Sunday, January 20, 2019

Slowly getting back to normal

We were all pretty exhausted yesterday from the excitement of Friday night/Saturday morning (see below to catch up!) which was kind of nice. It was warm and cloudy and if I had to detail exactly what we did, it would be challenging.  I know at one point Tim went to Beach Wok and got lunch, the dogs went out in the back yard at several points, we watched one GBBS and a Midsomer Murder (I think I slept through much of the last 15 minutes but woke up when the murderer was uncovered) and we were asleep before 9am.

Pilot is doing well--the swelling is down, he seems to be in minimal pain, he is eating and drinking and walking just fine. He can negotiate things fairly gracefully with the cone, and it is bothering him less. We have an appointment with our vet in Eugene tomorrow afternoon so we'll make sure everything is good from that perspective.

A couple things:

-we watched the documentary on the Fyre festival (the one on Netflix) on Friday (I may have mentioned it) and it was good. This was a festival that never happened in 2017---many many young people were part of this scam (that wasn't supposed to be a scam, but it ended up being a scam). Anyway, I had heard about it peripherally from a few of my students at the time and read an article or two but the documentary told the whole story in an interesting way. There is a competing documentary on Hulu, and those filmmakers interviewed the guy in charge extensively (which didn't happen in the Netflix doc, although he was on camera several times) but anyway, I recommend it.

I did do some fairly mindless knitting yesterday:

This is Clinkerbell, and I do really like it. I had questioned the yarn choice but now I feel good about it.

And finally, another piece of art was hung on the wall:

This was made by our friend (and Tim's dissertation advisor) Dominique Bachelet. We have another one of her pieces in our Eugene house (bunnies) and she is so talented. Plus, puffins.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Then this happened.

One of my few concerns about living in a small town is what happens in an emergency. There are people hospitals within about a 20 minute drive but the nearest vet hospital is in Salem, about 75 minutes away. Well, guess what?

You may recall Pilot had a lumpy bumpy that we had diagnosed about two weeks ago. It was benign, yet with all lumpy bumpies you are cautioned it could rupture and to get help immediately. Well, we were getting ready to go to bed last night and when I asked the dogs to join me for a quick trip outside, we noticed that Pilot's leg with the lumpy bumpy was incredibly swollen and painful. So we packed him into the car and ventured out on a night of driving rain and high winds.

We got to the emergency vet in Salem at about 10:45, and it was completely empty.  We were there about two hours (which is pretty speedy for an emergency vet) during which time he had bloodwork done, got sedated, got the site drained, had the discharged looked at (he had started bleeding a bit by the time we arrived at the vet) and had the wound lanced and a little tube put in to help with draining. Armed with three drugs and a bunch of instructions, we headed home and got back here around 2:15 am, and it took about another hour to get everybody settled in. Tim and I both got up around 8 and I need to run over to Lincoln City (20 miles away) and get a few more things and then we're just going to stay home til Monday.

We have a follow up appointment with our vet on Monday and his leg is doing much better today---much less swollen. He ate breakfast and if he didn't have his cone on you wouldn't know much was wrong. He is wagging and makes slightly miserable noises but let us put a warm compress on his leg this morning so that's a plus.

Keep our little guy in your thoughts today if you could!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy place

I really have two happy places (I'm a lucky woman!): the farm and the coast house. Here is how it looked last night:


 And here it was this morning.



There has been a high wave warning for the past day, and it is pretty chunky out there. It is lovely to be back at the house, as it has been a bit of a stressful week in Chez Sheehan. 

Tim drove out yesterday afternoon, so I had time to work on these socks, which I love. There are two unique things (for me) about these socks:

1. I used invisible elastic thread for the cuff ribbing and I do think that made it stretchier.
2. I used a brand new (to me) bind off which is very very stretchy--it was recommended for the Midsommer moon MKAL and I used it on that, and on the socks (I did these toe-up) as well. It is the Suspended Bind Off and is just like a regular bind off except it goes like this. You k1 and that moves from left to right needle. You k1 again and move from left to right needle. You life the first stitch on the right needle over the second stitch (up to now, it is just a regular bind off) but instead of dropping the stitch, you LEAVE IT ON THE LEFT NEEDLE (so yes, you need to use the left needle to lift the stitch, not use a crochet hook or something like that). Then you knit what is now the 'second' stitch on the LEFT needle, and when you move THAT stitch to the right needle, you drop the stitch you moved.

Really. It is amazing.

Here is a web page with a tutorial, and there are a lot of videos too. https://bellaknitting.typepad.com/bella_knitting/2007/10/suspended-bind-.html

My bind offs are ALWAYS tighter than my cast ons so this is a bind off I'm going to work to perfect. I think the first time it turned out a bit looser than I want but that works really well for a shawl.

What is your favorite stretchy bind off?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

An Icy Post!

The morning walk with the dogs was a little bit icy, particularly on the uphills in the shade. We persevered. I walked on the frozen grass and the dogs walked on the frozen sidewalk. We were very careful. I also saw a neighbor going out to get her paper and as she is a little on the elderly side, I hung out to make sure she got back in the house OK without slipping (she did).

Here's Clinkerbell!


One of my favorite designers is Casapinka, and Clinkerbell is from an e-book she published last year with a few winter-designed patterns. Clinkerbell is a pretty simple cowl with lots of stockinette interrupted by two rounds of a P Ktb Ktb pattern every so often. You can kind of see it here:


The yarn is a limited edition yarn by Knit Picks from the Sock Lab called Specimen. You saw this balled up in a post a few days ago--I bought both this color and the pink color which Knit Picks calls summer colors but I think they're just fun colors. I have another Casapinka pattern, the Klickitat Street Cowl, which I will do when I finish this one.

My SEM work did not go well yesterday, mostly because I haven't used Windows in 20 years and I had to keep calling Tim to ask questions like "how do I turn on this computer" (really) and that was nuts.

Other than that, I'm back in the swing of teaching. I'm doing an independent study with one of my grad students where we'll read the book "Godel Escher Bach"  which is a Pulitzer prize winner. We're both excited and intimidated, which is a good thing.

And on we go.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Come to my happy place

 Calypso and his papa, Kokopelli. Atom on the left with his back to us, and Onyx on the right.
 Strider (and Calypso in the back)
 Tripoli. More fleece on this little fluffernutter than I've ever seen.
The pregnant Georgia who is just starting to 'show'


 Kokopelli, whose fleece I'm using for Kilim
 Someboy got his bangs trimmed.
 Atom and Calypso.
My guys.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Weekend Report: Colorful

It was a colorful weekend around here, as I cast on for two new projects, knit on the 'Starry Night' socks, and finished up the Ibis and moved on to the next letter (N. not sure what it is for). In addition, there was laundry, a bit of work on the taxes, the aforementioned weaving in of ends, dog walks, some playing around with Tim's drone, class prep, and a bit of a Great British Baking Show binge.

Not sure how so much got done, but I'll blame the knitting time on football. We watched the entire Kansas City game and then parts of the other three games, and by 'watched' I mean Tim watched and I knit. I cast on for Kilim using three yarns from the farm--all from Kokopelli, Calypso's papa. Ann dyed them with mineral yarns that someone brought her from Peru.

The white thing is a stitch marker.

There are about 40 rows before the decreases start, and I've done about 12. It may be small, but alpaca has a bit of give. I'm also being very careful with the colorwork, and it doesn't seem to be puckering (knock wood). I'm catching the floats every few stitches. This is very bright and outside my (black-white-grey) wheelhouse but this is good!

This will be my 'concentration' project for a while--the other two are fairly mindless (sock is mindless sock, the other project is a cowl that is mainly mindless punctuated by a few rounds of sort of concentrated knitting). Good choices for January!



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Entering the Land of Ends to Weave In

If you don't hear from me for a few weeks, I'll be weaving in ends.

Just kind of kidding. I thought I'd pop in and put the lid on these two projects--they are both blocked, both wet blocked and steam blocked, and just need ends woven in. Here is the box and cable sweater:


And here is the Midwinter Moon shawl.

See, ou an see the dark moon right there in the middle!!!

Slowly getting back to normal