Sunday, May 26, 2019

Slowly approaching a new rabbit hole

A new CRAFTING rabbit hole! You are warned!

Iris Folding

Friday and Saturday were inclement here on the coast. We did get a walk in fairly early Saturday morning but then the rest of the day it poured. However, we did want to get out a bit (Tim is very busy getting ready for his dissertation defense--a week from tomorrow!) and visited two craft/junque fairs in Pacific City.

The first one was at the Community Center, and had a few tables where Tim unearthed a few kitchen things we could use here. And then we saw these cards:



These were made with a technique called Iris Folding, which is a paper craft that can also be done with fabric. It is fascinating, and we really loved these little cards (and they cost $3.50 each, barely more than a Hallmark). Once we got home I googled Iris Folding and it is pretty straightforward to learn, so I think I have to give it a try. I ordered some supplies from Amazon so we'll see what happens.

I sense a theme

Given it was so inclement, I mostly hung out on the couch and read and knit. I did finish the Kimono Moon Shawl, which I'll show you on another day. The first book I finished was an Elin Hildebrand book "Winter in Paradise". I don't know what it is about her stories, except that they are about regular people dealing with stuff, in lovely places. They always keep me engaged although part of me thinks I'm wasting my time by not reading 'good' literature. But whatever.

Here comes the theme! Now I'm reading a new book called "The Farm" which is a 'satire' about surrogacy (basically, it is about what happens at a 'resort' where highly paid surrogates go to be pregnant). It is pretty good with interesting characters.  Then last night we watched a Netflix movie called "Private Life" which is also good. It has Paul Giamatti in it as a husband in a couple that can't get pregnant. It is pretty sad as well so you need to be in a good place to watch it. We had to watch an episode of 'Love it Or List it' as a 'palate cleanser' after it.

It sticks with you.

Rock photos

Just because.

 Sunset last night.

From yesterday's pre-rain walk.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Up early!

I'm up early on a drizzly Saturday morning. I built a fire and the dogs and I are enjoying it while Tim gets a little lie-in.

Botanique!
Yes it is still happening!



 I still have several more sections but I continue to enjoy this one!

Low country boil
We were watching Chef's Table the other night and the chef did a low country boil which is native to the Carolinas??? I'm not sure. Well, I made our own version of a Low country boil although I'll have to rename it Coast Country Microwave because almost everything was microwaved:

Local crab, local corn (really sweet! already?) and a potato. It was all really good.

More cria



And a cria movie




OR TWO!



Friday, May 24, 2019

Summertime summertime sum sum summertime



--insert record scratch sound effect here---

Cloudy and rainy here on the coast today--we have a fire going--but still we are so happy to be here! We always have a big exhale as soon as we arrive.

Dala Horse is Done

I'm enchanted by the Dala Horse.  Here it is already framed, and here at the coast house for hanging!

Oh, and guess what else happened yesterday?



Georgia Brown had her little cria, a boy, yet to be named but "Buster" is under consideration. This little guy is about two hours old in these pictures--he was born while I was at the oral surgeon consultation (tooth comes out a week from today) and I went out to meet him afterwards. He's doing well--he was almost 17 pounds and a very good nurser.

I have lots more pictures that I'll spread out over the weekend, since I won't get to see him til next week.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

I hope you're not bored with this yet

I had two hours where I was magically caught up with work on Tuesday, and finished off the lace part of Kimono Moon. Last night I knit the garter section that separates the bottom from the top. The top is short rows which will be in a light purple color.

On one of the last lace rows, I have a tiny little 'design feature' when I got the repeat 'wrong' but I don't think anyone will notice.  Here is a close up of the lace:

I think it will be very pretty when it is blocked.

Yesterday was a crazy day--I had class from 10-12, a defense from 12-1, a defense from 1-2, and then class from 2-5. That's the end of the year for you!

I have a consultation with the oral surgeon this morning and sometime later today Tim and I will head out to the coast for the weekend. We can stay until Tuesday (when some furniture is scheduled to be delivered) so that should be a good break. I have packed Kimono Moon and Botanique, as well as yarn for five other projects. FOR FIVE DAYS. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? Plus little stitches. I don't know what I'm thinking, honestly.

Plus, I heard yesterday about two articles that I submitted. They both came back with requests for revise and resubmits, which is pretty nice for an academic (I would say that 60-70% of the time there's a rejection, and there is almost never an acceptance on the first submission. One article would like the changes by early July, the other not until November. I'll start work on the July ones today.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Kimono Moon Rising!

I've done a bit of work on the Kimono Moon shawl. Here are two interesting things about it: 1. I really enjoy knitting this, which isn't something I usually say about lace. 2. If it wasn't for a KAL, I probably wouldn't have done this.

So I'm glad for the KAL, even though I usually avoid them like the plague. Do you do KALs? What are the pros and cons?

Here it is:



And here is a close up:




I have eight more rows of lace.

Rainy day and thunderstorms forecast, which means Pilot will pace and pace and pace and pace.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Mondays are apparently for circles

It was a good weekend, not a lot on the agenda as Tim was finishing his dissertation (oh, that little job) that he sent to his committee last night. His defense is two weeks from today, hooray! He still has to put together his defense talk (45 minutes!) but the light is at the end of the tunnel.

This is how old I am: my defense talk was done on acetates and presented on an overhead projector.

Winding
Anyway, I felt so much better this weekend than in weekends past I did a lot of things I had meant to do, such as wind yarn.


I'm nowhere close to finishing either of the two projects (and still have ends to weave in) but I'm already thinking ahead to new projects.  I'm not at home right now so I don't know who these yarns are. The top is speckled which I like. The second one looks like rhubarbs. The third is handspun from Ann, and the fourth is some Knit Picks that needs to be a cowl with trees on it.

Framing
I also framed all my little stitches.

These hoops are rubber that is printed to look like wood. They work nicely, and have a somewhat-fancy closure thing on the top that screws in. We'll take these out to the coast and see where we want to put them this weekend.

Reading:
"The Mother  in Law" by Sally Hepworth (it was good---a murder occurs, there are four suspects, maybe five, and the ending is satisfying in a "Gift of the Magi" kind of a way.

I also read another Elin Hildebrand book. Her work is sort of chick-lit-y but her stories and characters are engaging, at least when I'm brain dead. I read "Nantucket Nights" and it was one of her early ones--no one has a cell phone! Or Internet!

Watching
We watched "First Man" on Saturday night. It was fine. I was kind of bored. Is it bad to say that space stuff kind of bores me?


Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Dala Horse project

My next little stitch project from the Cozy Blue club is called Dala Horse, which is a pattern inspired by the Swedish folk art.

You may be scratching your head over the term Dala horse but once you see these photos of dala horses  it all makes sense:

I like this pattern, mostly because of the colors. They are so bright and cheerful. We're having a spate of rainy weather and as you know it has been a tough week for me so this is a bit of a balm for my soul.

ETA: I DIDN'T SEE THE HORSE IN THE PATTERN UNTIL TODAY! AND I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A FEW DAYS! I BLAME M TEETH!

More teeth
I have a consult with an oral surgeon next week to start the implant process. I also have my six month cleaning out of the way (that got moved up at the last minute on Thursday) so that's good. The swelling on the abscess is almost gone, and I feel much more like myself.

And next week
The end of term craziness starts. Next week, in addition to classes,  I have three thesis defenses and the last meeting (ever) of a University committee that I've worked on all this year. My one class has projects due, and our master's students have drafts of their final projects due (yikes). We'll be heading over to the coast for the long weekend, and I'll have plenty to do there.

Happy Saturday!


Slowly approaching a new rabbit hole