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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #32

Happy Sunday :)

It's been a big week around here and I feel like I'm crashing...but we'll talk about that in a moment. Right now, we're here to discuss my Self-Imposed Year of Projects. I'm still working on Year 5, while others are on Year 6 (update #6, if my math is correct)...but I joined the party late and, as a result, I'm exactly 6 months behind.

It works.

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
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016

Why yes, I finished a project in 24 hours. No joke. I cast on during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies (which I did not watch), knit for a few hours, went to bed, and knit some more yesterday. Woo. There's more information about it below :) And more photos.

WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016
4. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016

If you're unaware (or uninitiated), Ravellenics started on Friday upon the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in Rio. If you click on the linky above, you can find all the information you need (and more). You can join teams, and there are a zillion different "events" you can compete in. One is, of course, designed to handle your WIPs (called WIP Wrestling), while others are for things like making hats, shawls, sweaters, spinning yarn and then making something from the yarn (meaning you have to do both during Ravellenics), and there's even an event for frogging items. Each event has a set of rules for what qualifies and you can post in the event threads and your group threads and it's crazy. I'm working for Team BBMF (which is the LSG group's team and it stands for Bok Bok MotherFu**er). So far, I've only got two projects planned: the Gex sweater (in WIP Wrestling) and I started a new project, my rainbow gradient cowl (for Cowl Jump), during the Opening Ceremonies on Friday.

This was my CO: 200 sts on US #10 needles (Knit Picks Interchangeables aren't labeled so you need to have a needle gauge around or guess - I checked and it was US #10s ), using my rainbow gradient yarn I spun during TdF (#31 on the FO list above). By the time I went to bed on Friday night (around 1am), I had finished this much:

Yeah. Do you see that? I worked for maybe 4-5 hours total by this point and I was already to the purple section of my yarn, with only the rest of the purple, the black, and the white left. At this point, it's finished, the ends are woven in, it's had a bath, and it's currently hanging out in the bathroom, attempting to dry. I'm kind of impressed with myself, actually. I don't know what was going on because I don't think of myself as a fast knitter...but apparently when fake internet medals are on the line, I can knit fast. Kind of like when fake internet medals are on the line for spinning...and I spin ALL THE THINGS!

I also worked on Gex this week. I've not actually photographed it yet because it's a gift for my brother and sister-in-law for my incubating niece and I'd probably be stupid and post it to Instagram and link it to Facebook and Twitter and then get it onto my project page and my SIL is on Facebook....and maybe Ravelry (not sure). I don't want her to see it. I'm going to have to photograph it eventually and I will because it's a WIP. I've almost reached the bottom hem and then I'll have to pick up for the button band and such. Oh, and sleeves. I'm a lot closer to finished than I thought I was....but those little sleeves still take forever. Oh well.


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)

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)
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. Given that TdF happened and I SPUN ALL THE YARNS, I think I'm going to take a break from spinning for a bit...Viktor needs a tune-up anyway.

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*

I think I'm going to need to make a choice on what to knit next because I am pretty sure that both my projects I have slated for Ravellenics will be finished (and one already is).....but what to knit, what to knit......maybe I should work on Wink. Hahahahaha. Not with Stormageddon around.

Now that we're not all dying from the summer cold and, in Stormageddon's case, the ear infection....things have been crazy this week. Husband basically catered his division's release party on Friday, meaning we smoked a lot of meat, froze a lot of meat, vacuum-packed a lot of meat, ordered a ton of random things that we'd need (grilling utensils, charcoal, chef's jackets, etc.), picked up more food the day before and the day of (eggplant, mushrooms, corn, melons, etc.) and it was just nuts. Our house has looked like various bombs went off for the last couple of weeks...and it continues to look that way because, now that the party is over, we have the clean-up to take care of (washing all those grilling utensils, buckets, dealing with food, putting things away, etc.). I expect we should be back to normal by the middle of this week. Then again, we'll see how things go.

That's not all we did this week, of course, but that's what it feels like. I went to Purlescence Yarns a couple of times over the last 10 days or so (Stash Enhancement posts can be found here and here), the boys and I have gone to the park & out for breakfast, we've run tons of random errands, and.....yeah, that's about it.

That was one of the coolers we filled with vacuum-packed smoked meat on Thursday afternoon. We had three coolers, total, all filled with smoked meat.

Another interesting thing we saw this past week happened while going to pick up supplies to make rootbeer. We were in Palo Alto or Mountain View...I think it was technically Mountain View. Anyway, we weren't that far away from the Google headquarters and they've been testing self-driving cars. So, that is a self-driving car. We actually saw another one (the Lexus SUV one that had "Google" all over it) but this one was moving.

We had another Target parking lot trunk-of-the-car picnic. The boys were just hungry, not crabby (thankfully) and I didn't feel like waiting until we got home. So, picnic in the trunk again.

Yeah, I have no idea either. He's goofy sometimes. And I see that we need to have another talk about how to wear his seatbelt. ::sigh:: It never ends with this kid. This was the same day we saw the self-driving car, I think.

I mentioned the park. I have to keep an eye on Stormageddon so I have photos of him and Little Man ran around free. There are also several PokeStops at this particular park so I didn't mind too much, since I was out of PokeBalls again.

Aside from that, we're doing a little bit of potty training....

Yes, he's fully clothed. Yes, he's eating a pop tart. No, he didn't sit there and eat the entire pop tart. He sat there for all of five seconds. I call it a win. Little Man wasn't fully potty-trained until he was almost 3.5 years old, and even then, if we took long trips (planes, for example), I'd put him in a pull-up, just in case. I'm not overly worried about Stormageddon's potty training schedule.

Other than that, not a whole lot went on this week. We're not exciting when big party type things happen because it's all prep work for that. Oh well.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend. I might be back this week, I might not...who knows how things will turn out. 


  1. That's awesome you got the cowl done!!!!! Yay for internet medals!!! Ok, a party at your house...seems like the place to be! Trips to the park and trunk picnics sound perfect. Good luck with the potty training.

  2. Ugh, I forgot to post today for YOP. That's some fun, rainbow yarn you're working with for your Ravellenic Games WIP. And thanks for the correction. I don't know why I thought there was a "t" in it.

  3. lol. I am exhausted just reading about your week! You go, girl!! Neat you saw a driverless car - and I love your trunk picnic pics. Have a great week.

  4. It looks like a great week was had by all. I remember those days of kids in tow and ending up all over the place, with places to be and things to do. Take a moment to enjoy everything you can while the boys are still at home. My 3 boys and 1 girl have grown up now and left hubby and me to rattle around in this big ole house all on our own (I love all the crafting time I get now though, lol).

  5. That's a lot of cooking. But what a nice thing your hubby did. Your cowl is great and so colorful. The boys are always so fun to seeon your blog. I raised 2 boys also and can totally relate to your life.

  6. Thanks for the info on the Ravellenic games thing. I knew a lot of people were participating but I had no idea what it was. I'll be checking out the link you posted more later. I love your cowl and am amazed that you knit it so fast. I don't do anything fast except sleep.

  7. Love the cowl, what a lovely speedy knit?!

  8. A cowl in 24 hours, WOW! I love the rainbow yarn. I think you deserve one of those fake internet medals. You also deserve a real medal for all that you do. I'm worn out just from reading your post : )

  9. Great looking cowl! And lol at fake internet medals. It's hard to explain, and I can't say I totally understand, but those shiny square electronic graphic medals and laurels are oddly motivating.

  10. Well done on the cowl, that was some awesome knitting. I don't envy you that amount of cooking which wouldn't be too bad but I think it's the clean up that would be the last straw for me, that's the killer part