Minions (who do my bidding) and Followers (who do not)

About Me

My photo
Mama, wife, knitter, blogger, spinner, wannabe something or other. That's enough, right?

Monday, May 25, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Memorial Day, Mom's Birthday, and it's Monday! (Update #21)

Happy Monday! I can't say "Happy Memorial Day" because that just sounds so....wrong. So, happy Monday! Also, today would have been my mom's 73rd birthday. She was born on Memorial weekend in 1947 (Sunday, to be exact). Apparently my grandparents had gone fishing near Menominee (northwestern Wisconsin) and my grandma went into labor. It was too far to get back home to Eau Claire so my mom was born in Menominee, and they were moved to Eau Claire soon after. I'm not sure why they had them move hospitals, though I'm sure my grandmother did tell me at some point.

Anyway, it's Monday and I'm a day late (and a dollar short), as usual.



FOs (Finished Objects):
1. Ewetopia Stripey Socks: started 15 November 2018; finished 29 January 2020
2. Tiny Turtle: started 7 November 2019; finished 30 January 2020
3. Mirkwood: started 9 February 2020; finished 17 February 2020
4. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018; frogged 9 April 2020

Not. Yet. 



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year if needed):
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
8. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
9. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
10. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019
11. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
12. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020
13. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020


I finished the actual knitting on the Baby Yoda sweater this week. I still need to close up the armpits, attach the ears to the hood, attach the hood to the sweater, and weave in the ends...but the knitting is done. 

I also started the heel flap on my Abracadabra Sock this week. I'm only halfway through it. It was a rough switch as I had just finished the knitting on the sweater, which uses US #13 needles, and then moved to the sock, which uses US #1 needles. 

I think that was about it for actual knitting this past week. 



OMFGLSGWTFBBQ Lists


Design WIPs:

1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns 
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Rastarmulke: started 20 November 2017 - write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
10. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)


Children's Items:

1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
2. Minecraft Socks for Little Man (fingering weight - Tosh Sock in Plaid Blanket?)
3. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
4. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
5. I Love Stockinette Baby Bibs (worsted - cotton, acrylic, something)




Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1. Autopilot (worsted weight - Sincere Sheep Cormo Worsted or htNEVELE Worsted in Reveire)
2. Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
3. Perianth (fingering weight - Knitcircus Trampoline in The Whole Enchilada)
4. Pembroke Scarf (fingering weight - Fresh From the Cauldron Schoodic Sock in Sookie)
5. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
6. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
7. Socks (fingering weight - I have tons...pick something!)
8. Washcloths/chewcloths (worsted weight - cotton)
9. Sockhead (fingering - I have tons...pick something!)


Designs:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband
2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man
3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon
4. Baby Blanket


Spinning:
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
2. Anything else I find along the way


Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Create project bag inventory
2. Update library inventory (on Ravelry)
3. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry)
4. Stitch markers
5. Destash as necessary




This past week was pretty much the same as usual. The boys had school, Husband and I had to work, and there were trips to the store for groceries. Nothing terribly exciting on that front.




Stormageddon had his class meetings this week (three of them). He's like me and doesn't like to be cold so he'll usually sit with a blanket wrapped around himself for his meetings. 

Also, we've all been going to bed much later than we normally do so I found this one day this week:




Even at nine years old, he still curls up in half a dozen blankets and his toys. I love this kid. He's also my snugglebug and I've got to get the snuggling while the snuggling is good because in a few years he won't want to do it anymore. 




This happened. For those of you that don't know (or don't remember), my hair is a medium brown. I picked up some fun hair dye that was supposed to turn it blue....and while there is a ton of blue in there, it also made my hair very, very, very dark. It's almost black. I have friends that are Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean (bottom line: dark hair)....my hair is darker than theirs. So, I'm getting used to it. It'll wear out eventually. And we'll get to see where all my grey grows in. It'll be fine. It's just hair. 

In addition to that, our inflatable pool arrived. It has been pumped accordingly and filled with water. 








It's been stupid hot here the last couple of days so this was very welcome for the boys. I've not been in it yet, but Husband clearly has. He was brewing beer on Saturday and he hopped in while he was waiting for things like water to boil. 

The only other major thing to happen this week: Puppy got loose and had a neighborhood adventure. Husband has been working in the garage and usually has the door open. There is also a side door that Husband uses and he didn't get it shut all the way. Well, Puppy nudged the door open. Husband didn't register that the dog was in the garage and he bolted. Husband chased him down the block, which wasn't pretty, then came home and shouted at us to get in the car to go look. About a half-hour later, I finally located him but couldn't get a hold of him so he ran down the block. I got in the car and whipped around the block the way and caught him at the other end by throwing open my car door and coaxing him right to me. He knew he was in trouble. He was in the kennel for two days, going out for potty and food. He didn't complain once, except the one time he needed to have a pee. Even now, almost a week later, he's still pretty quiet. The biggest problem with Puppy getting loose is that we're two blocks from a major highway through the Bay Area, which is currently under construction, meaning they've taken down sound walls and fencing, so he could easily hop the cement barriers and get onto the highway. He didn't but that's the biggest fear with him getting loose. He's kind of dumb that way. 

Anyway, it's Monday and I have things to do so I'm going to call it for today. I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend and so on :) 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Quarantine, Day 95,728 (Update #20)

Happy Monday! I'm definitely late for my update. I've been confused about days for a week now and I think I'm finally back on track. Maybe. We'll see how things go. 



FOs (Finished Objects):
1. Ewetopia Stripey Socks: started 15 November 2018; finished 29 January 2020
2. Tiny Turtle: started 7 November 2019; finished 30 January 2020
3. Mirkwood: started 9 February 2020; finished 17 February 2020
4. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018; frogged 9 April 2020

Nope. Nothing new yet. So close.....



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year if needed):
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
8. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
9. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
10. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019
11. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
12. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020
13. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020


It was a slow week for knitting. I only worked on one project: the Baby Yoda sweater. I've attached the sleeves and I'm working on the last little bit of the collar. I have maybe 7 rows left. Maybe. If I sit and do it, I could probably finish the knitting tonight. I don't think that's going to happen but I can dream, right? 

I did not touch anything else. Maybe this week?




OMFGLSGWTFBBQ Lists


Design WIPs:

1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns 
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Rastarmulke: started 20 November 2017 - write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
10. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)


Children's Items:

1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
2. Minecraft Socks for Little Man (fingering weight - Tosh Sock in Plaid Blanket?)
3. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
4. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
5. I Love Stockinette Baby Bibs (worsted - cotton, acrylic, something)



Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1. Autopilot (worsted weight - Sincere Sheep Cormo Worsted or htNEVELE Worsted in Reveire)
2. Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
3. Perianth (fingering weight - Knitcircus Trampoline in The Whole Enchilada)
4. Pembroke Scarf (fingering weight - Fresh From the Cauldron Schoodic Sock in Sookie)
5. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
6. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
7. Socks (fingering weight - I have tons...pick something!)
8. Washcloths/chewcloths (worsted weight - cotton)
9. Sockhead (fingering - I have tons...pick something!)


Designs:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband
2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man
3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon
4. Baby Blanket


Spinning:
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
2. Anything else I find along the way


Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Create project bag inventory
2. Update library inventory (on Ravelry)
3. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry)
4. Stitch markers
5. Destash as necessary



Last week was kind of a hot mess. Puppy has been being kind of a jerk and wanting to go out in the middle of the night, which is okay if he just wants to have a pee. I just put him on the leash, he goes, and that's that. When he wants to do the other thing, it's a half hour, minimum, of him prancing about in our backyard, and that's if he doesn't get distracted by the wildlife. Last week, he pulled that at least three nights in a row and that meant three afternoons where I just could not keep my eyes open long enough to get through an afternoon. Monday, we missed Stormageddon's occupational therapy video session because I fell asleep. I spent the next few days going back and forth to reschedule, which was on Friday (and it was fine, thankfully). Little Man was all over between his regularly scheduled meetings and a new one and his art therapy and his occupational therapy.....it was just a messy week. But, we did manage a few fun things...





Little Man and his (naughty) Puppy. I forgot to mention...twice in the last week he's pooped on the carpet after not doing it outside after a half-hour (or more) of prancing about, including this morning. Distracted by wildlife. Hrm. It's a good thing Puppy is cute.

The boys got an idea in their heads after I showed Little Man an article I found on Facebook for forts made with Ikea furniture. This is what resulted with our couch and a couple sheets and blankets. 





Little Man also made a setup outside. The boy really needs to build a huge fort but we just don't have the space. 





You can also see Puppy's house in the back and a rope going across the trees. He keeps trying to hang things and make pulleys and such. I shouldn't complain. He's being creative and using his innate understanding of mathematics and physics......but he won't do his schoolwork. ::sigh:: 

Speaking of his creativity, he's also been on a Legend of Zelda kick wherein he's been playing Breath of the Wild, Twilight Princess, and Ocarina of Time, all on different gaming consoles. That has also resulted in making things pertaining to Legend of Zelda. 





I'm not sure how he got this Majora's Mask to stick to his face because there's no obvious place to hold it and it doesn't have any sort of strap....but he made this while refusing to do homework today. I'm glad he's creative and not just sitting on his butt...but I need him to do some of his other schoolwork. 

Anyway, that's about all that's happening around here. I hope you've had a good week and weekend!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Happy Mother's Day (Update #19)

Happy Sunday! If you're in the US and you qualify, Happy Mother's Day! Let's get going, yeah?



FOs (Finished Objects):
1. Ewetopia Stripey Socks: started 15 November 2018; finished 29 January 2020
2. Tiny Turtle: started 7 November 2019; finished 30 January 2020
3. Mirkwood: started 9 February 2020; finished 17 February 2020
4. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018; frogged 9 April 2020

Still close but still nothing yet. ::sigh::



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year if needed):
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
8. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
9. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
10. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019
11. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
12. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020
13. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020

Interestingly, I worked on quite a few things this week. I pulled out my granny square blanket squares on Saturday during a car trip. I finished a square and started another one, which was delightful. I also worked on my Abracadabra Socks. I finished up the leg of the second sock so I'm ready to start the heel flap in the contrast color. My Sockhead came out and I worked a bit on that. Stormageddon tried it on and I think it's going to become his. It was supposed to be for an adult but here we are. And, of course, I worked on the Baby Yoda sweater. I've finished attaching the arms and the body of the sweater so I'm ready to start the collar. I've had to do some math here and there because there were a few things that were off about the sweater. Nothing major and I suspect it was caught when the designer had it tech edited before putting up the paid pattern (I have the original free pattern)...but I've had to run the math a couple times to make sure I'm right (I am!). 

So, hopefully next week I'll have a new FO, which is good because my sister-in-law is only getting bigger. 




OMFGLSGWTFBBQ Lists


Design WIPs:

1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns 
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Rastarmulke: started 20 November 2017 - write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
10. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)


Children's Items:

1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
2. Minecraft Socks for Little Man (fingering weight - Tosh Sock in Plaid Blanket?)
3. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
4. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
5. I Love Stockinette Baby Bibs (worsted - cotton, acrylic, something)



Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1. Autopilot (worsted weight - Sincere Sheep Cormo Worsted or htNEVELE Worsted in Reveire)
2. Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
3. Perianth (fingering weight - Knitcircus Trampoline in The Whole Enchilada)
4. Pembroke Scarf (fingering weight - Fresh From the Cauldron Schoodic Sock in Sookie)
5. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
6. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
7. Socks (fingering weight - I have tons...pick something!)
8. Washcloths/chewcloths (worsted weight - cotton)
9. Sockhead (fingering - I have tons...pick something!)


Designs:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband
2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man
3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon
4. Baby Blanket


Spinning:
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
5. Fiberlady.com 100% Bamboo 


Dyeing:

1. Sock Blanks
2. Anything else I find along the way


Other Fibery Endeavors:

1. Create project bag inventory
2. Update library inventory (on Ravelry)
3. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry)
4. Stitch markers
5. Destash as necessary
6. Stash Fit



I'm unsure if this is going to be a photoless post or not. Blogger has changed a few things (everything!) and now I'm having difficulty with uploading photos. So, we'll see how things turn out. Just a warning...not that i have a lot of photos to begin with.

Photos added on Monday, May 11th, 2020 once I discovered the "Classic Blogger" feature and could use the old platform. Anything added will be in italics.

For the most part, this week was as "normal" as we could be under Shelter-In-Place orders. The boys had their schoolwork and meetings, Husband had to work, I had to work, and at some point, grocery shopping needed to happen. Not exciting! 





Little Man has been forbidden to make weapons out of stones and sticks in the yard so he's reverted to cardboard. Much less effective but also less harmful to his brother or his toes.




Stormageddon was having a meeting with his speech therapist when I took this photo. I couldn't get him to sit up properly but he was doing his work so I call that a win.

We did see a lizard yesterday, which was exciting...not that I can show you photos! (seriously, Blogger, get it together!) The boys also went swimming, which was much needed for their energy levels. And Little Man continued his quest to be the ultimate Kitty Whisperer. We were told this particular cat had never been around kids and was skittish (it took one of the owners three months before said kitty would go near him for any pets)....nope, Little Man sat down in a chair and coaxed the kitty to him, where he was able to pet her. Took him all of about ten minutes. I even have photos. But, dammit Blogger.....

::sigh::

Otherwise, things have been going on much the same. I don't know what else I can say about that. I hope you've had a good week and weekend and maybe next week Blogger will be more agreeable with the photos. 

More photos!





Kitty Whisperer.




The lizard.






Stormageddon fell asleep on the way home. He's not quite sure how to do it in my new car yet. 





The boys needed to get rid of some very pent up energy. 



Hoooray, I figured out how to get around the photo thing!