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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Y2: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #22

Hello! It's Sunday and it's time for another installment of Renee Anne's Self-Imposed Year of Projects. Today marks the beginning of my twenty-second week and things are getting crazy up in here! So, let's get started, see what's going on, maybe stay for some photos...we'll 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
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 

12. Petal Dishcloth: started May 26, 2013; finished May 29, 2013

You'll notice that I have another FO to share...and I don't know why I dropped the ball on it. I should have blogged about it on Friday. Unfortunately, I only blogged about my socks on Friday and didn't blog about the dishcloth. I suppose I can give you the quick synopsis...the yarn was more of the Sugar N Cream, the pattern was the same Petal Dishcloth pattern I used for the other two, I slipped all stitches purlwise, and that's about all you need to know. You can check out more specific information by checking out the FO Friday for the other two right here. Here's a photo of the latest one...

Petal Dishcloth (#3)

So, that, of course, means that my WIP list was a little I changed all that :)

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

3. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013
4. Traveling Vines Socks (Adult): started May 31, 2013

I started two projects this week, in addition to the two I already have going. I've been eying the Baby Surprise Jacket for awhile now and after doing some digging in my stash, I found some yarn that didn't have a plan, it was about the right weight, and I dug out some needles and started with the smallest size available (which started with 134 stitches, I think). After getting through all the decreases and increases over the first 30 rows, I discovered that I messed up somewhere and was off by two stitches. So, to the frog pond it went for a day when I started it again. The second time, I went for the original sizing (160 stitches). I'm currently in the midst of the first set of decreases. In other words, I'm not very far into this pattern. I just hope I don't run out of yarn for it. I also started the adult version of my Traveling Vines Socks. I had a schematic in one of my notebooks that I did from "memory"...which apparently is faulty. I thought the stitch repeat was 11's actually multiples of 10 +, for knitting in the round, it's a 10 stitch repeat. So, once I discovered that, I was able to redraw my idea, mess with the math a little bit, and I started over. I think it'll work out just fine. I just need to take copious notes while I go along. 

Because I may look into having this pattern published, I don't expect that you'll be seeing very many photos, if any. I will say that I'm using US #1 needles (2.25 mm), Cascade Heritage Solids & Quatros, and it will most likely come in three cuff sizes. The jury is still out on that. I may make it for only two sizes. We'll see how things go. 

That means my lists look something like this:

Children's Items 
1. "Little 16" Newborn Socks
2. Toddler Socks
3. Alvin Sweater
4. A New Sock Monkey
5. Stig
6. Greyson

7. Vested Baby Boy
8. 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 and 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 keep thinking about starting another project for Little Man or for one of my expecting friends...I know I shouldn't until I finish my Monkey Socks or something. But the allure of small items is almost too much. I expect that by next week or the week after, you'll see another project on my WIP list. ::sigh::
In real life events........
Today is Husband's birthday. He is a whopping 32 years old today. We don't have any special plans but I expect something will come along. He spent a couple days in Las Vegas this past week. His company paid for it so I'm not objecting.  

Little Man had his two and a half year old appointment with his metabolic geneticist at UCSF Hospital in San Francisco. Unfortunately I woke up with a bit of a bug so Husband came home from work early and the three of us went to that appointment. Little Man is perfectly normal for his age. He's now 3' tall, 32.1 lbs, and his head circumference is 19.2" (49 cm). He's hanging out around the 50th percentile for everything. In addition to that, we talked about getting Husband and I tested for the disorder. They'll probably just test one of us initially (probably me since I'll be the one taking him to the clinic) and then we'll go from there. Nothing major. 

I also went to Alameda this past Friday. One of the shops in town is going out of business and she has a small selection of yarn. It was never big enough to be called an LYS but they did have knit nights...and sewing nights, and kids craft days, and so on. Anyway, everything was 30% off. I shouldn't tell you but I wound up coming home with 23 skeins of yarn. Oops. However, I do have plans in my head for almost all of it. I think some of it will become a Milo Vest for Little Man and the Greyson Sweater (also for Little Man) and maybe a toy or two. We'll see. I might even have enough to make a sweater for me :) I doubt it but I can dream...

Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely week :)


  1. Whoop for the new yarn!!!! I decided to cold sheep it during June, except for the clubs I belong to....I am hoping to visit The Loopy Ewe in July, so I'll stock up while there...

  2. I like how you added two new wip's as your right your wip list would have looked a tad tiny and you can't have a fo if you don't start them right ! Whoop to the new yarn and if it's already allocated to projects then I'd say it was much needed. Hope your designe works out and I look forward to seeing it.

  3. My motto: An excuse is never needed,nor a plan, for a yarn purchase!! How fun for you, but how sad that such a fun little shop needed to close. I am going to watch your progress on the bsj--that is a pattern I love to look at done up, but the pattern itself is scary!
    Have a great week--and congrats on little Man's great appointment.

  4. S.E.X. And all on sale? Fantastic!
    Sorry you were under the weather and yippee for Little Man on having a normal check up.
    Awesome you got a design going.

  5. Despite the add on's you are moving right along with your list..I am glad little man continues to flourish and I hope everything works out OK on any blood work for you or hubby...

    Hippo Birdie Two Ewe's (to the hubby..)