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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Year Two: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #2

Happy Sunday :)

It's time for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects update :) This is the beginning of my second week and I think I've pretty much hit the ground running :)

Finished Objects (FOs)
1. San Francisco Fog Fingerless Mitts: started January 2, 2013; finished January 10, 2013

Hey look! I already have a Finished Object for the year! Go me! I'll have to give them a wash and a proper photo shoot (hopefully where they look more like the dark purple they actually are as opposed to a pinkish purple)...which means I owe you a FO Friday :) Hopefully I'll get that done this week among the other things I have planned..*ahem,* more on that tomorrow :)

Works-in-Progress (WIPs)
1. Icarus Shawl: started March 15, 2010
2. Mama's Vanilla Socks (round 2): started June 29, 2012
3. Eat Your Monkey Socks: started November 29, 2012

I've spent quite a bit of time with my socks (and fingerless mitts, obviously) this week and haven't spent any time with my shawl. I think my Icarus Shawl is getting jealous. I'm going to have to spend more time with my shawl.

I'm past the gusset decreases on my Vanilla Socks (the first one) and am working on the gusset decreases on my Eat Your Monkey Socks (again, the first one).

Unfortunately, I've got Startitis again and I want to start everything. I'm thinking I'll start something off the Children's Items list next, or perhaps try to work out one of my designs. I might even start it this week :) If I had known how fast the fingerless mitts were going to go, I would have saved them for later. But, that's okay because I have ideas running through my head for my own fingerless mitts :)

Anyway, the remaining lists are as follows:

Children's Items 
1. "Little 16" Newborn Socks (need to purchase)
2. Garter Stripe Baby Socks
3. Baby Surprise Jacket
4. Toddler Socks
5. Alvin Sweater
6. A New Sock Monkey
7. Vested Baby Boy
8. Stig (need to purchase)
9. Greyson (need to purchase)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting FTW!)
1. Rose's Wrist Warmers
2. Viking Bag
3. Campfire Socks
4. Red Dwarf Socks
5. Freeport Vest
6. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts
7. Ardys

Household Items
1. Halloween Creepy Cloths (1) (need to purchase)
2. Halloween Creepy Cloths (2) (need to purchase)
3. Assorted Harry Potter Cloths
4. Assorted Doctor Who Cloths
5. Grrlfriend Market Bag
6. Petal Dishcloth

Designs (which may or may not be sooper seekrit - obviously the sooper seekrit ones aren't listed)
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (4 versions)
3. Assorted dishcloths (set of 12?)
4. Traveling Vines Scarf
5. Traveling Vines Socks (baby for sure, maybe adult-sized as well)
6. Pinwheel Market Bag
7. Anything else that comes along (I have a notebook somewhere with potential designs somewhere)

Anyway, in life events/news, our New Year's Cruise was fabulous! Well, mostly fabulous. Little Man did not want to participate in Camp Carnival under any circumstances. So, we didn't really get much time to ourselves. Other than that, though, it was great!

This fits me, right Mama?

We did a family shore excursion while we were in Puerto Vallarta. It involved getting on a ferry-type boat to go kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale & dolphin watching, and to a beach only accessible via boat. Unfortunately, this mama got motion sickness and wound up spending some time sitting on the floor of the boat with a little plastic baggie doing unmentionable things. And then Little Man joined in. ::sigh:: Little Man and I weren't going snorkeling, kayaking, or scuba diving, thankfully. With both of us doing unmentionable things, though, Husband didn't get to go snorkeling either. Little Man tried on the equipment though...and seemed to enjoy it.

Once we got on the beach, both of us were fine. 

Mama, I make sandcastles!

Apparently this part of the Pacific Ocean (about 30 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) is dotted with these little islands, most of which don't show up on maps. They're collectively classified as the Marieta Islands and no one is legally allowed to set foot on them. However, the beaches are not part of the islands and can, therefore, be visited. At high tide, all of the sand on this particular island is covered.

You can see the mainland way in the background and one of the other islands. We had a very nice day for the beach.

There we are. All of us. Little Man had lost his swimming trunks by that point (they were too big and kept falling down so I just took them off). Husband spent some time in the ocean and the photographer was worried that someone was going to have to go save him. He was able to get back to shore just fine...but he was tired afterwards.

The boat ride back to Puerto Vallarta was much better. Little Man fell asleep. I spent the entire trip on the floor and didn't do unmentionable things. In fact, I was able to eat a little bit.

Aside from our day in Puerto Vallarta, we also had two days in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. While we were there, Husband went parasailing. I'm not sure you could get me to do that as I'm scared of heights but, you know, you're attached to a huge parachute so it can't be too bad. But I'm scared of heights.

Oh, and I haven't taken a photo of the item that was purchased. Maybe sometime this week. We'll see.

How can you not love that little face?!

Anyway, I hope you have a lovely week! Come back tomorrow for something completely different :)


  1. Well done on the Finished mitts, looking forward to seeing them, the pictures look great and sorry the boat ride out from Puerto Vallarta was so bad, nothing worse.

  2. Looks like a lovely spot to vacation. Look how darling little man is ... even all tired out like that! He's really growing up fast, huh?

  3. He's gotten big....for a little man! They grow so fast...what a cutey! Congrats on your cruise and glad you all had a good time except of course for the "unmentionable activities" on the boat.
    How you manage to work and still get knitting done and a cruise is amazing! Everyone must be LOTS faster than I am.
    You're inspiring!

  4. I do love that little face! Seems like a wonderful vacation despite the little unmentionable bit..I live on the one realizes how exhausting a swim can be in the tides..LOL at little man's sleeping position..only kids are that flexible, I'd have such a crook in my neck!

  5. You guys are such a cute family!!! So glad you had a great vacation :)

  6. Wow, that looks like an amazing cruise, so beautiful. And it looks like Little Man had fun too, he just gets cuter every time you post a picture of him, doesn't he?

  7. My gosh, Little Man is growing up! What a beautiful cruise you went on despite the motion sickness you had to endure. Hooray on an FO!