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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #41

Hello and happy Sunday! Seriously, I'm still not convinced it's October, aside from the apple spice pumpkin everything everywhere all the's far too warm to be considered October. But, that's not the point of this post so let's get moving along...

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

No new FOs this week.......and no FO Friday for the Curlew hat. Soon. I hope. We shall see :)

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

I've not spent much time knitting this week. I worked a couple rows on my Pacific Shawl, which doesn't look much different. I also plowed through the ribbing section on the second Dragon's Egg Sock. I needed to look at the first one to see if I knit through the back loop before I could move along. Turns out I didn't and I knit the twelve rows of ribbing and that was it. I also got through the cuff on the second Fire Sock, which is a 3x2 ribbing (through the back loop). Other than that amount of knitting, I also pulled Viktor out for some spinning. However, I'm out of rolags so I'm going to get some more ready. Oh well. At least I got some spinning in this week...

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

::sigh:: Moving along..........

In our "real" life, there hasn't been much happening around here. Little Man will be on fall break for the next two weeks and, as a result, we're playing temporary home to some of his classroom pets, specifically a 15 gallon aquarium with eight stick bugs. They're pretty easy to handle but I still worry that they're going to die or something. We have to give them new leaves every couple days, spray with water, and other than that, they should be fine. We've taken a couple out for scuttling. For bugs, they're kind of cute.

Stormageddon has finally picked up a couple new things this week. Specifically, he's learned to sign "milk" and say "nigh-nigh" when it's time for bed as well as wave bye to people. We also discovered that he knows how to drink out of a straw and will use his sippy cup if he wants to...and he likes iced tea.

And then there's that kid......he's just a goofball. These are some of the things he was up to this week...

He found this cute little snail on our walk home from school one day...and decided to bring him home. We put him by our lemon tree. Where he ended idea.

This is the front and back of a letter he wrote to Adam & Jamie (as in Mythbusters). He even signed it with his name.

And a sleepy Stormageddon. Love this boy.

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!


  1. You are such a great mama open to bringing home the class pets of stink bugs. Oh my! I had a lot of families that didn't want to bring home the hamster because it's a rodent.

    1. Not stink bugs....stick bugs. They remind me of what I imagine a bowtruckle would look like :)

  2. Ah, the spinning sounds great and it sounds as though you are getting on nicely with your socks.

  3. Enjoy fall break with the stick bugs (good thing they're not stink bugs - lol). That snail's shell is beautiful. What a great picture.

    I clicked on some of your links above, and I want to say I love the Drip Drip Drop socks. They're pretty and look fun to wear, too. ;^) If I knew how to knit socks I fear I would spend all my non-knitting time staring at my feet and admiring my creations. ;^) What a great skill to have. Everybody needs socks.

  4. Oh dear, good luck with the bugs. I brought the class turtle home over Christmas one year and we were out shopping on Boxing Day for a replacement one... it was really bad news. And then we couldn't agree on whether the new one was a good match for the old one. High drama!

    Lovely pictures of the boys as usual!

  5. Love the bugs, but then I've children who like Little Man find them and bring them home for me to do I'm never quite sure what but finding them a temporary home in the yard seems to work, fascinated about the stick bugs, our childrens classes don't have class pets but then most houses here would have several pets already of their own, it wouldn't be uncommon. Love the letter to the Mythbusters, what a cool kid! Ruth.