Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The back

Here is a horrible picture of the back of the Elsebeth Lavold sweater:

If you look closely you can see the blocks.

Today I'm going to sit in the sun (hopefully it will stick around) and work on the first front of the cardigan. There's a really pretty cable in it. So that will be a better picture for your enjoyment.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fall term in the books

Well, kinda. Three prospectuses are still not turned in but I'm fine with that..the students are working on them, they are a bit challenging, and they'll get them done. Grades are turned in and now the holidays can begin! Holidays in terms of cleaning and getting ready for next term, and a bit of knitting and reading.

Somehow I missed the whole pom pom yarn period of knitting history, which isn't a surprise. However, I was looking around for cute and fast baby gifts and I found a baby blanket made with pom pom yarn. Someone posted that the yarn was incredibly soft and babies love it. So I found some on ebay and started this blanket. It is kind of fun to watch it grow so fast. This is one ball, and it barely fits on a 24" circular needle. There's a bit of treachery with this yarn as it falls off the needle very easily and is almost impossible (oh let's just say, it is impossible) to get it back on once it has fallen off. Thus, this was knit three times, the third time I added in lifelines and now feel better. Anyway, this is a gift for the daughter and son-in-law of a colleague I work wtih--theydon't know the gender, so this should hopefully work.

Holiday crafts around our house:

Tim's mom did this old fashioned Santa in counted cross stitch, it is really beautiful and has a place of honor in our hall.

I did this one before I took up knitting, it is a Mary Engelbreit pattern and makes me happy.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday decorations

Lots of people I follow online are posting pictures of their holiday houses. We do a bit of decorating but have always been kind of circumspect about it because of whatever animals we have at the time. As a result, I realized, we end up decorating around the ceiling a bit.

This Santa was bought in Rugby, Tennessee, and I absolutely adore it. It hangs in the entry to our living room.

Mrs. Santa was a gift from my Mom, and hangs in the entry hall. And to give you an idea of the grand size of our home, Mrs. Santa hangs about five feet from Santa.

We collect sleigh bells from Wallace silversmiths (one for every Christmas we've been married) and Tim created a beautiful display for them in the window of our little 'cozy room':
Tomorrow: holiday crafts.

Friday, December 12, 2014


  • Why is it so dark out and it is only 4:30?
  • Why did the Interim dean schedule a faculty meeting on the last day of finals week that barely achieved a quorum, had nothing of substance in it, and finished in half an hour?
  • Why, when you order stamps from USPS online, does it take 7-10 days to ship? IT IS THE POST OFFICE! 
  • Why did our festive holiday lunch run out of finger food ten minutes into the event?
  • Why am I so tired?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The waiting is the hardest part

Two out of three classes are graded.
The final class--thesis prospectus--is due in today (I said by the end of the day, but I don't think I said 5pm). Anyway, these are honors students and generally they are so on top of things that I really thought I'd open the email today and half of them would be there (two came in yesterday).

This morning: crickets.

I had planned to spend today grading til 3 and then go meet my friend Lauren for coffee. But I'm caught up on grading and just waiting.

So I put in a load of laundry, got in the shower, and when I got out of the shower the washing machine is making a weird beeping noise with the 'do' code. Does that mean door? It should mean door. I thought maybe we had a power surge or something so opened and shut the door and started it up again.

Crickets. Well not crickets, very annoying beeps and the 'do' code.

I jumped online and looked around a bit and finally scheduled the Sears people to come fix it. Luckily they had an opening this afternoon, which may impact my coffee with Lauren and would certainly take me away from grading if I have any to do, which I don't.

The plan now is to start grading tomorrow at 6:45 am and hopefully finish up before our end of term lunch and final faculty meeting tomorrow. That gives me roughly half an hour per prospectus which should be enough time. And I can finish up during the faculty meeting too.

I just want...I need...to be done.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mindless project

For mindless times.

The other day I realized that I need more black socks, since just about everything I wear is black. I dug this (already wound up) ball out of the stash--it is blacker than this, really, and is Paca Peds, which may be discontinued. So far so good!