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Friday, November 21, 2014

FO Friday: Cameron's Christmas Presents

I feel very safe participating in today's FO Friday because Cameron, my 13 year old non-nephew, does not read my blog, nor does his mother (who is my sister from another mister).

So, I have a two-fer FO Friday for you :)

Graham for Cam (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Graham by Jennifer Adams
Time Frame: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (~ 0.72 skeins or 72 g which is ~ 158 yds)
Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) and US #7 (4.5 mm)
Size: Large
Modifications: None that I'm aware of.
Thoughts: I should have gone with my gut instinct to make this hat longer than I did...but I followed the pattern. If he doesn't wear the brim folded, it'll be a slouch but if he folds the brim, it's a total beanie. I don't think he'll care either way, to be honest. It was interesting as this hat is knit inside out on purpose...and then you weave in the ends on the side you've had facing out, which is actually the inside. Why is it knit inside out? Because purling is a pain in the ass. Let's not beat around the bush here. Purling and purling and purling just sucks. So, if you knit it inside out, you avoid most of the purling. I don't know that I'll make it again because it seemed to go on forever but it's a good hat and I'm sure someone will love it, even if Cameron doesn't (and he better!). Also, the color is all wrong but no matter what I do in the editing process, I cannot get it correct.


Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts by Susan B. Anderson
Time Frame: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (~ 0.76 skeins or 76 g which is ~ 167 yds)
Needles: US #7 (4.5 mm)
Size: Large
Modifications: No major modifications other than sizing them to Cameron's hand/thumb length.
Thoughts: These mittens are fabulous. They are a very basic pattern and can be modified to fit the wearer. A seasoned knitter will be able to do more modifications (like widening the thumb base or adding some sort of pattern) but even a new knitter will be able to adjust to their needs. In this case, I had to add length to the hand and the thumb to match Cameron's teen boy hands (I was sent an outline of his had to work from) but that's not unusual. The nice part is that the pattern comes in three sizes and with the two different types (mittens and fingerless mitts), you have six options to work with. This was my third pair (I made myself a pair, and Little Man a pair)...and there's a fourth pair finished and fifth pair planned. Either way, at the end of it all, I will have made five pairs. So, obviously I like this pattern :) Again, the color is all wrong...but at least it matches the hat (it's the same yarn so it should).



You may have caught that I've finished the fourth pair of mittens, as well...and I have. But, I'm going to do a FO Friday post with Jazzlynn's mittens and hat at a later date (as I'm still working on the hat), so as to keep everything together. I guess you'll just have to wait.

Until then, have a wonderful Friday :)





I expect I'll be back soon with another FO Friday installment....or not. Depends on how things go around here :)

I hope you're all having a lovely Friday!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #46

Welcome to the insanity that is my life on a Sunday in California...or...something. We all know why we're here (and if you've wandered in by mistake, please pull up a chair and stay for a bit...)...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 

23. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014
24. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014

Well hey, howdy, hey...would you look at that? I finished another project :) That means I'm 1/3 done with my Christmas knitting. 

Graham for Cam

This is a horrendous photo but it's what I have for right now. This was taken right after I finished weaving in the ends...which means it's unblocked, unwashed, and it was dark outside. Oh well. I still owe an FO Friday for the mittens so maybe I'll make it a two-fer. 

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 - Jazzlynn: started November 11, 2014 

Upon finishing up the hat pictured above, I started the next portion of my Christmas knitting: mittens and a hat for Cameron's younger sister, Jazzlynn. So far, I've finished the first mitten and started the second. I've also decided what hat I'm going to make, though I haven't started it yet (I could, I just haven't). 

The only other thing I spent any time on this week was my swatch. Yeah, the swatch. It's easy 1x1 ribbing but...you know...it's frickin' boring. And, to be honest, I have other things I need to finish first. Buuuuuuuuttttttttttttt........I needed something mindless and, at the time, that was it. So, I've worked a bit on that. 

This past Friday, I was able to head across the bay to Alameda for Kid-Friendly Knitting...that helped immensely with the finishing of the hat. I need to get out more often with the boys...to places where I can knit and not have to watch them Little Man like a hawk.

So, aside from finishing the hat, starting the next pair of mittens, and working on a swatch, that's all the knitting I did. I also sold some yarn via my Ravelry Destash. I still need to get to the post office to ship it out but that's another issue. I'll probably do that tomorrow :)


And now, for my "OMGWTFBBQ Knitting 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 other "real life" news....

Both Little Man and Stormageddon had doctor appointments this week...on the same day...and both got vaccinations...

Little Man, age four years, weighed 39.75 lbs and was 42.25" tall...which translates to the 90th percentile for height and 87th percentile for weight. In other words, he's big for his age. Stormageddon, age ten weeks (at the time), weighed 12 lbs, 12 oz and was 23.5" tall...which translates to the 50th percentile for both height and weight. He's perfectly average for his age. 

And then came the vaccinations. Little Man had been begging for his "pokeys" for over a week and a half at that point. Yes, my child wanted to get his shots. And then came the time...and I had to help hold him and he cried and then he was fine. Stormageddon just took it because he didn't know any better. He cried, I cuddled him, put him in the car seat, and he went to sleep. Then I took Little Man out for hot dogs and ice cream. Stormageddon, of course, came along but he slept through it all, which was not unexpected. 

Other things that happened this week....cleaning up from Little Man's birthday party and digging in my yarn closet. I did some readjusting and was able to get most of my newer purchases into an actual Rubbermaid bin and out of bags/off the floor. That was exciting. I've been needing to do something in there for awhile and I was able to take a little time to do it. 

Ummmmmmm.....what else what else what else......oh, we're caught up on The Blacklist (well, Husband is caught up and I've seen enough of them to have the gist of what's going on). Oh, and I've officially seen three episodes of this season of Doctor Who (the first one and the last two). ::sigh:: The joys of having a small child...

Anyway, I believe I should stop rambling for the moment. I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and week and all that. I really need to get in and do a FO Friday...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #45...a different sort of update

Happy Sunday :)

On this date, four years ago, I gained someone very special in my life.

Birth (2010)

First Birthday (2011)

Second Birthday (2012)

Near his Third Birthday (2013)

Near his Fourth Birthday (2014)

These four years have flown by and we've had our ups and downs and I wouldn't change it for the world. So, happy birthday to my Little Man :) He came in at 7 lbs, 3 oz., and 22" long. Right now, he's almost 40 lbs and almost 40" tall (I'll know for sure on Tuesday after his doctor appointment...vaccinations, ick!).



Sadly, also on this date, four years ago, I lost someone very special in my life.


c. Easter, 1981

Near Syttende Mai, May, 1983

August 29, 2009

August 29, 2009

August 29, 2009

The (remaining) Johnston Family, August 29, 2009


The same day Little Man came bounding into my life, my maternal grandmother was leaving.

Agnes Lucille (Johnston) Green was born September 19, 1926 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the oldest child of Martha Louise (Fagerlind) and James Edward Johnston. She graduated from Eau Claire High School (now Eau Claire North High School) in 1944. She married George Anton Green on December 21, 1946 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The couple were blessed with their only child, a daughter, Shirley Ann, on May 25, 1947. Upon moving to Stoughton, Wisconsin in 1951, Agnes was a member of the Jaycettes, the Lioness Club, and various other local organizations. She started learning how to rosemal (Norwegian rose painting) sometime in the early 1960s and by the 1980s, she was teaching continuing education classes in rosemalling through Madison Area Technical College. She also worked in the purchasing department of Uniroyal until her retirement in the early 1990s. She and George also owned and operated The Stationery House (she did the bookeeping/billing). In 1993, she and George were crowned King and Queen of Stoughton's Syttende Mai celebration. In 2001, tragedy struck when their daughter passed away suddenly, at the age of 53. By the time she passed away in 2010, she was suffering from dementia and had been in a nursing home for several years.



So today is both a sad and happy day for me. 

And with that.......let's just get into today's 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
 

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

I've not finished anything new. I did manage to take some new photos of my Traveling Vines Socks and I washed/blocked Cameron's mittens. I still need to do a proper FO Friday post...but I just cannot get the color right on the mittens in photos. So, until then...

 
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. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014

I honestly spent very little time knitting this week. I'm maybe 3" away from the crown decreases on the hat for Cameron and that was the only project I may have worked on this week. 

Graham for Cam

I'm a couple inches further than this photo (this was right before I switched to larger needles). But that's the gist of it...and the color is all wrong. 

That's honestly all I worked on this past week. We were too busy cleaning for Little Man's birthday party (which was yesterday, by the way) and getting a bunch of other things done. But, it all worked out and I hope to get back to knitting again soon :)



And my "WTFOMGBBQ" 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




Soooooo.....that's all I have this week :) Hope all is well!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #44

Happy Sunday :)

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

I've not finished anything new and I still owe an FO Friday for the mittens...::sigh:: This past week just got away from me and then Hallowe'en was on Friday and that just kind of threw my week off a lot. Oh well.


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. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014

I started a hat to match the mittens that I recently finished. It's for a Christmas present but his mom doesn't blogstalk me so it shouldn't be an issue. That's the only thing I've worked on this past week. 

In all honesty, my Pacific Shawl and probably my Dragon's Egg Socks are in hibernation until Stormageddon gets a little older. They're just too complicated to work on with the charts and cable needle and I don't have the time to give to them right now. So, we'll see. I'll keep them on the list but don't expect any action from them for awhile unless Stormageddon suddenly starts sleeping through the night. I don't expect that so I don't expect to work on these for awhile. It is what it is. 


And my "Are You Frickin' Kidding Me?!" 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 "OMG Life Outside of Yarn" reality......

Not much has been happening. The visit from the in-laws was......unpleasant. Very unpleasant. Those of you that are friends on Facebook probably saw some of the garbage that was happening. Let's just say that my mother-in-law is not allowed in my house again. My father-in-law....well, that depends. They left our house two days early and we were not sorry to see them go. Well, Little Man was really upset but he doesn't quite understand what happened either. So, there's that.

It's taken most of the his past week to decompress from everything. I'm still decompressing, to be honest. Cleaning helps. This next weekend is Little Man's fourth birthday so now we're getting ready for that. The party will be on Saturday but his actual birthday is on Sunday. He got a haircut yesterday in preparation (and because his hair was far too long). We're having pulled pork, ribs, a bouncy house, and cake. And whatever else we come up with. Nothing fancy. We don't do fancy, if we can avoid it. 

Also, some much needed rain happened this past week. And it got "cold" around here. Okay, so 63°F isn't cold but everyone around here seems to think it is. I suppose with the dampness, it counts as cold. But it's really not that cold.

 What else what else.....nope. Nothing else, really. 

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and so on and so forth!

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 :)