Wednesday, October 31, 2007

View from the back

c and c back
Originally uploaded by kbshee
I finished my first cables and corrugation socks, and I do love them. Here is the back of the sock...there is a plait going up the back that starts right above the heel. So pretty. The yarn, as you might recall, is Harmony Semi Solid from the Zen Yarn Garden, which is just wonderful to work with. I did the 'small' size sock and I could have probably done 50 instead of 56 stitches and have been just fine...but I'mnot sure if the yarn will shrink down a wee bit and if it does they'll fit perfectly. Even a little loose they're fine by me.

Happy Halloween, by the way! I've been so busy that I haven't had much time to think about it, although we do have pumpkins out in the front garden and candy in a basket in the kitchen. And what else do you need?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Congratulations Camille!

Originally uploaded by kbshee
Camille won the random drawing for the 'what the heck is Kim knitting' contest. And what is it? It is the border to my Aran Afghan. I'll sew the border on to the completed squares that have all been sewn together. Camille will receive a lovely skein of sock yarn from Australia! When I dig it out of the sock yarn bin. Anyway, Camille, send me your mailing address to kbshee AT comcast DOT net and I'll post that in the mail to you.

Not much knitting has been going on, hence my recycled picture of my Arwen. Just kidding on that...actually it is the other side of the Arwen. I am about halfway done with the sleeve, so actually the end is sort of near. A few good weekends of football and it should be done.

I had an all day class on Saturday in Portland (one more to go, yee haw) and was pretty wasted yesterday. I did manage to chip one of my teeth (just to add to the excitement of my life) but luckily my dentist had an opening today and fixed me all up. But man. Just some peace and quiet, that is all I ask!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Mystery Photo!

Originally uploaded by kbshee
What the heck am I knitting?

Leave your guess in the comments. I'll randomly select one winner from all the answers to receive a lovely knitterly prize. Really. Deadline is 4:00 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday 10/29. Good luck!

Cody had his final chemo treatment, and it is hitting him sort of hard. Hopefully he'll bounce back in a day or two. The ultrasound showed that the liver tumors haven't grown, but there's some other wonky stuff going on (nothing clearly cancerous though). So we'll do another ultrasound after Christmas if he seems up for it.

Which is good news. I really didn't think he'd be here through Christmas (and I'm still not 100% convinced) but he seems robust and in good health, so we'll just go with that.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tell Me, Have You Ever Tried...

Originally uploaded by kbshee take a photograph of the bottom of your foot?

It isn't easy, I tell ya. But I wanted to take a picture of my Cables and Corrugations sole so you could see the genius way you do increases on this toe up sock patern. Look closely...there is a triangle that starts a few inches from the toe and grows over the foot to end at the heel. Isn't that cool?

And you know what? You could reverse the sock, and put the sole triangle on the top, and do a cool pattern in the triangle, and then micky with it and do the heel. It is just such a great idea. But then, you know what I think about Cat Bordhi in terms of rockiness.

Cody is at his (possibly) last chemo treatment and we'll have results of the ultrasound today. I'm very gloomy about this..not because of what the news will say (I mean, the best we can hope for is that the growth is slow) but that we've passed another milestone with him: at first we hoped he would just get through the surgery, then we hoped he would last long enough to go on vacation, then we hoped he would make it through all the chemo treatments. No more milestones/benchmarks left...just the final, sad one.

I'm still happy for the time we have with him, and that he still feels so good, it just gets harder and harder to see the bright side.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I Swear, This is a Different Picture

Originally uploaded by kbshee
Of my TYC.

In this one, the sweater has buttons, and no little yarn tails crawling off of it.

It looks good. The sleeves are a weee bit short and a weee bit wide but I'm hoping with wear and some additional blocking those issues will resolve themselves. The neckline could be a weee bit tighter but that's life. It fits, it looks good, it is comfortable, and I like it.

Other than that, life continues to be busy. I'm teaching a class in Portland on three Saturdays, and yesterday was my first. Up at 5:30 am, drive for two hours in the rain, class (which went well), drive back in the rain. Not fun but lucrative, and I can put up with anything for three Saturdays!

You ARE on Ravelry, aren't you? Have you received a 'heart' yet? I must tell you, nothing has made me happier than seeing some 'hearts' appear on my project list. It makes me want to go spread the 'heart' love around.

Friday, October 19, 2007

C and C

Originally uploaded by kbshee
AKA "Cables and Corrugations".

This is my second sock from Cat Bordhi's book, "New Pathways for Sock Knitters." Anyone who reads my blog knows the esteem in which I hold Cat Bordhi. This sock does not disappoint. The pattern has a braided cable on the sides of the foot (and one will also up the leg), and the brads are offset by bands of purls. It would be pretty without the purls...and with a different cable (like an XO)..and one of the wild things about the book is that NOW I can go design the sock and KNIT IT with confidence since Cat has made it so easy to substitute whatever you want to do.

And the yarn. THE YARN! It is from Zen Yarn Garden, the Harmony collection of semi-solids, in soem of the purtiest pinks you ever did see. Beautiful yarn dyed by the Lovely Roxanne. SHe has her own web site and also sells on Etsy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Socks! Done!

Originally uploaded by kbshee
And now, a haiku in honor of my socks.

I love my new socks:
Spiraling Coriolis.
Cat Bordhi rocks hard.

Edited to add: check out the comments for another haiku.
Now that I"ve made these socks once, I think I could make them in my sleep...they seem complex and LOOK complex but they're not! They're terrific! And I love how they make variegated yarn that has a bit of a pooling issue look good. And they're comfortable.

And of course, I immediately cast on for my next pair, the Cables and Corrugations, using Harmony Sock Yarn from Zen Yarn garden. I did the pontoon toe which was a bit of a challenge but looks good.

I also have my arwen in progress and promised myself this morning not to start another thing until the GAAA is done.

Oh, and the TYC is blocking. It's blocking! Hoorah!

Monday, October 15, 2007

What should I make?

stash enhancement
Originally uploaded by kbshee
As I mentioned yesterday, I had a little adventure at The Knit Shop. I went in to purchase some stitch markers and the new IK Holiday Gifts, and ended up with a few fiber goodies.

And yes, I know that taking the picture on top of a quilt is dumb.

Anyway, at the top, regia nation color sock yarn. I would normally gag at the yarn in the ball like this, but she had a sample knitted up into socks and they are the most cheerful socks you ever did see. So into the basket it jumped.

At the bottom, two skeins of Plymouth Fantasy Naturale. I've never knit with this, but the colors really pulled me in.

And as I was checking out, the wonderful sale on Manos was pointed out to me, and I grabbed three skeins. You see them in the middle

So what to make? Socks with the top yarn, obviously. I'd like to make some type of felted bucket bag with the manos. Any thoughts on what to do with the Fantasy Naturale? Some type of scarf, perhaps a moebius something?

Sunday, October 14, 2007

So close!

Originally uploaded by kbshee
I spent some time yesterday with my Tangled Yoke Cardigan, and completed the cables and most of the shaping at the top. All that is left is the neckline and the button bands (and to buy some buttons, note to self). The cables worked out pretty well...I was a stitch off at a couple of places but I think it looks fine. The pattern calls for stockinette cables on a stockinette background, so when you're working the cables it isn't always crystal clear which is 'cable' and which is 'background.' But on the whole, as long as someone isn't pushing me into a bright light and examining my cables with their reading glasses on, I think the total effect is really nice. I'm looking forward to actually wearing this looks like it will be done in time for winter.

closeup of tyc yoke
Originally uploaded by kbshee
And here is a closeup of the yoke. It is hard to photograph this...without the flash (as you see here) makes it sort of dark, with the flash really washes out the cable. Oh well. I should probably stand far away and use the zoom, but I never think of things like that until I'm in the middle of a blog.

I'll have more pictures to show you tomorrow. Yesterday while out running errands I popped into the KNit Shop to buy some stitch markers and the new IK Holiday Gifts issue. Well, you know what happened. Some yarns managed to come home with me. Anybody have a good pattern for two skeins of Fantasy Naturelle?

This weekend is ClayFest, Tim's first show. It is going well, he is getting great comments about his art and ideas on where to go next.
Thanks to everybody who came by to say hi!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Half a sweater...

Originally uploaded by kbshee good.

Not reall half a sweater...just the right front half and half a hood and a sleeve of my Arwen. The back is about 2/3 done. And now comes the sad tale...I had knit about 3" of the left front half before I realized I had made a huge error in the cable and it looked like poop. So I ripped the whole thang out and cast on again.

So not a whole lot of knitting to show you (which will be a theme for a bit).

I did get another row done on the TYC...440 stitches took me about 40 minutes. Not bad. And my stitch count seemed spot on, which was good.

Eugene knitters: visit ClayFest at the Fairgrounds this weekend!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Oh What a Tangled Yoke We Weave

Originally uploaded by kbshee
Or knit, as the case may be.

Well looky here. This seater fially looks like a sweater. Even though I posed it rather awkwardly on our couch. But anyway, I've attached the sleeves and started the cabled yoke...and I've actually completed a third of the yoke.

Right now, there are (deep breath) 440 stitches on the needles. Four rows at this level, then a couple of decreases to get it down to a normal level. But so far so good. The cables are very intuitive, which makes it easy to deal with the huge number of pattern repeats.

Originally uploaded by kbshee
Here is a close up of the cables that I've done so far...the pattern makes sort of a loopy side scrolling cables that are very different and unique (or should I say Eunnyque, ha ha ha).

The yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed in a dark grey with white and brown flecks in it, very pretty. I like the yarn. If one drops a stitch, the stitch will unravel and then sort of stick to the other stitches surrounding it. Not that I've dropped a stitch (I've dropped, um, six or seven actually).

We had a nice visit with Tim's brother and sil, Kevin and Sue, from St. Louis. I mostly went out to eat with them as I had to focus on some work things while they were here.

Cody had his fourth chemo and he is losing a bit of his appetite. This is a concern but I think is the pattern wtih his chemo. He still has that optimistic smile on his face every day. What a dog!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Coming Attractions

Things are busy here at our house: taking Cody to appointments, getting ready for Clay Fest , hosting houseguests, and the regular stuff of life. I'm tired. I feel like life is on the brink of extreme craziness and can't figure out for the life of me just how to pull it back in.

I will have knitting to show you, as the sleeves of the TYC are now attached to the body and I'm almost at the point where I decrease the yoke and then...the Tangled Cables!! Can't wait. Well, I can, but you know what I mean.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

I'm dizzy!

one spiral
Originally uploaded by kbshee
Because I've been spiraling.

Here's my first Spiraling Corialus, from the new Cat Bordhi book. It's hard to take a picture of the coolness of the spirals but you can see the one spiral going up my leg. And I learned a new trick: the EZ sewn bind off (named for Elizabeth Zimmerman). It's a nice rolled yet stretchy bind off, much nicer than a regular bind off, although it takes forever.

Basically, you put a long piece of yarn on a needle, insert it into the first two stitches purlwise, draw the yarn through, insert it into the first stitch knitwise, draw yarn through, and then slip first stich off the needle. If it sounds like the kitchener stitch, it is very similar to it. I didn't think it would be stretchy but it was. Highly recommended.

Jessie seems to be doing a bit better, but we're not convinced it is a UTI and not just poor Kitten behavior. Stay tuned.

Monday, October 01, 2007

You Want Some Boring Knitting Pictures?

Originally uploaded by kbshee
Well, I have them for you!

I have been getting some knitting done, it's just nothing very exciting to see. Take, for example, these two grey chimneys which are the sleeves for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. As soon as the sleeves are done, I'll attach them to the rest of the sweater and then I'll get to do the challenging yet stunning cable pattern on the yoke. But until the sleeves are done, no fun stuff to show! I have about 15 or 16 inches done and I think I have to get to 18 inches, so I'm close. But you know how those last few inches go. Especially in the sleeve vortex.

Originally uploaded by kbshee
And if two grey chimneys are not enough, how about a big swatch of blue stockinette? This is the back to Arwen. Yes, you are supposed to knit it first but being the Wild and Crazy Knitter that I am, I started on the fun stuff first. But for my allday meeting in SF on Saturday, I took this. So between a few moments in the airport and 7 hours of meeting, I ended up wtih about 15 inches of fabric needed for the back. So I"m quite pleased with this. Even though it is boring to look at.

And in Jessie news: she may have a UTI, she may not. But we have her on antibiotics, and added a third litter box, and have had about 40 hours without inappropriate urination behavior. We also have a plastic tarp over our bed. So chic! Hopefully our efforts will make her happier and feeling better. And us too.