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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #29

Happy Sunday!

I've been a busy little poster this week and I have one more scheduled to go on Tuesday. But, today it's Year of Projects.

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
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017
19. Pussy Hat: started May 19. 2017; finished May 23, 2017
20. Pussy Hat: started May 24, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
21. Baby Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
22. Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
23. Bugga Bare (2 matching): started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
24. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
25. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
26. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
23. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017
24. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17 2016; finished June 9, 2017
25. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017; finished June 23, 2017
26: Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
28. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
29. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
30. Bonbon for Miss C: started June 24, 2017; finished July 6, 2017
31. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 1, 2017; finished July 7, 2017
32. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 2, 2017; finished July 10, 2017

I finished up the second (slightly different) braid of Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving. I wound up with ~ 348 yds (and there's a little left on a bobbin for Andean plying, which I'll get around to eventually).

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. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
6. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
7. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
8. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
9. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017
10. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
11. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017
12. Miss Babs BFL: started July 11, 2017

Because I finished a spinning project, I started a new one. I pulled out two braids of Miss Babs' BFL that I picked up in a destash a few years ago. They're both "approximately 4 oz" in the colorway Crazy U, which has dark purple, light purple, forest green, a bright pastely yellow, and a bright aqua (and probably a few other colors in between that I'm not identifying). I thought about plying the first two bobbins once I finished them but decided to just spin the next two bobbins and then I'll do the plying for both. The first two bobbins were 51 g and 52 g respectively. The second two are 62 g and I 61 g. Soooo, both braids were approximately 4 oz :)

Bobbin 1

Bobbin 2

Bobbin 3

I also worked on the Veggie Socks, briefly. I'm still on the cuff of the first one so there's not much to see at this point.

My Garter Stitch Baby Blanket continues to grow here and there. It's couch knitting (or when I want to knit but don't want to pay a ton of attention). I'm maybe halfway through the first ball. Maybe. I haven't checked.

I've done the heel turn and gusset decreases on the first of the Vanillaish Rainbow Socks. So, now I'm just working until I get to the toe decrease. I'm also paying attention to how many rows I knit on these socks. I have a stitch marker in at the point where I started again after picking up stitches for the heel. I know I knit 72 rounds before I did the heel stuff and I'm going to count how many I knit before I get to the toe, so I can be really matchy-matchy. Yes, I am a nerd.

I also have a HFO:

This is the first Smooth Operator Sock, finished. I finished it on Thursday while at Little Man's swimming lessons. I'm not sure about my contrast yarn choice but I'm going to make the second one and see how things wear and if it sucks, I won't use it again. It's already a little fuzzy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The fiber content is wool and acrylic and it's slightly thinner than the main color, which is why I'm hesitant about it. We'll see.

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 **DONE**
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)


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
3. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
4. Undetermined hat for Little Man
5. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
6. Mittens for Little Man
7. 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. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
3. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
4. 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 flew by. I honestly don't understand why some days/weeks seem to drag on forever and others fly by like nothing. Weird thing about life, I suppose.

Sometime over last weekend, the mosquitos decided my boys were tasty...all of them. Husband, Little Man, Puppy, and Stormageddon got bug bites. Stormageddon got hard, little welts that were raised up. Husband got wide, flat welts (and not as many). Little Man got a combination of both, unfortunately. The ones on his arms and legs were the little raised welts like Stormageddon's. And then there were the ones on his face....

Doesn't look so bad, right?

That was taken a couple hours later. He had one right under his eye and he swelled up quite a bit from that. He looked fine when I dropped him off at school and when I picked him up, he looked like someone had punched him in the eye (the first photo)....and then he went to a movie with a friend of his (and his parents, of course - Spiderman Homecoming, if you're curious) and his friend's mom sent me the above photo.

Also, Stormageddon fell asleep in the car again. He did that a lot this week actually...

He had this adorable little pout going on. I have no idea what he was dreaming about but it must have made him sad because this was the look on his face for a good 20 minutes.

Don't freak out. The car is parked in our driveway. Stormageddon was still sleeping so we took a silly selfie.

This happened on Tuesday. The two of us were sitting in my bed, I was probably writing a few blog posts or dinking around on Ravelry or spinning or something and I noticed he was really quiet, even though he had the iPad going. I looked over and he was snuggled in between the pillows and had a blanket on him.

The time between the photo of him asleep with the iPad and this one: less than 5 minutes. Please note he is now in the car and had a diaper change between the photos. He must have been really tired that day.

Did I mention lots of photos of Stormageddon sleeping this week? This is what I found on Thursday morning. Both of them asleep, cuddled up together. 

Yeah, Stormageddon is still sleeping with us almost nightly. I don't want to hear about how co-sleeping is dangerous and he'll never sleep in his own bed and we're coddling him and blah blah blah. I don't want to hear it. We are all a lot happier if he just sleeps with us. I put him to bed in his own bed but he usually wakes up around 10:30pm-11pm and rather than put him to back to bed in his own bed and have to repeat the process ad nauseam every couple of hours and getting next to no sleep, we just let him climb in with us. It works and we're all a lot happier. 

Thursdays are also the day when Little Man has swimming lessons. We've figured out how and when to leave. His lesson is at 6pm and it's not overly far away but it's during rush hour. If we leave between 5pm-5:10pm, we can get there in less than 15 minutes and have little to no issues with the traffic (heavy but moving). If we leave later than that, we get stuck in horrendous traffic and it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to infinity to get there. In other words, we usually arrive with plenty of time so Little Man will sit and watch the koi in the pond, draw with chalk, and have some time where it's just us. 

Friday was Little Man's last day of summer school. He really liked summer school, thankfully.

After dropping Little Man off at school, Stormageddon and I went to Target (and a few other errands).

And then he promptly fell asleep in the car. Again.

If he didn't fight me on naps so much, I'd probably still be giving him a nap every day. I think he's going through a growth spurt though. He only gets like this when he's about to get one. ::sigh:: 

I spent the week doing some work for the school auction (even though it's like 9 months away) and other householdy tasks. I've been having problems with actually getting anything done that isn't absolutely necessary (read: dishes and laundry) so I went back to the UFYH method of 20 minutes of work followed by 10 minutes of "fun" and the "fun" in this case was spinning (usually). I managed to get a few things done, which was nice and needed. Little Man's closet/clothing has been out of hand for awhile so I went through and pulled out all the too-small stuff and got out the new stuff. I finally started a project that has been languishing because I didn't want to dig out my paint. But, I dug out my paint and started that project. I did some work in my yarn closet. I swept and vacuumed the hardwood and cleaned a bathroom and.....yeah, I was productive. 

Saturday was a rather lazy day. We went to the gym, Costco, and Home Depot. I mowed the lawn; Husband did some work in the garage. Then we took the boys to one of the parks where they have a splash pad. It wasn't on last summer because of the drought but with all the rain and snow this year, they turned it back on. So, Little Man loved it....Stormageddon liked it for about five seconds and then ran off to the actual park area, which was fine. We also went up the hill to go swimming at a friend's house. Yes, we have a ghettotastic pool but we've been meaning to go up that way so we did. Tired boys. Tired Mama. 

Oh, and I discovered Halo Top Ice Cream this week. I can eat a pint of ice cream and the entire thing is only 280 calories? Yes, please! Granted, some of the other flavors are more (sea salt caramel is 320, as are a few others - the lowest I've seen is 240). 

Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend! I don't know what I'm going to do with Little Man now that summer school is finished......Stormageddon has a hearing test tomorrow and then we're going to decide if he's getting ear tubes put in or not (he probably will). 

So, there's all that :) I'll be back on Tuesday with some dyeing adventures :)


  1. Co sleeping...............When my kids were little we never had that word BUT......they slept with us too. They eventually end up growing out of it and sleep in their own bed. You are is too much of a hassle to keep putting them back in their bed 20 times a night for 3 years. Everyone is different and has their own ideas, but in the end, they are your children and you are the ones that are raising them to be good people!

    Lots going on in your world as usual. I am always amazed at how much you do in a week and still manage to work on fiber projects.

    I love halo ice cream. Birthday Cake is one of my favorites!

  2. Your spinning looks great, and I love the colours on your Smooth Operator sock.

  3. Love all the spinning, I could tune in here all the time just to see that!

    We did the same with plenty of ours, some wanted to come in when they'd wake at night some preferred staying in their own beds. Both work and it's definitely not coddling them. I think a nights sleep for them and you is far more important, at least it was for us and they grow out of it, just suddenly stop coming in.

  4. Too funny about Stormaggedon and his sleeping cute! You're's probably a growth spurt and the sleeping with you guys is pretty normal I would say. My grandson Sam just turned 10 and he hasn't for years but Grayson just turned 6 and he still does. I never pushed my kids to break any of those habits as they will naturally grow out of them and they must need the security for now.
    You are one busy Mama and I love your spinning....someday. The socks are awesome. I bought the pattern a while ago but haven't tried it. I do cleaning like you....I do either 3 minor things or one major and then I get a 15 minute break! LOL! I have to trick myself in order to do! Whatever works, right?
    Your boys are so handsome and have the most beautiful smiles! Have a great week!

  5. Yeah, I think all that nodding off probably does mean a growth spurt is coming. At least he's got some super cute sleeping expressions happening :)