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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #47

Happy Sunday!

It's been another rough week around here but we'll talk about that in a mo'. For now, let's take a look at all the things that have been going on around here.

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
*40. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017; frogged November 16, 2017
41. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017; finished November 17, 2017

So two "finished" things happened this week. First, a dropped couple of stitches (at least two, probably more) led to my shawl heading to the frog pond.

To be fair, I had been debating about whether to frog it and start over on larger needles or I don't have to make that choice. But, this next time around, I'm going to use lifelines. If I get around to it.

I also finished up my Vanillaish Rainbow Socks. They're currently drying on sock blockers. I finished everything but the Kitchenered toe on Thursday and waited until Friday afternoon to take care of the rest and weave in the ends. But, they're done and they're hand-dyed by me and lovely and squoooooshy :)

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. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
9. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
10. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
11. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017
12. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017
13. Paradiddle Prototype: started October 19, 2017

It occurs to me that I've not found a project bag with my Fall in San Francisco prototype in it. Upon further viewing of the project page, I've noticed that I frogged the project...and I never did anything else with it. So, I might have to think about moving that project but for right now, I'm leaving it alone. But it's frogged and the yarn has gone missing and......yeah.

But in actual knitting, I've stared a third ball of yarn on the Garter Stitch Baby Blanket. Depending on the finished size, I might be donating this one to Project Linus. Little Man has at least two, probably three blankets from PL from various hospital visits/stays and I need to get one back (at least). I was working along on the project here and there and while I was out with friends on Friday evening, I came to the end of the second ball. I was a little surprised, actually. 

Other than that, it was just the two projects above in the FOs section. 


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 - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - 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. Something from the stash...(lord knows I have plenty)

1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)

I feel like this week went by in a blur of sorts, which isn't wrong. It was a rough week for Little Man's school environment. We're still working on how to handle everything with our friend's death. Right now, her husband and daughter are going through the motions. Thankfully, his mother is here through the end of the month. The daughter seems okay, actually. She's only seven years old, though, so it might just be her brain's inability to properly process everything. I mean, obviously she knows what happened, but she doesn't seem to be wallowing in her grief, which is good. The husband, however, is under an extreme amount of stress and even though he doesn't say much about it, you can just see it. 

In addition to that, we had another wallop at school. A 4th grader named Kaeden passed away this past Tuesday from complications of pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vein stenosis. He was the surviving twin of 22.5 week premies and had a hoard of medical issues as a result. He had PH and PVS and I think it was in 2011 he had one of his lungs removed. His prognosis was not good and his family was told that his only chance of survival was a lung transplant. Well, there are only a few hospitals in the country that perform those surgeries and because his was a pediatric case on top of that, the chances of him actually getting new lungs was pretty slim. He and his mom moved to Texas to be near the hospital that would be able to perform the transplant while his dad and siblings stayed here (the kids had school, obviously). Unfortunately, he started getting sick(er) and there was nothing that could really be done about it other than making him comfortable. 

This was difficult for Little Man's class because they all knew this kid, even though he was 3 grades ahead of them. Last year, Little Man's class was paired with Kaeden's class for reading buddies so all the 1st graders in his class (because he's in a K/1 class) knew him. It's just been a mess. 

To put icing on the school cake, the teachers are looking at going on strike. Again. They've been without a contract for 500+ days...basically, the last two school years have been without contract. They can't come to an agreement. The teachers want to be paid properly, with which I have no issue (the teachers in Little Man's district are paid anywhere from $6-$10k less than surrounding districts), the district says they don't have the money, and it's getting messy. 

So, two deaths and a potential teacher strike are what we're dealing with on the school front right now. 

But, in happier news, Little Man has two new teeth growing in:

I apologize for this abysmal photo. Little Man came out of school on Friday and said something was hurting in his mouth. I told him it was his new teeth but he didn't believe me so I took this photo to show him. You can see the two adult ones on the bottom in the middle. The two on either side of those were both loose and the adult teeth are growing in behind them. Last night, he lost the one on the left side of this photo. He was eating dinner and it got really loose...and as usual, he had me do the dirty work. So, he's got another gap in his mouth. 

Husband stayed home from work on Monday because his back was bothering him. He took this photo of Stormageddon on the couch, eating a banana. 

He was just sitting there, behaving himself, eating a banana. It was kind of perfect.

I also found this little guy on Monday. We have two rogue watermelons that grew by our rosebush. In the spring, we did a 72-ct plant starter thing with various plants. We only had a couple sprout (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and maybe something else) but nothing actually took to growing properly. So, I took the mesh wrappers off the pods and dumped them into the rosebush planter, seeds and all. Well........we had something start growing once it was in there. We weren't sure what it was, other than it was a vine plant. We had tried watermelons, squash, and pumpkins. We didn't think much of it but then two watermelons grew. So, one of them was sitting in a little plastic tub that had gotten some water in from some rain last weekend. I went to dump it and found this guy. He was maybe 4" long, so not very large, and he wasn't crazy. He moved around and I showed him to Stormageddon (Little Man was at school) before I released him into the rosebush area. 

I have no idea what's going on with this photo. Little Man came in with his masks and asked to take a mask selfie. 

This was the only other thing that happened this week. This is not the finished style. My hair is now back to brown (though the ends still have a slight green/blue tinge to them) and I had about 4" cut off. My hair was really long and it was at that weird point where it was hard to get a brush through it. So, I took care of it, as one does :) I might take a photo of the finished look. Or not. I haven't decided yet. 

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend :) 


  1. Tell the truth... Are you sticking your tongue out behind that lion mask? :P I so imagine that you are.

    1. I might be. Then again, I might not be. I honestly don't remember.

  2. so sad to hear of your son's schoolmate. And another school strike? oh my goodness. Your face in your pic says it all - enough already! Glad though you are taking time to do something for yourself. Sorry about the frogpond, but I bet you will feel better restarting with something that yarn and you will love!