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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Y2: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #11

First of all, Happy Saint Patrick's Day! This is one of my favorite holidays...and not because it's an excuse to drink. That part is nice, too; don't misunderstand me. Saint Patrick's Day is the one day I can play up the only Irish relatives I have...but I don't know which ones they are. My maternal grandmother always told me that one of her grandparents was full-blooded Irish but I'm not sure how true that is. I know her maternal grandparents were as Swedish as you could get (Fagerlind and Brostrom). Her paternal grandfather was Scotish (Johnston)...her paternal grandmother, however, I don't know much about. I know she was born in Pennsylvania but I know nothing about her parents and her maiden name was White. "White" is very English but, like I said, I don't know anything about her family. There's a possibility that her mother was Irish. I'm stuck on her. 

So....Happy Saint Patrick's Day. 

This post isn't about genealogy, as fascinating as I find it. This post is my 11th installment of my Self-Imposed Year of Projects.

Finished Objects (FOs)
1. San Francisco Fog Fingerless Mitts: started January 2, 2013; finished January 10, 2013
2. Don't Blink: started January 16, 2013; finished January 16, 2013  (links to one I made last year using the same yarn)
3. Dalek Dishcloth: started January 16, 2013; finished January 21, 2013 (links to one I made last year using the same yarn)
4. Woven Rib Dishcloth: started February 8, 2013; finished February 11, 2013
5. Icarus Shawl: started March 15, 2010; finished February 14, 2013
Little Granite Dishcloth: started February 16, 2013; finished March 2, 2013

Works-in-Progress (WIPs)
1. Mama's Vanilla Socks (round 2): started June 29, 2012
2. Eat Your Monkey Socks: started November 29, 2012
3. Little Man's Vest: started January 16, 2013

4. Garter Stripe Baby Socks: started March 3, 2013

5. Freeport Vest: started March 7, 2013

6. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth: started sometime between March 10th and March 14th, 2013

I'm ready to Kitchener the toe of Little Man's first Garter Stripe Baby Sock. I just haven't done it yet. I've tried it on him a few times and now that it's just the toe, he's all excited and wants me to put it on both feet. He's so cute. He gets really upset when I take them off his little feet. ::sigh:: I still have to make the second one. Other than the sock and the 2" of ribbing on my vest and the dishcloth, there's not been much going on. What little has been going on has been happening late at night and has caused me to frog the dishcloth and restart it a few times this week. Oh well.

Children's Items 
1. "Little 16" Newborn Socks
2. Baby Surprise Jacket
3. Toddler Socks
4. Alvin Sweater
5. A New Sock Monkey
6. Stig
7. 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. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts
6. 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) 

In "real life," things are........well, the house is still a total disaster but I know we've made progress. The huge and ever-growing pile of empty boxes tells me we had to have done something around here. Unfortunately, many things don't have a specific place, things are just sitting around in places because they don't have a home. It seems like it's never going to end. It's been a frustrating week, generally. We had packages coming left and right, early morning, after 7pm, installations of furniture (some of which was damaged) was just nuts. 

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely week and maybe I'll have progress for next week. Don't count on it but, you never know.

Also, randomly, I have some items that I may need to get rid of in the form of teacher-type books, some Harry Potter stuff, and some regular books (like the first five Harry Potter books in the softcover BritEnglish version). I'll have to post about that...


  1. Oh boy, this is a time when one needs a wand to duplicate oneself in triplicate so many more things can get done. You'll get it done, perhaps one room at a time or placing items in a room so you have at least sorted them after the furniture is settled?

  2. I made socks for my little guy recently, he really got a kick out of me putting them on him. It pushed me to get the second one made. Good luck finding homes for all your things, it's a tough job!

  3. Oh I know exactly what you mean - our kitchen was ripped out this week and I feel at sixes and sevens - even though it's only one room, the rest of the house feels odd - there are things where they don't really belong and all the things we usually do in the kitchen (that's most things apart from sleeping) are taking place elsewhere - very strange.

    Hope you continue to make progress and have a great week x

  4. All of a sudden you'll be done and settled. It may seem impossible but it'll happen. In the mean time you just gotta roll with it :)

    If you're knitting and frogging that may be a sign of exhaustion. One thing at time. So cute to hear how excited little man is about his socks!

  5. Ugh! Moving and Unpacking is such a chore! I say, one room at a time and maybe give yourself some permission to take little knitting breaks during the day-you know, as a reward for unpacking a box? :)

  6. Ughhh to the unpacking and moving mayhem, I hope it really settles down and hopefully more and more empty boxes will appear and less and less full ones. Well done on the socks and its good to see your getting some down time to knit. Happy St Patricks Day to you also, we just love it here, but then we are in Ireland lol.

  7. chaos can be a good motivational tool..right? somehow trying to put a positive spin on the unpacking! My maternal side is Irish..the family names are: Bambrick and Ryall... My paternal side is Russian Orthodox...So I am a Jewish Russian Mick..hence the light skin but lots of freckles!