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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - The Answer to Everything (Update #42)

 Wow! So......it's time to do the thing again!



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
12.
Rose City Rollers: started 1 June 2021; finished 12 August 2021
13.
Flax for Stormageddon: started 29 April 2021; finished 31 August 2021
14.
Waiting for Winter Mittens: started 11 September 2021; finished 21 September 2021
15.
Waiting for Winter Mittens for Stormageddon: started 25 September 2021; finished 28 September 2021

I didn't actually finish anything, per se......but, I did finish weaving in all the ends on Stormageddon's Flax sweater, which he immediately put on. I also finally finished weaving in the ends on my Frankensocks that I finished in 2018. There were a lot of ends to be woven in on those. I had finished up the first sock and started the second one....and then they just kind of sat around. If I counted correctly, each sock had 34 ends to be woven in. I wish I were kidding.

Here's proof that I woven in ends!

 
 
 





I don't think those are all the ends from the sock but I did weave them all in. Those were all the ends from the Flax sweater (well, aside from like four that I had already woven in).

I still have ends to weave in on my El Panal Cowl. Maybe I'll do that this 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 Zombies: started 13 August 2021
13. Sockhead: started 27 September 2021

To be clear, a lot of my WIPs are packed right now. My Wink sweater, the Returning shawl, the UW Ski Hat, and the Sand Drift Blanket are all packed, as well as the little Purl & Loop loom. My support spindle and my EEW Mini wheel are hard to get to, though not actually packed yet. 

That means I've only got a few projects to chose from. My Granny Square Blanket is still in the modular portion, where I'm just making the squares. About half my finished squares are somewhere in the yarn closet right now. The Herbivore shawl is still fairly compact so I kept that one out. My Linen Stitch Scarf is supposed to be for a Christmas present but we'll see if I get it done. At the rate I'm going, who knows. I doubt it. The Vanilla Socks, Rose City Rollers, and the Sockhead are fairly mindless and compact, so I kept them out, as well. 

With the insanity that has been this past week, I've only spent time on the Sockhead and the Rose City Rollers. I am working on the heel flap & turn on the socks and I'm still in the middle of Ribbing Hell on the Sockhead. I'm planning on making the ribbing the actual 4" that the pattern calls for, maybe more, so I can fold it up properly. We'll see how it goes. I've got maybe 1.5" finished right now. On US0 needles. I'll switch to the bigger ones when I get to the stockinette part. 



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. Age of Brass & Steam (Handspun purple/white barber pole)
11. 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. 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 - after we move*
4. Stitch markers: kits and individual
5. Destash as necessary (it's always necessary)
 
 
 
So, I mentioned last week that we are, in fact, moving back to Wisconsin. Our house went on the market this past week, on Wednesday, and we've had two showings plus an open house. We have another open house today but we also had one yesterday. Unfortunately, we do have an issue with the sewer lateral, which is basically the sewer line that goes from the house to the main city sewer line. It's not uncommon but most people don't know there's an issue until they try to sell their house and have an inspection done. In California, at least around here, all the inspections are done before you even list the house. That way, all the inspections reports are there in front of the buyer and they can decide if you want to have a contingency of having something addressed, though some things are required to be fixed by law, the sewer lateral being one of them. We got sick of getting mailers telling us our sewer lateral isn't covered by the city if something is wrong so we called up our agent in February and had it added. It's something like $25 per year. Turns out that things like tree roots breaking the line are covered up to $10,000....guess what? Our insurance is covering the repair and anything that would be above the $10k would come out of the escrow (our estimate was just under $10k so it should all be covered). At least we have that going for us. The only thing is that it has to be repaired by the end of escrow (meaning that it's done when the new owners take ownership). That shouldn't be an issue but we'll see. Escrow tends to be short here (30 days). 

Aside from that, the boys have been on Fall Break this week. So in the midst of getting the house ready for photos, some of the inspections, and general cleaning, we have had the boys around, which is another set of challenges. They've been pretty good about eveything, though. Little Man hates what the stager did. I don't think it's that bad but it's definitely not our aesthetic. He's particularly displeased with the Welcome sign. Both he and Husband really dislike that one.






 

 
 

 
 
 
Aside from that, we have tried to have a "normal" Fall Break......or as normal as you can get during a pandemic. I've been to the park with them a few times, we've spent a lot of time playing video games, both boys had some homework over break....but, really, we've been doing all the things we needed to do to get the house ready for staging. 

I did capture this photo, though. This is one of the huge trees in the large park downtown. My boys look tiny. And this isn't even close to the giant sequoias.




I also went out for lunch with Little Man this week. I took him to do a Goodwill dropoff with me and then we snuck in for lunch. He had that giant rootbeer float all to himself! Plus a burger and fries!




And Stormageddon had a birthday party last Sunday! I totally forgot about that. They had a bounce house and food and all of that. He had a great time and it was nice to not be in the chaos that was our house. Bonus: it was only a couple blocks away so we walked over (we walk near this place on our way to school).






Honestly, there's not a lot happening. We're in this weird lull right now where we have to keep the house clean but there's not much else happening. Thankfully we get back to some sort of schedule this week because the boys go back to school. We'll see how things go...this week is my 42nd update, which apparently means it's the answer to everything *

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

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Wait, what just happened? (Update #40 and #41)

Sooooo......I absolutely missed last week and we will talk about why in a bit. For now, let's just get going on the usual and then we can talk about all the things!

 

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
12.
Rose City Rollers: started 1 June 2021; finished 12 August 2021
13.
Flax for Stormageddon: started 29 April 2021; finished 31 August 2021
14.
Waiting for Winter Mittens: started 11 September 2021; finished 21 September 2021
15.
Waiting for Winter Mittens for Stormageddon: started 25 September 2021; finished 28 September 2021

I finished up Stormageddon's mittens and he loves them, which is good because he's going to need them......



 

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 Zombies: started 13 August 2021
13. Sockhead: started 27 September 2021

Let's see...I have two weeks of updating to do here. Let's be honest, I did very very very little. I finished up Stormageddon's mittens (noted above) and that was about all the crafting I've done...maybe a round or two on the Sockhead. Maybe. Unlikely. But maybe. 

 

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. Age of Brass & Steam (Handspun purple/white barber pole)
11. 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. 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)
 
 
 
First and foremostly, I've still not done my "OMG WHAT DID I BUY" update because, quite frankly, I haven't had the time. 
 
Now, you may be wondering why I haven't had the time.....I mean, I'm a stay-at-home-mom with two kids in school during the day. What could I possibly be doing besides the usual housework stuff? 
 
Um........we bought a house in Wisconsin. 
 
Let me say that again because I'm quite sure it probably didn't actually register for many of you: WE BOUGHT A HOUSE BACK IN WISCONSIN AND THAT MEANS OUR CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE IS COMING TO A CLOSE. 
 
We are in the whirlwinds of packing because we have to stage our house while we live in it, which means like 95% of our stuff needs to be packed up. We have spent the last two weeks doing paperwork (thankfully electronic!), cleaning, purging, painting, packing, and, in my case, panicking. We have had inspectors to our house here in California and to the house in Wisconsin. We rented a dumpster and filled it this past week. I've made trips to Goodwill, I've posted things on our local Buy Nothing group on Facebook, I've dropped things off at the school, I've made countless trips to the U-Haul Store for boxes, trips to Home Depot for bubble wrap, we've rented a Rug Doctor carpet washer (twice!), We have cleaned, vacuumed, washed windows, cleaned up the yard, and asked for help with things. We hired cleaners to come in and do some of the harder cleaning tasks that I, frankly, just have not had time for (and for three ladies for three hours, it was only $250). 

It's been a hot hot mess around here. 

But, the end is nigh! The stager is coming tomorrow to finish staging the house, the packing is almost entirely finished (though our garage looks like a bomb went off because that's where everything is right now), the house is (mostly) clean, the carpets have been washed, painting has been finished......now we just need to get the house on the market (Wednesday) and have an open house (next weekend) and then we start dealing with offers. The good news is that our house will have no problem selling. The bad news is that we may wind up living in a hotel for a couple weeks if we can't do a rentback (where we basically rent our house from the new buyer for a month or so after closing). We don't close on the house in Wisconsin until 3 January 2022, which is a Monday (ew) but we're planning to be leaving California when Winter Break starts (or thereabouts), which is 18 December 2021. We have some time to drive in case the weather turns to crap (because winter), get another dumpster, get the remaining things packed up, and so on. 

So, bottom line, we've been busy. Like ridiculously busy. 
 
I spent a good portion of last weekend in tears because I was positive we weren't going to get everything done and Husband was going to be grumpy about it and the realtor was going to be grumpy about it and everyone was just going to be grumpy, so I was literally losing my damn mind. Buuuuuut, we got it taken care of. I'm no longer a hot steaming emotional mess, which is a good thing. 
 
Our house went from these: 
 
 




To these:



I did say that the garage looked like a bomb went off. I wasn't kidding. We've actually rearranged it a bit but it's still filled with boxes.






The kitchen is cleared out, as well, except for the box of food in the corner, which we can just take with us in the car.








I did say we've been busy...I wasn't kidding. The boys rooms are virtually empty, as well. Stormageddon's has his old "big boy" bed, which we thankfully saved, and his dresser. Little Man has his loft bed, his dressers, and my grandfather's rocking chair (five generations of my family have sat in that chair).

Among the chaos, the boys' school photo proofs arrived. We don't have the actual photos yet but we did get a preview. I wish Little Man would smile properly but he's self-conscious about one of his teeth that juts out (it's an inherited trait - my mom and I both had the same issue; mine was fixed with braces)....so he does the tight-lipped smile. ::sigh::






Memories, indeed. And speaking of memories.....I found this under Stormageddon's desk when we were getting ready to start packing up his room. Apparently he drew a dinosaur on his wall in pencil and then decided to draw a blue X through it in marker. The marker washed off (hooray for Crayola washable markers!) but the pencil was painted. I did take a photo, at least. He knows better. That's the really funny part. I pointed it out to him and he was like a deer in headlights and tried to tell me it wasn't him. Boy, I know your drawing style; that's yours.




Lastly, I held a snake this week. Usually it's Little Man that finds them in the yard. This time, it was one of my friends. I suspected it was nearby as I had seen one a day or two earlier in the yard not far away. She had come over to help me clear out the cucumbers and the hops and when we were pulling up the weed-blocker fabric, she found this little guy. Now, she's not scared of much. She's got a PhD in entomology (bugs). She has tarantulas bigger than my hand as pets (and yes, I do mean multiple). So, she just picked this guy up and handed him to me. It's just a common garden snake, harmless. I moved him to a safer area in the yard (away from where we were working). Next time, maybe I'll do it without the glove. Or not.



 
Anyway, I hope you've had a fantastic couple of weeks. I might be back to posting more regularly now that the bulk of our packing has happened but we'll see how things go. I think I'm going to go knit. Or sleep. Whichever. 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - I'm still trying to process 2020...what do you mean it's almost October? (Update #39)

Here we are. Again. On Monday. Well, to be honest, I started this on Saturday night but I know how I roll so, really, it's Monday...



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
12.
Rose City Rollers: started 1 June 2021; finished 12 August 2021
13.
Flax for Stormageddon: started 29 April 2021; finished 31 August 2021
14.
Waiting for Winter Mittens: started 11 September 2021; finished 21 September 2021

I finished up the mittens for my grandma. They've had their ends woven in. They've been washed. They're dry....and here they are!


 

I'm sending them off to my grandma today so we likely won't see them again. She's a knitter so if a repair needs to happen, she knows how to do that. I even sent her some of the extra yarn, just in case. 

 

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 Zombies: started 13 August 2021
13. Waiting for Winter Mittens for Stormageddon: started 25 September 2021
14. Sockhead: started 27 September 2021

I started a pair of mittens for Stormageddon in the leftover blue from his Flax Sweater. I made him mittens a few years ago but I suspect he's outgrown them. I haven't bothered to dig them out yet but I have a place to ship them if he has outgrown them. And if not, he'll just have multiple pairs of mittens. So, it's time for a new pair because I'm the knitter and I say so. I finished the first one yesterday and started the second. I'm making them a little big so they fit him for longer than a hot minute. He's happy with the first one and I had to ask him to give it back to me so I could knit the second one.

I also finished up the first of the newest pair of Rose City Rollers (Rose City Zombies). I did a contrast toe using some Shalimar Yarns I've had banging around my leftovers stash for....awhile. I've had the leftover Shalimar longer than I've had the leftover Canon Hand Dyes I'm using for the main color, but that doesn't say a whole lot. I started the second sock and I'm just working on it here and there. It's fairly easy to take along so it's come with me to pickup and I'll knit in the car for a few minutes before getting Stormageddon from school. I've also brought it to a few other places, so it's good travel knitting. And, it turns out, I'm just a crazy person (shhhh!)...the foot of the sock is my usual number of rounds (72). So, I'll have to keep that in the back of my head for next time.

Oh, and I worked on my Vanilla socks. I started the patterned section, which isn't much of a pattern, to be honest. Just some ribbing of some sort. Nothing fancy, I promise. My eyes are getting old, though, because the dark yarn and fuzzy halo from the single spun yarn are not friends with my eyes. I need good, natural light to work on these. I've brought them in the car to pickup a few times, too. 

And and and, I've been working on my Herbivore shawl. At this point, it's just growing. I think I knit maybe two inches in actual length on it this past week, which was maybe four pattern repeats. Something like that. It's kind of mindless knitting but the rows take forever. It doesn't help that my gauge is off. ::sigh:: For fun, I measured my gauge on Saturday. I have this handy little clear ruler, designed by Ann Budd (link to Knitcircus, but many other shops sell them). It's not necessarily perfect but it's pretty close. So, I put that on top of my knitting and figured out my gauge. I'm supposed to have 22 sts per 4" of knitting.....except I have 30 sts per 4" of knitting. Oops. My gauge is a little off. It's fine, though. I have plenty of yarn so I'm just going to knit until I'm close to running out and then bind off. That's going to take some time so I'm not terribly fussed about it at this point. I'll get there eventually. 

And lastly, because of who I am as a person, I started another Sockhead hat. I've had the yarn wound for this for awhile but I just never got around to starting it. I was doing some cleaning in my corner the other day and came across the bag with the yarn already wound...and then, while I was at the craft fair/yarn store yesterday (which I'll talk about in a hot minute), I picked up some more needles so I could start it (because I couldn't find the ones I was looking for). And then today, while I was waiting for a few things to happen before I could go to the post office, I decided to cast on. It's good, mindless knitting. It's also a good use of single spun sock yarn and I know I'll use 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. Age of Brass & Steam (Handspun purple/white barber pole)
11. 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. 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)
 
 
 
So, I think at some point this week, I'm going to have the "OMG WHAT DID I BUY" update, because, in addition to all the yarn I picked up at the destash sale (almost two weeks ago now), I also went back yesterday to the craft fair and wound up spending my gift card (and then some), plus I got a couple things at the craft fair. 
 
Let's just say that I probably should not have purchased yarn but I did and now I'm going to have to do something with it or live with it. It'll be fine. Everything was entered into Ravelry for my own sanity (even though Ravelry is still on my shitlist). Oh, and Little Man picked out some yarn for himself. He's got an idea in his head and even though he only knows how to do a knit stitch at this point, he's ready to go. So, we'll see how all that turns out. I'm both so proud and so scared. He hasn't even finished his first project yet and he's acquiring a stash...

In California life, because that's where we are, things are as "usual" as they could get. Like, I kind of feel like things are almost normalish again, other than the masks and not really going anywhere unless we have to. The boys go to school, I go grocery shopping (well, Costco), chores get done, there's homework and reading, there are some fun things....like it's almost normal. Almost. Not quite. I'm not letting the boys go everywhere with me like I used to (like Target or Costco or wherever) but we do go to the park on occasion, which is extremely helpful. Little Man and I peopled yesterday and that was rough on him. He was so tired when we got home (I was too, if truth be told). But we're doing what we need to do and it's fine.

I mentioned it briefly so I think I'll talk about Little Man's and my trip to Pacifica yesterday for a craft fair/sidewalk sale/event thingie going on. The yarn shop over there, The Royal Bee Yarn Company, was hosting some makers in their outdoor back garden space, in addition to the ones up and down the street. The first thing that happened, literally almost as we got out of the car, was Little Man saying that he was cold. I mean, we were right on the ocean and we were both in shorts and flip-flops. I'm not all that surprised he was cold. Luckily, there was a vendor nearby that was selling hand knitted items. I bought Little Man a beautiful hat. We do have the pom that goes on top but I haven't attached it yet.






We had lunch at a little cafe kind of kitty-corner from the yarn shop. Grilled cheese. And yes, I let him have a small mocha (I had a chai latte). He held onto that for dear life, trying to warm up his hands. 

After our food, we made our way to the yarn shop. I only bought a couple things as far as crafts go. I bought a beautiful, hand woven basket from Ghana and then the aforementioned hat. Everything else was from the yarn store and that's going into it's own post. Actually, the basket will go there, too. But you get to see the hat. 

Oh, and because I don't do anything in order...I took Stormageddon to the cafe after school (the one across from his school). He made himself right at home. Again. This kid, I tell you!






And, like I said, no order or rhyme or reason...Little Man and Daddy did some work on one of his (several) unfinished Lego sets over the weekend. I think this one was a Chicken Walker but the one from the Mandolorian (we have the other one, as well). Ignore the fact that our counter is a hot mess (Husband has been working on Mandolorian helmets with the 3D printer so we have stuff out for that).




Anyway, that's enough rambling....I think I'm going to call it. I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend!