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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #40

Happy Sunday! Happy October! Happy happy :) Something like that, anyway....

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
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015 (pattern is live and can be purchased via Ravelry)
12. Traveling Vines Socks (pattern for publication): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015 -- full disclosure Friday, October 18, 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015 and it's all finished
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015
19. Sacrificial Goat #6: started August 23, 2015; finished September 1, 2015
20. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015; finished September 5, 2015
21. Curlew: started September 10, 2015; finished September 26, 2015

I'm not surprised that I've not finished anything new. However, I also didn't get an FO Friday taken care of....but the Lattice Hat, now renamed to Curlew (per the pattern), has been worn a couple times this past week and admired appropriately (with no gimmiepigs in sight, thankfully!). 

Maybe this week an FO Friday post can happen. We'll see what happens...

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
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. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Bunny: started September 8, 2015

A couple projects have seen action this week. My Fire Socks are (as of this writing on Saturday evening) 50% finished (meaning the first sock is done and I've maybe started the second sock). I have a few things to suss out with the pattern but it shouldn't take me too long. My Pacific Shawl has been pulled out here and there for a few rows. It's become my "purse knitting" for now, as it only requires some yarn overs here and there but is otherwise just straight stockinette. I've also done some minimal work on Stormageddon's bunny. I think I've figured out what I'm going to do for the tail, which is grand. It calls for a pompom tail and I don't know what I do wrong, but pompoms don't work very well for me. They fall apart fairly easy and as this is for a somewhat destructive toddler, I'd rather not be making and remaking the pompom tail over and over. So, woo.

Sadly, no photos of any of that. ::sigh::

I've also spent some time pondering the other half of the Fire & Ice Socks...specifically the Ice Socks. I have ideas but getting those ideas into a chart form is just eluding me. I'm rather frustrated and I'm almost tempted to just throw the idea out the window entirely. Of course, I could just have written directions....but I'm having the same problem. ::sigh:: I need a new idea, I think.

In my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ, crazy lady?!" lists...

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

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; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

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)

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

Because I love Husband and/or My Children
1. Sacrificial Goat #7 (for Little Man)
2. Sacrificial Goat #8 (for Stormageddon)

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. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks (done, see FO #12)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Paradiddle Collection of Hats

Let's not talk about this HUGE list that is definitely NOT going to be finished in twelveish weeks.

And now, the "life" update.

Aside from the ick still residing in my chest, the family is healthy. That's important. Little Man continues to love school and, particularly, music classes at school. They have music every Wednesday. I'm kind of impressed that he likes it as much as he does because he's never shown much of an interest in music before. I mean, when he was small, he'd dance along to whatever we had playing (his favorite song at Stormageddon's age was a remix of Anarchy by KMFDM). He likes banging on things, which is probably why Husband's aunt & uncle bought him a kid drum with accessories (egg shakers, tambourine, bells, etc.) when he was about a year old. Even though I tried singing with him and teaching him all the songs.....nothing stuck. Now it's sticking. Just like learning his letters and phonics. I tried teaching him when he was younger and it wouldn't stick; now it sticks. So, woohoo for that.

Stormageddon keeps demanding to eat whatever I'm eating, which isn't a bad thing. It always has me a little worried though, because he only has the eight front teeth and can't chew certain things. He has discovered mushrooms and loves them. He got mad when I took one off my pizza and ate it instead of letting him have it. I also won't let him have shrimp because it's too chewy. He demanded the spaghetti noodles from my shrimp scampi on Friday night, the homemade pizza, my morning cereal or oatmeal, cheese slices, whatever. He loves his food.

In other random events, Husband is fermenting beer right now (a honey porter, I believe, Irish red). It should be ready before Thanksgiving but that's what it's intended for.

What else happened......oh, I tossed the stash a bit. I pulled out some items for destashing, sold a couple things...forgot to go to the post office yesterday to send them out (oops!).........yeah. Tossing the stash can be fun :)

That's about it :)

Apparently grass is okay now.

Nope. Not even a little bit related.

He was testing the fit for me. Of course, it's done now. Don't mind the pudding face.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and such :) I'm off to Lambtown today (I hope)'s hoping I don't spend it all in one place!


  1. I love how your boys are developing interests. Perhaps Little Man will be a rock star and Stormageddon will be a foodie. No doubt b/c everything smells so good as well, baby is wanting what mum is eating. And that is impressive how he likes mushrooms. Can't wait to see what your sock design looks like.

  2. I love when kids hold still long enough to try on and model things you are making... Likely for them!

  3. I'm impressed with your son trying so many foods. My son is 9 and is soooo picky that cooking becomes quite a chore. Love the last photo of your hat model and the hat is great too ;)

    1. Little Man is the picky one. He's getting a little better as he's getting older but there was a period of time where he would only eat the same four things, with occasional additions: hot dogs, cereal, waffles, and PB&J...and all the milk.

      Stormageddon just loves food.

  4. don't take this the wrong way, but I see Little Man in that picture of you (with Stormageddon). lol Don't know if it's the tongue sticking out or the eyes. Do you and Little Man have the same eyes? Or am I imagining things?

    1. Stormageddon looks almost exactly like Little Man did at that age, except he's blonde and has less hair.

  5. Isn't it funny how something that didn't stick a short time ago suddenly does and then a whole new world is opened up to them! Go Little Man with the music, perhaps it is now a life long love will develop. I'm impressed that Stormageddon loves mushrooms, I could never quite master that food in them so young, mine love them now but not a chance they'd have eaten them that young and it's a great way to develop an interest and like in so many foods letting them eat what you are eating. Perhaps think on the Ice socks for a bit, it might just all click into place and you may have a Eureka! moment. Ruth.

  6. My nephew will only learn things from teachers and tutors - he doesn't believe that his parents have anything to teach him! As long as he's happy in school and learning, it's all good.

    Interesting that Little Man likes to try all foods ... that's certainly not typical, is it!?!

    Can't wait to see the Fire and Ice socks. I've got a couple in my queue where the left is completely different to the right, so it sounds very interesting.

  7. Sounds as though little man is getting on well. My littlest will eat anything, especially if I'm eating it - one of the first things he ate from my plate was prawn in mayonnaise - he loves it now!