Sunday, July 31, 2011

Busy week

I'm smack dab in the middle of a busy week.
Friday we left early in the morning to drive up to Portland.
I spend the morning with my SIL Candace at the Sock Summit Marketplace.
Lunch with our DHs and my friend Al at Kell's.
Drove over to the coast to Garibaldi.
Saturday we kayaked in the morning.
Went to Garibaldi Days festival in the afternoon.
Watched Fireworks over Garibaldi Bay at night.
Today we drove down to Pacific City to visit our property there.
And just got home.
I'm doing the SAIL camp this week but there will be knitting content, I promise.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

S.I.P.

IMG_3927 by kbshee
IMG_3927, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Or Sock in Progress

Here is my mindless knitting: a sock for Tim using the beautiful Wollmeise sock yarn in Mon Cheri.

I took Juneau to the vet yesterday...she's having some minor issues that we wanted to check out. We have started to ween her off prednisone (a steroid she's been on for six months) and apparently her body is not catching up with the weening, and that's leading to a few problems, including the slight heat stroke. We're going to ride it out for a few days to see if her body starts producing the steroids we need her to produce. Hopefully all this is manageable!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stella and Sleeve

IMG_3925 by kbshee
IMG_3925, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Our little cat Stella came out to watch while I was taking a picture of this recently finished sleeve, and then decided that the needle was a chew toy, so that photoshoot ended quickly.

So yeah, I have one sleeve done. I'm working now on the first sleeve for the OTHER sweater and then will do the second sleeve for this one when that one is done. Make sense? I think I can get both of these sweaters finished in August: that is my goal.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's done

IMG_3912 by kbshee
IMG_3912, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Seams and all.
Not the weaving in, but seams and all.
Hooray!
And the surprise gift is done except for the finishing.
And look at that July mileage! Double yay!
And finally, interested in looking at nice pictures of cute guys for a few weeks? Come take part in the Knitter's Hunk Contest sponsored by my friend and twin Kim. It's fun!

I strongly recommend voting for Alexander Skarsgard.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Scare

Juneau has been doing so well that we forget she's sick. Until, of course, things come crashing down to remind us that she is.

It was hot yesterday--our first day this year over 80, and it was kissing 90 by mid afternoon. Tim went for a paddle, and I took the dogs to walk along the canoe canal as he paddled. I thought it would be fine, it wasn't a long walk, it was on bark, not pavement, and there were lots of trees. We walked one way, sat in the shade for a bit, caught up with Tim,and then headed back.

I could tell both dogs were very hot by the time we got to the car...Pilot crawled under the car to get some shade. Juneau had trouble getting in the car, but that's not that unusual. We blasted the AC and drove home, and Juneau collapsed as soon as she got out of the car. She could barely walk but was coherent, and Tim carried her in. We soaked her on the floor of the bathroom, right in front of the AC, and monitored her temperature. It came down pretty quickly from a scary high of 106, and after about fifteen minutes she seemed back to normal.

She's doing fine...we took a walk in the cool, cloudy early morning already and she kept up fine and enjoyed it. She's now hanging out with Pilot, and I think the crisis has passed. But I can't tell you how horrible I feel. To think we could have lost her for something so avoidable is eating at me....heat stroke is lethal to many dogs. We both agreed this is a great wake up call for both of us.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Three bags full

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IMG_3913, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

It was shearing day today at Silk Creek Farm, and I went out there early to help Bil and Julia with the shearing. We had a new shearer, Andy, who was a bit slower than 'Fast Eddie' but I think he did a bit of a better job. We sheared 20 alpaca in about 3 hours which is pretty good. They all seemed happy and not traumatized when we finished.

There are actually two more bags of Atom's gorgeous white fleece, which I'm thinking about selling in my totally empty artfire shop. If you are a spinner and want to try spinning some alpaca, or even getting some fleece for dying, let me know and we can work something out! This is beautiful huacaya alpaca fleece in white (Atom) and bay black (Brownie) and spins beautifully!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happy and sad

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IMG_3909, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Two happies and a sad today.

The first happy is that Juneau's monthly bloodwork showed that she is still healthy and in remission. We are also going to wean her off the last drug she's on--prednisone--over the next week. At the vet hospital, she was referred to once again as the miracle dog

The other happy is that our butterfly bush is blooming. I shouldn't have a favorite plant, should I? Oh why not. I love this not only for its outstanding deep purple color (which I use to assess purple sock yarn) but it smells wonderful. It blooms just as the rest of the spring flowers start to fade, and blooms forever. I added a hanging basket with petunias in it which will iive as long as I remember to water them.

The sad is that the wife of a dear friend passed. He (dear friend) is in Scotland and is so far away, and I feel so sad for him. They were married for 35 years, and when I last saw him (last year in Milan) he spoke so wonderfully of her courage and strength. The last I heard about her illness was that things were looking good.

So happies and sads. Life, I guess.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Feeling better

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IMG_3908, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Had a great night's sleep last night and so am back in peak form. So far has been very productive...doing stats for a paper, and organizing a summer 'camp' that I volunteer for...and now I'm about to go relax with a book for a bit.

Here is the finished 'front' of the pink cable sweater. It ended very quickly since the there is a lot of neckline shaping that wasn't in the back. Interestingly, though, this ends in kind of a funnel neck so not sure why the front is different from the back but I guess I'll find out!

Monday, July 18, 2011

For some reason I had insomnia last night. Usually I sleep really well at home, not so great away, but last night I just couldn't sleep. There wasn't anything really bothering me, my mind wasn't racing, I just couldn't fall asleep. So today has been a bit of an easy day, although it started at 6:30 and I got the dogs on a long walk. I had a project that didn't demand too much intense thinking, and I've also been knitting on the mystery project. So the day has been 15 minutes of work, 15 minutes of knitting, and that seems to work pretty well.

I'm pretty sure I'll sleep tonight!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Quick and Easy Scarf

IMG_3906 by kbshee
IMG_3906, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

While I was straightening out the stash room, I found two skeins of Mountain Colors yarn. One was Merino Ribbon, the other Mohair, both in the 'Red Tail Hawk' colorway.

I have knit with the merino ribbon before and I remember loving the yarn. I thought I'd do a scarf using both yarns, but a quick swatch reminded me that as much as I love merino ribbon, I hate the mohair.

So this one skein scarf. I knit it longways, so the colors blend together in a way that looks almost woven. I used the mohair to cast on and off, and I also did a little mohair attached icord on the ends to give it a finished look. The scarf is about 44 inches long: 145 stitches cast on to a #7 needle, and then knit til it is about 7 inches wide. You could probably get an inch or two additional in length with the amount of yarn in the skein.

This feels wonderful against the skin and will be just the thing for the coolish fall days here in Oregon. Which is today, I guess: we've had rain all weekend and cool temperatures!

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Big Knitting Secret

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IMG_3904, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Ready?

If you knit on something consistently enough, for long enough, sooner or later you'll have the feeling that some day in the not-too-distant-future it will be finished.

I'm sure there's an elegant little equation in there but I'm not sure what it is. But. I've been knitting on this sweater...the pink one...since I finished the fair isle and I'm actually at the sleeve decreases, so I'm about five inches from finishing the front.

This front, as you note, has three repeats of one stitch pattern and two of the other, plus some side stitches. The sleeves, though, have no side stitches (until the increases, which given my wrist size won't have to start til the elbow) and one repeat of one pattern with two of the other.

In other words, I can finish this!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Sweater takes a little nap

IMG_3905 by kbshee
IMG_3905, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I did a quick block on the sweater yesterday...

..YES IT IS FINISHED! Well the yoke part anyway...

...and now I'm just waiting for it to dry. I need to sew seams and then do a little magic because there are some very loosey goosey places on the sweater that didn't magically block out.

But I did try it on, no seams and all, yesterday (and no, you don't get a picture) and I'm really, really happy with it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

blurry

IMG_3897 by kbshee
IMG_3897, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is a blurry picture of a sock in progress that's done now, but it is either this or yet another picture of the fair isle thing.

Which, friends, will be done today. Yay! The last few rounds had a bit of a wonky pattern (I'm not sure exactly what it is meant to look like) but I think I have two pattern rows and then some ribbing for the next (4cm, not for rounds as mentioned earlier, darn) and then seaming and then done.

I kind of can't believe it is almost done but there you go.

Busy day yesterday with running statistics and two meetings and RAIN but still found enough time to do some knitting (not much else though). Today should be calmer (working word: should).

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

OK. So I"m a bit obsessed

IMG_3902 by kbshee
IMG_3902, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Spent quite a bit of knitting time Sunday and yesterday working on the yoke...I've done one set of decreases that lets the whole thing fit on one circular needle, which simplifies knitting greatly. Also it's a four-stitch repeat now, using only two colors, and so there's less to keep track of.

I have maybe 10 or 12 rounds left, then four rounds of stockinette, and then it's done. I'm kind of looking forward to getting this done...and I think it looks pretty good. I'm pretty proud of myself for doing a sweater on size 2 needles.

But I speak too soon. Lots of fair isling left for this knitter.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

And so it goes

IMG_3900 by kbshee
IMG_3900, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

1. Still trying to do one round per day.
2. It is starting to look like something.
3. My technique: one ball of yarn way to the right, one way to the left, and the third held between my knees.
4. Feet are either on coffee table or ottoman.
5. Hence, twisty messes are avoided.
6. Somewhat.
7. This could be a new yoga position.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

More Secret Knitting

IMG_3899 by kbshee
IMG_3899, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm halfway done (let's say 48% done) with the secret knitting project that I'm working on. The yarn for this comes in a 475 yard skein so it hasn't shown up on the yarn total count yet but I've probably used two-thirds of the skein on the first part. Clearly, my obsession with yardage counts is getting out of hand.

I'm following a template for this pattern but sort of winging it, but I think it will work out fine .

That's about all I can tell you. I've been reading the first book of "Game of Thrones" and it's pretty rollicking...a good summer book. What are you reading right now?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Yawn.

IMG_3896 by kbshee
IMG_3896, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm bored with my knitting.
Here is the sleeve (part of the sleeve) to the Celtic sweater. I still have to finish this sleeve, do the other sleeve and then do the little side pieces. Yawn.

The bright pink sweater, I've barely started the back. Yawn.

Sock. Yawn.

Fair Isle. Headache leading to yawn.

I want to cast on for more things but I know I need to finish. I'm a very spoiled knitter, I think.

In other, non-Yawny news: I'm not a great cook...I have a few recipes that I rock but on the whole Tim is the Master Chef of our house.

But I've had two successes in the last week. An awesome cole slaw (yeah I know, boring, but it tasted JUST LIKE KFC) and a pasta and scallops recipe that I sort of vamped last night. Here it is:

-In 1/8 of a cup of olive or veg oil, saute about half an onion, a zucchini, 6 mushrooms and 6 cloves of garlic for about ten minutes. Add in some chopped fresh basil at about 5 minutes.
-While you're doing this, boil up some pasta (fettucine works).
-Then, after the ten minutes of saute-ing, add two tomatoes, six scallops, and some red pepper flakes. Saute the whole shebang for about five minutes more.
-By this time, the pasta should be done. Combine everything in a bowl and add about half a cup of parmesan.
-ENJOY and think of me.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

It should look better than this

IMG_3892 by kbshee
IMG_3892, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Working a bit every day on the fair isle (or whatever it is) and it grows a teeny bit every day (note to self, next time you get a hankering, self, to do a sweater on size 2 needles rethink that hankering). I'm sure it will look great after a wash and a block but right now it is at the 'meh' stage.

We had a quiet (until 10pm) 4th, ending as most do with dogs in the bed freaking out. I spent a bit of time cleaning our patio off (dead leaves, weeds, etc) and getting the furniture in shape, and now we have a nice outdoor area for us. For some reason last year we didn't get the patio in usable condition, but now that's all done.

Hope your 4th was joyous!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Weekend

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IMG_3878, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Yesterday was sunny and in the low 80s, today cloudy and humid and probably just in the 60s but we're managing to eek out a good holiday weekend even though Tim is working really hard to finish his thesis and the dogs freak out over fireworks.

We did a late afternoon paddle on Friday, and then yesterday met our nephew Stephen for lunch and then walked around the Saturday Market. This morning we took a hike on a new-for-us trail near our house. Now we're home working (Tim) and considering a nap (me).

I finished the first of Tim's socks, and the yarn variegations are fun. I like long long pattern changes and this yarn..Drops Delight...does them well.

Are you Independence Daying? Any thing fun?

Friday, July 01, 2011

Seek and find!

IMG_3877 by kbshee
IMG_3877, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Hey blog readers! See how many of the following things you can find in today's picture!
1. Piles of patterns loosely organized into piles such as 'sleeveless sweater' and 'socks: colored yarns"
2. Sunbeam
3. Empty red folders
4. White box filled with recycling of unwanted or duplicate patterns
5. Dog bed
6. Pilot's butt

Morning Walk