They became members of the Methodist Church because the Catholic Church wouldn't take them (as my grandfather had been kicked out) and the gazillion Lutheran churches wouldn't take them because my grandpa was Catholic. The Methodists didn't care as long as they were Christian. So, my mother and, by extension, I were raised in the Methodist Church in Stoughton.

While in Stoughton, my grandfather was on the school board, a member of the Jaycees, the Lions Club, the American Legion, and the Syttende Mai committee. They bought their first house sometime in the early 1960s, a house on the corner of what was then Wisconsin Highway 138 and West South Street. The house still stands, though it's now the corner of Van Buren and West South. A friend of mine from high school grew up there and her parents still live there. In the basement of that house, they found a 100+ year old table and chairs (and all the leaves for the table). I still own that table and chairs.

It's worth noting that sometime in the early 1960s, my uncle, Michael David (Green) Tylee made the trip from northwest Wisconsin to Stoughton (in the days where Interstate Highways weren't totally a thing....so he made the trek on Wisconsin and US highways, through cities and towns along the way - took much longer than it would take now). I imagine it was probably the summer of 1963, after he graduated from high school. The story goes that he drove that whole way with the intention of meeting his biological father. He got there, parked the car across the street, got out, and never went to the door.

After my mother graduated from Stoughton High School in 1965, plans were conceived to build a house in a new housing development near the location of the new high school. I'm unsure of the exact year but I suspect it was in 1971 when they designed and built their first house. We bought the house from them in 1992 and moved into it in January 1993.

Sometime in the mid-1970s, my grandparents decided to open up their own business in downtown Stoughton. They called it The Stationery House. It's original location was at 276 E. Main Street, which no longer exists (I believe it was swallowed up when the library expanded in the early 1990s). In 1976, they moved up the street to 211 E. Main Street (which now houses VIKing Brew Pub). They had their shop there until I closed it in 2009.

Their merchandise? Office supplies, art supplies, school supplies, and Norwegian giftware. Hey, Stoughton is a Norwegian town. It sold very well and they made a comfortable living.





That store was packed full of stuff. You cannot imagine and the photos do not do it justice. But, that was the store.

Sometime in late 1989 or early 1990, my grandparents bought a plot of land on West South Street. It was near the new elementary school, Fox Prairie, where I went to 5th grade. They designed and built another house (hence us buying their house and them moving).

In 1993, my grandparents were King & Queen of Syttende Mai. Syttende Mai is Norwegian Constitution Day and is celebrated in my hometown as it's a Norwegian town.

My grandfather's last few years were spent in nursing homes. He fell off a chair at the store on April Fools' Day 2006 and broke his hip. While he did better than many in his situation, he never fully recovered and passed away on this day in 2008.



But, on to happier things.

Stormageddon.

First of all, that little booger came three weeks early. He was due 17 September 2014 and I had a c-section scheduled for a week or so before that.

The morning of 2 September 2014 was a usual morning. I was awake several times during the night to pee because that's what you do when you're incredibly pregnant. So, around 4am, I got up to have a pee and when I laid back down in bed, I felt a little.....blurp, kind of like peeing. So, I got back up, peed again, and laid back down. I had the brief thought of, "was that my water breaking?" but I shrugged it off, stayed awake for about an hour, decided it was nothing, and went back to sleep. When I got up for real a couple hours later, it was the Tuesday after Labor Day. Husband was taking Little Man to work with him so I could do all the things! I was going to clean the bathrooms, do a buttload of laundry, dye my hair, knit, clean the kitchen, mop.....I HAD PLANS, DAMMIT! I dyed my hair and took a shower. I was making the walk from the closet to our bathroom when the WHOOSH happened. I kind of just stood there for a second and then the first thought was, "OH HELL NO!"

I sent Husband a text that said, "I think my water just broke but I've no idea. I'm going to call the doctor and see what they say." Keep in mind that Husband had my car and was at work. So, I called my OB's office, they called the doctor on call at the hospital, she called me and it was decided that I should probably come in. While I waited for Husband and Little Man to get home, I tried to do all the things: I got laundry going, packed up hospital bags, did some cleaning....then we went to the hospital.

No labor pains, no nothing....but that test came back that said, "HI, WE'RE HAVING A BABY TODAY!"

I called our friends in Fremont and said, "hey guess what?" and Husband took Little Man across the Bay and was back in about 45 minutes. He got there, they threw scrubs at him and wheeled me off.

It was a typical c-section other than I coughed through the damn thing. Then this happened:



George Eugene was born at 5:04pm PDT, 18.5" and 6 lbs., 9.6 oz. He screamed his head off and didn't stop until they swaddled him.

Here are photos from the last year...


























His one year appointment is next week but his abilities include:
1. Talking. Lots of mamamama, dadadada, babababa, guh....the usual sounds for a baby.
2. Walking between furniture and across the living room (10-15 steps) and ending with either an "I'm exhausted" fall onto his butt or he'll go into a downward dog pose...and then topple over.
3. Pincer grasp (as seen above)
4. Eating all the foods. He tried black olives the other night and seemed to like them. He also likes cereal (Apple Jacks, French Toast Crunch, Cheerios, whatever), pudding, bread, spaghetti, and various other things....he's not liking yogurt lately, though.
5. Teething. He currently has 8 teeth and a zillion more coming in. He's chewing on everything.
6. Books. He's figured out how to hold books correctly and likes to "read." And then he eats the books.
7. Swimming. Baby boy loves the water. He loves bathtime and the pool. He thinks splashing is hilarious. It's almost time to put him in the big bathtub instead of his little one.



Didn't I warn you this would be a long one?

Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely Wednesday :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Goals!

Happy September! Honestly, I have to wonder where August went. It feels like I blinked and it was gone. And not just a little gone...but really gone!

As it's September 1st, it's time to take a look at my August goals and make up some new(ish) ones for September. So, first up, the August Goals......


FIBERY GOALS
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish one or two of): Snape's StockingsWinkDragon's Egg SocksPacific ShawlFire & Ice (Fire) SocksPetty Harbour Socks, and Little Man's Hat.

I almost think it would be more advantageous to tell you what I didn't work on: my Dragon's Egg Socks, my Pacific Shawl, and Little Man's hat. Everything else had at least a little attention. I've finished the first pattern repeat on Snape's Stockings, I've placed stitch markers and picked up a lot of stitches for the raglan on Wink, I'm still working on gusset decreases on my Fire Socks. My Petty Harbour Socks....well, they almost got put in time out but I wound up tinking back maybe 10-12 rounds to fix my stupid mistake (misplacement of a gusset decrease stitch marker). I'm back on track :) 

2. Card some puni rolags from the purple merino/silk blend and maybe start spinning it.

Admittedly, I didn't do as much of this as I would have liked but I did make a few rolags and I did spin a couple of them. 

3. Try to partake in a fibery endeavor every day.

Let's just not talk about this one right now....I'm trying, really I am.....I just kind of suck at it.

4. Continue my Yarn Diet (club yarns, of course, do not count).

Hahahahaha.......I fell off the wagon so damn hard this month. I had an order from Webs (four skeins of Cascade 220 which were all slated for projects) and then I went to A Verb for Keeping Warm over in Oakland and I came home with four skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft and two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. I think some destashing may have come in, too, but I honestly cannot remember. Oops. Maybe next month I'll get back on the wagon train...

5. Anything else that tickles my fibery fancy (starting a new project, destashing, book destashing, organizing, etc.).

I do have my ongoing destash but I also started another project. In this case, it's another Sacrificial Goat. It was from two of the skeins from Webs. Of course, both skeins are not fully used so now I have a couple more partials. I think I'm going to have to make a Frankenhat or some Frankenmitts or learn colorwork or something...but that's it, I swear. 


NON-FIBERY GOALS
1. Go through clothes in Stormageddon's and Little Man's rooms.

I did go through the clothes in Stormageddon's room. Not so much in Little Man's....but he's pretty good for awhile. 

2. Go through Little Man's toys.

Nope. 

3. Drink more water.

I go in spurts. I'll do really well for a couple days and then I'll forget and then I'll do it again....it's an exercise in futility, I think.

4. Try to go to the gym at least 2x/week or some other "non-usual" method of exercise.

Now that I'm walking Little Man to and from school, I'm walking about 10 miles every week (it's 1.15 miles round trip to the school and I do it twice a day)....so I've not hit the gym very often. We'll get there.

5. Family history/genealogy stuff: photo albums, family stories, etc.

Not really. I did reorganize some of my notes but that was about it.

6. Keep working on the weight loss shit (thank you, Lose It app for doing the math and shit for me).

I'm working on it, the weight is slowly going down, that's all I can ask for.

7. Keep up on the pseudo bullet journal thingie I'm doing.

I missed a couple days but, for the most part, I'm right on track with this.

8. Read The Hobbit.

Nope. I need to get back to that.

9. Read How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way.

I read it in an afternoon while Stormageddon napped. Woo.


Overall, I didn't do horribly for August but I feel like I didn't do enough knitting, which is probably true.


And now, time for a look ahead to September Goals :)

FIBERY GOALS
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish one or two of): Snape's StockingsWinkDragon's Egg SocksPacific ShawlFire & Ice (Fire) SocksPetty Harbour SocksLittle Man's Hat, and Sacrificial Goat #6.
2. Card some more puni rolags from the purple merino/silk blend and maybe spend some time spinning it.
3. Try to partake in a fibery endeavor every day.
4. Get back on the Yarn Diet Train (club yarns, of course, do not count).
5. Anything else that tickles my fibery fancy (starting a new project, destashing, book destashing, organizing, etc.).

NON-FIBERY GOALS
1. Reorganize clothes in Stormageddon's and Little Man's closet.
2. Go through Little Man's toys.
3. Drink more water.
4. Try to go to the gym at least 2x/week or some other method of exercise.
5. Family history/genealogy stuff: photo albums, family stories, etc.
6. Keep working on the weight loss shit (thank you, Lose It app for doing the math and shit for me).
7. Keep up on the pseudo bullet journal thingie I'm doing.
8. Read The Hobbit.
9. Work on my recipe journal.

Most of my goals for September are the same as they were for August. A couple little changes is all it takes :)

But, here's something interesting for you to ponder. I've started bullet journaling and I had an epiphany while going through all my mother's and grandmother's and great-grandmothers' loose recipes: why am I not bullet journaling my way through the recipes? So, that's exactly what I'm going to do. It means that I get to have them all in one place instead of loose, it means I get to go through them, it means I don't have to organize them in some predetermined category (like those DIY recipe books would make me do), and it allows me to see what they have. Right now, I've started working on my own personal ones and I started going through all the ones my grandmother cut out of magazines and newspapers or kept from packaging in the late 1950s. Exciting times lie ahead :)


I hope you're having a lovely beginning of the month :)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #35

Happy Sunday :)

I'm running a bit late here in the San Francisco Bay Area due to a number of things, some of which are my own doing and others are.....well, totally not my fault.

Yesterday was Husband's and my 6th wedding anniversary. We had plans to drop Little Man and Stormageddon off with friends across the bay for the afternoon/evening (in Fremont, in case you're down with the Bay Area) and Husband and I were going to go to a winery in Alameda and dinner in the city. This has been planned out for at least a week or two. And late Friday night, most likely while some construction work was happening, a crane hit a transformer and sent some major high voltage lines down across the major highway that goes between San Francisco and San Jose....or, about 2 miles up the road from our place (we live just off the highway). It closed the highway in both directions for well over 15 hours, closer to 20 hours....so traffic was being rerouted through my neighborhood, the highway traffic was backed up for miles (I assume in both directions but I only saw the northbound backup)....it was just a general huge mess.

Our original plan was to take Little Man to soccer, come home and have him shower, then go over to Fremont, come back, dink around here and act like childless adults, go to the winery, and then go to dinner. Once we saw what traffic was doing in our neighborhood and on the highway, we decided we'd go straight from soccer to Fremont to the winery to dinner.....which meant no time in between wherein I could sit and at least start this post before this morning.

So, I can talk about everything else in a mo' but for right now, let's get on with things :)


Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015 -- full disclosure in October 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015

Nothing new to see here. Not surprising, given the week we've had (which you can read more about below).


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015
8. Sacrificial Goat #6: started August 23, 2015

You may or may not have noticed.....I started yet another goat. ::sigh:: This one is for one of the senior director types at Husband's job who is retiring after 18 years. So, it's a bit different because it's yellow and black. Also, I've almost finished him. I think he'll be done by next week's post. All the pieces are knit, the legs are stuffed and all I have left to do is sew him and stuff him. That shouldn't take me too long but I do have two small children that like to get up in my business. I suppose time will tell :)

I worked a teeny tiny bit on Wink this week.....like maybe one row. I've also made a couple more teething cloths. I just need to wash all of them and send them to my sister-in-law. I think I have five completed with ends woven in and all that. I have one left on the needles, though.


In my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ, crazy lady?!" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
5. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
6. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
7. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
8. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
9. Moe the Mustache Monster (for Stormageddon - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)
10. Another Goat (for Little Man - worsted in white/cream, and brown)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at "random")
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Because I love Husband and/or My Children
1. Sacrificial Goat #7 (for Little Man)
2. Sacrificial Goat #8 (for Stormageddon)

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Paradiddle Collection of Hats


Yeah, let's not talk about all this.....




California life: keep on keeping on.

Little Man missed a day of school this week because the plague has gone through the house. Little Man came home from school last week Friday with some congestion but it seemed to have sorted itself out by Sunday. So, I sent him to school on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon, he was congested again and was telling me he didn't feel well. And the coughing started. Then Husband got it. So, everyone stayed home on Wednesday (from school and work) and I went to the Back To School meeting Wednesday night. Then Stormageddon started getting the snotty nose and sneezing. I should have sent Little Man to school on Wednesday (he was fine after an initial bout of coughing when he first woke up)....but, that's all gone. So, between sick children and sick Husband, very little knitting was accomplished.

I also wandered across the Bay to have my car damages assessed, which means I took a trip to the yarn store (A Verb for Keeping Warm)...and a very excellent cupcake shop that's right next door (James & the Giant Cupcake).  We're getting the car fixed this week, which means I'll be in a rental and so on and so forth. ::grumble:: That's not all that exciting....well, the yarn I picked up is exciting.

New project bag

Four skeins of Loft 

Two skeins of Shelter

That's not a horrible haul :) I even kind of have an idea of what I'm going to with them, which is unusual for me but I'm just going to go with it.

Toes are tasty :)

Playing with daddy's cup

Daddy's cup is tasty

Pudding 'stache (chocolate, specifically).

Lest you think our lives are all smiles and happy...

Baby cheetos!

My first birthday card for my first birthday!

Stormageddon received his very first birthday card in the mail on Friday from my brother-in-law and his family. His birthday is Wednesday and he will, of course, be a year old. I suspect there will be a post on Wednesday, marking the occasion.

What else what else what else........nope, that's about it. Little knitting, sick everyone, and keep on keeping on.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend :) I should be back on Tuesday with my monthly goals and probably Wednesday with a birthday post and maybe a WIP Wednesday post.......woo.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #34

Happy Sunday :)

I'm going to be up front with y'all right now. I had every intention of sharing some somewhat better photos with you this week (re: photos taken not on my iPhone). I've been having some trouble with the card reader (through my old laptop - the one that died a couple months ago, and my new laptop)...so we ordered a new card reader and.........won't connect to my laptop. It works fine for Husband but not for mine. ::sigh::

So, no new photos this week (but there will still be photos from my iPhone).

Let's get moving :)

Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015 -- full disclosure in October 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015

Now, this list is a bit of a lie. I've actually finished three things this week but considering that those three items took me an hour and a half total, including weaving in ends, washing, and laying flat to dry....it means they're small and probably rather unassuming.

I've had this little idea. See, Stormageddon is teething (again - probably a molar this time, though)...and I know Mr. K, my sister-in-law's 7 month old foster baby boy, is also teething...and eventually Miss Emily, my sister-in-law's Safe Haven Baby (which, really, is going to be their baby), is going to start teething at some point.......and I have an asinine amount of kitchen cotton in my stash. So, my little idea was to make some teething cloths for all the babies. They're small enough that the babies can hold onto them but big enough that they can't shove the entire thing in their mouth and choke. Throw them in some water and freeze them or put them in some cold water and put them in the fridge for a bit.....then babies can chew on them and numb the gums but they're also textured (all garter stitch for the first three but I could do other things, too). Basically, little cotton teething cloths for babies.

So, I've made three so far. I have the cotton to make more and they only take about a half hour each (basically, I can make one during Little Man's swimming lesson). No photos because they're on the SD card that I can't seem to get read on my laptop. ::grumble::

Anyway, moving on...


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015

I've worked on a couple things this past week, aside from the teething cloths mentioned above. I'm at the point where I can start the second pattern repeat on Snape's Stockings, which isn't much but it's still some progress. I worked a couple rounds on my Fire Socks but nothing interesting. Just working my way through decreases and such on the foot. I've picked up all the collar stitches for Wink, placed the stitch markers for the raglan increases, and I'm almost ready to start that. And then there are my Petty Harbour Socks. These were supposed to be quick and easy......but I did something stupid on the second sock which required me painfully tinking back about 10 rounds and placing stitch markers in the correct place in order to continue. I was one stitch off when I placed my stitch markers for the gusset decreases, which left my sides uneven and the middle section with an odd number. ::sigh:: But, it's all tinked back, fixed, and now I'm working forward again.


In my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ, crazy lady?!" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
5. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
6. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
7. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
8. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
9. Moe the Mustache Monster (for Stormageddon - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)
10. Another Goat (for Little Man - worsted in white/cream, and brown)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at "random")
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Because I love Husband and/or My Children
1. Sacrifical Goat #6 (for a coworker of Husband's that is retiring)
2. Sacrificial Goat #7 (for Little Man)
3. Sacrificial Goat #8 (for Stormageddon)

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Paradiddle Collection of Hats


In our California Life, we're just trying to get into a routine. With Little Man starting school, everyone's routines are changing. I'm getting up really early (for me), around 6:15am, and getting my shower in before everyone else is up. I wake Little Man up around 7am and get him in the shower, Husband gets up whenever between all that and showers, and Stormageddon is usually up around 7am. While Little Man is doing his thing, I'm feeding the baby and packing bags and maybe doing random things about the house. Then, around 8am, I pack Stormageddon in the stroller and Little Man, Stormageddon, and I walk to the school. It's 1.15 miles, round trip, and it takes about 12 minutes each way (which isn't bad, really). When we get home, Stormageddon and I do all sorts of things. We go shopping at Costco/Target/Safeway, we bum about the house doing house things (laundry, dishes, eating all the food), we've gone to the gym, we've gone "fun" shopping (bookstore, art store, yarn store).......but we're still getting used to things. Some days, the 3.5 hours Little Man is in school is just perfect and other days, we could use some more time. We're working on it.

In other random events, I've decided it's time to journal my way through recipes. I have all these printouts and index cards and bits of paper with recipes on them as well as the ones I've pinned on Pinterest and then there are the emails that I've saved with recipes we've tried or ones that we've had sent to us.....and I hate having everything all over all the time. So, I'm going to try to do them in a bullet journal manner. We'll see how it goes but that's the plan......

Anyway, have some photos from my iPhone from this past week or so :)

We make all the funny faces! Okay, Mama does :)

Stormageddon thought we were funny.

Cool dude (eating breakfast before school)!

Hanging out at school, waiting for Big Brother!


Okay, let's talk a little bit about this one. Little Man loves ketchup. He 100% gets that from me because Husband doesn't really care for ketchup (he'll eat it on maybe one thing: burgers).....usually, the smell makes him feel ill. So, the other night, Little Man was having his dinner (corndog and chicken strips - his request, I didn't argue because it was something beyond his usual want of just a plain, bunless hot dog). I let him put his own ketchup on the plate. He was fine with that, dipped his food, that was that. I went away to do something (probably drag Stormageddon out of chaos somewhere). I came back to find his plate like this. He said, "I wanted to eat it but there's too much, Mama, there's too much!" Apparently he squeezed the bottle a little bit too much and decided he didn't want to eat it all. That was the end result. ::sigh::


We can also talk about this photo for a bit. We have this tree in our front yard (no idea what it is but it appears to be some sort of lilac tree). The bees love it. As I was getting out of the car, I pulled out my phone and took this photo of the bee gathering pollen. I was kind of surprised I took this photo with my iPhone but, apparently, the iPhone 6 camera is pretty decent.

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and, hopefully, I'll get the card reader issue sorted out and get some non-iPhone photos of things :)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Happy Blogiversary :)

It occurs to me that as of today, I have been writing on this blog for six years. Yes, SIX YEARS! To see where it all started, you could visit my first blog post (please be aware the the only thing linked in that post is long gone).

I've been blogging for quite awhile. If I am honest with myself, I started blogging when I was in high school in the mid-1990s, which means I've been blogging for most of the last 20 years...maybe a titch longer than that. My first blog was on LiveJournal, while still an active blogging site, no longer has a blog written by me. Sometimes, I have to wonder how it's possible that I've been blogging for that long but the proof is in the pudding.

SIX YEARS

I am.....I just.....WHAT?! Six years?!

Let's talk about the blog statistics. As of this post, 582 posts have been written, which is an average of 97 posts per uyear. Now, did I write 97 posts every year? No. That's silly. Ninety-seven posts is just the average over the six years. My most-read post was my very first yarn review on Cascade 220, with 4180 views (as of this writing). My most-viewed month was September 2013, with 16,879 views during that month. The website that refers the most viewers is, of course, Google (with 3,542 referrals), followed distantly by my Ravelry profile (with 695). The top 10 countries of my viewers are: United States, Ukraine, Russia, France, China, the UK, Canada, Poland, the Netherlands, and Germany.

As for the blog.........

Well, I'm still a yarn addict. My stash has only grown more since that first post six years ago. I've become a much better knitter, have started doing more design work, I've picked up spinning, I'm active on Ravelry, and I'm pretty sure I've shown some people the light toward knitting and/or spinning......or the dark side (we have cookies). Whichever.

I feel like the last six years have flown by, and they have...but at the same time, I feel like I've been a blogger for eternity (and considering I've spent almost 2/3 of my life as a blogger, I suppose that's true).

Anyway, happy Monday :) Happy blogiversary to me :) Woo! Have a good week, kids!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #33

Happy Sunday! Let's get going :)


Finished Objects (FOs):
  

1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015 -- full disclosure in October 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015

Nothing new to see here.


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015

Honestly, the only project that saw any love this past week was the second Petty Harbour sock. I'm working on the foot and I should have them finished this week...but let's not hold our breath, just in case.


In my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ, crazy lady?!" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
5. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
6. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
7. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
8. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
9. Moe the Mustache Monster (for Stormageddon - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)
10. Another Goat (for Little Man - worsted in white/cream, and brown)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at "random")
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Paradiddle Collection of Hats

I've acquired more yarn for Little Man's goat (as well as another goat Husband sprung upon me - this time it'll be gold and black, though). ::sigh::


This past week has been interesting. Little Man started school on Wednesday.









So far, he loves school, which I am thankful for. There are kids that are crying and carrying on every morning. Little Man is not among them. We get there, he runs around for a bit before school, I give him his hug & kiss, he's like, "bye mom," and that's that. Thank God.

He only goes in the mornings (8:30-12) but it's enough that I get a break from him, get to spend some alone time with Stormageddon, and I can get some things done without him crawling all over me.

The walk to and from school is about 1.17 miles and I do it twice a day. The mornings are usually fine but when we get him at noon, it can be a little warm. Oh well. The weather will turn soon enough.

And then there's this little guy.......he's discovered books :)






He's so close to walking. He can consistently do 2-3 steps but the other day he did 5-6 a couple times. He's also very much getting into everything and I think he's teething again. He's been waking up in the middle of the night again and he's been super clingy with me. I was going to go crafting with a friend yesterday and he was so frickin' ornery that I couldn't go. ::sigh::

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. It's hot here so we're hiding out, trying to stay cool.