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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #4

Happy Sunday :)

I'm a little behind today for reasons. Mostly just being tired and fighting off the sickness. But, let's get going :)

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018

Nothing new to see here. Move along :)

WIPs (Works-in-Progress)
 These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016
3. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
4. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
5. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
6. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017
7. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
8. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
9. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017
10. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
11. Returning: started 14 January 2018
12. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018

I did very little knitting this week, admittedly. What knitting I did work on: Paradiddle Prototype socks and the Rasta Scarf.

This is just before the halfway point on the Rasta Scarf. I took this at swimming lessons on Thursday. But there honestly has not been a lot of knitting. I'm kind of lame this week.


Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - needs 3 colors, would need to buy...maybe do it with 2)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)

This week has been a bit of......insanity? That's probably not the right word. While the kids have been in their normal routines, I feel like I've been running around like a chicken with my head chopped off, which is probably true to an extent.

We are starting to get into crunch time with the auction. Donations are coming in, but at the same time, we're missing so many things. I've spent a crazy amount of time working on donation procurement and it's extremely draining and soul-sucking. I've not wanted to do much else.

Honestly, though, part of that may be due to the oncoming storm: I feel the sickness coming. I've had the scratchy throat, some congestion, some coughing, and I've been tired. Soooooo, I'm fighting it. I'm quite possibly losing but I'm still trying to fight.

And because of all that, I've taken very few photos this week (and none of Little Man):

I have a child who likes selfies, probably because he can see himself. If we try to get him to take a photo, he's uncooperative...tell him it's a selfie, he's fine. ::sigh::

In addition to all that, we made brisket this weekend.

It's been a good day, Tater.

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


  1. I love your posts so much I have started my own list. It is just projects with a start and end date, nothing aspirational. But, still a start! And a great way to actually know how much gets accomplished when you feel like you haven't done anything. Keep posting!

  2. I hope you nip that illness in the bud. Vitamin C!!! lol, I can't help but be a mum.

  3. I love the colors in your rasta scarf! And on my goodness... that brisket looks delicious.

  4. I like how the black yarn sets off the colored stripes. Pls take care of yourself. A mama needs to be well. Always great to see the little men. The brisket looks really good.