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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #39

Hello and happy Sunday :) Thirteen more weeks (after today) and it'll be a new year.....but, for here and now, this week's update.

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016
38. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016; finished August 19, 2016
39. Diagonal Owl Dishcloth: started September 1, 2016; finished September 2, 2016
40. 18 Rounds Hat: started September 18, 2016; finished September 21, 2016

It appears that I've started and finished a project this week. To be fair, it was just a hat and nothing too horribly difficult...but it's another finished object. 



This is my awful, late-night photo of the finished hat. It's not been washed or blocked but it's already been worn out and about twice...but only in the mornings when I have wet hair and it's a little chilly.

But nothing else has been finished, I swear!


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016
4. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016

In addition to the hat above, I spent some time working on the shawl...just a couple rows but it was still progress. I also worked on the Caffe Macchiato socks a little bit here and there. I haven't had a lot of time to knit, really. But there was some progress to be had :) And, of course, I didn't really photograph any of it. ::sigh::


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It appears that there's no way all this is going to be accomplished over the next thirteen weeks...which is perfectly fine, really. I didn't come into this year thinking I would finish everything. Because, really, no...just no. I don't have time for all that. But I need some wiggle room. Sooooooo, a bunch is left on the list and I'm okay with it. 



In the Bay Area, let's talk about the weather. It's been hot, really hot, chilly, and hot...all within this past week. It's so bizarre...oh, and I forgot we had an odd occurrence of rain this week. Okay, it sprinkled for all of two minutes the other morning. Whatever. It was still rain. I spent a few days with the room air conditioners running, I had another night where I had to close all the windows because it was so windy and cold......yeah. It's been wonky. I'm ready for fall now. 

Husband was gone most of this week. He got home around 9:45pm on Thursday. In the middle of all this, our washing machine decided it wanted to crap out. It's still not fixed and it's been a week and a half. It actually started acting up before Husband even left. The first error code was for the water intake valve....which did need replacing (I saw the old one). We got that working and then the new error code was for the soap dispenser system (where the water is delegated into the drum and mixes with the soap along the way)...so the guy was back out, found that the motor wasn't stopping when/where it should. So, that was replaced and less than a half-hour later, the original error code came back up. ::sigh:: The motherboard is being replaced tomorrow and if that doesn't fix it, we're getting a new machine. We're already $300 into this...the motherboard is going to be another $150ish. The cost of a new one is about $900. So, there's that. With all that going on, my laundry was just piling up because I kept having high hopes to get things washed...and it didn't happen. Buuuuuut, one of my Mama friends here is a saint. She let me do a couple loads at her house on Thursday night (clothes) and that made life a bit better. It means I didn't have to go sit in a laundromat all afternoon...and the boys got to play with friends. 

Aside from that, I've still been working with middle schoolers twice a week. A classroom of mixed-age middle schoolers, some with experience, others with absolutely none........working on learning how to play the flute. The idea was that it was going to be a one or two session endeavor until the flute teacher's paperwork went through. Well...two weeks finished and a third will probably happen this week....yeah. The teacher's paperwork is done but we're waiting on the fingerprints. That takes a lot out of me, honestly. On Mondays, Little Man has Wee Theater so I don't have him with me but I still have Stormageddon, who is not content to sit and color. He wants to explore and play with things and be part of all the business. But, hopefully I'm done with that after tomorrow. In fact, as of right now, I'm not 100% sure I am going in tomorrow...but I've planned for it so we should be good to go. 

Let's see....what else what else what else......honestly, not a whole lot has gone on around here. I've been flying solo with the boys, it's been too hot to do anything but watch movies, the house is a mess....yeah, nothing. Okay, not entirely true. I did do a bunch of cleaning yesterday, which made my allergies act up, of course. I pulled out the couches and swept and cleaned under them, took the big rug outside for a good shake, and discovered so many toys...but it was gross and nasty work. It needed to be done, though. I also picked up a bit, did some vacuuming, the usual.

Anyway, photos...those are important :) Not too many this week...too many other things going on, I suppose.



Do you see this smug little face?! He is such a little booger. He wanted to take a selfie for his daddy so we did.



And Little Man...what can I say about this goofy kid? I don't even know what's going on here. Oh well.



I finished up some stitch markers this week. Seven sets here, three are Hallowe'en themed. I'm going to have to get them in the shop soon. Maybe I should add that to my list for the week...



This happened this week. Earlier this week...maybe last week...whatever, I bought new shoes because the treads on mine were wearing out. I swear I just bought those shoes. Anyway, I went to Lady Footlocker at the mall and picked up some new Asics. But wait, you're saying, those aren't Asics. You're right, they are not. So, I took the shoes home, wore them to take Little Man to school...got home and my right foot was so sore from the shoes that I couldn't stand it. I tried to wear them again when I picked him back up. And while we were out running errands. This was going to be an ongoing problem. Sooooo, I did an exchange and got these, which are Adidas. So much better.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend :) I might be back with another WIP Wednesday or maybe an FO Friday or.....I don't know. Don't count on it but we can all dream, right?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stash Enhancement: All the things!

Happy Saturday :)

I've had more yarn coming in and I should probably share...and none of these are club yarns.






Two skeins of Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock. The top is in the Gale colorway and the bottom in the May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor colorway. Obviously, I'm still stuck on my Hunger Games needs. It's fine. I'll get there someday.


And then, this one was totally unexpected:



This showed up in a box of fun things for the boys from one of my surrogate Mamas back in Wisconsin. I'm apparently the daughter she didn't have. So, there's that. But this is a vright...seriously BRIGHT neon green color called Neon Ocean from Schachenmayr Regia, which I've heard is a workhorse yarn. No idea what it's going to grow up to be, other than socks...but that might just be enough.



So, there it is. I'm keeping up!

I have more yarn coming soon...a couple more destash items (further fueling my need for all things Hunger Games) and a skein from MudPunch...maybe another Indie Yarn Carnival. I can't remember.

Anyway, wandering off for now. I hope you're having a lovely Saturday :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Whip It!

Happy Wednesday :)

It's been awhile since I've participated in a WIP Wednesday sooooooo, yeah. Let's see what I've got going on.

Firstly, these are still happening:


These are based on the Caffe Macchiato socks. I'm not much further along than this photo but that's fine. It was the last photo I took of these. The biggest change I made was the location of the pattern section. In the original, the pattern has you actually identify a right and left sock, as the pattern section goes along one side of the instep. I didn't want to deal with that so I did some rewriting of the pattern and moved the pattern section to the middle and I think that was about it...well, and the heel/gusset thing but that's normal for me.




In addition to the socks, I also started a hat. Originally, I was going to do a reversed version of the Hurricane Hat. The idea was that it was going to look like the inside of a Hurricane Hat, except you knit it that way on purpose. Unfortunately, that just wasn't working in reality the way it was working in my head. So, I started thinking about it and instead of ripping out and starting over, I did a few jiggery pokery things and I'm somehow ending up with this. I might have to write this one because I'm pretty sure it's not something someone has done before. But, we'll see how this one turns out first and I'll probably make one in a solid color, just to be sure everything makes sense and I can replicate it.

Also, this photo does nothing for the colors. The orange is Berroco Ultra Alpaca (photos here). The purple is Cascade 220, probably in the Regal colorway but I'm not 100% sure. If it's not that one, it's 220 Superwash in Dark Periwinkle. I do have the ball band for it but it's wedged into the remaining ball so I'll check when I'm finished.


In addition to those, I also have my Wink sweater and my Oh, She IS a Bad Nut shawl going, but neither have been recently photographed...maybe later this week. Or not.


Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely Wednesday :)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #38

Happy Sunday! Let's get started.

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016
38. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016; finished August 19, 2016
39. Diagonal Owl Dishcloth: started September 1, 2016; finished September 2, 2016

Nope. Nothing new. This shouldn't be all that surprising, really. I'm slow, don't knit as often as I'd like, and all my projects are HUGE.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016
4. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016

Admittedly, there hasn't been much knitting this week. For some reason, probably because it's the beginning of the school year, things have been extremely busy this week. I feel like I've had more meetings and appointments and things to do in this last week than I've had in months. So, that leaves me exhausted and therefore, my knitting suffers.

However, with that said, I did get some knitting accomplished this week. My second Caffe Macchiato sock have made it beyond the heel flap and the heel turn and I'm in the middle of the gusset decreases. The stripes don't match and I did pretty well with not having the weird thing where you have a half-width of color because you're in the middle of a color when you pick up for the gusset decreases. I do, admittedly, have one round of red but it almost blends into the purple so it's not as noticeable. Well, I don't think it is. Maybe it is. I don't know. Here's what it looked like on Friday night.




But, really, not much else has happened.


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


I mentioned this week has been busy. It's not a lie. This is a list of the things I've done this week (that I can remember):

1. Taught an enrichment class to middle schoolers on Monday...with Stormageddon in tow
2. Little Man had Wee Theater (which is an after-school enrichment program for Kinders on Monday)
3. Stormageddon had a doctor appointment on Tuesday morning
4. Our washer started throwing error codes at me so I needed to schedule someone to come look at it (Tuesday)
5. Started packing for Husband's trip to Wisconsin
6. Had our washer diagnosed on Wednesday
7. Montessori Parent Education Night on Wednesday
8. Took Husband do the airport for his trip back to Wisconsin (Wednesday night)
9. Taught an enrichment class to middle schoolers again on Thursday...without Stormageddon in tow (he was picked up by a friend, along with Little Man, and her daughter and they went to the park)
10. Got the back room ready for guests (pulled out the bed, made the bed, put the pack-n-play together, picked up, etc.)
11. House guests (they left early this morning but arrived Thursday)
12. Little Man had swimming lessons on Thursday (and I had Stormageddon along as Husband was out of town)
13. Art in Action meeting on Friday morning after drop-off (AiA is the art program the school uses - it's taught by volunteers, almost always parents - I might be doing one of the 1st grade classes on Thursdays...need to suss out the schedule first)
14. Trips to the post office (one on Thursday, one on Friday)
15. Trip to Costco (Friday morning)
16. Trips to the park (Thursday and Friday)
17. Getting our washer fixed on Friday afternoon
18. Probable lesson planning for the middle school enrichment program (I'm still unsure if I'm actually teaching tomorrow or not)
19. Discovering that the washing machine was still not fixed....but it wasn't fixed in a different manner. It was throwing the code for not getting water into the soap dispenser. ::sigh:: So, had that attended to yesterday...except it didn't happen and he's coming on Monday (which is fine)

Yeah, you could say it's been a busy week. On top of that, I've done the "regular" stuff like dishes and laundry (when the washer was cooperating), and picking things up, keeping up on Little Man's homework, etc.

No wonder I've not been knitting much.

So, the middle school enrichment thing....three days a week, the middle schoolers have enrichment programs (there's a drama class, chess, volleyball, choir, flutes, robotics, and a bunch of other things). Most of these classes have actual hired teachers and some are done via volunteer. The music classes usually have actual hired teachers......except when paperwork hasn't gone through. So, I have a background in music education. I'm not a licensed music teacher but I've had all the coursework and I have a clue what I'm doing. The flute teacher hasn't had her background check cleared and they still have a class so I was asked in to help teach the middle school flute class. Hence the work on Monday & Thursday.

In addition to that, Husband went back to Wisconsin this week. One of his best friends was in a motorcycle accident a couple weeks ago and apparently they saw something on the x-ray and wanted to do a CT scan...which turns out the "something" they saw on the x-ray was actually thyroid cancer. To be honest, not that anyone wants cancer...but if you're going to get cancer, that's the one you want to get. So, Husband flew back to Wisconsin to help out, cook a buttload of food in bulk (to freeze - because in Wisconsin, everyone has an extra freezer somewhere), and to keep someone sane (probably his friend's mother...but, you know, someone will need a sanity check). But, it means I've been solo with the boys since Thursday, really (he left late Wednesday night so I'm not counting that)...but he won't be back until late on Thursday of this week.

Let's not forget that in the midst of all this, we had houseguests! A friend of Husband's that he grew up with came out here with his wife and their youngest (they have four kids total, the oldest is almost 7 and the youngest is just 10 weeks)...they had planned the trip before we knew what was going on with the friend and then that happened and we didn't want them to switch around their plans and it's not like I wasn't going to be here. So, they were here.

In other random events, I had this come out of Little Man's mouth on Wednesday: "One of the girls said I had a girlfriend......but I don't want a girlfriend."

It was adorable. I can't even explain the tone of his voice but he sounded so cute. He's still in the "girls are icky" stage, which I'm perfectly fine with. He was somewhat concerned, though, because he didn't want to be paired off with someone. Oh, the joys of kindergarten.

Other than the HUGE list of things that happened noted above and a few other random things.....yeah, I think that's enough to be getting on with.

Anyway, here are a few photos from this week...


Stormageddon finally had his chance to sit on the Pok├ęball outside Target. And then he wouldn't look at me. ::sigh::



On Friday afternoon, after school, I took the boys to the park, along with some classmates. We had a smorgasbord for lunch, the kids played hard, and then Stormageddon started getting really cranky. I took him home and he fought and fought about going down for a nap. I got this right as he was almost asleep. He also fought me last night and I wound up putting him in his crib, still screaming. I thought for sure he was going to wake our guests' baby girl (10 weeks old!)...but she slept right through it.



Little Man got a little shiner on Friday afternoon, as well. It's a nice little bruise now (and ignore the pizza sauce on his face). He has no idea how he got it, which means it probably can't have hurt that much but, being where it is, he just bruised right up. Oh well.




This is the first book (that isn't a homemade book) that Little Man has ever read to me, word for word. It's a Bob Book, which we've had but he wasn't into them when we had them...so they went away and now he gets them from school. This one is about Mat & Sam (which is fitting since they've been working on their "M" and "S" sounds). I'm so proud of him. He's finally starting to listen to books and such.



Anyway, it's been a busy week and next week is looking less busy but still busy......and with Husband out of town, we'll see how all that goes over. I hope you're all having a lovely weekend :)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Stash Enhancement: StevenBe Inappropriate

Happy Saturday :)

I have a recent acquisition with the arrival of my second StevenBe Inappropriate box.


Oh, what's inside, what's inside?!




And upon opening up the tissue paper, I found:






A beautiful skein of Pinnacle DK from Wild Hare Fiber in "Once You Go Black..."


And for the inappropriate part we had the above notepad :)



The yarn, of course, comes with a pattern, by DrawFour Designs. There's a secondary pattern for a little finger puppet, which probably means this little cowl is going to use up almost all the yarn, which is absolutely fine.


Anyway, clubs don't count but they're still stash :) Hope you're having a lovely day!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 2016: Mid-Month Goals Update

Happy Thursday :)

It's time for the mid-month goals review...which I may have to stop doing because I keep forgetting. But, I remembered today :)

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink,  the Caffe Macchiato Socks, or the Oh, She IS a Bad Nut shawl. Get buttons on Gex and get it shipped out :)
2. Proper destash work (photos, updating the database on Ravelry, etc.)
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet some more.
7. Anything else that comes along.

I haven't finished any projects from that list but I did start and finish a dishcloth. I've also made some progress on both Wink and the Caffe Macchiato socks. I've not touched the shawl but that's okay. My destash is still taking place but I've been lax about photos. Oops. Fibery endeavors....not so good. Things are getting in the way, like life. But, I'm trying. Design work is right out the window and I've done some cleaning in the yarn closet but not enough. I need to do more. Oh well. 


Non-Fibery Goals
1. Put the armoire together in Stormageddon's room & organize.
2. Go through everything on the cookbook shelf.
3. Go through all our food & dishes (pantry, cupboards, buffet, etc.).
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on stocking the Etsy shop.

Let's talk about this because, yeah...let's talk about it. The armoire is put together. It was not a fun time and I've determined that I'm too stupid to put Ikea furniture together. But it's done (with some damage). I've not gone through the cookbook shelf but the pantry, the cupboards (with food), the fridge, and the freezer have had attention. I cleaned it out just the other day, actually, while the boys were off camping. I threw out so much stuff...expired, freezer-burned, open & stale, etc. It was nice and things are now a bit better organized. It's still not perfect but it's better. Sadly, I have not been going to the gym and I'm not losing weight. I'm not too fussed about it other than I should probably go to the gym. The journal is fine, of course, and I've even got a few things listed in the Etsy shop. I've been making more but I haven't posted them yet.



So, for the month of September....it's not too awful. I could be doing better but that's not unusual :)

I hope you're having a lovely Thursday.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

In Fifteen Years...

I know, I've updated once already today. But this is a different post.

On this date, fifteen years ago, the United States experienced a series of terror attacks so horrible that....you know what, I don't even have the words to describe it.

I was in my 4th year of college in Decorah, Iowa, home of Luther College. When I came back from my morning shower, my roommate had the TV on to one of the news stations. I was a bit confused because she wasn't one to watch TV in the morning (or ever, really) so I asked her what movie she was watching (because, seriously, that had to be a movie).

She shook her had and said, "It's not a movie; this is live from New York City."

I was still in a towel and we just stood there, not really sure what we should be doing, if anything. At that point, only the first tower of the World Trade Center had been hit, meaning it was somewhere between 7:45 and 8:05am (because we were on Central time and New York is on Eastern time so there's an hour time difference).

After what seemed like forever, though it was probably less than 5 minutes, the second tower was hit. We watched it happen from 1,100 miles away, unable to do anything.

I don't remember getting dressed that morning. Or getting breakfast. Or even if I got breakfast. I do remember sitting in my first morning class, the Ethics of Lying with Storm Bailey, which was most likely a 9am class because there was no reason I would have been up that early for a class at 10:30am. We gave up our actual lesson for that day, discussing what was going on in the world, specifically our country, a few people saying they had reached relatives and friends that were in that area, others saying they had not. There were lots of tears, lots of hugs, and a lot of discussion about what we could do (either in the now or in the near future).

I remember someone coming into our classroom, either a police officer or someone from one of the administration offices that were housed in the same building, telling us all, including our professor, to grab our stuff, evacuate the building, and go to the Luther Bell (it's a bell that's kind of in the middle of campus). We were confused but followed directions; we assumed it had something to do with everything going on in New York City (and everything attached to that, obviously).

We weren't entirely wrong.

The entire campus had been evacuated out of buildings, including instructors/professors, all administration offices, everyone working for facilities, everyone working for food service, everyone on campus was outside at the Luther Bell. The college president addressed the entire campus. He first talked about what was happening in New York City, and by that point, also the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. He then told us why we were all outside, because it wasn't just for a campus Prayer Circle (which did happen): the campus had received a bomb threat of it's own. As a result, every building on campus, every office, every closet, every rehearsal room, bathrooms, everything had to be searched...including outside. We were advised to go directly to campus police if we had seen something within the 12-24 hours that seemed very out of the ordinary, a backpack that hadn't moved, things moved around to strange places, people you didn't recognize (which would have been fairly easy to spot - you get into a routine and you see the same people, plus it was a small college (only about 4,000 students total)), people acting in peculiar ways, etc.

Because it was bomb threat, no one was allowed to go back to dorms (sans the few that were forced out of showers - they were allowed to go back with someone from campus police to, basically, get dressed, grab their keys/ID, and come back out), we weren't allowed to go get food in the caf, nothing. We were all expected to stay outside until further notification, which turned out to be a full campus evacuation. Seriously, we all had to leave campus and go.....somewhere. Thankfully, September in Decorah is usually pretty nice so most people got into cars and went to get food, wander Walmart, go to the bluffs, go anywhere, just to get away and reflect.

After a campus-wide prayer session, a friend of mine had called her grandmother, who lived within sight of the college campus, and basically said, "hey, can a bunch of us come over to watch the news and order pizza?" and, of course, grandma was more than happy to have a gaggle of girls in her house for a few hours.

I think there were probably 10 of us, at most. We piled into a couple cars, mine included, and off we went. We watched the news. Some of us hadn't heard much about the Pentagon or the crash in Pennsylvania (and at that time, it was surmised that the initial target was either the Sears Tower in Chicago or the US Capitol - turns out it was the latter). We watched the news, wondering what we were going to do. Grandma let the few of us with family or friends in New York make phone calls, long distance (because land lines were a thing and cell phones were not), to find out what was happening, if everyone was accounted for, if they were "safe" (meaning as safe as they could be when Lower Manhattan was crashing all around).

We were there for a few hours. We could see campus from the driveway and when we noticed an influx of vehicles, we decided we could go back to campus. Classes were, of course, cancelled that day. There were still guards around campus and we had to flash our IDs to get back on campus but all the buildings had been searched and nothing had been found, the grounds of campus had been searched and nothing had been found. Basically, the bomb threat was crap but given everything else that had been going on that day, it had to be taken even more seriously.

In the end, the campus had received six bomb threats. Yeah, SIX. The first two were on September 11th and 12th. There were four more received at the end of October. The last four were directed toward various buildings on campus, and like the initial one on September 11th, nothing was found.

I don't know if anyone had ever been caught in connection with the bomb threats.

I couldn't tell you names now, but I know there were friends and acquaintances of mine that had family and/or friends in New York City and, as far as I recall, everyone had been accounted for. Students studying at other colleges (study abroad, internships, etc.) were accounted for.

I remember the next few days were a mess. Most classes went completely off syllabus, for obvious reasons. We needed to talk about it. We needed to reflect. Many needed to pray (not me; not the religious type).

When it came out that the people responsible were Islamist extremists, we started asking our (admittedly small) Muslim student population for answers, to which, of course, they didn't have. They were as shocked and confused as the rest of us. Looking back on it, it was 100% not fair to them but when you're running around like a chicken with your head cut off, scared of your own shadow, you don't care which person you piss off, really.



So, that was my story from September 11, 2001.

The scary thing: this is the first year that high school freshmen will learn about that date as 100% history, for they were not alive for it.

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #37

Happy Sunday!

Today's post is brought to you by Hangover. Hangover: it's what happens when you're out too late drinking with other moms whose children go to school with yours.

Anyway, it's Sunday and that means it's time for my Year of Projects update.

Also, I'm not hungover. I just thought it would be funny for a hot minute.

::sigh:: Nevermind. Let's just get going.

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016
21. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016; finished May 4, 2016
22: Finn & Suffolk blend (spinning): started April 1, 2016; singles finished May 27, 2016; plied May 31, 2016
23. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016; finished June 5, 2016
24. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started June 20, 2016; finished June 27, 2016
25. TdF 1: 25%/25%/50% purple merino/silk & white merino (~ 540 yds; ~ 8 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started during TdF last year and finished the purple singles January 29, 2016; started the white last weekend, plied them on July 4, 2016
26. TdF 2: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover kelly green merino (~ 20 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): leftover bits that were plied on July 4, 2016
27. TdF 3: 100% merino, 50% hot pink, 50% grey (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
28: TdF 4: 100% merino, 50% rose pink, 50% navy blue (~ 50 yds; ~ 1 oz; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
29. TdF 5: 25%/25%/50% leftover purple merino/silk & leftover hot pink merino (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): the purple was started during TdF last year and finished January 29, 2016; the hot pink was spun on July 5, 2016; they were plied on July 5, 2016
30. TdF 6: 100% merino, 50% leftover hot pink, 50% leftover navy blue (~ 10 yds; unknown weight; DK/lt. worsted): started & finished on July 5, 2016
31. TdF 7: 100% merino, rainbow gradient (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white) (~ 220 yds; ~ 4 oz; worsted): started July 5, 2016; finished July 6, 2016
32: TdF 8: 50/50 merino/tencel, Fat Cat Fibers in Razzmatazz (three different skeins: two skeins are three-ply, one is around 245 yds of worsted and the other is around 120 yds, also worsted; one skein is chain plied, probably also a worsted weight, about 25 yds): started July 8, 2016; finished July 12, 2016
33. TdF 9: 100% white merino (~ 446 yds two-ply, probably sport weight; ~ 15 yds Andean Ply, also around a sport weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 18, 2016
34. TdF 10: Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from Happy Hands Hand Dyed (~ 166 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight; ~ 14 yds Andean Plied, also Aran weight): started July 15, 2016; finished July 19, 2016
35. TdF 11: 60% BFL/40% Bombyx (Mulberry Silk) from Corgi Hill (~ 298 yds two-ply, probably DK/lt. worsted; ~ 25 yds Andean Plied, also DK/lt. worsted): started July 18, 2016; finished July 20, 2016
36: TdF 12: Unknown BFL, possibly from Yarn Hollow (~ 144 yds two-ply, probably Aran weight): started July 21, 2016; finished July 23, 2016
37. Rainbow Gradient Cowl: started August 5, 2016; finished August 6, 2016
38. Gex for Niece: started June 28, 2016; finished August 19, 2016
39. Diagonal Owl Dishcloth: started September 1, 2016; finished September 2, 2016

Nothing new was finished this week, which isn't all that surprising. However, I finally got around to an FO Friday for both the Gex sweaters (only one of which was on a model and it wasn't the original). You can see that post here.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Caffe Macchiato Socks: started May 7, 2016
3. Corgi Hill Polwarth/Tussah blend (spinning): started July 21, 2016
4. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016

In some surprising news, I pulled out Wink and worked a couple rows. It's been awhile since I posted a photo so here's the most recent one, taken earlier this week.


It's just continuing to grow, at this point. I'm supposed to do 8 repeats of a section and then repeat a few more rows...and I'm in the middle of the third repeat. So, I've got a bit to go. Oh well. It's not horrible to work on but I do have papers all over with charts and notes (you can see it under the sweater - part of the chart, my yellow post-it for the chart and the blue post-it with my directions for this section)...it's not kid-friendly knitting.

My Caffe Macchiato socks, however, are kid-friendly.


Based on how I did the first sock, I should be able to start the heel when I get back around to the orange (maybe a few rounds into that...we'll see how much difference there is in the leg when I get there). This has been my purse knitting. I worked on it at the parent volunteer meeting on Wednesday night, I worked on it in the car before a doctor appointment on Thursday morning, I worked on it during swimming lessons on Thursday night, and I may have even pulled it out last night during Mama Martini Night. So, it's growing and that's grand.

Oh, and even better...I pulled Viktor down and we had a little chat, but no upgrades. I was going to try to Andean ply some old singles I found (from a spinning class I took from Luci Williams)...

Photo from the Knitch Archives for October 13, 2011 (I'm in the foreground in blue with my carders and coffee and fluff)

Anyway, I found the singles while going through bins and I got everything onto my hand for Andean plying and then things just didn't go well.......

Turns out I'm an idiot at 11pm and tried to ply while spinning the wheel the wrong direction and couldn't understand why everything was getting so twisted/knotted. In a fit of "screw this," I threw it all in the garbage. It was really overspun and kind of felt like rope more than anything so I'm not too upset about it.

After that, I pulled out the Powarth/Tussah and started spinning the second half of that. I'm about halfway through it and I might finish it sooner rather than later. We'll see. No photos of that, though.


In my "WTFCRAZYLADYOMGLSGBBQ" lists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


I'm pondering going through my yarn and queue and trying to match things up again but the last time I tried that, I failed horribly. Sooooo, maybe not. But the Star Tits is still strong.



In other random California events, otherwise known as life....um......

Well, Stormageddon's armoire is put together. Sunday was a shittastic day. I tried to put that damn thing together and, apparently, I'm too stupid to put Ikea furniture together. I wound up breaking a section and it's not horrible but it's always going to be there and that sucks. ::sigh:: Husband wound up doing a bunch of it because I was a crying horrible mess. It was awful. But, it's done.

Monday was Labor Day here in the US, which means we were all at home. Nothing exciting happened, other than knitting, which is only exciting for me.

Tuesday, Stormageddon had his 2 year appointment with his pediatrician. He has a 19" head and weighed 27 lbs, 4.5 oz, both of which put him smack in the middle for his age. His height was 37.75"......and that was in the 75th percentile, meaning he's tall for his age. No surprise. He's perfectly fine and lovely and still adorable.

The rest of the week was kind of a mess all around. On Tuesday, our washing machine started acting up and our friend came over on Wednesday and we pulled it out, changed out the hoses, and found plumber's putty was in the line and clogging up the incoming water. So, we cleared that out, I did a clean cycle on the washer and now it's fine.

Wednesday night, I noticed that our hot water seemed to be....lacking. We still had lukewarm water but it didn't appear to be getting hot.

Cue Thursday's adventure: getting the water heater fixed. Our entire pilot light system was borked and needed replacement. And because California has a bunch of weird laws and codes, we also had to have a release valve put in because our water heater was out of code. So, that was $600. At least they're both fixed but it's not been a fun week.

On Friday, Husband and Little Man went camping up toward Napa/Sonoma with our friend (after I got Little Man from school) so I was flying solo with Stormageddon. We didn't do a whole lot. I got Taco Bell for dinner on Friday (and McDonald's for Stormageddon)....and Stormageddon fell asleep in the car. I stayed up late watching the first two Underworld movies, pondering my stupidity with Viktor (my wheel, not the elder vampire in Underworld), and eventually going to sleep around 2am.

Saturday, Stormageddon and I went to the grocery store for some supplies, and I did some laundry and other cleaning while Stormageddon watched movies. Seriously, we watched the Angry Birds movie THREE times...and Despicable Me...and Despicable Me 2...and the Minions movie.....it was fine. Neither of us were feeling much else.

In addition to that, this happened:




Homemade peanut butter (top) so I could make a peanut butter pie (bottom). The recipe(s) come from here (and they're Alton Brown so, you know, they're good ones!). They will be consumed today, after Husband and Little Man get home from camping.

And then Mama Martini Night, hence the hangover comment at the beginning.


Here are a few other photos from this week:

Auction Committee meeting selfie

Spider I found in the bathroom (he was unceremoniously flushed)

Sitting on the Pok├ęball

Selfie at the doctor's office

Stormageddon rides his trusty steed, Puppy!

No idea...something about "good" and "bad" discs for Baymax


I hope you've had a lovely weekend :) I hope to be back at some point this week but we'll see how things go.