Saturday, November 22, 2014

More Vivienne

This is coming along:

Not overly fast, but it is fun to do and I like how it looks. Plus you can make a mistake and it won't show that badly. I'm not a huge lace person (understatement) but this seems to work well.

On Thursday, my office at school was broken into at about 3pm (I was working at home) and my school laptop was stolen. This is the second time that my office has been broken into and my laptop stolen in about a 15 month period, and I'm of course furious. I didn't lose any work (I store everything in Dropbox, which brings on its own set of concerns) but I seem to be seeing this as emblematic of the whole school's lack of attention to the things that need to be done on a day to day basis.

But enough of that. I cannot change the things I cannot change. So be it. Go Ducks!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Secret holiday knitting

Tim and I always exchange a 'home made' gift at Christmas, and I finished his gift today. I made it out of the Bijou Basin yarn that I bought at Black Sheep this past summer. The gift itself turned out well. I'll show you full photographs in a few weeks. Ho Ho HO!

Not much else going on of interest, with the regular end-of-term craziness and the upcoming grad student strike now seems to be a go. Oh well. It really won't affect me but it is just another piece of bad news happening at the University right now.

Today is Tim's birthday...I'm making him a nice dinner and then we'll go out on Saturday to King Estate Vineyards....we've never been. Looking forward to that.

I should have more to report but...I don't. Oh well.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I've done a bit of work on this scarf since Sunday, not a lot but one repeat out of a dozen or so are done:

Rowan Kidzilk Glamour, with teeny tiny tasteful sequins:

Sunday, November 16, 2014


As I think I mentioned earlier, there wasn't anything really enticing me to knit so I was feeling a bit at loose ends, knitting wise (HAHA loose ends).

But things have changed...mostly because I feel confident Arwen will be done by Thanksgiving and that's good! I have three shawls on the needles (I'll get to them eventually), a pair of mindless socks, those cable socks, and Tim's Christmas present. But I also plan to knit up these beauties:

This is going to be Vivienne, in Kidsilk Haze Glamour which is the one with little sequins.

This is going to be Clapo-ktus.

I also bought a bunch of Silky Wool XL on sale at Little Knits, and a book that has some gorgeous patterns for both Silky Wool and Silky Wool XL. I'll probably do another cable sweater (and who designs more beautiful ones than Elsebeth Lavold?) with that yarn.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Knit knit knit

Arwen's second side is done. Hoorah!

That is Pilot's head in the photograph, along with my feet.
Cold, rainy weather continued on Friday but today it was a beautiful winter day with sunny skies and highs in the 40s. I'll take that!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cold and Rainy


It is cold and rainy here---our usual rainy season starts in October but came in a month late this year. In fact, I've been able to keep up my 4 mile walks with the dogs on Tuesday and Thursday at 7am until today, when it was just too wet to go. We eventually got out around 10:00 or so in a little break in the weather.

I'm a bit further along on Arwen than I thought I was,and only have the hood left of one side and the back. The back is maybe 25% done is all stockinette. So that should get wrapped up pretty quickly--I guess the fronts will be done in a week or so, and the back will eventually get done.

I took Jessie cat to the vet today for her weigh in, and she's gained a pound in two weeks. So that means we've basically figured out why she wasn't eating--she didn't like her food. Oh well. Our vet says it is a good sign her skin allergy hasn't come back but we need to be two months clear to make sure that the food is OK for her. So that gives us to about the first of the new year to be out of the woods.

Our grad students are probably going to go on strike, either the last week of classes ("Dead Week" which is anything but Dead) or finals week. Just another fun thing to tear the campus apart!

Hope you are warm and dry!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One Down

I finished (finally) the first sock of this pair. Little cables and little needles are, well, challenging. Which is good, I like a challenge.

Top is the front, bottom is the back.
They are actually a bit brighter than this but the color is very close!
I had a catch up day--finished some grading, submitted some proposals, paid taxes, that kind of thing. A good day I must say!