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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Alcohol counts as a place. (Update #29)

Apparently it's Tuesday and I 100% missed getting this post written for Sunday. My days are still all melding together so this isn't terribly surprising. Regardless of my background reasoning, I'm here fairly close to Sunday so I don't feel all that guilty for being a day or two late...let's get going!

Oh, and a reminder: all project/pattern/yarn links direct back to Ravelry so if Ravelry is not a safe place for you, do not click on the linkys!



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
6.
El Panal Cowl: started 5 April 2021; finished 29 April 2021
7.
Rose City Rollers: started 7 March 2021; finished 1 June 2021
8. Unknown Wool (Viktor): started 26 June 2021; finished 27 June 2021
9. Abstract Fibers Merino Tencel (Viktor): started 27 June 2021; finished 29 June 2021
10. Frabjous Fibers Merino Top (Viktor): started 30 June 2021; finished 2 July 2021
11. Allons-y Fiber Arts Merino (Viktor): started 4 July 2021; finished 7 July 2021

Tour de Fleece has ended as of yesterday. I actually did quite a bit of spinning but it was all front-loaded. After my last (frustrating) spin, I didn't actually spin anything else. Oh well.

My totals for the TdF were:

1. Unknown Wool: 59 yds total, worsted weight
2. Abstract Fibers Merino Tencel: 255 yds total; DK/worsted weight
3. Frabjous Fibers Merino Top: 357 yds total; sport weight
4. Allons-y Fiber Arts Merino: 591 yds total; fingering weight

That's not terrible, considering. I probably could have finished quite a bit more if I hadn't lost steam 10 days early. I finally figured out the yardage on the Allons-y Fiber Arts Merino on Friday. Like those bobbins sat for 9 days before I wound them off onto the niddy-noddy and washed them. They're currently still drying.



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. Flax for Stormageddon: started 29 April 2021
13. Rose City Rollers: started 1 June 2021

Honestly, it was a light week for crafting of any kind. I maybe worked on the Rose City Rollers......maybe. I couldn't even tell you for sure. I know it was brought with me to various places but that doesn't mean I actually worked on them. 

 

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/Knitting for others
1. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
2. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
3. Maybe a Flax for Little Man...maybe...
4. Mittens for my grandmother (worsted, purple...she loves purple)

 

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 (I think I have 5 left)
2. Random worsted/sport skeins (I have maybe 2-3 left)
3. Anything else I find along the way (I don't think there's anything else)


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)


Oh....where to start........we have been cleaning and purging this week. Not necessarily a lot, just little things here and there. Like we managed to condense our pantry into a space roughly half the size and get rid of a shelving unit. I went through my hanging clothes and my workout clothes. I have a bag to go to donation and a couple of things that went into the garbage. I've tossed out unused/partly used beauty products (hairspray, specifically). We've been eating food from the freezer/pantry and working around what we have. I got rid of some expired food (canned mostly). Since we have AC, I pulled out the box fans and window fans and am giving them to people that need them because we sure don't. We're getting rid of our popcorn maker because we never use it. Little things we can do in a half-hour. The boys are doing it, too. Sort of. Little Man went through all his books and we got rid of quite a few. He still has a ton but we got rid of a lot. I need to do the same with Stormageddon but he's a bit more resistant to getting rid of books. He loves his books, even if he's way too old for them. I may need to do it when he's not looking. 

Husband took this past week off because he just needed the break. We did some things around the house, like the purging and organizing and such, he played some video games, we got caught up on Loki, he watched some more Star Wars: The Clone Wars (sometimes with me, sometimes not), we did some yardwork...but mostly, he took the week off to relax, which he kind of did. I'm not entirely sure he's capable of relaxing while at home. He sees things that need to be done and decides to do them. I'm scared for his future retirement. He's going to drive me nuts. 

I took the boys to the park last week, which was much needed. They need to play with other kids and this pandemic has been pretty brutal on them. Little Man also went to a birthday party on Sunday, an actual in-person event!


Even though he's had little training, he's pretty good with a bat-like object for hitting piƱatas. The kids all kept trying to cheat and look at first. Eventually, because they had all taken at least 3 whacks and nothing was happening, we let them open their eyes. 

We also spent some time power washing our fence. We have lived in our house for just over 8 years now and the fence has never been fully power washed. So, Husband and I worked on it in spurts. It turned out pretty well, honestly. We got 8 years of smog and grime off, which helped. It's not perfect by any means but definitely better.

Before

After


In addition to that, Little Man started learning how to knit this past week. He's been after me for a few weeks and I finally pulled out some yarn and started a hat for him (the ribbing). Then I taught him to, "stab, strangle, scoop out the guts, and throw him off a cliff." He's doing pretty well. I have a video on my Instagram if you want to see him in action. He does a few stitches, then I'll do a few (so there's evident progress). He's doing pretty well.


And lest you think Stormageddon has been hiding....he set up the chess board for him and Daddy to play. Now, remember, he's only 6 and has never really played. He saw the board set up once and played once. I think he did pretty well at setting it up by himself. He knew to put the pawns in the front. Everything else was kind of....well, he did pretty well.


Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend! I will hopefully have more interesting things to say next time. Or not. We'll see how things go.

 

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin' (Update #28)

Hello! Happy Sunday! I think it's Sunday....my days are all a hot mess again. I swear, if my phone didn't tell me what day it was, I would never know for sure. Anyway, let's get going!



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
6.
El Panal Cowl: started 5 April 2021; finished 29 April 2021
7.
Rose City Rollers: started 7 March 2021; finished 1 June 2021
8. Unknown Wool (Viktor): started 26 June 2021; finished 27 June 2021
9. Abstract Fibers Merino Tencel (Viktor): started 27 June 2021; finished 29 June 2021
10. Frabjous Fibers Merino Top (Viktor): started 30 June 2021; finished 2 July 2021
11. Allons-y Fiber Arts Merino (Viktor): started 4 July 2021; finished 7 July 2021

My Tour de Fleece spinning has slowed significantly. I was so frustrated with the plying on the last spin that I just kind of...stopped. I haven't even figured out the yardage on it yet. It wound up being plied onto four bobbins because it broke so many times while plying. I was less than pleased with myself. 

The smallest bobbin at the top has so many breaks in it that I stopped counting. I mean, I'm the one that will knit with it but still, so annoyed with myself!


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. Flax for Stormageddon: started 29 April 2021
13. Rose City Rollers: started 1 June 2021

The only other thing I worked on this past week was the Rose City Rollers. I'm still not finished with the first one but I'll get there eventually. I was busy doing other things, for the most part. Oh well.



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. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
2. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
3. 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 (I think I have 5 left)
2. Random worsted/sport skeins (I have maybe 2-3 left)
3. Anything else I find along the way (I don't think there's anything else)


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)
 
 
 
Here in California, we're in the midst of a heatwave. ::sigh:: But, we have air conditioning so it's not that terrible. I took the boys to the park twice this week (two days in a row) and I had hoped that it would help calm them down a bit but........yeah, that didn't work.
 
Little Man has two friends that had birthdays yesterday so he made them both 3D printed Creepers (well, Husband did).  They're pretty good sized, too. The other one is crystaline so it's sort of transparent. I was quite impressed with it.


I took the boys to one of the bigger parks in town. They have a baseball field with grandstand (it's where they put the ice rink in the winter), there are plenty of walking paths, the tennis courts, underground parking, and Japanese Tea Gardens. We had never been into the garden so we did that briefly. 

The koi are HUGE. They also have turtles in the pond. The one below was just stretching out on a rock, pulling his head in and out and stretching his legs. I kind of wanted to scoop him up and take him home but that would be a bad idea.



Husband took this week off. I'm hoping that I can convince him to go through his clothes and get rid of things that don't fit or are worn out. Little Man and I went through his books and we have a pile to put into the Free Little Libraries around town. I need to go through Stormageddon's and do the same. I also went through mine and we'll see what happens with that.

Our roommate ordered Little Man a nametag for his hand-me-down chef jackets. I need to do some mending on one of them but he seems pretty happy about it. He likes the idea of cooking....but doesn't seem to want to actually do it. We will have to change that.



 

I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend. Maybe I'll have something more interesting next week. Or not.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Happy Independence Day, America (Update #27)

Happy Sunday! Happy Independence Day! Happy July! Happy.....something? I don't know. Let's get on with it!



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
6.
El Panal Cowl: started 5 April 2021; finished 29 April 2021
7.
Rose City Rollers: started 7 March 2021; finished 1 June 2021
8. Unknown Wool (Viktor): started 26 June 2021; finished 27 June 2021
9. Abstract Fibers Merino Tencel (Viktor): started 27 June 2021; finished 29 June 2021
10. Frabjous Fibers Merino Top (Viktor): started 30 June 2021; finished 2 July 2021

I may have mentioned last week that Tour de Fleece started.......yeah, I finished three spins this past week. Not surprising if I've been spinning, which I have!

First up, a mystery brown wool that I had banging around in my stash. According to the stash entry on Ravelry, I had about an ounce of this fiber (30 g). It was pretty schlubby and wanted to be spun thicker than I really wanted but here we are. I wound up with ~ 59 yds of a worsted/Aran weight yarn. The smaller skein was Andean-plied and is only ~ 9 yds. I have no idea what I'm going to do with this yarn but that's for another day.



Next up, I have a 50/50 merino tencel from Abstract Fibers. This was a delightful spin and it wanted to be spun much thinner than the above fiber.....and I thought it was slated to be a fingering weight but, it just wasn't meant to be. It also snapped when I was plying (both plies snapped) so I wound up with three skeins total. The smallest was Andean-plied and the other two were just a 2-ply. I wound up with ~ 255 yds total, which is a pretty firm DK weight.



My last finish hasn't been properly photographed yet because it's still drying but I have a photo from before I took it off the plying bobbins. I wound up with a heavy fingering weight/sport weight yarn after plying and such, ~ 357 yds, which I wasn't expecting. There's lots of barber pole action happening in this yarn but I rather like how it turned out.


And that's it for the things I finished! I'd like to think I had a productive week 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. Flax for Stormageddon: started 29 April 2021
13. Rose City Rollers: started 1 June 2021

Because it's TdF, I've been spinning more than knitting for sure but I have done a little knitting here and there. I've worked on my Rose City Rollers and the first sleeve of Stormageddon's Flax sweater. Nothing terribly exciting. 

Like I said, I've been spinning more than knitting this past week.

 

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. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
2. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
3. 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 (I think I have 5 left)
2. Random worsted/sport skeins (I have maybe 2-3 left)
3. Anything else I find along the way (I don't think there's anything else)


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)


Here in California, things are much the same as they have been. I've been taking the boys out to the park a little more often, they're spending far too much time on their devices (mostly the iPads but the Nintendo Switch, also), and I just don't care right now. It's summer and I'm not going to demand that they have no devices ever all summer. That's silly. 

Stormageddon has decided that he rather likes drawing, especially if he can find how-to videos of whatever it is he's looking for. His room has turned into an "art gallery" (his words). So the wall above his bed is covered, along his curtain rod, the outside door to his armoire, the closet door, and his bedroom door are all covered with drawings. He has more than those, of course, but he's running out of space.


In addition to that, we went to two parks this past week. The first was the main downtown park here in town. It's a big park and there are lots of shady spots, which is helpful. We're going there again this week when we have friends visiting from out-of-state and the daughter wants to go to that park, as well.





I have a love of that tree. It's a huge fruit tree of some sort (figs, I believe) but the root system is awesome and kids love to climb on it. I used that tree as a backdrop for photos of Little Man modeling knitwear for me. 

We also went to Magical Bridge Playground. It's an all-inclusive children's playground based on the idea that all kids deserve a place to play. It has wide sidewalks, ramps, water features, swings & merry-go-rounds that can hold wheelchairs, slides, etc. The boys were probably the oldest in the place but they still had a lot of fun. And they were so careful of the littles that were running around, which is hard when you're big and not used to your size.

  

 

As for today, it's Independence Day and we have nothing planned. I mean, it's already afternoon but our big plan is to eat food and that's about it. Nothing terribly exciting. 

 

I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend! I will likely have more spinning next week....unsurprisingly :) 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Time for the Tour (de Fleece!) - Update #26

 Happy Sunday! Let's see how things are going, shall we?



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
6.
El Panal Cowl: started 5 April 2021; finished 29 April 2021
7.
Rose City Rollers: started 7 March 2021; finished 1 June 2021

Nothing new yet. Probably next 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. Flax for Stormageddon: started 29 April 2021
13. Rose City Rollers: started 1 June 2021
14. Unknown Wool (Viktor): started 26 June 2021

A few things happened this week in fibery tales. Viktor, my Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel, had his first ever bath. I've had this wheel for 10.5 years now and I've never given him a proper bath. Now, to be fair, I've dusted him off with compressed air or by blowing and I've replaced worn out parts as needed...but never a true bath. So, I bought some Murphy's Oil Soap, diluted it, and washed my wheel (followed by wiping down with a clean, damp cloth). It wasn't actually that dirty but there were a couple places where dust had accumulated (under the treadles, for example). In addition to that, I also oiled up a few things that needed it.

And then, of course, because Tour de Fleece started yesterday, I did some actual spinning. I had a ball of roving of some sort, about 30 g. It wasn't the best processed stuff; there were little bits of VM and some tiny matted areas (they look like the pilling you find on sweaters) but I split it into 14 g and 16 g and spun it onto two different bobbins. I plan to ply it today. No photo, though, because I'm definitely lazy. It won't take very long as it was only an ounce or so to begin with. Given that it was a fairly coarse, sticky wool, I anticipate something along the lines of a worsted weight ones it's all said and done. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it but that's not unusual.

Aside from spinning, I also worked on the Rose City Rollers. I'm still working on the heel decreases but I'm almost finished with those. 

And then, because of who I am as a person, I bought some yarn this past week. A college acquaintance of mine was a test knitter for the Lakeline Tank by Ashley Lillis and I fell in love and lo, she has inclusiveish sizing so I bought the pattern (via not Ravelry) and went hunting in my stash for a suitable yarn.....and found none. I mean, I found plenty of yarn but I either didn't have enough of it or it was wool and this calls for a cotton, or linen, or something along those lines. I looked online and I could have gotten some stupidly expensive fancy cotton or linen and I went to JoAnn's and found something suitable and ordered something else suitable (two different yarns) so I think I'm going to wind up making two of these. Oops. 

But that's it! I think...



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. Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
2. Mittens for Stormageddon (worsted weight probably)
3. 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 (I think I have 5 left)
2. Random worsted/sport skeins (I have maybe 2-3 left)
3. Anything else I find along the way (I don't think there's anything else)


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)


 

Here in California, things have been quiet. I didn't even take that many photos. I've been trying to work outside because the weather hasn't been too terrible. Not that I have any actual "work" to do but, you know, the things I do....

We tackled the boys' rooms this week. Little Man and I went through all his clothes and pulled out all the stuff that's too small for him (to either pass to Stormageddon or get rid of). We also took an inventory of what he needs and ordered a few things (pants, shorts, and socks). He also pulled out his ravine (his words, not mine) and went through that pile. Then he shoved everything back in once he sorted and put a few things away. ::eyeroll:: 

Stormageddon's room was a bit more intense. We finished going through piles of paperwork  from school (he's pretty ruthless for the most part), excavated under his bed, and went through all his clothes. I have at least six paper grocery bags filled with clothes that he's outgrown. I also pulled down the bins of Little Man's hand-me-downs and we refilled his clothes and took an inventory of what he's missing (pants & shorts) and I bought him a few of those. He always gets excited when I pull the bins down to pull out the clothes from his big brother. He gets a whole new wardrobe in an instant. 

This is his pile of paperwork from the first round (that he threw out). There was a much larger pile for the second round. The first one was probably 3" tall. It was almost entirely made up of school papers that we don't need. He did keep a couple of things but most of it was tossed without much care (thankfully).

 


Other than that, not much has been happening around here. I'm trying to get our cucumbers to grow up a trellis instead of along the ground. We'll see how it goes. So far, it's going...I'll need to probably retie them in a week or two.

 
We are also growing tomatoes and dill. The dill took off once we got different potting soil for it. We have had nothing but trouble with the dill and now it's HUGE. 



We also have a small rosemary bush. That one is going but it needs a little help.


During my time outside, Puppy tends to hang out with me, in his chair, and nap. He's such a lazy dog sometimes.




Stormageddon has been playing video games. When I can get him to actually sit down (which isn't often - I'm constantly telling him to sit down when he's playing), he tends to sit like this. I'm not sure how he can do that; it makes me hurt just looking at him.




He's such a silly kid sometimes. 

I took the boys to Junipero Serra Park this past week, as well. We were looking for the 54' slide, which we didn't find (maybe on another trip). Instead, we made new friends. There's a creek (of sorts) going through the section we were in and a couple of boys who turned out to be the same ages as Stormageddon and Little Man, were building a damn in the water. So, my boys joined them and they had a lot of fun. And now major mishaps like falling into the water! I think we had a scraped knee and some slivers. 

This week, there isn't much planned. Maybe I'll take the kids on a hike or something. We'll see how it goes.


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