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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Y2: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #20

Hooooooooooooray for Sunday! Things have been happening this week but we'll talk about that in a moment :) Right now, we're going to talk about my Self-Imposed Year of Projects. I'm heading into my twentieth week and, honestly, not much has you'll soon see.

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
6. Little Granite Dishcloth: started February 16, 2013; finished March 2, 2013
7. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth: started March 4, 2013; finished March 27, 2013
8. Garter Stripe Baby Socks : started March 3, 2013; finished April 4, 2013

No. I haven't finished anything. ::sigh:: I wish I could say I had something going on but I don't.

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. Freeport Vest: started March 7, 2013

I'm still plugging away on my Vanilla Socks and my Monkey Socks. My Freeport Vest isn't on time out on purpose...but I just haven't felt like working on it. Perhaps it's because I'm so so so close to finishing my Vanilla Socks or that I'm finally working on the gusset decreases on my Monkey Socks. Either way, I haven't touched it. I also tried to start one of my designs this week but it just wasn't working. I CO on US #0 (2 mm). Because I was using smaller than normal needles (for me), I CO more stitches...and it wound up being way way way too big. I think once I finish my Vanilla Socks, I'll try again with a more normal number of stitches...or something. I don't know. It's going to be a prototype anyway so I suppose it doesn't matter. However, if I'm going to put that much work into something, I want to be able to use it! So, we'll see.

I've also, of course, been dreaming of my next project. I found out another friend is pregnant. So, I have two friends that are pregnant right now (one with her first, the other with her third - we're all really hoping for a girl on that one)...and I feel like I should make something for both of them. But nothing on my lists are standing out so I've been in search of something else. We'll see.

My lists, for now, still look like this (they might not next week):

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 or two or seventeen somewhere with potential designs)

In "real" life, this has been happening....(okay, some of the photos aren't from this past week but, you know)

Helllllllllo Mama!

Is my "cheese" face getting better?

My boys hanging out on the couch.

Snotty dog (he's not really, just enjoying the breeze)

Our little froggy friend

Little Man and I discovered this wee little frog the other day. He hides between the deck and the side of the house. He's maybe the size of a quarter...maybe. Little Man squealed with delight and ran off the day we found him. 

Portraits of a Young Artist Hard At Work. I brought his easel outside and he loved it!

I'm on a boat!

No, really, I'm on a BOAT!

The pool is up, filled, and a bit chilly...but Little Man *loves* it. He's been in there a couple days this past week. We had to do some engineering to the ladder because Husband and I are not tiny people. The ladder is supposed to be able to hold us but, well, it doesn't. We have the end in the pool weighted down with about 100 lbs of extra weight (sand bags and some PVC pipes filled with sand). We also replaced part of the support structure (from plastic to metal). It holds much better now. 

And finally, on Friday, Little Man and I had an adventure. I am not a fan of driving in heavy traffic, especially in unfamiliar places like, say, downtown San Francisco. But, on Friday, Little Man and I drove down to Fisherman's Wharf for a lunch date. See, since I started this blog in 2009, I've gained a small cult following and most of my readers are other knitters/crafters. I also read a bunch of other knitting/crafting blogs (and other types of blogs, too). One of the blogs I read belongs to Tink (you can find it right here). She lives across the land *and* the pond...all the way over in England. Last weekend, she got married and this week, they're on their honeymoon. First stop? San Francisco! So, Little Man and I drove down to the Wharf for a lunch date with Tink and her lovely husband, Jamie. We had lunch at Boudin, which guards it's sourdough recipe (and it's 400+ year old yeast culture) very carefully. It supplies all the sourdough bread in the Bay Area...and beyond. After lunch, we walked the Wharf. We stopped at Pier 39 to admire all the sea lions. Little Man had never seen anything like them really (he saw a couple while we were on our cruise this past winter but he doesn't remember them). I think if I would have let him, he would have climbed over the wall and into the water to hang out with them. We also walked through the shopping area (where you can get swords, socks, magnets, and stuff from Ireland...weird place). In the middle, there's a double-decker carousel. 

Mama, Ima ride the bunny!

When do we go?

It's not done yet, is it?

And pics because it totally happened.....

Tink rode the horse!

We survived the drive home and all was well.

Yesterday, I put together yet another bookshelf. You would think that six would be enough but, apparently, that's just not true. ::sigh:: It also means I spent some time unpacking. I'm down to three rubbermaid bins and four boxes that need unpacking. I'm hoping I can knock it out later today but we'll see.

Anyway, it was a busy, though fabulous week. I hope this week is even better! Yours, too :)


  1. Best of luck working out your prototype and it's always fun I find thinking on what new project can be started. Lovely pics of little man and he sure seems to love the pool, can't say I blame him, I just wish we had better weather here for one. Sounds like you had a great time meeting up with Tink :)

  2. OMG! I was thinking about Tink and figured she was on her honeymoon and I forgot you said they were going to SF! Duh! Where's the new hubby's picture? So glad you got to go meet with them.
    Your "little man" is so cute and he must have a million expressions! And what is it with all the little boys that have the big beautiful eyes and long, long eyelashes....he's too cute for words!
    I've had lots more "starts" than "finishes" this week but it's been so great getting to hang out with other fiber folk and share in the excitement of the starts and the finishes of all. So glad you had such a fantastic week!
    I can also relate to the book shelf dilemma! I have way more than 6! TTYS!

  3. Looks like Little Man is having a blast! In every picture :)

  4. Looks like you had a busy but good of your projects...have each family member hold up something, lol. We loved our visit to SF...awesome city.

  5. I've been hoping you would get a picture of tinks..and I love all the family guys look all settled in and was that actually sun I see shining in those pics?

  6. aw Little Man is getting so big! I hope you find some perfect baby knits, totally worth it in my opinion =)

  7. we're moving to the bay area in two months... and I'll be honest, I've started thinking about the blogging buddies I have that might be real-life friends someday, too!

    sounds like you guys had a great day in the city :)

  8. I am so jealous you got to meet Tinks!! Living in Seattle like I do, means I never see anyone--they all go to California! ;)
    You sound like you are just about all unpacked--Hooray to you-- and just think how much more kitting time you will have now.

  9. It's so cool that you met Tink!