Friday, December 31, 2004

New Year's Eve: woo hoo

DH and I have been in training: last night we stayed up til 11, and I had an 'exotic' drink at lunch and half a beer at dinner.

We are ready to party.

Our plans for today include looking at office furniture, knitting (me), pottery (DH), and then a marathon viewing of Sports Night on DVD while working on an impossible jigsaw puzzle we got for Christmas (an MC Esher one, if you can imagine).

I'm on the second tier of rectangles on the entrelac bag, and continuing to enjoy working on it. More pics tomorrow. I've also been working on the rosey sweater so that doesn't get neglected. I also decided to (hopefully) by some alpaca/cashmere at elann.com on Tuesday, and make a beautiful scarf for our friend Patti, who fostered both cats for us.

I can only hope your NY Eve is a bit more exciting than ours.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Visual Evidence!


IMG_2619
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I began the felted entrelac bag from the Knitter's book on bags...entrelac is fun, fun, fun! I'm starting on the first round of rectangles.

IMG_2620
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is a close up of the bag.

frodojacket
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the jacket I did for Steve and Jen's baby-in-progress, who we call Frodo. It is made out of Lion Brand Boucle and while I think it might be more of a boy's jacket than a girl's, I think it will work regardless of gender. This was fun to make: all in one piece, a couple of seams, a cute hood. It took maybe two or three hours.

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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here are the matching booties for little Frodo.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

End of Year Musings

I know, I still have a couple of days left before the turning of the year, but just want to blather on a bit about the year that past.

It was a good year...I learned to knit and learned I love to knit, and that has made my life much fuller. I don't think I find knitting quite the zen-like relaxer that others do, but it does something for me..maybe next year I'll be able to explore this a bit more. It has also been good for the relationship wtih my husband....hard to say exactly how without going into long discussions on challenges of relationships but I think he likes seeing me stick to something and be committed to getting better at it. And for taking risks and experimenting. And for overcoming frustrations (I could never be a potter, like him....I just don't GET IT).

For next year, I want to learn to spin and to get better at the details of knitting....not just knit something to complete it and move on but to knit something so that the process becomes meaningful. I'm also not sure exactly what I mean by this, but I want to challenge myself more and not just be able to say "hey, I made 10 scarves for Christmas presents so I am ALL THAT."

The lace scarves and the spinning should hopefully help to accomplish that.

I want to connect with more people in the knitting community and get involved that way...and maybe find some type of charity project that could also involve knitting.

So that should be enough for a while!

I started the entrelac felted bag last night and am ready to start going on the actual entrelac parts. Should be an adventure.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Frodo's done!

Happy Things:
I finished the little baby jacket for Frodo, and did little booties for him/her too. I love to knit baby things.

I signed up for the spinning class yesterday at the LYS, and it starts in February. I'm very excited, and I'm going to try to spin today.

At the LYS, the owner complimented me on the Rabbit tracks scarf, and a customer told me my felted bag was 'great'.

Frustrating things:
I'm in the mood to start the Afghan, but just realized that Discount Yarn Store says the yarn may not arrive for 3-4 weeks. Argh! I shouldn't get that frustrated, since the cost is so low. At the LYS yesterday, they had Plymouth Encore but not in the proper color. So I'll have to start something else.

Once I realized by Discount yarn Store timing error, I thought I'd start on one of the lace shawls that I want to make. Then I discovered that neither LYS in Eugene stocks lace weight yarn!! One solution suggeseted was doucier et soie (sp?) for something like $25 for 250 yards (compared to Jaggerspun Zephyr, which is like $10 for 1200 yards). Now, doucier et soie is a beautiful yarn, but not for the first time you do a complex lace shawl project.

So I ordered so jaggerspun from two different places online. So no shawl project to start for me.

BUT...today the plans are to try my spindle and to start the entrelac felted tote from the Knitters 'Bags' book.


Sunday, December 26, 2004

Creatures: Stop Your Stirring!

Happy Day After Christmas. It was a great day for our little family, and I hope you had a terrific holiday too.

It was just DH and I...usually we end up at friends' for one or other of the days, but this year all amigos were out of town. It was great to spend it alone..with the dogs, cats, bird and rabbit, plus two other creatures whose sad story is still to come.

The biggest surprise was that DH's gift to me was....a bed!! I was shocked. He has been storing it in the guest room, which is also where I keep my stash, and so I've been separated from my stash for two weeks. After we finished opening most gifts, he told me to come into the guest room, and there was a beautiful cherry mission-style headboard and footboard, along with cherry rails. Beautiful, and such a surprise. We spent much of the morning setting it up, then DH installed reading lights for us (another gift, belonging to the 'oh thanks honey that's nice' category until I got the bed.

Also in the gift pile were a pair of UGG boots that I've been coveting, a drop spindle and a big ball of roving, and a gift certificate to a spinning class at one of the LYSs. I had a great DH.

Tim loved his presents (a great pot and steamer inserts for brewing beer, a stovetop smoker, books, cds, calendars, and a nice Pendleton shirt). He loved the alpaca scarf...indeed, everyone who got a scarf seemed to like it. My Aunt termed hers (black mohair with shiny novelty flags) 'stunning', and my mom liked her oatmeal basketweave because it was warm and apparently my brother keeps the heat low at his house (but truth be told, my mom's thermostat is set at 80 in the winter and 60 in the summer).

Only a couple dampers on a great holiday. On Christmas eve we took Shasta and Jessie to the vet's...Shasta to get some bloodwork done and Jessie to get a microchip. Shasta has never liked going to the vet, and was pretty traumatized after this visit...that coupled with receiving gifts on Christmas made her retreat to her puppy sofa and view the fun from a distance.

And, the evening before Christmas eve Stella the cat discovered a mouse in the kitchen. Now, I love animals, but I am scared silly of mice in the house. Tim was worried the cats would eat the mice (um, honey, isn't that their job?) and so we set some traps and tracked their point of entry to the heating ducts. (just so you know, we asked our vet, the Awesome Marnee, if it was OK if cats ate mice. She is very much into the 'slow food' movement and having animals eat more naturally, and she said the healthiest cats are those who ate mice. Hmmm.) Christmas eve I was in the garage and there is a mousie hanging out under the sink. Tim put a trap out there and caught Lady Mousie Christmas Eve and Lord Mousie Christmas day. Haven't had any evidence of additional mousies since so hopefully they've all moved on to greener, warmer, cat free pastures.

I really hate mice.

So such is life. I ordered yarn for the Afghan (I bought it from Discount Yarn Sale) and ordered some JaggerSpun for a shawl from Knitting Zone (and another shawl pattern, the Pacific Northwest Shawl, which i think I'll start with for me).

Friday, December 24, 2004

Christmas Eve!!!!

I love Christmas Eve...all that rich holiday anticipation.

When I was little, we opened all our gifts on Christmas Eve. I think my family wanted to sleep late Christmas morn.

To you and yours, Merry Christmas and happiest of holidays.

I finished the rabbit tracks scarf, and started on a baby jacket for Steve and Jen's baby, known to us as Frodo. Thus, the jacket is now known as the Frodo jacket. I love baby things...they knit up soooo fast.

Allelujah!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Rabbit Tracks Vexation

I'm using stitch markers.
I'm using a row counter.
I'm being constantly vexed by the Rabbit Tracks scarf.

OK, so I'm not an exceptional lace knitter (although I would like to be, honestly). Just when I think I'm in a lace knitting groove (there are only four rows to this pattern, and two of them are straight purling) I've gotten all cafloozaly and ended up knitting row 2 when I was supposed to be knitting row 4. And since row 2 is the ya row, I've ended up with a bit of a mess a couple of times.

I've frogged...and started again, and it doesn't EXACTLY matcy, but it's OK.

But I worry about my enthusiasm over lace knitting. Maybe I have lace ADD.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

100 Things, Part 3

61. I adore dark chocolate (did I say that already?) My absolute favorite is Ritter Sport, which I think is a German brand.
62. I don’t like to fly.
63. I don’t like to travel, period. I like to stay home.
64. I may be borderline agoraphobic.
65. I read a lot. I love the Harry Potter books, and I’m currently reading “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” which is quite wonderful.
66. I am incredibly sloppy.
67. However, I am also very organized. How does that work?
68. I am not close with my mother.
69. I am not very close with my brother, but we get along.
70. I don’t have children. I thought I would for much of my life, but it just didn’t work out. I’m at peace with that.
71. I have five nieces and nephews. I am close with three of them.
72. My sister in law is the best knitter I know. She is also a very nice person.
73. I love all types of music.
74. My favorite artist of all time is Richard Thompson.
75. I used to love Duran Duran, which makes me feel like the person in the song “1985” by Bowling for Soup.
76. I am a positivist, I believe ‘the truth is out there’.
77. I have never been seriously ill (knock wood).
78. I dislocated my shoulder cross country skiing when I was 33. It still occasionally pops out, often at inopportune times.
79. I wear contacts.
80. I wear reading glasses.
81. I got my first professional highlights (in my hair) this year. Before that, I would occasionally color my hair myself.
82. I was born brunette, but have been both a blonde and a redhead in my life.
83. One time, when I was blonde, I was referred to as ‘the blonde’ and that has always bothered me.
84. I do not suffer fools gladly.
85. I am impatient.
86. I donate money to lots of different charities: mostly those having to do with animals and the environment.
87. I am registered as an independent, but I’m really a democrat.
88. I try to give blood on a regular basis.
89. I hate going to the doctor.
90. I love going to the dentist.
91. We own a tiny piece of land on the Oregon coast, and hope to build a house there someday.
92. In pursuit of number 91, we play Powerball.
93. My best friend, Elizabeth, lives in Boston, and I miss her a lot.
94. I used to use Pcs, but now I have a Powerbook and I absolutely love it.
95. We went to Germany on our honeymoon.
96. I would love to own an alpaca ranch.
97. I don’t mind doing laundry, but I have a hard time getting around to putting clean laundry away.
98. I have a cottage garden, which means it is full of plants I don’t have to worry about.
99. I love lavender, and since lavender is one of the few plants that tolerates a dry Oregon summer, have lots of lavender in our yard.
100. I’m done.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Happy Solstice!

"But we love trees, we love the snow, the friends we have, the world we share
And you find magic from your God, and we find magic everywhere"-Dar Williams

Monday, December 20, 2004

Ho-Ho-Holidays!

While I was immersed in "Jonathan Strange" this weekend (see below), DH kicked into Santa mode and did a ton of Christmas prep to get us in the ho ho mood. He did 'his' cards. He finished shopping. He wrapped. He bought and strung outside lights. He baked. I helped a bit: we did cards together, I baked, I watched him put up the lights, but he really stepped up to the Christmas plate.

I finished "JS", truly didn't want it to end.

AND...I measured the Rabbit Tracks scarf and it is more than 3 1/2 feet long. I was pretty amazed at my progress, considering I don't recall knitting on it AT ALL.

Ah, the magic of Christmas.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

"Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell"

I am so ENCHANTED by this book I can't put it down, and this has cut considerably into my knitting. I am pleased to report, though, that I am almost halfway done with the Rabbit Tracks scarf, and have not progressed at all on the rosey sweater.

BUT...I did order some patterns in preparation for my next knitting adventures. I bought the patterns for the Creatures of the Reef Shawl, the Spirits of the Southwest shawl, and the Great American Aran Afghan book.

I'm thinking I'd like to try different knitting patterns on squares, and that would satisfy my urge to experiment while limiting the actual commitment to a big Aran project.

I also decided to buy myself a Charlottes Web kit with any Christmas $ that comes my way.

6 Days til Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2004

100 things part 2

30. I like snow.
31. I don’t like being wet and cold.
32. I do not have my adnoids.
33. I do not have my tonsils.
34. I have everything else.
35. I have always hated my hair.
36. I have ntermittant insomnia.
37. I would often rather spend time with animals than with people.
38. Except reptiles.
39. I love cashmere.
40. I love chenille.
41. I love Born shoes.
42. I love dark pearls.
43. I love dark chocolate.
44. I have had two episodes of clairvoyance.
45. I have had one out of body experience.
46. I really,really want a mini cooper.
47. I play the banjo badly.
48. Given unlimited choices, I’d pick Indian.
49. I would prefer not to dance in public.
50. I love giving presents.
51. Getting presents makes me nervous.
52. I was once a professional gift wrapper.
53. It didn’t stick.
54. My favorite color is blue.
55. My favorite movies are “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “The Player” by Robert Altman.
56. I am oddly fascinated by certain Reality TV shows.
57. I cannot sing.
58. I used to speak Spanish fluently.
59. I wrote a book (a textbook) about advertising and society. It is ranked something like 600,000 at Amazon.
60. I never thought I would be a Cat person.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

That Rosey Feeling

I finished the back of the rosey sweater (see below) and unless I am crazy it is waaaay too small. Hopefullly blocking will get it to fit me. We'll see. I think it'll stretch (famous last knitting words).

Four 'old' Rowan mags also arrived today, so it is just like Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

100 Things about Me, Part 1

1. As I start this list, I don’t think I’ll make it to 100 things.
2. I’m a college professor.
3. I used to work in advertising.
4. Now I teach advertising.
5. I don’t believe in the adage that ‘those who can’t, teach”.
6. Except perhaps when it comes to gym.
7. My parents divorced when I was 3.
8. I never saw my dad after I was 5.
9. I’ve recently dealt with the repercussions of this.
10. My favorite city is London.
11. My favorite city that I lived in is Boston.
12. I was a theater jock in high school.
13. I started college as a theater major.
14. I changed my major four times.
15. My undergrad degree was in film history and criticism. It’s like being an English major without having to read books.
16. I have an MBA.
17. I have a PhD.
18. No one calls me Doctor.
19. I met my husband online.
20. I married him when I was 37.
21. We’ve been married almost ten years.
22. When I turned 35, I made peace with the fact that I’d never get married.
23. I love animals.
24. Except repties.
25. When I was 30, I lost 50 pounds.
26. I have since gained about 15 of them back. Not bad.
27. I’ve been knitting for about a year.
28. I’m a process knitter.
29. I made Christmas gifts for almost everyone I exchange gifts with this year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Kitten Love

Our new kitten, Jessie, came home last night, and we are totally smitten with that kitten. She's about 8 months old and a beautiful tabby. Most charmingly, she is, well, a cat.

Let me explain. Our other kitten, Stella, was found when she was three weeks old, separated from her mother and hanging on to life by a mere kitten paw. She was saved by our Vet Marnee, weened by our wonderful friend Patti, and then came to live with us when she was about 8 weeks old. She has no idea how to be a cat, and subsequently is part puppy, part human, and a little bit cat. She is an entity to herself.

Jessie, though, does all those things cats are supposed to do...she meows. She jumps in your lap. She does that cute cheek rub marking thing. She happily uses the litter box (don't even ask about Stella and that!). The dogs are enchanted. Stella is confused.

For the first nght of two kitties in the house, it was relatively calm, with both cats sharing our bed for a small amount of time. That was nice.

On the knitting front, I felted the two ipod cozies that I knit for Tim and our friend Steve. Before I had a chance to take pics, though, Tim comes home and says "tomorrow is Steve's birthday. what should we do?" So, iPod cozy to the rescue. I don't think I'll have time to knit him anything before Christmas (and he's one of those people who is ALWAYS warm, so it wouldn't really be an appropriate gift anyway) but there's time to figure out something for him.

Monday, December 13, 2004

A Toast to Rose

My surprise from my KR gift fairy arrived today, and I can hardly think of what to say to thank the wonder Rose M, for her wonderful gifts.

(Unfortunately, the camera is in the guest room, where DH has hidden my Christmas gift and hence from where I am banned. So words will have to suffice).

My gifts included:

A beautiful skein of fleece artist slubby yarn in a rainbow of muted colors, that I want to make into a scarf right now.
A beautiful book to keep track of knitting in
Adorable cards, including a sheep one which I will never send to anyone because it is too cute
And finally, a beautiful quilted pillow of a cat, with a picture of our dear Mickey on it, filled with lavender, my favorite scent.

Rose M, whom I have never met, has to be one of the most thoughtful, kind and generous people I know.

May all your Christmas suprrises be as wonderful.

Friday, December 10, 2004

rabbit tracks


rabbit tracks
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
In a little fit of energy, I took some pics of the current wips. Here is the rabbit tracks scarf, made out of the garage sale Indecita Alpaca. It's a bit over a foot long right now.

rosey cables


rosey cables
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Look closely: you might be able to see the cable patternin this sweater.

I Hab a Code

If you say it out loud it makes sense.

So, between said 'code' and the end of fall term grading, I've had no time for knitting, no time for blogging, and no time for
really much of anything. The weather today is freakishly warm...high of 60 degrees today....which is just odd...plus the ground is officially saturated due to all the rain. It is a lot, even for the NW.

15 days til Christmas.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Neeed New Needles

I picked up my rabbit tracks scarf last night and, surprise surprise, one of the needles was covered with teeth marks. For projects with yarn overs and knit togethers, I like Balene II needles...I like the pointy tip. I don't know what they are made of, but it is some type of plastic (I guess) and sort of feels like you're knitting with wax sticks.

Anyway, I will blame the teeth marks on little Stella (cat), as one of the dogs would have chewed right through them.

They were my only pair of 8s, so off to the LYS to pick up another pair. I don't think there is any way to even them out, and while I can still knit with them it just doens't feel as good.

So I learned my lesson: needles go in the bag POINTS DOWN so little cats can't get into trouble.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Jessie--on the right


Jessie--on the right
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
We'll be bringing the kitten on the right home in about a week. Our wonderful friend Patti, who works at a vet office, rescued this pair of sisters after another deliberate act of cruelty. THe kitten on the left is now living with Patti's daughter, and Jessie on the right will soon be Stella's little sister.

Lack of Photos

Aargh! I've reached the point of no photos on my blog. I promise to rectify that on Monday when I again will face the evil digital camera.

After a week of not feeling like knitting, I'm back in the groove. I started the Rabbit Track pattern scarf using my garage sale alpaca, and I like that a lot. The Rosey sweater is about to start being shaped for the armholes. I've finished one iPod cozy and will whip up another next week and then felt them.


Life is good.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Rabbit Rabbit~

Do you say Rabbit Rabbit on the first day of the month? If so, do you know why you do? I'm sure I could google it and find the reason, but I just don't want to right now!

Things are slowly getting back to normal after departure of Inlaws. I know some readers might think I'm horrible for not embracing them and being positive about them, but it is so hard. MIL is so passive aggressive, and there is no editing between what she thinks and what she says. Probably the best example I can give you of her is this: obviously, they came to visit us (from the midwest) to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, she cooked a TG meal before they came here for Tim's brothers in St. Louis. So as soon as she arrives, she tells me "I made a huge TG meal last week, and we've been eating turkey nonstop since then. We're really sick of turkey". So, my plans for a turkey dinner and several leftover meals were pretty much shot to hell. I went ahead and made the turkey for TG, of course, but WHO stuffs themselves with turkey before going to visit someone for TG? She KNEW we were having a turkey. Anyway, the whole week was a series of episodes like that. I'll stop now. It is over.

I did get some knitting done, the rosey sweater is moving forward, the chenille jacket (AARGH)needs some finishing. I also need to whip up two iPod cases, one for DH and one for DH's best friend Steve. I have some Lion Brand Landscapes which would look cool if indeed it felts as promised, I may play it safe with Lopi, maybe use the Landscapes for trim.

Only 24 days til Christmas!

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

My Only Thought

"Hallelujah, the great storm is over - lift up your wings and fly!"©

from "The Great Storm Is Over" by Bob Franke


Yes, the InLaws are gone.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

I Take It Back!!

I no longer am carrying on my passionate affair with Lion Chennille Thick & Quick.

It was an ugly breakup, as the LCTQ refused to cooperate with any of my simplest requests. It puckered a sleeve. It broke as I was seaming the side. It refuses to weave in. And now my floor, my dining room table, and even my contacts have little forest green wormies sticking to them, everywhere they go.

AND the blasted jacket is too short (but I think I can add on a seed stitch border, which I'll do as soon as I calm down).

Day 6 of Le Migraine continues...and yes, the in laws are still here. They leave Tuesday.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Lion T&Q Chenille Heretic

OK. I know many people disagree, but I'm just gonna say it: I love Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick.

Yes, it sheds all over the couch. Yes, frogging makes the yarn unusable. Yes, it is synthetic and will probably catch on fire some day.

But can I tell you, I'm seaming the shoulders of my chenille jacket, and it is like magic...the seams just disappear. The jacket is in a seed stitch, so i can't even do the 'woven method' from Nancie Wiseman's book, but it just doesn't seem to matter, the seams just disappear. Did I mention? They disappear.

Is it the bulkyness? The caterpillar appearance of the yarn? The fact that I still have a headache and am probably not seeing straight? Don't know, don't care. I'm just so excited about doing a seam that doesn't look like I have an epaulet (sp??) sitting on my shoulder.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Migraine

I have a migraine. It is day 2 of said migraine.

Here is what I have learned:
1. You can't knit with a migraine.
2. You can't eat with a migraine.
3. Even the noise that my fingertips makes on the apple keyboard hurts.

And yes, the in laws are here, thank you very much.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Color Me: Rosey

Most of the weekend was spent de-furring the house for the In Law visit. But I did manage a bit of knitting. I'm halfway done with the sleeves for the chenille jacket. I also cast on for a sweater found in one of 15-year old Vogue mags I got at the 1985 yarn sale. It has a pattern of twisted cables, and so is a few steps beyond mindless knitting.

It is a 10 stitch cable, which for some reason creates a big hole during the cable part, but I'm sure I'll get better at it. I suppose there is a good reason we always start with the backs of sweaters.

The yarn is some that I bought on eBay a while ago: Paton's Impressions, in a multicolored rose color. I seem oddly attracted to rose colors these days, not sure why. I almost never, ever wear colored sweaters, and if I do, they are never pastels. However, if I think back to the 'color me beautiful' consultation I had, what, 20 years ago, rose is good for me. I'm a Spring, by the way. THe result of the consultation was a year long flirtation with coral colored lipstick, which luckily passed.

I haven't thought much about Color Me Beautiful for a while, but I'm guessing if I tried really really hard, I'd probably find the swatches.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Too Tense to Knit

I'm too tense to knit.

I know knitting is supposed to help, but nothing is helping. I'm tense about work. I'm tense about inlaw visit. I'm tense about all the animal hair that floats around the house. I'm just tense.

Slowly but surely I've been working on the sleeves of the chenille jacket...but is there anything more dull than sleeves?

Tomorrow is Tim's birthday, he is getting the super deluxe mega IPod which he really wants. And I'll knit him an ipod cozy for Christmas.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

What kind of needle am I?

interchangeable
You are interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every
eventuality covered and every opportunity just
has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and
every day is a new beginning. You are good at
so many things, it's amazing, but you can
easily lose your place and forget to show up.
They have row counters for people like you!


What kind of knitting needles are you?
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Monday, November 15, 2004

Ah, sleep.

After a very stressful work week, where I slept maybe 5 hours each night, I slept for ten hours Fri. night and eight hours Saturday night and now feel back to normal. Now the tension over my In Law visit over TG will begin, but hopefully I can put that aside to relax and enjoy this week of relative normalcy.

I finished Jen's scarf (the stitching part) and found some yarn for weaving through the holes, so that project is almost done. It looks cool. After trying some trio I had in my stash, I ended up buying Lion landscapes for the weaving part in a dark, rich colorway. The chenille jacket body is complete, and I started on the sleeves. Increasing in seed stitch is definitely NOT my favorite thing to do, but I'm plodding along. And in other knitting news, I reached into the bottom of my bag to grab the tank=top-in-the-round to do some work onit, and found that about a dozen or so stitches had fallen off the circs (my fault, no stitch blocker thingees). I had only done about an inch on it, and it was really too itchy for a tank, so I frogged it and am now pondering what to do next.

Just to have a mindless project (and how sad is that, when seed stitch sleeves are not mindless anymore) I cast on yellow mohair on two circs for a tubular scarf. And I found a cabled sweater pattern in one of the old VKs that I bought on Friday, and will start that to have something a bit more 'challenging' to do. I have plenty of yarn in my stash (a rose colored wool) that should look great with that.

The dig. camera is acting up so not sure when I'll add some pictures, but will soon.

Friday, November 12, 2004

1985 Yarn Sale


IMG_2609
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I saw an ad in the paper the other day for a yarn sale...name brands, wholesale prices, prices lower than 1985. Books and accessories too. So the dogs and I drove out there this morning..about ten miles from here...and arrived at a barn at a farm. The barn was filled with yarns I've never heard of, lots of acrylics, lots of old books and magazines, roving, weaving supplies...all piled in boxes and tables with no rhyme or reason.

Cool.

I ended up with a nice little haul. Four hanks of chenille...about 160 yards, which is only enough for a little baby hat or something like that, but I liked the colors. Maybe a scarf, a lacy scarf type thing. Anyway, all 4 hanks for $10, the price on the label is $4.75. Going counter clockwise in the picture, I bought 4 balls of Fairhaven fingering weight yarn by brunswick: 185 yards per ball, in a blackberry color. 100% wool, total cost $8.00. I think it might make a lacy shawl or scarf. Next, I bought 4 balls of Indiecita Alpaca in a natural color50 grams per ball, 2 ply. I have no idea on the yardage! The cost was $4.50 per ball which seems good. Finally, the bargain: I uncovered a bag containing three skeins of Manos in a pretty brown color: $18 total.

I'm pleased. I have no idea what I will do with the yarn, but I'll think of something. I'm thinking about a tote bag, maybe felted, out of the Manos. A hat and mittens out of the alpaca. A lacy scarf/shawl out of the fingering weight yarn. Ideas welcome!

I also bought a copy of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears for a couple dollars, and several old Vogue Knittings from the early 1990s: $1 each.

IMG_2602
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here's Mickey, about a week ago. We miss you.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Busy Week

It has been a busy week, with very little knitting (or sleep, for that matter). I am chairing a search committee and our candidates visited this week. I've never chaired a committee before, and the search is a little off-the-beaten-academic path, and we failed in the search last year, so there is pressure on me to be successful. That said...I think it went really well. Probably due to my not sleeping.

I've been progressing slowly on both the chenille jacket and the lacy scarf. Hopefully I'll get the jacket fronts done this weekend. I'm a bit uninspired, knitting wise, right now, although I have decided to knit ipod cozies for Tim and for his friend Steve. They'll never use them, so knowing that I can be a bit whacko in the designs. It will be worth seeing their faces trying to say something positive about them!

We miss our Mickey cat, but feel a bit better about her every day.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Farewell to a Friend

Tonight, our wonderful vet Marnee is coming over to put down Mickey, our almost-22-year old cat. While I've only known Mickey for 10 years, she's been Tim's companion for over 18. She's a calico, and has a typical calico temperament. She's extremely attached to Tim, tolerated me for five years, and now considers me her friend. That is an honor I cherish.

We're not meant to live forever, and Mickey has been living on her ninth life for a while now. We've been administering fluids to her daily for three years to help her failing kidneys. She takes meds for thyroid and for her heart. Over the past few weeks, we've witnessed a dimming of her candle, and now we feel she lives in pain. So we are lovingly and hopefully peacefully going to send her on her way.

She'll be in our hearts forever.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Scarves


scarves
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I spent a couple of hours yesterday finishing a bunch of scarves that I made for Christmas gifts. From left to right: a purple mohair scarf in basketweave for future SIL Mary. Next, a black mohair scarf with some sparkly black flag yarn (maybe trendsetter) mixed in, very evening and elegant, for my elegant Aunt Mary Jane. Next, an offwhite basketweave scarf from Paton's divine for my mom. Next, a purple and block moahir seed stitch scarf for SIL Sue. Finally,a rose colored ribbed scarf made of paton's divine for my SIL Peggy.

I did most of these over the summer, and they just needed weaving in and fringe to finish them off.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

A Brief Foray into Political Commentary



Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Our friend Barb sent this to us. I believe it was sent to her from friends in the UK.

Friday, November 05, 2004

I knit and I knit and I knit...

...and nothing seems to move along.

It seems like I've been working on the front panels of the chenille jacket from Knitters for ever. I'd post a picture of the ten inches or so that I have of the fronts but won't because:
1. the yarn is dark green
2. the yarn is chenille
3. the yarn pattern is seed stitch

1+2+3=big green blob in digital photographs

I finished Tim's Christmas scarf. I'm going to use the leftover alpaca to make coasters for our new coffee table. They will look terrific.

What else am I working on? Oh, that scarf. It isn't moving along either. Maybe I should start another pair of socks. That would just be the icing on the 'nothing moving along' cake.

Hopefully I'll get a little more oomph in my knitting this weekend. So, stay tuned for some pics next week.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

4:00 AM Alarm

So, this morning at 4am DH and I awake to the most awful sound. Like someone was trying to break down the front door. But it was....in...the...house. While DH is searching for his weapon of choice (a piece of pipe he keeps under the bed, don't ask) I leap out of bed, nekkid as a jaybird, to search for the source of aforementioned most awful sound.

My fear was that one of the animals was having some type of stroke or seizure.

But it was nothing more than Louise, the rabbit, thumping. You know. Like Thumper in "Bambi". She was sitting in her cage, under her shelf, and just thumping away. In general, she thumps when 1. she wants attention or 2. she's pissed. Last night, tho', I think she was annoyed that her water bottle was off kilter. Or...she had a bad dream. Or she was as pissed off at the election results as the rest of the house.

I gave her a nice grooming this morning and she doesn't seem the worse for wear. DH and I, however, didn't go back to sleep. It has been a long day.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election Day

"The wide world has not wealth to buy
The power in my right hand!"-Whittier

"Make it so"- Jean-Luc Picard

Monday, November 01, 2004

Blog Envy

I am envious of other bloggers. Not all of them (ie..not the ones that sound like ME!!) but the ones that write so vividly about their lives and their friends and their children and their adventures and their knitting just seamlessly (forgive the puns) works its way into all they talk about.

You know who you are (although you might not be a regular visitor here). You decorate your blog with fun icons. You have a magical ongoing chat area where people enthusiastically discuss the fascinating ideas you present at your blog. Your knitting, of course, is insanely beautiful and intricate.

I am envious of you. Yes, you. You can WRITEl Not the boring academic "here are the results of my research" writing that I do every day. You can write and knit! And you probably make lovely nutritious meals and there isn't yards of dog hair floating around your house and the bills are paid on time and

Deep breath Kim.

I'm not sure what to do about this...obviously I can't change my life and become a more interesting person. Or do more interesting knitting. Maybe I should just make some good stuff up.

OK. Bad idea.

Anyway, on to my newest photos of my pedestrian knitting work.

IMG_2599
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
This the start of a scarf. It is sort of lacey, and once it is all done, I'll weave a ribbon (trio) through the holes...it is a lion brand pattern.

IMG_2600
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I felted the straps for the hat-that-is-now-a-purse: and now it really does look like a purse.

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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
The socks felted nicely, and are already shaping to my feet.

Friday, October 29, 2004

NoTime For Knitting

It has been a busy week. Lots of sturm und drang at work (academics can be soooooo testy). For some reason I couldn't focus on knitting during the WS (yay BoSox!). Blah blah blah. Anyway, the only things I've complted are the booties (below) and the straps to the purse-that-was-a-hat. I think I'll be able to felt them this afternoon. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Felting Before and After photos


bootie
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I knit this bootie from the books "Socks Soar" this weekend and I'm pretty sure I've found 'the' Christmas 2005 family gift (yes, 2005, everyone gets scarves this year). This bootie knit up sooooo quickly, and I've got dribs and dabs in my stash that will make wonderful striped patterns. I'm really very pleased with how this looks pre felting.

The tail belongs to Stella the kitten.

I'm batting .500 for slippers so far, so maybe these will up my average. Which is better for hats, as you will see if you keep reading.

placemat
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I love how these placemats turned out, they're not yet dry so they will be more squared up than this picture shows. I am very pleased with the way the crochet solid color edging turned out.

felted purse nee hat
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
It was meant to be a hat, but now will be a purse once I do an icord strap out of hip hop to match the edging. I like how it turned out, I just don't like that I cannot felt a hat. Do you have a good pattern? With yarn that worked? Felting is an inexact science, I know, but I get a wee bit frustrated sometimes.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Is it a Hat, or a Purse?

Well, let me end the suspense: it is a purse (see previous post for pictures of what was supposed to be a hat that was in the process of being felted).

This is the third felted hat I've made, and none of them have turned out well. One is two small, one (this one) is way too big, and the other, a beret, well, it just didn't make any sense.

The good news is that this one can be made into a purse fairly simply, and it should be a good looking bag. Hip Hop looks very cool when felted, and creates a wavy effect that I'd NEVER be able to get through yo knitting. I found another skein of Hip Hop while I was cleaning out my stash yesterday and so I'll icord a strap and felt that sometime.

MIL's placemats turned out terrific, pics soon.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Projects, projects, projects


IMG_2591
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Finally, a day to catch up and post my projects. This hat is being felted as I type, along with my MIL's placemats. The hat is lopi on top and hip hop at the bottom. It looks pretty cool unfelted, too bad it is a tad on the large side (see pic below).

IMG_2588
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Pre-felting, this hat is a bit large. That's me wearing the hat. Now I can go out for Halloween as one of those Cosby Kids.

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IMG_2590
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Tim's socks, made out of confetti. They look great after one wash, and I'm very pleased with how they look.

IMG_2589
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the finished unbiased bag, made from sari fabric. I like how it looks although I haven't been brave enough to take it out in the rain yet.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Done times two

I finished Tim's socks, yay.
I finished the unbiased purse (also known as the biased purse), yay.

Will post pictures as soon as I can keep my eyes open long enough to take pictures. DH and I are doing a 'get out the vote' phone bank tonight and I have to give a presentation at work tomorrow, so other things have been on my mind.

I did start on a felted hat using hip hop and lopi. Hip hop is an odd yarn. It is thick and thin and frankly looks pretty sloppy in the brim of a hat. Oh well

Friday, October 15, 2004

I'd Rather be a Goddess..

but a Guru isn't bad.

Knitting Guru
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is the plan, you still love the process, and
can't imagine a day going by without giving
some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation
involves leaving ample space for the stash and
supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn
ends and you begin.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Unbiased bag


front unbiased bag
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
No, I'm not making a halter top. These are two pieces that will make up half of the 'unbiased' bag from knitty. The fiber is recycled silk from Himalaya. I really like the colors. It isn't an incredibly easy yarn to work with, but the effects are worth it.

I'm about a third of the way through the third (of four) panels.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Whipped my WIPs!

I did a lot of finishing off this weekend. I also worked on two new projects: the biased purse from knitty and my own design shell. More on those later.



IMG_2579
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
This bolero is made from Trio with a border of trio and fizz. Bolero must mean "high waisted' en espanol (just a joke) since this right now fits me great but only falls to about six inches above my waist. I'm going to knit in more trio/fizz around the bottom to lengthen it and make it a bit more wearer-friendly. So technically, it isn't done. However, considering I spent four hours seaming this yesterday, I consider the hard parts done.

IMG_2578
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
The hat for Baby Owen really isn't lumpy, it's just the poor photo styling by moi. This hat is made from 1824 cotton and the pattern comes from the new book "Last Minute Knitted Gifts".

IMG_2577
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I finished off this evening bag from "Hip To Knit". It is made with Berroco Metallica. I finished the bag, oh, six months ago, but didn't do the icord strap or put it together. It is black and gold metallic, and looks very good, almost exactly like the picture in the book. DH and I are going to a fancy schmancy dinner on Thursday and I'll take this to that.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Fast Update

I started a new project, a hat for the yet-to-be-born Owen Gray Chinn. The hat is from the great new book "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" and used 1824 Cotton in Baby blue that just happened to be in my stash.

Felted placemats are knit, not felted (see below). I trimmed them in yellow crochet edge, and they look good. Hopefully they won't shrink too much when I felt them.

Tim's Christmas scarf is about 30 inches long, looks good, and clearly will be finished on time. I'm working on the foot of his second sock.

So, I'm considering a couple new projects: the knitty bag made with recycled silk sari yarn, a sleeveless top knit in the round, felted slippers, and a feather and fan scarf made with mohair. Oh, so many projects to do! And ALL FOR ME he he he.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Placemat before felting


placemat
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
One of the two placemats made for In Law's Christmas gift before it getes felted. I knit it with gjestal naturgan (whatever) and brown sheep handpaint together, and then the border is crocheted in just the gjestal. The placemat pictured here is posed seductively on my dining room chair.

Manifest Crisis


the car
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Look, another middle aged bald guy in a miata! That's my sweetie, Tim, enjoying his midlife crisis.

Monday, October 04, 2004

My Life as a Cliche

DH and I are officially a cliche.

My balding, middle aged husband and I now own a red sports car.

He's been wanting one for a while (can you say 'midlife crisis') and we've talked about getting a second car for about a year. AFter numerous visits to frightening and obnoxious places to look at very expensive used Mazda miatas, we bought one on Sunday from a lovely nurse named Sheila who treated the car like a baby. It is a 1992, almost 100k miles, but runs terrifically.

I've never had a convertible before. Aside from windburn and messy hair, it is pretty fun.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Wacky Wobbler Danger

A quick post on Cody (dog) and Stella (kitten).

Cody has always been a garbage hound, willing to eat everything in sight. Earlier this week we awoke to the dulcet tones of Cody throwing up....and out came a ROCK. A inch-on-each-side-probably-eaten-at-a-nearby-construction-site ROCK. Please know, dear reader, that Cody isn't running around loose, and I was probably present for this rock snack. Thanks goodness he horked it up.

Yesterday Stella, who never horks, horked. And frighteningly, it was a blind cord: two feet long. She must have chewed it off So I hurried and shortened all the other cords so she couldn't reach them.

Today, the kicker: I bought new toys for Stella which were labeled as "wacky wobblers with fun teasing motion." Translation: styrofoam ball covered in felt. Stella played with her wacky wobbler for, oh, ten minutes, and then lost interest as she is wont to do. The next thing I know, Cody is wolfing it down. After wrestling it out of his mouth, I made a panic call to the Vet's. Five minutes later, Cody is being 'punished' with a peanut butter sandwich. I guess peanut butter and bread will make sure whatever styrofoam is in his system will move through. He is in dog heaven, and keeps licking the floor looking for those last dollops of peanut butter.

The odd thing is, Cody generally ignores Stella's toys. Was it the styrofoam? The felt? The Wacky wobble? Who knows?

Quick update

I finished Jen's squiggle scarf and it turned out great.

Now I'm going to knit some placemats for my MIL. There will be no joy in this project since she won't like them. She is difficult. The sooner I'm done with them the better. However, if I don't knit for her, I'll hear about through the dysfunctional communication network known as DH"s family.



Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Gael Garcia Bernal: A Knitter!


ggb
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Oh, who knows if he is or not? I just wanted to get a photo on my blog.

Jen's Tweedy Scarf


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I'm making this scarf for my friend Jen for Christmas. It is Cascade 220 in gold partnered with squiggle in red/orange/golds. I used them both for the first ten inches of the scarf, and then started alternating partnered rows with stand alone 220 rows, resulting in sort of a tweedy pattern which I like. I'll finish it up with ten inches of both. I think this will make a scarf that makes a couple of different looks.

Tim's alpaca scarf


IMG_2566
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
The photo makes it look like a purse, but it isn't...I'm knitting it on a circular needle. Anyway, the alpaca is a hand spun yarn from a local alpaca ranch using bits of all the different alpaca at the ranch...it started with just the brown, which made it look like a cow patty, but then when the white was intermingled it looked better.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

A Visit with my Stash

I went into the Stash Closet yesterday and reacquainted myself with my stash. Oh my, it is so lovely.

Much of my stash was accumulated during my early 'crush' on knitting, so I have a lot of beautiful yarn but in weird amounts (85 yards of Hip Hop. 600 yards of a pretty variegated wool, 250 yards of hand dyed mohair). Weird amounts in that its not enough to make a sweater, maybe not enough to even make a scarf. And if I made scarves out of everything that was in scarf amounts, well, all I'd do is make scarves all day.

But...it was so beautiful! And inspirational! I started thinking: well, a short sleeve sweater/t could be made out of the 600 yards...to go under a blazer or a cardigan. I want to try the fan and feather pattern, and that will look AWESOME with the mohair. And I've been designing a satchel in my mind, and the hip hop would be a good trim for that.

All in all, a good visit. But, it made me rethink current projects, in particular, the chenille scarf. It doesn't look that great as a scarf, and I found I had more of the chenille than I thought. Enough to make a cute sweater that was in the current issue of Knitters. So chenille scarf is dead (no frogging, not with T&Q) and I started a different scarf for friend Jen, yellow Cascade 220 with Squiggle in red, yellow and orange.

Just looking at it makes me happy.

Friday, September 24, 2004

One sock down, one to go!

I finished the first of Tim's sock, kitchener-ed toe and all.
I even cast on the second just to not lose the momentum.
And the bolero goes on too. The scarves are just in scarf limbo. Little pagans!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

What kind of needle am I?


I am interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, I've got every
eventuality covered and every opportunity just
has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and
every day is a new beginning. I am good at
so many things, it's amazing, but I can
easily lose my place and forget to show up.
They have row counters for people like me!


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Bolero Update

My heavens, the bolero is knitting itself.

The sides (such as they are) are done. The back is done. I'll cast on for the sleeves today; they're bracelet length so they should go pretty fast. Hopefully I'll put it all together this weekend.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

To put it in context...


stella_helping
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is my little kitten, Stella, modeling the front of the bolero.

Trio Bolero


front_of_bolero
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the entire right side of the trio bolero..there's an inch of trio/fizz around the bottom. I'm knitting it in size large, and it will be snug. I like the tweediness of it though.

Tim's sock


sockinprogress
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the status of Tim's sock, being knit on two circs. I'm using Confetti, which is self patterning..if you look at the heel, you'll see the pattern. It does not show up as clearly in the ribbing. Oh well. Luckily Tim isn't too concerned.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Moving On...

I finished the morning surf scarf last night...it is now being blocked, and then I'll add fringe to it. I am very pleased with the scarf, but most importantly, I'm pleased with the opportunity to...

...START NEW PROJECTS! YIPEE!

So. I cast on the yarn for an alpaca scarf yesterday...it will be a surprise Christmas present for Tim, so I can only work on it when he isn't home. I'm planning to take it to the Mind Numbing Faculty Retreat next Tuesday...7 hours of people I don't care about telling me things I don't need to know. I decided to knit knit knit through the entire retreat, and not give a hoot about what people are saying/thinking/whispering...and in reality, probably no one will notice.

The next project I'll start is the bolero jacket using trio. I tried to post a link, it doesn't work, it is at the straw.com web site under the trio patterns if you want to take a look at it. I'll post a pic of the yarn next time. I'm going to make it using a black/brown trio mix and black fizz. I made a trio bag earlier this summer and like the yarn a lot, so this should be fun to work on. It is a little 'wild' for me, but oh well.

The chenille scarf, which I may or may not give to my brother for Christmas, travels in my bag and I work on it a row or two at a time....Tim has declared it less 'pimpy' and more 'Shakesperean' which I guess is a step in the right direction. I might just make a strip and then knit other strips in other colors and make an afghan, it is soft chenille (Lion Brand Chenille T&Q, which many dislike intensely but I kind of dig).

That's the poop from here. In the next post I'll post some picks of the sock...big lesson learned...Confetti doesn't work too well with a rib. But it is still a cool looking sock. I like doing the foot...it is almost, but not quite, mindless.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Sock Update!

Thanks to Amie for the encouragement: I got through the turning of the heel and the picking up of the gusset stitches. There was one awkward moment but it all made sense at the end. I'll try to get a good pic of it for tomorrow.

I feel a HUGE sense of relief...I hate reading patterns and having no idea what they're talking about. I also hate being in a foreign country when I can't speak the language!

Sapphire shawl


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here's the shawl being blocked out on our patio. The yarn is a varieagted boucle from a fiber festival. The picture isn't that great, but it is hard to get a good image on the shawl. I'm just glad it is done!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Socked in

I'm spending some of the afternoon working on a sock...my first one using two circular needles. I'm about halfway thorugh the heel flap and then i'll turn the heel and pick up the stitches. When I read the instructions (from Cat Bordhi's book) I can't even imagine how this is going to work out, but everyone on KR says just keep reading and following the directions and all will be well. So we'll see.

These afternoons of sock immersion are soon to end as classes at the UO will start in a week and a half. I have a couple new projects that I'm thinking about (to address knitting ennui, below) and also need to finish some Christmas gifts. Then I'm going to concentrate only on socks and sweaters for a bit.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Pictures! Pictures


The morning surf scarf
Originally uploaded by kbshee.



Here is the morning surf scarf. I like the colors of the fiber on this. I guess I'm about halfway thorugh this. News flash: I'm not a good photographer.

The pattern is here .

Cabled hat


Cabled hat
Originally uploaded by kbshee.


This is the cable scarf that I turned into a hat. Very pleased with this. Do you like the artisitic post on the milk jug?

Project Ennui

I'm looking at all my WIPs and having project ennui.

It's not that I don't like them (I do). And I like working on them (truly).

But I just feel like they'll never be done. The morning surf scarf...if I work on it for an hour I get 2 more inches. The sapphire shawl is almost 80 stitches wide, so it takes a while to get through the pattern (such as it is) on that. And socks. Slow slow slow.

And its not that I'm chomping at the bit to get on to new things. I'm not even sure what is next on the horizon...except definitely, definitely reducing my stash. And my husband's Christmas scarf, which I can do pretty quickly even at the last minute.

Maybe it is that work (I teach at a University) is starting up again and I'm starting to feel pretty splintered from home/craft life. Who know?

Monday, September 13, 2004

Back from the Beach!

We had a terrific time on vacation at the beach..the house we rented was great, very comfortable, great views and very conducive to relaxation! In fact, I found myself able to concentrate on reading, which I haven't been able to do for a long time. Read a couple of books and enjoyed it. Of course, vacation cut into my knitting time, so I didn't get nearly as much done as I planned. It was worth it though!

We tried to visit a yarn shop in Manzanita, Oregon, but they were remodeling the shop and it was closed. Other than that, not a lot of fiber on the Oregon coast. Lots of cows though.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Pacific City, Here we Come!

We're packing the car to head off to the beach. I will take my knitting and DH is taking his model car, so even
bad weather won't deter us. Updates on my progress in a week!

Friday, September 03, 2004

Vacation Knitting Plans

DH and I (plus the two doggles, and maybe the kitten) are heading over to the coast on Monday for a week. Hooray! We're renting a little house in the wonderful hamlet of Pacific City, the second row from the beach (meaning we're separated from the beach by a street and a one-story house). The house we're renting is two story with lots of decks.

I plan to take semi-mindless knitting that I can pick up and put down fairly easily. So: started a pair of socks for DH using the Cat Bordhi two circular method...much less complex than using double pointed needles. Using Confetti sock yarn in greys and reds. Also I'm taking a ribbed scarf made out of Lion Chenille...for some reason I bought a bunch of this on ebay and now don't know what to do with it...it doesn't feel good enough for a sweater but legend has it that it softens when washes. Anyway, a ribbed scarf for Jen, and maybe one for my brother too if it doesn't look to frou-frou-y. I'll also take the sapphire shawl, which I will be working on for the rest of my life I think!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Fez-Tastic

I finished the cable scarf that is now a hat...it is really more like a fez, with a jaunty tassel at the top. I love it.

Yet...I cannot do the mattress stitch on the weekend warrior to save my life. Oh well.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Cable Scarf Epiphany

I've been looking at patterns for cool hats that have a cable brim and then a 'regular' hat on top of that.

And it came to me: I have the cable scarf that I started and sort of lost interest in. Why don't I adapt that into a hat?

The brim is a little wide, so it will make sort of a 20's looking hat, and blocking may shrink it a bit. But I'm going to give it a try.

With sewing up the two sweaters and now this, I feel quite the completor.

Monday, August 30, 2004

It Felt Good!

Lots of projects completed this weekend. The felting of the tote, the purse and even the mosaic went great. Will post pics this week. Also, finished the sleeves on the weekend warrior so definitely will assemble this week.

I 'created' my own shawl pattern (I'm sure there are about a gazillion just like it out there.

Sapphire Shawl (named because I'm using the frustrating slubby yarn from a previous bad experience but it works well now).

CO 3 stiches.

R1: k1fb, k to last stitch, k1fb
R2: *k1, yo* repeat from * to * til last stitch, k1
R3 *k1, drop yo off the stitch* repeat from * to * til last stitch, k1
R4: k

The slubby nubbly yarn makes it look like a string of sapphires (yarn is blue) between the dropped stitches.

Feeling very creative and knittery right now.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Mosaic State of Mind

I woke up this morning wanting to try mosaic knitting...I don't know why. Part of it was a Saturday morning with no plans, I guess, and the feeling that I could 'play hooky' and just knit on something new seemed in the air.

So..I adapted a pattern from Roxana Bartlett's book, Slip Stitch Knitting, and knitted it up. It may be a hot pad. It may be a disaster (as I knit it with plans to felt it). We'll see.

Anyway, everything (hot pad, Carin's purse, felted tote) is in the washing machine right now. After 20 minutes, the felted tote (made of Lopi) is felting, other two things not so much. I've had good luck with the gjestal but we'll see if it holds.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Summer's Back!

Or, at least, it is trying to return today.

I am casting on the sleeves for the weekend worrier oops warrior. Did the two-sided neck edge yesterday, a new skill for me. Also did a lot of knitting on the felted back and am about to start mitreing (sp??) the bottom and then that will be ready for felting.

Purchased more squiggle on ebay, so I'll do some scarfs in that for gifts. Also received some ebay yarn DGB Confetti, enough for four pairs of socks, one for DH and the rest as either gifts or for me. I love getting yarn in the mail.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Another Good Knitting Day

Another grey wet day yesterday, translates to another good knitting day. The Weekend Warrior is moving along swiftly: about half of the front is done and the back is completely finished. The only problem is that the Paton's Bella that I love gets very heavy once about 20 rows or so are on the needles. It HURTS to knit with it...especially the right hand pinky finger...it has to work very hard to grip. Oh well. I rest the needles on my lap a lot.

The tote bag is also good...about halfway done....and the tentative plans are to felt next Monday.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Hints of Winter

It has been cool and rainy here in Oregon since Sunday. Generally August is a very hot and dry month, so this is a bit of a surprise. It is great knitting and reading weather, and now that I've honed my skills in knitting and reading at the same time that is what I've been doing.

I've started a new felted tote, mostly because while I can indeed read and knit at the same time, I can only KNIT...not purl or do anything that requires anything other than straight knitting. So the felted tote is knit in the round, and I can read while I'm doing that. I got the pattern online at Hello Yarn , thanks to Christina C at KR. I had lots of lopi in my stash, so I'm doing this tote in light grey with trendsetter charm for the top, then red in the middle, then dark grey for the bottom. I will probably give this to my friend Eliz. for Christmas.

I've also made progress on the morning surf scarf, it is just about a foot long and the pattern is really pretty.

And I've also made progress on the weekend warrior. I love, love, love Paton's Bella yarn, although it will probably make me look like a football player. Oh well.I think it will end up being a sweater that fits with the comfort of a sweatshirt. I'm looking forward to that.

Oh..the reading. I read Monica Ferris' Crewel World. I had read all the other books in the series but never read this one, and it was in the library when I was there yesterday. So I started it yesterday and finished it today. I guessed the murderer the moment the charachter appeared in the book...but that was probably because I knew the character wasn't in any of the other books thus the person had to be guilty.

So that book is done. I'm thinking about starting on re-reading Jane Austen, although my collected works is going to be difficult to read while knitting. We'll see.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Stuff is finished!

The sideways sweater is done, will block tomorrow and stitch Wednesday. yay.
Carin's scarf is done...but I don't like it. As a scarf. I think instead will make it into a purse and felt it. Should be fun for a little girl, I hope.

So I started on a new project, the 'weekend warrior' sweater from Yarn Girl's sweater book. I'm making it in Paton's Bella (love this yarn).

The Roadshow was fun! One of the things I brought...an old Folk Art Doll from the Civil War era, was valued at $3,000! But it was fun to just go and see the things others brought.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Knitting to the Roadshow!

First of all, let me just pat myself on the back...I cruised on the second sleeve yesterday and now am 14...14!!! rows away from finishing the sweater sleeve. yay. I've already figured out that my next sweater will be the 'weekend warrior' (I first typed weekend worrier, which is what it will be in the end) from the yarn girl's book. I have some paton's bella in a coral color that I'll make it with. So, once the sweater sleeve is done then on to the next sweater. yay!

So...today DH and I are driving up to Portland to go on the Antiques Roadshow. I'll take Carin's scarf to knit in the car...the sweater sleeve needs counting etc so won't take that. Taking two old dolls, a shawl, and a man's purse (long story) to the Roadshow. Should be sort of fun!

Friday, August 20, 2004

Morning Surf Scarf and Sleeve Update


Morning Surf Scarf
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I've just started on this scarf...I'm using a wool-linen mix variegated yarn in fall-ish colors. Lots of wrapping and dropping of stitches which I kind of like. The pattern is available here .

The second sleeve of my sideways sweater is going much quicker than the first. Hopefully it will be done by Sunday and I can block and assemble the sweater next week. I'm excited...getting close to finishing is a good incentive.


Thursday, August 19, 2004

Red ribbon day!

My felted bag got a red ribbon at the Lane County Fair! DH's pot got a blue ribbon!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Good Knitting Day Today

I finished...and blocked...the hat for Jack. It fits me, so I'm sure it will fit a 5 year old. Oh well, he'll grow.

I played around with some mosaic stuff, and got a new book, Slip Stitch Knitting, that has some cool charts in it. I will do some potholders with cats (black cats, just like my little Stella) for some of DH's family, with wolves and cacti for my mother with the native american decorating fixation, and cows for my SIL (there's always a Christmas cow exchange in the family). Mosaic knitting takes a bit more concentration than i'm prepared for right now, so will start on that soon.

I will also start on a drop stitch shawl to be made with the wool/linen variegated yarn that I bought at the Black Sheep festival and that DH spent hours...HOURS...untangling.



Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Mosaic Knitting

I'm going to start on a mosaic knitting project...I thought I'd do some pot holders for MIL and felt them. I want to experiment with mosaic...have two balls of grey Cascade 220 from aborted projects so I thought I'd try some mosaic with that. And potholders won't be too boring. And then her gift will be done.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Knitters for Kerry


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
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Back to normal!

Camping trip with the niece and nephew was a success. I didn't get much knitting done but got a good start on Carin's scarf that I talked about below. The weather here is hinting at fall which makes me feel more like knitting which is good.

I spent some time on the evil sleeves last night and am almost done with the first one. I figured out an additional reason why the sleeves are uninspiring. Gauge. For example, on Carin's scarf 100 stitches is about three additional inches of scarf: rabbit racing progress! On the sleeves, 100 stitches is an additional row on the sweater: turtle-esque progress. I guess I'm just an instant gratification kind of gal.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Off to Camp and Knit

We're going on a short camping trip this weekend with my niece and nephew. I started a new, more portable project than sleeves or a five needle in the round hat. A scarf, of course! I am making it out of golden gestal naturgarn (pretty sure I screwed up the spelling of both those) and CP squiggle, which is an eyelash yarn only a bit more restrained, if such a thing is possible.

Will post pics soon.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Plugging Away

I've just been plugging away on the sleeves for my sweater, I'm probably 50 or 60 rows from finishing the first one.

It just seems to be taking forever. At KR I refered to it as the sleeve time vortex.

Oh well. Makes me wonder if I'm meant to be a sweater maker.

Monday, August 09, 2004

What kind of yarn am I? Merino!

You are Merino Wool.
You are Merino Wool.
You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to
keep you close because you are so softhearted.
You love to be comfortable and warm from your
head to your toes.


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Felting the Hat

I felted Elizabeth's hat yesterday. I've felted purses, oven mitts, and pot holders but have never felted a hat.

Now I know why.

Um, duh, it doesn't stretch when it is felted! So you have this hat that BETTER fit PERFECTLY, I mean PERFECTLY on your head or else 1. you'll get a headache or 2. it will just slip and fall off.

And so the challenge with knitting for a friend...who by the way lives on the other side of the country, is that our heads must be the exact same size.

Who knows what will happen? DH had the great idea of doing a 'hat band' that could be tightened if it is too big. I'll do an icord with the remaining sensuale from the trim. Which looks great by the way.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Next Project!

OK I decided. Finally. I will make a hat for my friend Elizabeth's son, Jack. Just a simple knitted hat, in Cascade 220, in a sort of a burguny heathered color. It is the yarn that was wound for the abandonded scarf (see below) and will make a cute hat. Now I have to figure out how to 'top' it...what is appropriate for a 4 year old boy? I'm guessing a pom pom.

I don't know why nothing was working or making sense yesterday. I have told myself I need to use up my pretty big stash before I buy more yarn, but I bought a lot of single skeins when I first started felting and so can't do a 'big' project with most of what I have. Plus, I have also told myself I can't start another sweater til the dang sleeves on the current sweater are done.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Knitting Goddess is frowning at me

Today I started--and abandoned--two projects.

The first was a scarf in a pretty pattern that I saw at KR that used three shades of blue. Well, I tried it using two shades of grey and a burgundy. It just looked sort of dorky...not pretty enough for me or for most of my female recipients but not masculine enough for my DH or brother. So after hand winding three hanks of Cascade 220, I gave that up.

Then, I decided to try something (a shawl maybe?) with this pretty variegated yarn I bought at the Black Sheep Gathering in June. Well...that yarn is a mix of wool and linen and I would guess mostly linen...anyway I spent three hours winding the hank into a ball and the last 100 yards or so is a complete knotted mess so I don't want to have anything to do with that one any more. Maybe I'll feel better about it tomorrow. DH has offered to try to de=knot the last mess. We'll see how that goes.

I just stared at my stash this morning waiting for inspiration that did not come. Hmm. Maybe the knitting goddess is telling me to finish the darn black sweater and then start something new!

Hat Accompli

I finished Elizabeth's hat last night (finished knitting wise, not felting wise, but still, a hat in a day! Yowza!).

After spending what seems like a year on the sweater it is great to zip out something in a few hours.

Anyway...did the hat top down (first time) in sapphire yarn and once I got to the brim, I added in some yarn called sensuale made by skacel that I picked up at the local Ben Frankling (which sometimes is a feast and sometimes a famine for yarn lovers...), anyway, this yarn is a variegated blue/purple yarn with shots of gold, and as a carry along type of yarn doesn't overwhelm the hat...so it makes the hat special without looking too over the top.

I've never felted with a novelty yarn but rumor has it that it works well.

So now...what to start! Only one project, sleeves for the black sweater, going on. I might make another hat for Elizabeth's daughter, start on a somwhat complex scarf pattern (is that an oxymoron)? or just do a straight garter scarf, not sure. If my squiggle arrives in the mail today I'll start on something with that.

Oh the decisions!

Friday, August 06, 2004

Next Project:

My newest project is a felted hat for my friend Elizabeth for Christmas. It's a top down style and I bought the pattern from a nice lady on eBay. I'm knitting it up in Lamb's Pride Bulky in Sapphire, which is a beautiful color, I also bought some fancy schmancy novelty yarn to work in too.

Finished Trio Bag

I finished the trio bag.

Click here for the pic from the Crystal Palace Web Site (with the whole pattern to boot!


I used different colorways: the 'jeans' colorway for the major part of the bag and the straps, and the 'circus' colorway in white for the tops and bottoms. Someday I'll figure out how to post some pics so you can see.

I liked, no loved, working with the trio yarn...I like how it feels. I ordered some more yarn to make a bolero jacket which should be cute. I'm a little dissapointed in the bag though, it is floppy floppy floppy so I'm not suer what exactly i'll do with it. But I like the colors and I really liked knitting it up. Seed stitch rocks!

Monday, August 02, 2004

Current Projects

Right now I'm about halfway through the sideways sweater from knitty.com.

I'm also about halfway thorugh the trio bag from straw.com.

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