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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Schedules are not my thing (Update #13)

Happy Sunday! It appears that schedules are not my thing. I don't know that any of us are surprised by this revelation. With that said, let's get going because this day is definitely not getting any longer. 

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

Nope. Nothing new to see here. Move along now, sir.

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

Surprisingly, I've had some gains this week. I've started the second section of my Herbivore Shawl, which means I need to pay even more attention. It's not terribly difficult but because I'm still in the beginning few rows of the new section, I have to make sure I'm paying attention. It'll get easier as it gets bigger. 

I also worked on my Abracadabra Socks this week, specifically during a Virtual Knitting Afternoon with Anzula Yarns yesterday. I started the main color of the sock this week and I think I'm almost halfway through the leg already, which is about 25 rounds. I need to double-check my numbers but I think I made the leg of the first one only 75 rounds total from the cuff to the heel flap (I usually do closer to 100 rounds). So, that's delightful. 

I'm almost finished with the hood of the Baby Yoda sweater, as well. I need to knit one more row and Kitchener the back closed. Then come the ears. And then I can start the body of the sweater. I may have it done before summer hits, which is perfect. I think that was all the knitting I did 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

California is still under Shelter-in-Place orders, which is fine for the most part. We go out to do the grocery shopping as needed but that's honestly about it (and we're not going that often). The weather hasn't been overly cooperative so we've not been doing much outside, much to the boys' chagrin. 

Last Sunday, Little Man, Husband, and I played a new game. 

If you're unfamiliar, this is Settlers of Catan. We just got the original version (for now). Husband also got a version for the iPad so he could learn the rules better (there are a bunch of things to think about). Little Man seemed to enjoy it, which was the point.

That night, we introduced the boys to a classic:

This is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Husband and I often quote it at Little Man, specifically the scene about the Right to Self-Determination. We finally sat the boys down and watched it. Little Man did like it but it took him a bit to get into it properly. Stormageddon was kind of all over but at least he let us watch the movie. 

Monday, we started a science experiment. I've always heard you could grow celery from the stump of one and I chopped up our celery and had the stump leftover. So, I put it in some water and now we wait....

And it does work! This was after less than a day. It's currently about 1.5" tall and the leaves are starting to sprout outward from it. So, in a couple weeks, we should have another full stump of celery. Then we may have to do it again. I also decided to try cabbage but so far, that's not working. That's fine. It's an experiment. 

Little Man had a class meeting this week. We have a computer set up in his room with the camera and all that. He could use some speakers but that's about it. He's having to spend much more time at the computer, which he's not used to and he's frustrated because he can't type as quickly as I can. I can't blame him but he's also resistant to learning. ::sigh::

During Little Man's meeting, Stormageddon let me draw a rainbow heart "tattoo" on his hand. He was very proud of it. I did it with some felt tipped markers so it only stayed on for a day or so, even with all the handwashing we've been doing. 

One of the things Little Man has to do for school is something called Mr. Journal, which is basically a writing/drawing thing they do in the morning. Of course, after one week, Little Man managed to lose his Mr. Journal in the house so we were making do with what I had (I bought him a new one yesterday morning). This is the poem he wrote earlier this week. 

Whistling songs through your mind
Sometimes the songs are good
Sometimes they’re bad
But they’re warm inside to do good

Both his teacher and I were super impressed with this (spelling issues aside). So, that may be shared with the class. We'll see.

Lastly, this is what I wanted to be doing this week:

The mug is from Pawley Studios but I bought it from StevenBe. If I remember correctly, these ones are exclusive to StevenBe, which is fine. I was drinking tea (which I rarely do). For Christmas, one of the moms gave us some Snarky Teas and this one happened to be called Wake the Fuck Up Tea. 

Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely quarantined week and weekend :) 


  1. Settlers of Catan has been my son's go to game for years (and he is now 34 ) and he and his friends have many of the expansion sets. I LOVE that mug.....My sentiments exactly, although more often it is Shut up, I am counting!

  2. Oh I love Monty Python, I wondered how you are getting on during the restrictions, looks like things are going well so far. I have friends ready to sell their kids already 😉

  3. Nice computer set up Little Man has. Always fun to see the boys. LOL the cup and teas; need to check those out.