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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #20

Happy Sunday! Happy Mother's Day (if you're a mom and you're in a place that celebrates it)! 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
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
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017

I have finished up the last and final Pussy Hat. I literally Kitchenered the top closed last night. So, it hasn't been washed (but there are several that need washing anyway)...but it's done! This one has a 1x2 rib for the brim. So, all the hats have been slightly different, which helped me not lose my mind. But, enough 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. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
9. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
10. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017
11. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017

Most everything has been ignored this week since I was concentrating on finishing up the last hat....but I did bring the wheel down for some spinning time on Wednesday. Unfortunately (fortunately?) Stormageddon has taken a very keen interest in my wheel. Last year, I spun every day during Tour de Fleece (TdF) and he maybe tried to get into the wheel once. I had my wheel down on Wednesday and he kept grabbing the Scotch tension band (well, he let it slide through his hand as I spun), and he went behind the wheel and grabbed onto the ball & socket bars that connect the wheel to the treadles. He didn't make a move for my flyer, but if he had, I don't know that he'd ever do it again. I didn't get a lot spun, maybe 3/4 oz, but it was more than I've spun in awhile.

In addition to that.....yeah, nothing. Just spinning and the hat. Now that the hat is done, I might get around to some of these other WIPs. Or not.

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)

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?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)

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)
11. Stomping Grounds collection (everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.) *started*

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 has been very......trying. I guess that's the best word. Stormageddon still isn't sleeping through the night. He's wound up in our bed more than once for at least part of the night, which I'm okay with as long as he doesn't kick me out of the bed. I was so over it on Thursday, however. He came into our room at 4:30am, whimpering and generally being grumpy. I tried to get him back to sleep for a half hour and finally just brought him to our bed, where he continued to whimper. I didn't get back to sleep. He didn't stop whimpering until after I was at my 9am doctor appointment and he had also begun to futz with his ear...and as a result, I took him to his pediatrician. As it turns out, Stormageddon has another ear infection. Because this is his fifth one since the beginning of the "season" (which was last August), he now gets to make a trip to see the otorhinolaryngologist (translation: ear, nose, & throat doctor) and he's probably going to wind up getting ear tubes like Little Man. I'm fine with that and, in fact, I'd prefer we get it taken care of now instead of when he's older.

Also on Thursday, I had the conference with Little Man's teacher. The short version is that she doesn't necessarily see the hitting as an "issue" that needs to be "dealt with." Yes, it happened but it's not a recurring issue and she doesn't think he has a mean bone in his body (which is true - he's a very sweet and loving boy most of the time). However, she said if she hadn't had the conference regarding the hitting, she would have requested one anyway because Little Man is behind in reading. I suspected it might be an issue and I did tell her that at the beginning of the school year. He likes reading to me and he works really hard but sitting him down so I can read to him is worse than pulling molars.

Other than Thursday, it's been a pretty benign week around here. Just the usual things: going to the gym, doing laundry, trying to find time for myself, blah blah blah. Oh, and Puppy's birthday was this past week. He's now 6 years old. There's six months' difference between Little Man and Puppy. We got Puppy when he was about two months old, meaning Little Man was about eight months old at the time. He's still as nuts now as he's always been.

Husband and Little Man are off camping this weekend. They should be back sometime later today.

Again, no photos of Little Man this week. Maybe next week....

Stormageddon fell asleep in the stroller on Wednesday. This was before we found out he was sick but he was already grumpy and tired by this point.

And this was Thursday after we found out he was sick. He fell asleep on our bedroom floor, woke up and climbed up by me and fell asleep again.....and then he woke up and climbed onto me, where he stayed for at least 45 minutes.

Of course by the time Friday rolled around, he was felling much better. He and I went out for breakfast on Friday. I tried to take a "normal" photo of him with my phone but he wouldn't cooperate. I turned on the selfie mode and he posed perfectly. Booger.

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend :)


  1. Oh man, interrupted sleep is not fun. I'm glad the teacher sees the brightness in Little Man. Get some rest, girl.

  2. Aw, poor Stormaggedon!! Sweet little thing, I'm glad that he is feeling better! They get so many bugs when they are small. I feel you. At least it wasn't too barfy this time!

  3. I hope by the time you read this you are getting more uninterrupted sleep. As I always say your energy impresses me. I had the grand-daughters here for the day and I am exhausted!!