444 hexipuffs. Just short of a year in to this project. I should be able to finish 6 more before its actual birthday on April 1st. We figure I'll need about double of this to make a queen sized bed topper. Also, INSANITY. Daven pointed out as we were laying these out that the cat is going to love this blanket so much he won't know what to do with himself. I don't doubt it. So...at least another 400-450 or more puffs, then I get to put them all together. Holy crap.
Puff count: 406. Binge watching Face Off has been great for my hexipuff production. I really need to clear off the guest bed and lay them all out so I can get a feel for how big this is thus far.
Pic of the wee Viking's sweater:
Pregnancy: Amazingly, the placenta previa that I've been stressed and :( about since the 9 week mark has actually resolved itself. This is awesome news, as it takes me from being a high risk pregnancy to a regular pregnancy. Hells. Yes. :D Also, somewhat astonishingly, I'm only 2 weeks out from the third trimester. The time has gone WOOSH.
Projects: Well, more of the puffs, obviously, but also another baby sweater; maybe this one will be less enormous when it is done. Also, I finished most of the main quilting for the baby quilt; I need to put a border on it and do a bit more edge work, but it is boppin' along. I'm also periodically poking at the Fox Paws pattern, in scarf format, made out of some of my kool-aid dyed yarn. I have a pair of toe up socks knit on a long dpn at work that I poke at whilst people are filling out paperwork, or I'm waiting for clients, as well. So, as usual, lots of stuff going on. And never you mind the classes I'm prepping for and teaching. Phys 1 is going well on its first run through, which is nice for my confidence. Another session of Phys 1 and two of Phys 2 will be spinning up between now and my due date. Oh, AND (there are so many ands) I finished my Reiki master training this last weekend with a 3 day retreat. I has a busy, not even counting my whole "running my own small business" thing. Is good. Am happy. Am also very tired. Yes yes. Tired.
One last and: We did sell two of the yaks. Our big boy Grunt went off to be a stud at a bigger herd, and his godsawful mean offspring Monster went off to no longer trouble anyone. Yes, it was hard to sell one of my critters for meat purposes, but dear gods. What an unpleasant beastie. A herd of 5 instead of 7 should hopefully allow the land to recover a little bit from overgrazing. They seem much more mellow with Monster gone, and generally fewer bulls to compete with. We are likely still going to sell Maria in a few months to join another herd; we'll see where we're at in May.
My hexipuff count is up to 351, up 140 from my last count in July. Obviously, I have not been working on that steadily, but we recently discovered the joys of Castle, and have been binge watching it. Whilst we watch, I make hexipuffs. Sadly, we are on season 5 of 7, and I still have another 400 puffs to make, conservatively, so it will not last. Let's just say I'm in it for the long haul. We'll see how much I get done before the wee viking appears. I'm still working on other projects; eventually there will be photos of both the sweater I made for myself and the little one I made that ended up being more appropriate for a toddler than an infant. The knitting portion of that has been done for several weeks, and I just located buttons for it, so once those are on, I'll take a photo. Oh, and I still need to finish the quilt, but cats keep falling asleep on me, so it's hard to work on. Everything will get done, eventually. Just pluggin' away.
I knit myself another blue cardigan, because I have a subconscious obsession with them. No photos, because, well, I do not feel cute lately. Eventually that'll happen.
And because we are now at 20 weeks (Eek! Halfway!) I'm finally casting on some yarn-based goodies for the tiny viking. This, in size 6-9 mo, which should work with my giant math. Starting with the sweater, in a dark blue/purple, with a light ivory/pink/green contrast colour, then mittens and socks, skipping the trousers, and eventually a hat, though I'll likely reverse the colours and wait until after we find out how big kiddo's head is. (Daven has a big head, I have a freakishly small one; no point in knitting a hat until we have an idea who he takes after.) Using some Jitterbug that I bought back in 2007/8 from Nature's Yarns for knee high socks, before I realized that no pattern in the world believes in my calves, especially when the pattern involves colourwork. So, tiny person clothing, it is. Amusingly, the colour of my most recent cardigan is almost the same as what I'm using for the tiny cardigan. I clearly like this colour!
Though, admittedly, this one is a little less hands on than my knitting projects. For those folks who aren't on my Facebook, I've got a project I'm working on. It should be ready around June 20th. Or, "he" would be more accurate than "it". Yup, I'm pregnant. :) I have not yet started binge knitting baby clothes, but I have no doubt that will happen at some point.
Also on the baby front, we had a random yakling born when I was back in North Dakota a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully, we finally got a girl! Her name is Minnie, and she is fluffy and adorable. She's Millie's first daughter, and the first girl we've had born on the farm who has survived. (Even with a nasty cold snap of -20F earlier this week, she was fine, thankfully.)
Hi! Stuff has happened since my last post. Yarn kind of stuff, and non-yarn kind of stuff.
I knit this sweater in August! I wore it to Iceland in September! It stretched and slipped and is now enormous, because bamboo has a sense of humour that I just don't get! Oh well. I bought lots of yarn in Iceland, and it was an incredible, breathtaking vacation.
I got back from vacation and promptly fell into weeks of training. I learned lots. My brain and my body hurt from all I learned, but it was good. Very little was accomplished on the beekeeper quilt. It is resting, as my math kind from the last post kind of frightened me, and I need to regain my groove.
I finished two pairs of socks in the last couple of weeks, as my husband was giving me quite enthusiastic shit about seeming to always be buying new knitting needles. He's supportive, but will cheerfully pick on me, like a good hubbinbeast should. I had great plans on continuing to finish projects, but the yarn for the Hue Shift afghan just came in, and, well...I just cast it on. This'll be my new "track the progress" project. Just so you know how the blog should look, assuming I don't fall off the face of the earth for a few months again.
It's been about a month since the last update, and I'm now up to 211 hexipuffs. Yay! I laid them all out, measured and then applied math...Oh dear. I'm currently at about 42"x25". If I want to make a blanket for a queen sized bed, I'm going to need between...let's say 750 and 1000 hexipuffs. Oh, my. Um. Longer term project than anticipated? Also, a friend asked on FB how much that would end up weighing. Weighing bags of 50 average out to about 220 g, and if I needed 1000 of them, that'd be just under 10 lbs of crazy. If I went for the more conservative 750, it'd still weigh over 7 lbs. Righto. That's going to have to be contemplated at some point.
My thoughts on connecting them involve making "flowers" of 7 hexipuffs, then connecting those together. A secondary thought that my husband came up with would be to make the flowers, then join those together with either plain knitting or crochet, to allow the puffs to be a little more disperse.
The hexipuffs are going very well. I joke with my husband that these are now my spoor; wherever I go, I leave teeny pillows behind me. I've been TA'ing a lot, and they are small enough to work on without being disruptive to the classes. (Lecture classes are hard to TA for. Lots of sitting for information I already know = prime knitting time.)
The amusing side effect is that I don't have as much scrap yarn as I thought I did. I was sure I had a plastic bag jam packed full of sock ends, but damn if I can find it. I do have a few remnants running around, but this means I've started to get creative. I have a skein of 50g of sock yarn that something weird happened to, where it just started to break at random points, so that's all going into the blanket. I had a sock that the washing machine ate a while back and I couldn't bear to throw out...I'm going to try to recycle it into hexipuff form, so I can remember it. I have a couple of pairs of socks that I knit that never quite worked for me. I'm eyeballing those, too. Daven asked why I didn't just buy more yarn (ha ha ha, like I need an excuse), and I think it is because I want this to be mostly a reminder and remainder project.
With that in mind, I need to start working on all of these sock projects I have roaming around. A. I need more socks and B. I need more remnants! Besides, these things are like constantly casting on toe up socks and I feel like I'm stiffing myself on the full sock experience. :)