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Friday, July 31, 2015

FO Friday: The Tour de Fleece Edition

Happy Friday!

It's been awhile since I participated in FO Friday but with Tour de Fleece ending on Sunday and the pile of new handspun yarn.......I suppose I could bore you all to death with my Tour de Fleece handspun finishes :)

So, onward to the handspun.....

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Awhile ago, like when I first bought Viktor, my Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel (February 2011), I picked up some of what I thought was absolutely lovely blue fiber. It was a Corriedale fiber, dyed "French Blue" and was sold under Louet. Now, whether Louet processes and dyes the fiber themselves or has someone else do it, I don't know. But it was probably 8 oz. of French Blue Corriedale from Louet. I had an absolutely awful time spinning it. I dubbed it the "Asshole Blue Corriedale" because it was so so difficult to spin. I had all these dreams of making a lovely yarn from this blue fiber.

It was not to be.

The good news is that I'm done with the Asshole Blue Corriedale. The other good news is that I learned a few things along the way. A couple weeks ago, a lovely woman that lives not too far from me, came up to the house with her spinning wheel and we had a lesson in plying and some other tips and tricks about spinning. One of the things I learned was that fiber that is sold under Louet is......not great. Sure, it looks pretty but spinning it is a total bastard. So, my intense dislike of Corriedale may actually be an intense dislike of Corriedale that is processed and dyed by/for Louet. But, having only worked with this particular fiber from Louet, I'm not sure......and I'm not crazy about spending money to find out.

But, back to the yarn shown above...

After I finished some things (which you'll see below), I was left with probably 100 yds of the Asshole Blue Corriedale singles, which became the photo above.

Fiber: French Blue Corriedale from Louet
Ply: Chain
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 6
Yards: ~ 30
Skein Weight: 45 g/1.6 oz
Yarn Weight: Bulky

Moving along...

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Fiber: unknown multi-blue colored BFL and aforementioned Asshole Blue Corriedale
Ply: two
WPI: 11
Yards: ~ 112
Skein Weight: 85 g/3 oz
Yarn Weight: DK/Light Worsted

Around the same time I picked up the Asshole Blue Corriedale, I picked up a ball of multi-colored blue BFL, probably roving (I can't really remember). The singles were spun so very long ago and I'm sure I have some handspun hanging around that contains the same fiber but I've not found it yet. Someday. But, anyway, I had some of this multi-colored blue BFL hanging out on a bobbin (nowhere near full), taking up space. So, I plied it with the Asshole Blue Corriedale and wound up with this. It's not bad, considering the Asshole Blue Corriedale is half the yarn....but the ply was a little underspun, which works because both singles were horribly overspun. So, I have some yarn I may actually be able to work with.

Link to Stash Page

Fiber: unknown multi-colored blue BFL, unknown multi-colored purple & blue BFL, Asshole Blue Corriedale
Ply: two + single = three
WPI: 8
Yards: ~ 10
Skein Weight: 14 g/.5 oz
Yarn Weight: Aran

In an effort to clear off my bobbins, I made this. I had some unknown purple & blue multi-colored BFL hanging out on a bobbin (not much at all, seriously) and the recently two-plied multi-colored blue BFL and Asshole Blue Corriedale. Because the two-ply was a bit underspun and because the single was pretty well overspun, I plied them "Z" (which is how I did the two-ply, which is to make my wheel spin counter-clockwise) in an effort to further ply the two as well as take out some of the overspin in the single. The result is above. It worked out really well, actually, and it's kind of a shame that I only have 10 yds. of it. Because I had so little of the multi-colored purple & blue, I'm 95% sure there's a two-ply of some sort hanging out in one of my yarn bins. I'll have to find it.

And there ends the Asshole Blue Corriedale and some unknown multi-colored BFL that I had hanging about.

My only goal for Tour de Fleece was to finish spinning up some kelly green merino I had barely started.

And, behold!

Link to Stash Page
Fiber: 100% merino in kelly green
Ply: two
WPI: 7-8
Yards: 196 yds + 150 yds = 346 yds
Skein Weight: 96 g/3.4 oz + 57 g/1.9 oz = 153 g/5.3 oz
Yarn Weight: DK/Light Worsted

I expect that I started with either 6 or 8 oz of fiber (I'm leaning more toward 8 oz as I had some difficulty with some big balls of snaggy ick that would not come out and some broken singles while plying). I made the rolags that you may have seen previously and I was scared as hell to ply this yarn because I didn't want to screw it up. It's not perfect but it's a pretty good yarn, considering.

"But Renee?" you ask, "Why are there two skeins?" Good question. When I was plying, I had a single that was spun really thin and the bastard snapped. I tried to get it back together with a little knot and it was not happening sooooo.....I said, "Screw it," and broke both singles and called it good. That's the skein on the left (the bigger of the two).

Also, there's some green merino left on the bobbin so I expect I'll have another random skein of something at some point in the future (distant or not, who knows?).


So, there's all my Tour de Fleece handspun love. I'm surprised I got as much done as I did, with two small children wandering about and not a whole lot of time to spin :)

I hope you're all having a lovely Friday!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #30

Woo-hoo! Happy Sunday! Today marks the end of Tour de Fleece but we may have to talk about that next week, after everything has been fully washed, weighed, measured (WPI - wraps per inch, as well as length), and reskeined. Perhaps a FO Friday post for TdF is in my future?

For now, let's get on with the usual Sunday post :)

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
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015

Nope. Nothing to see here :)


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

My Pacific Shawl saw a couple rows this week but not much new to report. It's going to take me awhile to get caught back up to the point I was at when I frogged it. My Traveling Socks are just in stockinette hell until I get to the toe decreases, which I'm maybe 1-1.5" away from. I suppose if I keep on keeping on, I'll get there sooner rather than later.

Most of my fibery work this week has involved my Fire Socks. I finished up the leg, heel flap, and the heel turn. I'm now in the midst of the gusset decreases. I also worked a bit on the actual pattern (figuring how the heel turn for the other sizes, mostly).

I also plied the green merino for Tour de Fleece this past week. I even took a video.

video

Yes, it really is spinning that quickly when I ply. I found the usually-elusive sweet spot where my Scotch tension is perfect and I can just keep my singles apart as I ply and it just takes them up correctly. So, I took advantage of it.

At this point, everything has been washed, stretched, thwacked, and dried. A couple have even been weighed, measured, and reskeined. But I'll do a big post later with all of it.


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

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

I've made some changes in my lists. I've completely removed The Dude sweater for Husband. This is for various reasons including, but not limited to: It's July and there's no way I'd be even close to finishing come January and Husband has already lost 50 lbs and who knows how much more he'll lose. I may not have to rewrite the pattern (okay, I probably will still have to but let me be deranged for a moment) and...........

I've also removed a few items from the "Children's Items" list because I'll never get around to them. If my Ravelry queue was any indication of my knitting plans, I'd never get through it. My queue, much like my stash, is longer than I'll be alive.



In the real world that is "northern" California, the wildfires have started up around here. There's a good sized one up toward Napa, which is about 45 miles northeast of here. I assume there are others nearby, as well. I know there are several thousand acres burning in southern California. Oh, and of course our drought continues, which just makes things worse. ::sigh::

A bit closer to home, though...

Little Man continues to love swimming lessons and soccer. He did get in trouble at swimming lessons this week for going underwater when he wasn't supposed to, even after his swimming teacher told him on more than one occasion that it wasn't okay. After a little chat with Mama and Daddy, I think he got the message. We'll see next week.

Here are a few snapshots from our week.

One is looking, and the other isn't....

One is blurry, and the other isn't looking...

Yes, I can stand by myself.

Iron Man is not impressed.

Selfie!

Lunch date at Fletch's (Hot Dog place downtown)

Sleepy Stormageddon

Stormageddon can stand on his own and seems to be kind of interested in walking but he's not quite ready yet. He's also eating more solid foods, which is helpful when he keeps grabbing at whatever I'm eating. All his teeth definitely help. I gave him homemade waffles last weekend, which he seemed to like. He's also had a teeny bit of my eggs (scrambled), which he also seemed to like. I tried giving him a little bit of a mozzarella stick and while he liked it, I didn't like that he just kind of let the cheese hang out in his mouth. ::sigh:: Babies. 

Hmmmm.......what else what else what else..........oh, here's something you can all enjoy. My mother-in-law thinks they should come to visit. After the shitstorm that occurred when they were here last October, I'm not sure I want them anywhere near my house. But, that's not an issue unless they decide they're coming out here. I'd rather have my bestie come out, thanks....or my sister-in-law......or even my brother-in-law (so long as he brings his wife and their daughters). 

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

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #29

Happy Sunday :)

It appears that things have been happening around here....so we should get on with it :)

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
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015

Unsurprisingly, I've not really finished anything........which is kind of a lie. I did finish up a dishcloth I found hiding in one of my knitting bags.


I didn't bother to make a project page for it. There's no pattern and no, I didn't plan for the yarn to do that...it just happened to do it (and I'm quite pleased with it, actually). I don't know what I'm going to do with it. I have a ton of washcloths and dishcloths (some of which need retirement). Maybe I'll throw it in the "I don't know" box and I'll come back to it.


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've still got these six WIPs on the needles but some of them look vastly different, specifically my Pacific Shawl. If you didn't read my mid-month update on Friday, the basic run-down is that my Pacific Shawl pissed me off and wound up getting frogged and restarted. I had a mistake that was just bugging me (even though I had tried to fix it - it didn't work but I made it work) and then I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to be doing....so, frog. But, it's been restarted.

I also worked on my Dragon's Egg Sock. I've just finished up the ribbing and am now a couple rounds into the first chart. Nothing exciting yet.

Most of my fibery endeavors this past week involved Viktor, my Majacraft Pioneer. I put out a call on one of the Bay Area boards on Ravelry for some in-person help with figuring out how to not ply like monkey poo...and along came Bex. She came over on Friday with her wheel and Lazy Kate and we discussed what I was doing wrong or what may be causing extra problems. First problem: overspun singles (like that's a surprise). Second problem: obnoxious Lazy Kate (I can fit my bobbins on it but there's no way to adjust the tension so the tension is way too tight and I wind up snapping singles). Third problem: hand movements while plying (mostly for chain plying but also for two ply). So, we fixed some issues, she taught me some other tricks (like unspinning my overspun yarn a bit so it wouldn't tangle on itself while plying), and we played with fiber. It was a lovely time.

I have bobbins cleared off, some (crappy) plied yarn, and photographic proof:


This is the chain plied asshole Corriedale. I found out my dislike of Corriedale may not be an actual dislike of Corriedale....but rather this specific processing. It's Louet French Blue Corriedale...which means it was processed either by or for Louet and, apparently, they don't do such a fabulous job. Now, I've only ever spun this particular beast from Louet so I cannot say if it's all Louet fiber or just the Corriedale or just the French Blue color...but from what I've heard, Louet fiber is a pain in the ass to spin.

I may have to try out some other Corriedale.


This is a teensy bit of random BFL that I spun ages ago and some of the leftover asshole Corriedale. There's maybe 10-15 yds of it. Not much at all.


This last one is interesting. I had some of the two ply BFL/asshole Corriedale hanging out and I also had a teensy bit of random purple & blue variegated BFL (that was also overspun ages ago). So....I did something very random. I took the plied BFL/asshole Corriedale and then further plied it with the random bit of purple & blue variegated BFL. I took a plied yarn and plied it with a single. And it worked. All the singles were spun "S" (which is with the wheel spinning clockwise, for those of you that don't spin). I plied the BFL & asshole Corriedale "Z" (which is with the wheel spinning counterclockwise). Because the purple & blue variegated BFL single was over spun and my two ply wasn't, I plied them together "Z" so that the purple & blue would get a little less overspun and the two ply I already had would get a little more twist in it. The end result is sitting on the bobbin still but I expect it won't be too horrible. When I was done, I had some of the two-ply leftover (which is the middle photo above).


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)
12. 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)

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, not a whole lot has been happening. Little Man had soccer yesterday. He loves it, which is extremely helpful. There's one little boy that I've seen the last two weeks that just does not want to be more than ten feet from mom and/or dad. Last week, he was in tears almost the entire time. But, Little Man can see me, waves occasionally, and is fine....thank God.

I also took him to swimming lessons on Thursday. He was working on swimming underwater (not entirely under water - face-down in the pool). He loves swimming lessons.

Really, he loves most anything we have him do.......so I'm really hoping that when we go on our New Year's cruise, he is willing to go to Camp Carnival with the other kids.

Um.....what else, what else.....it's been rather warm around here so we've had the little air conditioners running. They're not great but they keep the house from becoming totally unbearable. And it's not like it's super crazy hot here but it's too much for us.

Yeah, I've got nothing else going on around here right now. Perhaps next week exciting things will have happened....or maybe just the same things over and over :) Whatever, progress is progress.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and that your week was fabulous :)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Mid-Month Review: July Goals

Happy Friday :)

There are so many things going on right now that I completely missed the middle of the month so I'm a couple days late with my mid-month goal reviews. Oops.

But, I'm here now so let's take a look :)

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

I've actually worked on all of these projects in some way, shape, or form, over the last couple weeks. Unfortunately, my Pacific Shawl and I had an argument and it went from this.....



.....to this:



I completely frogged it and have restarted the next size. There was a mistake that was bothering me to no end and I was at the point where I was starting the wave pattern on the edge and something just wasn't coming up correctly. So......frogged :(

My Traveling Socks are now working down the foot of the second one (I got the short-row heel of the second one done last week). I'm in the middle of the first pattern repeat of the second of Snape's Stockings and I'm working on the first chart of the second sock of my Dragon's Egg Socks. I have a lot of second socks going on...

My Fire Socks have only seen a couple rows but progress is progress. Same with Wink...just slow. No one wants to work on a wool sweater when it's 85ºF outside....so, little progress but still progress.


2. Spin some more green merino on Viktor. Maybe even finish up the ball of fiber.

I'm actually really proud of myself here. All the green merino has been spun into singles. I hope to get around to plying it today but we'll see what the afternoon brings us. I've also worked on some plying of some other singles that have been hanging out on the bobbins. The asshole French blue corriedale from awhile ago and some other unknown BFL in various variegated blues were plied together and I wound up with this:



It's not great but I plan to make a couple hats to donate so it'll be fine. The larger skein is about 110 yds of worstedish weight and the small one is around 40 yds of worstedish weight (I've not done the WPI yet so I'm not positive but that's my best guess). I still have more of it to ply but Viktor was not cooperating so I broke it and called it good. I'll ply the rest soon enough.

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

Still trying and not fully succeeding. Oh well.

4. Continue my Yarn Diet (club yarns, of course, do not count).

I don't think I've had a whoops yet this month so I call that a WIN :)

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

My destash is forever going on, I've finished a project, I've started a project....



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

I went through Little Man's clothes the other day, boxed up a bunch of things, went through my notebooks (yes, I have a collection of notebooks)...not much but I've done some of it.

2. Drink more water.

I need to work harder at this. ::sigh::

3. Try to go to the gym at least 2x/week or some other "non-usual" method of exercise.

I'm doing pretty well here. I went to the gym twice last week and I've been there once this week...it's a start :)

4. Family history/genealogy stuff: photo albums, family stories, etc.

This is a forever ongoing project. I did talk to some distant family members in the past couple weeks, trying to track down the elusive family bible, but so far, no luck :(


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

It's slow-going but it's going and that's important :)

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

I'm doing pretty well with the journal. It's not the way I want it but I use what I have and that works for me.




Overall, it looks as though July is off to a decent start. Here's hoping the rest of the month doesn't go to hell :)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #28

Happiest of Sundays to you :)

We should just get started because we know why we're here. Or, at least, I think we know why we're here...I know why I'm here, anyway.

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
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015

Oh hey look. I have a finished :) You can read all about it here. It was from my class with Alana Dakos at Atelier Yarns in San Francisco. It was gifted right off the needles, however, so there are no good blocked photos yet...baby will come soon enough :)


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

To be perfectly honest, most of the work I've been doing this week has been with Viktor, my Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel. It's Tour de Fleece and I'm half-assedly participating. My goals are modest: finish spinning up the green merino top, maybe ply it. Anything else I do is gravy, honestly. I have one bobbin that isn't completely full but the singles were starting to break too often and I was pissed off about it so I started a new bobbin. The new bobbin was unexpectedly finished yesterday prevening. Viktor has seen a bit of action this week. I also decided that maybe the problem I was having with the singles breaking was because I was working directly from the top, in small chunks, where I wasn't pre-drafting very much...lots and lots and lots of thick-n-thin bits on that first bobbin. I expect it'll come out somewhere in the worsted-Aran-bulky side. So, I went in search of my hand carders because I had this brilliant idea to make rolags...which I hadn't done since I bought the carders in September 2011. I thought I knew what I was doing....turns out I kind of forgot.

Off to the YouTubes. I found this video on making puni rolags...and I made a pile and life was so much easier.



But first, have some photos of my pre-rolag spinning :)


And the pile of fluffy goodness...


I spun some more of that but most of it became this:


I think by the time I was finished making the puni rolags, I had something like 20 of them (I didn't count). I spun enough so that I had 13 left by Friday night...and then I spun a couple up during Stormageddon's nap yesterday (maybe 3), went outside to do some yardwork that was annoying me, came back inside, took a shower, and finished the pile of rolags. Seriously, I was not expecting that. Next step: plying. I may or may not get a chance to work on that today. I've got to decide what I want to do: ply the two bobbins together as a 2-ply or chain-ply each bobbin individually to make two 3-plies. I'm leaning toward the latter but I've not decided yet.

So, there's the spinning.

In knitting WIPs, I did the short row heel on my second Traveling Sock and am now working my way down to the toe. I was able to do something similar to the heel of the first one wherein the stripe breaks right as I start the heel, goes through two color changes, and switches to the third color change just as I start going around the entire sock again. I didn't think I'd be able to replicate it but, apparently, I'm magic.

I also spent some time on Snape's Stockings. I'm still in the middle of the first repeat of the second sock but progress is progress :) I also found a washcloth in one of my project bags so I've worked on that. I actually had to rip out a few rows because I screwed up the border. I tried to drop down and fix it but that didn't go well so I actually ripped out knitting...and managed to not drop stitches...and nothing got twisted around. I was kind of proud of myself. But no photos because, again, too lazy :)


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

I suppose I should add an addendum to this list. Little Man has requested a goat of his own. Again. I keep hoping he'll forget but he hasn't. ::sigh:: I really don't want to make a 6th goat...


And in "real life" events.....


Yes, he has a Legend of Zelda Master Sword, shield, and a shirt proclaiming "The Legend of Arthur." He also has a Link hat (it's actually Husband's but it appears that he's commandeered it for his own). Oh well.


Stormageddon took a selfie at the park (he pushed the camera button and everything. His road rash from last week is mostly cleared up. Just a little pink spot on the end of his nose and on his upper lip, indicating that things are healing properly.


My boys hanging out in the bed. There were several shots but this was the best of the bunch. At least all of them were looking at the camera.


And Little Man started soccer yesterday morning. He's so adorable and he loved it! He was scared, at first, but once he was out running around and playing, he was fine. He did come over to me a couple of times when he shouldn't have but it was okay, it was the first day, and he wanted to make sure I wasn't going to leave him.


There's not been much else going on around here, to be honest. A bit of this, a bit of that, some other random things....nothing spectacular :)

Anyway, I hope you've all had a lovely week and weekend :)

Friday, July 10, 2015

FO Friday - The Unblocked Edition

Happy Friday!

I have a little FO for you to enjoy for today. If you've been reading and keeping up, you may remember that I took a class with Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting on Sunday afternoon. The class was on cable work, specifically twisted cables...which sounds weird because cables are twists in knitting...sort of. Really, it's just knitting stitches out of order. Regular cables are worked over knit stitches but twisted cables entail working with both knit and purl stitches. I've done them before but this was the first anyone has ever actually explained it to me.

So, we had some homework....and by the end of the class, the homework had turned into........

Homework: Alana Dakos (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Not really any...but sort of....from Alana Dakos

Time Frame: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015 (to be fair, the ribbing was done on July 1, 2015 and the rest of the hat was finished on July 5, 2015 - yes, I cranked out a baby hat in about four hours)

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers Superwash in Celery (less than a half-skein)

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

Size: Baby (it will fit a 10 month old)

Modification(s): Since there wasn't much of a specific pattern, there aren't really any modifications.

Thoughts: I think when I make something like this again, I'm going to keep a stockinette background except for the block where the traveling cables will hang out. I also need to work out the decreases. Basically, I think I'm just going to play with it.


Now, I must apologize for the photos. The photos were taken immediately upon binding off and weaving in ends.....no blocking, no washing, no nothing because it was gifted immediately to Julie Crawford of Knitted Bliss, who was in town visiting. She's never been to San Francisco and she's done modeling work for Alana and it all worked out.

So, the photo above is the correct way. It's done on a reverse stockinette background but even the wrong side is pretty.



Speaking of Julie, here is some proof :)

The "nice" photo (excuse my squinty eyes)

Yeah, I don't know either...

And, of course, a silly photo

Thanks to Julie's lovely husband for being our photographer (he's also lovely to listen to as he's English). 



So, there's all that.........

I hope you're all having a lovely Friday :) I should be back on Sunday for my Year of Projects post and I may wander in again and again.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #27

Hello and happy Sunday :)

I shall warn you now that I'm writing this in advance (Friday) because were out of town yesterday (Saturday) for the 4th of July. Did that make any sense? No? Good. Moving on...

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

Nothing new here, which isn't unsurprising. So, we'll just keep on keeping on...


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. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015

I've spent some time with a few projects this past week. I got a good 2" done on the second of Snape's Stockings (which means I'm still in the first pattern repeat but, you know what, it's progress). I also got a couple rounds done on my Traveling Socks (but honestly, not much). I still haven't finished the collar sections on Wink but I'm close to starting the part where I connect everything...maybe. I don't know. A couple rounds here and there on my Fire Socks also happened....and, of course, the beginnings of a baby hat, which is homework for the class I'm taking with Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting later this afternoon.

Also, on the WIP front, I'm participating in the Tour de Fleece....my goals are modest-bordering-on-lazy: finish spinning the green merino I have sitting around, possibly ply it. That's about it. So, that will maybe happen over the next couple weeks :)


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



Moving along......

This past week, not much has gone on. Husband's new PS4 was acquired, the mall was visited, and Little Man got some (more) epic bug bites. Behold!


I actually hauled him to his pediatrician this past week because the last thing I need is someone to call child protective services about this crap...so it's well-documented that he has nasty bug bite reactions. ::sigh::

As if that wasn't enough...


Stormageddon biffed it off a stair on Wednesday and smashed into the stair below....which was, of course, cement. So, he has some road rash on his nose, lip, and a teeny bit on his forehead. He's okay, though.




Stormageddon turned the big 10 months on Thursday. Abilities include pulling up to stand, cruising along furniture, occasionally letting go to just stand, eating some solid/table foods, and babbling.


Other than that, not much else is going on around here. I hope to have some photos next weekend of my class from today, our trip to Santa Rosa for the 4th of July, and maybe some other knitting stuff :) We'll see how things go.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and holiday and so on and so forth :)

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!