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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #6

Happy Sunday! We know why we're here so let's get going :)

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017

I finished up the spinning on the Frene Creek Farm Corriedale awhile ago (January 16th) but I left it hanging out on the bobbin until this past week when I got around to putting it on the niddy-noddy and calculated yardage. It's approximately 278 yds and it's probably a DK/lt. worsted weight. I know it's not the full 4 oz of fiber I started with because there's some left on one of the bobbins (not enough for me to be fussed about) soooo, that's kind of a guess on weight but the yardage is a pretty good estimate. So, I'm finally counting it as an actual finish. I do still need to soak it and all that. All in good time.

Works-in-Progress (WIPs):

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. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016
7. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
8. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
9. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017

A few projects made some progressions this week. My Smooth Operator Socks are continuing down the foot for a couple inches and then I'll go back and put the heel in. I hope. That's the idea, anyway. I've not photographed it in awhile. Maybe I should look into that for a WIP Wednesday. I've not done one of those in awhile either. Either way, I'm still slogging along on those.

Stormageddon's Vest made some progress this week because I split for the front and back (meaning I did underarm bind-offs). Soooo, we'll see how long it takes me to finish now that I've split.

This is a close-up shot I took the other day for the #yarnlovechallenge on Instagram.

The trusty hat also grew a bit this week. I've got three full pattern repeats finished and I think I'm going to have to do five before I start the crown decreases to make up for the difference in my row gauge (and for using DK instead of worsted weight yarn). No photos of that one either. I really should. It's lovely.

I also pulled out the Messed Up Moss scarf for Little Man. I'm almost through the first ball of yarn and I'm probably about 3/4 of the total length I need for him, which is fine because I have three more skeins of this yarn. So, I'll be able to make matching mittens and a matching hat. In theory. We'll see how all that goes.

Aaaaaand, I started a new project this week: a Pikachu hat for Little Man's school auction. Each classroom is responsible for a themed basked and Little Man's class got the Pokemon themed basket. So, I knew I had access to a Pikachu hat and it's not, I'm making it for the basket. I need it done by Friday, however...I should be okay because it doesn't appear to be all that difficult.

But, you know photos. Oops. Maybe I'll get a WIP Wednesday going on in addition to the FO Friday I still need to do.......

17 UFOs in 2017

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; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
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; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

So, I've done a little updating to this list and how I'm going to work it. Rather than delete things as I finish them, I'm just going to put the finished date and/or **DONE** next to them. I feel like it'll just help me keep better track. That means that I've finished three things from the original list, and that's lovely since it's only the beginning of February. However......there are plenty of other things I need to attend to :)

Moving along...

And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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)

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go. With all the WIPs and such I have going, this may not be a good idea at this point. Or maybe I'll pull things from the lists below and put them into bags. I don't know.

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat (kit)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking (kit)
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie (kit)
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl
5. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Little Man (see also: Designs)
6. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon (see also: Designs)
7. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Husband (see also: Designs)

Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss C (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
3. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
4. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
5. Undetermined hat for Little Man
6. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
7. Mittens for Little Man
8. Mittens for Stormageddon

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)

Christmas/Charity Bin:
1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)

1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater) - need sketch, grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)

1. Miss Babs BFL
2. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
5. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
6. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown

1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)

California is not immune to the the GI plague that's sweeping the country. It has hit our house this past week, as well as many other houses. Husband got it earlier this week and was down for probably three full days (two due to weakness from the FOURTEEN pounds he lost - yes, he's gained it all back because it was almost all water weight that he lost). Little Man came down with it Friday night/Saturday morning. Thankfully, it seemed to go through him a bit quicker as he was pretty much himself by mid-afternoon yesterday. I still made him take it easy and lump around the house with me. In addition to that, I've got a cold that won't go away. It's the kind where everything is just sitting in my chest so I'm coughing randomly, and I've lost my voice...and that's about it. ::sigh::

Outside of a house full of sick people, not much has been happening (we've been sick!).

But, a few things happened..... Stormageddon got his hands on a glue stick and decided it was chapstick. I was away for a meeting when that happened so I didn't even get to see him do it. He's also learned a few new words and faces this week. He can now say, "Shaun" as in Shaun the Sheep and he also sort of says, "fish" but it comes out sounding suspiciously like, "shit," which is still adorable. He's also discovered his angry face, which I think I mentioned last week. But I got a photo of it!

He can't do it without grinning like a little fool. I believe this was described as his mischievous look, which is probably far more accurate.

Oh, and he's also discovered he can do this:

He opens up the fridge, steps onto the bottom shelf on the door, and grabs hold of the milk carton. Unfortunately, he dropped one and it cracked on the bottom. Soooo, I had to put the fridge lock back on temporarily.

Here are a few more photos of Stormageddon.

I also caught a photo of him with Husband on Friday afternoon.

Husband sent me a text and said, "you need to take a photo of this." So, obviously, I did.

Little Man was less photogenic this week....or, rather, he was less available. We went to the mall one day this past week and he made this "monster" at the Lego store and they displayed it by the registers.

I also caught a photo of him playing Pikman on the WiiU. He wanted to know why I was taking his picture. Um....because I haven't taken any of you lately? Silly boy.

We've had a week around here, to say the least. I hope you're having a lovely week/weekend :) I hope to be back sometime this week but we'll see how things go.


  1. A Pikachu hat sounds like a great addition to Little Man's classroom basket for the auction. I hope everyone gets well soon! And that you don't come down any sicker than you are.

  2. Another busy week and more sickness. I hope you have some respite from it this week. Good luck with getting the hat finished.

  3. glue stick as chap stick! That made me laugh. Hope your family is all feeling better now.

  4. I'm sorry cold bugs really love visiting your house; how awful. How nice to be able to contribute in a fun way for your son's school auction. Pikachu is my favorite Pokemon but I wouldn't wear that bright yellow, LOL.

  5. You poor guys! I remember those days....tried to forget but you just reminded me! LOL! I hope you are all 'chipper" soon! Your spinning sounds wonderful and I can't wait to see photos of all your projects. The yarn in LM's vest is really awesome and the Pikachu hat sounds like it will be a big hit. I hope all goes better for you and your family this week.

  6. oh man, you guys are getting hammered with the illnesses this winter, poor you! And even with all the things going on at your end, it's so thoughtful of you make a Pikachu hat, I bet the kid will love it.

  7. A Pikachu hat, what a fabulous item for the Pokemon basket, great idea. I hope that the story about the glue-stick chap-stick ended well. Love the progress on the vest.
    Hope those nasty cold bugs go away and that you all get well soon.