Saturday, July 31, 2010

3/4 match with my good twin




You Are Fantasy / Sci Fi



You have an amazing imagination, and in your mind, all things are possible.

You are open minded, and you find the future exciting. You crave novelty and progress.



Compared to most people, you are quirky and even a bit eccentric. You have some wacky ideas.

And while you may be a bit off the wall, there's no denying how insightful and creative you are.






You Are Iris



You are the perfect blend of entertainment and wisdom.

You make people think about themselves and their place in the world.

Although you make people think, at least they'll have fun doing it. You're like a laughter therapist.

You are a very enriching and entertaining friend.






Your Personality Is Guardian



You are sensible, down to earth, and goal oriented.

Bottom line, you are good at playing by the rules.



You tend to be dominant - and you are a natural leader.

You are interested in rules and order. Morals are important to you.



A hard worker, you give your all at whatever you do.

You're very serious, and people often tell you to lighten up.



In love, you tend to take things carefully and slowly.



At work, you are suited to almost any career - but you excel in leadership positions.



With others, you tend to be polite and formal.



As far as looks go, you are traditionally attractive. You take good care of yourself.



On weekends, you tend to like to do organized activities. In fact, you often organize them!





You Need Some Green in Your Life



Green will make you feel alive, renewed, and balanced.

And with a little green, you will project an aura of peacefulness and harmony.

If you want stability, you've got to get a little green in your life!



For extra punch: Combine green with blue or purple



The downside of green: It can promote jealousy in yourself or others



The consequences of more green in your life:



You will be drawn to a new life path

You will feel free to pursue new ideas and interests, no matter how strange

You will be released from the demands and concerns of others


Resigned


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
I have reached that point where I realize that:
1. I will never capture the true purpley beauty of these socks on film and
2. I will never capture the beautiful Samurai pattern of these socks on film.
I have to be happy with just looking at them and smiling.

The only weird thing is, even though I knit these EXACTLY the same, EXACTLY I'm telling you because I counted the rows very very carefully: they are still different looking...one looks longer and tighter in the cuff ribbing. I can't figure it out except that I tried on one and I haven't tried on the other so we'll see what happens when I wear these in real life.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Ouch. Ish.

I just lost half a molar. On a Friday where my dentist only works Monday-Thursday.
But given that he is a wonderful dentist, he had his home number on the answering machine and didn't mind at all when I called him, and I'm going by the office at 8:30 Monday morning to see how long it will take to fix.

it doesn't hurt, it just feels weird, which isn't that bad. And luckily no big caramel eating advetures on the horizon.

Ouch.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

In the Pantheon of Annoyingness...

...this rates somewhere in the middle.

Favorite Sock Yarn Dyer (FSYD) announces a week ago she'll update her Etsy store today at 10am PST. FSYD also announces it is a grab bag, so you just order 'a skein' and she'll grab something and send it to you (there is a logical reason for doing this having to do with a move to a new location and a desire not to move a lot of inventory).

So I arrive at FSYD etsy site today and there it is, the link to buy a MAXIMUM of 2 skeins. So I put 2 skeins into cart. Press the checkout button. There is then only 1 skein in cart. OK. Press the button to get directed to paypal to pay and get an oh so cute and whimsical etsy error message (this one had to do with knitting and said something like oops dropped a stitch. And there's a picture of a three-armed sweater. Hello. Etsy. That's not gonna happen if you drop a stitch).

And it also said...ready...try again later.

Try what again later, etsy? The whole purchase process? Because there isn't going to be anything left because there were only 50 skeins to begin with.

I press the back key, and it happens again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Finally: this etsy shop does not have the stock to fulfill your order.

So where would you put this n the annoying scale?

Monday, July 26, 2010

They're so much prettier than this


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
It is so frustrating when gorgeous yarn doesn't photograph gorgeously. What is it with purple anyway? I can't get the glow in the dark nature of the yarn to come through. Grrrr.

Anyway, these are my samurai socks which should be finished tonight.

I had an interesting day today. We did our 'power walk' early (and it wasn't that powerful....we went kayaking yesterday and both felt a bit, um, exercised out). I met a colleague for coffee...I'm helping her promote her new book about life with a teenage daughter (click here to read more) and it is fun to be in the advertising trenches again. Then a silly meeting with some colleagues and then the good news that one of my favorite students landed his dream job! I'm thrilled for him! Congratulations Sterling! .

Overall, a 90% good and only 10% dumb day. No complaints.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

And it's not even noon


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
Today is supposed to be hot. Something like around 90 or 95. It is also our walking day: Tim and I (and the dogs, of course) do a 'long' walk every other day. We try to be out walking for between 45 minutes and a hour during the week, and then definitely for an hour or more on the weekends. So today was our weekend walking day, and we headed over to Spencer Butte first thing.

First thing, as in pre-shower, pre-breakfast, and pre-coffee. Pre-coffee!

Anyway, we've done this hike many times but not recently (since Cody was sick, I'm sure). It's not a long hike...a little over two miles round trip, but the trip up the butte is UP and the last 1/5 mile or so is all over rocks. So while it isn't a killer hike, it isn't a walk in the park either. In my less in-shape years, I've had to stop several times during the last 1/5 mile to catch my breath. Today, we only stopped once...and we were two minutes from the top, so I'm sure I could have made it without stopping.

We have, in the past, generally gone mid-day, and have had to share the hike with lots of people. We've been in the parking lot before with at least 25 other cars. When you go first thing (and don't be that impressed...it was probably 8:45 by the time we got on the trail) there were only half a dozen cars in the parking lot, we saw two other people on the trail (they were jogging up and we ran into them jogging down when we were almost up at the summit, hello strangers, I kinda hate you) and there were only two other people at the top (we've had to share it with at least a dozen on previous trips). So we sat at the top, drank water and ate peaches, and enjoyed the quiet.

When we started down, we ran into a lot more people and a lot more children (which are absent first thing) and all in all, we agreed it was a nice hike.

THe sock you see is one of the mystery balls that are on the yarn wall, black with lots of glow in the dark colors. Not necessarily summer knitting, but I'm enjoying it. I work on this sock when I'm reading...I've read several good books so far this summer, including "The Nobodies Album" by Carolyn Parkhurst and "Every Last Thing" by Anna Quindlen but I keep finding sad family stories to read. Now I'm re-reading "Fever Pitch" by Nick Hornby.

Mad Men starts tomorrow. Are you as excited as I am?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Odds and Ends

1. I get at least half a dozen emails every day about new yarns. Or new yarn books. Or new yarn tools. And I'm deleting them all without opening them. Did you hear that? Without. Opening. Them.

2. Although I did have to buy some Rowan Purelife Cotton from Elann yesterday.

3. I blame it on the yarn wall.

4. It is cool then hot then cool here, and it messes with my knitting mojo.

5. I bought cupcakes today at a new shop called Divine Cupcake. Cupcakes are trendy, or else are post-trendy. I've been craving cake lately. Why? Please comment on why you think.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Socks and Reading


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
I've finished these socks for Tim...they turned out well and are nice and comfy. As I mentioned before, I have no idea what yarn they are...but they're nice. Just a basic sock.

I've read two great great books that I wanted to tell you about. First was "The Nobodies Album" by Carolyn Parkhurst. It's the story of an author who rewrites the endings for all her novels, and the endings reflect the challengs she's faced in her life. You might find this in the mystery section, because the story also involves a mystery regarding her son and his girlfriend. But the mystery is secondary to the story of a messed up family and how they come together.

And speaking of messed up families, I read Family Albums by Penelope Lively (I guess I have an eye out for books with 'album' in the title). A british family with six kids, two parents, and an au pair, and how the changing times and family issues pull them apart and bring them together (hmm, where have I read that). Great characters. If you've ever left home and not wanted to ever go back, you'll love this book.

What have you been reading? And knitting?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mythos!


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
Amazing, isn't it?
The wonderous knitting that is the Mythos?
Isn't it? ISN"T IT???

OK. It isn't exciting. It's just the start of a sleeve that must get blocked out to the proper dimensions. But I am working on something! I am!

I don't know why the knitting isn't progressing more. I think I've just been working too much...especially for someone who isn't paid in the summer. I have four book projects to work on this summer, and I finished one of them this week...hooray! I also did a bunch of research for the other 'big' project (the one I finished was one of two 'small' projects). Anyway. I think things are sort of under control in that area.

Back to Mythos: two facts. First, I'm using Wollmeise lace for the yarn. It's beautiful. Second, Mythos was designed by Laura Nelkin who also designed the Eventide scarf that I'm knitting. So i guess it is a Laura Nelkin summer!!

And one final request for today: tomorrow (Monday) at 11 am Pacific Time, please wish my friend and twinnoire (made that word up, like it) Kim luck with her job interview. I'll be sending out all the positive energy to her that I can. Join me! It'll be fun!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

We have a winner!





I had ten unique commenters, so with the first commenter designated as '1' and the last one designated as '10', the winner is #2.

So, if you go by the name of handeyecrafts, and you want yarn other than purple :-) let me know (OH and please send me your snail mail address!)

Thanks for participating everyone!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I don't think you've seen this


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
This is a sock (or a pair of socks, actually) that I'm making for Tim. What yarn is it? I have no idea. Somewhere between the sock yarn file cabinet and the sock yarn cubbies on the yarn wall the ball band fell off...I had wound this into a ball a while ago, tucked the ball band in the middle, and so now I don't know where it is.

But I like it! It's bright so it is fun to knit for summer and it feels good. Tim likes it and so we'll all good.

It's hot here...I still like to knit when it is hot but I would rather lay flat on the sofa and read.

Have you seen the new Knitty I"m making the Mythos sweater. Well, I started on the Mythos sweater. Meaning it took two hours to wind the laceweight yarn into a ball. But it was worth it. Pics soon!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

More Eventide


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
So I've been working on the Eventide scarf...this is the one where you cross three dropped stitches (a stich followed by two yos) over three other dropped stitches.

It is sort of lace-without-doing-lace or perhaps a cable-that-doesn't-look-like-a-cable and I like it. As I mentioned before, I bought this yarn on Etsy and I can't recall what it is but it is cashmere, and the colors are nice and summery which is good for summer knitting.

The blog contest continues! Scroll down two posts or just leave a comment...any comment...here. I'll randomly select a winner after the World Cup Finals on Sunday!

Monday, July 05, 2010

July Fifthankful


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
So today is a holiday here in the US, since July 4th was on a Sunday, and we awoke to discover Juneau had been very sick during the night. How thankful we are that our wonderful Vets were open today. I took Juneau in at 9:15 and she was checked out, given some antibiotics and put on a rice and diet chicken, and she seems pretty good. Hopefully she'll be back to normal sometime tomorrow (although we did take her and Pilot for a good long walk today, which she seemed to enjoy, and we've had lots of puppy smiles and wags this afternoon).

The photo is the pair of socks from the Jo Sharp yarn...I wrote about them earlier...these are pretty unexciting but I like them anyway.

AND the blog contest continues...see the post from yesterday for the details and please leave a comment to be entered! You can leave a comment here too; I'm not picky about the contest!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

The Sheriff and his Buddies with a Samurai...sock?


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Originally uploaded by kbshee
After many attempts at photographing this sock in progress, here it is. It is the 'Samurai Sock" from the book "Knitted Socks East and West" which I love...it has a lot of Asian-inspired socks and the socks are very different from ones I've ever knitted. This is the first pair I've knit from the book.

I know the pattern is hard to see because I'm using this really, really deep purple yarn with bits of black and dark blue, but basically the sock pattern is little rectangles separated by cables. I took the picture in the bright sunlight to try to get both the pattern and the color and have a little bit of pattern and a lot of color.

Here is a link to the Ravelry page for the pattern if you want to see it:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/samurai

I think the yarn is Fiber Optics but I"m not sure.

And now...a contest...from what song did I get the title of this post? Leave a comment and I'll randomly draw the name of anyone who leaves a comment to win a yarny prize! Contest closes on Wednesday, 7/7 at noon!

Oh, and Happy 4th! All of our little animals seem on the mend, knock wood.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Sick

Stella the cat was sick on Thursday, and Juneau the dog is not feeling well today. We think Juneau might have caught whatever Stella had. Stella is luckily on the mend and Juneau...well, let's just say we're lucky Juneau barks when she needs to go out.

Friday, July 02, 2010

What Happened?

Where did this week go?
I'm sure I did stuff, and knit stuff, and wrote stuff, but I really can't tell you exactly what.
Those socks I showed you last week are done, and I have some of another sock done, and that scarf is moving along, but nothing amazing or astounding to to show you.
I think I have to blame it on Season 2 of True Blood. And FIFA. And I'm sure I'll find something else to blame.
So now it is 4th of July weekend...not usually a big weekend for us since the waterways tend to be crowded and the dogs (Juneau in particular) is not a big fireworks fan. But the weather should be nice, relaxing will be done, soccer will be watched, and meat will be grilled. How about you?