Sunday, January 19, 2020

Year of Projects: Year 7 Week 3

Still Don't Have a Header..I'll Make One This Weekend

Good morning!  So I've updated my list.  I actually have more socks than I showed on the video (last week's post, if you missed it).  I have a pair that is only a cuff and one repeat, the Espalair ones.  I also have a pair that I frogged the leg on one of the socks, as I'd done the two socks at different times and the different tension was obvious.  They are beaded...so they'll be making a reappearance at some point.

I started a new shawl, The Van Gogh.  I bought the yarn last week at Slater Mill.  It's from Fiber Stash and I think I want it done for St. Patrick's Day...It's a dropped stitch shawl, so may go fast.  I started it today and got through three repeats, I think I'm going to love it!

I also "restarted" the Zomboni scarf.  I didn't frog the whole thing and the beginning is a mess, I couldn't read the pattern yet.  But once I got it going, I'm loving it! The yarn is The Farmer's Daughter in Foxy Lady.  It's a 70% merino, 30% silk blend and just lovely

Sorry the quality of the picture is so bad, it was close to ten at night.

Some other stash acquisitions..I need to start the Saturday acquisitions posts back again
Shirsty Cat, colorway is Buzz Buzz in BFL Sock and Alpaca Poof - to be a cowl
Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace - to be a scarf
Shibu Knits in Cima and Silk CLoud (this blue!!! Swoon! And I am not a blue fan) - another cowl
Oink Pigments (the solid) Mystic, its Dk in Dijon Vu
Spun Right Round Squish DK in Rumble in Brighton - one more cowl
This I bought at Slater Mill.  It was discounted from Christmas.  I mainly got it for the straights.  I don't have a ton of straights.  There are 18 pair included.  You could have chosen one with circs (my friend Maureen got those) or crochet hooks. They are just plain bamboo straights.  The yarn and mug were included.  I don't use cotton too often, it hurts my hands too much, although I can crochet with cotton without too much issue...

So I'm getting ready to publish.  Been dealing with a nasty headache all morning.  I do have another video ready, but my wifi is being a b*tch!   The Hubs and I can't even send each other GIFs right now!  I'm going to have to go to my other house and clear the cache, let the pictures and videos upload, because they are just stuck right now...we did have a snowstorm which does affect our reception....

I use my camera for stash photos, so I don't have to upload them via the wifi, as I use the SDHC card...I might try video taping that way too, but my camera does not have a front facing screen option...or just keep dealing with the wifi issues.

Anyway, I will have a video up on my Youtube channel (Graceysgoodies) probably late tomorrow.  It is about my 11 shawl WIPs that I have heading into the new year...without the two more I cast on since then!

See you in the comments!

2020 Completed Projects:
TBA


Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden is now a senior..so maybe I finish it for him to take to college?
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I'm not even sure where this is at the moment, with projects in two places.  I'll think on this.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this. Don't think this is at the Homestead, will have to check.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018) I love this, but the stitch just takes a Loooong time!
Billy shoes - Jan 1, 2019

Knit: 
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Started the second one, past the thumb point..
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling, review these, maybe done for St, Patrick'S Day
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, frogged the mitered and changed the pattern (jan 12, 2020)
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 
Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Zombie Candy Corn - Oct 7,  
Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19, frogged 7/21/19 restarted  Jan 11
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)
Merry Knitmas - 10/1/19
Rhinebeck Socks - 10/6/19
Grinchmas Socks Dec 7, 2019
Whammed Socks Dec 7, 2019
Patons Ragg Socks - Jan 1, 2019

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..

Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Knits4Comfort Advent Shawl 12/13/18
Breeze 11/15/19Zomboni - January 1, 2020 (restarted Jan 18)
Van Gogh - January 18

KAL/CALs: 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Year of Projects: Year 7, Week 1

Year of Projects Post
I don't have a banner yet

This is both a wrap-up of 2019 and a start for 2020.

So I finished 22 projects in 2019.  Several pairs of socks, a couple of shawls and cowls, and a few toys and amiguramis....

For 2020, I am going to focus on WIPs and projects I already have the yarn and pattern...there are a lot of these!

I was watching Angela of YarnNYarns podcast and her 12 Castons and I did start a few new projects.
I cast on a Zomboni, I had bought the yarn and pattern this summer.  I started a pair of baby shoes, but they are looking huge..again with yarn and a pattern I already owned.  I also bought a crochet kit to make the Harry Potter characters.

So I'm going to clean up my list.....and working from my queue (or library), which I've started to organize and my stash is my goal this year.  Will that mean I won't buy yarn..LOLOLOLOLOLOL....nope!  But I will be more mindful of the buying....I've already purchased yarn this year, so that is out the window...

I'm also going to vlog at least once a month...I'm thinking a wrap-up one at the end of the month...

I had every intention of posting last week...and well it didn't happen, so the above is from last week...This week I worked a bit on socks, I started a Dobby amigurami (no pictures yet)..AND I went to to the Slater Mill Knitting Weekend and bought some yarn...of course I did!  We then stopped at a yarn store on the way home from Rhode Island...I had been years ago, and they have moved since I was last there.....The Mermaid's Purl..super cute store...

I've been into the mohair lately, and bought several skeins of it....next week, I'll start my 2020 list...I'm going to pop a couple videos in at the end, if you'd like to take a look...they are about the WIPs, I am starting the year with....

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19
Lucy's Zebra 7/5-7/6/19
Black Widow Shawl 5/5/19-7/12/19
Lucy's Elephant Reserve 7/24/18-8/2/19
Shark Socks 7/28/19-8/12/19 
Swedish Block 8/20/19 - 8/24/19
Garter stitch block 8/24/19
Samples 8/28/19 finished
Throwback Poncho October 12, 2019
Mixed PomPom Hat October 13, 2019
Brainzzz - October 26, 2019
Bulky Cowl - Nov 9, 2019
Candy Cane socks - Nov 11, 2019
Santa Baby - Nov 20, 2019
Kristen's Cowl - Dec 17
Bee - Dec 11
Danae Cowl - Dec 27
Various gnomes - Dec 17

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18
Knits4Comfort Advent Shawl: 12/13/18
Breeze 11/16/19
Billy shoes - Jan 1, 2019


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 
Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Zombie Candy Corn - Oct 7, 2018Merry Xmas - Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19, frogged 7/21/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)
Merry Knitmas - 10/1/19
Rhinebeck Socks - 10/6/19

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..

Zomboni - January 1, 2020

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy


Sock WIPs:

Amigurami:
If you'd like to subscribe to my youtube channel, it is graceysgoodies.....the vlogs are going to be titled Yarning at the Homestead...there is also a short 6 minute intro video...

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Year of Projects, Year 6, Week 49

Good afternoon...so I missed a week...I had stuff to post, just not the energy to post....and my wifi sucks...if you've tried following my vlogmas, last Sunday, I could not get it to upload....I finally got four days of vlogmas uploaded on Thursday, when I went and hung out at McDonalds and used their wifi!!!  But here is yesterday's if interested...the rest are uploaded on youtube...
Sunday is the worst day of the week for my wifi for some reason....

I have been busy!!!!!  I'm gonna stop and take pictures, because they are on my phone...and see the aforementioned wifi issues....brb.....

I put rows on several socks.....
Grinchmas is ready for the heel....I pulled out several minis last night to match with socks.  This lime green was with another pair, but pulled it for this one....
I thought these were at the heels, but pulled them out last night and realized I needed a few more inches....(this is what I was doing while my 14 minute vlogmas video took 2.5 hours to upload!)
And I haven't gotten Wham'd yet, but that could be because I have been avoiding Christmas music..LOL...this is about ready for a heel...
I pulled this one out during last night's session and added a few more rows....

I worked on Breeze....this is super simple and I know I will use this constantly, but I have no motivation for it......
I gnomed....2 or 3 more and then I'm done....need to put some bells on and maybe some beading...but that's a BIG maybe...
Ready to decrease for the toe
This is going in time-out....It's suppose to be the Litmus Cowl.  But just reading it again, she used 5g skeins and I think mine are 20 g skeins...and I don't like the gauge.  I've already pulled it out once and went down a needle size...but now I'm thinking of doing Adventuresome Wrap, as I saw someone's on vlogmas and it was gorgeous! And the pattern is on sale....so.......

I think that is it...while recently hunting through my stash found a started cowl...just a simple garter cowl in Lion Brand Thick and Quick....pulled that out and it's what I've been working on while the pictures upload....think I'll finish it and gift it....

okay that's it for now...if you have the time to watch my vlogmas, that would be awesome..please leave a comment...most are shorter than 5 minutes...a couple are longer....thanks!

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19
Lucy's Zebra 7/5-7/6/19
Black Widow Shawl 5/5/19-7/12/19
Lucy's Elephant Reserve 7/24/18-8/2/19
Shark Socks 7/28/19-8/12/19 
Swedish Block 8/20/19 - 8/24/19
Garter stitch block 8/24/19
Samples 8/28/19 finished
Throwback Poncho October 12, 2019
Mixed PomPom Hat October 13, 2019
Brainzzz - October 26, 2019
Bulky Cowl - Nov 9, 2019
Candy Cane socks - Nov 11, 2019
Santa Baby - Nov 20, 2019

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18
Knits4Comfort Advent Shawl: 12/13/18
Breeze 11/16/19



Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 
Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Zombie Candy Corn - Oct 7, 2018Merry Xmas - Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19, frogged 7/21/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)
Merry Knitmas - 10/1/19
Rhinebeck Socks - 10/6/19

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..



Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Friday, December 6, 2019

Vlogmas Day 5

Sorry didn't post it last night...so a day late...our wifi really sucks out here, so it takes HOURS for my short videos to upload..not kidding...Day 5 is only a couple minutes long and took about an hour and a half to upload....Day 6 is uploading as I'm typing...it's at 3%..don't know if I'll be posting that one tonight...but here is yesterdays...and maybe on Saturday, you'll get two....

Monday, December 2, 2019

Vlogmas Day 2

I hope you enjoy.  I may not get to every day, but hope to at least do the weekends....

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Year of Projects: Year 6, Week 47

Good afternoon.  We are waiting on the storm to start.  One station has named it Winter Storm Abel.  I had a student named Abel once.  Really nice boy, so smart....So they really have no idea what's going on with this storm.  Parts of our country have gotten feet of snow...we may get between 8-10 inches....It's suppose to start in about an hour....may taper off tonight into tomorrow with sleet and ice and then a second part starts tomorrow afternoon....so I may have school tomorrow, I may not have school for two days...who know?


Anyway onto the crafting.....I've worked mostly on my Merry Knitmas sock and my Breeze shawl.  Not much to show on the shawl...

***It's a couple hours later.  I've been trying to upload my Vlogmas Day 1.  My wifi is crappy on a good day, so it is taking HOURS to upload a 7 minute video.....so I went and had lunch and then I fell asleep....woke up when the Hubs brought me a cup of tea.....****

So I am doing a couple of KAL/MALs for December...Nancy or Gettingpurlywithit on Instagram is doing a Put a Pom On It KAl...her hat pattern is free on Ravelry.  I'm a fan of the pom...so I have several planned..
So that is five planned hats...yes all for me..I am a hat wearer...I love hats!  I was married in a hat...the one on the right is a former Vermonter, but it wasn't fitting me right, so I frogged it...I also pulled out another hat kit from White Birch to make...

But this happened with the first hat I started on:
The hat was way too big, so I ripped back to the increase row and took out the increases.  It will probably take less than 2 hours to complete....

My sock is still being plugged along on...for the heel and beginning of the foot, it started striping...

FYI, it looks like this out now
It started with a bang, fizzled out for a bit and came back with a vengeance...it's snowing at a pretty fast clip right now...we are expecting 6-8 inches....and then less than an inch of ice...

Then Caleisha of the Quirky Monday podcast is hosting a MrGrinchMAL...anything green or grinchy...I got some Grinchmas yarn from NightOwlFibers
Then I have a WHAM Last Christmas KAL. I bought the yarn from Yarn Badger in England. I don't have a picture of that one right now...

I also got my two yarny wishes....and my other yarny wish was for my DonorsChoose project to be funded and it was! I wished for self stripe yarn and two people sent me some..

The second package was from Alicia, she and I have become pretty good friends on Instagram...

So no finished projects for me, but lots of new projects...Also I went to a couple LYS on Black Friday..if you want to check out the video and post with goodies....HERE

And if you wnat to watch my vlogmas videos...My channel name is GRACEYSGOODIES, I'd love more subscribers...I have 3...I'd love to have 5-10....I am still uploading the first one...sigh...

See you next week!

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19
Lucy's Zebra 7/5-7/6/19
Black Widow Shawl 5/5/19-7/12/19
Lucy's Elephant Reserve 7/24/18-8/2/19
Shark Socks 7/28/19-8/12/19 
Swedish Block 8/20/19 - 8/24/19
Garter stitch block 8/24/19
Samples 8/28/19 finished
Throwback Poncho October 12, 2019
Mixed PomPom Hat October 13, 2019
Brainzzz - October 26, 2019
Bulky Cowl - Nov 9, 2019
Candy Cane socks - Nov 11, 2019
Santa Baby - Nov 20, 2019

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18
Knits4Comfort Advent Shawl: 12/13/18
Breeze 11/16/19



Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 
Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Zombie Candy Corn - Oct 7, 2018Merry Xmas - Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19, frogged 7/21/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)
Merry Knitmas - 10/1/19
Rhinebeck Socks - 10/6/19

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..



Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy