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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #39

Happy Sunday :)

Today marks the last day of Husband's paternity leave from work. He goes back tomorrow...and I might be okay with it. Maybe. We'll see.

Anyway, we're not here to talk about that...it's Sunday and that means it's time for my Year of Projects update :)

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014 


Nope. Nothing new to see here. Sorry...

 Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014

I'm ready to start the heel flap on the first of Snape's Stockings...not that I've started it but I'm at that point. That's always helpful. It means I worked a few rounds here and there this past week :) 

And then....well, I went and started a new project. Oops. I suppose it's because I need to make two more of the Sacrificial Goats so, you know, I should get going...and luckily, they're fairly quick projects and I can do it all in parts...but they're still going to take a little while. Sooooo....yeah. 



Anyway, moving on...remaining lists (hahahahahahahahaha!)........
 
Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time




That's really all I have for you today. Nothing exciting. Just hanging around with Little Man and Stormageddon, trying to find some sense of sanity and normalcy. We'll see how that goes. 

I hope you've all had a lovely week and weekend and so on and so forth :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #38

Happy Sunday :)

I'm going to be quite forthcoming here......very little knitting has happened. Really, you shouldn't be surprised...but let's get to it anyway.

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014 


I did finish up a dishcloth but, you know, it's just a dishcloth so I didn't bother adding it to my FO list and I never made a project page for it. Just know that I did another one. I used up part of a skein of Knit Picks Dishie cotton (in Jay - which is a somewhat dark blue) and US #8 needles. It's nothing fancy. 

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014


Aside from the finished dishcloth, I started another one using the same yarn and needles mentioned above. Again, not adding it to the list because it's just a dishcloth. I need something I can pick up and put down as needed, depending on Little Man's and Stormageddon's needs. 

But. But but BUT! I also managed to work a few rounds on Snape's Stockings, mostly within the last couple days. I'm almost done with the leg on the first sock (seriously, I have less than 10 rows before I start the heel flap). It's kind of glorious to be following a pattern. I can't do it all the time, hence the dishcloth, but I have managed it here and there. 

So, you know, that's awesome and all :)

My remaining lists (hahahahahahaha) look like this:
 
Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



In the meantime, Stormageddon continues to grow like the little weed he is. For a child that isn't even three weeks old, he holds his head up pretty well and the little stinker is busy trying to roll over already. Yeah, I did just say that. He wants to roll over. He's been wanting to do it since his release from jail. What can I say? He's got a big brother that he wants to get after. I can't blame him for that. 

He's a relatively quiet baby, even when he's crying...don't get me wrong, the kid can wail like crazy but he doesn't do it that often. He's too busy checking everything out. He had his two week appointment this past Tuesday and (1) his newborn screening results are not in yet (they weren't in then and they're not in now - don't even get me started on that crap), (2) his weight was up to 7 lbs, 9.5 oz (which is a pound above his birth weight), (3) his little belly button nub came off and it's fine, (4) his circumcision is fine, and (5) he probably has a blocked tear duct in his right eye as it's been frequently full of goop/sleep (which is normal). Otherwise, he's a typical newborn. 

Here are some photos of the happenings...

Ima help Daddy hang the wine racks!

My GQ look.

Hi Mama :)


I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and week and so on and so forth :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #37

Happy Sunday!

I'm going to be completely honest: nothing has changed since last week. No knitting has happened, no spinning has happened, no nothing fiber related has happened...other than my dreaming about it.

::sigh::

We've spent the week trying to get into the groove of the "new normal," whatever that may be. Husband is off work until almost the end of the month so we've been taking care of things that have been....well, not bothering us and not "neglected" but things we've wanted to do but just haven't had the time. For example, Husband and Little Man went on an adventure and picked up some racks that you hang wine glasses from and we attached them to a shelf and now we have a place to properly hang out wine glasses. We also went and bought a battery-operated lawnmower, leaf blower, hedge trimmer, and weed whacker/edger. We're going to start doing our own yard. We took some time to clean out the jungle that was the area by our lemon tree. It was starting to look like....well, a jungle. We've also started doing Amazon Fresh, which is a grocery delivery service available where we live. We'll still go to Costco for milk and a few other things and run to the grocery store if we run out of something we need, but we don't have to run around to the grocery store every couple days...and frankly, I wasn't looking forward to that with two kids in tow.

Stormageddon is growing already. He's got a little chub on him that he didn't have when we came home last weekend. His circumcision has healed. His umbilical nub is almost off (seriously, it's hanging by a teensy little bit and a stronger woman than I would just pull it off but I just can't). He's trying to hold his head up (and doing quite well) and the little stinker is trying to master rolling over. No, I'm not kidding. He's twelve days old and he's been trying to roll over since he was free enough to do so. I'm so not ready for that yet.

Little Man is still trying to adjust to everything that comes with having a baby brother. He's not used to not being the center of attention so we've been dealing with some tantrums, especially when people call for Facetime and want to see Stormageddon, too. He also doesn't like that Stormageddon sleeps in our room. He keeps trying to get us to put him in his crib in his own room. He's still scared of him but is getting better. He will rub his head or try to hold his hand once in awhile. Last night, he even tried to hold him for about thirty seconds. Unfortunately, we didn't get it on the camera but I'm sure he'll do it again...someday.

So, there's a lot going on but, at the same time, nothing going on. It's hard to describe.

I'd share some photos but I haven't even uploaded my photos to iPhoto from my phone so I don't have any :( Perhaps next week!

I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday and I hope I get back to my fibery endeavors soon!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #36

Happy Sunday :)

After last week's shenanigans, we are all home and attempting to get settled in and used to the "new normal." We actually didn't even get discharged from the hospital until last night so, obviously, I didn't get my post written and this and that so I'm posting while Stormageddon's napping. He'll be awake soon, though.


Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014 

I finished a Sacrificial Goat last Monday but I haven't had time to post about it because I finished Stormageddon on Tuesday :) So, perhaps I can get in a FO Friday post regarding the Sacrificial Goat...but in the meantime, know that I've finished another one.

  Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014


Because I was in the hospital most of this past week, the only project that made it to said hospital were Snape's Stockings.....not that I had a lot of knitting time anyway! I'm almost done with the leg on the first sock. The nurses were all impressed by the knitting...they also all loved the Swirl Hat I brought with me. I may make a few more for the NICU, where Stormageddon spent some time the past few days. 

Yes, baby spent some time in the NICU. He had slight jaundice and needed to be under the Bili Lights and those are located in the NICU. So, I would visit him for nursing/feeding and cuddle a little, come back to the room and knit or sleep or eat, wash, rinse, repeat. We were finally discharged last night after some blood test results (regarding the jaundice). 


Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



I imagine things are going to be quite up in the air for at least a few weeks/months. I expect that I'll still knit here and there and I'll try to update when I can but, really, the focus is going to be on the new version of normal :)

I hope you've all had a lovely week/weekend :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

FO Friday: Stormageddon Edition

Happy Friday!

Imagine my surprise when I had a very unexpected FO for this week's FO Friday.


Presenting my latest FO: Stormageddon!

George Eugene decided he didn't want to wait anymore and this past Tuesday morning, my water broke at 37 weeks. I didn't know that's what happened. I had a full day planned! Husband was going to take Little Man to work with him and I had things to do...laundry, dishes, cleaning. Yeah, none of that happened.

Initially, my water broke at 4am but I just thought I had lost bladder control. So I went back to sleep. After they left for San Francisco, I started laundry, decided to dye my hair, and once I was out of the shower, I was walking from the bathroom to the closet to get socks when I had a big WHOOSH. A call to my OB later and Husband was on his way home from work to take me to the hospital. A couple tests and monitors later, around 3pm, we were told that yes, my water had broken and we were having a baby today.

So, this little stinker came via c-section at 5:04pm on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. He came out screaming his fool head off and didn't stop until he was swaddled.



He weighed 6 lbs, 9.6 oz and was 18.5" long. He looks almost exactly like Little Man did but he's a tiny little peanut. Little Man was long and skinny. This guy is just tiny all around.

Unfortunately, he does have a bit of jaundice so last night, this was his environment:



He wasn't exactly happy at that point but he did well with the supplementation.

We're supposed to go home from the hospital tomorrow. Just in time for my Sunday update :)




I hope you're all having a lovely Friday :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #35

Happy Sunday :)

It's become quite apparent that I have full-blown BABY BRAIN. Last week, I forgot to add a project in my WIP List and then, even better, I forgot that I had finished said WIP and almost forgot to post about it on Friday.

But, I can remedy all that today. I think. I hope.


Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
 
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014  
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014  
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014 

20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

I wrote about the second goat this past Friday. That's the project I totally forgot about last week...oops. But, he's there now and my temporary lapse is gone.....for the moment. We shall see.

 Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Baby Stormageddon
3. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
4. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014

5. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

6. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014

This past week, I've worked a bit here and there on Snape's Stockings and I started the third Sacrificial Goat. I'm almost done with the first pattern repeat on the stockings (out of three) and I've finished the head/body and ears. That means I have four legs, two horns, and a tail...and stuffing and piecing and then I'm done with that one. Woo-hoo! Oh, and I worked on my Pacific Shawl...I almost forgot about that. I was just knitting along and I decided I should stop and count stitches...and lo, I had almost made it to the point where I would start the lace portion along the boarder. And then I managed to drop a bunch of stitches and while I think I got it picked up, there's still a teensy bit that turned out wonky. But, I have enough stitches, I know where I screwed up, and I'm ready to start the lace section.

As for Stormageddon, he's in there, doing his thing...and he's quite a wiggle worm. He's moved from one side to the other in the last week. He's still head-down but his little body went from the left side of my body to the right. He's also been punching me when he's uncomfortable. Silly boy. He'll be out soon enough :)



So, that's what's been going on around here. What I have left on my lists are as follows:

Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



You know as well as I do that I'm not going to get through everything. I'll be lucky if I finish anything from these remaining lists. But, you know, I can dream :) 

Anyway, that's about all I know for this week. I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and week and so on and so forth :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

FO Friday: Sacrificial Goat #2

So, after everything that's been going on around here with the earthquake and life and being pregnant and all of that....I totally forgot that I had an FO to share. To be fair, it also didn't manage to appear on my last Self-Imposed Year of Projects update, though it should have...

But, we'll just get right to it :)

Sacrificial Goat #2 (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Goat by Sara Gasson

Time Frame: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Snow (the white) and Tahki Sky (the brown)...unknown amounts of each but since this was my second one and I still have ample yarn left of both, I'm going with "small amount" of each.

Needles: US #5 DPNs (3.75 mm)

Size: Uh, the size it came out. It sits a little smaller than the first one but it's still roughly 5.75" from butt to the top of his horns.

Modifications: This time around, I made a few modifications...significantly more than I made the first time around. First of all, I did the head/body entirely in the round. It got a little interesting when I got to the short rows that form the snout/mouth/whatever you want to call it. I basically had to reverse the directions because of where it started in the pattern. It worked out so I was fine with it...but I had to think and thinking hurts. I did the ears as written except for the bind off. The original pattern has you break the yarn and thread through the remaining stitches. I opted for a regular bind off (in purl). It made it a little easier to sew together. I did the legs mostly in the round. I did the hoofs (the brown) as written but when I switched colors, I opted to knit them in the round. The horns were done as written but I opted to put pipe cleaners in them to help them keep the shape I wanted. And, of course, I was using worsted weight instead of DK...which means I used larger needles.

Thoughts: After having done one as written and one with modifications, I think I've decided how I'm going to proceed with the next.......well, I have to make at least three more, four would be better, and then Little Man wants one...so, I think I still have at least four to make, but really, probably five or six. After the mess I went through trying to attach the horns, ears, doing the eyes and mouth this time around...I think I'm going to work the head/body flat as written. I may also do the legs as written. They were difficult to stuff properly. So, I guess in short, the designer knew what she was doing. ::sigh:: And here I thought I was being so smart...I could do the body in the round and then opt to knit the head flat but I don't know how well that would work either. So, I guess I'm going back to the original directions.


That's all I have for you today :) I'm a bit late because......well, let's be honest: I FORGOT. Oops. I should be back on Sunday for my Year of Projects Update :)

Also....five years ago today, this happened :)



For dinner, I'm driving back into the city (San Francisco) to pick Husband up from work and Little Man, Husband, and I are going to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner. YUMYUM. Too bad Stormageddon is taking up so much real estate...I would love to eat all the things. Oh well.

Anyway, hope you're having a lovely Friday :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Future WIPs: The Fiber Edition

As many of you know, I not only knit...I spin, also. Now, to be fair, I'm not a great spinner. I enjoy doing it but I don't do it often enough...which is probably why I'm not all that good at it. But I still like it.

Wait, I'm going in circles.

Anyway, the point is that on Monday, Little Man and I took a trip down to San Jose so I could partake in someone's destash. Sadly, she can no longer spin (at least not with a traditional wheel - she could probably use an electric spinner as it doesn't involve legs)...so she was destashing her fiber (and some yarn, also, but I didn't partake in that).

I viewed everything online (thank you, Ravelry), and had made the initial decision that these two  would come home with me:

Miss Babs BFL in Crazy U - 8 oz total

I picked up these two braids of BFL from Miss Babs (the color is called Crazy U). I knew these were going to come home, even before I felt them with my hands.

But then, not unexpectedly, I started feeling all the other things...and all these came home:

Australian Finn & Suffolk - 7 oz.

This still has quite a bit of lanolin in it and it's quite sticky...but I like it. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it but that's not the point right now.

AVFKW Merino/Silk in Off The Grid - 4 oz total

Two hanks of 50/50 Merino/Silk from A Verb for Keeping Warm. Now, I can go over to Verb any time I want...but I didn't have to :)

AVFKW Merino/Silk in Supernova - 2 oz

I also picked up this and just couldn't leave it...I'm considering plying it with the two yellow ones. Basically, spin each hank as singles (2 oz. on each bobbin), then ply them together as a three-ply. We'll see. I might change my mind :)

BMFA BFL in My Blue Heaven - 8.25 oz

What can I say? I'm a sucker for BFL. And this was a HUGE hank from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt - 2 oz

This was an interesting one. It's a Crazy Batt from Faerie Mountain Fibers and may contain the following: various wools including superwash, alpaca, mohair locks, silk, sari silk, silk noils, wool nepps, bamboo, firestar/angelina, nylon, or yarn. I'm pretty sure this one has either firestar or angelina in it (that's the shiny stuff that you can see)...otherwise, no clue. I saw these at Stitches West last February and I was tempted...but I didn't get any. Now I have some to test out :)



So.....I'm calling these Future WIPs because they're still in their raw form of unspun fiber. Eventually I will spin these and then I can turn them into WIPs of the knitted variety.

Also, I tried chain plying again the other day and it didn't go well. Again. I think I'm going to take someone else's suggestion of using crap yarn to learn the motions and then I don't go ruining my handspun. It sounds like a good idea. Perhaps a trip to JoAnn's is in order for today :)

Anyway, I'm linking up with Tami today :)

Perhaps next week I'll talk about my knitting WIPs (there are less than a handful at this point)...we'll see how that goes :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Earthquake!

As many of you know, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, by way of 32 years in Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, we have thunderstorms, flooding, horrendous winters (both cold and snowy), and tornadoes.

Here in the Bay Area, we have drought and.....dun dun dun.....EARTHQUAKES.

Now, an earthquake is not necessarily unheard of in southern Wisconsin but they're a very rare occurrence and because of the underlying bedrock, they're felt much further away at much smaller magnitudes. Seriously, in my entire 32 years in southern Wisconsin, I think I felt a total of three earthquakes, all stemming from northern Illinois. That's not true here. Here, both Husband and I have felt relatively small earthquakes (less than 2.0 magnitude). We didn't grow up with them being commonplace so we're more attuned to them...I think. Even if that's not true, that's what I'm going to go with.

We've lived here two years now and while we've always been aware that earthquakes are a pretty frequent occurrence, they're also usually small and unassuming (under 3.0 magnitude). Still, you bolt furniture (bookshelves) to the walls, don't let breakables hang out on bookshelves without something holding them in place, and have a plan...which we don't have but perhaps we need one.

Very early this morning, at approximately 3:22am, we experienced our first major earthquake. The epicenter was located up toward Napa, which is about 45 miles north of us, and the USGS said it was a 6.0 magnitude. 

We were sleeping, as one does in the middle of the night, and I woke up and thought Husband was shaking the bed. So, in my pregnancy-induced, sleep-deprived state, I smacked him and told him to stop shaking the bed. He woke up and said he wasn't shaking the bed. Then we realized the bookshelves were shaking, the bed was shaking, and basically, the whole house was shaking. It didn't last that long, maybe a minute at most, but being our first major earthquake, we were freaked out a bit. Okay, I was more freaked out than Husband but we were still both freaked out. Little Man slept through it. Puppy didn't even flinch. We had no damage to speak of but we definitely felt it.

So, we are okay here in San Mateo. Napa is pretty messed up, however.

That's all I know from here.......hope you're having a lovely Sunday. I'll be back with more knitting content this week as I have another FO to share :)

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #34

Happy Sunday :)

I'm cautiously optimistic that the sickness is finally going away. I still have a bit of a random cough but it's nothing consistent at this point...and I'm not taking the cough medicine with codeine (but I am still doing Benadryl)...so, keep your fingers crossed and such :)

But, we're not here to talk about that. We're here because it's Sunday and it's time for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects update. 

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
 
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014  
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014  
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014 

I finished up the Swirl Hat this week. I honestly thought it was going to take a bit longer but, apparently, I was on another finishing kick. I wrote about both the hat and the goat this past Friday :) There's not much else to say about either of them that I didn't say on Friday...so you can and should go check that post out (it also includes the first of the Sacrificial Goats). I also managed to "finish" Little Man's baby blanket. I needed to weave in ends and give it a wash. It wasn't even dry before he declared it his and stole it away. Silly boy. He's been carrying it around here and there. I'm pretty sure he likes it :)

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Baby Stormageddon
3. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
4. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014

5. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

Let's start with Stormageddon. He's still in there. He's still punching me. He's still making me want to spend a lot of time in the bathroom. I spent some time this past week cleaning his room. The new curtains are up, the crib is decorated, clothes are washed and put away, blankets are washed and put away, the room has been vacuumed, the rocking chair has been moved into the room...the only problem is that there is a corner with a bookshelf and a lot of boxes/bins that are in dire need of new homes...and we don't really have a lot of places we can put things. ::sigh:: I'm going to have to further purge all the things. Again. Some more. Wish me luck and if I don't emerge, send reinforcements!

Other than that, I spent some time on my Pacific Shawl on Friday. I'm still working toward my lace edging...I have awhile. I only worked a couple rows in the first place...but every row counts! I also worked a few rows on my swatch for the Dude Sweater. I like how the fabric is turning out so I don't intend to mess with it too much or block it too aggressively...but I still have quite a bit left to go. And then I went and started a new project. It wasn't on my YOP list and it wasn't exactly a Secret Sock Club Bag either. I pulled the yarn out of a bag that I have internally labeled "ready to go" yarn (meaning I don't have to haul out the ball winder and swift; I can just start a project)...and then I went through my Ravelry Queue and found a suitable pattern. In this case, it's Snape's Stockings. I'm working on the first pattern repeat of the first sock. The yarn is quite lovely...I just hope it holds up as it's a 50/50 superwash merino/tencel blend. We shall see. I hope that because I'm knitting it at a tight enough gauge that it will last well. I'm also not horribly mean to my handknit socks. That should help.

Anyway, my remaining lists look like this:

Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



I had hoped to have photos of my WIPs but I just haven't gotten around to it. I suppose if I had gotten up early yesterday morning, I could have gotten it done....but I like to sleep :) So, no photos today. Sorry. Sue me. Maybe next week...

I hope you've all had a lovely week and a fabulous weekend :)