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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #50

Happy Sunday!

We're here for my 50th update for the year (WHAT?!) so let's get moving.

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
38. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016; finished August 19, 2016
39. Diagonal Owl Dishcloth: started September 1, 2016; finished September 2, 2016
40. Fall in San Francisco (Prototype 1): started September 18, 2016; finished September 21, 2016
41. Fall in San Francisco (Prototype 2): started September 28, 2016; finished October 2, 2016
42. Design Proposal: started September 26, 2016; finished October 3, 2016
43. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016; finished October 16, 2016
44. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016; finished November 1, 2016
45. Unknown grey wool (spinning): started October 7, 2016; finished November 1, 2016
46. Inventory of circular needles: dates, but it's done.
47. Inventory of crochet hooks: dates, but it's done.

Nope. Nothing to see here. Move along now.

WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016

I feel like it's been another bad knitting week here. I don't know what's going on. I want to knit but there are other obligations and, let's face it, sleep is a lovely, lovely thing. So, the only project I've worked on this week: Hermione's Everyday Socks. I finished up the heel flap on one sock and I'm about halfway through the heel flap on the other one. It's not very exciting. It's not been an exciting week in the knitting world. 


Children's Items
1. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
2. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
3. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
4. 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

Stranded Knitting

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.) *started*

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 (well, goals, anyway because I'll probably still spin)...Viktor needs a tune-up anyway. I might even get around to doing it.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers *mostly done?*
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?) *started...never-ending?*
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*
4. Inventory of straight needles.
5. Inventory of interchangeable circulars (cord lengths, stoppers, keys, etc.)

Oh's been a week around here. This whole going to the gym everyday thing is really getting in the way of my knitting and Ravelry time. ::sigh:: I feel like I've forever been playing catch-up this week, which is probably true. 

Most of this last week.......wait, what did I do this week? I don't even really remember what all happened. I know I had two auction committee meetings (one was the general all-hands meeting last Sunday but I also had the co-chair meeting on Friday), I went to the gym a lot (like every day except Friday), and I didn't get much knitting done. I did some cleaning but that's not exciting. I wrote a post for yesterday. Honestly, this week was pretty average. Oh, I did take the boys to the mall for photos with Santa. I think that was either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Oh, let's just go through the week in photos.....

On Monday, Stormageddon and I went to the chiropractor. He was less than impressed. He hates having to sit in his stroller but if he's not buckled in, he messes with absolutely everything.

It must have been a big day, though, because he fell asleep as we walked to pick up Little Man from school. He was grumpy the rest of the day.

Apparently our afternoon at the mall was Tuesday. I only know that because my phone and photos on my laptop tell me so. We also had a lovely, sunny afternoon. Little Man stopped to inspect the neighborhood turtles on our way home from school. A house about midway down our block has a couple pet turtles that they let run around in a little fenced in area in the front yard (as long as it's not too cold). The boys like to inspect them.

Little Man insisted I take this photo in Macy's after he saw some other people do it. Soooo, I did. This was after our visit to Santa. He's wearing the reindeer hat thingie he got from Santa (they also got coloring books and sticker books).

On Wednesday, we started making gingerbread cutout cookies.

I picked up two bags of Betty Crocker gingerbread cookie limited edition mix way back in.......well, it was sometime in October because we were going to make Ninjabread Zombie Cookies. It didn't happen and everything sat and waited patiently. And Wednesday, we started. We got the cookies cut out and baked......but we had to let them cool, it was late, so we didn't frost them until Thursday. We had juuuuuust enough homemade frosting for the cookies we had.

We probably had 35 cookies originally (but a few lost their lives to breakage while we were frosting them - oh, I'm so sad we had to put those unfrosted gingerbread cookies out of their collective misery).

By Friday afternoon, we were left with this:

Four. Just four cookies. Little Man, Husband, and myself ate most of them but a few made their way to the stomachs of my auction committee co-chair people. Oops. They're gone now.

But, the "good" news is that that was only half the dough. No kidding, we have more dough. It probably wasn't split exactly in half but, you know, we have another equalish sized ball of dough. So, I expect we'll be doing that later today. The baking, at least.

While frosting was happening, Stormageddon decided to hang out with Daddy and tap him on his head. I caught him in the act. He was rather proud of himself.

Stormageddon got ahold of a Santa hat in my car on Friday afternoon when we went to pick up Little Man from school. He looked so damn cute. And then he decided to rip the ball off the end. ::sigh:: Destructive little booger.

And yesterday was an extremely lazy day. We went to the gym, I did some laundry, we made cheese fondue for dinner...that was it. Oh, and I went outside to get a huge bowl of lemons for lemonade (it takes about 10 lemons, juiced, plus water and sugar, to make a gallon). Our lemon tree is going gangbusters right now. I took probably 30 lemons off the tree and it doesn't look like I did anything. Our orange tree is behaving similarly right now. Husband is going to have to take some to work, I think.

I hope you've all had a good week. I'll probably be back next Saturday with my latest StevenBe Inappropriate box update (it came yesterday). Or I ight get sidetracked. We'll see. 


  1. Oh what lovely fun you have with your boys. Such exciting times in the run-up to Christmas.

  2. Good for you for being so diligent with the gym! I just joined one as well, this time of year it seems be even me important to get some exercise Not quite at the daily exercise yet, though- hopefully soon. Love how your gingerbread cookies turned out, your boys look so happy with the season! Of course, right?! ;)

  3. What a lovely fun week. The gingerbread men look great.

  4. Congrats on your diligence with the workouts! The boys are so cute and the cookies looked yummy! I too look back at the week and wonder where it went and what exactly did I get done? I'm using Trello now to manage things and I can look at my "done" list and see exactly what I did and didn't do...sometimes it's sad. Oh, fresh lemons and lemonade and oranges! Awesome! Have a great week!

  5. I know it can be such a chore to work out and then you're like I have to get home and shower, etc. But it's worth it in the end as you're taking care of yourself. Do try to get in that knitting as you definitely deserve it.

  6. I love all the Christmas photos. Mom and I used to bake and ice gingerbread cookies- sure brings back good memories :) And I'm so envious of fresh fruit from the garden! Our growing season is way to short for anything like that. Even tomatoes can be a gamble.

  7. Gingerbread cookies! Now I am hungry and have to go make a snack. Lovely picture journal of your week. Thank you.

  8. I love gingerbread. Guess I have to wait until next year since you forgot to save some for me this year lol. You accomplished so much this year. I am totally impressed. Entering your things on move. The hermione socks are now my favorite go to pattern. Just eno7gh interest to not be boring but not too much so you don't have to watch the pattern all the time.

  9. I've never made gingerbread cookies, but your pictures sure take me back to when my boys were little. Child-decorated cookies are the best. And make for some sweet memories. I don't know how much my boys remember it, but I sure do. :) And you inspire me to get my body moving. Of course, it's midnight as I type this, so of course, the only moving I'm going to be doing at this point is in the direction of my bed. But tomorrow! I should unfold the treadmill...