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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #13

Happy April Fools' Day :) And Easter, if you're into that. I'm running late this week for reasons so let's just get to it.

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
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018

Nope. 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. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017
6. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
7. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
8. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
9. Returning: started 14 January 2018
10. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
11. Pattern Submission: started 19 March 2018

I've done very little knitting this week. In fact, the only actual knitting I did was last night, on the baby blanket. I also wound the last skein of yarn for the blanket (the one that I bought from another Ravelry user - she had the same dyelot, which I knew was important for this one). I had to hand-wind the yarn, though, because it was horribly tangled in the skein. I didn't even put it on a swift. It may have gone more quickly if I had. But it's done, wound, and ready for action....not that it got any. I still have a teeny ball left of that skein so, you know, soon :)


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 - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
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)

I'm still coming down off the auction this week. Items that were left have mostly been delivered, tablecloths are being washed/folded by various people, we've sorted and stored most of our decorations, and my living room no longer looks like an auction bomb went off. I'm still doing a bunch of the backend work (making sure balances are paid and refunds are made properly, double-checking bid sheets for proper amounts on table items, the budget....). Yeah. It's been a lot less stressful this week. In fact, yesterday was the first day in months that my inboxes haven't been overflowing. So, that's exciting.

Little Man has officially started spring break. I have no idea what I'm going to do with both monkeys for two weeks but I'm sure we'll figure it out. I know we will be heading to the library tomorrow because our books are due. He's also requested a trip to the aquarium (The Aquarium by the Bay at Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco). That's about all I know at this point.

Tuesday was kind of a rough day in our house. Stormageddon was being a booger about everything and he made me tweak my back pretty good as I was dragging him from speech therapy over my shoulder. He knew he was being naughty and tried to make amends:

At this point, the auction decorations were still sitting in my front room. He went into the box with the fake roses and grabbed a bundle. He had it hidden behind his back and was smiling when he came in. Of course, he's small so I could see exactly what he had. He was so proud of himself. Then he gave me kisses and told me he was sorry.

Little Man caught a frog under a plastic box on Thursday night. It was this little green frog. He hopped off into the yard not long after I took the photos. I'm just glad he didn't ask if we could keep it as a pet. ::sigh::

The other "major" thing that happened this week, which happened last night:

We started getting our plants ready for our garden. We'll see which ones sprout and which ones don't this year. I think we have watermelons, carrots, two different lettuces, squash, cucumbers, and okra. So, there's that.

Anyway, it's Easter around here and things are happening so I'm going to wander off. I hope you had a lovely week and weekend :) Happy April!

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