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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #8

Happy Sunday! I'll start right off by saying thank you for your well-wishes and such as we dealt with the wave of icky that went through our house. We're all (mostly) feeling better...not perfect but that stomach bug was bad.

So, now that that's out of the way, let's get going on the update :)


Finished Objects (FOs):

1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017

I did an FO Friday post about the Pikachu hat and Hermione's Everyday Socks, if you're interested. I would have had the Frene Creek Farm Corriedale in there but it wasn't quite dry. So, perhaps this week I'll get around to it because it's dry now, of course. ::sigh::


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016
7. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
8. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017

Starting from the bottom of the list.....I started another Pussy Hat.


A former coworker/friend of Husband's (and now mine, obviously) contacted me on the Book of Faces and asked if I would be willing to knit Pussy Hats. For him. His husband. And the rest of the gaggle of our gay friends. I did a quick count and that's at least 10 hats (but might be as many as 15 in case I'm forgetting people and I probably am). Thankfully, I don't think they need them until the end of May/beginning of June. But, I need to get moving as this is only the first one. I finished up the ribbing on Friday and started the stockinette portion so hopefully it will go faster now.

I also worked a teensy bit on the Trusty Hat and I'm actually further behind than I thought I was. I thought I was on the 5th pattern repeat and it turns out I was only on the 4th one. I'm currently debating whether I want to do a 5th repeat or go to the crown decreases. The thing I worry about is that it might be too short. I'd rather have it too long and wear it a little slouchy than be constantly pulling it down to cover my ears. Of course, it could always go to Little Man but he's already claimed the worsted weight version, which I had to convince him to share with me even though it was mine to begin with. You know what, I think I just convinced myself that it need another pattern repeat.

The project that probably saw the most amount of work this week was Stormageddon's Vest. I have split for the v-front and I'm almost finished with it, actually. Okay I've almost finished the right front. I still have the left front to work...and then the back....and then the arm hole bands and neckband. I want it finished by the time I go to Stitches West next weekend so I can take it to the Yarn On The House booth (because the yarn is YOTH Little Brother). I'm really hoping but I'm also on deadline knitting with the Pussy Hats sooooooo.........crap.


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

I did a teeeeeeeeeeensy bit of work on the Dystopian Novel this week. I started re-reading it and changed a couple words in the very beginning. But that was it. Nothing exciting here.


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







Since last week was such a mess, I had hoped this week would be a little tamer, less things going on, the usual. I'd like to think that it was a little less crazy but there are still some things happening to keep things fresh. 

Stormageddon still has the backdoor hershey squirts. I think it's because he was sick and his body is still trying to catch up from everything. Unfortunately, it has led to diaper rash and he is quite unhappy about that (as anyone would be). So, I'm going through A&D like it's going out of style and it's got a little bit of an ebb & flow. Friday morning, for example, he had almost no trace of the rash but a nasty diaper later and it was back with a vengeance. ::sigh:: 

Little Man, however, is back to normal. 

I'm still coughing. It seems to be calming down but I'm not going to hold my breath.

Husband is avoiding the office because everyone else is sick and he can't afford to get it right now. But otherwise, he's feeling pretty good. 

So, that's the health update. 

In weather-related news, our backyard is a bit muddy and gross because we've had lots of rain recently. In case you missed it, the Oroville Dam Spillway is about to bust open. It's about 175 miles northeast of here. This is important not just to me and my family but to a good portion of the state of California because it's one of the main feeds into the California Aqueduct system, which is how a good portion of the state gets it's water supply. Up until this past season, it's been far below capacity, as we've been in a major drought for several years. With all the rain, it's now beyond capacity and the infrastructure around it is starting to give out. It wasn't designed to go from nothing to OMG OVERFLOW. The rain is also causing mudslides, and not just in southern California. There was one not far from here, right in the Bay Area. Oh, and let's not forget that people around here have no idea how to drive in the rain and most of them are driving on bald tires, which means more accidents and stupidity. Luckily, I rarely have to go very far (I think the furthest I've gone in the last two weeks was the trip to the hospital, which is 15 miles away)...so we don't have to deal with too much. 

In random events and general life......well, Stormageddon has discovered posing for photos. If he hears my phone camera go off, he immediately starts posing. I'm pretty sure Little Man also did it when he was this age.

It started out innocently enough. He was sitting at the counter, shoving his finger into his peanut butter sandwich, scooping out the peanut butter, and, well....you can see what he was doing:



......and then he realized I was taking his photo.


.....and then I asked him to make his "angry" face and he gave me this mischievous little grin. 


.....and then he decided to fold his arms up but he couldn't stop smiling.


The gob of peanut butter on the side of his mouth just makes it that much more worth it. 

That same night, he crashed in our bed while watching the Minion movie on the iPad. 


He crashes in our bed quite often, actually. Usually with Husband. 


Little Man and I had a goofy moment this week. 


He also paused for a photo. He was busy learning how to build a Tardis in Minecraft via YouTube. That boy. ::sigh::



One of the things that happened this week involved me and my bicycle. Now that I've relearned how to ride my bicycle, I've been itching to actually ride it. Last weekend, I was back and forth between our house and Little Man's school during Auction Item Weekend on the bike (because we're down to one car). Saturday, I was back and forth three times (on the bike - I also took the car after the boys went to bed but this isn't about that) and Sunday, it was just the one time. It's only a half-mileish one way so it's not a big deal as long as things are spread out. Monday my legs were pretty sore but it was okay. 

On Thursday, I decided that I would take the bike to school to pick up Little Man (and walk the bike home with him)...but I left almost an hour before I needed to pick him up with the intention of riding along the Bay on the Bay Trail. It's not that far out of the way for me but I've not ridden my bike that far since....1994, maybe. I wound up riding a total of 3.72 miles over a half hour (and then walking home, which was just over a half-mile). I honestly thought my legs were going to be killing me but, really, they're a little sore but it wasn't bad. I'm considering doing it some more. The only thing I dislike about doing it is that I have to have my hair down and tied back at my neck because my bike helmet won't fit otherwise. I suppose it could be worse. But, I stopped along the way and took some photos. 

It's really difficult to see but in the middle of the photo, you can just see the San Mateo Bridge, which is one of the five (I think) bridges that connect the Peninsula to the other parts of the Bay Area (San Rafel Bridge & Golden Gate Bridge go to the North Bay, the Bay Bridge, San Mateo Bridge, and Dumbarton Bridge go to the East Bay). 


I also turned my camera toward San Francisco but you can't see it. It was too hazy. And you get a view of some of the power lines that run along this side of the Bay. 



Yesterday, Husband took Little Man to see the Batman Lego Movie, which was lovely. They were going to go to a 10:45am showing here in town but right as the movie was starting, the power went out (just on that screen) so they got a pass to go to any of the other theaters so they wound up going to a 1:45pm showing in San Bruno (which is just up the road). He, of course, loved the movie. Of course he did. 

Stormageddon and I hung out at home, I was trying to get caught up on Podcasts (hahahahahahaha! I'm so behind), and laundry was going and knitting and........yeah.

I'm also participating in the #yarnlovechallenge put forth by Mary Heather & Christina on Instagram...I might be a little behind but I'm keeping up for the most part. You can find me on Instagram @reneeanneknits. Just an FYI. 

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. Next weekend's post may be late because I will be at Stitches West all weekend. I have a class on Friday to dye my own yarn (as if I need a new fiber hobby), and two on Sunday (one is a Bavarian twisted stitch class with Franklin Habit, and the other is with Marly Bird). So, there's that :) 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stash Enhancement 2017: The First Purchase(s)

Happy Saturday :)

I've been really good so far this year. I picked up some yarn for the Pikachu Hat (see yesterday's post) that never made it into the stash and, obviously, I've not written a Stash Enhancement post for 2017...so, we'll just pretend that didn't happen.

But, it's mid-February and I've been really good about not bringing yarn into the house...except for what came in over the last ten days or so. Now, let's be fair: I picked up a box of yarn from Knit Picks that was (1) on sale and (2) mostly slated for immediate projects. I almost don't want to count half the box as stash because they're being used as quickly as I can knit but, of course, there is the other half of the box. So, I suppose for absolute transparency......

The Knit Picks Haul



Five skeins of Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Cotton Candy (and yes, I've already started knitting with one of them so I threw that in the photo as well).


Two more skeins of Knit Picks Mighty Stitch but these are in the Fairy Tale colorway.

Mighty Stitch is an 80/20 acrylic/wool blend. It's a little fuzzy and I have little fuzzballs flying from my WIP and it's a little splitty but it's nice to work with as far as acrylic blends go.


Two skeins of Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Cotton Candy.

Brava Worsted is a 100% acrylic but it's pretty nice to work with. It's also rather inexpensive, which helps.


Two skeins of Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Bulky in Blush. It's similar to the worsted version above but, you know, thicker.

The above pink colors are slated for Pussy Hats for our gaggle of gay (male) friends, hence why I have a project started with one of the skeins.


But, that's only half the box.

Three more skeins of Knit Picks Brava came in. These are also slated for a project so I don't feel too horrible. These are for a yarmulke for a friend of ours (and yes, he has requested a Rasta-colored one).

Red


Canary

Grass

In addition to that.....I picked up the Mighty Stitch Rainbow Sampler (the Fairy Tale colorway is also from that but I thought it would work better for the hats so I took it out of that grouping).

Serrano

Orange

Canary

Macaw

Celestial

Eggplant



But wait, THERE'S MORE!


In addition to the above Knit Picks haul, I also picked up a couple skeins in a destash. They are both Assockilate from the Cyborg's Craft Room, which is sadly discontinued as the indie dyer has passed away.

Assockilate is a 75/25 Merino/Nylon blend.

Dionysus

Diana
I assume these are both named after figures in ancient mythology. Dionysus was the Greek god of grape harvest, winemaking, ritual madness, fertility, theater, and religious ecstasy. Diana, on the other hand, was the Roman goddess of hunting and the moon. I suppose they're fitting.



Anyway, transparency and all that. I suppose my next Stash Acquisition post will be from Stitches West..........

Friday, February 17, 2017

FO Friday: Pikachu and Hermione

Happy Friday!

It's been a crazy couple of weeks around here and, as a result, I've been a little lax on posting for FO Friday (and WIP Wednesday and Stash Acquisition Saturday).

But, I've got a hot minute so it's time to post a few FOs :)


Link to Project Page


Pattern: Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Time Frame: started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017

Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Fresco Y Seco (less than 1 skein)

Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) circulars (four sets - one set had 2-32" and the other was 2-40")

Size: 64 sts (average size)


Modification(s): I don't know if these are really modifications but here are things I did differently: Jeny's Stretchy CO over two needles, k3xp1 ribbing for 25 rounds, 12 pattern repeats on the leg (and 18 on the foot because I have US9 clodhoppers), double gusset heel decreases .....that was about it for things I did that may or may not have been different. Otherwise, I think I followed the pattern.


Thoughts: Since this is the second time I've made these socks, they seemed to go a bit faster. Actually, I just looked...the first pair took me 8.5 months to knit. These took two. Why did they go faster? Probably because I wasn't so scaterbrained about the socks but maybe also because I was knitting both socks at the same time (two different sets of circular needles). That made some of the changes a bit easier. I might make these again. We'll see.

Double Gusset Heel Decrease

Leg close-up

Toe pic!



Pattern: Pikachu Hat by Jessica Hansen (no links - I couldn't find any)


Time Frame: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017


Yarn: Uh.....I really should look at the ball band. It's an acrylic from a big box store (Michael's or Joann's - I forget which). I know it's not RHSS. I want to say it's either something from Loops & Threads or Bernat. I cannot remember. Anyway, yellow and black.


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

Size: Um........we'll talk about this in a minute


Modification(s): The original is supposed to be knit flat and seamed, which I was not about doing so I changed the number of stitches used, and obviously changed the decreases to accommodate. Other than that, there weren't really any modifications...maybe a few small things on the ears. Also, the original called for DK weight but I used worsted.

Thoughts: A friend sent me this pattern because Stormageddon and Little Man love Pikachu but......there are some important things missing or that caused me some issue. Firstly, the pattern is written entirely in metric, which isn't exactly a problem (our rulers and such have both) but it kept tripping me up. It's not the fault of the designer. But I expect it will trip up many American knitters. Secondly, she uses some non-standard abbreviations (g-st for garter stitch, for example). It's also never explicitly stated that it's knit flat until you get to the point of seaming up the back...nor does it explicitly say that you're supposed to join in-the-round. I suppose you could argue that everything is implied if you read through the pattern beforehand (but really, who does that?!). Also, the directions for the face are a little ambiguous. I mean, there are measurements for how big everything should be but she keeps referring to an illustration, which is missing (though there is a photo and maybe that's what she meant). In the end, it turned out really cute but I had to do some intuitive knitting for this project. I also had to do some fancy work to make the face work.

When I make it again (because this first one went into Little Man's classroom's basket for the school auction and I have two boys that love Pikachu), I'll probably do a few small changes like how I attach the face and the sizing and such. I may also go up a needle size. It's a little stiff. It's not so bad that you can't wear it but I think it probably needs some flexibility for kids.

Ignore my messy bookshelves in the background



My handspun from Frene Creek Farm still isn't dry so that's going to have to wait a week or so. I will say that it turned the water blue during the first wash and the water was green after the second wash. But, it looks lovely and squishy so I'm going to have to show it off soon :)

I'll be back tomorrow with a few acquired items......oops.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #7

Happy Sunday! Today's post brought to you by too much caffeine, too little food, and lots of stress due to this weekend being Auction Item Weekend at Little Man's school.

But, let's get going :)

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

As promised, the Pikachu Hat was finished on Friday, just in time for me to take it to the school yesterday. It turned out a little big but since I'm not sure who will actually be getting the hat, I'm okay with it being big enough to fit me. I hope to have an FO Friday this week (along with Hermione's Everyday Socks and maybe the Frene Creek Farm Corriedale, if I can be fussed to do it).


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):

1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016
7. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
8. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017

Admittedly, aside from the Pikachu Hat mentioned above, I didn't really do a whole lot of knitting this week. I think the only other project that saw action this week was the Trusty Hat, which is on the....5th pattern repeat, I think. If I sit and work on it, it will be quickly finished.

And no photos of that.


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

Moving along, nothing to see here.


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




This week. Oh. Your. God. This week. 

You may remember that we've been dealing with illness in our house. This past week has been.....not fun. If you visited the blog on Wednesday, you already know what's been going on. But, for those of you that didn't swing in.....

Last week I mentioned that Little Man came down with the nasty stomach bug late Friday night/early Saturday morning and spent the rest of the weekend sick. His fever was over 102ºF, he wasn't eating, he wasn't really drinking, he was throwing up, he had diarrhea...just generally feeling like crap. If Little Man was a "normal" child, we would have just dealt with it at home. But, Little Man is....I don't want to say "special" because that's not what I mean but he has some other medical issues that can become problematic, especially if he's not eating or otherwise taking in calories. So, after two days of this and no end in sight.....


I took him to UCSF Children's in San Francisco. Actually, our friend drove the two of us because we are down to one car (more on that in a bit). This was fine and dandy....except before we were even on the highway, I was grabbing the puke bags and throwing up myself. 

By the time the above photo was taken, both he and I had been on IV fluids for about an hour. Yep. I was hooked up to an IV as well. When I was throwing up into the bucket and running walking quickly to the bathroom every hot minute, they asked if I wanted an IV with anti-nausea. Initially, I said, "no, no, I'll be fine" (puke) and they asked me again about 15 minutes later, to which I replied the same (complete with the puking at the end). After that, I said, "well, maybe it wouldn't hurt." 

By the time I went through two bags of fluid, they had decided to admit Little Man. So, I was unhooked and we went upstairs. We were just getting him settled in when Husband called... 

He was on his way to the UCSF Children's ER with Stormageddon, who had started puking epically all over our bed and himself and.....yeah. He also had an IV and was sent home. Husband drove us home (we arrived around 3am) and then went back to the hospital to be with Little Man.

Monday was miserable but mostly because I was hungry and my body was super angry so in order to not make it worse, I avoided most food. Stormageddon was fine. He let me sleep in.......but found dog poop and had a little fun (it wasn't bad - I didn't have to wash any cushions or curtains, just him). We had a lazy day because we felt like crap, slept like crap, didn't have the car, and the weather was crap.

Husband sent me some photos of Little Man from the hospital. He had a rough day on Monday. Thrice-botched blood draws, bribery (in the form of the Ghostbusters 2016 car Lego set), wouldn't eat, couldn't pee (he should have been peeing like crazy by that point)....doesn't look too miserable, though. And because he had a stomach bug, he couldn't go wander to the playroom or anything. 






I'm quite proud of this for several reasons. The hospital's teacher came in to talk to him and asked him if there was something he wanted to do and he said he wanted to color a Dalek. She managed to get some Doctor Who coloring pages. This one is going to be featured in the hospital's magazine. 

They kept Little Man into Tuesday but not all day. He was home before noon. 


Later that afternoon, I asked if he was hungry and he said he wanted a cheeseburger from McDonald's. So, off we went. He got through probably half the cheeseburger and all his fries and I found him on the couch telling me his tummy hurt...and then he fell asleep at 4:45pm. I kept him home on Wednesday and Thursday. I would have sent him on Thursday but he had his follow-up appointment with his pediatrician in the middle of the morning. 

Stormageddon was mostly fine after the epic puking, other than the other end. He's acting normally so I'm not that fussed about it. 

I am back to the nasty cough that won't quit, the one I had before I got the stomach bug. ::sigh:: 

Outside of all that, not much else happened. The weather was crappy and we're down to one car for a few weeks. Husband was having a friend replace his timing belt. We trust this person with the car and that's not the issue. Unfortunately, he ran into some trouble which resulted in some major damage to the engine of Husband's car (need to putz with the engine to get to the timing belt). Soooo, he's going to fix it but it's going to take a bit. So, one car. Not fun. 

And this weekend is Auction Item Weekend where I'm supposed to be at the school to get items ready for the auction, get everything entered, get the catalog ready, etc. So, lack of sleep, too much caffeine, not enough food. ::sigh::

I've been finding snails around the house because of all the rain. This little guy was by our front door the other morning. We've found big ones and small ones, ones without their houses, and empty shells. 



And lastly, Stormageddon shoving fingers up both his nostrils. ::sigh:: Silly boy.




I hope this week is better than last week. It's a pretty low bar to hurdle so I think we're good but, you know :) I hope to be back this week again but we'll have to see how things go. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WIP Wednes........crap.

Happy Wednesday!

I had every intention of partaking in a proper WIP Wednesday this week. I was going to photograph projects on Monday, write yesterday, and get everything ready to post.

And then Sunday afternoon & evening happened.


This is Little Man. That his an ER bed (or A&E, for my non-USian friends). If you read my Year of Projects update, you already know that he got sick on Friday night/Saturday morning and it continued through Saturday and into Sunday. He was spiking nasty fevers (102º+F, which is about 48.9ºC), throwing up, having issues at the other end, not eating, not drinking, severe dehydration.....yeah, the decision was made to haul him in around 5pm on Sunday. I went with him, of course, because Husband can't handle needles and such.

This would have been fine and dandy if I hadn't started throwing up prior to getting to the hospital. Yuuuuuuuup. Turns out I came down with the stomach bug as well. So, in addition to Little Man being hooked up to an IV, I was also hooked up to one (that I had to take with me when I went to the bathroom every 10 minutes). The decision was made to admit him around 9:30pm and by 10pm, we were just getting to his room on the 4th floor when I got a call from Husband: Stormageddon's throwing up everywhere.

Guess who else wound up getting an IV on Sunday night?

And I sat with him. By then, I was off my own IV but I started feeling like crap. Husband drove us back home, then went back to the hospital (we left around 2am to come home).

Little Man came home yesterday afternoon. He had a rough couple of days. His IV blew on Monday, he had a botched blood draw (three times), the IV needed to be moved (after he was sedated because he would not cooperate - he's 6, I expected that), and then someone was incapable of reading and hung the wrong bag for the IV (he was supposed to be getting a D10 bag and higher salinity bag because his sodium was low). So, it was not a pleasant experience, of course. Husband stayed at the hospital with him and I was home with Stormageddon.

So, while I had every intention of a proper WIP Wednesday post, it just didn't happen.

After Little Man got home, Husband and Stormageddon crashed in the chair in the living room while he and I were in the back room.


Remember when I said he had a botched blood draw? Well, in order to get him to cooperate, Husband basically bribed him: he ordered him the Lego Ghostbusters car (the new 2016 movie version - I have the original one and he's been after us for the new one for awhile now). So, while Husband and Stormageddon were napping in the chair, Little Man and I were in the back room putting the Lego set together (he's on the 3rd bag, of 4, and has done most of it himself).


But, today is Wednesday and he's still home from school. ::sigh:: Hopefully tomorrow he can go back. Now he's got my barking cough again.


In the meantime, I've worked a little bit on the following: the Pikachu Hat (I'm almost to the crown decreases) and the Trusty Hat (I'm on the 5th pattern repeat...I think...maybe the end of the 4th...don't remember right now).



I hope you're having a much better Wednesday!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #6

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

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017

I finished up the spinning on the Frene Creek Farm Corriedale awhile ago (January 16th) but I left it hanging out on the bobbin until this past week when I got around to putting it on the niddy-noddy and calculated yardage. It's approximately 278 yds and it's probably a DK/lt. worsted weight. I know it's not the full 4 oz of fiber I started with because there's some left on one of the bobbins (not enough for me to be fussed about) soooo, that's kind of a guess on weight but the yardage is a pretty good estimate. So, I'm finally counting it as an actual finish. I do still need to soak it and all that. All in good time.


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):

1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016
7. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
8. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
9. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017

A few projects made some progressions this week. My Smooth Operator Socks are continuing down the foot for a couple inches and then I'll go back and put the heel in. I hope. That's the idea, anyway. I've not photographed it in awhile. Maybe I should look into that for a WIP Wednesday. I've not done one of those in awhile either. Either way, I'm still slogging along on those.

Stormageddon's Vest made some progress this week because I split for the front and back (meaning I did underarm bind-offs). Soooo, we'll see how long it takes me to finish now that I've split.


This is a close-up shot I took the other day for the #yarnlovechallenge on Instagram.

The trusty hat also grew a bit this week. I've got three full pattern repeats finished and I think I'm going to have to do five before I start the crown decreases to make up for the difference in my row gauge (and for using DK instead of worsted weight yarn). No photos of that one either. I really should. It's lovely.

I also pulled out the Messed Up Moss scarf for Little Man. I'm almost through the first ball of yarn and I'm probably about 3/4 of the total length I need for him, which is fine because I have three more skeins of this yarn. So, I'll be able to make matching mittens and a matching hat. In theory. We'll see how all that goes.

Aaaaaand, I started a new project this week: a Pikachu hat for Little Man's school auction. Each classroom is responsible for a themed basked and Little Man's class got the Pokemon themed basket. So, I knew I had access to a Pikachu hat and it's not difficult...so, I'm making it for the basket. I need it done by Friday, however...I should be okay because it doesn't appear to be all that difficult.

But, you know me....no photos. Oops. Maybe I'll get a WIP Wednesday going on in addition to the FO Friday I still need to do.......




17 UFOs in 2017

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

So, I've done a little updating to this list and how I'm going to work it. Rather than delete things as I finish them, I'm just going to put the finished date and/or **DONE** next to them. I feel like it'll just help me keep better track. That means that I've finished three things from the original list, and that's lovely since it's only the beginning of February. However......there are plenty of other things I need to attend to :)

Moving along...


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



California is not immune to the the GI plague that's sweeping the country. It has hit our house this past week, as well as many other houses. Husband got it earlier this week and was down for probably three full days (two due to weakness from the FOURTEEN pounds he lost - yes, he's gained it all back because it was almost all water weight that he lost). Little Man came down with it Friday night/Saturday morning. Thankfully, it seemed to go through him a bit quicker as he was pretty much himself by mid-afternoon yesterday. I still made him take it easy and lump around the house with me. In addition to that, I've got a cold that won't go away. It's the kind where everything is just sitting in my chest so I'm coughing randomly, and I've lost my voice...and that's about it. ::sigh::

Outside of a house full of sick people, not much has been happening (we've been sick!).

But, a few things happened..... Stormageddon got his hands on a glue stick and decided it was chapstick. I was away for a meeting when that happened so I didn't even get to see him do it. He's also learned a few new words and faces this week. He can now say, "Shaun" as in Shaun the Sheep and he also sort of says, "fish" but it comes out sounding suspiciously like, "shit," which is still adorable. He's also discovered his angry face, which I think I mentioned last week. But I got a photo of it!


He can't do it without grinning like a little fool. I believe this was described as his mischievous look, which is probably far more accurate.

Oh, and he's also discovered he can do this:


He opens up the fridge, steps onto the bottom shelf on the door, and grabs hold of the milk carton. Unfortunately, he dropped one and it cracked on the bottom. Soooo, I had to put the fridge lock back on temporarily.

Here are a few more photos of Stormageddon.






I also caught a photo of him with Husband on Friday afternoon.


Husband sent me a text and said, "you need to take a photo of this." So, obviously, I did.

Little Man was less photogenic this week....or, rather, he was less available. We went to the mall one day this past week and he made this "monster" at the Lego store and they displayed it by the registers.



I also caught a photo of him playing Pikman on the WiiU. He wanted to know why I was taking his picture. Um....because I haven't taken any of you lately? Silly boy.


We've had a week around here, to say the least. I hope you're having a lovely week/weekend :) I hope to be back sometime this week but we'll see how things go.