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Monday, September 28, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - All the single unexpected things (Update #39)

Happy Monday morning. Yesterday was a long day and things got away from me, as they sometimes do. Let's get moooooving!




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
4. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018; frogged 9 April 2020
5. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020; finished 25 May 2020
6. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020; finished 13 June 2020
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018; finished 18 June 2020
8. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019; finished 30 June 2020
9. Oread Hat (test knit): started 2 July 2020; finished 11 July 2020
10. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019; finished 18 July 2020
11. Rose City Rollers: started 18 June 2020; finished 4 August 2020
12. Prototype Something Something (worsted): started 5 September 2020; finished 6 September 2020

Nope. Nothing new to see here. Again. 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. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10. Greenwood Fiberworks Dark BFL (Viktor): started 28 June 2020
11. Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
12. Minecraft Socks: started 12 August 2020
13. Basic Fingerless Mitts: started 6 September 2020
14. Prototype Something Something cowl: started 11 September 2020

Admittedly, I didn't get a lot of knitting time this week but what time I did get happened from Thursday onward. I worked on the fingerless mitts. I've actually finished the first one (other than weaving in the ends). I do need to start the second one. Maybe later today. 

I also pulled out the Vanilla Socks and worked a few rounds on those. I was also chatting with friends at the time (six feet apart, masks on, hand sanitizer in abundance), which is why I didn't make a ton of progress (but progress is progress). 

Lastly, I pulled out the tote with my crochet granny squares and worked a bit on a square. I think I have two cakes of yarn after I finish the remaining ball. So, I'm getting there, albeit slowly. 

That was it, though. 

 

 

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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)



Children's Items:
1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018) - I may change this to a different sweater using the same yarn
2. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
4. 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!)


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


Spinning:
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
2. Skeins of sock yarn
3. 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 


In other random events, I'm doing some destashing via Ravelry. If Ravelry doesn't bother you, take a look and see if there's something you like. All the prices include shipping in the US but I am willing to ship internationally (let me get a shipping quote on the items in question). I think I have a few things that don't have prices yet, mostly because I just pulled them yesterday. 

Yeah. I spent a good chunk of the day in the yarn closet yesterday. We're getting something that requires some specialized storage (it's not an everyday thing so it needs to be in storage most of the time) and the "best" place is in the yarn closet. I'm not crazy about this development for various reasons, but mostly because it meant that I needed to either get rid of 1/3 of my yarn or somehow make more fit into a smaller space. 

Space Saver Bags to the rescue! I also did pull out a bunch of stuff to send to donation (almost all acrylics or partials that I won't use). But really, it was the bags. The only "bad" thing about having everything in the space saver bags is that when I want something, I'll need to take it out and then re-do the bag and fit it back into the bin. I suppose that's not terrible if that's the worst thing that happens. It also means my bins are deceptively heavy. It'll be fine, everything will work out, etc. 

Aside from that, it's still fire season in California. While some of the fires are much more contained, there's a huge one that broke out in the North Bay, Napa Valley region. We are in no danger from it other than the smoke but we have friends that had a house up there. And I say "had" because it was on fire this morning. It's expected to be a total loss. Thankfully, they had all the important stuff out already and they have their house in San Francisco. But these aren't just nameless, faceless people. 

This past week has been.....well, it's been a rough week, actually. I was attempting some new scheduling with my work stuff and I was trying to figure out how to make it all work and I was pretty close......and then I had a meeting scheduled with my manager for Thursday. Now, where I'm from, if you have a meeting scheduled with your manager/boss, it's like being hauled into the principal's office: you're in trouble. I said as much to my friend, the one that got me this job. She said I was being silly. 

Except I wasn't. 
 
I got let go on Thursday, just like that. No warning, my friend didn't even know, we were in the process of getting some new things worked out for a new sales executive (we had a meeting scheduled like a half-hour after the one with my manager was supposed to end), and just like that: done. WHAAAAT?! 

I wish I were joking. The good thing is that it wasn't anything I did or didn't do. They're restructuring and found a workaround for some of the manual work I was doing and add Covid19 into the mix and it's just a disaster waiting to happen. 
 
That means I'm left with an abundance of free time all of a sudden, hence why I was cleaning in the yarn closet. My next plan is to clean the hall closet. That one is going to be messy. Don't get me wrong: the yarn closet was hard...but the hall closet is......well, not organized, things everywhere, things spilling out of things, things that shouldn't be in there, things falling down, etc. Not pretty. So I'm going to make it pretty. I also have time to work with the boys during their school hours and help them more. Part of me is tempted to not look for a job because I can help the boys more but I know with my car payment, we need the income. We'll be okay but it still sucks.
 
Stormageddon took some time this week to read to Puppy. Yes, he's in Kindergarten. Yes, he's reading. He read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, which he's heard enough that even if he wasn't reading, he could probably recite mostly from memory (and that memory served him well for some of the more difficult words). I'm not sure Puppy is interested but it was cute.
 
 

 
My burn is healing. I'm at the stage where it's mostly healed except for a spot in the middle, which is still scaly. It never really got "itchy" but that may be because I had it bandaged with Neosporin during that point. 
 
Also, because we were supposed to be on a cruise to Hawaii right now, I made melted chocolate lava cake (Godiva out of a box). 
 
 

 
For a boxed cake mix, it was pretty good (Godiva, like Betty Crocker, knows what she's doing). We had it with ice cream and it was delightful. 

That's honestly about all that's happening around here lately. I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend and all of that :)

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Is it really Sunday? (Update #38)

Happy Sunday! I had some wonky things happen with last week's post so I'm going to try to remedy them this week. We'll see how it goes.



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
4. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018; frogged 9 April 2020
5. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020; finished 25 May 2020
6. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020; finished 13 June 2020
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018; finished 18 June 2020
8. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019; finished 30 June 2020
9. Oread Hat (test knit): started 2 July 2020; finished 11 July 2020
10. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019; finished 18 July 2020
11. Rose City Rollers: started 18 June 2020; finished 4 August 2020
12. Prototype Something Something (worsted): started 5 September 2020; finished 6 September 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. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10. Greenwood Fiberworks Dark BFL (Viktor): started 28 June 2020
11. Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
12. Minecraft Socks: started 12 August 2020
13. Basic Fingerless Mitts: started 6 September 2020
14. Prototype Something Something cowl: started 11 September 2020

Admittedly, I've done very little actual knitting or crocheting or crafting of any kind this week. I spent the latter half of the week feeling slightly under the weather, which accounted for some of it. I've also been swamped at work, which is unusual. I think I worked on the fingerless mitts early this week and that was about it. I did some reorganizing of my corner (where all my WIPs live) and moved some things around but that was really about it.



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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)



Children's Items:
1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018) - I may change this to a different sweater using the same yarn
2. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
4. 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!)


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


Spinning:
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
2. Skeins of sock yarn
3. 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 


This week saw the skies finally clearing and our air quality going back to a somewhat more "normal" reading, which unfortunately triggered a migraine and a general unwell feeling for me, as of Wednesday. I was feeling significantly better by Thursday and almost normal on Friday. I'm fine now but I think the small amount of rain we had and the air finally clearing was the issue. 

Unfortunately, that knocked me over for a few days, and while I am feeling better, I'm still not operating at 100%. It's fine. 

This week, the boys had their usual school-related meetings. We're heading into our sixth week of Distance Learning. Unfortunately, I had a bunch of work meetings scheduled, which is rather unusual for me. I usually have maybe two meetings in a month. This past week, I had three meetings scheduled (one was cancelled, thankfully). I'm not used to so many meetings. Just let me do my work and be on my way, thank you very much. Oh well. It's fine. 

Stormageddon started working on his Zearn math program this week. He's quite enjoying it, thankfully. He's definitely better at navigating the laptop at his age than I was. Although, to be fair, computers were not commonplace in classrooms, much less homes when I was his age. 





Aside from that, Stormageddon found some bugs and Little Man avoided the camera. He's getting to that age where he doesn't like me taking photos of him. So, expect less of him, I guess? 

Something I know I forgot to mention....this:




I can tell that you're wondering, "Renee, what the hell is that?" and that's a legitimate question. That, friends, is a burn on my right thigh. "How did you get a burn like that on your thigh?" Again, legitimate question. On occasion, we make fridge pickles in a HUGE Mason jar (seriously, it holds more than a gallon of liquid). Full-size pickling cucumbers, all the ingredients, our brine, and we stick it in the fridge. It takes a couple of weeks but then we have pickles. So, last weekend, I went to make a batch of fridge pickles with the cucumbers we grew out front. Everything was ready, in the jar, and our brine was just done boiling. Now, I've done this several times without issue, never spilling a drop....but I poured the brine into the jar, spilling some and the jar decided to explode, sending glass and boiling hot brine (which is an acid, mind you) all over me, the floor, and the counter. That burn was the worst of it. I have a couple of very minor smaller burns on my forearms and one near the back of my right knee. After I told Husband what happened, I hopped into the (cold) shower, fully clothed. I slathered Solarcaine and Neosporin on it when I got out, and that was all I could do. It didn't look too bad until Friday, when I got my underwear caught on it and it pulled the peeling layer off. ::sigh:: So, now it's at the crusty healing stage, which is good, but that also means it's getting itchy and it hurts and the hems of my shorts sit right on it and I can't wear long pants because they rub so, really, it's just at that annoying stage. 

Aside from that, Stormageddon decided his head was cold this week (!!) and he opened up the bin of hats and took one out. 




I made this hat quite awhile ago. It's nothing fancy, just a stockinette hat. The yarn was from Yarn Hollow and I bought it ages ago (seriously, I think I bought it in 2010). Little Man wore it, I've worn it, and now Stormageddon has worn it. He was quite proud of himself. 


I think that's about it from this corner of California. I'm going to have to wander off. Maybe I'll actually do some knitting this week. We'll see how things go. I hope you had a good week and weekend!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Have a dollar! (Update #37)

Happy Monday! I'm a day late because *reasons* so let's just get going and we'll discuss later :)



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
4. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018; frogged 9 April 2020
5. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020; finished 25 May 2020
6. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020; finished 13 June 2020
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018; finished 18 June 2020
8. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019; finished 30 June 2020
9. Oread Hat (test knit): started 2 July 2020; finished 11 July 2020
10. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019; finished 18 July 2020
11. Rose City Rollers: started 18 June 2020; finished 4 August 2020
12. Prototype Something Something (worsted): started 5 September 2020; finished 6 September 2020


Yes, It's true. I finished a cowl in less than a day. I'm not even joking a little bit. It's even been washed. Now, to be fair, I still need to weave in my ends but it's been washed and blocked. I also need to weigh it and photograph it and write the pattern but the cowl itself is done, not that it's cold enough to even consider wearing it right now. Soon, my precious, soon.



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. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10. Greenwood Fiberworks Dark BFL (Viktor): started 28 June 2020
11. Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
12. Minecraft Socks: started 12 August 2020
13. Basic Fingerless Mitts: started 6 September 2020
14. Prototype Something Something cowl: started 11 September 2020


I have no self-control. After finishing one project this past week, I started two more. I'm about halfway finished in the first of the fingerless mitts. I bought the yarn as a kit with the pattern, in a handled mason jar, and a few other items, from Diane Ivey of Lady Dye Yarns. I think I picked it up at Vogue Knitting Live in San Francisco and if it wasn't there, it was at Stitches West. Regardless, I've had it for a little bit and it was time. I'm not 100% sure these are going to be for me. They fit me but I think I'm going to wind up putting them in the "gifting" box for someone else. 

The yarn is a single-ply fingering weight that has oranges, yellows, greens, reds, and browns - very autumnal. I'm using US #3 needles (my Signature DPNs) and so far, they've been a fairly easy knit. I do know of a few changes I would make if I were to knit them again, none of which take away from the design itself; they're just personal choices about increases. Otherwise, all is well with those. 

The other project I started was another iteration of the cowl...the one I just finished in the smaller version in worsted weight, and the same one I also have recentlyish finished the smaller version in sock yarn....yeah, that one. This one is the longer sock yarn version, which is the one I gave to Stormageddon's former speech therapist a year and a half ago. Also, because that yarn company is no more, I thought I had better knit it out of something that is still available. I know how grumpy some yarny people get when the exact yarn isn't available. 

The yarn for this one I picked up at Stitches West, I believe this past February (so February 2020), right before the proverbial shit hit the fan. I think if I could have bought a sweater's quantity of it at the time, I might have. Alas, it wasn't to be. So one lonely skein came home with me, to become this cowl. I think. 

I've not been working on much else this past week, mostly due to lack of time and other things going on. But I think two new projects is enough, right?


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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)



Children's Items:
1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018) - I may change this to a different sweater using the same yarn
2. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
4. 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!)


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


Spinning:
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
2. Skeins of sock yarn
3. 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 


I wish I could say life in California has been delightful but, really, there are a zillion different things going on left and right and center. 

First of all, a wildfire/weather update. As most of you probably know, California is fraught with wildfires. The nearest one to us is still at least 40 miles away and between us and it: the San Francisco Bay and some mountains. That's the one that is east of San Jose. There's also one south of us toward the Santa Cruz Mountains, which is at least 60 miles away. And there is another few in the North Bay, again at least 60 miles away. Regardless, we're surrounded by fires but are in no eminent danger and I don't expect that to change but we'll see how things go. 

Second, Distance Learning update. We are now in...week five, I think, of Distance Learning. Last week was a bit of a rough week. Monday was a hol so the boys didn't have school but the rest of the week was kind of a hot mess. I had both boys refusing to do work at least one day (thankfully not the same day), Little Man fell behind in one of his classes (he caught up today, for the most part), and there were a lot of frustrations. But, we are okay, we came through it, and all is as well as it's going to be.

Wednesday was a very strange day. This photo does NOT do it justice. We woke up like we normally do...except it was still very dark outside. Like eerily dark. It was a dark orangey-yellow outside. I cannot describe it and this photo.....well, my phone tried to auto-correct the sky color. It was the color of the hay bale the skeletons are sitting on, in reality. That was the color of the sky. And it got darker all morning. By noon, it was darker than it had been at 8am. 




The air quality was definitely crap that day but it was actually better on Wednesday than it has been any day since. It looked like a combination of Bladerunner and Beetlejuice outside. No one wanted to do anything and we wound up spending the afternoon watching movies. 

Little Man spent part of this week being creative. He built a Master Sword (Legend of Zelda) out of Legos. He was quite pleased with his work, other than you couldn't pull it out of the rock...but that's fine. 




He was excited about his accomplishments, regardless.

In other random events, Salon Chez Mom was open this weekend for the business of buzzing. Stormageddon requested tiny hair, which was easy enough. I had intended to just trim Little Man's but it turned into a hot mess so I got the longest clippers we had and buzzed it off. 




Husband also had his hair buzzed off. He says he may never go to the real salon again. ::sigh:: My hair, on the other hand, is halfway down my back and I can grab it by the handful if I put my arm up behind my back. That's the longest my hair has ever been in my entire life. Maybe when I'm feeling like it, I'll have Little Man snap a photo and I'll post it. Or not. Whatever. 

Anyway, I suppose that's enough out of me, especially as it's getting closer to midnight here and I still haven't posted this. We'll see if I can get myself together this weekend or not. I'm also hoping for some solid knitting time. Again, we shall see. 

I hope you had a good week & weekend!


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Year NINE: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Labor Day Weekend (Update #36)

 Happy Sunday! Happy Labor Day Weekend (if you're in the US) and Happy Father's Day if your in Australia (or was that yesterday?)! 

We're here for an update so let's get mooooooving :) 



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
4. Campfire Socks: started 17 October 2018; frogged 9 April 2020
5. Sockhead: started 8 January 2020; finished 25 May 2020
6. Baby Yoda: started 14 March 2020; finished 13 June 2020
7. Abracadabra Socks: started 7 August 2018; finished 18 June 2020
8. Multi-Colored Merino Top (Viktor): started 16 January 2019; finished 30 June 2020
9. Oread Hat (test knit): started 2 July 2020; finished 11 July 2020
10. Prototype Something Something Raindrops: started 11 April 2019; finished 18 July 2020
11. Rose City Rollers: started 18 June 2020; finished 4 August 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. Purl & Loop Weaving Project: started 28 August 2018
8. Herbivore: started 15 November 2018
9. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
10. Greenwood Fiberworks Dark BFL (Viktor): started 28 June 2020
11. Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
12. Minecraft Socks: started 12 August 2020
13. Prototype Something Something (worsted): started 5 September 2020

Because I don't have enough going on, I started another project. However, if I keep working on it at the rate I was last night, I'll have it finished in another couple of hours. No joke, I'm already at the halfway point. As long as I don't run out of yarn, all will be well. I had planned to start this when I wound the yarn but found that I didn't have the needles I needed on hand. So, I ordered them from Webs, they arrived, and I started last night. I'm using some Mal Rios I had banging around the stash in the Paris Night colorway, which is a dark navypurpleish blue. The design is one of my own (the same design pattern as the Prototype cowl listed in the FO list above, just in a worsted weight). So, really, does it count if I have it finished in less than a day?

I also worked on the Minecraft Socks this week. I didn't get very far, maybe a dozen rounds, but progress is progress.

Lastly, I pulled out the Vanilla Socks. Because the yarn is so dark, I have to work on them in natural light. Artificial light just doesn't work for these, for some reason. I don't know if it's because of the yarn color or because it's single-spun or a combination of the two or what...but artificial light and these socks do not go together. Given that the aforementioned cowl is also a very dark yarn and I can work on it at night in low light leads me to believe that it's probably a combination of the color and the single-spun yarn. Regardless, I made some progress and that's good. 

There hasn't been much else beyond that, however. 



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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)



Children's Items:

1. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018) - I may change this to a different sweater using the same yarn
2. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
4. 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!)


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


Spinning:
4. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)


Dyeing:
1. Sock Blanks
2. Skeins of sock yarn
3. 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 



We are now heading into our fourth week of Distance Learning here in California. I'm not going to lie: it's rough. I'm having daily arguments with Little Man (well, almost daily). He's told me several times that he doesn't like 4th grade and that it's too hard, there's too much writing, he misses his friends....it goes on and on. And trust me, I get it. I miss seeing my friends, too. And 4th grade is hard but it's also going to be amazing! Really, though, his complaint is the amount of writing he has to do. Writing is hard for him and that's partly because his spelling is awful but also because it's like he doesn't know what the lines on his paper are for. ::sigh:: 

Stormageddon, on the other hand, has taken to Distance Learning for kindergarten very well. He goes to his meetings (morning & afternoon, plus PE and Library, and he also has speech and occupational therapy), he does his work in his workbook, he does his online work (mostly reading & math), and he will also do other things asked of him. Occasionally I'll get a little pushback from him but he'll take a break and then he'll be fine. 

So, that's where Distance Learning is hanging out right now. 

Husband is still working from home. I don't think that's going to end anytime soon, honestly. And we've come to peace with that. He had two office spaces set up. One is in the garage and the other is in Stormageddon's room. Ultimately, Stormageddon will get his space in his bedroom for his own desk space but not yet, especially as we're in the midst of a heat wave again so Husband will most likely be working from the inside office where there's air conditioning nearby. 

Aside from that, Stormageddon turned six years old this week! We did presents after school/work and we had cake. There wasn't much else we could do. 

This is how I found him that morning: 




He had been counting down for almost two weeks. He kept asking me, "mommy, how many more sleeps until my birthday?" and we would look at a calendar. Once we got to around a week left, he was able to tell me without the help of a calendar. 


One of the things he received for his birthday was a book that Little Man picked out. It's about the Lego Movie and I took some video of him reading it. Yes, my six year old can read pretty well. It's not perfect but he's six. I hope the video works...




We've also been doing a bit of yard work. So last week I mentioned that Husband had purchased a pole chainsaw and cut down all the tops off our camphor trees. I was hoping he'd wait until the weekend to rent the wood chipper but no, he decided that Wednesday morning was a good day. Wednesday morning was spent getting all the branches and tree tops into the wood chipper, then spreading some of the wood chips around the backyard. It was hard, loud work. But it's done....except all the wood chips. We did some of that this morning, actually. Most of what went into the wood chipper wound up being leaves so a lot of it isn't all that useful for our yard but what was useful, we hauled to the backyard and spread where it needed to be spread. We'll see how it goes. 

I know I mentioned Distance Learning already but I wanted to show you one of Little Man's projects. He has to make a map for Social Studies (making sure he has all the map features his teacher mentioned). This is his rough draft. He's missing most of the map features yet but he decided to make a map of Hyrule (Legend of Zelda). I just need to convince him that he doesn't need to make the entire map. We'll see how that goes. 




I think that's about it from me today. Hopefully this week goes well and I wind up with another FO. We'll see......