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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Social Distancing, Day Three (Update #11)

Happy Sunday! We are on Day Three of Social Distancing, which really means that Husband and I are working from home and now the boys are "distance learning" for school until after spring, five weeks. 

Lord help us all! 

For now, though, it's Sunday and it's time for an update!

FOs (Finished Objects):
1. Ewetopia Stripey Socks: started 15 November 2018; finished 29 January 2020
2. Tiny Turtle: started 7 November 2019; finished 30 January 2020
3. Mirkwood: started 9 February 2020; finished 17 February 2020

Nothing to see here. Yet. 

WIPs (Works-in-Progress) (These are carried over year to year if needed):
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
3. Returning: started 14 January 2018
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini): started 13 April 2018
5. Granny Square Blanket: started 28 April 2018
6. UW Ski Hat: started 11 July 2018
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018
8. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
9. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018
10. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
11. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019
12. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019
13. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020
14. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020

This week has been ever-changing, much like everyone else's lives, I'm guessing. As such, I changed things up, as well. 

That is my Herbivore shawl. I started it awhile ago, had to restart it, and this is where I'm currently hanging out. It's not much but it's a delightful knit. I don't even mind the ptbl, which isn't something everyone will say. I do wish I had sharper needles because of that but I'm making it work. The yarn is from Sheepy Time Knits and it's from her Middle Earth collection. The colorway is Grey Pilgrim. The project bag is from Slipped Stitch Studios. I did find a mistake, however. So the stockinette sections on either side should match up...and I was off by one stitch. So, I figured out which side needed fudging and I fudged it with a kfb and moved on with my life. I couldn't see any dropped stitch or missed YO so I'm guessing is that I either dropped the stitch really early and it fell back to the YO edging and stayed put or I missed a YO really early on (where things are kind of a mess anyway and, therefore, difficult to see). Regardless, it's fixed and I'm moving on with my life. 

In addition to that, I started the Baby Yoda sweater for my incubating nephew. It's done on US#13 needles so I'm hoping it knits up rather quickly. So far, it seems to be. I got a good start on it last night while watching the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which was hilarious. 

But that's about it for knitting. We've had other things to ponder, which I'll get into in a mo. 


Design WIPs:

1. Messed Up Moss: started March 2009 - write pattern as PDF (iterations: firstsecond)
2. Susan's Hat: started 31 August 2010 - need new prototypes & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthirdminififthsixth)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket: started July 2010 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
4. Chunky Scarf: started 6 October 2012 - need new prototype & write pattern (iteration: here)
5. Pacific Waves Hat: started 9 March 2016 - need new prototype & write the pattern (iterations: firstsecondthird)
6. Fall in San Francisco: started 18 September 2016 - need new prototype & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
7. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017 - need prototypes & write patterns 
8. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017 - need various weight yarn prototypes & write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
9. Rastarmulke: started 20 November 2017 - write pattern (iterations: firstsecond)
10. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)

Children's Items:

1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
2. Minecraft Socks for Little Man (fingering weight - Tosh Sock in Plaid Blanket?)
3. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
4. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
5. I Love Stockinette Baby Bibs (worsted - cotton, acrylic, something)

Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):

1. Autopilot (worsted weight - Sincere Sheep Cormo Worsted or htNEVELE Worsted in Reveire)
2. Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
3. Perianth (fingering weight - Knitcircus Trampoline in The Whole Enchilada)
4. Pembroke Scarf (fingering weight - Fresh From the Cauldron Schoodic Sock in Sookie)
5. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)
6. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
7. Socks (fingering weight - I have tons...pick something!)
8. Washcloths/chewcloths (worsted weight - cotton)
9. Sockhead (fingering - I have tons...pick something!)
10. Age of Brass & Steam (Handspun purple/white barber pole)


1. Christmas Stocking for Husband
2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man
3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon
4. Baby Blanket


1. Wonderland Dyeworks BFL
2. Mixed BFL
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
5. 100% Bamboo 


1. Sock Blanks
2. Anything else I find along the way

Other Fibery Endeavors:

1. Create project bag inventory
2. Update library inventory (on Ravelry)
3. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry)
4. Stitch markers
5. Destash as necessary
6. Stash Fit

Like seemingly everywhere else in the world, this week's focus has been on "Social Distancing" due to Covid-19. On Thursday, late, our local school district's school board decided to close schools and transition to "Distance Learning" until April 4th, then have Spring Break as planned, which means that children are home from school for five weeks, three of which were unplanned, leaving many families scrambling for childcare, among other things. I already work from home and Husband has the ability to do so. We don't have this issue, other than making sure we work and the kids are occupied otherwise. 

I have photos but Blogger is disagreeing with me so I can't post them (the one of the shawl I ganked from Ravelry). 


Aside from that, Stormageddon wound up with an ear infection last weekend. He started complaining about his ear hurting on Sunday afternoon. He was still complaining on Monday so I kept him home from school and took him to the doctor. It's not like they can diagnose an ear infection without looking. ::sigh:: He was feeling significantly better by Tuesday so I sent him to school. We've been limiting the boys' time away from the house, for the most part. I think I'm going to make up a schedule of sorts later today because if I don't keep them on some sort of schedule during the week, they'll try to resort to playing video games and watching TV all day, and that's just not going to work for me and Bob knows it's not good for them! 

I hope the next few weeks are as uneventful as possible. I foresee games, reading, flashcards, writing, and maybe some learning games on the computer (we'll see). I hope you're next few weeks are uneventful, as well! I hope you've had a good week & weekend! Maybe my laptop will cooperate next weekend....::sigh:: Stupid technology.


  1. Glad your shawl is now cooperating. It looks good to me. How lucky you both are able to work from home. Hopefully you will be able to corral the youngins into some learning scenarios. Stay well.

  2. sorry about the technology glitch, but will look forward to your pictures next week. Glad to hear the earache is on the mend. Stay well, and knowing you and your boys you will have lots to share about the next 5 weeks of home-schooling.