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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Goals!

Happy Wednesday! Happy July 1st! Happy happy happy :)

As today is the first of the month, I'll be posting new goals for July and reviewing my goals for June. I expect my goals to be similar or continue from month to month but, you know, I'm writing this on the fly so we'll see what happens :)

First, let's take a look at my June Goals and how I did.

FIBERY GOALS:
1. Work on the following: Traveling SocksSnape's StockingsWinkDragon's Egg SocksPacific ShawlFire & Ice (Fire) Socks, and Sacrificial Goat #5.

All in all, I didn't do horribly here. I finished the Sacrificial Goat and Husband has taken it to work. I worked on my Traveling Socks, Snape's Stockings, Wink, and my Fire Socks. My Pacific Shawl and my Dragon's Egg Socks are still sitting in pseudo-hibernation. The shawl may or may not be in Time Out...I have to take some time and figure out where I am and what I'm doing. So, not too bad here :)

2. Spin some green merino on Viktor (he's feeling a bit neglected).

Viktor has had some minor attention this month. He hasn't had a lot but my bobbin is a little more full and progress is progress.

3. Try to partake in a fibery endeavor every day.

Tried. Did not succeed. But, I did try...

4. Continue the Yarn Diet (club yarns don't count).

I was doing quite well and then mid-June happened and I had an oops just hop into my purse and come home with me (yes, I paid for it; I'm not a heathen!). I wrote a little about it right here (it's the one at the top). But, just one skein of yarn since February (aside from club yarns)? That's not a bad thing.

5. Anything else that tickles my fibery fancy (starting a new project, destashing, book destashing, organizing, etc.).

Apparently I've had my fibery fancy tickled. I started and finished four projects that weren't on my list: here, here, here, and one didn't have a project page (it's just the generic Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth). I also sold some yarn from my destash


NON-FIBERY GOALS
1.General house unf**king (including Stormageddon's, Little Man's, and our bedrooms).

I could always be doing better with this but I've done some things and that's helpful. I went through a couple years' worth of paperwork and now have a huge pile to shred. I went through Little Man's clothes and pulled out things that are too small for him and separated them into things that Stormageddon will eventually get and things we can give to our friends' son. I've also been trying to keep on top of the mail but that's not going so well :(

2. Drink more water.

I'm trying but some days I forget and other days I remember and then I try to recommit to the cause and it doesn't happen but then I'll just randomly do it.....

3. Hit the gym at least twice a week.

Moving along, then...

4. Work on figuring out my grandfather's photo albums from the 1930s (writing down information about the photographs, photographing the photographs via digital camera, etc.).

This is one of those things that is going to go on and on and on forever. I've done some of it here and there but that's about it. I did spend some time on the phone just last week, making phone calls all over the country, talking to first cousins of my parents and more distant cousins and learning some of the family history. That counts, I think :)

5. Keep working on the weight loss shit (thank you, Lose It app for doing the math and shit for me).

I'm keeping on keeping on.

6. Keep up on the pseudo bullet journal thingie I'm doing.

I'm doing pretty well with this. I feel like it's a bit anemic but I think that's partly due to my current format (which I'll have until January). But, I'm keeping up with it and that's lovely.



So, June wasn't horrible. Could I do better? Of course. But it wasn't a total crap-out. And now, on to July Goals :)

FIBERY GOALS
1. Work on the following: Traveling SocksSnape's StockingsWinkDragon's Egg SocksPacific Shawl, and Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks.
2. Spin some more green merino on Viktor. Maybe even finish up the ball of fiber.
3. Try to partake in a fibery endeavor every day.
4. Continue my Yarn Diet (club yarns, of course, do not count).
5. Anything else that tickles my fibery fancy (starting a new project, destashing, book destashing, organizing, etc.).

NON-FIBERY GOALS
1. General house unf**king (including Stormageddon's, Little Man's, and our bedrooms).
2. Drink more water.
3. Try to go to the gym at least 2x/week or some other "non-usual" method of exercise.
4. Family history/genealogy stuff: photo albums, family stories, etc.
5. Keep working on the weight loss shit (thank you, Lose It app for doing the math and shit for me).
6. Keep up on the pseudo bullet journal thingie I'm doing.

My goals for July are almost exactly the same for June. There are a few minor changes but, generally, just keep on keeping on :)



Hope you're having a lovely Wednesday :)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #26 (Happy Halfway!)

Hello and happiest of Sundays to you :) Today is the 26th update of my Fourth Self-Imposed Year of Projects.......which means we're at the halfway point for the year (which also marks the end for most other people participating in the Year of Projects - congrats to all those participating!).

We know what happens on Sundays so let's just get going :)

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
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015 -- full disclosure in October 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

I finished up the second baby hat out of the Bernat Jacquards yarn very (very very) early yesterday morning...if I had my way, I would have considered it Friday night but the clock didn't lie. So, Saturday morning.

I've not taken good photos or had a FO Friday post about it so that will be coming, hopefully this week but we'll see where the week takes us :)


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. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015

Aside from finishing up the hat this past week, I worked on Wink here and there. I'm just a scant pattern repeat away from where I pick up stitches from the collar and start knitting the actual body. We'll see how that goes. Other than that, I may have worked a row or two on a dishcloth I found in my project bags but that was about it. Nothing fancy.

I also pulled Viktor down once this past week and spun some more of my green merino I've got hanging around. It's probably completely overspun, which is okay because I know it will balance out when I overply it the other way. So, there's all that :)

In other "what else did I pull out" events, I pulled out two skeins of Knit Picks Felici Rainbows on Friday with the intention of starting some Pride Socks....which just means they're going to be rainbow socks, probably boring but maybe Dumbledore's Christmas Stockings because, you know, Dumbledore and all :) But that's as far as I got...I have the yarn pulled and the needles but I didn't actually start anything. Oh well....I had good intentions :)

I will be starting a project this week. It appears it's going to be a baby hat. I'm taking a class with Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting next Sunday at Atelier Yarns in San Francisco. It's a class about designing stitch motifs with traveling cables and our homework involves casting on for a baby hat. So, there will be that project going on at some point next week. After the class, there will be a book signing and a meet & greet with both Alana and Julie Crawford of Knitted Bliss, who is often a model for Alana and will be in the area.


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. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

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)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

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

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 :)

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


In "real life" events........so many things happened this past week, not only in our home but for our entire country. First of all, SCOTUS (the Supreme Court Of The United States) upheld the Affordable Care Act. Again. If you've not been following along or aren't from the US, the Affordable Care Act (commonly called Obamacare) was put into place as a way for anyone to be able to get (generally) affordable health insurance. There's a lot more to it than that (like the removal of pre-existing conditions as cause for rejection for health insurance, among other things) and it's definitely not a perfect system. But, millions of uninsured people now have health insurance. The Republican Party (or, as they like to call themselves, the Grand Old Party or GOP) has been up in arms about it since the second it was even brought up....and they've been trying to get rid of it ever since. They've hauled it to SCOTUS several times and every single time, SCOTUS says, "bite me, idiots" and the law stands. So, that happened.

And then, Friday morning.....oh, Friday, you lovely, lovely day......Friday was the beginning of Gay Pride weekend across the country and SCOTUS decreed that gay marriage is legal in every state in the US. It was a 5-4 decision and Antonin Scalia had a little bitch fit about it, writing his own dissent, but it passed. The bottom line: the 14th Amendment which grants everyone equal protection and rights under the law. The 14th Amendment was originally passed in response to the end of the US Civil War and was written to grant rights to former slaves, specifically, who had no such protections under the law prior to that. But, it was a very broad amendment and it was used during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Women's Suffrage (which started even before the Civil War but culminated with the 19th Amendment in 1920, granting women the right to vote), and for the rights of LGTB peoples.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of idiots that are screaming that this is going to cause God to smite us all and religion is going to fall apart and lots of pearl-clutching going on. These people are failing to recognize the difference between religious marriage and lawful marriage. You can get married in a church, by a clergy, and still not be lawfully married. Until you file paperwork with the government, you're not legally married. After my grandfather died, my step-grandmother and her boyfriend stood up before their families and God and got married in a religious ceremony. Paperwork was never filed because it would mean my step-grandmother losing my grandfather's pension, which she needed, plain and simple. Husband and I, the agnostics-bordering-on-atheists that we are, were married by a clergy in the Wisconsin State Capitol Building, no religion involved, but we filed the paperwork with the government. We are legally married but not religiously married (even though there was a clergy involved). I could go on about the stupidity of people but, I'll never have enough space for all of it. And I'm not the smartest person in the world, either.

So, those are the big things going on in the US.......and then there are the things going on in our house. I caught Stormageddon taking steps across his pack-n-play without holding on (granted, it was only two steps and it was more of a "OMG-I'm-falling-oh-I-caught-myself" thing but, still...). He also wanted me to pick up him up the other night so he let go of the baby gate and put both his arms up to me....and then promptly fell onto his butt. He also cruises around the furniture. We've had to move a few more things because of him...like power cords for laptops and our actual laptops.

Little Man is still loving his swimming lessons. He starts soccer in a couple weeks. We've been trying to go to the park more. We went three times this past week. He's also doing much better with his epic tantrums. That may be due, in part, to us taking the iPads away completely for most of the last week and limiting his time playing video games....hence going to the park. But, he hasn't had a major one except for one day last week. He's also doing well with his other chores. His room has been staying pretty clean and he's helping with laundry and dishes. All is well there.

Here are some photos from the last week or so.....

Riding the train at the park

Brotherly love

Look Mama, I hold on with one hand!

Cheese!

Brotherly love, part two.

Cheese!

Oh, nuthin'. Just chillin' in the wood chips.

Take my picture by that tree again, Mama.

This is what happens when you get Daddy's crappy bug bite reaction.

This last one.......poor boy. Husband gets these nasty welts when he gets mosquito bites and other bug bites. I mean, I get a little welt but he gets a welt the size of a penny......and then there's Little Man, who can have an eye swell shut from a bite on his cheek. Husband's welts are the size of pennies....Little Man's are the size of half-dollars. Poor kiddo. You can't see it in this photo but his right ear is all swollen and red, too. The good thing is that it goes down within a day or two and he'll just have the scab from the original bite...but the looks I get when we're out in public in the meantime. ::sigh::

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Future WIPs!

It's been awhile since I've done a Future WIPs Wednesday. This is probably due, in part, by the fact that I've been on a yarn diet for almost a year. Aside from my pickings at Stitches West and any other fiber festival I happen to wander toward and anything I picked up for Christmas/birthday knitting, new yarn has been pretty far between.......

But we can still visit my stash :)



Let's talk about my most recent acquisition. I had a little.....oops......a couple weeks ago. This yarn just kind of jumped into my hands and the next thing I knew, it was sitting in the bottom of my purse, all bought and paid for!

It's Sock Yarn from Hedgehog Fibers. I'm not 100% sure but I think the colorway is Cabaret. I imagine it'll become a pair of socks someday...maybe fingerless mitts. We'll see when I get around to it in the next 50 years.


Now, I'm ashamed to admit it but this yarn has been in my stash for quite awhile. It's Chrome by Yarn Hollow. I added it to my stash in January 2010...but I bought it at the Madison Knitters' Guild Knit In, which takes place in March. So, I've probably had this yarn since March 2009. It has a plan, though...I'm planning to make the Traveling Woman Shawl with this yarn (probably the small size as I've only got 412 yds. Someday, I'll get there...



I apologize for the blurriness of this photo but you get the idea. I have TEN skeins of this. It's Hand Paint Worsted from Misti Alpaca. I have absolutely NO idea what I'm going to make with this yarn but I have ten of them and that is that.



I think that's all I have today :) Not that there isn't more yarn in my stash (oh dear Lord, I have a stash)....but I don't want to overwhelm you and I'd love to show you my club yarns but since one of them just came out, I probably shouldn't right now.

I hope you're all having a lovely Wednesday :)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #25

Happy Sunday! Let's get going :)

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
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015 -- full disclosure in October 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

I've not finished anything new this week, which isn't surprising when you see my WIP list......so let's look at that now :)


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. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
7. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015

I started another baby hat this week as something small and rather mindless to work on when I want to knit but my brain is too tired to concentrate. Also, I wanted to use up some more of that yarn. I'm not very far along but it is started....this one may be for an older child, though. We'll see how much yarn I have.

I also spent time on Snape's Stockings this week and I've finished the first one. Only took me 10 months. ::sigh:: To be fair, I've worked on a lot of other projects so it's not surprising that it did take me 10 months. Sooooooo, there's that.

I may have worked on a couple other projects but I know I definitely worked on those two.



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. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

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)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

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

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 :)

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



In "real life" events, Stormageddon has been cruising around his crib and along the couch and anything else he pulls up on. He's also bending down to pick things up while holding on with one hand, and I swear I caught him letting go to just stand yesterday but I'm hoping that was just me being tired.

Little Man started swimming lessons this past week. He was pretty much petrified. Husband said that he was really clingy. Once he got into the pool, he was fine. I got to see some of it via Face Time (as I was home with a sleeping baby). He was so happy when he got home. He's even been trying out some of his new skills in our pool...which include wearing just his arm floaties and using the noodle, kicking, putting his head/body under water, and trying to float. He's doing really well.

I only have one photo for y'all this week. Some of you may think that life with two small children is fabulous.

News Flash: IT'S NOT.

Case in point:


He was upset because I wasn't feeding him the other food.

Whatever.

I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday and weekend and Happy Father's Day to all the daddies that are deserving :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WIP Wednesday :)

Happy Wednesday!

I'm just full of posts this last week or so! So, let's just keep on truckin' and we'll have ourselves a WIP Wednesday post. I've not done one for awhile soooooo, let's get on with it.


First up: Snape's Stockings. It's not hugely evident here but I've only got about an inch before I can start the toe decreases. I'm still moosing away on the first one. The yarn is Merino Tencel Fingering from Happy Fuzzy Yarn in Steel & Pearls and I'm using US #1 (2.25 mm) circulars...which I think are Chai Goo but I'm not 100% positive.


Next: Wink. Again, it doesn't appear as if anything exciting is going on here...but if you click on the link, you'll see I'm much further along than I was when that WIP photo was taken. You can see the right collar on a "holder" (which is really just the cable of my interchangeable circulars)...which is on the left side of the photo and I'm working on the left collar...which is on the right side of the photo. You can also see the tails from where I pulled out my Provisional CO and started working the other way. I'm using Wool of the Andes Superwash from Knit Picks in Camel Heather on US #6 (4 mm) Knit Picks interchangeable circulars (the ones Husband got me at Christmas).



Thirdly: Traveling Socks. This is the second sock and I'm working toward the heel. The yarn is Felici by Knit Picks in Time Traveler (sadly discontinued) and I'm using US #1 (2.25 mm) circulars, which, again, are probably Chai Goo but I'm not 100% positive.


Lastly: Fire Socks. Because I plan to submit these for publication, I can't really show you much of anything...so have a "I'm hiding in my bag" photo of my secret pattern. I'm using 80/20 Twin from Wollmeise in Campari Piccolo. I'm also using US #1 (2.25 mm) circulars, this time they're Addi Turbos, though.


In addition to these four WIPs, I have two more: my Pacific Shawl and my Dragon's Egg Socks. These are my longest-running WIPs and they're both, basically, in hibernation. I need to sit and have a chat with my shawl and the socks require some uninterrupted daytime hours. Truthfully, they both require some uninterrupted daytime hours. Reading charts with small children around is just not a good idea. I'd be asking for loads of trouble if I did that.



I hope you're having a lovely Wednesday. I'm sure I'll link up somewhere....just not sure right now :)

Monday, June 15, 2015

June Goals: Mid-Month Update

Hello and happy Monday (or not, whatever your pleasure)!

It's the middle of June (WHAT?!), which means I'm going to revisit my June Goals :) In case you don't want to go back and look, I've copied them directly with some commentary :) So, let's break things down a bit and see how I stand for the month.

FIBERY GOALS:
1. Work on the following: Traveling SocksSnape's StockingsWinkDragon's Egg SocksPacific ShawlFire & Ice (Fire) Socks, and Sacrificial Goat #5.

I'm kind of proud of myself here. I've worked on several things. I'm about 3/4 of the way through the leg on my second Traveling Sock, which means I've worked on them. I think I did half a pattern repeat on Snape's Stockings, which means I'm about 3/4" closer to the toe decreases. I've pulled out Wink and I'm almost to the point where I pick up stitches and start the big task of knitting the body of my sweater. I've done a few rounds here and there on my Fire Socks. I started and finished the Sacrificial Goat #5.

2. Spin some green merino on Viktor (he's feeling a bit neglected).

Viktor has had some minor attention. I did pull out some green merino and spin for maybe 15 minutes the other day....but nothing substantial. Oh well.

3. Try to partake in a fibery endeavor every day.

While I am trying, it's not always possible. But, I'm trying and that's good.

4. Continue the Yarn Diet (club yarns don't count).

I was doing really well with this until Thursday when I went into my LYS (Nine Rubies) and picked up a skein of Hedgehog Fibers Sock. Oops. But, only one skein of yarn since, at least, Stitches West in February? That's not bad!

5. Anything else that tickles my fibery fancy (starting a new project, destashing, book destashing, organizing, etc.).

I've had my fibery fancy tickled. I started and finished three projects that weren't on my goals list. I made a baby hat out of some yarn I was gifted in the last Claudio Sanchez swap in LSG and I made two dishcloths. The hat can be found here. The dishcloth can be found here. I didn't make a project page for the one dishcloth because it's just one of those regular Grandma's Favorite. The FO Friday post about those two projects can be found here. I also sold a skein of yarn from my destash :) 


NON-FIBERY GOALS
1.General house unf**king (including Stormageddon's, Little Man's, and our bedrooms).

Admittedly, I'm not doing as well with this as I had hoped but I've done a few random things here and there. I went through a bunch of paperwork and now I have a huge pile of stuff to shred and I cleaned off the buffet. It's small progress but it's still progress. 

2. Drink more water.

I'm trying to make a conscious effort but sometimes, I forget. One day I'll do pretty well and the next couple, I'll forget. 

3. Hit the gym at least twice a week.

Let's just keep moving along, shall we?

4. Work on figuring out my grandfather's photo albums from the 1930s (writing down information about the photographs, photographing the photographs via digital camera, etc.).

I have done some of this. I feel awful because there are so many unidentified people but I sent a couple photos to a distant cousin of mine (one of his paternal great-grandmothers is one of my maternal great-great grandmothers - his grandmother was from her second marriage while my great-grandfather was from her first marriage). He's going to show his father, as well, but he was able to help me identify a couple people, specifically his grandmother and one of his great-aunts, which helped me further identify another by process of elimination. 

5. Keep working on the weight loss shit (thank you, Lose It app for doing the math and shit for me).

According to the app, I'm down 17.2 lbs since February 10, 2015...but I was already losing weight before then. From the time Stormageddon was born in September 2014, I'm down 25.2 lbs., which is an average of about 2.5 lbs./month...which isn't bad, if you ask me. 

6. Keep up on the pseudo bullet journal thingie I'm doing.

Honestly, I'm not doing horribly with this. I've been pretty good about keeping up with what's going on and writing things down and making lists and taking care of things on the list and.......so, yeah. 




Overall, I'm not doing horribly for June....my Non-Fibery Goals may need a little work but, really, not too bad for this month.

I'll be back with Goals in July :) Happy knitting......or not knitting. Whatever :)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #24

Happy Sunday! Let's get to the work so we can play :)

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
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015 -- full disclosure in October 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

I started and finished two dishcloths this week. Only the one has a project page, however. The other is just a plain dishcloth (the most common one hanging on sinks everywhere). I did have some trouble with the Elvish Leaves Dishcloth but only because I didn't read. I was knitting along toward the end and discovered I was a stitch short. I figured it was probably a missed YO but I couldn't find it by looking so I had to tink back two rows and was just getting into the third row when I found said missed YO. I put it in and moved right along. I was more worried that I had dropped a stitch but, thankfully, that wasn't the case. An FO Friday post happened for both the Baby Hat and the Elvish Leaves Dishcloth this past Friday. Bonus? Cute baby wearing the hat...and I'm not just saying that because he's mine.

Oh fine...have a photo :)




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. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015

Now that I've finished up some projects, I've been working on some of these WIPs.

I pulled out Wink, which I will admit that I'm not that far along on. I'm almost finished with the left collar, which means I'm almost ready to pick up stitches along the edge and start knitting the body, which will probably take me forever and a day but, whatever, it'll be fine. I'm working on it and that means progress and progress is good :)

I also worked a bit on my Traveling Socks. I took some Mama Time on Thursday while Husband was working from home, Stormageddon was napping, and Little Man was otherwise occupied...I went to the yarn shop, bought a new skein of yarn (oops) and sat down and worked on my socks for about an hour...which isn't a ton of time but I got some work in and that's important.

And then, on Friday afternoon, while Stormageddon was napping, I pulled out my Fire Socks and worked on them! I only got a couple rounds in but, like I've been saying: progress is progress!


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. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

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)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

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

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 :)

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


Soooooooo, there's that.


Tomorrow, probably, will be my mid-month June Goals update, which should be entertaining....or maybe not. I don't know. We'll see how things go.


Husband got back on Monday evening so my Solo Parent time was finished. It was obvious the boys missed Daddy because they were very interested in seeing him. Actually, Little Man was still awake when he got home.

We started Little Man on a chore chart, of sorts, so he can start earning an allowance. He's constantly asking us to buy him this game (on the iPad) or buy him that toy....so now, he can buy it himself. He has a chance for $5/week for completing the following chores: cleaning the living room/front room (of his toys, shoes, and things like that), cleaning his bedroom and keeping it clean, helping me with laundry, helping me with dishes, and not throwing tantrums at the drop of a hat. We started on Wednesday and he earned $4 (he threw a couple of pretty epic tantrums this week). We'll see how his first full week goes. I'm just so tired of the tantrums and him asking me every five seconds to buy him something.

Stormageddon loves to pull himself up in the pack-n-play and his crib...and the couch...and anything he can do it on, really. He's also started to cruse around in the pack-n-play and crib. If he keeps this up, he'll be walking before September.




And then there's this kid......what am I going to do with him?! And yes, I have Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade on in the background. I loved that show when I was younger (and by "younger," I mean 24). 



Oh, and Husband brought back some gifts from Wisconsin (other than beer). I got a t-shirt, and the boys are basically sharing their presents because, well, yeah...



Every child should have a cheese head hat.


This was the only photo I took of him yesterday where he was looking at the camera...not that I took a lot of photos of him but, seriously, ONE?!

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday and weekend and such :)

Friday, June 12, 2015

FO Friday: Two-fer!

Hello and happy Friday!

I didn't think I'd be in this week but, lo, I've finished TWO projects that need some posting.......actually, I finished three but one of them I haven't bothered to make a project page for and it's just a regular dishcloth so we're just going to ignore that for right now...

Baby Hat (link to Project Page)
Pattern: Um.....none, really. The stitch count came from Be Loving...

Time Frame: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015

Yarn: Bernat Jacquards in Jacquard Jet (less than a half-skein)

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) 16" circulars, US #8 (5 mm) 16" circulars and DPNs

Size: 76 sts (16" size)

Modification(s): The only thing I really used the pattern for was the initial stitch count. After that, I kind of winged it. The directions for how I did the decreases are on the project page. It's a bit boxy at the top but it fits Stormageddon's head quite well.

Thoughts: The hat turned out as lovely as could be but if I had followed the pattern, I would have gone a little crazy. I'm one of those people that likes things to be perfectly symmetrical in knitting so my decreases would have to be the same width all around and the pattern doesn't do that. It basically says: k__, k2tog around and if you have any extra stitches at the end of the round, just knit them. So, you're going to wind up with a wedge that is bigger than the rest....which would drive me nuts. So, I changed the decreases to fit the pattern and it came out symmetrical and didn't drive me nuts.


Elvish Leaves Dishcloth (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Elvish Leaves Dishcloth by Kelley

Time Frame: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Lake (less than a half skein)

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) 16" circulars

Size: Whatever size it came out

Modification(s): Aside from using smaller needles than what is called for in the pattern, there were no modifications.

Thoughts: Quick, easy, to the point. I think it's going to go into my swap/gift box, though. I have lots of dishcloths and I feel I should share them with others or something. I may make it again. It turns out a nice little dishcloth.



Anyway, I must wander off. I should be back on Sunday with my Year of Projects update and maybe Monday or Tuesday with my mid-month update of my June Goals. We'll see how that turns out :)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #23

Hello and happy Sunday! Husband is out of town until tomorrow so I've been flying solo with the boys since Thursday (which is also why I'm probably writing this a couple days ahead and working on it when I have a moment here and there).

Sooooo.....let's get going :)

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
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015 -- full disclosure in October 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015

I finished up the Sacrificial Goat that I had started the previous week. He even had his FO Friday post this past Friday. I was so on the ball this week.....or something. Whatever. There's not much else to say about the goat that I didn't say on Friday. Husband will get him upon his return tomorrow night...I think. I should really check when I'm supposed to pick him up.

I also started and finished a baby hat this week. I was just going to make another version of my Stitch's Rock hat but....funny thing.....the PDF is on my laptop and I only had my iPad (late night knitting - laptop is in the living room, iPad is right next to me). So, I figured that because it was my pattern I would be able to get a copy of the PDF onto my iPad through Ravelry. Nope. So, I had no access to my PDF and needed to find another (free) pattern to use. I picked one out (and you can find it on the project page), mostly for the stitch count. I didn't actually read the pattern decreases or anything. In fact, if I had done that, I wouldn't have chosen the pattern at all. One of the things that bothers me in patterns is when decreases aren't even and this pattern basically said: repeat this decrease around and then when you have extra stitches at the end, just knit them. That kind of drives me nuts unless the yarn is something like Lion Brand Homespun (which is so....furry....that you can't see the decreases anyway). So, I wound up rewriting decreases for the pattern (which you can find on my project page). It worked out just fine. The yarn I used was "gifted" to me in the last Claudio Sanchez swap. It's a discontinued worsted acrylic from Bernat. As far as acrylic yarn goes, this isn't the worst I've ever worked with...it's not great but it's not totally awful. However, as I only had the one skein and I don't really have any other similar acrylic in my stash, I can't really make something large that *might* take more than one skein...so, small items.

Anyway, moving along.....


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. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
6. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015


I started two new projects this week (one isn't listed because it's just a dishcloth and the other is listed in the FO section, for obvious reasons). I worked a little on the dishcloth here and there. I actually had one going and then I discovered that I needed the needle I was using for the baby hat (the US #8 16" circular).....so, I frogged a dishcloth and started a new one on the US #5 needle I used on the hat brim. It's fine as I don't plan on needing it for a little while.

I've also worked a couple rounds on my Traveling Socks. It's growing, albeit very slowly...but any positive progress is still progress.


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. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

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)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

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

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 :)

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



And the Startitis is still strong, even though I've started new things recently. ::sigh::


In "real life," not much has been happening outside of flying solo since Thursday morning. I'm trying to keep us doing things so that we don't get bored at home and start ripping each other's hair out. This is difficult as taking a small break for myself is almost impossible. Seriously, peeing by myself has been a luxury these past few days. Stormageddon usually cries if I'm gone for too long, especially if he's in a place he doesn't want to be (like the jumper or the pack-n-play). Little Man, luckily, is pretty self-reliant...but he has his moments, as well.

Thursday was a pretty average day. We dropped Husband off at the airport, went out for breakfast, ran some errands, and then we did things around the house. Okay, I did things around the house (laundry, anyone?). On Friday, we went across the Bay to visit friends. Yesterday, we did a few things about the house, then I took the boys out for time at one of the parks in town.

Also, this had to happen:


I had to put the baby gate up in front of the screen door because Stormageddon has been climbing up onto his knees and I didn't want him to fall through the screen and off the step. So...that happened....



.........which is good because then the above happened last night. Someone figured out how to pull himself up onto his feet. I had to drop the crib down last night. ::sigh::



This one, however, is much more difficult to photograph. He's less than cooperative most of the time. Silly boy. He was busy watching videos on my iPad yesterday morning and couldn't be bothered for five seconds for a decent, looking-at-the-camera photo.

Oh, and pre-bath baby selfie...


Let's see......how about a video (if it works). I took the boys to Baskin Robins yesterday for an afternoon treat.

video

It appears that the chocolate ice cream was a HUGE hit. Now that he's kind of figured out how spoons and solid foods work, he's very interested in anything that can go in his mouth.

video

Case in point.......also, I'm not 100% positive that the above video is SFW so, you know, exercise caution when watching it.


Anyway, I suppose that's quite enough to be getting on with. So, I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday and weekend and so on and so forth :)

Friday, June 5, 2015

FO Friday: Pete and RePete were in a boat; Pete jumped out...who was left?

Happy Friday! I have a lovely little FO to show you this week.

Sacrificial Goat #5 (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Goat by Sarah Gasson

Time Frame: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Snow (unknown amount) and Tahki Yarns Sky in....some sort of brown.

Needles: US #6 DPNs (4 mm)

Size: Whatever size it came out

Modification(s): I had a couple modifications. The first one was that I used US #6 needles rather than the US #5s that I used for the other ones. The head/body was done as written except the part where you're supposed to use fun fur. The horns were done as written. The ears were done as written except for doing an actual BO (bind off) instead of a B&T (break & thread). The tail was done as written except it was not done with fun fur. The legs....well, I did the first two rows as written (flat) and then joined in the round to finish them, and did an actual BO instead of the B&T.

Thoughts: This is the fifth (and hopefully last) rendition of this goat. There's not much to say about it. It's a quick project, it comes out cute, and that is that.



This one is destined for Husband upon his return from Wisconsin. He's been "reminding" me for a couple months that I needed to make him his goat...I finally just bit the bullet and did it. I needed a break from them so I took one. They're not difficult or anything but I just needed a break from knitting the same thing too many times. Also, Husband's birthday was this week so I suppose this could be construed as a late birthday present....we didn't get him anything else. We didn't know what to get him...


Photo shoot with his friend, Link

I hope you're having a lovely Friday! I'll be back on Sunday with my Year of Projects update...I hope :)

Linking up with Natural Suburbia and HardKnitLife this morning :)