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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....

Friday, August 1, 2014

FO Friday: Mittens in July?!

Happy Friday :)

If you wandered in on Sunday, you will have noticed that I mentioned finishing up a project...which, of course, needed it's very own FO Friday post. And now it's Friday :)

Waiting for Winter Mittens (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts by Susan B. Anderson
Time Frame: started July 20, 2014; finished July 25, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Paints in Spring Meadow (#9863) - about a half skein
Needles: US #7 (4.5 mm) Signature DPNs
Size: Medium
Modification(s): None other than sizing to fit correctly lengthwise. Apparently my hands aren't as stubby as I thought they were because I had to add length to both the hand and the thumbs to achieve a length that would fit my hands.
Thoughts: These were quick and dirty. Okay, not dirty but they were so easy to make. The only problem is that if you're making them for someone else, you may need a trace of their hand to make sure they wind up the correct length. I keep forgetting how easy the backward loop cast on is, also...I had to look it up for each mitten. Silly me. But it's really easy. Also, these would be fairly easy to customize if you wanted stripes or some sort of cable pattern on the top or.... I have full plans to make at least four more pairs of these (probably two in the medium and two in the small). Little Man has requested his own pair so I'll probably use the rest of the ball so we'll have matching mittens (not that we need them here). But the other three pairs....well, I'll have to decide what yarn to use :)

Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely Friday :) I'll hook up with Tami if she posts today!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #30

Happy Sunday :) Happy Year of Projects update day :)

For those of you that may have wandered in on Tuesday and saw lovely stash enhancement, thank you. I've not added to it quite yet but I think I have a couple skeins of hand dyed yarny goodness coming within the next week or so. But it's not here yet so there's no point in talking about it.

What we can talk about....

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

Oh, hey, lookit there...I went and started and finished a whole project this week! I expect I'll have a proper update about it this coming Friday :) But, if you're curious, you can click on the link and look at my project page. 

  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


Let's be honest. Most of my knitting time this week was spent working on the mittens. However, I did finish up the gusset decreases on both the Oreo Sock and the Dragon's Egg Sock. So, that's something, at least. I may have worked a couple rows of the swatch, also...but a row takes forever because it's 1x1 ribbing and that's boring. So, not much work was done on that. 

Baby Stormageddon is still in there. Lots of moving and shaking but nothing else is going on yet. Let's keep it that way for at least a few more weeks! 

I've also figured out what my next project(s) is going to be. Husband asked me to make little goat toys. Something to do with work...they want to have them for sacrifices or something, you know, to appease the Gods. They also plan to have a bit of wood hanging up so they can knock on wood. Husband and his coworkers are a bit odd. So, they want little sacrificial goats. I've decided on this little goat and I've dug out some yarn and I'll go from there. I just need to sit and make them. They don't appear to be difficult, aside from all the seaming and attaching of appendages. ::sigh:: Least favorite part of toys...we'll see how it goes.

Anyway, 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





In "real life" events....there's not been much happening. It's been rather warm in our neck of the San Francisco Bay Area. By my Wisconsin standards, it's not hot...hot is when it gets to be 90°F and above. But, in Wisconsin, it's commonplace to have central air. That means that when it gets above 75°F, the AC is turned on. Houses don't get warm because the central air will take care of it. Where we live, on the peninsula, central air is practically unheard of. Hell, little room air conditioners or window air conditioners are practically unheard of. Sooooo, the temperature has been hanging around between 80°F-88°F and while that's not exactly hot, when you don't have a place to cool off, it's horrible. We have had the room air conditioner going, the window air conditioner going, the fans going, windows and shades shut....it was still 79°F in the house on Friday. Luckily, we have our ghettotastic pool in the backyard and that's given us some relief this week...but it's not always enough. On Friday, I tossed Little Man into a tub with colder-than-lukewarm water, just to cool him off. He was happy so that helped. He had been a grumpy sourbug up until that point. I wasn't exactly thrilled, either. I don't do well in heat normally and then you throw in me being almost 32 weeks pregnant...I'm sure I wasn't pleasant to be around this past week. I hope it starts cooling off soon!

Anyway, I hope you've all had a lovely week and all that :) 

Drumming at a birthday party

Mama, I appreciate your Signature DPNs...

Superheros? Yeah, I like 'em.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Random Stash Enhancement on a Tuesday

Happy Tuesday :)

I'm popping in today for some random stash enhancement. It's not often that I have stash enhancement these days, as I've been on a pretty hardcore, consistent yarn diet since...well, at least since November.

But, I had a big moment of weakness last week and I thought it was only fair to share with you all.

Last week, as I may have mentioned somewhere (probably in my Year of Projects post), I went to Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale, CA to discuss the insanity that is my brain when I decided to agree to make Husband The Dude, which is a rendition of the sweater worn by Jeff Bridges' character, "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski. Anyway, I couldn't leave empty-handed...too many pretty things...

Acero

Columbina

First up, I picked up two skeins of Manos Del Uruguay Alegria, on in Acero and the other in Columbina. Both of these are 445 yds of merino/nylon sock yarn...which will probably become socks but, you know, we'll see what happens when I get that far.

Then, I may or may not have gone a little nuts with the fiber...

Razzmatazz

I originally picked up only two of these...but the third one was looking so lonely so all three braids had to come home. This is a 50/50 merino/tencel blend from Fat Cat Knits in Razzmatazz...which is what I named my second car (my first brand spanking new car). So, I have 12 oz. of this and no idea what's going to happen, when I'm going to get it spun, and what it wants to grow up to be :)

I also picked up a couple of circular needles but I didn't photograph them.

Also, these arrived in my mailbox from a destash...

San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay

With the news of Cephalopod Yarns closing up shop, I may have gone destash hunting...and I discovered these: Little Traveller in the San Francisco Bay colorway. And, next thing you know, my fingers didn't discuss with my brain and I agreed to buy these from someone destashing.

There went my yarn diet.

Anyway, that's about all I have for you right now :) I hope you're having a lovely, stash-filled Tuesday :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #29

Happy Sunday :)

We're all here because it's time for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects update. Today marks the 29th update...so I'm over halfway through the year and things are getting a bit mundane lately. For that, I apologize but, you know, it's just how things are right now. ::sigh::

Anyway, onward...


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


I've still not finished anything new. 
 
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

I've also not started anything "new." I did start a swatch for Husband's sweater. He's never really asked me to make him anything...mostly because he's generally warm all the time, doesn't do sweaters, will destroy socks, and we don't live in a climate where hats and other winter accessories are needed. But, he's asked me to make him a sweater. If you've seen The Big Lebowski, you've seen the sweater I'm talking about. He told me if I made him that, he'd wear it all the time (at work...in the server rooms). So, I printed out the pattern and discovered that the 2XL size only goes up to a 50" chest. That won't even fit me, much less Husband. So, I'm going to have an adventure in re-writing a pattern. I'm also going to have an adventure in learning colorwork...knitted flat. So, I told him that he cannot give me a timeframe and I'll get it done when I get it done. I also warned him that it was going to mean an expensive yarn purchase. We're talking at least 3500 yards of Aran weight yarn. He said, "okay," so I'm going with it.

However, I've spent most of my time this past week working on both my Dragon's Egg Socks and my Oreo Socks. I worked maybe a couple rows of my Pacific Shawl but most of my focus has been on socks this week (and a couple rows on the swatch because it's in 1x1 ribbing). I've finished the gusset decreases on my second Oreo Sock so now it's just relatively mindless knitting until I get to the toe decreases. I'm about halfway through the gusset decreases on my first Dragon's Egg Sock. It's going much more quickly now that (1) I've got it on two circulars rather than DPNs and (2) it's only in pattern for half the stitches. I think I'll wind up doing the second sock on two circulars...mostly for my sanity. 

Baby Stormageddon is still in there. I had my 30 week appointment with my OB on Friday. My weight took a jump...but given that my cravings have involved all things Oreo cookie, it's not that surprising. Other than that, things appear to be normal. I start going every two weeks now and I think I have another ultrasound in a couple weeks. I'll have to double-check my calendar. 

My remaining lists look like this (haha):

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


I also have a feeling I'm going to be making at least three pairs of mittens soon...but they're relatively small and I think I can knock them out fairly quickly. We'll see. I just need some measurements first...



Anyway, there's not much going on around here. I did have some stash enhancement happen but that's for another post :)

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend so far!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Y3: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #28

Happy, happy, happy Sunday :)

It appears that I'm over my cold. Well, mostly. I'm still sneezing more than I'd like but that may be due, in part, to allergies. It's not a big deal other than....well, how do I put this.....anyone that has been pregnant will understand when I say that sneezing is not pleasant while pregnant. Things happen that we can't always control. ::sigh::

In other random news....if you wandered in on Wednesday for my WIP Wednesday post, I eluded to a funny thing that happened the other day (either Monday or Tuesday) and that you would have to come back Sunday (today) to read all about it.

So here's the story. When Little Man was small (maybe 3 months old), I bought my Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel, Viktor. I took right to that wheel. I never did well with spindles...but my wheel...we were friends right away. It was easy to spin when Little Man wasn't mobile because, well, he wasn't mobile. As he became mobile, I had to put Viktor away where Little Man couldn't get at him and I only brought him out when Little Man was asleep or otherwise contained in his pack-n-play. When we moved to California two years ago (seriously, it was two years ago this weekend - the actual date was July 14th), Viktor was basically put away. I mean, it was in the apartment and the house but I didn't bring him out that often and he had to be hidden away where Little Man couldn't get to him (meaning he was in the guest bedroom, which was locked off from the rest of the house). In recent months, Viktor had to be moved out of the guest bedroom because that's in the process of becoming Stormageddon's room. He was moved to our bedroom, kind of hidden away but Little Man basically didn't go near him.

Last week, as I posted about in my WIP Wednesday post, I had brought Viktor out to finish spinning some Asshole Corriedale (TM) that I've had for awhile. I figured that Little Man was old enough to not mess with my wheel while I was spinning, and I was correct. However, later that night, while I was sitting on the couch, Little Man wandered into our bedroom. He was gone for a little while and then Husband went in to lay on the bed, presumably with Little Man. Then I hear, "Mama, you better come in here........now," from Husband. As I'm walking to the bedroom, I hear Husband tell Little Man, "You should ask Mama how that works." I get into the bedroom and Little Man has pulled Viktor out and was leaning back on our bed with his little feet on the treadles, and he was treadling away, with the biggest grin on his face. So, rather than reprimand him for messing with my expensive spinning wheel, I fixed a couple things he had knocked loose when he moved it (like the piece that holds the whorl to the rest of the wheel...or maybe that's the entire whorl, I have no idea), sat down on the bed with him on my lap, and let him work the treadles. He was absolutely thrilled. But, I also made it very clear to him that he needs to ask Mama for permission first and if Mama says, "no," then the answer is just that: no. So far, he's been pretty good about that rule :)

Anyway, it's Sunday and I suppose we should get on with 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


I've not finished anything new. This is not surprising...
  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


I've spent some time on all my knitting projects this week. I've turned the heel and am working on the gusset decrease on the first of my Dragon's Egg Socks. It seems to be going much faster this time around (with the pattern on the foot part)...that may be because I only have to knit the pattern on half the stitches this time. Or not. I'm not quite to the heel flap on my Oreo Socks but I'm getting every closer. My Pacific Shawl just continues to grow...there's not much going on other than the endless rows of stockinette, with scattered yarn overs for increases. 

Stormageddon is still in there. We put his crib together this past week. It wasn't exactly difficult but it was warm in the bedroom. I also spent some time cleaning up baby things we pulled out of the shed. The swing and jumper are ready to go...the car seat needs to be done as do a few other toys. I also spent time cleaning out things in the bedroom. I've got some things to go to Goodwill, a bag full of garbage, and some things that need new homes. ::sigh::

 
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



In other random events, I've been working on my family history again. I found some things that needed scanning and uploading to Ancestry so I took care of that the other day. I also found things I need to show to the few remaining members of my family...I have some photo albums, one from the early 1920s (as it has photos of my grandfather as a small boy) and the other dates to around 1916-1918. The unfortunate part is that none of the photos are really labeled so I'm having to guess who is in the photos. I can recognize my great grandparents, for the most part, and my grandfather and his older brother...but I know there are photos of siblings of my great grandparents as well as their parents and I'm having trouble sussing out who is who. I'm hoping the few remaining members of that side of my family can help me out. 

Anyway, I suppose I should call it quits for the day... I hope you've all had a lovely weekend!