Friday, November 30, 2007

Home Stretch

Classes are done, the final projects are almost all in, and I have one (multiple choice) exam to give on Tuesday and then a little grading push and I'm done. Hopefully in a week my grades will be all finished and I'll have a few weeks of 'quiet' (I have a chapter to finish, and books to read for next term, but other than that there should be plenty of knitting and reading time).

Not much knitting wise to show...I'm almost halfway through the front of my House Sweater but that's a bunch of boring stockintette. I think I've done three rounds of the stain glass bag and I'll do more tomorrow during the Duck game, and then I'll have some stuff to show you.

Have you seen the Kauni yarn? They have it on preorder at Webs and you can knit the famous Kauni Cardigan with it (Stephanie did one, here is a close up at her blog . I can't do this cardigan because a. steeks and b. colorwork but I do want to make something fabulous with the yarn. Oh yes, I bought some. Oops forgot to mention that. Anyway, some fun ideas on Ravelry so we'll see what I come up with.

But I really must stop buying yarn. I've dropped out of several sock clubs (bmfa, pick up sticks) not because I don't love the yarn, just because I'm drowning in sock yarn and need to, um, make some socks. I've been in a sweater mood which is not good (at least there really aren't any sweater clubs out there) (are there?).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Interestingly enough, it is my least favorite color

Your Brain is Green

Of all the brain types, yours has the most balance.
You are able to see all sides to most problems and are a good problem solver.
You need time to work out your thoughts, but you don't get stuck in bad thinking patterns.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the future, philosophy, and relationships (both personal and intellectual).

Monday, November 26, 2007

Fun Fun Fan Fan


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
This is fun knititng, my friends.

I rarely find knitting so 'fun' that I can't put it down and work on something else. But this is fun. I think it is the challenge of planning out the colors and then finding the right colors on the Noro skein, and that I can knit oneof the fans in about half an hour and have anothe rpuzzle piece completed.

It also makes me wonder about my self-imposed ban on most colorwork. I rarely wear colorful clothes, which limits my colorful knitting (except for socks, of course). But knitting this just makes me happy I think it working with all the gorgeous Noro colors (and I've never rhapsodized about noro before, even about my Lady E.). It is just so fun.

Did I mention it was fun?

Anyway, three of seven rounds now completed on this bag. We watched "Lawrence of Arabia" over the weekend and that movie is great for knitting something to which a tiny bit of attention must be paid. There's a lot of walking around the desert. It was so different than movies today, which was nice for a long weekend.

How was yours?

Friday, November 23, 2007

I'm a Fan!


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
I've had the yarn to cast on for the Felted Stained Glass Fan Bag for quite a while..in fact, every since I saw it at Julia's blog and knew I had to knit this. I have a bunch of different colors of Noro Kureyon that I bought via various eBay sales and finally Monday night I cast on for this beauty. It is sort of like entrelac, only the shape is fans rather than squares. It is really quite ingenious, and incredibly beautiful (if I do say so myself). And honestly, it is so very fun to knit with bright colors for once!

We had a great Thanksgiving. As I mentioned before, we made dinenr for Steve and Jen on Wednesday and took it over there and shared an early Thanksgiving with Evan and his parents. Yesterday, we were lazy in the morning then watched the Dog Show at noon, put up some Christmas lights outside the house, walked the dogs, and then made paella. It was better than last year (which was too fishy) but the rice could use a bit more spice. Some knitting, particularly around the Dog Show, was accomplished.

Today we're off to the Holiday market (this is the first post-TG Friday Tim hasn't had to work in yonks) and then more relaxing! And tomorrow..go Ducks! Rose Bowl! Rose Bowl!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

House Sweater


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
I started my Ravenclaw House Sweater from the book Charmed KNits in Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold. The book has the sweater as a dark grey, but I ordered a light blue grey which I really like. Yes, it is miles upon miles of stockinette but that really isn't bad. When you're tried. And brain dead. It kinda works.

See the stripe? Lookie, friends, colourwork (snicker). There will also be stripes around the sleeve cuffs. Pretty crazy, eh?

So are you ready for Thanksgiving? Tim is making a dinner for our friends Steve and Jen that we'll take over tomorrow, and then we'll make our traditional Paella on Thursday. And chocolate volcanos. Volcanoes? Yum.

Anyway, happy thanksgiving to all!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Border without an Afghan


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
Yet.

I finally finished the border of the Great American Aran Afghan. It is basically a repeated cable all the way around with some short row corners. Anyway. It now needs to be a. blocked and b. sewn onto the afghan. I might try to tackle that over Thanksgiving, but maybe not.

It has been a busy week work wise,hence no posts. It's the 8th week of a ten week term, and we hosted two candidates for a job in my department. I am the chair of the search committee so I was pretty much the 'host' for the visit. Between making sure the candidates know where they are and making sure my colleagues show up and don't blow off their meetings, it can be pretty stressful. Add to that: one of my colleagues provided misinformation to one of the candidates about workload, and another candidate wanted some last minute changes in his schedule. Just sort of nutty.

I've been so pooped I've only been physically capable of knitting stockinette, and so my House Sweater in Elsebeth Lavold silky wool is progressing quite nicely. No work on my c and c sock for yonks, but will get back to it soon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Stella...just because...


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Don't be afraid to read this post, because nothing bad has happened to Stella, our little black cat. It is just that I rarely get a nice picture of her where you can see her face, so when I do I want to show it off on my blog.

Oh yeah, her face? It is on the right hand side. Look for the ear and that's her head. Maybe the picture isn't so great.

Stella is doing well on her microdose of phenobarbital to help control her seizures. She had a seizure or two about three weeks ago, but has been seizure free since then. She is playing with Jessie Cat, biting Juneau's tail, and being a bit more interactive with us. She also has stopped some of her problematic litter box behaviors (or lack of litter box behaviors) which is nice. She'll never be a perfect cat but as long as she isn't tormented we feel she's doing fine.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Assembling Arwen


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As those of you who read my exciting post last night know, I finished the knitting on the Arwen last night and was excited to start putting it together today. Not. About the excited part. Anyway, I really don't like finishing things but that's just me.

I decided (with much input from Tim) that Arwen needs to be finished slowly when the mood strikes. So today, I grafted the top of the hood, sewed the back seem of the hood together, and sewed one of the sleeves together. I need to now:
-seam the second sleeve
-attach the back at the shoulders
-sew the bottom of the hood to the back
-sew the side seams (although the pattern does not tell you to do this)
-and finally, sew the seam at the bottom.

Yee.

As you might have heard about this pattern, the sleeves are very narrow. Now I don't know about you, but the days of my buff upper arms are gone. Even so, I only measure about a foot around my upper arm. This sweater is about 13" around, but I'm hoping after I block the whole shebang that I can get a little room there. It will fit (with either a thin, tight t or a cami underneath) but I'd like it to be a bit roomier.

So next came the big decision: what to start next (even though I know I need to finish the @#$*& border of the Great American Aran Afghan and just get 'er done). I have the yarn for a House Sweater from Charmed KNits which should be pretty mindless, so I'm going to cast on for that. And then when the term ends, I'll start the Fan Bag and another cable sweater.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

And it all just slowly falls apart

I'm having an 'I'm old" moment. Or maybe an "I'm old" week.

Last week, my tooth broke. Says the Dentist: "that's what happens when you get old". Saturday I wore my contact lens for a few hours too long, and woke up on Sunday with a painful and watery eye. Says the eye doctor: "as we age, we lose moisuture in our eyes, and can't tolerate our contacts as long." And in the past few days, my old dislocated shoulder injury has reminded me that putting on my bathrobe can be a very paintful experience. Old old old.

I know I'm complaining, when in fact I have nothing at all to complain about. I'm relatively healthy and relatively happy and have a relatively small number of grey hairs. People are still surprised when they find out I"m as old as I am. Heck, I don't feel nearly as old as I am. It is just those little reminders, sadly increasing in frequency, that become disheartening.

At least I can knit!

Monday, November 05, 2007

18 inches left!


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
I finished the arm of the second side of Arwen, and all I have left is the half of hood...18 inches! That's maybe what, 5 or 6 repeats of the reversible cable pattern. Hooray!

I've enjoyed making Arwen a lot, because I like the cables and I love the yarn I'm using (Rowan Cashsoft 4 ply). But it has been a bit of a slog. Of course, I've put it down during some of the more intense work periods. This weekend, I worked on Arwen during the Ducks game (Go Ducks! They beat Arizona State quite handily) and during the Colts-Patriots game (boo!). No good games are on TV next week so I wonder if I'll get more Arwen done. :-)

I also had my last Saturday class in Portland, this one wasn't bad because it was only a 3 hour class. But still, I'm looking forward to not gettng up at 5:30 next Saturday morning. It was a good class with terrific students and I'll teach some more up in Portland either later this year or next fall.

In other knitting news: I'm about halfway done with the border for my Great American Aran Aghan. I would like to have the border finished by Thanksgiving weekend so I can finish that puppy up, we'll see. Of course, now I"m thinking about 'upcoming' projects, especially since I'll have a few weeks off at Christmas to get some good knitting done. At the top of my list are the House Sweater from Charmed Knits, the felted Fan bag, and another cable sweater from the Patons cable sweater book. Cant quite decide which to begin wtih but of couse I'll figure it out.

Speaking of Christmas, I'm doing little Christmas knitting this year: just a surprise knitted something for Tim.

My eye is a little wonky this morning (it was very bloodshot and watery yesterday, not so bad today but still not happy). Luckily I have my annual exam today so maybe she can figure out what is going on there.

Friday, November 02, 2007

A few days late...


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...but not bad.

I think we were carving the pumpkins at 5pm on Halloween, but we did get them done and out into the front yard to welcome the hoards (or not) of kiddos coming by for Halloween. We had three groups: two little neighbor girls with parents at about 6:45, then two large groups of 5 or 6 kids at 8:15. So we now have quite a bit of chocolate etc left over, which is fine by us.

Another busy week (only 3.5 weeks of classes left, hooray for that and for thanksgiving) with meetings and visitors and whiney undergrads. But that is pretty much life as usual for me.

Not much knitting going on, I'm looking forward to two football games this weekend on TV. Tomorrow is my last Saturday class in Portland, so the last 5:30 am Saturday wake up call for a while. I'm so looking forward to that too!