Sunday, November 30, 2008

Somoko Socks


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Somoko is one of those sock yarns that gets a lot of raves and can be impossible to find. It is made by the Fleece Artist people in Canada, and is a mix of merino, kid, nylon and silk.

And I call it Sokomo because it makes more sense (socks, SOKomo, see?)

Anyway, this yarn was a special colorway dyed for The Loopy Ewe in honor of (I think( their anniversary. I like The Loopy Ewe. The service is wonderful, the selection is great, and they have a nice frequent buyer program (I just earned a free skein of yarn...Dream In Color Sparkly, or some such, more on that later. It has flecks of silver in it).

Anyway...not that crazy about this yarn during the knitting up process, but the new sock owner (aka Tim) loves the final product...he says they feel terrific, so that's a good thing. The colorway is a nice masculine colorway, but bright enough to make it worthwhile during the knitting up. I won't race out to buy some more, but I wouldn't turn it down if it came a knockin' at my door.

We went out to visit Brownie yesterday at Silk Creek Alpacas. She's growing quite a bit, and is now flirting with the fellas. Another dark brown (aka bay black) alpaca has joined the herd, and it is fun to see imagine how Brownie might 'look' some day! Julie mentioned showing Brownie in the spring once the shows start, so I'm going to do a bit of research into that. At a minimum, I'll go in on a booth with Bil and Julia at the Eugene alpaca show in June, which I'm very excited about! Bil and Julia also gave me a beautiful gift of some alpaca roving...8 oz of brown and 8 oz of white that I can dye...very excited about that too. Must. Get. Spinning.

The lovely day yesterday was complimented by an AWESOME win by the UO Ducks over their arch rivals, the Oregon State Beavers, in a nail-biter game where the Ducks had a comfortable lead most of the time but it was a nail biter anyway.

One last day of peace before the last week of classes (aargh) and finals week (yeee) and then grading and then a little break!

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Perfect Beach Day!

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

We had a quiet and mellow Thanksgiving...we watched the Philadelphia Dog Show (a tradition at our house!) and then Tim cooked a gourmet Chinese dinner. I helped a bit, mostly washing dishes and blanching peppers. Naps were taken by most of our family. A good day.

Today we roused ourselves early (no, not 4am at Kohl's early) and headed off to Florence. The weather was predicted to be OK, and we wanted to let Cody have another day on the beach while he was still feeling well, Plus, Tim took his birthday kite, since there's usually quite a bit of wind.


We left cloudy Eugene at about 9:30, headed west, and when we arrived in Florence at about 11 it was partly sunny, with no wind, and the temperature about 60...perfect winter conditions for the beach. The waves were very churny, so we walked on the beach and threw the float for Cody for a bit, then headed over to a calmer inlet for a bit more fetching. Juneau romped around and got her feet wet a few times...Cody had a terrific day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Halloween...er...Thanksgiving!


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Yesterday when I got home from a really, really bad day at work, a little surprise was waiting for me!

I won the Woolgirl Halloween contest! I love Woolgirl...I belong to Jen's sock club, and I've bought a lot from her store and I loyally follow her blog. So i was very excited to win the Halloween contest! I won candy, pez, stickers, Halloween Kleenex, "Frankenstein" starring Robert De Niro and Kenneth Branagh, and best of all, my choice of any sock yarn from the store!

I selected Dream in Color Smooshy in Visual Purple. And even better, i just finished a pair of socks for Tim yesterday so I'll wind this up today and start on a new pair of socks with this yarn!

Jen is also having a big sale at Woolgirl starting Friday. i shouldn't, but I'll be there!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cody says hello

He's feeling good, and asked me to show you all how good!

Stegasaurus


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Christmas knitting. Hmm. Always a conundrum. And the conundrum is that the people who I would like to knit for tend to not want knitted gifts. At one point my brother actually said "and don't knit me anything." Yes, he should not be eligible for gifting at all. But you know what? Better say it out loud (and live with the consequences) than not even thank me for it.

But whatever. I saw these dinosaur toys advertised in a catalogue and thought they were too cute not to make. This is the first one, a stegasaurus (and knowing me, the last one too) knit with Plymouht Boku. It still needs some ends woven in but it turned out kind of cute looking. So it is destined to be part of a gift for a lucky little elf!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Quick post

Nothing of note to show you...nothing much to say. I was sort of ill on Wednesday, rallied on Thursday to celebrate Tim's birthday !!!! and then had a pretty horrid day on Friday, so I was so ready for the weekend. Yesterday we went to the Holiday market, did some Christmas shopping, and then today we're just hanging.

Photos soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's not that I feel bad...


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..it's just that I don't feel good.

Yesterday at school I felt a wave of not-goodness....sort of when you got hot and tired and cold and scratchy all at once? I managed to persevere through the rest of the day and my big class, and then pretty much crashed last night. I slept OK last night, but today I just feel sort of blah. Like my eyes hurt. And it feels better to lay (lie?) down that to sit up.

Thank goodness for laptops!

So I'm just going to take it easy today (and given that its 11 am, I'm doing a pretty good job). I finished my final exam for the big class so that is all set, so at least I accomplished something today.

I've finished four repeats of the hanami shawl, three more basketweaves to go and then the other part! Yay!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sock


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I finished this sock for Tim last night (and yes, a second sock is in the works).

It's made with Fleece Artist Sokomo, one of those yarns that got rave reviews but that I'm pretty apathetic about. It has some cashmere but it doesn't feel that great. Tim tried it on and likes how it feels, though, so that's the important thing.

The color is Loopified, the special color that was created for the anniversary of the online yarn shop The Loopy Ewe. It's great for loves of red and black and white, which we are at our house!


Please forgive the unoriginal post titles. That time of the year!

Monday, November 17, 2008

quiz time!

I took this quiz I found at Rosy's blog:




ColorQuiz.comKim took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!

"Longs for tenderness and for a sensitivity of feel..."


Click here to read the rest of the results.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Socks


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I finished this pair of socks with ArtYarns super merino. I read online that this yarn feels like cotton but wears like wool, and that really is true...they feel very smooshy and sort of thick but not really...hard to explain, but I really do like this yarn. I wish I was more in love with the colors, but honestly, I need no more yarn. For a long time. So I'm on an official yarn diet (although everything is so tempting!)

Like the Woolgirl Lace Club . I don't even like lace, but Jen at Wooolgirl has the best clubs. Seriously. So if you like lace, and you have some cash (ok, a lot of cash) to spare, go check out her lace club. And I'll just drool from afar.

It has been a pretty mellow weekend here so far, with some lace knitting (oops, I guess I do knit lace!) and some other knitting falderol, pics to come.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Purple Peplum


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Yes, it is an odd photo.

Anyway, I finished the back of the purple peplum and instead of binding off I transferred it to a spare needle and I'll do a 3-needle bind off when the time is right. It's almost 28 inches long, by far the longest sweater I've ever knit, and so the sleeves should seem like a breeze! I like how it looks, and the pattern is well written, and Debbie Bliss Rialto DK is lovely.

I had some fears that I wouldn't have enough yarn...and of course it is discontinued...but I found one skein on Ravelry and them my amazing SIL Candace found four skeins in the correct dyelot through the yarn shop she works at ( Yarndogs, for those of you in the San Jose area) . So I feel more confident that I will have enough to finish this.


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After several weeks of rain we're promised a sunny weekend; Tim and I are going to try to get the kayaks out for a quick paddle this afternoon. This means for this weekend: yardwork, Ducks, and some good walks with the dogs. Cody is feeling great! His appetite and energy are back, he's a happy guy (as you can see) and he seems like his old self. We're thrilled, and we're hoping these last few weeks (months?) continue to be happy for our little guy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Props to the P.O.

I've written before about how terrific our mailman is, and today I had to make the trek to the main PO to pick up a package (Wollmeise! In Veilchen! My own personal holy grail!) and I have to tell you, those PO people are awesome.

There was a pretty big line when I got there, and from what I could hear there were some really dumb people who apparently had never been in a post office in their life. The people working at the counter were kind, patient, accomodating, and never seemed exasperated or frustrated. Honestly, I would have pulled out the stamps on the top of the drawer, not given someone a notebook so they could browse and discuss stamp choices while there were 12 people in line.

Example question: Postal Patron to PO Lady: "We have trouble mailing to Do you have trouble mailing there?" Hello? Pay your postage and move on. PO Lady doesn't need to discuss troublesome mailing areas with you, and she's going to say good things anyway. Move on!
Example comment: "Gimme a couple sheets of stamps." Hello? Is she supposed to read your mind? Tell her how many, moron.

Anyway, when it was my turn I thanked my PO Lady profusely and told her how I admired all of their patience and kindness. She said to me, smiling, "see this smile? It is frozen here until 12/25." And then she told me "don't bother coming here the day after a holiday or a Sunday. The crazies come out. Wait til the next day."

Gotta love the PO People!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Three-pete


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So I've completed three repeats of the lace pattern for the Hanami shawl. and yes, it doesn't look that much different than when I completed two repeats. But I do feel that this is a project that will, indeed, be finished one day. Not sure when! But at least it is moving along. And on Saturday, when I was working on it, I only had one time over about 20 rows when I ended up with an extra stitch. So I think I have a better handle on the whole lace thing.

It is fun to knit, I have to say. THe pattern sort of gets you into a rhythm, which I've never felt before with lace. I think it is a very graphic and linear pattern which is why this is happening. Anyway, all good.

I've done a bit more knitting on the cable peplum...still working on the back, but at least I'm at the armholes now. And I finished my ultramerino socks, and cast on for a mindless pair for Tim. More details on that soon.

Cody is done with his meds, and his appetite is coming back a little bit. He still enjoys his burger-and-eggs omelets, but for now he's eating a little bit of kibble along with them.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

What a Week!!


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I didn't seem to get a lot of knitting done this week....Tuesday night I was too nervous to knit, and then Tuesday LATE night I was really too excited and emotional to sleep. So Wednesday I was pretty wiped out, and now am just catching up with sleep and so with that feeling of normalcy.

I've been knitting on these socks, and I haven't showed them to you for a few reasons. First, they're just plain old socks, nothing interesting. And second, I'm not that crazy about the colors. But my friends (oop, too much McCain rhetoric this week), this yarn is absolutely wonderful. It is ArtFibers Ultramerino sock yarn, and feels absolutely incredible and is just lovely to work with. More!

Cody is doing OK...for those of you on hump watch (Rachel!) he did a few little humps on Wednesday and Thursday nights. He hasn't had an appetite, but we discovered he likes scrambled eggs, so he's been getting eggs and burger and kibble omelets this week. As you might imagine, his coat is gorgeous right now. Anyway...he seems to be ALMOST back to being the pre-surgery Cody, and so we're pretty happy about that.

School is at that point where everything a student says sets me off and I can hardly wait for the end. Four more weeks. Argh!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Happy

It is 7:30 in Oregon. In half an hour, I think the world will experience an amazing change.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Why I Love Rainy Weekends with Lots of Football!


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Hey lookie! I've finally made enough progress on the Hanami shawl to show you! This is the pattern after two repeats (ie 62 rows)' I did an additional fifteen or so rows after I took the picture so it is really starting to look like something!

Oh sure, it has my fair share of 'design elements' (how did that extra stitch get there?) but so far so good. There are 16 stitches inthe pattern, so I finally realized that if I broke it down into hunks of 4 stitches at a time there is actually some rhyme and reason to the pattern.

Anyway, lots of football, sad sad football this weekend, as the Ducks lost on Saturday and the Broncos lost on Sunday (but such good knitting time!). By the Colts game last night we were both pretty over football (and lace knitting, well, actually knitting in general for the weekend).

Cody is doing better...he still doens't have his whole appetite back but he is very alert and happy, really no more sad eyes from our little guy.

Tomorrow is Election Day here in the US. Vote!! We have mail in voting in Oregon (love) and so our votes have been safely in the ballot box for a week. Nothing left but the waiting (and worrying!).

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Spooky Scary!


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For the past several Halloweens, the spookiest thing about our house has been that our front yard has looked like the site of a nuclear bomb. A few years ago, we were so overrun with morning glories (a pretty flower in some places, a noxious weed in Oregon) that we covered the 'lawn' (and we use that term very loosely) with black fabric and mulch, and just let it die out to try to kill all the weeds off. Two summers ago we put in the center garden in the middle of the lawn, and then this summer Tim did two great projects: front 'deck' and the arbor.

For the front deck, he took out our front steps and put in three larger steps that make a much more open entrance to the house. Our front door has been referred to a 'bat cave' so opening it up makes it just a little nicer.


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And a bonus, that we didn't realize until this week, is that it makes a much nicer display for the pumpkins. We went out to the pumpkin farm a few weeks ago and brought back some big pumpkins. Often we find ourselves too busy (or lazy) to carve them, but on Wednesday night we dug in and did the jack-o-lantern thing. Each one took two or three tea lights because they were pretty big. They made quite the show out in the front! We went through a lot of candles last night because Steve and Jen brought E squared by for Trick or Treats. Evan was dressed as a ghost (so cute) and Erin had a Candy Corn bedecked outfit. So they came by around 5, and then we had a few other groups til about 7:15.


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Of course I overbought in the candy area, so i gave the FedEx guy a handful of candy this morning.

We also put in an arbor at one end of the yarn and bought a glider to put under it. Yesterday afternoon, about half an hour before the kids were due to come over, we hung a ghost up in the arbor. It was not very scary in the day light and pretty much impossible to see at niht, but we did give it a shot.

And yes, it looks like we need to rake some leaves.

How was YOUR Halloween?