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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #39

Happy Sunday!

I've been quiet this week but things are going on, I promise :)

Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015 (pattern is live and can be purchased via Ravelry)
12. Traveling Vines Socks (pattern for publication): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015 -- full disclosure Friday, October 18, 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015 and it's all finished
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015
19. Sacrificial Goat #6: started August 23, 2015; finished September 1, 2015
20. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015; finished September 5, 2015
21. Lattice Hat: started September 10, 2015; finished September 26, 2015

Oh hi, I finished something yesterday afternoon. I've been test knitting a hat for Veronica Parsons and I finished it. As it was just finished yesterday afternoon, there are no proper photos. Let's hope I can get some taken after it's been washed and dried and maybe even modeled by someone that isn't Little Man. We'll see how things go. But I have a finished :)

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Bunny: started September 8, 2015

Most of this week's knitting was spent on the hat, though some progress was made on some design work. Okay, let's be honest: I spent some time digging through my stitch dictionaries and looking at written directions and trying to figure out charts because, really, charts are easier for some people (not me - I usually have to look at written directions first).......but, it was all about the hat, for the most part because the written directions were just giving me a headache and I didn't want to deal with them (I still don't).

In my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ, crazy lady?!" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
5. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
6. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
7. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
8. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
9. Moe the Mustache Monster (for Stormageddon - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)
10. Another Goat (for Little Man - worsted in white/cream, and brown)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at "random")
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Because I love Husband and/or My Children
1. Sacrificial Goat #7 (for Little Man)
2. Sacrificial Goat #8 (for Stormageddon)

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks (done, see FO #12)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Paradiddle Collection of Hats

Let's just keep moving on......

Life continues to be interesting in our little corner of California.

After Stormageddon's ear infection and course of antibiotics, we had another lovely thing happen. I noticed a rash on his face earlier this week. He gets a little rashy and has dry skin for a moment or two, once in awhile. I didn't think too much about it until I noticed it had spread to his back, arms, and legs. It didn't appear to be bothering him but it was spreading, which is kind of concerning. So, off to the pediatrician. Again. Turns out that it's a non-allergic rash caused by the antibiotic he was on for his ear infection. She said that many kids get it right around the 9th or 10th day of antibiotics, the first time they have the antibiotic and that most of them never get it again. I don't remember Little Man having the problem but he also had issues with dry skin and he had his first ear infection around 4 months old. Soooooo.....that happened.

Little Man went camping with Husband. They left after soccer yesterday morning and I expect them back sometime this afternoon.

We had kind of a boring week around here, really. It's okay to have those. I rather like them sometimes. Of course, this week may be due, in part, to Stormageddon having been sick and I'm not working at 100% either (allergies, a lingering gob of ick in my throat, congestion, the usual upper respiratory garbage).

Whatever. This next week should be better.

Photos are lacking today......I haven't bothered to load photos from my phone. But, I do have a couple from last week in the pool :)

Both boys are little fish and love the water. In that respect, they are definitely Husband's children. I had swimming lessons as a child but I can't swim for squat. I don't like pools where I can't touch the bottom, I detest swimming in lakes/rivers (the idea of fish nibbling at my toes creeps me out)...I don't mind wading in the ocean but I won't go short: can't swim. Husband can swim. He can swim pretty well, actually. But I can do other things he can't do so it works out.

Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend :)


  1. I'm with you - While I'm a confident swimmer, being in deep lake or pond creeps me out if I can't see the bottom. And if I get out where the water is over my head I imagine all sorts of horrible things down there. Shudder.

  2. We did have a lovely weekend, thank you. Camping sounds like fun! Hopefully Stormageddon gets over his allergy. Gavin is allergic to almost every antibiotic going, so his sinus infections can sometimes feel unending.

  3. Hope the camping went well and both enjoyed the adventure, boring weeks can be good, they give you time to re-group, love the pool photos. Looking forward to seeing what the designing has created, I design in charts and then write the charts from those myself but as a knitter I knit to written instructions even though I can read charts...yeah I'm still figuring that one out! Ruth

  4. Hope camping went well. Looking forward to seeing your hats.