Tuesday, November 30, 2004

My Only Thought

"Hallelujah, the great storm is over - lift up your wings and fly!"©

from "The Great Storm Is Over" by Bob Franke

Yes, the InLaws are gone.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

I Take It Back!!

I no longer am carrying on my passionate affair with Lion Chennille Thick & Quick.

It was an ugly breakup, as the LCTQ refused to cooperate with any of my simplest requests. It puckered a sleeve. It broke as I was seaming the side. It refuses to weave in. And now my floor, my dining room table, and even my contacts have little forest green wormies sticking to them, everywhere they go.

AND the blasted jacket is too short (but I think I can add on a seed stitch border, which I'll do as soon as I calm down).

Day 6 of Le Migraine continues...and yes, the in laws are still here. They leave Tuesday.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Lion T&Q Chenille Heretic

OK. I know many people disagree, but I'm just gonna say it: I love Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick.

Yes, it sheds all over the couch. Yes, frogging makes the yarn unusable. Yes, it is synthetic and will probably catch on fire some day.

But can I tell you, I'm seaming the shoulders of my chenille jacket, and it is like magic...the seams just disappear. The jacket is in a seed stitch, so i can't even do the 'woven method' from Nancie Wiseman's book, but it just doesn't seem to matter, the seams just disappear. Did I mention? They disappear.

Is it the bulkyness? The caterpillar appearance of the yarn? The fact that I still have a headache and am probably not seeing straight? Don't know, don't care. I'm just so excited about doing a seam that doesn't look like I have an epaulet (sp??) sitting on my shoulder.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004


I have a migraine. It is day 2 of said migraine.

Here is what I have learned:
1. You can't knit with a migraine.
2. You can't eat with a migraine.
3. Even the noise that my fingertips makes on the apple keyboard hurts.

And yes, the in laws are here, thank you very much.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Color Me: Rosey

Most of the weekend was spent de-furring the house for the In Law visit. But I did manage a bit of knitting. I'm halfway done with the sleeves for the chenille jacket. I also cast on for a sweater found in one of 15-year old Vogue mags I got at the 1985 yarn sale. It has a pattern of twisted cables, and so is a few steps beyond mindless knitting.

It is a 10 stitch cable, which for some reason creates a big hole during the cable part, but I'm sure I'll get better at it. I suppose there is a good reason we always start with the backs of sweaters.

The yarn is some that I bought on eBay a while ago: Paton's Impressions, in a multicolored rose color. I seem oddly attracted to rose colors these days, not sure why. I almost never, ever wear colored sweaters, and if I do, they are never pastels. However, if I think back to the 'color me beautiful' consultation I had, what, 20 years ago, rose is good for me. I'm a Spring, by the way. THe result of the consultation was a year long flirtation with coral colored lipstick, which luckily passed.

I haven't thought much about Color Me Beautiful for a while, but I'm guessing if I tried really really hard, I'd probably find the swatches.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Too Tense to Knit

I'm too tense to knit.

I know knitting is supposed to help, but nothing is helping. I'm tense about work. I'm tense about inlaw visit. I'm tense about all the animal hair that floats around the house. I'm just tense.

Slowly but surely I've been working on the sleeves of the chenille jacket...but is there anything more dull than sleeves?

Tomorrow is Tim's birthday, he is getting the super deluxe mega IPod which he really wants. And I'll knit him an ipod cozy for Christmas.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

What kind of needle am I?

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

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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Monday, November 15, 2004

Ah, sleep.

After a very stressful work week, where I slept maybe 5 hours each night, I slept for ten hours Fri. night and eight hours Saturday night and now feel back to normal. Now the tension over my In Law visit over TG will begin, but hopefully I can put that aside to relax and enjoy this week of relative normalcy.

I finished Jen's scarf (the stitching part) and found some yarn for weaving through the holes, so that project is almost done. It looks cool. After trying some trio I had in my stash, I ended up buying Lion landscapes for the weaving part in a dark, rich colorway. The chenille jacket body is complete, and I started on the sleeves. Increasing in seed stitch is definitely NOT my favorite thing to do, but I'm plodding along. And in other knitting news, I reached into the bottom of my bag to grab the tank=top-in-the-round to do some work onit, and found that about a dozen or so stitches had fallen off the circs (my fault, no stitch blocker thingees). I had only done about an inch on it, and it was really too itchy for a tank, so I frogged it and am now pondering what to do next.

Just to have a mindless project (and how sad is that, when seed stitch sleeves are not mindless anymore) I cast on yellow mohair on two circs for a tubular scarf. And I found a cabled sweater pattern in one of the old VKs that I bought on Friday, and will start that to have something a bit more 'challenging' to do. I have plenty of yarn in my stash (a rose colored wool) that should look great with that.

The dig. camera is acting up so not sure when I'll add some pictures, but will soon.

Friday, November 12, 2004

1985 Yarn Sale

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I saw an ad in the paper the other day for a yarn sale...name brands, wholesale prices, prices lower than 1985. Books and accessories too. So the dogs and I drove out there this morning..about ten miles from here...and arrived at a barn at a farm. The barn was filled with yarns I've never heard of, lots of acrylics, lots of old books and magazines, roving, weaving supplies...all piled in boxes and tables with no rhyme or reason.


I ended up with a nice little haul. Four hanks of chenille...about 160 yards, which is only enough for a little baby hat or something like that, but I liked the colors. Maybe a scarf, a lacy scarf type thing. Anyway, all 4 hanks for $10, the price on the label is $4.75. Going counter clockwise in the picture, I bought 4 balls of Fairhaven fingering weight yarn by brunswick: 185 yards per ball, in a blackberry color. 100% wool, total cost $8.00. I think it might make a lacy shawl or scarf. Next, I bought 4 balls of Indiecita Alpaca in a natural color50 grams per ball, 2 ply. I have no idea on the yardage! The cost was $4.50 per ball which seems good. Finally, the bargain: I uncovered a bag containing three skeins of Manos in a pretty brown color: $18 total.

I'm pleased. I have no idea what I will do with the yarn, but I'll think of something. I'm thinking about a tote bag, maybe felted, out of the Manos. A hat and mittens out of the alpaca. A lacy scarf/shawl out of the fingering weight yarn. Ideas welcome!

I also bought a copy of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears for a couple dollars, and several old Vogue Knittings from the early 1990s: $1 each.

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here's Mickey, about a week ago. We miss you.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Busy Week

It has been a busy week, with very little knitting (or sleep, for that matter). I am chairing a search committee and our candidates visited this week. I've never chaired a committee before, and the search is a little off-the-beaten-academic path, and we failed in the search last year, so there is pressure on me to be successful. That said...I think it went really well. Probably due to my not sleeping.

I've been progressing slowly on both the chenille jacket and the lacy scarf. Hopefully I'll get the jacket fronts done this weekend. I'm a bit uninspired, knitting wise, right now, although I have decided to knit ipod cozies for Tim and for his friend Steve. They'll never use them, so knowing that I can be a bit whacko in the designs. It will be worth seeing their faces trying to say something positive about them!

We miss our Mickey cat, but feel a bit better about her every day.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Farewell to a Friend

Tonight, our wonderful vet Marnee is coming over to put down Mickey, our almost-22-year old cat. While I've only known Mickey for 10 years, she's been Tim's companion for over 18. She's a calico, and has a typical calico temperament. She's extremely attached to Tim, tolerated me for five years, and now considers me her friend. That is an honor I cherish.

We're not meant to live forever, and Mickey has been living on her ninth life for a while now. We've been administering fluids to her daily for three years to help her failing kidneys. She takes meds for thyroid and for her heart. Over the past few weeks, we've witnessed a dimming of her candle, and now we feel she lives in pain. So we are lovingly and hopefully peacefully going to send her on her way.

She'll be in our hearts forever.

Sunday, November 07, 2004


Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I spent a couple of hours yesterday finishing a bunch of scarves that I made for Christmas gifts. From left to right: a purple mohair scarf in basketweave for future SIL Mary. Next, a black mohair scarf with some sparkly black flag yarn (maybe trendsetter) mixed in, very evening and elegant, for my elegant Aunt Mary Jane. Next, an offwhite basketweave scarf from Paton's divine for my mom. Next, a purple and block moahir seed stitch scarf for SIL Sue. Finally,a rose colored ribbed scarf made of paton's divine for my SIL Peggy.

I did most of these over the summer, and they just needed weaving in and fringe to finish them off.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

A Brief Foray into Political Commentary

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Our friend Barb sent this to us. I believe it was sent to her from friends in the UK.

Friday, November 05, 2004

I knit and I knit and I knit...

...and nothing seems to move along.

It seems like I've been working on the front panels of the chenille jacket from Knitters for ever. I'd post a picture of the ten inches or so that I have of the fronts but won't because:
1. the yarn is dark green
2. the yarn is chenille
3. the yarn pattern is seed stitch

1+2+3=big green blob in digital photographs

I finished Tim's Christmas scarf. I'm going to use the leftover alpaca to make coasters for our new coffee table. They will look terrific.

What else am I working on? Oh, that scarf. It isn't moving along either. Maybe I should start another pair of socks. That would just be the icing on the 'nothing moving along' cake.

Hopefully I'll get a little more oomph in my knitting this weekend. So, stay tuned for some pics next week.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

4:00 AM Alarm

So, this morning at 4am DH and I awake to the most awful sound. Like someone was trying to break down the front door. But it was....in...the...house. While DH is searching for his weapon of choice (a piece of pipe he keeps under the bed, don't ask) I leap out of bed, nekkid as a jaybird, to search for the source of aforementioned most awful sound.

My fear was that one of the animals was having some type of stroke or seizure.

But it was nothing more than Louise, the rabbit, thumping. You know. Like Thumper in "Bambi". She was sitting in her cage, under her shelf, and just thumping away. In general, she thumps when 1. she wants attention or 2. she's pissed. Last night, tho', I think she was annoyed that her water bottle was off kilter. Or...she had a bad dream. Or she was as pissed off at the election results as the rest of the house.

I gave her a nice grooming this morning and she doesn't seem the worse for wear. DH and I, however, didn't go back to sleep. It has been a long day.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election Day

"The wide world has not wealth to buy
The power in my right hand!"-Whittier

"Make it so"- Jean-Luc Picard

Monday, November 01, 2004

Blog Envy

I am envious of other bloggers. Not all of them (ie..not the ones that sound like ME!!) but the ones that write so vividly about their lives and their friends and their children and their adventures and their knitting just seamlessly (forgive the puns) works its way into all they talk about.

You know who you are (although you might not be a regular visitor here). You decorate your blog with fun icons. You have a magical ongoing chat area where people enthusiastically discuss the fascinating ideas you present at your blog. Your knitting, of course, is insanely beautiful and intricate.

I am envious of you. Yes, you. You can WRITEl Not the boring academic "here are the results of my research" writing that I do every day. You can write and knit! And you probably make lovely nutritious meals and there isn't yards of dog hair floating around your house and the bills are paid on time and

Deep breath Kim.

I'm not sure what to do about this...obviously I can't change my life and become a more interesting person. Or do more interesting knitting. Maybe I should just make some good stuff up.

OK. Bad idea.

Anyway, on to my newest photos of my pedestrian knitting work.

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
This the start of a scarf. It is sort of lacey, and once it is all done, I'll weave a ribbon (trio) through the holes...it is a lion brand pattern.

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I felted the straps for the hat-that-is-now-a-purse: and now it really does look like a purse.

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
The socks felted nicely, and are already shaping to my feet.