Thursday, October 30, 2008

That Face!


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Here is a picture of Cody, back from the vet yesterday. He has a bit of an upset tummy today (won't go into details why, because it is gross) and/or I'm being scammed because he'll only eat hamburger from my hand (although he did eat cookies from Tim).

He's showing some signs of Cody-ness...barking a lot, jumping up at the mention of a walk, and eagerness at the opening of the refrigerator door. When he starts humping the dog bed, we'll know he's in good shape.

Keep your fingers crossed for that!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Purple Peplum


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I've been working on the peplum sweater from the Debbie Bliss magazine...it will take me forever, but whatever. This is the back...every tenth row or so there is a decrease between the cables and so by the time you get to the waist (or so) the cable are all close together. Anyway, it should look better than it sounds.

The yarn is Debbie Bliss Rialto DK. The pattern called for 14 balls, i bought 14 balls (on sale, this yarn is crazy expensive) and I think i've used three so far. I'm quite worried I won't have enough, even though I'm decreasing like crazy. I tried to order a few balls from Webs (where I bought it the first time) but they're out of it. So, keep your fingers crossed that all will work out.

Cody goes to our local vet to have his wounds checked...he's not 100% yet but he chases squirrels yesterday and that made my heart happy. I took him to school with me since we didn't feel comfortable leaving him alone for 9 hours (Tim had a consulting job yesterday). It was nice to spend the day with him but in reality he wasn't comfortable...I could tell he just wanted to go home and nap!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Congrats to Two Susans and a Heidy

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the survey! I did a random number drawing and awarded three skeins of yarn to Susan, Susan and Heidy. All the winners were incredibly gracious.

I've finished up the study...basically, for those who are interested, there were four different web sites for the made=up drug Lopertome, and each of the websites presented the risk information in a different way. I wanted to see if risk presentation affected comprehension (as well as some other things). the answer was yes: for one site in particular, the respondents had more 'wrong' answers to questions about drug benefits and risks than respondents to other sites. Good times!

I knitted four LACE rows today so you can see how my day was.

And Cody is holding his own.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Stockinette Week


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I think I can categorize my life into stockinette days, cable days and lace days.

Lace days...days when I feel rested, feel calm, feel peaceful, with time for self reflection and contemplation. When I can knit lace without wanting to slit my wrists.

Cable days: hectic times with small periods of calm where I can concentrate on something for at least a little white.

Stockinette Days: days when I can barely stay awake, when I don't have even time to cook a decent meal, when a half hour of time not eaten up by some other demands is a luxury.

So it has been a stockinette week. And not in a very good way, although I feel that we're sort of back on some type of even keel right now. And the upcoming week for me looks like I might even have a lace day in there...there are empty spaces on the calendar to catch up and to even do some planning ahead.

At least the result of the stockinette week is a finished pair of socks in Red Hot Chili Pepper from Wollmeise. I love the striping and I love the pooling i the middle. And of course the socks feel wonderful. The ends need weaving in but I'm just as happy tucking in ends these days.

Cody is well...not 100% but seems pretty calm and not in pain. We're lookig forward to a few good weeks with him. Thanks for all the positive thoughts you sent his way...they made all the difference.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Welcome home Cody!


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Cody is back home...we are so happy to have him here and while we're sorry that the treatments we planned didn't work out, we're glad he is feeling good. We should have a little bit of good time left with him, and we plan to enjoy every minute!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Request for Good Thoughts

If you read this, could you please send out some good thoughts into the universe for Cody? He is in the hospital in Corvallis with some serious complications from the catheter. More details as we have them.

Quick update: yesterday's surgery (his third in three weeks!) seemed to have gone fine...catheter is removed, antibiotics are adminstered, and we're hopeful he'll come home later today. Keep the positive energy going out to him!

friday evening update: he is on his way home!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ketchup


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I know I always say that the past week was crazy, but this one really kind of was. I had two evening events two nights in a row...both on top of full days of teaching and meetings, and I end up feeling like one of those plate spinners the moment before things come crashing down. Good times! I'm also sort of struggling with some other things at school, mostly having to do with a lack of recognition of my work but other people constantly being recognized for things like Breathing and Showing Up On Time. Academia is a pretty silly place. There are lots of great things about it..but other things are just ridiculous. That's what I have to keep in mind.

One of my evening things was very interesting...I gave a brief talk about Web 2.0 right after Ward Cunningham, who is the inventor of the wiki. Not wikipedia, something called the Wiki Wiki Web. Anyway...pretty amazing. He was quite a character and it was fun to chat with him...we ended the evening with a discussion of "Cult of the Amateur" and all in all it was an interesting night.

Some knitting has been happening.Saxon Sox: done! This is truly one of my favorite sock patterns of all time. And I love the yarn, and the color. All in all, I have to say that these might be my favorite socks ever! Ever!


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And my mindless sock is this pair in Red Hot Chili Pepper, from the amazing Wollmeise. These are very bright and happy. And Wollmeise's skeins are 510 yards, at least twice as much as I need, so i can get two pairs out of one skein OR .... wait for it.... I could save up the leftovers for a Charlotte's Web shawl! That's the plan right now. Likely to change.

Very little has been done on the lace stole. I also started a sweater from the new Debbie Bliss magazine...the peplum cardigan...but I've done about two inches of that and so there's not much to see.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Stella

Stella doesn't get a lot of air time on the blog, but I did a little video of her. You can sort of tell she isn't the sweetest cat on the block, but we love her!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thanks and a little Cody milestone

Thanks to all my blog readers who agreed to take part in my strange academic survey. See the post below..there is still time if you want to join the fun (she said sarcastically). Anyway, thanks!

Today is a bit of a milestone for Cody....he is off all his meds! Since his first surgery, he was on: two meds for a possible bleeding ulcer, two pain meds, a diarrhea med, a vomiting med, and an antibiotic. Plus his regular thyroid med. But this morning he had his last antibiotic, and he's finished all the courses of his meds. He's feeling good, and his body seems to have made peace with the fact that there is a catheter in it. Tim noticed yesterday that there's hair growing in on the skin covering the catheter, which is a good sign. And the wound where his catheter WAS is healing up really well.

That's probably more info than you need to know but it feels great to have him healthy (ish) again!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Want some yarn?


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I’m starting an academic research project that has nothing to do with knitting…however, I’m offering Wollmeise, Yarntini and Zen Yarn Garden yarn as prizes for participants.

I’m doing a study that looks at information presentation at websites. If you chose to participate, I’d have you visit a website for anew product, look through the website, and then click on a link that take you to a survey site where you will take a survey that asks about your opinion of the website and that asks you some questions about the product featured on the website. The whole process should take about twenty minutes.

If you’d like to participate, either leave a comment here, or send me an email at kbshee AT Comcast DOT net . I’ll then send you a link to the test site. You will not be asked to provide your name or email address at either the test site or at the survey site. The only record will be your message to me.

Thanks!

Two weeks from now, I’ll draw three names of everyone who asked to participate and will award three prizes of y arn. The first name pulled gets their choice of any of the three, the second their choice of the remaining two, and the third gets whatever is left. The three yarns are:

Wollmeise 80/20 Twin in Wilder Mohn. 510 yards of beautiful reds.
Zen Yarn Garden Squooshy Yarn. 80% merino 20% nylon, in the Phenomena colorway
Yarntini Merino Sport in the Hope Variegated Colorway.

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for your help!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunshine + Purple = Gorgeous


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I took my purple socks outside to take their pictures in the sun...as I noted earlier, taking pictures in the house results in the purple turning blue, and that's just not right. So anyway...the first is a pair I just finished (except for, obviously, the weaving in) in the purple sock yarn that was part of the Wool Girl Sock Club. Toe up, basic sock, love them. Beautiful colors of violet and light purple.


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I took my Saxony socks outside too, and this gives you a better idea of how purpley they are. Rosy asked if they were ecclesiastical purple and yes, I think they are. This is really the purple I think of when I think of purple...it is Amethyst by CTH, and is the purple of our butterfly bush outside. A really grapey purple. I love it.

I feel a bit more like myself...got some sleep, went out to see our Brownie yesterday with our friends Steve and Patty, and then hung out a bit for the rest of the day and conked out at 9:30 last night. Brownie is doing good..growing a bit, she's probably two inches bigger than two weeks ago, and gaining apparently a pound a day!!! I took some movies that I'll try to post soon.

Please check the blog tomorrow for a request for help...I'm starting an academic research project and need some folks to review a test website and comment on it. Yarn prizes await!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tired


Worrying, not sleeping, back to school, yay!

Not much knitting going on, Cody seems a bit perkier, and it is the weekend so hopefully I'll feel more myself soon.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Quick Cody Update

Thanks to everyone who has asked about our little guy.
The good news is that he is feeling good after his surgery and we've passed through the side effects of chemo without a whole lot of trauma.

The bad news is that the catheter that the vets input is causing some problems...I won't go into details but basically the skin did not heal over the catheter as it was supposed to. So Cody is back in Corvallis today for some additional surgery to correct that problem.

Hopefully we'll get back on an even keel with him soon.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Photo Frustration


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I love these Saxony socks...a beautiful cable down the front and moss stitch on the back of the leg...but I'm frustrated that you can't see how Purple they are!

I guess that's the problem with taking pictures inside. The flash gives you the color that's closest to the color but it washes out the cables. No flash gives you the cable but the sock looks blue rather than the wonderful purple it is!

I'll go outside and take some pics there...it is finally sunny after a gloomy weekend (hello, winter!) and maybe that will work.

But I like these socks. From A Fine Fleece...and I keep the cable pattern going all the way down the foot (I didn't do moss stitch on the sole, though, just stockinette). It seemed to almost knit itself.

Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, in Amethyst. Possibly the best purple sock yarn in the Universe.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Crazy Week=Over


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The first week of school tends to be a little crazy, but this week has been crazier than ever. Tim is now teaching at LCC, so we had to work out both of our morning routines and transportation to various academic institutions. And then we had to work in all of Cody's medications, and a vet trip for a blood draw, then another vet trip to drop off a urine sample. And Tim took the GREs yesterday ( and did terrific on them!). And then this morning we met my BIL and nephew from San Jose for Breakfast at 8am.

I think I now understand the expression 'the thin edge of the wedge'.

But hopefully things will get back to whatever normal is in our lives. I've done minimal knitting, although I'm zooming forward on this mindless sock (I'm halfway done with Sock #2). Cody is feeling much better. Hopefully the Ducks will beat USC today (ha HA) but one can only dream. My classes seem good, with the big class being very energetic so I have high hopes for the fall term.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Saxony Socks


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Here is project #3 from the wonderful book A fine Fleece...the Saxony Socks. I'm changing these up a bit by having the saxony braid go all the way down the foot, just to keep knitting the sock interesting.

First week of classes this week, so Tim and I are working to get in to some type of routine (Tim teaches mornings at LCC). So we're a bit off-kilter right now.

The good news is that Cody has bounced back from his surgery and is just about back to normal! Go Cody!