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Sunday, January 29, 2023

TWELFTH Self-Imposed Year of Projects - You spin me right round baby, right round (Update #4)

Sunday has been/was A Day. The kind that requires capital letters. We'll get to that. For now, let's talk about my knitting. Or lack thereof. Or both. 


FOs (Finished Objects)
Josh's Winter Hat: started 20 December 2022; finished 2 January 2022
NEYCO Hat: started 31 December 2022; finished 20 January 2022

All the ends have been woven in on the NYECO hat and I washed/blocked it. I don't have photos yet but that's fine. I also washed/blocked Josh's Winter Hat, as well. It grew a bit. It's fine. The kid it's going to has a JewFro and he needs the extra space once in awhile. So, it's fine. I think. I should probably try it on after it's fully dry....


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over year after year, if 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. Linen Stitch Scarf: started 2 June 2020
9. Sand Drift Blanket: started 17 January 2021
10. Dishcloth: started 25 February 2022
11. Mixed BFL (Annie): started 18 March 2022
12. Lakeline Tank: started 18 March 2022
13. Socks: started 28 September 2022
14. Bonbon 2: started 15 October 2022
15. Smile & Wave: started 15 November 2022
16. Kitty at Christmas: started 28 January 2023

Because of who I am as a person (hush, we all know the type of knitter I am)....I started another project. I really didn't need another project but this one was begging to be started. Now that I've finished her younger brother's hat, I started the one for the other kid from California. She requested a red & green striped....basically a Pussy Hat, but red and green stripes and snowflake earrings. I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to do those yet but I have a couple ideas. 

In addition to that, I looked at my Lakeline Tank and the Socks I've got going. I don't know that I did any actual work on either of them this was just that kind of week.


Items for ME (FTW!)
1. Nottingham (worsted weight, ~1200 yds; Cascade 220 Heathers)
2. Ishbel (fingering weight, ~610 yds; Happy Hands Yarn)
3. NIN Hat (worsted weight, 2 colors, ~220 yds + scraps; partials bin)
4. Boneyard Shawl (fingering weight, ~750 yds; KP Hawthorne Fingering)
5. Wilf's Hat (worsted weight, ~240 yds; Psych Ward Yarns)
6. Skoufaki (DK weight, ~175 yds; handspun)
7. Kaweah Hat (DK weight, ~240 yds; Houndstooth DK)
8. Chunkeanie (bulky weight, ~160 yds; madelinetosh Chunky)
9. Sockhead (fingering weight, ~400 yds; so many choices)
10. Stranger Things Hat (worsted weight, ~200 yds; Malabrigo Rios)
11. Huj Tub (laceweight, ~900 yds; Laceweight Cashmere)
12. Rose City Rollers (fingering weight, ~250 yds; so many choices)

Children's Items/Knitting for others
1. Flax for Little Man (worsted weight; Baah Yarns Shasta)
Honey Badger: (worsted weight - black & white acrylic I have banging around the stash)*
3. The Mandolorian (sport weight, ~165 yds; need grey/black, white, and green...which I might have)*
4. Zelda Beanie (worsted weight, unknown yardage; black/grey and yellow)
5. Wasabi for Mr. K (worsted weight, ~150 yds; Cascade 220 in Moss Agate if possible)
6. Bugle for Miss E (worsted weight, ~150 yds; htNEVELE worsted)
7. Baby Bear for Mr. T (fingering weight, ~220 yds; anything will work)
8. Pig for Earle & Duane (worsted weight, ~300 yds; need pink, of course)
9. Hippo for Sweet Girl (fingering weight, ~400 yds total; purple & pink)
10. Elefante for Sassy Girl (worsted weight, ~250 yds; maybe if I can find the original...otherwise, something new/different)

Utilitarian/Household Items
Garter Chevron Blanket (worsted weight; KP Mighty Stitch - may need to get some more black or white)
Diagonal Knit Dishcloths (any weight; cotton of some sort, possibly a cotton/bamboo blend, depending on use)
Reusable Produce Bag (worsted weight; cotton or acrylic)
4. Harry Potter Blanket (worsted weight; superwash or acrylic - based on several dishcloth patterns to make blocks)
5. Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth (any weight; cotton or a cotton/bamboo blend, again based on use)
6. Pop Blanket (worsted weight; superwash - a little of this and that?)
7. Holiday Countdown Stockings (worsted weight; various colors from partials bin)
8. Cat Butts (worsted weight; "cat" colors and pink for the butthole)
9. Yer Mom Licks Cat Butts (worsted weight; "cat" colors and pink for the butthole)

Other Fibery Endeavors:
1. Stash Fit
2. Create a project bag inventory
3. Update library inventory (on Ravelry)
4. Update stash inventory (on Ravelry) and reorganize yarn
5. Stitch markers: make kits and individual for Etsy shop
6. Destash as necessary/needed



We learned a few things about our property this week. Husband and I have access to old aerial photos of our property. This is just one of them:

This is our property in 1937. Currently, there are numerous trees that line the road on the left. The location of the house, which is kind of hard to see but it's at the top of the photo, basically in the rounded section, is currently just part of our front yard. The driveway goes back toward a barn, which is actually about where our current house stands, probably slightly left actually, like where the basketball court sits. Then there's the area on the far right that has some sporadic trees.....that's our hill. The one currently filled with trees. And it's steep. You don't really get to see that in this photo. Regardless, that hill is almost barren. And there's an area that looks like a field...because it was a field. And then it likely flooded at some point and they no longer used it as a farming field. It's actually on the other side of the creek, where it was treated as a wetland/marsh for....awhile. At some point, the hill became an oak savanna, and there are still a number of oak trees on the hill. I'm almost wishing we could get it back to what it looks like in the above photo. 

We actually have access to a number of years. In addition to the 1937 photo, there's one from 1955, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1987, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2014, 2017, and 2020. Between the 1976 and 1987 photo, there was a tornado that had ripped through the valley. Some things changed, others didn't. At some point, the original house and barn were leveled and our house was built around 2003. 

It's all interesting to look at, if you're a bit of a history nerd like I am. 

In other random events, we got 7" of snow yesterday. So we had to plow out today, which isn't that difficult....unless your tractor gets stuck, which is what happened. The first time, Husband hit the soft shoulder across the road, which gave way and he was basically stuck balancing the tractor in place until I got the chain and pulled him out with my car. That sucked. But that wasn't the worst of it. He decided to pull the boys behind him in their sled, using the tractor...and then he got stuck in some not-quite-frozen mud under 7" of snow. And when I went down with my car to try to pull him out, my car got stuck. We had to call in reinforcements and it was not a fun afternoon. It's been several hours and I'm still cold. 

The upside is that Little Man had his first experience driving a real car...Husband and I were pushing and Little Man was in the driver's seat. I don't think he liked it much. But the boys did have a ton of fun being pulled around on their sleds by Husband and the tractor....until he got stuck. ::sigh::

Regardless, it's been A Day and both Husband and I are incredibly sore. We both fell face-first into the snow while pushing the car, we were both on the ground looking under my car at one point. I was trying to shovel out the car and the tractor, neither of which were a fun time. 

Ultimately, everything was pulled out and is properly stored. I'm probably going to need new tires. We'll see how things go on my way to work tomorrow. If they're bad, we'll deal with it. I'm due(ish) for an oil change anyway. So, we shall see. 

Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend. And I hope I can do more knitting this week.


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