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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #45

Hello and happy Sunday (for once!). It appears that I might be on time this week. Or maybe not. We'll see how things go.

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
39. Baby Hat Prototype: started October 23, 2017; finished October 31, 2017

I finished up the baby hat prototype.....except it fits me so maybe "baby" isn't the right word. This is how it fit on Stormageddon. I'm still debating whether it needs a pompom or not. Part of me thinks I should put one on and part of me thinks I should leave it alone. Thoughts?

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
15. Paradiddle Prototype: started October 19, 2017

In WIP news, I've done a little of this and a little of that and......yeah.

I did a half-round of the Paradiddle Prototype sock. Nothing exciting. Seriously, nothing exciting. I'm still on the ribbing. I've not even gotten to the fun part yet. 

I did maybe a round or two on the Gamer Bag. Again, nothing exciting.

I did a few rows on the Neck-Down Base Shawl. I also ordered and received more yarn so I can, you know, make it a proper size. Or something.

The new hat design is almost ready. I actually took the time to figure out my gauge, which is something I haven't done on the bulky weight version (though I could - all I'd have to do is take it out and measure it). I still need to weigh it and get a ballpark on how much yarn I used. Small steps. I did write out the charts for all the various decreases...and the regular, I guess I've done some work.

Other than that, there may have been a row here and there on the baby blanket and my Vanillaish Rainbow socks. Maybe.

I'm not exciting over here. Sorry.

I'm taking out the #17UFOsin2017 section because it just depresses me to look at. So, we'll just keep on moving right along...


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  *started* - 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, the weather has finally turned a bit and I'm not sweating my patoot off each time I leave the house. That part is lovely. What isn't lovely is that it means I have to find pants that fit because I've gained some food baby over the last couple months and things aren't fitting the way they once were. Oh well. I suppose that just means I need to go to the gym and eat better. Story of everyone's life. 

Tuesday was Halloween and I took the boys out for Trick or Treating. Little Man was Hulk from the new Thor Ragnarok movie. Stormageddon opted for Captain America.....three sizes too large (because that was literally the last one they had). He rocked it. We went with a friend of Little Man's that lives in the neighborhood.

We came home with so much candy. I don't even want to think about all the candy......soooo much candy! 

One of the houses on our walk home from school has a "fence" made of bushes and succulents. The bushes were full of these little caterpillars. I'm not 100% positive but I think they're Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars, which are common in Florida and Texas but aren't unheard of in other places. I thought about taking one or two home...but I wasn't sure if they were biters or poisonous or "normal" or whatever. So, we left them alone, all five million of them :) 

On Thursday, Little Man had his Cub Scouts meeting. He had his entire uniform and he looked so grown-up.

He's a Tiger Scout, which wasn't a rank when Husband was a kid. There are seven or eight boys, three of which go to school with him. Part of me is surprised that there aren't more but I appreciate the small number. It gives the boys the ability to bond in a smaller group, which I think will work out better in the long run. Everything is too big for him right now but he's going to grow. Apparently all the Tiger Scouts' uniforms are too large.

On Friday, one of my friends from college flew in from Minnesota. She'll be here about ten days or so. So, that also leads to not a lot of knitting....but that's fine because friend visiting! Stormageddon was excited to show off my Mickey ears. Yeah, mine...but the boys wear them. ::sigh::

I don't know what it is about this photo but he looks a lot like Little Man. I think it's just his facial expression but he just looks like his big brother.

Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely weekend. I'm due for several updates like FO Friday and Stash Enhancement and.......yeah. One of these days...


  1. The hulk costume is really cool!

  2. I opt for no pom pom. I think the pattern of the hat is perfect and shows itself off quite well.

    Those boys are getting so grown up. CUB SCOUTS!! Dang, he looks so adult in his uniform.

  3. I like the hat without the two cents. I love seeing the halloween costumes. We only had 5 come to our door this year. I miss seeing all the children like in previous years.

  4. I love your hat design!!! Are you going to publish it? I'm like you about pom-poms....on the fence. Maybe you could hold one up to it to see before actually attaching it?
    The boys looked awesome for Halloween and look at Little Man in his scout uniform...too cute but don't tell him I said 'cute'. Love the Mickey ears too...those are fancy ones! Glad you had a good Halloween. If there is too much candy you could do what my daughter does...she calls on the Switch Witch....her boys get to pick out their favorites and then they can trade the rest for cash! It works every time....because cash buys Legos don't ya know! LOL! Have a good week and let me know about that hat pattern...I love it!

  5. I would go for no pom pom, but I'm a bit late! Love the boys in their outfits.