Friday, September 28, 2007

Quiet Times in the Blogosphere

I've noticed that the blogosphere is quiet...less commenting, less updating of it just the fall season and the start of normal fall busy-ness?

That said, not much to show was nutty this week and today we had to take Jessie Cat to the vet and drop her off because of inappropriate urination. We hope it is something we can treat and not a behavioral problem, but we'll see. I miss her. It's not right when there's not a Jessie Cat in the house.

Off to SF for an overnight and back tomorrow, hopefully to return with some knitting to show you!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


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Or however you spell it.

Here is my first sock from the new Cat Bordhi book, the spiraling corialus pattern, using STR Dreidel. It's a cool pattern (look closely, you can see the spiral going from the botton left to the top right). The spiral will then go around the foot and then I'll bind off.

I cast on a few too many stitches, so it is a bit loose around the upper instep but not too bad. And it will probably shrink up a bit. But I like it. And the pattern is fun to knit!

It is the first week of classes and so a bit nutty, and I"m off for an overnight to San Francisco on Friday, but I'll try to get a more informative post in soon.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Arwen Update

arwen: right side
Originally uploaded by kbshee
I've been spending some time with Arwen, mostly because I'm in the sleeve vortex with my Tangled Yoke cardi and it is going oh so slowly. I do like the Arwen and have to keep reminding myself that I won't have to do sleeves when I finish the body, as the sleeves are part of the fronts, as you can see here.

Did that make sense?

The pattern is interesting (in a good way) in that once you finish the sleeve you kitchener the sides of the cuff together. So, now I have a right side, a sleeve without a seam, and a cuff that is finished. I have the hood to do on the right side and then the fun beings again with the left side.

arwen cuff
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And here is said cuff, taken wiht a very bright flash so you can see some of the cable pattern. It is so pretty, and it is almost (almost) straightforward enough that I don't need to read the chart any longer.

We're off for a paddle today which may be one of the last paddles of the season, given the early fall we've been having here in Oregon (happy fall everyone, by the way).

I heard on the news that Marcel Marceau died...and flashed back to when I was in college and a bunch of us went to see him downtown in Chicago. I recall only bits and pieces of it, specifically that he was pretty much what you would expect him to be, he did the "Bip" character, that the tickets were the most I had ever paid for something, and that he took something like 25 curtain calls (not an exaggeration). I also recall thinking he was very old when we saw him, but realze today he was only a few years older than I am now.
I know I'm on of the last people on the Planet to read "Water for Elephants" but it is a terrific book. It is a bit hard for me to read sometimes, being such an animal lover and with death sort of close to the surface in the book (and at our house), but it is a very compelling story.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Old Socks New Socks

Magic Stripes for Tim
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Striped Socks Blue Socks

Anyway, as I mentioned the all-day meeting on Tuesday allowed me to finish the leg and turn the heel of Sock #2, and so I finished it off this week. The big benefit to me is that now I can try a sock from Cat Bordhi's book, New Pathways for Sock Knitting (or Sock Knitters, or something else).

I learned how to knit socks on two circs from Cat's book (Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles). The first time I knit a sock from her instructions, the words just didn't make any sense to me, but several people told me to do EXACTLY WHAT SHE SAYS and to not try to figure out what exactly you're doing and why...and that eventually it will all make sense. And yes, yes it eventually did. Now, I can make a sock on two circs from the top down with my eyes closed, so that blind faith in the instructions does work.

So I need even MORe blind faith with this book, as she offeres a bunch of heels, a bunch of toes, and a bunch of beautiful socks to try. You're supposed to start with baby socks to get the idea but of course I say Pshaw to that. I'm starting with the Spiraling Coriolis pattern, using a toe up toe that looks like a star.

What I love is that her socks are made with handpainted that in all honestly, many patterns just don't do justice to. As a result, I end up making a lot of plain vanilla socks with handpaint (witness the magic stripes sock) that are fine for long car rides but not that interesting to do on a regular basis. So I'm excited that Cat's book will open some new possibilities...or pathways...for all that yarn in my stash.

So stay tuned! I cast on with some STR in the 'dreidel' colorway that I've had in the stash and wound into a cake for a long time.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Reality Nibbles

I was in an all day meeting on Tuesday, and spent yesterday driving up and back to Portland for a lunch presentation, and I got lost on the way home, so two days have been sucked, literally sucked, away. The good news is that I was able to knit during most of the Tuesday meeting and now am finishing off the toe of Tim's socks. That means I get to cast on for a new sock using Cat Bordhi's new book, and I'm very excited about that. Now just to figure out which yarn from la stash will be lucky enough to get the Cat Bordhi Treatment!

Other than that, things are fine here. Cody is doing pretty well, his most recent blood work came up fine. Our Eugene vet is a bit concerned he's not gaining weight, our Corvallis vet is thrilled he isn't losing weight, so I guess everything is fine in that regard.

We had a fun dinner wtih our friends Steve and Jen last Sunday night, and we are looking forward to meeting their new baby girl who is tentatively scheduled to arrive in late December. We had a brief discussion about names on Sunday, and then last night while watching "America's Next Top Model" we were introduced to the name "Spontaneuse" which might be one for them to consider. (FYI, that would be pronounced "Spon-Tane-Ee-Ooze").

It reminded me of a story that my friend Elizabeth Speers told me: she was riding on the subway in New York and overheard the following speech from a mother to her daughter: "Spatula. I have two words for you. Be Hayve."

So Steve and Jen, we propose Spontaneuse and Spatula for your consideration.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Charity Blanket

blanket as of 9/17
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I finished my square of the Charity Blanket, and it is on its way to Tammi!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I've Had Mail!

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This week's mail has brought a bunch of wonderful surprises to me, and I wanted to share them all with you. Plus there is a little knitting if you wait a bit til the end (or else just scroll down). Anyway, my friend Jodie organized a charity blanket swap, where you knit a square of a blanket, attach it to said blanket, and then send it along to the next knitter with some gifties and such. The blanket arrived from Florida this week, accompanied by some treats including beautiful yarn and this little guy, a snail, which of course is practically the Official Animal of Oregon. This snail was made by Lauren, who is very talented as well as a great knitter.

charity blanket
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The blanket itself is a bit of a potpourri (in a good way) and I was stymied for a bit on how to add something unique that didn't clash too much with the rest of the blanket. So if you'll look closely, you'll see the three colors of yarn I'm going to use to make a bias square for my part of the blanket. The colors should fit in fine wtih the ones relatively adjacent to the square. The yarns are mission falls wool and some rowan botany (two strands held together). I started yesterday for a bit and it seems to be going well and looking pretty good.

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Yesterday, the mail brought my "Virtual Vacation" from Jan in Virginia! The idea of this swap was locaiton best: I sent my 'downstream' person, Aileen, a box of stuff from Oregon (STR, euphoria chocolate, and duck stuff) and I received a box from my 'upstream' person. It was all a surprise, and I found out yesterday that my upstream person was Jan. She sent a great box filled with Virginia and DC things, including a Capital Monuments dishtowel that I love, Virginia nuts, Panda Cotton, and the cutest little sheepie kit. And wonderful postcards, and more. What a great vacation! Thanks so much Jan!

lcuky lurfer
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And the first shipment of the Lucky Lurker sock club came in the mail. Angela, of A Swell Yarn Shop does beatiful dyework. And her yarn feels great. I absolutely adore this colorway.

I've been thinking a lot about sock clubs in the past few weeks, as it is time to decide whether I'll renew my STR club membership. I think I'm going to take a pass for next year. I have plenty of STR yarn, and I'm finding myself more attracted by other yarns. I just haven't been loving the colorways of the STR club this year, and I think I'd rather just buy what I'd like. So there you go.

t sock
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And finally....some knitting. As much as I love the pricey hand dyed sock yarn, I also dearly love the now-history Lion Brand sock yarn. Magic Stripes. I think this was the first yarn I used to make socks, and honestly, it makes a pretty, long wearing sock. This is one that I just finished, that I started in the car on the way to Canada. It's for Tim, and somehow I made it bigger than normal so that I had to add a solid color toe (Knit Picks Essentials).

Whew! That's a lot to show you!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Mystery Solved!

ms 3
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Hey, lookie what I finished!

The Mystery Shawl. My first major lace project. It's now blocking on a sheet in the back yard, and I can hardly wait to take the pins out and see how it looks.

The shadows make the 'wing' part (at the top) look darker than the body part, but it isn't. The theme (if you've been living under a knitting rock for a while) is Swan Lake. I don't really get it, other than the wing of the swan part, but there's a long explanation somewhere.

Anyway, I am proud of myself for attempting this and while it isn't perfect, it's pretty darn nice.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Meme!

I swiped this one from Rosy's blog . It asks you to identify the books you've read, the ones you want to read, adn the ones you just don't care about.

This was sort of hard for me, as there are a bunch of books I've just never heard of. So if I left a book 'not interested' and you've read it and think it is a good book, leave me a comment, and I"ll check it out.

I wonder how the people who put the list together selected the books. If you know let me know!

And finally: there should have been a choice to indicate which ones you *had* to read in High School, because probably half the list was read over 30 years ago at Clayton High.



Look at the list of books below.
Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicise the ones you want to read.
Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.

Movies don’t count!!!!!

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
4. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
5. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
8. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
9. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
10. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
11. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25 . Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

T minus 13

arwen with tiny sleeve
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Til the first day of classes. Things start to get busy for me here next week so I'm going to try to get some good knitting done in these last few days. I'd really like to finish the mystery shawl (35 rows to go, how about that) and I know the other projects will not get finished as soon, but I've made some good progress.

Arwen. The sleeve is cast on to the front of the cardigan. It looks a bit like a Tim Burton movie sweater, doesn't it? I am still loving the yarn and really enjoing knitting the pattern.

tyc sleeves
Originally uploaded by kbshee
And on the Tangled Yoke Cardigan...I finished the body up to the yoke, and now I"m working on the sleeves. Welcome back, my friends, to the sleeve vortex. Anyway, doing two circular sleeves on two needles at the same time (I've done one, count 'em one pair of socks using this technique) and so far it's gong well. I need to do 72 rows in the garter rib andI'm on row 46 or something like that, then its wooshwooshwoosh stockinette for a bunch more rows. I should probably save this for our Faculty Retreat next week since it is indeed mindless knitting at its finest.

Cody had his third chemo treatment yesterday...he'll get an ultrasound next time to see if anything is happening!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Lots of Pictures

terrace beach
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Below you'll find a bunch of pictures from our was a beautiful place to spend a few days. Total pain in the butt to get there though, but I guess if it was close it wouldn't be such a lovely place.

This was the view from the hot tub on our porch of our little cabin, Morning Mist, at the Terrace Beach resort. It was cozy and quiet, and I think I'd like to go back there someday. The dogs loved it, especially our little fetchin' dog Cody, who spent time every day in the water fetching floats (or kelp, whichever he found first).

We kayaked, hiked in the rainforest, relaxed, and enjoyed this beautiful spot in the world.

Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park: Vancouver Island, BC

amphrite lighthouse
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view from amphrite lighthouse
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cabins at terrace beach
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view from the wild pacific trail
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i love canada log
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Friday, September 07, 2007

Back Home Again!

Oh Canada!

It was beautiful. A little wet (ok 40% wet) but beautiful. Some knitting, but not much, was done. More details soon!