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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #50

Hello and happy Sunday! We're into the home stretch so let's get going :)


Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017
19. Pussy Hat: started May 19. 2017; finished May 23, 2017
20. Pussy Hat: started May 24, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
21. Baby Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
22. Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
23. Bugga Bare (2 matching): started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
24. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
25. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
26. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
23. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017
24. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17 2016; finished June 9, 2017
25. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017; finished June 23, 2017
26: Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
28. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
29. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
30. Bonbon for Miss C: started June 24, 2017; finished July 6, 2017
31. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 1, 2017; finished July 7, 2017
32. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 2, 2017; finished July 10, 2017
33. Miss Babs BFL: started July 11, 2017; finished July 21, 2017
34. Yarn Dyeing Adventures: started August 6, 2017; finished August 6, 2017
35. Unnamed Hat: started August 14, 2017; finished August 24, 2017
36. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017; finished September 8, 2017
37. Wasabi for Mr. K: started September 17, 2017; finished September 25, 2017
*38. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017; frogged September 26, 2017
39. Baby Hat Prototype: started October 23, 2017; finished October 31, 2017
*40. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017; frogged November 16, 2017
41. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017; finished November 17, 2017
42. Rastarmulke: started November 20, 2017; finished November 21, 2017
43. Mittens for Little Man: started November 25, 2017; finished December 2, 2017
44. Bugle for Miss E: started December 3, 2017; finished December 8, 2017

It's true! I finished a project this week. I'm extremely behind on FO Friday posts so I might just have to do a big one with a bunch of them. Or not. Whatever. I need to get on that. But, I finished up the little elephant, she's been wrapped, and should be on her way to Wisconsin this week.

Oh wait, it occurs to me that I knit this in under a week because it definitely wasn't on last week's WIP list. So, you didn't know I was working on this. I knit a little elephant this week that will be shipped to Wisconsin along with Bonbon for Miss C (#30) and Wasabi for Mr. K (#37). They're all patterns by Susan Claudino. Don't get me wrong; I love Susan B. Anderson's toy patterns but I was itching to try something that wasn't going to require seaming (and cursing) and the Susan Claudino patterns worked perfectly. Seriously, no seaming. You do it while you're knitting the pattern. It can be a little fiddly but her instructions are excellent (for the most part).

So, with the finish, I might have to get on an FO Friday post (I'm woefully behind, I think, along with stash posts...). We'll see how things go.


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
6. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
7. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
8. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
9. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
10. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
11. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017
12. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017
13. Paradiddle Prototype: started October 19, 2017
14. Rasta Ski Cap: started November 25, 2017

When I wasn't working on the elephant noted above, most of my WIP work involved the Paradiddle Prototype (socks) and the Rasta Ski Cap. I may have knitted a few rounds on the Gamer Bag but most likely not. I put in a lifeline after the ribbing on the Paradiddle Prototype in case I hate how the pattern works up. So far, I'm three repeats in and it seems to be working. So, I'll probably leave it alone. The Ski Cap is still in the midst of 2x2 ribbing hell. I've not spent a lot of time on it but I did a few rounds here and there. I had to tink back on Friday night because I managed to get off by a stitch and things weren't lining up. But, I fixed it and now I'm back on track. 



And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists

Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
2. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
3. Undetermined hat for Little Man
4. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
5. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


Christmas/Charity Bin:

1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


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 (everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.) *started*
2. Something from the stash...(lord knows I have plenty)



Other: 
1. Stitch Markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in the Ravelry database (Workbasket magazine, leaflets, etc.)


Given that this is the 50th update for the year, there's very little chance of something new being picked from the above lists but I'll keep them here for transparency and consistency. But, honestly...probably nothing new anytime soon. Maybe. 


Here in California, it's been a seemingly long week. I've been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work for Little Man's school's auction. I sent out a bunch of emails, I had several meetings late in the week, and just random things that kept coming up. In between all that, there were the usual errands and trying to find time to knit but also things around the house that I had been neglecting (laundry). 

By the time Thursday night rolled around, I was over everything. I just wanted a break. But, you know, that doesn't really happen. I did manage to skirt away for a couple hours to go to a holiday craft fair (not all strictly crafts but you know what I mean) on Thursday night but that was about it. I may or may not have come home with two pairs of Lularoe Jack Skellington pants, some books for Little Man for Christmas, some crocheted dishcloths (yay, I don't have to make any!), and a candle. Maybe. 

Here are few photos from last Sunday (after my post had gone live). We went to what was touted as a craft fair but, really, it wasn't. But, the boys had a photo session and chat with the fat man in the red coat.


I still haven't taken them for their "official" photos yet. I think we'll be doing that next week or the week after. Soon enough, soon enough.

The boys also spent some time playing with their piles of Halloween costumes and both decided they wanted to be Iron Man. ::sigh::



We did have a mishap with Stormageddon on Tuesday. I go to the gym about 5-6 times every week and when I go, Stormageddon goes to the Kids' Club, which is fine and wonderful. When we went on Tuesday, he had a little bit of a freak accident happen. They have a couple climbing ropes (that only go about 6' from ground to "ceiling") and they're anchored to the ground with chains. Only about 3-4" of chain are actually showing at the bottom. Guess who smacked his head on the chain and managed to gouge a hole on the back of his head?


Since it wasn't anything that could be stitched up, I just cleaned him up, put some antibacterial goop on it, and let him go on his way. He was barely aware that anything had happened until we were trying to clean the blood out of his hair. He's fine, though. I didn't even bother taking him to the doctor because there really wasn't anything they could do that I wasn't already doing. 

On Wednesday, we went to Target, as we do. 




I don't know what it is about kids and these balls but they all seem to love sitting on them. Whatever. It amuses them so I photograph it. Unfortunately, they've both gotten big enough to the point that they don't fit on there together. ::sigh::

Thursday evening brought a day of meetings for the auction (which means I got hot chocolate) and swimming lessons, which can lead to goofy faces.





Also, Stormageddon decided to bop his head along to AC/DC in the car, which you can't see from the photo but it was funny.




No, I did not knit this sweater. It's a handknit Aran sweater (acrylic something or other) that I picked up at a Just Between Friends sale last year for $8. It's still a little big on Stormageddon but he wore it and then Husband put his riding hat on him and it was too cute.

This is the last photo of Stormageddon with his long hair. I shaved his head yesterday. I was tired of the knots in his hair again. So, Husband purchased a set of clippers and I took it all off. I probably could have gone a little longer than I did but it'll grow back just fine. I haven't photographed him yet, though. 


I hope you've had a lovely week. Hopefully I'll be back with a FO Friday post soon...I hope...and/or a stash post. I'm due for one of those, as well. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #49

Happy Sunday! Let's get started.


Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017
19. Pussy Hat: started May 19. 2017; finished May 23, 2017
20. Pussy Hat: started May 24, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
21. Baby Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
22. Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
23. Bugga Bare (2 matching): started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
24. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
25. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
26. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
23. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017
24. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17 2016; finished June 9, 2017
25. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017; finished June 23, 2017
26: Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
28. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
29. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
30. Bonbon for Miss C: started June 24, 2017; finished July 6, 2017
31. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 1, 2017; finished July 7, 2017
32. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 2, 2017; finished July 10, 2017
33. Miss Babs BFL: started July 11, 2017; finished July 21, 2017
34. Yarn Dyeing Adventures: started August 6, 2017; finished August 6, 2017
35. Unnamed Hat: started August 14, 2017; finished August 24, 2017
36. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017; finished September 8, 2017
37. Wasabi for Mr. K: started September 17, 2017; finished September 25, 2017
*38. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017; frogged September 26, 2017
39. Baby Hat Prototype: started October 23, 2017; finished October 31, 2017
*40. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017; frogged November 16, 2017
41. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017; finished November 17, 2017
42. Rastarmulke: started November 20, 2017; finished November 21, 2017
43. Mittens for Little Man: started November 25, 2017; finished December 2, 2017

I finished Little Man's mittens late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Technically, it was Saturday morning but I hadn't gone to bed yet. Either way, they were done. I actually knit the second mitten between 7pm Friday and 12:30am Saturday and I wasn't knitting on it that whole time (put the kids to bed, ate some dinner, etc.).


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
6. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
7. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
8. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
9. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
10. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
11. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017
12. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017
13. Paradiddle Prototype: started October 19, 2017
14. Rasta Ski Cap: started November 25, 2017

I've not started anything new, which is probably a good thing, judging on how this list is looking.

I've done a little knitting this week. I worked on the Rasta Ski Cap for a few rounds. I've started with the black yarn so it's hard to see in some light, which means I've only worked a little bit on it.

I finished the first of Little Man's mittens on Thursday night and, as I mentioned above, I started the second one on Friday. I had to take some notes so I can make it's match. Thankfully it was bulky yarn on big(ish) needles so it was a fairly quick project. The only thing that bothered me...well, there are two things: (1) they're acrylic and because my hands get drier in the winter, the yarn sticks to them a bit more and (2) one mitten took up more than half a skein of yarn so I had to break into the second/last skein, meaning I have bits of two separate skeins. I don't know what I'm going to do with them. Part of me wants to just toss them but they're red so maybe I'll make those little red hats. I don't know.

In addition to working on the ski cap and finishing up the mittens, I spent some time trying to finish the ribbing on the first of the Paradiddle Prototype (socks). I think I have two rounds left on the ribbing. ::sigh:: But, I got a chance to work on it, which is lovely.

I also did some reorganization on my side of the bed, resulting in every project being touched, at the very least...some were moved around and looked at and others had some work done to them....but my corner is significantly cleaner.



And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists

Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
2. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
3. Undetermined hat for Little Man
4. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
5. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


Christmas/Charity Bin:

1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


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 (everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.) *started*
2. Something from the stash...(lord knows I have plenty)


Other: 
1. Stitch Markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in the Ravelry database (Workbasket magazine, leaflets, etc.)



It appears I was rather lax with my photography this week. Seriously. I took four photos between last Sunday and Friday evening. All four were of cats. We don't own cats. I am, in fact, extremely allergic to cats. Yet I have four photos of cats. 





Where I'm from, you have indoor cats or you have farm cats. Outdoor cats in the city was not a thing where I grew up. Plenty of my friends had barn kitties but they all lived outside of town. So, it was definitely a new thing when we moved to California to discover that people in the city had indoor and/or outdoor cats and there were even some feral ones running amok. 

So, what does this have to do with the four photos of the two kitties above? A house about a block away from us has a glaring of kitties on their doorstep every morning and they come and go throughout the day. The people that live in the house feed all the cats of the neighborhood: indoor, feral, indoor/outdoor...they all know to come to this house. Some mornings we have walked by and there are only one or two (as was the case the morning I took the above photos) but other mornings, there are upwards of 10 cats hanging around outside, waiting for food. The neighbors next to them trap the ferals and get them all fixed (vaccinations, neutering, etc.). Unfortunately, they've not been able to catch the queen of the ferals and there's got to be at least one tom running around because she keeps having babies. 

The two kitties above are probably related. 



We had a very bland week around here. The only thing that really happened was that Little Man took a winter bug class yesterday. I have a knitting friend that is an entomologist and she teaches kids about bugs....like that's her job. She has a PhD and a house filled with bugs (in cages). The first time we were over to their house, Little Man happened upon her office, which has several cages of bugs, specifically cockroaches. He came bolting out of that room very quickly. The first class Little Man ever took with her was a Bugs of Pok√©mon class and he loved it. So, this time around, it was on how bugs survive winter and there were games and he came home with an ornament. Again, he loved it. So, if you're in the San Francisco area, check out the Beetlelady. She does free events/classes through the local libraries, she teaches in classrooms, and she even will do private lessons and birthday parties. Also, she's a knitter and absolutely lovely :) 

Really, we did not have much of anything going on this week. I'm hoping it kind of stays that way. I rather like having some room to breathe.



Anyway, sorry this is all so short today. I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #48

Hello, happy Sunday :)


Finished Objects (FOs):
1. Pussy Hat: started January 10, 2017; finished January 16, 2017
2. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017
3. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017
4. Pikachu Hat: started February 3, 2017; finished February 10, 2017
5. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016; finished February 24, 2017
6. Pussy Hat: started February 13, 2017; finished February 27, 2017
7. Pussy Hat: started March 2, 2017; finished March 8, 2017
8. Pussy Hat: started March 9, 2017; finished March 21, 2017
9. Pussy Hat: started March 21, 2017; finished March 30, 2017
10. FlockSock Yarn #1: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
11. FlockSock Yarn #2: started April 5, 2017; finished April 5, 2017
12. #initiateknitdesign challenge from ArohaKnits: started April 3, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
13. Knit Picks Bare Palette Fingering: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
14. Malabrigo Rios: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
15. Nashua Creative Focus Superwash: started April 9, 2017; finished April 9, 2017
16. Pussy Hat: started April 13, 2017; finished April 30, 2017
17. Pussy Hat: started April 30, 2017; finished May 13, 2017
18. Messed Up Moss: started January 4, 2017; finished May 17, 2017
19. Pussy Hat: started May 19. 2017; finished May 23, 2017
20. Pussy Hat: started May 24, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
21. Baby Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
22. Pussy Hat: started May 26, 2017; finished May 26, 2017
23. Bugga Bare (2 matching): started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
24. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
25. Bugga Bare: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
26. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Twist: started June 3, 2017; finished June 4, 2017
23. Vanilla Socks: started March 30, 2017; finished June 8, 2017
24. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17 2016; finished June 9, 2017
25. BMFA Handpainted Roving: started March 23, 2017; finished June 23, 2017
26: Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
27. Malabrigo Sock: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
28. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
29. Sanguine Gryphon Traveller: started July 3, 2017; finished July 4, 2017
30. Bonbon for Miss C: started June 24, 2017; finished July 6, 2017
31. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 1, 2017; finished July 7, 2017
32. Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving: started July 2, 2017; finished July 10, 2017
33. Miss Babs BFL: started July 11, 2017; finished July 21, 2017
34. Yarn Dyeing Adventures: started August 6, 2017; finished August 6, 2017
35. Unnamed Hat: started August 14, 2017; finished August 24, 2017
36. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017; finished September 8, 2017
37. Wasabi for Mr. K: started September 17, 2017; finished September 25, 2017
*38. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017; frogged September 26, 2017
39. Baby Hat Prototype: started October 23, 2017; finished October 31, 2017
*40. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017; frogged November 16, 2017
41. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017; finished November 17, 2017
42. Rastarmulke: started November 20, 2017; finished November 21, 2017

I started and finished a project this week: a Yarmulke in Rasta colors.


One of our friends (our realtor) is Jewish and is a bit......well, he's an odd duck, honestly. He asked me about making him a Rasta-colored Yarmulke maybe two years ago and I wasn't crazy about the idea but I said I'd look into it. Well, all the patterns on Ravelry just weren't cutting it and were all written for different weight yarn and finally, I just said, "screw it; I'll make it up as I go along" and lo, we have this Yarmulke. Bonus is that it's a perfect fit and size. Who knew?1


Works-in-Progress (WIPs):
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
5. Morvarch Aardvark: started January 1, 2017
6. Stomping Grounds collection: started February 26, 2017 (no project page)
7. Hat Design: started March 20, 2017
8. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
9. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
10. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
11. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017
12. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017
13. Paradiddle Prototype: started October 19, 2017
14. Mittens for Little Man: started November 25, 2017
15. Rasta Ski Cap: started November 25, 2017

I guess I'm back to the "finish one, start two" mantra again. I've been meaning to make mittens for Little Man out of the yarn that matches his scarf. I'm sort of loosely using Susan B. Anderson's Waiting for Winter Mittens for lengths of things but that's about it (because the pattern doesn't match up with the yarn weight or needles that I'm using). So, I'm kind of winging them. Luckily, it's super bulky yarn so they should go pretty quickly. I actually had them started earlier this week and I left them out on the bed so I could go help Husband with something.....and Stormageddon pulled all the DPNs out. I thought about trying to pick up the stitches and decided that I would just restart them. 

In addition to the mittens, I also started a beanie using the same yarn I used for the Yarmulke noted above. It's nothing fancy and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it but that's something to think about on a different day. 

Aside from the new projects, I picked up some of my other WIPs. I worked a couple rounds on the Paradiddle Prototype (socks). They're slow going because it's 1x1 ribbing and it will probably be 20-25 rounds....sooooo sloooooooow. I also worked a few rows on the Garter Stitch Baby Blanket. Now that I'm on the 3rd skein, I've stared the decreases. I'm hoping it'll be large enough for a baby when it's finished. I'm not that fussed about it, though. 

Lastly, I pulled out Wink and worked maybe a full pattern repeat. That means I'm almost to the armholes, which is lovely. It's still slow-going because of the cables and the long rows but progress is progress, especially considering how long I've had that project on my needles. 




And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists

Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
2. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
3. Undetermined hat for Little Man
4. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
5. Mittens for Stormageddon


Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!):
1. Park Slope (fingering, specifically Mountain Colors Crazy Foot)
2. Worsted weight house socks (worsted, of course - maybe something like Lumberjack)
4. Evangeline (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. Lichen (Aran or Sport/DK; solid or semi-solid)
6. Moyen Age (fingering; one of my Vice Yarns? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20?)
7. Ginny's Cardigan (DK; solid or semi-solid)
8. Drip Drip Drop (sock; solid or semi-solid)
9. Celtic Myths (worsted; solid)
10. Jag in Garter Stitch (DK; 2 colors)
11. Cobh (fingering; 2 colors)
12. Offhand Lace (bulky; solid or semi-solid)
13. Whitman (DK; any color)
14. Flax (worsted; any color - Misti Alpaca Harry Potter-esque one?)
15. Hoar Frost (Wollmeise that's wound in the bag)


Christmas/Charity Bin:

1. 198 Yds of Heaven (worsted; solid)
2. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
3. Tombreck (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
4. Premie Spiral Hat (DK; any color)
5. Pumpkins & a Pattern (any weight, any color - gauge doesn't matter)


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 (everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.) *started*
2. Something from the stash...(lord knows I have plenty)


Other:
1. Stitch markers

2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)



For those of you not in the US, this week was Thanksgiving, meaning we spend a day giving thanks for all the things we have and the people in our lives, and then the next day, we turn into a bunch of horrendous assholes on our way to get the latest and greatest toys at discount prices on Black Friday. It's absolutely ridiculous. 

Little Man had school on Monday and Tuesday and was off the rest of the week. Monday was kind of an off day for him. He wound up smacking his head on things twice within 10 minutes. The first time, he and one of his friends bumped heads together because they were messing around. The second time, he ran into a flag pole (yeah, I don't even know how that happened with that one). 


Prior to that, Stormageddon fell asleep in the car. 


Monday late morning, before getting Little Man from school and before the head bumps and all that, Stormageddon and I went down to Sunnyvale to pick up the family's shirts & bibs for the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. He was not cooperative, to say the least. I was going to let him walk with me but he decided to try to run off in the parking lot, which was busy because everyone was going in and out, getting their shirts & bibs. He wound up in the stroller because he was so uncooperative. ::sigh:: 

During one of our walks home, Little Man got brave and decided he wanted to try to pick up one of the caterpillars that we see.



On Wednesday, we went to the zoo. We had passes for the carousel so I let the boys have a ride.



We didn't actually stay at the zoo for very long because Husband's back wasn't quite up for it. We got around to the petting/farm animal area, the insects, we stopped at the playground, saw the Komodo dragon (and ran into a couple of Little Man's classmates), and a few other animals, before we headed out. 


The prairie dogs are my favorites. This fat little guy was just hanging out, eating food, and being lazy.




Thursday was Thanksgiving and our Turkey Trot. We were super late. They were actually pulling down everything when we started and we were walking. But, we did a full 5K. Actually, between the walk from the car to the starting point and back, we did almost a 7K (which is just over 4 miles). Then we came home to cook and eat and be merry and such.



This was our turkey, I swear! 

Okay, no, it wasn't. I mean, it's a turkey and Little Man and I made it (it comes as a pre-made cookie decorating kit from Trader Joe's) but that wasn't our protein. We had actual turkey...and everything else, of course.

Friday, we avoided leaving the house until later in the afternoon when we made our way to Home Depot. We did work around the house instead (which was not fun, of course). I went through all the boys' toys and we wound up with something like 9 boxes of toys as well as a garbage bag full of broken ones that exited our house accordingly. I also went through Stormageddon's clothes and we moved several things around in the house (mostly toys and books). Oh, and the Christmas tree, Charlie Brown Christmas tree, and Festivus Pole were put up. 

Yesterday, we did more housework. I helped Husband with some beer brewing (mostly cleanup type stuff), I found my corner in the bedroom, and a few other random things. It wasn't a very exciting day. Oh well.


Here's something entertaining for you:



If you look closely, you can see that this Honda Civic is parked in the cart return for Bed Bath & Beyond. Yeah, it's actually in the cart return. And it wasn't even Black Friday! I thought about parking our cart right behind their car but the irony probably would have been lost on them. 


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