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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #7

Hello, happy Sunday, let's get going :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018

I had two projects that were frogged this week, which I did talk about last week.

Firstly, my Gamer Bag, which was a prototype. It went from this:


....to this:


I've had this yarn in my stash for awhile. It's a lovely Aran-weight cotton from Universal Yarns. I've tried using it at least one other time, that I can think of off the top of my head. So far, no luck. I think I'm going to still make a bag from this but it's going to be just a generic bag of my own making. We'll see.

In addition to that, my Oh, She Is a Bad Nut shawl went from this:


.......to this:


I think I knew early on that the yarn and the pattern weren't going to play well together and I forced myself to keep going......and then I dropped that stitch marker. I spent some time trying to figure out the stitch counts between stitch markers throughout the pattern but soon, even that faded, and I didn't touch the project. I plan to knit the pattern with a different yarn and I plan to use this yarn for a different project. They just weren't meant to go together. I'm okay with that.



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017
6. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
7. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
8. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
9. Returning: started 14 January 2018

With frogging the two above projects, my WIP list looks significantly more manageable. I'm not sure why that is. Perhaps it's the missing double-digit numbers? Regardless, it looks more manageable to me.

I worked on my Paradiddle Prototype socks this week. I'm at the heel turn portion, so it wasn't something I could take to swimming lessons this week. I got to the heel turn portion right before swimming lessons. I probably could have turned the heel while I was there but I didn't really want to fiddle with it. So, it's at an impasse right now, as are my Smooth Operator Socks (which is ready for the waste yarn for the afterthought heel). I didn't work on them but I have a similar issue.

Because I got to the heel turn on the Paradiddle Prototype socks, I brought out my Returning Shawl. I think I've figured out how I'm going to work it in two colors. I originally thought three but the more I'm looking at the blue and green yarn next to each other, the less I'm okay with it. I feel like the green is less grassy lily pad and more olive. The blue is a variegated bright sky blue. Together, they don't look all that lovely. Sooooo, I think I'm going to go for a two-color version. I should have enough yarn. I'll throw a lifeline in when I get to the color switching and if it isn't working out (or if I, Bob forbid, run out of yarn), I'll find some white or another neutral that isn't black (because the other color is a chocolate brown). I actually wound up having to frog and restart this project. I was only four rows in so I wasn't all that fussed about it (other than having to do a garter tab, which I find annoying). I did that at swimming lessons and it was lovely. I'm glad I restarted it anyway because it looked better the second time around.

Other than that, I don't think I did any knitting. I did, however, clean my corner in the bedroom. It sounds a little strange but I have all my project bags and upcoming projects and some leftover bits and bobs in a corner in the bedroom and it was out of hand with no end in sight. I had kind of just been piling everything there and I had finally had enough. So, it got cleaned. I even brought out the little vacuum and cleaned around the bookshelves.



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - needs 3 colors, would need to buy...maybe do it with 2)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - 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 - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - 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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



We're into crunch time for the auction, which is taking up most of my time this week. We're starting to think about how we want to bundle items, we're entering last minute items, and I'm trying to tie up loose ends (and failing left and right). I'd like to say that I've got the "work" and "life" thing balanced out but I'd be lying. I did impose one "rule" upon myself: don't go to bed late (like after 11pm). Sleep is important and I need to have it to function.

But, we did do a few things this past week.

Last Sunday, Little Man and I went to the Winchester Mystery House, which is in San Jose. I've always had a fascination with history and the paranormal (though I'm terrible with dates) and a visit to the Winchester House piqued my interest.

Sarah Winchester was the widow of William Wirt Winchester, the son of the founder of the Winchester Repeating Arms Co.; he died of tuberculosis in 1881. After her husband's death, her doctors told her that she needed to get away from the harsh winters of the northeast (she was from Connecticut). Why she chose to move to the Santa Clara Valley isn't clear though she had friends that were teaching at UC Berkley, which isn't terribly far away. Regardless, she bought a modest house and a ton of land in the Santa Clara Valley....and then she went to work. From the time she bought the house until she died in 1922, work was done every day to expand the house. She hired a foreman, who also lived on the property with his wife and children. Every night, she would spend two hours in her seance room; in the morning, she would have new plans for the house. And so it went on until her death. The morning of her death, once everyone was notified, the construction workers literally walked off the job, with nails that were half hammered into their places, walls half finished, the whole thing. By most accounts, Sarah Winchester was eccentric and a bit of a recluse. The house is a perfect example of her eccentricity. There are staircases that lead to ceilings, a door that open to a 12' drop out the second story, rooms that you have to go in and out of in a certain order, and even today, there are portions of the house that still haven't been fully explored.

Now, the story goes that the house is haunted. In fact, it is rumored that the reason the house was built and expanded was to appease the spirits of all those killed by Winchester rifles. Whether that's true is another matter. There are no records or letters or anything, really. But, a movie was recently made about it and there have been sightings and recordings and TV shows. I'm still a skeptic but there was a spot in the house where something was moving ever so slightly that should not have been moving. i'm hoping it was due to an air vent type opening nearby...but I'm not sure.

Anyway, you can't take photos inside the house but Little Man and I took a couple outside and we had our "green screen" photo done before we went inside.







When we came home that afternoon, it was fairly quiet in the house....it shouldn't have been, but we came home to this:



Yes, that is Stormageddon and yes, he is asleep with his hand in his bowl. He slept from about 3:30pm-7:45pm. He did wake up once, just long enough for a diaper change and I got him into his jammies.




I was worried he might be coming down with something (that boy has not napped in over two years).....but no. He's been fine since then. I suspect a growth spurt. Again.

Little Man's classroom had a little Valentine's program on Tuesday (yes, the 13th). They sang five songs, we had cookies, and that was about it. I did take a couple of photos but as other children are visible, I'm not going to post them. Mostly, I'm just too lazy to blur out the other faces. But, that happened.

One day this week, I came out of Stormageddon's room and discovered this:


Little Man and our friend, Thom, were building a bird feeder. Thom bought Little Man a tool kit for his birthday and a few things to build (the bird feeder was one of them). So, they put it together the other night.


He had so much fun building it. He learned how to use some of his tools and we even brought out the power drill for him to use. Thom came over later in the week and they put linseed oil on it. Little Man has been begging to paint it but not yet. Soon. Maybe.

In addition to all of that, Little Man and I had an important discussion on Thursday. He has been after me to see Black Panther and he wanted to go on opening night and I told him we couldn't (I didn't plan for it - we still haven't seen it). He asked why and we wound up having an interesting discussion about representation in movies & TV shows. He was trying so hard to understand the importance of Black Panther to the African American community. He doesn't quite get it but he has an understanding of gender differences so I equated it to Wonder Woman as a representation for girls. He seemed to understand it a bit better after that.


Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend. Next weekend is the weekend I'll be at Little Man's school, putting baskets together and trying not to freak out. I don't know that I'll have a post next Sunday. It might be a day or so late. We'll see how the week progresses :)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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

Hello and happy Sunday :)

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018

It's true! I have a finished item! Two even! The Rasta Scarf is finished, and I've even woven in the ends. Actually, it was gifted yesterday so the best you're going to get for photos are of the boys wearing it.




Yes, these were taken yesterday morning and yes, the boys were still in their jammies. It's how we roll on Saturday mornings. Also, Paw Patrol. 

I also finished up another Rastarmulke. It's a little pointier than the first one, which I'm going to attribute to gauge issues. I was messing on DPNs and I'm under stress so my gauge got tighter as the crown shrunk. 



This is not the greatest photo. I took it right after I finished weaving int he ends. Like I said, it's a little pointier....not a big deal. 

So, I'm awesome this week :)


WIPs (Works-in-Progress)
 These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016
3. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
4. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
5. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
6. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017
7. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
8. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
9. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017
10. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
11. Returning: started 14 January 2018

I'm just going to warn you now: at least two of these projects are being frogged, quite possibly this week. I'm going to frog my Bad Nut shawl. I'm still frustrated about the dropped stitch marker but I'm also not happy about my yarn choice so I'm going to change it to something else. I like the yarn (for a big box acrylic), I love the project, but the combination of the two isn't working out. I had been fighting with whether I was going to frog it as I got further along in the pattern because I knew the yarn wasn't working for me....and then I dropped the stitch marker.....and then I started working on the stitch counts and I was doing really well........and I've not worked on that in a few months and the time has come to just start over. ::sigh:: So, I think that's what's going to happen.

In addition to frogging that, I will probably also frog the gamer bag. It was a prototype design and I'm not happy with how it's turning out so I think I'm going to frog it. I may or may not make a bag from the yarn. We'll see how things work out.

But those frogging events haven't actually happened yet so they're still sitting on my WIP list. Once I actually frog them, I'll move them to the FO section. They were part of my Ravellenics planning from last week. So, I actually knew last week that I was planning to frog these two projects and I've still just not done it. Maybe by writing it down, I'll actually do it this week?

In actual progress knitting news, I worked on the Paradiddle Prototype socks this week. I have a couple more rounds and I'll start the heel on the first sock. I either have 2 or 3 pattern repeats left before that point. I don't remember off the top of my head. I know I added at least 3 this week. I was working mostly on the scarf but when that was getting too large to comfortably take places, I switched to the socks.


OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - needs 3 colors, would need to buy...maybe do it with 2)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - 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 - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - 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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



I want to say that we had a benign week around here but I'd totally be lying. I think that's par for the course, really. We're just busy people.

Little Man had school this week. A couple of the kids have been out from the flu or other illnesses but we've steered clear of most of that. On Friday, we got an interesting (read: weird) email (and phone call) from the district. Apparently the water in half the classrooms/buildings at Little Man's school was running a weird brownish yellow color. Recently, there was a study done over in Oakland about the drinking water in schools in Oakland and many were found to have unsafe levels of lead or other contaminants. A lot of the districts are freaking out and having testing done. As far as I know, our district is not. But, CalWater was called and the district facility services were called and bottled drinking water was brought in....

This is all fine and well and I'm glad they were on it. But it makes me wonder, because we don't live far from Little Man's school, should we have been drinking our water at home or showering in it or washing dishes or....? It didn't have any obvious color issues or anything so we were probably okay. The water coming out at the school was obviously discolored, though it didn't have any odd smell to it. Whatever. Just more things to ponder.

In addition to that, Stormageddon had his speech therapy classes this week. He goes on Monday and Tuesday mornings, for a half-hour each. We're working on his "mmmmm" sounds right now. His new favorite thing is saying, "my ____" because they play a lot of "my turn; your turn" so he's been telling me "my shower" and "my chips" and "my brother," among many other "my" things. I'm glad he seems to like going. It just tosses a wrench into our Monday and Tuesday mornings in that it off-sets the time we got to the gym, and shoves our daily schedule back a good hour or so. There could be worse things in life so I'm not going to complain too much.

This week was kind of nuts for the auction, as well. It was the week where class projects and class basket items were due so the closet where we store everything is an absolute mess right now. There are boxes with blue tape and class numbers and items for which we still need to log and items coming in to actually make the baskets and there are other things stored in there as well (which drives me bonkers!).....it's getting crazy. We put baskets and such together in two weeks. Then the closet gets emptied out, things are made pretty, and we put everything back in there in a more organized way. Or, rather, that's the idea. Whether it actually happens that way is another matter entirely.

Outside of that, not a lot else happened. We ran errands, we went to the gym, I had a couple meetings, I did work for the auction, and I spent time cursing at my washing machine. Again. ::sigh::

Today, I'm taking Little Man to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. He caught me watching the trailer for the new movie maybe a couple weeks ago and he asked me about it....and I started telling him what I knew and then I remembered that it wasn't far from us. Turns out this child is truly my child because he wanted to go without a second thought. So, we're doing that later this afternoon.

He also made this:


Yes, that is a clown face with the word "It" cut out from paper and colored red. He knows it's my favorite book. He's definitely not ready for that movie (yet) but he appreciates that I love it. So, he made that and it's currently hanging next to our bedroom door.



This, on the other hand, is hanging on his bedroom door. It's the cover for a book that he's called "The Surprise," which is a Piggie & Gerald book that he's going to write someday. Or so he says.

Speaking of my children this week....





I took these photos on Friday afternoon. Little Man was licking the plate just before I took this photo. Yes, I have one of those children. Stormageddon is working on how to smile for photos. He's also potty training, as evidenced by the arm full of temporary Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos.



And then there's this, which I feel like is a very good representation of life in our house right now. Dump all the toys and play in the box. ::sigh::



Also, the snails are out again :)


I hope you've had a lovely weekend and all of that. I hope to be back next weekend but the weekend after that may be a bit dodgy :) 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

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

Happy Sunday :) This week's post is brought to you by random medical crap that keeps me awake at odd hours. Or something.

Anyway, let's get started!


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018

Nothing new to see here. Move along :) Again.



WIPs (Works-in-Progress)
 These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016
3. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
4. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
5. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
6. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017
7. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
8. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
9. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017
10. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
11. Returning: started 14 January 2018
12. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018

I'm not even going to lie: I only knit on the Rasta Scarf this week. I've hit the halfway point, though, so I've got that going for me...which is nice.



But that's it for actual knitting. I did plan for Ravellenics but those are plans and I tend to fail spectacularly with even the best laid plans.....but I planned :)



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - needs 3 colors, would need to buy...maybe do it with 2)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - 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 - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - 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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)




This week has been busy. I feel like I've been saying that every week lately. That's probably true. So far, we've managed to avoid the flu around here. Some of Little Man's classmates and friends have dropped like flies but we're okay so far. Well, at least as far as the flu is concerned. I, on the other hand, have been dealing with some stomach issues. I'm suspecting gallstones, because it doesn't feel like heartburn but it's in the same area in my stomach, right under the bottom of my sternum. It's not painful, yet, but it's not comfortable. Of course, it could be my body's reaction to stress. I don't know for sure. And before you ask, yes, I've been to the doctor and yes, I've had blood work done. The ultrasound is next. I think. All I know is that I'm not feeling right but I'm not in pain. So boo on all that.

We've had a few little adventures this week. We found one of the caterpillars in the process of making a cocoon.



Little Man also made a haunted mansion out of Legos this week. He's named it the Whisper Mansion. He caught me watching the trailer for Winchester and was a little curious. Turns out the Winchester Mansion is just down the road in San Jose and it also turns out that he's definitely my child: he wants to go to the haunted house with me. He's been talking about it all week. We just need to find a time to go.


In the meantime, Lego Haunted Mansion of some sort. The little black squares on the right are gravestones. On the other side (which is the front), he made a ghost that hangs over the front door. Yeah. So much my child...

We also put the circus tent together. Actually I didn't have anything to do with it and I've not been fussed enough to take it back apart again. It was Little Man's. Actually, it's still Little Man's but he lets Stormageddon play as well.






I've mentioned that Little Man likes selfies, right? He seems to do better with them.



During one of our afternoon walks to school, we stopped to talk to one of the neighbors. I inquired about an outdoor kitty they had that we hadn't seen in awhile. Apparently, said kitty unadopted them and moved to a house a block or so away. Who knew cats could do that? The boys loved that kitty. She was a very sweet kitty but, like I said, we hadn't seen her in awhile and the last time we did see her, she was oddly skittish. She used to try to follow us home and loved having pets. So, imagine our surprise when we found her the next morning on our walk back home from school (just Stormageddon and I).


I had to coax her to come out but she enjoyed some pets and attention. She was still a little skittish, though.

In other random events, Friday was Groundhog Day, which meant we imbibed in our yearly tradition of watching Groundhog Day. We had friends over, we watched the movie, and all was well. While we were outside saying our goodbyes to our friends and petting snails, Little Man fell asleep in our bed.

 

And yes, I did say that I was petting snails.

Yesterday, Husband brewed beer, I went to the clinic about my stomach, and I did a little painting.


Just a reminder that I'm fabulous. It's a suncatcher ornament thing that I picked up in the dollar bins at Target a couple of weeks ago. It came with three colors, and white was not one of them. It came with a purple, pink, and yellow. We had the white from another project kit so I used it. It worked just fine.

So, based on the photos, it doesn't look like we were all that busy this week but I was busy. We're into crunch time for the auction so I've been working with our spreadsheets and sending emails and answering questions and I honestly think I started to go cross-eyed. That was my "busy" this week. And I didn't even have any meetings (until tonight). ::sigh::

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

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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

Happy Sunday :)

I'm a little behind today for reasons. Mostly just being tired and fighting off the sickness. But, let's get going :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018

Nothing new to see here. Move along :)



WIPs (Works-in-Progress)
 These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016
3. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
4. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
5. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
6. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017
7. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
8. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
9. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017
10. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
11. Returning: started 14 January 2018
12. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018

I did very little knitting this week, admittedly. What knitting I did work on: Paradiddle Prototype socks and the Rasta Scarf.



This is just before the halfway point on the Rasta Scarf. I took this at swimming lessons on Thursday. But there honestly has not been a lot of knitting. I'm kind of lame this week.



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - needs 3 colors, would need to buy...maybe do it with 2)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - 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 - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - 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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)




This week has been a bit of......insanity? That's probably not the right word. While the kids have been in their normal routines, I feel like I've been running around like a chicken with my head chopped off, which is probably true to an extent.

We are starting to get into crunch time with the auction. Donations are coming in, but at the same time, we're missing so many things. I've spent a crazy amount of time working on donation procurement and it's extremely draining and soul-sucking. I've not wanted to do much else.

Honestly, though, part of that may be due to the oncoming storm: I feel the sickness coming. I've had the scratchy throat, some congestion, some coughing, and I've been tired. Soooooo, I'm fighting it. I'm quite possibly losing but I'm still trying to fight.

And because of all that, I've taken very few photos this week (and none of Little Man):






I have a child who likes selfies, probably because he can see himself. If we try to get him to take a photo, he's uncooperative...tell him it's a selfie, he's fine. ::sigh::


In addition to all that, we made brisket this weekend.


It's been a good day, Tater.



I hope you've all had a lovely weekend :)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #3

Happy Sunday :)

We all know why we're here and we're just going to go with it, right? Good answer....



FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018

As expected, I finished up the Luck o' the Irish cowl this week. It's a bit longer than I would have liked but it will work just fine. I don't know whether I'm going to keep it or not, however. I love the color but it's a bit itchy, even after a wash in some Eucalan and hair conditioner. I think if I make it again (and I might), I'll probably use something a bit softer. It's also a bit on the stiff side, which I will attribute to the yarn, as well. Don't misunderstand me, though; the yarn isn't a "bad" yarn. It reminds me of Cascade 220 but a bit more scratchy. I did have to pull out some debris while I was knitting so that may be part of it. Either way, I've finished it.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016
3. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
4. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
5. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
6. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017
7. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
8. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
9. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017
10. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
11. Returning: started 14 January 2018
12. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018

Apparently I'm back to the "finish one, start two more" motto....isn't that like Hydra? Anyway, I finished the cowl so I started two more projects. I'm only a couple of rows into the new shawl (Returning) and I'm not sold on the first few rows so I might frog it and start over. I'm also not sold on my color choices. I might wind up making it a two-color shawl instead of three. I've picked out a light green color for the main body, and then I have a chocolate brown and a variegated ocean blue for the contrast colors. I'm not sure the green and blue go together. The green is kind of a....well, lilypad green but it's light with variegation of greens and almost greenish-brown. But the blue is a bright blue and I don't know if they're going to go well together. I think if the green and blue are separated by the brown, it should be okay so I may have to use the brown as a buffer. I've got awhile before I get to that point, though.

I also started a Rasta scarf to match the Rasta Hat that was commandeered a few weeks ago. Husband asked if I would make one to match the hat but to use "cheap yarn" because it was probably going to be either (1) left on top of a mountain with the hat or (2) burned in effigy and spread with our friend's father's ashes on his "last ski run." Soooooo, I was running out of the black anyway so I picked up a couple skeins of black and I'm working on it. He said it doesn't even have to be full length (SCORE!). I've got about a week to make it happen so we're going to see how much I can knit over the next week and call it good. I'm currently about a foot into the project, with at least 110 rows of garter stitch (so at 25 sts/row, I've got at least 2750 sts knit, which isn't actually all that much.

Aside from the two new projects, I also worked on my Paradiddle Prototype socks and the baby blanket. I've got 12 of the 16-18 pattern repeats finished on the sock (I think I can get away with 18 pattern repeats with the yarn but I have a little left from the last pair of socks I made with the same yarn so if I run out, I'll be okay). The blanket is on the decrease section but just barely. That and the Rasta Scarf are fairly mindless knitting at this point. I just need to remember to decrease on the blanket.




OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - needs 3 colors, would need to buy...maybe do it with 2)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - 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 - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - 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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



It's been kind of a wild week around here. With everything going on with our friend and the loss of his father, Husband hasn't been around much this week. He's putting out fires and diffusing situations and calming people down left and right over there, which means I've been home with the boys, trying not to lose my own shit. Sorry, I don't curse often on the blog but that's a pretty good assessment of the situation.

This week wasn't all crazy, though. I got a surprise package in the mail on Tuesday.


One of my best friends from college, who was out visiting in November, sent me a belated birthday package containing some chocolate covered espresso beans, dark blue nail polish, two boxes of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, and a coffee mug she found. I was worried something was broken, though, because I could hear things rattling around in ceramic in the box. It was just the nail polish and jelly beans inside the mug.



Little Man made me this 3D drawing of Donkey Kong, complete with princess, Mario, and the barrel that turns the wood barrels into fire. It's currently hanging on my wall (which required some extra tape on the lego portion because it's heavy).



In addition to that, Little Man pulled out his sixth tooth, and this time, he pulled it himself. Luckily the Tooth Fairy had a dollar in her wallet. ::sigh:: I wasn't ready for that one. He was already in bed when it happened on Thursday night. He's a little gappy in the mouth right now. He's got one on the bottom that's barely started coming in and the other one on the bottom is partly in (he's got two on the bottom in the middle that are in and fine)...and the one on top that I pulled a couple of weeks ago is halfway in. So, there's all that.

We've been watching the Lego Movie multiple times a day around here this week. Seriously, I turn it on when we get home from the gym (so I can shower in peace, honestly)...and when it's done, Stormageddon wants it again. And again. I think we watch it anywhere from 2-5 times every day. I'm okay with it.



In other random events, we have a neighborhood kitty that likes us. She lives about halfway down our block and I'm unclear whether she's an indoor/outdoor kitty or if she's strictly outdoors but she will come running if she hears us coming (like if she's across the street, she will run to get home). She's unsure about Stormageddon yet, but that may be because he's in the stroller. Little Man, however, she seems to like (she also likes me and I will pet her but I'm also allergic to her).



She's a little black & white tuxedo named Jade, and she's lost her collar. There's also another kitty that lives with her (a grey & black tabby) that won't come near us.

On our walks to and from school, we tend to stop for wildlife...or pets. So, there's the kitty above and there's also a house a few doors further down from the kitty house that has two turtles in an enclosure (when it's not too cold). Little Man likes to check them out, as well.



Aaaaaand, lest you think I sold Stormageddon to the circus this week:


He is playing with play doh. On top of his head. Yeah, that's my kid. He's kind of special sometimes.

Also, let's talk about his jammies. These blue penguin jammies used to belong to Little Man, as it is with many of Stormageddon's clothes. He has two penguin jammies. The blue ones above and an orange & white stripe one. He has several other sets of jammies but he's been on an penguin kick and only wants to wear these two. He one for a few days, then switches (so I can wash the first one), and so on. He got really mad at me on Friday because his jammies weren't ready (both sets were in the dryer). God forbid he had to wear his Mario jammies.

Unusually, it wasn't Little Man that taught Stormageddon to put play doh on his head. He did get a laugh out of it, though.



Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely weekend thus far. We have a birthday party for a friend of Little Man's this morning. After that, I hope to crash for several days. I don't think that's going to happen, though. Oh well. 

Have a lovely week!