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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #22

Hello and happiest of Sundays to you and yours! It's a holiday weekend around (Memorial Day) here so, generally speaking, lots of things are going on...people are having BBQs, the Warriors are playing this weekend (which is important if you live around San Francisco), and the weather is absolutely gorgeous!

Let's get going on today's update!

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016

Nope. Still nothing new. Not surprising, really.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Finn & Suffolk (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016
3. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
4. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016
5. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started April 27, 2016
6. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016

I'm still looking for my long circular so I can finish the button band on Gex. I might just break out the interchangeables and do it that way. It'll probably be easier. I will also facilitate picking up the same number of stitches and attempting to match them up if I use the interchangeables, as I can leave the cord in on one side while I work the other. So, really, I haven't worked on Gex. I have, however, worked on the Caffe Macchiato Socks. In case you've forgotten, I've modified the pattern to better suit my "no right sock/left sock" deal.


It's not quite as bright as this photo indicates (the red, especially) but you get the idea. I'm not that far into the pattern, obviously, but I've not been knitting often so, really, this isn't bad.

Also, I've decided I'm going to attempt to participate in Tour de Fleece again this year. You can find a pretty good summation right here, though it's run through Ravelry (the main group is here). That means I want my bobbins cleaned out and ready to go by July 2nd. I spent Stormageddon's nap on Friday afternoon with Viktor, my Majacraft Pioneer, and my new kitchen scale. Turns out my old scale was crap and wasn't even close to measuring correctly. So, I weighed both bobbins (which both had part of the Finn & Suffolk blend on them) and found they were roughly the same weight. So, I took the remaining fiber and split it in half and added to both bobbins. I was all ready to ply, found a spare bobbin, got my Lazy Kate out, got all ready to go...got about 30% of my singles plied and my Scotch tension string snapped. I believe I uttered a string of curse words unbecoming of a lady (but certainly not unheard in knitting), looked to see if I had enough length to retie the string (noooooope!), and ordered two more sets from The Village Spinning & Weaving, which isn't far from me if I remember correctly (Solvang, CA).....because I really don't want this happening during TdF. I will most likely have the order on Tuesday (maybe Wednesday) because they were shipped on Friday. So, I'm not thrilled but it's okay. I will survive.

Other than that, not much else has been happening with the WIPs.


Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

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. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*

We probably shouldn't talk about these right now.....




In my non-knitting life.....well, we survived the trip back from Carlsbad and Legoland. Legoland is expensive for what you get. Little Man loved it but Stormageddon was mostly too little for everything. So, he hung out in the stroller with Mama and we walked around, had some ice cream, and that was about it.

This is Little Man when we were arriving at Legoland. I wish I had caught the beginning of the entire conversation because it was adorable. But, this is pretty good, too.

video

Here are some more photos from Legoland.







Overall, the trip was quick and involved lots of driving. I wound up driving part of the way home and it was exhausting. I actually needed to go to the chiropractor to help relieve some of the pain. ::sigh::

In other random events, Little Man had his first trip to the dentist this week. He was a fan of the little sucker tube that sucks the spit out of your mouth. He was not a fan of the floss. I've only ever met one person that likes flossing.


Oh, and Little Man's parent-teacher conferences were this week so he didn't have school on Thursday or Friday. We spent some time at the park, we did some things around the house, and that was about it.



In addition to that, we found this little guy while watering the hops. He came scuttling out and enjoyed his little rainshower.





I hope to be back a couple times this week. I've had my Indie Yarn Carnival shipment come, as well as the monthly goals and......maybe something else. We'll see what happens :)

I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #21

A day late, possibly hundreds of dollars short.

Whatever. We were out of town and I didn't get my post ready so it's coming up on a Monday instead. Woo!

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016

Nooooope. Nothing new to see here. 


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Finn & Suffolk singles: started April 1, 2016
3. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
4. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016
5. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started April 27, 2016
6. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016

I only worked on two projects this past week: Gex & the Caffe Macchiato Socks. I finished up both sleeves on Gex. I just need to find my long circular and do the button bands. In other words, I'm at a standstill until I find my needle. Oh well. The socks......well......I finished up the ribbing on the first sock. I wound up doing 25 rounds of ribbing, which I will replicate for the second sock. I'm ready to do the pattern, which is lovely. I might even get around to it.

Other than that, I didn't knit.


Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

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. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*




Moving along......

This past week yielded a lot of adulting, more than last week. Little Man was responsible for bringing in flowers for flower arranging on Monday, and snack on Tuesday. We both had dentist appointments on Thursday. No cavities for him. I, of course, have cavities...but I've known that and they're not bothering me and I just don't want to put a crown in yet. In between everything, I was running to Costco, getting laundry done, and trying to maintain some sense of my sanity. Oh, speaking of sanity, I got a phone call on Tuesday about whether I could come in for my psych appointment on either Thursday or Friday. Cue internal panic! I went on Friday. I'm going again this week on Thursday morning (just for a check on medication), and I have another appointment scheduled for sometime in June. Soooo, little steps. On top of going to my appointment on Friday, I had to get our packing done for our weekend trip (which is why this post went up on a Monday instead of Sunday). 

On Friday, after a kindergarten orientation for Little Man (and a mandatory meeting for the parents), we loaded up the car and started our long trek southward. We left around 2:45pm. We arrived at our destination around 11:30pm. One of Husband's cousins was going to be in the Los Angeles area for a wedding (far northeast suburbs) and we have family friends down in Carlsbad (which is about an hour south of LA and maybe a half hour north of San Diego). So, we drove down to Carlsbad on Friday, went to Legoland on Saturday, had lunch in San Diego, went back to Carlsbad for dinner/sleeping, and on Sunday we drove up to see Husband's cousin and her fiancĂ© for brunch, then continued on homeward. Over the course of the weekend, we were in the mountains, valleys, near the ocean, in a cesspool of urban life, and we drove through the desert. It was a quick weekend but dear lord, the driving on I-5 was terrible. Seriously, do people not know what a cruise control is for?! 

Anyway, we survived the weekend and we are home. We got home around 6:30pm on Sunday, which isn't horrible. 





I've not loaded my photos from this weekend's activities yet so look for them next weekend :) But, I've got a couple from this week. 

Sorry, it's short and sweet and to the point. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May's Mid-Month Update

Happy mid-May! It's time for a mid-month goals update :) Given that I had a post on Saturday and another on Sunday, I decided to give the blog a teensy break...which means I'm a titch late on the update. Whatever. It's fine.

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink, the CashSilk Fern Scarf, the Gex sweater, a Creeper hat, and a Bridal Shower Lace dishcloth.
2. Finish spinning the Finn & Suffolk blend, maybe get things plied and wonderful.
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (Clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

I finished up the Creeper Hat. Little Man hasn't worn it but it's finished. Stormageddon was eyeing it when Little Man was trying it on. He doesn't even know what Minecraft is...but if it's something of his big brother's, he thinks it's cool and he should have one. ::sigh:: Boys. The Gex sweater has seen some action, as well. I finished up the first sleeve and I'm working on the second one. After that, it'll just be the button band and weaving in ends. I also started a new project: Caffe Macchiato Socks. Other than that, not much else has been going on. No spinning, no yarn closet work, and to be honest, I've barely been knitting. It's been a rough month.

Non-Fibery Goals
1. Reorganize in Stormageddon's room.
2. Clean the buffet.
3. Go through the pantry & cupboards.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).

Given that this month has been a rough one, not much has happened around here. I did to some cleaning of the buffet and the pantry, the counters and the dining room table keep requiring attention...but that's about it. Oh, the journal. I've been doing that. Otherwise, nope. 



Like I said, it's been a rough month. I'm hoping things will even out soon and I can get back to normal life. We'll see :)

Also, if you're Norwegian, glad syttende Mai. I'm missing home today :(

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #20

Happy Sunday :)

We all know why we're here so I suppose we should get going. Or, perhaps you've wandered in unexpectedly from Instagram or Ravelry...that happens.

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016

Given how the last couple of weeks have played out, it's unsurprising that I've not finished anything. I did, however, have an FO Friday for my last two hats, so you can go check them out...or not. Whatever. Your choice :)


WIPs (Works-In-Progress)
 - carried over year-to-year

1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Finn & Suffolk singles: started April 1, 2016
3. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
4. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016
5. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started April 27, 2016
6. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016

I'll be honest: this week was another rough one. We'll talk about that in a mo', I think. Somehow, I still managed to start another project. To be fair, I did work on a couple of things this week. I'm almost finished with the second sleeve on the Gex sweater. I spent some time working on the endless stockinette while I watched Mockingjay (both parts). Once I got to the part where I was supposed to start switching colors, I stopped. I didn't want to screw up while I was watching the movie. That's when I switched to the new socks. I actually started them last weekend but we were out of town so they weren't properly added to last week's post. I only had a couple rounds in last weekend so I wound up finishing the cuff for the first one. I made some modifications to the pattern. In some respects, I like the idea of having left and right socks but for these, I didn't like the idea....so, I modified it so I won't have that problem. We'll see how it works. The worst thing that could happen is that I hate it and wind up ripping it out. Oh well. It's not like I've never ever done that before. /sarcasm. I picked Gex back up later in the week and finished up the first sleeve and while Husband and Little Man were off camping, I started the second sleeve.

In reality, though, not much happened in the way of knitting.


In my "OMGCRAZYLADYWTFLSGBBQ" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

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. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*



In my little corner of the world, it's been another rough week, as I mentioned. It's gotten to the point that I had to do some major adulting because I have major Responsibilities and those require me to be a functional human being that doesn't have panic attacks and cry at the drop of a hat over things that are not real, probably will never be real, or that I cannot control, fix, alter, or erase. I went to see my (regular) doctor and I'm back on mood-altering medication. I've been off any sort of mood-altering medications since before I met Husband, which is more than 8 years ago. While I acknowledge that there are deep-seeded issues, many probably stemming from childhood, I've not really found anything that truly helps. The medication keeps my mood swings in check, but it doesn't fix whatever underlying issues there are. Finding a proper therapist is on my list of things to do but I know what a battle that can be. Between waiting lists and what our insurance will/won't cover, there's also the desire to find someone I can actually work with. So, for right now, I've just got medication and even though it will probably take a couple weeks for the full effect, I've already seen a slight improvement. So, there's that.

In other random events, Husband and Little Man went camping this weekend. They left Friday afternoon and are coming back sometime today. Or, at least, that's the plan. That means Stormageddon and I have been flying solo for a couple days. It's not a bad thing. We went out and did things and we didn't have to adhere to any sort of schedule, which worked out just fine for us...not that we really have a schedule on weekends. Whatever. We were fine.

A lot of this past week has been a blur, really. Husband stayed home from work all week, having been banned from his office because he was busy throwing up on Monday. A few of his coworkers have small children in the house or wives with serious illnesses like Lupus. So, let's not spread the germs. He actually got a lot of his work done being at home, because he didn't have to deal with idle chit-chat while at his desk. Of course, it means he was home all week. Yeah, let's add to my anxiety...

The one big thing that happened this week was Little Man's doctor appointment with the ENT, which was Friday afternoon. The verdict is in: Little Man is getting tubes. This isn't a general problem. It's around a 20-minute procedure, half of which is anesthesia entrance and coming out. The actual procedure takes all of five minutes. But.....with Little Man's goofy metabolic disorder, there are certain precautions we might need to take, which may or may not include going in the night before for D10 (we won't know until we talk to his metabolic team) and there's a certain type of anesthesia he can't have (Propofol, I think). So, there's all that. But most of that is minor stuff.

Other than that, it was a pretty benign week around here, other than me being a basket case. Oh wait, I forgot....I spent a couple hours in the salon having my hair fixed. Specifically, I had highlights put in and the rest of my hair was dyed to match what was actually growing in. It's significantly lighter than it has been. If I had a good photo, I'd post it....but I don't so I shan't.

I do have some photos of other things, though :)



This photo is from last Saturday, before we left for the weekend. I hadn't gotten Stormageddon out of his crib yet and when I went to get him out, this is how I found him. Little booger was trying to climb out of his crib. He hasn't tried it since then, probably because he got stuck when he did this.



This was also from last Saturday. We went up to Santa Rosa for some time away and another couple has this little puppy. Okay, Jax isn't a puppy but he loves the boys and acts like a puppy when they're around. He loves to give kisses and play fetch with the boys. He tries to make fetch happen.


And, of course, our trip was successful. This was taken about 20 minutes into our drive home, which took almost 2.5 hours because traffic in the Bay Area sucks. He pulled his blanket up over his head, leaned his head on the door, and fell asleep...as did Stormageddon.


Once we got back home, however, we needed some provisions from Costco. I took this photo while he and I were waiting for Husband and Stormageddon to come out. He just looks so bright eyed and happy. I suppose that's what a nap will do.



On Monday or Tuesday, I received an unexpected package. Okay, it wasn't totally unexpected but I heard about it in January...it's now May. But, I got a lovely yarny unexpected package. There were many things but this is what it looked like when I opened it (well, the lamb card was in the envelope). Of course, there was a skein of yarn in there as well so if you're interested, you're going to have to look at yesterday's stash acquisition post :)


Stormageddon was not happy that I went somewhere without him. He sat on Husband's lap and cried. Husband sent me the photo. Silly boy in his little plaid golf hat. My grandfather, for whom Stormageddon is named, had a great number of these kinds of hats, mostly wool or polyester and I wish now that I hadn't gotten rid of them.




Anyway, I hope you've all been having a lovely weekend and week and month and life and such. I hope things start not being so.....crappy around here. It's not like things are crappy though.

Sorry, I need to stop or I'm going to start babbling again....have a lovely week!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Stash Acquisition: Stop Asking Me What I'm Doing With it......I'm Just Feeding The Stash!

Happy Saturday!

I've got a literal box of yarn that requires a post.....and I'm afraid this post is going to be full of photos. Yarn porny photos. Yep. Lots of that.

Let's get started.......


Yarn: Wollmeise Blend
Weight/Yardage: Sport & 546 yds
Colorway: Ballerina

It called to me. I just had to feed the stash. I'm sorry. I couldn't help it! Don't punish me!




Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted
Weight/Yardage: Worsted & 219 yds each
Colorway(s): Black (top) and Orange (bottom)

Okay, these have an actual project attached to them. I'm going to make another Gex Sweater, in the 1-2 year size, for my brother and sister-in-law who are expecting their first child, due November 1st. However, they're really hoping for a Halloween baby. Sooooo, I'm going to make a sweater to fit a 1-2 year old in Halloween colors. And I'll probably have leftovers to make some other items like a matching hat and baby mittens or a toy or something.



Yarn: Kismet Fiber Works Simple Sweater
Weight/Yardage: Worsted & 218 yds each
Colorway: Lucky Penny

I was saddened to hear that Kismet Fiber Works is closing up shop. I've trolled destashes off and on, not finding quite what I was looking for. And then SkeinCocaine (Instagram) had this little lot in one of her Thursday or Friday yarn auctions and I snapped it up. No idea what it wants to be when it grows up but it's mine and I'm going to squeeze it and pet it and call it my lucky penny :)



Yarn: Seven Sisters Arts Meridian
Weight/Yardage: Fingering & 463 yds
Colorway: Huginn

This was a bit of an unexpected surprise. Elsewheresdtr (Ravelry) started putting a box together for me around....oh, January (when I had my birthday)......and it hung out until maybe two weeks ago, when it arrived on my doorstep. I found this little treasure hidden on the bottom of a lovely package that included candy, some wooden sheepies (I think I'm supposed to knit them little sweaters - I'll have to look into it), bath goodies, and other fun items :) I think I fell in love! Also, the chocolate is gone. I ate it all and I didn't share. I've had a rough couple of weeks and I deserved the chocolate.



And lastly, this isn't a stash enhancement exactly but I'm going to post anyway. I'm doing Erin Lane Bags' Indie Club Carnival wherein you get a bag and a skein of yarn and a pattern every other month for a year. A few things have gotten messed up along the way including not having enough yarn for the pattern that came with yarn (we all got more yarn), processing problems with the payment wherein we were charged twice (it was refunded), late shipments (due to other things like Stitches West and illnesses), and now we're waiting on the yarn to get to her so she can get things shipped (from KnitCircus). None of this bothers me a bit because I've met Lindsey several times and she will make it right somehow. This is how she's trying to make it right. She sent us all another project bag. God knows I can use more.


I hope you're all having a lovely day! I'll be back tomorrow with my Year of Projects post and I think I'm due for a mid-month goals update. Woo. So much going on!

Friday, May 13, 2016

FO Friday: Hats hats hats....okay, only two hats....

Happy Friday :)

I've got a two-fer today so let's get started :)

Pacific Waves Hat (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Pacific Waves Hat, still unpublished by me

Time Frame: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016

Yarn: Twisted from Yarn Hollow in Ganesha

Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) 16" circular and US #7 (4.5 mm)16" circular and DPNs

Size: Newborn/0-6 month

Modification(s): Since I used DK weight instead of worsted, I cast on for the 0-6 month size, which turned out to be perfect for the newborn size. I also made changes to my original decreases, which I like better, so those will probably make the final cut, if I ever get around to publishing this.

Thoughts: This is either the 3rd or 4th instance of this hat and I've made changes each time...but I think I've got everything worked out. So, I might have to write some directions for both worsted and DK weights but other than that, all should be well. With that said, you may have noticed that the ends aren't woven in and I have a couple of stitch markers attached to the hat. This is the only photo I have as it was gifted to Little Man's teacher. After it was dry, I had some repair work to do (the yarn was frayed in a couple places so I needed to reinforce it, hence the stitch markers that mark where I needed to do this) and then I finished weaving in ends, wrapped it up, and off it went. Oops.


Creeper Hat (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Creepers All Around! by Tracey McDowell

Time Frame: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016

Yarn: Merino VI Solids by Trendsetter Yarns in Black & Citrus (less than one skein of the black and less than a half-skein of the citrus)

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) 16" circular and US #7 (4.5 mm) 16" circular and DPNs

Size: Medium

Modification(s): The original pattern calls for worsted weight yarn but I used DK. As a result, I needed to do the medium size to make up for gauge issues. The small size is for kids, the medium is for teens/small adult heads, and the large is for, well, large heads. So, because I was using thinner yarn, I needed to make a bigger size. It worked out really well. I used the length measurements for the small size (well, to be honest, I was in the middle) to accommodate the yarn, as well. I also changed the crown decreases, which you can find in my project notes. Basically, I went to a common pinwheel decrease instead of what the pattern had. Oh, and I reversed the colors. It's what I had on hand and it worked out very well. And one more thing...I was supposed to do an increase after the Creeper faces were finished, to accommodate the crown decreases but since I changed the crown decreases, I didn't put them increases in. I didn't need them.

Thoughts: This was my first colorwork project...meaning the kind where I work two colors in the same round and it doesn't make stripes. I was extra-conscious of my floats because I didn't want them to be too tight. My gauge may have suffered a little bit but I think it worked out fine in the end.


The right side is the inside, where the floats are, while I was knitting. It was fine.

I don't know that I'm necessarily going to make it again but the pattern works fine. She has a couple different variations for the faces so I might make a different one. We'll see what happens.


Also, modeled by Little Man:




I hope you're having a lovely Friday, even if it is Friday the 13th :)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #19

Happy Sunday!

I'm going to be honest: this post is being written on Friday afternoon, possibly edited a little on Saturday, and it's going to autopost on Sunday....because we're going to be out of town for a few days. Sooo, there's that.

Let's get going on today's update :)

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016

Oh hey, look at that...I finished something :) The Creeper Hat was finished up this past week. I spent some time watching the first two of the Hunger Games trilogy (okay, how can it be a trilogy when it's four movies...but I know the books are a trilogy so I suppose....?) and I finished up the hat. The good news is that it fits Little Man. The bad news is that it may also fit me and I might steal it once in awhile. Meh. Maybe that's also a win?

I've also been lax in the FO Friday business...so maybe this week. I know, I keep saying that. ::sigh:: Soon. I promise.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Finn & Suffolk singles: started April 1, 2016
3. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
4. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016
5. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started April 27, 2016

Aside from finishing the Creeper Hat noted above, I only worked a little bit on the Gex sweater and that was it. I'm still on the first sleeve. I expect it would get finished if I'd work on it.

The Reader's Digest version is that this was not a good week for me and I spent more time reading than knitting. The reading isn't a bad thing but otherwise, it just was not a lovely week. So. Yeah.

Moving along.....


In my "OMGCRAZYLADYWTFLSGBBQ" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

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. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*


Around here, not much has been happening. Of course, that may be due, in part, to my foggy brain. I just did not have a great week. Instead of knitting, I spent my time reading. I picked up the Hunger Games trilogy a little over a week ago and I spent Saturday-Tuesday reading the series. Yeah, I read three books, each 400+ pages, in four days. I read the first book on Saturday, the second book on Sunday and finished Monday, and the third book was started on Monday and finished Tuesday. And, of course, once I had finished reading, I started watching the movies. I've watched the first two so I only have Mockingjay left. I can't watch them while the boys are awake, though. Stormageddon wouldn't notice what he was watching but Little Man might get scared. That's how I finished the Creeper Hat: I watched the first two movies. As long as it was mindless knitting, I was able to do it during the movies.

Little Man has been really into book-making lately. I've discovered that if I fold the paper in half and make them that way, he isn't going through paper as quickly. So, I've started doing that. When I was just using full sheets, he was going through 50-100 sheets a week. This way, he's going through probably half of that. He's also been fine cuddling with me during Stormageddon's nap while I read and he played on the iPad. That's helped, honestly.

Here are some photos from this past week.


Stormageddon was still a bit cuddly on Monday. He was tired and not napping very well. So, cuddle photos :)


We found this guy on Monday afternoon. He (she?) was crawling around in our carrot containers in our greenhouse. I plucked him from the container, put him on a leaf, took a photo, and rehomed him in another part of our yard, away from our produce.


Little Man likes to be "creative." So, he pulled out his apron and was making things on the table. I don't know either....he didn't really need the apron for what he was doing but I'm not going to complain.


At school, they harvested spinach and mint this week. They also planted some flowers. So, he has his little bag of produce and he's standing by the flowers at school.


Puppy had his yearly appointment at the vet on Thursday. Three shots, his heartworm test, and his poop test. He's fine. So.....he's having a break at the vet's office.


And there are my boys. All four of them. Of course, only two are looking at the camera. Trying to get everyone to look at the camera at the same time is almost impossible when two of your models are....well, one's a dog and the other is a baby. Oh well. This was as good as it got.


On Friday afternoon, we went to the mall. It was raining outside so the boys played at the indoor play area. We also did a few other random things while we were there. They love playing at the mall. Little Man is, technically, too tall for the play area but he still loves it so I let him play. When Stormageddon is a bit older, we'll probably have to stop...

Anyway, I think I'm going to have an FO Friday this week.....meaning I'm going to go write the post now that I'm finished writing this one :) So, you know, check back :) Also, I found my "lost" skein of Wollmeise so I can post about that...and my Knit Picks order that came....and now I've got three skeins of Kismet coming, which is sadly going out of business......so, stash enhancement abounds :)

Hope you're having a lovely week!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Merry Month of May Goals!

Happy May Day! As it's the first of the month, I shall entertain you with my monthly goals :) But first, we need to revisit April's goals....

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something!): Snape's StockingsWinkVanilla Latte SocksIce Socks, and Mirkwood
2. Pick a new fiber to spin.
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (Clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

Well.......Snape's Stockings and the Vanilla Latte Socks have been finished. Wink has had a little action here and there. The Ice Socks and Mirkwood have both been frogged. I may make Mirkwood someday but the Ice Socks are going to be reimagined into something else. We'll see what I come up with. 

I've been working with a blend of Finn & Suffolk that I bought in a destash almost two years ago. In fact, I've spun over half of it (I'm on my second bobbin). My original plan was to ply it with the purple merino & silk I spun a few months ago...but it's very sticky and it's telling me that it wants to be it's own project, meaning I'm going to ply it on itself as a two-ply. Eventually.

Fibery endeavors are waxing and waning lately. This past week has been particularly rough because I wasn't feeling any of the projects I did have going...so, I started a couple more. We're also not going to talk about the yarn diet because it's not been going well. If you go through my blog over the last month, I have a few non-club stash enhancements. ::sigh::

I mentioned a few new projects: Pacific Waves Hat, and another Pacific Waves Hat, both of which have been started and finished; a CashSilk Fern Scarf, a Gex sweater (which is a test knit), a Creeper hat, and a Bridal Shower Lace dishcloth. Oops. Whatever, I needed to do some new things :)


Non-Fibery Goals

1. Reorganize in Stormageddon's room
2. Clean the buffet.
3. Clean the mantle/fireplace.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).

Stormageddon's room is still in need of some attention. The buffet, mantle, and the fireplace have all had some attention (the buffet could use some more but, you know, small steps). The gym...well, spring break and sick children kind of messed up a few things but it's okay. It means my weight loss has been stalled a bit but I've come to terms with it and I'm okay. The bullet journal is great and the recipe journal is not. Oh well. 


But now we need NEW GOALS!

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink, the CashSilk Fern Scarf, the Gex sweater, a Creeper hat, and a Bridal Shower Lace dishcloth.
2. Finish spinning the Finn & Suffolk blend, maybe get things plied and wonderful.
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (Clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

Non-Fibery Goals
1. Reorganize in Stormageddon's room.
2. Clean the buffet.
3. Go through the pantry & cupboards.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).




I hope you have a Merry Month of May :)