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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #35

Happy Sunday :)

It's become quite apparent that I have full-blown BABY BRAIN. Last week, I forgot to add a project in my WIP List and then, even better, I forgot that I had finished said WIP and almost forgot to post about it on Friday.

But, I can remedy all that today. I think. I hope.


Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
 
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014  
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014  
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014 

20. Sacrificial Goat #2: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014 

I wrote about the second goat this past Friday. That's the project I totally forgot about last week...oops. But, he's there now and my temporary lapse is gone.....for the moment. We shall see.

 Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Baby Stormageddon
3. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
4. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014

5. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

6. Sacrificial Goat #3: started August 27, 2014

This past week, I've worked a bit here and there on Snape's Stockings and I started the third Sacrificial Goat. I'm almost done with the first pattern repeat on the stockings (out of three) and I've finished the head/body and ears. That means I have four legs, two horns, and a tail...and stuffing and piecing and then I'm done with that one. Woo-hoo! Oh, and I worked on my Pacific Shawl...I almost forgot about that. I was just knitting along and I decided I should stop and count stitches...and lo, I had almost made it to the point where I would start the lace portion along the boarder. And then I managed to drop a bunch of stitches and while I think I got it picked up, there's still a teensy bit that turned out wonky. But, I have enough stitches, I know where I screwed up, and I'm ready to start the lace section.

As for Stormageddon, he's in there, doing his thing...and he's quite a wiggle worm. He's moved from one side to the other in the last week. He's still head-down but his little body went from the left side of my body to the right. He's also been punching me when he's uncomfortable. Silly boy. He'll be out soon enough :)



So, that's what's been going on around here. What I have left on my lists are as follows:

Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



You know as well as I do that I'm not going to get through everything. I'll be lucky if I finish anything from these remaining lists. But, you know, I can dream :) 

Anyway, that's about all I know for this week. I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and week and so on and so forth :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

FO Friday: Sacrificial Goat #2

So, after everything that's been going on around here with the earthquake and life and being pregnant and all of that....I totally forgot that I had an FO to share. To be fair, it also didn't manage to appear on my last Self-Imposed Year of Projects update, though it should have...

But, we'll just get right to it :)

Sacrificial Goat #2 (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Goat by Sara Gasson

Time Frame: started August 16, 2014; finished August 24, 2014

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Snow (the white) and Tahki Sky (the brown)...unknown amounts of each but since this was my second one and I still have ample yarn left of both, I'm going with "small amount" of each.

Needles: US #5 DPNs (3.75 mm)

Size: Uh, the size it came out. It sits a little smaller than the first one but it's still roughly 5.75" from butt to the top of his horns.

Modifications: This time around, I made a few modifications...significantly more than I made the first time around. First of all, I did the head/body entirely in the round. It got a little interesting when I got to the short rows that form the snout/mouth/whatever you want to call it. I basically had to reverse the directions because of where it started in the pattern. It worked out so I was fine with it...but I had to think and thinking hurts. I did the ears as written except for the bind off. The original pattern has you break the yarn and thread through the remaining stitches. I opted for a regular bind off (in purl). It made it a little easier to sew together. I did the legs mostly in the round. I did the hoofs (the brown) as written but when I switched colors, I opted to knit them in the round. The horns were done as written but I opted to put pipe cleaners in them to help them keep the shape I wanted. And, of course, I was using worsted weight instead of DK...which means I used larger needles.

Thoughts: After having done one as written and one with modifications, I think I've decided how I'm going to proceed with the next.......well, I have to make at least three more, four would be better, and then Little Man wants one...so, I think I still have at least four to make, but really, probably five or six. After the mess I went through trying to attach the horns, ears, doing the eyes and mouth this time around...I think I'm going to work the head/body flat as written. I may also do the legs as written. They were difficult to stuff properly. So, I guess in short, the designer knew what she was doing. ::sigh:: And here I thought I was being so smart...I could do the body in the round and then opt to knit the head flat but I don't know how well that would work either. So, I guess I'm going back to the original directions.


That's all I have for you today :) I'm a bit late because......well, let's be honest: I FORGOT. Oops. I should be back on Sunday for my Year of Projects Update :)

Also....five years ago today, this happened :)



For dinner, I'm driving back into the city (San Francisco) to pick Husband up from work and Little Man, Husband, and I are going to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner. YUMYUM. Too bad Stormageddon is taking up so much real estate...I would love to eat all the things. Oh well.

Anyway, hope you're having a lovely Friday :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Future WIPs: The Fiber Edition

As many of you know, I not only knit...I spin, also. Now, to be fair, I'm not a great spinner. I enjoy doing it but I don't do it often enough...which is probably why I'm not all that good at it. But I still like it.

Wait, I'm going in circles.

Anyway, the point is that on Monday, Little Man and I took a trip down to San Jose so I could partake in someone's destash. Sadly, she can no longer spin (at least not with a traditional wheel - she could probably use an electric spinner as it doesn't involve legs)...so she was destashing her fiber (and some yarn, also, but I didn't partake in that).

I viewed everything online (thank you, Ravelry), and had made the initial decision that these two  would come home with me:

Miss Babs BFL in Crazy U - 8 oz total

I picked up these two braids of BFL from Miss Babs (the color is called Crazy U). I knew these were going to come home, even before I felt them with my hands.

But then, not unexpectedly, I started feeling all the other things...and all these came home:

Australian Finn & Suffolk - 7 oz.

This still has quite a bit of lanolin in it and it's quite sticky...but I like it. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it but that's not the point right now.

AVFKW Merino/Silk in Off The Grid - 4 oz total

Two hanks of 50/50 Merino/Silk from A Verb for Keeping Warm. Now, I can go over to Verb any time I want...but I didn't have to :)

AVFKW Merino/Silk in Supernova - 2 oz

I also picked up this and just couldn't leave it...I'm considering plying it with the two yellow ones. Basically, spin each hank as singles (2 oz. on each bobbin), then ply them together as a three-ply. We'll see. I might change my mind :)

BMFA BFL in My Blue Heaven - 8.25 oz

What can I say? I'm a sucker for BFL. And this was a HUGE hank from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt - 2 oz

This was an interesting one. It's a Crazy Batt from Faerie Mountain Fibers and may contain the following: various wools including superwash, alpaca, mohair locks, silk, sari silk, silk noils, wool nepps, bamboo, firestar/angelina, nylon, or yarn. I'm pretty sure this one has either firestar or angelina in it (that's the shiny stuff that you can see)...otherwise, no clue. I saw these at Stitches West last February and I was tempted...but I didn't get any. Now I have some to test out :)



So.....I'm calling these Future WIPs because they're still in their raw form of unspun fiber. Eventually I will spin these and then I can turn them into WIPs of the knitted variety.

Also, I tried chain plying again the other day and it didn't go well. Again. I think I'm going to take someone else's suggestion of using crap yarn to learn the motions and then I don't go ruining my handspun. It sounds like a good idea. Perhaps a trip to JoAnn's is in order for today :)

Anyway, I'm linking up with Tami today :)

Perhaps next week I'll talk about my knitting WIPs (there are less than a handful at this point)...we'll see how that goes :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Earthquake!

As many of you know, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, by way of 32 years in Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, we have thunderstorms, flooding, horrendous winters (both cold and snowy), and tornadoes.

Here in the Bay Area, we have drought and.....dun dun dun.....EARTHQUAKES.

Now, an earthquake is not necessarily unheard of in southern Wisconsin but they're a very rare occurrence and because of the underlying bedrock, they're felt much further away at much smaller magnitudes. Seriously, in my entire 32 years in southern Wisconsin, I think I felt a total of three earthquakes, all stemming from northern Illinois. That's not true here. Here, both Husband and I have felt relatively small earthquakes (less than 2.0 magnitude). We didn't grow up with them being commonplace so we're more attuned to them...I think. Even if that's not true, that's what I'm going to go with.

We've lived here two years now and while we've always been aware that earthquakes are a pretty frequent occurrence, they're also usually small and unassuming (under 3.0 magnitude). Still, you bolt furniture (bookshelves) to the walls, don't let breakables hang out on bookshelves without something holding them in place, and have a plan...which we don't have but perhaps we need one.

Very early this morning, at approximately 3:22am, we experienced our first major earthquake. The epicenter was located up toward Napa, which is about 45 miles north of us, and the USGS said it was a 6.0 magnitude. 

We were sleeping, as one does in the middle of the night, and I woke up and thought Husband was shaking the bed. So, in my pregnancy-induced, sleep-deprived state, I smacked him and told him to stop shaking the bed. He woke up and said he wasn't shaking the bed. Then we realized the bookshelves were shaking, the bed was shaking, and basically, the whole house was shaking. It didn't last that long, maybe a minute at most, but being our first major earthquake, we were freaked out a bit. Okay, I was more freaked out than Husband but we were still both freaked out. Little Man slept through it. Puppy didn't even flinch. We had no damage to speak of but we definitely felt it.

So, we are okay here in San Mateo. Napa is pretty messed up, however.

That's all I know from here.......hope you're having a lovely Sunday. I'll be back with more knitting content this week as I have another FO to share :)

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #34

Happy Sunday :)

I'm cautiously optimistic that the sickness is finally going away. I still have a bit of a random cough but it's nothing consistent at this point...and I'm not taking the cough medicine with codeine (but I am still doing Benadryl)...so, keep your fingers crossed and such :)

But, we're not here to talk about that. We're here because it's Sunday and it's time for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects update. 

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014  
 
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014  
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014  
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014
19. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014 

I finished up the Swirl Hat this week. I honestly thought it was going to take a bit longer but, apparently, I was on another finishing kick. I wrote about both the hat and the goat this past Friday :) There's not much else to say about either of them that I didn't say on Friday...so you can and should go check that post out (it also includes the first of the Sacrificial Goats). I also managed to "finish" Little Man's baby blanket. I needed to weave in ends and give it a wash. It wasn't even dry before he declared it his and stole it away. Silly boy. He's been carrying it around here and there. I'm pretty sure he likes it :)

Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Baby Stormageddon
3. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
4. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014

5. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014

Let's start with Stormageddon. He's still in there. He's still punching me. He's still making me want to spend a lot of time in the bathroom. I spent some time this past week cleaning his room. The new curtains are up, the crib is decorated, clothes are washed and put away, blankets are washed and put away, the room has been vacuumed, the rocking chair has been moved into the room...the only problem is that there is a corner with a bookshelf and a lot of boxes/bins that are in dire need of new homes...and we don't really have a lot of places we can put things. ::sigh:: I'm going to have to further purge all the things. Again. Some more. Wish me luck and if I don't emerge, send reinforcements!

Other than that, I spent some time on my Pacific Shawl on Friday. I'm still working toward my lace edging...I have awhile. I only worked a couple rows in the first place...but every row counts! I also worked a few rows on my swatch for the Dude Sweater. I like how the fabric is turning out so I don't intend to mess with it too much or block it too aggressively...but I still have quite a bit left to go. And then I went and started a new project. It wasn't on my YOP list and it wasn't exactly a Secret Sock Club Bag either. I pulled the yarn out of a bag that I have internally labeled "ready to go" yarn (meaning I don't have to haul out the ball winder and swift; I can just start a project)...and then I went through my Ravelry Queue and found a suitable pattern. In this case, it's Snape's Stockings. I'm working on the first pattern repeat of the first sock. The yarn is quite lovely...I just hope it holds up as it's a 50/50 superwash merino/tencel blend. We shall see. I hope that because I'm knitting it at a tight enough gauge that it will last well. I'm also not horribly mean to my handknit socks. That should help.

Anyway, my remaining lists look like this:

Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



I had hoped to have photos of my WIPs but I just haven't gotten around to it. I suppose if I had gotten up early yesterday morning, I could have gotten it done....but I like to sleep :) So, no photos today. Sorry. Sue me. Maybe next week...

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

Friday, August 22, 2014

FO Friday: A Sacrifice for the Gods and more?

Happy Friday :)

As promised last Sunday, I have a lovely FO for this FO Friday!

Sacrificial Goat (link to Project Page)

Project: Goat by Sarah Gasson (link to designer page)

Time Frame: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Snow (that's the white), and I think the brown is Tahki Yarns Sky...I can't find the label but I seem to remember that one in my stash at some point.

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) vintage straights that belonged to my grandmother (they're rather bendy)

Size: The size it came out. It sits about 6" from butt to the top of the horns

Modifications: The original pattern calls for DK weight and US #3 (3.25 mm) needles and I used worsted and US #5 needles. I left out the eyelash yarn, as well...mostly because I'm trying to stashbust and didn't want to buy novelty yarn that I would otherwise not use. Otherwise, I did this one as written. There were some things that were slightly confusing and I kind of just had to make it work, though I did ask the designer a couple questions. I also did the tail a little differently (because no eyelash yarn)...but it worked so I'm just going to go with it.

Thoughts: I have at least five more of these to make (the second one is already in progress, close to being finished if not already finished by this point) for Husband. I've already converted the body and legs to be done either mostly or entirely in the round. Everything else will be as written. I may also add pipe cleaners to the horns to get them to bend correctly but the jury is still out on that. It's a very cute pattern, very quick to make, and it uses up scraps. I'm also considering a couple of her other patterns...but we'll see how the goats go. Little Man has already requested one of his own...and one for baby Stormageddon. We shall see.

Here's another photo (a bit darker), from the night I finished him :)







But wait! There's more! Apparently I'm on a finishing kick again because I finished up something else this past week :)

Swirl Hat (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington (link to designer page)

Time Frame: started August 5, 2014; finished August 20, 2014

Yarn: Zitron Trekking XXL in Mint Oreo - approximately 87 yds; leftover from my Oreo Socks

Needles: US #3 (3.25 mm) Signature DPNs

Size: Newborn (though sizes range from premie through adult)

Modifications: None

Thoughts: This was a great little stashbuster project for sock yarn. I haven't weighed the remaining ball of yarn but I may have enough for another one...perhaps the premie size, though. Seriously, it took up less than 1/5 of a skein of sock yarn for the newborn size. The only thing I had some difficulty with was the K3tog on the crown decreases but that's entirely my own issue and not a problem with the pattern. The other nice thing about this was that the stitch pattern was easy to memorize so once I had it in my head, I didn't need to look at the pattern until I was ready to start the crown decreasing. Am I going to make it again? Perhaps. I have plenty of sock yarn scraps in my stash that I could probably make several of these. I'm still debating on the gender neutrality of this pattern...it leans a little too "girly" but I expect Stormageddon will still wear this hat because, well, Mama made it :)

Anyway.......that's all I have for you this week. I'll be back on Sunday with my Year of Projects Update :) Hope you've had fun!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #33

Happy Sunday :)

I feel like I'm on repeat when I say that I'm still sick. Unfortunately, I'm still sick. This cough just will not go away. Admittedly, it is getting better...too slowly for my liking, however. Perhaps it's a combination of smog (which is common here in the San Francisco Bay Area), wonky weather (one day it's dry and hot, the next day it will be humid but cooler...), being pregnant, and these weird west coast germs. Who knows.

But, it's Sunday and we're here for my Year of Projects update :)

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014
 
16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
17. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
18. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014; finished August 16, 2014

Well, hey there, lookit that! I have TWO FOs for this past week. I included the mittens in this past Friday's FO Friday post, along with the Oreo Socks. The mittens were just a smaller version of the ones I made for myself, out of the remaining ball of yarn. They fit Little Man for now and he's quite happy with them. 

The other FO that I finished early yesterday morning was the first of six Sacrificial Goats. Admittedly, all I had to do on that goat for the last two weeks was putting it together and stuffing it. I just didn't want to do it when I was really sick. But Friday night, I pulled it out, looked at it, and thought, "Why not?" It took me about an hour to put together, stuff, and seam all the little pieces. I'll have a proper FO Friday post this week :) 

That means my WIP List looks like this:

 Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Baby Stormageddon
3. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
4. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
5. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014


Admittedly, the only things I've "worked" on this past week were the mittens, the goat, and the Swirl Hat. I've got maybe another inch or so before I start the crown decreases on the Swirl Hat. I'm still tossed whether it should be for a boy or a girl. It's using the same yarn as my Oreo Socks...I have a feeling that it'll be too girly for Stormageddon (not that I care much). 

Stormageddon is still hanging out, punching me when he feels I'm not sitting properly. I had my 34 week OB appointment on Friday. I'm measuring perfectly, his heart rate is fine (130s and steady), and I haven't gained a ton of weight. Honestly, I've only gained 13 lbs for this entire pregnancy. I'm kind of surprised. When I was pregnant with Little Man, I lost about 15 lbs right away, gained it all back, then gained another 35 lbs...which isn't that bad either. It's just so strange this time around. I was getting around much better at this point in Little Man's pregnancy though, even with all the weight gain. This time...I'm just exhausted. Little Man and I went to Target on Friday afternoon to pick up things for the house (dog food, garbage bags, medications for sickie me, and some baby clothes). We were there for a little over an hour. By the time we left, I was exhausted, hot, sweaty, and ready for a nap. It was awful. Other days, I'm okay...sometimes, it depends on the time of day...it's just a wonky pregnancy.


Anyway, my remaining lists look like this:

 Children's Items
1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time





We'll see how things go.


Little Man cannot stop talking about Halloween. Yes, I know it's only August. Yes, he's had his costume picked out for a few weeks. No, he has no concept of time. He keeps thinking Halloween is tomorrow instead of 11 weeks away. ::sigh:: Yes, it's going to be a long 11 weeks...


Little Man is going to be Iron Man. Stormageddon gets to be Hulk (?). Puppy can be Thor. And Daddy is going to be Spiderman. This is what he tells us.


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



Friday, August 15, 2014

FO Friday :)

Happy Friday :)

We're still recovering from the plague but I'm still posting FO Friday posts. Today, you're going to get a twofer because I owe one from last week and I finished something this week :)

Oreo Socks (link to Project Page)

Pattern: None - basic vanilla sock
Time Frame: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014
Yarn: Zitron Trekking XXL in Mint Oreo (maybe 3/4 skein)
Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) - two circulars (ChaiGoo, perhaps)
Size: 72 sts.
Modifications: None as there really is no pattern. I CO 72 sts, did an inch or so of ribbing, worked in stockinette until I felt like stopping, did my heel flap over 36 sts using the modified Eye of Partridge heel from Hermione's Everyday Socks, did the rounder heel from Heels by the Number, and did a double gusset heel decrease, more stockinette until the toe decreases, and Kitchenered the end. Woohoo!
Thoughts: The only thing I would have maybe done differently was to make them a bit longer on the leg. They're not quite long enough...I thought they were and I was wrong. Oh well. It's not a big deal. They're just socks for me so it doesn't really matter and it's not like there was a pattern. Just something for me to keep in mind later.



Waiting for Winter Mittens (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts by Susan B. Anderson
Time Frame: started August 8, 2014; finished August 12, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Paints (leftover from my pair of mittens by the same name) in Spring Meadow (#9863) - less than a half skein
Needles: US #7 (4.5 mm) Signature DPNs
Size: Small
Modifications: I made the ribbed cuffs 1" shorter than the pattern calls for but that's the only modification I made.
Thoughts: The mittens used up almost the last of this skein of yarn. So, you can get a medium and small pair of these mittens out of a skein of Cascade 220. I was worried I was going to run out and that could prove problematic because (1) I received this yarn in a swap, (2) the yarn has been discontinued, and (3) I would have only been short a few yards. But, I had enough...barely. These mittens are really easy to make and they honestly don't take that much time. I still think I'll be making a few more pairs of these before the end of the year.

And, as further proof that these fit Little Man...



I'll link up with Tami this week if I can...and if not, I should be back on Sunday :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #32

Happy Sunday :)

For those of you that have been keeping track, I'm still sick....but I think I'm finally on the upswing of things. I found myself in the hospital this past Wednesday night. See, all that coughing I've been doing, plus the extra presence of another human body in my abdomen, led to an umbilical hernia. To be fair, I've probably had the hernia since birth and it's just been a non-issue up until this point. But with all the extra weight of Stormageddon and the coughing...well, the little thing decided to make it's presence known as well. At first, it wasn't painful but as the days wore on and the coughing got worse, the hernia got painful. And then I was pushing on it while coughing because that's supposed to help...and it continued to get worse. Well, by the time Wednesday rolled around, I was in constant pain, made even worse by coughing, and by 10pm that night, I was unable to stand upright to walk. My legs worked fine but I couldn't get upright. I had Husband take me to the hospital...which meant getting Little Man out of bed (he was not pleased). While I was at the hospital, they slept in the car and then came home for a few hours, then came back to pick me up. I was hauled up to Labor & Delivery because of how far along I am, had a bunch of monitors on me, had a bunch of tests run, and decided that I was not in pre-term labor...just a nasty hernia brought on by the cough, which led to a lot of pain and, subsequently, the inability to walk. I freaked out the OB on call because I screamed so loudly when I had to lay down for one of the tests and I had to cough...and I may have also woken up a few ladies in L&D. Oops. Bottom line: nasty hernia, here wear a binder (girdle, hernia belt, whatever you want to call it), hold a pillow on your tummy when you cough, and have some Robitussin with codeine at night so you might get some sleep. So, I've been doing all that and things are getting better. I have a general surgical consult on Tuesday regarding the hernia and whether they will fix it...I'm hoping that they'll fix it during my c-section. I'll know more after Tuesday's appointment. 

So, that's where things stand with that.

And now to the update about fibery goodness :)

Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014  
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014

16. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014; finished August 5, 2014

Hey, look at that. Even though I've been dying of the plague, I managed to finish a project :) However, I have not done a FO Friday post about it because, well, plague and all...perhaps this Friday. We'll see how the week goes. At some point, I owe you all an FO Friday. 


 Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Baby Stormageddon
3. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
4. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014
5. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014
6. Swirl Hat: started August 5, 2014
7. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started August 8, 2014

I may have been breathing too many yarn fumes and may have been coerced by Little Man this week. After finishing my Oreo Socks, I had a pretty significant ball of sock yarn left and I thought I had something on one of my lists that uses up leftover sock yarn. Lo, I found the Swirl Hat. So, without swatching, I started said hat (newborn size). I'm not very far at all because I've been sick. But, I did start it. I work a round here and there between all the coughing I've been doing. It's an easy pattern to memorize so that's not a problem. I don't know if I'll have it finished by the time Stormageddon arrives but we shall see. I'm also not sure it's fit for a boy...but I have a friend from college that is pregnant with a little girl about three days after I'm due with Stormageddon :)

And then, Friday night, I pulled out the leftover yarn from my Waiting for Winter Mittens, just to look at it...and Little Man said, "Mama, for me? Mittens?" How could I resist?! So, I started that project. I hope I have enough yarn left. I should because I'm not going to make the cuff as long because his hands are smaller. Again, we shall see :)


I've not touched anything else this week. I briefly thought about stuffing and sewing the goat but because I can't wash it after that's done, I didn't want to contaminate it with my icky germs. So, it's been sitting in the bag until I don't feel like crap. 

Anyway, on to the remaining lists...


Children's Items 

1. Elefante
2. Nottingham
3. Shaun
4. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
5. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



Who knows what will happen between now and the end of the year. I might get through some of this...or I can just sit back and laugh at how silly I am :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #31

Forgive me readers, for I have been sick for the last few days. ::sigh:: I don't know what exactly is wrong but it involves a nasty cough, congestion that just sits in my chest, trouble breathing (which is partly due to Stormageddon taking up valuable real estate), a sore throat, pulled muscles (from coughing so much), my jaw hurts (again, from all the coughing), random headaches, and not really being able to do much about it. 

So, this is probably going to be short and sweet....


Fnished Objects (FOs)   
1. Windschief: started January 3, 2014; finished January 10, 2014     
2. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started January 10, 2014; finished January 11, 2014   
3. Five Hour Baby Sweater: started January 16, 2014; finished January 29, 2014  
4. Baby Surprise Jacket: started May 27, 2013; finished February 2, 2014  
5. Welcome to the World Newborn Hat: started February 4, 2014; finished February 4, 2014 
6. Milo: started December 25, 2013; finished February 9, 2014
7. Zombie ViXen Fingerless Mitts: started November 23, 2013; finished February 19, 2014
8. Traveling Vines Socks: started May 31, 2013; finished March 3, 2014
9. Babbeh Hat: started March 3, 2014; finished March 6, 2014
10. Hurricane Hat: started April 22, 2014; finished May 15, 2014
11. Hoo Hat: started May 19, 2014; finished May 20, 2014
12. Hoo Hat: started May 20, 2014; finished May 21, 2014
13. Stormageddon's Stripey Hat: started May 22, 2014; finished May 23, 2014
14.  Greyson: started May 29, 2014; finished June 17, 2014
 
15. Waiting for Winter Mittens: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014

I posted about the mittens on Friday, if you're interested :)

 Works-In-Progress (WIPs)
1. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013
2. Oreo Socks: started March 8, 2014
3. Baby Stormageddon
4. Pacific Shawl: started June 8, 2014
5. Swatch for The Dude: started July 16, 2014

6. Sacrificial Goat: started July 27, 2014

I've not worked on much this week other than the Oreo Socks and the Sacrificial Goat. I have all the pieces done for the goat but I haven't sewed them together. It's on my to do list. 

Stormageddon is head-down, semi-crooked, and moving around quite a bit. I had an ultrasound on Thursday and the little booger would not hold still. He's measuring long but considering Little Man came out at 22" long, I'm not surprised. 

Unfortunately, I started feeling like crap on Wednesday so by the time my OB appointment came about on Friday, I was miserable. 


My remaining lists look like this:

Children's Items
1. Swirl Hat
2. Elefante
3. Nottingham
4. Shaun
5. Gramps Cardigan (need to purchase - $6)
6. Smaug Hat

Items for Me (Selfish Knitting, FTW!)
1. Hermione Hearts Ron
2. Godric's Hollow Hat
3. Jabberwonky (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *
4. Gallifrey Fingerless Mitts
5. Weeping Angel Socks *
6. Stormont
7. Drip Drip Drop (which might be in the SSCB below but I don't remember) *

* I'll probably only pick one of these but, you know, choices and all...

 Secret Sock Club Bags
(These bags are already set up with pattern and yarn - I just pick one at random and no, I don't remember what I put in there right now...I can go look later, if you're really interested. I really probably should...but, honestly, nah...)

Designs
1. Little Man's Baby Blanket
2. Susan's Hat (adult and child versions)
3. Assorted Dishcloths
4. Traveling Vines projects (adult socks, baby socks, scarf, hat, fingerless mitts, shawl, etc.)
5. Pinwheel Market Bag
6. Anything else that comes along at the right time



That's honestly all I have for you this week. perhaps I won't feel like crap next week....