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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - And you have a schedule, and you have a schedule, and you have a schedule! (Update #12)

Happy Sunday, everyone! I'm running a bit behind today because scheduling isn't as much of a thing here as it's going to have to today, I'm a little behind. It's fine. Let's keep going!

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 new to see here. Yet. We'll see how things progress.

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 was the first full week of Shelter in Place here in California. You would think I would have finished a bunch of knitting. While I did do some actual knitting, I didn't progress on a whole lot, honestly. 

I pulled out my Abracadabra Socks. I finished up the cuff on the second one, double checked my row count, cut the yarn, and wound off some yarn for the contrast heel that will eventually come (so I don't have to drag around this huge ball of grey yarn in the bag). So, I'm ready to start the main color. I think I did that on Thursday while we watched Picard.

I also pulled out Herbivore again. I've finished up the first section and once I double-check my stitch count on either side, I'll be ready to start the second section. That means it's just a wee five inches long. But it's looking good so far, even with the spot where I had to fudge the stitch count. 

Lastly, I pulled out the Sockhead and worked a few rounds during my Virtual Pub meeting last night. It was nothing spectacular but it was some progress. 

But that's it. I haven't touched anything else. Maybe this week. 


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

With the Shelter in Place order from the state, we've not had much to do. I think I've gone to the store twice (because every place is putting limits on how much you can buy of certain items - milk, eggs, toilet paper, rice, cleaning supplies, etc.), Little Man and I went out on our bikes the other day, and that's about it. We are not exciting during a Shelter in Place. 

Puppy has been quite lazy this past week. It's been raining off and on so he's spent a lot of time indoors, and normally he's either prancing around, unsure of what to do with himself or he's doing this. 

In addition to that, Stormageddon tried out some of his drawing skills. He has a fun workbook with the Pigeon (of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Pigeon Has to Go To School) and one of the first pages is a how-to for drawing the Pigeon.

He also drew the Duckling on the backside. He's rather fond of the Duckling. He tends to spend his mornings sitting by me on the couch in our front room, working on his writing and math. When Little Man was younger, I had picked up several math and writing workbooks and he never really used them. So, Stormageddon has been using them (Star Wars math for ages 5-6 seems to be his favorite right now). 

One of the things we made this week was playdough. The boys helped measure out ingredients, mix, add more flour because it was sorely needed, and mix some more. Then they've been playing with it here and there all week. As long as it doesn't mold, it'll be fine. And it tastes terrible, which is helpful. 

We are trying to get used to this new schedule and new normal, though nothing about this is normal. It's been somewhat difficult, to be honest. Little Man understands that he has schoolwork to do and that we're doing it at home and why it's happening that way. He doesn't like it but he understands it. Stormageddon doesn't understand it at all and he's quite frustrated by mom teaching him. He doesn't understand that he still has to do school time or why mom is teaching him. It's part of why he's been sitting by me. Otherwise, he thinks it is time to play video games. And, of course, I'm supposed to be working through all this. I'm trying to stick to a schedule of sorts, to help keep everything in line and moving. That part has been going okay...I just feel like we should be getting so much more accomplished. I know, logically, that any progress is good progress but I still feel like I'm failing at this whole thing, even with my background in education!

Little Man had a Very Important Zoom Conference (tm) with a couple of his friends this past week, and then his class had one (which was not required) later. It was a little chaotic but the kids definitely enjoyed "seeing" each other. 

Stormageddon will have two conferences this week, as well. We'll see how that goes. They're spaced into smaller groups of about six kids but six kids that don't necessarily know how to use a computer. So, we'll see. His are only scheduled for fifteen minutes. 

This photo is all topsy-turvy but Little Man and I went for a walk one day this week and we came across one of our neighborhood kitties, Jade. She is a lovebug and will come out for pets. She actually came from across the street when we were trying to coax her brother, Bentley, into coming out for pets. Bentley wasn't having it so Jade came for pets. 

I'll leave you with one last photo: the line at Costco on either Monday or Tuesday. 

To be fair, this line wasn't that bad. I saw one from Thursday or Friday that went along the side where I'm standing, and then down to the end of the parking lot, then down that parking lot aisle. That line was probably a good 1/4 mile long. I'm glad I wasn't there for that one. 

I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend and that you're all staying safe and practicing good hand washing and social distancing!


  1. Glad the boys are keeping busy and not driving you too crazy at home.

  2. Looks like you are managing having the boys at home with some great ideas. I told my daughter about making play dough at home, and great idea to make them measure and learn to make it. I love the little kitty. A tuxedo cat like my Otis.

  3. Looks like your schedule is great. We are starting ours properly today. The boys are very excited at the moment!