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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Updates - Update #33

Happy Sunday!

It's been rather busy around here...but we'll get to that in a little bit. Right now, we're here for Update #33 for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects (while everyone else is on Update #7 for their 6th year). Anyway, let's just get going.

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

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
5. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016

With Ravellenics going on, I've been trying to work on some of these WIPs......okay, really, I've been working on Gex and the Caffe Macchiato socks. I've not touched Wink. I still might during Ravellenics. But, as is usual, Star Tits (Startitis) got the best of me. I was looking through my stash on Ravelry and a few patterns that have jumped out at me from my queue (including both the Herbivore and Boneyard shawls by Stephen West) and I came across one that just started screaming, "HEY, KNIT ME!" And then I had yarn screaming at me from the closet saying, "OH! USE ME FOR THAT ONE!" And....welll....I started another project. Oops. Unfortunately, we haven't been the best of friends. I did the crazy-long cast on (100 sts), got about 13 rows in, and found that I had dropped a stitch. I managed to find it, catch it, and get it back up to where it was supposed to be....except I didn't pick it up correctly and I couldn't be assed enough to fix it properly because I was already frustrated. Because I was only on row 13, I frogged it and started over. I've caught up and I'm beyond my frogging point. Here's to hoping all keeps going well....

I'm using some Purl Essence Tranquil yarn that I bought in one of those mill end bags at JoAnn fabrics. I have around 1200 yds to work with, so it should be plenty. I'll have enough to do other things when I finish.

Buuuuut, back to the other knitting I did. I had a snafu this week:

That is my US #4 Knit Picks Options interchangeable tip. Snapped while I was working on the hem of Gex. I lost a bunch of stitches but managed to catch them all and get them onto a spare needle I had lying around (US #1, if you're curious). Luckily, it's Knit Picks. Don't get me wrong, Knit Picks has faults; all places do. One of the things that they are really good about: replacements when things break. Aside from having difficulty finding the account (it was listed under my maiden name, even though everything comes in my married name), I got my new tips without any issue. In the meantime, however, I had a hem I was in the middle of knitting...but I also have a set of rosewood interchangeable needles, also from Knit Picks (that Husband bought me for Christmas a few years ago). So, I switched out the broken needle with one of the rosewood tips and worked on my merry way. The hem is actually finished and I'm working on the sleeves now.

This is the proof that I switched to the rosewood (it's on the right). I'm beyond this now, obviously.

My wheel is still just.....hanging out, really. I'm waiting for parts so I can give Viktor a tune-up.


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?) *started*
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*
4. Toss the stash (fiber & yarn). *started*

I wish I could say this week has been exciting but, really, hasn't. We've done all the "usual" things like running errands and going to the gym, but we've not really gotten out to do anything overly exciting. No fun day adventures to the zoo or the aquarium or anywhere, really. Okay, that's not entirely true. We did get to the park a couple times this week; yesterday was a kindergarten playdate at one of the parks. All the families with children going into kindergarten at Little Man's school were invited. I'd say about half showed up. I know many are still traveling and using up the last of summer. We also went on Friday morning with another friend from Little Man's class (he will also be going into kindergarten with him but he didn't go on Saturday).

Oh, I went to see Bad Moms this week with a couple of the other moms from Little Man's preschool class. It was 100% worth it; it was absolutely hilarious. Obviously not appropriate for children. But such a fun movie. My only complaint is that all the moms in the movie are skinny. They're a little lacking in diversity of mombods. Okay, it's a lot. But, it's still really good. I also love that JJ Watt was in it as the soccer coach. If you're unfamiliar with him, JJ Watt was born in Wisconsin, played for my beloved Wisconsin Badgers, and now plays professional football for the Houston Texans. Oh, and he can apparently act. Also, Jada Pinkett Smith. Love her.

What else....oh, the important thing: Husband left for Wisconsin on Thursday afternoon. He won't be back until late tomorrow night. That means I've been flying solo with the boys since Thursday...hence going to the park and more knitting time. Unfortunately, he got sick. He went back for the Great Taste of the Midwest and was so sick he didn't even get to go. On top of that, the friends that he & our friend that went along stayed with....well, he got into a motorcycle accident earlier this week (maybe last weekend, I can't remember). He hit a deer head-on, going at least 60 MPH, on his motorcycle. Aside from all his gear being ripped to shreds (including his helmet) and his bike being absolutely trashed, the worst he suffered was a broken collar bone. He's sore and bruised and such but, you know, he could be dead. It wasn't like he hit some little yearling or a doe. He hit a buck, and it was at least a 10-pointer. So, there's that. It's just been....well, it wasn't the fun trip he was hoping for. I suspect Husband has got something nasty like the flu or strep, courtesy of the plan. ::sigh::

Other than that, not much else has happened around here. I acquired some more yarn (yes, I need to do a Stash Enhancement post), my new needle tips arrived, and my first club shipment from StevenBe.....but that's going to be another post because #StevenBeInappropriate (yeah, you can look up the hashatg in Instagram or Facebook or Twitter...). Exciting times.

No photos of Little Man, this week......hardly any photos, really.

Sesame Street is going to be HUGE in our house.

He found Little Man's hat, which no longer fits...and he has claimed it as his own.

Doctor Who is also HUGE in our house.

Don't be fooled. He's not asleep. We were cuddling and he closed his eyes and the photo happened.

And lastly, proof that my StevenBe box came :)

I hope you're all having a lovely week. Little Man starts school on Wednesday :)


  1. Hope the frog is finished visiting your house and is gone on his merry way, and I'm glad you were able to get the needle tip replaced so quickly and hassle free. I hope your husband is better soon and what a shame his trip wasn't the trip he was hoping for, how extremely lucky his friend! Can't wait to see the StevenBe box!

    1. StevenBe box will be the....Saturday update, I think. I don't know. I wrote it last night and I can't remember which one I scheduled for which day. I think that one is Saturday.

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  2. Aww...too bad for the husband! Exciting times, kindergarten! Good luck to him! Here, teachers go back on the 22, students the 29....sorry about your needles, glad they are good at replacements...I've yet to jump into the interchangables...

    1. I have a love-hate relationship with my interchangeables. If they're behaving themselves, it's fine....when they're not, whole other issue. I've had needles come unscrewed while knitting, and then, obviously, the snapped needle. But that's about the worst of it. I think the only reason the needle snapped is because I was working on too long of a cord, though I managed to finish without further incident. I don't know.

  3. That's great to know that KnitPicks is good at replacing things when needed. Sometimes starting over a project is what is needed.Sorry your husband got sick. I'm so glad your friend is alive. He is very lucky to have survived. 10 pointers are huge!!

    1. With as many complaints as there are about Knit Picks, I'm not surprised that their customer service is pretty good, really.

  4. That's an interesting Knit Picks tidbit; thanks for letting us know. Me and some other mums from the city are trying to see Bad Moms next weekend. Glad you enjoyed it.

    1. You will love it. Seriously. Such a funny movie...lots of f-bombs, however. That doesn't bother me a bit but I know some people don't understand the need for them.

  5. It's good to hear that Knit Picks is good about replacing items. I want to love KnitPicks - they have some really pretty-looking stuff, but my first experience was with Brava Worsted after they changed manufacturers left me less than impressed. I was disappointed in the product (I really don't understand the good reviews), how slowly they ended up putting my review up (like 6 months late), and their attitude about the complaints they were getting on the Brava change of manufacturers (just didn't think it was an issue when I called and asked them about it). I still visit their website and drool over their lovely catalog, though. One of these days I may take another chance...

    1. I'm working with Brava Worsted right now (the little Gex sweater) and for an acrylic yarn, it's pretty good. My biggest complaint about most acrylic is that it just feels scratchy and nasty and the Brava doesn't have that. I mean, I can tell it's acrylic but it doesn't have the "OMG I KNOW YOU'RE ACRYLIC" feeling to it.

      As far as the change in manufacturer, they act blasé about it because there's nothing they (customer service and the rest of the peons) can do. I'm guessing the original manufacturer either stopped doing it or changed something major (it was probably ultimately related to ROI - Return on Investment) and the new one made more financial sense. It's not pretty but it's how business has to work sometimes.

      Take another chance. I'm a fan of the Swish line, as well.

  6. Glad the snafu has a happy ending. Stephen West - he is quite the designer. I haven't attempted one....yet. But there is still time.

    1. I know I've done a hat of his and I have several shawls hanging out in my queue...and I'm sure I'll get there someday :)

    2. Hope the rest of the shawl goes smoothly. Hurrah for the new needles coming quickly.

  7. Ugh, I hate it when my needles break. I'm glad you had something else you could use. I'm so glad your friend is okay after that accident. He is lucky.