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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #21

Happy Sunday! I'm admittedly running a bit late this morning due to a number of factors but we can talk about all that in a mo'. For now, let's get started.

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017

Confession time: I did not finish the Pussy Hat last Saturday night, as I stated in last week's post. I, in fact, didn't get the top Kitchenered until maybe Tuesday or Wednesday this week. I 100% intended to get it done after I finished writing last week's post but it's been rough around here and sleep was more important. I'm keeping the date and everything the same because, really, the knitting was finished by that point. But, it wasn't truly finished finished finished until mid-week this week. Oops. I did snag a photo of the six finished ones (before I threw them all into the bucket for a soak - they're currently still in the dryer and I should check to see if they're actually dry).



Okay, confession over.

I also finished the Messed Up Moss scarf for Little Man this week.


I really have no excuse for this project taking five months. None. The pattern is easily memorized, it's easy to tell if you're on a RS/WS row, and it's bulky yarn on big needles. For crying out loud, I knit over a foot of length in less than an hour. Buuuuuuut, it's me and nothing can be quick. However, it's finished and I have a gauge to work with for updating the pattern (literally, I have a gauge I can use but also I can figure out how to adjust it for length/width based on these measurements and how much yarn I used). The scarf turned out to be about 60" long (just over 150 cm), which is perfect because it's for Little Man. And for an acrylic yarn, it wasn't that awful to work with. I mean, I knew I was working with acrylic but it didn't make my winter dry hands angry like some other ones have in the past. So, I've got that going for me...



Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
7. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
8. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017
10. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017
11. Pussy Hat: started May 11, 2017

Sooooooooooooo, you may noticed that there's another Pussy Hat listed. We need to discuss what happened. If you've forgotten, I had a request from a friend of ours to make Pussy Hats for Pride (either in Los Angeles or Washington, D.C., whichever one they go to this year). Now, normally, these hats only need about 80 sts to fit a female's head......but these are all for our gaggle of gay friends so they needed to be bigger because men. So, they're all hovering around 100 sts. Anyway, I finished the sixth one, posted photos on the social medias (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook). I did the count in my head of where each would wind up..........and then one of the other guys commented that he was laying claim on one. He wasn't in the list in my head but I knew awhile ago I should just make more than the accounted six. So, I'm making a seventh because we love these guys dearly. And, actually, I'm going to make as many as I can between now and Saturday when we go up there to see everyone. So, expect a flurry of finishes of Pussy Hats in next week's post (which will also probably be late).

Outside of the Pussy Hats and finishing up the scarf, I've done very little. I did bring Viktor down and one day and I did a little spinning. I may have thought about the Vanilla Socks, as well, but was too busy working on Pussy Hats...

Soon, my little list, soon.......



17 UFOs in 2017
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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. Baby Surprise Jacket (using....htNEVELE something something)

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go. With all the WIPs and such I have going, this may not be a good idea at this point. Or maybe I'll pull things from the lists below and put them into bags. I don't know.


Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat (kit)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking (kit)
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie (kit)
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl
5. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Little Man (see also: Designs)
6. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon (see also: Designs)
7. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Husband (see also: Designs)


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss C (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
3. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
4. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
5. Undetermined hat for Little Man
6. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
7. Mittens for Little Man
8. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


Christmas/Charity Bin:
1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


Designs:
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater) - need sketch, grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection (everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.) *started*


Spinning:
1. Miss Babs BFL
2. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
5. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
6. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)



In still knitting news, I'm starting to look at projects beyond the Pussy Hats, as I'm sooooooclooooose to finishing those. I've decided that I need to hit the toys hard next. I have three nieces and a nephew to knit toys for. Husband's sister and her husband have three kids. I don't know if I've mentioned this before. They are foster parents; two of the kids they have are a brother and sister set (same mother, different fathers). The little boy is just a couple of months younger than Stormageddon, and the girl is four years old. In addition to that, they also have a little girl that they've adopted. She was a Safe Haven baby and what that is is that her birth mother went to the hospital, gave birth, signed away all parental rights, and left the hospital without the baby. Once that happened, my SIL and her husband got a call that said, "uh, we have a 1-day old newborn in the system; want her, too?" and of course how could they say no (even though the little boy was only 7 months old at the time). So, that accounts for two nieces and a nephew. In addition to them, my half-brother and his wife had a baby girl in November (Guy Fawkes Day). If you remember my Gex for Niece sweater, that was for her. So, I'm hoping to start working on toys for all the kids. I think I'll do the four year old's first because she's the oldest. Then I'll probably continue down the line in order of age. So, four year old girl, two and a half year old boy, almost two year old girl, and six month old girl. I may have even decided on which toys for which kid: Slo'Moe for the four year old, Wasabi for the boy, Dandy Sir Cephalopod for the almost two year old girl, and I'm tossed about the six month old girl. I'm thinking of: My Little Slug, Jinx, or Octopus. These make sense if you know my brother and SIL. I'm hoping to have everything done by Christmas but we'll see how things play out. I have a few other things I want to work on, as well.

I suppose this would be a good time to mention that I'm thinking about partaking in Stash Dash this year (the link goes to the Ravelry Group for the Knit Girllls podcast). Admittedly, I've never listened to the Knit Girllls podcast. Jasmin & Gigi of the Knitmore Girls podcast have talked about Stash Dash for awhile now. I remember them participating last year and they've started talking about it for this year....and I might join in. I have a few things that need some extra motivation. I have no plans right now for how this is going to go because........well, mostly because I just decided yesterday that I was probably going to do this and it starts on Friday and goes until August something. I expect I'll try to make a dent in the WIP pile and probably start a few other things (and hopefully finish - because I think it only counts if things are finished). I'll have to think about that....

And, of course, in the middle of all my knitting and Stash Dashing will be Tour de Fleece. I've started a loose plan for that. I'm hoping to over-plan this year because I was caught with my pants down after a couple of days last year because I didn't plan to have time to actually spin every day. I'm hoping to finish the BMFA project I've got going before TdF even begins so I can start with a clean slate. I have a bag in my yarn closet that has a bunch of fiber so I think I'm going to work from that first (which I think is also the Spinning list above, minus the fiber prep stuff). So, I have two braids of Sandy's Palette, Miss Babs BFL, and a crazy batt from Faerie Mountain Fibers. I'm also thinking about adding my two balls of multi-colored merino top that I bought from Mielke Fibers a few years ago. I've not decided if I'm just going to spin singles and ply them with themselves (meaning 2-ply with two bobbins of the same colorway) or if I'm going to ply them together (meaning 2-ply with two bobbins of different colorways). I'll probably do the former but I might change my mind when I get around to actually spinning. Beyond that, I have several spinning projects I could attempt to take on during TdF. I hope that's enough, though....



And now for "real life." This past week has been a fairly busy week but, at the same time, a good week.

Husband and Little Man got back from camping on Sunday. In the meantime, Stormageddon and I went to Ikea to pick up some new shelves for the shed (our wooden ones are....showing their age). Husband screwed up his knee in the middle of the night so he wasn't walking too well. I wound up unpacking the car and putting things away in the shed. We arrived home from Ikea just a few minutes before they arrived.

On Monday, Husband took off from work so he could see Little Man's Wee Theater performance. It was the last one of the year and he was excited that Daddy was going to come. He was adorable and I don't have photos because I was also wrangling Stormageddon a bit. Husband has a couple, however.

Tuesday, this happened:

















To be fair, the hair photo of my brown hair was taken on Monday night. But everything else happened on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure I was in the chair for just over five hours from start to finish.

So, yes, I now have unicorn farts for hair and it's lovely. Also, why not?! It's not like I have a job to go to that has some requirement on hair being a "natural" color. Although, I do find the idea of running the Auction Committee with my hair like this rather amusing.

Anyway, moving on......

By Wednesday, my hip was all jacked up from something. It still hurts today, actually. I went to the chiropractor for some relief.....yeah, I'm not sure how much that helped. Suffice to say but I was in a lot of pain that day...and Thursday...and Friday...and yesterday....and today. It's lessening as the days have gone on but it still hurts pretty good. As a result, not much happened on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. I did some knitting, I did some laundry, I tried not to kill my children, the usual.


Please note that Stormageddon is, in fact, wearing Husband's (dirty) socks. Pulled up to his thighs. And he did most of it himself.




And I caught a photo of Little Man. He was busy playing Minecraft but I caught him for a hot minute.

Yesterday, Husband took Stormageddon on a Porsche Club run with our friend, Thom so I had a date with Little Man. We went to breakfast.


I caught him putting salt in his hand and licking it. To be fair, he has seen me do it (well, I don't lick my hand) and he's most likely salt deficient so I don't have a real problem with it.

After breakfast, we went to the library. We've been meaning to go and I wanted to look into their summer program. It's different than last years program, which was good to know. He also needed to pick up a few books about sloths for a project at school. And we came home with a huge pile of books. He got a free comic book from last weekend's free comic book day, two books on sloths, a book on spiders (facing his fears, good boy), a couple of easy reader books (Ameila Bedelia, Oliva, and the Saggy Baggy Elephant), and a big fat chapter book. The chapter book is The Sword in the Stone, which is about King Arthur as a kid (much like the Disney movie of the same name). As his real name is Arthur, he loves King Arthur stuff so I'm going to see if I can get him to sit still for this one. And if not, we'll try again some other time. I'm not too fussed about it, actually.

When we got home, we bummed around the house for a bit, watched a movie, I did some knitting, he did some Minecraft, Husband and Stormageddon came home, we hopped in the pool for a bit, blah blah blah. The boys had a sitter last night, as well, because Husband and I went to an anniversary party for a friend/former co-worker of Husband's. They got into a water fight while we were gone so I have little boy clothes drying in various places on the back deck.

And that brings us up to this morning. Today, we have to go to Costco and/or Safeway (grocery store), Home Depot, and maybe one other place. I have laundry to do, Little Man has homework to work on (hence the books on sloths), we're having a nice dinner with our Airbnb people, the usual. Oh, I may not have mentioned the Airbnb thing. So, we have this back room where our guest bed is located as well as our projector/movie screen and we don't use it that often sooooo we decided to try out the Airbnb thing. Usually we get international travelers that are on an overnight layover from SFO, sometimes we get people that are just in the area for a few days. This time around, we have a couple for a month. They're both pilots, training at Virgin America, which is just a mile and a half away from our house. Because they're here for a month, they have access to things like the kitchen and the washer/dryer and, in addition to that, they're fabulous people. The boys adore them and will talk their ears off if they let them. So, one is leaving on Tuesday for Miami for more training and the other will still be here. We're having a steak dinner with them tonight, hence all the shopping. Also, our pool ladder is showing its age so we need to get some epoxy to fix it for another season (hopefully). We'll probably look into replacing it next year.

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely weened :) I'll probably be late next week, as well....sue me, we have a social life all of a sudden :)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #20

Happy Sunday! Happy Mother's Day (if you're a mom and you're in a place that celebrates it)! Let's get going :)

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017

I have finished up the last and final Pussy Hat. I literally Kitchenered the top closed last night. So, it hasn't been washed (but there are several that need washing anyway)...but it's done! This one has a 1x2 rib for the brim. So, all the hats have been slightly different, which helped me not lose my mind. But, enough about that...



Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
7. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
8. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
9. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
10. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017
11. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017

Most everything has been ignored this week since I was concentrating on finishing up the last hat....but I did bring the wheel down for some spinning time on Wednesday. Unfortunately (fortunately?) Stormageddon has taken a very keen interest in my wheel. Last year, I spun every day during Tour de Fleece (TdF) and he maybe tried to get into the wheel once. I had my wheel down on Wednesday and he kept grabbing the Scotch tension band (well, he let it slide through his hand as I spun), and he went behind the wheel and grabbed onto the ball & socket bars that connect the wheel to the treadles. He didn't make a move for my flyer, but if he had, I don't know that he'd ever do it again. I didn't get a lot spun, maybe 3/4 oz, but it was more than I've spun in awhile.

In addition to that.....yeah, nothing. Just spinning and the hat. Now that the hat is done, I might get around to some of these other WIPs. Or not.



17 UFOs in 2017
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)


And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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. Baby Surprise Jacket (using....htNEVELE something something)

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go. With all the WIPs and such I have going, this may not be a good idea at this point. Or maybe I'll pull things from the lists below and put them into bags. I don't know.


Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat (kit)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking (kit)
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie (kit)
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl
5. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Little Man (see also: Designs)
6. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon (see also: Designs)
7. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Husband (see also: Designs)


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss C (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
3. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
4. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
5. Undetermined hat for Little Man
6. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
7. Mittens for Little Man
8. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


Christmas/Charity Bin:
1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


Designs:
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater) - need sketch, grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection (everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.) *started*


Spinning:
1. Miss Babs BFL
2. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
5. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
6. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)




This week has been very......trying. I guess that's the best word. Stormageddon still isn't sleeping through the night. He's wound up in our bed more than once for at least part of the night, which I'm okay with as long as he doesn't kick me out of the bed. I was so over it on Thursday, however. He came into our room at 4:30am, whimpering and generally being grumpy. I tried to get him back to sleep for a half hour and finally just brought him to our bed, where he continued to whimper. I didn't get back to sleep. He didn't stop whimpering until after I was at my 9am doctor appointment and he had also begun to futz with his ear...and as a result, I took him to his pediatrician. As it turns out, Stormageddon has another ear infection. Because this is his fifth one since the beginning of the "season" (which was last August), he now gets to make a trip to see the otorhinolaryngologist (translation: ear, nose, & throat doctor) and he's probably going to wind up getting ear tubes like Little Man. I'm fine with that and, in fact, I'd prefer we get it taken care of now instead of when he's older.

Also on Thursday, I had the conference with Little Man's teacher. The short version is that she doesn't necessarily see the hitting as an "issue" that needs to be "dealt with." Yes, it happened but it's not a recurring issue and she doesn't think he has a mean bone in his body (which is true - he's a very sweet and loving boy most of the time). However, she said if she hadn't had the conference regarding the hitting, she would have requested one anyway because Little Man is behind in reading. I suspected it might be an issue and I did tell her that at the beginning of the school year. He likes reading to me and he works really hard but sitting him down so I can read to him is worse than pulling molars.

Other than Thursday, it's been a pretty benign week around here. Just the usual things: going to the gym, doing laundry, trying to find time for myself, blah blah blah. Oh, and Puppy's birthday was this past week. He's now 6 years old. There's six months' difference between Little Man and Puppy. We got Puppy when he was about two months old, meaning Little Man was about eight months old at the time. He's still as nuts now as he's always been.

Husband and Little Man are off camping this weekend. They should be back sometime later today.

Again, no photos of Little Man this week. Maybe next week....


Stormageddon fell asleep in the stroller on Wednesday. This was before we found out he was sick but he was already grumpy and tired by this point.


And this was Thursday after we found out he was sick. He fell asleep on our bedroom floor, woke up and climbed up by me and fell asleep again.....and then he woke up and climbed onto me, where he stayed for at least 45 minutes.


Of course by the time Friday rolled around, he was felling much better. He and I went out for breakfast on Friday. I tried to take a "normal" photo of him with my phone but he wouldn't cooperate. I turned on the selfie mode and he posed perfectly. Booger.



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

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #19

Happy Sunday! Let's get going for the day....


Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017

I finished up the 5th Pussy Hat this past week and I will admit to playing yarn chicken....


.....in which I won. That little bit was all I had left after using two leftover balls from previous projects. So, that's awesome. I haven't done a proper wash/block or FO Friday (yet). I think I'm going to wind up doing a Pussy Hat Roundup or something when I finish all of them. Or not. We'll see.


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
7. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
8. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
9. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
10. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017
11. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017
12. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017

And because I finished up a Pussy Hat, I started another one. This one has a 1x2 ribbing on the brim and I've just started the stockinette hell portion. I hope to finish it sometime this week but we'll see how things go as I've not had a lot of time to knit lately.

I think the only other project that saw any action this week was my second Vanilla Sock....and I'm still on the cuff. I'm not sure what that says about me but it probably says I haven't done a lot of knitting this week.

Oh well.


17 UFOs in 2017
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

Okay, let's have a talk about this. It's May. We are 1/3ish of the way through the year. I have four things finished on this list of seventeen items.  Four. To keep up with the average over time, I should probably have six done. To be fair, I know Wink, and the Bad Nut shawl are going to take awhile (meaning they probably won't be finished this year at all). I also know that I'm almost finished with Stormageddon's Vest. I also know that the novel is going to take a long time. So, really, on this list of seventeen items, I have four finished, one almost finished, three that are going to take longer than this year to finish...which leaves eight items left on the list. Of those eight items, half are design projects in various states of completeness. The remaining four items....two are fleece blankets that just require space and no children so I can work on them, and the other two are actual knitting projects. Soooo, I suppose it's not that bad. But I feel like I should be so much further along than I am. ::sigh::


Moving along....

And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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. Baby Surprise Jacket (using....htNEVELE something something)

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go. With all the WIPs and such I have going, this may not be a good idea at this point. Or maybe I'll pull things from the lists below and put them into bags. I don't know.


Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat (kit)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking (kit)
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie (kit)
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl
5. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Little Man (see also: Designs)
6. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon (see also: Designs)
7. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Husband (see also: Designs)


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss C (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
3. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
4. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
5. Undetermined hat for Little Man
6. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
7. Mittens for Little Man
8. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


Christmas/Charity Bin:
1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


Designs:
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater) - need sketch, grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection (everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.) *started*


Spinning:
1. Miss Babs BFL
2. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
5. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
6. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)




And now, another installment of "California Living" with me, your lovely hostess.

This past week has been HOT. We had three days in a row where we ran the air conditioners, one day where it was still warm but we were okay with just opening the windows, and the weather finally started to act normally on Friday. But there were a few days that were kind of miserable and icky and "I don't wanna do anything" kind of days.

The upside to all of this is that we now have our pool up and running. It's not 100% clean on the bottom but a few days of Pool-E will take care of a lot of that. Pool-E is our pool cleaner robot (and no, they're not actually called that but that's what we named ours). We spent a few afternoons in the pool, which was hanging around 82ºF. On Sunday afternoon, after we had been in the pool and were all dried off and such, we were sitting on the back deck, having dinner, enjoying the day, watching the wildlife...


...see that little bird on the wire? It's hard to see in the photo but it's on the bottom thick wire and kind of looks like a grey blob. That bird sucks bozons. This was after it had flown inside our open back screen door, smacked the window in the front room, and flew back outside. I am not a fan of birds to begin with but birds flying loose inside buildings freaks me out for some reason. The zoo doesn't bother me because they're all within netted enclosures but houses, garages, places of business, etc....that just freaks me out.

The worst part about having a bird in the house? Our lazy bird dog didn't even flinch.


To be fair, this was taken a day or two later but he was doing that outside, right by the open door. Lazy dog. Oh, and the orange on his back leg is from sidewalk chalk. The boys got a HUGE box of sidewalk chalk from my best friend and have promptly dumped all of it outside and have been using it all over in the backyard (mostly on the sidewalk, even!). Puppy, being as lazy as he is, happened to be laying in some for awhile and now has an orange leg. He also got into some blue on one of his other legs but that has mostly worn off.

Stormageddon hasn't been sleeping through the night again. I don't know if his room is too warm at night or if it's because of the pollution levels and he's coughing and such or a growth spurt or....I have no idea. He wound up sleeping with us at least part of the night several times this week. Two nights in a row were because we had Airbnb people in the back and I didn't want to wake them and then one other day because he was coughing so much. Poor kiddo. I really hope this phase is over soon. I like sleep.

Little Man, on the other hand, has had kind of a rough week, which will result in a conference with his teacher this coming Thursday. The bottom line is that he's been hitting other kids at school and, of course, parents have been complaining. As far as I know, it's only been two kids but it could be more I suppose. He's not one to just hit someone. There's usually a reason; it's perhaps not what an adult would consider a "good" reason but it's still a reason. He knows he's not supposed to hit anyone for any reason but there's some sort of disconnect between "in the moment" and when we talk about it otherwise. However, Thursday and Friday he had wonderful days, including at least one incident where he did manage to walk away when others were not listening to his words and go to an adult. He has also done it at home several times over the last few days. I know he gets it but he needs the reminders. Truthfully, I think everything just came to a head this week and it'll drop right off again. I hope.

In other random things going on around here, we have been doing some work in our back room and our front room...specifically, we have two bookshelves of the same type in each room. The one in the back had our beer/liquor stuff (glasses, trays, shot glasses, hard liquor bottles, etc.) and the one in the front room was mostly decor. We switched out everything and I had about two diaper boxes worth of glassware to get rid of. It was time to go through all of that anyway. We also did some rearranging in there, which I feel like we just did not that long ago, and I'm not wrong...but this was a bit different. It encouraged us to look at everything we had and decide whether we really wanted it or not. Turns out we had a bunch of things we hadn't used and weren't going to be too upset about giving up. So, that was helpful.

I didn't get any photos of Little Man this week but I did catch Stormageddon sleeping in our bed more than once. He sleeps exactly like Little Man used to (which is also how I used to sleep...and still do on occasion).





I hope you're having a lovely weekend :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stash Enhancement 2017: Well okay then.....

Happy Saturday!

For total transparency, I'm keeping up with any and all stash enhancements in 2017. In the lovely month of May April, only two skeins of yarn came home. That's pretty good for me. The other good thing is that I wasn't tempted either. Well, I take that back...I was tempted by yarn for dyeing purposes (double stranded sock blanks, specifically)....but nothing has come home yet. I've got the Etsy seller on my Favorites list so I can find it again.

Anyway, new acquisitions:


Yarn: RiverKnits Yarn BFL Sock (Etsy Shop) in her April 2017 colorway of the month: Doom & Bloom

Because she's in the UK, she works in meters instead of yards...which is why it's an odd yardage (437.4 yds) but the meters make sense (400 m). A bunch of us in the monthly threads of LSG have decided on an ongoing RiverKnits-along. A few have skeins of her Starry Night colorway in various bases and she showed us this one at the beginning of the month and a bunch of us commented that we wanted it...so she made it a limited edition colorway for April. Now I just need to wind it and find an appropriate pattern.....or make one up.....



Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock in Mockingjay

Carrie was destashing on Instagram again and I have a growing collection of Hunger Games items. This was in one of the lots and two of us agreed that we only wanted a skein each from the lot and she sold them to us separately. It was lovely. So, this came home with me and is now in my yarn closet, not exactly hidden....I'm hoping that having it sitting out will encourage me to wind it up and start knitting. It's probably not going to happen but I can dream, right?



So, that's seriously all I have for stash enhancements. I did cake up the hand dyed Knit Picks (the one that was all cattywumpus when I went to wind it and I did it by hand instead). So, closer to starting something with that? Probably not.

I'll be back tomorrow with my Year of Projects update :)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #18

Happy Sunday! I hope all is well with you and yours on this.....day. I'd say "fine" day but I know some people are dealing with snow in April (which is not exactly normal in the northern hemisphere this time of year, depending on where you live). Anyway, yes, Year of Projects...let's get moving :)


Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017

I've not finished anything new. I'm okay with this. I think. I did post about the last three entries (my second dyeing adventure). You can find the post here.



Works-in-Progress (WIPs):

1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
6. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
7. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017
8. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
9. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
10. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017
11. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017
12. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017


In this week's edition of "what I've been working on," we find that the honestly truth is.......not much. Stormageddon's Vest is still in time out. I'm still musing over what to do about the neckband. I suppose I could just weave in all the ends that are hanging about (because there are a bunch). Maybe not.

My Vanilla Socks grew a ton this week.


See? I went from three rounds to eleven rounds, which is 44% of the cuff and, if you're not a math nerd, it means my cuffs are twenty-five rounds total. So much growth!

The other thing I worked on was the Pussy Hat.


Excuse the craptastic photo. This was taken at night in a low-lighted room (with a red hue). It's grown at least another inch since that photo was taken and I'm probably closet to finishing it. I suppose I could, you know, measure it to make sure...but that would take effort.

Other than that, no knitting. No spinning. No stitch markering. Nada.



17 UFOs in 2017
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)

Part of me feels like I should just ignore this list...but I know that won't get anything finished. ::sigh:: Maybe I'll get there soon. Or not.



And in my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists...

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. Baby Surprise Jacket (using....htNEVELE something something)

These are the only ones that are currently set up. I have plans to make a few more but we'll see how things go. With all the WIPs and such I have going, this may not be a good idea at this point. Or maybe I'll pull things from the lists below and put them into bags. I don't know.


Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat (kit)
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking (kit)
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie (kit)
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl
5. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Little Man (see also: Designs)
6. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Stormageddon (see also: Designs)
7. Unknown Christmas Stocking for Husband (see also: Designs)


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss C (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
3. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
4. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
5. Undetermined hat for Little Man
6. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
7. Mittens for Little Man
8. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


Christmas/Charity Bin:
1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


Designs:
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater) - need sketch, grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection (everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.) *started*


Spinning:
1. Miss Babs BFL
2. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (1)
3. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk (2)
4. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
5. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
6. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown


Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)





It's been a busy week around here...like busier than I'm accustomed to for this time of year.

Last Sunday, Husband and I got a sitter for the boys and we went to San Francisco to Defend the Triforce. In the heart of Japantown there is a Puzzle Room/Escape Room. It's in the weirdest location (3rd floor of a tea shop that makes me think of little girl tea parties)...but, to be fair, it's a perfect location because what else would go up there? So, there's a Puzzle Room and they have a few different ones. Husband went a couple weeks ago with his coworkers and picked up a card for a different one: Defenders of the Triforce. It is Legend of Zelda themed, and seems to be based in the Ocarina of Time game, not that it matters. You don't have to have any pre-existing knowledge of any of the Zelda games to enjoy it...but it does make it that much more fun. There were eight teams and each team had six people (though one team had seven and ours had five). We finished third, not that it was a competition, but we also finished. A couple of teams didn't finish. We had a lot of fun and we stopped at one of the markets and I got a bunch of different Pocky flavors (okay, maybe just four but still...).

Monday, Little Man had Wee Theater after school so Stormageddon and I had time to do a few extra things. We took advantage of it and not only went to Target & Costco but we also made it to the gym. Needless to say, the afternoon was spent being a bit on the lazy side.

The rest of the week was filled with the usual routines including going to the gym, trying to find time to knit, trying to keep up on other things (cleaning, laundry, the usual...), and doctor appointments. Puppy went to the vet on Thursday. Turns out part of the reason he's been so damn itchy: fleas. He doesn't have an infestation, our house isn't infested, but he does spend time outside and he's had a few flea bites. His vet combed through his hair for about ten minutes, talking with me and gauging how itchy he actually was and in that time, we found one flea. Luckily, all the beddings had just been washed and he was due for a reorder of his heartworm medication. We're doing a heartworm/flea medication this time around. He's also going to get a bath one of these days. A proper one. And I can give him Benadryl (though we also have a bottle of Prednisone for him, as well). So, I've been doing that. Poor puppy.

Friday afternoon, I had finally had enough of the house looking like a tornado went through so we spent the afternoon cleaning and doing laundry. And I do mean "we" because Little Man and Stormageddon helped with the cleaning. Little Man cleaned his room, I cleaned out the fireplace and emptied the vacuum (both of which set my allergies off like crazy but that's not unusual for those activities), we did dishes, I vacuumed bedrooms, Little Man and Stormageddon cleaned up the front & living rooms (meaning they put toys and books away)...the only thing I didn't finish before Husband got home was emptying and refilling the dishwasher and putting away all the laundry. I did that afterwards though and all was well.

Yesterday, I was peopled out. Little Man had a birthday party to go to in the morning (10:30am-2pm) and then we went to a BBQ after that, followed by Costco. Oh, and I went to the gym yesterday morning. Madness. By the time we got home around 4:30pm, I was done. The boys were playing in iPads, Husband was playing Zelda, and I was dinking around online. I also mowed the lawn.

So tired.....

Here are some photos from this week:


I took this at Target. The local Target (and apparently other Targets across the country) have the red balls out front dressed as Mario and Luigi. Mario Kart 8 came out this week, hence the decorations. And the boys love Super Mario Bros. 


There are two reasons I post the above photo: firstly, Stormageddon likes to play in the dog food (meaning throw it all over the place and not clean up - but he's cleaning up) and secondly, because he found his Hawaiian shirt and decided to dress himself. Please notice that it's on backwards.


Further proof of him dressing himself. At least it went on upright. He usually tries to put it on from the neck and gets frustrated when it doesn't fit right. 


Oh, on Friday afternoon, Little Man lost his first tooth. The new one had grown in behind and the baby tooth was solidly not moving...and then he bit down on something on Monday and it started to wiggle. By Friday, the only thing attaching it was a little piece of skin. We played with it a little and I told him it was time to just pluck it out...but he was scared and asked me to do it for him. He prepped me: he got me a couple of paper towels, got me a glass to put water in, and had me sit his butt up on the counter. He closed his eyes and was prepared for it to hurt and I pinched the tooth between the paper towel and it was nothing. I finished and he said, "that's it? That was easy." So, he lost his first tooth. He got a whole dollar for that tooth. Inflation and all that. I think I got quarters for my regular teeth and 50¢ for molars. I got screwed on my molars, though. I had four baby molars that never fell out (the first baby molars you get - all four)...that's $2 I never got. And no, I'm not kidding. They did not fall out on their own. I had them pulled when I was probably 28 or so and then had surgery to implant titanium alloy posts into my jaw and...I don't know what to call it (the actual name is the maxilla bone - the bone where your top teeth are rooted). As a result, I have five porcelain teeth (the four baby molars and one other tooth that did fall out on it's own). ::sigh:: If he's lucky, he won't have that issue...but if he does, we have proof that it's genetic (both my half-brother and I have had this issue) and the insurance should cover whatever we do to fix it. So, there's that.


And lastly, the face of a lady that is so over cleaning. But that was on Friday. Had I taken one yesterday, it would have been similar and it would be because I was over people. 

I hope you're having a lovely weekend :)