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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #6

Hello and happy Sunday! Around here, there's a buttload of touristy types in town for something called the Superb Owl. Apparently it's this big LARP (live action role playing) event in Santa Clara...something about Quidditch that isn't played on broomsticks and the people playing have to wear all this protective gear and they still end up with all sorts of injuries and maladies and such, most of which don't get better over time. I don't know. It all sounds pretty stupid to me. Quidditch that isn't played on broomsticks? Um, no. Thanks, but just...no. But what it means is that the City is filled with people that don't know their way around, are throwing around money like it's candy (seriously, there are people in the area that have rented out their house, AirBnB style, for $10K this week), and are screwing up traffic (which is plenty screwed up to begin with). The people that actually live here are practically sheltering in place until it's all over.

But, we're not here to talk about a LARP event. We're here because it's Sunday and that means it's time for a Self-Imposed Year of Projects update :) So, 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

Oh, hey would you look ta that?! Two finished projects this week! I finished up the Nottingham Hat for Little Man early this week. As predicted, he wouldn't let me wash it before wearing it. Currently, it is missing somewhere in either the house or my car. I suspect my car, actually, but I haven't really looked yet. I did the FO Friday post this past Friday.

The second project is the newborn sized Swirl Hat. I haven't washed it or anything and it's not like I have a model I can work with anymore. So, it's currently hanging out in the bag. I finished it late on Thursday evening, which is part of the reason I haven't done the FO Friday post for it...you know, and lack of a proper model.

So, that's two off the needles :)


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
3. Wink: started January 5, 2015
4. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015
5. Ice Socks: started January 7, 2016
6. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016 (no project page)
7. Fire Socks Pattern: started February 6, 2016

With two projects off the needles.......well, let's be honest. The only other project(s) to see the light of day were my Vanilla Latte Socks and my swatch. Oh, and I may have worked a round or two on my Dragon's Egg Socks. I don't remember. Babybrain. Or because I'm tired. Whatever. I know I worked on the two, and maybe the third.

You'd think that with the two finishes and only six non-writing projects going right now, I'd be itching to start something new. And, honestly, I do have something I want to start...but I feel like I need to finish up at least two more projects. Given that my swatch is due in two weeks, I'll probably finish that first. And the socks....except the Ice Socks, are all second socks. So, I should just sit and work on them and knock something out and move on with my life. Or something.

But, I've also started writing the pattern for my Fire Socks. It's time...and it was helpful that I got a nifty little trinket in my Knitcircus Club shipment yesterday. It's a ruler designed by Ann Budd and it has the ruler on one side (in inches) but it's also a clear ruler and it has a stitches-per-inch printed on it. So, you hold your ruler up to your knitting and line up your stitches to figure out how many stitches you get to the inch. It's extremely helpful for pattern writing because, honestly, I don't always measure very well and this allows me to have a much better rough estimate. For example, my Fire Socks are lining up around 7.5 sts/1", which would give me 30 sts/4", which I can then use to figure out the other sizes, based on my knitting :) So, you know, LOVE IT! It has 4-9 sts/inch, including half-stitches. It's not perfect but it's better than me trying to figure it out and doing it all RONG!


In my "OMG CRAZY LADY WTFLSGBBQ" lists....

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; fingering in solid or semi-solid)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
4. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
6. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
7. Creeper Gonna Creep (for Little Man - DK; green because Creeper)

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)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid)
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. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using ONline Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. 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. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth (cotton; any colors)
11. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
12. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
15. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
16. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Fire Socks (finish prototype and pattern for submission) *half finished, started other half as proposal; currently writing the pattern*
2. Ice Socks (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
3. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
5. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")

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. Finish up the remaining Asshole Blue Corriedale that I found in Stormageddon's room awhile ago (don't even get me started on this one!)
3. Start something new...or something different....or, just something :)



In the "real world," or whatever you want to call our life in California.....

Well, we've already talked a little bit about the LARP event happening so no further discussion needs to happen regarding that.

First and foremost, Little Man's school assignment came on Friday afternoon (via email). We put in for a transfer to the Montessori that he's been going to this past school year because the school he was supposed to be going to...well, we weren't crazy about it. It was the lowest-rated school in the entire district. But, the transfer went through and he'll get to stay at the school he's been attending all year! WOOHOO! I suspect that the rest of the kids in his class that are eligible for kindergarten also got in, as well as a couple new faces. There are approximately 36 slots open for kindergarten for next year (and another 24 at the other Montessori school in the district, which I imagine will be filled by the kids already going to the preschool program over there). So, that's exciting. In celebration, we let Little Man pick dinner on Friday. Of all things, he picked Five Guys. Whatever. It made him happy.

Otherwise, this week has been very......trying. I think that's probably the best word for it. Little Man was very naughty this week. Not long ago, I discovered that he drew pictures (in crayon) all over my antique dining room table. I actually did some damage to the table getting it off (soap & water with a scrubby brush). I was not very happy with him or the fact that he tried to hide it and then lied about doing it. So, we thought (hoped) it was just a one-time incident.

Nope.

On Tuesday, I discovered that he colored on my bamboo floor, my buffet, a little side table we use to elevate a snowman decoration, a cinderblock, the couch, and the unfinished wood shelving unit where we hid the garbage cans.

To say I was not pleased is an understatement. He has lost his crayons, markers, and paints for quite awhile. I've also taken away his dry erase markers. He still has his chalk but that might be going, too. We'll see. I had to scrub at the floor and the buffet to get the crayon off. Unfortunately, the unfinished wood is going to require a sander, which we don't have. ::sigh::

He's apologized several times, I think in hopes that he gets his art supplies back...but it's not happening. He is in big, big, big, BIG trouble...and he knows it. We did, however, find out what caused all of it: attention. He's seeking attention. I've been busy with his baby brother, Husband has been playing video games with his brother-in-law (Diablo III), and he wanted someone to play with him but he wouldn't ask and he'd get mad if I'd have to stop halfway through and take care of his brother. Basically, he was just wanting our attention. So, we've been trying harder since then to give him the attention he wants and deserves.

Stormageddon, on the other hand, has been a relatively "normal" baby this week. We started learning animal sounds. So far, I think he knows, "quack" and "bark." We keep trying, "moo" but it doesn't seem to be sticking. I think the other two are because he sees them often enough. He's also shown me that he can actually jump (instead of hop-skip like he usually does).


Have some photos from this week :)



It's not often that I have photos of Puppy on the blog. But, this is Puppy. He's..........special. Okay, he's not really but this is the kind of crap he does. Apparently this is Puppy Yoga by Peter (yes, our dog's name is Peter). He's the laziest dog I've ever met but if he gets loose, we're all in trouble because for as lazy as that dog is, he can run. He's going to be five years old in May. He's a purebred Brittany Spaniel, which is akin to an English Spaniel (but they have short hair, that's about the only difference). He's known for lazing about, watching squirrels eat his food less than two feet from his face and doing nothing...but God forbid he hears another dog down the street. He'll bark and bark and jump around like an idiot. ::sigh::




Stormageddon got a new hat. He's looking very much like his great-grandfather, whom he's named after. My grandpa used to wear hats like this all the time, though they were usually plain. We found this one at Target and he likes it. He has another one but it's too small so we replaced it with a bigger one. 




And here's my little devil. Yes, he looks so sweet and innocent...but he's been a right little puke this past week. It's a good thing he's cute because all that garbage this past week......




And this happened on Friday afternoon. Little Man wanted to have a lightsaber fight with Husband. They started out on the front steps, of which there is video, and then they moved to the front sidewalk. Little Man will tell you he won the battle. Husband will tell you he won the battle. Personally, I think I was the winner. Then again, what do I know about lightsaber battles?


I hope you're having a lovely weekend :) I hope to be back before the week is over with a Stash Enhancement (my Knitcircus club yarn came on Friday, as I mentioned above) and perhaps an FO Friday post about the Swirl Hat. We'll see how the week goes!

Friday, February 5, 2016

FO Friday: Nottingham (again)

Happy Friday! As predicted, I have another FO for your viewing pleasure :) This week it's another Nottingham hat....

Nottingham for Little Man (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Nottingham by Melissa Mall

Time Frame: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016

Yarn: Zaftig by Verdant Gryphon in Kiss of Cabernet - less than one skein, probably just over a half skein, though I haven't bothered to weigh the remaining ball.

Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) and US #7 (4.5 mm) 16" circulars and US #7 (4.5 mm) DPNs

Size: Child

Modification(s): Like the first one, I changed my needle size. I used the US #4 (3.5 mm) for about 3/4" at the beginning and switched to the US #7 (4.5 mm) for the rest of the hat. The pattern calls for a US #8 (5 mm) throughout the pattern. I also changed the decreases in the same manner as the first one (you can see the notes on the project page, noted above, or you can look at my post about the first one, here). The only other modification I made was that I did all the knit stitches through the back loop, including through the cabling and decreases and so on and so forth.

Thoughts: This hat took a little longer, based on calendar days, but I don't think the actual act of knitting it took any longer. I just didn't work on it for various reasons. I expect this is a hat I would make again, but maybe not so soon. In the days since I finished it, it has been lost in the house or my car (along with the first one). It is in need of a good washing. It's just a titch too tight on Little Man's head and I think a good soak will loosen it up a little...but I have to find the damn thing first. ::sigh::






I hope you're having a lovely Friday. We're basically sheltering in place until the Superb Owl is finished on Sunday. The furthest we're going is the grocery store or Costco. Otherwise, we're avoiding going anywhere.

I'll be back on Sunday with my Year of Projects update, I hope :)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Stash Enhancement! or How to be Awesome at a Trunk Show!

Happy Thursday!

As the title states, I have stash enhancement to show you.......apparently February isn't starting out well for my Yarn Diet. And given that Stitches West happens in a couple weeks, it doesn't look like February is going to end well for my Yarn Diet, either. Oh well.

Anyway, on Tuesday evening, Anzula Yarns had a trunk show at my LYS and, of course, who could resist?! I should be up front, however. One of the shop employees squirreled away some Anzula Cricket in 1 Red Shoe for me, which I did not buy. Little Man is a bit of a yarn snob (I've trained him well)...and he managed to get me to buy some Anzula Cloud three different times in 1 Red Shoe. So, I have something 1400 yds of fingering weight yarn because of him, hence the squirreling away of yarn for me.

But, enough about that...that didn't come home with me but these did :)




Yarn: Anzula's For Better or Worsted
Yardage/Weight: each is ~ 200 yds; worsted weight
Colorway(s):  the blue-grey is Hippo and the green is Juniper

I bought these specifically to make Rathmore by IrishGirlieKnits. I've had the pattern as part of a collection and while I liked it, I'm not the type to wear cowls.....or so I thought. I saw the sample Carrie knit for Anzula at the trunk show on Tuesday and I tried it on, futzed with it, and found I might be able to wear a cowl like this. Sooooo, the yarn kind of jumped at me. I knew mine needed to be green but I had difficulty finding a good contrast color. Eventually, after some digging in suitcases, I found the Hippo and it was exactly what I was looking for. I almost went with an undyed natural color but it just seemed to be too harsh a contrast. The Hippo balances out some of the yellow in the Juniper :)


But that's not all!




Yarn: Anzula's Cricket
Yardage/Weight: each is ~ 250 yds; DK weight
Colorway(s): the blue is Cornflower and the yellow is Canary

After my discovery that the long infinity cowls may actually, in fact, work for me, I had a brief thought of making my own design for an infinity cowl. It will probably not be a mobius because I think that would probably drive me nuts...so, it'll probably just be a bit knit in the round type of dealie. Maybe. We'll see what happens when my brain decides it's time to work on it. Husband asked me if I was planning to make something for the Boy Scouts. ::sigh::



Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely Thursday :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Goals (and an oops!)

Happy February!

It occurred to me about ten days ago that I never did a mid-month update for my January Goals. There's my "OOPS" for the month. Between everyone getting sick and trying to get back into our routine, it just slipped right by me and by the time I remembered, I figured it was too late and I'd just skip it. Oh well.

Let's revisit my January Goals :)

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe even finish something!): Dragon's Egg SocksSnape's StockingsWinkFire SocksVanilla Latte Socks, and Swirl Hat.
2. Spin some more of the purple merino/silk rolags. Maybe get around to spinning some more of the Asshole Blue Corriedale I found (Noooooooooooooooooooooo!).
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (Clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Anything else that comes along.

I finished up my Fire Socks, which I sadly cannot show because I'm trying to submit them for publication and one of the (usual) caveats is that I don't show it off prior to that. But, they're done, washed, and everything. Outside of finishing those, I finished one more project (you can read about it here). I did work on my Dragon's Egg Socks, my Vanilla Latte Socks, and the Swirl Hat. Wink is hiding in my knitting bag. It's not on "time out" but I just haven't felt like dedicating the brain power I'm going to need to work on it. 

I also finished spinning the purple merino/silk, just this past Friday actually. I was originally hoping to spin half of it onto one bobbin, the other half onto another bobbin, and make a 2-ply but I didn't pay attention and when I thought to weigh how much fiber I had left to spin, I only had 1.6 oz (out of 4 oz)....oops. So, I spun the 4 oz onto one bobbin and I'll probably spin another 4 oz of something else and then make a 2-ply. Possibly a grey wool or white merino. 


I've been trying to partake in fibery endeavors...but we all got sick this month. Stormageddon came down with pneumonia at the beginning of January, then Little Man got a cold which culminated in a very painful ear infection (that led to a trip to the hospital because Urgent Care was closed), then Husband got.....something. Coughing, headache, general achy feeling, exhaustion....yeah, it wasn't fun. I had hoped that it would spare me but I've been dealing with horrendous allergies on top of a minor cold. So, while I pondered fibery things, not much actually happened. 

Let's not even talk about the yarn diet. I think my stash grew four times this month (you can read about them here, here, here, and here). One of those includes a club shipment.

In designing news, I sent in a proposal for my Fire Socks but that's about it. I'm stuck on my Ice Socks and I need another set of eyes to take a look before I get moving again.

As for other things, I started another hat, sold a Lazy Kate and some yarn, and picked up a couple new books. Exciting times. Oh, and I did some work in my yarn closet. I added a bunch of stuff to my Ravelry stash that were not listed before, took photographs, and did some reorganizing in the closet. It was needed. I'm nowhere near done but every little bit helps.


Non-Fibery Goals
1. Work on Stormageddon's room.
2. Work on Little Man's room.
3. Work on our bedroom/closet.
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. Yes, I have a new one....it's different from the big fat At-A-Glance I've used in years past. This one is just a grid notebook that I'm doing myself. We'll see how it goes.
7. Work on recipe journal.

With all of us getting sick this month, my non-fibery goals kind of went to hell. The boys' rooms were not touched (other than regular clean-up type stuff), our closet/bedroom wasn't touched, going to the gym was touch-and-go for awhile, which means the weight loss stuff also was touch-and-go...and the recipe journal. ::grumble stupid sick stupid no time grumble:: The new bullet journal, however, has been working out really well. It's not perfect but it's better than what I had before. I condensed an entire month into 16 pages, which is kind of a big deal when you're used to a daily 5"x8" calendar (wherein you have one page per day). I can get two days, sometimes three, onto one page. It's fabulous. It's still not perfect but it's significantly better....but there's room for some improvement. I do like the grids rather than the lines but I have plenty of lined books to use later.


And that's it for January.....let's look at February :)

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe even finish something!): Dragon's Egg SocksSnape's StockingsWinkVanilla Latte SocksSwirl Hat, and Nottingham for Little Man.
2. Make rolags and finish spinning up the Asshole Blue Corriedale I found in Stormageddon's room (dammit dammit dammit!).
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. Rock my Stitches West classes with Marly Bird.
8. Make more stitch markers.
9. Anything else that comes along.

Non-Fibery Goals
1. Work on Stormageddon's room (toys, boxes, my stuff, etc.).
2. Work on Little Man's room (go through toys, especially).
3. Work on our bedroom/closet (go through shelves, drawers, dust, etc.).
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.


Not a whole lot is changing for February, except for some additions in the Fibery Goals category :)

Hope you're having a fabulous day!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #5

Happy Sunday! Let's get down to business :)


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

I finished spinning the merino/silk singles this week. Originally, I was going to spin equalish amounts onto two bobbins and make a 2-ply yarn......and then I went to weigh my yarn this past week and it turns out, if I had continued with my plan, I would have wound up with ~60% on one bobbin and ~40% on the other, which would have left ~20% left on the larger bobbin....so, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to just spin the 4 oz onto the one bobbin and I'll ply it with something else in my stash. I suspect I'll barber pole it with a grey wool or a white merino I've got hanging around. We'll see what happens. I have no recollection of where I picked up this fiber but the purveyor's site is here. If the information in her shop is accurate, I think the color I have is called "Plum," which would make sense as it's purpley.





WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
3. Wink: started January 5, 2015
4. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015
5. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015
6. Ice Socks: started January 7, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016 (no project page)
8. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016


I brought out my Dragon's Egg Socks this week. I worked about ten rounds while Stormageddon napped one day this week. I also worked a couple rounds on my Vanilla Latte Socks. My Swirl hat saw maybe another 3/4" of work. My swatch grew a couple inches here and there. Nottingham is growing. I've finally finished the cabling section so now it's just working in the ribbing pattern until it's long enough to start doing decreases (which will probably be around 6.5"-7").

My Ice Socks are, sadly, still in design time out for now. Snape's Stockings and Wink......well, they're in the bag but I haven't worked on them. Oops.


In my "OMG CRAZY LADY WTFLSGBBQ" lists....

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; fingering in solid or semi-solid)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Nottingham (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, solid or semi-solid) *Stormageddon's is finished, Little Man's has been started....soon this will be removed!*
4. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
5. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
7. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
8. Creeper Gonna Creep (for Little Man - DK; green because Creeper)

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)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid)
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. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using ONline Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. 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. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth (cotton; any colors)
11. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
12. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
15. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
16. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Fire Socks (finish prototype and pattern for submission) *half finished, started other half as proposal; will eventually write the pattern*
2. Ice Socks (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
3. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
5. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")

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. Finish up the remaining Asshole Blue Corriedale that I found in Stormageddon's room awhile ago (don't even get me started on this one!)
3. Start something new...or something different....or, just something :)



In non-fibery events, we're finally getting over the plagues that have been running through our house. I think I'm the last one that's still "sick" and, at this point, I don't know if I'm actually sick or if it's allergies going bezerker. All I know is that I'm sort of coughing to get the ick out that's hanging around...but the ick doesn't seem to be going away. So, a healthier family means more time to do all the fun things...whatever that means.

Stormageddon has taken to faceplanting off the couch in our living room. In the last week, he's gotten two bloody lips from this, in addition to a couple bumps on the back of his head when he falls off backwards. To try to soften the blows, I bought a small area rug for in front of our couch. Of course, since I bought it, he hasn't fallen off the damn couch (the chair, however, is another story). I'd rather have it and never need it than not have it and have to take a trip to the hospital. It's not a thick rug but it's just enough to soften the blow when he does fall flat on his face (which I'm sure he is going to do again).




In other crazy baby news, he's learned a couple new words recently: "baby," "go," "wow," and an attempt at "brother." He's also waving more often and has decided that going to the gym with Mama is just great. He used to flip out when I'd drop him off but lately, he's gotten really excited when he sees where we're going. Silly boy. I'm glad he likes it, though...it makes some things easier, like leaving him with Daddy while I take Little Man to soccer.

Little Man, on the other hand, has taken to drawing and coloring in droves...I swear he's gone through a ream of paper in the last month. I took the advice of Tammy over at Life and Yarn or Yarn and Life. She suggested getting a binder with plastic sleeves to house his artwork. I swear it's already half-filled. But, it's cut down on the clutter of drawings considerably. I had piles and piles of papers and I had to go through them while he was at school so I could cull the pile. This way, it just all goes in there and when it's full, he has to cull it himself (with help from me, if he wants it).

He made a puppet at school this week. Apparently it's a monkey because for Chinese New Year, we're now entering the Year of the Monkey. Sooooo....he made a monkey finger puppet out of clay. He's been very excited about it all week and was practically ready to rip the bag open on Friday to show me.

Other than that, not much has been happening around here this week. Oh, wait, I remember something....we got Little Man's container garden up and running. We actually started it last weekend by planting the seeds in little starter pods and a bunch of them had sprouted by Monday afternoon. By Thursday, over half had sprouted so.....we planted them. We picked up the soil and some bins last weekend and had everything hanging out in the garage until Thursday afternoon.




We had two bags of different soil: an organic peat (that's the one Little Man is digging in) and regular Miracle Grow potting soil (the one Husband is digging in). We have six large bins and five small bins in a little greenhouse on the side of our house. We spent Stormageddon's nap getting all the soil into the bins and planting our sprouting goodies.

This all started because Little Man's school has outdoor gardens and his class grew a bunch of stuff: broccoli, lettuce, carrots, and, sadly, the zucchini and pumpkins didn't fare well (mold). After fall harvest, he came home and said that he wanted to have a garden this year. So, we already had the supplies from a couple years ago when we were going to do it (Little Man destroyed the greenhouse because he treated it as a toy in the backyard - we didn't make that mistake again)...and off we went.

Here are some other photos from this past week :)






A little bit of photobombing.....






Some time at the park (it was nice for a hot minute this week!)




And a sleepy baby. I felt so bad waking him up right after I took this photo...but we needed to pick up Husband that day.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with my Monthly Goals :)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Stash Enhancement :)

I've been shopping on eBay again......



Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply
Weight/Yds: Sock/Fingering, approx. 400 yds.
Colorway: Tulipa


I think this is my last eBay purchase for awhile. I imagine it'll grow up to be socks but I may use it for something else. We'll see what happens when we get there.

I also received something of a surprise in the mail....I got a package from Erin Lane Bags, for which I am doing a club. All that was in the package was a partial skein of yarn, which, it turns out, is the same colorway as the first shipment. Apparently, our first club yarn was only about 300 yds and the pattern that came with the package was for a 400 yd shawl.......so, they've made it right and we all got extra yarny goodness. I'm not going to post a photo of that, though, because it looks the same as the one I posted about here, just a little smaller.



Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely day :) I may have to slow down on the yarn acquisition.....three in a month?! What am I doing?! I already have SABLE.....

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #4

Happy Sunday! I expect several of you are experiencing the nasty storm that hit the East Coast over the last few days, or you're experiencing the much-needed rain on the West Coast. Or, perhaps, you're just freezing in the normalcy that is the Midwest. Or maybe you're not even in the US and I'm just a babbling, bumbling band of baboons...

Whatever. 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

I finished up my design proposal for my Fire Socks. I probably won't hear anything for at least another week but it's done. In the meantime, I've started working on the actual pattern...which means I'll need to swatch soon. But that's another story.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
3. Wink: started January 5, 2015
4. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015
5. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015
6. Ice Socks: started January 7, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016 (no project page)
8. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016
9. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015)

My WIPs.......well, yeah. Let's discuss my WIPs...I think.

Firstly, I started a new project...but it's not "new" because I just made the same thing last week. I started a Nottingham hat for Little Man. I'm in the midst of the cable section and if I sit down and work on it, it'll be finished before next week's update. The yarn is a titch bit thicker than the Rios I used for Stormageddon's hat but it should work out just fine.

Second, I've actually worked on my swatch for my class. It's about twice as wide as it needs to be and I think I'm at the halfway point, if I want to make it roughly square. I think I can have it finished by Stitches West in a couple weeks. Also, I was sad to discover a knot in the yarn whilst I was knitting. Luckily, I caught it before I had to tink back too far. I snipped it out, left a tail, and continued on my merry way where I had snipped. But I dislike weaving in ends because of things like this. ::sigh:: It'll be fine. It's just a swatch.

Thirdly, I worked a bit on my Ice Socks. I finished up the ribbing on the cuff and I was all ready to go......then I looked at my chart and did a "fake" round where I didn't actually knit but I followed the chart as I counted the stitches. I found that things weren't lining up as I had imagined so I wound up moving a column of increases and a column of decreases and started actually knitting....only to find that I disliked the new location of both the increases and decreases so I'm kind of back to the drawing board. I may have to change things up more than I wanted to, which is okay...but I don't like it. My vision is not working out and it's making me grumpy.

Fourthly, Viktor has seen some action. Wait, what's Viktor?! Seriously. Did you just ask yourself that question. The correct question should be: Who/What is Viktor? Viktor is my Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel. I brought him down mid-last week and did some spinning on my purple merino/silk blend. I've probably got the bobbin 2/3 full and I need to weigh my remaining rolags to decide whether I should keep spinning or start a new bobbin. I'm guessing I may need to start a new bobbin, since I plan to make a 2-ply from this...but I need to weigh it :)

And lastly, I've spent some time on my Vanilla Latte Socks. I'm past the cuff ribbing and now I'm just working until I hit the 7" required before doing my heel flap and all that. It's not very exciting but that's why it travels in my purse.

The rest of my WIPs.......yeah, let's not talk about those.


In my "OMG CRAZY LADY WTFLSGBBQ" lists....

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; fingering in solid or semi-solid)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Nottingham (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, solid or semi-solid) *Stormageddon's is finished, Little Man's has been started....soon this will be removed!*
4. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
5. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
7. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
8. Creeper Gonna Creep (for Little Man - DK; green because Creeper)

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)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid)
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. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using ONline Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. 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. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth (cotton; any colors)
11. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
12. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
15. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
16. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Fire Socks (finish prototype and pattern for submission) *half finished, started other half as proposal; will eventually write the pattern*
2. Ice Socks (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
3. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
5. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")

Spinning
1. Ply purple silk/merino blend listed in the WIP section (probably two-ply)
2. Finish up the remaining Asshole Blue Corriedale that I found in Stormageddon's room a couple weeks ago (don't even get me started on this one!)
3. Start something new (I'm leaning toward some grey wool I bought a few years ago)



In other, non-knitting news......um, we're still sick. Sort of. The boys are fine. Little Man is over his ear infection, Stormageddon is over pneumonia. Husband and I, on the other hand, are the ones with the sickies. Husband has been working from home all week and about mid-week, I started getting the cough and the headache and the general "ick" feeling. I'm not running a fever and I'm not really coughing that much...but I have phlegm that won't go away so I'm coughing to loosen it and it's gross and you probably don't want to hear much more about it.

Other than that, not much has been happening around here. Stormageddon is still climbing on the furniture and he's gotten to be kind of a puke about eating properly. He wants Lucky Charms all the time. He's actually started to spit out food, which drives me nuts. I don't know what I'm going to do with him. But at the same time, he's also a better eater than Little Man. On Friday night, he ate a couple little teensy bites of rib roast, didn't choke, and didn't spit them out (okay, he spit one out of maybe eight bites out but it was because he couldn't chew it - Puppy snagged it). Little Man has taken a very big interest in drawing and coloring this week. I swear he's gone through at least half a ream of paper this week. It's not just the drawing, though. He's also done some paper-folding and come up with a Millennium Falcon and a kite. I wouldn't care but I. Cannot. Keep. Everything. Which is, of course, exactly what he wants me to do. ::sigh:: I'm hoping I can get him back into Play Dough or modeling clay so he doesn't want to keep everything. Here's to hoping :)

Block on Tanker (v 2.0) by Little Man

Little Man loves Mythbusters and we saw the episode where they try to make a tanker trailer implode. This was the picture he drew afterwards (the second one).



And, of course, a somewhat blurry Stormageddon wearing his too-small hat and Big Brother's sweatshirt. It was one of those days.



I hope you're having a lovely weekend :) 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Stash Enhancement on a Tuesday (or, the eBay win!)

Well. I acquired more yarn. I should probably share....



Yarn: Oasis Yarns Aussi Worsted
Weight/Yds: Worsted, 200 yds
Color: Limeade

For some reason, I got a bug in my pants to partake in some eBay searching.....and I came across this, bid on it, and won. I may or may not have paid too much for it but I'm not that fussed about it. It's a bright green and will probably grow up to be a hat of some sort but I might use it with something else. We'll see when I get there. Right now, it's in seclusion, away from the rest of my stash, just in case there are bugs. All should be well.....


It's a shorty today :) I hope you're having a lovely Tuesday!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #3 (the OMG-Can-We-Stop-Being-Sick-Already Update)

Hello and happy Sunday! Update #3, here we come!

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

Why yes, I started and finished a project this week; why do you ask? I fell into my LYS this past Monday (you can see the stash enhancement post here) and one of the skeins started screaming that it wanted to be this hat....so, it became the hat. To be fair, I still haven't actually washed it or properly blocked it...but it is done and it's been worn more than once already. Stormageddon wouldn't let me work on it because every time I brought it out, he would come over and try to steal it to wear.....while it was still on the needles. So, basically, the second it was done, he claimed it for his own. I'm not going to argue. You can even see the FO Friday post right here.

Go me!


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
3. Wink: started January 5, 2015
4. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015
5. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015
6. Ice Socks: started January 7, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016 (no project page)
8. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016 (no project page because, design!)

In the WIP category....still some things happening. I spent some time on Snape's Stockings this week and I'm almost to the heel flap, which is exciting for me. I also worked a couple rounds on the Swirl Hat and the Ice Socks. My swatch also saw some work, though not much and it's not that exciting.

The last thing on the list........design proposal. I came across a call for submissions in one of the designers groups on Ravelry and my Fire Socks may fit the bill. So, I'm working on that. I just need to finish up a sketch and then I'm going to send my proposal off. Unfortunately, I doubt anything will come of it because when I first looked, it was mentioned that socks were needed....and now, less than four days later, she said they had plenty of sock submissions. Buuuuuuuuuut.......we'll see. I don't have high hopes, however. I was about ready to throw my laptop out the window last night. I had been working on the proposal (it was finished, actually), I saved it, and closed Word. Then I went to attach the file to the email........and I could not find it. I did a full-system search for the document, I reopened Word and tried to find it, I did everything I could possibly think of (including going through potential places I could have saved it...file by file). Nothing. I was frustrated and actually did cry a bit. I opened Word to do it all over again when I decided to see where the last document was saved, and it was a bizarre place...so, I searched for the folder, found it, opened it...and there was my document. I moved it to a better place, and it's now attached to the email.

I also did some work in my yarn closet. Some of you may remember that instead of a little stack of bins or a bookshelf with buckets, I have an actual yarn closet. Now, it's not a full-size closet or anything....kind of like a double-wide linen closet without shelves. Instead, my bins are stacked in there...and some bags...and a bag of project bags with my Secret Sock Club Bags and so on. I need to get a handle on my stash. So, a couple times this week, I pulled things out, made sure I had stash entries and photographed things. I discovered that many of my Stitches West purchases from last year did not make it into my Ravelry stash. So, I took care of that. I also discovered a bin where the top half was done but nothing on the bottom had been entered. The top half was fiber I picked up in a destash but the bottom was (mostly) my purchases from when Artfibers went out of business. I got all that entered and found that I probably have a sweater's quantity of a very lovely yarn.......I might have to make a sweater with it. Or something.



In my "OMG CRAZY LADY WTFLSGBBQ" lists....

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; fingering in solid or semi-solid)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Nottingham (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, solid or semi-solid) *Stormageddon's is finished*
4. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
5. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
7. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
8. Creeper Gonna Creep (for Little Man - DK; green because Creeper)

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)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid)
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. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using ONline Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. 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. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth (cotton; any colors)
11. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
12. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
15. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
16. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Fire Socks (finish prototype and pattern for submission) *half finished, started other half*
2. Ice Socks (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
3. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
5. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")

Spinning
1. Finish up the purple silk/merino blend singles
2. Ply said purple silk/merino blend (probably two-ply)
3. Finish up the remaining Asshole Blue Corriedale that I found in Stormageddon's room a couple weeks ago (don't even get me started on this one!)
4. Start something new (I'm leaning toward some grey wool I bought a few years ago)



Moving along :)

This past week has been.......trying. I think that's probably the best word for it. Stormageddon is mostly over the pneumonia, which has been helpful, but just as one was getting off the bubblegum-flavored pink stuff, the other one went on it. Little Man came down with an ear infection on Thursday night. He had swimming lessons that night and had been fine all week but when we got home, he started complaining that he had water in his ear that he couldn't get out. We tried a few different methods, to no avail. I put numbing drops down his ear, gave him some Tylenol, and told him to sleep on the sore side. An hour later, he was awake, crying uncontrollably, saying that his ear really hurt. Unfortunately, it was just after 10pm on Thursday night so the after-hours pediatric clinic was closed, as was urgent care. So, I had to haul him to the hospital emergency room. A couple hours later, we were on our way to the 24-hour pharmacy for bubblegum-flavored pink stuff, commonly known as suspension amoxicillin or liquid amoxicillin. He woke up Friday morning saying, "Mama, I'm felling better." I did keep him home from school, though, just in case. He was fine, however, and I probably should have sent him to school. Whatever.

Aside from the boys doing the sick kid thing, Husband also got sick. Well, "sick" isn't the right word. He had a headache for a couple days and nothing would really take care of it. That wasn't fun as he was home with a headache and I had two crabby children. Not exactly the best circumstances. But, we all managed to survive......and then he started getting sick for real last night (fever, chills, etc.). ::sigh:: It's never-ending around here sometimes.


In other random events, we're getting used to our "being at home" schedule again. It took a couple days and illnesses but I think we're back to "normal," whatever that means.

It appears that I don't have any photographs of Little Man this week, other than the one I sent Husband while we were in the emergency room on Thursday night, and we don't really need to see that one. It's not like there's anything gross about it but he's just not feeling well in the photo.

However, Stormageddon has had some photos this week.

He's acquired a couple new words this week, specifically, "baby" and "hi." He's also discovered closed-mouth kisses, which means he's been practicing........




In addition to new words, he's also figured out how to climb onto some of the furniture, specifically this chair and the couches.




He's exceedingly proud of himself for this. I wouldn't mind if he didn't keep trying to jump off. He's trying to do what Big Brother does, which means doing things he's nowhere near ready for (yet). I swear I'm going to be in the hospital with this one....




It's hard to get a good photograph of him. He's usually a blur, and apparently a pantsless Stormageddon is no exception.



I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Friday, January 15, 2016

FO Friday: Nottingham

Happy Friday!

We're just a couple weeks into the new year and I have a finished object (FO) to show off today :)

Nottingham Hat (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Nottingham by Melissa Mall

Time Frame: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016 (yes, that's two days)

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Azul Profundo, maybe about a half-skein (I've not been fussed enough to actually weigh either the hat or the leftover ball)

Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) and US #7 (4.5 mm) 16" circulars and US #7 (4.5 mm) DPNs

Size: Child

Modification(s): The first modification I did was changing the needle size that I used for the main part of the hat from a US #8 (5 mm) that the pattern calls for to a US #7. I also added about 3/4" of ribbing at the beginning using the US #4 (3.5 mm) needle because I like my hats that way. I also changed the decreases a bit. I did the first 5 decrease rounds as written. For the 6th round, I did a K1, P1 around. For the 7th and 9th rounds, I did K2tog around. For the 8th and 10th rounds, I just knit the round plain. After the 10th round, I cut the yarn and wove it through my remaining nine stitches and wove in ends normally.

Thoughts: This hat was a very quick knit, even through the cabling section. I made Stormageddon the child sized one because it will grow with him and he can wear it for at least another year, maybe two, if I'm lucky. The pattern is well-written, except for one thing that kind of bothered me...the cable section doesn't line up with the ribbing. I mean, it does but you have to either remember that everything lines up shifted over a stitch to the left from the beginning of the round or you have to move your beginning of the round until the cabling section is done. I chose to move my stitch marker at the beginning of the round for the cabling section and I moved it back afterwards (before the decreases). I'll be making another one for Little Man using a different yarn and I plan to make the same modifications I did for this one. The only thing I may do differently on the next one is to do all my knit stitches through the back loop (tbl) for a little extra pop...but I'm not 100% decided on that yet. We'll see what happens when I get that far...

Selfie (yes, he likes selfies)


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