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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #26

Happy Sunday! Happy Midsummer! Happy middle of my self-imposed year of projects (and happy end of the 6th Year of Projects to most everyone else that is participating)! Yes, this update is the middle and we need to reassess my list(s) because, seriously, I'm nuts. But, we'll get to that in a moment...

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017
19. Pussy Hat: started May 19. 2017; finished May 23, 2017
20. Pussy Hat: started May 24, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
21. Baby Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
22. Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
23. Bugga Bare (2 matching): started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
24. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
25. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
26. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
23. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017
24. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17 2016; finished June 9, 2017
25. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017; finished June 23, 2017

I finished up spinning the 8ish oz of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Handpainted Roving this week. Okay, I still have a teensy bit left to Andean-ply but the big stuff is done. I plied the first two bobbins together on Thursday morning and wound up with ~ 324 yds of a thick-n-thin (mostly consistent) DKish yarn. On Friday, I plied the other two bobbins and wound up with.......

Both have been washed and are currently hanging out, having a stretch and drying off a bit. So, another FO Friday should be coming. Should be coming....



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. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
6. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
7. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
8. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
9. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017

This week has been all about design work and pseudo-hibernating WIPs and socks and frustration. I'll start with the design work. So, I'm kitting the Twilight Socks from the sock blanks, which is lovely....but I wanted something less boring/plain so I thought, "hey, I'll put some cable work in there and maybe some of those Bavarian twisted stitches and see how it goes." I had it set up so that I could have an eight-stitch main cable and two auxiliary cables on either side. I dug out the Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook and found a cable pattern I liked that was an eight-stitch width. Then I dug out Maria Erlbacher's Twisted-Stitch Knitting and found a few different Bavarian twisted stitch patterns that I liked. I thought about doing just a meandering cable but decided I needed something a bit more substantial, but also stable (not meandering). I found a couple other eight-stitch width patterns and I finally chose one. Buuuuuuut, there's a problem with all that. If you're unaware, and many knitters are, Bavarian twisted stitches don't read like a normal chart. First of all, there's no overt grid (everything is lined up but there are no lines to delineate sections). Secondly, there are only four symbols used in Bavarian twisted knitting charts:  -  8  ↖︎  and the arrow pointing upward to the right (for which I cannot find a symbol). The good thing is that once you know how to read it, it's pretty intuitive. But, if I was going to make this a chart for socks for an actual pattern for the general public, I would need to translate it to "normal" charting patterns (it's far easier than trying to teach someone to read Bavarian twisted stitch knitting patterns and there are much better explanations elsewhere than I could give). So far, I've drawn the chart in the Bavarian manner (meaning I copied it out of the book onto grid paper), written the line-by-line directions from that (and double checked that I was, in fact, writing them correctly), figured out what the corresponding "normal" cabling charts look like, re-drawn the chart in "normal" cabling patterns, and I'm in the middle of drawing all three charts onto one chart. After that, I'll write the line-by-line for the entire chart and attempt to make it pretty so I can work from it. I might send that part off to my tech editor (hi Holly) because I don't have the software to make the chart symbols I'll need. That's probably further down the line, however. So, right now, the actual knitting for these socks has been lacking but I've done a lot of work on them otherwise.

The Vanilla Rainbowish socks are growing, albeit slowly.


They're doing a self-stripe kind of thing...but there's also pooling in the rainbow parts. You can see the orange/yellow block right after the cuff, then a grey stripe, then the blue/purple/red block. If you were to look on the backside, the orange/yellow block has the green/blue/purple/red in the same spot and the blue/purple/red block has the orange/yellow/green on the backside. But the rainbow sections are also slowly swirling. You can see the evidence on the right side of the photo by the cable as the green is starting to creep in and up by the cuff on the left where the blue/purple were coming in on that side. These are my "travel" knitting project. I work on them during swimming lessons or when I'm out with the boys in self-contained places (the bounce house place or the indoor kid gym place). I do work on them at home when I need some fairly uncomplicated knitting but it's mostly my travel project.

And then there are my Smooth Operator Socks. I've started the toe decreases on the first sock. Based on the math, I've used approximately 40 yds for the cuff, heel, and (I expect) the toe and about 93 yds for the main color. That means my socks will use a total of about 268 yds. For both socks (each are about 134 yds). That means I can probably get away with making socks with contrasting cuffs, heels, and toes out of the Bugga skeins that I dyed (the red/yellow or the purple/black - the green will make a full pair, no issue). It also means I can probably get another pair of socks out of the main color...possibly without contrast cuffs, heels, or toes. My math might be off on that but you'll understand why in a moment.

Next, we come to this:


This was my Oh She is a Bad Nut shawl. Looking good and lovely, right? Yes, I know the remaining ball is tiny. Don't worry, I have more.

This is what it looks like right now:


It was very naughty and is currently on time out to think about what it's done.

This shawl does not have charts; everything is written directions. I'm perfectly fine with that. There are occasional stitch counts listed (for the entire row). This is awesome. It is split into sections. Again, awesome. It relies heavily on the use of stitch markers because some of the directions say things like, "k1, yo, k to marker, slm, k2, p to marker, slm...(134 sts)" and stitch markers are awesome.......but.........do you see the problem with this? Go back and reread the directions. I'll give you a moment. Do you notice that there are no stitch counts between the stitch markers? Guess what happens if you lose a stitch marker? You. Are. Screwed.

Guess what I did?

So, the shawl is in time out right now because I am working on a spreadsheet to figure out how many stitches are between stitch makers on every row for every section. There are five sections and over 150 rows (158, to be specific and exact...which doesn't include the bind off rows). I got through the first 17 rows in the spreadsheet before I started going cross-eyed. At that pace, it will take me about 9 sessions to complete...and it took me a couple hours to get that far. ::sigh::

However, I did have a stroke of brilliance in all this hot mess. I did put in a lifeline so I don't have to rip out the entire shawl and start over once I get around to fixing things. I almost didn't put it in but right now, I'm glad I did. I'm still pissed that I dropped the stitch marker, though. And with all the Bad Nut math, I couldn't math on the Smooth Operator Socks (if I could squeak another pair out with the main color or not).


So, that was quite a knitting update....let's move along.....

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



And now, a reassessment of the lists......because it's the midterm and it's time.


"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.

These aren't changing. They're already set up and ready to go so there's no real need to change them.


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)

I think I'm going to tentatively ax this entire section, as much as I want to learn how to do this. These are all substantial projects. I think I need to start with something smaller. I might come back to it someday...


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

Everything on this list is still viable but the toys are in order of age...meaning that I won't knit something for my little devil niece (TAZ) before I knit something for Miss C. She's the oldest; she gets hers first. The hats and mittens are still in there whenever. I've also decided on patterns for the first two: Miss C is getting Bonbon (the pattern has been printed and I've pulled yarn and I've pulled needles). Mr. K is getting Wasabi (which has also been printed and I think I know what yarn I want but that's as far as I've gotten). Both patterns are by Susan Claudino. I've knit her Zombie Vixen Fingerless Mitts but I've not knit any of her toys. Several are in my queue....



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?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)

Since these are just selfish items for me, I'm going to keep the list and pick and go. I'm not too fussed about it.


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)

I have done absolutely no charity knitting, from this list or not....none. With that said, I'm not axing the list but it's not a main focus....maybe I should just ax it. Meh, it's not hurting anything.


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

Designs will get done when they get done and I'm not too fussed about it. So, this list still stands.


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

With Tour de Fleece starting soon, I expect I'll knock out a bunch of this list, and probably a few other things as well. So, we'll just leave this one alone until August...and by the time August rolls around, I'll probably only have the fleeces left on the list (if that).


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

These are ongoing things that I do a little bit of here and there as I find time. So, I guess this one stays.



Hmmm.....not as much housecleaning as I expected. I axed an entire section and maybe another section. That was about it. Oh, and I made decisions on toy patterns.





Anyway, on to life in California. California Adventures? Wait, that might be trademarked....nevermind.

The biggest thing that happened this week was Little Man starting summer school on Tuesday. So, we're kind of back on a school routine schedule for a couple of weeks. Routines are helpful, especially for Stormageddon.

On Monday, Husband took the day off from work (to make up for the fact that last weekend, he was working and he was staying late a few nights). So, my days were totally screwed up this week. Little Man also had a make-up swimming lesson on Monday (and his regular time slot on Thursday). And with school starting on Tuesday....I thought Tuesday was Monday, I thought Wednesday was Thursday, I thought Thursday was Saturday, and I thought Friday was....some weird combination of Friday and Sunday and I thought yesterday was today. I was all over the place.

We had a bit of an unexpected shakeup on Wednesday, however. I got a phone call from my mother-in-law, letting us know that Husband's sister was in the hospital. I talked to her in the hospital and she sounded fine but Husband was freaked out and to help ease his mind because we're 2500 miles away, he hopped a redeye flight that night to Wisconsin. He got home from work at 6:30pm and was on the plane by 10:30pm. He's coming home sometime today. I think. So, I've been flying solo with the boys since Wednesday night. As long as the boys are pretty well-behaved, it's a non-issue. We've been keeping things pretty low-key around here. It's been hot so we've been spending time inside with the room air conditioners on. Yesterday, Little Man had a birthday party to go to for a classmate and then he took a class about the bugs that inspired Pokémon....which led to an almost 2-hour impromptu nap for Stormageddon.

In other words, not a whole lot has been happening around here.


Little Man tried to climb one of our lopped trees...but he has no upper arm strength and this was all he could muster. Still, it was better than anything I could do....



Stormageddon still isn't sleeping through the night in his own bed. At least he's cute and cuddly.



The birthday party was at Chuck E. Cheese's yesterday morning. The last time Stormageddon was here, he was barely walking and now he went around by himself, totally free. I found him on the little train with another girl about his age. He was pretty adorable about it.



Remember that impromptu almost two-hour nap I mentioned? Yeah, we spent about an hour in the parking lot near Trader Joe's and Barnes & Noble because he was sleeping. It was fine. He fell asleep about fifteen minutes after we dropped Little Man off for his class yesterday so I took the long way to A & W for a rootbeer float and KFC Mac & Cheese (because it's a combination of A & W and KFC). I ate while he slept. It worked out.



After we got home from everything, the boys settled onto the couch and Little Man shared his cotton candy with Stormageddon. They were behaving and sitting nicely....I almost didn't believe it. But, it worked.




Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely weekend :)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #25

Happy Sunday :)

I've had quite a few non-YOP posts these past few weeks. You can find a yarn review here, a yarn dyeing adventure, another FO Friday post, and some stash acquisition. I had a hot minute to blog about a few different things this week so....I did : )

But today is about my Self-Imposed Year of Projects :)

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017
19. Pussy Hat: started May 19. 2017; finished May 23, 2017
20. Pussy Hat: started May 24, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
21. Baby Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
22. Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
23. Bugga Bare (2 matching): started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
24. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
25. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
26. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
23. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017
24. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17 2016; finished June 9, 2017

Unsurprisingly, I've not finished anything new. I did get the vest washed/blocked so everything is sitting much better and there are no weird lumps. But, it's too big for Stormageddon so no modeled shots.....yet.


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. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
6. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
7. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
8. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017
9. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
10. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017

Only the socks have seen any action this week. And I do mean all three pairs.....meaning I pulled my SOSocks out of pseudo-hibernation.


I'm actually further along than this. I'm to the point where I'm supposed to switch back to my contrast and do the toe decreases. I think. I should check on that.

The other two socks have grown but not significantly. I've just barely started the "pattern" portion of the Vanillaish Rainbow socks and I'm still on the cuff of the Twilight socks. Nothing huge going on. Progress is progress.

In addition to that, Viktor had some action this week. I finished spinning the second bobbin and spun the entire third bobbin. The first bobbin is at the top, the second is in the middle, and the third is on the bottom.


I'm hoping to get the fourth one started and finished and get everything plied before Tour de Fleece starts.....I suppose that means I need to get spinning.....


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 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)


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?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


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


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


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


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




This week has been so busy. 



I got this boy to willingly sit on the potty and GO. I didn't have to fight him. Of course, that was on Monday. On Tuesday, I was ready to sell him to the circus. It didn't get better on Wednesday, either. ::sigh:: 

On Tuesday, Little Man's class went to Elkus Ranch, which I mentioned last week because we had gone last weekend on Saturday. So, that was the class field trip. 




Since I didn't go on the field trip, one of the other moms took a few photos of Little Man for me. There are a few more but since there are other kids in the photos (where you can see their faces) or you can see plainly the back of Little Man's shirt (with his school logo and such), I won't post them. The only "bad" thing was that we were told they would be back between 1:45pm-2pm but they actually got back closer to 1pm. 

On Wednesday, this happened:


Little Man's last day of Kindergarten was this past Wednesday. He came home with a HUGE bag of work and art projects and Father's Day gifts, as well as being totally wired because LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

On top of that, we had a few other things happening on Wednesday. After school, we went to one of his classmate's apartment complex because they have a swimming pool (heated, in-ground and there's even a smaller pool that's only 18" deep for small children like Stormageddon). A different classmate is moving to Denver in a few weeks so we had a going-away party for him. That sounds confusing. One classmate is moving and another classmate hosted his going-away party. There we go. That sounds better.

After that, we had a birthday party to go to at the bounce house place. Unfortunately, I was losing Stormageddon by that point. We had to leave before cake because he was just screaming and kicking and being a general pain in my backside. I actually spent about half that drive home crying because it was such a horrible day. 


I hadn't quite lost him at this point. There is an indoor climbing wall and he kept trying to climb it without the harness so we finally put him in the harness....but that's about as far as we got. It appeared as though the harness was getting in his way. Oh well.



After we got home and sort of resettled, Little Man drew this for me. It's a pink heart with a pink rainbow and it says, "I luv u" underneath. He knew I wasn't having the greatest day and wanted to make me feel better.

That night, Little Man crashed. Hard.


I told him to get his jammies on and get into bed and I'd be in in a few minutes. By the time I got in there, less than five minutes later, he was out cold with his bedroom light still on. 


Little Man had swimming lessons on Thursday. He was fake-sleeping when I parked the car. You can see the slightest hint of a smirk on his face. Booger.

On Friday, Husband took Little Man to work for bring your kid to work day or something. I don't really know. However, I had to pick him up around 12:30pm because he had a pair of doctor appointments that afternoon. He had an audiology recheck and then met with his ENT about his tubes. 


Yes, he had a spider painted on his face (from his day at work with Daddy). And of course I had Stormageddon along...



And then yesterday happened.......yesterday was a long and tiring day. We did some tree.....well, I'd say "trimming" but, really, we lopped off the tops of six trees, cut back the magnolia tree a bit, ripped out some bushes, cut back some other bushes, and made a lot of wood chips. 

I ganked this from our realtor's Facebook page (he's the one that came over with the chainsaw). 


That's what is left of our magnolia tree and you can see the tops of three palm trees in front OF IT (which were a whole other matter). 


This is a photo of five of the lopped trees. The tops extended probably a good twenty feet into the air. And yes, they grow back. These are camphor trees and it's just what they do. 

We rented a wood chipper to take care of the debris and we have a few mounds of wood chips to spread around in the backyard. Unfortunately, we did have a mishap with the wood chipper. We didn't have the spout angled correctly (it wants to shoot straight out and, theoretically, into the back of a truck) and it was shooting straight out for a bit.....at the house......resulting in a broken window (Stormageddon's window, actually). It's double-paned glass and only the outside panes broke (on both sides) so we don't have to do it OMGRIGHTNAO but we will need to fix it. 

So, our back yard needs some attention but the big stuff is done. 

After all that, a cousin of mine stopped over. He was in town for work and had posted something on Facebook and I was like, "hey, you're just 10 bird miles away" so I spent a few hours with him last night. His paternal grandfather and my maternal grandfather were brothers, making he and I second cousins....though he's almost twenty years older than I am (he graduated from high school the year I was born, if I remember correctly). 

And that brings me to now......I think.......which is Sunday and Father's Day so with that, I'm off on another non-adventure. I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stash Enhancement 2017: Want to Dye ALL THE THINGS!

Happy Saturday! Last Saturday, Little Man, Stormageddon, and a friend of mine went to Elkus Ranch for their Sheep to Shawl event. They're located just south of Half Moon Bay, California. In Half Moon Bay, there is a yarn shop I hadn't visited before so we stopped in there and I may or may not have come home with things.

Okay, let's be honest: I can't go into a yarn store and not come out with something.

SOOOOO........here's what I came home with last weekend. And please note, I am apparently really into this dyeing thing because most of what I bought was for the purpose of dyeing.

Firstly, the two skeins that are not for dyeing:



Madelinetosh BFL Sock in Void. I've been pondering a good superwash BFL sock yarn for awhile. I had heard such a best existed thanks to the YarnHoarder Podcast...and she says it wears like iron. So, I found a BFL sock yarn. We'll try it :)



Malabrigo Sock in Black (obviously). I may wind up using this for contrast heels/cuff/toes or for stripes or something. I don't know that I necessarily want to knit a pair of black socks. But for contrast color, woo!

And now for the things I bought to dye......



Two skeins of Malabrigo Arroyo, which I believe is a sport weight, superwash yarn. Superwash and I are friends.



Two skeins of Malabrigo Sock. Again, superwash yarn (because socks).



.....and four ounces of Malabrigo Nube, which is a 100% merino spinning fiber. I've never dyed spinning fiber so this should be interesting. I am tossed about whether to dye it first and then spin it or if I should spin it and then dye it. Or maybe split it in half and dye half as fiber and spin the other half and dye it once it's spun. I'm going to let those ideas stew.


In addition to that, I also acquired some needles:


It occurred to me that I did not have a US #10 (6 mm) 16" circular needle. I have US #9 and US #10.5....not the US #10. So, I picked these up at the yarn store in Half Moon Bay.

And then there are these.....


A friend of mine back home in Wisconsin had posted on Facebook that these had come in a lot from an estate sale. She wondered if I or another knitting friend of hers would want them. They don't look all that impressive but when you open up these little wooden tubes......


Double Pointed Needles. I haven't checked with the needle gauge thingie but I'm guessing the one on the left and in the middle are probably US #0 and US #1. There are at least five in each size. The one on the right has four DPNs and two are bigger than the other two. I can use them as cable needles. The other friend wasn't interested so she shipped them off to me :) I also like the containers. They're interesting by themselves.



So, those are my most recent acquisitions :) I should be back tomorrow with my Year of Projects update. I hope.

Friday, June 16, 2017

FO Friday :)

Happy Friday! I've had another little flurry of finishes that I need to discuss. Or blather on about. Take your pick.....

Messed Up Moss (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Messed Up Moss by Renee Anne (yes, that's me!)

Time Frame: started January 4, 2017; finished May17, 2017

Yarn: Loops & Threads Woolzee in Crimson (~1.5 skeins; ~110 yds)


Needles: US #10.5 (6.5 mm)

Size: To fit Little Man


Modification(s): None. As I'm in the process of making this into a more cohesive pattern, I needed to reknit it so I can figure out yardage and sizing. So, the scarf is about 60" long and used about 110 yds of bulky yarn so I can adjust and estimate from there.


Thoughts: There's no reason other than laziness for the amount of time it took me to knit this scarf. It's bulky yarn on big needles and the pattern is easy to memorize. I hope I don't have to make it again for awhile, though :)



Vanilla Socks (link to Project Page)

Pattern: None but there are elements of the Vanilla Latte socks and I used the Double Gusset Heel Decreases and the Modified Eye of Partridge heel flap....


Time Frame: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017


Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Teals (more than 318 yds...but I'm not sure how much exactly)

Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm)


Size: 64 sts - to fit me :)

Modification(s): There's not really a pattern so there aren't any modifications to be had.

Thoughts: I learned a valuable lesson with these socks: longer than usual socks + less skein yardage = I needed to break into the second skein (which I luckily already had). I usually have a good sized min-skein leftover when I knit socks so I thought I'd chance making them a bit longer...neglecting to account for the yarn I was using having almost 100 yds less than a "normal" skein of sock yarn. Oops. Luckily, I had a second skein of this yarn. I now have enough left for ankle socks (I think).


Stormageddon's Vest (link to Project Page)

Pattern: George's Vest by Crystal Erb Junkins


Time Frame: started October 17, 2017; finished June 9, 2017

Yarn: YOTH Little Brother in Caviar (less than 435 yds)

Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm); US #6 (4 mm) and US J (6 mm) crochet hook


Size: 4t-6t


Modification(s): I left the buttons off the front. I may still add them but I don't think they're needed and they serve no functional purpose.

Thoughts: This is a well written and well thought out pattern. The only thing I really was not a fan of: the single crochet around the neckband. I thought it should have had an inch or so of the twisted ribbing like the armholes and the bottom ribbing. Also, it was a pain in the ass for me to do. I wound up having to go to a J hook because the first two times I did it, it wound up not being able to fit over Stormageddon's head. I know I have tension issues with crochet but it shouldn't have been that bad! Clearly I have more issues than I thought. I made the largest size on purpose and it should fit Stormageddon in the fall/winter. It's a bit long on him right now. Little Man said he looked like he was wearing a dress....oops. He'll grow. The pattern is "unavailable" but if you go to the wayback machine, you can find it (and I think the link on the pattern page takes you to the archived version). Aside from that, I don't know if it's because of the yarn used in the original, but I feel like I didn't need even close to the same amount of yarn. The yarn used comes in 385 yds/skein and for the largest size, you need two skeins...so I'm guessing you just barely get into the second skein because I used less than one skein of the yarn I had (which comes in 435 yd skeins). So, I have a bunch of extra yarn (oh darn).




Anyway, that's all I have for FO Friday :) I should be back tomorrow with my latest stash enhancements. And then again on Sunday for my Year of Projects update :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Yran Dyeing Adventures: Third Time's the Charm?

Happy Wednesday :)

I know that Wednesdays are usually reserved for WIP Wednesdays but I'm throwing in some yarn dyeing adventures. We've previously see the process of me making a mess while dyeing yarn (because it is a messy process). This time around, I think I'm just going to give you the results....




These are both Malabrigo Twist as a base (100% merino, Aran weight, 150 yds each). They were both full immersion in separate dye baths. The purple one had some black drops added to the dye bath toward the end, which is why there are also some darker purple-grey spots.

The rest of these are the Sanguine Gryphon Bugga base (which is the same as the Bugga base for Cephalopod Yarns and the Verdant Gryphon - a 70/20/10 Merino-Cashmere-Nylon blend, sport weight, with 412 yds/125 g). However, these were the cone ends so they are not full 412 yd skeins. They run about 250 yds each but I haven't measured/weighed them so I'm unsure of the actual yardage.




This one was done with two different dye baths and the yarn was placed in both at the same time. The original idea in my head was that there was going to be sections of red, sections of yellow, and sections of white.......but I neglected to take into account that the dye was going to travel across the "barrier" and mix a little bit so there aren't really any truly white sections. I'm okay with it, though.




This was also done with two dye baths but since I saw what happened to the red/yellow skein above, I didn't bother trying to keep the black and purple separate (also, this is more of a purple and less of a blue - I could not capture the color correctly). I let them meld together and then I did a dunk in the purple to finish off the lighter area in the middle followed by a dunk in the black. Okay, "dunk" isn't the right word...I soaked the middle section in both colors separately for a bit of time in an attempt to even out the lighter section.

While all that was going on, I did these two:


These were full immersion in the same dye bath at the same time. They're slightly tonal but they're the same colorway, which is a new thing for me.



These were all dyed on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in the afternoon. No matter how careful I am and wearing gloves and the whole thing...I still wind up with dye on my hands. ::sigh::

I hope you're all having a lovely Wednesday. I'll be back on Friday...and Saturday...and Sunday...........yuuuup.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #24

Happy Sunday :) I would hope that by now you know why you're here so I'm not going to go over it. Let's just get moooooving...


Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017
19. Pussy Hat: started May 19. 2017; finished May 23, 2017
20. Pussy Hat: started May 24, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
21. Baby Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
22. Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
23. Bugga Bare (2 matching): started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
24. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
25. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
26. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
23. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017
24. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17 2016; finished June 9, 2017

Oh hey....look at that. I finished a couple projects. And I managed an FO Friday post about the Pussy Hats (here)......finally. And now I have to do another one. ::sigh:: I suppose I should maybe wash the socks first, right? Maybe the vest, too...and modeled shots, of course. I mean, that would only make sense. And I don't think I ever talked about the scarf either, did I? The Messed Up Moss scarf? Yeah, I think I missed that one, too......

And then there's the dyeing that happened last Saturday, which I neglected to mention last week. They weren't fully finished until Sunday, however. I put them in the steamer to set the dye on Saturday night and I pulled them on Sunday morning, laid them out, photographed them, and gave them a soak. And I did it right because there was only a minimal amount of dye left in the sink (and it was a slight greyish color, meaning it came from the black). Proper photos and probably an FO Friday post about that will also be forthcoming. I think.



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. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
6. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
7. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
8. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017
9. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
10. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017

With two finishes this week, I've not really worked on much else....except that's kind of a lie. I mean, I started a new sock project and I worked on the rainbow socks and I finished the two projects noted above and I finished the dyeing project from last weekend and.....I'm such a liar.

But, let's talk about these projects......yeah, projects......

So, you might remember that I bought a couple of sock blanks at Stitches West. I decided that because I finished a sock project, it was time to start another one...because I didn't have enough projects going. I thought about winding some sock yarn that I've had or starting from a skein already wound.....and then I thought that I should try one of the sock blanks. I knew where they were hiding so I pulled it out, studied them, and decided that it was time. I couldn't remember if they came as one long repeated sock blank or if they had two strands knitted together and dyed together.....but it turns out that they were two separate sock blanks that were dyed together. I'm not 100% sure I'm in love with sock blanks yet. I tension my yarn strangely (meaning I don't really tension it at all while I'm knitting other than to just hold it in my right hand) so the kinks are a little difficult to navigate. I think it's more a matter of getting used to it rather than actual difficulty. I picked this blank:



It came from Greenwood Fibers. Bonus trivia: I also have a braid of their BFL fiber that I picked up at Lambtown in 2015......which I've not spun (shhh!). So, there are two blanks in there, both approximately 230 yds, and dyed together (not sure how - one on top of the other, side-by-side...no idea). I expect I'll have leftovers but we'll see.

In addition to that, the Rainbow Vanillaish socks have grown. I finished the cuff on the first one and started the not-pattern (because, really, it's not much of a pattern...I'm just doing some ribbing effects). I've not photographed it, partly because I'm lazy and partly because there's not much to see yet.

I also pulled out the Smooth Operator Socks. I'm working on the foot of the first one. I'm not sold on my contrast yarn yet but I'm going to tough it out. The rest of the sock is going to wear like iron...not sure about the cuff, heel, and toe yarn. But, it does have an acrylic content to it so it might be okay.

I briefly thought about Wink and the Bad Nut shawl.....but no real action. Oh well. Someday. Maybe when I'm dead.


Moving along.....


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

5/17 projects finished. It's June. I kind of suck. Oh well.




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?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


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


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


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


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




I feel like this week has been a bit of a whirlwind. That's probably true. I also feel like we haven't been that busy. That's probably not true. Guess we'll find out.....

So, I neglected to mention that Husband and I went out for a fancy dinner last Saturday night (Mourad in San Francisco, if you're curious). When we finished, it was just after 7pm. We had our sitter scheduled until 10pm.....we wound up texting her to see if we could keep her til maybe 11pm and went to see Wonder Woman. I highly recommend seeing it, if you haven't already. It's part of the reason I neglected to mention the yarn dyeing that was done on Saturday...post already written, didn't have time to get back in to edit before it posted. Oh well, whatever.

As a result, Sunday was kind of a lazy day, really. Little Man did insist that I take a photo of him sitting in the chair with Puppy. So, I obliged.




Monday yielded the usual, except for the trip to urgent care at 8pm. Little Man and Stormageddon were running amok in the backyard, I was putting laundry away, Husband was doing something in the kitchen...and Little Man comes into the house, screaming his fool head off about bleeding. He sliced his big toe open on one of the slabs of our slate walkway. So, I cleaned him up in the sink, wrapped his toe up in gauze and tape and goop, and checked him about 20 minutes later to find that he was still bleeding. Sooooo, off to urgent care we go. No stitches or anything, he was cleaned out pretty well by me, but we did get an antibiotic since it was something outside (both oral and topical), and he was supposed to be off gym through the end of the school  year (hahahaha!). It yielded some knitting time......


He looks so upset and uncomfortable, doesn't he? Yes, that's Minecraft.

The rest of the week was as normal as it always is. Lots of cleaning, lots of laundry, maybe some knitting.....the usual. I got notification that Little Man is definitely going to summer school, which is not unexpected.

I caught a moment when Little Man's classroom turtles were outside in their little pool. Apparently they've taken to trying to drown the other in an attempt to escape.



I also caught Stormageddon trying to dress himself.


I said, "trying."




Yesterday, however, was an unusual day. When Little Man's school auction happened, Husband and I bid on (and won) an experience. Well, two experiences, actually. One of them was a gift certificate to a restaurant just outside Half Moon Bay, sits right on the ocean, very nice place but you don't have to be fancy to eat there. We didn't do that yesterday. The other thing that came in the auction package was a 4-pass to Elkus Ranch for their Sheep to Shawl event. Elkus Ranch is an educational facility linked to the University of California. In fact, Little Man's class is going there for their field trip on Tuesday. But, we went yesterday for the Sheep to Shawl event. There were many things going on. We fed chickens, we saw one of the sheep getting their haircut (several had it done), we pet bunnies, we visited the goats, the boys played on the playground, and we got to wash and dye some wool. And of course I managed some photos of our adventures.








This guy smiled at us originally but refused to do so when I wanted to take a photo. Booger. Cute anyway.




They had a barn with some of the educational items and the boys were fascinated with the table of various bones.
















I haven't photographed the dyed wool but it's not ready anyway (still wet and in the bag we used for dyeing). Maybe I'll post about it when I do my stash enhancement update.....because after we left the ranch, we went to Fengari Yarn and I may or may not have come home with some acquisitions and they may or may not be mostly intended for dyeing.....

Once we got home, I spent some time washing some handknits....meaning recent FOs. I washed Little Man's scarf (Messed Up Moss) and the yarn bled. I was a little surprised since it was an acrylic but I washed it by itself so it's not a big deal. Then I washed Stormageddon's Vest, which also bled a little but it wasn't a whole lot so I threw in the Vanilla Socks after I took the vest out. It was all very exciting :)

Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend :)