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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Y2: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #21

Happy Sunday, dear readers and bloggers and friends and random others that are visiting :) Here in the United States, summer has unofficially begun as tomorrow is Memorial Day. Apparently that marks the start of the summer tourism season. 

Today we're having our Memorial Day/Housewarming party. But that's not until this afternoon so I don't have any photos or anything. Perhaps later this week...

We're not here for that anyway. We're here because it's Sunday and time for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects update. I'm heading into my twenty-first week...I'm not quite to the halfway point but I'm another week closer. Let's see what's going on, shall we?

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
9. Petal Dishcloth: started May 21, 2013; finished May 22, 2013
10. Petal Dishcloth: started May 22, 2013; finished May 23, 2013
11. Mama's Vanilla Socks (round 2): started June 29, 2012; finished May 24, 2013 

If you didn't notice, I started and finished TWO projects this past week (blogged about on Friday). They were both small projects and they were the same pattern but I started and finished two of them. They're quick and quite addicting. I'll probably wind up making more of them, if only for my, they'll make good stocking stuffers or something. Not that I have any stockings to stuff other than mine, Little Man's (which he doesn't have) and Husband's (which he also doesn't have).

I also finished up one of my "big" projects. It's kind of a misnomer to call them "big" because, really, they're just socks...but they seem to take me forever. I finished them up while watching Ella Enchanted on Friday night. I'll probably write up a post about them for Friday. So, I'll just say that they're basic stockinette socks, double gusset heel decrease, and the stripes don't match (of course). It means that my WIP list was looking a little, of course, I started something else. 

Works-in-Progress (WIPs)
1. Eat Your Monkey Socks: started November 29, 2012
2. Freeport Vest: started March 7, 2013

3. Petal Dishcloth: started May 24, 2013 

I feel like I should have more going on...I don't but I should. I've worked here and there on my Monkey Socks but I just can't seem to find the desire to work on them. Maybe it's because it's summer and I don't get to wear fancy socks in the summer...I don't know. I don't have winter to wear my fancy handknit socks anymore. Do people wear their fancy handknit socks with shorts? Is this a thing in which I should be partaking? I'm just wondering. I don't think they look very good with my running shoes. Or my regular shoes. Thoughts? 

I also started another Petal Dishcloth...which may be finished by the time this actually gets posted but, you know, we'll see :)

This means my lists look like this....

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

8. Vested Baby Boy
9. Milo
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)
2. Halloween Creepy Cloths (2)
3. Assorted Harry Potter Cloths
4. Assorted Doctor Who Cloths
5. Grrlfriend Market Bag

(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 and random ideas)

I've only changed two things to these lists. I removed the Petal Dishcloth (obviously, as I made TWO of them and am working on a third)...but I also added the Milo vest (to the Children's Items). I think Little Man could use one...we'll see. You'll also notice that I no longer "need to purchase" anything because I bought everything. I sold some of the yarn from my destash and I used the money sitting in Paypal to get those purchases taken care of....and a couple more that I've been thinking about for later (next year, perhaps). looks like I need something new to work on. Part of me wants to go for something small (almost instant gratification) and part of me wants something for the "long" haul. Or both. Probably both. Have you met me? I'm one of those people that take on too much because I can.

Anyway, here are some photos from this past week :) While unpacking last weekend, I found some of my old toys. In this case, I found my plastic picnic basket with some of the stuff still inside (two plates, two forks, two spoons, a butter knife, two teacups, and a thermos). After giving everything a wash in hot, soapy water, someone was enthralled. These are from two separate days of playing. He likes to give me pretend food and water. He doesn't know what tea really is but he knows water goes in cups. So, we have pretend water and...something. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


  1. Well done on the finishes and it's such fun getting all the yarn together for future projects, especially when you know what yarn you want so you really are well organised. I tend to end up buying as I go and then buying the odd extra ball and skein so I do have some stash lol. I wouldn't wear fancy socks with running shoes myself but hey each to their own and you could start a new trend ! You'll love the vest its so quick and easy and he really is getting so big !

  2. In those last two photos Little Man is suddenly looking much more young boy than toddler :) Time flies huh? I've been cranking out dishcloths too.

    As for socks in summer, nope I don't wear handknit socks with shorts. In fact I switch to barefoot in sandals as soon as humanly possible. Even if I'm still in long pants :)

  3. Love your dishcloths...I just added that pattern to my favs! Thanks! I too was into dish cloths this fun are they? I'm hooked on them right now.
    I' m also thinking of the Milo vest as Kim told me it was for boys too and I have grandsons. I'm excited about that.
    Love the pictures of the "picnic"....he's so cute.
    Enjoy your housewarming party and the long weekend!

  4. I love your washcloths! I put that pattern in my favs as I am planning on making lots of wash cloths this year. I'll be making a Milo vest too as Kim told me it was for boys too and I have grandsons. Your little man looks like he's having a grand time "picnicking". He is so cute. Have a great time at your housewarming and enjoy your long weekend.

  5. Next generation toys are fun. He seems to love playing with it..has he been tempted to serve real drinks?

  6. Hope your party was a smashing hit and that you managed some relaxing time too. I think you totally need a small AND a large project going--don't we all seem to have multiple things on the needles? Your little guys is adorable and that picnic set looks like so much fun for wee little one.

  7. I am sure your partay was fabulous! So cool how you still have this toy. Classic!
    Oh and I can't believe a year has passed already! Sorry. I'm a bit tired. I love staying up late but I can't hang since I'm unable to sleep in.