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Monday, September 6, 2021

Year the TENTH: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Labor Day is upon us! (Update #36)

Woo Monday! Labor Day holiday! No school for the boys and no work for Husband. WOOO! Anyway, on with the update!

FOs (Finished Objects)
Greenwood Fiberworks Dark BFL (Viktor): started 28 June 2020; finished 17 January 2021
2. Boo-Yah: started 26 January 2021; finished 27 January 2021
Minecraft Socks: started 12 August 2020; finished 6 March 2021
Alpaca (Viktor): started 17 January 2021; finished 17 March 2021
5. Dyeing Project: started 9 April, 2021; finished 9 April 2021
El Panal Cowl: started 5 April 2021; finished 29 April 2021
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
Rose City Rollers: started 1 June 2021; finished 12 August 2021
Flax for Stormageddon: started 29 April 2021; finished 31 August 2021

Just under the wire for Stash Dash, I finished the Flax sweater for Stormageddon! Now, to be fair, I haven't woven in the ends yet but it's been washed, which is important. I also took a photo of him wearing it (pre-wash).

It fits him perfectly, so I'm hoping it grew a little in the bath. It's quite stretchy though, so we have awhile anyway. He's so excited that it's finished...just in time for another heat wave. ::sigh::


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
Vanilla Socks: started 9 August 2020
11. Sand Drift Blanket: started 17 January 2021
12. Rose City Zombies: started 13 August 2021

Since I finished up the sweater, I spent some time on a few other projects that have been on the back burner for a bit. I spent Wednesday morning knitting with a friend at her house. She was working on a colorwork beetle sweater of some sort and I pulled out my Herbivore shawl. I only managed a full pattern repeat but it was a full pattern repeat (which is just four rows)....progress is progress! I also worked on it again later in the week. 

In addition to that, I pulled out the Sand Drift Blanket and worked a full pattern repeat of that (which is also four rows). I need to measure that one to see if it's time to fade out one color and add in the second one. We'll see. 

I also worked on my newest pair of Rose City Rollers. I'm just working down the foot on the first one. I think I'm about 15 rounds from the toe decreases, which is where I'm going to switch colors. So, that will be lovely. 

But wait, there's more! My order arrived from Purl Soho, as did my yarn from The Royal Bee and project bag from Uncommon Threads

The bag is a heavy canvas, and has a zippered pocket on the back and a drawstring closure. The yarn is a merino fingering weight in a buttery yellow. I'm not sure what it's going to grow up to be but I'll figure something out. 

And then there are all these beauties from Purl Soho.....

I've had this saved in Pinterest and as a bookmark for awhile but I found a print version and bought it.


Four skeins of this bright pink from their Posy base, which is a fingering weight merino, cashmere, nylon in 50g skeins, with 159 yds/skein.


Five skeins of this dark blue with stelina on their Mineral Silk base, which is a laceweight, 75/25 silk/stelina in 50g skeins, 394 yds each. So I have almost 2000 yds of this. I have no idea what it's going to grow up to be but that's not unusual for me. I never buy silk like this so.....I splurged. I believe it's called "Starry Night," which is very fitting.


This is their Cattail Silk base, which is a more subdued 100% silk. The Mineral Silk is shiny and this is matte, which is perfectly fine with me. These are 100g  fingering weight skeins with just over 600 yds per skein. They're basically a tweedy charcoal color.


This one is a skein of their Understory, which is a 100g skein of a 50/25/25 baby alpaca, yak, and silk blend, approximately a DK weight with 250 yds. This one wants to be a hat for me, I think. But we'll see. It might change it's mind. It's a bit brighter than the photo shows. It's an indigo blue.

This last skein is destined to become a pair of mittens for my step-grandma. It's from Harrisville Designs on their Highland base, which is a 100% virgin wool, 100g skein of worsted weight. My step-grandma used to knit all the grandkids mittens and hats and scarves and such when we were growing up. I'm the oldest of the grandkids, if I remember correctly, and the only one that took up knitting. A few weeks ago, I was texting with her and I asked her what she needed since she's 85 and can't really knit anymore. She told me she needed some mittens and they had to be purple, of course, for it's her favorite color. 

No problem....just need to get some yarn.

But wait, there's even more! Because why not!? So, I've had all these things come in and that's all fine and wonderful. And then I had more and it was totally unexpected. Husband's friend (and former coworker) stopped over on Saturday with his wife and their son to see how the back room turned out. When they arrived, they held out a huge paper bag to me and said, "surprise!" Inside were three skeins of Bernat Blanket, which is a super bulky acrylic with about 220 yds/skein...and there were three of those, so about 660 yds of super bulky squishy love. And then there were six balls of Daruma Eva, which is apparently an Aran weight, 100% wool with approximately 85 yds/ball. The ball band is written in Japanese so I can only read a few things that were in English (Eva, wool) and figured out a bit based on what's normally on ball bands (meterage, 100%, etc.). And then, because why not have MORE, there were an additional six balls of Pierrot Yarns Basic Slub, which is a 100% bulky thick & thin...but I'm not 100% sure it's the correct yarn because the information that I can read on the ball band (which isn't a lot because, again, it's in Japanese) doesn't quite match what's in Ravelry's database...but I'm pretty sure this is the yarn because it's one of only two entries from that company that look like what I have in front of me. 

What am I going to do with all this yarn?!


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!):
Rose's Wrist Warmers (DK weight - using Aran instead; hand-dyed Malabrigo Twist?)
Perianth (fingering weight - Knitcircus Trampoline in The Whole Enchilada)
3. Stranger Things Hat (worsted - Malabrigo Rios in Archangel)
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)
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)


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 going on the way they've been going on. The boys are going to school and so far, we've had no cases of Covid at their school (though other schools in the district are seeing cases in their student populations and a few teachers). Fingers crossed we can hold it off as long as possible. 
Stormageddon turned 7 years old on Thursday. He had his in-class celebration but because of Covid restrictions, I was unable to go. Apparently his classmates liked his photos, though. 
I went out to breakfast with friends on Friday morning. My latte was so pretty! Yes, I'm one of those weirdos that takes photos of things like this.

The only other "major" thing we did this past week was fix our headless horseman. We used a different setup, and most of the original materials. It's a lot more sturdy and hopefully our neighbors won't be assholes and knock this one over like they did the last one. ::sigh::

Other than that, not a whole lot has been happening around here, which is probably a good thing.

I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend! I think these Monday postings may work out for me....or not. We'll see :)

1 comment:

  1. The sweater looks good. He looks quite happy about it too. You received some lovely treasures this week too. Lots of yarn to make lots of lovely items.