Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I Heart Linen Stitch


linen stitch cuff
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
When the newest STR kit came out, I was a bit disappointed...I didn't really like the yarn, and I didn't really like the pattern. But I remember feeling the same way about the first socks...and I loved that pattern once I started into it...so I decided to give it a try.

The cuff is knit in Linen Stitch and I LOVE IT! This is my favorite knitting stitch of all time. ALL TIME. It ends up looking a bit like a woven fabric. Anyway, the cuff has buttons on it and the sock is worked form the bottom of the cuff. I know. Buttons. On socks. Who does that? But these socks are so, so much fun to knit. Even though I swore I'd never knit a sock top down again. Who knew?

Anyway, linen stitch. Here is the pattern (over an even number of stitches)

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 wyf, *p1 sl 1 wyb* repeat til last stitch, p1
Row 2 (WS), Sl 1 wyb, *k1, sl 1 wyf* repeat til last stitch, k1

It is so pretty. Really. Trust me.

At Stitches, I bought this grey yarn with beads already in it. Now I think I'm going to make an evening bag with linen stitch, as long as I can work it so the beads end up in the front. Which I think I can. It will look so good.

And Placemats! I can hardly wait to do some placemats! I smell Christmas gifts.

Anyway. Linen Stitch. It's a good thing.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

On the Jaywalker Bandwagon


jaywalker #1
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I'm not one to jump on knitting trends (I mean, I did the clapotis about 2 years after it came out). But I like this pattern, the Jaywalker , which seems to be one of the socks of the moment (the other one being the Unpronouncable socks from Knitty. Anyway, I finished the first Jaywalker for Tim, and would start on #2 except I"m enchanged with the new STR pattern from the Rockin' Socks club. It uses a great spring colored yarn and linen stitch, which I really like. Pics soon. I'm also making the 'lots of choices' top from Sally Melville's book...no seaming, just buttons up the front AND the back. Knit in two big pieces. I'm almost done with the first.

There's a lot of things I want to start, and with my new top-down powers I'm really excited about it. I also want to return to my lace in progress and to my aran quilt, which I've been working on for, oh, 18 months now. That's what summer is for, I guess.

But let me ask you guys: I have about 800 yards in this beautiful Fleece Artist blue leicester...spring/summer pastels...do you think a short sleeve sweater (top down)? I think I'm getting a bit shawled out.

The sun is finally out after two drenching cold miserable days. We went out to our friend Koranda's house in the country (Dexter, for those who know our area) for a barbque yesterday, it was miserable. I wore a turtleneck and a wool sweater, that should tell you how fun it was.

We've had a good time hanging out and relaxing...we really needed a three day weekend!

Friday, May 26, 2006

A Week of FOs


green gable
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Yes, another FO to show you today, the Green Gable top. If you look closely, though, you'll notice that this really isn't finished....the sleeves are still on Denise cords because I hadn't finished the sleeve ribbing when I took this picture. But, they're done now, and all I need to do is weave in some ends and I'm done.

I loved this pattern. I love top down (this is the first top down sweater I've made). I feel like I could make a nice sweater now from any yarn, given the straightforwardness of the top down method. The yarn was (is) Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in a neutral color (it looks a bit yellowy in this picture) which worked up well. I made the top in size large, and it took 3 hanks of the yarn, not the four it said in the pattern (nor the 5 I purchased since I was going to make the XL until Alyssa talked me out of it). But I think the shop said they'll take back the two extra skeins, and I might just buy a skein more and make a striped top anyway. We'll see.

So, what next, what next. I want to make another cotton top out of Sally Melville's the knit stitch...the one with buttons on both sides (sensing a finishing theme here?). Then I have yarn to make a lacey pattern from Elann. I might make a sweater from an old issue of IK with some yarn that Ihave in the stash (Fleece Artist).

I'll keep you posted.

And yes, that's a little cat head in the lower right hand corner of the picture. I'll have to train her to take pictures some day.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Miles Of Stockinette

I'm working on the body of the Green Gables...knit stich in the round as far as the eye can see. Not that I don't like it, but it isn't much to blog home about.

We're down to the wire for the term: 2 1/2 weeks of classes, finals week, and then graduation. This is the time of year when my kind, intelligent and patient colleagues all turn into Professor Cranky Pantses, which isn't really that fun. There's always a lot of loose ends to tie up at the end of the year, and it generally isn't fun to work with others at this time. Oh well. It will all be over soon.

Green Gables pics soon.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

And Meanwhile, back in the Bathroom...


mandarin blouse
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here's me in the Mandarin Blouse, designed by Annie Modesitt and appearing in Spring 2006 IK (I think). I made it with Berroco Zen ribbon yarn. It feels good, but ribon yarn isn't the easiest fiber to work with.

Like my sassy America's Next Top Model pose?

Anyway, I ended up only using 8 ties instead of twelve. That works fine for me. There are also 5 sets of hooks and eyes holding the front together. It fits well, its very comfortable, and I like it!

Today I finished the yoke and sleeves of the Green Gables blouse. Love it. I just love top down knitting.

I finished "The Last Cato", the most recent in the string of faux-Davinci code books I've been reading. This one was very well written but absolutely ridiculous. Absolutely. Ridiculous. On so many levels. But read it (get it from the library) just for well-written ridiculousness.

And a teeny bit more info on Cathars.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Just What You Need for Summer!


sunrise circle
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
A wool sunrise circle jacket.

I took the afternoon to finish this and the mandarin blouse (pics of that tomorrow). The jacket still needs one more blocking, but I really like how it looks. When it's blocked it will show off the shaping a bit more (as would not keeping my arm cemented to my side). But. I like it a lotl. I'm very proud of it, I must say.

And you can see my bangin' haircut, courtesy of Cecelia, owner of Utopia Salon in Eugene and mother in law of Bonnie in Costa Roca . Love the haircut. It looks even better in the mandarin blouse picture. If that doesn't get you to come back, what will?

Friday, May 19, 2006

Which Jane Austen Character Am I?


1117523207Elinor
Originally uploaded by kbshee.


You scored as Elinor Dashwood. As Marianne's older sister, Elinor lives at the other end of the emotional spectrum. She rarely reveals her intense feelings and is more concerned with being honest and loyal than having what she deserves. Even though her intentions are pure, she sets herself up for loss by constantly placing other people before her own needs. Overall, Elinor is gentle and rational but is just as capable of radical emotions (despite her withholding them) as her sister.

Elinor Dashwood

75%

Emma Woodhouse

69%

Elizabeth Bennet

66%

Marianne Dashwood

63%

Jane Bennet

44%

Charlotte Lucas

38%

Lady Catherine

31%

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Frogging and Finishing

Why not pictures, you ask yourself.

Why indeed.

I'm frogging and finishing (but you knew that, didn't you). So not much to see. Unless, you wish to see 12 6" long icord ties for the Mandarin Blouse that I'm finally finishing? Or perhaps half a set in sleeve? See what I mean, not interesting.

I frogged the first jaywalker back through the heel...it just looked bad. So not much to see there.

And then the lace tank...it's just too big. I'm washing it different ways to try to get it to shrink up. If not, you know what's coming.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

"Now We Run"

The season finale of Prison Break was last night...this show is such a guilty pleasure. The plot is created entirely of coincidences woven within impossibilities, and last night was no exception. It ends with the convicts that aren't insane, bleeding profusely, dead or abandoned for being stool pigeons running across an airfield followed in hot pursuit by the entire law enforcement capacity of Illinois. But you know they'll get out of it.

I frogged a large portion of my jaywalker sock last night...I just can't get the little holes at the heel turn to disappear. So I'll try again. My Mission Falls tank is now blocked and drying out in the garage, and I need to finish that. It is a bit big but hopefully it will shrink a bit (does Mission Falls shrink?).

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Yum


fhf fiber
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Another summer-like weekend, with lots of fun and fiber and things like that. Yesterday we started the day with a visit to Keith Standhart's studio....he is this incredible potter whose work we've admired for quite a while. We bought a small piece that Tim will use for his cacti. Then out to Fox Hollow Farm, which held a farm and fiber open house. We visited with the sheep and the alpaca, and I shopped. Of course! This roving is romney/corriedale mix, in pinks and golds and greys.


fhf yarn
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I also bought this handpainted yarn that will be a shawl or scarf...nice fall colors which will be when I get around to working it up. Today we went rollerblading and now I'm hanging out in the backyard enjoying the shade.

I've been reading 'The Secret Supper", a historical novel in the Da Vinci code vein about symbols and signs implanted in The Last Supper. Gotta love that Leonardol, what a card.

Four weeks of class and then finals week, and then freedom. I can't wait!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Progress

The Sunrise Circle Jacket is done (ok, still needs to be seamed, but whatever)!

The cable tank is 3/4 of the way done!

The Green Gables tank is on the needles!

The Jaywalker socks are, um, not so done. I'm taking them to a faculty meeting today and hopefully will make some good progress there.

I'm still feeling a bit puny, thanks for your get well wishes! I'm looking forward to getting some sleep this weekend. We've been up at 5 am every day this week: the animals are all getting frisky as the sun rises and the birds start to sing. I think we need Ambien for Pets to keep them asleep all night.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

It's Like Food Eaten Standing Up


sock yarn
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
In that sock yarn doesn't count as part of your stash.

Or so they tell me.

Anyway....this opal handpainted was on sale at The Knit Shop in Eugene, so when I was picking out the yarn for my Green Gables (which I'm ready to begin) I picked this up too.

It's pretty. And you always need more sock yarn.

Anyway..the reason I can start is that I've finished knitting on the Sunrise Circle Jacket! All it needs (ha HA, all it needs) is finishing. And hopefully I can do that this weekend.

I've been laid out with a flu bug that is going around the University, so not much knitting has been done. But I'mhappy about the SCJ.

Monday, May 08, 2006

25 more rows!


cotton fleece
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I have to knit about 25 more rows and the Sunrise circle jacket will be done (well, except for the putting together of it). The second front/sleeve portion went very fast...very fast....but then I did spend a lot of time reading and knitting this weekend, so maybe not as fast as I would like.

Next up: the Green Gable tshirt made out of this vanilla-ish color of cotton fleece. Once you get past the 'lacey' top portion, this should be pretty straightforward 'knit while you read' knitting.

So what did I read? Nothing exceptional, but both books sort of fun. One was a book called "The Booster" about a NYC professional who gets fired from her job and then joins a gang of professional shoplifters. The second (and better) book was called "The Understudy", about a british actor who is understudy-ing the 'it' boy, and chaos ensues. It was very funny and well written.

Now I'm reading "Crocodile on the Sandbank" which is a mystery, and sort of cutesie, but entertaining.

Can you tell it rained yesterday?

Oh,and I turned the heel on the first Jaywalker. I have a four hour car trip tomorrow (up to Portland and back for a thingee) and a 2 hour long faculty meeting on Friday, so I think jaywalker will be done this week too).

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Half a Tank


tank
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
It seems like it took forever, but I finished the back half of the Simple Tank from Mission Falls. It is a lace and cable pattern which (to me) does not suggest simple, and I guess is why it took a while. But I like it. I have noticed that one one of the 12-row cable repeats, i did 14 rows. I guess I better watch out for that or I'll have a mismatched tank when I'm done!

I have yarn to make a bolero in the same pattern, which I'll do sometime.


tank close up
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here's the tank close up...still not easy to see but you can sort of get the idea.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Ah-Choo

Allergies.

Hate 'em.

I didn't have allergies til we moved to Oregon. I love this state, but it has to be the most allergan-rich place in the world. We are currrently suffering through high level of Trees and medium levels of Grass pollen, the combination of which is a double whammy of suffering.

Which is why I have little to post. That, and business at work (five weeks....five WEEKS left). Anyway..I'm so tired at the end of the day that I lay my head down and moan. So little knitting has been done...although I am at the shaping portion of the tank.

I am going to buy some more yarn, though, to make the Green Gables tank. . Alyssa is making this one and it looks fun. Knit in the round, too, which of course I like. So I think an off white or some other neutral color, maybe, for me for this one. Off to The Knit Shop to check out what they have.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Post Birthday Post


start of top
Originally uploaded by kbshee.

So as I mentioned, I cast on for this tank from the Mission Falls Cotton "Simple" book. The tank is a cable and a lace pattern, so I"m going to put my lace shawl on hold and work on this for a while. I am jonesin' for some cotton tops, now that summer is here. This one has a matching bolero that I'm going to make in my rescued purple yarn.

Thanks for all your kind birthday wishes. Usually I'm a bit of a birthday curmudgeon, so it was terrific to have a REALLY GOOD birthday this year. We had a great day on Sunday: Steve, Jen and Evan came by with beautiful flowers (bad picture below), Tim and I took the dogs for a good long walk at the Arboretum, and Tim made me one of my favorite dinners (Pot Stickers) (Yum).

fleurs
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is a bad picture of the beautiful flowers from Steve and Jen and Evan. the colors are pinks and purples and a few sparks of bright red so clearly this picture doesn't do them justice. Evan was in a great mood, and continues his obsession with ceiling fans. Now we know what to get him for his first birthday!