Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blingier

IMG_3778.JPG by kbshee
IMG_3778.JPG, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here's another necklace I whipped up...the first one with three strands. I've just discovered there are easier ways to do 3 strand necklaces than I've done here, but I'm still happy with how it turned out.

Halfway through the term (only halfway? really?). Weather stays cold and wet, but I have faith spring will be here soon.

This weekend is not only the Royal Wedding, but we'll also go see Wicked! Very excited.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Sweater.

IMG_3777.JPG by kbshee
IMG_3777.JPG, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

These things I know.
1. The knitting of the body and sleeves is done.
2. The Neckline is not done.
3. The funky little color change jog down the center is still there. I think I can fix it. If not...
4. I need to knit a little icord ofr something to cover up the jog.
5. This is what happens when you make a sweater up as you go along. There's no one to remind you to hide the jog under the arm.

I'm tired. And cranky. It's week 5 tired and crankiness. But. The end is near. Ish.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tall Ships

IMG_3754.JPG by kbshee
IMG_3754.JPG, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Tim and I drove to St. Helens, Oregon, yesterday to visit two Tall Ships that have been sailing up the coast from San Diego. They came down the Columbia river and will end up (probably via the ocean) in Vancouver, BC. Tim is a big fan of the "Master and Commander" books and when he found out that he could go for a three hour sail...a BATTLE sail...he really wanted to go. With my potential for seasickness, I stayed on land with the dogs.
We had a warm, beautiful sunny day on the river, and here is what I learned:
-our dogs don't like musket fire. Or cannonballs (even though they don't shoot out of cannons, they just fire charges, they were loud all the same.
-there are people who dress up like pirates and go to events like this just to hang out. All day. Dozens of pirates were there.
-likewise Revolutionary war re-enactors. Now I'm not that great at history, but I don't think that war came this far west. Anyway.
-Both these groups own their own cannons and muskets.
-St. Helens is one of the towns where the Twilight movies are filmed. I saw several young girls dressed, I believe, in vampire homage but I can't be 100% sure. But since they were visiting the 'Twilight Experience' store maybe they were. I mentioned to Tim that since we were there, we should watch the Twilight movies again just to enjoy them ever more! He did not have a positive reply to that.
-As you might be able to tell from the picture, these ships might be tall but they are small. Amusing interchange #1: visitor to crew person. "I understand you can book passage on one these ships. Do passengers get a cabin or a stateroom" "No maam We call it more of a communal sleeping area (pointing to this patch of empty floor below deck."
-Amusing interchange #2. Woman to one of the many pirate kings. "Are you a pirate?"
Tim had a great time, although the battle had to be shortened given the freighter traffic on the river. Oh the challenges of the seafaring life!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

And another

IMG_3721.JPG by kbshee
IMG_3721.JPG, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here is my 'voice of spring' choker, which is basically white, yellow and green beads with a few little frogs thrown in.

I ordered a few more supplies for beading. Wow. There are so many beautiful beads out there! Illusion necklaces are definitely a gateway drug to the wide world of beading.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Sock

IMG_3715.JPG by kbshee
IMG_3715.JPG, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

It's Claudia Handpaints in a nice medley of purples, blacks, light blues and darker blues.

Spring is quickly approaching here with tulips a tulipping and allergies running rampant.

Work is busy but it looks like this week has a bit of free time...which is good since I have a paper to finish in the next week or so.

What's new with you?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

And now for something completely different

IMG_3718.JPG by kbshee
IMG_3718.JPG, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've been dreaming about illusion necklaces for a while...you know, those chokers with a minimum of bling that seem to float around your neck.

And guess what, dear readers? There's this tool called GOOGLE and if you GOOGLE "how to make an illusion necklace" you can find out how to make them! The other option is buying one of the 10,000 offered on Etsy but what fun is that?

So off I trundle to the local Ben Franklin store, my favorite knitting store in town, knowing they have a good bead department. Well. Beading is even more complex from a materials acquisition standpoint than knitting. With knitting, you get your yarn, your needles, your pattern, voila. With beading, i had to get crimp beads and a crimper. And the right kind of wire for the beads and the crimper, meaning the wire had to match the crimper had to match the crimp beads.

Here's my first necklace, made with beads lying around the house from Tim's stitch marker days. There's a little Asian disk surrounded by little beads, and it floats! It really does. Crimp beads are magic. Today I made a second one, pictures soon.

This is fun...I can make a necklace in less than half an hour using a minimum of materials. It is hard to screw up. And if I do, it's just some wire that gets tossed out, and maybe a crimping bead or two. No biggee. Now this won't replace knitting, but it is a fun break.

Especially today. I woke up with vertigo, that turned into a migraine, that turned into an upset stomach. it is hard to concentrate on much, but I can do a necklace. Which is good.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The sweater grows

IMG_3716.JPG by kbshee
IMG_3716.JPG, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here is the current status of the sweater. I've finished the body and have started on the first sleeve. It is going well, although I need to move it from magic loop to two circs to try to keep the tangling to a minimum.

The big mistake I made with this sweater is changing colors right in the center of the body...so there's a job there. I started doing that little knit into a stitch below to get rid of the jog but I kept forgetting which row to do that on. So I have a jog. I think I can retrojog (my new, patented technique) to fix this, we'll see.

Crazy time at work as the panic to get everything done before the term ends (in 7 weeks) is running rampant. Also I'm in the process of editing the books I've worked on (going well) and putting together another paper for a conference in two weeks (going ok. As long as they don't need the paper by the conference, I'm good. We'll see how that works). Sadly not a lot of time for knitting except in the evenings, but some things are getting done.

Very sure I won't meet my April stash knit down goal though!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dear Yarn Company

Dear Yarn Company,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the spring. I know I am!

Say, I love looking at your ads in knitting magazines. I saw one just a few minutes ago for a NEW YARN that you want me to buy! And I might like to buy it because I love the pattern in your ad.

But you know what Yarn Company? I can't find out how much yarn one might need to make that pattern in your ad. Anywhere. An. Y. Where. Not on your website. Not on Rav. Not on one of the twelve yarn shop sites that sell your NEW YARN and that also sell the pattern book that has the pattern using the NEW YARN.

OH..wait a sec! I get it!! You want me to buy the pattern book and then see how much yarn the pattern takes and THEN get me to buy the yarn. But what if I can't afford it? Because you know what, that NEW YARN comes in dinky 72 yard balls and Yarn Company, even a bulky knit top is going to take a bunch of balls. Isn't it? I wouldn't know. Because you don't share that information anywhere.

An. Y. Where.

OK so you have a nice day now and take care,

Me.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Taking a Breath

I know I know.
It has been a while.
Last week was a blur...packed a week of work into two days, then went to Phoenix for two conferences, gave two presentations, saw family, did business schmoozy things, got back Saturday at midnight, spent most of Sunday brain dead, and then a full day yesterday. Today, room to breathe a bit.

And yeah, almost no knitting although three balls of yarn now have frequent flier miles.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

And it continues

IMG_3714.JPG by kbshee
IMG_3714.JPG, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The sweater I'm making up as I go along continues to grow...I have maybe three more inches and I'll be done with the body and then will move over the sleeves. I've been working on this quite a bit this week, mostly because it has been a bit stressful so I need the safety of stockinette.

The new term started this week, and with that many meetings. I'm teaching two classes and both meet twice a week...I haven't had that type of schedule for a while (I often have one class that meets twice a week and one that meets once). I also gave a presentation on ecological literacy Wednesday evening, had an event at my Dean's on Thursday evening, and a four hour faculty meeting on Friday.

Luckily I think the term will calm down AFTER this week. I'm off to Phoenix for a few days on Wednesday for the annual conference of the American Academy of Advertising, an academic organization that I will be the President of in 2013. I'm excited to go and reconnect with peers. Also on Friday, my mom and brother are driving down from Flagstaff to meet me for lunch. There's a chance my nephew from Tuscon will also come meet us.

And needless to say (to Oregonians), I'm really excited about sun and warmth!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Mitts!

IMG_3712.JPG by kbshee
IMG_3712.JPG, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So I must adMITT (ha ha), I've always been a little anti-mitt. I just didn't get why you need your fingers free. But I knit these mitts and I really like them. In Eugene in the spring, the temps hover around the 50 degree mark. And when walking the dogs (clutching a leash), mitts are great...they warm up the palms, but keep the busy fingers free (and the fingers warm up because they're working on holding the leash).

And if the fingers get cold, you can sort of fold them into the mitt.

Plus, fingers are a pain. To knit, that is.

I like these. One leftover ball of Debbie Bliss Rialto and about three hours of work. Stash reduction and instant gratification. Awesome.

And speaking of stash reduction...I came within about 300 yards of my March goal. Awesome! I was pretty far behind at the start of March but I think I can get back on track. Hooray!

Slowly getting back to normal