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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #49

Happy Sunday! Let's get started.

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
42. Rastarmulke: started November 20, 2017; finished November 21, 2017
43. Mittens for Little Man: started November 25, 2017; finished December 2, 2017

I finished Little Man's mittens late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Technically, it was Saturday morning but I hadn't gone to bed yet. Either way, they were done. I actually knit the second mitten between 7pm Friday and 12:30am Saturday and I wasn't knitting on it that whole time (put the kids to bed, ate some dinner, etc.).

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
14. Rasta Ski Cap: started November 25, 2017

I've not started anything new, which is probably a good thing, judging on how this list is looking.

I've done a little knitting this week. I worked on the Rasta Ski Cap for a few rounds. I've started with the black yarn so it's hard to see in some light, which means I've only worked a little bit on it.

I finished the first of Little Man's mittens on Thursday night and, as I mentioned above, I started the second one on Friday. I had to take some notes so I can make it's match. Thankfully it was bulky yarn on big(ish) needles so it was a fairly quick project. The only thing that bothered me...well, there are two things: (1) they're acrylic and because my hands get drier in the winter, the yarn sticks to them a bit more and (2) one mitten took up more than half a skein of yarn so I had to break into the second/last skein, meaning I have bits of two separate skeins. I don't know what I'm going to do with them. Part of me wants to just toss them but they're red so maybe I'll make those little red hats. I don't know.

In addition to working on the ski cap and finishing up the mittens, I spent some time trying to finish the ribbing on the first of the Paradiddle Prototype (socks). I think I have two rounds left on the ribbing. ::sigh:: But, I got a chance to work on it, which is lovely.

I also did some reorganization on my side of the bed, resulting in every project being touched, at the very least...some were moved around and looked at and others had some work done to them....but my corner is significantly cleaner.


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 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 the Ravelry database (Workbasket magazine, leaflets, etc.)

It appears I was rather lax with my photography this week. Seriously. I took four photos between last Sunday and Friday evening. All four were of cats. We don't own cats. I am, in fact, extremely allergic to cats. Yet I have four photos of cats. 

Where I'm from, you have indoor cats or you have farm cats. Outdoor cats in the city was not a thing where I grew up. Plenty of my friends had barn kitties but they all lived outside of town. So, it was definitely a new thing when we moved to California to discover that people in the city had indoor and/or outdoor cats and there were even some feral ones running amok. 

So, what does this have to do with the four photos of the two kitties above? A house about a block away from us has a glaring of kitties on their doorstep every morning and they come and go throughout the day. The people that live in the house feed all the cats of the neighborhood: indoor, feral, indoor/outdoor...they all know to come to this house. Some mornings we have walked by and there are only one or two (as was the case the morning I took the above photos) but other mornings, there are upwards of 10 cats hanging around outside, waiting for food. The neighbors next to them trap the ferals and get them all fixed (vaccinations, neutering, etc.). Unfortunately, they've not been able to catch the queen of the ferals and there's got to be at least one tom running around because she keeps having babies. 

The two kitties above are probably related. 

We had a very bland week around here. The only thing that really happened was that Little Man took a winter bug class yesterday. I have a knitting friend that is an entomologist and she teaches kids about that's her job. She has a PhD and a house filled with bugs (in cages). The first time we were over to their house, Little Man happened upon her office, which has several cages of bugs, specifically cockroaches. He came bolting out of that room very quickly. The first class Little Man ever took with her was a Bugs of Pokémon class and he loved it. So, this time around, it was on how bugs survive winter and there were games and he came home with an ornament. Again, he loved it. So, if you're in the San Francisco area, check out the Beetlelady. She does free events/classes through the local libraries, she teaches in classrooms, and she even will do private lessons and birthday parties. Also, she's a knitter and absolutely lovely :) 

Really, we did not have much of anything going on this week. I'm hoping it kind of stays that way. I rather like having some room to breathe.

Anyway, sorry this is all so short today. I hope you're having a lovely weekend!


  1. I just checked out the Beetlelady and enjoyed seeing all the various programs she can provide. Glad you had a quiet(er) week. It's good to breathe.

  2. The orange cat looks like the one that terrorizes my Otis. Lol.