Chickadee

Chickadee

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

May Update

Current WIPs (new ones are bolded):

Sweaters/Cardigans:

Rosemary Cardigan, Cascade 220 Heather
Easy Top-down Raglan, Noro Kureyon and Patons North America Ballybrae

February Lady Sweater, madelinetosh Tosh Merino
Oranje, Estelle Yarns Andean Heathers

Shawls/Scarves:

Dancing Bees MKAL, Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace
Mini Mania Scarf, all my leftover sock yarns

Hands and Feet:

2aat Toe-up Socks, Lorna's Laces

Sort of made my goal?  Still working on that one ....

I did start a new project, despite my significant reduction in free time, but it doesn't have a timeline or anything so no pressure.  I also made it to the heels of the socks.


May Goals:  Sleep for more than two hours in a row every night.  And finish the heels on those socks.

Ha.  Didn't finish any heels, though I have worked on them and the sweater.  I have managed to sleep for more than two hours in a row at least once a night!

June Goals:  Maybe get to three hours in a row consistently?  And keep working on those socks.

Monday, May 15, 2017

April Update

Current WIPs (new ones are bolded):

Sweaters/Cardigans:

Rosemary Cardigan, Cascade 220 Heather
Easy Top-down Raglan, Noro Kureyon and Patons North America Ballybrae

February Lady Sweater, madelinetosh Tosh Merino
Oranje, Estelle Yarns Andean Heathers

Shawls/Scarves:

Dancing Bees MKAL, Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace
Mini Mania Scarf, all my leftover sock yarns

Hands and Feet:

2aat Toe-up Socks, Lorna's Laces

Hugo is blocked, buttons are sewn, and I can't remember if I worked on the socks.  I did work on the sweater a bit.

I was a little busy finishing up my longer WIP, but he's arrived now and I don't imagine I'll have a lot of time to knit for a good long while!

April Goals:  Sleep for more than two hours in a row at least once a week.

Sort of made my goal?  Still working on that one ....

I did start a new project, despite my significant reduction in free time, but it doesn't have a timeline or anything so no pressure.  I also made it to the heels of the socks.

May Goals:  Sleep for more than two hours in a row every night.  And finish the heels on those socks.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

March Update

Current WIPs (new ones are bolded):

Sweaters/Cardigans:

Rosemary Cardigan, Cascade 220 Heather
Easy Top-down Raglan, Noro Kureyon and Patons North America Ballybrae
Hugo, Patons Classic Merino Wool
February Lady Sweater, madelinetosh Tosh Merino

Shawls/Scarves:

Dancing Bees MKAL, Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace
Mini Mania Scarf, all my leftover sock yarns
BEBEB Scarf, Patons Classic Wool (yellow and a variegated)

Hands and Feet:

2aat Toe-up Socks, Lorna's Laces

Mom's shawl done, and technically the scarf is done, but I think I'll put buttons on it and call it a cowl, because it is kinda short for a scarf.  I also bound off Hugo, so now I just have to block it and that'll be good.  I also made a hat for another WIP.

March Goals:  Block Hugo, sew buttons on scarf/cowl, and work on those socks!  And maybe on the raglan sweater.

Hugo is blocked, buttons are sewn, and I can't remember if I worked on the socks.  I did work on the sweater a bit.

I was a little busy finishing up my longer WIP, but he's arrived now and I don't imagine I'll have a lot of time to knit for a good long while!

April Goals:  Sleep for more than two hours in a row at least once a week.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

February Update

Current WIPs (new ones are bolded):

Sweaters/Cardigans:

Rosemary Cardigan, Cascade 220 Heather
Easy Top-down Raglan, Noro Kureyon and Patons North America Ballybrae
Hugo, Patons Classic Merino Wool
February Lady Sweater, madelinetosh Tosh Merino

Shawls/Scarves:

Dancing Bees MKAL, Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace
Mini Mania Scarf, all my leftover sock yarns
BEBEB Scarf, Patons Classic Wool (yellow and a variegated)
Campside, Patons Astra Variegated

Hands and Feet:

2aat Toe-up Socks, Lorna's Laces

Head:

Golden Pear, Patons Classic Wool and Cascade 220

Baby cardigan complete!  Poncho ... put aside for Mom's sweater (well, now a shawl, she changed her mind!).  I did start a new project to use up yarn bought for a Christmas gift, but I'm learning two-colour brioche stitch to make it 'worth' it.  I also frogged the gloves, as I'd only knit half an inch of them and who knows what my gauge is now!

February Goals:  Finish Mom's shawl and maybe the poncho ... and maybe (just maybe?) the scarf?

Mom's shawl done, and technically the scarf is done, but I think I'll put buttons on it and call it a cowl, because it is kinda short for a scarf.  I also bound off Hugo, so now I just have to block it and that'll be good.  I also made a hat for another WIP.

March Goals:  Block Hugo, sew buttons on scarf/cowl, and work on those socks!  And maybe on the raglan sweater.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Update

Current WIPs (new ones are bolded):

Sweaters/Cardigans:

Rosemary Cardigan, Cascade 220 Heather
Easy Top-down Raglan, Noro Kureyon and Patons North America Ballybrae
Hugo, Patons Classic Merino Wool
Little Coffee Bean Cardigan, Cascade 220
February Lady Sweater, madelinetosh Tosh Merino

Shawls/Scarves:

Dancing Bees MKAL, Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace
Mini Mania Scarf, all my leftover sock yarns
BEBEB Scarf, Patons Classic Wool (yellow and a variegated)
Campside, Patons Astra Variegated

Hands and Feet:

2aat Toe-up Socks, Lorna's Laces
Morgan, Loops and Threads Woolike - Frogged, as I've only done five rows on it and my gauge is probably different a year (or more) later

New project was successfully completed, as were another pair that I started for a friend.  I finished the socks and frogged both blankets.

I've also decided to knit my mom a new February Lady Sweater, but I have to order yarn for it still.  The one I started will be for me.

January Goals:  Finish the poncho and perhaps the baby cardigan, though I still have time (knock on wood).  And hopefully start my mom's sweater.

Baby cardigan complete!  Poncho ... put aside for Mom's sweater (well, now a shawl, she changed her mind!).  I did start a new project to use up yarn bought for a Christmas gift, but I'm learning two-colour brioche stitch to make it 'worth' it.  I also frogged the gloves, as I'd only knit half an inch of them and who knows what my gauge is now!

February Goals:  Finish Mom's shawl and maybe the poncho ... and maybe (just maybe?) the scarf?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Should I Bother Doing This Again?

So, this post was from the beginning of last year, and I'm curious to see if I completed any of my 'random goals'.

I'm putting a couple other goals in a separate post, just some things I'd thought about doing for a few years but never got around to doing.

1.  Delete photos from computer:  I keep all my pics.  Even the blurry ones.  Why?  Dunno, really.  But every month I think I'll work on 20 folders (they're done by date) and get rid of the excess.
Nope!  Didn't finish.  But I did work on all of the folders in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

2.  Catalog tea:  We have a nice collection of tea.  Ok, too much tea.  Mostly loose-leaf, and some of it getting older.  So I want to go through it, get an idea of what we have, throw out anything too old, and clean that basket up a bit!  (Yeah, only a basket.)
Success!  Threw out way more tea than I wanted to, but given that almost all of it was way over a year old, needed to be done.

3.  Get rid of almost-finished/needs fixing bag:  I have a bag of knit projects that either need to be blocked, fixed, ends woven in, etc.  I no longer consider a project finished if it isn't blocked/ends woven in, but these are from before that.
Nope!  But I did go through it, does that count?

4.  Catalog inks:  Got a lot of those, too, and it would be nice to know what we have without looking through them all.
Haha, totally forgot about the inks.

5.  Clean up filing:  Shred the old income tax papers and other things that have been piling up.
Sort of?  Still need to shred stuff, but we did get a new filing cabinet and most of it's been filed away.

6.  Put away needles:  Uh, yeah, gotta get on that.  I have a plastic container where I put all my now-empty circulars, but they actually belong in a receipt folder (one of the plastic ones from Walmart).  I need to 'file' them away properly.
Success!  I have been putting them away all year.

7.  Obviously, pare down the WIPs.
Success!  I have fewer WIPs than I did  last year.

No timelines here.  I'm not that insane.  Let's see what I can do this year.

I think I'll definitely continue to sort through my photos.  I also want to actually tackle the 'needs finishing' bag and not just look through it.  Still no timelines or pressure; I'll have enough going on in a few months!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December Update

Current WIPs (new ones are bolded):

Sweaters/Cardigans:

Rosemary Cardigan, Cascade 220 Heather
Easy Top-down Raglan, Noro Kureyon and Patons North America Ballybrae
Hugo, Patons Classic Merino Wool
Little Coffee Bean Cardigan, Cascade 220
February Lady Sweater, madelinetosh Tosh Merino

Shawls/Scarves:

Dancing Bees MKAL, Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace
Mini Mania Scarf, all my leftover sock yarns

Hands and Feet:

2aat Toe-up Socks, Lorna's Laces
Cuff-down Vanilla Socks, Patons Kroy Sock Yarn
Morgan, Loops and Threads Woolike
Three Tams Inspired Mitts (or something like that), Cascade 220 and Knitpicks Wool of the Andes
Three Tams Inspired Mitts, Patons Classic Worsted and Knitpicks Wool of the Andes

Blankets:

Snowflake Blanket, Red Heart Comfort Solids FROGGED
Fuss Free Baby Blanket, Red Heart Eco-Ways; Bernat Cashmere Natural Blends (started September - oops!) FROGGED

Hmm, well one out of three isn't horrible.  I worked on the poncho pretty  much all month and I'm most of the way done.  I worked on the sock for a bit, but didn't make it to the heel.  As for the blanket, still haven't decided.  I'll give it another month.

I did start a new project for our band's Secret Santa thing, but that'll be quick.

December Goals:  Work on the new project (due on the 10th anyway), work on the socks (I'm sure the recipient would like a pair of socks for Christmas), and decide on the blanket's fate.  Maybe decide on both blankets' fates, given that we're not having a girl.

New project was successfully completed, as were another pair that I started for a friend.  I finished the socks and frogged both blankets.

I've also decided to knit my mom a new February Lady Sweater, but I have to order yarn for it still.  The one I started will be for me.

January Goals:  Finish the poncho and perhaps the baby cardigan, though I still have time (knock on wood).  And hopefully start my mom's sweater.