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Monday, October 16, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #42

Happy Monday :)

I'm writing this from my bestie's house in Wisconsin, a day late, because we're on vacation and things just didn't get done in their usual manner.

Let's just get going :)



Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017
19. Pussy Hat: started May 19. 2017; finished May 23, 2017
20. Pussy Hat: started May 24, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
21. Baby Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
22. Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
23. Bugga Bare (2 matching): started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
24. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
25. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
26. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
23. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017
24. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17 2016; finished June 9, 2017
25. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017; finished June 23, 2017
26: Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
28. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
29. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
30. Bonbon for Miss C: started June 24, 2017; finished July 6, 2017
31. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 1, 2017; finished July 7, 2017
32. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 2, 2017; finished July 10, 2017
33. Miss Babs BFL: started July 11, 2017; finished July 21, 2017
34. Yarn Dyeing Adventures: started August 6, 2017; finished August 6, 2017
35. Unnamed Hat: started August 14, 2017; finished August 24, 2017
36. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017; finished September 8, 2017
37. Wasabi for Mr. K: started September 17, 2017; finished September 25, 2017
*38. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017; frogged September 26, 2017

Nothing new was finished so we can just keep going along....


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
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. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
6. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
7. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
8. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
9. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
10. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
11. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017
12. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
13. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017
14. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017

Since we've been on vacation in Wisconsin most of this last week, not much has happened for knitting. I got through the heel turn, picking up stitches, and started working on the heel gusset decreases on the Vanillaish Rainbow Socks. Other than that, I worked a few rows on the Neck-Down Base Shawl. Those are the only two projects I brought along to Wisconsin and I've not had a lot of time to work on them.


17 UFOs in 2017
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; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)



And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists

Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
2. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
3. Undetermined hat for Little Man
4. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
5. Mittens for Little Man
6. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


Christmas/Charity Bin:

1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


Designs:

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


Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)




Since we've been on vacation, a lot has happened.

We flew from San Francisco to Chicago on Tuesday, landing after 10pm, then getting our rental car, and heading to Husband's cousin's place. We spent Wednesday in Chicago with Husband's cousin and her son, who is just 5 months younger than Little Man. So, they're in the same grade, and like several of the same things, which made our day a lot easier.




The flight was brutal. Well, it would have been fine if Stormageddon could have streamed YouTube videos properly but that just wasn't to be. We listened to that boy have an epic 2.5 hour tantrum. Yeah, 2.5 hours. He fell asleep the last 20 minutes, during landing. ::sigh:: 

We went to see the cousin's mom & older brother before heading to Superdawg,  Buckingham Fountain, and Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday.



Stormageddon found a Leonardo mask and didn't want to take it off.



These two boys.....OMG, these two...thick as thieves! 




Superdawg is home to the Chicago Dog, as in the official hot dog for which Chicago is known. 






I won't lie.....it was a little chilly in Chicago with the rain and wind right by Lake Michigan. But, we had fun at the Fountain.

















On Thursday, we went to the Kalahari indoor water park in Wisconsin Dells, just for the day. We met my father-in-law there and had tons of fun. Currently, those photos are on an SD card in my wallet and I need to take care of that. 

I will show you this photo though:


My bestie has a basementkitty. This isn't that kitty. This kitty that Stormageddon has a hold of was named Tower. Tower was a foster kitty my bestie has had for the last couple of weeks. Mama kitty was feral and took awhile to catch, along with Tower's siblings. A friend of ours from high school runs an animal rescue and they were brought in. Stormageddon was absolutely in love with baby Tower, and Tower was an extremely tolerant kitty, considering he was feral. He didn't lash out except when Stormageddon picked him up by his tail. He didn't like that much. But, sadly, Tower went to his forever home this week. 

Thursday night, my bestie, Husband, and I went to play Bingo at the VFW. 


I won at Bingo!........along with like 10 other people. So, I got a whole $3.50 (damn Loch Ness Monster tryin'a steal my three fiddy!). 


Friday, we made a quick stop to my great-uncle & great-aunt's house before going to the New Glarus Brewery



We did a tasting, which, for me, translated to three tasters of either the Belgian Red or the Raspberry Tart (I can't remember which for sure but I feel like it was the Belgian). We got to keep the glasses, which was also lovely.


After our trip to the Brewery, we went to Potbelly's for lunch. We don't have any nearby so it's one of those "must stop" places when we come home. Potbelly's is located in one of the malls in Madison so we also stopped at a shop to pick up some new Wisconsin/Badger shirts and the boys had some time in the play area.




Friday night, Friday the 13th...my bestie and I went to see a movie for cheap: Nightmare on Elm Street. The original version. On a big screen....and we got to drink before and during the movie :)



Both our drinks were named after superheroes. Her's was a Spider-Man one and mine was Star-Lord Lemonade. YUM. And I remembered why I love the 80s while watching that movie. 


On Saturday, Husband's cousin (a different one on the other side of the family) got married in an outdoor wedding......in the rain. ::sigh:: But, we didn't stay very long. Husband had a slip on Friday night on some wet steps and screwed up his back. It was pretty bad....like he borrowed a walker from his dad for the wedding. It was okay though, as Stormageddon wasn't exactly cooperative at the wedding. 

On Sunday, we spent some time with friends and we also stopped in to see my brother and sister-in-law and my niece. My brother hasn't seen Little Man since he was a year and a half (the day before we moved to California) and my sister-in-law hadn't seen him at all, and of course neither had seen Stormageddon and I hadn't seen my niece. So, we spent maybe an hour there and Stormageddon went after two of their kittys. He managed to catch both of them at different times and did bring out one by the tail. ::sigh:: 


So, that is my little brother and my niece, known here as my Devil Niece (her initials are TAZ, as in Tasmanian Devil).....and that little hat on her head is the baby Pussy Hat that I knit back in May. The Devil doesn't like to keep hats on her head but this one she kept on for a good long while (like 45 minutes and she was still wearing it when we left). She kept rubbing the fabric by her ear so I think she liked it. My sister-in-law is also a knitter so she was impressed with this as well. 

And last night, I had a HUGE margarita for dinner. Well, that and some enchiladas at the local Mexican place. Love my Mexican :) 





I hope you had a lovely weekend and a good start to your week :) I might be back on time next week. Maybe. We'll see how things go. I know I have a Stash Enhancement post coming on Saturday so maybe.....

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #41

Happy Sunday :)

I feel like I just did one of these....oh wait.........



Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017
19. Pussy Hat: started May 19. 2017; finished May 23, 2017
20. Pussy Hat: started May 24, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
21. Baby Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
22. Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
23. Bugga Bare (2 matching): started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
24. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
25. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
26. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
23. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017
24. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17 2016; finished June 9, 2017
25. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017; finished June 23, 2017
26: Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
28. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
29. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
30. Bonbon for Miss C: started June 24, 2017; finished July 6, 2017
31. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 1, 2017; finished July 7, 2017
32. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 2, 2017; finished July 10, 2017
33. Miss Babs BFL: started July 11, 2017; finished July 21, 2017
34. Yarn Dyeing Adventures: started August 6, 2017; finished August 6, 2017
35. Unnamed Hat: started August 14, 2017; finished August 24, 2017
36. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017; finished September 8, 2017
37. Wasabi for Mr. K: started September 17, 2017; finished September 25, 2017
*38. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017; frogged September 26, 2017

Nothing new was finished this week but I'm super close on a project, which I'll get to in a mo'.



Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
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. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
6. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
7. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
8. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
9. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
10. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
11. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017
12. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
13. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017
14. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017

I worked a bit here and there on a couple projects this week.

I finished up the knitting on Boo-Yah this week. It's still lacking a face so I've not decided if it's a "he" or  a "she" and, honestly, I'll probably let Little Man decide once the face is on. 

I also worked on the Gamer Bag. Right now, I'm just working in the round until I decide it's long enough and then....I guess I'm going to see how things go? I have a couple ideas for the top of the bag but I'll see when I get that far. I got through the heel flap on the Vanillaish Rainbow Sock so now I need to do the heel turn, pick up stitches, and continue down the foot. We'll see how that goes. 

I also did a row or two on the baby blanket but since it's just garter stitch back and forth there's not much to see. I did get into the second skein, which is always exciting.




17 UFOs in 2017
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; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)



And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists

Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
2. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
3. Undetermined hat for Little Man
4. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
5. Mittens for Little Man
6. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


Christmas/Charity Bin:

1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


Designs:

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


Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)




The last few days have been busy (when aren't they?!). Little Man was on half-days all this week, the book fair was going on at school, I had a meeting to go to, and life just continued to happen as it always does. 

First, our washer decided to start being a pain in the ass again. Same error code as a year ago, same issue, and we're not sure what we're going to do. Tinkering with it eventually kind of fixed the issue to the point that we got another year out of it....but here we are, a year later, and it's doing it again. 

Second, we got an estimate on the broken windows from a local place. It's half of what I expected and about what Husband expected...so we'll be getting the windows fixed. We also had to replace the screen in the sliding glass door, which isn't terribly difficult if you have the right tools...just annoying. 


I didn't take a lot of photos this week because there were just too many random things happening. I did get these, however:




Little Man has really been into Luigi's Mansion on the DS this week and wanted to make a pair of suspenders. So, this was the end result (the hat is from a Mario/Luigi jammy set).



On Friday afternoon, Little Man had a make-up swimming lesson (for this coming Thursday's lesson - as we'll be gone). I caught these two goofing off in the back seat after I parked the car. Silly boys.



Also, Lambtown happened this weekend and I may or may not have bought this fleece. Okay, I totally bought it for less than $30. It came from a ram named Phoenix and he was thus named because he was born dead. No heartbeat, no pupil reaction, nothing...dead lamb. And then he wasn't. He's 1/2 Shetland, 3/8 Lincoln, and 1/8 Wenslydale. There is nothing else like him. And I had to have it. But, it's currently not at home as I took it to Morro Fleece Works for processing (washing, carding, and processing into pin roving). Sooooo, I'll get it at some point. There will be more about that after I get back from Wisconsin.

We're leaving on Tuesday for Wisconsin and I may or may not get a chance to update next Sunday. We'll see how things go.


I hope you've had a lovely week :)