Sunday, April 30, 2006

Birthday!

Today is my birthday! Happy Birthday to me!

We've been celebrating for much of the beautiful spring weekend here. OK, so pulling weeds for several hours yesterday isn't celebrating. However, we went out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants: Cafe Soriah. Delicious! This morning Tim made breakfast and I opened his present to me: tickets to Richard Thompson, probably my favorite singer in the universe! He'll be in Eugene a week from Tuesday doing "1000 Years of Popular Music."

In fact, I first noticed his concert two days ago, in the newspaper. I said to Tim, "Richard Thompson is going to be here on May 9." Tim said "Oh?". And then I said "he's doing 1000 years of popular music" (which Tim isn't that crazy about) and Tim said "oh" in sort of a not-interested voice. At first I was a bit annoyed because, well, Richard Thompson! But I convinced myself that Tim didn't really like that music, and so I should just get over it. But it was very unusual behavior for Tim. So I was very surprised when I saw the tickets this morning!

I also received some beautiful flowers from my Aunt, and some pretty silver earrings from my Mom.

I like birthdays.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Jaywalking!


jaywalker
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I started a pair of jaywalker socks for Tim, using Regia purchased at Elann for virtually no money at all. Very fun pattern, very cute socks. They seem to be going pretty fast even though I'm using 1's.

AND I did start the Mission Falls top alluded to in previous post. I have no self control.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Half a SRJ


half a srj
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I'm headed toward the finish line for the first side of the Sunrise Circle Jacket. It's enjoyable to knit, although part of me wishes I had two smaller projects on the needles...this and the lace shawl are both nowhere near finished. I'm thinking about putting the lace shawl aside and knitting up a quick cotton tank for summer. That's OK, isn't it?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

STR!


finished cedar creeks
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I finished the Cedar Creeks socks...the first socks that are part of the Rockin' Socks club. STR is always a bit of a gamble as to the striping, but I love how they feel and the pattern was fun to knit.

I started on Jaywalker socks for Tim using regia that was on sale at Elann. I'm also almost done with the first sleeve/front of the Sunrise circle jacket, and I finished the 3rd 52-row repeat on the Lace!

Happy.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sun-sational Saturday


stella and yarn
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Yes! It really is spring! We had our first beautiful weekend day yesterday, and Tim and I made an effort to carpe the diem as much as we could.

We began with yard work that was more than necessary, but managed to get the yarn in not-embarassing shape. Then we rode our bikes to the Eugene City Brewery for lunch, then stopped by Eugene's Saturday Market. It was only the second weekend for the Market this season, and it was packed! One fo the most exciting things for me was that Freshwater Fibers was selling at the market. I bought 200 yards of this pretty cotton/hemp blend, that I think I'll make into a little summer bag. Any pattern suggestions?

We rode back home and did some more work around the house (actually, Tim worked, I finished my Cedar Creek Socks and read the book "Turning Angel".). Last night we watched "Memoirs of a Geisha" on DVD which was good but not as good as the book (of course). All in all, a beautiful day.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Promises of Spring


tulips 2
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
It is supposed to be 62 today and 70 tomorrow, so we are very excited about spring and spring stuff. As the grass is now as high as the trash dumpster (seriously...this is Oregon...grass never stops growing) mowing and weeding are high on the list. I'm really ready to get out there and get my hands dirty!

Almost done with the Cedar Creek Socks (yay) and am progressing with other stuff. The best news is that I got confirmation that I'm in a workshop with Judith McKenzie at the Black Sheep Gathering! It's her "Popular Wheel Mechanics" workshop. So happy.

Hopefully it is spring-y where you are and you can get out and enjoy it!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Why I Love Fiber People


big box o'fiber fun
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Reason 1: They send you things in the mail.

This is a big box of fiber fun from Freddi at the Alpacas of DunDor Woods , a ranch she runs with her husband. These are seconds and thirds from a shearing, and while not the softest part of the Alpaca, they'll be great for felting and maybe blending during spinning.

Freddi offered these for free to people at KR...only asking for people to pay shipping. How generous! She's also a blast to communicate with. Thanks Freddi!


kidsilk haze
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Cody loves these two balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze,and so do I. They are from Ling, who was in the Blackberry Knit Along and recently bought a few books from my Book Destash (which is still going on, if you see something you like let me know). The color is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous, sort of a muted turquoise. Ling evidently has much higher regard for my lace skills than I. But thanks Ling!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Three guesses...


scj back
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
...as to what this is.

Did you guess?

Ok.

It's the back of the Sunrise Circle Jacket. It looks huge, but it is the size it is supposed to be a la schematic. It's Schachenmayr (sp?) Extra Tweed (discontined from Elann). Black with little flecks of white in it.

Lovely to knit with. Uninspiring for pictures.

And with that thought...


tulips 1
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Spring is finally here...as evidenced by tulips! I love tulips!

Monday, April 17, 2006

My Aunt

This is a totally knitting free post, sorry.

I spoke yesterday with my Aunt Mary Jane, who is 84 and lives in St. Louis. She is my mom's brother's widow, and we joined the family at the same time: I was born in 1958 and she married my Uncle Joe in 1960. She has always been very special to me, and yesterday's phone chat confirmed why.

After a few minutes of general chit chat, she says "I have a new gentleman friend." OK, how adorable is that...first, that she has a gentleman friend and second, that she refers to him as such. He's a widower, and she and my Uncle were friends with he and his wife. Right now, she and the widower share a cleaning lady; when Mary Jane found this out, she asked the cleaning lady to say hello to Dr. "G" and the cleaning lady did, Dr. G called, and now Mary Jane has a gentleman friend.

And the most charming thing, to me, is that he is taking her out for INDIAN FOOD this week! My Aunt, whose idea of adventurous is probably marinara sauce, is off to have Indian Good with her Gentleman friend. So cute.

And then, at the end of April, she's being the matron of honor in her niece's wedding.

She gives me hope that getting old is not about getting sick and crazy. It's about embracing life. She's great.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Spring? Not!

We (Tim, dogs and I) spent a weekend on the coast with our friends Steve, Jen, Evan and Gauss . You'd think by mid-April the weather would be balmy. Ok. Maybe semi-pleasant. Ok. Not horrendous.

But horrendous is pretty much what we got.

Huge waves (pretty, but not dog friendly). Lots of rain. Bob Dylan-inspired hard rain. Wake us from our cozy sleeps because it sounds like the roof is going to blow off rain.

But hey, it's the coast. You sort of expect that. But not sleet. Sleet that accumulated about 1/2 an inch along the roadsides on which we were driving on Saturday. Sleet that came in through the car window cracked for the dogs, causing Cody to try to crawl into the front seat with us.

I'm sure you're thinking "oh, Kim must have knit a lot. A LOT." But not really. Quite a bit on the back of my sunrise circle jacket, and a bit on the Cedar Creek socks (which I had to frog. I spaced on what a right twist was. Seriously). We did a lot of hanging out and talking, playing games, looking at Evan, and I read "The Last Templar". So a good weekend.

Anyway, back to more knitting tomorrow.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Look at these beauties!


IMG_3763
Originally uploaded by kbshee.

Here are four of the orifice hooks made by Sheila . Two of them (number 2 and 4) have the traditional 'loop' at the end of them. Number one looks like a blue honey bee, and number 3 is flat and feels so good to use.

I have to go spin now.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Farewell purple tank..

I frogged the tank yesterday...I don't think I got six balls of yarn out of it but I think I may have recovered four or so. Such a relief.

I started the Sunrise Circle Jacket using some Extra Tweed yarn from Schoenmayr (sp?)...I got gauge with my swatch but my actual gauge is a bit off on the actual jacket, so I hope it all works out. I think it will. It's black with white flecks, so a picture of the sweater would show a hunk of black with white flecks. So use your imagination!

I met a really cool person today: Sheila Ernst who (with her husband Michae)l creates beautiful glass pens, buttons, knitting needles, crochet hooks and orafice hooks. I will have a picture of some of her hooks up tomorrow, but go visit their website to see their beautiful work. Sheila is the first real live KRer I've met. Way cool.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

shhhhhh......


shawl
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
.....don't tell anyone....

.....but I kinda like lace.

I know it looks like a giant yarn blob, but I've done two repeats of the 52 row pattern and I think I *get* it. And I like it.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Say Buh-Bye


tank
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Because the tank is going to the frog pond.

I have never, ever, frogged an entire project before. That doesn't mean there's nothing that deserved frogging, but whatever. But this tank. Not working for me. It is knit out of Mission Falls cotton, which has sort of misbehaved for me in the past. And to be honest. I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to gauge. So it shouldn't surprise me that this ended up WAY too long and NOT QUITE big enough around.

Oh well.

The good news is...while cleaning up my knitting magazines I found a Mission Falls pattern book, and I have enough yarn to make a tank in pink and a shrug in this purple. They look good together (bright, especially for me, but good). And I figure if I'm using an 'official' Mission Falls pattern I can't screw it up that much.

Right?

Sunday, April 09, 2006

So pretty...


shawltoo
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
but I guess that's just my opinion.

It is the fleece artist shawl...made with some mohair boucle and some other fiber...it is so soft and cozy, I really like it. All garter stitch, a nice length and width. I wanted light colors so I could wear it on cool spring and summer nights. I think it will do the trick.

In other activities: we rented Brokeback Mountain and watched that last night...really a good but very sad movie. I finished "Bait and Switch" by Barbara Ehrenreich (I'm sure her last name is spelled wrong). She also wrote "Nickle and Dimed in America" about what it was like to live on a minimum wage job. This book was about what it is like to find a job as a professional. Very interesting, and frightening too (makes me glad of tenure).

Friday, April 07, 2006

Tilt your head waaaay over to the right!


sock
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Flickr doesn't seem to want to rotate my picture for me today. Bad Flickr!

But here is the STR sock, where the heel is turned and the leg is progressing. But I still haven't finished my miles of garter stitch, I thought two more hours last night would do it, but noooo. So in the meantime, the sock.

Enjoy.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Miles and miles of garter stitch


shawl
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
OK. I exaggerate.

But here is what I've been working on: a garter stitch shawl made out of two heavenly Fleece Artist yarns. It is knit long ways...135 stitches on size 13 needles. I cast on for the drive to Reno,and worked on it maybe 4 hours on the way down and 2 1/12 hours on the way back. I've also cranked on this several more hours since we've been back, and I think I'm almost done. It feels great. I think this will be a good cover up for spring in Oregon.

But honestly. Ten hours plus of garter stitch. I should get a placque.

I've done a bit more on the lace and a bit more on the tank, and a bit more on the socks. But mostly, it's me in the Land of Garter.

Jealous?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Daffodil Question

Do you have daffodils? Not in a vase, growing outside.

The reason I ask is because we used to have lots in our front garden. Until this year. We had two. Two.

So, I think this is either due to:

1. They all froze or
2. Daffodils only live for 7-8 years and then must be replaced.

I lean toward '2' since daffodils are blooming everywhere I look right now.

Thoughts?

Sunday, April 02, 2006

I'm Back!

I was gone for a while...I went to a conference in Reno (baby) and thought I'd be able to have time to post (and have something of interest to post), but not so much. Tim and I drove down...it is about a 7 hour drive through the beautiful high sierra mountains of Northern California.

The conference was fine...the American Academy of Advertising. i'm in charge of the research portion of the conference next year, and I spent a lot of time catching up with colleagues and meeting some new people. I think we played about $4 in the casino. Reno makes you wish that the whole world was non-smoking.

I did take knitting along, and got some knitting done in the car. Not very interesting: it is the garter stitch shawl from Fleece Artist. It is knit lengthwise (ie 135 stitches on the needle) and is about halfway done. It's made with mohair and some type of boucle. Anyway. Pictures as soon as we dig the camera out of the luggage.

It is great to be home with the dogs and cats...one of the grad students, Hillary, sat with them and took wonderful care of them. We're so happy and lucky to have her help us out.

So, pics soon!

Morning Walk