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.

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

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
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.


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 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.

The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
The West
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 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


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

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Happy 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.


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