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Friday, July 1, 2016

Monthly Goals: July

Happy July 1st! Here in the US, we're gearing up for our Independence Day celebration.....or, rather, our version of Brexit. But we ditched the British instead of the other way 'round. With that said, people are planning to shoot off fireworks and make drunken idiots of themselves this weekend. Monday is an official Federal Holiday so Husband will be home...blah blah blah.

It has occurred to me that I've been doing this for a year now. Actually, June 2015 was the first month I did this...and now we're a year out. Woo. Moving along...

Let's talk about Monthly Goals! Well, let's visit my June Goals first and then we'll get to the July Goals :)

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink, the CashSilk Fern Scarf, the Gex sweater, a Bridal Shower Lace dishcloth, and the Caffe Macchiato Socks.
2. Finish plying the Finn & Suffolk blend.
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

Gex and the Bridal Shower Lace dishcloth were finished this month. Wink has remained untouched, entirely. I haven't even pulled out the project bag. I have worked a few rounds on the socks but nothing major. The CashSilk Fern Scarf was, unfortunately, frogged. I managed to lose a stitch somewhere, I tinked back two rounds to find it, didn't find it, and it wasn't looking very good to me....so, I frogged it.


Oh well.

I also finished the Finn & Suffok blend. It's even been washed and skeined and such. I had some leftover so I plied it with some of the kelly green merino I had leftover from another spinning project.


If you stalk my Instagram, you can find a few more photos that aren't in Ravelry, including what the green merino & the blend looked like after I had plied them and taken them off the Niddy-Noddy.

I also managed to start another Gex sweater, this one for my currently-incubating niece (she's tentatively scheduled her debut for November 5th but my brother and sister-in-law are hoping for October 31st). I'm not very far along as I only started it a couple days ago. But, it's smaller than Little Man's so I'm hoping that it goes quicker. We'll see.

Other than that, a couple club items arrived but that's about it. I've not been knitting much, preferring to write, instead. It's fine. I did manage to finish a few things :)



Non-Fibery Goals
1. Reorganize in Stormageddon's room.
2. Clean the buffet.
3. Go through the pantry & cupboards.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).

Stormageddon's room has had some work done. I hired a sitter (via UrbanSitter) for a working interview this past Monday and while she was here, I hid in Stormageddon's room and took care of a few things. I switched out the clothes, packed things up, hauled out the next size so I don't have to dig later (that was in Little Man's closet - it's now in Stormageddon's room). It wasn't much but it helped. 

I also did some other cleaning, though I didn't do the buffet as much as I wanted to, and the pantry is still a mess (I've gone through things, though, and that helps). 

I've been trying to go to the gym on some sort of a regular basis and I'm doing okay with it. I do need to get control of my eating habits because my calorie count for a day is 1700, which only lends to eating my meals and that's about it. So, I need to get a handle on that. The weight is hovering, at this point. 

The journal is, of course, fine. The recipes, however, are not. Oh well. Someday I'll get around to it.


So, that's it for June. 

July's Goals.......

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink,  the Caffe Macchiato Socks, and the Gex Sweater.
2. Tour de Fleece (July 2nd-24th): I have a couple braids pulled out and that's lovely :)
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

Non-Fibery Goals
1. Reorganize in Little Man's room.
2. Finish cleaning the buffet.
3. Go through the pantry & cupboards.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).

Happy July!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #26 (Halfway, baby!)

Happy Sunday :)

Today is my 26th update for this year's Self-Imposed Year of Projects. If you can do basic math, you will understand that this is the halfway point for this year (and if you're partaking in the July-June schedule, this is your last update for the year).

Soooooooo, let's get going :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016

Nothing new has been finished. I've also not photographed Gex on Little Man. It didn't grow much but he'll get at least one year's worth of wear before it's too small for him. ::sigh:: It's been balls hot here so I didn't want to put him in a sweater, if I could avoid it.

Also, Gex has been officially released and you can buy it on Ravelry. I want to say it's $6.50 or so....but it's got 17 sizes from newborn-4XL, so it's totally worth it.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
3. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016
4. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016

The only thing that changed around here is the date I started my Bridal Shower Lace Cloth. I pulled it out, didn't like what it was doing, was having trouble braining what I was trying to do, and I frogged it, restarted it with a couple extra stitches (and marked them, this time), and decided that I could change my "start date" for it. I'm about half finished. It's not difficult but I've not been doing much knitting, honestly. I may have worked a few rounds on my socks, as well...but I don't remember.

I also started getting ready for some Tour de Fleece type stuff. I pulled my wheel down and did some more plying. I had a little bit of the kelly green merino hanging out on a bobbin and some of the leftover Finn & Suffolk, so I plied them together. I still have some of the merino left on the bobbin but I don't know that it's enough to do anything with. I might put it on the ball winder and ply it with itself. I've not decided yet. Both the Finn & Suffolk and the Merino, Finn, & Suffolk hanks got a soak in the sink with some Eucalan (separately). The Finn & Suffolk was dirty...the water was a greyish brown when I finished. I had to stretch and thwack and snap both hanks of yarn as they were both in need.....but the Merino, Finn, & Suffolk was particularly in need.

If you check out my Instagram, you can see what I'm talking about. I'll show you a couple here, as well, though:


This is the pre-washing of the Finn & Suffolk blend. It's now dry and wound into a hank. I need to rewind it onto the Niddy-Noddy to figure out how much I actually have but other than that, it's done. Woo.


Did I mention what this looked like? No? Okay. This is the leftover Merino plied with the Finn & Suffok blend. I wound it onto the small Niddy-Noddy and it behaved something like a scrunchi from my younger years. Seriously, I should have been able to wrap it around my wrist at least twice but is so overspun that it just sprung into what you see above. I could wear it on my wrist and it stayed there, without wrapping it. A good soak, thwack, snap, and stretch is what it needed. It's behaving much better. It's still got a little bit of the twist to it but nowhere near this bad.

In addition to emptying another bobbin, I did some work in my Yarn Closet. I pulled out some bins and bags and such, planning to ultimately dig out some fiber to spin for TdF, but I wound up doing some inventory control, getting rid of things, moving things, and collecting things together. All my empty project bags are now in one place, which also contains my Lazy Kate, my sock blockers, my fanceeeee Fyberspates yarns (that was dyed in a limited edition special colorway when Prince William & Kate got married...and I ordered two because I'm silly and I loved the color), and a few other bits & bobs for knitting (polyfill for toys & my yarn bowl, for example). I also shoved yarn into bins (recent acquisitions - clubs, mostly) and found a few things for TdF. I'm planning on doing a rainbow handspun out of a merino kit I bout over a year ago. I'm debating about doing all the colors in the box (there are, I think, fourteen different ones) or if I should just go with the basic rainbow, plus white and black. The idea is that I'm going to split each ball of color into two equal weights, spin the rainbow separately onto two bobbins, and ply them together, keeping the colors together(ish). I might split the colors into four parts and do two rounds on each bobbin but that might be pushing it. I don't think there's more than 2 oz of each color. And then there are the other colors. I think there's a grey/white, pink, brown, a different blue, and another purple. I might be forgetting some. Oh, and I found my two purchases from Corgi Hill Farms, which I'm also going to try to spin during TdF. She's taking a break until July as she's having a hip replacement so you can't get anything from her right now. She's pretty fabulous, though.

Anyway, moving along.......


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.
2. Tour de Fleece (July 2-24, 2016)

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*


Let's just not talk about this......





And now, for a dose of reality from San Francisco.

Um, hi....there are fires all over southern California right now, including very near where we went camping last October by Lake Isabella. That area is so remote that I'm not surprised it's going up like a tinder box. There's only one road that goes in and out of Lake Isabella and it's a very twisty mountain road. There were also fires going in the greater Los Angeles area. I don't know how far away the closet one is from us but we're in a drought, still, so I wouldn't be surprised if there were some around here.

Let's see, what else....oh, Obama was in town on Thursday and Friday, which means things like rubbernecking the motorcade happened, leading to a really nasty group of car accidents on 101 right by my house.....which led to my neighborhood being treated like a thoroughfare for highway traffic, by people that don't live around here. ::sigh:: And this weekend is Pride, of course, and being San Francisco......yeah, I'm not going anywhere near the City right now. Husband had to go to work yesterday morning but he works in the Financial District so he didn't have to get too close to the craziness that is Pride in SF....though his building is locked up very tightly, including the parking garage. We spent some time in the pool yesterday, as well, as it was hot and we don't have central air. We do have two big room air conditioners and a window air conditioner, which keep the house cool enough...but I miss central air sometimes.

I feel like nothing really happened this week but, looking through photos and Ravelry posts, it appears that I did far more than I thought I had.

Firstly, I took Little Man back to the fair, just the two of us, on Sunday. We rode on some rides together (Tilt-A-Whirl, Scrambler, and the Teacups, specifically), and he went on several by himself. I was proud of him for this one:


This just swung around, no going upside down or anything, but it goes up really high. He went on by himself, at his insistence that he'd be fine. He got off, holding his penis, and said, "Mama! I peed!" except he didn't actually pee. He felt like he needed to. He said it was scary but he was okay. He didn't go on it again. He also walked on water...sort of.

video

He had a blast and he came out hot and sweaty. He slept very well Sunday night.

On Monday, I was supposed to have jury duty at 8:30am. According to the website, I was on a "call back" status and needed to recheck around 11:15am on Monday. So, I went running. On pavement. I can run on an elliptical for an hour, non-stop, without problems. I cannot run on pavement, as indicated by the fact that I couldn't go more than a minute or two without having to slow to a walk and that I had a lot of difficulty walking due to sore legs until Thursday. Oops. When I rechecked the website, my "service was not required," meaning I'm off the hook for jury duty for at least a year.

Tuesday and Wednesday were spent doing mostly benign things, as I could barely walk. Punishment, I suppose, for my running transgressions. Or something. Little Man had swimming lessons on Thursday, Friday we did some shopping, and yesterday we went to Fremont for a bit to see our friends' new place. And go swimming.

That was about it around here. I think.

Also, Little Man said, "shit" yesterday while playing his Mario Bros. video game. ::sigh:: I'll admit it: I laughed. I shouldn't have but I couldn't help it. He said it beautifully; I couldn't be prouder of him.

Anyway, have some other photos from this week....


Little Man won this at the fair last Sunday. He gave it to Stormageddon when we got home, who, of course, loves it.


During one of our slow days, Iron Man watched the Minions.


Ah, my Pride glasses. A Bay Area Ravelry acquaintance lamented that they were having difficulty finding these glasses from Target. There is a drink dispenser and the glasses that match. Dispenser and one glass acquired. I said I'd look. I actually looked twice and found it on the second round, but they had already ordered from Target....but they wanted to come home anyway. So, now I have them :)


Oh, Little Man. On Wednesday morning, the boys and I went to one of the nearby parks, met up with a couple of the boys from Little Man's class, their moms, and one of the other moms (her daughter was at her summer school program but mom came). Little Man literally ran into a tree. Probably a branch but still. He got a little bruise under his eyebrow, a pretty big gash in his eyebrow (that you can't see), and some other minor scrapes. Poor kiddo. He's fine now but Wednesday and Thursday he was not happy about it. Also, I discovered how much monkey is in Stormageddon. There's a netted dome-like structure made out of thick ropes. It's a climbing structure. Well, Stormageddon decided to take his monkey business to the dome and started climbing. I couldn't let him go too far because I'd never get him down. But he tried it. Little booger.

Unfortunately, Wednesday was also a hard day at work for Husband. His company announced a couple weeks ago that cost-cutting measures were coming (read: layoffs). While he was safe (and paperwork had been filed for a promotion), there were other people in his division that were not so safe. Actually, three people from his division lost their jobs this week. I only knew two of them and I was surprised by both, especially as there are other people that probably should have been fired that haven't been. So, on Thursday, we had one of them (and another of Husband's coworkers) over for steaks and such. I also had to take both boys to swimming lessons as Husband was picking up people from the Caltrain station.





Yes, he gets his tongue sticking out abilities from me. I've taught him well. As for how huge his tongue is....I dunno. Maybe that's me, also. Whatever.


I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I would love to be back this week with a rendition of FO Friday but I suspect it's going to be too hot to take proper photos, which means I'll probably just take some photos of it and do a non-modeled FO Friday. Oh well.

Happy weekend :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #25

Happy Sunday :)

Let's get rolling. I'm almost to the halfway point!


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016

Nothing new has been finished. I'm okay with that. Gex is still in the back room but that's mostly out of laziness. Maybe this week if it's not too hot.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
3. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started April 27, 2016
4. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016

We should probably just skip over this because I've done no knitting this week. NONE. I haven't even attempted.

Apparently, the dystopian novel I've been working on is more important. I'm hanging around 15,000 words, which is 30% of a full-length novel. Considering that I'm not a writer, I've done no writing since college and certainly no creative writing, having 25+ pages of writing (single spaced) is kind of a big deal. So, there's that. I don't ever expect that it's going to be published in any way, shape, or form. But, it helps.

But no knitting.


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*

We should probably just ignore this for now. 



But, we also come here for a dose of reality. And here it is....or something.

Little Man had preschool graduation this week. Stormageddon was somewhat uncooperative so I didn't get very many photos. 









Of course, one of the photos I took is of him picking his nose. ::sigh:: The last one was taken by one of the other moms because I wasn't in a good spot for it. They sang songs, all the "graduating" preschoolers got a little photo album, we had a potluck party with games and activities, we collected his bag of stuff, and off we rode into the sunset. Or not. That was Wednesday. 

Other things that have happened this week include dealing with sick children. Yeah. Both of them. Little Man was starting to get sick on Tuesday, he was snotty on Wednesday, Thursday he was coughing, snotting, and running a fever so he didn't go to swimming lessons. Stormageddon started getting it late on Wednesday and he's mostly been snotty and coughing. He did run a fever on Friday night but was mostly fine on Saturday (sans snot - lots of snot). 

Friday afternoon, I took the boys to the county fair, which is here in town. Unfortunately, there wasn't much for Stormageddon to do but he did ride on a pony. They both did, actually. Little Man had a blast, though. The day was overcast and not too hot, which was fabulous for going to the fair. 







Stormageddon needed to get a new stroller. He managed to break his other one. He broke the sun shade on it weeks ago and last week, he broke the foot strap, which kept getting caught in the wheel and it was almost impossible to work. So, new stroller. And Little Man rode on every ride he was big enough for. Many of them were ridden multiple times. 

Saturday afternoon, I took Little Man to a birthday party for one of the girls in his class. He had a lovely time, jumping in bounce houses and eating cupcakes and pizza. He was quite happy. Stormageddon stayed home with Husband. After that, I went back to the fair with Little Man. Husband, again, stayed home with Stormageddon. Originally, he and Little Man were going to go but he wasn't feeling it and it was hot and he didn't think he'd be able to handle it. So, I went. It was fine. We were there for four hours, I went through money way too quickly, and he loved every minute of it. 

A few other random things from the week:


I woke up to Little Man asleep in our bed on Friday morning. He came in sometime before dawn and snuggled right in. He was so cute. He wedged himself between Husband and I, with Puppy at his feet, and wrapped up in his Tardis blanket. 


And then, this happened. Little monkey! He did use the stool but that only got up up a foot or so and then he used his little arms and legs to get to where he was. Instead of saving him, I took photos. He was after the bananas. Again. Stormageddon loves his nanners. 


::sigh:: Life with boys. 



I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and, if you're in the US, a lovely Father's Day. Husband didn't want anything so he's not getting anything. Maybe a break from the boys. We'll see.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mid-Month Update: June!

It's the middle of the month, which means it's time for my mid-month update :)

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink, the CashSilk Fern Scarf, the Gex sweater, a Bridal Shower Lace dishcloth, and the Caffe Macchiato Socks.
2. Finish plying the Finn & Suffolk blend.
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

I finished the Gex sweater and it's hanging out in the back room. I'll probably get it later today. I have a feeling that it's just fitting Little Man, which is fine. I can always make another one in a larger size. Other than that, I worked a couple rounds here and there on my Caffe Macchiato Socks. I've had a rough couple of months. I also finished plying the Finn & Suffolk blend. It's on the Niddy-Noddy, waiting to be tied off, soaked, and thwacked. Those two things....yeah, that's it. I've had club shipments come in, but those don't count. I've not been knitting or designing or anything else, really. 


Non-Fibery Goals
1. Reorganize in Stormageddon's room.
2. Clean the buffet.
3. Go through the pantry & cupboards.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).

Perhaps I should just talk about what I've accomplished and/or worked on: going to the gym, working in the weight loss, and keeping up on the bullet journal. Everything else....nyet. 


And there it is. A short and very sweet update about how things are going. If I can get modeled photos of Gex, I might have an FO Friday (but don't count on it). Also, I have a couple of photos from Little Man's preschool graduation but that might wait until my Self-Imposed Year of Projects update this weekend.

Whatever. I hope you're having a lovely Thursday :)


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #24

Happy Sunday!

We are here for my Year of Projects update. Today marks my 24th update (though most of the others are on update #50 because they're six months ahead of me - you can find out more about the Year of Projects in the Ravelry group).

Let's get started!

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016

Gex is off the needles and the ends have been woven in. I've even given it a good soak (lots of indigo colored dye in the sink when I finished). It's currently hanging out in the back room, on the bed, drying...who knows how long that's going to take. I'm hoping it grows a bit because in it's unblocked state, it was just fitting Little Man. ::sigh:: Damn children. Too big. Much wow.

Other than that, no new finished things...not surprising. However, I did run into Little Man's teacher, who is on maternity leave. She had the baby at the end of May and it turns out the little hat I made (#20 on the list) was a little big and her mom washed it. It shrunk a little and now it fits perfectly. Woo-hoo!


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
3. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started April 27, 2016
4. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016

I've done very little knitting this last week, which is unsurprising due to my mental state as of late. I did work a few rounds on the Caffe Macchiato Socks and finished the aforementioned Gex but that's about it.

What I did work on this past week was a buttload of writing. Yeah, you read that correctly: writing. And obviously that doesn't mean I was blogging. I've had a few ideas in my head so I've been writing. One is a dystopian future about 200 years from now. I'm not going to go into it because it's still in the very early stages, but I've got around 10 pages of writing/notes (typed), which is around 4000 words. And then, as if one writing project wasn't enough, I had another one come up that insisted on being started. That one has to do with proving the existence of parallel/alternate realities in two of these said realities. They're both on the sci-fi spectrum, which is also kind of strange for me. I like watching it...don't know how I feel about writing it. But, it's happening. That's part of why I've not been knitting too much. I've also been reading, but that's a separate issue.

Sooooo, moving along...


Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*

Let's not talk about this.....



Things in San Francisco are......well, the atmosphere is nuts around here. With the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the second year in a row (playing the same team they played last year and beat in 6 games) and the San Jose Sharks are in the NHL Finals (playing the Pittsburgh Penguins, I believe)........yeah, it's crazy around here. Extra traffic, sports celebrities in town, and, of course, political garbage going on (the California Primary was Tuesday)... Sometimes, I'm glad things are so close by because I don't like dealing with all the people and traffic on good days, much less when things are crazy. Oh, and let's not forget that this place is nuts to begin with.

A bit closer to home, meaning not the entire Bay Area, Little Man's almost finished with school for the year. His last day will be Wednesday, when he has preschool graduation. He's so excited about going to Kindergarten in the fall...but I have eight weeks with him and Stormageddon before then. I think we're going to be going to the park a lot, watching tons of movies, playing outside when it's not too hot (we got them a kiddie pool yesterday, which will help), going to the beach, going to the zoo, and doing a ton of other free(ish) things. Oh, and playdates with the kids from his class because he's going to miss them.

I already mentioned the California Primary so I'm just going to skip over that, other than to say that yes, I voted; no, I didn't get a sticker. Why? Absentee ballot because I did not like the idea of going to the polling place with Stormageddon and Little Man in tow.


This was the (bad) selfie I took on Tuesday because I was annoyed with everyone's "I voted" stickers. See my annoyance? I'm annoyed. I wanted my damn sticker. ::sigh::

Other than that, not much else has been happening. Stormageddon is almost entirely off naps, which means he's going to bed a bit earlier but it also means we can go do things in the middle of the day. Sometimes he falls asleep in the car, sometimes he doesn't. Sometimes I give him a nap when he's particularly crabby, sometimes I let him deal with it. 

In addition to that, I've had to cut him loose when I take him to school to pick up Little Man (or when I drop him off). He's figured out how to wiggle out of his restraints on the stroller so I may as well just let him out. He actually tipped his stroller backwards (while in it) last Monday morning because he was almost wiggled out. He didn't get hurt or anything but it did scare him. Silly boy. I caught him just out of the corner of my eye, while I was signing Little Man in for the day. 



Oh, and he's been protesting shoes. So, he didn't wear shoes and learned a lesson about the hot blacktop. Now he's been keeping his shoes on. Silly boy.


On Wednesday afternoon, I took the boys to Fletch's, which is a Chicago-style hot dog place downtown. The owner is from Chicago so he has a clue about proper hot dogs. It's a nice "home" place for us. We talk Midwest stuff with Fletch when we come in and he's working (which is usually during the week, I've noticed). The place is covered in Chicago memorabilia, mostly sports stuff, but also newspaper clippings, photos, shirts...the whole thing. Yeah, we're not Chicago people...but it's close to home and Husband has family there. Stormageddon, of course, did not want to sit in his stroller. So, he sat by Little Man for a bit, ate some fries, ate a bit of his little slider burger, and tried my mozzarella sticks (he wasn't a fan). Then he got really excited when the train went by. It's right next to the Caltrain tracks that run from San Francisco down to Gilroy (along the Peninsula).

Thursday, we thought we'd do something nice and go to the Melting Pot for dinner. We had 7:30pm reservations for the four of us.......it did not go well. We didn't see anyone until about 7:50pm and that was just the runner delivering our water. Our waiter came around 8:10pm, we got our first course around 8:20pm and by 8:45pm, just as our main meal had arrived, Stormageddon was throwing a tantrum and was very crabby so I wound up taking him to the car while Husband and Little Man finished dinner (Husband brought me some and I ate after we got home and I got Stormageddon to bed). We were not happy about it. I understand that it's supposed to be a laid back, somewhat savory dining experience...but they knew we had two small children (as did other people in the area - they place all the people with kids in the same area, which is usually away from others). Making us wait almost an hour to even start eating was unacceptable. Pity. We like that place. I guess we'll just do our own at home. We even pulled out the phones and put movies on for the boys. Little Man was pretty good, actually. Stormageddon just was not having any of it. ::sigh:: Mister Independent.

Also on Thursday, our realtor/friend (seriously, he sold us our house and now we hang out with him all the time)...well, he brought us over some fresh honeycombs. He lives up in the Hillsborough hills (where the rich people live) and one of his neighbors had a 100+ year old bayleaf tree come crashing down and it contained a very well-established honey bee colony. He called in professionals and he's going to set up some proper hives from these bees. They should know in about a week if they caught the queen or not. In the meantime, we got a bunch of honeycombs and we now have some raw honey. He said the bees were really mellow, which helped when he was gathering the combs.

Other than that, not much else happened. I have some photos from the week though. That always helps!


Stormageddon climbed into bed with me on Thursday afternoon and insisted that I turn on Pocoyo for him. He loves that show, just as Little Man does. In addition to that, I learned that he's been paying attention when I watch Doctor Who. I bought a book the other day (this one), Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters, and it's sitting next to the bed on my table. Stormageddon picked it up, pointed at Peter Capaldi and the Tardis (repeatedly), and said, very clearly, "Doctorwho" (yes, all one word). He did it again on Friday in front of Little Man, who confirmed that he actually did say, "Doctor Who." He's so silly. I'm also quite impressed. I think Little Man was older than that when he first said it.




This is kind of a random photo of the sidewalk. Little Man, Stormageddon, and I walk to and from school every day. I saw this on the sidewalk two days in a row, two discarded blobs of gum (that have been well-worn into the sidewalk) and a stick. Looks like a smiley face. Photo taken.

Friday afternoon, we watched a lot of movies and the boys played outside....and Stormageddon decided he could climb into Daddy's chair and recline it (it's just a button on the side). He's cute so I let him. He didn't hurt anything. Also, he's just like his big brother and puts buckets (or drums) on his head and walks around. Weirdo. He finally allowed me to sit and he sat with me (hence the selfie). I think we were watching the Incredibles.








Little Man also got in on the action. He and Puppy hogged the couch while we watched movies. This was probably during the Incredibles, also. He was outside for most of the Minion movie.


Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend. Perhaps I'll have an FO Friday (if I get around to taking photos of the sweater). 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Stash Enhancement: CLUBS!

Happy Friday!

No, I'm not showing off an FO today, even though I do, technically, have one....but the ends still need to be woven in and I need to wash/block it and I need to find buttons. So, no Gex (yet) but, I do have some stash acquisitions to show you (finally!).

Since my LYS closed in March, I've not really purchased much. I think I've picked up a couple skeins in destashes/shop updates and my club yarns and maybe one purchase of Kroy sock yarn. So, they've been few and far between. And I've been lazy.

So, today, I have club shipments!



Firstly, we have my club shipment for Erin Lane Bags' Indie Yarn Carnival. I think this was the May shipment...or maybe it was the late April one or something. Anyway, it's my most recent one.

The bag is her basic sock project bag (the bottom photo shows it better) and the yarn came from KnitCircus. I love KnitCircus and I'm sad that I no longer live nearby. Many moons ago, when I first started knitting (okay, it was probably 2008), I joined the Madison Knitters' Guild. MKG is the biggest knitters guild in the country. Both Jaala Spiro & Amy Detjen, the purveyors of KnitCircus, are members. Back when Jaala was still doing the KnitCircus Magazine, she put out a call for some models for some of the projects. I was newly pregnant with Little Man, so this was probably the spring of 2010. Anyway, I ended up modeling the Tachimawari Socks (yes, the top and bottom photos are of me) and she was quite lovely to work with. We're acquaintances more than anything but she's still fabulous. When she quit the magazine and started dyeing yarn in her basement, I was intrigued but I had so much yarn and we were moving and blah blah blah...so, I never got in on it. And then, last year, they had a Kickstarter to get out of the basement and into a proper shop where they could dye yarn, sell yarn, have classes, and you know, be a shop. I funded said Kickstarter and my swag was a spot in the Gradient Yarn Club (which you will see in a moment).

So, that's my story about KnitCircus.

Anyway, the yarn that came with my Erin Lane Bag shipment was the Greatest of Ease base (80/20 Merino/Nylon) in Meet Me At The Fair. I keep thinking a shawl of some sort for all these gradients because I don't know that socks would work well...maybe if they were the matched gradient sock (you get two mini-skeins that match) but they're just the regular gradients. So, there's that.



My other shipment was, of course, my KnitCircus Gradient Club shipment. So I got two skeins of KnitCircus gradients in a row :)



This is the Triumphant base (100% merino) in The Knit Sky. Obviously it's made to look like the night sky. Again, a shawl of some sort. I keep thinking of a crescent shawl of some sort. I might have to go off designing something...maybe not.

But, we got a bonus bag (and button, which you cannot see very well on the bag)! The bags were made by Andi Smith, who I know better as the writer of Big Foot Knits. She is also quite lovely. I met her a couple years ago at Stitches West in the Cooperative Press booth (probably 2014).




So, stash enhancement acquisitions and such :) Exciting times.

I'll be back on Sunday for my Year of Projects update and that's wonderful :)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #23

Happy Sunday! A new day, a new(ish) post......though it might be another episode of "Same Shit, Different Day." We'll see...

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016

My Scotch tension cord arrived and was promptly put on my wheel. As a result, I finished plying the Finn & Suffolk blend. It's still hanging out on the bobbin, waiting for me to put it on the Niddy-Noddy and tie it off and wash it and.....yeah, it's plied and otherwise finished. I've no idea the weight or skein length but I suspect it's around a DK and maybe in the neighborhood of 400 yds. We'll see when I get that far.

But that's it, I swear!


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
3. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016
4. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started April 27, 2016
5. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016

I've worked on Gex here and there. I finished up the right button band and I've started the left. I've even figured out how I'm going to go about the finishing of the collar and such. So, there's that. Unfortunately, I managed to cock it up. I put the buttonholes in four rows earlier than I wanted but I'm going to call it a design element and move along. Other than that, I've not really worked on much. Apparently sleep is more important. Or writing. Something.


Moving on....

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*



Life in San Francisco has been.....well, it's been rather warm, honestly. We've had the room air conditioners on (we now have two big ones and a window one). They actually do a decent job of keeping the house cool. It's not perfect but it's better than being outside. That also means we've spent some time in the pool. Stormageddon is being Mr. Independent lately. He doesn't want us to hold onto him while he's in the pool. He's in a full floaty suit so it's not like he sinks but he needs to get used to how it operates in the water. He's probably swallowed a bit of pool water but he's learning. Unfortunately, Friday afternoon I got a sunburn. Oops. The boys were fine (and well sunscreened)...but I am a little red. It could be a lot worse so I'm not complaining too much about it.

In other random events, Husband turned 35 this week. He wanted the strangest thing. He wanted me to go shopping for clothes for myself and he gave me a budget. Since I've lost a bunch of weight, I've had the fantastic problem of my clothes being too big. For shirts, it's not a big deal since so many of them are just t-shirts but it had gotten to the point that two of my three main pairs of shorts/capris were starting to fall off me and I had a few more in the drawer that I couldn't even wear because they outright fell off, even though I still have my booty. So, new clothes for me. I wound up getting 2 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of capris, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 nice tank tops, and a cotton jersey dress. Oh, and bras. But you don't need to hear about that.

I've spent a lot of time at the gym this past week. I've started some "light" strength training, in addition to the elliptical (and walking to and from school twice a day). My legs don't notice so much but my arms....man, those get sore. The first day was fine. The next day was horrible but I pushed through it. I took a day of rest and went the following day, wherein I couldn't do as much as I did the first day but I was better than the second day. And now I'm sore again. ::sigh:: Story of my life.

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


Little Man made a "robot" out of some boxes, paper, and a bunch of my Scotch tape. It resembles Baymax from Big Hero 6.


Stormageddon and I took a selfie while we were watching the Warriors play the OKC Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. I think it was taken during the 7th game, which the Warriors won. This is only important if you give a crap about basketball or you live in the Bay Area.


Little Man discovered Pikman this past week. We have a game that has a bunch of mini-games of various Nintendo games for the WiiU. Little Man loves the section on Pikman. So, we picked him up Pikman 3....which is sadly too difficult for him. Oh well. He'll be able to play someday.




Did I mention Mr. independent? We went to Buffalo Wild Wings for Husband's birthday lunch (he wanted chicken wings) and Stormageddon refused to eat unless it was speared on a fork, including french fries. And he got mad if I tried to help him get things on said fork. Silly child.

Other than that, it was a pretty benign week around here. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend and all that :)


Additional (12:24am)

Gex is off the needles. I have a zillion ends to weave in, buttons to find, and dear Sylvia & Bob, I hope it fits Little Man......