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Friday, July 29, 2016

FO Friday: the Tour de Fleece Edition

Happy Friday!

Yes, I realize I owe you an FO Friday for my dishcloth and the Gex sweater and I might get around to that someday.....but today, I have the Tour de Fleece 2016 edition of FO Friday, because I did a lot of spinning and it's glorious and the world (well, whoever winds up reading this) needs to see it!

Sooooo, we should probably get going on this post because it's going to be a BIG one. When in doubt, start at the beginning......and continue through in chronological order (as I have).



Fiber: 50% purple merino/silk from Bonkers Fiber & 50% white merino that I probably picked up at Lambtown in 2014, possibly Wisconsin Sheep & Wool in 2010 or 2011
Singles (purple): TdF 2015; finished January 29, 2016
            (white): started July 2, 2016; finished July 3, 2016
Plied: 2-ply on July 4, 2016
Yardage: ~ 540 yds
Yarn Weight: DK or light worsted
Skein Weight: a little less than 200 g

Of course, I had bits and bobs of the purple left on the bobbin but we will get to those in a minute....




Fiber: 100% merino from a sampler box I bought at A Verb for Keeping Warm about two years ago (the colors used were pink & navy blue (the bottom) and hot pink & grey (the top))
Singles: all were spun as singles on July 6, 2016
Plied: both skeins were plied (2-ply) on July 6, 2016
Yardage: both skeins are around 50 yds
Yarn Weight: probably worsted for both
Skein Weight: both are just under 25 g each

And of course I had bits and bobs leftover on bobbins, in addition to the purple leftovers and some kelly green merino leftovers from TdF 2015....which led to this:



Fiber (hot pink & purple - bottom): 50% hot pink merino & 50% purple merino/silk
Singles (purple): started during TdF 2015; finished January 29, 2016
             (white): started July 2, 2016; finished July 3, 2016
Plied: 2-ply on July 6, 2016
Yardage: ~ 10 yds
Yarn Weight: DK
Skein Weight: didn't weigh it

Fiber (kelly green & purple - middle): 50% kelly green merino & 50% purple merino/silk
Singles (green): started during TdF 2015; finished sometime last summer
             (purple): started during TdF; finished January 29, 2016
Plied: 2-ply on July 6, 2016
Yardage: ~ 20 yds
Yarn Weight: DK
Skein Weight:  didn't weigh it

Fiber (hot pink & navy blue - top): 100% merino
Singles (hot pink): started & finished on July 6, 2016
             (navy blue): started & finished on July 6, 2016
Plied: 2-ply on July 6, 2016
Yardage: ~ 10 yds
Yarn Weight: DK
Skein Weight: didn't weigh it

With all the bits and bobs leftover, I made a bunch of minis and I'll probably make a hat out of them, along with the hot pink & grey and pink & navy blue. Who knows. Maybe I'll use them for decorations. Whatever.



Fiber: 100% merino from a kit I picked up at A Verb for Keeping Warm about two years ago
Singles: started & finished on July 6, 2016
Plied: 2-ply gradient on July 7, 2016
Yardage: ~ 220 yds
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Skein Weight: 100 g

I knew when I bought the kit that I wanted to make a rainbow gradient but I wasn't sure how I was going to go about it, which is why it took me two years to actually spin it. I initially thought I would chain-ply to keep the colors together but I realized I didn't quite want it that way (because I am not good at chain-plying) and the idea of a 2-ply gradient came to mind...but I'd have to be a little diligent about my spinning. It's not quite how I imagined it would be but it's pretty close.

The purple merino/silk & white merino and the rainbow gradient were the only plans I really had for TdF this year. I wasn't sure I'd have time to spin or that Stormageddon, in particular, would let me spin. I really didn't know what was going to happen if I brought Viktor down and tried to spin in front of Stormageddon.

Because of that, I was caught with my pants down after less than a week of TdF and I had to go digging in the yarn closet for things to spin (and yes, I have plenty of fiber...meaning finding something wasn't an issue).

I came up with a few things...


Fiber: 50% merino/50% tencel from Fat Cat Knits in Razzmatazz (purchased at Purlescence Yarns about two years ago)
Singles: each 100 g braid (3 total) was spun onto it's own bobbin between July 8, 2016 and July 11, 2016
Plied: 3-ply (for the two larger skeins) and chain-ply (smaller skein)
Yardage: largest skein (on left - 3-ply) ~ 245 yds; medium skein (on right - 3-ply) ~ 120 yds; small skein (on top - chain-ply) ~ 25 yds
Yarn Weight: probably closer to an Aran weight but I might be able to get away with calling it a heavy worsted
Skein Weight: 300 g total and not evenly divided between the 3 skeins

I'm actually really happy with how this turned out. I honestly thought it was going to turn out like crap. Yeah, it's got thick and thin bits and there are little blurbs in the yarn...but it turned out really well. Now I just need to figure out what I want to do with it...



Fiber: 100% merino that I picked up either at Lambtown in 2014 or possibly Wisconsin Sheep & Wool in 2010 or 2011
Singles: started & finished on July 15, 2016
Plied: 2-ply (big skein) on July 17, 2016 & Andean ply (mini skein) on July 18, 2016
Yardage: 446 yds (big skein - 2-ply) & 15 yds (mini - Andean ply)
Yarn Weight: probably sport
Skein Weight: ~ 165 g total

The white that I used for the purple merino/silk & white merino up top...this was the rest of that white merino. In other words, I probably had about 250 g of fiber to start with. I was worried this one, too, would end up like crap. This one is lovely and you're going to have to pry it from my cold, dead hands. I might be able to get a small shawl out of this...or a big one if I do a two-color with something else.



Fiber: 70/20/10 superwash merino/bamboo/nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed Fibers, which was probably purchased at Sheep in the City in 2011 or 2012
Singles: started & finished on July 15, 2016
Plied: 2-ply (the big one) on July 17, 2016 & Andean plied (the mini) on July 18, 2016
Yardage: 166 yds (2-ply) & 14 yds (Andean ply)
Yarn Weight: Aran
Skein Weight: 100 g total

While I like this yarn, I had hoped that it would have come out a little less Aran and closer to a DK or worsted...but the fiber didn't want to cooperate in that manner. So, Aran is it.



Fiber: 60%/40% BFL/Bombyx (Mulberry silk) from Corgi Hill Farms in Forest Test
Singles: started July 18, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
Plied: 2-ply (big skein) on July 19, 2016 & Andean ply (on the niddy-noddy) on July 20, 2016
Yardage: 298 yds (2-ply) & 30 yds (Andean ply)
Yarn Weight: DK
Skein Weight: 150 g total (probably around 15 g for the Andean and 135 g for the 2-ply)

The spinning of this fiber made my allergies go haywire. It appears that I'm allergic to the Bombyx fibers, but not the finished yarn. My eyes were so itchy and watery, I almost threw the fiber out but I pushed through, got everything spun, plied, and washed and now it's fine. I can rub it all over my face and...nothing. It's like the hell I went through spinning it never happened. ::sigh:: The yarn turned out lovely. It's got a slight gradient to it and although it's called "Forest Test," there's no green in the fiber. It's mostly blues and a bit of purple. Whatever, it's lovely...although I'm never spinning Bombyx again.



Fiber: unknown BFL I found attached to an Ashford drop spindle and a bit of spinning in a project bag in a plastic bin, though I suspect it came from Yarn Hollow in 2011 or 2012
Singles: started & finished on July 21, 2016
Plied: 2-ply on July 23, 2016
Yardage: 144 yds
Yarn Weight: probably Aran
Skein Weight: because there was some spun onto the spindle, I suspect I had about 94 g to begin with, if the braid was a 100 g braid. Once I get the last little bit off the bobbin (via Andean ply), I should have about 94 g total



And that, friends, is the end of my completed handspun goodness from TdF 2016. I also started another project, which is still hanging out on the bobbin. I had another braid from Corgi Hill Farms (a Polwarth/Tussah blend with which I'm having no allergy issues) that I started. It's insisting that I spin it finer than I normally do, which means I'm having to go slower, hence why I'm still only on the first bobbin. Also, I think I'm all spun out for awhile. Since TdF ended on Sunday, I've had no desire to get my wheel down. Also, Viktor is probably due for a tune-up...which is something I've never done. I have no idea how to take care of my wheel! I mean, I know where to order parts if something breaks (hello Village Spinning & Weaving) or if I need to order fun things like bobbins or flyers and so on....but as for regular maintenance, no idea. I do have something I pinned in Pinterest from....Knitty, I think, that gives you the basics on where to clean and oil and lube and such. I'll have to look at it. I know Viktor needs, at the very least, a dusting.

With all that said, let's talk totals:
Total Yards: 2,403 yds....which is roughly 1.37 MILES
Total Weight: 1,159 g (~ 40.88 oz or ~ 2.5 lbs)...plus a little bit more because of the minis I didn't weigh

WOW!


I hope you're all having a lovely Friday! I should be back on Sunday with my Year of Projects post and maybe next week with a Stash Acquisition (now that I have five skeins from MadTosh and my last club shipment from KnitCircus). Woo!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #30

Hello hello! Happy Sunday!

Lots to discuss so let's get mooooving!


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016

I finished up three more spinning projects this past week. The white merino & the teal superwash merino/bamboo/nylon blend have been plied, washed, thwacked, snapped, etc., and are dry. I haven't taken proper photographs, however. The only photograph I have of any of the new projects is this one, which is a late-night, on the niddy-noddy photo of the BFL/Bombyx blend.


Not a very good photo. It doesn't show the subtleties of the color shifts and one of the colors appears complete absent in this photo (though I know it's in there).

This BFL/Bombyx was a pain in the ass, however. As it turns out I'm allergic to the Bombyx fibers while spinning, much like I am allergic to cat hair. I can rub it all over my face in a finished product, I can wear it....but spinning it and plying it caused a lot of allergy-laden misery this week. But, now that it's done......lovely. But I'm never spinning Bombyx again, if I can avoid it. Or I'm going to be very loaded up on allergy medication, which means probably doubling what I already take because I'm already on allergy medication every day. ::sigh::

The white merino turned out soooooo lovely. I'll have to do a proper post-TdF FO post wherein I have proper photos of all the finished yarns. I'm actually quite impressed with myself about that one. I honestly didn't think it was going to turn out very well and it's.....well, you're going to have to pry it from my cold, dead hands. Some handspun I'd be willing to give up. Not that one.


Moving ahead...

WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016
4. Tour de Fleece: July 2nd-24th, 2016

In addition to spinning, I've also done some actual knitting this week. I've finished the yoke on Gex (all the two-color wedges) and I've picked up to start knitting the body. I've not actually started knitting the body but I'm ready to go when I get around to it.

But, there has also been spinning. Tour de Fleece is winding down (as in: it ends today) so I'm on my last couple spinning projects.

I have the singles spun from an unknown BFL that I found hanging about with a drop spindle in a project bag. I pulled off the fiber from the drop spindle, weighed & split it, and I've spun the remaining portion on my wheel, all on July 21, 2016. I estimated that I only spun about 6 g onto the drop spindle, if it was a 100 g braid, and it probably was. I also suspect that the braid came from Yarn Hollow, probably during Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival 2010, right before Little Man was born and I didn't yet have a wheel but I did buy my first pseudo-Turkish drop spindle (which I'm missing pieces for - don't even get me started!)....but, I honestly have no idea. I do know that it was a little matted in places, making it difficult to spin...but it wasn't that bad. I've thrown out worse.



The colors include black, dark green, light green, purple, blue, and even little tufts of white here and there. I just spun it and it's going to turn out a muddled mess and I suspect I'm going to love it. But, we'll see. I just finished plying it before the post went live so it's hanging out on the bobbin right now. I might get around to putting it on the niddy-noddy and washing it later today...

The same day I spun these as singles, I also started spinning a 60/40 Polwarth/Tussah blend from Corgi Hill. I'm not having any issues with allergies while spinning this one. So, my best guess is that it's the specific type of silk and it's only during the spinning process.

I don't have any photos of this one, yet. Maybe soon. I don't expect that I'm going to finish this one today but I'll probably have it finished by next week. The BFL will probably be plied today but we'll see.


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors)
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Given that TdF happened and I SPUN ALL THE YARNS, I think I'm going to take a break from spinning for a bit...Viktor needs a tune-up anyway.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*


With TdF finishing up today, I suspect that I'm going to be pondering my next knitting project and with Ravellenics coming up in less than two weeks......well, I need to get my planning for that in order. I already anticipate a cowl of some sort, probably my own design, using the rainbow gradient...because that one is just mocking me and begging to be made into something. But I know I'm going to need something other than that. We'll see what I come up with.



In California life, I feel like not much has been happening, really. I know that's not true, but it's summer and that's just what it feels like.

Firstly, this is what happens when the parents ditch the children and have a night out. Granted, this is not all of us and it was quite early but we went out last Saturday night. Woo. And yes, I have an orange in my mouth because, of course.



On Sunday, I spent some time learning how to Andean Ply (I learned by watching the video from Mielke's, which is a spinning shop back in Wisconsin that I only knew from Wisconsin Sheep & Wool). That was the easiest part of my day. Last Saturday saw the decimation of our kitchen faucet, which we replaced on Sunday. Well, Husband replaced it...and that was not a fun time. We originally thought we might be able to replace a broken part. The part was right but there were other unforeseen issues, which led to buying a whole new faucet. ::sigh::

Because of all that excitement, Husband wound up working from home on Monday, which meant we went out to lunch at Famous Dave's. 



Yes, this is how we roll at Famous Dave's. The boys colored and actually did attempt to eat their food and, thus, earned their Oreos for dessert. 

We also wandered to Ikea for a few things. Stormageddon doesn't have a proper closet in his room. I mean, there's a closet there but we have used it as storage since we bought the house. It has our vacuum, carpet washer, the leaves for the fancy dining room table, my grandmother's accordion, all the baby clothes that don't fit or won't fit for a year or so, the baby swing & pack-n-play...blah blah blah. In short, Stormageddon needs someplace for his clothes and such that isn't the dresser. So, we bought this:

Brimnes three door wardrobe (image from Ikea)

I've not put it together yet I will probably get around to it this week. Or, rather, I hope that's what happens. We also picked up another Ivar storage system like this (but just one section, not two):

Ivar (image from Ikea)
We're going to put his beer stuff in/on it and turn the bottom part into a cooling system (not quite a fridge, but close) so he can make lagers. Exciting times. We've started staining this one, at least. 

Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty benign days around here. Errands, spinning, lots of movies, playing outside, the usual things that happen. 

The boys and I went across the Bay on Thursday afternoon for a birthday party. When we moved to Alameda, California four years ago, I was taken in by a group of stay-at-home-moms that were also knitters. Of course, we've moved across to the other side of the Bay but we still get together on occasion (more and more rare as our kids are getting older and into schools and such)...but, we still have birthdays so we went over for a party. The boys had a blast. It was low-key, at a park (which had a PokeStop, bonus!)...the only downside was the drive because traffic is such a mess around here. It's only 20 miles away but it took an hour to get there...even longer to get home. 







I had to keep a closer eye on Stormageddon, hence photos of him from the party. The boys both required showers when we got home that night. 

On Friday morning, we took Husband to work, dropped off some chef's jackets for embroidering, and went PokeStop hunting....really, went to the cupcake shop but there were a bunch of PokeStops on the way, which helped.


No photos of the actual cupcakes because I accidentally tipped the box enough that we had a bit of a delicious mess. It could have been worse. I was hoping to take photos but....yeah, they weren't pretty when I opened up the box. ::sigh:: 

We also had a playdate with our friends from Fremont, which is always.....well, lovely isn't the right word but the boys had fun. 



Little Man also discovered a new box to make into....something. I honestly don't know what he did to the box but it involved cutting some things. Whatever. He's occupied and not causing damage. 

Yesterday, we went to the zoo for a little while. Again, the photos are of Stormageddon because he needs the escort.




After that, we had a proper cookout with brats and hot dogs, again with our friends from Fremont (they also went to the zoo with us). The afternoon found us in the pool for a little while, some laundry, the usual Saturday things. 

Oh, and I took this photo of the Pacific Ocean yesterday morning. Instead of parking in the zoo parking lot (for $12), we parked across the street, near some sand dunes. 


There were plenty of surfers out, as well as some fisherman, and lots of people with dogs. It was also pretty cloudy/foggy, the waves were awesome, and it was a little chilly, actually. We left our house and it was 70F; it was 58F where we parked the car. 

Oh, and Husband decided to make a little container of pear cider. 


Unfortunately, it was such an active brew that we had to switch out the ventilation system because the yeast actually bubbled up into the unit. So, we had to attach a hose into another container (just in case it leaks). It's still fermenting quite a bit. Once it calms down, he can put it into containers. We'll see how things go.

OH, I totally forgot to mention....speaking of Husband's brewing.....we had an accident in the kegorator this week. Husband and I both noticed a very...beer smell in the back room and we just thought the beers in the kegs were extra beer-y. Then I noticed something on the floor by the kegorator. It was wet...which means it came from something. Husband put too much pressure in one of the beers in the kegorator....and it went splooooosh all over the carpet in the back room. Five GALLONS of homebrew. We caught it early enough that it had only juuuuust started to mold under the wheel of the kegorator. I've washed the carpet several times and each time, the water comes out absolutely filthy, which I call a win because it means I'm dragging it up. I figure once the water runs clear when I dump it, it's clean enough. Then we can start putting the room back together. 

Exciting times around here. Husband is off from work this week (forced shutdown) so we'll probably do a bunch of random things...putting the armoire together, getting the beer storage figured out (if the carpet is clean enough), cleaning, maybe taking a day trip down to Monterrey, who knows. 

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

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #29

Happy Sunday! Happy Day Sixteen of Tour de Fleece! Let's get going, shall we?

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is unknown yardage off the top of my head; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, unknown yardage off the top of my head): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016

Oh look at that! I finished up another spinning project.

I mentioned it last week because I had two of the braids spun onto bobbins. I finished up the third braid and worked on plying. The biggest skein of three-ply wound up being around 245 yds, the smaller skein is probably closer to 125 yds, and then the last bit was chain-plied and was around 25 yds. I think next time I have bits left on the bobbin, I'm going to try Andean Plying. We shall see.


At any rate, here it is...not great photos, ganked from my Instagram. But, they are finished and still drying, actually. It's been warm and those were big skeins and they hang out in a bathroom that we keep (mostly) closed off.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016
4. Tour de Fleece: July 2nd-24th, 2016

First and foremostly, I have done some knitting. I've finished 6/11 wedges on the Gex Sweater. I've not been spending time knitting, however....

Tour de Fleece is still on and I'm still spinning.

In addition to finishing the Fat Cat Fibers, I spun about 5.9 oz of white merino (the rest of the ball from the purple merino/silk & white merino barber pole listed above). I pre-split it into two weighed piles and spun the singles onto separate bobbins. They are sitting, unplied. I'll get around to it. I spun the first bobbin on Wednesday and the second one on Friday.





I also spun up about 4 oz of a superwash merino/bamboo/nylon blend from Happy Hands, which is sadly gone forever as the purveyor passed away a couple years ago. I picked up the fiber not long after I had started spinning, probably at Sheep in the City in Milwaukee. I wanted to wait until I was a better spinner before I tackled it......and I said, "screw it," and decided now was the time. I spun both bobbins on Friday and they, too, are mocking me.




I have at least one empty bobbin (that isn't my plying bobbin) so I may start the next project.


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors)
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Survive TdF and SPIN ALL THE THINGS!

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*



Moving along.....

This week didn't start out very well for me. I managed to give myself a (very mild) concussion last Sunday afternoon. We bought a new room air conditioner and we were getting the old one out to the curb and I bent down to take care of something. When I came up, I smacked my head on the bottom of our (metal) mailbox. I saw starts, I cried, and I had a rather large lump. Sunday night, I suddenly got a migraine and needed to sleep. ::sigh::

In addition to that, I also went to Sunnyvale with the intention of going to Purlescence Yarns, because they are also closing their doors. I think I have bad juju or something. This will be the fourth yarn shop to closein the Bay area in as many years. Sadly, when I got there, I found they were closed (and hadn't updated the hours on their website). Oh well. Sooooon.

Um......what else.....oh, I may or may not have gone a little crazy and picked up five skeins of yarn this week. I'll do a Stash Acquisition post soon enough but I got four skeins of MadTosh Pashmina and one skein of MadTosh MCN Worsted, all in the Molly Ringwald colorway...which is pink. Pretty in Pink Molly Ringwald, not Sixteen Candles Molly Ringwald. Or maybe it's the color of her bridesmaid dress from Sixteen Candles. I don't know.

On Thursday, I took Little Man (and Stormageddon) to the City for Little Man's ENT appointment. He needs ear tubes. We knew this awhile ago. We were going to schedule him for his surgery (in August) and the ENT that was going to do the surgery looked into his (super crazy rare) genetic metabolic disorder and decided she wasn't comfortable doing the surgery in case of an emergency as both hospitals she works out of do not have Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs). Soooo, she recommended we find a Pediatric ENT that works out of either UCSF Hospital(s) or Lucille Packard, both which have PICUs. Because his genetic metabolic specialist is at UCSF, I made the decision to go to UCSF. We're not scheduled yet but he's still getting tubes. I'm hoping we can squeeze it in before school starts but we'll see what happens.

Friday, Husband took Little Man to work with him, which meant it was just Stormageddon and I at home. We watched movies, I spun about 7 oz of fibery goodness, and that was about it. It was kin dof nice not having to listen to Little Man babble. Tell me again why I was worried he wouldn't talk...he doesn't know how to turn it off now.

Yesterday was a busy day for us. In the morning, I took the boys to a nearby park for a playdate with a bunch of the other incoming kindergarteners at Little Man's school. And last night a couple of my Mama friends (from Little Man's class) & spouses went out. We hired a sitter through UrbanSitter. So....there's that.

It was kind of a....not a boring week but I feel like we didn't do much. It was probably too warm anyway.


Seriously, this is probably the only non-spinning photo I took this week of the boys. We had a trunk picnic at Target because Stormageddon was being a crabass while we were at Target. We ate pizza from Pizza Hut (which we can get in Target around here), had milk, and that was that.

Oh, and I downloaded Pokemon Go on my iPhone. I did it mostly for Little Man but I've been playing at random times......like the time I found this guy in our living room.


Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend :) Let's see if I wander back for Stash Acquisition or FO Friday or WIP Wednesday or something......

Oh, and as of Thursday, we have been all together in California for four years. WOO!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Monthly Goals: Mid-Month Update

Happy middle-of-July! It means I need to get a mid-month update finished :)

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink, the Caffe Macchiato Socks, and the Gex Sweater.
2. Tour de Fleece (July 2nd-24th): I have a couple braids pulled out and that's lovely :)
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

I've only worked on the Gex Sweater these past few weeks, and honestly, not much knitting has been done....in favor of Tour de Fleece spinning. I have done so much spinning. I actually kind of ran out of projects to spin. I had planned for two of them with loose plans for a third. The first was to spin some white merino to ply with some previously spun purple merino/silk. That was completed first. But, wouldn't you know, I still had some leftover bits and bobs. So, I did some plying of random bits. One is some previously spun kelly green merino plied with some of the purple merino/silk. I also did some test spinning of some merino before I worked on my rainbow gradient. So, I have a couple of mini skeins of rose pink & navy blue and hot pink & grey, and because I had other bits leftover, I have a mini mini skein of hot pink & purple merino/silk and a different mini mini skein of hot pink & navy blue. After I finished clearing all the bobbins, I spun two rainbow gradients (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white, in that order) and then plied them together. It turned out pretty well, actually. Soooo, all those have been washed, snapped, thwacked, stretched, and dried (except two of the minis). Then I got around to my loose plans and did three bobbins of  4 oz singles from Fat Cat Fibers (merino/tencel blend), did a 3-ply, and then chain-plied the remaining bit of the last bobbin. 

Then I was out of plans. So, I pulled out fiber I had hanging about: 5.9 oz of white merino (the same from the white & purple noted above), a braid from Happy Hands, two braids from Corgi Hill Farms, and some BFL I found with one of my drop spindles. So, everything has been weighed, separated, and I'm ready to go for making all the two-ply yarns. In other words, I planned out five projects. I started the white merino, as Stormageddon chose that one. 

I've also broken my yarn diet. I should be getting four skeins of MadTosh Pashmina and a skein of MadTosh MCN Worsted, both in Molly Ringwald (Pretty In Pink Molly Ringwald, not Sixteen Candles Molly Ringwald). I've also signed up for another club: StevenBe's Inappropriate Club, which starts mid-August. 

But that's it, I swear!


Non-Fibery Goals
1. Reorganize in Little Man's room.
2. Finish cleaning the buffet.
3. Go through the pantry & cupboards.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).

I've done some cleaning and sorting in Little Man's room but that's a forever-ongoing project. The buffet is a mess. The pantry is a mess. I've been going to the gym and keeping up with my journal but my weight is hovering and the recipe journal is doing nothing.

Oops.



I hope you're all having a lovely day!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #28

Happy Sunday!

It's been a busy week around here so I suppose we should just get rolling :)

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016

With Tour de Fleece going on, I've had a rash of finishes this week (#25-#31). To be fair, a lot of the finishes were bits and bobs of random bits of singles that I plied together to clear the bobbins. But, I did a few big ones, as well.

Purple merino/silk & white merino

L to R: leftover green merino & leftover purple merino/silk; leftover hot pink merino & leftover purple merino/silk; the purple merino/silk & white merino; hot pink merino & grey merino (the small one in the big one)

Close-up of the hot pink & grey merino

Rainbow gradient

I haven't taken all my photos yet and not everything has been washed (in fact, the rainbow gradient is still on the niddy-noddy). But I did a lot of spinning this week.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016
4. Tour de Fleece: July 2nd-24th, 2016

Let's be honest here. There has been no knitting. I've only been spinning. Currently, I'm working on this TdF project:


Fat Cat Fibers 50%/50% merino/tencel in Razzmatazz. I bought these within the last year at Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale and originally, I was going to buy just two of the braids...but the third one looked so lonely and I bought it, too. That means I have twelve (12) ounces of fiber to spin. My (tentative) plan is to spin each braid as a single onto separate bobbins and then do a three-ply on my big bobbin (I hope it fits!). Currently, I have two of the braids completely spun and the third one is mocking me. I was going to spin it yesterday but the day got away from me and I actually didn't do any spinning. ::sigh::

Braid #1
Braid #2

No knitting. Seriously, I've been so busy with Viktor that I don't even want to knit right now :)



In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors)
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Survive TdF and SPIN ALL THE THINGS!

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*



Around here, things are......well........I don't really know how to begin, actually. This week has been something of an emotional roller coaster with the shootings of two black men by police officer(s) (one in Louisiana, the other in Minnesota) and then the sniper shootings of police officers in Dallas. In addition to that, there were protests that shut down parts of I-880 in Oakland. While I loved living in Alameda, I'm not sorry to see Oakland from afar. I'm still on an emotional rollercoaster from the domestic terrorism that happened at Pulse in Orlando last month. I want to scream at people that say stupid things like "All Lives Matter" and "If you cooperate, nothing happens." Um....excuse me, your privilege is showing (white, male, whatever). I know I have privilege because I'm white. I also know that I deal with oppression because I'm female. Sorry, I'm a bit uppity about all this bullshit. We are better than this. And if we're not, we need to get our shit together because what has been happening is not okay. Not at all.

A bit closer to home, though...

We had a benign week, really. We went up to Santa Rosa last week and discovered that Stormageddon likes to be tossed in the pool. He has a wetsuit with a flotation system built into it but he's not quite strong enough so we also put wings on him. With both those, he's all over the pool. He's a little fish, just like Little Man. So, he loves to be thrown up into the air and landing in the water. While we were in Santa Rosa, much food was consumed.


This was only part of the spread. We made the brisket (the one with the fork in the middle of this photo) but we also had hot dogs, pasta salad, a lovely little snacky treat that is a date stuffed with roasted nuts (either almonds or chestnuts.....I cannot remember) and wrapped in bacon, and a bunch of other stuff.

We spent the 4th of July fixing our pool. It's been uneven for quite awhile so we drained it, mostly leveled it and got it back to what it should be, and then refilled it. It's quite a bit deeper. I used to be able to walk on my knees in the pool and now the water comes up to my armpits. So, that was fixed and lovely. Unfortunately, we found a few black widow spiders around the pool so we sprayed a lot of insect killer around the house and pool this week.

On Friday, I took the boys to the zoo.







Peafowl 

Penguins!

What trees look like here

I didn't take too many photos and most of the photos I did take were of Stormageddon. I have to keep a close eye on him because he's a flight risk and he can climb. He was pretty good, though. He only tried to run out of the 2-5 year old area a couple of times. He wanted to find Little Man.

What else, what else....really, not much else happened this week.

I do have a few photos from last weekend's birthday party, courtesy of one of the other mamas.









Some of the Bad Mamas (haha! - and yes, I'm in the middle with my tongue out - don't judge me!)

Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend! I really hope I can get it together and get the FO Friday post done for the Gex sweater. Maybe. We'll see. I think Little Man is on board with having photographs done. Maybe some WIP Wednesday action is in order......and a stash acquisition will be coming (club stuff, as well as some items I ordered from Amazon)......