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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #30

Happy Sunday :) Happy Year of Projects update day :)

For those of you that may have wandered in on Tuesday and saw lovely stash enhancement, thank you. I've not added to it quite yet but I think I have a couple skeins of hand dyed yarny goodness coming within the next week or so. But it's not here yet so there's no point in talking about it.

What we can talk about....

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
 
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
 

14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014

15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014

Oh, hey, lookit there...I went and started and finished a whole project this week! I expect I'll have a proper update about it this coming Friday :) But, if you're curious, you can click on the link and look at my project page. 

  Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014
3. Baby Stormageddon

4.
Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014

5. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014


Let's be honest. Most of my knitting time this week was spent working on the mittens. However, I did finish up the gusset decreases on both the Oreo Sock and the Dragon's Egg Sock. So, that's something, at least. I may have worked a couple rows of the swatch, also...but a row takes forever because it's 1x1 ribbing and that's boring. So, not much work was done on that. 

Baby Stormageddon is still in there. Lots of moving and shaking but nothing else is going on yet. Let's keep it that way for at least a few more weeks! 

I've also figured out what my next project(s) is going to be. Husband asked me to make little goat toys. Something to do with work...they want to have them for sacrifices or something, you know, to appease the Gods. They also plan to have a bit of wood hanging up so they can knock on wood. Husband and his coworkers are a bit odd. So, they want little sacrificial goats. I've decided on this little goat and I've dug out some yarn and I'll go from there. I just need to sit and make them. They don't appear to be difficult, aside from all the seaming and attaching of appendages. ::sigh:: Least favorite part of toys...we'll see how it goes.

Anyway, my remaining lists look like this:

Children's Items
1. Swirl Hat
2. Elefante
3. Nottingham
4. Shaun
5. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
6. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...


 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag

6. Anything else that comes along at the right time





In "real life" events....there's not been much happening. It's been rather warm in our neck of the San Francisco Bay Area. By my Wisconsin standards, it's not hot...hot is when it gets to be 90°F and above. But, in Wisconsin, it's commonplace to have central air. That means that when it gets above 75°F, the AC is turned on. Houses don't get warm because the central air will take care of it. Where we live, on the peninsula, central air is practically unheard of. Hell, little room air conditioners or window air conditioners are practically unheard of. Sooooo, the temperature has been hanging around between 80°F-88°F and while that's not exactly hot, when you don't have a place to cool off, it's horrible. We have had the room air conditioner going, the window air conditioner going, the fans going, windows and shades shut....it was still 79°F in the house on Friday. Luckily, we have our ghettotastic pool in the backyard and that's given us some relief this week...but it's not always enough. On Friday, I tossed Little Man into a tub with colder-than-lukewarm water, just to cool him off. He was happy so that helped. He had been a grumpy sourbug up until that point. I wasn't exactly thrilled, either. I don't do well in heat normally and then you throw in me being almost 32 weeks pregnant...I'm sure I wasn't pleasant to be around this past week. I hope it starts cooling off soon!

Anyway, I hope you've all had a lovely week and all that :) 

Drumming at a birthday party

Mama, I appreciate your Signature DPNs...

Superheros? Yeah, I like 'em.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Random Stash Enhancement on a Tuesday

Happy Tuesday :)

I'm popping in today for some random stash enhancement. It's not often that I have stash enhancement these days, as I've been on a pretty hardcore, consistent yarn diet since...well, at least since November.

But, I had a big moment of weakness last week and I thought it was only fair to share with you all.

Last week, as I may have mentioned somewhere (probably in my Year of Projects post), I went to Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale, CA to discuss the insanity that is my brain when I decided to agree to make Husband The Dude, which is a rendition of the sweater worn by Jeff Bridges' character, "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski. Anyway, I couldn't leave empty-handed...too many pretty things...

Acero

Columbina

First up, I picked up two skeins of Manos Del Uruguay Alegria, on in Acero and the other in Columbina. Both of these are 445 yds of merino/nylon sock yarn...which will probably become socks but, you know, we'll see what happens when I get that far.

Then, I may or may not have gone a little nuts with the fiber...

Razzmatazz

I originally picked up only two of these...but the third one was looking so lonely so all three braids had to come home. This is a 50/50 merino/tencel blend from Fat Cat Knits in Razzmatazz...which is what I named my second car (my first brand spanking new car). So, I have 12 oz. of this and no idea what's going to happen, when I'm going to get it spun, and what it wants to grow up to be :)

I also picked up a couple of circular needles but I didn't photograph them.

Also, these arrived in my mailbox from a destash...

San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay

With the news of Cephalopod Yarns closing up shop, I may have gone destash hunting...and I discovered these: Little Traveller in the San Francisco Bay colorway. And, next thing you know, my fingers didn't discuss with my brain and I agreed to buy these from someone destashing.

There went my yarn diet.

Anyway, that's about all I have for you right now :) I hope you're having a lovely, stash-filled Tuesday :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #29

Happy Sunday :)

We're all here because it's time for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects update. Today marks the 29th update...so I'm over halfway through the year and things are getting a bit mundane lately. For that, I apologize but, you know, it's just how things are right now. ::sigh::

Anyway, onward...


Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
 
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
 

14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014


I've still not finished anything new. 
 
Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014
3. Baby Stormageddon

4.
Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014

5. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014

I've also not started anything "new." I did start a swatch for Husband's sweater. He's never really asked me to make him anything...mostly because he's generally warm all the time, doesn't do sweaters, will destroy socks, and we don't live in a climate where hats and other winter accessories are needed. But, he's asked me to make him a sweater. If you've seen The Big Lebowski, you've seen the sweater I'm talking about. He told me if I made him that, he'd wear it all the time (at work...in the server rooms). So, I printed out the pattern and discovered that the 2XL size only goes up to a 50" chest. That won't even fit me, much less Husband. So, I'm going to have an adventure in re-writing a pattern. I'm also going to have an adventure in learning colorwork...knitted flat. So, I told him that he cannot give me a timeframe and I'll get it done when I get it done. I also warned him that it was going to mean an expensive yarn purchase. We're talking at least 3500 yards of Aran weight yarn. He said, "okay," so I'm going with it.

However, I've spent most of my time this past week working on both my Dragon's Egg Socks and my Oreo Socks. I worked maybe a couple rows of my Pacific Shawl but most of my focus has been on socks this week (and a couple rows on the swatch because it's in 1x1 ribbing). I've finished the gusset decreases on my second Oreo Sock so now it's just relatively mindless knitting until I get to the toe decreases. I'm about halfway through the gusset decreases on my first Dragon's Egg Sock. It's going much more quickly now that (1) I've got it on two circulars rather than DPNs and (2) it's only in pattern for half the stitches. I think I'll wind up doing the second sock on two circulars...mostly for my sanity. 

Baby Stormageddon is still in there. I had my 30 week appointment with my OB on Friday. My weight took a jump...but given that my cravings have involved all things Oreo cookie, it's not that surprising. Other than that, things appear to be normal. I start going every two weeks now and I think I have another ultrasound in a couple weeks. I'll have to double-check my calendar. 

My remaining lists look like this (haha):

Children's Items
1. Swirl Hat
2. Elefante
3. Nottingham
4. Shaun
5. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
6. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...


 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag

6. Anything else that comes along at the right time


I also have a feeling I'm going to be making at least three pairs of mittens soon...but they're relatively small and I think I can knock them out fairly quickly. We'll see. I just need some measurements first...



Anyway, there's not much going on around here. I did have some stash enhancement happen but that's for another post :)

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend so far!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #28

Happy, happy, happy Sunday :)

It appears that I'm over my cold. Well, mostly. I'm still sneezing more than I'd like but that may be due, in part, to allergies. It's not a big deal other than....well, how do I put this.....anyone that has been pregnant will understand when I say that sneezing is not pleasant while pregnant. Things happen that we can't always control. ::sigh::

In other random news....if you wandered in on Wednesday for my WIP Wednesday post, I eluded to a funny thing that happened the other day (either Monday or Tuesday) and that you would have to come back Sunday (today) to read all about it.

So here's the story. When Little Man was small (maybe 3 months old), I bought my Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel, Viktor. I took right to that wheel. I never did well with spindles...but my wheel...we were friends right away. It was easy to spin when Little Man wasn't mobile because, well, he wasn't mobile. As he became mobile, I had to put Viktor away where Little Man couldn't get at him and I only brought him out when Little Man was asleep or otherwise contained in his pack-n-play. When we moved to California two years ago (seriously, it was two years ago this weekend - the actual date was July 14th), Viktor was basically put away. I mean, it was in the apartment and the house but I didn't bring him out that often and he had to be hidden away where Little Man couldn't get to him (meaning he was in the guest bedroom, which was locked off from the rest of the house). In recent months, Viktor had to be moved out of the guest bedroom because that's in the process of becoming Stormageddon's room. He was moved to our bedroom, kind of hidden away but Little Man basically didn't go near him.

Last week, as I posted about in my WIP Wednesday post, I had brought Viktor out to finish spinning some Asshole Corriedale (TM) that I've had for awhile. I figured that Little Man was old enough to not mess with my wheel while I was spinning, and I was correct. However, later that night, while I was sitting on the couch, Little Man wandered into our bedroom. He was gone for a little while and then Husband went in to lay on the bed, presumably with Little Man. Then I hear, "Mama, you better come in here........now," from Husband. As I'm walking to the bedroom, I hear Husband tell Little Man, "You should ask Mama how that works." I get into the bedroom and Little Man has pulled Viktor out and was leaning back on our bed with his little feet on the treadles, and he was treadling away, with the biggest grin on his face. So, rather than reprimand him for messing with my expensive spinning wheel, I fixed a couple things he had knocked loose when he moved it (like the piece that holds the whorl to the rest of the wheel...or maybe that's the entire whorl, I have no idea), sat down on the bed with him on my lap, and let him work the treadles. He was absolutely thrilled. But, I also made it very clear to him that he needs to ask Mama for permission first and if Mama says, "no," then the answer is just that: no. So far, he's been pretty good about that rule :)

Anyway, it's Sunday and I suppose we should get on with my Year of Projects update :)

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
 
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
 

14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014


I've not finished anything new. This is not surprising...
  Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014
3. Baby Stormageddon

4.
Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014


I've spent some time on all my knitting projects this week. I've turned the heel and am working on the gusset decrease on the first of my Dragon's Egg Socks. It seems to be going much faster this time around (with the pattern on the foot part)...that may be because I only have to knit the pattern on half the stitches this time. Or not. I'm not quite to the heel flap on my Oreo Socks but I'm getting every closer. My Pacific Shawl just continues to grow...there's not much going on other than the endless rows of stockinette, with scattered yarn overs for increases. 

Stormageddon is still in there. We put his crib together this past week. It wasn't exactly difficult but it was warm in the bedroom. I also spent some time cleaning up baby things we pulled out of the shed. The swing and jumper are ready to go...the car seat needs to be done as do a few other toys. I also spent time cleaning out things in the bedroom. I've got some things to go to Goodwill, a bag full of garbage, and some things that need new homes. ::sigh::

 
Children's Items
1. Swirl Hat
2. Elefante
3. Nottingham
4. Shaun
5. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
6. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...


 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag

6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



In other random events, I've been working on my family history again. I found some things that needed scanning and uploading to Ancestry so I took care of that the other day. I also found things I need to show to the few remaining members of my family...I have some photo albums, one from the early 1920s (as it has photos of my grandfather as a small boy) and the other dates to around 1916-1918. The unfortunate part is that none of the photos are really labeled so I'm having to guess who is in the photos. I can recognize my great grandparents, for the most part, and my grandfather and his older brother...but I know there are photos of siblings of my great grandparents as well as their parents and I'm having trouble sussing out who is who. I'm hoping the few remaining members of that side of my family can help me out. 

Anyway, I suppose I should call it quits for the day... I hope you've all had a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

It's been awhile since I participated in a WIP Wednesday post. No real reason other than exhaustion and the inability to take decent photos during daytime hours.

With that said, these photos are not decent. Sorry.

I have two things to share today so let's get to it!

First up:

Fibery Goodness!
Awhile ago...like before we moved to California...I acquired an 8 oz. bag of French Blue Corriedale fiber, dyed by Louet. I tried to spin some of it several months ago (maybe closer to a year ago) and we did not get along. I dubbed it my "Asshole Corriedale," and it was not far from the truth. We just could not get along. After sitting for several months, I decided that I would try to finish spinning it (and eventually I'll try my hand at chain plying again). Soooooo....this is my Asshole Corriedale, all spun up and ready for plying. So, it truly is a WIP but I'm at the halfway point. It was much easier to spin the second time around...no idea what I was doing differently, though.

Second up:

Dragon's Egg Socks (link to Project Page)

This is the first of my Dragon's Egg Socks from the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine. I've finished the heel flap and am ready to turn the heel. I kind of cheated on this. I'm making the smallest size and it calls for a repeat of chart A and two repeats of chart B before you start the heel flap...but I only did one repeat of chart B. If I had done two, I would have had an ill-fitting sock and no one wants that.

I started out knitting these on my Signature DPNs (US #1)...but it was fiddly and annoying and I finally got sick of it and grabbed two circulars instead. It's making things a bit easier. I'll probably use the DPNs to pick up the stitches for the gussets but I'm not using them for the foot...maybe as a cable needle.

I'm using Knit Picks Stroll for these socks. I'm not in love, sadly. The yarn is pretty splitty...I think it'll be fine once I'm done and I expect they'll be decently hard-wearing but it's not my favorite to knit with. Also, the yarn is pretty dark and that's hard to deal with at night (when I have to work on these due to the charts and cable needles and such - not something I can do with Little Man around). Actually, let's be honest...I'm not sure I love these socks, in general. I hope I will when I finish them but part of me just wants to frog them and move on with my life. We'll see, I suppose.



I have other WIPs happening right now but I haven't bothered to photograph them. My second Oreo Sock is nearing the heel flap and my Pacific Shawl just continues to grow.

Stormageddon...well, he's been doing flips and kicking and then there are random contractions. Not the most fun I've had lately. His crib is put together, which is fabulous. I need to find the crib sheets but at least the crib is taken care of. Next up will probably be the dresser/changing table. And then who knows!

I should also share a fun story but I think I'll wait until my post on Sunday (which means you'll have to come back!).


Hopefully I'll be hooking up with Tami today :) Hope you're having a lovely day!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #27

Happy Sunday from Northern California :)

Remember last week when I mentioned that I had the proverbial summer cold happening? Yeah, it's just a cold but it lasted all frickin' week. In fact, I'm still not 100% and it's been...well, a week! ::sigh::

As a result, not a whole lot of knitting has been happening. But, press on we must!

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
 
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
 

14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014

Yeah, I've not finished anything new...

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014
3. Baby Stormageddon

4.
Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014


...nor have I started anything new.

I've spent some time on all these projects this week. I'm working through the second chart on my Dragon's Egg Socks and I have...I think eight more rows before I start the heel flap/gusset. I'm supposed to do three repeats of the second chart (I think - totally going from memory here). If I do that, I'll wind up with ill-fitting, knee-high socks. That's not what I ordered so I'm just doing the one repeat. It's very difficult to work on these socks. It requires reading charts and cable needles and I have a very hard time doing that with a three year old boy running around. So, it's been delegated to night/nap knitting...but mostly night knitting (because, let's be honest, Little Man doesn't nap). But, I have worked a few rows and that's still progress. 

My Oreo Socks are progressing toward the heel flap, as well. I have maybe another inch to go before I start that. These are going to be short socks...shorter than my usual socks but not ankle socks. So, they should be going much more quickly than they are...but they're just dragging. 

My Pacific Shawl just continues to grow. I can work a couple rows here and there but it's getting more and more cumbersome because I hate the long rows of purling. ::sigh:: 

And baby Stormageddon...he's in there, he kicks, and he's making it well known that he's uncomfortable. The only time I don't have too many problems is when I'm in the pool...and I think that's just the weightlessness talking. Husband got an Applause Award at work about a week and a half ago (it's kind of like a bonus but it's not any sort of scheduled thing and anyone in the company can give them to anyone else; they have to be approved when they go over a certain dollar amount so it's not like you can give one to someone for not drinking all the beer in the kegorator). Husband's company has contracts/links to all these other companies and you can basically turn the Applause Awards into gift cards for places (Amazon, Carnival Cruise Lines, TGIFridays, and a gazillion other places). He had been using them toward paying off our cruise in a year and a half but he decided we should use this one to get some things for baby. So last week when I mentioned that the baby crib arrived and we were waiting on the other two items...it was from Amazon via this Applause Award. Now we have everything that we ordered but we haven't put anything together (yet)...Husband was going to start the crib on Thursday but his back started acting up and I still wasn't feeling all that great. So, it's unpacked and sitting there...oh well. We'll get to it.

Anyway, moving forward...

Children's Items
1. Swirl Hat
2. Elefante
3. Nottingham
4. Shaun
5. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
6. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...


 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag

6. Anything else that comes along at the right time




That's about all that's going on around here lately. I do have some photographs of Little Man from the past couple weeks...

Playing with his "indoor" sand

Sleeping at Auntie Megan's (from Wisconsin)

Lunch at The Grumpy Troll (Mt. Horeb, WI)

Are those MY cherries?! (Halverson's, Stoughton, WI)

Heading back to California (Milwaukee Airport)

I hope you're all having a lovely (US-holiday) weekend :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #26

While almost all of my cohorts are busy finishing up their third years of their Year of Projects, I'm at the midpoint...what can I say, I started late and kept on the trend :)

So, this is the midpoint of my Third Self-Imposed Year of Projects :)

Let's get right to things...

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
 
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014

I've not finished anything new (that was a part of my list). I did finish a dishcloth or two (one of them was.....well, I ran out of yarn)...I'm not really counting those, however. I haven't even bothered to make project pages so I'm not worried about it.
 
Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014
3. Baby Stormageddon

4.
Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014


I'm kind of proud of myself. I spent some time on all three projects this past week. Admittedly, I spent the most time on my Pacific Shawl...which isn't to say that I've made a lot of progress but it is the one I've spent the most time with. I only worked a few rows on my Dragon's Egg Socks, mostly because it requires a bit of concentration and my cable needle...and no interruptions. I have to read charts for these socks and that's hard to do when you have an active three year old running around. So, these have been delegated "late night" knitting...which I don't do often because, you know, pregnant and exhausted! I also worked a couple rounds here and there on my Oreo Socks. To be honest, I was working on those two dishcloths, though. 

Stormageddon is fine. I had the gestational diabetes test done and the results came back this past Monday. That part was fine, though I am, apparently, slightly anemic. It's not a big deal and it's not uncommon during pregnancy. So, I've had to add an iron supplement to my day (which I take at a different time than my prenatal, though I'm not sure why - it's what I was instructed to do). Not a big deal. 
 
Children's Items
1. Swirl Hat
2. Elefante
3. Nottingham
4. Shaun
5. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
6. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...


 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag

6. Anything else that comes along at the right time


Now, let's be honest. I'm having my second child within the next 12-14 weeks. These lists are long. Do I really, truly, honestly think I'm going to even come close with these? Hell no. But, I'm okay with that. I made the list before I got pregnant, sometime in early December. I adjusted it again at the end of December (before I actually posted it)...and that was all before I was pregnant. So, I had high hopes for my knitting time...and then I got pregnant and then I lost my knitting mojo (probably because I was pregnant)...and then I had a reality check. ::sigh:: Let's just say that some things were removed from the list and some things were readjusted and we wound up with the lists seen above. 

And, let's continue to be honest...I'm not going to get anywhere near all of that done. I'll still try but we're not going to hold our breath around here.

 Anyway, that's what I know for right now regarding all of that...



In "real life" news, I've managed to get whatever icky sickness Husband had last week. I think it's just the proverbial summer cold but it's still not fun. Also, the baby crib came yesterday. We ordered a few things from Amazon and the crib was the first to show up (we're waiting on the dresser/changing table, and the pack-n-play). We haven't put it together or anything but it's here and that's a start. Perhaps next weekend when I'm feeling better. Or not. As long as it gets done before Stormageddon arrives, all is well. 

Anyway, I suppose I should wander off. If I'm feeling better and if I get around to it, perhaps I'll have photos next week. Or not.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #25

Happy Sunday :)

I'm posting this on time (for once!) so, you know, woo-hoo for me!

We all know what we're here for on this lovely Sunday so we should just get right to it...

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
 
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014

14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014

I finished up the Greyson sweater this past week. I even got an FO Friday post in this past Friday. It's currently dry and has been put with the rest of my knitwear into a plastic bin (for now). I'm still trying to figure out how a newborn's head is going to fit through that opening...

That means my WIP list looks like this:

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014
3. Baby Stormageddon

4.
Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014


I contemplated working on my Dragon's Egg Sock and my Pacific Shawl this week but I just never got that far. I did work a couple rounds on my Oreo Sock, but I haven't photographed it. I'm kind of lazy that way. I also started another dishcloth (another one of Grandma's Favorite) but I'm not bothering adding that to my Year of Projects because it's just a standard dishcloth and it's mindless knitting for when I need to knit but don't want to concentrate too much. 

Stormageddon continues to be in there, making his presence quite known. I did the gestational diabetes test on Thursday, followed immediately by another ultrasound. I've not heard the results of the GD test (probably tomorrow) but the low down on my ultrasound. Stormageddon's stomach is fine, everything looks fine.....except baby is big for his "age." I don't know for sure how big (again, I'll probably know more tomorrow) but considering we switched my due date back to the original one and baby is still big...I'm guessing he's only a week or two ahead but I have no idea. Oh well. He's in there, he kicks, and that is that :)


My remaining lists look a bit like this:

Children's Items
1. Swirl Hat
2. Elefante
3. Nottingham
4. Shaun
5. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
6. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...


 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag

6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



Unfortunately, none of these are calling out to me right now. So, I've been digging in my Ravelry Queue and my books and such, trying to find something new to work on....and I've not come up with anything yet. Oh well. Soon, I suppose, it will happen.


In other random events, I started organizing my other crafty, non-knitting/fiber-related things. My embroidery floss is all wound onto cards and stored in plastic bins. I bought a little sewing box and all my thread is in there (along with some scissors, needles, pins, and other random sewing-type things). I have an asinine amount of both of those things, considering I don't really do any embroidery/cross-stitch or sewing. Perhaps someday...or not. 

All that led to going through some of my plastic bins of stuff and getting rid of a bunch of stuff, starting another box for Goodwill, and reorganizing some things. The bedroom was a disaster on Friday afternoon. It's okay for now and I'm guessing I'll go at it again sometime soon...but it was a total mess!

Anyway, I should wander off...it's Sunday and there are things to do around here :) I hope you've all had a fantabulous week!

Friday, June 20, 2014

FO Friday: Greyson for Stormageddon

Happy Friday! I'm just as surprised as you are that I'm here on a Friday.....but it's Friday and and I get to participate in FO Friday!

Greyson (link to Project Page)
Pattern: Greyson by Julia Stanfield
Time Frame: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Quatros in Antigua (#1957) - almost an entire skein
Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm), US #5 (3.75 mm), US #7 (4.5 mm), and US #9 (5.5 mm)
Size: Newborn
Modifications: I made a few modifications to this sweater (some intentional, others as victims of circumstance) but nothing that takes away from the overall pattern. The body and sleeves of the sweater were done with the US #7 needles. All the ribbing is 2x2 (pattern calls for 1x1); the ribbing on the bottom was done with US #5 (which is what the pattern calls for) but the ribbing on the sleeves and neckband were done with US #4 (victims of circumstance - it's what I had available at the time). I did the bind off on the neckband with US #9 needles (remember, babies have HUGE heads and I was worried, especially with the smaller needles for the ribbing). The only other modification I made was when I picked up stitches along the neckband. I did the "pick up three for every four" stitches along the sides of the "V" but along the back, I picked up every stitch. It worked for me so I went with it.
Thoughts: This is the second time I've made this sweater, though this was a different size. I'm still unsure how that opening is going to fit a newborn's head but we'll see how things go when Stormageddon arrives. In the meantime, it's adorable and even if Stormageddon never fits into it, I'm sure one of the many stuffed animals will :)

Anyway, that's all I have for today :) I'll link up with Tami as soon as I can (if I can)!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #24

Happy (early) Sunday morning :) Normally these things post at midnight in whatever local time zone I happen to be hanging around in...but that's difficult when you don't have time to write the post beforehand.

We got back from Wisconsin "late" last night (a little before 10pm - which is midnight in Central Time), unpacked all of our cheesey goodness, and went to bed. So, no posting last night. Oops. Sue me.

Unfortunately, Little Man somewhat adjusted to Central Time, regardless of how late he was up. He came wandering into our bedroom this morning at 6am. ::sigh:: Oh well.

Anyway, let's get moving on this post...

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
 
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014


I've not finished anything new whilst we were on vacation and I'm okay with that.

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014
3. Baby Stormageddon

4. Greyson: started May 29, 2014

5. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014


On our flight to Wisconsin, I worked on my Oreo Socks...and I worked on them here and there in between. I also spent some time working on my Greyson sweater for Stormageddon. If I remember correctly, I'm at the point where I switch needles and work on the ribbing at the bottom. I haven't actually started it yet but I'm pretty sure that's where I left off. I also decided to start a new project this week: the Pacific Shawl. Last week, I eluded to the fact that I started another project but Ravelry was being wonky so I didn't do any links or anything like that. I pulled out a skein of Sanguine Gryphon Little Traveller before we left and I wound it because I figured I'd be starting this project. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my correct needle size (US #6) so I brought a slightly smaller one (US #5).....but we went to the Sow's Ear and I picked up the correct needle so I could start said project (and two books also came home - no yarn, though). So, you know, woo-hoo and all that.


Also, Baby Stormageddon continues to make his presence known. Lots of kicking on the flight last night, making Mama feel rather icky. Oh well. It's good that there's all the movement but I'd like to be comfortable for more than five minutes, please...


Anyway, moving along...my remaining lists...


Children's Items
1. Swirl Hat
2. Elefante
3. Nottingham
4. Shaun
5. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
6. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...


 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Shawl for Me
I've picked my one shawl so next week, this section will be totally removed :)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag

6. Anything else that comes along at the right time





I need to get some photos from Husband from our trip back home. There are a few good ones of Little Man on a fire truck (beeping the horn and running the lights) and a few other things going on...we'll see if I get said photos :)


I hope you've all had a good week. I hope to nap today :)