Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Gael Garcia Bernal: A Knitter!


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Oh, who knows if he is or not? I just wanted to get a photo on my blog.

Jen's Tweedy Scarf


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I'm making this scarf for my friend Jen for Christmas. It is Cascade 220 in gold partnered with squiggle in red/orange/golds. I used them both for the first ten inches of the scarf, and then started alternating partnered rows with stand alone 220 rows, resulting in sort of a tweedy pattern which I like. I'll finish it up with ten inches of both. I think this will make a scarf that makes a couple of different looks.

Tim's alpaca scarf


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
The photo makes it look like a purse, but it isn't...I'm knitting it on a circular needle. Anyway, the alpaca is a hand spun yarn from a local alpaca ranch using bits of all the different alpaca at the ranch...it started with just the brown, which made it look like a cow patty, but then when the white was intermingled it looked better.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

A Visit with my Stash

I went into the Stash Closet yesterday and reacquainted myself with my stash. Oh my, it is so lovely.

Much of my stash was accumulated during my early 'crush' on knitting, so I have a lot of beautiful yarn but in weird amounts (85 yards of Hip Hop. 600 yards of a pretty variegated wool, 250 yards of hand dyed mohair). Weird amounts in that its not enough to make a sweater, maybe not enough to even make a scarf. And if I made scarves out of everything that was in scarf amounts, well, all I'd do is make scarves all day.

But...it was so beautiful! And inspirational! I started thinking: well, a short sleeve sweater/t could be made out of the 600 yards...to go under a blazer or a cardigan. I want to try the fan and feather pattern, and that will look AWESOME with the mohair. And I've been designing a satchel in my mind, and the hip hop would be a good trim for that.

All in all, a good visit. But, it made me rethink current projects, in particular, the chenille scarf. It doesn't look that great as a scarf, and I found I had more of the chenille than I thought. Enough to make a cute sweater that was in the current issue of Knitters. So chenille scarf is dead (no frogging, not with T&Q) and I started a different scarf for friend Jen, yellow Cascade 220 with Squiggle in red, yellow and orange.

Just looking at it makes me happy.

Friday, September 24, 2004

One sock down, one to go!

I finished the first of Tim's sock, kitchener-ed toe and all.
I even cast on the second just to not lose the momentum.
And the bolero goes on too. The scarves are just in scarf limbo. Little pagans!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

What kind of needle am I?


I am interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, I've got every
eventuality covered and every opportunity just
has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and
every day is a new beginning. I am good at
so many things, it's amazing, but I can
easily lose my place and forget to show up.
They have row counters for people like me!


What kind of knitting needles are you?
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Bolero Update

My heavens, the bolero is knitting itself.

The sides (such as they are) are done. The back is done. I'll cast on for the sleeves today; they're bracelet length so they should go pretty fast. Hopefully I'll put it all together this weekend.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

To put it in context...


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is my little kitten, Stella, modeling the front of the bolero.

Trio Bolero


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the entire right side of the trio bolero..there's an inch of trio/fizz around the bottom. I'm knitting it in size large, and it will be snug. I like the tweediness of it though.

Tim's sock


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the status of Tim's sock, being knit on two circs. I'm using Confetti, which is self patterning..if you look at the heel, you'll see the pattern. It does not show up as clearly in the ribbing. Oh well. Luckily Tim isn't too concerned.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Moving On...

I finished the morning surf scarf last night...it is now being blocked, and then I'll add fringe to it. I am very pleased with the scarf, but most importantly, I'm pleased with the opportunity to...

...START NEW PROJECTS! YIPEE!

So. I cast on the yarn for an alpaca scarf yesterday...it will be a surprise Christmas present for Tim, so I can only work on it when he isn't home. I'm planning to take it to the Mind Numbing Faculty Retreat next Tuesday...7 hours of people I don't care about telling me things I don't need to know. I decided to knit knit knit through the entire retreat, and not give a hoot about what people are saying/thinking/whispering...and in reality, probably no one will notice.

The next project I'll start is the bolero jacket using trio. I tried to post a link, it doesn't work, it is at the straw.com web site under the trio patterns if you want to take a look at it. I'll post a pic of the yarn next time. I'm going to make it using a black/brown trio mix and black fizz. I made a trio bag earlier this summer and like the yarn a lot, so this should be fun to work on. It is a little 'wild' for me, but oh well.

The chenille scarf, which I may or may not give to my brother for Christmas, travels in my bag and I work on it a row or two at a time....Tim has declared it less 'pimpy' and more 'Shakesperean' which I guess is a step in the right direction. I might just make a strip and then knit other strips in other colors and make an afghan, it is soft chenille (Lion Brand Chenille T&Q, which many dislike intensely but I kind of dig).

That's the poop from here. In the next post I'll post some picks of the sock...big lesson learned...Confetti doesn't work too well with a rib. But it is still a cool looking sock. I like doing the foot...it is almost, but not quite, mindless.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Sock Update!

Thanks to Amie for the encouragement: I got through the turning of the heel and the picking up of the gusset stitches. There was one awkward moment but it all made sense at the end. I'll try to get a good pic of it for tomorrow.

I feel a HUGE sense of relief...I hate reading patterns and having no idea what they're talking about. I also hate being in a foreign country when I can't speak the language!

Sapphire shawl


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here's the shawl being blocked out on our patio. The yarn is a varieagted boucle from a fiber festival. The picture isn't that great, but it is hard to get a good image on the shawl. I'm just glad it is done!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Socked in

I'm spending some of the afternoon working on a sock...my first one using two circular needles. I'm about halfway thorugh the heel flap and then i'll turn the heel and pick up the stitches. When I read the instructions (from Cat Bordhi's book) I can't even imagine how this is going to work out, but everyone on KR says just keep reading and following the directions and all will be well. So we'll see.

These afternoons of sock immersion are soon to end as classes at the UO will start in a week and a half. I have a couple new projects that I'm thinking about (to address knitting ennui, below) and also need to finish some Christmas gifts. Then I'm going to concentrate only on socks and sweaters for a bit.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Pictures! Pictures


The morning surf scarf
Originally uploaded by kbshee.



Here is the morning surf scarf. I like the colors of the fiber on this. I guess I'm about halfway thorugh this. News flash: I'm not a good photographer.

The pattern is here .

Cabled hat


Cabled hat
Originally uploaded by kbshee.


This is the cable scarf that I turned into a hat. Very pleased with this. Do you like the artisitic post on the milk jug?

Project Ennui

I'm looking at all my WIPs and having project ennui.

It's not that I don't like them (I do). And I like working on them (truly).

But I just feel like they'll never be done. The morning surf scarf...if I work on it for an hour I get 2 more inches. The sapphire shawl is almost 80 stitches wide, so it takes a while to get through the pattern (such as it is) on that. And socks. Slow slow slow.

And its not that I'm chomping at the bit to get on to new things. I'm not even sure what is next on the horizon...except definitely, definitely reducing my stash. And my husband's Christmas scarf, which I can do pretty quickly even at the last minute.

Maybe it is that work (I teach at a University) is starting up again and I'm starting to feel pretty splintered from home/craft life. Who know?

Monday, September 13, 2004

Back from the Beach!

We had a terrific time on vacation at the beach..the house we rented was great, very comfortable, great views and very conducive to relaxation! In fact, I found myself able to concentrate on reading, which I haven't been able to do for a long time. Read a couple of books and enjoyed it. Of course, vacation cut into my knitting time, so I didn't get nearly as much done as I planned. It was worth it though!

We tried to visit a yarn shop in Manzanita, Oregon, but they were remodeling the shop and it was closed. Other than that, not a lot of fiber on the Oregon coast. Lots of cows though.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Pacific City, Here we Come!

We're packing the car to head off to the beach. I will take my knitting and DH is taking his model car, so even
bad weather won't deter us. Updates on my progress in a week!

Friday, September 03, 2004

Vacation Knitting Plans

DH and I (plus the two doggles, and maybe the kitten) are heading over to the coast on Monday for a week. Hooray! We're renting a little house in the wonderful hamlet of Pacific City, the second row from the beach (meaning we're separated from the beach by a street and a one-story house). The house we're renting is two story with lots of decks.

I plan to take semi-mindless knitting that I can pick up and put down fairly easily. So: started a pair of socks for DH using the Cat Bordhi two circular method...much less complex than using double pointed needles. Using Confetti sock yarn in greys and reds. Also I'm taking a ribbed scarf made out of Lion Chenille...for some reason I bought a bunch of this on ebay and now don't know what to do with it...it doesn't feel good enough for a sweater but legend has it that it softens when washes. Anyway, a ribbed scarf for Jen, and maybe one for my brother too if it doesn't look to frou-frou-y. I'll also take the sapphire shawl, which I will be working on for the rest of my life I think!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Fez-Tastic

I finished the cable scarf that is now a hat...it is really more like a fez, with a jaunty tassel at the top. I love it.

Yet...I cannot do the mattress stitch on the weekend warrior to save my life. Oh well.