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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #20

Happy Sunday!

Today's post is brought to you by "I went spinning at the winery yesterday" so, you know, there's that.



FOs (Finished Objects)

1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018

Nothing new to see here yet. Maybe someday.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
6. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
7. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
8. Returning: started 14 January 2018
9. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
10. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018
12. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018
13. River's Edge Fiber Arts Falkland Merino (wheel): started 19 May 2018

As I mentioned above, I went spinning at the winery yesterday....and because I've not touched my wheel in ages, I needed to start a new spinning project for my wheel. I grabbed a two pre-bagged fiber bags out of my stash, knowing full well I'd wind up buying fibery goodness at the winery (because duh), but I brought them anyway. Once I did my shopping, I pulled out the braid of Falkland Merino that I got from River's Edge Fiber Arts during Wisconsin Sheep & Wool last year.


It was a 4 oz. braid that I won in the auction. It took a couple of hours of spinning but it went from this braid to:


That is the full 4 oz on the bobbin. I'll probably let it sit at least a couple of days and then pull out Handy Andy and do a two-ply that way.

In addition to that, I worked on my FrankenSocks this week. I'm working on the heel flap of the first sock. I've also started looking into ordering more yarn. ::sigh:: I really don't want to. I'm going to have a dig through my stash to double-check that I don't have second skeins and then I'll probably just suck it up and order.



I'm a little bit further along than this. I took this photo either Monday or Tuesday during Stormageddon's speech therapy (this is the carpet on the floor outside his classroom, which is why I can identify the day).

I also had lovely news regarding finding another skein of the Berroco Pure Merino. I found someone on Ravelry that was willing to sell me a skein from her stash. I'm over the moon ecstatic! I may finally be able to finish up his hat......just in time for it to get warm. ::sigh:: But still, I found a skein of the yarn!

I think I also did a teensy bit of crocheting on the granny square but nothing major. I think I turned a corner on one of the squares on Friday.


OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
3. Mittens for Stormageddon
4. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
5. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
6. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube (fiber)
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)




Our schedule this week was a bit mucked up for various reasons. Monday, Little Man was at school late because of his "on stage" rehearsal for his musical performance. The actual musical was on Thursday. That meant we had to reschedule swimming lessons to Wednesday. Like I said, the week was all over.

Monday, Stormageddon and I took Husband to the airport. He was gone most of the week in Arizona for work. In addition to that, on Monday, we had a earthquake. Don't panic. It wasn't anything big. It was a 3.6 over by Oakland/Berkeley. The only thing is that I felt it at my house.


This is to give you an idea of the distance. The blue dot is near where I live and the 3.6 yellow marker is where the earthquake was centered, about 17 miles away. Usually we can't feel the smaller ones. For comparison, the one that happened in Napa almost four years ago was a 6.0 and was about 45-50 miles away. Our house shook. We've had ones of similar size within a similar distance and we've not felt them at all. This one was kind of like the PG&E truck going by the house...except there was no truck. Nothing else happened other than we felt it.





Because swimming lessons were rescheduled to Wednesday, I had both boys. To be fair, even if Husband had been home, I would have had both boys anyway.

On Thursday, Stormageddon came with me to the allergist. I've been needing to go since we moved to California but with the addition of new symptoms, I thought we should probably discuss options. The first step is to see what else I'm allergic to, which means being off my medication for five days prior to the test. So, I go back on the 31st for that test and stop taking my medication next week.


We stopped by Trader Joe's before going to the doctor's office and we saw the Mystery Machine. No sign of Scooby & the Gang but the van was enough.



Stormageddon needed a distraction while at the doctor's office so I took a selfie of him...and then he stole my phone. ::sigh::

Thursday afternoon, the boys and I picked up Husband from the airport. His flight was a little late but not so much that he needed to take an Uber or anything. It was still annoying as it was rush hour. We went to Little Man's musical that evening. Husband and Stormageddon made it through Little Man's, which, thankfully, was first, before heading home. Little Man and I stayed for the older kids' as well (the older kids did 101 Dalmatians).


His costume was just a hat. Some of the other kids in his group had a few more items to wear (like the little girl that played the "Mail Order Bride" - don't freak out, it was a musical about how people come from everywhere and how they came to the US).

Friday afternoon was a bit dodgy. We had three PTA meetings in a row. The first two took less than 10 minutes total. The last one took about two hours. The last one was our budget meeting....and it was a little messy with discussion of cuts and projections and such until we figured out that our treasurer and president forgot to take into account that we have a substantial amount of additional money from this year that will go into the carryover account (read: rainy day fund or the kitty) because we brought in more money this year than we thought we would. So, we didn't have to make as many cuts (we still had to make some cuts but nowhere near as many). Part of me wonders how they missed the extra money but then I know how cross-eyed I got during the auction when I was answering dozens of emails and trying to make sense of everything. They were up late working on it all week, with different numbers and this and that. It took a pair of fresh eyes to see it so I don't blame them one bit for missing it.

With all that said, by the time yesterday rolled around, I was glad to see the weekend. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get out to Retzlaff Winery for spinning but lo, the angels appeared, the skies opened up, and I was able to go! I'll have a stash update at some point (when I get myself together). I spent the day shopping, spinning, eating, and winning things in the raffle. It was lovely, if a bit windy. I am thankful for Kaye & Sand Luck of StoneWater Arts (formerly the owners of Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale) for inviting me to join them for the afternoon. I honestly didn't recognize anyone (though I've probably seen many of them several times at other fibery events in the Bay Area - Lambtown, Stitches West, etc.). So, that was lovely and wonderful and I'll have a post about it later.

When I got home, I spent some time weeding (ick) and then we gave Stormageddon a haircut. He was in need. It was getting long and he was twirling knots into it again.


He looks pretty happy in this photo but he was screaming and fighting Thom and I when we had the clippers out. He hardly flinched for his first clipper cut (Thom did that one with my help) or his second one (which I did by myself)....but this one, he was a feral monkey. We practically had to put him into headlocks and leglocks just to hold him still enough. But, we got it done. He's holding a bag of his hair in case my mother-in-law gives us crap about it (Thom's going to send it to her if she does).

After all that, I was tired.

Good thing today I'm drinking wine and ripping the auction apart, right?

I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #19

Happy Sunday/Mother's Day (if you're a USian) :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018

Ha. Keep moving.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
6. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
7. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
8. Returning: started 14 January 2018
9. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
10. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018
12. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018

I'm at a complete impasse with my hat for Little Man. I am out of the blue yarn, as I suspected. I've put out a couple of emails regarding buying a skein from someone. I've heard back from one, who sadly used hers awhile ago. But there's hope, right? Right? So, I'm at that point.

Because that wasn't working out for me, I pulled out my Paradiddle Prototype socks and am working on the toe decreases. I might have the first sock finished before the end of the summer. Or not. We'll see how things go.

I also pulled out the FrankenSocks and worked a few rounds. As much as I don't want to, I'm probably going to have to dig out second skeins...or, *gasp* buy second skeins (of the two "commercial" ones - I have a second skein of the indie one, which is lucky because she's stopped dyeing yarn and, according to the Better Business Bureau, she's closed up shop entirely).

Lastly, I've spent some time with my crocheted granny squares. I have three finished and the fourth is close to being finished. I also went out and bought more yarn for this project. I suspect that two skeins just isn't going to be enough...so, I bought two  more. I hope that's enough.


OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
3. Mittens for Stormageddon
4. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
5. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
6. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube (fiber)
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



This week has been all over.

We found a squirrel in our tree in the front yard. There's not much left of the tree since we trimmed it down but the squirrel played there anyway.



The exciting thing that happened this week:



That is my new washing machine. It's a Maytag (our old one was a Whirlpool), it's lovely, and I don't have to babysit my damn washing machine anymore!



Stormageddon was very excited. Can you tell? He was busy watching PJ Masks. I don't think he really cared, other than the washer wasn't beeping every five seconds.

Husband has been stressed out at work. The stress has led to some food cravings....so we went to the local Mexican place. The boys were.....well, they were themselves. Little Man ate some of his food and Stormageddon sustained himself on chips (just chips - no salsa) and milk.





Friday afternoon, Little Man had a playdate with one of his classmates. Originally, it was going to be his classmate and his classmate's younger brother, who is just a few months older than Stormageddon. And their mom, because of course. Unfortunately, the younger brother was being kind of a puke so he stayed home. The boys still had fun, though.

Yesterday, we did a few things. The Dad's Club at school had their annual pancake breakfast. We were there right at 8am...I think we were the first customers of the day. That was probably good because Little Man's Cub Scout den had a hike at 9:30am. It wasn't a long hike, maybe 1/3 of a mile, but it was one of our things for the next badge. Along the way, we found a few things:


That is a banana slug. It's not particularly dangerous. If you kiss it, your lips will get numb (kind of like if you're wearing a peppermint chapstick)...but they're huge. This one was moved to safety.





We also found a bunch of caterpillars. They look like they have a bunch of eggs on their back but they aren't actually eggs. I'm not 100% positive but they appear to be white marked tussock moth caterpillars. Little Man found four or five on his own, and a couple of the other boys in his den also found several. They were all super proud of themselves.

After our hike, we went into San Francisco for lunch at Rosamunde, which is a German sausage place (read: Bratwurst) and I dropped Husband and his college friend off at Fieldworks after that. Exciting time sall around.

Aside from all that, it appears I've got a new allergy-related reaction: my eyes have started swelling. Normally, they just get itchy and watery but the swelling is a new thing. I put in a request to see an allergist (rather than just seeing one, I have to get a referral, which is annoying). I also made an appointment to get my hair cut and colored at the end of the month. Now if I can just make a doctor appointment and an eye appointment, I'll be all caught up. ::sigh::


So, that's life in "northern" California :) I hope you've had a lovely weekend and week at your places!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #18

Hello, happy Sunday :) We know why we're here so let's get going.


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018

Nope. Nothing new. Yet.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
6. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
7. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
8. Returning: started 14 January 2018
9. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
10. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018
12. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018

There has not been a lot of fibery endeavors happening around here but there have been some. Little Man's hat continues to grow. It's definitely striped but I'm at the point now where I'm worried that I am, in fact, going to run out of yarn...and it's discontinued and no one has it for sale (though there are people on Ravelry with it in their stash and I might be able to buy one off someone). I'm hoping I can squeeze out the crown decreases with what I have but I probably shouldn't hold my breath on that.

In addition to that, I have finished a total of three granny squares. So, there's the first one that I showed last week (as an "in progress" photo, even though it was finished by then) and the second one, which I finished up earlier this week, and now I have a third one finished. I've started the fourth. I feel like I've hardly made a dent in the ball of yarn but I know it's doing something because I had to rewind it into a ball. I was pulling from the center of the cake and it was starting to collapse in on itself and make tangles so I wound it by hand....which took far longer than I cared for but it's done. The second cake is going to be pulled from the outside so I shouldn't have to worry about that.

But no photos. I've been kind of lazy with the photos lately. Oops.



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
3. Mittens for Stormageddon
4. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
5. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
6. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube (fiber)
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



Last week, I had spent some time in the yarn closet because of Maker Faire. This week, I spent some time in my corner in the bedroom because it was starting to drive me nuts. I went through my craft books and pulled out four that need to vacate the premises as well as a couple of magazines that are a decade old and went into the recycling bin. I went through the rolling cart and the project bags. I wound up putting about 6 bags away and moving yarn around and putting yarn away and sorting bags and getting things much better contained. It wasn't much but it helped me feel not so chaotic. 

Other than that, I also spent some time with my hand carders. Last year, we went to the Sheep to Shawl event at Elkus Ranch. Little Man and I washed and dyed some yarn. He dyed his what I suspect was supposed to be orange, though it's pink in some spots. Mine was green, of course. After I had washed it with vinegar (again) and dried it, it sat in a ziploc bag for a year. I needed to card it and I just didn't want to. Buuuuut, I took the time and carded the two little tufts of color. I wound up with three rolags of each color, which isn't a whole lot. I'll probably spin the singles separately and Andean-ply it onto itself, rather than making it an orange/green barber pole. I have no idea what I'll ever do with them. But I'll have them. I also started carding some of the merino fleece that I started processing last year. I washed about 10 oz of the fleece last year, let it dry, and stuck it in a bag.....now I'm finally carding it and picking it. Very slowly. I'll probably wind up with around 8 oz of fiber, once I finish. I had the rest of the fleece processed by Morro Fleece. So, it's just this bit left. 

Outside of that, I'm still working on auction stuff. We have just a couple accounts that need attention, I'm trying to tease out the budget information, and I'm getting the "end of the year" surveys out so I can start planning for next year. I keep telling myself that it's almost done but I know I'm totally lying. It will never end. I'm going to be doing this forever. Or not. 

Anyway, here are some photos from this last week :)



Iron Man playing with his HulkBuster. Or, rather, Brother's Hulkbuster. 



Little Man discovered that certain tree barks make good, thin paper-like sheets. That's what he has in his hands. He peeled it so thin that he probably could have used it for paper. 



This is one of the neighborhood kitties. We keep seeing this one under a bush on our walk. Still a little too skittish to come out but will acknowledge us and doesn't run when we stop to look. 


Friday was, of course, May the Fourth......so everyone was in Star Wars. Husband had a Star Wars party at work. He brought in the movie posters and our robot BB8. We had some of Little Man's friends over and let the boys play with their lightsabers and we eventually turned on the Last Jedi. 







Husband came home from work with some new masks. The Chewbacca one that Little Man has on actually makes noise, which we all find amusing. Stormageddon's is a Stormtrooper and Husband, of course, has Darth Vader. And his Jedi robe. He thought about making his own but found one online that worked out just fine for him. 

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. I went to a party, leaving Husband with the boys. I got a call at 10:18pm last night: COME HOME NOW. When I got home, I found Stormageddon in the shower. Husband was asleep, he was playing on the iPad and decided he wanted something. He climbed up on the counter and pulled out the bottle of strawberry Nesquik, unscrewed the top, and dumped half a bottle of the syrup all over our bed, himself, and the floor. So, our bedding needed washing, our carpet needed washing (keep in mind that we have a tan colored carpet and this syrup is pink), the kid needed washing....it was a mess. ::sigh:: 

So, you know, ups and downs :) 

I hope you've had a lovely week and weekend! 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #17

Hello and happy last Sunday in April :)


FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018




WIPs (Works-in-Progress)
 These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
6. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
7. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
8. Returning: started 14 January 2018
9. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
10. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018
12. Granny Square Blanket (1): started 28 April 2018

I actually did some things this week....not a lot of things....but things, nonetheless.

Little Man's hat is going to be striped. I also hope that it fits him. I tried the brim around my head and it fit fine but that was just the ribbing and it's looking small to me so I'm hoping. I pulled out a partial ball of Anzula For Better or Worsted in Hippo, which is a variegated blueish grey. The hat is kind of reminding me of Ravenclaw colors. So, it might be renamed his Ravenclaw hat....as long as it fits him.

In addition to that, I did some spinning this week. Maker Faire was on Friday at Little Man's school and I pulled out the drop spindles. I ordered two dozen drop spindle "seconds" from Fiber Artist Supply Co., LLC about a week and a half ago. Shipping for the spindles was about $20 but if I added another dozen, it jumped up to $60....but two dozen was plenty. And I'm still looking for what makes them "seconds." Regardless, it means I spent some time spinning this week. Now, granted, none of what I spun is for any sort of production yarn......except what little I did with my support spindle and the shetland neck wool that I got at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool. But I didn't do a lot of that. I pulled out some unknown wool from a sheep named "MaryAnn" that I've had for probably six years now. It wasn't the greatest fiber to work with but that may also be because I was working on the drop spindles. I actually modified it for the kids so they didn't have to drop. If they could spin it with one hand and do the fiber part in the other hand, it seemed to work better. It's kind of a modified park & draft method in that I had the kids (and occasional adult) sitting down. I also needed more hands as some of the younger ones did the spinning and I did the drafting...which didn't work out so well when you had more than three kids trying it. But, all was well in the end.

I'm actually tempted to pull down Viktor this week but I need to clean my corner so I can get to him first. And I need to get him some TLC before I take him spinning at the winery in a couple weeks. He's looking a little neglected...

And let's not forget my new project....see, down below in my OMGLSGWTFBBQ lists, I had a Granny Square Blanket listed under Random Things....and I picked up a couple of Caron Big Cakes (they're 603 yds each) and decided it was time to learn to make a granny square, at the very least. I finished up my first one and started my second. I'm making them 10x10 (so they have 10 little holes and 10 bundles of dc per side).


This is not the first finished square. This is the first square in progress. It started out with a darker blue center, then a very light sky blue, and then the border edge ended up being yellow. My second square started out with yellow. We'll see what happens.


OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)

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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube (fiber)
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)



Because I was digging in my yarn closet for Maker Faire this week, I also did some rearranging in my yarn closet, got some of my loose skeins into bins, and reminded myself that I really need to take a look at my yarn and have a Come to Jeebus talk with it. I know it's almost blasphemous for a Yarn Addict to say that they have too much yarn......but I really do have too much yarn. And some of it I'm just not in love with anymore and it should make someone else much happier. But that means taking a lot of time to go through each and every bin, pull out skeins of yarn, and let them speak to me. Or something. Aside from that, I did some much-needed cleaning in the yarn closet on Thursday, Friday, and yesterday. Of course, by the time yesterday rolled around, I was very much over being in there. I have 18 bins in that closet, 17 of which are filled with yarn and/or fiber...the last bin has project bags, sock blockers, and other accoutrements. And then there are the boxes, and mini-bins that also have yarn....and the tote bags with yarn.....and the tote bags with undyed yarn.....and the tote bag with sweaters to unravel.....and the big plastic bedding bag with fiber and yarn......and a few other non-fibery things that live in that closet as well. It's kind of a big deal and overwhelming. Kind of. I made a map so I know where the bins are, in case I can't see their label. That's helpful when I'm searching for things.

Did I mention I was a Yarn Addict?

Other than Maker Faire on Friday, there wasn't much else going on. I made proper Bavarian pretzels last Sunday (and I'm not sure why my photo keeps insisting on being upside down...I've fixed it at least twice now and it just keeps reverting back ::sigh::):


I use Alton Brown's recipe for Soft Pretzels but instead of baking soda, we use actual lye. You can get it on Amazon for $12. Thom, who spent a significant amount of time in Switzerland (his parents are from there), tells me they're perfect. We will see if his girlfriend agrees when she comes to visit in June (she lives in Zurich).

Monday morning, we found these two ducks wandering in our yard.




We're pretty sure they have a nest nearby because we've seen them a couple times across the street over the last week or so and we can hear them. It probably means there are also babies involved because they are a male and female mallard and they travel together. We'll probably know soon enough. They came up very close to the boys and I as we were getting ready to head out to take Little Man to school. By the end of the morning, however, this had happened:




Stormageddon fell asleep in the car with one of his new books from the school book fair. It's a good thing he's cute because he was kind of a pain in the butt to get to and from places on Monday. He didn't want to leave speech therapy. I had to heft him up over my shoulder to get him to the car. He didn't want to leave Office Depot. I had to heft him up over my shoulder to get him to the car. He didn't want to leave the book fair. I had to heft him up over my shoulder to get him to the car. Seeing a pattern here?

I guess we shouldn't be surprised that by Wednesday morning, I was having immense difficulty walking because my back was so angry. Wednesday was not a fun day for me. Thankfully, I was fine by Thursday.

Those of you that follow me on Instagram, you've already seen this photo. I often have to tell my boys, "let me pee in peace!" because they keep coming into the bathroom while I'm in there, trying to have a pee. If I don't actually lock them out, both of them come in probably five times apiece, in the span of five minutes. I took this photo on Thursday afternoon. I was working on something at the counter in the kitchen. I could hear Stormageddon behind me, knocking on the bathroom door.

"Brother, let me in!" he kept saying. It was apparent that Little Man had locked him out of the bathroom.


Little Man's voice from behind the bathroom door, "Let. Me. Pee. In. PEACE!"

Apparently they do actually listen to me. They just don't follow directions. ::sigh:: I suppose things could be worse. They could just not listen at all. I mean, not following directions is kind of the same thing as not listening in the first place but at least I know their ears work.

Friday was the Maker Faire, as I mentioned above. I didn't have quite as many kids this year as I did last year but there were several that stayed for quite awhile. The actual event was 2.5 hours and I had one girl that stayed with me the entire first hour, and another that stuck with me for at least the last 45 minutes or so. Most of the kids wanted to try it out for a few minutes and the one that stayed for the last 45 minutes or so was asking where she could get her hands on a spindle and some wool to spin. I know her mom fairly well so if she's really interested, I'd be willing to work with her. I might have to tell her mom that. It was a tiring event, though, and I truly need at least six more hands. I think I need to be an octopus for this event. But the kids had fun. Little Man came with me. He built a Tie Fighter out of some laser-carved wood, shot off a rocket outside, made some slime, made a button, and visited the Lego building station. Well, he visited all the stations but those were the ones that made a lasting impression on him.

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Year SEVEN: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #16

Happy Sunday! Let's get mooooooving :)


FOs (Finished Objects)

1. Adare: started 30 December 2017; finished 5 January 2018
2. Luck o' the Irish Cowl: started 31 December 2017; finished 14 January 2018
3. Rasta Scarf: started 19 January 2018; finished 10 February 2018
4. Rastarmulke (v2): started 10 February 2018; finished 10 February 2018
5. Gamer Bag: started 28 September 2017; frogged 16 February 2018
6. Oh, She Is a Bad Nut: started 11 August 2016; frogged 16 February 2018
7. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket: started 6 July 2017; finished 3 April 2018
8. Pattern submission: started 19 March 2018; finished 3 April 2018
9. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018
10. Tiny Narwhal: started 5 April 2018; finished 6 April 2018

Nothing new to see here. Again.


WIPs (Works-in-Progress) These are carried over from the last Year of Projects....or longer.
1. Wink: started 5 January 2015
2. Smooth Operator Socks: started 13 October 2016
3. Stomping Grounds Collection: started 26 February 2017
4. Hat Design: started 20 March 2017
5. Unnamed Hat Design: started 14 August 2017
6. Shetland Neck Wool (support spindle): started 8 September 2017
7. Paradiddle Prototype: started 19 October 2017
8. Returning: started 14 January 2018
9. Frankensocks: started 1 March 2018
10. Faerie Mountain Fibers Crazy Batt (EEW Mini Spinner): started 13 April 2018
11. Hat for Little Man: started 19 April 2018

I have reached a slight impasse with my socks this week...but only in that I can't really work on them in public. My Paradiddle Prototype socks are at the point where I need to check for length before I start the toe decreases. I'm not crazy about pulling off my socks and shoes in public to try on another sock to see if it's ready for toes. My Smooth Operator Socks are ready for the heel waste yarn but I want to make sure I do it like I did the first one so I need my first sock and my directions, which isn't a problem if I have a table but it doesn't work well for swimming lessons. My FrankenSocks are silly simple but they require color changes here and there, which is kind of difficult during swimming lessons.

If you couldn't tell, I needed a project to work on during swimming lessons.

So, I had some Ultra Merino from Berroco hanging around and Little Man is kind of in need of a new hat....so I started a new hat for him. I'll probably dig out some white and make a striped hat. Nothing fancy. I don't think the 92 yds in the skein is enough for a full-sized hat, hence the probable stripes.



But that's about all I worked on, honestly. I think.



OMGLSGWTFBBQ Lists:

Children's Items
1. Stuffed toy for my Devil Niece (so-called because her initials are TAZ)
2. Undetermined hat for Little Man
3. Undetermined hat for Stormageddon
4. Mittens for Stormageddon
5. Oliver for Stormageddon (worsted weight - Stunning String Studio from Stitches West 2018)
6. Lancelot for Little Man (worsted weight - green Plymouth Encore)
7. Dandy Sir Cephalopod (worsted weight - Red Creek blue, probably for #1 on this list)

Items for ME (selfish knitting FTW!)
1. Brickless (worsted - Miss Babs Yowza in "Celebration") *
2. Honey Badger (fingering - BMFA STR L - one of the ones from Carrie)
3. Park Slope (fingering - Mountain Fibers Crazyfoot)
4. Maya's Shawl (bulky - Plucky Silk Merino Aran)
5. Companion Mitts (fingering - BMFA STR orange from Carrie) *
6. Forest Cardi (worsted - Baah Shasta in "London Blue" and....something....)
7. Flax (worsted - Cascade 220 in "Royal Blue" or Misti Alpaca Harry Potter color)
8. Jag in Garter Stitch (fingering - KP Palette grey and Artfibers Carezza)
9. Reichenbach (fingering - AVFKW Slick or BMFA STR-M in "Vintage")
10. Sockhead (fingering - Madelinetosh Merino Light)
11. Moab (fingering - Wollmeise in "Lavender")
12. Pumpkin Pie (DK - Kangaroo Dyer orange)
13. Age of Brass & Steam (DK - Berroco Comfort DK)
14. Anne's Sweater (sport - Artfibers something)
15. Moyen Age (fingering - Vice special order either grey or green)

Random Things
1. Pop Blanket (worsted - may need to order some yarn for this)
2. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat kit
3. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking kit
4. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie kit
5. Xandu Snowflake Cowl (fingering - two contrasting colors)
6. Granny Square Blanket (which means I need to learn to crochet)

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 *started* - need everything: charts, prototypes, swatches, etc.

Spinning
1. AVFKW Merino Silk
2.  Abstract Fiber Merino Tencel
3. Allons-Y Fiber Arts 18.5 Micron Merino
4. Allons-Y Fiber Arts Merino, Trilobal Nylon, Silk
5. Alpaca (from Lambtown 2014)
6. Ambrosia & Bliss Rambouillet Top
7. Anne's Fiber Expressions
8. Ashland Bay Fiber Merino Top
9. BMFA Handpainted Roving
10. Bramble Wool Farm Shetland Wool

Dyeing
1. Malabrigo Nube fiber
2. Gaia (worsted)
3. Euro Sock 6-ply
4. Whatever else I find in the bag...I have a bag...or maybe a couple of bags....

Other Fibery Endeavors
1. Stitch markers
2. Vintage patterns into Rav database
3. Inventory of books & loose patterns (update)
4. Inventory of PDF patterns (update)
5. Update yarn inventory (make sure it's up-to-date)/destash
6. Inventory project bags (Erin Lane, I'm looking at you)




Now that the auction is over and we're just doing back-end type stuff (like the budget and getting ready for next year), I was hoping for more time to knit and spin but, really, that's not happening yet. I don't expect it until May, at the earliest. I'm okay with that. The only thing is that I'm having itchy fingers from Startitis....I want to start allllllll the things right now. So, I'm going to have to sit down and make an actual plan for the next few weeks/months so I don't cast on a million projects that I'll have to frog later. ::sigh::

This week has been pretty benign because I've been busy fielding auction stuff. Again. I went to the PTA Board Meeting on Tuesday to give my report, which isn't finished and they're aware of that. They just wanted a ballpark idea so they can start working on next year's budget. Outside of that, not much else happened.



Because Avengers: Infinity Wars comes out this week, we've been attempting to get caught up and re-watch everything in chronological order. Right now, we're through Thor, having watched it last night. I missed The Incredible Hulk (the Edward Norton version) but I'm not too fussed about it. I watched the show when I was a kid so I've got a pretty good idea what happens with that one. So, as of right now, we've worked through: Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor. I think we're watching the next one today (The Avengers) and maybe the next after that (Iron Man 3). We'll see how the day goes. But, the boys wanted to dress up in their costumes. The Captain America one almost fits Stormageddon. I still have to pin up the legs but it fits him otherwise. 

I don't know if this little guy is good luck or not. I found him in the space between my door & car body, trying to make a web. 



It also happened to be the same day that this happened:


What you're looking at is my dash (yes, I was parked - hence the "p" at the top right). This is the longest I've ever driven a car. My car turned 100,000 miles this week. She is showing her age and her "check engine" light is still on. To be fair, it comes on every "winter" and usually requires new spark plugs and maybe new coils at the beginning of every spring....that, combined with the gas formula change that happens around this time will usually get it to turn off. If it doesn't turn off, I could be in a world of trouble that I don't want right now. But she runs fine, other than being a little more of a gas-eater than she used to be. 

On Thursday, I caught Stormageddon doing this:


Yes, he's sitting in the chair, sucking his big toe. He was never much of a sucker on anything. He didn't take a binky, he didn't suck his thumb or any of his fingers or toes, he didn't really suck on anything....but once in awhile, he'll do this. My best friend's mom (back home) asked if I was jealous he was that flexible. No, I'm really not.....because I can still suck my toes if I ever had a desire to do so (and, spoiler alert, I don't). 





These also happened on Thursday. Our friend Thom came over and took a couple photos of Stormageddon being, well, Stormageddon. Thom has a red Porsche (not the one in the above photo) that he has named Sibylle.....he's decided that Stormageddon's little rocket car is also named Sibylle. Also, he loves being in the Porsches (Thom has his and then he has his dad's "legacy" one - which is the one in the above photo). He doesn't get to do it very often, though. 


Apparently Thursday was "picture day" in my house because I also got a couple of Little Man, but only one was decent. 


He had swimming lessons and didn't know I was taking this photo. This is when he was supposed to be drying off. Of course, he's busy watching everyone else and not drying off. ::sigh:: Typical of my children.



Anyway, I'm a little late today for various reasons. Sue me. I got it done before noon this time. I hope you had a lovely week and weekend :)