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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #17

Happy Sunday :)

Today marks the 17th update for my Fourth Self-Imposed Year of Projects. So....not quite halfway but beyond the quarter-mark. Woo.

Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015

I've not finished anything new but with the two "big" things done (the pattern and pattern test), I'm okay with not finishing anything new. Besides, when you look at my WIP list below, a lot of what I have going on are what I deem "long term" projects - nothing small and quick. So, you know, woo for that.

Speaking of WIPs....

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015

Admittedly, I've not done much work here, either. I'm working on the endless stockinette of my Traveling Socks...but I've only just started that so there's nothing interesting to see. I also worked a few scant rounds on Snape's Stockings...but, again, not much to see there. My new design, on the other hand, has seen most of the action this week. I was working along so well and then I discovered a dropped stitch. I managed to get it picked it up but when I got around to the other side, my stitch count was off again...and this time, I couldn't figure out what the problem was. So, I had to frog them. They're prototypes so mistakes won't be tolerated (why yes, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, why do you ask). After a couple days, I was finally over it enough to restart the socks. I'm almost back to the point where I wound up frogging. Here's to hoping I don't screw up again. I really don't like frogging.

Otherwise, I've not really touched anything else this week.


In my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ, crazy lady?!" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 & #10 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats



I think I need a quick project next. Everything I've got going on right now is longer term...need something small and quick and.....small........



Anyway......Iron Man came to visit. I took him to the grocery store.




I've not had many photos of Little Man lately. I caught him sitting on the back deck in his Iron Man costume and I couldn't resist taking a few photos. He caught me, of course, and posed :) And then I took him to the grocery store dressed as Iron Man. He was amazed I let him go out in public like that. I told him to put on shoes and off we went. He was so proud of himself. 

Stormageddon, on the other hand, just continues to ignore learning to sit in favor of army crawling across the floor. I discovered how dirty my hardwood actually is as a result of him doing that. He has a couple of very dark grey spots on his white onsies from where he's dragged himself across the floor. ::sigh:: I suppose it's time to mop the floors...which I really don't want to do but it needs to be done, apparently. 

Anyway, that's about all from me this week. I may wander back later but we'll see how things go...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today would have been my maternal grandfather's 92nd birthday.

George Anton Green was born near Elk Mound, in northwestern Wisconsin on April 19th, 1923, the youngest child of Anton Edward (1888-1975) & Margaret Mary (Michelbook) Green (1892-1958). He joined his older brother, Vernon Nicholas Green (1918-2002). There was a daughter born between Vernon and my grandfather, Katherine (1921-1922), but, unfortunately, she died in infancy.

He grew up on a farm a couple miles outside of the small town of Elk Mound. The family survived the depression as other families in the area did at that time. He went to school, played basketball, and graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1941.

He married Muriel Irene Hawkinson sometime in 1942. She was just 18 and he was 19. The story I had been told regarding his marriage to Muriel was that she said she was pregnant and it was 1942 and they were Catholic. You got married. So, they got married.

Well........turns out that Muriel wasn't pregnant at that time.

Based on everything I had heard, his marriage with Muriel did not go well. It could be said that my great-grandmother may have had something to do with that. She didn't like anyone either of her sons took up with. It was no secret that she didn't care for Muriel or Idell, my great-uncle Vernon's first wife and the one I referred to as my great-aunt, though I met the woman maybe a handful of times before she died. I imagine she did an internal happy dance when my grandfather decided to divorce Muriel....except they were Catholic and you just didn't do that........but it happened anyway.

When I was a child, I was told that Muriel, again, said that she was pregnant, probably as a last-ditch effort to save the marriage. They divorced in 1945. As my grandfather lay in the nursing home, trying to ward off his impending death, he and I talked about Muriel and his divorce. He was surprised I retained that information for so long. I learned about his first marriage when I was a small child, though I did not learn her name until after his death. I told him what I knew regarding his first marriage. Basically, they got married because she was pregnant, but she wasn't; they got divorced because the marriage was not going well and she, again, said she was pregnant. They got divorced anyway. I asked him if Muriel really was pregnant when they divorced and he said, "I never knew."

Soon after the divorce, on May 8, 1945, my grandfather enlisted in the army. The war had been going on for more than five years, and was in the process of ending, though that was not known when he enlisted. The bombs had not been dropped on Japan at that point.

My grandfather always said he learned to peel spuds in the army. Turns out he went through basic training twice. That's probably why he knew how to peel potatoes. He also could not touch his toes, which really irked his commanding officers. He could get about mid-way down his shins and his body refused to go any further.

He didn't talk much about his time in the army. I do know that he spent time in Japan. All he ever really said about it was that he had been there twice. The first time, it was a beautiful country. The second time, not so much. I take that to mean he was there before we bombed them and after we bombed them. Someday, I'll transcribe the letters he wrote to my grandmother from his time in the army.

I'm not entirely sure when he met my grandmother but I do know that it was either soon after his divorce or while he was home on leave because he was honorably discharged from the army in November of 1946 and I have a pile of letters from him to her, all from his time in the army. I know that they were introduced as a result of a double-roller-skating-date with his friend, Gilbert Zank, and his girlfriend, Margaret. Gil and Margaret were also married, their daughters and my mother were friends, their granddaughters and I were friends, and they were like another set of grandparents for me.

George married Agnes Lucille Johnston on December 21, 1946 in St. Paul, Minnesota. My grandfather, having been kicked out of the Catholic church for the divorce, could not be married in a Catholic church. My grandmother, being Lutheran and marrying someone Catholic, could not be married in her Lutheran church. So, they went to Minnesota to get married...in the winter.

On May 25, 1947, my mother, Shirley Ann Green was born. Yes, yes, do the math...grandma was pregnant with my mom when they got married. I was told that my mother was born two months early but I'm not sure that's true. I think my grandmother just hid the pregnancy very well. My grandparents and another friend were on a fishing trip (which they had been cleared to go do) when my grandmother went into labor. The nearest hospital was in Menomonie, Wisconsin, which is where my mother was born. But they were moved to Eau Claire soon after because that's where all my grandmother's doctors were....or something. And this was back in the days before interstate highways.

They continued to live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin until 1951 when an old army friend of my grandfather's said, "hey, I've found you a job down here; move." They packed up and moved to Stoughton in 1951.

Unfortunately, the move was not easy. Stoughton was a finicky town in the early 1950s. It has deep Norwegian roots and my grandparents were not Norwegian. My grandfather's family consisted mainly of Germanic roots and my grandmother's family were of Swedish, Scottish, and Irish decent. The old timers in town used to speak to my grandfather in Norwegian as a sign of disrespect. He would not only understand them, but he would reply in English. His parents spoke German at home and the base of both German and Norwegian is Germanic. The format is the same in both languages and a lot of the words have similar root words and sounds. He had to really listen to them but he could do it.

They lived in several rented houses near downtown before they bought their first house on the corner of West South Street and Van Buren. The house is still there and is currently owned by the parents of a girl I went to high school with. I was in that house several times in my youth.

Throughout his time in southern Wisconsin, he worked up the ranks at Wolff-Kubly, eventually becoming a buyer for them. He had started in the garden department. He quit in the mid-1970s and decided to open up his own business in Stoughton. He used his contacts and knowledge of how to buy and opened up The Stationery House. It was an office supply and Norwegian giftware shop across from the post office in downtown Stoughton. He also was on the school board, was a member of the American Legion, the Jaycee's, and a bunch of other committees and clubs.

They built their second house, on Jackson Street, in the mid-1970s. They lived there until 1992, when my mother bought it from them. In 1992, they had built their third house, further west on West South Street than their first house.

In 1993, he and Agnes were King & Queen of Syttende Mai in Stoughton.

After that, it was just a downhill ride. My grandfather never retired. The store was in operation until after his death (guess which loving only granddaughter got stuck with that task?).

To be honest, if he hadn't broken his hip in 2006, he would probably still be alive today.



There's so much more to his story.

One tidbit........when he was dying in the nursing home and I asked him about whether Muriel was pregnant when they got divorced and he said he didn't know.

I call SHENANIGANS.

Muriel was pregnant. The baby was his. And you can be damn sure he knew about it. My grandmother knew about it. Her family knew about it. My great-uncle knew about it....seems everyone knew about it except my mother and I.

My uncle, Michel David (Green) Tylee was born in 1945. I know very little about him. I do know that sometime in the 1960s, probably right after he graduated from high school in 1962 or '63, he drove down to Stoughton with the intention of meeting his biological father. Apparently he had the car parked across the street but couldn't go to the door. He drove all that way and never made it to the door.

Unfortunately, he died in 1993. My mother had never met him and, although she suspected his existence, never knew for sure. She died in 2001.

But, he had children and I have been in contact with one of them.




So, happy birthday, grandpa. Sorry I'm letting all your secrets out!

George Anton Green is either the one on the left or in the middle of the front row (c. 1930)

Me and my grandfather, c. 1990

I have so many more photos......just nothing scanned in yet :(

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #16

Hello! Happy Sunday!

Let's just get going because we all (should) know why we're here :)

Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015

I finished up the hat pattern test this week. To be fair, I could probably have used a couple more testers, especially on the larger sizes...but I'll go with what I have and call it good. I need to do a little editing to the pattern (or, rather, have someone else doing some editing), then it'll be all good to go. I hope to have it live by May 1st :)

I also finished up my Soooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing project. The pattern is written and is off to the tech editor, the FO is in the mail, and now I just get to wait until October when all can be revealed :)


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015

Now that I've got some pattern writing out of the way, I can get back to some of these other WIPs, right? Yeah...about that....okay, I did work on the second of my Traveling Socks. I've finished the ribbing so now I'm on an endless-stockinette quest until I get to the heel. Nothing exciting.

I also started a new pair of socks..........my own design. It took me a little bit to work out on paper but now that it's worked out on paper, I just get to knit the damn socks :) These are actually going to be part of a two-sock set....maybe four. But definitely two at this point. In fact, I think I'll keep this set at two pairs. It's going to take me awhile anyway. We all know how long it takes me to knit socks...

And I plan to keep these Sooooooper Seeeeecret, also. So, you may get a shot of the ribbing and that's it for a good, long while :) We'll see how things go.

In other words, I've not really worked on much this week...oops.


In my "OMG what are you thinking, crazy lady?!" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats



Yeah, I'm a little nuts.



Stormageddon is attempting to crawl at every turn. He's 7.5 months old and has figured out how to get up onto his hands and knees and rock. He's also figured out how to scoot backwards around the house on his belly.


video


I took this video the other day. He does this on the floor, as well. And yet, he refuses to learn to sit up. I don't know what I'm going to do with him sometimes. ::sigh::

We went to the park a couple different days this past week. Little Man loves the park but I usually have to drag him out the door to get him to go. I don't know what his issue is with that but we did make it a couple times, at least.

What else happened this week....oh, Husband's company has a box at AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play baseball, and an email was sent out to his division saying, "hey, we have open spots in the box for the game on Thursday." Husband hopped right on that so the four of us went to watch the Giants lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was my, Little Man's, and Stormageddon's first professional any game. So, we all got certificates saying that it was our first game at AT&T Park and we sat in the box, ate food, the usual. Unfortunately, getting to the game wasn't so fun. Apparently there were some protests going on in Santa Clara, which is just north of San Jose, and someone got hit by one of the CalTrains...which mucked up the trains from San Jose to San Francisco (basically, the entire length of CalTrain). Our train was an hour and fifteen minutes late. It wasn't exactly cold, either. So, we were waiting on the train platform for about an hour and a half, maybe closer to two hours. After the game, we got to deal with drunks on a train. We thought a fight was about to erupt on the train car. A couple guys were thrown off about 2 stops down and the third guy would not shut up. I was ready to go back there myself. ::sigh::

Anyway, here are some photos from this past week :)

I'm still cute when I refuse my naps.

Day at the park

Day at the park

Watching cartoons

I like the park, too!

Today also marks what would be my grandfather's 92nd birthday :)

Hopefully I'll be back with photos of, you know, knitting next weekend...we'll see how things go :) I need to find the card reader for the camera first.

I hope you're having a lovely week and weekend!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pinterest

Happy Monday :)

It's unusual that I post on a Monday...between Sunday updates and an occasional WIP Wednesday or FO Friday, I don't often post anything else.

I think I've gotten kind of boring like that.

So, today, I'm going to mix it up a teensy bit and talk to you about Pinterest. If you've been living under a rock, Pinterest is......well, it's kind of hard to explain it, actually. It's part organization of all the things you find online, it's part fun, and it's definitely entertaining.

What do I use it for? Mostly things I like.....

In fact, here's the list of my "boards" that I pin to (I have 23):
1. Books
2. Crafty Things
3. Cuteness!
4. Doctor Who
5. Education
6. Finished Objects
7. Funnies & Quotes
8. Genealogy
9. Harry Potter
10. History, yo!
11. Home Decorating
12. Home Organization/Cleaning
13. Journaling
14. Kid Items
15. Kid Room Decor
16. Knitting/Crocheting (other/ideas)
17. Other Geekery
18. Places
19. Recipes
20. Sherlocked
21. sort me
22. Weight Loss
23. Yarn P0rn

You can make up your own boards any way you want, which I really like...I'm actually starting to think I need a separate board for all the Big Bang Theory stuff I've been pinning lately. But that's another issue (right now, it's in Other Geekery).

Today, I'm going to talk to you about my latest obsession, of sorts.......Journaling. Yeah, I'm going to turn into one of those journal nerds. You know the ones, they have a gazillion notebooks (check), binders (check), pads of paper (check), pens (check), more pens (check), sixteen colors of the same type of pen (check), separate notebooks for all things (check, check, check, check....check)....




I've been an office supply snob since I was very small. My grandparents owned an office supply and Norwegian gift shop in my hometown. I have been around all things office since I was out of the womb.

When Husband and I were moving, he learned just how deep my office supply snobbery and obsession actually ran......I had a ton of pens, pencils, erasers, paint, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, folders, binders, paperclips, stickers, post-it notes, binder clips, hole punches, sticky labels, art paper..... I wound up donating a bunch of stuff to my hometown school district when we moved to California. I could not take it all with me and I was not using it and, to be honest, some of it I never would use...but I had to have it.

Now that we're in our own house, I've started amassing a collection of notebooks (not full-sized, more like 8.5x5.5 or A5 size, or thereabouts, sometimes smaller). I buy the graph ones if I can find them and now that I've discovered the dot graph ones, I'm snatching those up, too...but they're a lot more difficult to find.

I thought it was high time to use my notebooks and my love of pens and my need for some sense of normalcy and organization in my life.

Soooooo..............I'm not going to show you my bullet journal right now.

I'm going to show you some pins that inspired my bullet journal :)

Bullet Journal Rehashed (link to the blog post)


I needed something basic to get me started and this was one of the first pins I found on the subject of bullet journaling. This is not my work. This is not my photo (you can see the blog watermark of sorts in the middle of the photo). But this gives a basic idea of what I was looking for.

I went a step further and have color-coded mine. I have "food" type things in a light blue (including the day's menu at the top but also grocery shopping tasks), reading tasks in a dark blue (picking a new book, reading, moving books around, library returns, etc.), super duper OMGDOTHESENAO important things in bright pink (because I dislike pink so my eye is drawn to it on a page of jewel tones), crafty related things in black (which usually is a box for knitting/designing/spinning and a box for doodling/Zentangle), and other daily householdy things in purple (dishes, laundry, going through a box of stuff, cleaning the kids' rooms, etc.). It's not a perfect system but it does work for me.


Another useful pin I found is this relatively simple guide to bullet journaling. Right now, I'm not fully "on board" with it as I use my pseudo bullet journal thingie for daily things. I do have some notes in there, but it's mostly tasks, doctor appointments, and occasionally you'll find doodles in there. I think part of it is because I'm limited by the format I have. I hate wasting money on things so I'm going to use my planner until the end of the year and then I"ll probably move on to something different. We'll see how well it works for now.


Bullet Journal 201 (link to blog)

And then I found the excellent blog noted in the caption above. It takes everything you learn in the guide to bullet journaling and puts it to actual use. This is what the Kate (the blog owner) came up with after spending some time with different journals and formats. This is what she likes for her use. I would love to incorporate some of this but I need to find my own system first, I think. I do love the Long Term Planning section she has (she has six months on a two-page spread with a date for every day and things happening - doctor appointments, due dates for projects, vacations, etc.)......but that's what my phone is for. I also like the weekly schedule (shown above), but it won't work for me as I need more room for my tasks to be written...

I do like the idea, though :)


My Bullet Journal (link to blog)

This last one is interesting. In my head, this is what a "real bullet journal" is supposed to look like. Of course, that's not true...a bullet journal can be any way you want but in my head, this is what I would aspire my bullet journal to emulate. It's a bilingual entry: German and English. Again, she goes through her set-up, which is her set-up. It's what works for her.



So, yes.......bullet journaling......maybe someday I'll show you what mine has become.

Right now, I have at least five notebooks going. One is my daily planner, one has my reading list/thoughts on said books, shopping/random notes notebook (hangs out in my purse mostly), one for my Zentangle doodles, and my knitting designs notebook (which hangs out in my knitting bag).

I have quite enough to be getting on with, don't you think :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #15

Happy Sunday! I'm running a bit behind today. My days managed to get all mucked up and I thought yesterday was Friday, for sone strange reason....

But, I'm here now so let's get on with my 15th update :)

Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015

I've not finished anything new but I did partake in FO Friday this past Friday. You can see my finished Sorin Fingerless Mitts and the teen/small adult version of my Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Hat.


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test (I need testers; if you're interested in testing, go here): started sometime in February
7. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February

I haven't started anything new this week. I've been busy getting my Stitch's Rock Collection test going (and I could still use a couple more testers; if you're interested, click the linky on #6 - it's a quick knit, for the most part). I've also mostly finished the Soooooooper Secret Pattern Writing but I can't claim that as finished until October. So, there's that.

I also participated in WIP Wednesday this past week. You can see my first socks in my Traveling Socks and my Dragon's Egg Socks if you pop over there :)


In my "OMG What are you thinking, crazy lady?!" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats

I have a feeling that my next project will start soon and it will probably be something small and easily finished and gratifying. Or something like that. We'll see...



In "real life".......not much has been happening. Stormageddon had his second round of the flu shot on Thursday. He took it like a champ. He cried for about 30 seconds, probably not even that long, and then he was all smiles for the nurse. Silly boy. He's getting so frickin' big. Also, I think he's going to skip sitting and go straight to crawling. If I put him on the hardwood floor in our living room, he's all over, dragging himself along on his belly...or rolling. Try to sit him up and he gets mad.

Waiting for Daddy to bring food at Ikea

JUMP!
So big! I love this little boy.

And seriously, does he not look like his big brother?


I mean, Little Man has more hair, obviously...but they make the same faces!

I love those two little boys of mine. I think I'm going to keep them :) Unfortunately, the most recent photos of Little Man are still on my phone and I'm entirely too lazy to get them off right now.



Anyway, I think I should get this posted, seeing as it's almost 11am here....I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2015

FO Friday: Another two-fer :)

It appears to be time for another installment of FO Friday as I now have a working laptop and my iPhone takes okay photos (okay for this purpose, anyway)....

So, on to a two-fer FO Friday!

Stitch's Rock Collection - Variegated (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) by ME (yes, this is my pattern!)

Time Frame: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015

Yarn: Springvale Worsted by Three Irish Girls in Captain Rogers, dyed exclusively for StevenBe in Minneapolis (acquired at Stitches West 2015) - approximately 120 yds (not sure, haven't actually weighed it but based on the fact that I got almost two hats from the one skein, I'm guessing it's slightly more than a half-skein of the yarn)

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) and US #8 (5 mm) 16" circulars and US #8 (5 mm) DPNs

Size: Teen/Small Adult

Modification(s): None. It's my pattern. I was testing it for fit and yardage (which I've not officially done yet).

Thoughts: Aside from running out of yarn with 8 decrease rounds to go and having to call StevenBe in Minneapolis and (1) inquire if they had another skein and (2) pending the "yes" answer of #1, have them ship me a skein of said yarn, this was a fairly quick project. I would have been done much sooner if I didn't have to order the second skein. I may be able to make a matching pair of fingerless mitts or something to go along with it. I have enough yarn :) I used slightly more than a half-skein so, there's that. It's a lovely pattern and I'm not just saying that because I'm the designer. It's versatile, unisex, and seriously...seven sizes! SEVEN! You could make one for every member of your family....

Or, you could if it wasn't still in the testing phase. I hope to have it up and ready by the end of the month :)

Anyway, moving along to the second FO in our two-fer FO Friday :)

Sorin Fingerless Mitts (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Sorin Fingerless Gloves by Carrie Sullivan (IrishGirlieKnits)

Time Frame: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Celery (less than a half-skein) - which is not conveyed properly by these photos. They are significantly less blue and more of a light green.

Needles: US #6 (4 mm) DPNs

Size: Worsted (as opposed to the sport weight version)

Modification(s): I split up the thumb gusset increases by putting one on the row before the "official" increase. It made more sense for me to do it that way because of how they landed on the DPNs for the left one (which I did first).

Thoughts: These were a fairly quick knit, regardless what my time frame actually says. However, I think if/when I make them again, I'm going to use the stitch counts for the sport weight size with worsted yarn. They were a little tight. They're not for me so it's not an issue this time around...but when I make them for myself, I'm going to need a little more room. I'll probably keep the thumb the same (for the number of stitches I pick up). Other than that, woo. Love it.




Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely Friday :) I should be back on Sunday with my Year of Projects update!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Today, we have an installment of WIP Wednesday :) I've not done one of those in awhile...oops. Too many things going on, I suppose.

Anyway, the WIPs.


Wait. What? These look like finished socks.

Well.......they are finished socks. But you'll notice that they're not even close to matching. So, these are still WIPs.

The sock on the left is the first of my Traveling Socks. I started these on December 23, 2014 and I call them my Traveling Socks because they're the ones I have in my purse. They're just plain, vanilla socks done over 72 sts with an inch of ribbing and, in this case, a short-row heel, which is something I've not done on adult socks. I'm not completely sold on the idea of short-row heels but we'll see how I feel about them once I have a finished pair. They fit pretty well, though I think if I ever do short-row heels again, I'll need to make them a little shallower. It's fine, though. The yarn is Knit Picks Felici in Time Traveler, which is discontinued. I have several skeins in my stash so I expect I'll have a couple pairs of somewhat matchy-matchy socks. We'll see.

The sock on the right is the first of my Dragon's Egg Socks. These are my longest-running WIP right now as I started them on September 2, 2013...an entire year before Stormageddon was born. I've made a couple modifications with this one because of issues with fit. If I had made the leg as long as I was supposed to, these would be almost up to my knees...and they wouldn't fit over my calves. So, I shortened the leg. I also had to do some fancy work as I got closer to the toe and during the toe decreases. It worked and I took decent notes so I can replicate it for the second sock.

I've got a couple more WIPs in the works but these are the two I've had the most focus on recently.



I've also decided that it's time to start reading more often. On Monday, I went through my books with a notebook, wrote things down, and decided on a reading list of sorts. It's not in any order (though I do have books blocked off that need to be read together - like the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings series)...I can just pick a book at random, for the most part. So, I picked a book.


The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer.

She's known for a lot of things: Neil Gaiman's wife, musician, TED talk speaker, and she had a pretty horrific and very public "breakup" with her record label, among many other things.

I'm only about 40 or so pages in but I like what I'm reading. I think part of it is because I do actually know something about her so a lot of what she refers to makes sense. But I also like what I'm reading because of the subject matter: asking for help when we need it. So often, people can't ask for help or view it as a failure of themselves, which it doesn't have to be.

I will warn you, however, there is some colorful language and if you've got a problem with f-bombs, this book may not be for you. But, if you can overlook that, it's a good read :)



Also, this happened to fall into my mailbox on Monday...


My new Beetlejuice project bag from Slipped Stitch Studios, along with a package of Beetlejuice stitch markers.



I'll be back on Friday with an installment of FO Friday (it's a two-fer!) and then on Sunday for my Year of Projects post. And maybe somewhere in between. We'll see how things go.

Today, I'm linking up with Ginny :)

Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #14

Happy Easter Passover Zombie Jebus Sunday (whatever flavor you prefer...or not prefer)!

There are a lot of things happening around here today so let's get right to it!

Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015

It's true! I finished up TWO projects this past week. Sadly, no photos yet...too many things going on. I should have some later this week and, hopefully, an FO Friday post to go along with them.

Admittedly, I was a little worried that the Fingerless Mitts were going to be too small but a good soak and some hanging out on a towel seemed to help. They're still a teensy bit tight but they're not for me so I'm okay with it.

The hat, too, I was also worried about being small...until I remembered that I was knitting with merino and merino has a tendency to grow. So, the hat fits me, as it was intended to do.


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test (I need testers; if you're interested in testing, go here): started sometime in February
7. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February

Aside from finishing up the two projects, I spent a little time with the Traveling Socks this week. I've finished up the first sock (or am about to - depends on when you're reading this). I've had to remove it from my Handbag of Holding because of the toe decreases and Kitchener stitch but it should be making its way back in soon enough.

I've also been working on the two patterns. The one is ready for testers...but I only have one. ::sigh:: The other one is still being written. I'm in the midst of needing to do some math and explain a different technique but the rest of the pattern but the rest is smooth sailing. I hope to have it done by the middle of this coming week but we'll see if I have time and all that.


And then there are my "What are you thinking, crazy lady?!" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats



If you haven't stopped by in awhile, my new laptop arrived this past week and is in working order. So, you know, woo-hoo!

Little Man is a typical four year old. He's grounded from the iPads and the Nintendo DS, though. He was turning into a bit of a zombie. So, we took them away and hid them. So far, it's going pretty well. His behavior has gotten quite a bit better. Unfortunately, he thinks that now he should be able to play games on the WiiU instead. ::sigh:: If it's not one thing, it's another.

Stormageddon turned 7 months old this past week. He's not sitting on his own but he does quite well if I hold onto his hand. So, he's close. He's also trying to crawl as often as possible, even though it just means he's dragging himself around the hardwood on his belly.

Typical things, I suppose.

Let's see.......what else............meh, pictures next week (I hope). Probably an FO Friday post this week.



I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday!

Friday, April 3, 2015

A few things from the New Laptop

Happy Friday :)

I'm posting from the comfort of my new (refurbished) 2013 11" MacBook Air. It's taking some getting used to. I mean, the keyboard is the same size but the spot where I rest my lazy hands is slightly smaller so it's hitting me in a different spot....and as the screen in smaller, I've had to make some adjustments to how I view things...and Husband did some jiggerypokery and now I'm no longer using Open Office but am, instead, back to Microsoft Word....I haven't used MSWord since probably 2006. I'm working through getting used to it.

With all that said, I didn't lose anything. We have a full backup of all my files, photos, music, etc. on our....well, let's not get into the insanity that is our redundancy.



So, that means a few things are happening now that I have my own laptop :)

First and foremost, testing for Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) is going on in the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry. If you're interested in testing, here is the link to the thread.

Secondly, but still associated with firstly, the pattern is now listed in the database on Ravelry (here). It's not "live" yet as it's still in the testing phase but it's there. I hope to have it go live by the end of the month.

Thirdly, other things are in the works and I can't talk about it. You'll just have to wait. Let's just say that some pattern writing has been happening and leave it at that :)

Fourthlyish.......here are some photos of the happenings around here :)

Mama & Little Man take a tongues-out selfie!

Stormageddon has some tummy time while Mama built the new bed

Hiking with auntie at Muir Woods


More hiking with auntie

Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield, CA

Brotherly love

Little Man got new legos!

Stormageddon takes a selfie!

Found this gem at Target in the dollar bins (the hat, not the kid)

Chillin' at the park :)

New yarn!

Sooooooo, that means I should have a post on Sunday and it may or may not include photos. We'll see what happens.

I hope you're all having a lovely Friday!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #13

Well, here we are again on a Sunday........and we all know why we're here and things are going to continue to be somewhat boring until later this week (more on that in a mo'). 

 Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015


I've not finished anything new as I've not been knitting that much this week....but, soon....or something.


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015  
 
6. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015  
7. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015
8. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #1): started sometime in February...
9. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February

This past week, I finished up the first of my Dragon's Egg Socks, which is currently hanging out on sock blockers, though I suspect it's dry. I've also started the second one. I had to do some fancy work on the toe in order to make them fit correctly. We'll see them some other time, though.

I also started the second of the Sorin Fingerless Mitts. I'm still hoping they'll grow with washing because the first one is a teensy bit tight....but it's not for me so that may be my saving grace. 

You'll also notice that I have two pattern writing projects listed. I kept forgetting to add them to the list and I'm not 100% sure when I started either of them, though the official "writing" part was in February. The first one will be going out to test knitters as soon as I get my laptop...which will happen before I post in the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry...which is the next step. Or something. 

As far as my "OMGWTFLSGBBQ" lists....

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats







With all that said..........


My laptop. My dear, old laptop. A 15" 2009 Macbook Pro. Disc drive. Extra RAM. New SSD (solid state hard drive). You were with me through most of my second bout of college. You were with me when we moved to California. You were with me everywhere in between. And you've died. I shall miss you, dear sweet laptop.


What we thought was a problem with my newish SSD turned out to be a much larger problem. Apparently my motherboard went to hell. A new motherboard would run me about $600...while a refurbished 11" 2013 Macbook Air would run me about $810..........so, a refurbished laptop is coming my way, hopefully by Wednesday. And then Husband will probably add more RAM and upload my hard drive's backup from our server......and then I should be good to go. Hopefully. And here's to hoping everything was updated before it went to hell. ::sigh:: Not what I needed right now. Between the $5000 roof repair that our insurance refused to cover (excuse: the valley was done incorrectly in the first place and we don't cover stupidity, even if it happened 22 years ago), my car needing a new battery, spark plugs, and now I'm having issues with carbon in the engine somewhere (which isn't hurting my car exactly as long as I'm working to get it out), buying a new iPhone because mine broke, and now my laptop.......::grumble grumble:: I'm not very happy about all that.


On a lighter note, Stormageddon's two bottom teeth have (finally) come in. He was so miserable when my bestie was here from Wisconsin. But, they broke through and now he's just a drool monster again and is busy chewing on everything. He may be getting his top ones now but I'm not sure.


Little Man, on the other hand, has had a couple fabulous experiences this week. I took him to the library for the first time. I wanted to get a library card and they were having story time while we were there. He wasn't quite sure what to make of it...but I think he liked it. We also went to Fisherman's Wharf on Wednesday. We saw the sea lions, had pizza for lunch at a place called Luigi's (which is right next to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.), picked up some candy, and did some walking. It was good for us to get out.


We also went to the zoo yesterday with our friends and their children. I managed to get sunburned on my face, Stormageddon took a little nap, we got to watch the grizzly bears being fed, and we got to talk to one of the zookeepers about the lions and tigers. She had removed some of the toys because they were broken (one of them was supposed to be an unbreakable toy......silly "baby" tiger managed to break the "unbreakable.") and had them with her. So, the kids got to hold toys that the big cats had played with. We have a zoo membership so all we have to do is pay for parking and we get a discount at the restaurants. We also have access to discounts for things like the zoo camps they have for kids. Oh, and we get discounts on tickets to other things like the aquarium in Monterrey and at Fisherman's Wharf, the mini-zoo just a half-mile from our house, and a bunch of other things. It's kind of grand. Of course, nothing will beat Henry Vilas Zoo, in Madison...which has no entrance fee or parking fee or anything like that.

Anyway, next week I hope to have some photos...we'll see how things go. The way things have been going, I don't have high hopes.

But, hope you're all having a lovely weekend and such :)