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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Goals!

Happy September! Honestly, I have to wonder where August went. It feels like I blinked and it was gone. And not just a little gone...but really gone!

As it's September 1st, it's time to take a look at my August goals and make up some new(ish) ones for September. So, first up, the August Goals......


FIBERY GOALS
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish one or two of): Snape's StockingsWinkDragon's Egg SocksPacific ShawlFire & Ice (Fire) SocksPetty Harbour Socks, and Little Man's Hat.

I almost think it would be more advantageous to tell you what I didn't work on: my Dragon's Egg Socks, my Pacific Shawl, and Little Man's hat. Everything else had at least a little attention. I've finished the first pattern repeat on Snape's Stockings, I've placed stitch markers and picked up a lot of stitches for the raglan on Wink, I'm still working on gusset decreases on my Fire Socks. My Petty Harbour Socks....well, they almost got put in time out but I wound up tinking back maybe 10-12 rounds to fix my stupid mistake (misplacement of a gusset decrease stitch marker). I'm back on track :) 

2. Card some puni rolags from the purple merino/silk blend and maybe start spinning it.

Admittedly, I didn't do as much of this as I would have liked but I did make a few rolags and I did spin a couple of them. 

3. Try to partake in a fibery endeavor every day.

Let's just not talk about this one right now....I'm trying, really I am.....I just kind of suck at it.

4. Continue my Yarn Diet (club yarns, of course, do not count).

Hahahahaha.......I fell off the wagon so damn hard this month. I had an order from Webs (four skeins of Cascade 220 which were all slated for projects) and then I went to A Verb for Keeping Warm over in Oakland and I came home with four skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft and two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. I think some destashing may have come in, too, but I honestly cannot remember. Oops. Maybe next month I'll get back on the wagon train...

5. Anything else that tickles my fibery fancy (starting a new project, destashing, book destashing, organizing, etc.).

I do have my ongoing destash but I also started another project. In this case, it's another Sacrificial Goat. It was from two of the skeins from Webs. Of course, both skeins are not fully used so now I have a couple more partials. I think I'm going to have to make a Frankenhat or some Frankenmitts or learn colorwork or something...but that's it, I swear. 


NON-FIBERY GOALS
1. Go through clothes in Stormageddon's and Little Man's rooms.

I did go through the clothes in Stormageddon's room. Not so much in Little Man's....but he's pretty good for awhile. 

2. Go through Little Man's toys.

Nope. 

3. Drink more water.

I go in spurts. I'll do really well for a couple days and then I'll forget and then I'll do it again....it's an exercise in futility, I think.

4. Try to go to the gym at least 2x/week or some other "non-usual" method of exercise.

Now that I'm walking Little Man to and from school, I'm walking about 10 miles every week (it's 1.15 miles round trip to the school and I do it twice a day)....so I've not hit the gym very often. We'll get there.

5. Family history/genealogy stuff: photo albums, family stories, etc.

Not really. I did reorganize some of my notes but that was about it.

6. Keep working on the weight loss shit (thank you, Lose It app for doing the math and shit for me).

I'm working on it, the weight is slowly going down, that's all I can ask for.

7. Keep up on the pseudo bullet journal thingie I'm doing.

I missed a couple days but, for the most part, I'm right on track with this.

8. Read The Hobbit.

Nope. I need to get back to that.

9. Read How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way.

I read it in an afternoon while Stormageddon napped. Woo.


Overall, I didn't do horribly for August but I feel like I didn't do enough knitting, which is probably true.


And now, time for a look ahead to September Goals :)

FIBERY GOALS
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish one or two of): Snape's StockingsWinkDragon's Egg SocksPacific ShawlFire & Ice (Fire) SocksPetty Harbour SocksLittle Man's Hat, and Sacrificial Goat #6.
2. Card some more puni rolags from the purple merino/silk blend and maybe spend some time spinning it.
3. Try to partake in a fibery endeavor every day.
4. Get back on the Yarn Diet Train (club yarns, of course, do not count).
5. Anything else that tickles my fibery fancy (starting a new project, destashing, book destashing, organizing, etc.).

NON-FIBERY GOALS
1. Reorganize clothes in Stormageddon's and Little Man's closet.
2. Go through Little Man's toys.
3. Drink more water.
4. Try to go to the gym at least 2x/week or some other method of exercise.
5. Family history/genealogy stuff: photo albums, family stories, etc.
6. Keep working on the weight loss shit (thank you, Lose It app for doing the math and shit for me).
7. Keep up on the pseudo bullet journal thingie I'm doing.
8. Read The Hobbit.
9. Work on my recipe journal.

Most of my goals for September are the same as they were for August. A couple little changes is all it takes :)

But, here's something interesting for you to ponder. I've started bullet journaling and I had an epiphany while going through all my mother's and grandmother's and great-grandmothers' loose recipes: why am I not bullet journaling my way through the recipes? So, that's exactly what I'm going to do. It means that I get to have them all in one place instead of loose, it means I get to go through them, it means I don't have to organize them in some predetermined category (like those DIY recipe books would make me do), and it allows me to see what they have. Right now, I've started working on my own personal ones and I started going through all the ones my grandmother cut out of magazines and newspapers or kept from packaging in the late 1950s. Exciting times lie ahead :)


I hope you're having a lovely beginning of the month :)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #35

Happy Sunday :)

I'm running a bit late here in the San Francisco Bay Area due to a number of things, some of which are my own doing and others are.....well, totally not my fault.

Yesterday was Husband's and my 6th wedding anniversary. We had plans to drop Little Man and Stormageddon off with friends across the bay for the afternoon/evening (in Fremont, in case you're down with the Bay Area) and Husband and I were going to go to a winery in Alameda and dinner in the city. This has been planned out for at least a week or two. And late Friday night, most likely while some construction work was happening, a crane hit a transformer and sent some major high voltage lines down across the major highway that goes between San Francisco and San Jose....or, about 2 miles up the road from our place (we live just off the highway). It closed the highway in both directions for well over 15 hours, closer to 20 hours....so traffic was being rerouted through my neighborhood, the highway traffic was backed up for miles (I assume in both directions but I only saw the northbound backup)....it was just a general huge mess.

Our original plan was to take Little Man to soccer, come home and have him shower, then go over to Fremont, come back, dink around here and act like childless adults, go to the winery, and then go to dinner. Once we saw what traffic was doing in our neighborhood and on the highway, we decided we'd go straight from soccer to Fremont to the winery to dinner.....which meant no time in between wherein I could sit and at least start this post before this morning.

So, I can talk about everything else in a mo' but for right now, let's get on with things :)


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 -- full disclosure in October 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015

Nothing new to see here. Not surprising, given the week we've had (which you can read more about below).


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. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015
8. Sacrificial Goat #6: started August 23, 2015

You may or may not have noticed.....I started yet another goat. ::sigh:: This one is for one of the senior director types at Husband's job who is retiring after 18 years. So, it's a bit different because it's yellow and black. Also, I've almost finished him. I think he'll be done by next week's post. All the pieces are knit, the legs are stuffed and all I have left to do is sew him and stuff him. That shouldn't take me too long but I do have two small children that like to get up in my business. I suppose time will tell :)

I worked a teeny tiny bit on Wink this week.....like maybe one row. I've also made a couple more teething cloths. I just need to wash all of them and send them to my sister-in-law. I think I have five completed with ends woven in and all that. I have one left on the needles, though.


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. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
5. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
6. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
7. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
8. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
9. Moe the Mustache Monster (for Stormageddon - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)
10. Another Goat (for Little Man - worsted in white/cream, and brown)

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)

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

Because I love Husband and/or My Children
1. Sacrificial Goat #7 (for Little Man)
2. Sacrificial Goat #8 (for Stormageddon)

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. Paradiddle Collection of Hats


Yeah, let's not talk about all this.....




California life: keep on keeping on.

Little Man missed a day of school this week because the plague has gone through the house. Little Man came home from school last week Friday with some congestion but it seemed to have sorted itself out by Sunday. So, I sent him to school on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon, he was congested again and was telling me he didn't feel well. And the coughing started. Then Husband got it. So, everyone stayed home on Wednesday (from school and work) and I went to the Back To School meeting Wednesday night. Then Stormageddon started getting the snotty nose and sneezing. I should have sent Little Man to school on Wednesday (he was fine after an initial bout of coughing when he first woke up)....but, that's all gone. So, between sick children and sick Husband, very little knitting was accomplished.

I also wandered across the Bay to have my car damages assessed, which means I took a trip to the yarn store (A Verb for Keeping Warm)...and a very excellent cupcake shop that's right next door (James & the Giant Cupcake).  We're getting the car fixed this week, which means I'll be in a rental and so on and so forth. ::grumble:: That's not all that exciting....well, the yarn I picked up is exciting.

New project bag

Four skeins of Loft 

Two skeins of Shelter

That's not a horrible haul :) I even kind of have an idea of what I'm going to with them, which is unusual for me but I'm just going to go with it.

Toes are tasty :)

Playing with daddy's cup

Daddy's cup is tasty

Pudding 'stache (chocolate, specifically).

Lest you think our lives are all smiles and happy...

Baby cheetos!

My first birthday card for my first birthday!

Stormageddon received his very first birthday card in the mail on Friday from my brother-in-law and his family. His birthday is Wednesday and he will, of course, be a year old. I suspect there will be a post on Wednesday, marking the occasion.

What else what else what else........nope, that's about it. Little knitting, sick everyone, and keep on keeping on.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend :) I should be back on Tuesday with my monthly goals and probably Wednesday with a birthday post and maybe a WIP Wednesday post.......woo.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #34

Happy Sunday :)

I'm going to be up front with y'all right now. I had every intention of sharing some somewhat better photos with you this week (re: photos taken not on my iPhone). I've been having some trouble with the card reader (through my old laptop - the one that died a couple months ago, and my new laptop)...so we ordered a new card reader and.........won't connect to my laptop. It works fine for Husband but not for mine. ::sigh::

So, no new photos this week (but there will still be photos from my iPhone).

Let's get moving :)

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 -- full disclosure in October 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015

Now, this list is a bit of a lie. I've actually finished three things this week but considering that those three items took me an hour and a half total, including weaving in ends, washing, and laying flat to dry....it means they're small and probably rather unassuming.

I've had this little idea. See, Stormageddon is teething (again - probably a molar this time, though)...and I know Mr. K, my sister-in-law's 7 month old foster baby boy, is also teething...and eventually Miss Emily, my sister-in-law's Safe Haven Baby (which, really, is going to be their baby), is going to start teething at some point.......and I have an asinine amount of kitchen cotton in my stash. So, my little idea was to make some teething cloths for all the babies. They're small enough that the babies can hold onto them but big enough that they can't shove the entire thing in their mouth and choke. Throw them in some water and freeze them or put them in some cold water and put them in the fridge for a bit.....then babies can chew on them and numb the gums but they're also textured (all garter stitch for the first three but I could do other things, too). Basically, little cotton teething cloths for babies.

So, I've made three so far. I have the cotton to make more and they only take about a half hour each (basically, I can make one during Little Man's swimming lesson). No photos because they're on the SD card that I can't seem to get read on my laptop. ::grumble::

Anyway, moving on...


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. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015

I've worked on a couple things this past week, aside from the teething cloths mentioned above. I'm at the point where I can start the second pattern repeat on Snape's Stockings, which isn't much but it's still some progress. I worked a couple rounds on my Fire Socks but nothing interesting. Just working my way through decreases and such on the foot. I've picked up all the collar stitches for Wink, placed the stitch markers for the raglan increases, and I'm almost ready to start that. And then there are my Petty Harbour Socks. These were supposed to be quick and easy......but I did something stupid on the second sock which required me painfully tinking back about 10 rounds and placing stitch markers in the correct place in order to continue. I was one stitch off when I placed my stitch markers for the gusset decreases, which left my sides uneven and the middle section with an odd number. ::sigh:: But, it's all tinked back, fixed, and now I'm working forward again.


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. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
5. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
6. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
7. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
8. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
9. Moe the Mustache Monster (for Stormageddon - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)
10. Another Goat (for Little Man - worsted in white/cream, and brown)

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)

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

Because I love Husband and/or My Children
1. Sacrifical Goat #6 (for a coworker of Husband's that is retiring)
2. Sacrificial Goat #7 (for Little Man)
3. Sacrificial Goat #8 (for Stormageddon)

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. Paradiddle Collection of Hats


In our California Life, we're just trying to get into a routine. With Little Man starting school, everyone's routines are changing. I'm getting up really early (for me), around 6:15am, and getting my shower in before everyone else is up. I wake Little Man up around 7am and get him in the shower, Husband gets up whenever between all that and showers, and Stormageddon is usually up around 7am. While Little Man is doing his thing, I'm feeding the baby and packing bags and maybe doing random things about the house. Then, around 8am, I pack Stormageddon in the stroller and Little Man, Stormageddon, and I walk to the school. It's 1.15 miles, round trip, and it takes about 12 minutes each way (which isn't bad, really). When we get home, Stormageddon and I do all sorts of things. We go shopping at Costco/Target/Safeway, we bum about the house doing house things (laundry, dishes, eating all the food), we've gone to the gym, we've gone "fun" shopping (bookstore, art store, yarn store).......but we're still getting used to things. Some days, the 3.5 hours Little Man is in school is just perfect and other days, we could use some more time. We're working on it.

In other random events, I've decided it's time to journal my way through recipes. I have all these printouts and index cards and bits of paper with recipes on them as well as the ones I've pinned on Pinterest and then there are the emails that I've saved with recipes we've tried or ones that we've had sent to us.....and I hate having everything all over all the time. So, I'm going to try to do them in a bullet journal manner. We'll see how it goes but that's the plan......

Anyway, have some photos from my iPhone from this past week or so :)

We make all the funny faces! Okay, Mama does :)

Stormageddon thought we were funny.

Cool dude (eating breakfast before school)!

Hanging out at school, waiting for Big Brother!


Okay, let's talk a little bit about this one. Little Man loves ketchup. He 100% gets that from me because Husband doesn't really care for ketchup (he'll eat it on maybe one thing: burgers).....usually, the smell makes him feel ill. So, the other night, Little Man was having his dinner (corndog and chicken strips - his request, I didn't argue because it was something beyond his usual want of just a plain, bunless hot dog). I let him put his own ketchup on the plate. He was fine with that, dipped his food, that was that. I went away to do something (probably drag Stormageddon out of chaos somewhere). I came back to find his plate like this. He said, "I wanted to eat it but there's too much, Mama, there's too much!" Apparently he squeezed the bottle a little bit too much and decided he didn't want to eat it all. That was the end result. ::sigh::


We can also talk about this photo for a bit. We have this tree in our front yard (no idea what it is but it appears to be some sort of lilac tree). The bees love it. As I was getting out of the car, I pulled out my phone and took this photo of the bee gathering pollen. I was kind of surprised I took this photo with my iPhone but, apparently, the iPhone 6 camera is pretty decent.

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and, hopefully, I'll get the card reader issue sorted out and get some non-iPhone photos of things :)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Happy Blogiversary :)

It occurs to me that as of today, I have been writing on this blog for six years. Yes, SIX YEARS! To see where it all started, you could visit my first blog post (please be aware the the only thing linked in that post is long gone).

I've been blogging for quite awhile. If I am honest with myself, I started blogging when I was in high school in the mid-1990s, which means I've been blogging for most of the last 20 years...maybe a titch longer than that. My first blog was on LiveJournal, while still an active blogging site, no longer has a blog written by me. Sometimes, I have to wonder how it's possible that I've been blogging for that long but the proof is in the pudding.

SIX YEARS

I am.....I just.....WHAT?! Six years?!

Let's talk about the blog statistics. As of this post, 582 posts have been written, which is an average of 97 posts per uyear. Now, did I write 97 posts every year? No. That's silly. Ninety-seven posts is just the average over the six years. My most-read post was my very first yarn review on Cascade 220, with 4180 views (as of this writing). My most-viewed month was September 2013, with 16,879 views during that month. The website that refers the most viewers is, of course, Google (with 3,542 referrals), followed distantly by my Ravelry profile (with 695). The top 10 countries of my viewers are: United States, Ukraine, Russia, France, China, the UK, Canada, Poland, the Netherlands, and Germany.

As for the blog.........

Well, I'm still a yarn addict. My stash has only grown more since that first post six years ago. I've become a much better knitter, have started doing more design work, I've picked up spinning, I'm active on Ravelry, and I'm pretty sure I've shown some people the light toward knitting and/or spinning......or the dark side (we have cookies). Whichever.

I feel like the last six years have flown by, and they have...but at the same time, I feel like I've been a blogger for eternity (and considering I've spent almost 2/3 of my life as a blogger, I suppose that's true).

Anyway, happy Monday :) Happy blogiversary to me :) Woo! Have a good week, kids!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #33

Happy Sunday! 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 -- full disclosure in October 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015

Nothing new to see here.


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. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015

Honestly, the only project that saw any love this past week was the second Petty Harbour sock. I'm working on the foot and I should have them finished this week...but let's not hold our breath, just in case.


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. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
5. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
6. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
7. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
8. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
9. Moe the Mustache Monster (for Stormageddon - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)
10. Another Goat (for Little Man - worsted in white/cream, and brown)

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)

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. Paradiddle Collection of Hats

I've acquired more yarn for Little Man's goat (as well as another goat Husband sprung upon me - this time it'll be gold and black, though). ::sigh::


This past week has been interesting. Little Man started school on Wednesday.









So far, he loves school, which I am thankful for. There are kids that are crying and carrying on every morning. Little Man is not among them. We get there, he runs around for a bit before school, I give him his hug & kiss, he's like, "bye mom," and that's that. Thank God.

He only goes in the mornings (8:30-12) but it's enough that I get a break from him, get to spend some alone time with Stormageddon, and I can get some things done without him crawling all over me.

The walk to and from school is about 1.17 miles and I do it twice a day. The mornings are usually fine but when we get him at noon, it can be a little warm. Oh well. The weather will turn soon enough.

And then there's this little guy.......he's discovered books :)






He's so close to walking. He can consistently do 2-3 steps but the other day he did 5-6 a couple times. He's also very much getting into everything and I think he's teething again. He's been waking up in the middle of the night again and he's been super clingy with me. I was going to go crafting with a friend yesterday and he was so frickin' ornery that I couldn't go. ::sigh::

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. It's hot here so we're hiding out, trying to stay cool.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Mid-Month: August Goals

Happy middle of August....ish. Something like that. Let's revisit my goals for the month and see how things are shaping up :)

FIBERY GOALS
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish one or two of): Snape's StockingsWinkDragon's Egg SocksPacific ShawlFire & Ice (Fire) SocksPetty Harbour Socks, and Little Man's Hat.

Honestly, I think the only project I've touched are the Petty Harbour Socks. Oops.

2. Card some puni rolags from the purple merino/silk blend and maybe start spinning it.

I've carded a few, I spun a few, but I've not done much.

3. Try to partake in a fibery endeavor every day.

I really suck at this, especially since school started this past week...

4. Continue my Yarn Diet (club yarns, of course, do not count).

I have failed. I bought some destash yarn, some yarn I ordered through Etsy arrived, and then I bought four skeins from Webs (but they're all slated for specific projects). ::sigh::

5. Anything else that tickles my fibery fancy (starting a new project, destashing, book destashing, organizing, etc.).

I'm sure things have happened.



NON-FIBERY GOALS
1. Go through clothes in Stormageddon's and Little Man's rooms.

I did go through most of Stormageddon's clothes, but only to pull out the gender-neutral ones. My sister-in-law and her husband have been working as foster parents for the last year or so. They have a respite placement on occasion, they have two full-time placements (siblings), and this past week, they got a call for a Save Haven baby. Basically, mom gave birth, signed away all parental rights, and walked out of the hospital, leaving the child behind. Infants can be dropped off with police, fire fighters, EMTs, hospitals, and several other places, no questions asked. So, now they have a newborn baby and nothing for said newborn baby. And here I am, with a closet full of bins of baby clothes...so, I've gotten through most of Stormageddon's clothes.

2. Go through Little Man's toys.

Haha. No.

3. Drink more water.

I go in spurts with this. Last week I did really well and then this week, I failed completely.

4. Try to go to the gym at least 2x/week or some other "non-usual" method of exercise.

With Little Man starting school this past week, I've been walking 2.34 miles every day (two trips to the school and back home, while pushing Stormageddon in his stroller). Next week, I hope to add the gym back into the mix but we'll see how things go.

5. Family history/genealogy stuff: photo albums, family stories, etc.

Nope.

6. Keep working on the weight loss shit (thank you, Lose It app for doing the math and shit for me).

I'm circling a number again but that's not unusual. I expect it'll start dropping again this next week.

7. Keep up on the pseudo bullet journal thingie I'm doing.

I've fallen behind a little here and there but I manage to catch up.

8. Read The Hobbit.

I don't know that I've touched it recently...maybe....

9. Read How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way.

Finished. Took me a couple of hours and I read it during Stormageddon's nap.



All-in-all, August isn't turning out horribly but things could be different :)

I hope you're all having a lovely Saturday. It's hot here so we're hiding out in the house, trying to keep cool.!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #32

Sunday! WOOOOOO! 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 -- full disclosure in October 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015

I've not finished anything new this past week, but given what all I've got going on, that's not surprising :) I did, however, get an FO Friday post in this past week.


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. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015

In WIP progress, I've spent 99% of my fibery endeavors this past week working on my Petty Harbour Socks. I finished the first one Thursday night and started the second one yesterday morning while Little Man was playing soccer.

That remaining 1%? Margin of error :)

I also had a WIP Wednesday post this week (all about the socks), if you're interested.


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. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
5. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
6. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
7. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
8. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
9. Moe the Mustache Monster (for Stormageddon - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)
10. Another Goat (for Little Man - worsted in white/cream, and brown)

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)

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. Paradiddle Collection of Hats

Let's not talk about these right now....




In "real life," I'm dealing with some garbage that happened. See, we went to the City last weekend, parked the car (a block from one of the SFPD locations), did our stuff, and came back to find a note on the car with a phone number that said, "call me." Against our instinct, we kept the phone number. We thought it was just a case of mistaken identity until we washed the car the next day and discovered a scrape and dented door. Husband called the number and she asked how we knew it was her (um, you left a note on our car with your phone number); then she asked what color my car was, immediately followed up with, "where were you parked?" I think Husband summed it up best, "how many cars did you hit yesterday!?" He got the information needed, called her insurance company, they sent an adjustor out (who decided we had $2500 worth of damage to the car)......and now I'm waiting on a second estimate. I have a pissy German car (Volkswagon)...I can't imagine a partial door replacement and wheel bumper, some paint, and such, is only $2500. We shall see.

So, the car......::sigh:: Not happy. At least we weren't in it and the person left a note (even if she was a bit of a moron).

What else....oh, Little Man's progress report for swimming lessons was this week. She's pleased with his progress after six weeks. A lot of kids plateau and he's just getting better and better. He may still plateau but for now, he's just making steady progress. Also, he's not as much of a pain in the ass as he was the first couple weeks. He's starting to listen better and follow directions more, which will be helpful as he starts school this week (GAH!) .

Stormageddon is taking tentative steps here and there. I think the most I've seen him do at a time without holding on is three steps. He also figured out how to get into a standing position if he's in the middle of a room. He's only done it once (that I've seen) but he's proven he can do it.

I think he's going through a growth spurt and teething, too...he's been eating like a little piggy, sleeping a lot, and chewing on everything he can get into his mouth.

Anyway, let's have some photos....those are always grand :)

Daddy's shoes and the Master Sword!

Bucky!

Pac-Man and his ghosties (and no, he doesn't know how to look at the camera)

I found a Gizmo Funko Pop! I'm excited!

Hanging by the beer kegorator.

Bottle fight!
Saturday morning selfies!

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Friday, August 7, 2015

FO Friday: Let's Travel!

Happy Friday :)  I eluded to an upcoming FO Friday post and, well, it's Friday...

Traveling Socks (link to Project Page)

Pattern: None other than the short row heel tutorial from Silver's Sock Class

Time Frame: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Time Traveler (not two full balls....)

Needles: US #1.5 (2.5 mm) circulars (2 long circulars)

Size: 72 sts

Modification(s): Since there's really no pattern, I can't say there are any modifications....the only thing I did that others probably wouldn't do were a couple extra decreases after I did the heel, so it fit a bit better.

Thoughts: I think I made a little whoops when I used US #1.5 needles...they're a little loose. I think if I had used US #1 needles, they would be fine. Also, the cuff needs to be a bit longer but I'm not that fussed about it. This was a total experiment in short row heels. I've never really done them for my socks but I wanted the stripes to behave so I tried them. I'm not overly impressed but that may be in part because I made them a little too deep. No big deal. They're just for me. As you can see, the stripes don't match, other than being the same order every time. And that freakish thing that happened with the heels where I don't have random teeny-tiny stripe after the heel....totally 100% not planned. It just happened that way. Don't ask me to replicate it because I'm pretty sure there's no way it'll happen. I'm still trying to figure out how I managed to make it happen twice for these socks...

Oh, and here's a photo of my feet in the socks (and seriously, do you know how hard it is to take a photo of your own feet without small children getting in the way?!)...



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

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Apparently I Like Socks....

Happy Wednesday!

It's been quite awhile since I've participated in a WIP Wednesday but I took a few quick snapshots and I'm just going with it (by the way, it's almost impossible to take quick WIP photos with an almost-toddler running about the house).

Dragon's Egg Socks (link to Project Page)
Well.....the first sock is finished and I've started the second one (not photographed but I'm working the first chart). This is my longest-running WIP at this point. I started it almost two years ago. I really should finish these up soon, shouldn't I?

I'm using Knit Picks Stroll (Heathers) in Aurora Heathers. It's not quite this bright but bad lighting + small child = not so grand photograph. Oops. I'm also working these on two US #1 (2.25 mm) circulars. I did start the first sock on DPNs but it was kind of a PITA so I switched. I think if I hadn't been dealing with cables and such, DPNs would have been fine.

Snape's Stockings (link to Project Page)
And another first sock. This is the first of Snape's Stockings. I have the second one started of these, too...I'm into the first pattern repeat but there's not much to see there.

The yarn is Happy Fuzzy Merino Tencel Fingering in Steel & Pearls and I'm using US #1 (2.25 mm) circulars. I could probably do these on DPNs but, frankly, I don't want to :)

Fire Socks (link to Project Page)

Okay, so there's really not much to see here but these are my Fire Socks, which are still in the prototype/design process (woo)....so hiding under that big ball of Wollmeise is the first sock. I've finished the heel flap and turn and I'm working on the decreases and so on and so forth. I'm working these on two US #1 (2.25 mm) circulars. You can also see some of my notes in the notebook...and Little Man's foot. Exciting things :)

Petty Harbour Socks (link to Project Page)

These are my latest WIP. I'm working with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock (Heavyweight) in Lucy in the Sky, which is a DK weight yarn....on US #1.5 (2.5 mm) circulars. It's difficult to tell by this photo but I'm past the heel flap and turn, I've finished the gusset decreases, and I'm almost to the point in which I work the toe decreases. Because of the heavier yarn and the fact that I'm making shorty house socks, these are going much quicker than I anticipated, which is garnering no complaints from me.



Now, this isn't to say that I don't have any other non-sock WIPs...but these are the ones I've been working the most with lately. So, you know, show off the socks and all.



As for reading, which is far too rare for my liking (I used to read everything all the time)....I read this book yesterday. Yes, the entire 189 page book...during Stormageddon's nap.



Little Man starts at the Montessori School next Wednesday. It's a charter school but he's going to be in the preschool program, which is not part of the charter and, therefore, something we have to pay for...but it ups his chances of getting into the Montessori School for kindergarten. The other bonus is that it's just a couple blocks from the house so unless it's pouring down rain, we can walk to and from school every day.

The book is kind of a combination of college textbook and "how to Montessori" combined in one. To be fair, the text is large and there are no pages that are filled entirely with text (in fact, I'd say that at least half of every page is devoted to pictures and/or snapshots or quick lists). It really was a quick ready, to be honest.

I'm not here to give a book review. I read the book because the school recommends parents read it as an introduction to Montessori schooling. I did discover that there are some things I'm already doing the "Montessori Way," which I shouldn't find surprising but for some reason I did. Meh. Whatever.




I hope you're all having a lovely Wednesday :) I anticipate a post on Friday for my Traveling Socks, just an FYI. I suppose I'll be linking up with Ginny when I get around to it.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #31

Hello and happy Sunday! 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 -- full disclosure in October 2015
13. Sacrificial Goat #5: started May 29, 2015; finished June 4, 2015
14. Baby Hat: started June 4, 2015; finished June 6, 2015
15. Elvish Leaves Dishcloth: started June 10, 2015; finished June 12, 2015
16. Baby Hat: started June 19, 2015; finished June 27, 2015
17. Homework for Alana Dakos Class: started July 1, 2015; finished July 5, 2015
18. Traveling Socks: started December 23, 2014; finished July 28, 2015

I've finished my Traveling Socks this past week. I wasn't expecting that I was going to finish them but a couple hours of uninterrupted knitting and, what do you know?! They were finished. They've even been washed and had ends woven in......FO Friday is forthcoming, probably this week but we'll see how things go.

I also had an FO Friday post for my Tour de Fleece finishes (you can see it here).


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. Wink: started January 5, 2015
5. Fire & Ice (Fire) Socks: started April 15, 2015
6. Little Man's Hat: started July 8, 2015
7. Petty Harbour Socks: started July 29, 2015

After finishing my Traveling Socks, I had this absolutely crazy urge to start something new and I had yarn wound in my yarn closet that was just staring at me every time I opened up the door (yes, I have a yarn closet...don't judge!). For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to knit socks with DK weight yarn on US #1.5 needles. Why yes, I've lost my sanity, why do you ask? They're going to be squishy house socks and they're going to have short little legs so, honestly, they're not taking up too much time. I'm already working on the foot toward the toe on the first sock! How is that even possible?!

So, most of my work this past week has been spent on my Petty Harbour Socks, not that I've had much knitting time to begin with but that's not unusual.


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. Harry Potter Blanket (for The Family - worsted; solid) - from various Harry Potter inspired square blocks
5. Albert the Absent-Minded (for Stormageddon - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
6. Mirkwood (for Stormageddon - bulky; solid or semi-solid)
7. Smaug (for Little Man - worsted; solid or semi-solid)
8. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (for Little Man - any weight; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)  *need pattern*
9. Moe the Mustache Monster (for Stormageddon - worsted; self-stripe, variegated, solid, or semi-solid)
10. Another Goat (for Little Man - worsted in white/cream, and brown)

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)

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. Paradiddle Collection of Hats

I honestly don't know what else I'm going to get around to from these lists but, at least I have some direction (?)...


In the reality that is our life, it's been hot here. I mean, it's not hot by standards in India or Iran but for our Wisconsin blood, it's too hot here to not have air conditioning. Luckily, we have some relief in the form of a room AC in back and a HUGE server room grade AC in front. Those keep the house mostly tolerable. We haven't gone very far as a result...who wants to go out in this ick?

I took Little Man to swimming this week (sans Stormageddon) and he still loves it. They're working on floating on their backs, faces, and kicking while they're on their front. Oh, and going down the slide, of course. Who doesn't like a little fun at swimming lessons?

Stormageddon is getting better at standing without holding onto things and has been taking one or two small, tentative steps before falling either onto his butt or catching himself on his hands. He's also discovered his love for actual bananas...and it's not like he sits there and squishes the pieces in his hands. No, he actually takes three or four pieces and tries to shove them all in his mouth at once. ::sigh:: Silly child. I swear he's going to choke that way....but so far, so good.

What else, what else, what else...........no, that's really about it around here this week.

I've only got a couple photos from this week......

What? This is mine, isn't it? I can see it...

Spiky hair, don't care!

Ima get you, Mama!

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely week!