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Sunday, September 16, 2018

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

Happy Sunday :)



FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018
15. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018; finished 20 July 2018
16. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017; finished 31 July 2018
17. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018; finished 2 August 2018

I made actual progress on weaving in ends on my Frankensocks....but not enough so I can wear them. Soon. Well...maybe.



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
3. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
4. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
5. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
6. Returning: started 14 January 2018
7. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
8. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018
9. Clapotis: started 29 June 2018
10. Safari Duo - Ella the Elephant: started 11 July 2018
11. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
12. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
13. Age of Brass & Steam Shawl: started 10 August 2018
14. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
15. Sockhead: started 11 September 2018

Because I don't have enough WIPs, I started a Sockhead using the first sock blank I ever dyed. It's going to look like clown barf and I'm going to wear it soooooooo much. It's red, purple, and yellow speckled and I dyed it with reckless, drunken abandon. Or not. I'm still in the middle of ribbing hell but it's a start.


I took this photo yesterday in full sunlight....and the wind kept trying to blow everything away. But, I got the photo. You can also see that the yarn is kinky. I wound up unraveling the sock blank into a cake and I'm working from the cake. It's fine.

In addition to that, I worked a couple rows on my Age of Brass & Steam shawl. It's growing. I'm still tossed whether I can get a full five repeats out of the yarn. I'd rather not have to go hunting for a fourth skein. I mean, I can....it's not a discontinued yarn (for once!) but I'd rather not have to. You know what I mean.

Outside of those two projects, I received a package from England that contained my extra yarn in a kit so I can finish up the elephant (Ella the Elephant) for my niece. Actually, I received two of those. I also got two more kits in that package, with patterns for other toys. If I had lived in England, I would have gotten them for free......buuuuut, I don't and they don't actually ship to the US. I had a friend receive the order in England and I paid him the shipping to me, which was only about $15. It took a bit to get here but it's here and I can work on that project.




OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

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

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

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

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

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

Dyeing
1. Sock Blanks (10) from Vice Yarns

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




Stormageddon has been coughing and snotting out of his nose for most of the last week and a half, probably closer to two weeks. Unfortunately, it led to a phantom fever and him falling asleep on me at 6pm on Wednesday night. He was perfectly fine on Thursday but, you know, snot and coughing. ::sigh::

Earlier in the week, he wanted to play dress-up in old Halloween costumes. He pulled out his Captain America one from the bin and insisted we work on his selfies.






On Tuesday, he had his swimming lessons and he, like Little Man before him, likes to take silly selfies with mom in the car before we actually go in. Who am I to say no?



He also decided that our Halloween pirates needed some high-fives one afternoon (I think this was Tuesday...might have been Wednesday). We have had our Halloween decorations up since the end of August. We really like Halloween in our house. That's about all I can say about it. I think next year we're going to look for a cheap card table and have the skeletons playing poker or something silly.



I think last week you saw Little Man with his snails. Stormageddon wanted photos with his snails this week. We find quite a few in the mornings, particularly if the sprinklers have been on overnight.



The same day as the snails above, Little Man found this butterfly on our way home from school. It was just sitting on the pavement, not moving, didn't even fly away as we approached. It did fly away afterwards but not when we came up to it.



I caught this photo of Little Man on Friday after school. He and a bunch of his friends were climbing on the school sign out front of his school. I had to zero in on him to avoid getting his friends in the photo. He's such a sweet boy. I think I'm going to keep him.



Outside of all that, I've been doing a lot of yard work this week. I mentioned last week that we were getting a hot tub and that I needed to level out the space where we were putting it. I finished that up on Tuesday this week, after getting more rocks and such. It was delivered on Wednesday and I spent time on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and yesterday getting the trench dug for the electrical. The entire length was about 15.5' long but it was split into an 11' section and a 5.5' section. That wouldn't have been so bad but it also needed to be about 1.5' underground (yes, that's 18") and it needed to be straight because of the pipe going into it where the electrical wire was going to run. We did some of the work with a pressure washer, which was fine and dandy other than it made a HUGE mess of mud. We also had to dig under the water pipes for the sprinkler system. Husband's back can only take so much so I did a lot of that work, as well. Everything finally started catching up with me yesterday and today, I'm in a large amount of pain. Right now would be the perfect time for a hot tub, don't you think!? I'll probably go to the gym and sit in the hot tub there for awhile. Maybe the sauna, as well. 


I hope you're all having a lovely week and weekend. My week should maybe get back to normalish this week and then Vogue Knitting Live is next weekend :) Maybe I should finish a project this week so I have it this weekend? 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

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

Happy Sunday! Let's get moving....if I can move at all......more on that in a bit.


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018
15. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018; finished 20 July 2018
16. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017; finished 31 July 2018
17. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018; finished 2 August 2018

Ends still not woven in. Let's just move on with our lives, okay? I may never get them all woven in...but we know that's a lie because Halloween socks need to be on my feet soon!



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

I don't know that I got a lot of knitting accomplished this week. What little I did do was on the Abracadabra Socks and the Age of Brass & Steam. I'm tossed for how many rounds to do on the cuffs of the sock. I usually do twenty-five rounds but I'm leaning toward only doing twenty because of the contrast heel/cuff/toes I'm planning to do. I don't know. I'll see how different twenty versus twenty-five rounds looks on actual socks and make a decision then.

But that's it this week for knitting, promise!


OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

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

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

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

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

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

Dyeing
1. Sock Blanks (10) from Vice Yarns

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


In continuing fibery events, I dyed yarn yesterday. My hands are a lovely shade of orangey-yellow as a result. I'm going to have to start selling the things I dye because I need to somehow fund my dyeing habit. I dyed a total of eleven yarny items: two skeins of worsted (560 yds each), six skeins of sock yarn (a BFL/nylon sock yarn, 464 yds each), and three sock blanks. They are currently drying in Little Man's bathroom. 


This is the only photo I took during my yarn dyeing adventures yesterday.....and it's just the table with my dye all mixed and ready to go. 


Also, this arrived: my information for Vogue Knitting Live in San Francisco in a couple weeks. I'm only taking one class, a Fair Isle class, in which I hope to address my University of Wisconsin Ski Hat and the ridiculously long floats (18-20 sts in spots). I hope to visit the marketplace also (duh). That's a couple weeks away, though.



The week started out with Stormageddon's birthday. We didn't do anything special. He opened presents, played, and around 7pm, we went out for ice cream. Obviously he chose chocolate (as he's wearing it all over his face). I still can't believe that boy is four years old! 

On Monday, being a holiday, we went across the bay to visit our friends. We cooked out, went swimming, and that was about it. 

Tuesday, we were back to the grind......which for Little Man meant finding snails at school.




We had a pretty benign week. Stormageddon had swimming lessons, Little Man had swimming lessons, I worked on stuff for the school auction, and that was about it. Nothing terribly exciting. I hope this week is more exciting but we'll see how things go.

I did dye yarn yesterday but we also started work on leveling out a spot for our new hot tub. With the pool coming down last week, we decided the time to get a hot tub was now.....and we have the perfect spot. So yesterday, we got some boards and rocks and started leveling out a 96"^2 area.....and I did a lot of the work because Husband's back doesn't agree with things that require hunching (like shoveling gravel around)....so I'm a bit sore. I expect this to last a couple days, at minimum. As long as it doesn't adversely affect my knitting, we're good. 


Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend :) 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

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

Happy Sunday! Let's get going!



FOs (Finished Objects)

1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018
15. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018; finished 20 July 2018
16. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017; finished 31 July 2018
17. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018; finished 2 August 2018

{mumble mumble} Let's not talk about the ends that still need to be woven in on my Frankensocks.



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

I worked on a few things this past week. I've had this crazy urge to weave...except I really don't own a loom. I mean, I kind of own a loom...but it's not anything huge. I own a Purl & Loop Wee Weaver that I picked up from Miss Babs' booth at Stitches West in 2017. It's teeny and I've only tried using it once before. It didn't go well. I think it was because I was using worsted weight and was pulling far too tightly at the sides. I'm using sock yarn this time around and it's going much better. I might even get something useable out of it at the end. But, all the same, I'm pondering an Inkle Loom or a Rigid Heddle Loom. For now, just my little Wee Weaver.

I also worked on my Age of Brass & Steam. I'm almost to the fourth set of eyelets. I don't know that I'm going to be able to get five sets but I'm going to try. I do plan to put in a lifeline, ,just in case.


I took this on Monday morning during Stormageddon's speech therapy session. I'm further along than when this photo was taken but you get the idea.

But neither of those are the exciting thing.

I pulled out my oldest project this week. Yes, you read that correctly. I pulled out my Wink sweater and actually worked on it. I made sure to remeasure myself and check my gauge and compare with the size I was knitting. Thankfully, I still measured at a 46" size and I'm knitting the 52," plus my gauge is only off by maybe 1/4" (I'm getting something like 4.75 sts/inch instead of the 4.5 sts that the pattern calls for). So, I'll get a slightly smaller sweater but I'm already knitting it larger so it should work out in the end. I finally got past the split for the armholes. Thought, admittedly, I haven't worked on it in a few days. Oops.



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




My not-allergies decided to act up this week. I looked like Quasimodo from the Huntchback of Notre Dame for a day or two. Little Man said I didn't but he's also never seen it.


Both my eyes were trying to swell shut. ::sigh:: Not very flattering.

In addition to that, Stormageddon also got caught up in the need for medication to alleviate allergy-type problems. He got a bunch of bug bites in our yard earlier this week. I wound up giving him Benadryl because he was so itchy. He fell asleep in the stroller on the way home from picking up Little Man from school. When we arrived home, he got out of his stroller and....


He did not go to bed very well that night. I think it was after 10:30pm when I finally got him to settle down.


Outside Little Man's classroom are large "garden" areas and he and several of his friends go snail hunting in the mornings before school. This was just one of the snails he found this week.



Stormageddon and I went to Target this week. We had a few things to pick up and, like his brother before him, he likes to sit on the balls outside of Target (who doesn't?).




On Wednesday afternoons, we get doughnuts. Not every week but this past week, we needed a change of pace. Husband was out of town most of the week for a conference in Las Vegas. So, the boys and I were flying solo. We were fine but sometimes, we need to shake things up. Wednesday was a day we needed to shake things up.



We explored the wildlife, as well. The spider was found outside during swimming lessons. there were actually two of them, both in their impressive webs. Stormageddon would't let me pet him. ::sigh:: The little lizard/newt was by our cucumbers. We saw him a couple times this week. We think he lives in the cucumber plants, which is fine with us.



Little Man had no idea I was taking his picture. Hehe.

Our only other excitement happened on Friday afternoon. Husband was home from his trip and we were eating dinner. The boys were outside playing. All of a sudden, Little Man comes running, screaming, "Moooooooooommmmmmm! He's in the pool!" meaning Stormageddon...he had managed to climb into our pool without the use of our ladder (which we remove for a reason - to keep the kids from climbing in!). We think he climbed onto the filter and swung a leg up and over and did it that way. He's fine, I promise. I'm pretty sure he didn't let go of the side but he definitely went under. I grabbed him and pulled him out. Lots of cuddles and snuggles after that. As a result, our pool has been completely dismantled and our backyard looks a lot bigger. It was kind of a "three strikes" thing, though. The pool had a leak, which we were going to have to address. The ladder system was starting to show it's age and we were going to need to replace it, probably within the next year or so. And then Stormageddon climbed in. So, no more pool. We only used it once this summer anyway.

Other than that, we're just keeping on keeping on. It's all we can do around here.

Today is also Stormageddon's 4th birthday. He might want a cupcake later. I'm not going to hold my breath.

I hope you've had a lovely week & weekend :) If you're in the US, I hope you have a lovely holiday tomorrow!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

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

Happy Sunday!


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018
15. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018; finished 20 July 2018
16. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017; finished 31 July 2018
17. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018; finished 2 August 2018

Nooooooooope. Nothing new to see here. Not even ends woven in.



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

I'm not going to lie.......the only project I worked on this past week was the Age of Brass & Steam. It's going really well, which is probably why I've spent all my knitting time on it this week.

And that's it, I swear!



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




We had a few things happen this week.


Stormageddon has been insisting on being helpful here and there. In this case, he wanted to carry the diaper bag back pack into the gym. It's a little too heavy for him and even if I tighten the straps, it's still big on him. But he insisted and I'm not about to fight him.

In addition to that, he also started swimming lessons this week.


I'm going to need to get him some ear plugs and a swimming cap. He wasn't a fan of going underwater (which isn't normally an issue) and I think it was partly because of his ears bothering him. We'll see how this week goes.

He started his speech therapy class again this week, because we just don't have enough going on in our lives. He was so excited to see his teacher again. He was also excited because it meant he could wear his new backpack like a big boy.

Road construction has finally begun on the street next to us. It's been an awful road for years but instead of actually fixing it, the city just kept patching holes and putting gravel down. The work trucks from PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric)  go riproaring down the road like crazy, making all the houses on the one side shake like we're having earthquakes. Everyone that knows the street drives pretty slowly on it, ostensibly because we value our cars' shocks. But, after years of complaints, the road is finally getting completely redone. They're putting in proper curbs and drainage, ripping it up, regrading it, and completely redoing everything. Buuuuuuuut.......




......it means that this is happening next to my bedroom window. Every weekday. 9am-3pm. From now through the end of October. Digging. Drilling. Jackhammers. Construction equipment. Men trying to yell at each other over the noise.

::sigh:: At least the road is getting fixed. Finally.



Stormageddon and I have had to make funny faces about it, if only for our sanity.




Earlier in the week, Little Man asked Stormageddon to come cuddle with him. So, this is the pair in the chair, with their blankets, cuddling while watching Yo-Kai Watch in Netflix. That was on Wednesday. I was glad they still loved each other.......


......and then on Friday afternoon, Little Man pushed his little brother hard and Stormageddon smacked his face on the floor. It resulted in the bruise across his nose in the above photo and a bloody nose but because he's had snot and a cough all week, the blood didn't actually come out his nose until later. It kind of sat up there, congealed somewhat, and then he picked at it and all of a sudden it was like the a flood of blood out his nose, followed with a mass of slightly congealed ick. It was rather unpleasant. But he's not had any issues since then so we're not all that worried about it.



Also, Little Man and Puppy are goofy. This was last night. Puppy was making this....I don't even know what to call this face and I tried to take a photo but he was more interested in Little Man so I got both of them.



So, that's life in a nutshell or something akin to that.

I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend :) I'm toying with dyeing yarn today but we'll see what the day brings. Maybe I should take care of the yarn I already dyed.....or something. We'll see.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #33

Happy Sunday! I'm super late to the party today for various reasons, all of them stemming from who I am as a person the first week of a new school year. So, let's get moving and see where things take us :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018; finished 27 May 2018
12. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018; finished 2 June 2018
13. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016; finished 12 June 2018
14. MaryAnn Wool (wheel): started 9 July 2018; finished 12 July 2018
15. Malabrigo Nube (wheel): started 12 July 2018; finished 20 July 2018
16. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017; finished 31 July 2018
17. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018; finished 2 August 2018

I've not finished anything new this week, which isn't surprising. I am, however, still weaving in ends on the FrankenSocks......so many ends.......to be fair, I didn't do any of that this week. Oh well.



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

Admittedly, I did not do a lot of knitting this week and what knitting I actually did was on the Age of Brass & Steam. I'm ready to start the last eyelet section, based on what the pattern says....but I have two skeins of yarn left and I made a mistake in the second eyelet section so I might make it five eyelet sections instead of three and incorporate the mistake again. I haven't decided yet. It kind of depends on how large it is after three...but I can probably get five out of the yarn I have.

Other than that, nada. Oh well.

Oh wait, I take it back. I pulled out the Returning Shawl to figure out where my mistake was.

There's no mistake. None. I just don't know how to count YOs, apparently. I also need to work two more rows to get to the point where I start the contrast colors. ::sigh:: So, at least it's not on time out anymore, right?



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




This week was Little Man's first week of school so we've been extra busy. Monday was the Ice Cream Social and it was the day parents and students alike discovered their new teachers (or old teachers). Little Man is with the teacher I wanted, so I'm happy about that. He wasn't too thrilled about it at first because his teacher "does all the music," which isn't exactly true. Yes, he's going to have more music in class than normal but he likes music. I think the issue is performance anxiety (he is, after all, my child). 

Tuesday was the actual first day of school and it started out.....well, it wasn't a pleasant way to start the day. I sprained my ankle just as we were coming onto the campus. If you're unaware, we walk to school from our house, unless the weather is uncooperative. It's 1.5 miles round trip, give or take if I go a slightly different route. Anyway, we had just gotten to the school and I rolled off the sidewalk into the parking lot, Stormageddon went flying in his stroller, and I had to get very creative with my cursing because there were about 40 middle school students within earshot. It's been almost a week and I'm still hurting. I'm going to be sore for awhile but at least I don't need to wear my brace to walk anymore. 





After school, Little Man had a dentist appointment regarding the tooth he chipped the week before. Luckily, she was able to just do a bonding filling, rather than having to drill it out or anything. So, no shots or anything like that. 


Unfortunately, Stormageddon had his first potty accident since being declared potty-trained. I asked him twice at the dentist's office if he had to go and he kept telling me, "NO!" As I was doing our co-pay for Little Man's tooth, I smelled poop.......yep. Stormageddon pooped his pants. ::sigh:: At least I had underwear/shorts in my bag. The only thing I didn't have was a plastic bag to put it in. I went rummaging around in the cabinets at the dentist's office and found a plastic glove, which worked well enough for me. 


It's a good thing he's cute because I wasn't too thrilled about his poopy pants. ::sigh:: That wasn't his only accident this past week...but, to be fair, the second time, he realized he needed to poop but we just didn't make it. That one wasn't so bad. Still messy and gross but not as bad as the first one. I think he learned his lesson. 


On our walk home one day, we stopped to take photos of flowers. This is the same bush that has the blue & black fuzzy caterpillars in the winter. So, caterpillars, cocoons, and then purple flowers. I'll take it. 


Apparently my child is a dirty dish. Who knew? This was at the cafĂ© near the school, just outside the bathroom (because he said he had to go and I wasn't about to argue with him after the two accidents this week). 

Yesterday was a busy day, which is most of the reason I'm late with posting today. Little Man had a birthday party right away at 11am. Luckily, it was just on the other side of the golf course from our house so we actually walked over. The kids played at the park and we ate food and it was just a nice time. Unfortunately, it was a bit windy (we were next to the Bay) so the birthday boy couldn't blow out candles, as we couldn't keep them lit. 

After the birthday party, we walked home, went to the bathroom, and Little Man and I went to an indoor trampoline place for another event (this was a back to school party that we got a spot for from the auction last March). So, he was jumping around for about an hour and a half before having more food and dessert. 




And then, because there wasn't enough going on, I went to Mommy Martini Night last night. We got home around 11:30pm, which isn't bad, and I only had two (very strong) drinks....and a bourbon ball....and lots of food....and not enough water. Hmmm, no wonder I've felt like crap all day. 

It was a lot of fun, though. It's a yearly event for moms, usually the Saturday after school starts. I think we had about 50 moms show up, which isn't bad for a school with only 250 families. And we had a good dispersion between the ages of our kids. We had middle school moms and Kinder moms, moms that have two or three kids in the school, etc. 

Unfortunately, those two strong drinks meant I was not feeling all that well this morning. I've had a lingering headache all day and Husband made me take a nap. I did haul myself to the gym for the first time since Monday and my sprained ankle, not that I did a whole lot. I walked on a treadmill for a half-hour, which was enough for my ankle. This is going to be a long road. ::sigh::

I also found this guy when I was getting ready to run the leaf blower this morning.


He was teeny, maybe four inches long. He was just sitting there like he owned the place. I took the photo, went to step over him and he was already gone. Less than ten seconds had elapsed. 



Soooooooooo, that's what's going on around here. Some knitting, and some life. Not much else :) I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend :) 

Oh, I also had a FO Friday post about my Tour de Fleece spinnings (you can find it here) and I celebrated NINE years on this very blog (you can find that post here).