Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Shibori Bag

Originally uploaded by kbshee
I wanted to try a felted bag using know, when you tie in knots and little pieces of stuff to make the fabric of the bag three dimensional? So I found a pattern (the balloon bag felted bag pattern, downloadable pdf available here ) and got out some yarn from Cascade 220 tweed. Black, duh, with lots of little bits of red and yellow and blue to make it more like a carnival than a purse. So I knit it up (changed the pattern to make it a bit broader in the bottom to accomodate the knots, and also added a flap because, well, I like a purse with a flap) and got it all set ot felt.

bag pos
Originally uploaded by kbshee
And the results were, pretty good. The red stuff you see is where I tied some cotton ease around a button hole to keep it from closing up during the felting. My only disappointment was that the little carnival flecks pretty much completely disappeared during the felting. I know have a solid black bag (which is fine) that has microscopic little bits of color in it. Live and learn I guess. Cascade 220 Tweed + Hot Water=not the fun purse you were hoping for. Anyway. I still think the little knots look like fun and I"ll submit this to our county fair, I'm pretty sure they don't get a lot of shibori there. And I should get props for being innovative.

We're off to my nephew's graduation in Flagstaff tomorrow, so I won't be returning to the blogosphere til Sunday or Monday. Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day Miscellaneous

Originally uploaded by kbshee
I hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day. Yesterday was cool and drizzly, so much housecleaning and knitting took place. Today it is sunny and promises to be warmer, so we're heading out to the Canoe Canal for another journey in the little boats.

I finished the grasshopper socks, project #2 from this year's STR club (well, the club's second project, this is the first one I've done this year). I made them much shorter since I like a short sock. I'm a bit 'eh' about this pattern, since I'm not a big fan of purling, or lace knitting, but they ended up nice looking if a little poofy in the leg.

Looking at other people's socks, I'm reminded that I must be the loosest knitter on the planet (and put those smutty thoughts away, I KNIT loosely).

Originally uploaded by kbshee
Another thing that got finished last night was the black shrug I made to match the green and black tank. The shurg (the pattern was in In Living Colour) is basically two sleeves with a tiny square in the back. I knit this up in Cotton Ease (of course) and it makes a four-season top. I like it.

Now I"m working on some new projects: the Icy Blue Shell from the July issue of Creative Knitting magazine (which I bought at my grocery store, just to encourage them to stock knitting magazines). Guess what I"m making this out of? Yes, as a matter of fact, I am making it out of cotton-ease. But believe it or not, I think I'm down to single balls that I'm trying to figure out what to make with. A miter square blanket? A sideways striped sweater? Any ideas?

I'm about to begin the Horcrux socks which are part of the Six Sock Knitalong. I'll do the Horcruxes in the Panda Cotton that's in the house.

Also received more sock yarn in the mail...from the Red Bird Knits sock club, some wonderful yarn by Colinette called Jitterbug. The pattern is cute too. I'll probably start on these when I get back...or maybe on something aout of that zen yarn...hmm...can't decide!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Canoe Canal

Say it out loud, please?

Canoe Canal.

Isn't that so much fun to say?

It's even more fun to paddle on. We took our new kayaks out to the Eugene Canoe Canal...a several mile inland waterway that I guess feeds off the Willamette River, in Alton Baker Park. You start by Autzen Stadium and paddle along a bit til you come to a big 'ol Lake (for an inland waterway)...then you paddle across the lake and then end up paddling by the back yards of these gorgeous houses, and then down to a little dam by the highway where you have to turn around and paddle back.

And it's upstream on the way and downstream on the way back. How thoughtful!

i would guess that it is maybe 4 or 5 miles round trip. Not a bad way to test out our new Kestrel kayak, which I paddled and I did very well if I do say for myself. Tim's Tampico handled equally well. We saw lots of birds, ducks and ducklings, and geese and goslings. And dogs. A great way to spend a couple of hours!

Friday, May 25, 2007

So Much Sock Yarn...

Originally uploaded by kbshee little room. At least it's small.

I went on a little sock yarn buying jamboree, and here are the spoils. Most of it (except the Skinny Duets) is from Pick Up Sticks and I am dying to join their sock club (yes, I know there are people out there that think sock clubs are a waste of time/money/effort/whatever but I'm not one of them. More space for those of us who love a Sock Club, I say).

Edited to add: when I clicked on the link for Pick Up STicks to make sure it was correct, guess what I found? Yeppers, a few spaces open in the Sock Club. Did I grab one of those puppies or what??

From left to right:

Seacoast Handpaint, "Signs of Spring": 60%merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylong.

Skinny Duets "Sailor Girl" from A Swell Yarn Shop which I hate to tell people about because the yarn is so beautiful and sells out so quickly. But go ahead, just don't tell anyone else.

Zen Yarn Garen handpaint in 'Bow River"...94% cotton, 5% nylon, 1% lycra. This is some of the best feeling cotton yarn I've ever touched.

And finally, Artyarns Ultramerino in Colorway 111. Feels a bit like koigu, the colors are a little more distinctive in terms of the stripage, but who knows what will happen when I knit it up.

I must stop reading blogs because I want to TRY IT ALL.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Sad STory of the Three Bears, er, Socks

three bears
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
As you might recall, I recently knit a pair of socks using the yarn I found at Skeins in Juneau produced at Rabbit Ridge Designs in Alaska. This beautiful colorway (also known as Jacob's Coat) is no longer being dyed by the company (according to their website). The yarn is wool/soy, and isn't superwash, so I knew it would require some tlc during the laundring process.

But one of the socks snuck into the wash the other day, and it felt like the dickens (can a dickens get felted?). As you can see from the middle sock, it is pretty much out of the size range for my size 9s.

I was so disappointed...should I felt the other one down and give it to a child? Make a Christmas decoration? Just weep?

But the good news is..I weighed the amount I have left and even though it looks like a tiny little bit, it should be enough for another sock. Wooh! So the sad story ends happily (well, of course, I do have to knit another sock, but c'est la vie).

And in other news: have you seen this contest at Ali's blog, Skeins Her Way?? I'm a sucker for a blog contest. Are you? I thought so. If you enter, say you found it from me!

My summer goals are:
1. Finish the Great American Aran AFghan
2. The notre dame sweater with the Alpaca sitting under my feet (yarn, not animal).
3. At least six pairs of socks.
4. An aran Christmas tree skirt.
5. Two kitty pi beds.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Oh, that Knit from Stash thing?

dusty blue
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I fell off the wagon a bit this weekend.

Well, um, all of last week, as a matter of fact.

I blame it totally and completely on blogs. Blogs that show beautiful sock yarn. That I must have. Or at least try. Even though I think the price of some sock yarns has reached a pretty crazy level, I can't stop myself from getting some more. Just to try it. Honestly.

And then...I went to the LYS (The Knit Shop) to pick up some putty Cotton Fleece so I could make a striped sweater with the rest of the Rue Cotton fleece in the stash. And in the back room was this dusty blue cotton a nice price (Tim asked what does that mean, seconds? I think it will probably have lots of knots in it. C'est la vie).

sock yarn pt 1
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
And then I wandered over to her Sock Yarn Shelf. I have heard great things about Panda Cotton yarn from Crystal Palace so I bought two little balls to make a pair of socks for me. And then this pretty pink and grey Trekking XXL just because. No good reason. I certainly don't need anymore sock yarn! But I was there. And there was the yarn. Kind of calling my name. So home it came.

In real knitting news...I finished the sleeves for the shrug that matches the billious green tank, now allI need to do is sew it up. There isn't that much to it, but it is sort of fun and will be nice for those chilly Oregon mornings that turn into warm Oregon afternoons. I cast on for a 'felted balloon bag' as a mindless project. Not sure what will be next on the 'must knit' list!

Saturday, May 19, 2007


I've been tagged by Alyssa-with-a-new-blog=address!

Here are the rules:
Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

Here goes!

1. My parents almost named me Danielle. My maiden name was Bartel. My names would have rhymed.
2. My brother's name is Bart. Bart Bartel. Not a nickname, hs real name. And the random thing is: we grew up thinking this was not an odd name at all. It wasn't until I went away to college that people thought it was odd.
3. I dislike my toes. I can't decide whether a pedicure would make me like them better or if they're so ugly that nothing could help them and a manicure would only point out their complete ugliness.
4. I cannot drive a stick shift, even though several people (all men) have tried their best to teach me.
5. I cannot stand to be in the same room, no, the same city, no, the same state, with liver sausage. AKA braunschweiger but I'm sure that it is not spelled that way. It is probably the only food that causes an automatic gag reflex in me.
6. I attempt the New York Times Crossword puzzle most days. I can get Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday without a problem. Usually Tim and I can get the Thursday one together. Friday and Saturday...fuggedaboudit. Sunday is a toss up.
7. I stopped biting my nails three years ago, but they just won't grow. I think I somehow altered my DNA so my fingernails will not grow ever again.

I'm tagging:

Friday, May 18, 2007

Another Tank

green/black tank
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the other thank I've finished, it is from a Mission Falls pattern book called "Living Colour" and it uses Cotton Ease. That's pistachio on hte top and black on the bottom. And the right hip is placed poorly in front of a black and red bag, which makes my hip look sort of deformed. Sorry about that.

I'm leaving in a bit to go have coffee and knit with Jodie whom I haven't seen for YONKS and I'm looking forward to it.

I received "Charmed Knits" in the Mail yesterday...the knitting book with Harry Potter patterns in it. Some cute things in there...definitely a few 'must makes'.

Things continue to be busy at work, with only three weeks of classes left. Thus, I apologize for the pretty short and unimaginative posts that have been happening lately.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


lucea lace
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here I am, all smiles in my new Lucea Lace tank. It turned out's pretty low cut in the armholes so I will have to wear some type of cami underneath but that's OK. The yarn is pretty lightweight so having a couple layers will be OK. I might also be able to knit a few rounds under the arm but I'm not sure.

It's a nice tank. It will look even nice with a skirt. The lace at the top is very pretty. Not sure why I look a bit dumpy in this picture but c'est la vie.

I've been on a little sock yarn purchasing spree lately. Pics soon!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tuesday=Good News Day

Tim got a call from a wonderful gallery, The Blue Heron in Florence this morning. They want to carry his jellyfish! He is now busily glazing to try to finish up a dozen or so jellies to get to them next week. We're so excited! His work is also carried at The Pacific City Gallery and so bit by bit he's expanding his presence. I'm so proud of him!

Knitting wise, I've been working on a (boring) black shrug made out of (say it with me now) Cotton Ease. But I have two finished tanks to show you. Pics tomorrow!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lucea Lace Tank

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
It's not Lutea Lace or Luceta Lace, it's Lucea Lace.

From the new IK. Yes, the one that just came out a week or so ago. I saw this tank and thought it was very cute. And I had a bunch of appropriate yarn...NOT COTTON the stash.

The yarn is Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece is a beautiful color called Rue. Sort of a soft blue-green...enough green to make it sort of mossy, but not so much green that it screams "hey, I'm wearing a green top" unlike other tanks that I've knit. Anyway, needless to say It is a bit of a departure from the glow-in-the-dark-cotton-ease stuff I've been knitting, which is nice. The tank is knit in the round to the underarms, where there is short row shaping to get the upper part of the top and then there is lace for the straps. So, if you are in the mood for miles and miles of stockinette (which, apparently, I was this week) followed by a few hours of short row and lace knitting excitement, then this is the project for you!

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is a close up of the all of its lacey goodness. I know I usually get a bit peavish with lace, but this one only uses 22 stitches and every other row is pearl, and there are only two different stitch patterns that you have to know, and the results are really much prettier than the actual effort it takes to do this lace. So yeah. Lucea lace. Thumbs up.

Pattern warning: if you do this pattern, you'll notice that the lace is done written for 21 stitches. However, if you count up what you need to do, you 'll notice it is for 22 stitches. I just added a stitch to the end and it worked out fine, but you might want to check the IK site for any updates to this pattern if you are going to knit it
I think I may even try a scarf or even a sh-sh-sh-awl in this pattern since it is so pretty and not at all difficult. I'm thinking ahead to summer knitting and what I want to do. Basically on my list is to finally finish my Aran Afghan and to knit the Notre Dame Sweater also from the new IK (I have the yarn for that too).
We have four weeks of classes left, then I'm teaching four weeks of summer school which isn't really like working.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Shiny Happy Socks

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I love these socks.

They're merino/soy worsted weight yarn socks made with yarn I bought in Alaska last year..from Rabbit Ridge Designs...that I knit toe up using Judy's magic cast on and the toe-up recipe from "More Sensational Knit Socks". These were my download-and-knit-on-the-bus socks and look, they're done.

The colors are so cheerful..the colorway is Jacob's coat, and they make me happy.

Thanks for all your best wishes for my brother...he's doing pretty well although a bit on the crankypants side which is completely to be expected.

I've just finished the sixth week of our ten week term and finally feel caught up. Our book is almost done. I'm not that far behind on my grading. i have minimal things having over my head. Life is good. Adn we're going kayaking this weekend.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Just a Little Freaked Out

If you're looking for knitting content, you won't find any here today. You're welcome to leave if you wish, but today is a family post.

I don't often write about family here, it is one of my little blog rules for myself, but I'm a bit freaked out brother Bart was in an industrial accident yesterday. He's an industrial engineer and was helping to install a new piece of machinery at the plant where he works, and apparently the machine slipped off whatever it was that they were moving it on and fell on his foot. 15,000 pounds on his toes. Yes, that is thousands.

The bottom line is that three of his toes were broken (smallest toes on left foot) and he lost two of them, but overall he was incredibly, incredibly lucky that he still has his foot and that the machinery didn't slip a few inches the other way. He has to stay off the foot for a couple of weeks, and he'll know more about the long term effects after he meets with a PT today, but hopefully he'll be back to normal soon.

We aren't that close, Bart and I, but I realized last night that I love him so deeply and the thought of anything happening to him is horrific. It makes me want to strengthen any ties that remain between us. We'll be going to Flag in a few weeks for his son's graduation, so I'll start then.

If you have a second, please send out a good thought to Bart today. I don't know if he'll appreciate it, but I know I will.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Deep Breath!

front of tank
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I've finished my little spate of busy-ness. Last week had two student events that I was in charge of, as well as a visit from a donor who had to be schmoozed. On top of what I thought were allergies was actually a very bad cold which has now settled somewhat in my chest (ugh). As a result, I spent much of SAturday laying (lying?) on the couch in an antihistamine-induced haze. I felt better yesterday but still wanted to do nothing but laze around.

But I have been squeezing in a bit of knitting. I actually finished the tank and now just need to sew it together and finish off the neckline. I bought some more black cotton ease from someone on ebay (six skeins!) so I think I'll make a matching shrug. I've also started the Luceta Lace (lucea lace?) tank from the new IK. Pics soon.

Hope you are well!

Friday, May 04, 2007


start of grasshopper
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Life is a bit nuts this week so I took lots of pics last week and have saved them up for blogging. I started the new socks from the Rockin' Socks club...the yarn is GAWGUS and the pattern is pretty nice...I never used to be a big lace fan but I'm liking it now.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Another Tank

back of tank
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
In my efforts to use up stash, especially my cotton ease stash, I started on another tank. This one uses black (or in cotton ease terminology, licorice) on the bottom and minty green (pistachio) on the top. It's a pattern from the Mission Falls book "In Living Color"...I like Mag Kandis' patterns but not the yarn so much, so I'm glad I can finagle the gauge wtih cotton ease to knit some of the patterns.

I also bought some more licorice on eBay (hey, its discontinued!) to make a matching shrug, so this will be a four-season outfit here in Oregon.

My birthday was lovely..peaceful and calm. We had a delicious dinner at a local tapas restaurant, and played TriOminos (which I got for my birthday). Phone calls from friends and family made it a special day. Thanks again to all of you for your birthday wishes!