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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - It's only been a week? Are you sure? (Update #15)

Happy Sunday! I'm definitely a bit late today. I've spent a lot of this past week confused about what day it was. Again. So when today rolled around and I thought it was Saturday, here we are. Oops.


FOs (Finished Objects)
1.
Greenwood Fiberworks Dark BFL (Viktor): started 28 June 2020; finished 17 January 2021
2. Boo-Yah: started 26 January 2021; finished 27 January 2021
3.
Minecraft Socks: started 12 August 2020; finished 6 March 2021
4.
Alpaca (Viktor): started 17 January 2021; finished 17 March 2021
5. Dyeing Project: started 9 April, 2021; finished 9 April 2021

I don't have a project page of any sort for my recent dyeing project but I have tons of photos, because that's how I roll. I'm basically out of yarn to dye at this point so I'm going to have to start selling my hand dyed goodness. ::sigh:: They're all my babies!

 

 

 

The above skeins are all the same 75/25 merino nylon fingering weight base. I did the six skeins first, as a sweater quantity, and then I put in the remaining three and the next skein to soak up the rest of the dye. This is why dyelots are important and also why fiber content is important. The color of the one random skein is different than the three that went in at the same time because the fiber content is different, so it takes the dye a little differently. 


 

I also dyed some sock blanks and this other random skein. The only photos I have of the sock blanks are from when I hung them to dry. So, not the best photos. Oh well.







 

The six skeins were dyed with the intention of being a sweater quantity for me. I also wanted to try out some of the new-to-me dyes I bought from someone destashing. Actually, all the colors were from the same destash. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. Unfortunately, I only have a few things left to dye so I think I'm going to have to start selling my hand dyed yarns so I can buy more yarn to dye. Ha! 

But that was the only thing I finished this past week. 




WIPs (Works-in-Progress) *these are carried over year after year, as 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. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10.
Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
11. Sand Drift Blanket: started 17 January 2021
12. Rose City Rollers: started 7 March 2021
13. El Panal Cowl: started 5 April 2021

As predicted, I started a new project this week. I bought the kit for the El Panal Cowl at Lambtown in 2019. I remember seeing the "live" version (the one on the pattern page in Ravelry) but the colors were not speaking to me....but then I saw the six pack of minis in the Mallard colorway...greens and blues and some brown and it was perfect for me and this project. And I've been sitting on it for a year and a half. I remember I was so excited about it and then I just put it away and let it mock me. 

No more. I wound the minis a few weeks ago (months? I have no concept of time anymore) and finally started it. It starts with an i-cord cast on, which is something new to me but I also quite liked. It took a bit longer, of course, but it gave me a nice, even edge.

In addition to that, I worked a little bit on the Rose City Rollers. Of course, now that I've stopped on the first sock, I'm 100% paranoid that I'm not going to have enough yarn to get to that point on the second sock, which isn't that big of a deal because it'll be in a shoe but it's still bothering me. ::sigh:: We'll see how things go. 




OMGLSGWTFBBQ


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. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)

 

Design Ideas:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband

2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man

3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon

4. Baby Blanket
5. Stomping Grounds Collection

 

Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1.
Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
2.
Perianth (fingering weight - Knitcircus Trampoline in The Whole Enchilada)
3. Stranger Things Hat (worsted - Malabrigo Rios in Archangel)
4.
Autopilot (worsted weight - Sincere Sheep Cormo Worsted or htNEVELE Worsted in Reveire)
5. Fine Tune (fingering weight - uses minis so maybe a rainbow type one with the Canon Hand Dyes?)*

6. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)

7. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
8. Undone (bulky - maybe the reclaimed yarn from the Freeport Vest?)
9. Socks (fingering weight - Bob knows I have enough so I should use it - maybe with the CSM)
10
Sockhead (fingering weight - I have tons...pick something!)
11. Age of Brass & Steam (Handspun purple/white barber pole)
12. Radiate Shawl (fingering weight - Artfibers Carezza maybe?)


Children's Items
1. Flax for Stormageddon (Stunning String Legacy Worsted)
2. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
4. Maybe a Flax for Little Man...maybe...

 

Utilitarian/Household Items
1. Garter Chevron Blanket (KP Mighty Stitch - may need to get some more black or white)
2. Diagonal Knit Dishcloths (cotton of some sort)
3. Reusable Produce Bag (cotton or acrylic of some sort - worsted)
4. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth (cotton or maybe bamboo, depending on the use)


Spinning:


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks 
2. Random worsted/sport skeins
3. Anything else I find along the way


Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Create project bag inventory
2. Update library inventory (on Ravelry) *in progress*
3. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry) *needs to be redone*
4. Stitch markers: kits and individual
5. Destash as necessary (it's always necessary)
 
 
 
 
The boys were still on spring break this past week, which was a week too long for them, honestly. They were just over it. But, we still had a week of break so we tried to make the most of it. The boys and I went on two "hikes" this week. The first was to Pulgas Ridge, which we had never been to before. I just googled hiking parks nearish to us and picked one that looked relatively easy to get to. 
 
It wasn't particularly busy, which was helpful. But it was a much bigger/longer hike than I anticipated. I think we wound up doing 3-4 miles, which is a big deal for Stormageddon, who has never really been hiking before. But the day was nice, we had our water, and we could take some breaks here and there, which was helpful. 
 
 
 
 


 
Little Man wanted to go because he wanted to look for wildlife. We actually found quite a bit on this hike. Aside from puppies (because it's also a dog walking area), we saw deer right away. We also came across several lizards and even saw a snake poking it's head out of a hole. I did get photos of the deer and one of the lizards. 
 
The day was quite nice, which was also helpful, and it hasn't rained in this area in awhile so the trails were nice and dry. Stormageddon did trip at one point but he got up, brushed himself off, and said he was good to go. So we continued to go.

 
 



Buuuuut, that wasn't the only hike we went on. We also went to a different park and took a much shorter hike. Little Man and I had done this hike before and it's only about a mile and a half total. It's in a valley so cell reception is crap but the photos were lovely. It was a bit colder and windier when we did this hike, which was okay. I didn't take photos until we had finished. There's a massive tree that is great for climbing so, of course, the boys climbed the tree...






I'm surprised I didn't wind up in a lot of pain after all that. Don't get me wrong: my body was a bit sore but I expected to be in bed for a day or two after that, since I'm so out of shape. But, all was well!
 
I found some Ikea chocolate bunnies that you have to assemble yourself. I bought them for the boys for Easter but forgot and found them the other day. So, the boys put them together, admired them, and ate them. Silly kids.
 


 
 
 
I also dyed a turtleneck for Husband this week. He's been working on our Mandolorian costumes (3D printer and a few other things) and he needed a brown turtleneck...but finding one in his size is impossible but he could find a white one. So, a bottle of Rit Dye later, he has his brown turtleneck. I sat in the garage while the water boiled in one of the huge brew pots Husband uses for brewing beer. I actually did it twice. The first time, I did it in a huge pot on our stove and it worked pretty well but there were still some spots that needed some more color. The second time around, we used a much bigger pot, which worked better.

 
 
 
Speaking of our Mandolorian costumes......this is my helmet so I can be Bo Katan. It is 3D printed in a couple pieces, glued, sanded, and painted. The dirty secret is that there are about three different colors of filament used. One piece was purple, two were a bright sky blue, and another was red. I think. Something like that. 



 
Other than that, it's been a "normal" week. But, like I said, the boys go back to school tomorrow, which will be a welcome return to routine. I'm also making/baking bread tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. Oh, and we have dentist appointments tomorrow. 

Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Happy Easter (Update #14)

Happy Sunday! And Easter! And Passover! And....what else am I forgetting (because I know there's something else happening right now).......crap. I'll think of it later, I suppose.

 

Anyway, let's get moving!

 

FOs (Finished Objects)
1.
Greenwood Fiberworks Dark BFL (Viktor): started 28 June 2020; finished 17 January 2021
2. Boo-Yah: started 26 January 2021; finished 27 January 2021
3.
Minecraft Socks: started 12 August 2020; finished 6 March 2021
4.
Alpaca (Viktor): started 17 January 2021; finished 17 March 2021

Nothing new. That's fine :) 

 

WIPs (Works-in-Progress) *these are carried over year after year, as 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. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10.
Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
11. Sand Drift Blanket: started 17 January 2021
12. Rose City Rollers: started 7 March 2021

This week was rough so not much knitting happened. I worked a few rows on the Linen Stitch Scarf, the Sand Drift Blanket, and I put the first of the Rose City Rollers onto a spare needle and started the second sock. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to do a contrast toe, which doesn't bother me, but that's why I put the first sock on a spare needle for now. So, we'll see. 

I took a quick photo of the sock while I was still working on the foot (obviously it's further along than this). 

 

 

That was it, though! 

 

OMGLSGWTFBBQ


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. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)

 

Design Ideas:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband

2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man

3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon

4. Baby Blanket
5. Stomping Grounds Collection

 

Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1.
Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
2.
Perianth (fingering weight - Knitcircus Trampoline in The Whole Enchilada)
3. Stranger Things Hat (worsted - Malabrigo Rios in Archangel)
4.
Autopilot (worsted weight - Sincere Sheep Cormo Worsted or htNEVELE Worsted in Reveire)
5. Fine Tune (fingering weight - uses minis so maybe a rainbow type one with the Canon Hand Dyes?)*

6. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)

7. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
8. Undone (bulky - maybe the reclaimed yarn from the Freeport Vest?)
9. Socks (fingering weight - Bob knows I have enough so I should use it - maybe with the CSM)
10
Sockhead (fingering weight - I have tons...pick something!)
11. Age of Brass & Steam (Handspun purple/white barber pole)
12. Radiate Shawl (fingering weight - Artfibers Carezza maybe?)
13. El Panal Cowl (Kit from Greenwood Fiberworks)


Children's Items
1. Flax for Stormageddon (Stunning String Legacy Worsted)
2. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
4. Maybe a Flax for Little Man...maybe...

 

Utilitarian/Household Items
1. Garter Chevron Blanket (KP Mighty Stitch - may need to get some more black or white)
2. Diagonal Knit Dishcloths (cotton of some sort)
3. Reusable Produce Bag (cotton or acrylic of some sort - worsted)
4. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth (cotton or maybe bamboo, depending on the use)


Spinning:


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
2. Skeins of sock yarn
3. Random worsted/sport skeins
4. Anything else I find along the way


Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Create project bag inventory
2. Update library inventory (on Ravelry) *in progress*
3. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry) *needs to be redone*
4. Stitch markers: kits and individual
5. Destash as necessary (it's always necessary)
 
 
 
 
This week was r-o-u-g-h! My allergies decided to start acting up last weekend and they got so bad that I couldn't wear my contacts for a few days because my eyes were so itchy and crusty. I was putting allergy drops in and taking extra allergy medication so I could sleep and it just wore me down. I wound up feeling like crap most of Monday and Tuesday. Husband had his first Fauci Ouchie on Monday. He did not do very well with it. Monday and Tuesday were pretty rough days for him, as well. I went and got my Fauci Ouchie on Wednesday. I was hoping for the Moderna or Pfizer one so I would have an excuse to go back but I wound up getting the Johnson & Johnson so it was one and done. However, Wednesday and Thursday were pretty rough for me. I wound up napping both days and was just really exhausted. I was feeling a bit better on Friday but I was still fighting headaches. 
 
And here is proof! I did the thing!
 

 
 
As a result, my entire week was messed up and I have had no concept of days for most of the week. In addition to getting my Fauci Ouchie, I also had an appointment to pick up equipment for a sleep study on Thursday (for that night). Friday was spent running errands like dropping off the sleep study equipment, going to Target, and going to Costco. 
 
Speaking of the sleep study, this was what I had to wear. It was a watch-like contraption hooked up to a pulse oxygen reader on my finger. Nothing like what Husband had to wear when he did his a few years ago.  


 
 
Also, you can see my hair in braids above...this is what all that hair looked like when I took the braids out. My hair is so frickin' long right now. I don't even know how to handle it. It spends 95% of it's time pulled up or in braids. I am so getting it cut off in a few weeks, at least a couple inches off the ends!



In other random events, the boys had a ton of energy yesterday and I took them out for a long walk, we stopped at a friends' house where we got to see some of her tarantulas and cockroaches and her recently-molted mantis (she's an entamologist) and then they were still wired so we had them move some tree stump pieces. We were going to cut them in half but they are really dense wood (scrub oak) so it just wasn't working out. So, the boys moved them. We found a garden snake, which Little Man caught and relocated. It was very sweet but very pissed off that we were doing things to it's house. ::sigh:: 
 
We also dyed Easter eggs yesterday. The boys colored on the eggs with crayons and then we put them into the dye and now they're in the fridge. I think we're making deviled eggs tomorrow. Maybe. Something like that.
 

 
 
I took the boys to the donut shop on Friday, because they have been begging to go for awhile now. Little Man enjoyed his donut but wasn't as happy as Stormageddon. Whatever. Silly boy.
 

 
 
 
 
Oh, and I had Little Man helping me replant cucumbers yesterday. He was more interested in the rolly poly he found but whatever. It was a big one, though. We sprouted cucumbers and dill in something Husband made and I put them out front yesterday. I hope they take...I really don't want to do it again.



Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend and all that. I should be back to normalish this next week and the boys are still on break so we'll see how things go.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Spring Break is finally here! (Update #13)

Happy Sunday! I'm writing this from the comfort of my bed, post-breakfast. Let's see what's happening!



FOs (Finished Objects)
1.
Greenwood Fiberworks Dark BFL (Viktor): started 28 June 2020; finished 17 January 2021
2. Boo-Yah: started 26 January 2021; finished 27 January 2021
3.
Minecraft Socks: started 12 August 2020; finished 6 March 2021
4.
Alpaca (Viktor): started 17 January 2021; finished 17 March 2021

Nothing new has been finished. I'm okay with this. 

 

WIPs (Works-in-Progress) *these are carried over year after year, as 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. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10.
Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
11. Sand Drift Blanket: started 17 January 2021
12. Rose City Rollers: started 7 March 2021

I'm still sitting at a "respectable" twelve WIPs.....but that's only because I haven't started the two or three projects for which I have yarn pulled and bagged up, with needles and a pattern in mind. No, seriously, I have three new projects on the horizon. I have the El Panal Cowl ready to go, with needles, yarn wound and color progression decided. I also have another set of Rose City Rollers ready to go using some scraps from a hand dyed project and some leftover Wollmeise that go well together. And a stripey Flax sweater for Stormageddon. 

But in "projects I actually worked on," I worked a little bit on the Sand Drift Blanket. I ordered the missing yarn, which should be helpful. When my friend ordered the kit from Purl Soho, they were out of one of the colors and she skipped it, in favor of getting two balls of each of the colors they did have (two of the colors were only supposed to be one skein each and she got two of those to "replace" the missing color). Soooooo, I ordered the missing colors now that they're available. We'll see how that goes. 

I also worked on the Rose City Rollers that I do have going. I've finished up the heel gusset decreases so now it's just working down the foot. I'm going to stop before I start doing the toe, just to make sure I have enough yarn for the second sock. I should but I'll do a weigh-in when I get to that point. If not, I have an idea for what I can do for contrasting toes. It'll be fine.

Other than that, I've not touched anything. I mean, I went through my bag of partials this week but that was only for planning purposes. And I got rid of a couple things, which is always good.

 

OMGLSGWTFBBQ


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. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)

 

Design Ideas:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband

2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man

3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon

4. Baby Blanket
5. Stomping Grounds Collection

 

Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1.
Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
2.
Perianth (fingering weight - Knitcircus Trampoline in The Whole Enchilada)
3. Stranger Things Hat (worsted - Malabrigo Rios in Archangel)
4.
Autopilot (worsted weight - Sincere Sheep Cormo Worsted or htNEVELE Worsted in Reveire)
5. Fine Tune (fingering weight - uses minis so maybe a rainbow type one with the Canon Hand Dyes?)*

6. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)

7. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
8. Undone (bulky - maybe the reclaimed yarn from the Freeport Vest?)
9. Socks (fingering weight - Bob knows I have enough so I should use it - maybe with the CSM)
10
Sockhead (fingering weight - I have tons...pick something!)
11. Age of Brass & Steam (Handspun purple/white barber pole)
12. Radiate Shawl (fingering weight - Artfibers Carezza maybe?)
13. El Panal Cowl (Kit from Greenwood Fiberworks)


Children's Items
1. Flax for Stormageddon (Stunning String Legacy Worsted)
2. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
4. Maybe a Flax for Little Man...maybe...

 

Utilitarian/Household Items
1. Garter Chevron Blanket (KP Mighty Stitch - may need to get some more black or white)
2. Diagonal Knit Dishcloths (cotton of some sort)
3. Reusable Produce Bag (cotton or acrylic of some sort - worsted)
4. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth (cotton or maybe bamboo, depending on the use)


Spinning:


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
2. Skeins of sock yarn
3. Random worsted/sport skeins
4. Anything else I find along the way


Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Create project bag inventory
2. Update library inventory (on Ravelry) *in progress*
3. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry) *needs to be redone*
4. Stitch markers: kits and individual
5. Destash as necessary (it's always necessary)
 
 
 
So, last week I said something about how both Husband and I are eligible for the Covid vaccine but it would probably take weeks to find appointments and all that. Yeah, about that......I was wrong. Husband is going in tomorrow for his first and I'm going on Wednesday. The only caveat is that we have to drive up to Napa (because that's where we found appointments through our insurance). That's not a huge deterrent. The boys are on Spring Break so getting to our first appointments isn't an issue. The second (if we have something other than the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) will be a little more difficult to schedule but it can be done. So, hooooray for that.

Like I mentioned, the boys are on Spring Break until they go back on 12 April. We have no plans, other than the vaccinations. Stormageddon wants to go to the beach and we might be able to make that happen. We'll see how things go. The thing is, even as vaccination rates go up, we're still in a pandemic and people are being caviler and downright careless. So going out to public places where there are people (ew) is still a little......concerning. If I could find a secluded area, I might do it. Maybe a little hike in the hills. I don't know. We'll figure it out. 
 
The boys turned into monkeys this past week. Our roommate took this photo of them, climbing on the back deck railing. ::sigh:: 
 
 
 
 
There was also some delightful food happening in our house. I made a veggie fried rice the other night. It had carrots, peas, snap peas (in the pods), broccoli, bok choy, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice, and an egg or two. It was pretty good, considering I'd never made it before. 
 

 
 
We also got our hands on some Mister Softee ice cream. The truck came by and Little Man said his friends have all raved about it so we got some. It was pretty good. Husband and I had banana splits, Little Man had an Oreo sundae, and Stormageddon had a chocolate sundae. The banana splits were huge and I wound up saving probably half of mine for the next day.
 
 
 
I would love to say that this was Stormageddon's face after ice cream but I'd be lying. It's his face after a chocolate-filled Cadbury Creme Egg. Apparently he was trying to wear it? I don't even know. But he's cute. 
 

 
 
His tooth is still wiggly. It's so ready to come out but he's not ready. Also, the Tooth Fairy doesn't have any cash right now. She'll have to remedy that soon. Like really soon.
 
Husband has been doing some printing for planting things. He made this little self-watering starter seed thing. We'll see how it works. So far, nothing is poking through. He also made larger self-watering containers for peppers. They're currently in one of the bathrooms with grow lights. We'll see how that goes. We may have a better spot but we've not gotten there yet.



There isn't much else happening around here, to be honest. We did some work in the backyard yesterday. We have an area by our hot tub that just does not want to grow grass. We have been trying for years. So, we decided to put pavers down and do a gravel infill between them. So, we got that set up yesterday. We do need to give it some time to see if we have any adjustments to make with leveling or filling, but otherwise, that was finished yesterday. I don't have any photos, though. Oh well.


I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend. I'm going to wander off.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - One more week! I need a vacation! (Update #12)

So, I started working on this post yesterday...and then life happened. It's now Monday and here I am....late.....again. ::sigh::

 

 

FOs (Finished Objects)
1.
Greenwood Fiberworks Dark BFL (Viktor): started 28 June 2020; finished 17 January 2021
2. Boo-Yah: started 26 January 2021; finished 27 January 2021
3.
Minecraft Socks: started 12 August 2020; finished 6 March 2021
4.
Alpaca (Viktor): started 17 January 2021; finished 17 March 2021

I finished spinning and plying the alpaca this past week. I still have a teensy bit left to Andean-ply from one bobbin but the main part is finished, which gives me rights to claim it as finished. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit it all onto one bobbin so I wound up having to ply onto a second bobbin. In the end, the first bobbin had about 104 yds and the second had maybe 34 yds. I'm thinking I started with probably 4 oz of fiber to begin with and if that's the case, this is probably a heavy worsted/Aran weight yarn. My only complaint is that alpacas are dusty animals and even though this had been cleaned and processed prior to me buying it, it was still dusty fiber to work with. I wound up soaking both skeins at least four times and the water still had a slightly brownish cast to it, even after the fourth soak. But it's done, washed, and has been wound into skeins (waiting on a label). So, that's delightful.

 

WIPs (Works-in-Progress) *these are carried over year after year, as 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. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10.
Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
11. Sand Drift Blanket: started 17 January 2021
12. Rose City Rollers: started 7 March 2021

Honestly, I did not do much knitting this week. I spent most of my crafting time spinning and plying the alpaca. I did work a couple rows on the Sand Drift Blanket yesterday and Friday night, I finished the cuff, heel flap, and heel turn on the first Rose City Roller. Husband and I had about five hours of TV/movie consumption so I was able to do that during the movie. We watched the first episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier (which was delightful) and then we watched the Zach Snyder cut of The Justice League, which was so much better than the dribble that was put out originally. That allowed me ample knitting time where I was able to get to the gusset heel decreases. But that was honestly about it. 



OMGLSGWTFBBQ


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. Paradiddle Socks: started 19 October 2017 - write pattern (iteration: here)

 

Design Ideas:
1. Christmas Stocking for Husband

2. Christmas Stocking for Little Man

3. Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon

4. Baby Blanket
5. Stomping Grounds Collection

 

Items for ME (Selfish Knitting FTW!):
1.
Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
2.
Perianth (fingering weight - Knitcircus Trampoline in The Whole Enchilada)
3. Stranger Things Hat (worsted - Malabrigo Rios in Archangel)
4.
Autopilot (worsted weight - Sincere Sheep Cormo Worsted or htNEVELE Worsted in Reveire)
5. Fine Tune (fingering weight - uses minis so maybe a rainbow type one with the Canon Hand Dyes?)*

6. Flax (worsted weight - Misty Alpaca in the Harry Potter colors)

7. Park Slope (fingering weight - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot in Shamrock)
8. Undone (bulky - maybe the reclaimed yarn from the Freeport Vest?)
9. Socks (fingering weight - Bob knows I have enough so I should use it - maybe with the CSM)
10
Sockhead (fingering weight - I have tons...pick something!)
11. Age of Brass & Steam (Handspun purple/white barber pole)
12. Radiate Shawl (fingering weight - Artfibers Carezza maybe?)
13. El Panal Cowl (Kit from Greenwood Fiberworks)


Children's Items
1. Flax for Stormageddon (Stunning String Legacy Worsted)
2. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
4. Maybe a Flax for Little Man...maybe...

 

Utilitarian/Household Items
1. Garter Chevron Blanket (KP Mighty Stitch - may need to get some more black or white)
2. Diagonal Knit Dishcloths (cotton of some sort)
3. Reusable Produce Bag (cotton or acrylic of some sort - worsted)
4. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth (cotton or maybe bamboo, depending on the use)


Spinning:


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
2. Skeins of sock yarn
3. Random worsted/sport skeins
4. Anything else I find along the way


Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Create project bag inventory
2. Update library inventory (on Ravelry) *in progress*
3. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry) *needs to be redone*
4. Stitch markers: kits and individual
5. Destash as necessary (it's always necessary)
 
 
 
 
 
California is the same as it's ever been. Husband and I found out we are now both eligible for the Covid vaccine buuuuuuuut we doubt we'll be getting in anytime soon. We both filled out the form through our insurance company and they said that they'll contact us once we can try to get appointments. Let me just roll my eyes. I know it will happen someday soon enough but right now, it just seems a bit like a fairy tale. I know plenty of people that have had theirs, which is always a good thing. 
 
Aside from that, not much else is happening. Stormageddon's tooth is still wiggly. He's wiggling several times a day, which is perfectly fine. It's going to come out one of these days. His other tooth is still mostly still. Oh well.
 
Little Man is still a little behind in his science class. He has a couple of lessons to work on, which we'll get done this week. He watched all the videos and read everything...he just didn't do any of the work that he needed to "turn in." So he was able to participate and all that, and he understood what was going on...but nothing to show for it. Thankfully we're almost caught up. 
 
Husband is still working on his Mandolorian costume parts. I cannot tell you how many times he has made and remade and reremade the helmet, parts of the armor, the blaster, the Tuskin Raider blaster, and so on and so forth. He's happy doing it so I guess it's not all bad. There is a lot of plastic on the floor, however. Sweeping happens a lot more often because the Roomba cannot handle it. Oh well. 
 
The only other major things to happen this week were visiting a friend while the boys and I went on a walk. She had her first vaccination the other day (woot woot!). 

 
 
 
This is how tall the Tuskin Raider thing was for Husband's Mandolorian costume. So, I guess you could say that the boys are for scale? Unfortunately, where he glued the pieces...some of the paint got in there and it rendered the glue useless. So, he's back to doing it another way, I guess. 
 

 
 
Husband also made an iPhone mount for our roommate's phone. Once in awhile, he wants to take photos of his food where he can manipulate things without moving his phone around, hence the mount. He's a professional chef so taking photos of his food is for a reason. It's not like the crap I do where I take photos and just show it off. He does the fancy thing. I do the "OMG I MADE GOOD FOOD" thing. 
 


 
I also managed to screw up my back really good yesterday. The boys and I went on a walk and while we were out, I walked on a crack and my ankle started to do the "I'm going to roll on you and hurt" thing and in trying to catch my balance, my back decided it was a good time to crunch on me. So, I'm in quite a bit of pain today. Getting up and down has now been fun. 
 
On the upside, Mister Softee was on our street last night so Little Man and I waited in line to get ice cream for us. 

Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend! I'm going to wander off :)