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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eight Years.

On this day, eight years ago, I posted my first entry to this blog.

Eight years later, I've had eight hundred three posts (803) eight hundred four posts (804, if you count this one), an average of about 100/year.

It's been a wild ride. Let's continue :)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #33

Happy Sunday! Let's get going on today's Year of Projects update :)


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

Admittedly, I have finished some things...specifically, I dyed some things. But since there were never entries in Ravelry, I have no project pages and, honestly, I haven't even photographed them yet. I really should, though, because one of them is a sock blank and I'm itching to start knitting on it and, really, I'm worried that I'm going to start without having photographed it....perhaps a project for later this week.

Also, I finished my new needle box. I finished the painting a couple weeks ago and it was varnished (which gave me a nasty headache and that was strange because it was a liquid paint, not an aerosol). And then it sat and dried and continued to sit. But it's done and now the needles are in it and that's grand and lovely.


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

So, knitting this week......I did some!

My Veggie Socks are continuing down to the toe decrease section. I probably only have 10 rounds before that point but I'm just not quite there yet.

The Garter Stitch Baby Blanket is continuing to grow. I'm almost through the first ball of yarn. I hope it turns out baby blanket sized but we'll see how things are progressing after I get through my second ball of yarn. I might have to tout it as a doll blanket. ::sigh:: But, it's growing and I'm getting yarn out of my stash and that's important.

The Vanillaish Rainbow Socks are...well, I've knit a few rounds on the cuff of the second one. Not much in the way of progress but a few rounds still equate to a small amount of progress, right?

While I was doing some cleaning this week (to make room for the new needle box), I found a big fat envelope that had my Fall in San Francisco design proposal inside....which means a huge purple swatch that was knit flat (which was difficult for me to brain at the time), and an orange baby hat (a full prototype).......so, that was an interesting find. I might get back around to actually designing it and writing the pattern and sending it off to my tech editor (or a tech editor if mine doesn't have time).....yeah. The good news is that I found it. The bad news is that it's no closer to being finished. ::sigh::

And lastly, Wink saw some action this week. I even fixed the mistake I found a few weeks ago, the last time I worked on it. It's a slow-going process because I'm working from a 10-row chart repeat and an 8-row increase repeat at the same time...so I have post-its and notes galore for this one. If I'm not interrupted, I'm fine...but if I have distractions, it doesn't work too well. So, late night knitting for the win....I think.


Moving along.....

17 UFOs in 2017
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)


And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists


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


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


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


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


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

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




This past week has been bonkers in our house. It started out last Sunday evening. I had previously mentioned that Stormageddon was running phantom fevers with a snotty nose. It came to a head last Sunday when he woke up from a nap and had a fever of over 106ºF......which I swore had to be wrong so I checked it on myself and it was normal, checked it on Little Man and it was normal, rechecked it on Stormageddon and it was still that high. So, I picked him up and took him into the pediatric urgent care. I thought for sure that the thermometer had to be wrong or malfunctioning...but they also recorded a fever of over 105ºF, and various other high temperatures using various placements and types of thermometers (under the arm, under the other arm, across the forehead, a different one across the forehead....). All of them were high.


He had calmed down considerably by this point but he was still running a nasty fever. No other symptoms. His ears looked fine. His throat was a little red but not overly concerning. They ran a strep test to be safe, which came back negative. So, we have no idea what was causing the fevers...possibly molars coming in but we're not sure because he wouldn't let either the doctor or me get a good look or feel in his mouth. So, we had nothing to go on and it was basically a "wait and see" approach, knowing he had his post-op appointment with his ENT on Wednesday. 

Monday was spent around the house because Stormageddon still wasn't feeling too well. I worked on a bunch of stuff for the auction, the boys played and watched TV and played some more. Kind of a boring day but what are you going to do? As it turns out, Stormageddon was still into randomly falling asleep in the bed next to me.


You can see how red his face is from the fever. Poor baby boy :(

On Tuesday, I was supposed to have jury duty at 8:30am. I checked in on Monday night and I had a "call back" status, meaning I had to recheck at 11:15am on Tuesday but didn't have to report. When I rechecked, I was informed that I was not needed. So, Husband had a work-from-home day because I was supposed to maybe be gone. Oh well. At least Stormageddon was feeling a little better by then.



.....however, it didn't stop him from randomly napping next to me in the bed.

His ENT appointment on Wednesday was fine. His ears looked good, his throat was fine, he didn't even really have a shotty nose. 






Thursday, we took Husband and our friend Thom to the airport. They're in Wisconsin for Beerfest The Great Taste of the Midwest. It was yesterday but they flew in on Thursday and they're supposed to fly back tomorrow night. Except they're not (more on that in a bit). So, we took them to the airport, went out for breakfast, and then went over to one of the parks for a playdate with friends. 

The playdate would have been all fine and well but Little Man tested some physical limits and we wound up having to go to the doctor. There's a climbing structure that weaves around like a snake with some rope netting between two very large, round poles and when you get to the end, you either have to turn around and come back or jump down. For a 10-12 year old kid, the jump wouldn't have been so bad....but Little Man isn't even 7 years old, though he's bigger than many 8 year olds I know. The first time he did it, he was fine. He landed perfectly. To be fair, it was maybe a 6' drop with a good pile of wood chips under to cushion the jump. I could grab onto the bar while standing under it. When he did it the second time, he did it from a different spot, which was higher up (probably a 7' drop because I couldn't reach the bar he was on)...and underneath was a sizable, rounded out divot in the wood chips........and he landed squarely on his butt. He basically gave his entire back a shock from his coccyx to the top of his head. The wind was knocked out of him from the pain and the hard landing. He hopped up immediately, screaming and holding his back and butt and waddled over to me where he wound up laying on his back for maybe 20 minutes before I could get him into an extremely painful sitting position (he was crying because it hurt to sit up). Luckily, we had friends with us to help me keep an eye on Stormageddon and to help us get everyone/thing to the car to go to the doctor. I took him from the park to the doctor's office. He didn't break anything but he knocked himself completely out of whack. So, the rest of Thursday was a lazy day involving iPads, movies, and general laziness. He also missed swimming lessons...again. 


And, of course, Stormageddon fell asleep in the bed next to me for a late afternoon nap....with his headphones on. 



And then that night, he climbed into bed with me to sleep, too. It's much easier to share a bed with him while Husband is gone because he just sleeps in Husband's spot. 

On Friday, this happened:






Mah hairs changed color. It's been about three months and it's grown about 2" so my roots were bad....and now I'm different. There's purple underneath and it goes from a dark blue to aqua to the green and the underside goes from a dark purple toward a magentaish color. 

When I got home, the boys and I ran errands and Little Man had one of his four make-up swimming lessons. Between the not-broken arm and his back, he had four lessons to make up for. So, he had one on Friday afternoon and one yesterday. He has the other two this week (Wednesday and Friday; his normal lesson is also on Thursday). 

Little Man has been playing with his Legos quite a bit more lately.....which is probably due, in part, to us putting a severe cap on the amount of time the boys play on the iPads. They turn into little zombies who want everything and don't listen. Husband and I were both sick of it so we put a cap on the amount of time....and suddenly, Little Man is more creative with his Legos :) 


Apparently that's Bowser (as in King Koopa from Super Mario Bros.).




And, to end the week: a boy and his dog.



I hope you've all had a lovely weekend. I might be back sometime this week with dyeing adventures but I haven't decided yet....

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #32

Hello and happy Sunday :) If you mised it, I had an FO Friday post about my Tour de Fleece spinnings that can be found here. Today we're here for my Self-Imposed Year of Projects so let's get going.

I'm a little slow-going today.......okay, I'm a lot slow-going. Sue me. Things happened.


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

Nooooooope. Nothing new to see here.



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

I finally got around to Kitchenering the toe on my Vanillaish Rainbow Sock, which means I started the second one. Barely. But it has been started.

I spent most of my knitting time this week working on the Veggie Socks. I've finished the gusset decreases and I'm just working my way down the foot at this point.

Honestly, that's about it for knitting.....so let's keep going.


17 UFOs in 2017
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)


And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists


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


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


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


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


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

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



Yeah, let's not talk about the lists right now. Let's talk about how this week has progressed. If you've forgotten, Little Man fell last week and wound up in a split and sling. By Monday morning, I had re-wrapped the splint at least once a day, put a gauze pad with some Neosporin underneath the wrap because he had itched himself to the point of bleeding, and he was just not having any of it. I called his pediatrician's office to see what could be done. There was no way that kid was going to last for another 9 days. They made a phone call and called me back saying that the orthopedic in Palo Alto could probably get him in that week. So, I called and Tuesday morning, we were at the orthopedic's office in Palo Alto....and the splint is gone. They couldn't see an obvious break either but they did say that he'll probably be sore at night and if swelling gets worse or he has pain with movement or anything else, bring him back in and they'll re-do the x-rays. So far, he's been fine, other than the actual bruise (which is a lovely shade of puke green orange). He's glad to be out of the splint; that is for sure.

Other than that, it was a pretty benign week. I did a bunch of work for the school auction even though school doesn't start until the 15th, the boys did their usual amount of fighting and playing, and we even managed to get some painting done. Well, I did. I have this wooden box that I picked up, probably at Michael's (maybe Joann's) with the idea that I'd paint & varnish it, and then I could organize my circular needles (in their plastic bags) into it, thus knowing for sure what I have without having to dig through the entire random bag where they're currently housed. I've already made the tabs to separate the needles by size and I even have a section for the empty bags when needles are in use. There's even enough room in the box for my DPN cases (because I have a ton of DPNs), my crochet hooks (which are mostly in a glass jar), and my interchangeable sets (in their Erin Lane cases). So, that's all very exciting and such. And it doesn't seem to take up any more space than the cookie tin that holds most of that now. I might have to do some jiggery pokery but that shelf needs attention anyway.

Unfortunately, Stormageddon appears to have caught some sort of plague. Again. Snotty nose, fever....and then he threw up all over our bed on Friday night which meant a full change of sheets (including the mattress cover and the waterproof cover - I'm so glad I have one of those). It meant that the weekend was a bit fuzzy. Aside from the snot and the fever, he's acting normal, playing normally, and eating about what he normally would....so I don't know what's going on with that boy. ::sigh::

Here are a few shots from this past week:




We make lots of faces in our house. It is perfectly normal, promise.











It's been awhile since Little Man has watched Doctor Who but he felt it necessary to make wings, have me tape them to his back, and perform a Weeping Angel act for me. Love it.





We went to one of the local parks on Thursday with our friend, Thom (the dude in the blue shirt). There are a couple of absolutely HUGE magnolia trees in the park. I've actually used one as the backdrop for a pattern of mine.


Little Man barely remembers this trip to the park where I took photos of him wearing his new hat. He looks so young and chubby!

Anyway, we went to the park and Little Man and Thom were fascinated (Thom has lived in the Bay Area for his entire life so I don't know why he was amazed...).





We had some lazy time in the bedroom. Little Man watched TV with Puppy and Stormageddon kept trying on Daddy's fancy hats. He kept putting the red one on me but it wouldn't stay put (I had a bun in my hair). Oh well.





I feel like no post is complete without a photo of someone sleeping. So, this week, you get all three :)



Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely weekend. I did some yarn dyeing today so I might have a post about that. We'll see how things go :) 

Friday, August 4, 2017

FO Friday: the Tour de Fleece edition

Happy Friday!

I've been meaning to get this posted for awhile but it just hasn't happened. Sue me, things happened along the way.

Anyway, we're here because it's Friday and that means it's FO Friday.....and today's post is brought to you by Tour de Fleece, which ended July 23rd.....it's now August 4th......I've been a little lax, I suppose.

Tour de Fleece did not yield nearly as much handspun as last year......but I still accomplished a satisfactory amount (by my standards).



My first skein of yarn started out as a 4.2 oz braid of Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk roving (70/30 blend) that I had purchased at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool in 2011. It's been hanging out in my stash ever since.....

So, the basics: Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving (1)

Bobbin 1: started & finished on July 1, 2017
Bobbin 2: started on July 1, 2017; finished on July 2, 2017
Two-Ply: started & finished on July 7, 2017

I wound up with about 406 yds, which makes this a fingering weight yarn...I'm kind of excited about that. However, it's my usual thick-n-thin so there are spots where it's almost cobweb and others where it's almost worsted. It works.

I still have a little bit left on one of the bobbins so I'll probably do an Andean Ply at some point or I might just do an epic chunky with all my random leftover bits on my bobbins.




My second skein of yarn also started out as a braid of Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving (again, a 70/30 blend) in a slightly darker color (more purple, less white than the first one). It was also purchased at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool in 2011.

So, the basics on this one: Sandy's Palette Merino/Silk Roving (2) 

Bobbin 1: started July 2, 2017; finished July 3, 2017
Bobbin 2: started July 7, 2017; finished July 9, 2017
Two-Ply: started & finished on July 10, 2017

This one wound up a teensy bit heavier of a yarn, with about 348 yds, making it probably a sport weight but, again, thick-n-thin...

I was also left with a fair amount on one of the bobbins so, again, I'll either need to do an Andean Ply or some sort of "clear the bobbins" deal...I've not decided yet.






These last two started out two braids of Miss Babs BFL that I picked up in a destash a couple years ago (I want to say almost 3 years ago now). This came in two 4ish oz braids so I split it into two skeins (and four bobbins).

The basics on these: Miss Babs BFL

Bobbin 1: started July 11, 2017; finished July 12, 2017
Bobbin 2: started July 12, 2017; finished July 13, 2017
Bobbin 3: started & finished July 14, 2017
Bobbin 4: started & finished July 16, 2017
Two-Ply 1 (bobbins 3 & 4): started & finished July 19, 2017
Two-Ply 2 (bobbins 1 & 2): started & finished July 21, 2017


I had some leftovers on two of the bobbins so I'll probably have either two Andean Ply minis or I'll ply them together and then have another Andean Ply. Or not. I don't know.

The first two-ply had about 306 yds and the second one was about 322 yds. These were a bit heavier than the Sandy's Palette, probably a solid DK weight on both.



Sooooo, there's my FOs for Tour de Fleece. I expected to have double that but injury and life got in the way. I'm satisfied with what I finished.

Do I have any idea what these are going to grow up to be? Nooooope.....

I hope you're having a lovely Friday :)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #31

Hello and happy Sunday. I'm going to warn you now, this is going to be a photo-heavy post because....well, you'll see why in a mo'.


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

No, I didn't finish anything new this week. That's not surprising, given the kind of week we've had....



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

I took photos of seven of the above projects this week. I didn't necessarily work on all of them but they were photographed :)



This is Wink. There is no reason this is taking me so long other than the charts...it's worsted weight, it's on US #6 (4 mm) needles.......yeah. I'm pathetic. ::sigh::



My Smooth Operator Socks saw a little action this week...like a round and a half. But that's the first one completed and the start of the second.



I don't know why I bothered photographing Morvarch, honestly....it's not really changed since the last time I photographed it (which is also the last time I worked on it). Whatever.



My Vanillaish Rainbow Socks......I need to Kitchener the toe closed on the first one. Then I'll be moving along to the second one, I suppose. I spent quite a bit of time on these last Sunday. I discovered that I didn't have the appropriate tools for Kitchenering so I wound up stopping until Thursday or so (when I discovered they needed a couple more rounds anyway).



The Twilight Socks are.....in the design stage. I think I finally have the chart written correctly the way I want it...now I need to make it so I can take it places and then I can, you know, maybe get some work done on these. Maybe.



The Garter Stitch Baby Blanket continues to grow at a snail's pace but it's growing. I'm still on the first ball and I have four total...I think I'll be okay. I don't know that it's going to end up big enough to be a baby blanket but we'll see.



And lastly, my Green Veggie Socks. I was going to make these normal socks...and then, for some reason, the idea popped into my head to make them shorty socks. So, I'm quite a bit further along than I thought I would be.


Moving along.....

17 UFOs in 2017
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Oh, She IS a Bad Nut: started August 11, 2016
3. Fall in San Francisco (prototype 3): started October 4, 2016
4. Frene Creek Farm Corriedale (spinning): started October 12, 2016; finished January 16, 2017 **DONE**
5. Smooth Operator Socks: started October 13, 2016
6. Stormageddon's Vest: started October 17, 2016 **DONE**
7. Hermione's Everyday Socks (v2): started November 14, 2016; finished January 28, 2017 **DONE**
8. Trusty (v2): started December 22, 2016 **DONE**
9. Design: Susan's Hat
10. Design: Little Man's Baby Blanket
11. Design: Paradiddle Socks (aka Little Drummer Girl)
12. Design: Pacific Waves Hat
13. Design: Fall in San Francisco Hat
14. Stash Inventory (photos, in Rav database) **DONE**
15. Dystopian Novel
16. Doctor Who blanket (1)
17. Doctor Who blanket (2)



"OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists


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


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


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


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


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

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




This week has been.....very trying. It started out pretty well, actually. We drove down to Los Angeles on Sunday, leaving before 8am. The drive was uneventful, other than cursing all the idiots on the road that don't know what "cruise control" means. I spent most of the drive down working on the Vanillaish Rainbow Sock and the Green Veggies sock. That night, we took the boys to Medieval Times in Buena Park.




They had no idea what they were in for or where they were, even though they saw the castle.






I didn't take any photos during the show because it was dark and the children weren't exactly cooperative. Well, Little Man was okay...Stormageddon was a booger. We finally had to placate him with Husband's phone.

We then continued on our journey and landed ourselves in Carlsbad for the night. The traffic coming out of San Diego was horrendous. Comic-Con was also last weekend so the traffic very well could have been from that.

On Monday, we were up early and headed to Disneyland. We still didn't tell the boys anything about where we were going. We had to let them figure it out. Little Man tried reading the signs at the parking garage but couldn't....so when we got to the floor we were parking on, he saw Donald Duck. I took a video and had to coax him to say it. They were excited until we had to wait at the front gates...I swear we were in that line for at least a half hour (probably 45 minutes), just to get into the park. Little Man was not thrilled about that.



They liked the little tram ride over to the park from the parking garage...but then the line happened. 

We spent most of the day flitting around here and there, all over Disneyland. We skipped some of the more popular rides (I wanted to go on the Matterhorn and Mister Toad's Wild Ride and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, for example) because the lines were super long. I think the Matterhorn was at 165 minutes for a wait time at one point when we went past. 

I know we went on the Jungle Cruise; that was the first one. It was a good teaser for the boys. Not too jumpy, not too scary (though Stormageddon was a little apprehensive about the hippos that come out of the water). 

We climbed Tarzan's Treehouse, which would have been fine but you climb up like three or four flights of stairs (I was okay with that), you walk around on a level for about two minutes, then you climb down to another level, repeat until you're at the bottom. I could go up the stairs just fine but the switch to going down so quickly screwed up my quads. I'm just finally able to get around without being in pain. 


I didn't notice until I tried to roll over in my sleep. In the meantime, there was a lot of Disneyland left to explore. 


When we hit Pirates, the line was only 20 minutes. Stormageddon was not impressed and spent most of the ride covering his eyes and snuggling into my side. 

After that, Dumbo....and that was probably the longest wait we had. Unfortunately, it was right around lunch and Stormageddon was crabby. But, he survived. 



Stormageddon rode with me.....


 Husband rode with Little Man, and they were in front of us. I think Stormageddon liked that one. But after that, we decided lunch would probably be a good idea. Of course, I can't remember where we ate.....oh well.

After lunch, we headed to the Star Wars area, which isn't finished (not even close) and met Darth Vader.



Little Man pulled the sword from the stone during one of our wanderings (possibly when we went to ride the carousel).



We watched the parade. Stormageddon was excited about seeing Donald Duck.



And, of course, we took the boys to meet Mickey Mouse.....which was also a long line but it had a few things like Japanese Mickey cartoons from just a few years ago (and they were...interesting....seriously, when did Mickey, Donald, and Goofy turn into hooligans?!)




The boys managed to last until almost 9pm, which meant they had a 12-hour day.....and then they fell asleep in the car, which means we had total success!


Even better, when we got to Nana & Papa's, Stormageddon crashed on the runner rug the second he got into the house. Their dog, Wookie, was sniffing at him because he was concerned. 

The next morning, Tuesday, we got up early and went to Universal Studios. On our way down on Sunday, Little Man saw the Minion peeking over the building and we managed to not let on that's where we were going on Tuesday.....

The boys were so excited because MINIONS and Husband was excited because SIMPSONS and I was excited because HARRY POTTER! And we all got what we wanted. 


















In addition to that, Stormageddon met Scooby & Daphne and the boys also met Spongebob (but I don't have photos of that - they're on Husband's phone). 


And then I got to my happy place.




Olivanders. Little Man decided he wanted a wand......and I told him he was going to have to let me read Harry Potter to him and he said he was ready for it. As of yet, it hasn't happened. ::sigh::










We split up for part of the day. Husband, Little Man, and Husband's friend went on the Universal Tour and Stormageddon and I wandered around.....mostly in Hogsmeade. 

We left Los Angeles around 4pm and we were home by 9:30pm. We got out of LA before the nasty traffic hit. 

Wednesday was spent relaxing, doing laundry, and unwinding from the whirlwind couple of days. Thursday was our usual day of Husband working from home, the boys and I doing a few things around the house (cleaning Little Man's room, specifically), and swimming lessons.

.....except swimming lessons didn't happen.


Yes, that is Little Man in the ER with a splint. He was running around in the backyard before swimming lessons, tripped on the hose, and fell on his arm. So, off to the ER we went. The x-rays didn't show an obvious break but there was swelling and it's right by growth plates so to be safe, they put him in a splint and sling. ::sigh:: 

And on Friday morning, this happened....


It's difficult to tell but that is Stormageddon post-op in the hospital. He had ear tubes put in Friday morning. We had to be there at 7am, he was brought back to surgery at 8:20am, I sat down, knit a round and a half on my Smooth Operator Socks, and the doctor came out to say he was done and Stormageddon was in the post-op recovery. It was 8:45am. We were out by 9am. 


.....and this was him by 9:30am. Fully awake, playing on the iPad, eating Kix and he was asking for milk. You wouldn't know he'd spent two hours at the hospital that morning. 



And Little Man in his sling. He doesn't do too well with it. He's too big for the kid one and he's too small for the adult one. I don't know why there wasn't an in-between size but there wasn't. He goes to see the orthopedic in a week and a half. ::sigh:: I don't know if he's going to make it that long. I'm probably going to have to re-wrap his splint before then. 

So, it's been a long and exhausting week. I hope your weeks have fared better than mine.