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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #34

Happy Sunday :) Let's get rolling.....

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
33. Miss Babs BFL: started July 11, 2017; finished July 21, 2017

Nope. Nothing to see here. Sad.

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. Unnamed Hat: started August 14, 2017

Apparently I needed a palette cleanser type of that would go quickly. So, I started a hat using some bulky yarn I've got hanging around (Malabrigo Chunky from when I made the Freeport Vest - I'm pretty sure these were just leftover bits and not from when I frogged the project). I'm undecided whether I'll write up the pattern or not. I might but I might not. Either way, I found out I skipped a YO, making my stitch count off and I tried to force one in (it was about 5 rounds down) but I eventually just ripped back. I threaded an insanely long US #0 circular through the round and ripped back. I only went a stitch too low on two of them (and they were right next to each other and at the beginning of the round) so now I'm back on track.

In addition to that, I spent some time on Wink this week....not that I got all that far but I still did a few rows. I also worked a bit here and there on both the Vanillaish Rainbow Socks and the Veggie Socks. I'm maybe 10-12 rounds away from starting toe decreases on the Veggie Sock. I also pulled out my SOSocks but I didn't actually work on them.

Moving along.......

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. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
2. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
3. 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 a bit of a whirlwind, as it usually is.

If you'll remember, I took Husband and our friend to the airport for Beerfest. That was all fine and well. Husband bought a car while he was in Wisconsin and they drove it back (yes, you read that all correctly: bought a car & drove it back). They arrived on Monday while the boys and I were at the Ice Cream Social.

On Monday, the Ice Cream Social happened at Little Man's school. It's the event where we find out which teachers our kids have, we can buy school logo wear, pick up all the epic amounts of paperwork that we have to fill out, mingle with other parents/families we haven't seen in 2 months, and for new families, they get to learn about the school, some of the events throughout the year......basically, I had a table set up for the auction. I have several that were interested in helping so we'll see where that all goes. There were also tables set up for the Dad's Club, the Boy Scouts, and the Girl Scouts. It was a long afternoon but things went well.

And that means.......

Tuesday was Little Man's first day of first grade. He has the same teacher he had for Kindergarten but they revamped things so his class is half first and half Kinder. There is a straight Kinder and then the rest of the first graders are in 1st/2nd combination classes (there's also a 2nd/3rd and a straight 3rd, I believe). Basically, things were moved all about. I don't know if "better" is a way to describe it but it's how it worked with the numbers. He was really nervous on Monday until I got a hold of the list and told him that out of all the kids in his class, he didn't know four, and that included the incoming kindergarteners (because he know almost all of them from preschool two years ago).

And yes, Little Man is wearing a sweater I knit him. Unfortunately, even though I knit a couple sizes larger, it's getting too small for him. ::sigh:: Stormageddons sweater is not handknit (it's probably from Gap Kids or Children's Place and once belonged to Little Man).

Husband stayed home on Tuesday because he was exhausted from all the driving. We wound up going out for breakfast after dropping Little Man off at school and then we took the car to get washed.

They have this coin-operated duck ride (the place is called Ducky's) and even though it wasn't working, Stormageddon loved it. He kept climbing on it. Hey, it kept him occupied while the car got washed and vacuumed and such.

We're still working on getting used to the new schedule. School starts at the same time but Little Man is there for two hours more than he was last year so now Stormageddon and I have two more hours to hang out together. It's been interesting...around noon I start thinking we should go get Little Man but we still have time. The nice thing is that if I need to run to the grocery store or Costco or wherever, I don't have to plan the morning as strictly to accommodate the hour or so it's going to take to get over there, shop, and get home before pickup. That's been nice. It also means that if we need to wait an hour before there's a spot in the Kids' Club at the gym, we can do that, too (not that we've had to yet but the option is there, should the need arise).

Little Man got a new sweatshirt this past week. It's a Creeper from Minecraft. That boy loves Minecraft. It's too big for him (by about 2 sizes) it's really too big for Stormageddon but here he is, wearing it.

Apparently Little Man is Steve....? Yeah, I don't get it either. I don't Minecraft. Whatever.

And no week would be complete without a photo of someone sleeping.

I think this was Wednesday night. Husband wasn't home quite yet (it was after 10pm) and he woke up and crawled up into my lap and fell right back asleep. It's a good thing he's cute.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I'm quite possibly a bit hungover today as last night was the Mom's Martini Party. Oops :) 


  1. I sooooo want to know when (and if) you ever sleep. And I love following your progress with Wink!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the martini party :) And I'm always in awe of all your projects going!

  3. I was waiting to hear all about the ice cream at the Ice Cream party?? I hope your little fellow enjoyed his first day at school. They grow up too quickly don't they? I am amazed at the length of your list of projects and like "Breathing Life" wonder when you sleep. Have a great week.

  4. With your life it is amazing you get any knitting done! You are a busy Mom and with school starting and shopping and scheduling...all Mothers are amazing at this time of year and actually 365 days a year.
    YOur boys are so cute and photogenic....absolutely love the picture of Stormageddon in the Creeper sweatshirt....too darn cute! Actually, they should make Winter coats like that...especially in the North where there are blizzards and frostbite warnings.
    Good for you on the Auction and taking part in your school. I hope you get the help you need. Congrats on the must have been a good deal because that is a long, long drive! LOL! And the end of that week you deserve a martini!