Sunday, December 31, 2006

New (Knitting) Year Resolutions!

Yep, that time of year again. I've been thinking about my NKYR and have tried to think about them more 'globally' (as opposed to: 'figure out what to do with the fair isle sleeve sweater' and 'finish the damn aran afghan'. So here are they are:

1. Knit from Stash. I've talked about this before on my blog, and I'm a strong believer in stash knitting. I want to do more felting...and there's a lot of good felting wool in my stash right now. I love starting new products...so I want to do more smaller projects, that start and end quickly. Interestingly enough, many such products are felting projects. In addition, I have a lot of 'one skeins' that will result in small projects. And what will those small projects be? Well, that leads us to resolution number 2.

2. Do some designing. Now that I've been knitting for a while (Super Bowl Sunday is my three year anniversary) I have a very good idea of what I'd like to make and a relatively good idea of how to make such things. Plus, I have a lot of single skeins that I'd like to work up into something I like. So, I'm going to be working on some designs for my stash. I've already started on this...I'm currently working on a sweater called the "Cotton-Easy" sweater because it's easy and it's made out of cotton-ease. But you probably figured that out. I also have charted out a scarf pattern for the one skein of Sea Silk in the stash. And then there's the round felted box that I want to make. I'll be sharing these on my blog if they're successful.

3. Do some charity knitting. I could probably knit kitty pi beds til the cows come home. I want to do more charity knitting because in all honestly I'm not that good of a citizen...I don't do any volunteer work other than donating blood every few months (and you know how well that goes). So charity knitting seems a good way to give back.

So there you go, my New Knitting Year Resolutions (NKYRs). Notice nothing about learning to love lace knitting. But also keep in mind there's a lot of laceweight in that stash. And I just got "Victorian Lace Knitting Today".

I also have a New Spinning Year resolution; and that's to do more spinning. I haven't spun seriously in a while and I want to get back to it, especially in preparation for the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival and the spinning class I'll be taking.

SO there are mine! How about yours?

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Real Knitting Content!


cabernet ribs
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the almost-done Cabernet Ribs sweater, done in crystal palace mohair/wool laceweight and black wool/alpaca yarn from Webs . The body is done with both yarns held together and the sleeves and insert done wtih just the cp. It all seamed up pretty well, but I haven't finished the sleeve seams yet. I fear the sleeves are a wee bit narrow and am trying to find a seaming technique that maybe adds a bit to the size of the sleeve as opposed to taking up a bit. Maybe a crochet seam? I'm probably just being a bit paranoid...I actually think it will fit ok, just closely, but if you have any suggestions let me know.


This is one of the first things that really seems to fit (fear of tight sleeves aside)...it's the right length, it isn't too oversized, and even though it's not the best look for ANYONE with a decent size chest I still like it. I'll wear it for things that are a bit 'dressier', mostly because I'm scared to death of destroying the sleeves, knit in such a lacey yarn.


one monkey
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
AND I finished one Monkey sock last night...I haven't worked on this for a while as I was trapped in a Sleeve Vortex but now that those sleeves are done I happily returned to the monkey. You may have to click on the picture to see the pattern a bit more clearly.


Monkey is a good pattern (available at the Knitty.com web site). I didn't follow it exactly, doing my own familiar heel flap and turn combo, which works for me. I've realized that this year one of the things I thought I'd never be able to do: pick up stitches on a heel flap...is now second nature to me. That's one of my big knitting achievements this year. Add to that finally getting what mattress stitch is, and also getting the whole sewing in seams thing, and I think I've had a good knitting year. You know...you just need to do stuff enough so you the feel for what it needs to look like. I know that sounds like I'm stating the obvious, but it's true...I think sometimes I need to just stop overanalyzing instructions and just LOOK at my knitting and figure out what needs to be done. And it's the understanding of just what a knit stitch is that makes this skill possible. And that just takes lots and lots of knitting.



Maybe I'm just trying to rationale all the crap knitting in my closet, but maybe not.



Knitting Resolutions tomorrow!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Notice Anything New?


restashing
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Well yes, I did do a re-design on the blog, thanks for noticing. I sort of like Blogger Beta...it gives you a lot more flexibility with the sidebar, which I tend to neglect. And look what else is new! I went to the wonderful Ben Franklin store (can you believe, the only place in Eugene to get Cascade?) the day after Christmas to see if they had any yarn on sale. Well yes, indeed, they did...all yarn was 20% off, and much of it was marked down. I got the 12 skeins shown here for about $70: here is what I got (from the top, going clockwise):

-2 skeins of navy heather Cascade 220
-2 skeins of grey heather Cascade 220
-2 skeins of black tweed Cascade 220
-a skein of Magic Stripes (I think the only Magic stripes I haven't made)
-a skein of Fisherman's wool (love this yarn)
-2 skeins of Brown Sheep lamb's pride in Sapphire
-2 skeins of red Cascade 220

I've been thinking about my Knitting resolutions and while they'll be detailed later, I want to do more felting, so thought I better stock up. Especially since I'm planning to do a lot of knitting from stash in 2007. If you read a lot of blogs, you've probably noticed that Wendy knits and others are spearheading a 'knit from your stash' movement. I've been doing quite a bit of knitting from stash for the past year, and I'll continue this in 2007. Here's the thing, though:

Last year, I donated $1 to Heifer International for every sock I knit. This year, I'm going to donate 50 cents for every ball of yarn from stash that I knit to the same organization. So you'll be able to see the tally over there on the sidebar.

Several people have said that 'knitting from stash' is a death toll for LYSes, but I'm not worried. We knitters love to try new things, and the siren song of a beautiful pattern made with a special yarn (not in the stash) will never go away. I'm not going to NOT buy yarn,but continue to focus on using up what's in my stash to the best of my ability.

But more later. They'll even be (gasp) knitting to show you! I finished the sleeves on the "Cabernet Ribs" sweater (sleeve vortex really sucked me in) and that's ready to assemble (oh joy).

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Festivilicious


Tim's surprise!
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
We had a lovely Christmas even with Evan and Jen and Steve ; Evan was (and is) a charmer and it was really special sharing Christmas eve with him. He enjoyed the menu: the pear salad, the tenderloin, the roasted root vegetables, the bread, but he particularly enjoyed Fritos and Christmas cookies. He got along famously with all the animals, including the notoriously shy Louise the rabbit. He really made Christmas eve special.

As faithful readers of my blog know, I was working on a surprise gift for Tim and here it is: his hot water bottle cozy. He was very surprised (thus I guess it worked) and likes it a lot! I made it with yarns from handpaintedyarns.com that have been in the stash forever.


knitting gifts
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Apparently I was a good girl this year because I received numerous lovely gifts (more on what Tim gave me later this week...he is so talented!) but I did want to share three knitting gifts. Steve, Jen and Evan gave me the Knitting Pattern a day calendar...have you guys seen that? It is, truly, a knitting pattern a day. I love it. Ii'm so excited to paw through it! Tim gave me the book "In Sheep's clothing" about different types of wool for spinners. And my SIL and BIL gave me the cow tape measure that you see in the Tiffany's box! Tim and his sister have a tradition where they give each other cow themed gifts for Christmas. It worked to my advantage this year.

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you enjoy the final days of 2006. Do you have resolutions, knitting or otherwise?

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Not a Creature was Stirring...


christmas_cody
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Merry Christmas a few days early! One of our holiday traditions (oh heck, really one of the only ones, we're a bit fluid here tradition-wise) is to put ribbons on all of our pets (rabbit and bird excepted. I think we tried one year to put a ribbon on Louise and it lasted about four seconds).

When I was a little girl, my beloved Uncle Joe told me that animals talked at Midnight on Christmas eve. At dinner on Christmas day, he would tell me everything that his dog (always named Muffin, there were three of them over the years) told him and my Aunt Mary Jane. It usually had to do with places Muffin liked scratched and how much he enjoyed his naps. Anyway. Here are our animals with their bows and my guesses on what they would say at midnight.

Cody, our wonderful pup who is spending his 11th Christmas with us, would say "is there anything to eat around here?"


christmas_shasta
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Shasta, our beautiful old girl, has probably been with us for six or seven Christmases....it seems like she's always been here. Note that she has gathered two bones around her on the pillow. At midnight, she'd say "pet me, don't pet anyone else" and "get away from the bones, red dog."


christmas_stella
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here's Stella, our little seizure kitty. This is a pretty good picture of her, I must say (even with her butt cut off, sorry Stella). Stella would say "can I bite your toes? I'm quite mad." Then she'd go nibble on the branches of the Christmas tree.


christmas_jessie
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Jessie Cat would say simply: "Get this &^$%# ribbon off me. And don't take my picture. I love you!"

May your Christmas be full of wonder and politely talking animals at midnight.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

"And We Find Magic Everywhere"

Happy Solstice!!

I'm so happy to welcome Solstice this year. It has been a dark, dark December and I'm ready for a bit more light!

And it's almost Christmas! I was doing pretty well, pretty ready, until I pulled a muscle in my lower back yesterday. Ouch! I still have gifts to wrap and cookies to bake, but that will be done in a frenzy on Friday and Saturday with Tim to do most of the heavy lifting. Hopefully I'll be pretty back to normal by tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

2006 xmas socks


2006 xmas socks
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I'm thinking that I"ll make myself a special pair of socks every year for Christmas...something sort of special and holiday-ish that will always remind me of Christmas. So these are the first ones...knit in Cherry Tree HIll Glitz in Cherry Red. The leg is a purl rib that I screwed up (instead on k2 p2 on the first row and k on the second, I did k1 p1 and it isn't very ribby or stretchy. But it looks good). They sparkle.

The other knitting, well, I would love to show you but it consists of black sleeves for a black sweater and the charcoal back of a sweater that I'm making up as I go along (and just cover your ears if those warning bells are a bit too loud for you) so honestly, nothing visually interesting at this point. And my monkey socks but those are pretty much where they were the last time you saw them.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Holiday Meme

I found this at Concateknit's blog and while I'm usually not big on memes this one has enchanted me. Let me know if you do it too!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
I love the idea of Egg Nog but the carton we get tends to curdle in the fridge and is thrown out in January. And I have to say a Peppermint Mocha is my idea of holiday heaven.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
Not sure wht this question is asking: does Santa leave the presents for someone else to wrap? Heck no!

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Ah. Those of you who read our LED saga know the answer to this one. Colored lights on both tree and house, although this year our tree lights are white.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
I did this year. We keep forgetting it is there 'tho.

5. When do you put up your decorations?
We don't have a particular ritual on this...our tree this year was up two weeks before Christmas but we've had times where it has gone up a few days before and once (I think...before we were married) we put it up when we got home. The rest of the decorations live in the ornament boxes, so nothing is done until tree.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Probably Christmas cookies and peppermint ice cream. We also have a tradition where I make an awesome stuffed beef tenderloin sometime over the holidays (this year it will Christmas eve, when Steve and Jen and Evan come over.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
There are two. One year (maybe when I was in sixth grade) I got a carom board which I thought was just the neatest thing in the world. Also...my german great-aunts used to make these great anise cookies in these antique anise cookie molds. They were the most delicious cookies I've ever had, and I've never found a recipe that duplicated them.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
No idea. I had an older brother so my guess is that I grew out of it one year.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
When we were kids we opened most of our gifts on Christmas eve (the story was it was a German tradition, I think it was more that my mom wanted to sleep later on Christmas day). Now Tim and I open one gift on Christmas eve.

10. What kind of decorations are on your Christmas Tree?

They are a mix of ornaments made by Tim's mom, made by Tim as a boy, ones given to us by my Mom, and ones we've purchased together or that Tim gave me (our favorites). There are one or two that I've made too, and a few old ones from my family.


11. Snow! Love it or Dread?

Love it, since we almost never get it in Oregon.

12. Can you ice skate?
why yes, yes I can, thank you for asking.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

See carrom board, above (what a nerd I was).

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

Spending time with Tim and all the beasties in our house.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

One time a friend brought over a Yule Log, and that was awesome.

16 What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Hmm. Probably that Tim and I make each other a gift every year.

17. What tops your tree?

It varies every year, but Tim's favorite thing is on top of the tree this year...a red and gold spire like thingee.

18. What is your favourite holiday book?

Little Women. "Christmas won't be Christmas without any Presents"

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
"Oh Come, All Ye Faithful" for several reasons: I can sing the harmony on it, and I can also sing it in latin which makes me feel very smart. I also like "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel" since it is so spooky and "The Holly and the Ivy" since it has lots of beasties in it (although given what I've written, I'd like it better if it was "Oh Come the Holly and the Ivy".

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yummy?

In a mocha? Divine.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Meet the New Cotton Ease!


c-e
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Same as the old cotton ease!

My six skeins of the 'new' cotton ease in Charcoal arrived last night. A label comparison shows that nothing has changed except the colors: the 'new' is even made in Turkey, just like the 'old'. The color charcoal is very saturated...in some light it looks blue gray, in other light it looks almost blue brown, if that makes any sense at all.

In myhand I'm holding three strands: from the left, 'old' licorice, 'new' charcola, 'old' cherry red. The twist on the 'new' is a bit tighter than on the licorice but pretty much the same as the red. They feel exactly the same. So buy the new cotton-ease with confidence, my friends.


str
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
And how much do I love, absolutely love, being a member of the Rockin' Socks club? The last mailing of the year not only had a great new red mix, mustang sally (on the bottom) but also a bonus skein called 'rare gems', purportedly a booboo by the dyers but incredibly beautiful! I may try a fair isle a la Blue Moon with these two colors.

Finally, I did want to let you know that my re-sock-lution is complete, with a donation of $50 to Heifer International . I know I didn't keep up the count too well on the sidebar (understatement) but I did keep track and fulfill my promise.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Best Laid Plans (don't read if you're squeamish) (Bonnie, this means you)

I try to donate blood every two months, but sometimes life gets in the way. But when I got the desperate "it's the holidays and we're low on blood" phone call of course I made an appointment.

It didn't go too well. Keep in mind that this was my 24th donation since we've lived in Eugene, so I should have the drill down. First off, my iron was low and the nurse lady seemed unsure whether I should donate or not. Finally, the all clear! Off to the comfy chair (which I truly do love). So I was poked and hooked up and was squeezing my rubber pickle (oh stop) like I usually do.

Gross part coming up.

I look at my arm and blood is spreading under the bandage thingee and starting to flow onto the arm. I say "um, excuse me, is this right?" (understatement) and two nurse ladies jump into high gear and get me cleaned up. I ended up donating about half of what I was supposed to, and I feel badly about that. But I can't help but think nurse lady #1 was not as diligent in her needle work as I think she should have been.

Back to knitting tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

SIPs


one xmas sock
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Or...socks in progress.

The first one is the one I refer to as my christmas sock...it's red Cherry Tree Hill with a little bit of gold bling in it. The pattern is my own....the cuff is garter rib (row 1: k1 p1, row 2: knit) and the foot is stockinette. The basic flap heel deal. This makes a thick and cozy sock, and I love it so far.


one monkey
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Next up is my first monkey sock from the new knitty, designed by Cookie (whom I emailed, and who emailed me back, so I'll add that to my collection of Famous Knitters Who I've Emailed With...I think I now have three, including Cookie there's awesome Cat Bordhi and Everyone's Favorite Knit Blogger .

Love this pattern. Love the yarn: STR lightweight in Smoky Topaz (NOT thunderstorm). And you know what? It's technically LACE! Yes, a lace sock I can do, a lace anything else I totally destroy. Why? Why?

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Decking the Halls for Dummies, pt 1

We started out to deck the halls and it began very nicely: we went to get the tree, picked out a nice one, brought it home, got it in the back yard (note to self...forcing the hatch closed may result in slight dents to said hatch. No big deal though). Then, since the rain had abated for a bit, Tim went out to hang lights on the outside of the house. Now, for the past few years, we've been replacing the obscentiy-generating cheap Target lights with brighter and energy efficient LED lights. We decided this year to use our LED light stash on the front of the house and then venture out to the hardware store to pick up more LEDs for the tree.

And now Chapter 1: Buying Lights. When the stores start stocking Christmas tree lights on, say, Columbus Day, take it as a sign and BUY THOSE LIGHTS. Because if you wait til December 9, here is what you will find:

Hardware store #1: big horkin' pine cone shaped LEDs in green or blue (we like our lights small and multicolored)
Hardware store #2: correct sized LEDs in either red or blue, or really ugly LED garland type light which looked like a 4-year old's block set with lights inside. (mild panic starts to ensue).
Sad Little Shopko Store: correct sized LEDs in white. Given ensuance (is that a word) of mild panic, we bought the 5 boxes on the shelves. Had a fleeting moment of joy when we realized that the boxes were priced at half off.
Mammoth Crazy Costco Store: no LEDs. But if we wanted Santas that you stick into the ground around your walkway that start singing whensomeone walks by, we could have had armfuls of them.
Neighborhood Variety Store where I swear I saw LEDs on Thursday: no LEDs.

Two hours, yes, two hours of shopping (or not) for LEDs.

Anyway. Not much other Decking of Halls happened yesterday as we sunk onto the couch and watched Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest and called it a day.



fleece artist socks
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
And meanwhile, in Knitting Land, I finished Tim's fleece artist socks. Here they are on his feet...he likes the. I love Fleece artist. They almost look like they match, don't they?

I also started not one but two pairs of socks for me: a pair out of the sparkly red Cherry Tree Hill (I'd like to finish these by Christmas, given that they're sparkly and all) and a pair from the new knitty: Monkey . I'm doing these in STR from the stash in thunderstorm (I think, not sure). But I've only cast on so there's not a lot of excitement to show you there.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Fair isle Saga


fair isle without clothespin
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Just to catch you up:

I knit the fair isle sleeve sweater from the most recent Vogue Knitting. I used a yarn that didn't give me the appropriate gauge but I figured out if I knit the sweater according to the directions for a small it would give me the fit for a large.

And I blocked it. And I wove in ends. And the cat peed on it. And I washed it and put it in the dryer for a bit to sort of shrink it up.

So. The cat pee smell is gone thank heavens. But as you can see, the fit is still off. There is no assymetrical neckline. It's very droopy in the front and in the back. but the body fits pretty well (that is, bustline on down.

Don't I look like a mannequin?


fair isle with clothespin
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
So. Here's what happens if I take in a bunch from the back to give it a bit more shape. The back is being held together with a clothespin, hence the title of the post. Look at my happy face! And do you like my new rockin' specs?


back with clothespin
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Forgive the artsy fartsy photo, but here is the back with the clothespin holding a bunch of excess knitting to make the thing fit. Do you think I should take in the neckline a bit in the back? It might make it look a bit smocky but sort of like a poets shirt (making lemonade here, I know). Anyone have any other thoughts on how to make this fit better?

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Fair Isle Sweater: still too big

I wove.
I blocked.
I tried on.

The Fair Isle Sweater is still too big in the top. It's a little closer, but still too big. IE it falls off the top of me.

The only thing I can think about doing is washing it and then drying it to shrink it up a bit.

Thoughts? I really need help with this one!
Update
I decided to wash the sweater again and then run it through the dryer on low. So I went to get it from the guest bath where it has been air drying since the last attempt at blocking. And guess what?

One of the cats peed on it.

So now smelly sweater is being washed and we'll see what happens. Cats. Luckily they're adorable.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Contact Lens Update

I'm wearing lens #2 in my left eye and lens #3 in my right eye, and things look pretty good. I'm obsessively closing one eye then the other to see how the vision is, and while far distances are a bit on the soft side, everything else looks good. To increase the scrip to sharpen the far distance will mean I would always have to wear glasses for using the computer, so for now I'm going to stick with these contacts and see how it goes. If the far distance thing becomes an issue (for example, if I'm going to be doing a lot of driving up to Portland) then I can get glasses for distance for driving, but we'll see.

The good news for the future is that the brand of contacts that I'm trying is going to come out with progressive lenses within the next few months, so I'll be able to get a range of corrections from far distances to reading. Pretty cool, although crazy to consider. With these lenses, you have to replace them every six months so by the time I need a replacement the new ones may be available.

Knitting wise, I'm finishing Tim's Christmas gift, so no pics to show you!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Catching Up


IMG_0223.JPG
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
It's been a bit of a busy weekend, but I have managed to finish the back of the Cabernet Ribs sweater from the new IK. THis is in alpaca/wool from webs and black mohair-silk from CP. I can't tell if there's a row that's 'darker' than the rest or it's just a trick of the light. Hope for the latter.

And no, I haven't woven in any ends. Maybe later today. Friday night I went to a wedding shower, and last night was Tim's office Christmas party (the theme=order the most expensive stuff on the menu). Yesterday we spent most of the day wrapping and packing presents for family. So not a lot of knitting time.

I have, though, somehow managed to read two good books. The first is the new book by Laura Zigman, called "Piece of Work". Light and frothy. The second one, which I'm almost done with, is "The Doctor's Daughter" by Hilma Wolitzer. It's sort of dark, about a woman about my age who is dealing with an ill father with secrets, a husband with secrets, and authors with secrets. Interesting.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Quick Update

Spent several hours today crocheting and seaming.

And tried it on (still haven't woven in ends, since that will take a year).

Anyway: if the set in sleeves sit where they are supposed to, the top isn't asymetrical. If the top is asymetrical, the set in sleeves are more like drop sleeves.

My thought is that since I crocheted a border around the asymetrical top that I perhaps stretched it out a bit, and it needs a good blocking. Other than that, the fit is good (a bit short, but maybe I can take care of that with blocking too).

Your thoughts? And do I have to weave in ends before I block (someone say yes, or else I'll just wear the darn thing with ends hanging out all over. Not a good look).

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

In Which I Make Up for Several Days with No Photos

...with several photos of stuff that makes me smile.

snow!
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
If you look closely, you can see the big snowflakes that fell yesterday morning in the Willamette valley. In the 8+ years we've lived here, it has snowed maybe 4 times...and always in January. So snow in November is really something. Of course, schools were closed and delayed and everyone was in a tither. My Boston friends would be appalled.


fleece artist sock
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I love Fleece Artist, almost as much as I love STR.

This is the first of a pair of socks for Tim. It's buddy is riding around in my purse, but it'll be done eventually. My other ongoing project (other than the fair isle sweater) is Cabernet Ribs in Black. Close your eyes. That's what a picture of that wip would look like.


love this cover
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
This catalogue came in the mail. I may have to make these for Christmas next year with dribs and drabs of yarn.


fair isle
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
The sleeves are set in, but there's still much to be done:

1. Crochet decorative edging around neckline and cuffs (crochet=ugh) (but it will look good if I do it right).
2. Sew fair isle front piece to rest of front
3. Seam sides and sleeves
4. Weave in 5,000 ends

And yes, I did note that my gauge is a bit different for the sleeve than the front piece. That's when my Good Friend Duplicate Stitch will come in handy.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

No Knitting Content Today

It's all about my contact lenses.

OK. So I've worn them since I was 14 (and you guys who read the blog closely can figure out how long I've worn them). So I have a new eye doctor (who I really, really like) who tells me about these new contact lenses called synergeyes or something like that. I have a wicked astigmatism, and these lenses provide the clarity of vision of gas perms (which I have now) with the comfort of soft lenses (which I had for the first, oh, 20 years of lens wearing). She warned me they could be a little tricky to fit. Here is the saga:

1. Go in and have a test set put in my eyes. These contacts are, literally, an inch and a half in diameter. They are BIG. BIG BIG BIG. I'm guessing many people could not handle the insertion and removal. BUt me, piece of cake. Pair of contacts is ordered.

2. Wait a week.

3. Set #1 arrives. I pick them up, put them in. Seem OK. On the way home, I realize that my right eye distance vision isn't nearly as clear as my left eye.

4. Three days later (weekend), I return to eye doctor, order a replacement.

5. Wait a week

6.. Replacement arrives. I pick it up, put it in. Seems OK. When I get home, i realize that while the right eye's distance vision is great, I can't see anything in the area that's about 3-8 feet in front of my face. Do you know how much of your life is 3-8 feet in front of your face? Hence the problem.

7. Call this morning. Much consternation on everyone's part. I go back in at 5:15 tonight to see if we can figure out what's wrong. In meantime, I'm either wearing my uncomfortable gas perms or my dizzy-making glasses. So that is why no knitting content.

More soon.

Monday, November 27, 2006

My Kingdom for a Sleeve Setter Inner

Guess what I've been spending most of the weekend doing?

Well, not most of it, just much of it. I feel good about shoulder seams, I am good with the mattress stitch, and I have a pretty intense mental block regarding set in seams.

I have my blessed Nancie Wiseman book by my side, and I'm trying to be very, very calm about it, and I'm walking away when it gets frustrating. I want this to be perfect. So any hints on setting in sleeves are greatly appreciated.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thanksgiving Balance Sheet


sleeve
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Assets:
1. The Paella. It was quite delicious if I do say so myself. I'm really not that good of a cook...I have about half a dozen dishes that I rock but beyond that I'm pretty mediocre. But the paella recipe I used and the ingredients we had resulted in a wonderful dish.

2. Finishing the sleeve for the fair isle sweater. It turned out pretty well, but setting it in will be the proof of the pudding. The other sleeve is plain, and it is about 1/4 of the way done.

Liabilities

1. The Pie. I blithely chatted up the produce guy to figure out what type of apple I should purchase for an apple pie. He pointed me to an organic fuji. When I asked him if he thought four was enough, he admitted he didn't know but said if we making a pie he'd use 4.

And guess what. Most pie recipes call for 8. SO we had what can best be described as an apple flat thing. It was good, just (as Tim puts in) "fillingly challenged". Oh well. That's what vanilla bean ice cream is for.

2. The weather. Rain rain rain rain rain rain rain.

And how was yours?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

We Gather Together...

...not really.

This is our second TG where we spend the day together and don't have turkey. It's sort of a new tradition for us...Tim doesn't like turkey, and since he works on Friday travelling to see family is pretty much out of the question. So tomorrow we'll relax, knit (well, I'll knit, not sure what Tim will do) and watch the Dog Show in the afternoon. We'll make an apple pie, and then we'll make a paella for our meal. Our first paella. Should be interesting. Luckily there is lots of ice cream in case nothing works out.

I'll have some pics to show you of the Fair Isle Sleeve which should be done tomorrow, and the first sock of a pair that I'm doing for Tim. I also have a Secret Tim Gift in the works but since he occasionally reads the blog you'll have to wait a while to see what it is. If you need to know, leave a message and I'll contact you with details.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone, and for all of my readers out side of the US (there are what, maybe 3 of you?) have a lovely day.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Happy Birthday Tim!


Birthday Boy~
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Today is the birthday of the love of my life...happy birthday sweetie!

I am very very fortunate to be married to this terrific man, who makes my life better in so many ways. Such as:

-he puts up with my quirks
-he encourages me to step out of my safety zone and try new things (I would have never repelled or gone in a helicopter without him)
-he is a wonderful father to all of our animals
-he supports me in everything I do
-he never complains about the amount of yarn in the house, only about the questionable storage practices of said yarn
-he is equally gifted on both sides of the brain
-he gets up to let the dogs out and turns up the heat on cold winter mornings while I stay in bed
-he is fun to laugh with
-he makes me a better person.

Boy, for a post that is supposed to be about Tim, it's all kind of about me, isn't it? Anyway...happy birthday again Tim. And many many many more! I love you!!!!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Marble Arches


marble arches
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I finished the Marble Arches...the last of this year's STR sock club yarns and patterns, I love the colors. I altered the pattern quite a bit because for some reason anything more than 50 stitches on a sock is wayyy to big for me...and I'm not a Small Person. I think I'm just a very, very loose knitter. So I did these socks with 48 stitches and that really wasn't enough to do the fancy schmancy heel that was in the pattern. So I just did the regular I-can-do-it-in-my-sleep heel and a stockinette foot with a star toe. Anyway...they look good. And I love me the STR.

It's our first not-busy weekend in quite a while, and we've been enjoying the peace and quiet. We watched "The Davinci Code" last night and it's like reading the book all over again. I like the book and liked the movie but that's about all to be said for it. I worked on the Fair Isle sleeve for the second half of the Duck's game (sad, sad game) and more fair isle sleeve is on the agenda for today.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Join me at the Fair Isle


front of #21
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I'm not a big Fair Isle person...in fact, before I undertook this sweater, i had only knit one other fair isle thing, a felted needle quiver from Cat Bordhi'a website. Sometimes it's just a bit too too for me.

But I became fascinated by the sweater in the new VK, known simply as #21. It has one fair isle sleeve and one plain sleeve, and a little bit of fair isle on the bodice. So I figured I would give the bodice fair isle a try and see how it went, and if it went OK I'd do the whole kit 'n' kaboodle.

And I think it went OK. I'm using a totally different yarn, in totally different colors, wtih a totally different gauge. So there's a bit of, oh what should we call it, improvision in the pattern. But I think it's going pretty well. I'm going to try the sleeve, if it doesn't work I can always do a solid color sleeve.

The colors look good (imho). Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hello, my name is Kim, and I'm originally a Midlander

This poll cracks me up...I found it at Carol's blog.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
 

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
The Northeast
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Could I Be Less Exciting?


back of #21
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
It's funny to go from Rogue to "#21"...the sweater with the fair isle sleeve in the new VK. It's just so plain at this point. But here's a pic anyway. The back is done, the front is almost done, and then the fun fair isle stuff starts. So stay tuned, it will get better.

Busy times here. I'm in charge of the competitive papers for an upcoming conference so I'm juggling 155 reviewers reviewing 144 papers. The deadline is tomorrow, and I'm missing about 1/3 of the reviews. I'm also plowing ahead on the Word Of Mouth book, and we have someone working on our behalf with publishers to get it off the ground. And then, Tim's friend Thomas from Erlangen in Germany is here for a few days. We took him over to the coast on Sunday and the weather was Godawful. Lori, hon, I hope you and yours haven't blown away!

Thanks for all your nice comments about la Rogue.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

In Which I Contort so You Can See as Much Rogue as Possible


rogue 2
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
It's not easy, photographing the Rogue. The cables are all on the sides, which are not naturally the picture gets taken. So here I am looking like a dufus in the picture. I'm CONCENTRATING!

And the sweater is not as unflattering as it looks here, it's the body contortions that are making it look a little, um, odd.

I finished a great book: Running for the Hills by Horatio Claire. About a boy growing up on a sheep farm in Wales in the 1970s. Sheep do not have easy lives, which makes me honor the Fisherman's Wool of my Rogue even more.

Friday, November 10, 2006

First Rogue spotting


rogue 1
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I took this picture before it was even dry, and then I sucked it up and threw it in the dryer for five minutes to finish it off.

The Rogue. "tis done.

Here's the first of many pictures...you can see the beautiful hood. I love this sweater.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Let us All Praise Nancie Wiseman...


marble arch
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
..because she finally wrote some mattress stitch instructions that I understand. And hence, the Rogue is finished, blocked, and in the process of drying. This is the first sweater that I've finished with seams (others have all been seamless) that I feel that I can wear with pride. It's not perfect, not by a long shot, but it is the best that I have done. Ever. Picture soon when dry.

I've been a bit gauge challenged. Whenever sock patterns instruct that you should cast on 60+ stitches, I always know I'm in trouble. Now. I don't have small feel (size 9, mediums) but I must be the loosest knitter in the world since 60 stitches of anything would swim on me.

The Marble Arches are even more of a challenge because you start with double the stitches cast on to make a little ruffly top. I guess I didn't have to do this (hello, hindsight) but I ended up casting on five times til I found the mix that would work for me. 44 stitches. and it's a little snug, but I'm not doing it again.

I'm also a little gauge challenged with the Vogue sweater I described in the last post. The cotton ease is different enough that I can't get the exact gauge in the pattern. But. If I follow directions for the small, the difference in the size of the yarn will produce a sweater that will fit me (a medium/large). Now. i know some knitters will insist, INSIST, that you cannot do this, that the whole drape/fit/swing/karma of the sweater will be OFF! But I'm going for it anyway. Hey. It's only cotton ease. But I like it.

In other news: yesterday I picked up my new glasses with progressive lenses. They're a bit, um, odd. You have to re-train the way you look at things. I'm going to get progressive contacts when they're available so this is a good start to figure out what is going on. It is nice to be able to read the computer screen now though!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Did ya ever...


coming up
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
...get to the end of a project and think, "so, what's next?"

Or perhaps you're constantly thinking that!

Anyway....I finished the Rogue (except for putting on the sleeves) and as I was finishing the hood, I thought "uh oh, what's next?". So off to the stash I go. And here's what's next:

1. The black/green yarn in the front is Fleece Artist for a pair of socks for Tim

2. The new STR color is the bottom row on the right. I spent about two hours casting on for this sock yesterday. I had a little gauge problem.

3. Bottom left...some red Cherry Tree Hill for socks (for me).

4. Top: Blue Moon Bamboo. For another clappy.

5. And finally: I'm going to do Pattern 21 from the new Vogue Knitting . It's the first pattern on this page. But. I'm not doing it in the colors here. I'm doing it in (wait for it) Cotton Ease: light blue for the body, and dark blue, black and red for the fair isle part. Thi sis my first attempt at 'real' fair isle and I figured that I could handle a sleeve. And if I can only handle the front little panel then so be it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Randomness


central aires
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
1. First, thanks to everyone who posted such supportive comments. I try not to whine too much on this blog...I am truly bothered by people who post things like 'why don't people like me' just in order to get a bunch of people saying 'we love you!'. You know what I mean. But I'm glad I posted and it is great to know that I"m not alone out there! As you know, changing things up is a long term process...so I'll let you know as I decide some things. Thanks again.

2. Central Aires. They're done. Alyssa's suggestion to cast on for the NEW STR sock got me to finish these up! So I'll do that today. I love how these look, and guess what, they're lace. So there, fie on you lace knitting!

3. No phone. Our phone (landline) went dead on Friday. Qwest came to check it out Saturday. Our new neighbors across the street had just finished landscaping and buried the phone book with mulch. Once it was unearthed, it was discovered that said landscaping also resulted in a huge boulder being moved in front of the access point. So, we still have no phone as we await the landscapers to return to move the boulder.


christmas mitts
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
4. Felted my MIL's Christmas gift: oven mitt and pot holder. the blue part is actually more greenish blue than it looks here. I hope. As it is for Christmas.

5. We went to see the musical "Bat Boy" last night with Steve and Jen. Believe it or not, this is the second time I've seen Bat Boy. Steve and Tim are big fans of the whole Bat Boy genre. Once was plenty for me, but it was fun to be out on a Saturday night with friends.

6. Rogue. I'm on row 64 of the hood. 15 rows to go. Then look out, it's time to Kitchener!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Bit of a Funk

I've been a bit blue these past few days....mostly the "what is the purpose of my life" type of funk and wondering what I'm going to do with the rest of my life. The more I'm away from the University the more I question my role and purpose there. I don't think I"m really that interested in advertising (my field) any more...I certainly can't get passionate and 'worked up' about a lot of stuff in the advertising industry. Maybe it just has become sort of frivolous and empty to me. On the other hand, I'm frustrated that I'm approaching the big 5-0 (in a couple of years...ok, a year and a half) and feel like I should be more together in terms of what I'm doing, career wise. I worked in advertising for twelve years and have been teaching or working on graduate degrees for 14 years, so this is pretty much all I'm qualified to do right now.

Except of course, be a lace knitting teacher (ha HA!).

That's about all I think I need to say about it, as there isn't really a short term solution to this, and long term solutions just make me sort of tired to think about.

Knitting continues...the hood is going pretty well...I think I'm row 31 of 85 rows and I'm hoping the upcoming rainy weekend/football games will get me further.

The new IK came yesterday...nothing really floating my knitting boat in that one. There's a sweater called "Cabernet Ribs" that I think I'll make, but nothing else has grabbed me and screamed "Knit Me!" Doesn't that model look thrilled to be wearing her Cabernet Ribs? That's how I want to feel!

And did you hear? The new colors of Cotton Ease showed up! You know I love me the Cotton Ease. Looky: here and click the link to show the colors. Nice, huh? And what about that spiffy new Lion Brand label! Welcome to the 1980s Lion Brand!

Anyway...pictures of hoods and socks and things over the weekend. Stay dry those of you in the PacNW.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Happy Samhain!


samhain
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
These candles last night were about the most festive part of our Halloween...only three trick or treaters came by. That is a new neighborhood low. So if you need a baby ruth fix let me know.


top of rogue
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
So I finished the neckline of Rogue, and I'm ready to start on the hood. And now comes a Stupid Knitter moment. There's one stitch at the center of the pattern that is on a holder, and after reading the three pages of hood instructions I couldn't figure out what to do with this stitch. I posted on KR, and finally emailed the author. Well guess what? After the hood instructions, and the sleeve instructions, come the assembly instructions which basically tell you to sew down that stitch when you're done.

Oops.

But in my defense, it is like 18 pages of instructions.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Lots of Wips


sleeves.JPG
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
We returned from our weekend trip to San Jose...Tim's sister Candace, the incredible knitter, had a birthday open house and we joined Tim's parents and his brother Paul to be part of the fun. The weather was incredibly warm, which was such a treat. In addition to the open house (and my bil Bill's incredible food, that man can cook a mean chicken wing) we also got to spend some time with our nephew Stephen, who is 16 and just a terrific kid. We're so lucky that he doesn't mind spending an hour or two with his Ancient Aunt and Uncle. We also spoke (via phone) with Stephen's sister, our niece Jean, who is having a great time her first semester at college. We missed having her there, but hearing the pure happiness in her voice more than made up for it.

And knitting? You want some knitting?

I did finish the Rogue Sleeves, actually bound them off about 40 miles south of Eugene on our way home. I now have the front neckline and the hood, and then I'm done. I love this.


onecentralair.JPG
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I finished my first Central Aire (and yes, those holes are supposed to be there). I also got a good start on the second one, and have the leg about 2/3 done. It was fun to sit around and knit with Candace, she was working on Jaywalkers in gorgeous colors.


newstr.JPG
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
And finally, the new sock yarn from the STR club arrived today and I LOVE THIS YARN AND THIS COLORWAY! Did you hear me? I love it! The pattern is good too. So I'll start these just as soon as I get those Central Aires done. Not enough knitting time in the day, is there?

So it was a good weekend if a bit short for driving about 1200 miles round trip. But I got a lot of good knitting time in. And the dogs had fun with their puppy cousins Casey and Gus. So a good time was definitely had by all.

How was your weekend?

Sunday, October 29, 2006

frustration!

Do you ever post something on blogger to have it not really disappear, but not show up on your blog? It is in your 'edit posts' list but it isn't showing up?

Anyway, that's what is up with me. We're in NoCal and I've made a couple of posts but they haven't shown up. Grrrr.

But more tomorrow, just didin't want you guys to think I forgot about you!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Bad Blogger

It ate my post.

Anyway...we're in California and minimal knitting is being done. More soon.

Travelling and Knitting...

..really don't go together too well, at least for me.

I'm blogging today from the Los Gatos Lodge in Los Gatos, California...and I don't think we'll even have time for a yarn store trip. :-(. We're here to celebrate my sister-in-law Candace's birthday (it's a monumental one) and much of Tim's family has gathered. We left Thursday evening and drove part way, and then drove the rest of the way yesterday. I probably finished about 5 inches on the sleeves of Rogue, and did about an inch or two more of Central Aire last night. I can sort of, but not really, knit in the car...it starts to bother my back pretty quickly. And I get car sick which of course adds to the fun.

We did bring audiobooks to listen to and listened to a pretty funny book by Amy Sedaris called "I Like You'. It's not great literature but it did give us some excellent ideas about Tip Jars.

Hope your weekend is good!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

60 Days til Christmas


another washcloth
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Thanks for all the kind words about my issues with lace. I was ready to frog the whole thing yesterday but after reading comments this morning I decided not to frog...yet. But it will be put away for a while.

I've done lace NOT with lace weight...I've done branching out, cats paw, some socks with lace...but nothing with lace weight. Maybe I'm having problems with that. I also don't think I do yo's correctly..I think often I end up with a few extra stitches after a yo. So. My thought right now is to take a lace knitting class....maybe at Madrona next January or at the BSG in June.


crochet wire
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
So, in my 'I"m a miserable lace knitter" mood yesterday, I decided to finish up a Christmas gift and knit a washcloth out of Cotton Chenille. I've knit one already, and the gift is for my BIL's gf who is working on an online degree in accounting as well as working full time. I thought I'd give her a 'bubble bath' kit which will include two washcloths, bubble bath, and two votive candles. I crocheted this bead and wire accent for the votives, which I think looks very cool.

I learned how to crochet with wire this morning (!!!) from Annie Modesitt's new book, "Twist and Loop". It's a fun book.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Me and Lace. Not so much.

I was hoping I'd be able to show you the start of a beaded lace shawl today, but alas, it is not meant to be.

I really like the Lattice Lace Wrap and got all excited about the beads and everything. I have some beautiful jaegerspun yarn and the beads, and I learned how to add the beads one by one using a teeny tiny crochet hook.

And so I started. And you know what? Seven rows into the lace pattern I"m all screwed up. I have too many stitches in one section and not enough in another (and no, it's not supposed to be this way). And believe me, this is not the first time it has happened. I just don't get the hang of yarn overs. And counting. And knitting three or four together.

And it's too bad. I want to do some of Nancy Bush's beautiful scarves, but alas, I just don't think it is meant to be.

I love, love, love me some cables. I think maybe I should just admit I'm not a lace girl and focus on being the Best Darn CAble Knitter that I can be. But this admitting defeat thing does not sit well with me, which makes me want to go back and try again, which means I'll just get even more screwed up (yes, I've been down that road before).

And I could make socks out of all that lace yarn in my stash, couldn't I?

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Rogue Update


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I don't know why it is so hard to take a picture of this sweater...without the flash it looks blue, and with the flash it looks sort of drab. Anyway, lookee here...much of the Rogue is done. I've done the whole body up to the sleeve part and the entire back. I'm also almost done with the pattern on the sleeves, so I can knit the boring stockinette part on our car trip this week. It's so pretty, I really like this pattern.

And I'll have something to show you hopefully tomorrow or the next day, my next attempt not only at lace, but lace with beads. Crazy talk from me, I know, but I am jonesing for a beaded lace shawl (for absolutely no good reason except I want to do it).

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Getting out the Votives


votives
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Get it? It's a pun.

Anyway, I completed another Christmas gift: four votive candles with wire and bead knit coverings. This is an Annie Modesitt pattern from the beautiful book "Handknit Holidays", and are destined (I think) for my SIL Sue.

They look a bit better in person, the beads are greyish-purplish-pinkish-metallic and are really quite pretty, not the little dark polka dots that the picture shows. The wire is silver. As a group, these look pretty good.

But, if you're thnking about these:

1. wire is a pain in the butt to knit with. My fingers were pretty much raw by the time I finished these.

2. as I've said before, these walk a fine line between cool looking and seaside-giftshop-tacky. They look better as a group.

3. the book suggests 26 gauge wire (I think), but I'd go for a higher gauge, which will be easier to knit with. Not that easy is a word to describe wire.

Anyway, I'll get some silver votives and these should be a nice gift. If she doesn't like the bead stuff she can just take that off and have a nice set of votives.

We've been enjoying one of last nice weekends here in Oregon. We went on a hike to Spencer's Butte yesterday with several co workers of Tim's who were in town from NYC. The hike sort of exhausted me, which is a wake up call that I need to get into a little better shape. So I'm planning a few visits to the Rowing Machine to get me started.

Other than this, I'm almost done with the back of the Rogue and will hopefully get the sleeves on the needles so I'll have something to work on during the 16 hour car trip that's coming up.

I hope your weekend was good!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Sock Schizophrenia


central air
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
The yarn says fall, the pattern says spring.

Oh well.

It's the "Central Air" pattern using the "Tatiana" yarn from the STR Rockin' Socks Club...the September Yarn (and no, I haven't used the July yarn yet, yikes). The yarn is a mix of some interesting fall colors, and the pattern is a great lace rib which I love.

Yes, you heard it hear folks, I love some lace. Even though it is like the easiest lace pattern ever invented.

Anyway. It's a delight to be knitting with STR after a brief break. I'm not totally in love with the colors, but they're growing on me as some of the STR colors tend to do.

Plus I'll enjoy putting this into the blanket. Cause it will go wtih everything.

Anyway. i'm reading a great book: "Across the Nightingale Floor" by Lian Hearn. I'm not sure where I found out about this book, it is the first one in a 4-book series that is sort of epic, sort of romantic, sort of mystical, and very well written. It remind me of that great Japanese movie that I can't think of the name now...you know, where people flew around a lot. Help me remember the name!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Widdershins!


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
After several months of being on the needles, Tim's Widdershis are done. These are living up to their name, as they have been enchanted (and not in a good way) by the Faieries. It has taken forever to do them, as they continually have fallen off the needles for no darn good reason. And I have pretty mixed feelings about the sock in general.


IMG_0091.JPG
Originally uploaded by kbshee.

Here's a close up of the cable. I loved the pattern, it is a beautiful cable pattern and I used Judy's magic cast on for the toe which I also loved. Toe up, which I love, except I'm sort of disenchanted with short row heels. The yarn was nice to work with (Toasty Toes) but I don't like the colors at all (Tim wanted some 'forest green' socks, so I picked it up with this in mind). Isn't it funny...when you don't like the colors you're working with, it can really affect the project?

So I immediately cast on for a new pair of socks for ME using STR. I really should do a Christmas present but oh well.

So that's my celebration of NKW for yesterday: done widdershins. And keep your fingers crossed that the faieries leave me alone!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Rogue and Rain


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Today is the first official day of winter in Oregon...it's raining. Hard. I spent some of the day on I-5 driving in some pretty serious downpours, so I can attest, winter is here.

I'm on sabbatical til April...that means that I have an extended period of time where I'm not expected to do any University business...no teaching, no faculty meetings, no committee work. I put in a proposal...to write a book...and that is what I've been doing since the new semester started. It's hard for me, though, to totally break off, and I've probably spent a day per week on University business (today it was visiting a very generous alumni donor) but I really have to stop that. I'm so protective over my 'space', though, it is a hard thing to do.

But anyway. Knitting Week! On Sunday I celebrated by sharing a technique (Judy's magic cast on) with an Internet knitting friend (Hi Carol!). Today I celebrated by finishing a vest and deciding to send it to Afghans for A fghans (they're looking for vests for Afghan winters).

Here's a picture of my just-started Rogue...it's a pullover knit in the round with these terrific cables on the sides. I'm loving, LOV.ING. the Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool that I"m working with (who knew? Lion Brand makes a fabulous yarn! Fisherman's Wool! Lanolin included!!).
I haven't knit in a worsted wool for a while...I've been doing a lot of stuff wtih cotton, and with fingering/sock yarn, so I haven't knit anything with this type of wool for a while...and come to think of it (breathe, Kim, breathe) the last wool I used was elann peruvian wool which, while nice, isn't as nice as Fisherman's wool. Must be the Lanolin!

Anyway...i'im babbling. How are YOU celebrating?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

National Knitting Week!

Did you know this week (10/14-10/21) is National Knitting Week?

Like many wonderful things, it is a British idea (http://www.nationalknittingweek.co.uk/) which makes me love the thought even more.

So, I'm going to try to Celebrate every day of National Knitting Week in some way. I'll KIP, I'll give something away or maybe I'll just have a little Knitting party all by myself. Not sure. But I'd love to hear YOUR ideas on how to celebrate NKW! Or how I should celebrate NKW!

Today I KIP at the Home Show while I was waiting for Tim to talk to a guy who does a special building technique. A gentleman came up and asked if he could take my picture while I was working (I guess he wanted my head down and not to see my face). I happily obliged. I don't think he was a creepy person...he was from a Foreign Land and probably just wanted a momento of Crazy American Knitter Lady trying to put a sock that fell off the needles back on the needles.

Doncha think?

Friday, October 13, 2006

Building my log cabin..


lc#2
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
..one little block at a time.

Here is square #2...made almost exclusively from yarn sent in by my blog readers and other knitters. Thanks all! It is soooo fun to sample all the different yarns, colors, etc...and it has resulted in a square that I would never have put together on my own, but that I absolutely love all the same.

Thanks again!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

In which I look Father Christmas in the eye and say..


ho ho ho a gift
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
HA!

Yes, another Christmas gift is completed. This is for my MIL...who has mentioned several times over the past few weeks how much she likes the felted oven mitt that I made for her last Christmas. So I took this as a hint, and decided to knit her another set for this Christmas. Trust me, she enjoys a practical gift.

Tim suggested Christmas colors, so I searched through the stash and found some Top of the Lamb from my early knitting days. It is sport weight, and I had a couple colors of red and a couple colors of green, which makes sort of rustic/textured/hiking sock type colors. These should felt up into some really pretty kitchen things. So, another one down.

The other day, Tim strung beads onto wire for me to try to knit some votive candle holders, so I'll be trying that soon too.

And for those of you who are anxiously tracking my progress of "Seasons of Mist and Mellow Fruitfullness"...a lace shawl I started, oh, when I was six....it is ripped. R.I.P. I cleaned out my knitting basket and found that half of it....including the half with the row counter...was off the needles. And the row counter was gone. I took this as a sign from above that I am meant for better lace things. And I do have a few things in mind. We'll see. I want to start Rogue tomorrow (yes, I'm a bit behind the knitting curve) and am trying to keep myself to one big and a couple small projects at a time.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

This Just Might....


one more
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
..be the last square for the Aran Afghan...I haven't counted in a while but it might just be. I did the 'inside' of this square a while ago, and then messed up the first time I tried to knit the border. Thus, it was put away for a bit. I finished the border and just now sewed it on, and here it is. There's a bit of a 'design element' in the lower right hand corner, but my thought is that when looking at a 20-square afghan a little design element here and there isn't going to hurt anything.

We had a nice weekend, the weather was gorgeous and we spent a bit of time roaming around 'downtown' Eugene yesterday afternoon. Friday night we went to our local high school's homecoming football game...the son of our friends Deb and Dan plays on the team (he's an offensive linesman I think? But honestly, what do I know). That was fun, and very little has changed in high school games since I was there other than 1. it costs $5 to get in (but maybe that was because of the lights?) and 2. Once you leave you can't get back in (I guess to discourage high school student mischief). Anyway, the Axemen lost against the Cavemen (not kidding on the names) but it was still a fun time.

I've been working on another Log Cabin Square (its gawgeous, made of all the yarn sent in by lovely visitors to my blog) as well as still widdershins-ing and getting ready to start on another Christmas present. I'm reading a terrific book, "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" which is terrific (Alyssa, hon, read this book).

So life, as usual, is good.