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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Year Eight: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - School's Out for Summer! (Update #25)

Hello and happy Sunday! We all know why we're here, right? Let's get going then, yes?




FO's (Finished Objects): 

1. Age of Brass & Steam: started 10 August 2018; finished 7 January 2019
2. Sockhead for Little Man: started 29 November 2018; finished 25 January 2019
3. Cowl for Miss Sylvie: started 18 January 2019; finished 9 April 2019

Let's just not talk about my insane lack of FOs for this year. Let's just not. 



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year)
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 201
6. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018
7. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat: started 28 July 2018 
8. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
9. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
10. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018
11. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
12. Ewetopia Stripey Socks: started 15 November 2018
13. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): stared 16 January 2019
14. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
15. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started 16 May 2019

I'm about halfway through my pair of fingerless mitts. That means I finished the first one. Or I'm close. I might have the thumb left. Regardless, the big portion is finished. I just didn't have any scissors on me when I finished the hand so I couldn't cut the yarn. ::sigh:: It's fine, though. It means I'll hopefully have these finished well before December and my bestie's birthday. 

I also pondered about pulling out my Clapotis. I'm not totally thrilled with the yarn and I don't even know if I'll use the FO so I may just pull it and say screw it. It's fine. I haven't actually done it yet, though. 

Aside from that, I've done very little crafting of any kind. More on that in a mo'.



Design WIPs  (New section, specifically for design WIPs):
1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns 
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Rastarmulke: started 20 November 2017 - write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
10. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)


I'll get around to all this eventually, yeah? Maybe?



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists

Challenges (this is new for 2019)
1. Knit 2 granny squares a month (average) until I'm out of yarn (for the Granny Square Blanket in my WIP list above - I started with four cakes, I've finished two and started the third...I bought a fifth, though, for more choices): We are into June...I'm on my 9th square. Soooo, that means I'm behind now, which isn't surprising. For June, that means I need to finish the 9th, and start and finish the 10th, 11th, and 12th square. And given that we're toward the end of the month.....let's all laugh with me.
2. Knit 1 dishcloth a month (average): I've not knit a single one. I mean, I really should...
3. Submit and/or publish 4 designs this year. 


Children's Items
1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
2. Minecraft Socks for Little Man (fingering weight - Tosh Sock in Plaid Blanket?)
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (probably worsted weight of some sort)
4. Tardis Beanie (worsted weight - Cascade Yarns Venezia in Blue Velvet Grey)
5. Holiday Countdown Stockings (worsted weight - might need to buy yarn for this one...) x2 sets (because 2 children)
6. Smaug Hat (worsted weight - Malabrigo Rios in Archangel)
7. Mirkwood (bulky weight - MadTosh Chunky in either Charcoal or Lowland)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting FTW!)
1. Fornicating Deer Hat / Basic Lined Hat (worsted weight - Barrett Wool Co. Worsted Weight in Huron & Stationery from Stitches West 2018)
2. Pembroke Scarf (fingering weight - pick anything 400+ yds, it should work)
3. Brickless (worsted weight - Miss Babs Yowza in Celebration)
4. Nightlock (fingering weight - Sun Valley Fibers Merino/Nylon Fingering in Onyx & Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock in May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor)
5. Honey Badger (fingering weight - one of the BMFA STR that I got from Carrie)
6. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
7. Irisa Cowl (aran weight - pick something 200+ yds and it'll be fine)
8. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
9. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (as a hat; fingering weight - G. Sheller Merino/Silk Fingering in Natural & YOTH Little Brother in Caviar)
10. Spider Slouch (worsted weight - Plucky Scholar in One Hit Wonder)*
11. Moyen Age (fingering weight - Vice Yarns special order)
12. Pop Blanket (worsted weight - box of Knit Picks...may need to order more)
15. Morvarch (fingering weight - Wollmeise that I used the first time)
16. Down the Rabbit Hole (self-stripe fingering weight - White Birch Fiber Arts Merino/Nylon Self-Stripe in Rainbow Ash)
17. Tombreck (Aran weight - hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist or handspun Purple BFL)
18. Stormont (worsted weight - MadTosh 80/10/10 in Molly Ringwald)
19. Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
20. Northeasterly (Sock or DK weight - but really, I can use whatever as long as I have enough)* 

Dishcloth Patterns (for Challenges - these are just ideas!)
2. Kitchen Towel (as a washcloth - leave off the top/mirror bottom)
3. Tribble

Designs
1. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
2. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch, grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
3. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
4. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
5. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)


Spinning
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)

Dyeing
1. Sock Blanks (10) from Vice Yarns
2. Anything else I find in the stash...or pick up along the way....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers and/or stitch marker kits
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database & my Rav Library
3. Update inventory of loose patterns & books (spreadsheet & Rav Library)
4. Update inventory of PDF patterns (Rav Library)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)
7. Get the Etsy Shop up and running with all the things! Or something. Maybe not an Etsy shop...




School's out for summer! Little Man's last day was on Thursday (finally). Unfortunately, Stormageddon finally shared whatever sickies he had with me. Friday was kind of miserable. Coughing and an itchy, scratchy throat. ::sigh:: I'm doing okay. I'm not back to 100% but I'm not forced to hide in the house for fear of infecting everyone with the plague. He's been trying to share all week...he was sick last week Saturday, he was losing his voice on Sunday, and, honestly, it's still not quite right yet. Close, though.




As you can see, he was feeling much better by Wednesday when he stole my phone and took about a dozen selfies. ::sigh:: 




He took a couple more on Thursday during the talent show at school. Little Man's class did a performance (as a class) so the three of us went. 




That was his last day of second grade. When did he get so big?! He starts third grade in 8 weeks! And he turns 9 in November! WHAT?! How did that happen?!




There's also this little gem. Stormageddon decided he wanted to wear a Hawaiian shirt and he rocked it (much as they do). It used to belong to Little Man. I think he wore it in a school photo, actually. Maybe I can convince Stormageddon to wear it in his school photo in the fall. I'll have to check. 



Anyway, I hope you've had a good week & weekend! 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Year Eight: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Too many things happening this time of year (Update #24)

Woot woot! It's Monday! I'm late this week for various reasons, mostly attached to the end of the school year and all that comes with it...too many things happening! 

Let's get mooooooving :) 




FO's (Finished Objects): 

1. Age of Brass & Steam: started 10 August 2018; finished 7 January 2019
2. Sockhead for Little Man: started 29 November 2018; finished 25 January 2019
3. Cowl for Miss Sylvie: started 18 January 2019; finished 9 April 2019

It's mid-June. I have three FOs for the year. I'm not quite sure what that says about me other than I've probably not been knitting as often as I'd like to be. ::sigh::





WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year)
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 201
6. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018
7. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat: started 28 July 2018 
8. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
9. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
10. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018
11. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
12. Ewetopia Stripey Socks: started 15 November 2018
13. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): stared 16 January 2019
14. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
15. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started 16 May 2019

I really only spent a little time knitting this week and it was on the Vanilla Fingerless Mitts. I've finished the thumb increases on the first one so I'm at the point where I stick those on a holder and continue on my merry merry. But that's honestly all I've touched this week. We were busy. 



Design WIPs  (New section, specifically for design WIPs):
1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns 
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Rastarmulke: started 20 November 2017 - write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
10. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)


I'll get around to all this eventually, yeah?




OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists

Challenges (this is new for 2019)
1. Knit 2 granny squares a month (average) until I'm out of yarn (for the Granny Square Blanket in my WIP list above - I started with four cakes, I've finished two and started the third...I bought a fifth, though, for more choices): We are into June...I'm on my 9th square. Soooo, that means I'm behind now, which isn't surprising. For June, that means I need to finish the 9th, and start and finish the 10th, 11th, and 12th square. 
2. Knit 1 dishcloth a month (average): I've not knit a single one. I really should...
3. Submit and/or publish 4 designs this year. 


Children's Items
1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
2. Minecraft Socks for Little Man (fingering weight - Tosh Sock in Plaid Blanket?)
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (probably worsted weight of some sort)
4. Tardis Beanie (worsted weight - Cascade Yarns Venezia in Blue Velvet Grey)
5. Holiday Countdown Stockings (worsted weight - might need to buy yarn for this one...) x2 sets (because 2 children)
6. Smaug Hat (worsted weight - Malabrigo Rios in Archangel)
7. Mirkwood (bulky weight - MadTosh Chunky in either Charcoal or Lowland)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting FTW!)
1. Fornicating Deer Hat / Basic Lined Hat (worsted weight - Barrett Wool Co. Worsted Weight in Huron & Stationery from Stitches West 2018)
2. Pembroke Scarf (fingering weight - pick anything 400+ yds, it should work)
3. Brickless (worsted weight - Miss Babs Yowza in Celebration)
4. Nightlock (fingering weight - Sun Valley Fibers Merino/Nylon Fingering in Onyx & Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock in May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor)
5. Honey Badger (fingering weight - one of the BMFA STR that I got from Carrie)
6. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
7. Irisa Cowl (aran weight - pick something 200+ yds and it'll be fine)
8. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
9. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (as a hat; fingering weight - G. Sheller Merino/Silk Fingering in Natural & YOTH Little Brother in Caviar)
10. Spider Slouch (worsted weight - Plucky Scholar in One Hit Wonder)*
11. Moyen Age (fingering weight - Vice Yarns special order)
12. Pop Blanket (worsted weight - box of Knit Picks...may need to order more)
15. Morvarch (fingering weight - Wollmeise that I used the first time)
16. Down the Rabbit Hole (self-stripe fingering weight - White Birch Fiber Arts Merino/Nylon Self-Stripe in Rainbow Ash)
17. Tombreck (Aran weight - hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist or handspun Purple BFL)
18. Stormont (worsted weight - MadTosh 80/10/10 in Molly Ringwald)
19. Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
20. Northeasterly (Sock or DK weight - but really, I can use whatever as long as I have enough)* 


Dishcloth Patterns (for Challenges - these are just ideas!)
2. Kitchen Towel (as a washcloth - leave off the top/mirror bottom)
3. Tribble

Designs
1. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
2. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch, grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
3. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
4. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
5. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)


Spinning
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)

Dyeing
1. Sock Blanks (10) from Vice Yarns
2. Anything else I find in the stash...or pick up along the way....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers and/or stitch marker kits
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database & my Rav Library
3. Update inventory of loose patterns & books (spreadsheet & Rav Library)
4. Update inventory of PDF patterns (Rav Library)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)
7. Get the Etsy Shop up and running with all the things! Or something. Maybe not an Etsy shop...




This past week has been busy. I had meetings with teachers for both boys: Wednesday was for Little Man and Thursday was for Stormageddon. Little Man's meeting went an hour, and we're reconvening in the fall to solidify everything regarding a 504 Plan for school, related to his ADHD (and possibly the metabolic disorder as well). Thursday's meeting lasted all of 20 minutes and was mostly just a "here's what's being handed over to the SLP for next year" and a formal request for a fine motor & sensory evaluation. 

In between the meetings, I still had to work, get to Costco, and do laundry, and attempt to keep cool. The first part of the week was horrendously hot. We had blackout curtains and room air conditioners and the house was still hanging out around 77ºF (it was in the upper 90s-low 100s on Monday and Tuesday). The beginning of the week was not a fun time for anyone. Wednesday it started to cool off...but it was still in the upper 80s. 

Outside of that, not much else happened. Friday afternoon, as Stormageddon and I were on our way to pick up Little Man from school, I got a text message from one of my mom friends who just got home from Europe. Grab her kid and come over for wine. Who was I to argue? That bottle turned into....six or so (between her, her husband, and myself). Good thing we were walking...but she's been gone for almost two weeks so it was delightful to see her. 

Saturday, we did a few things around the house, ran some errands, and wound up visiting friends in Fremont...which translated to swimming, as well. And then we grilled steaks. The heat had finally broken so it was okay to actually cook outside for once! 

Yesterday, I took the boys to the county fair. Fairs have gotten expensive! Wristbands for the five of us (me, the boys, and the aforementioned mom friend's two kids) was $175....and there's a charge to get in the gates....and there's a charge to park.....and food is outrageous....but, everyone had fun and that's important.




Little Man got a bug bite near his eye again so we were dealing with some minor swelling. Nothing like what he used to deal with. A dose of Claritin cleared it up, for the most part, which was lovely.

All the rest of these are from yesterday at the fair. 





This was the first year Stormageddon could really go on any of the rides by himself (or at all). He enjoyed it immensely. 






Not seen in the above photo: friends' kids way up at the top! Little Man went on that one a couple of years ago and decided never again. Okay fine.




Stormageddon wanted to drive the bumper cars by himself but he wasn't quite tall enough.....but that didn't stop him from trying to snag a car for himself. 





Little Man has a known fear of heights. He went on the little roller coaster with his friend and was fine...and then they saw the bigger one. He actually went on it. This was his "victory" photo after he got off. 





Maybe a little jelly-legged...but he did it and I was so proud of him!






With school letting out this week, I expect to be even crazier for a couple of weeks until we settle in. We'll see how things go. I may even have a chance to knit (hahahaha!). 

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

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Year Eight: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - This "new normal" thing.....it sucks (Update #23)

Happy Sunday from the San Francisco Bay Area! It's going to be hot as balls here today (again) so I'm hunkered down in the house with the kids, Husband, and Puppy, with our room air conditioners running and new blackout curtains on the windows......::sigh:: Let's get going :) 



FO's (Finished Objects): 

1. Age of Brass & Steam: started 10 August 2018; finished 7 January 2019
2. Sockhead for Little Man: started 29 November 2018; finished 25 January 2019
3. Cowl for Miss Sylvie: started 18 January 2019; finished 9 April 2019

I suppose I would have to actually spend some time knitting in order to finish anything...and we'll get to that ideal in a minute. 




WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year)
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 201
6. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018
7. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat: started 28 July 2018 
8. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
9. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
10. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018
11. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
12. Ewetopia Stripey Socks: started 15 November 2018


13. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): stared 16 January 2019
14. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
15. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started 16 May 2019

Again, I've done very little knitting this week. I think I only worked on the Vanilla Fingerless Mitts...but I made some actual progress. I'm maybe 8 rounds from starting the thumb increase, which is delightful. But that's it. 



Design WIPs  (New section, specifically for design WIPs):
1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns 
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Rastarmulke: started 20 November 2017 - write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
10. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)


Let's just keep moving along here...we'll talk about this eventually, right? Maybe after I get used to this "new normal" that's supposed to be happening. Or not. 




OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists

Challenges (this is new for 2019)
1. Knit 2 granny squares a month (average) until I'm out of yarn (for the Granny Square Blanket in my WIP list above - I started with four cakes, I've finished two and started the third...I bought a fifth, though, for more choices): We are into June...I'm on my 9th square. Soooo, that means I'm behind now, which isn't surprising. For June, that means I need to finish the 9th, and start and finish the 10th, 11th, and 12th square. 
2. Knit 1 dishcloth a month (average): I've not knit a single one. I really should...

3. Submit and/or publish 4 designs this year. 


Children's Items
1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
2. Minecraft Socks for Little Man (fingering weight - Tosh Sock in Plaid Blanket?)
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (probably worsted weight of some sort)
4. Tardis Beanie (worsted weight - Cascade Yarns Venezia in Blue Velvet Grey)
5. Holiday Countdown Stockings (worsted weight - might need to buy yarn for this one...) x2 sets (because 2 children)
6. Smaug Hat (worsted weight - Malabrigo Rios in Archangel)
7. Mirkwood (bulky weight - MadTosh Chunky in either Charcoal or Lowland)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting FTW!)
1. Fornicating Deer Hat / Basic Lined Hat (worsted weight - Barrett Wool Co. Worsted Weight in Huron & Stationery from Stitches West 2018)
2. Pembroke Scarf (fingering weight - pick anything 400+ yds, it should work)
3. Brickless (worsted weight - Miss Babs Yowza in Celebration)
4. Nightlock (fingering weight - Sun Valley Fibers Merino/Nylon Fingering in Onyx & Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock in May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor)
5. Honey Badger (fingering weight - one of the BMFA STR that I got from Carrie)
6. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
7. Irisa Cowl (aran weight - pick something 200+ yds and it'll be fine)
8. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
9. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (as a hat; fingering weight - G. Sheller Merino/Silk Fingering in Natural & YOTH Little Brother in Caviar)
10. Spider Slouch (worsted weight - Plucky Scholar in One Hit Wonder)*
11. Moyen Age (fingering weight - Vice Yarns special order)
12. Pop Blanket (worsted weight - box of Knit Picks...may need to order more)
15. Morvarch (fingering weight - Wollmeise that I used the first time)
16. Down the Rabbit Hole (self-stripe fingering weight - White Birch Fiber Arts Merino/Nylon Self-Stripe in Rainbow Ash)
17. Tombreck (Aran weight - hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist or handspun Purple BFL)
18. Stormont (worsted weight - MadTosh 80/10/10 in Molly Ringwald)
19. Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
20. Northeasterly (Sock or DK weight - but really, I can use whatever as long as I have enough)* 


Dishcloth Patterns (for Challenges - these are just ideas!)
2. Kitchen Towel (as a washcloth - leave off the top/mirror bottom)
3. Tribble

Designs
1. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
2. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch, grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
3. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
4. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
5. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)


Spinning
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)

Dyeing
1. Sock Blanks (10) from Vice Yarns
2. Anything else I find in the stash...or pick up along the way....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers and/or stitch marker kits
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database & my Rav Library
3. Update inventory of loose patterns & books (spreadsheet & Rav Library)
4. Update inventory of PDF patterns (Rav Library)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)
7. Get the Etsy Shop up and running with all the things! Or something. Maybe not an Etsy shop...




So. California life. It's been getting warmer these last few days, which has led to the need to run the air conditioners. Where we live, very few people have central air. In fact, most people don't even have air conditioners. I don't know how people can live like that. Seriously. We have two large room ACs for the front and living rooms, and we have two window ACs for our bedroom and the back room. We've looked into getting central air put in and it's prohibitively expensive. Also, according to people that have lived here for much longer than we have, it "doesn't get hot here that often," which is a load of crap. But we're good with our AC units and that is that. 

In other random events, Little Man has two weeks of school left. He finishes on the 20th, which is late as far as I'm concerned...and then they start back in mid-August. When I was a kid, we finished in the first week of June and didn't go back until the very last week in August and, when I got older the law was changed so that we didn't go back until after September 1st. We basically had three months off in the summer. They don't even have two here. Part of that is because they're still trying to force a pseudo-year-round program in the district. Of course, we complain about it but at the same time, I can't imagine these parents having to cobble together the thousands (yes, thousands) of dollars for summer camps/programs if it were any longer. A week of camp/program for one child can be anywhere from $300-$1000 per week. Then if you have two, you can just double that. Can you imagine trying to cobble together $2000 a week for seven weeks because you have two kids? No. Thank. You. At least this way, it's spread out between summer, fall break, spring break, and winter break. 

Enough about that. I'm not here to complain about how much crap costs around here. Okay, maybe a little...keeping it real, yo! 

I feel like we've been really busy this week, and we probably have. I know on Wednesday I took the boys over to a friends' condo complex for a pool party....and I remembered to lather them up with sunscreen this time so they didn't get a sunburn. On Friday, the school had the Dads' Club BBQ, which meant a ton of playtime on the playground and a bounce house obstacle course, plus food and cake. We were also supposed to go over to Stormageddon's school for next year but we didn't make it to both and, ultimately, he's going to wind up at the same school as Little Man after next year so....I don't feel so bad about not going to the other one. Yesterday, Little Man had his Cub Scout Bridging Ceremony. He's advanced to a Bear Scout, which is lovely. 

Aside from that, it was our usual this and that. Stormageddon's last speech therapy session for the year is tomorrow. I have a meeting about that on Thursday (where we talk to his new speech therapist for next year, discuss the transition, etc.). On Wednesday, Husband and I have a meeting with Little Man's teacher regarding his IEP (because I'm going to push for one - I don't want to get to middle or high school without one). So we have a busy week for us, as well. And I'm still trying to get used to the work-life balance and schedule. I did pretty well last week, I thought...we'll see how things continue. 




I don't know when he turned into a little boy! When did it happen?! He was a baby like three minutes ago.....and he's been asking about his birthday, because Daddy had his birthday and some friends have had birthdays and he's asking about his. He seems to think it's tomorrow....everyday. We've looked at the calendar and it's just not sinking in that it's not until September. At least he's cute. 






I don't know where Little Man got the idea to make a table setting outside using his sandbox and some chairs and such. He just decided to make a proper table setting. He also made a menu, a drink list, and placecards. Sort of. He said it was for VIPs (and then said that meant mommy, daddy, Jon, and our pilot friends). Puppy somehow got Jon's placecard attached to his butt. I don't know how. 




Stormageddon loved swimming on Wednesday. I also have photos of Little Man in the pool but they keep turning out sideways and no amount of editing them to the correct way is helping for the blog. ::sigh:: 




I know what I forgot to mention. We all had dentist appointments on Thursday. This was Stormageddon's first dentist appointment. He was a little rockstar. He also enjoyed going into the treasure box and his little bag of dentist treats (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss). He was very cooperative. 




So, at the Dads' Club BBQ on Friday, I could get him to eat two things: watermelon and tortilla chips. ::sigh:: Also, the Warriors game was on in the background. 







These are from Little Man's Bridging Ceremony yesterday. He was the only one from his den to come to the ceremony, but he knew several of the other boys as well (from pack meetings and other pack events mostly...and school). So, there's that. 




We also had lunch at a place in Mountain View near Husband's office yesterday. We've only been there a couple of times as a family (because it's in Mountain View, which is like a half-hour drive from our house, and I understand that isn't all that far but there are so many food options around, that we don't often go very far for things like that). 



Anyway, I hope you've had a good week and weekend! Let's hope I can get it together...but, let's be honest, this "new normal" thing....it sucks.