Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday What's Up?

It is what's up Wednesday! Yes i just made that up. Anyway--it is the day before Thanksgiving and here is what's up:

-the Koto sweater is moving right along--this sweater has a hem that is lower in the back than in the front and the short row back is done--but you really can't tell:

-we finished both 'seasons' of W1A on Netflix (the BBC show) and lest you think we spent a lot of time binging, two seasons is only 9 30 minute episodes. One of the characters wore this scarf through much of the second season:

From what I can tell it is an infinity scarf done in some type of fair isle or slipped stitch that I think was knit in a tube. I thought to myself--hmm self--is there anything in the stash?

-And the stash delivers:
I bought a lot of yarn a long long time ago and started some mittens but never finished them and scrapped the whole thing. I think the browns and the blues and the orange colors will work just fine. How bout that!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ToT the Thankful Version

Yes I'm thankful for family, friends, our animals, food, health, freedom, safety--I'm fortunate to have most of Maslow covered. But when I really think about it, I'm thankful right now for:

1. My flatiron. I don't know how I survived 54 years without this little magical machine.
2. My thermos. It is my constant friend in the morning, my cheerleader, my strength.
3. The Cars. I woke up with "Victim of Love" in my head this morning and thought that if I only could listen to Cars songs for the rest of my life the day I'd be fine.
4. Rain. Rain rain rain. Rain is our blanket in the Pacific NW--it lulls us to sleep, it makes our world beautiful, it puts out fires. We need rain, and I'm so happy it is back.
5. Lint rollers. Because I love my dogs.
6. Our dog sitter Zach. He comes by a few times a week when Tim and I have full days and runs around with the dogs. They are happy and the opposite of stressed. So thankful!
7. Emergency vets. Because things happen, and things get fixed.
8. Cheap reading glasses. I can't wear bifocal contacts (well I can but I won't) and these are all over our house to help me when I need to see something (which is all the time).
9. Leaf scoops, which are the most genius thing invented in recent times.
10. Number ten is tied--you all reading this and chocolate. I appreciate everyone who reads this and I appreciate chocolate, so there you go.

Happy Thanksgiving (although let's be real, you'll get two posts wishing you that tomorrow and the next day!).

Monday, November 23, 2015

Retro Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving will be the two of us (the way I prefer quite honestly) so the table will not be overstuffed: we'll have the bird, stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamedgreen beans, a hearts of palm salad and a chocolate pot de creme for dessert.

OK that's a lot of stuff.

But here are some of the things I must say I miss from my youth (I grew up in the 60s)  (and please note I would never do these unless we were doing a retro thing with lots of people):

Green Bean Casserole

 Sherbet Punch

Cranberry Jello Salad

Did you ever have a non traditional Thanksgiving? One time in Boston I went to my friend Liz's house and we boiled lobsters. Once I made paella. I think we've also made chinese food. Sometimes though it is just easier to do the classics!

What are your favorite Retro or Non traditional Thanksgivings?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Visual Evidence!

Yesterday during the Duck game I picked up the Tucker Sweater and did 1/4 of the cable rounds. Here is what I ended up with:

 Apparently there will be an awful lot of crossing cables in the next 18 rounds.

And yes it took me more than three hours to do 6 rounds. There's a lot of stitches on this thing!

Other than the football game, I read more of "City on Fire" which continues to be really good and last night we watched "The Candidate"--an old Robert Redford movie that is just as significant today.

So here's my question for you football fans: here on West Coast, Duck games start at either 12:30, 4:30 or 7:30. Which start time do you prefer? I prefer 4:30--7:30 is too late and 12:30 eats up the whole day. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Sky (and birthday recap)

I'm not a 'Saturday Sky' person but this was the sky or lack of it this morning:

We had incredibly thick fog an hour ago and I was sort of excited that the Ducks might play USC in a fog bowl (we'd have a clear advantage-right--ha ha clear advantage) but it seems like an hour later the fog has lifted and it will e a clear day. Anyway-GO DUCKS!

Yesterday was a busy day, culminating in Tim's birthday celebration. I had a three-hour graduate class Friday morning, then a new PhD student needed to talk as he was having some moments of doubt   (I think he's in a better place now), then a faculty meeting that I snuck out of when we got to the 'Strategic Plan' part (I was there for 'important' votes but honestly---stuff like strategic plans make me nuts). Then home to take dogs for a quick walk and then to correct manuscript proofs that were due two weeks ago (I never did check the due date). So it was a full day, and then Tim came home.

Tim's friends and colleagues know him well:

He got three different kinds of beer.

From me he got the Christmas stocking, as well as tickets to the Peking Acrobats in January and a Christmas ornament from New Zealand. The stocking is now hanging:

The binding on the top worked out really well, if I do say so myself.

In other news:
-I'm reading a GREAT BOOK called "City on Fire" by Garth Risk Hallberg. I have it from the library on a three week loan and readers--it is almost 1000 pages. I am glad I have a long weekend next weekend so I won't worry about finishing it (yet). It is really good, very much in the Donna Tartt school of writing. It is about New York City in the 1970s, which is when I first discovered NYC (my best friend in college lived there). So I'm really enjoying it.
-We have been watching "W1A" on Netflix and so glad I found it! There was a short comedy series on the BBC called "Twenty Twelve" about the London olympics and Lord Granthan (Hugh Something Or Other) (off to Google) (OK Hugh Bonneville) played "Ian Fletcher"...the person doing the arranging of the Olympics. So W1A is a continuation where Ian Fletcher joins the BBC as 'head of values'. There are some great characters in both series and it is very tongue in cheek--kind of like the British version of "The Office". And the voice over narration is done by David Tennant and he's hysterical. So watch that if you have Netflix!
-I'm going to revisit the teal sweater as I feel less exhausted today. We'll see.
-Only nine NaBloPoMo posts left! We are all awesome!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Over it

So the Tucker sweater? The teal one with the sleeves? The one I'm about to start the cable yoke on?

I'm over it. I was working on it the other night and looked at it and thought  "I'm just not into you".

I don't know why-- I think endless stockinette wore me out, the cable instructions look a bit fiddly (every fourth or so row you have to move the start of the row a few stitches to the right or left--what's up with that?), there are a couple places in the body where the stitches look uneven and there is no way I'm ripping back at this point...

Just over it.

Plus it is the end of the term and I am daunted by those cables (and that doesn't make sense, because I can handle the cabling in the hat I showed you yesterday). So I just don't know. Over it.

Hopefully once the term is over and I have three months of sabbatical I'll get excited about it.

Other stuff:

1. Worked a bit on Koto last night--three rounds of knitting followed by a round of purl:

In an inch or so I start the high/low hem with short rows.

2. Today is Tim's birthday! Happy birthday sweetie!

3. We are two thirds of the way through NaBloPoMo! Huzzah indeed!