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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #52

Hello, happy Sunday! This is my last official post for my 6th Self-Imposed Year of Projects. Next week will be a wrap-up (photo-heavy) post and the week after that, the first post of my 7th Self-Imposed Year of Projects.

So, today.........

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
44. Bugle for Miss E: started December 3, 2017; finished December 8, 2017
45. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017; finished December 10, 2017
* 46. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017; frogged December 19, 2017

I've not finished anything new. I did get a FO Friday post and a Stash Saturday post posted this past weekend but that's it. 

Sadly, I also had a frogging this past week. I pulled out my Morvarch shawl and intended to work on it. And I did. Except a few things went wrong. The first thing that was bothering me: my needles. I was using Addi Lace needles but the needle portion was brass. Apparently I'm one of those special people that wind up with sticky brass needles. So, my stitches weren't moving across the needles and the needles themselves were tacky. It was not pretty. The second thing that was bothering me: a M1p I had picked up incorrectly many, many, many rounds back and it's not like I could drop down to fix it. I mean, I maybe could have but it would have been a big mess. I had a large hole that looked out of place (because it was). The third thing that was bothering me: when I picked it back up, I must have changed how I was working the M1p stitches because instead of the holes I had been getting, I was now getting no evidence of the holes. I didn't notice it for maybe three rounds. So, after some minor cursing, I decided to frog it and start over....except I haven't started over yet.

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. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
6. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
8. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
9. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
10. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017
11. Paradiddle Prototype: started October 19, 2017
12. Rasta Ski Cap: started November 25, 2017

I spent time working on my Smooth Operator Socks this week. I'm about halfway down the leg on the second sock. They're my current "take everywhere" knitting because the pattern is easy to read and fairly straight-forward. That will change when I get to the heel but that's not for another 20ish rounds. I've got a little time before I need to worry about heel placement. 

I've also been working on the Paradiddle Socks and the Rasta Ski Cap. The socks are just continuing to grow at this point. The hat, on the other hand, is ready for decreases, which I started last night. So, that's all very exciting. Or not. It depends on how you look at it. It's progress and that's lovely. 

My remaining lists look like this (and obviously I didn't get around to the remaining bits here):

Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. 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.)

Given that today is Christmas Eve, it's been a rather busy week around here. Little Man had school through Thursday, and he doesn't go back until January 9th. So, we spent the last week trying to take care of a few random things around here. 

As per usual, our week started out with Stormageddon in our bed. Again. Everyone gets a lot more sleep if we just let him climb into our bed in the middle of the night. ::sigh::

Monday afternoon, a package arrived. After opening it, we found...

.....a train. Specifically, we found the Lionel Harry Potter Train (O Gauge, if you're a model train person). Husband found it on the Costco website and ordered it. The boys love it. 

By the time Wednesday rolled around, I decided we needed to see Santa. We hadn't been yet and it was getting to be about that time. Since Wednesdays are minimum days for Little Man, we were able to get to the mall in the early afternoon. Unfortunately, a drive that should have taken 15 minutes took almost 45 minutes due to some stupidity (lane closure that wasn't disclosed until you were right on top of it). Soooo, we wound up in a line that was a bit longer than I would have liked but the boys were okay for the most part. We were going to eat lunch at the mall afterwards but Stormageddon started getting uncooperative.

Clearly he was not thrilled with sitting in the stroller or being told there was a 10 minute wait for a table at California Pizza Kitchen. Oh well.

Thursday was Little Man's last day of school before break. His class sang at morning gathering (I took video) and they spent the morning working on gingerbread houses. Since it was a Thursday, Husband worked from home and stayed with Stormageddon while I actually got to work in Little Man's classroom.

We had probably 12 or so parents working in the classroom (about 3/table) and it worked out really well. The kids had so much fun and I loved seeing them work in the classroom. 

Afterwards, I had a lunch date in Los Altos....which involved a trip to Uncommon Threads. I came home with one skein of yarn (Lorna's Laces) and some US #3 needles to restart Morvarch. Stormageddon came with me and they have a rocking sheep. He fell in love. 

We just barely made it back to pick up Little Man from school. He brought home his gingerbread house, which lasted maybe five minutes after this photo was taken. Maybe.

On Friday, Little Man and I had an afternoon together. We went to the post office and to the UPS shipping place.....and then we were going to go ice skating downtown. The only problem was that the line was a mile long and an hour wait, which he wasn't crazy about. However, the ice rink over by Target was open. It was open when we first moved here, then it closed for several years (no idea why) and now it's open again. They had open skate so we went over and he attempted to skate for about a half hour.

He's been telling me he wants to play hockey. The only reason I'm not crazy about it is because it's almost prohibitively expensive. I told him maybe he should learn to skate properly first. At first, that sounded like a good idea. Then, on the way home, he told me his finger hurt (he had fallen on his hands more than once) and then said he never wanted to skate again. That was Friday afternoon. Yesterday, he asked me if we could look into skating lessons for him. Silly boy. 

Stormageddon has discovered one-piece jammies. He loves a couple footie jammies that used to be Little Man's. He also likes dress-up stuff so the fact that he can sleep in this Bucky Badger is like heaven to him. 

Yesterday, we didn't do a whole lot, actually. It was a relatively quiet day, other than having to go to Costco at 6:30pm because we were going to run out of milk otherwise. Oops. I guess I didn't plan that one out too well.....

I hope you've had a lovely weekend, Happy Christmas (if that's your thing), and I'll be back next week with the wrap-up. It will probably also contain info about the Rasta Ski Cap because I hope to have it finished by then and I'd rather not throw it into the first update for next year. 


  1. Sorry about the frogging but you will be happy you did and with your new needles too. Thanks for the Christmas pics. We are by ourselves this Christmas - no little ones - so it was great to live vicariously through your post.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for sharing the kids pictures and their activities...I really get a kick out of it. They are so cute and have the greatest personalities and of course, your narrating is a hoot! I can't wait to see what your new year list of projects looks like. Sorry you had to frog but now you get to cast on something new or old. Enjoy!

  3. Lots of good pictures during pre-Christmas week. I hope your Christmas celebrations were happy. We'll look forward to your new YOP list for 2018!