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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #4

Happy Sunday! A month in so let's get going :)


Finished Objects (FOs):

1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017

In true fashion, I have my first FO for the year before the end of the month :) But, also in true fashion, I've not done a proper FO Friday yet. As it went to someone else, I have no modeled shots. Sooo, when I get around to it, we'll just have to deal with flat shots. 


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. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016
9. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
10. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017


I spent most of my time this week working on the aforementioned hat but a couple projects got some needed attention.


This is one of Hermione's Everyday Socks. When this photo was taken (late late late on Thursday), both socks were at this point.


And a close-up of the heel decreases (you can only see the first half but there are two lines of decreases).

I figure it will be about 4-6 more pattern repeats before I start the toes. I might have these finished sooner than I think. We'll see.

I also pulled out this:


I don't know that I've shown this one but this is the Trusty Hat. I did the green one at the end of last year using worsted weight, as called for in the pattern. This one is done with DK weight so there had to be some modifications up front, the first being needle size followed by number of stitches. I made the largest size when I did the worsted one and it fits me perfectly. Soooo, I knew the largest size using DK weight was going to require modifications in order for it to fit me. I didn't do anything too drastic.

In addition to the the knitting projects, I also took care of plying my bobbins of Corriedale from Frene Creek Farm. It's still sitting on the bobbin so I have no idea what my yardage is, though I suspect it's in the 300-400 yd range and probably a sport weight. Maybe. I really don't know; let's be honest. And no photos of that. But that part is finished.



17 UFOs in 2017

1-8: WIP list UFOs (ignoring the fact that there are more WIPs than what are listed here)
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

So, if you haven't noticed, I have a note that says my Stash Inventory is finished. And it is. Mostly. All the bins are taken care of. I still have a couple bags that need attention but otherwise, it's finished. And I have a few things that I haven't been able to find and I've noted that on the stash pages. It took a few days but once I had my system down, it was fine. And now that I know what I have, I can better plan projects...maybe. And the first step toward better planning: how many yards do I really have? Ravelry has this handy little tool in your stash page.


It's that little square to the left of the Advanced Search bar. If you click it, Ravelry will turn your stash into a spreadsheet. It tells you everything that your stash pages tell you. The nice thing is that if you highlight all of column J (that's what it is on mine - the one for total yardage) and click the summation button, it will tell you how many yards you have entered into Ravelry. And if you're a weirdo like me, you can do some other math to figure out how many miles of yarn you have. With everything I've entered, I have 244,000+ yds of yarn stashed (which doesn't include partials and things like that)....that's around 139 miles of yarn. I think I had better get knitting......


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Spinning:
1. Finish up the Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (see also: WIPs)
2. Miss Babs BFL
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
4. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
5. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
6. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
7. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


Other:
1. Stash Inventory (see also 17 UFOs in 2017)
2. Stitch markers
3. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)




This week has been.....challenging. The weather was less than cooperative, of course. Husband came down with strep. Again. So, we've had a lot of down time and the boys probably spent far too much time with technology this week. Combine my time with my stash along with this week's activities, and I've discovered that I've taken....well, I haven't taken any photos that weren't of my stash or the few above of my knitting. No photos of the boys this week at all.

Little Man  had off from school on Monday for the holiday. We spent the day around the house because there wasn't much else to do. Oh, wait, I take that back...one of my Mama friends dragged me LuLaRoe shopping. I'm a convert. I could live in those pants (and probably will since I bought four pairs). I'll take photos of the patterns one of these days. They're pretty fantastic. Tuesday meant we could get back to our normal schedule, if you can call it that. Nothing is ever normal around here.

There was some excitement on Thursday. As you know, or maybe not, Northern California has been getting quite a bit of rain lately. I was hanging out in my car between going to the post office and a doctor appointment, it was raining like it's been doing most of the week. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I see this HUGE flash of light and my first thought was that a transformer had blown. And then there was this HUGE crash. Friends, it was lightening followed by thunder! My little Wisconsin heart was all aflutter! THUNDER AND LIGHTENING, PEOPLE! And then it poured for a little bit. Apparently on the other side of town they had hail. That does not happen around here. It was awesome.

What was not awesome was when the same thing happened multiple times at 4:20am. There were probably 5 or 6 different flashes of lightening that I could see, followed by thunder on two of them. The whole house shook. I will say this about thunderstorms here: they're not like they are in Wisconsin. Lightening is bright and infrequent (from what I could see) and thunder is extremely loud. In Wisconsin, you might get the rolling rumbles of thunder but these were crashes. I don't know how Stormageddon slept through it but he did. Little Man did wake up but he didn't come out of his room.

Friday, both Husband and I felt like crap, which did not make for a fun day...and the rain.

So, in short: this week happened, there aren't any photos of it, and I touched just about every skein of yarn I own, including partials.



I hope you're having a lovely, non-crappy-weather weekend. I could use some caffeine and chocolate. If you're in the area, please bring me some :)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Year Six: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #3

Happy Sunday! Let's get mooooooving!


Finished Objects (FOs):
Nope. Nothing yet. Sorry. Keep moving!


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. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016
9. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
10. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
11. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017

Perhaps it's because it's a new year but I seem to have come down with a case of Startitis. Well, not exactly. But there are a few projects that are new since the beginning of the year, and one from this past week. So, we should probably talk about what I've been working on. That's important, right? Okay, maybe not but it's important to me.

So, from the bottom......The Pussy Hat. I try not to get too political on the blog but once in awhile, a few things come out. In case you've been living under a rock or you're not from the US, the voters in this country went and did something incredibly stupid: we elected an absolute idiot to become our next president (I'm still trying to work out how - he keeps calling it a landslide victory even though he lost the popular vote by over 3 million and the Electoral College didn't exactly landslide him either). As a result, there are going to be women's marches all over the country on Friday, January 20th (Inauguration Day) , the biggest being in Washington DC but they will be everywhere, big, small, doesn't matter. The themed item to wear has been dubbed The Pussy Hat (via the Pussy Hat Project), which looks like a hat with ears when you're finished. I had intended to make a bunch of these hats. I was going to go buy yarn (because the color of choice is pink and I have no pink yarn in my stash that is suitable), knit all the things.......yeah, things got away from me. However, a friend of mine from Little Man's school sent me a text and asked if I'd make her one, she'd buy yarn, she'd pay me.......yeah, you can see where this is going but I swear she's paying me fairly (in my mind). And, as it turns out, I had the perfect skein of yarn hiding in my destash. So, I pulled the yarn, found suitable needles, and decided that none of the patterns were quite right and I'm making it up as I go along.


It'll be done soon enough. Probably by Tuesday, when we head back to school.

In addition to that, I got a little work in on the Morvarch shawl......with the boys running about. I only got through a few rounds but it's still progress.


I've got wee little cable beginnings. I'm still working through the first chart and it's difficult to do with the boys running about but, you know, a bit here and there and it'll get done eventually.


17 UFOs in 2017
1-8: WIP list UFOs (ignoring the fact that there are more WIPs than what are listed here)
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)
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

I did some work on my stash inventory this week. Okay, it was for the destash but it's still technically part of my stash until it vacates the premises. I have three bins and a few that didn't quite fit into the bins. Some of them were already listed in the destash, some needed to be moved from my regular stash, and some weren't even entered anywhere, and on top of that, a bunch also needed photos. I got through one bin, discovered a sweater quantity of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 that I couldn't remember putting in said destash, pulled that out, pulled out a few that were sold or otherwise traded, and it helped. On Friday, I took care of the other two bins, which included finding some fiber that I decided I wasn't ready to part with and it was, therefore, removed from the destash. The best part is that when I finished, everything I was destashing fit into those three bins. No extra bags here and there.

And obviously I'm working on the WIPs, which is also part of the 17 in 17 :)



And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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

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


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


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


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs something or other)
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?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)\
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)


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


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


Spinning:
1. Finish up the Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (see also: WIPs)
2. Miss Babs BFL
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
4. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
5. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
6. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
7. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


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



Around here, it's been a rainy week...and I don't mean a little rain. We had some major storms come through, dumping lots of rain on ground that wasn't ready to absorb it and, as a result, there were flash floods in the cities around here, there was some major flooding up in the North Bay, trees were falling over onto highways and houses, and there were mudslides. The good news? More than 40% of California is out of the 5-year drought, including where we live. And the part of the state that is still under severe drought, it's been reduced with this last storm.

We wound up pushing our deck chairs up against the wall, taking the umbrella out of the table and turning the table upside down. We had an incident with the pool ladder base (that sits in the pool). We had attached the cover to the pool and ladder with clamps...but not enough clamps because when the wind came in, the cover turned into a sail and yanked the ladder sideways. It's been fixed but that was not a fun moment.

Aside from the weather, Little Man went back to school this week. I don't know if I could have handled him being out of school for much longer. The boys were practically at each other's throats and I was out of ideas. The weather didn't help because we couldn't go to a bunch of the places we would have gone. But, he went back to school.

Stormageddon and I have been going to the gym, we've been having lazy afternoons after we get Little Man, and that's about all that can be said.

Oh, we had some excitement on Thursday afternoon. Little Man was having a hard time. He was angry because I wouldn't just bring one of his friends home with us so he was busy being angry, stomping around on our walk home, and having a little tantrum. I was going to take the boys to the indoor gym place but I couldn't if he was going to be angry about everything. So, we got home from school, I was going to get Stormageddon squared away, and what do I see come waltzing out from under a chair like he owned the damn place?


Yep. I caught the little mouse. In a cup! He was very cute, as far as mice go. Puppy didn't even notice him and Stormageddon was being a booger and I didn't want the mouse to bolt before I could attempt to catch it. I don't know how I managed to catch it but when I approached it with the cup, it skirted backwards a little but not too far. I managed to coax it into the cup using my foot. He twirled around in the cup a bit and then I yelled for Little Man to come see him. His attitude and anger were gone in a second. It was exactly what we needed. I could have killed it......but I didn't. I took him outside and put him on the curb and he didn't move. So, I nudged at him with my foot to get him moving. Eventually, he stopped in the middle of the road and stayed there. Three hours later, he was still there. I suspect he had either gotten into the poison we left out (likely) or he was otherwise sick. There's a slight possibility that he was tame (former pet mouse) but that's just a slight possibility. He didn't skitter off when I approached him and, really, the only time he moved was when I nudged him (and he could jump!), exception being when he was first discovered in the house. With that said, the little mouse was sadly run over by a car at some point (and no, it wasn't mine). Little Man was a little sad but, you know, I don't really want wild, unvaccinated mice running loose in my house.

The best part about the incident (aside from getting the damn thing out of my house) is that Little Man's attitude changed immensely and we were able to go to the indoor gym place without further incident.

Friday was an adventure in online food ordering. We decided that we didn't want to cook and Subway sounded good to us. Soooo, Husband went online and filled out the online ordering thing and paid for it. I went to pick it up.......but there were some issues with the order. For example, they no longer make the little pizza thingies. They also didn't have XYZ bread so we had to get W bread. Just little things. So, what should have been ready to go when I arrived took an additional 30 minutes because we had to putz around with a few things. Oh well. I love and hate technology sometimes. This was one of the times that I hated it. I would have been better off going and ordering on the spot. Oh well. We got food, and that's important.

By the time yesterday rolled around, i wasn't feeling all that great. I was cold and exhausted. That was about it, really. It didn't help that Stormageddon came to our door screaming at midnight and again at 5:30am yesterday. And at 5:30am, I couldn't get him back to sleep so I was up really early, for me. Luckily, the day got better. Little Man had a playdate here at the house with a classmate, I talked to my great-aunt, I also talked to my best friend....so that was all lovely.

So, it was one of those weeks. I hope yours was better and more entertaining than mine.

Unfortunately, I didn't get photos of the boys this week. Too many other things happening, I suppose. Or not.



It's hard to tell but this is a full rainbow. Stormageddon and I saw it on our way home from dropping Little Man off at school earlier this week.


During that same walk home, I found what I like to think of as a robust California rose...because roses aren't supposed to grow in the winter (obviously they can, with certain amenities like warmth and sunlight...).


And this boy is teething (molars) so he's having random car naps here and there. His finger had just come out of his mouth from chewing on it. Poor kiddo. I had to wake him up just after I took this and he was not happy for awhile.


Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Friday, January 13, 2017

FO Friday: Test Knitting Edition

Happy Friday!

Today I do have an FO but it's from a few weeks ago. I've been a bit lax on proper updates but with the holidays happening, things just got in the way and there just aren't enough hours in the day.

But, we're back and I need to do an FO Friday :)


Pattern: Trusty Hat by Danielle Morgan

Time Frame: started December 16, 2016; finished December 23, 2016

Yarn: Cascade 220 #7814 Light Green (less than a full skein but I've not figured actual yardage yet)

Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) & US #6 (4 mm) 16" circulars and US #6 (4 mm) DPNs

Size: Large

Modification(s): As this was a test knit, there were no modifications but I did catch some issues in the original pattern (which have been addressed/fixed).

Thoughts: This was a lovely hat to test and it works well because it's reversible. I tested the large size, which does fit me perfectly but Little Man was my model. It's a little slouchy on him, which is how he likes things anyway. I liked this hat so much that I'm knitting another one (but in a DK weight with more stitches - so I'm putzing with the pattern to suit my needs). My only drawback is that I have to use the cable needle on every other round, almost all rounds, which just makes the hat lovely but I hate dealing with the cable needle (I've tried cables without the needle and I drop stitches and that sucks so I just suck it up and use the cable needle). It was a fairly quick knit, as well. I knit it in about a week. The second one is taking me longer but I've not been working on it as often. I tend to like Danielle's patterns (even though I think this is the first of hers I've actually knit). So, you know, go knit it :)


See, the reverse side is just as lovely.





Sunday, January 8, 2017

Year Six: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #2

Happy Sunday!

In usual fashion, I had a birthday. That's how this whole thing started. I have a birthday a week into the new year and I thought it was a good time to coincide with the rest of the Year of Projects group, especially as it was their six month mark. Soooo, we're here. Second update. And a birthday (yesterday).


Finished Objects (FOs):

Nope. Nothing yet. Sorry. Keep moving!


Works-in-Progress (WIPs)/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
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016
9. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
10. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017

Soooooo, I thought eight projects should have been enough. Apparently I was wrong. I started two new projects this week. To be fair, one of them had been planned for an -along for a few months and our start date was January 1st and the other one kind of falls into the 17 UFOs section. I'm reknitting a project/prototype and rewriting an existing pattern. So, neither project was unexpected.

Let's start at the end of the list: Messed Up Moss. I've been hemming and hawing about rewriting the pattern properly and making a proper prototype for awhile. The original prototype was gifted shortly after I finished it. The boys and I stopped at Michael's the other day and they were having a B1G1F (buy 1, get one free) on some of their bulky yarns so I picked up four skeins of Loops & Threads Woolzee in red (Little Man's request). I don't think I'm going to need more than two for a scarf for Little Man but, you know, just in case. And I have a couple other patterns that require bulky yarn and revamping so they'll get used anyway.

And then there's the Morvarch shawl. We're doing a Hague-along in the monthly threads on LSG (in Ravelry, of course). Most of us are doing the Morvarch shawl but there are plenty of other patterns to chose from.


I'm thinking about ripping it out and starting over. I'm not sold on my m1p and my starting hole is quite large. Soooo, I'm still wafting about whether I'm going to restart this or not. I'm using Wollmeise Twin on US #3 needles. The original is done in laceweight on US #3s. I have plenty of yarn (I have 2000 yds) so I'm not worried about that part. I'm not even fussed about the needle size. But, I think it looks like crap and I should start over. In fact, I think I just made my decision.

Scratch that. I frogged it and started over and am now into the first chart (which I'm reading the line-by-line instructions for). I'm still using the same yarn and needles, though.

I pulled out the Trusty hat this past week, as well. I finished up the first pattern repeat. I have at least three more to go, possibly more. The original pattern (that I test knit at the end of December) is done in worsted weight but I'm doing this one in DK with more stitches (just six more but still, it's six more stitches, which adds up to almost an inch). I'm going to have to account for using thinner yarn and smaller needles somewhere (hence more stitches and probably more pattern repeats). No photos of that, though.

Hermione's Everyday Socks continue to grow. I did two whole pattern repeats on one sock last Sunday afternoon. I've not touched them since. But, I did two pattern repeats on one sock (I need to catch up the other sock). It's progress.

Stormageddon's Vest wound up in the naughty corner to think about what it had done on Thursday.


That, friends, is a dropped stitch. To be fair, I had probably dropped it a good five rounds prior but I caught it after it had traveled down a further five or six. So, I caught the stitch while at Little Man's swimming lessons, put it in the bag, and dealt with it Thursday night after the boys were in bed. It's not particularly difficult to pick up dropped stitches in stockinette but it can be tricky if you have small children clamoring on you while you're doing it. But, it's fixed and I'm caught up.

My Smooth Operator Socks hit a milestone this week when I put in the waste yarn for the afterthought heel that I'm eventually going to do. But that's it, I swear!

And lastly, in spinning news (because I didn't work on anything from the beginning of my WIP list), I finished up the second half of the Corriedale from Frene Creek Farm on Friday night.


I'm letting it rest for a day or two before I decide to pull Viktor back down to ply them. I'm actually thinking about spinning up two bobbins of another project and then get everything plied. We'll see how that all works out. 


17 UFOs in 2017
1-8: WIP list UFOs
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)
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

I've already talked about the WIP section of this list (#1-8) but, in addition to that, I did some design work. I pulled out my design notebook(s) and loose papers with pattern bits written on them, wrote down everything into another notebook and it turns out I have around nineteen designs in some state of progress (or finished state). That's far more than I have listed here. But, I found my papers for Little Man's baby blanket, Susan's Hat (both versions), and a few other things. So, I can get started on refining some of those. I have a feeling I'm going to need a test knitter to knit Little Man's baby blanket with something like Cascade 220 because the original yarn I used has been discontinued for a number of years now. I'd rather not have to reknit it, though I certainly could.......but I'd rather not. So, if anyone has a bug in their pants to test knit a baby blanket, let me know.


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go.


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 something or other)
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?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)\
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)


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


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


Spinning:
1. Finish up the Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (see also: WIPs)
2. Miss Babs BFL
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
4. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
5. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
6. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
7. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


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




Here in "northern" California, the rain has started. We're supposed to be in for quite a storm. Or series of storms. Whatever, we're getting some much-needed rain. Unfortunately, some areas are experiencing flooding and mudslides. The ski resorts are loving the snow, though. When I was at the gym yesterday, I heard there were parts of the Bay Area that could wind up getting a foot of rain. Yeah, 12" of rain. We're only expected to get something like 2-4" at our house. Soooo, there's that. Our backyard is probably going to wind up having a lake for awhile. Again.

Last Sunday, New Years Day, we went on an adventure of sorts. Husband decided that we all needed to get on the bikes (okay, he and I needed to get on the bikes and haul the boys in the carrier)...but my bike needed some work. Specifically, I needed to have the tires filled and it probably could use a bath. So, Husband diligently started filling the air in the tires and POP! He popped a tire. So, here we are, on a holiday, having to replace the tube on the wheel of my bike. Luckily, we found one of the several bike shops open so we hauled the bike over there on the car carrier, had the tube replaced and the wheels filled. On our way back home, we had just gotten onto the main highway and the bike started rattling, then swinging, and finally flying off the back of the car. Luckily, Husband caught what it was doing in the mirror and managed to get to the side of the highway...but not before the bike flew off. It landed in the ditch and I hopped out to retrieve it. The belts holding it to the bike rack had snapped but there were three other sets we could use so we hooked it back up and drove the remaining mile to our house to assess the full damage. It was mostly just road rash but we did have to realign the handlebars, which didn't take much actually. And then we were on our way (in my case, it was quite wobbly). I've not ridden a bike since....1994 or so. So I was extremely wobbly and definitely scared to fall. But, I got over it, remembered how to do the thing, and did the thing. And I might even want to do it again. But not in the rain. That night, our friends that were supposed to come over on Christmas Eve came over for the Packer game. No one in this house cares about football but we like our friends (which resulted in the two pattern repeats of Hermione's Everyday Socks noted above).

On Wednesday, I took the boys over to an indoor play gym place (not the one we usually go to) and let them burn off a lot of energy. They both needed it.

Thursday came around in it's usual fashion. I got up super early to go to the gym (okay, I was at the gym by 7am, which isn't horribly early but it was too early for me) because the rest of the day was filling up quickly. After a doctor appointment, I took both boys to a child-friendly (and encouraged) knitting group. When we lived in Alameda, there was a group of stay-at-home-mamas (or work-odd-hours-mamas) and we got together with our kids and did some knitting and/or other crafting. It worked well. But then we moved across the Bay and our kids got older and schedules didn't mesh and, for the most part, it stopped happening. So, I was rather elated to find that there was a similar one locally.....and by "locally," I mean within a mile of my house. In fact, Stormageddon and I have walked by this house many times on our way to get Little Man from school, and I can't even tell you how many times we drive past the house in a week. So, that was lovely. Unfortunately, the hostess' older child was away at camp but he and Little Man are about the same age and have some similar interests. Also, she knows one of Little Man's classmate's parents (that I like). Exciting times all around. That night is when I discovered the dropped stitch on Stormageddon's Vest and put it into the naughty corner.

On Friday, Husband stayed home from work because his back was acting up. I took a day off from the gym and went to the chiropractor instead. We had a birthday dinner for me and that was about it. Oh, and I did some spinning. Exciting times.

Yesterday, we had a lazy day at home once we got back from the gym. Husband managed to find a good birthday present, though. It was delivered via FedEx yesterday afternoon.


I've been looking at this book off and on for awhile and I made an off-hand comment that I'd like to own it. Husband ordered it and lo, I now own it. And it's not just for pretties. There are plenty of things to actually read in this book. So, I've been, you know, reading the book.

I wish I had more photos of the boys this week but it was one of those weeks where photos just didn't really happen.



I have a series of these on my phone. Apparently Stormageddon got my phone into camera mode and took a bunch of photos of his forehead. Someday, his whole face will be in there and I'll have a series much like the one I have of Little Man, which hangs on our wall. There were also plenty of black ones and it appears that he also tried to use the panoramic feature. Whatever. Digital files can be deleted.


And then there's this. That's an Ikea bag, one of those HUGE blue ones that you can buy for $0.50 and fill to the brim with stuff. The contents of this particular Ikea bag are lemons from our tree. Mind you, our lemon tree is still a baby. But that bag was heavy. I'm sending a box of lemons to Wisconsin sometime this week, probably when the weather lets up a bit. I also went out and picked oranges off our fully-matured orange tree. I didn't even make a dent and I filled three regular reusable shopping bags (like the Walmart-sized ones). The tree is still quite full. So, a box of oranges is also heading to Wisconsin.

I hope you're all having a lovely week. Little Man goes back to school (finally) on Tuesday :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Monthly Goals - Something Needs to Give!

Full Admission: I have 100% over-committed myself for 2017, and not just with knitting. 

I'm partaking in the following threads on Ravelry (all but one are in LSG):

1. The Monthly Thread (Just for Me January is this month's thread) 
2. Knit Your Shit 2017
3. The Great Sockening 2017
4. LSG Secret Sock Club (if there is one)
5. Flash Your Stash 2017 (non-LSG)


In addition to that, I have my Self-Imposed Year of Projects and combined with that, I've added 17 UFOs in 2017. 

And let's not forget that I'm doing design work. And I have two small children. And Husband. And we've been going to the gym on an almost-daily basis. And I'm going to be running the Auction Committee next school year for Little Man's school (I'm shadowing t his school year). And there are other things that are going on. 

Honestly, there just isn't enough time to take care of everything I want to take care of and something needs to give. 

This is what is going to give. I might throw it into my Self-Imposed Year of Projects post every couple of weeks but don't hold your breath. I'd love to keep up but I just cannot. 

Then again, I feel like very few people really looked at this anyway and it was more for me. I have a Bullet Journal for that. 



So, you know, onward with 2017...

YEAR SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #1 (Introduce ALL THE THINGS!)

Happy Sunday! Happy 2017 (because it's New Years' Day)! WOOOOOO!

For those of you that know why we're here, ignore my rambling for a bit while I explain what the Year of Projects is all about.

A Year of Projects (link to the group page on Ravelry) was started in 2011 by a small group of bloggers that set a year-long challenge of projects (knitting, crochet, weaving, card making, underwater basketweaving, naked sewing, etc.) and blogged about it. The majority of the group is on a July-June schedule but I was a little late to the party when I started SIX YEARS AGO and their six month mark coincided with my birthday so I started just after the new year. There are a couple of people that have joined me on the January-December schedule, as well. I think the original idea may have come from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and her quest to knit a pair of socks every month (which, as many of you probably know, is not necessarily a difficult feat for her), but I could be wrong about that.

There are some "rules" for the group, though I use the term quite loosely as the rules are not all that specific. You can join in whenever you want, introduce yourself in the group thread for introductions, make your list(s) and go.......


Finished Objects (FOs):
Nada. New year, nothing new....keep moving.


Works-in-Progress (WIPs)/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
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016

Yes, I carried over things from last year....and the year before (I'm looking at you, Wink...I will finish you someday). This is the important list, in addition to the previous list (FOs) and the next list (17 UFOs in 2017). These are the lists that keep you up-to-date on my crafty events. The rest of the lists...well, we'll talk about those in a minute.

As for my WIPs...I worked a little bit on the SOS socks while at Little Man's swimming lessons. I'm almost ready to put in the waste yarn for the heel. Almost. I also pulled out Stormageddon's Vest (you'll see a photo down below). I'm probably 8-10 pattern repeats before I split for the arm holes. I think. If I measured correctly....which I may not have done. Hermione's Everyday Socks are both finished with gusset decreases so I'm working on the foot. This may be a project that I finish early this year. Maybe. We'll see if I run out of yarn. I shouldn't but I worry. And the Trusty hat is growing, albeit slowly. The official pattern has been released and you should totally go knit it (worsted weight, less than 220 yds, even for the slouchy version). 


17 UFOs in 2017
1-8: WIP list UFOs
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)
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

This list may or may not change throughout the year. I mentioned this a few posts ago (here, if you're interested) but over at Pomegranate & Chintz, they are doing a "17 in 2017" challenge but it's based on your crafty UFOs (UnFinished Objects). You don't even have to finish them but those long-standing WIPs/UFOs will make substantial progress. So, I'm joining in. Hence the list above.


And now, the real reason you're here right now.....NEW LISTS! Also, let's all just keep in mind that there are significantly more potential projects here than I can knit in a year. I need choices, y'all!


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

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go.


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. Morvarch (calls for laceweight but I've pulled some Wollmeise Twin for this one)
2. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
3. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
4. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs something or other)
5. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
7. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns?)
8. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
9. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
10. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
11. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
12. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)\
13. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
14. Whitman (DK; any color)
15. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)


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


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


Spinning:
1. Finish up the Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (see also: WIPs)
2. Miss Babs BFL
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
4. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
5. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
6. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
7. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


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



Yes, yes, I know.....there's so much there. No lie, I may or may not be going overboard. Also, this appears to be the year I want to knit all the sweaters and not knit all the socks (but we all know I'm still going to knit all the socks). Either way, the plan is to work from stash. My stash is out of hand, as usual. It's gotten better. I don't have things hanging out in shopping bags all over the floor (okay, there's one but I just got it this past week). But, the fact of the matter is that my yarn closet is very full, there's really no room for anything else, and I need to use what I have. And I need to knit faster, of course.






So, there's that.

As for this past week, it's been......well, let's be honest, this last week was a wreck in so many ways and wonderful in so many other ways. I lost track of the days. It happens every year, really. That weird week between Christmas & New Years where people just don't remember what day it is and what they're supposed to be doing. It leads to some interesting interactions while out and about.

With last Sunday being Christmas Day....yeah. Christmas. The boys got a metric ton of stuff. Luckily, most of the stuff Little Man acquired was in Lego form. And Stormageddon received little toys (Star Wars, Peanuts, Elmo)...I'm trying to cut down on stuffed animals ever since we found Frankie dead in Little Man's room a few weeks ago. I just don't want to deal with that again. We went across the Bay to Fremont to see our friends for Christmas. Nothing terribly exciting.



Husband's brother and sister-in-law sent Stormageddon a new rocket car to drive around the house. I'm pretty sure he likes it. He'll outgrow it soon enough, however.


And Little Man with his buttload of Lego Dimension figures. I think he got something like 9 or 10 boxes (and we still need to trade one because he got two of the same because Mama couldn't remember if had one or not so, you know, I bought it...oops).

Sunday night, however, was a bit of a different story. We pulled out the bottle of Egg Nog from Costco, which was lovely and not part of the problem. I went to wind a couple skeins of Wollmeise Twin for the Morvarch shawl listed above.


That is the first skein. It wound just fine.


The second skein, however, was tangled all to hell and I wound up having to hand wind it into a ball. The scissors were not involved except to cut the yarn holding it into what should have been a nice loop. It took forever because I had to keep going under and in between and over and around. I was not a happy camper. I'm going to use that skein first, once I get around to starting the project.

But oh no, it gets better. Stormageddon was being a little puke that night and we wound up keeping him in bed with us. He was refusing to stay in his crib, screaming his fool head off. So, he slept in our bed. I was uncomfortable all night. Oh well.

On Monday, Husband took Little Man into the city for the day. They went to see Rogue One at the Metreon in San Francisco. That left me with Stormageddon all day, which was fine. I spent time working on his vest (Stormageddon's Vest, noted in the WIP section above), which suited us both just fine.

Tuesday was more of a normal day around here. Well, as normal as you can get with a child on break and Husband off from work. I spent more time knitting and Husband kicked me out of the house for a few hours. I wandered to the Starbucks about a mile from our house, ordered a Skinny Peppermint Mocha, curled up in a chair, and did some knitting.


The project is Stormageddon's Vest, knit with Big Brother from Yarn On The House (color: Caviar). The bag is one of the Bag of the Month (BOM) bags for Severus Snape from Slipped Stitch Studios. And my mocha.

Wednesday was a fabulous day......without my children! We have friends that live across the Bay in Fremont. He and Husband have known each other since elementary school, they were college roommates for awhile, Husband introduced him and his wife......and now they live near us (we spent Christmas Day with them, as well). The wife is a crocheter. Guess what we went out and did? If you read the blog on a regular basis, you'll already know we went to the yarn store (because there was a stash update yesterday). I picked up some sock yarn and some DK, just so you know. We were gone for six hours and it was glorious. We went to the mall, had lunch, went to the yarn store, and then the thrift store. Exciting times all around.

By the time Friday rolled around, things seemed to be going much better, really. We drove down to Monterey and went to the aquarium. We were able to get out earlier than we had originally planned. The original plan was that we were going to go to the gym at 9am, shower there, and leave from there to go to Monterey. If all went well, we would have left around 10:30am, arriving around around noon:30. But, I got up early and went to the gym (I went around 6:45am). When I got home, Husband went (around 8am), and we were leaving for Monterey by 9am. It's a good thing we left when we did. We got there around 10:45am, found parking, and the aquarium was already pretty busy.

We walked along Cannery Row, stopping for a couple photos along the way.




When we first arrived, the otters were sleeping but they woke up eventually and started playing. I think the otters are probably a favorite of both boys.


There's a long touch tank on one end of the aquarium. Actually, there are two. One has stingrays and the other has an assortment of things like coral, sea urchins, shells, etc. Little Man was fascinated by the sea urchins. Stormageddon didn't want anything to do with anything in the tank.








After the aquarium (and some Pokémon hunting, of course - the place was crawling with Santa-hatted Pikachus), we had lunch at Bubba Gump where Stormageddon threw an epic tantrum that culminated with me taking him out front and letting him kick and scream on the ground. I suppose it could have been worse. At least I was able to bring him back so we could eat.

The traffic coming into Monterey Bay on Friday when we were leaving was....well, it was pretty backed up. I'm glad we left when we did because getting stuck in traffic with cranky children is muy no bueno.

Yesterday, being New Year's Eve....well, we didn't really do anything exciting. I mean, we had a nice dinner (at home) but we didn't go out and do anything. We stayed home with our monkeys, playing games, doing housework...nothing exciting. I tried to teach Little Man how to play Connect Four because he got it for Christmas. He got mad after I beat him twice (out of four games) and stomped away. I wasn't even trying to win. That's the worst part. Husband and Little Man also went and had haircuts. They both needed it. Christmas cards....cleaning....yeah. Nothing exciting.



So, there you have it. My first update for my sixth Self-Imposed Year of Projects. I hope you're all having a lovely New Years Day :) Oh, and I have a FO Friday that I need to post (the first Trusty Hat, the original test knit)...maybe that will come out this week.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Stash Enhancement 2016: Last Post of the Year!

Happy Saturday!

As today is the last Saturday of 2016, I thought it would be appropriate to show you the last of this year's stash acquisitions/enhancements (that I know of - I don't think anything else will come in today).

Firstly, I had a StevenBe Inappropriate club box show up a couple weeks ago (warning: inappropriate is part of the name...).


This box included patterns (of course), my inappropriate gift (the socks), and a wonderful skein of yarn.


The yarn is Supersquish DK from Celestial Strings in the Naughty List colorway. The pattern is for a cowl, which I may or may not make. We'll see how I feel about it later.


In addition to my StevenBe box, I also picked up a few skeins in a destash. Story of my life.


This is a skein of BFL/Silk DK from Northbound Knitting in the Livid Entoloma colorway. It's not as yellow as it shows in the picture. Bad lighting will do that.


From the same destash, I picked up these two skeins of Little Red Bicycle Tandem Sport in the Leonidas colorway. The color is mostly correct. There's maybe a yellowish tinge but it's so faint for this one that it doesn't matter much.


And then, a few days after Christmas, a friend and I went to a yarn store. It seems like every yarn store I've set foot in recently closes within a year or two. Seriously, since moving to California, I've seen four close (two within the last year). I'm kind of scared to go into yarn stores. But, I needed time away from my children and she wanted to go to a yarn store. So, off we trotted to Uncommon Threads in Los Altos, which is about a 20-30 minute drive from my house.

One of the things I'm trying to do is to find yarn that I don't have in my stash. In other words: new to me yarns.

I came up with a few lovelies:


This is a skein of Phydeaux Yarns Beurre Superwash DK Merino Wool in Calypso. I've heard of the company but this is the first I've actually seen it. It's got about 230 yds of squishy goodness. I have no idea what it's going to grow up to be but I have a feeling it will be something like Whitman or another Trusty Hat (see my Year of Projects post for more information about those). Or maybe I'll make it up as I go along. That's not unusual for me.

I may or may not have fallen into some sock yarn. Again.

These are all Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM), which run about 175 yds each - so I need two for a pair of socks).


I found one of these first. I dug through the entire shelf looking for a mate. There were stackable boxes with diagonal dividers and there were probably 5 filled with KPPPM. I went through each one, pulled out everything, went around to the other side and dug through the back from the other side.....could not find a mate. Obviously I found one but only after I discovered the overstock way up high and saw it.


This one had plenty of mates. It called to me. It came home.


And then there's this one. I searched high and low for a mate, even checked into the overstock.....no mate to be found. But, I couldn't just let it sit there, destined to be unloved because it didn't have a mate.....I have enough neutrals I could stripe with it (I'm thinking black), I should be able to stretch two socks out of it. Right? If you don't agree, hush up and let me have my dream.




With that, my year of transparency of yarn acquisitions ends. I may or may not have acquired a lot of yarn this year. I hope to acquire less in the coming year and work from stash. Hahahaha. I might have to continue this trend, though. It's nice to know what I brought in. Also, it forces me to get things entered into the Ravelry database.

I hope you're having a lovely New Years' Eve. I'll be back tomorrow with a shiny brand new Self-Imposed Year of Projects update :)