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Monday, May 23, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #21

A day late, possibly hundreds of dollars short.

Whatever. We were out of town and I didn't get my post ready so it's coming up on a Monday instead. Woo!

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016

Nooooope. Nothing new to see here. 

WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Finn & Suffolk singles: started April 1, 2016
3. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
4. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016
5. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started April 27, 2016
6. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016

I only worked on two projects this past week: Gex & the Caffe Macchiato Socks. I finished up both sleeves on Gex. I just need to find my long circular and do the button bands. In other words, I'm at a standstill until I find my needle. Oh well. The socks......well......I finished up the ribbing on the first sock. I wound up doing 25 rounds of ribbing, which I will replicate for the second sock. I'm ready to do the pattern, which is lovely. I might even get around to it.

Other than that, I didn't knit.

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*

Moving along......

This past week yielded a lot of adulting, more than last week. Little Man was responsible for bringing in flowers for flower arranging on Monday, and snack on Tuesday. We both had dentist appointments on Thursday. No cavities for him. I, of course, have cavities...but I've known that and they're not bothering me and I just don't want to put a crown in yet. In between everything, I was running to Costco, getting laundry done, and trying to maintain some sense of my sanity. Oh, speaking of sanity, I got a phone call on Tuesday about whether I could come in for my psych appointment on either Thursday or Friday. Cue internal panic! I went on Friday. I'm going again this week on Thursday morning (just for a check on medication), and I have another appointment scheduled for sometime in June. Soooo, little steps. On top of going to my appointment on Friday, I had to get our packing done for our weekend trip (which is why this post went up on a Monday instead of Sunday). 

On Friday, after a kindergarten orientation for Little Man (and a mandatory meeting for the parents), we loaded up the car and started our long trek southward. We left around 2:45pm. We arrived at our destination around 11:30pm. One of Husband's cousins was going to be in the Los Angeles area for a wedding (far northeast suburbs) and we have family friends down in Carlsbad (which is about an hour south of LA and maybe a half hour north of San Diego). So, we drove down to Carlsbad on Friday, went to Legoland on Saturday, had lunch in San Diego, went back to Carlsbad for dinner/sleeping, and on Sunday we drove up to see Husband's cousin and her fiancĂ© for brunch, then continued on homeward. Over the course of the weekend, we were in the mountains, valleys, near the ocean, in a cesspool of urban life, and we drove through the desert. It was a quick weekend but dear lord, the driving on I-5 was terrible. Seriously, do people not know what a cruise control is for?! 

Anyway, we survived the weekend and we are home. We got home around 6:30pm on Sunday, which isn't horrible. 

I've not loaded my photos from this weekend's activities yet so look for them next weekend :) But, I've got a couple from this week. 

Sorry, it's short and sweet and to the point. Hope you had a lovely weekend!


  1. a busy week, and that trip sounds epic! Props to you for driving that far with the kiddos. Looking forward to seeing the photos!

  2. Wow what a week! I don't know how you survive like that. I would be so run down and grouchy.