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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #47

Happy Sunday!

It's been another rough week around here but we'll talk about that in a mo'. For now, let's take a look at all the things that have been going on around here.


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

So two "finished" things happened this week. First, a dropped couple of stitches (at least two, probably more) led to my shawl heading to the frog pond.


To be fair, I had been debating about whether to frog it and start over on larger needles or not...now I don't have to make that choice. But, this next time around, I'm going to use lifelines. If I get around to it.

I also finished up my Vanillaish Rainbow Socks. They're currently drying on sock blockers. I finished everything but the Kitchenered toe on Thursday and waited until Friday afternoon to take care of the rest and weave in the ends. But, they're done and they're hand-dyed by me and lovely and squoooooshy :)


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

It occurs to me that I've not found a project bag with my Fall in San Francisco prototype in it. Upon further viewing of the project page, I've noticed that I frogged the project...and I never did anything else with it. So, I might have to think about moving that project but for right now, I'm leaving it alone. But it's frogged and the yarn has gone missing and......yeah.

But in actual knitting, I've stared a third ball of yarn on the Garter Stitch Baby Blanket. Depending on the finished size, I might be donating this one to Project Linus. Little Man has at least two, probably three blankets from PL from various hospital visits/stays and I need to get one back (at least). I was working along on the project here and there and while I was out with friends on Friday evening, I came to the end of the second ball. I was a little surprised, actually. 

Other than that, it was just the two projects above in the FOs section. 


And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists

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


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


Christmas/Charity Bin:

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


Designs:

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


Other:
1. Stitch markers

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



I feel like this week went by in a blur of sorts, which isn't wrong. It was a rough week for Little Man's school environment. We're still working on how to handle everything with our friend's death. Right now, her husband and daughter are going through the motions. Thankfully, his mother is here through the end of the month. The daughter seems okay, actually. She's only seven years old, though, so it might just be her brain's inability to properly process everything. I mean, obviously she knows what happened, but she doesn't seem to be wallowing in her grief, which is good. The husband, however, is under an extreme amount of stress and even though he doesn't say much about it, you can just see it. 

In addition to that, we had another wallop at school. A 4th grader named Kaeden passed away this past Tuesday from complications of pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vein stenosis. He was the surviving twin of 22.5 week premies and had a hoard of medical issues as a result. He had PH and PVS and I think it was in 2011 he had one of his lungs removed. His prognosis was not good and his family was told that his only chance of survival was a lung transplant. Well, there are only a few hospitals in the country that perform those surgeries and because his was a pediatric case on top of that, the chances of him actually getting new lungs was pretty slim. He and his mom moved to Texas to be near the hospital that would be able to perform the transplant while his dad and siblings stayed here (the kids had school, obviously). Unfortunately, he started getting sick(er) and there was nothing that could really be done about it other than making him comfortable. 

This was difficult for Little Man's class because they all knew this kid, even though he was 3 grades ahead of them. Last year, Little Man's class was paired with Kaeden's class for reading buddies so all the 1st graders in his class (because he's in a K/1 class) knew him. It's just been a mess. 

To put icing on the school cake, the teachers are looking at going on strike. Again. They've been without a contract for 500+ days...basically, the last two school years have been without contract. They can't come to an agreement. The teachers want to be paid properly, with which I have no issue (the teachers in Little Man's district are paid anywhere from $6-$10k less than surrounding districts), the district says they don't have the money, and it's getting messy. 

So, two deaths and a potential teacher strike are what we're dealing with on the school front right now. 


But, in happier news, Little Man has two new teeth growing in:


I apologize for this abysmal photo. Little Man came out of school on Friday and said something was hurting in his mouth. I told him it was his new teeth but he didn't believe me so I took this photo to show him. You can see the two adult ones on the bottom in the middle. The two on either side of those were both loose and the adult teeth are growing in behind them. Last night, he lost the one on the left side of this photo. He was eating dinner and it got really loose...and as usual, he had me do the dirty work. So, he's got another gap in his mouth. 

Husband stayed home from work on Monday because his back was bothering him. He took this photo of Stormageddon on the couch, eating a banana. 


He was just sitting there, behaving himself, eating a banana. It was kind of perfect.



I also found this little guy on Monday. We have two rogue watermelons that grew by our rosebush. In the spring, we did a 72-ct plant starter thing with various plants. We only had a couple sprout (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and maybe something else) but nothing actually took to growing properly. So, I took the mesh wrappers off the pods and dumped them into the rosebush planter, seeds and all. Well........we had something start growing once it was in there. We weren't sure what it was, other than it was a vine plant. We had tried watermelons, squash, and pumpkins. We didn't think much of it but then two watermelons grew. So, one of them was sitting in a little plastic tub that had gotten some water in from some rain last weekend. I went to dump it and found this guy. He was maybe 4" long, so not very large, and he wasn't crazy. He moved around and I showed him to Stormageddon (Little Man was at school) before I released him into the rosebush area. 



I have no idea what's going on with this photo. Little Man came in with his masks and asked to take a mask selfie. 


This was the only other thing that happened this week. This is not the finished style. My hair is now back to brown (though the ends still have a slight green/blue tinge to them) and I had about 4" cut off. My hair was really long and it was at that weird point where it was hard to get a brush through it. So, I took care of it, as one does :) I might take a photo of the finished look. Or not. I haven't decided yet. 


I hope you've all had a lovely weekend :) 



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #46

Happy Sunday!

We all know why we're here so let's get going :)


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

There hasn't been anything new finished. I'm still undecided about the pompom on the hat but I might include it for the actual pattern. I don't know. I'll get around to it someday. For now, no pompom and both boys have tried to claim it. ::sigh:: 


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. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
10. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
11. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017
12. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
13. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017
14. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017
15. Paradiddle Prototype: started October 19, 2017

With my friend here in town, I've admittedly not done a whole lot of knitting. I've worked some rows on the Neck-Down Base Shawl, the Garter Stitch Baby Blanket, and the Vanillaish Rainbow Socks. Other than that, I've not done any knitting. 



This is the shawl (I took the photo last Tuesday during a swimming lesson make-up). Yes, it really is that purple. And I'm crazy because I'm using US #1 needles. I probably should be using at least US #3s but I had the #1s so I went with it. And I'm not about to frog it now. 

I'm hoping to get back to some of the other projects soon but they're all longer term projects so I'm having difficulty picking themup. ::sigh:: Oh well. I'll finish them or frog them before I'm dead, right?

The only other fiber-related thing I did this week was I sent off the remaining part of of the merino fleece and the alpaca fleece to the processing place where my Lambtown fleece was just finished. I tried it, it wasn't the most fun I've ever had, so I'm having it done by professionals :) 




And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists

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


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


Christmas/Charity Bin:

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


Designs:

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


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



Life here in California has been up down and all around this week. My friend from college is here and we've been doing.....well, honestly, we haven't done a whole lot. She's been here often enough that there are things we don't need to do because we've done them (Golden Gate Bridge, for example) so we're just going about our normal routines and that works for us. 

Little Man's birthday was this week and he turned seven years old on me. Seriously. He turned SEVEN this week. 

On his last day of being six years old, however, he did this little number:



You may notice that he has a chunk of hair missing. Yeah, at almost seven years old, he finally cut a chunk of his hair. I don't think he's going to be doing it again. It blends in pretty well but it is definitely still there. 

In other random events, Stormageddon seems to have croup. ::sigh:: He's coughing and congested and his fever is going up and down and all around. 



We moved his crib mattress into our bedroom and he's been sleeping on that, which has been better for all of us. We're all getting some sleep. The first night, he kept waking up and leaving our bedroom. I think he thought he was in his room. It was hilarious and annoying. Silly boy. He stopped doing that on Friday night, which helped. 




Soooooo, here's something that happened this week. It's difficult to see but the tv remote has been tied to the side table. We're sick of losing the damn thing. Actually, we're sick of the boys losing the damn thing, specifically Stormageddon. So, Husband tied the remote to the table. Stormageddon is not thrilled about it. He's tried dragging it through the house and it's not gone well. 






My boys are silly. Obviously this is a photo of Little Man before he cut his hair off. Part of me still cannot believe he cut his own hair. ::sigh::


We took Stormageddon to the mall because he was being a typical toddler...and they had Christmas decorations up. Yeah, Christmas. It's not even Thanksgiving yet.





Outside of that, Stormageddon spent some time in our bed earlier this week and Little Man's birthday, happened. He got the BB8 Lego kit (and a few other things including bird houses) and the adults in the house have helped him put it together. It's a really cool piece. I think everyone's favorite is the fact that the lighter comes out for a "thumbs up." 






In other random events, we went to a couple of wineries yesterday. We went to the Thomas Fogarty Winery, where I did not partake in tasting, and the Mountain Winery, where I did partake in tasting. The road to Thomas Fogarty was a bit.....switchback. It was a winding road, I was in the back seat, and I get car sick. So, that was not fun....hence no wine at TF. By the time we got to Mountain Winery, my stomach had calmed down and I was able to partake in tasting. After all that, we stopped at a local brewery, picked up some steak, and called it good.



This is one of the views from TF. I had to take my phone away from Stormageddon to take this photo...



He was clearly unhappy about it.



I took a panorama. It's not the best photo but it's still fun to look at.



I have no idea what kind of flowers these are but I liked the color :)




Mountain Winery has a theater/state and they have some pretty large-scale concerts. There have been a few that I've thought about going to...and now that I know where it is, I might have to do that.



I have no idea if this is in use (probably not) but it's huge and fun to look at.



It's on the California Historic Register.



Stormageddon was chasing Husband but his pants were busy falling down. Poor kid. 



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

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Year SIX: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #45

Hello and happy Sunday (for once!). It appears that I might be on time this week. Or maybe not. We'll see how things go.

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

I finished up the baby hat prototype.....except it fits me so maybe "baby" isn't the right word. This is how it fit on Stormageddon. I'm still debating whether it needs a pompom or not. Part of me thinks I should put one on and part of me thinks I should leave it alone. Thoughts?



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. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started July 6, 2017
10. New Hat Design (for the unnamed hat in the FO section): started August 14, 2016
11. Neck-Down Base Shawl: started September 10, 2017
12. Shetland Neck Wool on Support Spindle: started September 8, 2017
13. Boo-Yah: started September 25, 2017
14. Gamer Bag: started September 28, 2017
15. Paradiddle Prototype: started October 19, 2017

In WIP news, I've done a little of this and a little of that and......yeah.

I did a half-round of the Paradiddle Prototype sock. Nothing exciting. Seriously, nothing exciting. I'm still on the ribbing. I've not even gotten to the fun part yet. 


I did maybe a round or two on the Gamer Bag. Again, nothing exciting.

I did a few rows on the Neck-Down Base Shawl. I also ordered and received more yarn so I can, you know, make it a proper size. Or something.

The new hat design is almost ready. I actually took the time to figure out my gauge, which is something I haven't done on the bulky weight version (though I could - all I'd have to do is take it out and measure it). I still need to weigh it and get a ballpark on how much yarn I used. Small steps. I did write out the charts for all the various decreases...and the regular chart........so, I guess I've done some work.

Other than that, there may have been a row here and there on the baby blanket and my Vanillaish Rainbow socks. Maybe.

I'm not exciting over here. Sorry.



I'm taking out the #17UFOsin2017 section because it just depresses me to look at. So, we'll just keep on moving right along...



And my "OMGLSGWTFBBQ" Lists

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


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


Christmas/Charity Bin:

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


Designs:

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




Here in California, the weather has finally turned a bit and I'm not sweating my patoot off each time I leave the house. That part is lovely. What isn't lovely is that it means I have to find pants that fit because I've gained some food baby over the last couple months and things aren't fitting the way they once were. Oh well. I suppose that just means I need to go to the gym and eat better. Story of everyone's life. 

Tuesday was Halloween and I took the boys out for Trick or Treating. Little Man was Hulk from the new Thor Ragnarok movie. Stormageddon opted for Captain America.....three sizes too large (because that was literally the last one they had). He rocked it. We went with a friend of Little Man's that lives in the neighborhood.




We came home with so much candy. I don't even want to think about all the candy......soooo much candy! 





One of the houses on our walk home from school has a "fence" made of bushes and succulents. The bushes were full of these little caterpillars. I'm not 100% positive but I think they're Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars, which are common in Florida and Texas but aren't unheard of in other places. I thought about taking one or two home...but I wasn't sure if they were biters or poisonous or "normal" or whatever. So, we left them alone, all five million of them :) 

On Thursday, Little Man had his Cub Scouts meeting. He had his entire uniform and he looked so grown-up.


He's a Tiger Scout, which wasn't a rank when Husband was a kid. There are seven or eight boys, three of which go to school with him. Part of me is surprised that there aren't more but I appreciate the small number. It gives the boys the ability to bond in a smaller group, which I think will work out better in the long run. Everything is too big for him right now but he's going to grow. Apparently all the Tiger Scouts' uniforms are too large.


On Friday, one of my friends from college flew in from Minnesota. She'll be here about ten days or so. So, that also leads to not a lot of knitting....but that's fine because friend visiting! Stormageddon was excited to show off my Mickey ears. Yeah, mine...but the boys wear them. ::sigh::


I don't know what it is about this photo but he looks a lot like Little Man. I think it's just his facial expression but he just looks like his big brother.



Anyway, I hope you've had a lovely weekend. I'm due for several updates like FO Friday and Stash Enhancement and.......yeah. One of these days...