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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #20, The Wisconsin Edition

Hello and happy Sunday :)

We're on a very impromptu trip to Wisconsin right now so I've got no photos, no knitting, and no nothing anything....

Basically, everything I wrote about last week still holds true as far as FOs and WIPs and my "You're Nuts" lists. So, we'll just go with that...

Perhaps I'll have something later this week after we get home.

Oh, and just so we're clear, this trip is for pleasure and not a funeral. But it was still rather short notice and a shock to pretty much everyone. I cannot tell you how many times I heard "I didn't know you were coming home for Syttende Mai!" these past few days :)

Anyway, laundry is going in the hotel and Stormageddon is asleep so I need to be quiet and get this stuff done!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #19

Hello and happy Sunday :) For those of you that are mothers, Happy Mother's Day. For those of you that aren't, woo-hoo, happy Sunday :)

I hoped to have some decent photographs for you from our trip to Santa Rosa last weekend but my card reader is being less than cooperative so........sadly, none from that trip. Maybe some from the iPhone :)

Anyway, 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

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015

Yeah, about these FOs......nope. Nothing. Nada. You probably shouldn't expect anything here for awhile. Sorry......life, kids, life :)


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
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. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015

Of all these WIPs I've got going on, the only one I touched this week were my Fire Socks. I'm about midway through the second pattern repeat and I'm tossed whether I should do three or four pattern repeats for the leg but that's not anything any of you can answer and the only way I can really tell is to try them on, which I'll have to do after the third repeat and see where they sit. So, there's that. Otherwise, I've not touched anything else...

What little mojo I have has gone to the new socks. ::sigh::


In my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ, crazy lady?!" 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 & #10 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats




In "real life" events, Stormageddon still isn't sitting without help (either from someone else or propping himself up on his arm) but he's basically crawling around. So, I suppose all is well on that front. He also figured out that applesauce is delicious. Unfortunately, the photos are on my phone right now...but he was silly last night during dinner.

Little Man, on the other hand, is excited for Halloween, even though it's months away. I think he just likes dressing up, to be honest.

Oh, and guess what else?! Husband fixed my car yesterday! It's finally behaving itself! We think the order of events went something like this: one of the spark plug coils was going bad and drawing too much current from the battery. Battery dies sometime in February. Husband replaces battery. Car is okay for a little while. Husband replaces spark plugs. A few days later, it decides to start flashing all sorts of lights and the turbo stops working correctly as I'm getting on a highway. The car is diagnosed as having carbon in the engine because I don't flog it enough; here, put this in your tank a couple times and it should work itself out. This was either late February or early March. So, I followed directions, flogged the hell out of my car, and.............nothing. No change. Husband and I continue to flog the car, get the best engine additive out there (Sea Foam), and it just was not happening. Husband thinks perhaps the problem is the spark plugs that he just replaced...nope...but one of them looks.....wrong. A phone call to the smartest man he knows (Little Man's namesake) and he decides to replace the coils. New coils were put in yesterday morning and BAM! Car works perfectly.

So, yeah. A working car is a wonderful thing and I love having it back to normal!

Anyway, I must wander...it's Mother's Day.......I thin that means I get time to myself or something.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kickstarter: Knitcircus Studios

I've suspected this was coming for awhile and now Jaala has officially announced it. Knitcircus needs a proper studio for their yarn dyeing goodness. So, Kickstarter funding, ahoy!

Let me tell you about Knitcircus. Originally, Knitcircus was a knitting magazine; the brainchild of Jaala Spiro. When we were still living in Wisconsin, Knitcircus was local to me. It had a lot of advertisements for local yarn shops but it worked with designers from all over. One day, Jaala had posted on one of the Ravelry boards that she needed a sock model for a photo shoot. She couldn't pay much but she had a $20 gift certificate for the local yarn shop of the model's choice. I didn't have anything else going on, I was maybe 4 months pregnant with Little Man (so this was around 5 years ago)...so, I met Jaala at one of the libraries in Madison (Sequoia Branch on Tokay Blvd., if you're really interested) and modeled the Tachimawari Socks (yeah, those feet are mine). It was fun and it solidified that I really should knit more. And those socks have been in my queue since....and I've still not knit them. ::sigh::

Anyway, the magazine was in hard form for a little while longer, then went to a digital format. Eventually, Jaala stopped doing the magazine......but she discovered a love of dyeing yarn and Knitcircus Yarns was born. She has a few different flavors but she works mostly in long gradient yarns, though I've been eyeing her speckled lines lately. She employs a few people, friends, knitters, her kids....but the basement at her house is not the most ideal location for a yarn dyeing studio.

And this is where Kickstarter comes in.

They found a fabulous place on Grand Canyon Drive in Madison (which is on the west side of town).......but it needs some work. They're looking to raise about $19,000 to update the space for their needs (plumbing, electrical, vents, etc.) and pick up a few other things for the space (tables, chairs, displays, etc.). As of right now, right this second, they have 28 backers and have $2,168 raised so far. And, of course, there are incentives....I pledged $300 for a spot in their gradient club (there are 8/10 spots left). If I were still local, I would have pledged $850 for classes and dyeing time and studio time for me and four of my friends.....but I'm not local. So, gradient club goodness for me! And the incentives don't have to be huge! The smallest pledge amount they have is just $3 (the largest is the $850)....and, of course, you don't have to have an incentive at all! You can pledge any amount you want.

So, take a gander and help a studio get going in a new space.

By the way, when Anzula did their Indiegogo campaign last year, I helped fund that one, too :)

Additional: Less than 24 hours later, and they are over halfway to their goal of $19,000. As of right this second (Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:16am PDT), they have 149 backers, $10,333 raised, and 29 days left to go......and now it's up to 150 backers, $10,387......

Second Additional: After a little over a day and a half, they are almost to their goal of $19,000. As of right this second (Friday, May 8. 2015 at 8:46am PDT), they have 212 backers and $14,695 raised. There are 28 days left to go :)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #18

Happy Sunday :)

I'm running a little late this morning as we were gone all day yesterday up to Santa Rosa for a day out of the city. One of Husband's coworkers has a......weekend house (in addition to their actual house in San Francisco). Actual yard, fruit trees, and a heated pool...yeah. It was Stormageddon's first time in a pool and he was a total rockstar. He absolutely loved being in the pool. He learned to splash and he drove his boat like a boss.

But, enough about that for right now.....

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

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015

No new FOs to discuss...which I'm perfectly fine with and, quite frankly, I don't expect to finish anything for awhile.

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
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. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015

I'm going to be perfectly honest here. I don't think I did any knitting, save for a scant couple rounds on my Traveling Socks or my Fire & Ice socks at all this week. My knitting mojo has gone up and mojoed off to Bob knows where. I hope to find it soon...

We shall see...

In my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ, crazy lady?!" 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 & #10 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats

I've got a lot of things left that I want to do :) 





In "real life" (that thing that happens when I'm not in front of my laptop).....

Stormageddon is officially 8 months old (as of yesterday). He cannot sit up on his own yet but he can army crawl, roll quite eloquently, and do this half-sitting-butt-scoot. He's adorable. I think I'll keep him. 



I had to move his jumper up a notch and I think I need to do it again, actually. He's getting so big already!

His brother, on the other hand, is still a booger. I signed him up for 4-5 year old soccer for this summer. He's shown an interest so I'm just going to run with it. We'll see how that goes. He also got another haircut this week. 



He was starting to get his curls around his neck and ears again. Husband was also due for a haircut so they both got one yesterday morning. 


Anyway, I don't have much else to discuss at this point. Perhaps I'll pop in later this week, after I find the card reader for the camera. I have pictures of Stormageddon in the pool and Little Man's new haircut, and maybe I'll do a WIP Wednesday....who knows. 

I hope you're all having a lovely week and such :)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #17

Happy Sunday :)

Today marks the 17th update for my Fourth Self-Imposed Year of Projects. So....not quite halfway but beyond the quarter-mark. Woo.

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

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015

I've not finished anything new but with the two "big" things done (the pattern and pattern test), I'm okay with not finishing anything new. Besides, when you look at my WIP list below, a lot of what I have going on are what I deem "long term" projects - nothing small and quick. So, you know, woo for that.

Speaking of WIPs....

Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
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. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015

Admittedly, I've not done much work here, either. I'm working on the endless stockinette of my Traveling Socks...but I've only just started that so there's nothing interesting to see. I also worked a few scant rounds on Snape's Stockings...but, again, not much to see there. My new design, on the other hand, has seen most of the action this week. I was working along so well and then I discovered a dropped stitch. I managed to get it picked it up but when I got around to the other side, my stitch count was off again...and this time, I couldn't figure out what the problem was. So, I had to frog them. They're prototypes so mistakes won't be tolerated (why yes, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, why do you ask). After a couple days, I was finally over it enough to restart the socks. I'm almost back to the point where I wound up frogging. Here's to hoping I don't screw up again. I really don't like frogging.

Otherwise, I've not really touched anything else this week.


In my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ, crazy lady?!" 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 & #10 above)
6. Paradiddle Collection of Hats



I think I need a quick project next. Everything I've got going on right now is longer term...need something small and quick and.....small........



Anyway......Iron Man came to visit. I took him to the grocery store.




I've not had many photos of Little Man lately. I caught him sitting on the back deck in his Iron Man costume and I couldn't resist taking a few photos. He caught me, of course, and posed :) And then I took him to the grocery store dressed as Iron Man. He was amazed I let him go out in public like that. I told him to put on shoes and off we went. He was so proud of himself. 

Stormageddon, on the other hand, just continues to ignore learning to sit in favor of army crawling across the floor. I discovered how dirty my hardwood actually is as a result of him doing that. He has a couple of very dark grey spots on his white onsies from where he's dragged himself across the floor. ::sigh:: I suppose it's time to mop the floors...which I really don't want to do but it needs to be done, apparently. 

Anyway, that's about all from me this week. I may wander back later but we'll see how things go...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today would have been my maternal grandfather's 92nd birthday.

George Anton Green was born near Elk Mound, in northwestern Wisconsin on April 19th, 1923, the youngest child of Anton Edward (1888-1975) & Margaret Mary (Michelbook) Green (1892-1958). He joined his older brother, Vernon Nicholas Green (1918-2002). There was a daughter born between Vernon and my grandfather, Katherine (1921-1922), but, unfortunately, she died in infancy.

He grew up on a farm a couple miles outside of the small town of Elk Mound. The family survived the depression as other families in the area did at that time. He went to school, played basketball, and graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1941.

He married Muriel Irene Hawkinson sometime in 1942. She was just 18 and he was 19. The story I had been told regarding his marriage to Muriel was that she said she was pregnant and it was 1942 and they were Catholic. You got married. So, they got married.

Well........turns out that Muriel wasn't pregnant at that time.

Based on everything I had heard, his marriage with Muriel did not go well. It could be said that my great-grandmother may have had something to do with that. She didn't like anyone either of her sons took up with. It was no secret that she didn't care for Muriel or Idell, my great-uncle Vernon's first wife and the one I referred to as my great-aunt, though I met the woman maybe a handful of times before she died. I imagine she did an internal happy dance when my grandfather decided to divorce Muriel....except they were Catholic and you just didn't do that........but it happened anyway.

When I was a child, I was told that Muriel, again, said that she was pregnant, probably as a last-ditch effort to save the marriage. They divorced in 1945. As my grandfather lay in the nursing home, trying to ward off his impending death, he and I talked about Muriel and his divorce. He was surprised I retained that information for so long. I learned about his first marriage when I was a small child, though I did not learn her name until after his death. I told him what I knew regarding his first marriage. Basically, they got married because she was pregnant, but she wasn't; they got divorced because the marriage was not going well and she, again, said she was pregnant. They got divorced anyway. I asked him if Muriel really was pregnant when they divorced and he said, "I never knew."

Soon after the divorce, on May 8, 1945, my grandfather enlisted in the army. The war had been going on for more than five years, and was in the process of ending, though that was not known when he enlisted. The bombs had not been dropped on Japan at that point.

My grandfather always said he learned to peel spuds in the army. Turns out he went through basic training twice. That's probably why he knew how to peel potatoes. He also could not touch his toes, which really irked his commanding officers. He could get about mid-way down his shins and his body refused to go any further.

He didn't talk much about his time in the army. I do know that he spent time in Japan. All he ever really said about it was that he had been there twice. The first time, it was a beautiful country. The second time, not so much. I take that to mean he was there before we bombed them and after we bombed them. Someday, I'll transcribe the letters he wrote to my grandmother from his time in the army.

I'm not entirely sure when he met my grandmother but I do know that it was either soon after his divorce or while he was home on leave because he was honorably discharged from the army in November of 1946 and I have a pile of letters from him to her, all from his time in the army. I know that they were introduced as a result of a double-roller-skating-date with his friend, Gilbert Zank, and his girlfriend, Margaret. Gil and Margaret were also married, their daughters and my mother were friends, their granddaughters and I were friends, and they were like another set of grandparents for me.

George married Agnes Lucille Johnston on December 21, 1946 in St. Paul, Minnesota. My grandfather, having been kicked out of the Catholic church for the divorce, could not be married in a Catholic church. My grandmother, being Lutheran and marrying someone Catholic, could not be married in her Lutheran church. So, they went to Minnesota to get married...in the winter.

On May 25, 1947, my mother, Shirley Ann Green was born. Yes, yes, do the math...grandma was pregnant with my mom when they got married. I was told that my mother was born two months early but I'm not sure that's true. I think my grandmother just hid the pregnancy very well. My grandparents and another friend were on a fishing trip (which they had been cleared to go do) when my grandmother went into labor. The nearest hospital was in Menomonie, Wisconsin, which is where my mother was born. But they were moved to Eau Claire soon after because that's where all my grandmother's doctors were....or something. And this was back in the days before interstate highways.

They continued to live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin until 1951 when an old army friend of my grandfather's said, "hey, I've found you a job down here; move." They packed up and moved to Stoughton in 1951.

Unfortunately, the move was not easy. Stoughton was a finicky town in the early 1950s. It has deep Norwegian roots and my grandparents were not Norwegian. My grandfather's family consisted mainly of Germanic roots and my grandmother's family were of Swedish, Scottish, and Irish decent. The old timers in town used to speak to my grandfather in Norwegian as a sign of disrespect. He would not only understand them, but he would reply in English. His parents spoke German at home and the base of both German and Norwegian is Germanic. The format is the same in both languages and a lot of the words have similar root words and sounds. He had to really listen to them but he could do it.

They lived in several rented houses near downtown before they bought their first house on the corner of West South Street and Van Buren. The house is still there and is currently owned by the parents of a girl I went to high school with. I was in that house several times in my youth.

Throughout his time in southern Wisconsin, he worked up the ranks at Wolff-Kubly, eventually becoming a buyer for them. He had started in the garden department. He quit in the mid-1970s and decided to open up his own business in Stoughton. He used his contacts and knowledge of how to buy and opened up The Stationery House. It was an office supply and Norwegian giftware shop across from the post office in downtown Stoughton. He also was on the school board, was a member of the American Legion, the Jaycee's, and a bunch of other committees and clubs.

They built their second house, on Jackson Street, in the mid-1970s. They lived there until 1992, when my mother bought it from them. In 1992, they had built their third house, further west on West South Street than their first house.

In 1993, he and Agnes were King & Queen of Syttende Mai in Stoughton.

After that, it was just a downhill ride. My grandfather never retired. The store was in operation until after his death (guess which loving only granddaughter got stuck with that task?).

To be honest, if he hadn't broken his hip in 2006, he would probably still be alive today.



There's so much more to his story.

One tidbit........when he was dying in the nursing home and I asked him about whether Muriel was pregnant when they got divorced and he said he didn't know.

I call SHENANIGANS.

Muriel was pregnant. The baby was his. And you can be damn sure he knew about it. My grandmother knew about it. Her family knew about it. My great-uncle knew about it....seems everyone knew about it except my mother and I.

My uncle, Michel David (Green) Tylee was born in 1945. I know very little about him. I do know that sometime in the 1960s, probably right after he graduated from high school in 1962 or '63, he drove down to Stoughton with the intention of meeting his biological father. Apparently he had the car parked across the street but couldn't go to the door. He drove all that way and never made it to the door.

Unfortunately, he died in 1993. My mother had never met him and, although she suspected his existence, never knew for sure. She died in 2001.

But, he had children and I have been in contact with one of them.




So, happy birthday, grandpa. Sorry I'm letting all your secrets out!

George Anton Green is either the one on the left or in the middle of the front row (c. 1930)

Me and my grandfather, c. 1990

I have so many more photos......just nothing scanned in yet :(

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #16

Hello! Happy Sunday!

Let's just get going because we all (should) know why we're here :)

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

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015
11. Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Pattern Test: started sometime in February, 2015; finished April 18, 2015
12. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February; finished April 15, 2015

I finished up the hat pattern test this week. To be fair, I could probably have used a couple more testers, especially on the larger sizes...but I'll go with what I have and call it good. I need to do a little editing to the pattern (or, rather, have someone else doing some editing), then it'll be all good to go. I hope to have it live by May 1st :)

I also finished up my Soooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing project. The pattern is written and is off to the tech editor, the FO is in the mail, and now I just get to wait until October when all can be revealed :)


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
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. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015

Now that I've got some pattern writing out of the way, I can get back to some of these other WIPs, right? Yeah...about that....okay, I did work on the second of my Traveling Socks. I've finished the ribbing so now I'm on an endless-stockinette quest until I get to the heel. Nothing exciting.

I also started a new pair of socks..........my own design. It took me a little bit to work out on paper but now that it's worked out on paper, I just get to knit the damn socks :) These are actually going to be part of a two-sock set....maybe four. But definitely two at this point. In fact, I think I'll keep this set at two pairs. It's going to take me awhile anyway. We all know how long it takes me to knit socks...

And I plan to keep these Sooooooper Seeeeecret, also. So, you may get a shot of the ribbing and that's it for a good, long while :) We'll see how things go.

In other words, I've not really worked on much this week...oops.


In my "OMG what are you thinking, crazy lady?!" 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



Yeah, I'm a little nuts.



Stormageddon is attempting to crawl at every turn. He's 7.5 months old and has figured out how to get up onto his hands and knees and rock. He's also figured out how to scoot backwards around the house on his belly.


video


I took this video the other day. He does this on the floor, as well. And yet, he refuses to learn to sit up. I don't know what I'm going to do with him sometimes. ::sigh::

We went to the park a couple different days this past week. Little Man loves the park but I usually have to drag him out the door to get him to go. I don't know what his issue is with that but we did make it a couple times, at least.

What else happened this week....oh, Husband's company has a box at AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play baseball, and an email was sent out to his division saying, "hey, we have open spots in the box for the game on Thursday." Husband hopped right on that so the four of us went to watch the Giants lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was my, Little Man's, and Stormageddon's first professional any game. So, we all got certificates saying that it was our first game at AT&T Park and we sat in the box, ate food, the usual. Unfortunately, getting to the game wasn't so fun. Apparently there were some protests going on in Santa Clara, which is just north of San Jose, and someone got hit by one of the CalTrains...which mucked up the trains from San Jose to San Francisco (basically, the entire length of CalTrain). Our train was an hour and fifteen minutes late. It wasn't exactly cold, either. So, we were waiting on the train platform for about an hour and a half, maybe closer to two hours. After the game, we got to deal with drunks on a train. We thought a fight was about to erupt on the train car. A couple guys were thrown off about 2 stops down and the third guy would not shut up. I was ready to go back there myself. ::sigh::

Anyway, here are some photos from this past week :)

I'm still cute when I refuse my naps.

Day at the park

Day at the park

Watching cartoons

I like the park, too!

Today also marks what would be my grandfather's 92nd birthday :)

Hopefully I'll be back with photos of, you know, knitting next weekend...we'll see how things go :) I need to find the card reader for the camera first.

I hope you're having a lovely week and weekend!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pinterest

Happy Monday :)

It's unusual that I post on a Monday...between Sunday updates and an occasional WIP Wednesday or FO Friday, I don't often post anything else.

I think I've gotten kind of boring like that.

So, today, I'm going to mix it up a teensy bit and talk to you about Pinterest. If you've been living under a rock, Pinterest is......well, it's kind of hard to explain it, actually. It's part organization of all the things you find online, it's part fun, and it's definitely entertaining.

What do I use it for? Mostly things I like.....

In fact, here's the list of my "boards" that I pin to (I have 23):
1. Books
2. Crafty Things
3. Cuteness!
4. Doctor Who
5. Education
6. Finished Objects
7. Funnies & Quotes
8. Genealogy
9. Harry Potter
10. History, yo!
11. Home Decorating
12. Home Organization/Cleaning
13. Journaling
14. Kid Items
15. Kid Room Decor
16. Knitting/Crocheting (other/ideas)
17. Other Geekery
18. Places
19. Recipes
20. Sherlocked
21. sort me
22. Weight Loss
23. Yarn P0rn

You can make up your own boards any way you want, which I really like...I'm actually starting to think I need a separate board for all the Big Bang Theory stuff I've been pinning lately. But that's another issue (right now, it's in Other Geekery).

Today, I'm going to talk to you about my latest obsession, of sorts.......Journaling. Yeah, I'm going to turn into one of those journal nerds. You know the ones, they have a gazillion notebooks (check), binders (check), pads of paper (check), pens (check), more pens (check), sixteen colors of the same type of pen (check), separate notebooks for all things (check, check, check, check....check)....




I've been an office supply snob since I was very small. My grandparents owned an office supply and Norwegian gift shop in my hometown. I have been around all things office since I was out of the womb.

When Husband and I were moving, he learned just how deep my office supply snobbery and obsession actually ran......I had a ton of pens, pencils, erasers, paint, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, folders, binders, paperclips, stickers, post-it notes, binder clips, hole punches, sticky labels, art paper..... I wound up donating a bunch of stuff to my hometown school district when we moved to California. I could not take it all with me and I was not using it and, to be honest, some of it I never would use...but I had to have it.

Now that we're in our own house, I've started amassing a collection of notebooks (not full-sized, more like 8.5x5.5 or A5 size, or thereabouts, sometimes smaller). I buy the graph ones if I can find them and now that I've discovered the dot graph ones, I'm snatching those up, too...but they're a lot more difficult to find.

I thought it was high time to use my notebooks and my love of pens and my need for some sense of normalcy and organization in my life.

Soooooo..............I'm not going to show you my bullet journal right now.

I'm going to show you some pins that inspired my bullet journal :)

Bullet Journal Rehashed (link to the blog post)


I needed something basic to get me started and this was one of the first pins I found on the subject of bullet journaling. This is not my work. This is not my photo (you can see the blog watermark of sorts in the middle of the photo). But this gives a basic idea of what I was looking for.

I went a step further and have color-coded mine. I have "food" type things in a light blue (including the day's menu at the top but also grocery shopping tasks), reading tasks in a dark blue (picking a new book, reading, moving books around, library returns, etc.), super duper OMGDOTHESENAO important things in bright pink (because I dislike pink so my eye is drawn to it on a page of jewel tones), crafty related things in black (which usually is a box for knitting/designing/spinning and a box for doodling/Zentangle), and other daily householdy things in purple (dishes, laundry, going through a box of stuff, cleaning the kids' rooms, etc.). It's not a perfect system but it does work for me.


Another useful pin I found is this relatively simple guide to bullet journaling. Right now, I'm not fully "on board" with it as I use my pseudo bullet journal thingie for daily things. I do have some notes in there, but it's mostly tasks, doctor appointments, and occasionally you'll find doodles in there. I think part of it is because I'm limited by the format I have. I hate wasting money on things so I'm going to use my planner until the end of the year and then I"ll probably move on to something different. We'll see how well it works for now.


Bullet Journal 201 (link to blog)

And then I found the excellent blog noted in the caption above. It takes everything you learn in the guide to bullet journaling and puts it to actual use. This is what the Kate (the blog owner) came up with after spending some time with different journals and formats. This is what she likes for her use. I would love to incorporate some of this but I need to find my own system first, I think. I do love the Long Term Planning section she has (she has six months on a two-page spread with a date for every day and things happening - doctor appointments, due dates for projects, vacations, etc.)......but that's what my phone is for. I also like the weekly schedule (shown above), but it won't work for me as I need more room for my tasks to be written...

I do like the idea, though :)


My Bullet Journal (link to blog)

This last one is interesting. In my head, this is what a "real bullet journal" is supposed to look like. Of course, that's not true...a bullet journal can be any way you want but in my head, this is what I would aspire my bullet journal to emulate. It's a bilingual entry: German and English. Again, she goes through her set-up, which is her set-up. It's what works for her.



So, yes.......bullet journaling......maybe someday I'll show you what mine has become.

Right now, I have at least five notebooks going. One is my daily planner, one has my reading list/thoughts on said books, shopping/random notes notebook (hangs out in my purse mostly), one for my Zentangle doodles, and my knitting designs notebook (which hangs out in my knitting bag).

I have quite enough to be getting on with, don't you think :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #15

Happy Sunday! I'm running a bit behind today. My days managed to get all mucked up and I thought yesterday was Friday, for sone strange reason....

But, I'm here now so let's get on with my 15th update :)

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

9. Sorin Fingerless Mitts: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015
10.Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) - Variegated: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015

I've not finished anything new but I did partake in FO Friday this past Friday. You can see my finished Sorin Fingerless Mitts and the teen/small adult version of my Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) Hat.


Works-In-Progress (WIPs): - carried over from 2014...and maybe earlier...*shifty eyes*
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) Pattern Test (I need testers; if you're interested in testing, go here): started sometime in February
7. Sooooooooper Secret Pattern Writing (project #2): started sometime in February

I haven't started anything new this week. I've been busy getting my Stitch's Rock Collection test going (and I could still use a couple more testers; if you're interested, click the linky on #6 - it's a quick knit, for the most part). I've also mostly finished the Soooooooper Secret Pattern Writing but I can't claim that as finished until October. So, there's that.

I also participated in WIP Wednesday this past week. You can see my first socks in my Traveling Socks and my Dragon's Egg Socks if you pop over there :)


In my "OMG What are you thinking, crazy lady?!" 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 have a feeling that my next project will start soon and it will probably be something small and easily finished and gratifying. Or something like that. We'll see...



In "real life".......not much has been happening. Stormageddon had his second round of the flu shot on Thursday. He took it like a champ. He cried for about 30 seconds, probably not even that long, and then he was all smiles for the nurse. Silly boy. He's getting so frickin' big. Also, I think he's going to skip sitting and go straight to crawling. If I put him on the hardwood floor in our living room, he's all over, dragging himself along on his belly...or rolling. Try to sit him up and he gets mad.

Waiting for Daddy to bring food at Ikea

JUMP!
So big! I love this little boy.

And seriously, does he not look like his big brother?


I mean, Little Man has more hair, obviously...but they make the same faces!

I love those two little boys of mine. I think I'm going to keep them :) Unfortunately, the most recent photos of Little Man are still on my phone and I'm entirely too lazy to get them off right now.



Anyway, I think I should get this posted, seeing as it's almost 11am here....I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2015

FO Friday: Another two-fer :)

It appears to be time for another installment of FO Friday as I now have a working laptop and my iPhone takes okay photos (okay for this purpose, anyway)....

So, on to a two-fer FO Friday!

Stitch's Rock Collection - Variegated (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) by ME (yes, this is my pattern!)

Time Frame: started February 27, 2015; finished April 1, 2015

Yarn: Springvale Worsted by Three Irish Girls in Captain Rogers, dyed exclusively for StevenBe in Minneapolis (acquired at Stitches West 2015) - approximately 120 yds (not sure, haven't actually weighed it but based on the fact that I got almost two hats from the one skein, I'm guessing it's slightly more than a half-skein of the yarn)

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) and US #8 (5 mm) 16" circulars and US #8 (5 mm) DPNs

Size: Teen/Small Adult

Modification(s): None. It's my pattern. I was testing it for fit and yardage (which I've not officially done yet).

Thoughts: Aside from running out of yarn with 8 decrease rounds to go and having to call StevenBe in Minneapolis and (1) inquire if they had another skein and (2) pending the "yes" answer of #1, have them ship me a skein of said yarn, this was a fairly quick project. I would have been done much sooner if I didn't have to order the second skein. I may be able to make a matching pair of fingerless mitts or something to go along with it. I have enough yarn :) I used slightly more than a half-skein so, there's that. It's a lovely pattern and I'm not just saying that because I'm the designer. It's versatile, unisex, and seriously...seven sizes! SEVEN! You could make one for every member of your family....

Or, you could if it wasn't still in the testing phase. I hope to have it up and ready by the end of the month :)

Anyway, moving along to the second FO in our two-fer FO Friday :)

Sorin Fingerless Mitts (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Sorin Fingerless Gloves by Carrie Sullivan (IrishGirlieKnits)

Time Frame: started March 8, 2015; finished March 31, 2015

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Celery (less than a half-skein) - which is not conveyed properly by these photos. They are significantly less blue and more of a light green.

Needles: US #6 (4 mm) DPNs

Size: Worsted (as opposed to the sport weight version)

Modification(s): I split up the thumb gusset increases by putting one on the row before the "official" increase. It made more sense for me to do it that way because of how they landed on the DPNs for the left one (which I did first).

Thoughts: These were a fairly quick knit, regardless what my time frame actually says. However, I think if/when I make them again, I'm going to use the stitch counts for the sport weight size with worsted yarn. They were a little tight. They're not for me so it's not an issue this time around...but when I make them for myself, I'm going to need a little more room. I'll probably keep the thumb the same (for the number of stitches I pick up). Other than that, woo. Love it.




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