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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #28

Hello, happy Sunday, let's just get going, shall we? Okay then :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018

I finished up some spinning this week. The wool from a sheep named MaryAnn. I wound up with ~ 226 yds on the first plying bobbin  (with two breaks in the yarn) and ~ 94 yds on the second one (with no breaks in the yarn) and, I had a bit left on one of the bobbins. The total weight of the two skeins was ~ 183 g (6.46 oz). I tried to Andean ply the remaining bit on the bobbin and it was horribly overspun and it got tangled pretty badly. So, I wound it into a single-ply ball and I'm going to make a dryer ball out of it. From the original 221 g of fiber I started out with, ~ 183 g became two-ply yarn, ~ 30 g is going to turn into a dryer ball, and I only lost about 2 g of fiber. That's pretty good, considering that this yarn is......well, we'll talk about that in a moment.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
3. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
4. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
5. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
6. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
7. Returning: started 14 January 2018
8. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
9. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
10. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018
11. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018
12. Safari Duo - Ella the Elephant: started 11 July 2018
13. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
14. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018

Because I didn't have enough going on, I decided to start three new projects this week. I needed something kind of mindless for knitting group on Wednesday, hence the two knitting projects. Apparently I think colorwork knitting is going to be mindless. The beginning is kind of mindless, and that's all I needed for Wednesday. I've had this project on my list for awhile. It's time to do it. Not going to lie, though...the chart is something like 144 sts wide on US #3 needles. Can you imagine just how tiny this chart is? I'm going to need alllllllll the highlighter tape. Or something. I'd rather not mangle the actual chart. Maybe I'll go have a copy made.

Ella will be for my Devil Niece, probably for either her birthday or Christmas (her birthday is in November, a few days before Little Man's). I'm going to seam a toy for her. I'm following the directions as written. I thought about converting it to the round but I decided to give it a go as written this time around and if I want to make it again someday, I can convert it, if it makes sense.

The Malabrigo Nube is a spinning project for Tour de Fleece. I finished up the unknown wool from a sheep named MaryAnn and needed a new project. I had the Malabrigo Nube hanging in the bathroom because I dyed it. I bought it undyed last year at a shop called Fengari in Half Moon Bay (their Facebook page seems a bit more active than their password-protected website). When I was dyeing yarn, I also dyed this braid of fiber. I have no idea how to dye roving so I treated it kind of like yarn. I soaked it in the citric acid solution, squeezed out the excess water, dyed it, wrapped it in plastic wrap, steamed it, and hung it to dry. I didn't want to mess it around too much in the water because then I could have wound up with a felted mass of ick. I'm not sold on the color but it's a OOAK leftover bits of this and that. It's coming out a lovely shade of pink.


I split it by weight before I started spinning. I wound up with 60 g and 55 g. I could have made it closer but I know the second single is always longer than the first, even if they're evenly weighted. So, I spun the 60 g first, in hopes that the second bobbin will be a bit finer and, therefore, longer to make up for the difference in weight. It might not work. We'll see.

The Nube merino fiber spins like a dream, especially compared to the MaryAnn wool.....that one had a bit of veg matter left, even though it had been processed, and it left schlubs in my yarn. It was also overspun, overplied, itchy, and rustic. I have no idea what I'm going to do with that one. It's not something you can have close to your body so any sort of winter gear is out (unless it has a liner of some sort). I'm tempted to use it to make a pet blanket of some sort. We'll see. Regardless, the Nube is lovely to spin. It does have a few schlubs but I think that's kind of the nature of handspun.

In addition to the three new projects, I made some progress on the Paradiddle Prototype sock. The skein of yarn arrived the other day, already caked up and ready to go. I don't need it yet but it's nice to know that it's ready to go. I only did the heel turn but hey, it's done. I also did a few rounds on my FrankenSocks. Because I need to weigh things after every color change, I can't go too far with it. But I did finish up the first fat stripe on the second sock, which is lovely. And I may or may not have worked on Clapotis. I honestly don't remember.



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
2. Mittens for Stormageddon
3. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
4. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
5. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, maybe)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
4. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - 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 - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - 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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Gaia (worsted)
2. Euro Sock 6-ply or BFL Sock (I can't remember which one I have)
3. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....sock blanks, some more BFL sock....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)





California has been pretty quiet this week. It's been warm and we've not done much. Little Man had three birthday parties to attend last weekend (one on Saturday, two on Sunday). After the first one on Saturday he said, "okay, mom, we have two parties left, right?" and I said that was true, and he said, "can we just....stay at home this week?" Absolutely we can do that. He was so over people by the second party on Sunday. I think he just wanted to curl up with me and call it good. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way but that's fine. 




One of the other moms took this photo of him at the first birthday party last Sunday. They had it at a local park, potluck/picnic style, and the kids ran around on the playground and splashpad. Yes, he's pretending to pee....as were most of the boys. The girls, on the other hand, were squatting over a few of them and doing the same thing. I guess they all kind of get how that part of their body works? I don't know. 

We went directly from this party to the next one, which was held at one of those indoor bounce house type places. He climbed the rock wall with out difficulty. 



When he was done, he kind of just collapsed on the floor. 



We did have an unexpected departure this week. The Pibble that we've been not-fostering went with his Daddy this week. He figured out how to jump into our pool (by hopping onto the ionizer and then into the pool). That's not necessarily problematic by itself. The dog can swim just fine.....but he couldn't figure out how to swim over to the steps and hop out. If he had done it while we were gone at the gym for a couple of hours, he could have died. I'm glad he did it when we were home. Stormageddon came in and said, "mama, Pibble's in the water" and I was confused because the hose wasn't on. So, I went outside and heard him splashing around like an idiot, having tons of fun. It wouldn't have been an issue if he did it once but 20 minutes later, he had done it again. He was a great destroyer of all the toys so keeping him in the house by himself for an extended period of time wouldn't be a good idea and keeping him in the kennel while we were gone wouldn't be fair to him. So, his Daddy picked him up that day. I felt really bad but I didn't want a dead dog, and his Daddy understood that perfectly. 

So, we're back down to our one "normal" dog. 

We also had some work done around the house this week. Well, we didn't do the work; PG&E did the work. They were doing maintenance on their towers, which meant they were being stripped and repainted....except the original coating had asbestos in it. So, our backyard was covered in plastic wrap for two days and we couldn't let Puppy outside in the backyard. He was fine in the house with us, and had plenty of outdoor playtime and bathroom time on Thursday but he was also refusing to poop in the front yard on Friday so we kept him in the kennel while we were out. And we were out for a lot of the day on Friday because CalWater shut off the water for the entire street to so dome work, which meant no showers or toilet flushing or hand washing or any of that. Luckily, that all got taken care of and we have our yard and life back. 

Yesterday was spent around the house, again. Husband was playing work host to one of his colleagues that's here from India. They went up to a winery in Napa so the boys and I were kind of lazy. We went to the gym but that was about it. I did some spinning, we did some reading (Little Man is finally letting me read Harry Potter to him!), and that was about it. Nothing terribly exciting. 

Oh, I almost forgot....Little Man got super lucky this week. 


One day this week (Wednesday, maybe) he found $3 on the ground outside the gym. That went into his piggy bank. 


They were very patient at the gym that morning. The Kids' Club worker was a little behind that day. 


Also, Stormageddon is still sleeping in our bed. 


I honestly don't mind it all that much because he's not going to do it forever and if I keep having to put him to bed, I don't get any sleep. At least this way, we all get some sleep. He's also potty training. He spends a good portion of his day naked. You know, unless we're out of the house. I've been putting a diaper on him and every place we go, I take him to go potty, which has worked well and it's what I did with Little Man. I expect he'll be good to go by the fall. If not, one of the first things I want him to work on in speech therapy is telling people when he has to go so that he can go. At home, he just goes to the potty by himself but he needs to learn to ask when we're at places like the gym or when he's in speech therapy. 


Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely week/weekend :) Maybe this week will be more productive than this past week. Or not. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #27

Happy Sunday! Let's get moooooooving :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018

Nope. Nothing new to see here. Maybe next week, kids :)



WIPs (Works-in-Progress)
 These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
3. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
4. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
5. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
6. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
7. Returning: started 14 January 2018
8. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
9. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
10. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018
11. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018

I didn't get a lot of knitting done this past week, honestly. I finished up the leg and the heel flap on the Paradiddle Prototype sock and realized that I was running low on yarn. I was sure I had a leftover ball from the first pair of socks I made out of the same yarn (Vanilla Socks).....except I didn't. I ransacked my bits stash for the rogue ball of leftover yarn and finally looked at the project page for the first pair of socks and realized that I had, in fact, broken into the second ball of yarn......meaning I had less than a full skein to start with. I am going to run out of yarn....and, of course, it's a discontinued yarn (and company, as Colinette is no more either). Luckily, I found someone on Ravelry with a skein of it for sale and I've paid for it and I should have it tomorrow. But, you know, I'm trying to reduce my stash. ::sigh:: But, it's coming. And I finished the heel flap.

I also worked a little bit on the Returning Shawl this week. It was my car knitting when we went to Santa Rosa. I think I'm at the point where I start working the second color but I have to double check. And then I need to figure out what I'm going to use for contrast colors. I should maybe get on that soon.

I also worked on the Clapotis shawl. I don't know if I'm going to make it as wide as the original. I haven't decided yet. I only have the two skeins of yarn so I may have to weigh things out and go from there. Or not. I could just wing it. But I did work on it.

And Tour de Fleece started yesterday. We probably shouldn't talk about that. We were busy yesterday and no spinning happened. I did fondle some fiber.......

In addition to that, I did some dyeing this week. I dyed 11 skeins of yarn and a braid of merino fiber (Malabrigo undyed, which I fondled yesterday to make sure it was dry - the extent of my TdF beginnings yesterday). I'm going to have to start selling this stuff because it's taking over my stash. I haven't bothered to take photos, though. I might want to get on that. Most of them need re-skeining. I might think about that this week. Maybe not.



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
3. Mittens for Stormageddon
4. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
5. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
6. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)
16. Clapotis (calls for Aran weight but I think I'm going to use this)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - 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 - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - 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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Gaia (worsted)
2. Euro Sock 6-ply or BFL Sock (I can't remember which one I have)
3. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....sock blanks, some more BFL sock....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)




Husband took this past week off form work and the hol on the 4th just further messed up my days. I spent Monday thinking it was Friday, Wednesday thinking it was Saturday, Thursday thinking it was Sunday, and yesterday was somehow the right day, even though I was sure Saturday had happened at least twice in there. I'm not quite sure how all that happened but it did. 


We harvested our first cucumbers. They're currently in the big jar in the fridge, pickling properly. They should be good to go in a week or so. In the meantime, we have more coming. 



It's been awhile since the boys and I have had a trunk picnic at Target but we needed to go the other day for dog food and a few other random amenities. And it was lunchtime. And we were out. So we grabbed a little Pizza Hut Pan Pizza, a banana (because Stormageddon was being himself), a couple of milks, and called it good. 

Other events this week included a playdate/pool party with a classmate of Little Man's. They've actually not been in the same class the last two years but they are in the same grade, I know the parents, and one of this classmate's younger brothers is dragged to the gym with dad and is Stormageddon's age (and they're totally buddies).....so it was fine. Unfortunately, Little Man got sunburned on his shoulders :( We've been gooping him up with the green aloe gel stuff. Poor kiddo. The crazy part is that he had sunscreen on....but I didn't reapply like you're supposed to. So, it's kind of my fault. 



That night, Mama went out with some other parent friends. Much alcohol was consumed.....and even though I'm very out of practice because I hardly ever drink, I still drank everyone under the table. 



I think I wound up having......six or seven mixed drinks. The lovely lady sitting across from us in the bottom photo was keeping up with me and she was a little bit more tipsy than I was. Honestly, I would have been fine driving, other than tired. I wouldn't have driven but I would have been fine. 

On Saturday, one of Little Man's best friends had his birthday party so we were there. It was at a park and all was well. I made sure to sunscreen him properly. He was fine, other than hot and he had sunscreen in his eyes. ::sigh:: I just can't win. After the birthday party, I went out with some other mom friends for dinner and drinks. There's a new German Beer & Brat place here in town so we tried that. 



My photo is sideways and I don't care. That was my dinner. Mmmmmmmm.....cheddar brat....and pomegranate cider. That didn't make for a late night, at least. 


Anyway, I hope to get spinning today....but we have two more birthday parties to go to today. Yesterday Little Man said, "okay, mama, we have two more parties, right? After that, can we stay home all week?" 

I think he's peopled out. I don't blame him.



I hope you're having a lovely weekend :) 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

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

Happy Sunday! By this point, you should all know why we're here. For many people, this week should mark the end of the 7th Year of Projects and the beginning of the 8th Year of Projects...but for me, we're at the halfway point :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018

Nope. Nothing new to see here. Move along. Well, unless you're interested in seeing....a bunch of FOs. Then you can go visit this past Friday's post :)


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
3. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
4. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
5. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
6. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
7. Returning: started 14 January 2018
8. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
9. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
10. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018
11. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018

I feel like I did a good amount of knitting this week, even if it was only on four projects.

Earlier this week, I figured out I was a stitch off on my Returning Shawl. I had to do math to figure it out. I had 99 sts on one side of the center increase and 100 sts on the other. Turns out I was supposed to have 100. I could not see a dropped stitch, a missed YO, or a missed M1 on that side . What I suspect happened is that I dropped a YO and it only dropped a row or two at most because it's undetectable. So, I did a M1 in the early part of that side, called it good, and kept knitting on my merry merry. I also figured out that, at the time, I had 18 rows left to knit before I switched colors.....which means I should probably figure out which yarn I'm going to use for sure.

The hot contender right now is this one:


I was originally thinking of a blue one from Sundara Yarns but the main color was more greenish than I was originally thinking and the blue next to it just looks......wrong. Sooooo, off on a quest to find a new one. I need to put this one next to the dark brown (the other contrast color) and the green (main color) to see if they go together or not. If the brown and this one are too close, I may have to go back to the drawing board. But, right now, this is the thought I'm having.

In addition to the Returning Shawl, I also worked a bit on the Paradiddle Prototype Socks. I think I only have four pattern repeats to go before the heel flap/gusset. I haven't counted in awhile, though. I should maybe do that.

I also finished up the cuff on the FrankenSock and started the first color. I've been having to weigh my yarns as I go along, though, because of Stash Dash. Since I was using partial skeins, I didn't think to weigh anything so I'm weighing on the second sock so I can figure out what I used on the first one and maybe have an idea for Stash Dash.

And then you can see I started another project. I didn't mean to start my Clapotis two days early and I'm only like 16 rows into the pattern...and since it's knit on the bias, those rows are very short. I only have about 19 sts on the needles right now. I wound the yarn last week and this week I decided I needed to figure out which needles I wanted to use. I started out knitting the actual pattern with some Addi Turbos in US #5 and it wasn't giving me a fabric that I liked. So, I ripped it out, found some Addi Turbos in US #6 and restarted it. I liked the fabric I was getting but the needles were too blunt for me. So, I ripped it back out again, dug out some ChiaoGoo Red Lace needles in US #6 and started again. I had sharp enough needles and I was getting a fabric I liked. So, I got just into section 2 (the increase section) and stopped. I won't pick it up again until sometime today, at the earliest. I've earburned everyone in the thread that is doing the Clap-a-Long with me and we'll be on our way.


OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
3. Mittens for Stormageddon
4. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
5. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
6. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)
16. Clapotis (calls for Aran weight but I think I'm going to use this)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - 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 - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - 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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube (fiber)
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)


It occurs to me that Tour de Fleece starts this Saturday. So, while I was cleaning my corner this week, I pulled out some fiber to spin. I think my first spin is going to be the white unknown wool from a sheep named Mary Ann. It was the white fiber I used for Maker Faire at Little Man's school in April. I weighed it out and I have just over 200 g of fiber to spin (just over 7 oz). So, if I'm lucky, I should wind up with about 600 yds of DK weight when I'm finished. It depends on how it spins. It's going to be a rustic handspun, I know that. If I spin it a little thicker, I'll probably wind up with about 450ish yds of worsted. We'll see what it wants to do. I also plan to finish up my Crazy Batt from Farie Mountain Fibers, on the electric spinner. That honestly shouldn't take all that long.

I'm not going to lie, though: TdF is going to mess with my knitting...because I'm going to be spinning. ::sigh::



In real life, it's been......well, we've had a busy week. It was the first full week of summer vacation. Husband has been working a lot this week so the boys and I have been trying to stay entertained without going broke in the process.



On Sunday, I took the boys out for lunch and ice cream. Or, rather, Little Man and I had ice cream. Stormageddon didn't want anything to do with it. Weirdo.

Tuesday, I took the boys to the zoo. I should have known better. We went in shorts and t-shirts because it was 68F at our house when we left. When we got to the zoo in San Francisco, which is right alongside the ocean, it was 56F. The boys were a bit chilly. I was fine but they were cold. Once we were moving around, they were okay but the first few minutes, they were not happy about their lack of sweatshirts.


We managed to catch the Red Panda talk right away. They have three red pandas. Two are females, both around 13 or 14, and then this guy is a 5 year old male. He was busy doing somersaults. They don't do them in the wild but they do in captivity. He was busy running around and showing off. The females were just hanging in their spots, watching him act a fool.




They have a USDA Containment Facility at the zoo for the bugs. Basically, one door opens, you go into the foyer, wait for the first door to close, and then you can open the second door and enter the facility. The boys are hit or miss about the bugs. Sometimes they love it, other times not so much. Stormageddon didn't like the cockroaches but he seemed to like the spiders. Little Man just liked looking at all the bugs.

After that, we went to the petting zoo, which is really mostly farm animals. They have a horse, a couple donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks....and because the goats are free-roaming, you have to make sure you don't have paper sticking out from pockets or a purse. They'll eat it. I also have to remind the boys not to chase the chickens.


However, those who do not listen, must feel. Little Man went up to the rooster. The rooster didn't like it and gave him a bite. I don't think he's going to be walking up to any roosters again.



This is one of the many goats that roams in the area. This particular one is a bit of an attention hog. Loves pets and will come back and nudge you for more. 



Recently shaved alpacas :) They look so skinny without all their hair. 





Of course there are things to climb on, as well. Stormageddon needed some help onto the donkey but he figured out the saddle all on his own. 



I just like the meerkats. There were only a couple out at the time. This guy was particularly photogenic.



We spent some time in the play area just around noon. Stormageddon didn't want to go, but what kid wants to leave the playground? We weren't even halfway through the zoo but we came across the playground first. Oh well.


I took the boys on the train that goes around the zoo. We stopped in the South American Rain Forest & Aviary building first. Stormageddon does not like reptiles, it seems. He didn't want to see Oliver, the anaconda, or any of the frogs. He did like the one sloth we found. And the ducks. He backed away from everything else.



The boys wanted to see the penguins and flamingos before we left, which was fine. The flamingos smell, though. Or maybe it's just where I was standing. Either way, not pleasant. 



The photos of a successful trip: both boys fell asleep on the way home. 

The rest of the week was spent trying not to melt in the heat. The boys keep messing with the hose in the backyard and made a giant mudhole, which our not-foster Pibble likes to play in. ::sigh:: 



Thankfully, Puppy doesn't really go for the mud puddles (if he did, he wouldn't be allowed in our bed). He does like to cuddle with Little Man, though.

By the time yesterday rolled around, I needed a break from my monkeys. Luckily, we had a mom's night out planned for Saturday anyway. There were only six of us and we went to House of Prime Rib in San Francisco. It was a much-needed night out. And dessert. 


And here we are, on Sunday again. We're heading up to Santa Rosa today, just for the day, and Husband is taking this week off from work (woo-hoo!). So, that's exciting and all. 

I hope you had a lovely week and weekend :) 

Friday, June 29, 2018

FO Friday: Oh my, it's been far too long!

Happy Friday!

It's been far, far, far too long since I've participated in a FO Friday posting (seriously, I checked; my last FO Friday post was just before this past Christmas). So, you're going to get multiples today, because I'm so very far behind :) Let's see what happens.


Rasta Ski Cap (link to Project Page)
Pattern: None; I made it up on the fly
Time Frame: started 25 November 2017; finished 24 December 2017
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in black, canary, grass, and red
Needles: US #6 (4 mm) & US #8 (5 mm)
Size: Adult male
Modifications: None, as there wasn't a pattern.
Thoughts: I have a lot of feels and thoughts about this hat. This hat was made for a dying man, who did pass away in January 2018, just a couple weeks after receiving this hat. His name was Arno and his son, Thom, is a very good friend of ours, he was our realtor when we bought our house in 2012, and he asked if I would make his father a Rasta-colored hat and matching scarf. It was gifted upon finishing it, Christmas Eve, to a wonderful Jewish man. Yes, I see the irony in all of that.





Rasta Scarf (link to Project Page)
Pattern: None; I just kind of made it up as I went along.
Time Frame: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in the same colors as the hat above, except the black. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids for the black (I was running low on the Brava Worsted).
Needles: US #9 (5.5 mm)
Size: Small adult size
Modifications: None.
Thoughts:  Again, I have a lot of feels about this scarf. Arno passed away just a week before I had started it but I still made it. Eventually, it's going to be left, along with the hat, where his son spreads his ashes...which will probably be on Arno's favorite ski hill in California. Maybe Switzerland. He hasn't decided yet. I only met Arno a handful of times, all of them within the last two years. He and his wife were both born and raised in neutral Switzerland, lived there during WWII, and moved to the United States sometime in the 1950s, I believe. I might be wrong about that. Thom is their only child. And Thom has no children of his own. A couple of years ago, Arno was complaining about some issues, as one does, and it turned out he had stomach cancer. Arno was more upset about the chemo messing up his ski season and his future biking schedule. The man was 80-some years old and was still swimming laps every day, biking several times a week, and during ski season, he was up on the tops of mountains. After he received the hat, he had something happen that required back surgery and he just never did well after the surgery, the cancer came back more aggressively, and he eventually passed in mid-January. He never got to wear his scarf, which is why it's modeled by Little Man.


Adare (link to Project Page)
Pattern: Adare by IrishGirlieKnits (Carrie Sullivan)
Time Frame: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios, handdyed by me
Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) & US #6 (4 mm)
Size: To fit me.
Modifications: I opted to stop a pattern repeat short (so I did 6 instead of 7).
Thoughts: This pattern was a quick knit, well thought out, and I probably could have gone one more pattern repeat for a slightly slouchier look but I opted not to, which worked just fine for me. I wore this hat several times this past winter. Thankfully there's just enough lace to keep it interesting but it's not an "all over" pattern. The yarn was a little too busy for it but I still love it. I might have to make another one.


Luck o' the Irish Cowl (link to Project Page)
Pattern: Luck o' the Irish by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich
Time Frame: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
Yarn: Caledon Hills Worsted Wool in Mallard, about 3/4 skein.
Needles: US #8 (5.5 mm)
Size: Pattern specifications
Modifications: I worked five rounds of garter stitch at the beginning and end (I think the pattern called for three) and I made sure to use a stretchy bind-off.
Thoughts: I'm not going to lie: I do not love this cowl. It's a great pattern but I think my yarn choice was a poor one as it's a very stiff cowl and not at all drapey like the pattern page shows. It's also itchy., even after a soak in conditioner It also reaffirms that I like looser cowls or infinity cowls that you wrap double around your neck. The pattern itself is not the issue. It was an intuitive, quick knit (regardless that it took me two weeks to knit), but I made some poor choices with the yarn.


Rastarmulke (v2) (link to Project Page)
Pattern: None, but I may have to write it.
Time Frame: started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in black, canary, red, and grass, just like above.
Needles: US #6 (4 mm)
Size: Uh...adult?
Modifications: Since there's no pattern, there aren't any mods, right? And I didn't change anything between the first version and the second version.
Thoughts: I hardly remember making this and it was gifted right away. So, there's that.


Garter Stitch Baby Blanket (link to Project Page)

Pattern: None but it's basically a giant version of Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth.
Time Frame: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
Yarn: Marisol Hap'i in #1106
Needles: US #9 (5.5 mm)
Size: Baby sized
Modifications: None.
Thoughts: This blanket gave me fits. I had four balls of yarn and I decided I'd increase until the endish of the second ball, then decrease with the last two balls. It should have worked out just fine....except it didn't. That means that the balls of yarn were not evenly weighted and either one (or both) of the first two balls were overweight or one (or both) of the second two balls was underweight (or both). Because I didn't weigh each skein individually, I don't know the culprit. Regardless, this blanket sat on time-out while I tried to find another skein of this yarn, which was proving to be damn near impossible. It wasn't discontinued but somewhere along the way, the color changed so I had to be careful, and shops that said they carried it.......didn't. I finally found someone on Ravelry with the same dyelot and got a skein that way. The blanket was finished and it's still needing another wash in the washer before I ship it off to it's recipient's mama (since the recipient is still 3 months away). I should get around to that soon.


Tiny Narwhals (link to one of the Project Pages)
Pattern: Tiny Narwhal by Anna Hrachovec
Time Frame: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018 (both)
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Solids, I believe...
Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm)
Size: Whatever size it came out...
Modifications: None
Thoughts: These came as a kit that I picked up at ImagiKnit in San Francisco in November 2017. They are fiddly but the end result is adorable. I have a couple more kits in my stash from the same designer. I'm not going to lie: both of these were restarted at least twice because I just couldn't make the small number of stitches work on my needles. But I got it. All was well.


Hat for Little Man (link to Project Page)
Pattern: None; I winged it.
Time Frame: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
Yarn: Berroco Pure Merino in Electric Blue and Anzula For Better or Worsted in Hippo
Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) and US #6 (4 mm)
Size: Whatever size it came out to fit Little Man
Modifications: None since there isn't really a pattern...
Thoughts: I could have made this hat just a little shorter but that's fine. He'll grow. This hat sat on time out for quite awhile while I procured another skein of this discontinued yarn. I got the yarn in a swap and I tried stretching it with the addition of the colored stripes but I still ran out. Luckily, I found someone on Ravelry that was willing to sell me a skein and I was able to finish the hat. The bonus about the hat is that I can borrow it if I want to since it also fits me pretty well.

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Smooth Operator Socks (link to Project Page)


Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson
Time Frame: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
Yarn: Loops & Threads Woolike in Cool Gray and ONline Supersocke 100 in Blues
Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm)
Size: Well.......we'll talk about that in a mo'
Modifications: I added some extra decreases on the bottom of the foot, much like I would for the double gusset heel decrease, because this doesn't take that into account otherwise.
Thoughts: I started out making these socks for me....and while they do fit me, they were commandeered by Little Man. I may never truly see them again. I'm okay with that because they just don't quite fit me correctly. I don't know if that's just the nature of afterthought heels or if there's some modification I can make in order for them to fit better. I might have to tinker with it a bit. In the meantime, they fit Little Man and he's stolen them for his own. They are a little too long in the foot but he'll grow.




In addition to all the knitting, there was also some spinning....


The photo is terrible and I've not been feeling assed enough to take a photo of the yarn in the skein form. It does look better than this.

I feel like I've recounted this story several times over the last few weeks but the bottom line is that I wound up with about 190 yds of worsted weight Falkland Merino from River's Edge Fiber Arts. And it's not as bad as it could have been but this is something that I'll have to use myself because of all the breaks and knots in the skein (which I put there).




Anyway, I hope you've had a happy Friday :)