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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #3

Happy Sunday! Let's get started :)

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015  
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015 

I've not finished anything new this week but, given the projects I've got going right now, I'm okay with that. I did have an FO Friday post about Hat #2 and Hat #3...and I've recently realized that I never did a post about the first hat. So, I'll have to get on that. Maybe for this week. 

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014

5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Hat #4 - FoH: started January 16, 2015

I spent most of this week working on Snape's Stockings and my Traveling Socks...but I obviously started a new hat, as well. Snape's Stockings are past the heel and I'm working on the gusset decreases. It's a little slow-going because I have to read a chart, which isn't hard but it means it's after everyone else has gone to bed so I'm not always 100% on my knitting game. My Traveling Socks are great...I just keep on knitting along in a circle until I get sick of it or something. So, I'm not at the heel but I might be close. Or not. I haven't decided yet. And then there's the hat. The pattern/recipe thing I have for the hats doesn't have anything smaller than "baby" and since I've discovered that "baby" literally means a baby, not a newborn, it's not going to work for the NICU....but all the hats are based on groups of 8 stitches so I figured I could go 8 stitches fewer than the baby size and have something acceptable for the NICU. So, that's what I'm doing. And I've decided that plain stockinette is boring so I went Googling and found a stitch pattern I liked and I'm going to work it. It's apparently known as the Gallatan Rock Stitch and can be found here. I have to figure out how I'm going to do the decreases but that shouldn't be too difficult. 

I had intended to restart Wink this week but I wanted to print out the pattern because otherwise I spend more of my time scrolling back and forth between the charts and the stitch key than I would knitting...and that sucks. So, went to print and lo, our printer is out of black ink. ::sigh:: So, I've not printed it yet and, as a result, have not restarted it...but I still consider it a WIP. I think that means I need to pick up some ink for said printer, as well. 

And now, the remaining lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting.

1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket

4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)

In non-knitting events around here.....

Stormageddon had his four month doctor appointment, complete with shots, this past Thursday. He was 15.25 lbs, 25.5" long, and his head was about 40 cm (15.75"). He's still small for his age but he's growing so our pediatrician isn't concerned and, frankly, neither am I. He took his two shots like a champ and practically gobbled down the oral vaccine (for Rotavirus). 

Prior to his appointment, I had to fill out a questionnaire about things (can he do this, does he do that, what kind of formula does he take, working smoke detectors, who lives at home, etc.). One of the questions was about whether he could roll over. As of Thursday, he could not roll over. He would roll onto his right side and get stuck. He could get back but he couldn't get over his arm onto his tummy. So, he'd kind of stay there and chew on his fingers (he's teething). Well, on Friday morning, I put him in his Pack-N-Play on his back and went into the kitchen to make his bottle. When I came out, the little stinker was on his tummy and arms, looking around. He wasn't screaming or upset; he was just looking out the mesh lining like he did this every day. I thought it had to be a fluke so I put him on his back again and he did it again. And on Saturday morning at 1am, when he woke up, I found him on his tummy. And again at 8:45am. Officially, Stormageddon is on the move. 

Husband's sister is coming later today and staying until Wednesday. Just a mini-vacation, nothing huge. Just a few days to hang out with the boys, eat some lovely fresh seafood, and get out of the Frozen Tundra that is southern Wisconsin. Unfortunately, they just had their first foster child placed with them. It kind of came out of nowhere. But since her husband is staying, it's not a big issue. 

Other than are some photos of what's been going on around here:


Cheese (at the mall's indoor play area)

I am the master of this jumper!

And a little proof that this little stinker is on the move!

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and week and so on and so forth :)


  1. I like the rock stitch and think it will make a great hat. The boys are looking gorgeous and you are busy as always - have a good week.

  2. What a smart and determined baby! Love your selfie. Always love to see Little Man's smile.

  3. Way to go Stormgeddon on the moving, it's amazing how one day they can't do something and the next they can!

  4. Gallatan Eock stitch looks nice, and it'll make a warm hat. I wonder if it's stretchy? Looks kinda like a broken rib, so maybe?

    Gosh Stormageddon is growing quick! 4 months already! I guess we'll have to find a new name for "Little man" pretty soon!

  5. Congratulations to Stormageddon! Busy, busy and on the move now....

  6. Sounds like progress in continually being made on your projects which is what this is all about! Congrats on baby's accomplishments--it was always so reassuring to me when my babies started meeting milestones. :) Have a great week with your visiting family!

  7. Nice stitch choice for the hats! Hope it works out well for you!