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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #12

Happy Sunday! We know why we're here so let's get moving :)

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017

Nope. Nothing to see here.


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
7. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017
9. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)

So, I noticed something when I went through project bags late last week: I have a prototype hat listed and I have no project anywhere for it. My suspicion is that I frogged it and intended to restart it (again, obviously) and never got around to it in favor of other things (Pussy Hats, most likely)...so I have yarn somewhere in a bag (and I think I know which one) and a project that needs attention.

Oops.

Aside from that.....well, my Smooth Operator Sock has a heel.


It was an interesting heel. I've never really done an afterthought heel (I don't think) so I can't say for sure how different Susan's way is but it's different for me and that counts. Now that I've finished that part, I'm back to working my way down the foot. And then I basically get to repeat the process for the foot.

Stormageddon's Vest is on time-out. It hasn't been uncooperative or anything but I need some time to just....sit and finish it. All I have left are picking up the armhole stitches and finishing those...and then the single-crochet around the neck. Oh, and weaving in ends and washing/blocking.

Morvarch.....let's talk about Morvarch.....it grew a little bit this past week!


It doesn't look all that different from when I worked on it last but I promise it grew a few rounds! I actually managed to somehow get it onto one circular in a magic loop type of sequence. No idea how I did that and I have since fixed it so it's back on two circulars. I was sitting in the hospital's surgical waiting room area while I was working on it and I suspect that I just had too many dangly things in front of me (I was sitting at a desk-like cubicle) and I grabbed the wrong one. It worked out in the end but I couldn't figure out why I was having so much difficulty getting the stitches to move around. Oh well.

The Messed Up Moss scarf that I've been making for Little Man is ever-closer to the end. I finished the first ball of yarn and it's almost long enough. I think I'm going to add at least another foot or two, however. I tried it on him on Friday and while it would work at the current length, I also want him to be able to wear it for a couple years. So, longer is better!

And lastly, the Pussy Hat. Again. I've finished the ribbing and I'm working on the stockinette section. I changed things on the ribbing so it's a 3x1 ribbing, which I'm not sold on. I think it would have worked better as a 1x3 instead. Oh well. I have a few more to make so I can try it on a different one if I feel like it. But, it's growing. I hope to finish it up this next week but we'll see how things go.

Lastly, you may have noticed I added a design project to my WIPs...and that it's backdated because, really, that's when I started it. There's no project page for any of this and it's in the very beginning stages but so far, I have a collection in my head of about 14 patterns.....and a bunch of things I've never done before including two-color knitting, Swedish twined knitting, knitting from the toe-up.....yeah. I see a lot of swatching in my future. ::sigh:: I hate swatching. And some other learning, as well...like people keep talking about yarn dominance in multi-strand knitting and while I can see the difference in swatches, I don't understand how it happens. I mean, you knit with one color, switch to another....how does it make something more or less dominant. I suppose I'm going to have to drag out a few books and read. And swatch. Ick. Did I mention that I detest swatching? I want the yarn for projects, not swatching. ::sigh:: Moving along...


17 UFOs in 2017

1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

Nothing to see here. Move along now.


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Baby Surprise Jacket (using....htNEVELE something something)

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go. With all the WIPs and such I have going, this may not be a good idea at this point. Or maybe I'll pull things from the lists below and put them into bags. I don't know.


Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat (kit)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking (kit)
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie (kit)
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl
5. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Little Man (see also: Designs)
6. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon (see also: Designs)
7. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Husband (see also: Designs)


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss C (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
3. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
4. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
5. Undetermined hat for Little Man
6. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
7. Mittens for Little Man
8. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)


Christmas/Charity Bin:
1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


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


Spinning:
1. Miss Babs BFL
2. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
5. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
6. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)




This week has been a bust, for the most part. I mean, yeah, I got to work on some projects but the reason for working on those projects: spending time in the hospital with Husband. Husband's surgery was on Tuesday afternoon. He had his tonsils removed and had his soft palate reshaped, both of which are incredibly painful on their own...and he had them done together. The surgery itself went well, he went home on Wednesday night (we got home around 8pm), he's on a regular course of medication (every 2ish hours he gets something), he's drinking enough fluids, but he's still on a liquid diet at this point. He tried jello on Friday and it did not go well. He has been able to handle sorbet and popsicles so we have more of that on order (it's being delivered this morning - I love Amazon Fresh). 

So, between the lack of sleep from getting up every 2ish hours, the boys, and life in general.....yeah, this week has been a bust. 

But, not to be outdone, I had to take Little Man to the doctor yesterday morning (yes, on a Saturday - they have limited hours on Saturday mornings). He'd been complaining about his ear a bit, which we just attributed to having swimming lessons on Thursday and getting some water in his ear. He's also had a cold for...well, quite awhile, honestly, but yesterday morning, Husband noticed that his left eye was pretty red and gunky. The dreaded pink eye! So, I took him to the doctor to confirm and it turns out that in addition to pink eye, he also has an ear infection. ::sigh:: He looked at himself in the mirror at the doctor's office and said, "oh, that's what _____'s eye looked like yesterday at school" (name redacted to protect the innocent). In other words, one of the kids in his class had it and Little Man (and probably everyone else in the class) was exposed. I sent out an email to the parents that basically said there's a possibility that the kids were exposed and to keep a watch for it, as he had mentioned another student with the symptoms at school. So, you know, keeping me on my toes!

Other than that, not much else has been happening. I mean, I didn't really even take any photos, except for knitting, which are posted above. Too many other things to worry about, I guess. 

Oh, my father-in-law was here for the week. I actually took him to the airport early Saturday morning...very early...like 3:15am early. Friday night was a rough one, to say the least. Sooooo.......nothing else is going on around here. I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend! Maybe next weekend I'll have interesting things to say. Maybe even some photos. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #11

Happy Sunday :) Let's get moving on today's update!


Finished Objects (FOs):

1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017

As predicted, I finished up another Pussy Hat this week. I posted about it here. That's about all that can be said about that.


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
7. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017

Because I have at least seven Pussy Hats to knit (total), I thought I should just continue. So, I started another one on Thursday morning. I'm doing it a little differently. I'm doing a 3x1 ribbing instead of the 2x2 I've been doing. I'm also making this one larger than the previous two. I keep forgetting that I'm making these hats for men and they have bigger heads (generally) so I've made one that fits me (the second one) and I'll probably make the rest a little bigger. It's not like they have to be astronomically larger but they do have to be a titch bigger.

In addition to that, I Kitchenered the shoulder seams on Stormageddon's vest. I need to pick up the stitches around the armholes and knit that next. And then a single crochet around the neckhole. And then weave in ends. So many ends...

My Smooth Operator Socks saw a few more rounds this week. I can't decide if I'm ready to do the afterthought heel or if I should continue working on the foot for a little longer. I'll probably work on the foot a little bit and then do the heel. I need the directions for the heel so it might be a project I tackle this week when I'm at the hospital for Husband's surgery.




17 UFOs in 2017

1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

Moving along, nothing to see here........


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Baby Surprise Jacket (using....htNEVELE something something)

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go. With all the WIPs and such I have going, this may not be a good idea at this point. Or maybe I'll pull things from the lists below and put them into bags. I don't know.


Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat (kit)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking (kit)
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie (kit)
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl
5. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Little Man (see also: Designs)
6. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon (see also: Designs)
7. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Husband (see also: Designs)


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss C (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
3. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
4. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
5. Undetermined hat for Little Man
6. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
7. Mittens for Little Man
8. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)


Christmas/Charity Bin:
1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


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


Spinning:
1. Miss Babs BFL
2. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
5. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
6. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)



Okay, kids, this week has been both a busy and exhausting week...but I also feel like I've finished nothing, which is probably true.

The auction is over. We survived. No major snafus. Husband and I only bid on two items, both of which we won. He won some Hue lights. They're LED light bulbs, they change color, and we can operate them from an app on our phone. They're fun to play with. He finally put them in on Thursday this past week. I won a four-pass to Elkus Ranch for their Sheep to Shawl event, which is in mid-June. I also went in on a couple parties, specifically a Mommy Martini night at the beginning of the school year, and an art project day for Little Man, which is in a couple weeks. It was a good night. But now, we're all still coming down from the high. I've been overly exhausted this week because, for the last several weeks, I've been operating on adrenaline. I've been crashing before Husband, with lights still on...the whole thing. I'm hoping that this week sorts itself out a bit. I doubt it but we can dream, right?

Coming down from the high meant a lot of weird neglected things have been getting done but some normal, weekly things have not....for example, I had four bins of laundry to put away as of yesterday morning. No joke. They were all washed sometime this week...I just never got around to putting them away until yesterday. But the counters and table had been cleaned and I swept the floor in places. I know, weird.

It's also why I didn't get a lot of knitting finished this week.

Oh, and the weather has been nice. I did a bunch of yard work on Thursday after going to the gym and the doctor. That was all fine and well until Stormageddon woke up from an impromptu nap on Daddy (around noon) and was crying and saying, "ow" until he fell back asleep around 3:30pm. I had no idea what was going on with him. I checked him over, took his temp, the whole nine yards...nothing. So, I called his pediatrician because it usually means an ear infection. Remember I had him to the after-hours pediatric clinic last week? Yeah, that was the beginning of the ear infection but it took almost a week for it to be painful enough to show up properly. But, his pediatrician also had to clear wax out of his ears to get a good look and the ear he was finally indicating for pain didn't have the infection. The one with a ton of wax? Yeah, that was the ear infection. I cleaned a good amount out on Friday morning, as well. Poor kiddo. One dose of ibuprofen and one dose of his amoxicillin and he's been fine ever since (he's obviously still on his antibiotic - I'm not an idiot and I don't mess around with ear infections).

This week will probably be a light week. My father-in-law is coming into town this afternoon, Little Man has his Mini Happy Feet performance tomorrow, Husband's surgery is on Tuesday.........and that's it for the week. I expect Husband will be in the hospital for a couple days but we'll see what happens. I also don't know if he wants me to stay at the hospital overnight with him or come home to the boys or a little of column A and a little of column B.

Here are some photos from this week.





He has been taught well. Ever since he was a wee babe, I would rub yarn on his face so he could determine softness. He continues to do it himself. Last year at Stitches West, he grabbed a skein in Miss Babs' booth and started rubbing it on his face. This is the Knit Picks Mighty Stitch ball that fell on the floor as I was finishing up the second Pussy Hat.


Little Man climbed into our bed one morning for some snuggles so, you know, selfie.


I've shown him by the turtles before. The turtle was pretty active this week. He was going as fast as he could around the little fenced in area before I took this photo.


Ah, the face of dislike...in this case, taking Stormageddon to the pediatrician (again). And I swear I'm not that blonde!


I had heard these were imports but I found them at CVS and Target. I don't care, it plays to my love of cookies and Cadbury Creme Eggs. I may or may not have purchased a few packages and stored them in the freezer...


Little Man and I had a crafty project on Friday. He made the snail (mostly - I helped line a few things up, like the spiral) and I made the chick....and I didn't like their directions for the pom so I made it up my own way. It worked.


I mentioned that I did some yardwork on Thursday. It involved trimming bushes and shrubs and such. I cut back one of our bushes out front and found a little colony of snails. There were probably a dozen or so hanging out in one spot but I only got a photo of these four at the same time. They've moved to cooer places (mostly lower toward the ground than they were). I actually found a rather large one that had a few shell-less babies around it. The photos didn't turn out that well, though (it was nighttime and the flash overexposed everything, as it does). Oh well.


Anyway, that's about it around here. I hope you're having a lovely weekend :)

Friday, March 10, 2017

FO Friday: Post them all (even if they're not finished finished finished)

Happy Friday!

Here at Chez My House, I have FOUR (yes, FOUR) FOs to share. Now, to be fair, two are roughly the same pattern, one I've made before, and one is handspun and one still needs a good washing/blocking........but, four FOs happened and rather than let them all sit and hang out, I'm going to get them posted and such :)



Fiber: 100% Corriedale

From: Frene Creek Farm (their website is defunct, she hasn't updated her Etsy shop since 2011, and Facebook posts are sparse...but she's located in Janesville, WI and appears to still be in the fiber industry)

Time Frame: started October 12, 2016 (second single started November 1, 2016); finished spinning January 6, 2017; 2-plied on January 16, 2017

This & That: random spinning, little bit over the fold, little bit pre-drafted.....I made yarn and that's what counts. I didn't follow the color scheme other than just spinning whatever happened. I didn't card anything. I just spun from what I was given.

Yarn Information: light worsted weight (might be a DK weight depending on final skein weight), approximately 278 yds, a little under 4 oz (I think - I should check that...it would help me determine whether it's worsted or DK or...).

Thoughts: I've spun Corriedale before. I had quite a saga. The first mention of the Asshole Corriedale is here...well, the first mention of calling it Asshole Corriedale. I wrote about it earlier than that; you can find it here. With that said, this is not the same Corriedale. Not even a little bit. I often lamented that I hated spinning Corriedale because it was such a pain in the ass......much like I once lamented that I disliked making a specific pattern (because I couldn't get past row 9 without screwing up - it was the Irish Hiking Scarf, if you're interested). Turns out in both cases, that the materials I used were the real issue. I was using metal needles, which caused the project to slip and slide too much...switch to bamboo needles and no problems. This Corriedale fiber was lovely to spin and while I did have a few issues (probably because it had been in storage for so long), it was significantly easier than the aforementioned Asshole Corriedale.




Pattern: Trusty Hat by Danielle Morgan

Time Frame: started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017

Yarn: Hand Dyed Superwash Merino DK by Kangaroo Dyer in the Goldilocks colorway (less than 1 skein)


Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) 16" (40 cm) circulars and US #7 (4.5 mm) 16" (40 cm) circulars and US #7 (4.5 mm) DPNs


Size: Adult Large +

Modification(s): To adjust for the yarn weight (pattern calls for worsted, I used DK), I added another stitch repeat but my row gauge didn't change much so I didn't need to add any pattern repeats. I also changed needle size because my yarn weight changed. Other than that, I don't think I strayed from the pattern.


Thoughts: It's fiddly with the cables but I would make this hat again and again. It turns out a lovely project. Little Man is already threatening to steal this one as well. ::sigh::



Pattern: loosely based on the Pussy Hat Project and other similar patterns

Time Frame: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch, 52 g (just over 100 yds) in Cotton Candy

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular & US #8 (5 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular and DPNs.

Size: Uh....adult male? I CO 92 sts and went with it.

Modification(s): Since I'm only using the basic shape, there aren't really any modifications because there's not really a pattern.

Thoughts: I'm making seven of these, all about the same size with some changes here and there. There's not much to say about it.



Pattern: Again, loosely based on the Pussy Hat Project

Time Frame: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch (haven't weighed it yet but it's probably also around 52 g)

Needles: (same as above)

Size: Adult male....I CO 84 sts and went from there.

Modification(s): (see above)

Thoughts: (see above)



The first Pussy Hat has been washed and blocked; the second one has not. I also wound up having to weave in extra ends on the second hat because of some yarn snafus that involved a bit that had been broken apart from the rest of the skein and having to start a new skein. Oh well.





I hope you're having a lovely Friday :)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #10

Happy Sunday!

If you're interested in how Stitches West transpired (and all the lovelies I came home with), the post went up on Friday and you can find it here.

In the meantime, we're into March and it's time for my 10th update of the year.

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017

As expected, I finished another project this week. I've also washed and blocked both the Trusty Hat and the Pussy Hat. So, an FO Friday is forthcoming (if I can get my shit together to make it happen - we'll see about that!).


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):

1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
7. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017

I've not done a lot of knitting this week. I've been busy doing other things. But, I did work on a few things. Obviously, I finished up a Pussy Hat (noted above) and I promptly started a second one on Thursday. This one is slightly smaller (a whole four stitches), which I hope works to my advantage because I used just over a half-skein for the first hat so I'm hoping that doing four less stitches per round will work out so I use the entire skein (or super close, without going over). I also pulled out my Smooth Operator Socks on Thursday morning.




Yes, this is the same sock. The one is a full(ish) sock shot and the other is a close-up of the spot where the heel will eventually go in. It's hard to tell but that weird dark green stripe at the end of the blue (toward the top, just below the dark blue) is the waste yarn. The pattern says to work a couple inches past that before you go back and put the afterthought heel in. I assume it's so you can check the fit properly. 

Honestly, most of my knitting this week has been on those three projects.



17 UFOs in 2017

1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

Let's not talk about 17 in 2017 right now. Hrm.


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Baby Surprise Jacket (using....htNEVELE something something)

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go. With all the WIPs and such I have going, this may not be a good idea at this point. Or maybe I'll pull things from the lists below and put them into bags. I don't know.


Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat (kit)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking (kit)
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie (kit)
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl
5. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Little Man (see also: Designs)
6. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon (see also: Designs)
7. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Husband (see also: Designs)


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss C (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
3. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
4. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
5. Undetermined hat for Little Man
6. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
7. Mittens for Little Man
8. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)


Christmas/Charity Bin:
1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


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


Spinning:
1. Miss Babs BFL
2. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
5. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
6. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)



This week was busy, long, and exhausting. The auction was last night, which was the culmination of a year's worth of work. But this past week has meant a couple of late nights, reading through emails about edits, selling raffle tickets, checking on things for the online portion of the auction (which ended on Thursday night), selling auction tickets, doing a bunch of random things...and then a good portion of yesterday afternoon was spent setting up for the auction itself and then after the auction, we had to pull everything apart and such. Busy night.

In addition to that, Husband has been dealing with being sick. Again. His surgery cannot come soon enough. But at the same time, they're not going to do it if he's sick...so, we're in an awkward position right now with regards to that. Hopefully he'll be able to do it as scheduled. I'm so over this illness crap.

Stormageddon landed himself in the after-hours pediatric clinic on Friday night. He spiked a fever of just under 102ºF, was snotting out his nose, coughing, and generally grumpy. His ears were clear, no strep...just a viral infection. Normally, if he had been acting mostly normal (napping aside), I probably wouldn't have bothered but with Husband's surgery coming up, he can't get sick. So, none of that.

Never a dull moment.



With Stormageddon being sick again, his breathing has been wonky. So, I turned on Pocoyo Thursday morning so I could have him do his nebulizer treatment. He was okay with it.



Friday afternoon, the boys and I walked about a mile to the grocery store, pharmacy, and a place called SnoCream. It serves something between ice cream and shaved ice. So, it's flavored like ice cream but it behaves more like shaved ice. Stormageddon fell asleep, however, and when he woke up, he didn't want any...and then fell back asleep.


And yesterday morning, before I went to the auction site, Puppy cuddled with Little Man. I mean, he was full out laying on him and kept sniffing at him, wanting attention. It's rare that he does it with the boys so I took a photo for posterity.



Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend. Hopefully I'll be back in with an FO Friday this week. Maybe not. We'll see :)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Stash Acquisition on a Friday and Stitches West

Even though I have THREE FOs that need attention right now (meaning an FO Friday post), I'm foregoing them for a Stash Acquisition post (on a Friday) and Stitches West balled into one. This is a very photo-heavy post. Make sure you're in a spot with good internet access because things might take a bit to load.

It's been almost a full week since Stitches took place and I've had some time to sit back and reflect on things.

So, let's talk about all the things (in order because order is important)!

Stitches West officially started on Thursday, February 23, 2017 but for me, Stitches West started on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 because I had a friend flying in from Australia (by way of New York). Up until this trip, I had only ever known her online through Ravelry (specifically the monthly threads on LSG) but she was coming in for Stitches West in the flesh! She went to New York first because her brother and sister-in-law live there (with their new baby) and then came here. She landed Wednesday afternoon and I was supposed to pick her up at the airport but with us being down to one vehicle, it didn't happen that way. She took a cab here and then we hung about for a bit before getting dinner, going to Costco, and going to CVS (yes, these are important to note and we didn't do them in that order). Costco is a new thing in Australia but it's still Australian. There are things you just can't get in Australia. Aleve, for example....NyQuil, also. Guess what she stocked up on (her brother told her what she needed to take home)? After all our excitement, I drove her down to the hotel in Santa Clara (she stayed on-site, which just made things easier for her). Also, random side-note....while we were out eating, we were less than 20' away from Neil Young. And this wasn't some fancy-schmancy restaurant. It was just a local place and he lives in the area. Anyway, moving on....

She was able to go to all the festivities on Thursday including the opening speeches and Bingo and all that. I didn't because, you know, other things that needed to be done.

And then on Thursday night, Husband started getting sick...coughing, snot, sore throat. OH HELL NO!

He sucked it up for Friday and I was able to get to Santa Clara. I had one class on Friday morning and then spent the afternoon in the marketplace. Friday morning's class was on dyeing your own yarn with Jennifer Vancalcar of Holiday Yarns, which wasn't a dyer I was familiar with but that didn't bother me because hello, dye your own yarn!

We talked about a specific type of dyeing process (not the dye itself but how you splatter it onto the yarn - we also did talk about dye brands and a few things with respect to the process). In this case, it was to create pooling in short spurts, which is perfect for something like Strandwanderer. However, we were allowed to experiment with things. And, because I'm stupid excited about stuff like this, I volunteered to go first. This is my masterpiece.



I had an idea in my head with colors but I stood in front of the blank skein for probably 2-3 minutes while I decided what to do......and then I just went ahead and did it. I started with the black and just kind of striped it across in whatever fashion I felt like, pressed it in (which is important because you want it to go through the skein), and then I did the blue & pink in about every other split section and did the blue & yellow in the other ones, again pressing things in as I went along. I did leave some white, as well. After that, the yarn was flipped over so I could fill in anything that may not have soaked completely through or fix anything or add more....






After this, we watched everyone else do their creations (about 2-3 at a time) and the first batched was steamed to set the dye. We could pick them up in her booth later if they weren't finished by the time we left class. Mine was finished so I had it before I ever hit the marketplace.

After I got home, I hung it up in Little Man's bathroom to finish drying.


That is my beautiful skein (and it's gorgeous, don't you dare say otherwise...I will jump through this laptop and find you!).


And this is how it looks wound into a skein. I'm not sure what it wants to be when it grows up but it's a 75/25 Merino & Nylon blend, fingering weight, with about 400 yds. Right now, it just looks pretty. The black wound up being more of a shadow/tonal effect than an actual color, which isn't necessarily what I was going for but I'm not displeased with the results.

With my bag of pretty in my hands, I headed to the marketplace to meet my friend. I did a significant amount of damage on Friday. I suspected I'd have Stormageddon and possibly Little Man on Saturday so I thought I had better get it in on Friday.

So, the things that aren't yarn that I picked up on Friday in the marketplace:

1. Buttons (and the business card where they came from)








2. Needles (2 US #0 - 32", US #10.5 - 16", and 2 US #2 - 32"):


3. Sock Blockers


4. Wool Wash


5. Fun pin:




6. Mug from Pawley Studios (by way of StevenBe - both were there but I bought the mug at StevenBe)


7. Game (bought at Slipped Stitch Studios)


8. Project Bags:












The Sheeple bags are from ErinLane Bags. The one with the Sheeple and the bird were a collaboration bag between Lindsay of ErinLane and Marly Bird. The Princess Leia bag was from Slipped Stitch Studios. Miss Babs is obviously from Miss Babs. I know one of the people that works for Babs at Stitches events so I visited with her quickly while we were perusing. She told me I wasn't buying nearly enough. She wasn't wrong. The little Harry Potter one at the bottom is from Chicken Boots. You'll also notice that there's a little box on top. We'll talk about that in a minute.

9. Other bits and bobs:




Everyone needs more tape measures, right? And the little box....it's Washi Tape with knitted fabric printed on it. No, I'm not joking. It comes in 3 widths and you can order it on the Chicken Boots website (it's currently listed in the "Limited Edition" section).


Now, remember, the stuff above and the yarn that is coming is just what I acquired on FRIDAY. Just Friday.

1. Holiday Yarns (linked above somewhere)




Remember when I said I was like a kid in a candy store about dyeing yarn? I scooted on over to Jennifer's booth and picked up the Strandwanderer pattern & dyeing kit. So, it has four basic dye colors (yellow, red, blue, and black), instructions how to work with the dye and what you need to do there, two skeins of yarn to dye, and the Strandwanderer pattern. And, of course, I couldn't just buy that so I came home with a skein of FlockSock in the Captain Jack colorway (the same yarn base as what's in the dyeing kit).

2. Zombie Yarns (Lorna Dyes Again)


Lorna is lovely and her yarns are lovely (they have been ever since she was the person behind Lorna's Laces - which she sold several years ago now, so she could take a break from dyeing...and maybe not dye again. However, once a dyer, always a dyer...and she's back at it.). This is the Monster base, which is a 100% Merino DK weight yarn, obviously in two colors.

3. Canon Hand Dyes


This skein of Charles Sock awakens my Hufflepuff nature. It's an 80/20 Merino Nylon blend, about 390 yds, in the Hufflepuff colorway (of course). It sounds like the black is going to be more of a pinstripe than a full black stripe, which is perfectly fine with me. 





Both these skeins are the Pebble Sock base, a 100% superwash Merino, about 380 yds. The top is in the Primrose colorway and the bottom is Floo Powder. My geekery is showing, obviously (and not just for the Floo Powder...for I also have a love of the Hunger Games and Prim....well, yeah). 



Lisa is fabulous. I have a couple skeins from her that I bought.....honestly, I don't remember. I have a receipt. It will tell me. Those skeins are the Rainbow Ash colorway and the Hope colorway. But we're not talking about those. We're talking about this one, which is one of her self-stripe 80/20 Merino & Nylon sock yarns in the Resist Voldemort colorway. 


This one, on the other hand, was mislabeled as a laceweight but it's the worsted weight version, 100% superwash Merino, about 218 yds, in the Make Your Own Sandwich colorway. 

I get the feeling that Lisa is very liberal (which suits me just fine, by the way). We all know what she's talking about around these liberal parts. 



As I was standing in line at the Webs booth to purchase my two bottles of Eucalan wool wash, this skein of Madelinetosh Vintage caught my eye. It's hard to tell but it's got dark purple, light purple, green, and grey in the skein and the colorway is called Night Hawk. It's 210 yds of superwash Merino, which works out to a worsted weight.







So, when I first walked into the main doors of the marketplace, I saw a large white booth (white desk, white shelving units, white signs, etc.) with all this brightly colored yarn. I resisted at first. I went through the first couple rows on the left but then I had come back around to this booth. The yarns called to me. Since I discovered that I rather like knitting socks two-at-a-time (on two different sets of needles), these little 50g skeins are perfect. The base is called Smashing Sock, which is a 75/25 Merino & Nylon blend. The big 100g skeins are 460 yds, but because these are the 50 g skeins, they have about 230 yds each. The blue is the Deep Water colorway. The pink is the Flirty Bikini colorway. The black is the Little Black Dress colorway. The idea in my head is that I'll use the black for contrasting colors (cuff, heel, toe) for both the blue and the pink but we'll see how things go. I might need another skein of the black...



I've used plenty of 3IG yarns over the last year or two, mostly the Springvale Worsted. But this is a skein of the Adorn Luxe sock yarn, which is a 85/15 Merino & Nylon blend, about 430 yds, in the Purple Rain colorway. Yes, it's a Prince tribute yarn. Yes, I love Prince. No, I have no shame. The interesting thing about this yarn is that it takes all the other Prince tribute colorways and puts them on one skein. So, I know the light pink is from the Raspberry Beret colorway, the grey with black speckles is from the When Doves Cry colorway, the dark purple is from the I Wanna Be Your Lover colorway, and the splash of blue might be from the Prince: Sexy MF colorway. I'm not positive about the last one since I did not get to see that one in the flesh (but it's listed on the Website and it does have that splash of blue, which is why I suspect that). 

9. Anzula





I also fell into the Anzula booth. The top skein (the blue) is the Croquet base in Storm. Croquet is a 50/50 Tussah & Merino blend, DK weight, about 230 yds. I've not had this one before so I'm not sure how it's going to work but all the other Anzula yarns I've used are lovely so I'm sure this one will be, also. The middle skein and the bottom skein are actually the same colorway, Dark Matter, on different bases. The middle one is Ava, a sport weight 80/10/10 Merino, Nylon, & Cashmere blend, about 330 yds. The bottom is It Could Be Worsted, a worsted weight 50/50 Silk & Merino blend, about 190 yds. Something else to note about the two skeins in Dark Matter: even the same colorway on the same base could look vastly different. The Ava is more or a pinky peach while the It Could Be Worsted is more of the dark browns and greens but there were skeins of Ava that had more of the browns and greens or another mix completely. The same can be said for the It Could Be Worsted. There are no dyelots on this particular colorway, also. And I got a tote bag along with these yarns for buying three skeins.



Now remember, that was all from FRIDAY

Friday night, I put the boys to bed and managed to get back to Santa Clara for the Pajama Party, hosted by Lindsey of ErinLane Bags and Mary Bird. The first rule about the Pajama Party is that what happens at the Pajama Party stays at the Pajama Party. With that said, this photo was taken before the Pajama Party.


This is me and my lovely Australian friend. Yes, she is in her pajamas. No, I am not. I still had to drive back home after the party.

I will also say that I came home with two skeins of yarn from the Pajama Party. No, I cannot tell you how I acquired them. But, I came home with them. 


This skein is from Shaky K Fibers, which I have purchased from before (that yarn is currently hanging in my destash but I think I'm going to pull it back out and keep it). This is their Shaky Worsted base, which is an 85/15 Wool & Mohair blend, single spun. I can't quite read the colorway name on the ball band and while I know the yarn is worsted, I don't know the weight of the skein (though I assume it to be 3.53 oz or 100 g - or thereabouts). 


This skein is from Twisted Owl Fiber Studio on their 2-Ply Sparkle Gold base, a 75/20/5 Merino, Nylon, & Stelina blend, 438 yds of fingering weight in the Let's Dance colorway. 

I also came home with the official pattern for Knitted Knockers



As I expected, I had to bring a child with me on Saturday. In this case, it was Stormageddon. Little Man is fairly self-sufficient so if Husband is feeling like crap, he'll just play video games with him or hang out and watch movies. Stormageddon requires a bit more attention and action. So, he came with me on Saturday. I didn't have any classes scheduled so I was only planning on going to the marketplace and the tables to sit and knit. My friend from across the Bay met me there and we perused the marketplace. 

Remember how I said I did most of my shopping on Friday? Yeah? I lied.


1. Slipped Stitch Studios (linked above somewhere)


The Princess Leia bag came from Slipped Stitch Studios. I hemmed and hawed about the bag on Friday and wound up buying it on Saturday.

Friday Edit: Apparently I liked this Princess Leia bag so much that I posted it twice. I did, in fact, buy it on Saturday, not Friday.

2. A Hundred Ravens


The Legend of Zelda bag came from A Hundred Ravens. They also had an excellent Dalek bag of the same size. I went back and forth between the two and in the end, the Zelda bag came home because I didn't have a Zelda bag, whereas I have several Doctor Who bags. 

In addition to the project bag....


This is one of the gradient sets on the Iachos base, a superwash Merino blend, with about 400 yds/100 yds. Each mini-skein is between 50-60 yds and there are seven total skeins. So, in this set, there are three purple gradients, three green gradients, and a variegated purple and green. The colorway set is called Bearded Iris. 


Stormageddon was being......well, he was being a little puke while we were in the Hundred Ravens booth so the lovely lady gave him his own skein of yarn to play with.


I suspect it's also on the Iachos base and is between 50-60 yds. He tried to unravel it a few times but I kept reskeining it. 

But wait, that's not all!


This, too, is the Iachos base. This is the 'Round Midnight colorway and it's a semi-solid black. I was thinking of using it as a base for the gradient set above. 



I've got some yarn from Sincere Sheep in my stash already but this one was sitting all lonely in the "sale" bin and I picked it up for half price. It's actually a discontinued base, which is why there's only one of them. It's a 100% Rambouillet worsted weight on their Equity Worsted and runs about 250 yds. It just called to me. Yarn does that a lot, actually.

4. Miss Babs (linked above somewhere)


I had seen these little Wee Weaver looms on Friday and looked and thought about it and wound up getting one on Saturday. Veronica said I didn't buy nearly enough. She was right. It's hard to tell but this one is for 10 ends/inch. I figure I have a lot of bits and bobs and coasters are a thing. Soooo, new hobby? Because, you know, knitting, spinning, and dyeing aren't enough. We'll see how this goes. 


I also picked up this skein of Kunlun, a 70/15/15 Merino, Cashmere, & Silk blend, in Zing. It's a DK weight, about 280 yds. 



I've been hearing about Abstract Fiber for over a year, ever since I started listening to the Knitmore Girls podcast. I almost didn't swing into this booth but I'm glad I did. I found this skein of Super Sock+ in the Pulse colorway. It's an 80/20 Merino & Nylon blend, about 434 yds of sock yarn. 


Okay, a little bit about this before we get too far ahead...


That's Stef and I. Stef writes over at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons. When I ran into her on Friday (yes, this photo is from Friday and it's out of order but, nevermind that right now), she was lamenting that she could not find sock blanks of any kind. 

I say she didn't look hard enough.


Yuuuuuup. TWO sock blanks, same colorway (Early Harvest), done in opposite directions. So, one skein starts at green, changes to a yellow, orange, then dark purple. The other starts with the dark purple, changes to an orange, then yellow, and ends with the green. 




7. A little thing for Stormageddon


There is a woman that goes around Stitches West and hands out these teeny finger puppets to the children that are there. We have seen her every year we have gone. So, in our house, we have a hummingbird, a monkey, this little owl, a panda, and I feel like there's at least one more that is escaping me right now. I also bought him a needle felted R2D2 necklace, which he lost somewhere between the 100-300 aisles (it was turned in and we picked it up - I just haven't photographed it). 


Thankfully, while we were going along and doing our thing, Stormageddon fell asleep in his stroller. It meant we could shop and not have to fight him and pull him back from things and it just worked out well. Sadly, he refused to eat properly (he didn't even want chocolate cupcakes!) so we wound up leaving a little after lunch. 




And then everything went to hell.

Sunday morning, I was supposed to have two classes: a morning class on Bavarian Twisted Stitches with Franklin Habit and an afternoon class on Hobby to Profession with Marly Bird. Buuuuuut, Saturday night, Husband started throwing up. All he had was a cold but with his tonsils being so pissy, a cold means swollen tonsils, coughing fits, snot, mucus, general ick....and puking, apparently. 

While I was out buying some Sprite, I called to leave a message regarding canceling my classes on Sunday, had a good cry, put on my big girl panties, and went home. When I got home, I sent a message to Marly on Facebook (yes, we're Facebook friends) telling her I probably wouldn't be in class because Husband was sick. And I accepted the fact that I was going to miss Sunday at Stitches. 

But, just in case, I set my alarm early, got up early, showered, and was ready to go in case he suddenly felt better.

And lo, he decided he could handle the four or so hours with the boys so I could go to my first class with Franklin Habit!

Franklin Habit is absolutely delightful. The man could teach underwater basketweaving and I'd still take it even though I (1) don't swim and (2) don't weave. I learned quite a bit in the class, I have a couple of books I want to get my hands on, and I learned how to do a speed swatch. I've seen them but I had never done one. You can't see the backside of this but it's just a bunch of loops. It's similar to working an i-cord but you leave a smile of yarn around the back so it's not pulled too tightly. 


So, the big thing with Bavarian Twisted Stitches, if you can't tell from the title, is that all the stitches are twisted....meaning all the knit stitches are done through the back loop. It's also easiest to do this technique in the round (he said something along the lines of, "lord have mercy on your poor soul if you have to work this flat."). We got a couple stitch patterns and the basics for how charting works (because it doesn't look like normal charts), looked at some photographs of how these were used (the ones for the men's socks are amazing - calf shaping is worked into the stitch pattern). 

I loved this class. 

After class, I texted Husband to check on him and the boys. He said the boys were fine, he was doing work things, and he could probably handle them until about 5pm.....meaning I could go to my afternoon class with Marly! 

Of course, in the meantime, there was lunch with my friend, the grand prize drawing(s), and more shopping.....we'll get to the shopping in a minute.

My afternoon class with Marly Bird, which I also took last year, was Hobby to Profession. There are no handouts for this class and it's kind of tailored to what we want to know as designers. What it really is though, for many, is a reality check. There are very few people that can make it in the fiber industry by doing just one thing or having just one source of income. I mean, even Stephen West has his fingers in multiple areas, though he's known mostly for his design work. He also teaches, he has social media accounts, and he collaborates with others (StevenBe being a favorite). But honestly, it's a reality check for a lot of people. So many people think you can just make up the design, write up the proposal, knit the item, and you magically have money...and it doesn't always work that way, especially if you want it to be sustainable. I mean, if it's a hobby to make a little bit here and there, so be it. But if you want to make this your source of income, you're going to have to treat it like a job, do the work, multiple avenues for monetary sources, the whole thing. 

I took more notes than I took last year. I don't know what that says about me, though.

Up front, I'm going to apologize for my shirt. It has a naughty word on it but Stitches West was the perfect opportunity to wear it. 






Like I said, I've taken this class twice now. I'll probably take it again next year, if it's offered. 

But, back to shopping (because more shopping happened on Sunday between classes)...I met my friend for lunch and we hit the marketplace. 







As a general rule, I do not to go to the booths for shops that are local...but Pleasanton is way over in the East Bay and I've never been over there....plus, they had Gleeners. And I wanted a damn Gleener! And my Gleener came with a project bag and a tape measure (you can never have too many). I got the travel Gleener, which is the same thing, but without the large handle. 


Remember those sock blanks that Stef said she couldn't find? I found more.


This is the Star Dust blank. It is a 75/20/5 Merino, Nylon, & Stelina blend, approximately 438 yds. The nice thing about this sock blank is that it's knitted into a blank with two strands held together and then dyed so when you unravel the blank to knit it, you actually have both strands matching perfectly. It's for those people that are anal-retentive about having matching socks. I'm not one of those people but I'm not opposed to it, either. This is the Arcade colorway, which is basically a rainbow. 


This is the Simply Sock blank, which is not listed in Ravelry, but it's a 75/25 Merino & Nylon blend, about 463 yds, in the Twilight colorway. Again, this is knitted into the blank with two strands held together and then dyed. 


Between the Huckleberry Knits blanks and these ones, I don't know which ones I'm going to prefer, honestly. Part of me may just make the other two into a shawl or I might have to learn to knit socks toe-up to get the most out of the yarn. 

And lastly, my lovely friend gave me a parting gift:


This is a kit from Halos of Hope to make either a knit or crochet Shark Hat (the kit includes both patterns). I can't find the pattern in Ravelry but it's available through their website for $10. 



Soooooooooooo. Yeah. Another Stitches event done and in the books.