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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Y2: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #9

Happy Sunday! 

We all know what we're here for so let's get to it, shall we?

Finished Objects (FOs)
1. San Francisco Fog Fingerless Mitts: started January 2, 2013; finished January 10, 2013
2. Don't Blink: started January 16, 2013; finished January 16, 2013  (links to one I made last year using the same yarn)
3. Dalek Dishcloth: started January 16, 2013; finished January 21, 2013 (links to one I made last year using the same yarn)
4. Woven Rib Dishcloth: started February 8, 2013; finished February 11, 2013
5. Icarus Shawl: started March 15, 2010; finished February 14, 2013

6. Little Granite Dishcloth: started February 16, 2013; finished March 2, 2013

I finished the dishcloth last night. I haven't had much time to knit so this was a quick finish. Also, I have located my blocking mats and my pins so I'm hoping that I can get the Icarus Shawl washed and blocked sometime this week and maybe have a FO Friday. We'll see what gets done this week. 

1. Mama's Vanilla Socks (round 2): started June 29, 2012
2. Eat Your Monkey Socks: started November 29, 2012
3. Little Man's Vest: started January 16, 2013

I've finished the decreases for the armholes on Little Man's vest...well, the back side, anyway. I'm just knitting away on that until I start shaping for the neck. I also worked on my Vanilla Socks. I'm getting closer and closer to the heel flap but I'm not quite there yet. I think I have about 3/4" to go. Unfortunately, I have not worked on my Eat Your Monkey Socks this week. I just wasn't feeling it. Soon enough...once we get settled in a bit more and my knitting mojo comes back. It's been lacking lately.

Children's Items 
1. "Little 16" Newborn Socks
2. Garter Stripe Baby Socks
3. Baby Surprise Jacket
4. Toddler Socks
5. Alvin Sweater
6. A New Sock Monkey
7. Stig
8. Greyson (need to purchase)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting FTW!)
1. Rose's Wrist Warmers
2. Viking Bag
3. Campfire Socks
4. Red Dwarf Socks
5. Freeport Vest
6. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts
7. Ardys

Household Items
1. Halloween Creepy Cloths (1) (need to purchase)
2. Halloween Creepy Cloths (2) (need to purchase)
3. Assorted Harry Potter Cloths
4. Assorted Doctor Who Cloths
5. Grrlfriend Market Bag
6. Petal Dishcloth

Designs (which may or may not be sooper seekrit - obviously the sooper seekrit ones aren't listed)
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (4 versions)
3. Assorted dishcloths (set of 12?)
4. Traveling Vines Scarf
5. Traveling Vines Socks (baby for sure, maybe adult-sized as well)
6. Pinwheel Market Bag
7. Anything else that comes along (I have a notebook somewhere with potential designs somewhere)

I think I've decided what my next projects are going to be, you know, now that I only have three WIPs and all. I have a small skein of Mirasol sport weight in a dark green, dark blue, orange, and dark purple variegated (or something like that). I only have 165 yds (it was a single, unloved skein) so I was thinking it'd be perfect for either the Toddler Socks or the Little 16 Socks (though maybe two pairs of the Little 16 socks). It looks like one skein will be enough for toddler feet. I was also thinking it was time to start the Freeport Vest (finally). The only problem is that I have not located my swift or ball winder. I can work around that by using the feet of one of our dining room chairs to hold my skeins as I hand wind them (or, if I can find my nostepinne). I need something selfish for me that isn't just socks. 

We seem to be settling into life here in San Mateo. That doesn't mean that the unpacking is finished or that the house is perfect and organized. Not even close. But, I can find the grocery store, the UPS Store, Target, and Nine Rubies (the LYS). That's a pretty good start, right?

This past week, I finished putting the buffet together, we put the sectional couch together, I unpacked quite a few boxes, we had our new freezer and washing machine delivered (and had to order a different dryer because someone didn't listen when we said we needed an electric dryer), and made an expensive trip to Costco. 

We also discovered wildlife in San Mateo. We were visited by two raccoons the other night. I seriously thought someone was trying to break into our house but it was just two very noisy raccoons. By the looks of them, they were young...not necessarily babies but I'd say they were less than a year old. They were very curious about the orange tree and the dog's food. Husband chased them off (after I woke him up).  I don't know if it was one of the same ones or not but we had a raccoon in the tree that hangs over our fence last night, too. Puppy was barking at him and it scampered up the tree. Aside from the raccoons, we also have a thieving squirrel. Puppy was barking at something on Friday afternoon and I look over and watch a squirrel jump from our orange tree onto the huge power lines that run through our backyard...with an orange in his mouth. From there, he made his escape and got to keep the orange. Puppy is still barking at the orange tree. I think he thinks there's another thieving squirrel in there...or raccoon.

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely week. I should be back sometime this week with my next book review (which should have been last week) and I'm hoping to pop in for a WIP Wednesday. We'll have to see how things go. 


  1. All we have here are thieving squirrels...even though the Hubs has been feeding them...they figured out a way to get to the bird feeders and ate all the suet....he had to move the feeders again...

  2. Dogs are great! I call mine "my early warning system"! You amaze me with all your projects and your ability to get so much done! You deserve a big award!!!! I hope you have a good week ahead!

  3. You're still settling in; I'm pretty sure your knitting mojo will return once things quiet down. Raccoons are terrible pests around here. We used to wake nightly to the sounds of the rival groups fighting in the back yards. A couple of weeks of coyote urine spread about the yard seemed to do the trick.

  4. Your knitting mojo will return once you get settled I'm sure, you've been so busy of late and I'm glad the packing is going well and it sounds like you found the important stores. Looking forward to seeing your shawl when its all blocked and best of luck deciding on what next to start.

  5. I am amazed you can knit at all as I am one of those people who can't sit down and relax if the house is a mess--I know, I know, it is a curse!:)
    It sounds like you took care of the most important things first though, by finding that lys!
    Squirrels here are a major pest and no one likes them--and raccoons are nasty mean little creatures--I would put the dog food away as they will keep on visiting.

  6. I have lots of little thieving critters in my yard...My dog will bark and the critters just look at him..."yeah I'm stealing the bird seed, so what!" I don't mind..One night I watched as 2 racoons moved cinder bricks off my 30 gallon steel seed cans, tossed the lids like frisbee's and had a snack..We do not have rabies where I am, but I know racoons carry it through the rest of the country..make sure puppy is vaccinated!

  7. It's hard to feel happy about knitting when you're still settling in and missing some of your knitting hardware. Sounds like you're making great progress though and your mojo will be back when you're good and ready.

  8. You probably announced it last week, but I'm so excited you got the icarus shawl finished, can't wait to see it blocked! Bet you were glad to get that off the needles!

    And definitely sounds like you need a selfish cast on, you've just had a stressful few weeks. Sounds like the move went OK though, glad you're starting to settle in.

  9. Oh how funny a squirrel taking off with an orange. I'm surprised he can hold that in his mouth. You're making good progress on settling in.