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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #13

Well, here we are again on a Sunday........and we all know why we're here and things are going to continue to be somewhat boring until later this week (more on that in a mo'). 

 Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015


I've not finished anything new as I've not been knitting that much this week....but, soon....or something.


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015  
 
6. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2014  
7. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015
8. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #1): started sometime in February...
9. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February

This past week, I finished up the first of my Dragon's Egg Socks, which is currently hanging out on sock blockers, though I suspect it's dry. I've also started the second one. I had to do some fancy work on the toe in order to make them fit correctly. We'll see them some other time, though.

I also started the second of the Sorin Fingerless Mitts. I'm still hoping they'll grow with washing because the first one is a teensy bit tight....but it's not for me so that may be my saving grace. 

You'll also notice that I have two pattern writing projects listed. I kept forgetting to add them to the list and I'm not 100% sure when I started either of them, though the official "writing" part was in February. The first one will be going out to test knitters as soon as I get my laptop...which will happen before I post in the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry...which is the next step. Or something. 

As far as my "OMGWTFLSGBBQ" lists....

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats







With all that said..........


My laptop. My dear, old laptop. A 15" 2009 Macbook Pro. Disc drive. Extra RAM. New SSD (solid state hard drive). You were with me through most of my second bout of college. You were with me when we moved to California. You were with me everywhere in between. And you've died. I shall miss you, dear sweet laptop.


What we thought was a problem with my newish SSD turned out to be a much larger problem. Apparently my motherboard went to hell. A new motherboard would run me about $600...while a refurbished 11" 2013 Macbook Air would run me about $810..........so, a refurbished laptop is coming my way, hopefully by Wednesday. And then Husband will probably add more RAM and upload my hard drive's backup from our server......and then I should be good to go. Hopefully. And here's to hoping everything was updated before it went to hell. ::sigh:: Not what I needed right now. Between the $5000 roof repair that our insurance refused to cover (excuse: the valley was done incorrectly in the first place and we don't cover stupidity, even if it happened 22 years ago), my car needing a new battery, spark plugs, and now I'm having issues with carbon in the engine somewhere (which isn't hurting my car exactly as long as I'm working to get it out), buying a new iPhone because mine broke, and now my laptop.......::grumble grumble:: I'm not very happy about all that.


On a lighter note, Stormageddon's two bottom teeth have (finally) come in. He was so miserable when my bestie was here from Wisconsin. But, they broke through and now he's just a drool monster again and is busy chewing on everything. He may be getting his top ones now but I'm not sure.


Little Man, on the other hand, has had a couple fabulous experiences this week. I took him to the library for the first time. I wanted to get a library card and they were having story time while we were there. He wasn't quite sure what to make of it...but I think he liked it. We also went to Fisherman's Wharf on Wednesday. We saw the sea lions, had pizza for lunch at a place called Luigi's (which is right next to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.), picked up some candy, and did some walking. It was good for us to get out.


We also went to the zoo yesterday with our friends and their children. I managed to get sunburned on my face, Stormageddon took a little nap, we got to watch the grizzly bears being fed, and we got to talk to one of the zookeepers about the lions and tigers. She had removed some of the toys because they were broken (one of them was supposed to be an unbreakable toy......silly "baby" tiger managed to break the "unbreakable.") and had them with her. So, the kids got to hold toys that the big cats had played with. We have a zoo membership so all we have to do is pay for parking and we get a discount at the restaurants. We also have access to discounts for things like the zoo camps they have for kids. Oh, and we get discounts on tickets to other things like the aquarium in Monterrey and at Fisherman's Wharf, the mini-zoo just a half-mile from our house, and a bunch of other things. It's kind of grand. Of course, nothing will beat Henry Vilas Zoo, in Madison...which has no entrance fee or parking fee or anything like that.

Anyway, next week I hope to have some photos...we'll see how things go. The way things have been going, I don't have high hopes.

But, hope you're all having a lovely weekend and such :)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Just a Test....

This is just a test. No need to reply, no need to do anything other than to......well, no, there's nothing to be done here. I'm testing the Blogger app and the bluetooth keyboard.

My laptop is still borked. 

Dammit.


I'm also testing how the bluetooth keyboard works with the iPad in Safari....and that seems to work. The next problem is going to be adding photos. I might have to get a card reader for the iPad and use *gasp* a real camera. ::sigh::

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #12

Happy Sunday :)

I'm running a little late this week as my laptop is still borked. I'm using Husband's right now but as it's not mine, there will probably be no photographs for this post, either. ::sigh::

Let's get going!

 Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014  
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015  
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015  
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015  
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015  
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

I've not finished anything new this week as my bestie was here from Wisconsin. I'm okay with that...


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015
 
6. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2014  
7. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015

I've also not started anything new, but I think I have enough to be getting on with. Okay, that's kind of a lie...I did start a dishcloth...and I frogged it...and restarted it...and frogged it...and restarted it...and frogged it...and restarted it again....it's nothing special and I expect I'll be frogging it again, actually. We'll see. 

When I did knit this week, it was mostly on the fingerless mitts. I'm almost finished with the left mitt and it's a little small (for me)...I'm hoping it stretches out a bit with blocking. I also got the skein of yarn I ordered from StevenBe in Minneapolis. It arrived yesterday so I've not wound it or anything but, it's here so I can finish the hat soon enough. I hope. I also worked on my Traveling Socks here and there. I'm just knitting away toward the toe of the first sock. 

I did have a funny thing happen the other day. I took Little Man to the park on Thursday (Stormageddon was napping and Husband was home). Right next to the park is the Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club and they have an after-school program. So, Little Man was off playing and I was sitting there, knitting on my Traveling Sock and a little boy, probably 7 or 8 years old, comes up and asks what I'm knitting (bonus points for knowing I was knitting!). I told him and then he asks if he can try it. Now, I'm not crazy about picking up dropped stitches because I suck at it hardcore but he was so excited and I thought, "what the hell?" and I showed him what to do and then handed over my sock on two circulars. Kid picked it right up with minimal problem. We did manage to drop one stitch but I caught it and rather than tinking back to that spot (which would have been about 8 rows by that point), I just picked that little booger up and wove it up to the right spot. I didn't even screw up and do it backwards. Ah, the joys of stockinette...

So, that happened.

And now for the "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" lists :)


Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks - almost done
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 above) - almost done
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats





Hopefully my laptop will be fixed by next weekend and I can do a proper update with photos and everything. The company (which is right across the Bay in Hayward) has received my hard drive and have processed it so I should be getting the replacement soon. Once we get it, Husband is going to install it, set it up, and get my files copied and then, woo-hoo, working laptop!

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #11

Hello and happy Sunday! I should let you know that my laptop is borked so I posting from my iPad, which is not as exciting as it sounds. It also means that photos are non-existent until I get said laptop un-borked.

But, we're going to press ahead anyway and see what happens...

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

I've not finished anything new this week. I'm perfectly fine with is for now. I hope I have something finished soon but we'll see how things play out. 

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015

6. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2014
7. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015

I started a new project this week in anticipation of my bestie coming from Wisconsin later today. I had hoped to have them finished. But life just got in the way a bit too much and they're not even close to being done. I'm also running out of yarn for the hat. I'm really hoping someone bought a skein they aren't going to need. I have a feeling that the hat is headed for the frog pond, though...

My lists from last week remain the same...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats


I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! Hopefully the laptop will be fixed soon....

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #10

Hello and happy Sunday :) As it is Sunday, it's time for my weekly Self-Imposed Year of Projects update. We're already at the 10th update. I suppose that makes sense as it's March....again, when did all that happen?!

Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

I've not finished anything new this week. I did, however, take Little Man to the park for a photo shoot. He was much more cooperative than Stormageddon. I got a scant couple of good photos of Stormageddon but Little Man was fabulous :) I have four or five photos I can use of him both in the pattern and on the pattern page (when it finally goes live). So, there's that...

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015

6. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2014

This past week was spent working on the hat pattern, which is almost ready to go. But, when I was working on that, I worked a bit on my Traveling Socks, Wink, and the SRC(oH) hat. My Traveling Socks are just working their way down to the toe, albeit slowly. I pulled out my provisional cast on and picked up all the stitches to continue going the other way on the left collar of Wink. I say "pulled out" the cast on....really, I was tinking from the wrong end, which meant a lot of pulling of yarn through holes and around stitches and under itself and so on. It was kind of a pain in the ass, to be honest. I didn't exactly do a provisional cast on, which was part of the problem. I just knit the number of stitches I needed onto waste yarn, and then started with the actual yarn for the first row....but it worked so I'm not too fussed about it. It was quite a production and was probably really funny to watch. I also finished up the ribbing and have finally started the pattern portion of my new hat. I'm reallllly hoping I don't run out of yarn before then. 


For the "OMG-What-Are-You-Thinking" lists.....

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats




I've got Startitis again. This may be due, in part, to the impending arrival of spring, though it may also be because I'm sick to death of doing the same pattern for the third time. I could be wrong, though. I do plan to start a pair of fingerless mitts, specifically the Sorin Fingerless Mitts. If you've forgotten or if you're new, I made the matching Sorin hat for my bestie for this past Christmas. She's coming out in less than a week (EEEEEEP!) so I thought I'd make her the matching fingerless mitts, even though I made her mittens to go with said hat already. I should have enough yarn left to make them...here's to hoping :) I think I can knock these out in a week...or something. We'll see. I'd like a break from the hat and it's pattern and since I've done the Sorin hat already, I have an idea what I'm getting into. So.......perhaps those :)



In "real life" news, Stormageddon had his six month appointment on Thursday. The statistics are: 17 lbs, 8.5 oz (~ 50th percentile), 26.75" long (~ 50th percentile), and his head circumference was 16.42" (8th percentile - yes, he has a small head for his age). He's hitting his milestones: he can roll from his back to his tummy in both directions and from his tummy to his back in both directions. He's working on sitting without supports. Right now, he needs someone to help keep him steady but that can just be holding onto Mama's finger. He loves his bouncer, he loves his rattle, and he loves anything he can get into his mouth. He's still teething but I can feel the bumps. Poor kiddo. Little Man had four teeth by this age.

Little Man is......well.....he's Little Man. Apparently he made quite the impression on a little girl he met at the park about a week and a half ago. They played pirates and both just loved it. In the meantime, the little girl went home and told her mom and her grandparents and her aunts and her uncles and her cousins all about Little Man and every time they went to the park, she was looking for him. How did I find out about this? We were at Costco on Thursday afternoon and we ran into them in the parking lot. It was adorable.

There's not much else going on around here. I started physical therapy for my back this past week. What is so infuriating about this is that I've complained about part of this issue for 20 years: it's like I have too much arch in my lower back because I have a big butt so I can't lay on my back. I've had at least four doctors tell me that I was wrong. Turns out, I'm not exactly wrong. That is basically what is going on. So, we're going to work on taking care of that. Hooooray!

Here are some photos from this past week.....

Watching videos with the pillowdog.

Flying his Spiderman kite

Working on his army crawl.

Jumping in the jumper!


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

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #9

Hello and happy Sunday :)


Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015
8. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 22, 2015; finished February 24, 2015

I finished up a hat this past week using yarn I bought at Stitches West. It's for Little Man and the yarn was purchased with a project for him in mind (he loves super heroes and the color was aptly named "Captain Rogers"). I'll do an FO Friday when the pattern goes live.....which I've not planned yet but the pattern is written, I've taken some photos, the math is correct, it's color-coded. In short, it's pretty much ready to go. I just need to have a tech editor go over it and make it pretty. So, once that happens, all will be well :) I also wanted to test it in a variegated yarn and while I'm not 100% sold on the idea of using a variegated yarn for this project, the pattern isn't totally lost. 


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015

6. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2014

Upon finishing the Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) for Little Man, I had about 2/3 of the skein of yarn left so I started a larger size of the same hat. I'm hoping I don't run out of yarn but if I do, I'll frog it, make another hat for Little Man, and a smaller hat for Stormageddon...or just another hat for Little Man. But, for right now, this one should fit me...not that it's necessarily for me but, you know...

I also spent some time with my Traveling Socks this week. I'm just working my way down to the toe at this point. I added a couple decreases on the foot to make it fit a little better but that was it. 

Snape's Stockings are done with the gusset decreases so I'm also just working toward the toe on that one. 

Wink has temporarily stalled. I need to cut the yarn, unpick my provisional cast-on and pick up the stitches to continue with the left collar. It's not terribly difficult or anything but I just haven't done it. 

Everything else is in hibernation at this point (or in another knitting bag - which is more likely). 


Also, this isn't listed as a WIP but I've got two patterns I'm writing. Well, to be fair, one is finished (mentioned above) but it needs to be made pretty. I submitted both of them to separate publications. I heard back from the first one and it was rejected, which wasn't unexpected but that doesn't mean I can't publish it anyway. So, that's what I'm doing. I've not heard back on the second one yet but I suppose I should get going on the actual pattern writing part of it. So, those are non-knitting WIPs. But they're still fiber-related. 


And now for my "You've got to be kidding me" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat
2. Traveling Vines Socks
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket
4. Paradiddle Socks (see Secret Sock Club Bag section)
5. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) (see FOs #4 & #8 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats







The itch to cast on something new is quite great right now....but I'm not sure what I want to start. I want something quick but at the same time, I want something I can work on for awhile. Sooooo, I don't know what's going on with that, other than I'm undecided and up and down and all around...I need something new and shiny to work on, dammit!


Thoughts?




In "real life" news, there's not been a ton going on this past week. My car is back in working order, for the most part...I still have a cylinder mis-firing so it sputters if I gun it but otherwise, it's fine. The illness has pretty much left the building and we all appear to be healthy, little bouts of coughing here and there, some sneezing, but that's about it. No fevers, no chills, no nothing weird. For now.


We went to the park several times this past week, just to get out of the house. Stormageddon hangs out in his stroller/car seat and Little Man runs amok.





We also worked on some hat modeling this week.





Stormageddon was not very cooperative. These were the two best photos from his session. To be fair, he was in his jumper...but then photos like this happened:




I think I may include this one at the end of the pattern because I think it's hilarious!


Little Man was a much better behaved model.







::sigh:: I hope this next week is better. Stormageddon has his six month appointment on Thursday and I start physical therapy (finally) for my back. Woo-hoo!


I hope you've all had a lovely week and fabulous weekend! Also, happy March :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Stitches West 2015

Stitches West was this past weekend and apparently, this year was "Year of the Project Bags" because I bought a bunch....like I don't have enough or they're going out of style or something. I don't know. That's not to say I didn't buy anything else because, duh...but lots of project bags.

I went shopping on both Friday and Saturday, Stormageddon and Little Man in tow both days. They were both rockstars. Little Man was so wonderful on Friday that I took him to the Lego Store on our way home. But, that's not what we're here to talk about...

The Haul. That's what we're here to talk about....The Haul (and yes, it qualifies for being capitalized in my world)...



I've been pondering getting a new Lazy Kate for awhile now and I finally pulled the plug. I've got a Katie-A-Go-Go from Nancy's Knit Knacks and we're just not friends. I want to like it but I've just not done very well with it. So, pending that I can find all the parts, I'll probably sell it. The only thing I may be missing is the straw...but they're drinking straws and can be easily replaced. So, new LK for me from Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale. I was looking for a Majacraft Universal Tensioned LK but I asked their in-house spinning guru and she uses this one with her Majacraft so we'll see how it goes.


A bottle of the eucalyptus scented Eucalan. I bought two bottles last year and I've used up the first bottle. So, while I have the second bottle, it's always advantageous to have a second bottle on hand, just in case. I believe I picked this up at the Webs booth.


I also picked up some US #1 Knitter's Pride Nova Platina circular needles in the Webs booth to try out for socks. In retrospect, I should have gotten 32" cables or longer but I can work with the 24" ones if I need to...and obviously that's going to happen. I thought about trying the Cubix ones but I didn't like the square DPNs I had so I was pretty sure I wouldn't like the square circulars either. I could have been wrong, though.


I also picked up some Addi Turbo circulars (US #2, in this case) for knitting slightly thicker socks (think Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in Heavyweight). So, there's that.


To be fair, this button isn't actually mine. It's Little Man's. See, Carrie (IrishGirlieKnits) was doing a Meet & Greet at the Anzula booth and Little Man was being shy...so she tried to bribe him with the button. It kind of worked. But he let me have the button later. Silly boy. Also, I adore Carrie :)


These are definitely for Little Man. These are little finger puppets we picked up at Ranch of the Oaks. One is a rhino and the other is a hippo. He's been wearing them around the house and it's adorable.


This is a pattern for a knitted (and slightly felted) octopus that Little Man fell in love with. So....I'm going to need to find some appropriate yarn. She did mention that the french knots for the suckers are pretty brutal (almost 100 per tentacle)...so I have a feeling that will take me awhile. We'll see. But, it was adorable and I saw it last year and almost got the pattern...and now I have.


These were the only stitch markers I bought the entire two days. And they're Doctor Who inspired (the red one is to represent Amy Pond). I can't remember which booth I picked these up in but I also bought this from the same booth:


Yes, that is an Adipose bag. Little Man fell in love with it and, quite frankly, so did I. It was the only one they had so, of course, it had to come home with me.


Because Husband purchased a new interchangeable set from Knit Picks for Christmas, I needed a new case to put those in...and in comes Erin Lane Bags. I've got several from her, including the interchangeable case for my other set of Knit Picks interchangeables. So I have one for my regular set of KP interchangeables and this new one is for the rosewood interchangeables.


I also picked up this Big Bang Theory bag from Erin Lane. It was the only one I saw on Friday and I snatched it up quick. On Saturday, I saw a larger one but I'm good with just the one :)





The above four all came from Slipped Stitch Studios. I may or may not have a thing for Doctor Who......and Little Man may or may not also have a thing for Doctor Who (and he was helping me shop).

And lastly...the yarn.....


I picked up these three in the Webs booth. I envision a couple stripy hats or maybe a stripy hat and a solid hat or two or......I just see hats :)


Three skeins I picked up from Miss Babs. The green is probably going to grow up to be another version of my Traveling Vines Socks and the grey (yes, it's grey, not purple...damn lighting) will also grow up to be socks of some sort (pattern undetermined but probably one of my own). The Yowza on the left may grow up to be a family of hats for...well...the family :) Or maybe a scarf of some sort. I need to see how it knits up first before I make a decision.


A skein of Zaftig from Verdant Gryphon (worsted weight). This will grow up to be a hat for mememememe!


These came from the Yarnover Truck and were specially dyed for Stitches West. They're Downton Abbey inspired and called (if you can't read it): It's All Fun And Games Until Someone Sleeps With Someone Beneath Their Station. I bought two but I may ship one off to a friend back home...I'm undecided right now.



These last two came from StevenBe. They were dyed by Three Irish Girls for StevenBe. The top one is Doctor Who inspired and is called Exploding Tardis. The bottom one is from their comic book series and is called Captain Rogers. They had one called Smash in a sock yarn that I seriously considered but in the end, it stayed there. I see at least one hat for Little Man out of Captain Rogers...and maybe one for me with Exploding Tardis.


Aside from all the yarny goodness and project bags and such, there were the people...so many people. And food, of course. The Girl Scouts were in charge of the coat check and were selling cookies so a box of cookies came home with us. I saw a couple of familiar faces, which is odd because I feel like I know all of ten people in the entire Bay Area...I know I know more than that but it just seems like so few. Oh well.

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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #8

Happy Sunday :)

This weekend was Stitches West (which will be another post entirely) so things are a bit....well, I'm really tired from two days at the marketplace. But, we'll forge ahead because we must :)

Finished Objects (FOs):  
1. Elefante: started December 19, 2014; finished December 28, 2014
2. Hat #1 - FoH: started December 31, 2014; finished January 1, 2015
3. Hat #2 - FoH: started January 1, 2015; finished January 4, 2015
4. Hat #3 - FoH: started January 7, 2015; finished January 10, 2015
5. Hat #4 - Stitch's Rock Hat: started January 16, 2015; finished January 24, 2015
6. Vanilla Fingerless Mitts: started January 23, 2015; finished February 3, 2015
7. Paradiddle Hat: started January 24, 2015; finished February 7, 2015

I've not finished anything new. That's not surprising, given that almost everything on my WIP list is a long-term project...

And speaking of WIPs....
 
Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
3. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014
4. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014
5. Wink: started January 5, 2015


I've not started anything new but that's fine. I may or may not by next week. This week, I spent most of my knitting time working on pattern writing but I did spare a few minutes to work a couple rounds on Snape's Stockings and I've finished the beginning portion of the right collar on Wink. I'm at the point where I'm supposed to put the stitches on a holder and unpick my provisional CO to continue with the left collar. I've just not done it yet. 

So, there's all of that :)

And now it's time to pick something new...

 
Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - sock/fingering; solid or semi-solid)
2. Nottingham (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
3. Nottingham (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Alvin (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Alvin (for Stormageddon - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
6. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
7. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
8. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
9. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
10. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
11. Moe the Mustache Monster (for...someone - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Vanilla Socks (using one of my Harry Potter yarns)
2. Drip Drip Drop Socks (using either a solid or semi-solid sock yarn that I haven't decided on yet)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport; solid or semi-solid)
4. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)

Secret Sock Club Bags (Pick a bag at random)
1. Scotch and Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful - leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. CashSilk Fern Scarf (using a skein of Online Supersocke 100)
3. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
4. If You Know Where To Go (in KP Felici in Green Veggies)
5. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock)
6. Paradiddle Socks - my own design (using Malabrigo Sock)

Because I love Husband
1. The Dude

New Techniques (one of the following stranded/multi-yarn kits)
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie

Christmas Presents
I have absolutely no idea what's going to end up here, if anything. I suspect something will end up here and I might pull it from other lists but we shall see. Maybe I won't do any Christmas knitting. Maybe all I'll wind up doing is Christmas knitting. I suppose this is a wait-and-see section :)

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




I've got a feeling that I may start a new project this week. I expect it'll be something on the small side, or something that isn't going to take a zillion years...but we'll see how things go. 

Anyway, there should be a post within the next day or so about Stitches West and my haul (and it's quite the haul).....so check back for that :) 

I hope you're all having a lovely week!

Oh, and in case you've been following me on Ravelry anywhere and around the blog, we're done with Baby Watch 2015. Our friends had their baby on Thursday morning (only five days late). He was a big baby (over 9 lbs. and 21" long).....Stormageddon was such a peanut compared to him. Hell, even Little Man was small compared to him...well, lighter, anyway (he was longer by an inch). I got to hold him yesterday afternoon when we took their car back. And then holding Stormageddon...he was HUGE! He's such a little chubster now!

Happy weekend...