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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #43

Happy Sunday :)

We all know why we're here so let's just get going...

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  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014

23. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014

Hey look! I have a finished :) I haven't done a FO Friday post about it (yet) but it is finished and that's a start. Hopefully, the thirteen year old boy that they're going to won't have a huge hissy fit about wearing warm mittens his auntie made for him...

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014


With the finish, I've not started anything new but I know what the next project will most likely be...and it'll be a hat to match the mittens. Well, it'll be with the same yarn...


Here are my "You're frickin' deaming" lists...


Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. 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....my in-laws are in town. Let's just leave it at that for right now.

But, here are some photos from the past few days or so...

Brothers

Mama and sleepy boy

Mama, this is my oooooo face!

Stormageddon's first trip to the Pacific. He's very impressed.


I hope you've all had a lovely week. I hope to be back for a FO Friday but, you know, don't count on it...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #42

42. The answer to everything. 

But, today, it wasn't the answer.....I'm running late. It's Sunday night as I type this. I seem to have forgotten that it's the weekend and things still happen or something. 

Anyway, onwards and upwards and moving forwards...


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  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014


Nope. Nothing new to see here...

 
Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014

6. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014


The only thing I worked on this week was the mitten. I'm sooooo close to finishing the first mitten. Seriously, I have to finish the thumb and weave in some ends. Then, of course, I have a second mitten to make...but it should go fairly quickly, if I get a chance to work on it. I've got a feeling that I'm going to be concentrating on Christmas presents from now until they're done...so, expect lots of mittens and hats :)


And again, let's laugh at my remaining lists...
 
Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. 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





Hahaha. That's just funny. 



This past week has been...well, we're working on that "new normal" thing. Little Man and I had a pretty rough day on Thursday. I found two stress balls destroyed in his closet, both by beheading (I had a sheep stress ball and Husband's was a cow - both were found decapitated in Little Man's closet), his room was horrible, he was throwing tantrums and, generally, being a shit. Sorry, but that's just how it was. Husband finally got out of him what his issue was: I wouldn't put Stormageddon down for something he wanted me to do (I was feeding him and told him he needed to wait). ::sigh:: 

Other than that, things were okay. We spent this weekend cleaning as Husband's parents are coming on Tuesday and will be here for a week. I don't know that the bathrooms have ever all been this clean at the same time...and the rest of the house. Maybe for the parties. Or not. But the house is mostly clean. We also carved pumpkins yesterday and I roasted the seeds today. NOMNOMNOM! 

I hope I don't forget next weekend...we'll have to see how things go with the in-laws here :)  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #41

Happy Sunday :)

As usual, I'm probably running late....starting this on a Saturday night and will probably be distracted by Stormageddon and that means I probably won't finish and hit post until sometime on Sunday. Sue me. I do what I can :)

Speaking of things I can and can't do...let's get going :)

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  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014


I've not finished anything new but I did partake in FO Friday for my Sacrificial Goat. I suppose that's a "finished" of sorts...just not an FO.

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014

6. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014

Aside from frogging a dishcloth I started (I missed the YOs on two rows and couldn't fix it without ripping back and I don't rip back very well...), I started another pair of mittens. I'm using yarn I picked up specifically for this project and it's a Christmas present for, you guessed it, Cameron. Cameron may as well be my nephew. His mother is one of my best friends; we've known each other since we were probably four years old. 

Yes, I do remember that I'm not supposed to be knitting. Honestly, knitting is one of the very few things that doesn't seem to bother my thumb and wrist right now. I'm not necessarily doing a lot of it...but I've done some and I'm much less bitchy for it. Otherwise, I've not touched anything else this week. 




Now, let's laugh at my remaining lists...

Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. 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 non-knitting, real life type of news......

Stormageddon had his one month appointment this past week. I was right: the little chubster is almost 10 lbs. (he was 9 lbs, 12.5 oz.) and he's grown 3" since birth. He's still small for his age but he was also three weeks early so I'm not too fussed about it. His newborn screening also came back, finally. Where I'm from, "expedite" means, "get this done and results sent out ASAP;" around here, it seems to mean, "we'll get to it when we get to it." Frickin' California. Anyway, after five weeks of waiting, his results were in and nothing was flagged, which is fabulous news. Does that mean that Stormageddon doesn't have the goofy metabolic disorder that Little Man has? Not necessarily. The newborn screening is just a screening; it's not a diagnostic test. But, because we knew what we were looking for, we had the first round of testing done before we even left the hospital...but I've not heard anything about those results (yet - I plan to call the geneticist tomorrow). 

Little Man has been singing quite a bit this past week. He's found a couple videos on YouTube that feature children's songs. So, I've heard "Itsy-Bitsy Spider" and "The Wheels on the Bus" and "Daddy Finger" and "ABCs" and a bunch of other random kid songs come out of his mouth, usually slightly incorrect....daily......all week. He's kind of amazed when I start singing along with him. Apparently I'm not supposed to know any of these. 

Oh, and I discovered that Stormageddon's Greyson Sweater (#14 on the FO list) does fit...barely. I shouldn't be shocked as I did make the newborn size and he's fast outgrowing those clothes. I had it on him at the San Francisco Zoo yesterday. 

Anyway, have some photos from the last week or so...

Matching sweaters (no, I didn't make them)

Ima eat this, Mama.

Goin' down the Spiderman slide


Anyway, I hope you've all had a lovely week and weekend and so on and so forth :) I hope to do some sort of fibery update this week but we'll see how things go. Or not.

Friday, October 10, 2014

FO Friday......Sacrificial Goat #3 Edition (extremely late)

Happy Friday :)

This post is extremely late. I've had this project finished for over a month now and I'm just now getting around to the post about it...so, let's just get going :)

Sacrificial Goat #3 (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Goat by Sarah Gasson

Time Frame: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Snow (maybe it's Almond, I don't know) and Tahki Yarns Sky - no idea how much of each...I'll figure it out when I'm done with all of them.

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm)

Size: One size...whatever size it came out

Modifications: Aside from using worsted yarn and larger needles, the only modifications I made were to do actual bind offs instead of threading through remaining loops.

Thoughts: This was the third one of these I've made...and I think I figured out how it needs to be done. I think. Basically, the designer knew what she was doing, even though I'd still rather knit the body/head in the round...but if I do that, I can't attach the horns and ears very well, nor can I do the face very well. Sooooo.......flat it is. I hate seaming so much, though. So so much. I have another two, maybe three or four of these to make so we'll see how things go :)


Like I said, this post was a long time coming. I had Stormageddon the day after I finished this project...and it's been go gogogogogogo every since.

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely FO Friday on this I LOVE YARN DAY!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #40

Happy Sunday :)

I'm a bit late today (okay, I'm a lot late today). We went out of town for the weekend and got back earlier this afternoon. We stayed in Sacramento, went to the Apple Hills area to pick apples for hard cider, and then we stopped in Dixon for Lambtown...but it was hot so we didn't stay long. I'll probably have a whole separate post about that (if I can get my act together and photograph things). 

So......we're here for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects update. Let's get 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
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014 


I've finished nothing new. Not that we should be surprised...well, I take that back. I did finish up a dishcloth but it's a dishcloth and I'm not counting it.

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014


I've not started anything new, other than a dishcloth. I started my heel flap on my Snape's Stockings and those two projects are all I've worked on. There's a good reason for my lack of knitting. I've suspected for a couple weeks that I have something called De Quervain Syndrome. It's common in mothers with newborns, as well as several other occupations or repetitive motions. I've been to the doctor and as a result, I'm basically wearing a soft cast that makes my thumb mostly useless. I have a teensy bit of bending but that's about it. I have to wear this thing for at least two weeks to see if symptoms improve...if not, I'll have to seen an orthopedist, probably for a cortisone shot...and the cast again...and then, if that doesn't help the situation, we can talk surgery. I'd rather not go that route. So, I'm wearing the cast and it sucks but it is what it is.......and it means I can't knit. I mean, I probably could figure out a way but, generally speaking, I can't knit. Or spin. And I'm very grumpy about it. Like I-may-lose-my-sanity grumpy. I won't lie, though...I take it off for certain activities (like dishes, laundry, and maybe internet usage but not really). There are just some things that don't lend well to wearing a cast on your arm. 

So, sadly, the next couple weeks will probably be boring...but I should have some stash enhancement coming in the form of Lambtown purchases and some Christmas purchases and such. But I don't know if I'll do those updates on Sundays or not. I'm kind of up in the air and all over with that.


And now, let's all laugh at my remaining lists...


Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. 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, Little Man is getting used to having Stormageddon around. He's not 100% sold on having a younger brother but he's doing pretty well. His epic tantrums have lessened significantly but he's still having tantrums here and there. The biggest problems arise when he wants me to help him with something while I'm feeding, burping, or rocking Stormageddon. He doesn't like to wait more than five nanoseconds for something so that drives him nuts and he's often found storming out of the room when I tell him that it will be a minute or five or whatever. He usually calms down in a minute or two and comes back to wait patiently. 

Stormageddon goes in for his one month appointment tomorrow morning. I expect that he's well over 8lbs (maybe closer to 9 or 9.5, to be honest - he's a chubster). He's holding his head up pretty well and has been trying to roll over. He's managed getting onto his side but that's as far as he's gone. He does not like sleeping in the bassinet at night. If we want any sleep, he has to sleep on me. I'm not a huge fan of this but if I don't get any sleep, I will be useless and will go insane that much more quickly. So, he sleeps on me. I hope we can stop soon. 

Anyway....as I'm writing this, Stormageddon has woken up and is throwing a fit for his noms (and probably a diaper)...so I suppose it's time to stop writing and be Mama again :) 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #39

Happy Sunday :)

Today marks the last day of Husband's paternity leave from work. He goes back tomorrow...and I might be okay with it. Maybe. We'll see.

Anyway, we're not here to talk about that...it's Sunday and that means it's time for 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
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014 


Nope. Nothing new to see here. Sorry...

 Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014

I'm ready to start the heel flap on the first of Snape's Stockings...not that I've started it but I'm at that point. That's always helpful. It means I worked a few rounds here and there this past week :) 

And then....well, I went and started a new project. Oops. I suppose it's because I need to make two more of the Sacrificial Goats so, you know, I should get going...and luckily, they're fairly quick projects and I can do it all in parts...but they're still going to take a little while. Sooooo....yeah. 



Anyway, moving on...remaining lists (hahahahahahahahaha!)........
 
Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. 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 really all I have for you today. Nothing exciting. Just hanging around with Little Man and Stormageddon, trying to find some sense of sanity and normalcy. We'll see how that goes. 

I hope you've all had a lovely week and weekend and so on and so forth :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #38

Happy Sunday :)

I'm going to be quite forthcoming here......very little knitting has happened. Really, you shouldn't be surprised...but let's get to it anyway.

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  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014 


I did finish up a dishcloth but, you know, it's just a dishcloth so I didn't bother adding it to my FO list and I never made a project page for it. Just know that I did another one. I used up part of a skein of Knit Picks Dishie cotton (in Jay - which is a somewhat dark blue) and US #8 needles. It's nothing fancy. 

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014


Aside from the finished dishcloth, I started another one using the same yarn and needles mentioned above. Again, not adding it to the list because it's just a dishcloth. I need something I can pick up and put down as needed, depending on Little Man's and Stormageddon's needs. 

But. But but BUT! I also managed to work a few rounds on Snape's Stockings, mostly within the last couple days. I'm almost done with the leg on the first sock (seriously, I have less than 10 rows before I start the heel flap). It's kind of glorious to be following a pattern. I can't do it all the time, hence the dishcloth, but I have managed it here and there. 

So, you know, that's awesome and all :)

My remaining lists (hahahahahahaha) look like this:
 
Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. 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 the meantime, Stormageddon continues to grow like the little weed he is. For a child that isn't even three weeks old, he holds his head up pretty well and the little stinker is busy trying to roll over already. Yeah, I did just say that. He wants to roll over. He's been wanting to do it since his release from jail. What can I say? He's got a big brother that he wants to get after. I can't blame him for that. 

He's a relatively quiet baby, even when he's crying...don't get me wrong, the kid can wail like crazy but he doesn't do it that often. He's too busy checking everything out. He had his two week appointment this past Tuesday and (1) his newborn screening results are not in yet (they weren't in then and they're not in now - don't even get me started on that crap), (2) his weight was up to 7 lbs, 9.5 oz (which is a pound above his birth weight), (3) his little belly button nub came off and it's fine, (4) his circumcision is fine, and (5) he probably has a blocked tear duct in his right eye as it's been frequently full of goop/sleep (which is normal). Otherwise, he's a typical newborn. 

Here are some photos of the happenings...

Ima help Daddy hang the wine racks!

My GQ look.

Hi Mama :)


I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and week and so on and so forth :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #37

Happy Sunday!

I'm going to be completely honest: nothing has changed since last week. No knitting has happened, no spinning has happened, no nothing fiber related has happened...other than my dreaming about it.

::sigh::

We've spent the week trying to get into the groove of the "new normal," whatever that may be. Husband is off work until almost the end of the month so we've been taking care of things that have been....well, not bothering us and not "neglected" but things we've wanted to do but just haven't had the time. For example, Husband and Little Man went on an adventure and picked up some racks that you hang wine glasses from and we attached them to a shelf and now we have a place to properly hang out wine glasses. We also went and bought a battery-operated lawnmower, leaf blower, hedge trimmer, and weed whacker/edger. We're going to start doing our own yard. We took some time to clean out the jungle that was the area by our lemon tree. It was starting to look like....well, a jungle. We've also started doing Amazon Fresh, which is a grocery delivery service available where we live. We'll still go to Costco for milk and a few other things and run to the grocery store if we run out of something we need, but we don't have to run around to the grocery store every couple days...and frankly, I wasn't looking forward to that with two kids in tow.

Stormageddon is growing already. He's got a little chub on him that he didn't have when we came home last weekend. His circumcision has healed. His umbilical nub is almost off (seriously, it's hanging by a teensy little bit and a stronger woman than I would just pull it off but I just can't). He's trying to hold his head up (and doing quite well) and the little stinker is trying to master rolling over. No, I'm not kidding. He's twelve days old and he's been trying to roll over since he was free enough to do so. I'm so not ready for that yet.

Little Man is still trying to adjust to everything that comes with having a baby brother. He's not used to not being the center of attention so we've been dealing with some tantrums, especially when people call for Facetime and want to see Stormageddon, too. He also doesn't like that Stormageddon sleeps in our room. He keeps trying to get us to put him in his crib in his own room. He's still scared of him but is getting better. He will rub his head or try to hold his hand once in awhile. Last night, he even tried to hold him for about thirty seconds. Unfortunately, we didn't get it on the camera but I'm sure he'll do it again...someday.

So, there's a lot going on but, at the same time, nothing going on. It's hard to describe.

I'd share some photos but I haven't even uploaded my photos to iPhoto from my phone so I don't have any :( Perhaps next week!

I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday and I hope I get back to my fibery endeavors soon!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #36

Happy Sunday :)

After last week's shenanigans, we are all home and attempting to get settled in and used to the "new normal." We actually didn't even get discharged from the hospital until last night so, obviously, I didn't get my post written and this and that so I'm posting while Stormageddon's napping. He'll be awake soon, though.


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  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014 

I finished a Sacrificial Goat last Monday but I haven't had time to post about it because I finished Stormageddon on Tuesday :) So, perhaps I can get in a FO Friday post regarding the Sacrificial Goat...but in the meantime, know that I've finished another one.

  Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014


Because I was in the hospital most of this past week, the only project that made it to said hospital were Snape's Stockings.....not that I had a lot of knitting time anyway! I'm almost done with the leg on the first sock. The nurses were all impressed by the knitting...they also all loved the Swirl Hat I brought with me. I may make a few more for the NICU, where Stormageddon spent some time the past few days. 

Yes, baby spent some time in the NICU. He had slight jaundice and needed to be under the Bili Lights and those are located in the NICU. So, I would visit him for nursing/feeding and cuddle a little, come back to the room and knit or sleep or eat, wash, rinse, repeat. We were finally discharged last night after some blood test results (regarding the jaundice). 


Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. 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 imagine things are going to be quite up in the air for at least a few weeks/months. I expect that I'll still knit here and there and I'll try to update when I can but, really, the focus is going to be on the new version of normal :)

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

Friday, September 5, 2014

FO Friday: Stormageddon Edition

Happy Friday!

Imagine my surprise when I had a very unexpected FO for this week's FO Friday.


Presenting my latest FO: Stormageddon!

George Eugene decided he didn't want to wait anymore and this past Tuesday morning, my water broke at 37 weeks. I didn't know that's what happened. I had a full day planned! Husband was going to take Little Man to work with him and I had things to do...laundry, dishes, cleaning. Yeah, none of that happened.

Initially, my water broke at 4am but I just thought I had lost bladder control. So I went back to sleep. After they left for San Francisco, I started laundry, decided to dye my hair, and once I was out of the shower, I was walking from the bathroom to the closet to get socks when I had a big WHOOSH. A call to my OB later and Husband was on his way home from work to take me to the hospital. A couple tests and monitors later, around 3pm, we were told that yes, my water had broken and we were having a baby today.

So, this little stinker came via c-section at 5:04pm on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. He came out screaming his fool head off and didn't stop until he was swaddled.



He weighed 6 lbs, 9.6 oz and was 18.5" long. He looks almost exactly like Little Man did but he's a tiny little peanut. Little Man was long and skinny. This guy is just tiny all around.

Unfortunately, he does have a bit of jaundice so last night, this was his environment:



He wasn't exactly happy at that point but he did well with the supplementation.

We're supposed to go home from the hospital tomorrow. Just in time for my Sunday update :)




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