Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: the Commencement Edition

I've sat through a LOT of commencement addresses, so this is right up my alley. What would I say to a bunch of hungover 22 year olds who haven't listened to me for four years? (I tease because I love). Here is what I would include:

1. Please thank your parents and anyone else who made a sacrifice to get you to this day.
2. Please thank your professors because they also helped to get you to this day.
3. Thank the guy who cuts the lawn, the lady at the print shop, the custodial staff, and everyone else who creates a beautiful environment to help you achieve your goals.
4. Don't forget to listen.
5. Don't forget to laugh.
6. Be thoughtful and deliberate with your words and actions.
7. Be gentle to the Earth.
8. Be gentle to yourself.
9. Life is a gift.
10. I will end with a quote from John Hiatt: "Whatever your hands choose to do, do it with all your heart."

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekends are just. Too. Short.

A busy weekend (and it is almost noon on Sunday) but when I think about what we did...ah well.
Yesterday I weeded and did some work around the house while Tim worked on his homework as well as the new fence outside (we are putting up a fence to separate the yard in the backyard from the patio, as dogs do not distinguish).

I did some knitting on this:
And I decided what I"m going to knit for the Hap-along on ITFF on Rav. It is the Lionberry shawl and I have some pink and grey Yarntini that has been in the stash for years that I'm going to use.

So I guess I have accomplished something!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mandarin Blouse

This goes well--I'm almost done with the back:
This is the back (the longer part) and the sides (the shorter part). I have two inches or so more on the back, then the fronts, then Bob's your uncle.

Another busy week: three defenses! And a poster session for our undergrads. Three weeks left of class. I can do this.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: things I must do!

Today's theme is procrastination, or rather anti-procrastination: things I need to do that I have put off long enough. This list makes me tired. And I haven't even started writing it yet.

1. Cover the out of control patchy spots of grass in the front yarn with cardboard and then mulch them.
2. Clean the patio.
3. Finish cleaning the yarn room (I got a great start on this over the weekend, and included putting away winter clothes and getting out summer clothes as part of it. Of course then the temperatures plummet (ok went down 15 degrees).
4. Clean out the hall closet (isn't it interesting how so many of these things start with clean)?
5. Put away the clothes that are in the laundry room (yes, this is an ongoing thing).
6. Send out the article on 'chemical free', again.
7. Send out the article on 'binge watching', again.
8. Revise the creativity paper.
9. Revise the typology paper (yes, 6-9 are all academic work things).
10. I won't even list all the UFOs that I unearthed this weekend. Those.

Monday, May 11, 2015

First Summer Weekend

We had a lovely and warm weekend. We took advantage by riding our bikes to our favorite gastropub, Chow..about a four-mile bike ride one way. Pretty uneventful except I haven't ridden for a year, so I was a bit sore. I helped Tim put in some fence posts in the back yard, did some yardwork, and worked on cleaning out the yarn room. So I felt a bit of accomplishment.

I also started on the Thorne Cowl using Black Trillium Fibers gradients. The yarn is really soft and the cowl pattern is fun, lots of short rows which are fun I like the look of it a lot.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Blue Willow Plate Project

A few nights ago I had
 a dream. A wonderful dream, Papa. Oops, kidding. The dream was that I knit a sweater that looks like a blue willow plate. 

I'm not a particularly big fan of blue willow plates, but honestly if you have a dream about something, you owe it to yourself to follow through on the dream, right? So I googled many permutations of blue and willow and plate and knitting and I found a sweater pattern that seems to be right up my alley.

The problem was that it is in an out of print book that the library doesn't have. But I did find a not-expensive copy on Amazon, and I bought it. It is from the "Edina Ronay Collection". Here is a bit about Miss Edina:

"Edina Ronay has earned critical acclaim for her luxurious handmade knitwear, detailed tailoring and exquisite evening and summer dresses. She has dressed some of the most elegant and beautiful women in the world, from Royalty to red carpet stars including The Princess of Wales, Twiggy, Jerry Hall, Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Moss, amongst many others."

I think she designed this book for Rowan because everything uses Rowan yarn. I was kind of taken aback by the great quantity of yarn needed for this sweater, but this explains it:

The ACTUAL MEASUREMENT for a small has a bust of 47 inches. As I perused the book, I realized it has a nice Bennetton vibe from my youth. And indeed:

1988. The book is from 1988.

So here's the thing. I have 1370 yards of white yarn and the same amount of dark blue. I think I can do a cute little cardigan with the same pattern as the huge sweater at the top, and I can integrate the pattern into there. In fact, I found ANOTHER pattern for a knitting blue willow tea cup in Unexpected Knits and I could integrate that pattern in there too.

What do you all think? Am I insane?

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Boring knitting and beautiful flowers

HEre is the boring knitting...it is about all I can handle at this point in the school year:
Luckily the yard is making up for my boring in its beautiful spring display.
One of many columbines (but the only red one):
And all the digitalises that are volunteers (go vols!)