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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #51

Happy Sunday!

Today marks my 51st update for the year. Next week, pending I get the enough writing time, will be the wrap-up for the year...which will probably mean a lot of photos. All those FOs will need to be revisisted or something. We'll see how things go.

But today, it's just a regular update :)


Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014
21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014
23. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014

24. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014 
25. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Jazzlynn: started November 11, 2014; finished November 17, 2014
26. Barley for Jazzy: started November 17, 2014; finished November 20, 2014
27. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Sherri: started November 21, 2014; finished December 3, 2014
28. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014; finished December 13, 2014

29. Sorin for Sherri: started December 3, 2014; finished December 16, 2014
30.  Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014; finished December 19, 2014

I finished up a few things this week. The Sorin hat is finished, washed, blocked and ready to be shipped off to Wisconsin. The rest of the items were already sent but the hat and matching mittens would not dry fast enough (thanks to all the rain we've had, it's pretty damp around here lately)...so, rather than make the kids wait, I shipped off their stuff and I'll ship the hat and mittens later.....after I get proper photographs and an FO Friday post :)

I also finished my swatch for The Dude Sweater for Husband. It honestly should not have taken me so long to make this swatch. It was 6"x6" before I washed it...in 1x1 ribbing. There's no reason it took five months other than I was working on other things. 

And I made a dishcloth. It's not on the list because it's just another Grandma's Favorite. Nothing exciting.

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

4. Elefante: started December 19, 2014

During the last week, I've worked on a few random things. Aside from finishing the hat, the swatch, and the dishcloth, I also worked on, or attempted to work on, all of these projects. I'm working what is probably my last pattern repeat on the first of my Dragon's Egg Socks, then I have to do the toe, which shouldn't take that long. I have to work on these without children around because I have to read charts and all that. I also pulled out my Pacific Shawl but I could not seem to brain what was going on (though I think I understand it now). I need to put a lifeline in and then I'll revisit it. Again, one for "no children/distractions" knitting because of the charts. Snape's Stockings were taken out, admired, and put back for the time being. I have a feeling I'll be hitting these hard again soon enough. Although I have to read a chart, it's the kind of chart that you can memorize for a couple rows and that's a bit easier than the kind where I have to look at it on every single row. And then.......I started a new project :) Elefante is going to be for Husband's niece for her 3rd birthday (this summer). I figure I can knock it out in six months....maybe significantly less than that. I've already got the four legs done and I'm working on the body. There's nothing too taxing about it (yet). I may change my tune when I get to the ears...because the ears are crocheted. ::sigh::


 And here are my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ ARE YOU THINKING?!" lists....(let's all laugh!)

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

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

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

Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random. Because I've started looking at Year 4, I know what I have in these bags right now...but I'm not going to share all of them until I start Year 4 in a couple weeks. Boo on me but yay?)

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




This past week has been rainy and filled with things like leaky roofs (ours), backyard lakes (again, ours), and lots of Christmas shopping (by me). I spent some time out with the boys this week, doing  some Christmas shopping in the rain. I hope everything is taken care of...and that I didn't forget anything (I'm pretty sure I didn't but we'll see). Husband was out late two nights this past week, one to see the new Hobbit movie, and the other because something crashed at work. It was okay though as I spent five hours without children on Thursday afternoon (and the previous two hours with only the baby). Glorious! 

Anyway, expect a pretty substantial post next week, including photos.....if I can get it all to come together :) 

I hope you've had a good week and weekend and all of that!  

Friday, December 19, 2014

FO Friday: Sacrificial Goat #4

Happy Friday!

As it's Friday and I only occasionally write on Fridays, that must mean we're celebrating another FO Friday :)

Sacrificial Goat #4 (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Goat by Sara Gasson

Time Frame: started September 25, 2015; finished December 13, 2014

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease & Tahki Yarns Sky

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm)

Size: Size indicated in the pattern

Modification(s): Aside from using worsted yarn and larger needles, the only modifications I made were actual bind offs instead of threading through the remaining stitches.

Thoughts: After four of these, I'm getting a little tired of them. Thankfully, I only have one left to make but it doesn't need to be made immediately...because it's for Husband :) The four that I have made were delivered to their recipients on Tuesday and they were well-received.

Also, just so you don't all think I'm just re-posing the same goat over and over...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #50

Hello and happy Sunday :)

First and foremost, we survived the nasty rainstorm that came barreling through the area from Wednesday night-Friday morning. Our backyard turned into a very shallow lake for a few hours but the water has mostly drained off....but the yard is an absolute mess! Oh, and the roof leak we had fixed on Monday-Tuesday? Yeah, that didn't take care of the problem. Luckily, our leak is quite small but it's still a leak and it needs to be addressed.

Other places were not so lucky. There were underpasses that were flooded out, parts of several of the main highways were flooded.....it was just a nasty mess around here.

But, it's over and done and we're fine :)

Now, onward to the updatery type stuff.....

 
Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014
21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014
23. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014

24. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014   
25. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Jazzlynn: started November 11, 2014; finished November 17, 2014
26. Barley for Jazzy: started November 17, 2014; finished November 20, 2014 
27. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Sherri: started November 21, 2014; finished December 3, 2014
28. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014; finished December 13, 2014

Hey, look at that! I finished a thing! To be honest, it looks like the other three and I'll do another FO Friday post about it eventually...but it's done and that's fabulous :)


Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
5.
Sorin for Sherri: started December 3, 2014

That means there's one less WIP and I've not started anything new. Aside from finishing up the goat, I spent some time with the Sorin hat. I'm not that far along but it's coming. I'm positive that it won't be in Wisconsin for Christmas but that's okay; I hear Sherri and the kids are going to Florida (the kids don't know yet)...she won't need her hat down there. It'll be waiting for her when she gets back to Wisconsin, I hope. 


And let's all laugh at my silliness....
 
 Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

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

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

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

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




I have a feeling that none of these are getting finished anytime soon. Oops. I have two more weeks...maybe.......

Hahahahahaha......let's all laugh about that.



Mama, I be like in Zelda!

Kick kick kick...


I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!
 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #49

Happy Sunday from Northern California!

I had hoped to have something fun to write about today but, sadly, both boys are sick. Little Man started coughing and telling us he was cold the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday). Friday night, his fever spiked, he threw up, and he wound up sleeping in our bed. He was doing a little better on Saturday but then got worse as the day wore on. Last Sunday night, Husband took him to the after-hours pediatrics and, of course, they told him it was just a cold but to check in with his pediatrician on Monday...which I did. She said it was most likely a nasty virus, but if anything got worse or changed, to bring him back in. And then Stormageddon got sick...I had him in on Thursday and was told it was probably just a cold but they'd test for the flu and RSV, just in case. Thursday night.........Thursday night was awful and horrendous and I never want to go through that again. Between 8pm and 8am on Friday, I had a total of maybe 3.5 hours of punctuated sleep. I was volleying between Little Man and Stormageddon. One would wake up, I'd get him calmed down, lay back down in bed, and the other one would start in. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. All night.

I took both boys to the doctor Friday morning. Little Man was complaining of ear pain and Stormageddon was wheezing quite a bit and he wasn't eating nearly as much as he had been. Little Man had an ear infection, probably brought on by the........dun dun dun.......RSV that he shared with Stormageddon. So, I have two boys with RSV right now. There's nothing that can be done about it but at least Little Man can have some cough medicine and can tell us when something is wrong. It can lead to hospitalizations in small children but, so far, we've been able to avoid Stormageddon going to the hospital. I've been up with him every three hours at night, the humidifier is going, and he sleeps in the swing as much as possible. He's still wheezing but it's not too horrible yet. He's also coughing.

So, in short, we've not had a fun week around here.

But......that's not what we're here for, is it?


Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014
21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014
23. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014
24. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014
 
25. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Jazzlynn: started November 11, 2014; finished November 17, 2014
 26. Barley for Jazzy: started November 17, 2014; finished November 20, 2014
27. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Sherri: started November 21, 2014; finished December 3, 2014 

Even with all the sickness going on, I managed to finish up Sherri's mittens on Wednesday. Granted, I've not bothered to wash and block them but it's only because I'm waiting to finish up the hat that goes along with them :) 


Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014

6. Sorin for Sherri: started December 3, 2014

As stated above, the hat for Sherri was started. Sorin just kind of fell into my lap. Carrie (irishgirlieknits) posted an update on her blog about her new hat pattern and it kind of fit the bill for what I was looking for for Sherri's hat. It just kind of fell into my cart and onto my needles. So, that's the only project I've worked on, aside from finishing the mittens. I'm still working on the ribbing but that's not unexpected considering the kind of week we've had. 

Once the hat is finished, I'll probably be hitting the goats pretty hard as they need to be finished before Christmas :)


And now, my "OMGWTFLSGBBQ" lists....

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

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

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

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

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




That's really all I have for you this week :) I hope next week involves us not being sick and more knitting!

Friday, December 5, 2014

FO Friday: Jazzlynn's Christmas Presents

Happy Friday! I finally got enough decent light to partake in another edition of FO Friday! Today's FOs are more Christmas knitting, this time for Cameron's younger sister (who may as well be my niece and, if we were the religious kind, she'd be my goddaughter). Sooooo, let's get to it!

Waiting for Winter Mittens - Jazzlynn (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts by Susan B. Anderson
Time Frame: started November 11, 2014; finished November 17, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in 1971 Dark Periwinkle (~ 0.48 skeins = ~ 48 g = ~ 105.6 yds)
Needles: US #7 (4.5 mm)
Size: Small
Modifications: None other than sizing the hand and thumb length to Jazzlynn's hand.
Thoughts: This is my fourth pair of these gloves. There's nothing left to be said about them other than they're super easy and adaptable for all sorts of sizes...and I think I've said all this before. Just go buy the pattern and make them already :)


Next up.....

Barley for Jazzlynn (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Barley by tincanknits
Time Frame: started November 17, 2014; finished November 20, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in 1971 Dark Periwinkle (~ 0.5 skeins = ~ 50 g = ~ 110 yds) - I'm not positive about the amount but it was most of the rest of the skein and I had a teeny little ball leftover.
Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) and US #8 (5 mm)
Size: Child
Modifications: I used a smaller needle for the ribbing than what the pattern indicated. I also knit until 6.5" before starting the crown decreases. So, it has a very slight slouch to it...or it'll fit Jazzlynn's head. It fits Little Man...
Thoughts: This hat is stupid easy...and yet, I managed to screw up a teeny section of it. If you scrutinize the photos, you can see where the problem is located. I have no idea how it happened other than, apparently, I can't read my stitches as well as I thought I could. Oops. I could easily make it again and not screw it up. It's a lovely pattern and fits well.



And now, here are some outtakes and other photos from our photo session...






I swear Little Man wasn't *that* sick when we did these photos. It was horrible lighting due to rain in the afternoon, and someone would not hold still....so the few good shots were just that: few.

Also.......

video

Yeah, that happened.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Photoless WIP Wednesday...Maybe....?

Happy Wednesday :)

I've not done a WIP Wednesday in awhile...quite awhile...and that was only a Future WIPs post. That's fine and all but I feel like I should talk about my current WIPs.

According to my most recent Year of Projects update, I have six official WIPs...I may have a dishcloth started and hiding somewhere but that's not really part of this. I mean, it's a WIP and all but it's a dishcloth and I kind of always have one or two of those going because, really, it's mindless knitting and I need that sometimes.

Anyway, my WIPs...

1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013

These currently are my longest-running WIP and I don't foresee them being finished anytime soon. The photo on my project page (which is linked above) isn't even closet to where I am but it's just a sign of how lazy I've been. If I remember correctly, I've just finished the heel flap and am in the process of doing the gusset decreases...and according to my notes, I'm starting "row 20" of the pattern...so I'm almost done with the gusset decreases, as well. But I'm only on the first sock. So, after all this, I still have a second sock. Luckily, I've found that second socks tend to go much quicker than the first one...so, if I pull it out and finish it up, I should have the second one finished before next September. Unfortunately, I do have to read charts for this project...and I can't do that with small children around.

I'm using Knit Picks Stroll Solids Heathers & Twists in Aurora Heather, which is a dark green. Initially, I started these on my US #1 (2.25 mm) Signature DPNs...and they were driving me nuts so I switched them out for two circulars and they started going a bit quicker. 

2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014

This is my second longest-running WIP but it's significantly younger than the socks mentioned above. I've not taken any photos of this project, which is definitely lazy...but it's hard to photograph with small children around that want to "help" with whatever you're doing. According to my notes, I'm getting ready to start the border. So, the "boring" part is finished. I do have a mistake that I'm debating about fixing...I can see exactly where it is and I think I know how to fix it but I don't know if I want to try. I've got no lifeline in so ripping back without screwing up isn't exactly an option. I did "fix" the problem...we'll see. It's kind of in "time out" because of the mistake...and because I have to read charts. Small children don't lend well to chart reading. I could probably do it with the socks...but not with this project.

I'm using Sanguine Gryphon Little Traveller in Reykjavik, which is kind of an ocean blue color, very fitting for something named after the Pacific Ocean. I think I've got it on a 32" circular in US #6 (4 mm). 

3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014

This isn't exactly a WIP but it's kind of a very long-going WIP. Husband wants me to make The Dude sweater...which is fine and wonderful...except that the pattern is only written to a 50" chest, which won't even fit me, much less him...and he's pissy about yarn...so I had to find a yarn he'd like. So, I'm swatching because I'm going to have to re-write the pattern to accommodate both his measurements as well as the yarn he chose. Oh, and then I'm going to have to learn how to do colorwork knitted flat. I understand the theory of doing colorwork in the round but I can't wrap my head around colorwork knitted flat...which is going to include colorwork on purl rows. Sooooo....this is a long WIP. 

Right now, I'm working on US #9 (5.5 mm) needles. I think the yarn I'm using is Cascade 220 Superwash Aran...

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

I started these socks upon finishing up a different pair. I've also not taken any photos of this WIP...again, the lazy is strong in me. I'm in the middle of the heel flap of the first sock. It's not a particularly difficult pattern but I do have to read some charts and, again, small children and charts don't work well together in my world. Sooo...these are kind of on "time out" for now. I do like these socks and they should be fabulous when I finish...but I need to finish them first...

I'm using Merino Tencel Fingering from Happy Fuzzy Yarns in Steels & Pearls, which is a variegated white to grey/steel. Of course, I'm using US #1 (2.25 mm) circulars for these. I tend to do better on two circulars, apparently. If anything, I certainly go faster with two circulars than DPNs. 

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

This is my fourth version of this project and I think I've got it down to how I want it. There are a few things I wish I could change (like knitting the body in the round) but I've succumb to the fact that the designer knew what she was doing, for the most part. There are a few things I've changed to make life a little easier. I've got most of the pieces made for this (just horns, legs, and the tail left)...I just haven't finished it. I'll have to get on it, though, as it's going to be a Christmas present. 

I'm using US #5 (3.75 mm) needles, both DPNs and straights. The white yarn is Lion Brand Cotton Ease and the brown is Tahki Sky. As this is my fourth one, I should probably note that I've not used an entire skein of either yarn. I may be able to get all five out of the two skeins...we'll see. I have a back-up alternative if I need to use it. We'll see.

6. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Sherri: started November 21, 2014

My last WIP, and most recent start, is the last pair of mittens for Christmas...I've already made four pairs (one pair each for me, Little Man, Cameron, and Jazzlynn) so I've got this down pretty well at this point. I'm actually almost finished with this pair. The first one is done and the second one is past the thumb so I'm just knitting until the end. If I get time to work on them, they should be finished fairly quickly. 

I'm using US #7 (4.5 mm) Signature DPNs and Cascade 220 Superwash in Celery, which is close to celery green. I've used less than one skein for the pair, and I expect it'll be more than half a skein but I won't know for sure until I finish. 



And the last part of this post....Future WIPs :) I have two more projects that I need to finish to round out my Christmas knitting, and that's probably it for the rest of the year (for things I'll actually finish before the end of 2014). These are the two I have in mind.

1. Sacrificial Goat #5. I have one more goat to make for Husband and his coworkers. Little Man also wants one but he can wait. 

2. Sorin. I've been pondering what hat to make Sherri from the same yarn and lo, Carrie released this pattern and it fell into my cart and then into my Ravelry inbox...




Anyway, that's what I have for you on this rainy Wednesday from the San Francisco Bay Area :) Come back on Friday for FO Friday!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #48

Happy Sunday!

I have just four more weeks left for this year. I've already started thinking about next year's projects and a few more things I have planned for this year. Or, rather, things I need to finish up soon...Christmas presents and the like. But that doesn't mean I haven't been dreaming of next year's list...

Anyway, let's get to it :)

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014
21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014
23. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014
24. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014

25. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Jazzlynn: started November 11, 2014; finished November 17, 2014 
26. Barley for Jazzy: started November 17, 2014; finished November 20, 2014

I've not finished anything new, which isn't unexpected. I do owe you all a FO Friday. I had planned to do it this past Friday but the week got away from me and then you throw the Thanksgiving holiday in there....yeah, it just didn't happen. So.......it's going to happen this Friday, instead :)


Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014
 
6. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Sherri: started November 21, 2014

Any knitting I've done this week has been on the mittens. I've finished the first and started the second. If I can find the time to knit, I should have the second one done fairly quickly. But, you know, the path to Hell is paved with good intentions...so, let's not all hold our breath :)


And now, we can giggle like mad at these lists....


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

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

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

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

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







In my edition of "The Real World: California," things have been rather nuts around here. I feel like I'm running to keep up and I'm not quite catching up.....ever. We finally went and picked up Stormageddon's birth certificate this past week. I've only had the paperwork filled out for the last six weeks...I just needed to drive to the south side of town and pick it up. Also, mountains of laundry...I have so much laundry to do but I'm still catching up on the laundry I just did. I hate the laundry cycle, actually. And then, I'm trying to get caught up on all the dishes from Thanksgiving...but we're also piling on the regular dishes...and it's a cycle. I'm almost caught up with that, however. Just in time for it all to come tumbling over again. ::sigh:: Story of my life.

Aside from trying to play catch-up, Little Man got sick Friday night. He had been saying all day that he was cold and had an occasional non-productive cough but was otherwise acting normal. Friday night....he was laying in our bed with the iPad, not even watching anything, hot all over but huddled up in a blanket telling me he was cold. I couldn't get an accurate temperature on him but I know it was over 100°F. He was so hot even his bare feet were burning up. I gave him Tylenol and his "Bee Stuff" (Zarbee's Natural Children's Nighttime Cough Syrup) and then ran to CVS to pick up some more medication, a new thermometer (which I didn't do - $55 for a non-contact was too much to stomach when we got it on Amazon for $16), and Gatorade. While I was gone, he puked :( He then fell asleep in our bed and rather than move him, I slept in the back room with Puppy and Stormageddon, and Husband slept by him. He didn't puke again and was feeling much better by yesterday morning. He was still running a fever but he ate some toast and had some Gatorade.

Anyway, my laptop keeps closing my browser window as I'm writing this so I suppose it's time to end.......

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #47

Happy Sunday :) We all know what we're doing here (and if you've wandered in by mistake, please stay awhile and see if there's something you can enjoy...or something)...so, let's get to it!


Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014
21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014 

23. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014
24. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014 

25. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Jazzlynn: started November 11, 2014; finished November 17, 2014
26. Barley for Jazzy: started November 17, 2014; finished November 20, 2014

I have a post for Cameron's Christmas presents that went live on Friday. In the meantime, I finished up his younger sister's Christmas presents. I've not done a post for those, however...they're currently drying and once they're dry, I can take proper photos and do another FO Friday post :) In the meantime, you can wander to the project pages and look for yourself.

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014

6. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Sherri: started November 21, 2014

Now that I've finished Cameron's and Jazzlynn's Christmas presents, I've started the mittens for their mom, who is one of my oldest and dearest and bestest friends in the whole world. I'm hoping to have them completed before the first of December but we'll see how things go. I also have to make a hat and need to have time to wash, block, photograph, and ship things off to Wisconsin. So....that means that everything else has pretty much been in hibernation for the time being. I did work a couple rows here and there of the swatch but not enough to make a huge difference.


And my "OMGWTFBBQ-ARE-YOU-KIDDING-ME?!" lists...
 
Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

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

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

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

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




In other "new normal" events, there's not been a whole lot going on. I had a dentist appointment, Husband threw his back out, and that's about it...

So, in lieu of all that, have some photos of the happy boys.

Little Man, modeling his Greyson Sweater

Stormageddon's big gummy grin!
 

Friday, November 21, 2014

FO Friday: Cameron's Christmas Presents

I feel very safe participating in today's FO Friday because Cameron, my 13 year old non-nephew, does not read my blog, nor does his mother (who is my sister from another mister).

So, I have a two-fer FO Friday for you :)

Graham for Cam (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Graham by Jennifer Adams
Time Frame: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (~ 0.72 skeins or 72 g which is ~ 158 yds)
Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) and US #7 (4.5 mm)
Size: Large
Modifications: None that I'm aware of.
Thoughts: I should have gone with my gut instinct to make this hat longer than I did...but I followed the pattern. If he doesn't wear the brim folded, it'll be a slouch but if he folds the brim, it's a total beanie. I don't think he'll care either way, to be honest. It was interesting as this hat is knit inside out on purpose...and then you weave in the ends on the side you've had facing out, which is actually the inside. Why is it knit inside out? Because purling is a pain in the ass. Let's not beat around the bush here. Purling and purling and purling just sucks. So, if you knit it inside out, you avoid most of the purling. I don't know that I'll make it again because it seemed to go on forever but it's a good hat and I'm sure someone will love it, even if Cameron doesn't (and he better!). Also, the color is all wrong but no matter what I do in the editing process, I cannot get it correct.


Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts by Susan B. Anderson
Time Frame: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (~ 0.76 skeins or 76 g which is ~ 167 yds)
Needles: US #7 (4.5 mm)
Size: Large
Modifications: No major modifications other than sizing them to Cameron's hand/thumb length.
Thoughts: These mittens are fabulous. They are a very basic pattern and can be modified to fit the wearer. A seasoned knitter will be able to do more modifications (like widening the thumb base or adding some sort of pattern) but even a new knitter will be able to adjust to their needs. In this case, I had to add length to the hand and the thumb to match Cameron's teen boy hands (I was sent an outline of his had to work from) but that's not unusual. The nice part is that the pattern comes in three sizes and with the two different types (mittens and fingerless mitts), you have six options to work with. This was my third pair (I made myself a pair, and Little Man a pair)...and there's a fourth pair finished and fifth pair planned. Either way, at the end of it all, I will have made five pairs. So, obviously I like this pattern :) Again, the color is all wrong...but at least it matches the hat (it's the same yarn so it should).



You may have caught that I've finished the fourth pair of mittens, as well...and I have. But, I'm going to do a FO Friday post with Jazzlynn's mittens and hat at a later date (as I'm still working on the hat), so as to keep everything together. I guess you'll just have to wait.

Until then, have a wonderful Friday :)





I expect I'll be back soon with another FO Friday installment....or not. Depends on how things go around here :)

I hope you're all having a lovely Friday!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #46

Welcome to the insanity that is my life on a Sunday in California...or...something. We all know why we're here (and if you've wandered in by mistake, please pull up a chair and stay for a bit...)...let's get to it!

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014
20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014
21. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014; finished September 1, 2014
22. Baby Stormageddon: started after December 17, 2013; arrived 5:04pm on September 2, 2014 

23. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014
24. Graham for Cam: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014

Well hey, howdy, hey...would you look at that? I finished another project :) That means I'm 1/3 done with my Christmas knitting. 

Graham for Cam

This is a horrendous photo but it's what I have for right now. This was taken right after I finished weaving in the ends...which means it's unblocked, unwashed, and it was dark outside. Oh well. I still owe an FO Friday for the mittens so maybe I'll make it a two-fer. 

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
4. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
5. Sacrificial Goat #4: started September 25, 2014

6. Waiting for Winter Mittens - Jazzlynn: started November 11, 2014 

Upon finishing up the hat pictured above, I started the next portion of my Christmas knitting: mittens and a hat for Cameron's younger sister, Jazzlynn. So far, I've finished the first mitten and started the second. I've also decided what hat I'm going to make, though I haven't started it yet (I could, I just haven't). 

The only other thing I spent any time on this week was my swatch. Yeah, the swatch. It's easy 1x1 ribbing but...you know...it's frickin' boring. And, to be honest, I have other things I need to finish first. Buuuuuuuuttttttttttttt........I needed something mindless and, at the time, that was it. So, I've worked a bit on that. 

This past Friday, I was able to head across the bay to Alameda for Kid-Friendly Knitting...that helped immensely with the finishing of the hat. I need to get out more often with the boys...to places where I can knit and not have to watch them Little Man like a hawk.

So, aside from finishing the hat, starting the next pair of mittens, and working on a swatch, that's all the knitting I did. I also sold some yarn via my Ravelry Destash. I still need to get to the post office to ship it out but that's another issue. I'll probably do that tomorrow :)


And now, for my "OMGWTFBBQ Knitting Lists"....

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

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

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

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

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



In other "real life" news....

Both Little Man and Stormageddon had doctor appointments this week...on the same day...and both got vaccinations...

Little Man, age four years, weighed 39.75 lbs and was 42.25" tall...which translates to the 90th percentile for height and 87th percentile for weight. In other words, he's big for his age. Stormageddon, age ten weeks (at the time), weighed 12 lbs, 12 oz and was 23.5" tall...which translates to the 50th percentile for both height and weight. He's perfectly average for his age. 

And then came the vaccinations. Little Man had been begging for his "pokeys" for over a week and a half at that point. Yes, my child wanted to get his shots. And then came the time...and I had to help hold him and he cried and then he was fine. Stormageddon just took it because he didn't know any better. He cried, I cuddled him, put him in the car seat, and he went to sleep. Then I took Little Man out for hot dogs and ice cream. Stormageddon, of course, came along but he slept through it all, which was not unexpected. 

Other things that happened this week....cleaning up from Little Man's birthday party and digging in my yarn closet. I did some readjusting and was able to get most of my newer purchases into an actual Rubbermaid bin and out of bags/off the floor. That was exciting. I've been needing to do something in there for awhile and I was able to take a little time to do it. 

Ummmmmmm.....what else what else what else......oh, we're caught up on The Blacklist (well, Husband is caught up and I've seen enough of them to have the gist of what's going on). Oh, and I've officially seen three episodes of this season of Doctor Who (the first one and the last two). ::sigh:: The joys of having a small child...

Anyway, I believe I should stop rambling for the moment. I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and week and all that. I really need to get in and do a FO Friday...