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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #10

Happy Sunday!

If you're interested in how Stitches West transpired (and all the lovelies I came home with), the post went up on Friday and you can find it here.

In the meantime, we're into March and it's time for my 10th update of the year.

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
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017

As expected, I finished another project this week. I've also washed and blocked both the Trusty Hat and the Pussy Hat. So, an FO Friday is forthcoming (if I can get my shit together to make it happen - we'll see about that!).

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. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
7. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017

I've not done a lot of knitting this week. I've been busy doing other things. But, I did work on a few things. Obviously, I finished up a Pussy Hat (noted above) and I promptly started a second one on Thursday. This one is slightly smaller (a whole four stitches), which I hope works to my advantage because I used just over a half-skein for the first hat so I'm hoping that doing four less stitches per round will work out so I use the entire skein (or super close, without going over). I also pulled out my Smooth Operator Socks on Thursday morning.

Yes, this is the same sock. The one is a full(ish) sock shot and the other is a close-up of the spot where the heel will eventually go in. It's hard to tell but that weird dark green stripe at the end of the blue (toward the top, just below the dark blue) is the waste yarn. The pattern says to work a couple inches past that before you go back and put the afterthought heel in. I assume it's so you can check the fit properly. 

Honestly, most of my knitting this week has been on those three projects.

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 **DONE**
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)

Let's not talk about 17 in 2017 right now. Hrm.

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)
4. Baby Surprise Jacket (using....htNEVELE something something)

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.)

This week was busy, long, and exhausting. The auction was last night, which was the culmination of a year's worth of work. But this past week has meant a couple of late nights, reading through emails about edits, selling raffle tickets, checking on things for the online portion of the auction (which ended on Thursday night), selling auction tickets, doing a bunch of random things...and then a good portion of yesterday afternoon was spent setting up for the auction itself and then after the auction, we had to pull everything apart and such. Busy night.

In addition to that, Husband has been dealing with being sick. Again. His surgery cannot come soon enough. But at the same time, they're not going to do it if he's, we're in an awkward position right now with regards to that. Hopefully he'll be able to do it as scheduled. I'm so over this illness crap.

Stormageddon landed himself in the after-hours pediatric clinic on Friday night. He spiked a fever of just under 102ºF, was snotting out his nose, coughing, and generally grumpy. His ears were clear, no strep...just a viral infection. Normally, if he had been acting mostly normal (napping aside), I probably wouldn't have bothered but with Husband's surgery coming up, he can't get sick. So, none of that.

Never a dull moment.

With Stormageddon being sick again, his breathing has been wonky. So, I turned on Pocoyo Thursday morning so I could have him do his nebulizer treatment. He was okay with it.

Friday afternoon, the boys and I walked about a mile to the grocery store, pharmacy, and a place called SnoCream. It serves something between ice cream and shaved ice. So, it's flavored like ice cream but it behaves more like shaved ice. Stormageddon fell asleep, however, and when he woke up, he didn't want any...and then fell back asleep.

And yesterday morning, before I went to the auction site, Puppy cuddled with Little Man. I mean, he was full out laying on him and kept sniffing at him, wanting attention. It's rare that he does it with the boys so I took a photo for posterity.

Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend. Hopefully I'll be back in with an FO Friday this week. Maybe not. We'll see :)


  1. I'm glad the auction went well and it's over for your sanity. I'm sure the school appreciates greatly what you've done for their community. Hope the husband gets well so he can have his surgery. Glad Stormageddon is on the mend. Poccoyo rocks! We loved the dance off between him and that funky duck.

  2. Oh, poor little Storamgeddon, and your husband! I hope everyone gets well really soon. It's been a terrible winter for illness and viruses, they all seemed to be especially bad.