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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #40

Hello! Happy whateverday it is.....

I'm late because we were out of town but more about that in a mo'. We're here because it's time for my Year of Projects Update :)

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
34. Yarn Dyeing Adventures: started August 6, 2017; finished August 6, 2017
35. Unnamed Hat: started August 14, 2017; finished August 24, 2017
36. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017; finished September 8, 2017
37. Wasabi for Mr. K: started September 17, 2017; finished September 25, 2017
*38. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017; frogged September 26, 2017

I finished up Wasabi over the last 7-10ish days. I had to go out to buy stuffing but he's finished, stuffed, ends woven in, eyes attached, and is ready to go off to Wisconsin (along with Bonbon for Miss C).

In addition to finishing a project, I actually frogged a project. I had gotten through probably 33 rounds of my first Twilight Socks and I frogged it the other day. I didn't like what my middle cable was doing so I'm probably going to rewrite that cable and start over. The two side cables were fine but the middle one was uncooperative. Oh well. So, for full transparency, I put it on the FO list....even though it's been frogged.

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. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
10. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
11. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017
12. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
13. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017
14. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017

Finish one, frog one, start two apparently.......

I've had some non-kitchen cotton hanging about for awhile and I decided to start a gamer bag prototype of sorts. I know gamers are always looking for bags for their dice or their cards or whatever they need bags for. So, I had some cotton and some needles and I'm making it up as I go along. Right now, it's a square bag with nothing fancy going on. I might change that in later editions. We'll see how things go. 

I also started Boo-Yah from the Belfry & Boo-Yah pattern. I'm using up more of the Cascade 220 that I used for Wasabi. I'm close to being finished, actually...I might have to make a few more. It's turning out really well. I did make a change on the arms but it's only because I hate working in the round starting with a small number of stitches (in this case, I was supposed to start with 4 sts and increase so I just started a row after the increase and went from there). 

Other than those two projects, I did some knitting on the shawl, the garter stitch baby blanket, the Vanillaish Rainbow socks, and my Smooth Operator socks.....but I didn't necessarily do a lot of work on all of those. But I worked on all of them.

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 Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
2. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
3. Undetermined hat for Little Man
4. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
5. Mittens for Little Man
6. 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)
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*
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.)

Here in California, we've had a busy time (when don't we?!).

Since it's fall and the weather is turning, the snails are coming out a bit more. I found this one on our walk to school one morning. Little Man wanted to move him but I thought it was fine where it was at that point. I wasn't wrong because it was gone by the time Stormageddon and I came back around a little later.

Yeah. This is still happening. It's a good thing he's cute because he's a bed hog. 

On Tuesday, Little Man wanted me to take his photo. So, you know, I obliged.

I think this was on Wednesday morning, as we were getting home from dropping Little Man off at school after a meeting. Yes, that's a raccoon. Yes, it's broad daylight. And no, funnily enough, that's not garbage. It didn't appear to be a fully-grown adult but it was bigger than a baby.

I found this guy hanging out by our front door earlier this week, as well.

On Wednesday night, Husband and I went out with some friends of ours, for dinner at House of Prime Rib. We've been there a few times but our friends had not. They only recently moved here from Washington state (they're pilots for Virgin/Alaskan Airlines) so they're doing the "touristy" things that we still like. Hence delicious dessert from HoPR. 

We spent the weekend camping near Yosemite. So, this is an unorganized smattering of photos from camping and Yosemite. We stayed at a KOA just outside Mariposa. Just a few weeks ago, the area we were staying in was surrounded by wildfires and you still see evidence, of course.

The KOA has a pool (unheated), a playground, areas for tents, areas for RVs, and cabins that you can rent. We opted for a cabin, mostly because we can't fit everything into the car anymore, what with car seats that take up an asinine amount of room, and the sheer number and size of our gear. We had a one-room cabin with a queen sized bed and twin size bunk beds. No heat so we were a bit cold at night, but otherwise, it was fine. And because we were in an area prone to fires, there were no fire pits. They had grills but you couldn't have a bonfire, which was fine as we made it work with the little grills. 

The playground is kind of in a little valley of it's own and both boys climbed up and down one of the hills. I swear it was probably a 60ยบ incline. I couldn't do it but the boys could.

This was the road going into the mountains (Hwy 140, if you're from around here). As you got further in, you could see the evidence from the fires. Lots of blackened groundcover, many burned trees, the usual.

This is an interesting piece. As you're driving along the highway (again, this is Hwy 140), you will come across this HUGE obelisk. Upon closer inspection, it reads the following: 

George Hicks Fancher

in New York State
February 9, 1828

in California
March 30, 1900

It's unclear whether it's the actual resting place or if it's just a disgustingly huge monument. There's a cemetery down the road but there is no marked grave there for him. The story goes that he was a wealthy rancher outside Merced, California and when he died, he ordered $25,000 be set aside for a "suitable monument" and that his grave be on his Bear Creek Ranch. When he died, two of his brothers had a dispute that resulted in the courts getting involved. One brother, Lee, argued that a smaller monument and a free library in Merced was enough to be considered "suitable" but another brother, Jonathan Jr., disagreed. The courts found in Jonathan Jr's favor and the full amount was set aside for the monument seen above. The ranch itself, where the monument sits, was bequeathed to a third brother, Charles, who had the monument finished in 1911. The rest of the ranch (about 3500 acres) was sold to Del Monte/Cal Packing in 1919 so all that's left is the monument. 

It's just so....random. It's worth noting just because it is so random. 

Remember the playground I mentioned? The above three photos are also from the playground. Yes, that's an abacus. No, I have no idea how to use one.

In addition to the usual "wildlife" you'll find in a campground, there were also wild turkeys and a fat grey kitty. I only got photos of the turkeys. They walk around like they own the place.

On Saturday, we drove into Yosemite. Turns out, it was a Free Park day as it was National Public Lands Day. We didn't plan it but it was a happy surprise. 

Stormageddon showed me an igneous rock he found (and let Little Man keep).

We decided to take the Mist Trail to the bridge to see Vernal Falls. This is at the bottom of the trail. 

Little Man is forever showing off. This was the sign at the beginning of the trail. We had no idea what we were in for...

There is a waterfall there. It's not going crazy because it's been hot and it's the end of the summer...but it is there :)

The little bridge we crossed to get to the path......

I think I took this from the parking lot, actually. Still pretty...

The rest of these are woefully out of order but they're all from Yosemite.

 Stormageddon needed a break on our 0.8 mile hike to the bridge......0.8 miles my ass! My Runkeeper registered almost 3 miles. 

Okay, we found this squirrel. I've dubbed him Fatty Fatty Boomba Latty because he was definitely a fat squirrel. He was also not scared of humans, as evidenced below. 

Those are my feet (white shoes) with the squirrel less than a foot away. 

Husband didn't make it to the bridge. His back decided to get angry so he stopped maybe 2/5 of the way up. But the rest of us made it.

I tried to get a decent photo of the falls but my phone was not cooperative with the light and dark that was happening. This one you can actually see the falls....the other ones you can't see the falls. ::sigh::

Remember the squirrel? We found an acorn and our friend, Thom, and Little Man tried to feed him. Sadly, the acorn was not up to his standards and he turned away. I do have video of that but it was refusing to load properly. Oh well.

I believe I took this photo on the way back down from the bridge, after we saw the squirrel. 

So, long weekend. Some knitting, late post, the usual :)

I hope you had a lovely weekend and start of the week! I hope to be back on time this week but we'll see how things go.....

1 comment:

  1. Interesting and sad story about the monument. Looks like you had a great getaway. I have a hankering for a road trip now.