Saturday, August 29, 2009

End of summer musings

I haven't been posting a lot this summer, and I don't really know why. I've been busy this last few weeks on my 'side project', which is a site for small businesses (feel free to come visit). I've also started interviewing small retail owners for a new book...we're looking for small businesses that use social media. If you do, or if you know of anyone, send me an email: kbshee AT comcast DOT net, or just leave a comment here with the info.

The other reason is that our Cody is not doing well, and we think we are coming close to the time when that hard decision has to be made. This last week has been our constant search to find something he wants to eat. We have a terrific vet, Priscilla Gibson at Bush Animal Hospital here in Eugene, who is helping us every step of the way. We are headed over the coast after Labor Day and hoping Cody is well enough to enjoy that trip. It's just day by day here.

But I have been knitting, although not as much as I'd like. Hopefully this coming week will allow for a bit more knitting.

The end of summer makes me blue...the end of beautiful weather here in Oregon, the promise of yet another year of challenges at my job, and just the end of the luxury of free time that I"m so fortunate to have. How is the end of your summer going?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


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I can't believe it has been over a week since I've blogged. I don't even know what I've been doing (ok I do, but still). And in fact, knitting is going on.

These are Cookie A socks (not sure which ones, I'll check and let you know). There's either major errata in this pattern or in the pattern knitter. Anyway, all I can do is hope to replicate the errors on the second sock. Or not. It matters little to me.

The yarn is really more purply than shows up here.

In other news: finished mohair sweater and I look like a sheepdog with it on, but I don't care; finished a sock in interesting cotton yarn (more on this later), cast on for another sweater from "a Fine Fleece". So life goes on, too busy, especially for summer, especially for me.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Summertime! Mohair!

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So I mentioned a while back I was making a mohair sweater in the summer (because nothing says hot weather knitting like a mohair sweater).

If you haven't knit with mohair, you might not be familiar with some of its fiberous joys (she said facetiously). There isn't a whole lot of give, and it is very dangerous to tink.However, a seamless raglan SS pullover seems to be just the ticket for this fiber. I'm using Le Gran Mohair, which really has beautiful colors (although I'm using off white) and a nice feel and texture.

I'm currently working on the yoke, which is going fast since, of course, I'm decreasing 8 stitches per round every other round. This should be in FO land by the weekend.

Monday, August 17, 2009


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The Pink Top, it is done!

See? Two rectangles? Held together with multicolored buttons? And you open the buttons at the top to have a neck?

Isn't it ingenious?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Joining the "Annoyed with Knitpick Options" club

I'm knitting my first sock from Cookie A's "Sock Innovation"...

...and let me interrupt myself. THis is a beautiful book, with gorgeous sock patterns, but my friends, I think those of you who have looked in this book will agree with me that these patterns are not for the timid. They are...complex.

....using my Knitpick options in size 2, which I've never really had a problem with, when the tip disconnected from the cord and fell off an entire side of cable knitted sockness.


I couldn't even find most of the stitches to pick them up.

Luckily the ugliness will be in the back of the sock. But I'm annoyed.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Here we go!

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The next time you see the long pink rectangles, they will be a top.

I've finished both rectangles, and sewed two side seams, one on the lefthand side of the lefthand rectangle, and one on the righthand side of the righthand rectangle. There is an opening for my arms to come out. Next...buttons!

And it will all make sense.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

The other end

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Here's a picture of Hanami taken from the other end.

No, I'm not at Sock Summit.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Still Life with Hanami

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I'm back from 26 hours in LA! I actually got back Tuesday night but spent yesterday in sort of a netherworld of recovery and thinking about the trip...a very intense yet good meeting about my 'side' project, a small business marketing consultancy. We're about to relaunch our website and publish our second book....and announce our third book! stay tuned on that.

But. Of more interest. I blocked Hanami!

Can I just say that blocking wires are the best!
As is a very warm, very dry day for blocking?

I'm thrilled with this shawl. And thrilled to be done with it. More pictures (from the other side) tomorrow!.

Edited to add: I just saw Wendy Knit's post from today. I did not plagarize her title! I swear!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Yeah. About that.

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So there' nothing really to show you, apologies.

Unless you'd like to see a second long rectangle of pink knitting.

Or a white mohair tube that will someday be a sleeve.

Or perhaps this? I cast on for a sock from the Cookie A book. The Milo sock. It starts with 72 stitches on the cuff. So I cast on with two circs, 26 stitches per needle, and knit the 10 rounds of the cuff.

And then as I looked at the charts for the leg, I thought "where are all the stitches I need?" It took about five minutes to realize that 72 divided by 2 was not 26, but 36.

Frog. Cast on. Knit again.

So not much to show, so you can look at the cute cats from the quilt at last week's quilt show that I liked.

Two pieces of good news: swellling on hands almost gone, and blocking wires are in house. I'm off for a quick trip to LA on Monday so I'll check back later in the week.