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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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

Happy Sunday! Let's get mooooooving :)


FOs (Finished Objects)

1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018

Nothing new to see here. Again.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
6. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
7. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
8. Returning: started 14 January 2018
9. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
10. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018

I have reached a slight impasse with my socks this week...but only in that I can't really work on them in public. My Paradiddle Prototype socks are at the point where I need to check for length before I start the toe decreases. I'm not crazy about pulling off my socks and shoes in public to try on another sock to see if it's ready for toes. My Smooth Operator Socks are ready for the heel waste yarn but I want to make sure I do it like I did the first one so I need my first sock and my directions, which isn't a problem if I have a table but it doesn't work well for swimming lessons. My FrankenSocks are silly simple but they require color changes here and there, which is kind of difficult during swimming lessons.

If you couldn't tell, I needed a project to work on during swimming lessons.

So, I had some Ultra Merino from Berroco hanging around and Little Man is kind of in need of a new hat....so I started a new hat for him. I'll probably dig out some white and make a striped hat. Nothing fancy. I don't think the 92 yds in the skein is enough for a full-sized hat, hence the probable stripes.



But that's about all I worked on, honestly. I think.



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch,
grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)




Now that the auction is over and we're just doing back-end type stuff (like the budget and getting ready for next year), I was hoping for more time to knit and spin but, really, that's not happening yet. I don't expect it until May, at the earliest. I'm okay with that. The only thing is that I'm having itchy fingers from Startitis....I want to start allllllll the things right now. So, I'm going to have to sit down and make an actual plan for the next few weeks/months so I don't cast on a million projects that I'll have to frog later. ::sigh::

This week has been pretty benign because I've been busy fielding auction stuff. Again. I went to the PTA Board Meeting on Tuesday to give my report, which isn't finished and they're aware of that. They just wanted a ballpark idea so they can start working on next year's budget. Outside of that, not much else happened.



Because Avengers: Infinity Wars comes out this week, we've been attempting to get caught up and re-watch everything in chronological order. Right now, we're through Thor, having watched it last night. I missed The Incredible Hulk (the Edward Norton version) but I'm not too fussed about it. I watched the show when I was a kid so I've got a pretty good idea what happens with that one. So, as of right now, we've worked through: Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor. I think we're watching the next one today (The Avengers) and maybe the next after that (Iron Man 3). We'll see how the day goes. But, the boys wanted to dress up in their costumes. The Captain America one almost fits Stormageddon. I still have to pin up the legs but it fits him otherwise. 

I don't know if this little guy is good luck or not. I found him in the space between my door & car body, trying to make a web. 



It also happened to be the same day that this happened:


What you're looking at is my dash (yes, I was parked - hence the "p" at the top right). This is the longest I've ever driven a car. My car turned 100,000 miles this week. She is showing her age and her "check engine" light is still on. To be fair, it comes on every "winter" and usually requires new spark plugs and maybe new coils at the beginning of every spring....that, combined with the gas formula change that happens around this time will usually get it to turn off. If it doesn't turn off, I could be in a world of trouble that I don't want right now. But she runs fine, other than being a little more of a gas-eater than she used to be. 

On Thursday, I caught Stormageddon doing this:


Yes, he's sitting in the chair, sucking his big toe. He was never much of a sucker on anything. He didn't take a binky, he didn't suck his thumb or any of his fingers or toes, he didn't really suck on anything....but once in awhile, he'll do this. My best friend's mom (back home) asked if I was jealous he was that flexible. No, I'm really not.....because I can still suck my toes if I ever had a desire to do so (and, spoiler alert, I don't). 





These also happened on Thursday. Our friend Thom came over and took a couple photos of Stormageddon being, well, Stormageddon. Thom has a red Porsche (not the one in the above photo) that he has named Sibylle.....he's decided that Stormageddon's little rocket car is also named Sibylle. Also, he loves being in the Porsches (Thom has his and then he has his dad's "legacy" one - which is the one in the above photo). He doesn't get to do it very often, though. 


Apparently Thursday was "picture day" in my house because I also got a couple of Little Man, but only one was decent. 


He had swimming lessons and didn't know I was taking this photo. This is when he was supposed to be drying off. Of course, he's busy watching everyone else and not drying off. ::sigh:: Typical of my children.



Anyway, I'm a little late today for various reasons. Sue me. I got it done before noon this time. I hope you had a lovely week and weekend :) 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

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

Hello and happy Sunday :) Today's post is brought to you buy SAHMs that survive Spring Break with their children (that's "Stay At Home Moms, if you're curious).

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018

Nope. Nothing new to see here.



WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
6. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
7. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
8. Returning: started 14 January 2018
9. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
10. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018

We spent the first half of this week in Southern California...meaning I had ample time as a passenger in the car and I could knit (but only on the way down). I spent some time working on my Paradiddle Prototype socks. I finished tinking back to the end of the heel turn (where all the gusset stitches were picked up) and started working forward again. From the drive and the few days in Southern California, I probably got 12 repeats done and I think I only need 18 for the foot portion. I should double check that. Unfortunately, you're not going to see much of this project as it's a design prototype and I'm debating about whether to self-publish it or submit it first. We'll see. Either way, I'm going to write up and it will get published.




I also pulled out my Returning Shawl and worked on that here and there. The rows are getting longer so unless I have a good block of time, I don't want to work on it...but I tried.



I also spent some time on my FrankenSocks. I have a feeling these are going to require busting out the full skeins of this yarn in order to make the pair of socks. It's okay, though. I don't have any huge special plans for those skeins of yarn so I'm not too fussed if I need to break into them. It just means I can make more scrappy things later (like mittens, which I think Little Man has requested, even though I feel like I just made him a pair of mittens...).



Outside of actual knitting, I did some spinning. While we were gone, my Electric Eel Wheel Mini Spinner arrived. I funded his Kickstarter and my "swag" was that I got the wheel and seven bobbins to go with it. They also sent a few other important items like the orifice hook and an extra couple of tension cords. So, of course I took it out for a test run. I don't have photos of that but I do have photos of the wheel.







It's difficult to tell the size but this thing weighs less than 2 lbs and fits in my hand. The only "problem" I've had with spinning on this wheel is that if I have it at maximum speed (which, for me, is the only way to spin), the little wheel likes to "walk" across the surface it's sitting on. It does have a rubberband around the middle, which helps so that it only walks one direction...but it still walks. I'm going to have to add some sort of rubber to the bottom to keep it from walking. I know I could turn down the speed but that's not my jam. I am a fast treadler and, likewise, I like my electric spinner going quickly. So far, I've spun about an ounce of fiber onto the first bobbin. I've got six more bobbins I can fill (though it may only take four or so). I could attempt to ply on this wheel with some modifications but I think I'm going to ply on Viktor (my Majacraft Pioneer).



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch,
grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



This past week has been kind of a whirlwind, mostly due to our trip to Southern California. We left on Sunday morning and headed to Carlsbad, which is between Los Angeles and San Diego. It took about 7.5 hours to make the drive but we also stopped a couple times along the way. When we arrived, we unloaded the car, went out to dinner, and then went to the beach. It's not right along the ocean but it's a little inlet where the waves aren't huge. Their doggies came along, the boys played in the sand and dug for shells, and we watched the sun set.












At one point, Stormageddon wanted to wade into the water. I told him he had to take his pants off so he didn't get them all wet. So, he spent a good chunk of time running along the shore in his diaper and a t-shirt. The boys came home with a little baggie full of shells and shell pieces. We dug some out of the wall and we found a few in the sand. Little Man was thrilled with it.

After we got "home," the boys spent time in the backyard, playing with the colored rocks and Little Man found a snail.



On Monday morning, we woke up early and drove to Anaheim to go to Disneyland.


Lines are, of course, boring. So the boys played around on the ground while we were in line. Once we were in, we were good to go. Husband got the Fast Pass so we could sign up for certain rides but you could only have one signed up at a time. So, we got a few out of the way with the Fast Pass and some we waited in lines for. Our first ride was the Haunted Mansion. I remember that one scaring the crap out of me as a kid but this time around, it scared Little Man and Stormageddon. They had fun, though, and I think in the end, they liked that one. We also went on the Buzz Lightyear AstroBlaster, the Astro Orbitor, the train that goes around the park, Pirates of the Caribbean, and StarTours (which is the Star Wars ride in Tomorrowland). Husband and Little Man also went on Big Thunder and Indiana Jones. Unfortunately, it was disgustingly hot on Monday so we ended up leaving around 4:30pm.






The boys were fascinated by Buzz Lightyear as we were heading into the Buzz Lightyear AstroBlaster ride.



This droid greeted us at StarTours. We were supposed to be going on a nice tour around the galaxy...





Stormageddon got to meet both Goofy and Minnie Mouse as we were waiting for Husband and Little Man to get back from Indiana Jones.



The boys made their own R2D2-type droids. Little Man's is the orange one and Stormageddon's is the more traditional one (because I made it, mostly).

Sadly, Husband screwed up his back on Monday getting out of the Astro Orbitor and made it worse on Indiana Jones. We almost wound up driving home on Monday night. But, I convinced Husband to sleep and take some pain medication and see how he felt on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning, he was still hurting but he was okay....so we went to Disneyland California Adventures. On the way, we had an interesting thing happen at the Border Patrol station north of Carlsbad. There was a major slowdown heading into the Border Patrol station and every semi was pulled and there were a couple of cars pulled out with trunks and doors open, there were cops all over the place.....it was just......weird. We have no idea what was going on but it looked weird. Oh well. Not my circus, not my monkeys.



This photo was taken while things were calm and I was naive. Husband says, "hey, let's do Guardians of the Galaxy first, before it gets busy" and I say, "okay sure, what's it like?" because I don't know anything about it. He says, "oh, it goes up and down a few times; it's the old Tower of Terror ride," which, of course, means nothing to me because I'd never been on that one either. So, my naive self, along with the boys, go on Guardians of the Galaxy first.

Never. Again.

Ever.

Seriously. Never.

"Goes up and down a few times" is code for "shoves you upwards toward the ceiling and then drops you down a half-dozen flights of stairs before you can even catch your breath with your butt lifted off the seat and you actually fearing for your life." Because that's totally what happened. Repeatedly. I am terrified of heights and I know, logically, as I'm on the ground, that this ride is safe and thousands upon thousands upon thousands have been on this ride before me...but when you're in the moment....yeah, I actually thought I was going to die. I had Stormageddon next to me (he was between Husband and I; Little Man was on the end, by the wall)...trying to hold him into his spot so he didn't fly off anywhere and I'm screaming because I am 100% terrified that I am going to die on this ride. My legs were shaking, I was screaming, and I'm surprised I didn't start to cry. I did later, after I was safely back on the ground. I'm not sure how the boys liked it. I think Little Man liked it but was also scared. I'm not sure about Stormageddon. I know he was scared while we were walking in but I don't know about the ride itself.

Regardless, I'm not going on that one ever again.

After that, we went on much calmer rides that I could handle including Flik's Flyers, Francis Ladybug's Boogie, Heimlich's Chew Chew Train, Monsters Inc, and Toy Story Midway Mania. The boys also got to meet Flik (sadly, they've not yet seen a Bug's Life, though I'm pretty sure we have it), and we took a trip through Radiator Springs and the boys got to meet Mater. We love Mater in our house. I dislike the Cars movies but I do like Mater's Tall Tales, which is a bunch of shorts where Mater tells some whopping lies about being a daredevil and a matador and a Fast & Furious type modification cars race thing. Anyway, that happened.








Husband had a back spasm while we were there so our last ride was the Toy Story Midway Mania, which was very similar to the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride over at Disneyland. I sat with Little Man.


We both really liked that one. My aim is crap, however.



A successful trip is based on whether the boys fall asleep in the car or not. I think Disneyland and California Adventures were a big win.

We drove back on Wednesday. We thought about staying another day and going to Sea World in San Diego but we decided to stick to our plan. I wound up driving a good chunk of the drive back home. Husband got us out of Los Angeles and over the mountains and I took over just north of Bakersfield and got us home.

The rest of the week has been pretty benign. Little Man had a playdate yesterday afternoon. I had a mommy dinner night out with 8 other moms on Friday night (we all have kids in 1st grade...and we all have at least one more besides our 1st grader). Little Man had swimming lessons. That's about it. Oh, wait, we're also having a Marvel Movie Marathon because Avengers: Infinity Wars is coming out so we need to re-watch what we can. We're watching in timeline order as opposed to release order. So, we watched Captain America: The First Avenger on Thursday, and we watched most of Iron Man yesterday (we skipped Friday because i was gone).

That means that tomorrow is back to school! I managed to survive Spring Break with both my children mostly intact!

I hope you had a lovely weekend :)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #14

Happy Sunday :)

Today's post is brought to you by Spring Break. During Spring Break, we try not to strangle our children as they wrestle on the floor for the thirtieth time in the last hour. No? Just me?

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018

I had four finishes this week. I wound up the yarn for the Garter Stitch Baby Blanket last week and I finished it this week. It's even had a bath and the ends have been woven in. Unfortunately, it bleeds like crazy so I'm going to have to try to set the dye. It's cotton yarn so my usual soak in citric acid and water followed by a steam in my veggie steamer isn't going to work. I mean, I can use the citric acid but I'm also going to need salt for this one. ::sigh:: I'm not that fussed about it since it doesn't have to reach its destination until September so I've got some time to try to get the dye to set.

In addition to the blanket, I knit up two tiny narwhals. I picked up a few MochiMochi kits at ImagiKnit in San Francisco in November: the narwhals (you have enough in the kit to make two), Flapjack Frogs (you have enough in the kit to make three frogs and a lily pad - I'm pretty sure it's a "tiny version" since the original is for worsted weight yarn), and Tiny Turtle (you have enough in the kit to make two). I have a little yarn left and I might be able to get a stripey version out of my leftovers. I'm not sure yet. I might have to try it. They knit up very quickly. I knit both bodies in less than an hour and a half and they maybe took just over two hours total to make from start to finish.



They truly are teeny tiny. I'm not entirely happy with the tusks on either one but they'll work. It's all a bit fiddly as it's a small amount of sock yarn on US #1 needles (DPNs specifically) and, of course, you start with very few stitches. But they worked out well and it was a good little palette cleanser.

Lastly I finished up my pattern submission....just under the wire. They wanted all submissions by this past Wednesday and I sent mine off Tuesday evening. It's all done via email so it's not like I had to overnight anything. I should know by tomorrow if my pattern was selected or not. I'm not too fussed about it either way. I mean, I'd be thrilled to have something else published but I'm not going to cry about it if it's not chosen. So, we'll see.




WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
6. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
7. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
8. Returning: started 14 January 2018
9. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018

With a couple finishes and no additions, I'm back down to nine WIPs. I've even worked on a couple of them! I mean, with all the other things going on, I'm surprised that I worked on anything else but here I am, killing it this week :)

I pulled out my Returning shawl a couple different times this week, not that I got very far. My rows are growing so, naturally, it takes longer to knit a row. But, I got through a couple rows.

I also pulled out my FrankenSocks. I had to do some math to figure out how I wanted the rows to work out with heel placement and length and such. I had intended these socks to use up scraps...but I might run out of some of the yarn.....except I have more of all the yarns in my stash. ::sigh:: So much for using up scraps. Oh well. But, I pulled them out. I've finished the cuff of the first one (which is Italian Plum from Cascade) and I've started the first stripe (which is a neon green from Creatively Dyed). Exciting times.

I think that was it, other than thinking about my Stomping Grounds Collection again. I do that once in awhile while I'm at the gym. I'm going to have to revisit that collection of designs. And get going on them. And maybe buy more yarn.



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch,
grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



This week was our first week of spring break. So, I've had both boys at home, together, all week. Everyone is still alive.

On Sunday evening, our friend and I went to see the Warriors basketball game over in Oakland. It was my first professional basketball game and even though we were way up, you could see everything.






In addition to that, it was Star Wars night so there were tons of Star Wars themed...things. The opening where players come onto the court was done to various themes from the movies, the dance breaks and such that happen involved either a troupe of dancing Stormtroopers or a conglomeration of various characters (Leia, Chewbacca, Obi Wan, Luke, etc.). Also, they had Star Wars/Warriors mashup merch like t-shirts and inflatable lightsabers.  I came home with three t-shirts (one for me and one for each of the boys).

Other than that, we tried to keep our sanity. We went shopping, we went to the gym and the library, we had a lunch date......and then I came down with "something." I'm still not quite sure what it is other than a sore throat, crap in my throat, and a nasty cough. So, we laid low the rest of the week.

Stormageddon did manage to get himself TWO black eyes this week.



This is the second one. It's the worst of the two, though the other one broke skin...this one had a sizable egg and some good bruising.

Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend. We're off to places for a couple of days and then we'll soon be back to the grind :)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #13

Happy April Fools' Day :) And Easter, if you're into that. I'm running late this week for reasons so let's just get to it.


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018

Nope. Move along.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017
6. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
7. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
8. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
9. Returning: started 14 January 2018
10. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
11. Pattern Submission: started 19 March 2018

I've done very little knitting this week. In fact, the only actual knitting I did was last night, on the baby blanket. I also wound the last skein of yarn for the blanket (the one that I bought from another Ravelry user - she had the same dyelot, which I knew was important for this one). I had to hand-wind the yarn, though, because it was horribly tangled in the skein. I didn't even put it on a swift. It may have gone more quickly if I had. But it's done, wound, and ready for action....not that it got any. I still have a teeny ball left of that skein so, you know, soon :)


OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch,
grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)




I'm still coming down off the auction this week. Items that were left have mostly been delivered, tablecloths are being washed/folded by various people, we've sorted and stored most of our decorations, and my living room no longer looks like an auction bomb went off. I'm still doing a bunch of the backend work (making sure balances are paid and refunds are made properly, double-checking bid sheets for proper amounts on table items, the budget....). Yeah. It's been a lot less stressful this week. In fact, yesterday was the first day in months that my inboxes haven't been overflowing. So, that's exciting.

Little Man has officially started spring break. I have no idea what I'm going to do with both monkeys for two weeks but I'm sure we'll figure it out. I know we will be heading to the library tomorrow because our books are due. He's also requested a trip to the aquarium (The Aquarium by the Bay at Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco). That's about all I know at this point.

Tuesday was kind of a rough day in our house. Stormageddon was being a booger about everything and he made me tweak my back pretty good as I was dragging him from speech therapy over my shoulder. He knew he was being naughty and tried to make amends:





At this point, the auction decorations were still sitting in my front room. He went into the box with the fake roses and grabbed a bundle. He had it hidden behind his back and was smiling when he came in. Of course, he's small so I could see exactly what he had. He was so proud of himself. Then he gave me kisses and told me he was sorry.




Little Man caught a frog under a plastic box on Thursday night. It was this little green frog. He hopped off into the yard not long after I took the photos. I'm just glad he didn't ask if we could keep it as a pet. ::sigh::

The other "major" thing that happened this week, which happened last night:



We started getting our plants ready for our garden. We'll see which ones sprout and which ones don't this year. I think we have watermelons, carrots, two different lettuces, squash, cucumbers, and okra. So, there's that.


Anyway, it's Easter around here and things are happening so I'm going to wander off. I hope you had a lovely week and weekend :) Happy April!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #12

Hello, happy whatever day it is....I'm a few days late and that's just how it's going to be.



FOs (Finished Objects)

1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018

Nothing new to see here. Woo.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017
6. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
7. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
8. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
9. Returning: started 14 January 2018
10. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
11. Pattern Submission: started 19 March 2018

I didn't do a whole lot of knitting last week. I didn't do a whole lot of anything that wasn't related to the auction, really. There is one thing I did, however: I started a pattern submission project. To be fair, it's a pattern I made years ago and it's in need of actual writing/revamping so I'm going to give it a whirl. The worst thing they can say is that it sucks but I don't think that's going to happen. So, I'm going to go with the worst thing they can say is, "no." But even that didn't get a lot of attention this week. ::sigh::


OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

Designs
1. Susan's Hat *started* - need new prototype & write pattern
2. Little Man's Baby Blanket *started* - write pattern
3. Paradiddle Socks  *started* - need prototype & write pattern
4. Pacific Waves Hat *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
5. Fall in San Francisco *started* - need another prototype & write pattern
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket - need prototype & write pattern
7. Cabled pullover (grey look-alike sweater - Old Navy hooded sweater with cable) - need sketch,
grading, swatch, prototype, & write pattern
8. Christmas stocking for Little Man - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
9. Christmas stocking for Stormageddon - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
10. Christmas stocking for Husband - need charts, prototype, & write pattern (maybe)
11. Stomping Grounds collection *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)




Now, let's get down to non-fibery business: the auction is finished. Like, the actual event is over and done.....but my front room looks like an auction bomb went off. I have about 50% of the decorations and bins and such sitting in my front room. My Event Planning Coordinator is coming over tonight and we're going to work on sorting it all out and taking some sort of inventory and labeling the bins with what's inside and all of that. In addition to that, I'm going through bid sheets and making sure everything was entered and everyone was appropriately charged. Oh, and then I have envelopes with certificates that need to be doled out. And a basket or two. And then there's the counting. I have to count raffle tickets, I have to count the other raffle tickets, I have to count money, and I have to get everything gathered together, entered on the money forms, and turn it in to our PTA treasurer. ::sigh:: So many little things to do this week.

The auction wasn't the only thing that happened last week, though. On Tuesday, this happened:



Husband helped fund the indiegogo to make Super Troopers 2. Our "swag" was an early viewing of the movie plus a Q&A with some of Broken Lizard, specifically Erik Stolhanske (Rabbit), Jay Chandrasekhar (Thorny), Kevin Hefferman (Farva), and Steve Lemme (Mac). Only Paul Soter (Foster) was absent. And then, of course, autographs and photos and such after the movie. Husband has all those photos and he promised to send them to me but, you know, he hasn't yet. ::sigh::



We were toward the back of the theater but it didn't matter. The movie, by the way, is hilarious.


We also saw one of our favorite neighborhood kitties late last week. She's been hanging out by a house at the end of our street, which is significantly closer to us than she used to be. She's still skittish and I'm pretty sure someone tried to snatch her. She used to come right up to us for pets and rubs but now she will hardly come near anyone. Poor kitty.


Of course, with the rain we've had over the last week, the snails are out in droves. They're unofficial pets at our house. The boys love them.




Speaking of rain, we've had some fabulous rainbows. You can't tell from these photos but there was actually the beginnings of a double rainbow.



Stormageddon is working on saying, "cheese" for the camera. He's also discovered his love of long t-shirts for jammies. But, of course, he was cold so he was hanging out by the fire the other night.



And lastly, this was our wall/photo op entrance to the auction on Saturday. Our theme was Carnival en EspaƱa. I think next year we might go for an 80s prom theme. Still working on that one.



Anyway, I hope you had a lovely week last week and a lovely weekend and maybe even a lovely beginning of your week :)