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Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

Happy Sunday! Before we get rolling, I want you to know that I'm super pissed at Blogger right now. I had the entire post written with photos and edited and ready to go......and it decided to not save (even though it was telling me it was saving) so I lost everything. EVERYTHING! And I had to start over.

Not cool, Blogger, not cool. I don't have oodles of time to sit and redo everything you eat. ::sigh::


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

While I do still have some Andean plying to do, I finished up the bulk of the Miss Babs BFL, so I'm calling it finished. The first two bobbins plied together was about 322 yds and the second two bobbins was about 306 yds, which is a pretty decent amount. It's hanging around a sport-DK weight (sometimes wiggling into fingering or worsted). It's a thick-n-thin, but we knew that was coming. Almost all my handspun has been that way. So, there's that. But, like I said, I do have some Andean plying left to do (one from each session of plying).



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

As far as my knitting goes, I really haven't worked on much this week. I maybe knit a couple rows on the baby blanket and I know I knit on the Vanillaish Rainbow Socks during swimming lessons....but that was about it.

I know, not exciting.



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)



"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. Miss Babs BFL
2. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
3. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
4. 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 week was Little Man's first full official week of summer vacation, now that he's finished with summer school. It was rather lovely in some ways...and then I remember why I like having schedules. The boys were fighting, as is pretty normal really, and we couldn't always do things we wanted but....we did what we could.

Speaking of schedules...Little Man has been sleeping in. Stormageddon has been waking me up before 7am every day this week. I'd like to sleep in, too, booger. ::grumble:: I suppose it could be worse. At least it's not during the school year and I have to drag both of them out of bed.

On Monday, the boys and I made the mile and a half walk to the park. We were going to meet with one of Little Man's classmates (and her mom because woo-hooo!) and let the kids play in the splash pad and at the park and such. Unfortunately, the splash pad is only on Wednesday-Sunday. So, I shot the mom a quick text and said it was turned off and she showed up with spray bottles and the kids had a blast with the water. We were there for a few hours and then we walked back home, whereupon I discovered that I got really sunburned. It's my own fault but I'm surprised I didn't realize I was burning.

Monday afternoon, Stormageddon had his first audiology appointment. He's had five ear infections since last September (the most recent one being in May, I think). He's met with the ENT (the same one that did Husband's big surgery in March) and the first step was determining whether he could actually hear and if he had fluid behind is ears and such. He can't hear squat (which we suspected anyway) and he has fluid behind his ears. Sooo, ear tubes are in his future. He was rather uncooperative during his appointment, which also was not surprising. Poor kiddo :(

The sunburn meant no gym for the rest of the week. Sunburn + sports bra + sweat = OUCH! Tuesday, we ran some errands because there wasn't much else we could do.


We have a newish doughnut shop not far from our house. We've been there at least one other time and I decided we needed another visit.



Apparently Stormageddon likes to wear chocolate as well as eat it.




Also, Stormageddon only wants to eat the chocolate and maybe a little bit of the actual doughnut....Little Man, on the other hand, gobbled his doughnut right up.

On Tuesday, I also managed to harvest our first cherry tomatoes of the season and I saw a fluttery little......moth? Butterfly? I don't know....but it was hanging out on one of our other tomato plants, asking to be photographed. I obliged.




Since our first tomatoes, we've had a few more ripen that need picking (bigger ones, funnily enough).

Little Man has also been all about dressing up this week....as Mario (as in Super Mario Bros.). Yeah, I don't know what he's doing with his fingers, either...I think he sees other kids do it in photos and thinks is the cool thing to do. I don't have the heart to tell him he looks silly at this point. And yes, I drew the mustaches. And yes, I used washable marker. I'm not totally reckless...





On Wednesday, Husband went salmon fishing about 10 miles off the coast.


He actually caught two fish but the other one had to have it's head chopped off and given to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. It was chipped so they need the chips back and they can track where it came from and where it went and all the good things in a fish's life.

He became dinner.


While Husband and his friend were off fishing, I took the boys to Dharma Trading Company in San Rafael. I've been trolling their website for maybe the last 3-4 months. We had some time so up we went. I came home with dyeing supplies and I might do a separate post about that but, in the meantime, I'll just say that I bought seven containers of dye (I shouldn't have to buy dye for like a year now) and a bunch of yarn to dye. I think I came home with eighteen things to dye (I say, "things" because there are sock blanks in there, as well as skeins of yarn). I'm going to have to start selling things in order to fund my newest hobby....

Thursday was a pretty normal day. Little Man had swimming lessons, Husband worked from home, the usual...and nothing terribly exciting. That's the only time I did any knitting this week.

On Friday, I took the boys to the San Francisco Zoo. We have a membership and we've done the math: if we go to the zoo four times in a year (even if it's just me and the boys), the membership pays for itself. I have no problem going to the zoo every couple of months. I'd go every month if I thought the boys wouldn't get sick of it.


Apparently no one in the car was interested in taking a selfie with mom. ::sigh:: Little Man did say that he was trying to be a Weeping Angel but I think he was just being a booger.

We were a little early (the zoo opens at 10am). Little Man was being helpful by carrying the diaper bag (backpack). Of course, it was heavy and I wound up carrying it but he tried....



We took mostly our usual path around the zoo...meaning we went to the African Region first. When we first arrived, the giraffes were still inside (the zookeepers were getting food out for them) but by the time we swung back around, they were outside.

We also stopped to look at the gorillas...several times. It's one of the bigger enclosures and there are viewing areas in probably a dozen different spots.


Little Man would be a teeny little gorilla.

After the African Region, we went to the Lemur Cafe (which is, of course, next to the Lemur area) for a quick lunch before it got crazy busy. Then we continued on our way. The flamingos are right across from the cafe so we swung over there. They've done some work to more fully enclose the flamingos. I think there were problems with people feeding them because there was basically a chain-link fence between people and the birds so now there's a wall with viewing glass. No big deal for us, really. We went through the Primate Discovery Center (read: chimps, lemurs, monkeys, etc.) and then to the pachyderm building.

The zoo also has a special exhibit right now in the pachyderm enclosure (which has not housed pachyderms since 2004, when the last one, a 38 year old with chronic health issues, was moved to a sanctuary). They have several throughout the year but the current one is a tarantula exhibit, with tons of information as well as several live ones.


Unfortunately, there were a lot of summer camps visiting the zoo on Friday so photos of a few things were difficult to come by, particularly in the tarantula exhibit.

Now this is the point where we skipped a few of our "usual" things. We usually go see the penguins, the hippo, the rhino, and onto the big cats (lions, tigers, snow leopards, etc.) but we skipped that and went to the South American area, saw the anteater and the guanaco before stopping at the little steam train. Stormageddon is somewhat uncooperative if you take him out of his stroller and then try to put him back too soon and Little Man wanted to ride on the train....so he asked me, very politely, "Mama, do you trust me?" to ride on the train alone. So, he rode the train without us and he behaved perfectly and was excited and loved it.


And, of course, while he was on his travels, Stormageddon and I took a selfie.


After the train, we had a snack and continued around to see the grizzly bears, the new wolf exhibit (we've seen them before but it's still new), and we discovered that the polar bear had died in April. To be fair, Uulu was 36 years old...but it was still sad. We saw the sea lions being fed, which really fascinated the boys. They've never seen it. Actually, I don't know that I've ever seen it.

That was followed by a trip through the South American Tropical Rainforest & Aviary building (translation: reptiles & birds).


A lot of the birds are allowed to fly freely throughout the building. Don't misunderstand me, there are a few that have netting over their area because they're a huge flight risk (toucans, for example) but many can just go about as they wish.

I have a love of frogs. This one is a Panamanian Golden Frog and he was posing perfectly. And he's cute.



And my love of Harry Potter dictated that I take a photo of the Plumed Basilisk, which is definitely more lizard and less snake.



A few zoo trips ago, we got to learn about Oliver, the boa constrictor. He was busy sleeping on Friday and someone asked why I kept referring to him as, "Oliver." It's not like they have name cards on the signs identifying the animals so I had to explain that his name was, in fact, Oliver.

By that point, the boys were about done so we had a quick walk through part of the Outback Trail (read: Austrialia/New Zealand) and then we headed to the playground. I let the boys play for about an hour and Stormageddon was getting grumpy so we decided to start heading out. And then I noticed a sign pointing toward an area of the zoo we had not yet explored in five years of living here. I think I knew deep in my subconscious that there was something over there but I have always avoided going toward the area because it takes you right past the carousel and I didn't particularly want to deal with the meltdowns of not getting to ride it....but, I took a chance. It's the Exploration Zone.


Prairie dogs! I love me some prairie dogs! When I was a kid and went to the zoo back home, this was one of the enclosures I can clearly remember and I was always sad that I hadn't seen one since I was a kid...and there it was. Both boys were fascinated because they've never seen anything like them.

There were also meerkats but they were all sleeping/hiding so we didn't see them.

In addition to them, there was also a red panda exhibit (he was sleeping) and a little "family farm" which was really just some farm animals that were sort of in a petting zoo kind of thing. The goats and sheep could come and go from their pens but there were also donkeys, ducks, a hatchery, and a very well-endowed horse.




In addition to that, there was also an insect zoo. It had plenty of tarantulas but also caterpillars, bees, beetles, cockroaches, and ants.



Little Man oscillates between being fascinated with tarantulas and being scared of them. This was one of the moments when he was kind of scared, for some reason. Weirdo.

There's also a nature path where there are docents (mostly teenagers) that have a few of the smaller animals out and you can learn about them in a closer setting. There was a box turtle, a tortoise, a hedgehog, a baby ferret, a chinchilla, a screech owl, and a few others. 

I'm glad we swung over that way.


Any trip's success can be determined by whether these two sleep in the car. The fact that Little Man is almost seven years old means the chances of him falling asleep are growing slimmer every day....but he fell asleep on Friday :) Score!

Yesterday, we did a bunch of random stuff around the house: laundry, cleaning, dishes, more cleaning, packing......

Yes, packing.

We haven't told the boys but we're taking a trip to Los Angeles/San Diego today (coming back on Tuesday). Where are we going while we're there? Well, tonight we're eating at Medieval Times. Tomorrow, we're going to Disneyworld. On Tuesday, we're going to Universal Studios (read: Harry Potter)....and then we're driving home. Soooooo, the boys have no idea. Little Man has been begging me to tell him and I've not cracked :) 


So, I expect next week I'll have plenty of photos and I might just have to do a separate post.....we'll see :) I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tour de Fleece Injury Leads to.......DYEING ALL THE THINGS!

Happy Tuesday!

We're still in the midst of TdF and Stash Dash and all that. And I could talk about that but I'm not going to. Instead, we're going to talk about what I did about two weeks ago, right at the beginning of TdF, in the midst of an injury that put me off my wheel for a few days.

Yeah, I dyed some things....

These were all dyed on July 3, 2017 on our back deck, in the sun :)





I had a little bit of leftover red and yellow dye from my last dyeing project and while I didn't think about putting in the yellow at first, I'm kind of glad I did. I speckled the red about the yarn, turned it over, and then I eyed the small bottle of yellow leftovers and just soaked an end of my unwound hank. I'm not much of a red or yellow person but I'm rather happy with the results.





This one didn't go quite as planned. I had intended it to be closer to a 50/50 division but the black had other ideas. This was also leftover dye from my last dyeing project. Even though it didn't go as planned, I'm pleased with the results. I might try this again with different colors, just for shiggles.

Both the red/yellow and the black/white were on the Malabrigo Sock bases I bought a few weeks ago.





These two were dyed together, in the same container, at the same time. They are not perfect matches because that's not how dyeing in this manner works but they have the same tonal qualities. The good news is that I exhausted this leftover purple dye.....meaning I used up the purple dye from my last project by soaking it all up in the yarn. I also used the rest of the red & yellow dyes above but not in this manner. When I pulled these out of the container, the water was clear.





I soaked these blues like I did the purples. This was the only color I made on dyeing day; everything else was done using leftover dye. And what's with the white spots? Well, obviously I didn't make a dark yarn and it exhausted quickly, leaving some white/extremely light blue spots toward the top of the container.

The last four (purples & blues) were done on the Sanguine Gryphon Traveller base (which is the same as the Cephalopod Yarns and Verdant Gryphon Traveller base), which is a DK weight. However, these were cone ends so they're not the full 280 yds. I also matched them based on weight. Two were labeled 3.1 oz and the other two were labeled 3.4 oz. Again, I'm not displeased with the unexpected results.


So, there's my dyeing adventures :) Oh, and if you missed the "injury" in my Year of Projects...I got a shin splint (yes, just one) that prevented me from spinning on my double-treadle wheel properly. ::sigh::

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

Happy Sunday!

I've been a busy little poster this week and I have one more scheduled to go on Tuesday. But, today it's Year of Projects.


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

I finished up the second (slightly different) braid of Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving. I wound up with ~ 348 yds (and there's a little left on a bobbin for Andean plying, which I'll get around to 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. Veggie Socks: started July 6, 2017
12. Miss Babs BFL: started July 11, 2017

Because I finished a spinning project, I started a new one. I pulled out two braids of Miss Babs' BFL that I picked up in a destash a few years ago. They're both "approximately 4 oz" in the colorway Crazy U, which has dark purple, light purple, forest green, a bright pastely yellow, and a bright aqua (and probably a few other colors in between that I'm not identifying). I thought about plying the first two bobbins once I finished them but decided to just spin the next two bobbins and then I'll do the plying for both. The first two bobbins were 51 g and 52 g respectively. The second two are 62 g and I 61 g. Soooo, both braids were approximately 4 oz :)

Bobbin 1


Bobbin 2

Bobbin 3


I also worked on the Veggie Socks, briefly. I'm still on the cuff of the first one so there's not much to see at this point.

My Garter Stitch Baby Blanket continues to grow here and there. It's couch knitting (or when I want to knit but don't want to pay a ton of attention). I'm maybe halfway through the first ball. Maybe. I haven't checked.

I've done the heel turn and gusset decreases on the first of the Vanillaish Rainbow Socks. So, now I'm just working until I get to the toe decrease. I'm also paying attention to how many rows I knit on these socks. I have a stitch marker in at the point where I started again after picking up stitches for the heel. I know I knit 72 rounds before I did the heel stuff and I'm going to count how many I knit before I get to the toe, so I can be really matchy-matchy. Yes, I am a nerd.

I also have a HFO:


This is the first Smooth Operator Sock, finished. I finished it on Thursday while at Little Man's swimming lessons. I'm not sure about my contrast yarn choice but I'm going to make the second one and see how things wear and if it sucks, I won't use it again. It's already a little fuzzy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The fiber content is wool and acrylic and it's slightly thinner than the main color, which is why I'm hesitant about it. We'll see.



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)




"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. Miss Babs BFL
2. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt
3. Wash & start processing Alpaca fleece from Lambtown
4. 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 week flew by. I honestly don't understand why some days/weeks seem to drag on forever and others fly by like nothing. Weird thing about life, I suppose.

Sometime over last weekend, the mosquitos decided my boys were tasty...all of them. Husband, Little Man, Puppy, and Stormageddon got bug bites. Stormageddon got hard, little welts that were raised up. Husband got wide, flat welts (and not as many). Little Man got a combination of both, unfortunately. The ones on his arms and legs were the little raised welts like Stormageddon's. And then there were the ones on his face....



Doesn't look so bad, right?



That was taken a couple hours later. He had one right under his eye and he swelled up quite a bit from that. He looked fine when I dropped him off at school and when I picked him up, he looked like someone had punched him in the eye (the first photo)....and then he went to a movie with a friend of his (and his parents, of course - Spiderman Homecoming, if you're curious) and his friend's mom sent me the above photo.

Also, Stormageddon fell asleep in the car again. He did that a lot this week actually...


He had this adorable little pout going on. I have no idea what he was dreaming about but it must have made him sad because this was the look on his face for a good 20 minutes.



Don't freak out. The car is parked in our driveway. Stormageddon was still sleeping so we took a silly selfie.




This happened on Tuesday. The two of us were sitting in my bed, I was probably writing a few blog posts or dinking around on Ravelry or spinning or something and I noticed he was really quiet, even though he had the iPad going. I looked over and he was snuggled in between the pillows and had a blanket on him.


The time between the photo of him asleep with the iPad and this one: less than 5 minutes. Please note he is now in the car and had a diaper change between the photos. He must have been really tired that day.


Did I mention lots of photos of Stormageddon sleeping this week? This is what I found on Thursday morning. Both of them asleep, cuddled up together. 

Yeah, Stormageddon is still sleeping with us almost nightly. I don't want to hear about how co-sleeping is dangerous and he'll never sleep in his own bed and we're coddling him and blah blah blah. I don't want to hear it. We are all a lot happier if he just sleeps with us. I put him to bed in his own bed but he usually wakes up around 10:30pm-11pm and rather than put him to back to bed in his own bed and have to repeat the process ad nauseam every couple of hours and getting next to no sleep, we just let him climb in with us. It works and we're all a lot happier. 



Thursdays are also the day when Little Man has swimming lessons. We've figured out how and when to leave. His lesson is at 6pm and it's not overly far away but it's during rush hour. If we leave between 5pm-5:10pm, we can get there in less than 15 minutes and have little to no issues with the traffic (heavy but moving). If we leave later than that, we get stuck in horrendous traffic and it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to infinity to get there. In other words, we usually arrive with plenty of time so Little Man will sit and watch the koi in the pond, draw with chalk, and have some time where it's just us. 

Friday was Little Man's last day of summer school. He really liked summer school, thankfully.






After dropping Little Man off at school, Stormageddon and I went to Target (and a few other errands).


And then he promptly fell asleep in the car. Again.


If he didn't fight me on naps so much, I'd probably still be giving him a nap every day. I think he's going through a growth spurt though. He only gets like this when he's about to get one. ::sigh:: 

I spent the week doing some work for the school auction (even though it's like 9 months away) and other householdy tasks. I've been having problems with actually getting anything done that isn't absolutely necessary (read: dishes and laundry) so I went back to the UFYH method of 20 minutes of work followed by 10 minutes of "fun" and the "fun" in this case was spinning (usually). I managed to get a few things done, which was nice and needed. Little Man's closet/clothing has been out of hand for awhile so I went through and pulled out all the too-small stuff and got out the new stuff. I finally started a project that has been languishing because I didn't want to dig out my paint. But, I dug out my paint and started that project. I did some work in my yarn closet. I swept and vacuumed the hardwood and cleaned a bathroom and.....yeah, I was productive. 

Saturday was a rather lazy day. We went to the gym, Costco, and Home Depot. I mowed the lawn; Husband did some work in the garage. Then we took the boys to one of the parks where they have a splash pad. It wasn't on last summer because of the drought but with all the rain and snow this year, they turned it back on. So, Little Man loved it....Stormageddon liked it for about five seconds and then ran off to the actual park area, which was fine. We also went up the hill to go swimming at a friend's house. Yes, we have a ghettotastic pool but we've been meaning to go up that way so we did. Tired boys. Tired Mama. 

Oh, and I discovered Halo Top Ice Cream this week. I can eat a pint of ice cream and the entire thing is only 280 calories? Yes, please! Granted, some of the other flavors are more (sea salt caramel is 320, as are a few others - the lowest I've seen is 240). 


Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely weekend! I don't know what I'm going to do with Little Man now that summer school is finished......Stormageddon has a hearing test tomorrow and then we're going to decide if he's getting ear tubes put in or not (he probably will). 



So, there's all that :) I'll be back on Tuesday with some dyeing adventures :)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Stash Enhancement 2017: Late Night Shopping

Happy Saturday!

I'm hoping to keep this one short and sweet. I've had two skeins of yarn come in for dyeing purposes. I haven't even photographed them or entered them into my RavStash but I do have them. They went straight into the "dyeing" bag.

Aside from that, I had one more skein come in (on Wednesday). So, here's what happened. I follow SkeinCocaine on Instagram, who owns Wool Workshop. Twice a week, she does Instagram "live" sales where she posts a photo, gives the yarn info, prices, and how many skeins she has. You can comment with "sold" and you send her your information. I've bought from her before, though lately I've just been trying to look at the pretty and not buy the pretty.

I failed.

In my defense, it was late, I was tired, and it needed a home.....


Yes, my photo is upside down. I don't care. This is a skein of Sea Turtle Fiber Arts Ridley Sock in It's a Pokémon Thing. It's a yarn I was not familiar with (actually, I had not heard of it at all until she posted and one of the other ones caught my eye....and a lot of others' eyes, as well, because it was sold out and then some). So, in my late-night viewings.....yeah, it came home.



But that's it, I swear! And now back to your regularly scheduled Saturday business :)

Friday, July 14, 2017

FO Friday: The PTdF Edition

Happy Friday!

Today's post is brought to you by the Tour de Fleece. Okay, not really. But, the two FOs I'm posting about today were not associated with TdF and I figure I had better get them in before TdF ends because I expect to have a flurry of FOs from TdF. Or, rather, I'm hoping to....we'll see. In other words: I don't want them to get lost in the shuffle.


Enough about TdF....let's get on to today's FO Friday post already!


Bonbon for Miss C (linky to Project Page)
Pattern: Bonbon by Susan Claudino


Time Frame: started June 24, 2017; finished July 6, 2017

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Vinci (~ 114.4 yds) and a teensy bit of Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme in Ecru (~ 3.6 yds)


Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) Signature DPNs


Size: Whatever size it came out

Modification(s): None

Thoughts: This pattern is well-written and knit up quickly. The only thing I truly disliked (and it's a "me" issue, not a design/designer issue): starting knitting in the round on a small number of stitches (like 4 sts). I usually have to do it three or four times to get it started correctly without losing a needle or somehow twisting stitches or otherwise being unhappy with what I'm doing. The only thing I had difficulty with otherwise was knowing which leg/arm/ear was which. It's not super important but it will make your joins look cleaner. I think Miss C is really going to like her Christmas present. Well, one of them....

Bonbon's butt because it's cute



Fiber: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Handpainted Roving in Puck's Mischief


From: Picked up in a destash from a lovely woman in Sunnyvale


Time Frame: started March 23, 2017; finished June 23, 2017

This & That: Mostly random spinning, some from the fold, some pre-drafted, some with the little schlubs stuck in there (annoyingly), nothing overly consistent.


Yarn Information: Most likely a DK weight based on skein weights and yardage but it's a bit thick-n-thin so there may be heavier or lighter spots. The first skein was ~ 324 yds & 107 g; the second was ~ 328 yds & 120 g; and the mini-skein was ~ 14 yds & 4 g, for a grand total of 666 yds & 231 g (which is about 8.5 oz)


Thoughts: I'm not 100% sure of the fiber content, though I suspect it's either BFL, a BFL blend, or possibly Polwarth. Regardless, I know it's a non-superwash wool, which suits me just fine. I have plenty of yardage for a few items or maybe one big item, though I'm not sure what I'll make. I spun part of this yarn for Little Man's school's Maker Faire so I may make something for the school auction...we'll see. It was a lovely fiber to spin and I'm glad I have some more hanging out in my stash :)



Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely Friday! I might be back tomorrow with a Stash Enhancement post....and then on Sunday for my Year of Projects post....and maybe sometime early next week with my latest dyeing adventures :)