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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Rain, rain, go away, we have things to do today...oh wait! (Update #14)

Happy rainy Sunday from the San Francisco Bay Area. Yes, it really is raining. It's kind of late in the season for rain, actually, but given that we didn't get our "usual" amount during the actual rainy season, it's okay that it's raining now. I guess. It's not like we have anywhere to be right now! So, it's the perfect time for an update, right?


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

With all this "extra" time, you would think I would have finished something....but really, I don't have "extra" time so nothing new has been finished. Oh well.



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year if needed):
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
8. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
9. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018
10. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
11. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019
12. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
13. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020

14. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020

I didn't do a lot of knitting this week. I think I put a few rows onto Herbivore and maybe a few rounds onto the Abracadabra Socks but that was about it. Oh, and I Kitchenered the hood closed on the Baby Yoda sweater. Nothing terribly exciting this week.




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Design WIPs:

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


Children's Items:

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



Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):

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


Designs:

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


Spinning:

1. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL
2. Mixed BFL
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
5. Fiberlady.com 100% Bamboo 


Dyeing:

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


Other Fibery Endeavors:

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



Because we're still under the Shelter in Place order, we haven't done much. I ventured out to the grocery store at least once, Husband also went out at least once. I tried to do all my stuff in one day (Target, Home Depot, and Costco) but the line at Costco was ridiculous so I skipped that. We weren't desperate for anything so I didn't feel too badly. I really just needed to get weed whacker attachments at Home Depot and toothpaste for Little Man...anything else I picked up was gravy. Or something. 

Aside from that, Stormageddon did his first sewing project this week. It came as a suggestion for a daily activity from his teacher so I pulled out materials and helped him with the poking of the holes and the outline he wanted to sew. I also helped him with detangling his yarn. 




It's kind of difficult to see but he sewed the outline of a house, complete with the roofs and windows and a door. He was super proud of himself. 


In between all the classroom meetings with teachers and such this week, I had Puppy sitting on me here and there. He clearly didn't want me to work at this time. Oh well.




We've had rain on and off this past week. It's currently raining Again. The rainy season around here is usually from November to maybe February. And while we did get some rain during the rainy season, it was thought that we were headed for another drought....and then it started raining again more recently. So, maybe we aren't headed for a drought? Regardless, we're going to see if the roof fix is truly fixed. 

We also had our solar panels replaced this week. They've not been working correctly for over a year now. Tesla knew about it but didn't notify us until November, then they had to send a tech out to assess whether it was the panels or the box. It was determined that it was the panels (as many others of the same type/year were having the same issue)....so, new panels were ordered. They were replaced this week. And then we discovered that the box is also not working. ::sigh:: The upside is that we get new panels and a new box at no additional cost to us...the downside is that we have to wait AGAIN for things to come in and then get replaced. ::sigh:: I think Tesla also has to reimburse us for the months that they weren't working correctly, which will come in handy later. We're talking at least $1600 at this point. That's real money. 

With everyone on a Shelter in Place order here in California, some of the wildlife is coming out to play. 




Don't misunderstand me. We have ducks in the neighborhood on occasion (we live near a golf course) but these two were just out wandering about, and didn't flinch too much when I came out to take their picture. It looks to be a male and female mallard. I'm not 100% positive but I'm like 98% positive. We've also had more birds pecking at our lawn, probably looking for worms since it's been raining. Either that or they're going after the grass seed again. 

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a photo of our science experiment of growing celery from a stump. Last week, I also started a romaine lettuce one. This is what they looked like this morning. I'm definitely impressed, only because I can't get them to grow from seed.




I've read about people that do this and just keep regrowing from the same stump, which kind of amazes me. We'll see how that goes. 

The next two weeks are supposed to be spring break around here but because there's not much else happening, I'm going to keep the boys on schedule, for the most part. It's just going to be that much more difficult to get them back on one if we go off it, especially as they're not heading back until at least May 4th but, really, probably August. Anything to make our lives more "normal" is helpful. I may look into a couple of online Outschool classes, also. 

I hope you've been having a lovely week, even if you're under Shelter in Place orders. Hopefully I'll be back next week :) 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Schedules are not my thing (Update #13)

Happy Sunday! It appears that schedules are not my thing. I don't know that any of us are surprised by this revelation. With that said, let's get going because this day is definitely not getting any longer. 


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

Nope. Nothing new to see here. Move along now, sir.



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year if needed):
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
8. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
9. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018
10. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
11. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019
12. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
13. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020
14. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020

Surprisingly, I've had some gains this week. I've started the second section of my Herbivore Shawl, which means I need to pay even more attention. It's not terribly difficult but because I'm still in the beginning few rows of the new section, I have to make sure I'm paying attention. It'll get easier as it gets bigger. 

I also worked on my Abracadabra Socks this week, specifically during a Virtual Knitting Afternoon with Anzula Yarns yesterday. I started the main color of the sock this week and I think I'm almost halfway through the leg already, which is about 25 rounds. I need to double-check my numbers but I think I made the leg of the first one only 75 rounds total from the cuff to the heel flap (I usually do closer to 100 rounds). So, that's delightful. 

I'm almost finished with the hood of the Baby Yoda sweater, as well. I need to knit one more row and Kitchener the back closed. Then come the ears. And then I can start the body of the sweater. I may have it done before summer hits, which is perfect. I think that was all the knitting I did this week.  




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Design WIPs:

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


Children's Items:

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



Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):

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


Designs:

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


Spinning:

1. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL
2. Mixed BFL
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
5. Fiberlady.com 100% Bamboo 


Dyeing:

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


Other Fibery Endeavors:

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



California is still under Shelter-in-Place orders, which is fine for the most part. We go out to do the grocery shopping as needed but that's honestly about it (and we're not going that often). The weather hasn't been overly cooperative so we've not been doing much outside, much to the boys' chagrin. 

Last Sunday, Little Man, Husband, and I played a new game. 





If you're unfamiliar, this is Settlers of Catan. We just got the original version (for now). Husband also got a version for the iPad so he could learn the rules better (there are a bunch of things to think about). Little Man seemed to enjoy it, which was the point.

That night, we introduced the boys to a classic:





This is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Husband and I often quote it at Little Man, specifically the scene about the Right to Self-Determination. We finally sat the boys down and watched it. Little Man did like it but it took him a bit to get into it properly. Stormageddon was kind of all over but at least he let us watch the movie. 

Monday, we started a science experiment. I've always heard you could grow celery from the stump of one and I chopped up our celery and had the stump leftover. So, I put it in some water and now we wait....




And it does work! This was after less than a day. It's currently about 1.5" tall and the leaves are starting to sprout outward from it. So, in a couple weeks, we should have another full stump of celery. Then we may have to do it again. I also decided to try cabbage but so far, that's not working. That's fine. It's an experiment. 

Little Man had a class meeting this week. We have a computer set up in his room with the camera and all that. He could use some speakers but that's about it. He's having to spend much more time at the computer, which he's not used to and he's frustrated because he can't type as quickly as I can. I can't blame him but he's also resistant to learning. ::sigh::








During Little Man's meeting, Stormageddon let me draw a rainbow heart "tattoo" on his hand. He was very proud of it. I did it with some felt tipped markers so it only stayed on for a day or so, even with all the handwashing we've been doing. 

One of the things Little Man has to do for school is something called Mr. Journal, which is basically a writing/drawing thing they do in the morning. Of course, after one week, Little Man managed to lose his Mr. Journal in the house so we were making do with what I had (I bought him a new one yesterday morning). This is the poem he wrote earlier this week. 

Ocarinas
Whistling songs through your mind
Sometimes the songs are good
Sometimes they’re bad
But they’re warm inside to do good






Both his teacher and I were super impressed with this (spelling issues aside). So, that may be shared with the class. We'll see.

Lastly, this is what I wanted to be doing this week:





The mug is from Pawley Studios but I bought it from StevenBe. If I remember correctly, these ones are exclusive to StevenBe, which is fine. I was drinking tea (which I rarely do). For Christmas, one of the moms gave us some Snarky Teas and this one happened to be called Wake the Fuck Up Tea. 

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

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - And you have a schedule, and you have a schedule, and you have a schedule! (Update #12)

Happy Sunday, everyone! I'm running a bit behind today because scheduling isn't as much of a thing here as it's going to have to be...so today, I'm a little behind. It's fine. Let's keep going!



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

Nothing new to see here. Yet. We'll see how things progress.



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year if needed):
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
8. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
9. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018
10. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
11. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019
12. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
13. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020
14. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020

This was the first full week of Shelter in Place here in California. You would think I would have finished a bunch of knitting. While I did do some actual knitting, I didn't progress on a whole lot, honestly. 

I pulled out my Abracadabra Socks. I finished up the cuff on the second one, double checked my row count, cut the yarn, and wound off some yarn for the contrast heel that will eventually come (so I don't have to drag around this huge ball of grey yarn in the bag). So, I'm ready to start the main color. I think I did that on Thursday while we watched Picard.

I also pulled out Herbivore again. I've finished up the first section and once I double-check my stitch count on either side, I'll be ready to start the second section. That means it's just a wee five inches long. But it's looking good so far, even with the spot where I had to fudge the stitch count. 

Lastly, I pulled out the Sockhead and worked a few rounds during my Virtual Pub meeting last night. It was nothing spectacular but it was some progress. 

But that's it. I haven't touched anything else. Maybe this week. 




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Design WIPs:

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


Children's Items:

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



Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):

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


Designs:

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


Spinning:

1. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL
2. Mixed BFL
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
5. Fiberlady.com 100% Bamboo 


Dyeing:

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


Other Fibery Endeavors:

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



With the Shelter in Place order from the state, we've not had much to do. I think I've gone to the store twice (because every place is putting limits on how much you can buy of certain items - milk, eggs, toilet paper, rice, cleaning supplies, etc.), Little Man and I went out on our bikes the other day, and that's about it. We are not exciting during a Shelter in Place. 


Puppy has been quite lazy this past week. It's been raining off and on so he's spent a lot of time indoors, and normally he's either prancing around, unsure of what to do with himself or he's doing this. 





In addition to that, Stormageddon tried out some of his drawing skills. He has a fun workbook with the Pigeon (of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Pigeon Has to Go To School) and one of the first pages is a how-to for drawing the Pigeon.




He also drew the Duckling on the backside. He's rather fond of the Duckling. He tends to spend his mornings sitting by me on the couch in our front room, working on his writing and math. When Little Man was younger, I had picked up several math and writing workbooks and he never really used them. So, Stormageddon has been using them (Star Wars math for ages 5-6 seems to be his favorite right now). 






One of the things we made this week was playdough. The boys helped measure out ingredients, mix, add more flour because it was sorely needed, and mix some more. Then they've been playing with it here and there all week. As long as it doesn't mold, it'll be fine. And it tastes terrible, which is helpful. 









We are trying to get used to this new schedule and new normal, though nothing about this is normal. It's been somewhat difficult, to be honest. Little Man understands that he has schoolwork to do and that we're doing it at home and why it's happening that way. He doesn't like it but he understands it. Stormageddon doesn't understand it at all and he's quite frustrated by mom teaching him. He doesn't understand that he still has to do school time or why mom is teaching him. It's part of why he's been sitting by me. Otherwise, he thinks it is time to play video games. And, of course, I'm supposed to be working through all this. I'm trying to stick to a schedule of sorts, to help keep everything in line and moving. That part has been going okay...I just feel like we should be getting so much more accomplished. I know, logically, that any progress is good progress but I still feel like I'm failing at this whole thing, even with my background in education!

Little Man had a Very Important Zoom Conference (tm) with a couple of his friends this past week, and then his class had one (which was not required) later. It was a little chaotic but the kids definitely enjoyed "seeing" each other. 





Stormageddon will have two conferences this week, as well. We'll see how that goes. They're spaced into smaller groups of about six kids but six kids that don't necessarily know how to use a computer. So, we'll see. His are only scheduled for fifteen minutes. 




This photo is all topsy-turvy but Little Man and I went for a walk one day this week and we came across one of our neighborhood kitties, Jade. She is a lovebug and will come out for pets. She actually came from across the street when we were trying to coax her brother, Bentley, into coming out for pets. Bentley wasn't having it so Jade came for pets. 

I'll leave you with one last photo: the line at Costco on either Monday or Tuesday. 





To be fair, this line wasn't that bad. I saw one from Thursday or Friday that went along the side where I'm standing, and then down to the end of the parking lot, then down that parking lot aisle. That line was probably a good 1/4 mile long. I'm glad I wasn't there for that one. 



I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend and that you're all staying safe and practicing good hand washing and social distancing!