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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #38

Hello. Happy Sunday. Today's post is brought to you by The Matrix. Don't ask me why.



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

Nothing new has been finished, which isn't all that surprising. I'm also behind on FO Friday posts. I'll get there eventually.


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. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
9. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017
10. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
11. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
12. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017
13. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017

I would love to say that I've done tons and tons of knitting this past week but I would be lying through my fingers. I'm lucky I did any knitting at all, to be honest. I worked a few rounds on the Vanillaish Rainbow Socks during Little Man's swimming lesson on Thursday and a few rows on the Neck-Down Base Shawl here and there but honestly, that was about it. I did manage to pull yarn for a couple of projects. It has suddenly occurred to me that it's September that I only have 1/4 of my toys knit for Christmas. So, yarn hunting happened the other night. But that's it, I swear!



17 UFOs in 2017

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. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)


And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
3. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
4. Undetermined hat for Little Man
5. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
6. Mittens for Little Man
7. 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)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
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 - 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) - 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*


Spinning:
1. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
2. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
3. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown

Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)



Moving along, seriously.......let's not discuss those lists right now. 


This past week has been very busy. Little Man had school, of course, but I felt like I was running from this meeting to that meeting to working on spreadsheets to returning emails and sending emails and wow, what did I get myself into?!

In addition to that, Stormageddon had a doctor appointment (3 year well visit) and, of course, he's huge for his age. He was in the 85th percentile for both height and weight. Translation, he's the size of a small 4 year old. I'm not surprised. Little Man is the same way. What can I say, I make huge kids. 

So, in short: stupid busy week. I only have a couple of photos because I just haven't taken any. 


I found these guys on Monday night. They weren't the only ones I saw, either...just the ones that were easiest to photograph.



Little Man has been really into making his own Lego sets...if you can call them that. So, this is a Minecraft one with a Wither something something and I'm not even really sure what all is there. But he's been having fun so I'm okay with it.



And then there's this, which happened yesterday morning. I was out mowing the lawn and weed-whacking and all of that when Little Man starts yelling at me from inside the house, to draw attention to the window. I suspect after four years of abuse from children and a dog combined with some sort of object that hit the window when I was weed-whacking.....yeah, this happened. ::sigh:: Luckily it's double-paned glass but we're still going to have to get it fixed/replaced, which isn't going to be cheap. I swear, if it's not one thing it's another. 


But, like I said....pretty benign week around here, or, rather, so frickin' busy that my head is spinning. Either way...

I hope you're all had a lovely weekend!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #37

A day late because yesterday was a travel day soooooo, happy Monday :)


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

So, I'm a day late but I have a finished project! I took a few knitting projects on my trip, hoping for some time to knit and I spent some time knitting in the airport(s) and on the plane(s) and while binge watching Stranger Things and lo, I finished my Veggie Socks.


Of course, I finished them and I promptly wore them the next day. They've since been washed and will be going into the dryer sometime today. But they're finished and that's fantastic.




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. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
9. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017
10. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
11. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
12. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017
13. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017

As I mentioned above, I finished the Veggie Socks. I also brought my Vanillaish Rainbow Socks and my Twilight Socks along on my trip, both of which saw some action, though admittedly not a lot. And then, because I don't have enough going on, I started a new project using yarn that I got on my trip.



It's nothing terribly fancy (yet). It's just a neck-down garter stitch shawl though I'm debating whether I should add stripes (I probably will - I'm leaning toward black but I might go white on that one) and what kind of border I'm going to throw on it (because why not add a design element to it?). The yarn is I C Spots from River's Edge Fiber Arts and I have no idea what the colorway is called but there it is. It's an amethyst purple with specks of dark teal, black, lavender/orchid color....not self-stripe, which works really well for this.

You may also have noticed that there's a new spinning project. While I was in Wisconsin, I picked up two support spindles and I grabbed some of my new fiber and started putzing about with it.




I do better with the support than I did with just a regular drop spindle but I do significantly better on my wheel. Of course. But I started and I think I'm going to stick them out.



17 UFOs in 2017
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. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)


And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
3. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
4. Undetermined hat for Little Man
5. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
6. Mittens for Little Man
7. 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)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
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 - 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) - 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*


Spinning:
1. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
2. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
3. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown

Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)



The early part of the week was filled with trying to get everything together. I had three meetings: one on Monday night and two on Wednesday morning, all for the auction. In between getting ready for those meetings, I was attempting to pack for my trip to Wisconsin. I was extremely busy but I got through it all and Thursday morning, after dropping Little Man off at school, I was dropped off at the airport. I should maybe note that while I have done a bit of flying over the years, this was my first solo trip on a plane. So, I'm already a little bit of a nervous flyer so my anxiety was ramped up a bit. It didn't help that I had a 45 minute window when I landed at O'Hare in Chicago to get from one plane to the other....I seriously thought I wasn't going to make it (and I almost didn't).

But, back to the week...

So, Thursday, I got to the airport around 8:45am or so, thinking my flight was at 11am. Nooooooope. Apparently reading is not my strong suit because my flight wasn't actually til something like 2:30pm. Oops. I wound up sitting around, knitting, having a leisurely "lunchfast" and taking care of a few emails and such before my flight. It was wonderful. I started with two rounds of the leg left on my Veggie Socks so I did those, then the heel flap & turn, and I picked up gusset stitches before I got on the plane.

We landed in Chicago early. Hooooray. Except that one of the flights sitting at a gate had about 5 fire trucks and 3 ambulances surrounding it and we were told we were probably going to be sitting on the tarmac for a bit. It was originally supposed to be 10 minutes and it turned into almost a half hour. By the time I got off the plane, my next flight was boarding. Now, if you're unaware, this is what the map of O'Hare looks like:


Being that I was on a United flight. we landed at Terminal One over on the right side of the above photo. You'll also notice that Concourse C is kind of off on it's own. In order to get from Concourse C to the rest of the Concourses & Terminals, you have to take 40 stairs down, a good 3/4 mile walk, and 40 stairs back up. 

Guess what I had to do? 

We landed at Concourse C in Terminal One and my next flight was in Concourse B (thankfully just Concourse B). Based on what my ticket said, I had about 10 minutes to get from my first flight to my second one before the doors closed. I pretty much ran through the airport, including on the moving sidewalks. I got to Concourse B and took a quick look at the arrival/departure sign and noticed that my plane had been late coming in so I actually had 10 minutes to have a pee and grab some Starbucks. Unfortunately, it meant that we arrived late in Madison (not horribly off schedule but I was hoping to be at my friend's house by 10pm and, instead, we were pulling up to our gate at 10pm). 

So, that was the airport saga. I got my car, drove to my bestie's place, we stayed up way too late, and then I crashed...but I made sure to get my alarm going at 7am so I'd get moving. It was hard but I did it. 

She took her kids to school while I showered, then we had breakfast at the bakery that I grew up eating. She informed me that not only was I having a doughnut, I was also having a cookie.



After that, we headed to Jefferson for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.


We may or may not have had wine slushies with our dogs & fries. We may or may not have had more than one of those. Also, Husband may or may not have sent my bestie her very own slushie machine so we can have them all the time.















SHEEEEEEEEPIES! Many of them were friendly and loved to have pets. A few tried to nibble fingers. The lambs were a little skittish (top sheep photo) but I think it's because there were so many people....and the sheep shearing was going on nearby and they were hungry.

That night, we went out for Mexican and ate way too much and then we wound up doing a binge session of Stranger Things on Netflix. We started around 8pm and finished around 3am. All eight episodes in one sitting. It was glorious.

Saturday was a little different. We went to see It at the theater, with the heated reclining seats and food. It was a glorious movie and I want to see it again (but I know Husband won't be going along). After that, back to the fairgrounds to check on my auction bids and have a couple more wine slushies and elephant ears and deep fried Snickers bars. Yup. That all happened.




We were amused with the signs in the parking lot. Other signs included sheep, horse, cow, pig, and goat. And probably a few others.



This little guy is a Lincoln sheep. They're extremely rare (something like 5,000 left in the entire world) and he was very friendly. It might have been a "she" but I thought the owner said "ram" in there somewhere. Either way, friendly little sheepie.


This one *really* liked my friend...kept resting the little face on her stomach and looking up at her with big sheepie eyes that said, "take me home, lady!

That night, we went to the pub for dinner.


The pub is in the space where my grandparents had their business since before I was born. I spent almost 30 years running around that space before I closed it. I worked there, when I was home sick from school, I was usually there, and we visited often. The building was originally a bank so in the back there's an extremely heavy, metal, bank vault door and the vault itself. They actually put the fridge/freezer room back there, which isn't surprising. The only way that door would be coming out is if the building owner pulled off the front of the building and went in with some very heavy construction equipment. So, use it to your advantage.


And that was dinner: Norwegian meatballs on a pile of mashed potatoes with some slaw, gravy, and a bun :)

I had to head back home on Sunday but my bestie made waffles, we did some packing, took a trip to Walmart (so I could get bubble wrap to pack beer for Husband), and had lunch at Culver's, which is a fast food place in the Midwest mostly.

My flight home was....not how it was supposed to be. I got to the airport with plenty of time and I go to the ticketing agent and he asked if I would be willing to go on a later flight into Chicago and then home. I was supposed to to Denver and have a 3 hour layover, getting in to San Francisco around midnight. The flight to Chicago and then to San Francisco would get me home about two hours earlier but my connecting flight in Chicago had about 45 minutes. Oooookay, that's what my flight on the way was supposed to be and I ended up running through O'Hare. But, home two hours earlier.....so I did it.

As expected, we got stuck on the tarmac (even though we landed early) and I checked the board as soon as I got off the plane. My connecting flight was on Concourse B and I was, of course, on Concourse C.....so it was basically a reverse of what had happened on Thursday except I had even less time. Turns out the flight home contained the Stanford Women's Volleyball Team and they were holding the plane for us. Sooo, aside from having to run through the airport again, I made it and I arrived home earlier.

Hence why there was no post yesterday and I am, instead, posting today.

I'll have a proper yarn post about my acquisitions....hopefully Saturday. We'll see what happens.

I hope you've had a lovely weekend and beginning to the week :)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #36

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

Nope. Nothing new to see here. Move along, now, move along....


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. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
9. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017
10. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
11. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017
12. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat above): started August 14, 2016

I didn't do a ton of knitting this week. Well, it doesn't feel like I did. But, the progress I have made begs to differ.

I finished up the first of the Veggie Socks on Friday night.


I promptly started the second one yesterday afternoon and I've finished the cuff and have started on the (sort) leg portion.

I also finally finished the cuff on the second of the Vanillaish Rainbow Socks and started on the not-pattern.

But that's it, I swear!


17 UFOs in 2017
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. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)


And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
3. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
4. Undetermined hat for Little Man
5. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
6. Mittens for Little Man
7. 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)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
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 - 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) - 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*


Spinning:
1. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
2. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
3. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown

Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)



This was a busy week in our world (when aren't we busy?!). Our week started out with a trip to see our friends across the Bay followed by a quick trip to the beach and dinner at a place in Half Moon Bay. At the auction in March, I bid and won a couple of things in a package, specifically a four-pass to Elkus Ranch and a gift certificate to one of the restaurants. Well, Elkus Ranch happened but we didn't use the gift certificate. So, we used it on Sunday. 








The boys all took their shoes off and waded a little way into the water (which is still quite cold). I also took a photo of the fog because it was interesting to see how it comes in. The beach we stopped at is next to what we have deemed the World's Weirdest Taco Bell. It wasn't always a Taco Bell, which adds to the quirks. It's right on the beach, and instead of a drive-thru, they have a deck with tables and such and a window where you can order from outside. It's mostly for the surfers, to be honest. They don't want to drag sand and water inside so they order from the outside window. 





The restaurant where we had dinner was just a few miles down the coast and the weather was much different there. You can see the sun was out and there wasn't nearly as much fog. Stormageddon was rather uncooperative so Husband gave him his phone, which helped.

Unfortunately, I wound up getting heat exhaustion on Sunday. I had a headache anyway and then it was hot and with the changes in weather from our friends' place to the coast and then home...I was nauseated and dry heaving and sweaty and clammy and it sucked. Thankfully, that was gone by Monday.

I spent a lot of time on auction stuff this week, particularly early in the week. Back to School Night was on Wednesday and I wanted to have sign-up sheets in each of the classrooms and I was going back and forth with the teachers and principal whether we should have an auction team member speak in each class or if we wanted to let the teachers handle it......turns out I got to speak to the parents en masse. There are around 400 kids at the school in Kinder-8th so that translated to....well, there are maybe 50-75 kids that have siblings and not every family had both parents but there were probably 400-500 parents in the gym. Yeah. That happened. And then I had to go to Little Man's classroom.



This was a photo taken on his first day of school. There's also a picture he drew of his first day of school but I'm electing not to share that one. Since he has the same teacher, there aren't many things that are different (I think the day they go to the library is different). Good thing because I was on an adrenaline rush. 

Little Man didn't have school on Friday and they don't have it tomorrow (Labor Day) so we've had a long weekend around here. That would have been all fine and wonderful but it's been hot around here. And I don't mean, "oh it's 85ºF and I don't like it." No, I mean it's been hot....like it was over 100ºF yesterday. It doesn't get like that here so hardly anyone has air conditioners, much less central air. We've had our two room air conditioners running since Thursday, we put dark sheets up over windows, and we've been not doing much of anything. We went to the grocery store yesterday for a couple items and the highway, which is usually busy all the time, hardly had any traffic, the grocery store wasn't all that busy, and it was just a little weird. But it's so hot that no one wants to do anything. Maybe go to the beach. 

In addition to all that, Stormageddon turned three years old yesterday. And he was using the potty like a champ...until about 6pm when he decided he'd had enough, which was fine. He got some Duplos from us and a different Duplos set from my in-laws, Little Man bought him a Pocoyo t-shirt (translation: he picked it out, I bought it), and we got a random package of superhero capes & masks but we don't know who it's from. 


This isn't the cape/mask combo. This is from his Halloween costume. I think. We'll see what happens when Halloween comes along. 

A few other photos from our week:



Husband brews beer and last year, we grew four hops vines/plants. We thought they went gangbusters last year......this year, well.......we snapped one of the boards (it was a weak spot, there was a knot in the wood) and even after fixing it, it's still pulling this much.



This Snickers bar spoke to me. Loudly.

And lastly, I found this guy crawling up our wall by our front door on Friday night. I have a friend that's got a PhD in entomology and I knew it was a Praying Mantis but I'd never seen a white one....apparently, this one had just molted.


I hope you've had a lovely weekend. It's been hot here so I've got heatbrain, which is a lot like baby brain....

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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

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

I've finished up the hat that I had started and I've added all the yarn dyeing I did. Actually, I added all the yarn dyeing I did as one entry because there are no stash pages for it (yet - I might make them....but not yet). In any case, here's me modeling the new hat (don't mind the ends not woven in or the mint-flavored  lifeline that I hadn't removed yet). 


It's currently still drying. I didn't stomp the water out in a towel so it's taking a little longer to dry. Oh well.


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. Vanillaish Rainbow Socks: started June 1, 2017
9. Twilight Socks (from blanks): started June 8, 2017
10. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
11. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017
12. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat above): started August 14, 2016

I had a few projects come out this week. Obviously the hat in the FO section because, well...I finished it. I also worked on the Vanillaish Rainbow Socks, the Garter Stitch Baby Blanket, and the hat design for the aforementioned hat.



I only got through a few rounds of the sock during swimming lessons and, obviously, I'm still on the cuff...but progress is still progress.

The blanket continues to grow but I've finished up the first ball of yarn, which is exciting. I have three more to use and I have no idea how larger or small this blanket is going to wind up being in the end. And I have no idea what I'm going to do with it.



Moving along.......


17 UFOs in 2017
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. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)


And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists


Children's Items:
1. Stuffed toy for Mr. K (SIL's foster child)
2. Stuffed toy for Miss E (SIL's adopted daughter)
3. Stuffed toy for TAZ (brother's daughter)
4. Undetermined hat for Little Man
5. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
6. Mittens for Little Man
7. 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)
3. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs Northumbria with modifications)
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 - 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) - 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*


Spinning:
1. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
2. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
3. Wash & start processing Merino fleece from Lambtown

Other:
1. Stitch markers
2. Make sure my vintage patterns are in Ravelry (Workbasket magazines, leaflets, etc.)




This past week was Little Man's first full week of school. It was different. We had a good schedule worked out when he was in Kindergarten. The boys and I would walk to school and be there by 8am, do drop off at 8:15am for Little Man, Stormageddon and I would walk home, get in the car and go to the gym (be there at 9am), do a workout, be showered and such by 11am (11:30am at the latest), leave to pick up Little Man at noon, pickup was at 12:30pm, and we'd be home by about 1pm. It worked. Then we could get on with all the other things in life.

With Little Man not getting out of school until 2:35pm, we have an extra two hours (which includes lunch), which is throwing us off. But, it does give me two extra  hours to work on stuff for the auction without Little Man. He's self-sufficient but when he's done with school, he wants to hang out and have attention, which is perfectly fine and normal. So, those extra two hours are kind of a blessing. However, we're still working on getting settled into the schedule.

Monday started out like this:


This has been going on for at least five months now. Unfortunately, he's gotten a bit more....well, he likes to try to sleep sideways in the bed, which does not work for either Husband or I. It's a good thing he's cute.

Also, Monday gave parts of North America an eclipse (or a partial eclipse). Here in the Bay Area, we got a partial eclipse. Unfortunately, it was cloudy for most of it but it did clear out enough so you could see part of it. I did get a couple photos...sort of. None of them were all that good. Oh well. Stormageddon was not interested (other than wondering why I kept going outside and taking photos of the sky). He was busy watching Masha & the Bear.



The rest of the week was pretty benign, actually. I did some work for the auction, Husband worked from home on his usual day, Little Man got creative with Legos.....


Apparently that is a Wither (it's from Minecraft). He was building a bunch of different Minecraft things out of Legos (of his own making, not the sets). He even put together a couple sets of his own.


On Thursday, Little Man and I spotted this little moth on our walk home from school. I think it must be moth season or something because there are many around, and not just the white ones I'm used to seeing, obviously. If anyone knows what this one is.....



On Friday morning, Stormageddon and I had a coffee date with some of the other moms/dads we know from school. Little booger stole my hat and it was too cute not to photograph.



I actually have one of him in my hat and my sunglasses but you can clearly read the school on the hat soooooo, I opted not to share that one.

Later that day, I discovered we were out of dog food so we made a trip to Target where, of course, he wanted to sit on the ball.


Yesterday, Husband's windshield was supposed to get fixed but when the guy got there to pick up the windshield, it wasn't there....so they're having to reschedule. ::sigh:: But, it meant our afternoon was free so we went to the local Chili Cookoff & Homebrew Competition. Husband met some of the guys from one of the local homebrewer's associations....and he's joining because why not. We also ate good chili, the boys played on one of those inflatable slides, and even I drank beer. Oh, and we saw someone super famous in disguise (Husband called him out on it in private as he was shaking his hand. Husband said, "Sorry sir, your prosthetics are showing," and he was like, "Oh shit...I was really hoping no one would be able to tell" and Husband told him that he wasn't going to out him and that it was quite good). I recognized the voice but I couldn't place it, which drove me nuts. Husband told me in the car and I felt like an idiot. ::sigh:: But, I'm not going to out him either.

So, that's our benign week. I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I think we're going out for fancy dinner tonight. It's the other "half" of my win from this past school year's auction wherein I went to the Sheep to Shawl event at Elkus Ranch as part of my winning bid. The other part was a gift certificate for one of the restaurants nearby. We've been there once before and it was really good. So, we're going again.

I hope to have an FO Friday post this week, if only because there are yarns that were dyed....we'll see.