Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Faculty Meeting Socks

Every year, my school has an auction to benefit a charity that provides food to low income families in my city. This year, I provided for the auction something called "Faculty Meeting Socks", meaning I would knit the winner a pair of socks in the color of their choice. I would knit them during faculty meetings.

Well, I sat down two nights ago and thought "I need to finish these so I can start other things (hello, circle mitts)" so I did. They go to the recipient tomorrow.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Giving it a go

IMG_1091 by kbshee
IMG_1091, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

When we last visited the Saga of the Skirt, we learned that while the measurements were what they should be, the actual skirt, when donned, assumed hooker-like proportions. The cast off was undone, and a few more inches were added.

So last night I thought "let's just block this sucker out' and bound off and this morning it is in the sink. Hopefully it will all go OK.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Smiling happy people with scribble cowls

This is not scratchy at all. Since I have a fair amount of ribbon yarn hanging around AND a fair amount of laceweight I may have to make many more of these.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Coming along

IMG_1089 by kbshee
IMG_1089, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've finished the stripes on one sleeve of the sweater, and now the rest of the sleeve will be dark blue. This sleeve should be finished pretty quickly.

Busy-ness at work and home has limited my knitting time, but the grey sweater is still in the works.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Scribble cowl and an update

IMG_1087 by kbshee
IMG_1087, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

THis is a scribble cowl, using a pattern and yarn from Alchemy. There are two yarns: a lace weight mohair silk blend and yarn that is made out of twine. Yep. Twine. You knit one row of twine and three rows of laceweight and get the scribble effect with the twine. Pretty cool, a fairly easy knit. I'm not sure how it feel wearing it but we'll see.

And the skirt. I measured and it was the right length when I bound off last night. Then I tried it on and apparently it needs a good blocking (euphemism) because it ended up about six inches above my knee (measurement wise, it should have been one). So I'm going to unbind off it (is that a term?) and keep knitting. And then block. It did look cute though.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

More skirt

Two inches to go. THE END IS NEAR! I'm giddy with thoughts of skirt completion. Sorry for the upside down picture.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Back

IMG_1082 by kbshee
IMG_1082, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the back of the sweater--you can tell with the little stripe job back there. But yeah, the body is done, and I'm pleased with it.

I'm working on the sleeves, which are light blue and red stripes all the way down--kind of a pain as it moves it away from mindless knitting to have-to-pay-a-bit-of-attention knitting, but that's ok.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hail to purple, hail to white!

IMG_1081 by kbshee
IMG_1081, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

My swap gifties arrived Friday in the mail (I just got mine mailed on Friday, which was a feat itself) and my swap partner, Kathy sent some wonderful surprises.

Apparently I keep no secret that I love purple, so a beautiful skein of purple yarn is much appreciated. And with a hail to purple and a hail to white, she included a Northwestern wallet (where i went to undergrad). Other surprises included leaf buttons, a stitchholder, stitch markers (not shown) and the handy yarn requirements pamphlet.

I hope my surprises delight Kathy as much as hers delighted me. And thanks to Twinster for pairing us up.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Maybe for a 22 year old

IMG_1080 by kbshee
IMG_1080, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So the skirt has grown to one that might be worn by a 22 year old with really good legs.

Next stop: two inches above the knee.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Progress!

IMG_1079 by kbshee
IMG_1079, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've been working on this sweater a lot (well, let me redefine that--I've been working on this when I've been knitting, which isn't that often) and it is looking like a real sweater thing!

I reclaimed the yarn from a shawl that I had started but was frankly going nowhere--I liked it better in the Rowan Magazine than I did in real life. I like the color combination and I think the dark blue on the bottom will be flattering. It is Rowan felted Tweed, a great sweater yarn.

I finished the first week of school--yes we started LATE. It is an interesting term: I teach 9-12 and 4-6 on Mondays and Wednesdays. I'm trying to schedule most meetings for the Monday and WEdnesday afternoons, and then hopefully have time during the rest of the week to do class prep and work on research (I have seven chapters in a textbook that I need to finish off this term).

I am also taking an Adult Ballet class on Thursday nights. It is pretty fun--a great way to stretch out--and the class is taught with the assumption that the students pretty much understand some of the basic ballet stuff. Which I pretty much do. I'm enjoying that.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Slowly getting back to normal