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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #4

Hello and happy Sunday! Let's get cracking, shall we?

 Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015

I finished up a hat last night. Originally, it was sort of based off the Family of Hats recipe/pattern I had...except that I used a stitch count that wasn't part of it...which means I basically stopped following a pattern other than the stitch pattern I found via Pinterest. I have to work a couple things out and then I may wind up writing it for several sizes. We'll see how things go. For now, I've finished this one.

 Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
 
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015  
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015 
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015

I spent some time on a few projects this past week...I was a bit on the bouncy side with projects. This is a bit strange as I didn't do much knitting from last Sunday-Wednesday. The only knitting I did between those days was while we were playing "Tourist" with my sister-in-law on Monday...and it was on my Traveling Socks. I wasn't driving so I could knit in the car :) So, I've made some progress on the leg of the first of those socks. As soon as I finish up my next color, I'll be getting around to the heel flap. Woo. Heel flap! 

Oh, and a few rounds of Snape's Stockings made it into a couple nights but there's not much going on with those right now; I'm just decreasing for the gussets. I don't think I knit more than a handful of rounds on it all week...hardly worth mentioning other than I did it :)

And you'll notice I started two new projects. No? Go look, they're right there. So, you may or may not have heard about this story (go ahead and click on the link - it'll take you to a news station's website in southern Wisconsin - it's a legit website as it was one of my local news stations before we moved to California). The really short version is that Nicia has Noonan Syndrome and turned 16 this weekend. Her mother wanted her to have a birthday she would never forget so she had her friends on Facebook spread the word to send this girl birthday love...and it spread like wildfire. She's received cards from all over the country, including one from President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. Not only cards but packages and donations to her favorite charities (Noonan Syndrome Foundation, by the way)...and before I had time to register what I was doing, I was asking about any tactile issues or allergies and would she like fingerless mitts or a hat or mittens or something like that (hey, it's cold in Wisconsin in the winter!). And I'm making her some fingerless mitts. Unfortunately, life got in the way and they're not done but they seem to be going fairly quickly. I did let her mom know that it would probably be late but that should be fine. So, I'm making fingerless mitts for someone I've never met. And it's not that I'm a totally selfish knitter...but I'm picky and choosy about the people I knit for. And I chose to knit for her. 

But that's the first of the "new" projects. The other is another hat for the NICU, based on an idea that popped in my head for socks. I felt like diddling a new pattern...so there's that. It's just started so there's nothing interesting to say yet :)

And no, I've not restarted Wink yet. But, progress has been made because we got the printer ink refilled at Costco so I was able to print the pattern, which is lovely and will make my life so much easier for this project. 


Anyway, moving along...


Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting.

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)



Even though I have seven (!) projects going right now, my mind is still wandering toward what I want to knit next. I think I have a case of Startitis again. Or perhaps the last case never quite went away. Or perhaps it's because I know Stitches West is coming up in a few weeks and I want all the things. Or because I've been perusing the Vogue Knitting Live Pasadena classes (which is in April). I'll think of something...


In "real life" events, not much has changed other than I'm able to feed Stormageddon baby food. We've started with the Gerber rice cereal, which he seems to like...but in small quantities. He's not quite sure what to do with the spoon yet. He's a bit more interested in chewing it rather than eating off it, which I expected. Poor boy is teething but he's not really cranky from it. He's just chewing on anything he can get into his mouth and drooling. He's also tall enough to reach the floor in the jumper so I don't have to put the box under him anymore. He seems to like that, too...but again, small doses. 

Little Man is beyond excited at the prospect of going to school in the fall. I've filled out the paperwork to have him transferred to a different elementary school within the district. In a couple weeks I have to do the regular registration (yeah, they do the transfer paperwork first...weird). We're still hoping to get him into one of the Montessori preschools (which feed into the Montessori charter schools in the district), specifically the one that is just a couple blocks away from us but, you know, either one would be fine. He doesn't quite understand that he won't be going until August but he's excited and that's always good. 

Other than that, not much else is happening around here. Oh, except for the crack in my windshield. I'm not too thrilled about that but we only have a $100 deductible for glass repair/replacement and it probably won't make our insurance go up like crazy...but still, HUGE crack. ::sigh::

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely week and weekend and so on and so forth...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #3

Happy Sunday! Let's get started :)

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
 
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015  
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015 

I've not finished anything new this week but, given the projects I've got going right now, I'm okay with that. I did have an FO Friday post about Hat #2 and Hat #3...and I've recently realized that I never did a post about the first hat. So, I'll have to get on that. Maybe for this week. 


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014

5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Hat #4 - FoH: started January 16, 2015

I spent most of this week working on Snape's Stockings and my Traveling Socks...but I obviously started a new hat, as well. Snape's Stockings are past the heel and I'm working on the gusset decreases. It's a little slow-going because I have to read a chart, which isn't hard but it means it's after everyone else has gone to bed so I'm not always 100% on my knitting game. My Traveling Socks are great...I just keep on knitting along in a circle until I get sick of it or something. So, I'm not at the heel but I might be close. Or not. I haven't decided yet. And then there's the hat. The pattern/recipe thing I have for the hats doesn't have anything smaller than "baby" and since I've discovered that "baby" literally means a baby, not a newborn, it's not going to work for the NICU....but all the hats are based on groups of 8 stitches so I figured I could go 8 stitches fewer than the baby size and have something acceptable for the NICU. So, that's what I'm doing. And I've decided that plain stockinette is boring so I went Googling and found a stitch pattern I liked and I'm going to work it. It's apparently known as the Gallatan Rock Stitch and can be found here. I have to figure out how I'm going to do the decreases but that shouldn't be too difficult. 

I had intended to restart Wink this week but I wanted to print out the pattern because otherwise I spend more of my time scrolling back and forth between the charts and the stitch key than I would knitting...and that sucks. So, went to print and lo, our printer is out of black ink. ::sigh:: So, I've not printed it yet and, as a result, have not restarted it...but I still consider it a WIP. I think that means I need to pick up some ink for said printer, as well. 


And now, the remaining lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting.

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket

4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)



In non-knitting events around here.....

Stormageddon had his four month doctor appointment, complete with shots, this past Thursday. He was 15.25 lbs, 25.5" long, and his head was about 40 cm (15.75"). He's still small for his age but he's growing so our pediatrician isn't concerned and, frankly, neither am I. He took his two shots like a champ and practically gobbled down the oral vaccine (for Rotavirus). 

Prior to his appointment, I had to fill out a questionnaire about things (can he do this, does he do that, what kind of formula does he take, working smoke detectors, who lives at home, etc.). One of the questions was about whether he could roll over. As of Thursday, he could not roll over. He would roll onto his right side and get stuck. He could get back but he couldn't get over his arm onto his tummy. So, he'd kind of stay there and chew on his fingers (he's teething). Well, on Friday morning, I put him in his Pack-N-Play on his back and went into the kitchen to make his bottle. When I came out, the little stinker was on his tummy and arms, looking around. He wasn't screaming or upset; he was just looking out the mesh lining like he did this every day. I thought it had to be a fluke so I put him on his back again and he did it again. And on Saturday morning at 1am, when he woke up, I found him on his tummy. And again at 8:45am. Officially, Stormageddon is on the move. 

Husband's sister is coming later today and staying until Wednesday. Just a mini-vacation, nothing huge. Just a few days to hang out with the boys, eat some lovely fresh seafood, and get out of the Frozen Tundra that is southern Wisconsin. Unfortunately, they just had their first foster child placed with them. It kind of came out of nowhere. But since her husband is staying, it's not a big issue. 

Other than that.....here are some photos of what's been going on around here:


SELFIE!


Cheese (at the mall's indoor play area)


I am the master of this jumper!


And a little proof that this little stinker is on the move!


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

Friday, January 16, 2015

FO Friday: Hats hats all the hats...

Happy Friday.....

Hat #2 - FoH (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Family of Hats from Hiya Hiya (it came as an insert in one of my circular needles)
Time Frame: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Snow (white) and Lake (blue)
Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) 16" circular and US #8 (5 mm) 16" circular and DPNs
Size: Baby
Modification(s): I added stripes and used a different needle size than called for in the pattern. I also changed the crown decreases.
Thoughts: It definitely fits a baby...but it was intended for a newborn. So, it's for Stormageddon. This is the second hat I've made from this collection.

Hat #3 - FoH (link to Project Page)

Pattern: same as above
Time Frame: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Snow (white) and Aslan Trends Pima Classico Cotton (approx 55 yds)
Needles: same as above
Size: Adult Small
Modification(s): As before, I used different size needles than what the pattern calls for and I added stripes. I also changed the depth of this hat to fit Little Man and altered the crown decreases.
Thoughts: I wound up playing yarn chicken with the blue and I lost. So the very top has a bit of white. Oh well. Little Man is four and won't care. He has a hat that matches his brother's hat...mostly. It's the same colors but his had three white stripes instead of two (and the white bit at the top).



At least he likes it :)

I had hoped to get better photos but this week seemed to get away from me a bit. Life happens, apparently :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #2

A very happy Sunday to you :) It's quite amazing how many things can change in just a week...

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015

3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015


Hey, look at that. I finished up another TWO projects. Granted, they're both just hats...but they're fabulous hats. The second hat was intended for the NICU and I started it before I realized that the sizing was too large for NICU hats...so, it's also going to Stormageddon. 

The third hat, on the other hand, was because of a tinge of jealousy...see, Little Man noticed I was making hats that fit Stormageddon and he wanted one. So, I figured...I have a buttload of this yarn, why not? So, I made him a hat using the same yarn as I did for the first hat...and wound up playing a bit of yarn chicken. See, I made the adult small size (the stitch count)...and I was running out of the blue so I did more stripes of the white and I was so close but the very top has a couple rows of white where I ran out of the blue. Oh well, he won't care. 

I should have an FO Friday next week, if I can get decent photos...we'll see :)

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014

5. Wink: started January 5, 2015

This week, I started Wink...and frogged Wink...and restarted...and frogged...and restarted...and frogged...and so on. I finally got it right by Thursday and was about 20 or so rows into the back collar (which is where you start).....and Little Man got a hold of the project and pulled my needle out. He's never gone after my knitting before (except to touch yarn or hand me a project bag). Last night, he pulled out my Snape's Stockings and Wink. He tossed the socks about willy-nilly but didn't do any actual damage to the project. Wink, however, he pulled the needle right out...and then some stitches. I'm not sure how many stitches or rows he pulled out but I wound up frogging what I had. I'll probably restart it sometime this coming week. I'm not very happy with him but at least it wasn't a lot of work that I had to rip out. 

I also worked on Snape's Stockings. I finished up the heel flap, turned the heel, and I'm working on picking up the gusset stitches and moving on from there. 

I think I would have cried if Little Man had pulled a needle out of that. 

While we were in the car yesterday, on our way to the RV Show, I pulled out my Traveling Socks. I knit two and a half stripes...these are going much more quickly than I anticipated. Hmmm...


 Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting.

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)



In other random things...I tossed a little bit of my stash the other night. Husband was out with a friend and the boys were in bed. So, I pulled out one of my yarn bins and started going through it, in accordance with my Ravelry Queue (which is getting out of hand again). Everything in that bin has a purpose (I think)...nothing is set in stone but I've matched everything up with a pattern. I hope to do more stash tossing. I think I need to have a "Come to Jebus" talk with my stash because, honestly, I have a lot of sock yarn and, quite honestly, as much as I love my handknit socks, I don't need 245 pairs of them. And at least 75% of the sock yarn stash is variegated or self-striping so it's not like I can do most shawls with them. ::sigh::

I love my stash. I don't want to have a "Come to Jebus" talk with it. 


Anyway, moving along...

I have moved forward on one of my designs. One of the groups I belong to on Ravelry (which is from a blog I follow) is having a "Designalong." She (the group founder/blog owner) has teamed up with Jeni from Fyberspates and Kate Atherly from Knitty. Between the three of them, they're going to pick five entries and let the public choose which one wins (all in Ravelry so you can't go voting more than once - I think voting starts on February 1, 2015). The winner gets a two hour tech consult with Kate, yarn support from Fyberspates, and an hour consult with the host for help on releasing the pattern (or what to do next). 

I fell right into it. My design for my Traveling Vines Socks has been put in there. I've basically got it written but there are the little things...

So, there's that.


In non-fiber events, Stormageddon is close to rolling over. He gets to his side and just kind of....hangs out. He doesn't appear to be truly stuck but he just doesn't want to roll any further. He's also only rolling to the right (his right)...which is the opposite of Little Man, who rolled left first (until he was about 7 months old and then decided that the day I laid him on a hotel bed with Husband was the perfect time to roll to the right......and right off the damn bed!). Aside from rolling, he's also started giggling. Not a lot but he has started giggling. He's also figuring out his little voice, which is really funny to hear when he's just awake in his crib and he'll sit there and talk so Husband can hear him. Silly boy.

Little Man has been in love with Legos lately. My mother-in-law got rid of Husband's pirate sets from when he was a kid so he's replaced them and picked up a few more of the pirate sets. We currently have: #6270 Forbidden Island (1989), #6285 Black Seas Barracuda (1989), #6276 Eldorado Fortress, #6273 Rock Island Refuge (1991), and #10210 the Imperial Flag Ship (2010). The rule is that Little Man is allowed to play with them (gently) but they belong to Daddy. Little Man has plenty of his own, however...a few different Star Wars ones, and a couple of Spiderman ones. Oh, and he also has a big bucket of loose Legos. He's pretty good about picking them up, too, which is quite lovely. I hate stepping on them. He's also helping me redecorate his room a bit. We flipped his bed over a couple weeks ago and today, I decided to make a little fort under his "new" bunk-bed...all the stuffed animals are down there and we moved his little table and chairs by the window so he can color or play Legos. He seems to like it. Unfortunately, he's been watching a few too many "scary" videos on YouTube and the last couple nights, he's convinced himself that something scary is going to get him (zombies, vampires, monsters, whatever). So, I refilled his zombie-monster-vampire spray. That helps. But still, poor kiddo :( 

I've got no new photos to post...perhaps next week :) 

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

Friday, January 9, 2015

FO Friday: Elefante

On Sunday, I said we'd probably have an FO Friday post and I am not going to disappoint :)

Elefante (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Elefante by Susan B. Anderson

Time Frame: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014

Yarn: Purl Essence Tranquil in Honeysuckle (less than 1 skein - this yarn was part of a one-pound mill end bag from JoAnn Fabrics...took some asking and someone told me what it was)

Needles: US #6 (4 mm) Signature DPNs

Size: Whatever size it came out...

Modification(s): The original was done using scraps of worsted and US #4 (3.5 mm) needles. My yarn is still worsted but I used larger needles. I didn't want to have such a tight gauge so she turned out a bit larger than the original. I also used variegated yarn, rather than making the stripes myself. The thing I'm most proud of, however, are her ears. The pattern calls for crocheting the ears and I don't crochet. I don't lack the capability; I just don't...and I didn't really want to learn for the sake of this pattern. I looked through the "helpful notes" for this pattern and found a few that were knitted but they weren't quite what I was looking for. I wanted stockinette, knit flat, and the only sewing involved was whipstitching it to the head. The closest was a garter version, which I borrowed from, tweaked it, and lo, I have stockinette ears with a two-stitch garter boarder. And they're perfectly floppy and I love it.

Thoughts: This is intended to be a gift for Husband's youngest niece for her third birthday...which isn't until June. I wasn't sure how long she was going to take as Little Man's Giraffe (by the same designer) took me about seven months to make. So...I thought I had better start early. And then it only took me nine days to finish. Oops. At least it's done. I may have to make another one. She turned out so adorable...and Little Man seems to love her. Oh well. Perhaps one for Stormageddon. He doesn't have a knitted toy from Mama yet...

Anyway, more photos!

Front view

Ear seaming

More ear seaming

Underbelly!

Top view!


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

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's that time again...

It's that time of year again. If I didn't have small children, I'd be sitting in a corner singing softly to myself...

But, I have small children. And that means I have an extra excuse to go out and buy myself an entire cake and eat it...even though neither child will understand why.

Today, kids, is my 35th birthday.

That is all.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #1

Hello! Welcome! Uh......hi.

Welcome to my Fourth Self-Imposed Year of Projects. Today marks the beginning, the very beginning, of this year's adventure. The true adventure started four years ago, not long after Little Man entered my life, and upon the occasion of my 32nd birthday.

I declared 2014 as THE YEAR OF THE STASH. I think that trend will continue into 2015. I have so much yarn and I really do love it but I think I'd love it more if I actually, you know, did something with it. So, 2015 will also be THE YEAR OF THE STASH!

As always, I work in lists. It helps me organize my thoughts and focus and so on and so forth.


Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015

Now, technically, there shouldn't be any finished objects here...but I finished Elefante last week and I thought you should know...she's kind of an "in limbo" project because, technically, she's from the Third Self-Imposed Year of Projects. The wrap-up for that was last week and she was listed as a WIP because, at the time, she was a WIP...and then I went and finished her. Soooooo....she's going to make an appearance here as the first FO for 2015 :)


I'm quite proud of her ears. The ears are supposed to be crocheted but I don't crochet and wasn't exactly keen to learn just for the sake of making ears for this project. I looked through the "helpful notes" section for this project and found a few versions of knitted ears, none of which were quite what I was going for. I wanted to do stockinette, flat, no folding...the closest I came was in garter. So, I borrowed from that, made a few changes, and now I have stockinette ears with a two-stitch garter border. They're perfectly floppy and I love them. I expect I'll have an FO Friday post this week, starring this little elephant.

And then, because I finished Elefante, I pulled one of my Secret Sock Club Bags (see below) and inside were four skeins: three Lion Brand Cotton Ease (two different shades of blue and a white) and one of Pima Classico Cotton from Aslan Trends (blue). The pattern was already in the bag...and it's not exactly a pattern but it came with one of my Hiya Hiya circular needles...it's more of a recipe for a Family of Hats (FoH). They're sized for baby, child, small adult, medium adult, and large adult. I've decided to make as many of the baby sized hats as I can using the yarn contained in the bag and then donate them to the NICU at the hospital where Stormageddon was born. But...I don't want to donate them one at a time so I'll probably make them all and then donate them. And then I finished the first one...and it's made to fit a baby. Observe:

Stormageddon in his new hat
Yep. It fits a baby alright....my baby. So, he's getting a new hat. And I've started the second one (see below) to the same size...so he'll be getting a second one. And because Little Man may be jealous of his brother's two new hats, I'll be making him two hats, probably in the same colors. ::sigh:: Then on to the NICU hats :)

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015

The WIPs I've actually worked on this week are the second FoH Hat (which is almost finished) and the Traveling Socks. The Traveling Socks are quite addictive, even if they are plain vanilla socks...I can't wait to get to the next stripe and the next one and the next one and...you get the idea.

I've also figured out what I'm going to do about the NICU hats that I want to make...I think. I expect at least one of those will show up next week. Maybe. We shall see...

But anyway, let's see what else I have planned for this year :)

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport)
4. Wink (using Knit Picks Superwash Wool of the Andes)
5. Ginny's Cardigan (DK)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting.

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)



Now, as we've discovered in years past, I never finish everything on my lists...and I almost always wind up adding things to my lists...and I almost always wind up changing something on my lists. And guess what? I do what I want!

Soooooooo.............let's just go with it and we'll see where the year takes us :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - That's a Wrap :)

Happy Sunday! Today marks the last week of my Third Self-Imposed Year of Projects...which means there are lots of photos and revisiting things and wondering how I made it through another year :)

Let's get started....

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014



Originally intended to be a Christmas gift for someone, it's currently sitting in a box of handknit items. Oops. 

2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014



Upon my suspicion that Stormageddon would be entering our lives, I made this hat...and yes, he has worn it :)

3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014



I'm pretty sure this sweater took more than five hours but it still turned out quite well :)

4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014


This is currently the perfect size for Stormageddon and he wears it often. I never did attach buttons and I don't think it needs it.

5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014



Using leftovers from the Five Hour Baby Sweater, I made a little matching hat. It went with the aforementioned sweater as a present.

6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014




Made for Little Man and I wish I had had enough yarn to make it just a titch longer. The bottom likes to flip up once in awhile. But it's still adorable and he likes it.

7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014



This yarn and these mitts were meant to go together...if only because the yarn was aptly named "Christmas Zombie."

 
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014


Traveling Vines Socks...these actually get a lot of wear in the winter months, perhaps because I have a couple shirts the same shade of purple.

 
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014



I had intended this hat to be for Stormageddon...but it's a little big. Little Man has claimed it as his own. If only I could find it...

 
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014



This went into my "Christmas/Charity" knitting box...and it's still there. I do rather like it but I think I'd like it more in a solid color. 


11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014


This and the following Hoo Hat were gifted to a cousin of Husband's for their newborn twin girls (born November 5, 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


Another hat Little Man tried to claim but it was way too small for his head. It's almost too small for Stormageddon at this point...

 
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014



When I made this sweater, I wondered if Stormageddon's head would ever fit through the hole...but it did. Unfortunately, I probably should have made the next size larger as he was only able to wear it once or twice. It'll be a nice keepsake someday...


15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014


I have no real need for mittens here in northern California but they are nice to have when it gets cold at night. 

 
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014



These socks also get quite a bit of wear, but only because they're workhorse socks (the yarn). They're also lovely and warm. 

 
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014



Little Man liked mine so much he wanted a pair of his own. 

 
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014



The first of my four Sacrificial Goats I made for Husband. He was made to pattern specifications. 

 
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014



I wasn't sure if this would go well with Stormageddon...but he does wear it well. Even though I made the newborn size, it still fits him because it's such a stretchy pattern. 


 
Okay, not the greatest photo but the other two are of him screaming....

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



The second of the Sacrificial Goats. This one had some changes, including being knit in the round. It was probably the "tightest" of the goats but it was such a pain in the butt to do the face...

 
21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014



The third of the Sacrificial Goats was made much like the first with some minor changes. 

 
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014








23. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014



These have been shipped to Wisconsin but the recipient won't see them until after Christmas. I just hope they fit his teenage boy hands...

 
24. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014



I hope this fits it's intended recipient. It should...it's quite stretchy :)

 
25. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Jazzlynn: started November 11, 2014; finished November 17, 2014



My fourth pair of these mittens. They fit me (tightly) so they should fit Jazzlynn....

 
26. Barley for Jazzy: started November 17, 2014; finished November 20, 2014



This should be a lovely hat for an almost-seven-year old, right?

 
27. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Sherri: started November 21, 2014; finished December 3, 2014




This isn't the greatest photo but they're finished, they fit me...and all is well. They'll be shipped off to Wisconsin soon enough :)

 
28. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014; finished December 13, 2014




The last of the Sacrificial Goats (for now - I still owe one to Husband)...I think this one may have turned out the best of the four. Guess practice makes (almost) perfect? And a photo of all four of them together before they left for their grand adventure :) 


29. Sorin for Sherri: started December 3, 2014; finished December 16, 2014


Finished. It's a big larger than I would have liked...bordering a lot on being more of a slouch hat. But, it should be fabulous for Sherri :)

 

30.  Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014; finished December 19, 2014

I've no photo of this...it's just a swatch. But it's done and that's fabulous!



You know, for such a strange year filled with unexpected things (like having a baby!), I actually accomplished quite a few things...and I have only a few things on the needles.



 Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Elefante: started December 19, 2014

5. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014

Aside from the Dragon's Egg Socks, everything else left on my WIP list was started this year (some within the last week and a half). That's kind of awesome. It also means that I cleared out my WIP list that I started with (sans the socks)...which is also rather awesome :)


Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuttttttttttttt............I had quite a bit left on my "To Do" lists.....
 


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

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which is in a SSC Bag) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which should be in a SSC Bag, but isn't...I should remedy that) *

* 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. Because I've started looking at Year 4, I know what I have in these bags right now...but I'm not going to share all of them until I start Year 4 in a couple weeks. Boo on me but yay?)

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




Well........

There's always next year, right?

If you'd like to join me on my quest, hop in at the A Year of Projects group on Ravelry :) Next week, I start my Fourth Self-Imposed Year of Projects!