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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Y6: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #49

Happy Sunday :)

As we get into the last four updates for this year, I've started pondering my SIXTH Year of Projects (seriously, SIX YEARS already?!). Even though I feel as thought things are getting redundant, because I've been doing these updates for 256 weeks (it will be 260 when I finish this year), I've also become a bit more focused with my projects AND it's nice to see actual progress, especially when my mood starts going haywire and I start thinking all the negative mean things about myself (because depression is a lying liar of lies). So, I think I'm going to keep on keeping on but I'm going to throw another wrench into the mix (because a simple Year of Projects isn't enough, apparently).

Over at Pomegranate & Chintz, they've decided on a 17 in 2017....but it's not something like "knit 17 pairs of socks" or "knit 17 hats" or whatever. No, this one is a bit different, which is why I think I was attracted to the idea in the first place. This involves UFOs...17 UFOs, specifically. I know, I know; who the hell has 17 UFOs? I know I certainly do not have that many UFOs, even if I throw in other crafty things like design work and writing and doodling. But, in addition to my Year of Projects, I'm going to make a consorted effort to work on my WIPs (particularly the large, daunting ones....not that I'm looking at Wink or my novel or anything). So, I anticipate that there will be a new section in my Year of Projects list. I mean, I'll still have my WIP list but I'll probably also add another category for all non-knitting/spinning UFOs that I'm working on (like my novel and design work and such). I've not quite decided how I'm going to do it yet, though. I've got a few more weeks to think about it.


And with that, let's get on with today's update :)

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016
38. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016; finished August 19, 2016
39. Diagonal Owl Dishcloth: started September 1, 2016; finished September 2, 2016
40. Fall in San Francisco (Prototype 1): started September 18, 2016; finished September 21, 2016
41. Fall in San Francisco (Prototype 2): started September 28, 2016; finished October 2, 2016
42. Design Proposal: started September 26, 2016; finished October 3, 2016
43. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016; finished October 16, 2016
44. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016; finished November 1, 2016
45. Unknown grey wool (spinning): started October 7, 2016; finished November 1, 2016
46. Inventory of circular needles: done...no dates, but it's done.
47. Inventory of crochet hooks: done...no dates, but it's done.

Noooope. Nothing new to see here.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016

I've had a few changes this week. I've spent most of my knitting time working on Hermione's Everyday Socks and my Smooth Operator Socks. I've finished up 12 pattern repeats on the first of Hermione's Everyday Socks (which, honestly, was finished last week) and I am almost finished to that point on the second sock. Then I *might* start the heel flap...or add a few more repeats or....I've not decided yet. I'll need to try them on to see how long they are and make my decision based on that. The worst case scenario is that I run out of yarn and my toes wind up being some other color. I don't think that's going to happen as I've always been able to get at least one pair of baby socks out of my leftover sock bits, so I should have enough even if I make the leg a bit longer than usual. 

My Smooth Operator Socks (SOS) on the other hand....well, things were going along splendidly. I did 3 pattern repeats, put in the waste yarn for the heel, and started looking at the sock....and I was just not happy. 



The left side is where I was before I pulled it all apart. I didn't like how the middle panel of pattern stitches was pulling into itself. The rest of the sock was fine but this middle section was pulling and I didn't like it how it was turning out. Soooo, the right side happened. I ripped back to the cuff. I did screw up picking up a few of the stitches on the cuff (mostly the purl stitches) but I don't care. It's not that noticeable. 




I started over again using just a plain ribbing pattern (k6, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k6). It's working much better, things aren't pulling strange directions, and there's no pattern to lose in the self-stripe. So, that's exciting. I'll admit that I'm kind of bummed, though, because I had gotten to the point where I put the waste yarn in for the heel. Oh well. I'll get there again...but the wind is out of my sails at the moment. ::sigh::

Other than that, I've not really done much knitting. Or writing. Or anything crafty, really. That's okay, though. I'm making some progress and that's always lovely.



In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
2. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
3. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
4. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors)
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn

Stranded Knitting

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *started*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.) *started*

Spinning
1. Given that TdF happened and I SPUN ALL THE YARNS, I think I'm going to take a break from spinning for a bit (well, goals, anyway because I'll probably still spin)...Viktor needs a tune-up anyway. I might even get around to doing it.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers *mostly done?*
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?) *started...never-ending?*
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*
4. Inventory of straight needles.
5. Inventory of interchangeable circulars (cord lengths, stoppers, keys, etc.)


With Thanksgiving happening, the last week has been mucked up left and right. I thought I had everything ready to go for x, y, and z but it turns out that I wasn't ready for anything and December snuck up on me without notice. 

Last Sunday, I was finally starting to feel human again so I started back at the gym and we did a few things around the house but it wasn't an exciting day.

On both Monday and Friday this week, Little Man had doctor appointments. On Monday, he saw the audiologist and on Friday, he saw his ENT. Both were follow-up appointments from his ear tube placement & adenoid removal.

In addition to that, I had an Auction Co-Chair Committee meeting this week. I don't know if I've mentioned this but I'm co-chairing Little Man's school's auction committee next year. I say "co-chairing" but we have a small problem: the person that was going to co-chair along with me has bailed and right now, I'm on my own for next year. Yeah. So, I'm shadowing this year, attempting to learn the ropes and timeline and such, learning to accept the fact that I may be doing this on my own next year. I mean, I'll have a committee and all but running the entire show?! What fresh hell did I get myself into?! So, I had that meeting.

I've also been to the chiropractor a few times this week. I noticed my neck hurting on Monday while I was at the gym so on Tuesday morning, I went to the chiropractor. Turns out my right hip was all jacked up, causing the issue in my neck. So, two adjustments this week and I'll probably be going back tomorrow.

Thursday was an absolutely crazy day. I took Little Man to school, went to a doctor appointment, went to the chiropractor, came home for five seconds, picked Little Man up from school, came home for lunch, went to my and Little Man's dentist appointments, came home for dinner, took Little Man to swimming lessons, and then we went to the gym. It makes my head hurt just thinking about it.

Unfortunately, Friday was also a rough day but for other reasons. Little Man had an absolutely epic tantrum because he couldn't get his Lego Dimensions game to do what he wanted it to do. It culminated with him jumping up and down on his bed, screaming bloody murder, crying, and carrying on for at least 20 minutes. He made swipes at me a few times and I finally had enough and he had a doctor appointment in the city. So, I threw him over my shoulder, all 55+ lbs of him, with him kicking, screaming, and hitting, took him to the car, and offered him a diaper. He didn't like that too much but he calmed down. And then my car decided to start acting weird. I had a bunch of lights come on, the acceleration wasn't working correctly...it was just a mess. So, I had to turn around and come home and Husband too him to his doctor appointment. My car is still being weird but it's drive able. We think it's a clogged fuel injector. Again. Yeah, this has happened before.

So, I feel like this week was a bit of a whirlwind. Honestly, though, I think I say that every week...

Anyway, you're really just here for photos :)

The first couple are from Little Man's audiologist appointment on Monday. The boys were playing so nicely (for the most part - don't ask me about Stormageddon's multiple escape attempts wherein I had to run to catch him).





On Friday morning, Stormageddon and I headed across the street from the school to the little cafe. I had a chai latte, he had a gingerbread man. Now, in order to prevent zombie cookies, you need to bite the head off first. Really, though, he broke the head off and ate it...then the buttons...then the arms...then the feet....yeah, he's my kid.



I also caught this white rose in bloom on our way home that day. Because we don't really have "winter" around here, some things just kind of bloom all year around, like roses. There are plenty of trees that lose their leaves but there are also plenty that don't. Also, we have a tree full of lemons right now and our oranges are coming in. They'll do it again in a few months.

Weather in California makes everything weird. It is known.


Last night, we also went to see the Santa Train in Burlingame. So, what happens is one of the CalTrains is decorated with blinking Christmas lights and it drives from San Francisco southward, stopping here and there along the way. There are several characters on the train including Santa & Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, a penguin, a nutcracker, a snowman....I can't remember who all else. The Salvation Army gives out candy and collects money, and there are military personnel in full uniform, as well. There's also music and fake snow (because it doesn't snow here). The boys loved it. They were both hard to photograph because they were so wiggly but they had fun.












Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I have a bunch of new stash that has come in so I should probably attempt to get a stash post up but we'll see how things go.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Monthly Goals: December 2016

Happy December 2nd.....I'm a little late. Due to a bit of a snafu with Google Storage cancelling my account for no discernible reason, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to post properly or not. I got a new account so it *should* be okay....we'll see.

Anyway, let's talk about November goals, first :)

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink,  the Smooth Operator SocksStormageddon's Vest, or the Oh, She IS a Bad Nut shawl. 
2. Proper destash work (photos, updating the database on Ravelry, etc.)
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (clubs don't count).
5. Finish the needle/hook inventory & decide what to destash.
6. Clean out the yarn closet some more.
7. Finish up the second half of the Corriedale from Frene Creek Farm.
8. Andean ply the last of the Polwarth/Tussah blend, wash all of it, and figure out how much I have.
9. Unravel a sweater. Maybe two. Or four.
10. Anything else that comes along.


Oh November.......I for sure did not finish anything I had started this month. I did, however, start a new pair of socks and I'm actually working them as a pair (both socks, same time, different sets of needles - it's working, shut up!). My yarn diet is right out the window again but not as badly as it has been in the past. I really need to get some Stash posts written. ::sigh:: I also pulled out every single bin in the yarn closet, went through every single bin, and I now have 3 bins of destash yarn/fiber and 15 bins of yarn/fiber (2 of which are strictly fiber and maybe 2 that are a combination). I finished up the Polwarth/Tussah blend and I even wrote about it here. Otherwise.....yeah.....oops.


Non-Fibery Goals
1. Finish going through Stormageddon's clothes.
2. Go through everything on the cookbook shelf.
3. Go through all our dishes.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Post a few items for sale
8. Celebrate Little Man's 6th birthday! (and wrap presents!)
9. Try to take some time for myself.


Stormageddon's clothes have been sorted, I've gone through the cookbook shelf (mostly), I've been going to the gym, the weight loss stuff isn't going as well as I would like (even though I've been going to the gym almost daily).......yeah. Little Man's birthday was lovely and I've not taken nearly enough time for myself but that's not unusual.


So, November, you were not a fabulous month and, quite frankly, you can suck it.

On to DECEMBER!

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink,  the Smooth Operator SocksStormageddon's Vest, the Oh, She IS a Bad Nut shawl, or Hermione's Everyday Socks
2. Proper destash work (photos, updating the database on Ravelry, etc.)
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (clubs don't count).
5. Finish the needle/hook inventory & decide what to destash.
6. Stash inventory.
7. Finish up the second half of the Corriedale from Frene Creek Farm.
8. Unravel a sweater. Maybe two. Or four.
9. Anything else that comes along.


Non-Fibery Goals
1. Clean in Little Man's room (go through toys & books, specifically).
2. Organize loose recipes.
3. Go through all our dishes.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Post a few items for sale.
8. Christmas & all that goes with it...like wrapping presents and shopping and such.
9. Try to take some time for myself.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #48

Hello and happy Sunday! We're here for my weekly Year of Projects update (and if you're here for some other reason, sorry...and I don't know what would have dragged you in otherwise because it's the Year of Projects today). So, let's get moving already :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016
38. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016; finished August 19, 2016
39. Diagonal Owl Dishcloth: started September 1, 2016; finished September 2, 2016
40. Fall in San Francisco (Prototype 1): started September 18, 2016; finished September 21, 2016
41. Fall in San Francisco (Prototype 2): started September 28, 2016; finished October 2, 2016
42. Design Proposal: started September 26, 2016; finished October 3, 2016
43. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016; finished October 16, 2016
44. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016; finished November 1, 2016
45. Unknown grey wool (spinning): started October 7, 2016; finished November 1, 2016
46. Inventory of circular needles: done...no dates, but it's done.
47. Inventory of crochet hooks: done...no dates, but it's done.

Nope. Nothing to see here.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016

Admittedly, it's been a busy week around here in some ways (and in other ways, not busy but we'll talk about all that in a mo')...which has led to not a lot of crafting, really. I did some knitting on Hermione's Everyday Socks, which was the bulk of my crafting this week. The plan of going back and forth and knitting the socks at the same time has been rather helpful. I almost feel like I'm going faster, but that may just be some sort of psyological fake-out going on there. I don't know. I've finished up twelve repeats on the first sock (the pattern calls for that, if I remember correctly) and I've got five on the second sock. So, I'll be going back to the second sock soon enough. 



In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
2. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
3. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
4. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors)
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn

Stranded Knitting

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *started*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.) *started*

Spinning
1. Given that TdF happened and I SPUN ALL THE YARNS, I think I'm going to take a break from spinning for a bit (well, goals, anyway because I'll probably still spin)...Viktor needs a tune-up anyway. I might even get around to doing it.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers *mostly done?*
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?) *started...never-ending?*
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*
4. Toss the stash (fiber & yarn). *started*
5. Inventory of straight needles
6. Inventory of interchangeable circulars (cord lengths, stoppers, keys, etc.)



Around here, the weather seems to finally have changed to fall, which means we get up and there's dew on everything and you *might* be able to see your breath while you're outside. Maybe. It also means I have an excuse to actually wear pants (instead of shorts). And handknit socks. Finally. FINALLY.

Anyway, let's get on with it already! As predicted, we went to Half Moon Bay last Sunday and picked up some live crabs for a crab boil. Basically, you boil a pot of water, throw in the corn, shrimp, sausage (hot links, andouille, etc.), potatoes, and some Old Bay seasoning and when the pot is really boiling, you throw in the crabs, live. You need to have a HUGE pot for this because you need enough water to cover the crabs when you throw them into the pot. And then I got to teach my friend how to gut crabs once they were cooked (which took about 10-12 minutes - they float when they're done and the shells turn bright red). It's kind of gross but oddly satisfying to gut crabs. And then we stuffed our faces, because of course. We weren't going through all that work to not gorge ourselves when we finished.

Monday, I took my friend to the airport so she could head back to Minnesota. Aside from that, it was a pretty normal day. Stormageddon started snotting out his nose but that's not necessarily unusual for this time of year. I honestly didn't think much of it. We wandered to Sunnyvale to pick up our racing bibs & shirts for the Turkey Trot, which happened on Thursday.




Tuesday was kind of a crazy day. We had our Thanksgiving order arrive from Amazon Fresh, which meant I needed to get turkeys in brine. It was also Little Man's last day of school for the week. In addition to that, we had one of Little Man's classmates over for a little bit after school (her mom had a doctor appointment right at noon and pickup is noon-thirty). So, it was kind of a busy day for us.

Wednesday, Stormageddon was noticeably sick. He was snotty and coughing and just generally icky but he was acting normal and eating properly. As Little Man didn't have school, we ran a bunch of errands and I took the boys ice skating here in town. Every year, the city transforms the baseball field of the main park in town into an ice skating rink. You can rent skates, buy hot cocoa, and you can do it all while the sun is shining. Seriously, where I'm from, you need hats, mittens, heavy coats, possibly snow pants, and scarves to go ice skating but here, you can wear shorts and a t-shirt and not be freezing your backside off (unless you fall a lot - which I would).










Little Man had a blast ice skating. He used that blue thing so he didn't fall as much. Don't get me wrong, he still fell...quite a bit, really, but he would have basically been butt on the ice the entire time without that. So, I call it a win. Stormageddon and I, however, did not fare so well and we pulled off our skates early.

Wednesday evening, one of our friends' parents arrived for Thanksgiving. They live down by San Diego and instead of flying back to Wisconsin and trying to split Thanksgiving four ways (between their children), they drive up and visit us instead. The boys adore them, which helps immensely (they don't have grandchildren.....yet....I'm sure it'll happen eventually). Unfortunately, Stormageddon was getting worse and by the time 8pm hit, he had thrown up four times in two hours and had spiked a fever of 102F (while he had ibuprofen in his system - I don't even want to know what his fever would have been without it). So, I took him into the after-hours pediatric clinic. His ears were clear, his lungs were clear, but his pulse-oxygen level was around 95 and he was breathing hard. Not to mention the pukes and the fever. The pediatrician was stumped because a run-of-the-mill cold wouldn't cause the high fever, though the congestion combined with a cough could cause the vomiting (coughing til you puke type of deal)....but we had nothing else to go on. And then I said, somewhat off-handedly, "with my luck, it'll be strep." Her ears perked up and she said, "wait, what?" and I repeated what I had said. She asked if he had been exposed (uh, yeah...his brother attends a germ factory on a daily basis and Daddy just got over it again). She said it would be unlikely because of his age but she'd give him a swab to check. It can cause high fevers and vomiting in small children. Fifteen minutes later: strep diagnosis, script for amoxicillin, and off we went. Well, after another 45 minutes because she wanted to make sure he could tolerate the apple juice because he was dehydrated. I got home late that night.

Luckily, he was feeling much better on Thursday, which was Thanksgiving for the USians. We were up early to drive down to San Jose for the Turkey Trot. It's a 5K/10K race that happens on Thanksgiving. We have been doing Thanksgiving Day 5Ks since we met, basically. We used to do the Berbee Derby in Madison but when we moved to California, we needed to find a new one. So, we found this one in San Jose and it's pretty decent, completely flat, but there's almost 30,000 people so "race" isn't an accurate word. We walk it anyway. Between the walk to and from the car, the winding around to get to the start and the winding back after the finish line...our 3.1 miles turned into 5 miles. I was okay with that because we were doing the full Thanksgiving later that day. We also got medals. So, now I have two medals from the Turkey Trot (and two different shirts).




We had eleven people at our house for Thanksgiving: the four of us, our friends' parents, and our friends from Fremont and their children (five people). We did the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, corn, and rolls. Our friends brought dessert (seriously, they left us with FOUR pies - two pumpkin, a pecan, and an apple). It worked. We did one smoked turkey and one regular oven-roasted turkey. The smoked one was pretty good, though I prefer the old-school way.

After dinner, I was formally introduced to Cards Against Humanity. I knew the premise as I had played Apples to Apples before but this was the first time I had done CAH. I'm a fan. We're going to need to own this one.



And that's cranberry juice, not beer or other spirits.

So, we're looking good by this point, right?

Hahahahaha.

No.

I woke up on Friday morning, late (for me), feeling like death warmed over. My throat hurt, I was congested, I was coughing, and I ached all over. I basically didn't do much of anything on Friday. I mean, I did dishes, and some of the laundry was done but that was it.

Yesterday wasn't much better but I gained some functionality as the day went on. I managed to get a few random things done. I made the bed in the back room, did some dishes and laundry, and I even got some knitting done (the socks, of course). But, really, I stayed in my jammies again yesterday. Of course, I can help Little Man with his Legos, even if I'm in my jams.



We worked on his AT-ST he got for his birthday. Actually, we finished it. It's somewhat delicate because of the way the legs are attached but it works well and he likes it.


Anyway, that's about all that happened this week. I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend and such. I need to get back in here with some Stash Enhancement (from my Claudio Sanchez Box)...we'll see if that happens. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #47

Happy Sunday :) We all know why we're here (and if you've wandered in on accident, you can find more information about the Year of Projects here)...let's get mooooooving!


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016
38. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016; finished August 19, 2016
39. Diagonal Owl Dishcloth: started September 1, 2016; finished September 2, 2016
40. Fall in San Francisco (Prototype 1): started September 18, 2016; finished September 21, 2016
41. Fall in San Francisco (Prototype 2): started September 28, 2016; finished October 2, 2016
42. Design Proposal: started September 26, 2016; finished October 3, 2016
43. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016; finished October 16, 2016
44. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016; finished November 1, 2016
45. Unknown grey wool (spinning): started October 7, 2016; finished November 1, 2016
46. Inventory of circular needles: done...no dates, but it's done.
47. Inventory of crochet hooks: done...no dates, but it's done.

No new finishes, which isn't surprising.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016

Because it appears I don't have enough going on, I started another pair of socks. Yes, I've made Hermione's Everyday Socks before (you can find them here) but the pattern is easily memorized, easy to read, and I can do it while I'm out and about (because it's easy to memorize and read). I've already done a few things differently from my first pair. I changed the ribbing to a 3x1, I didn't do any of the knit stitches through the back loop, and I've done 25 rounds of ribbing instead of 20. It wasn't so cumbersome this time, probably because I'm using two circulars. Actually, I'm using FOUR circulars because I've had this somewhat genius idea to do both socks at once (on two different sets of circulars, having already unintentionally split the skein in half....ish). So far, I've got the cuff and five pattern repeats finished on the first sock and I've got the cuff finished on the second sock and I'm working on catching up to the first sock. Then I'll go back to the first sock and do a few more pattern repeats, wash, rinse, repeat, and Bob's your uncle (supposedly). I'm hoping to combat Second Sock Syndrome, which I don't normally have but also to make sure I match my socks (same techniques used for the cast on, for instance). So, there's that. 




I've not done much knitting otherwise, really. 



In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
2. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
3. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
4. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors)
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn

Stranded Knitting

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *started*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.) *started*

Spinning
1. Given that TdF happened and I SPUN ALL THE YARNS, I think I'm going to take a break from spinning for a bit (well, goals, anyway because I'll probably still spin)...Viktor needs a tune-up anyway. I might even get around to doing it.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers *mostly done?*
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?) *started...never-ending?*
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*
4. Toss the stash (fiber & yarn). *started*

5. Inventory of straight needles.
6. Inventory of interchangeable circulars (cord lengths, stoppers, keys, etc.)




In California life, we've had company. A friend of mine from college flew out on Monday so we've been doing random things here and there. Monday was kind of a crapshoot. Her flight left late so she arrived late. Little Man had his Wee Theater performance at school that afternoon. He was so adorable. I still need to get the video. I wasn't able to get it because I was holding a somewhat uncooperative Stormageddon but I know several of the other parents have it. 

Tuesday afternoon, the boys, my friend, and I went to the mall. We found this lovely little number:



My mind, of course, went straight to the gutter. But, upon further review (and turning them sideways from this position), I noted that they are, in fact, red shoes. We still had a good laugh about it.

Thursday was World Pancreatic Cancer Day. I don't know that I personally know anyone that has had pancreatic cancer but I do know several people that have lost loved ones from it. As a result, Little Man and I wore purple.




This also happened on Thursday morning:



On Friday, the boys, my friend, and I went to Fisherman's Wharf and the Aquarium of the Bay. We left after picking up Little Man from school and spent the afternoon there. We had lunch at Boudin (and took a quick "tour" in the museum),



we walked around Pier 39, stopped here and there, took photos of the sea lions (the few that were around),


and then we went to the aquarium.














That was a very LSG starfish...all spread-eagled and just hanging about...


So this guy.....he was all curled up in his shell when we came into the room. I pointed him out to Stormageddon and told him that this guy was going to be our dinner later this weekend (tonight, if the weather behaves). I swear the crab herad me because he got up, struck this stance, his little mouth just quivering as if to say, "aw hell naw, come at me bro!" It was pretty funny, actually. He didn't settle down until we had walked away.


Stormageddon is learning how to look at the camera and smile. He's working on it...


Little Man likes touching the starfish in the touch tanks. He didn't get to touch the sting ray (it's quick and he kept pulling his hand out before it would get there - I did get to touch it).




And the two otters having a little nap. There are actually three but one was off-site for the day. The other two were snuggling. The last time we were here, they were playing catch with rocks. Oh well.

Yesterday was quite a day, actually. We went to the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa. The idea is that we were going to eat some lunch and then pick up a few things, head home, blah blah blah. It didn't go well. Firstly, it was raining. Now, it's just rain...but it was a bit chilly. And then we were in line for 45 minutes, only to get inside to find out that it would be another hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half before we could eat. So, we pondered and looked at the menu and decided that there was no way we were going to be doing that. We were expecting something like good bar food (burgers, fries, etc.).....yeah, about that....nooooope. So, we went a couple blocks away to a lovely Puerto Rican place. After that, we visited some friends that have their weekend house (just a quick drop-in). I wound up driving about half the drive home as Husband was having some lingering pain issues (from a surgery that happened a few years ago)...in the rain at night. ::sigh::

So, that about sums up life around here.

Today, I think we're going to Half Moon Bay to pick up live crab and we'll do a crab boil for dinner. Tomorrow, I take my friend to the airport, and that's about it. Exciting times.

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend!