Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

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Or Blessed Samhain, if you lean that way.

Speaking of leaning, my cat head pumpkin is definitely leaning...but I still like it anyway. I've never been a big supporter of 'embellished' pumpkins...I guess I'm a bit of a purist...but for whatever reason I wanted to do a cat head. Maybe it was to match Tim's pumpkin, which is a frog head and looks great (I'll have to find a picture of it to put up here).

Yesterday was spent working on the bag (thank goodness for that tape that melts yarn together, as I don't think we have a sewing needle in the house). I re-blocked the bag so it isn't (hopefully) so floppy!

Last night I cast on for the mitts for Tim, and spent most of the UO-USC game working on them. I majorly modified a pattern I found online (I hate working fingers in the round) so when I finish these, I might write out the pattern.

Today a blue Stegosaurus and a pink Witch came to visit...and we lived to tell the tale!

Hope it is a wonderfully spooky day for you.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Another busy week

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Sorry for the lack of posts, but it has been another busy week. Let's just assume the second half of the term (ie the next five weeks) are going to be just as busy and I'll stop apologizing.

A gloomy day today here in Eugene...a good day to work on finishing the fair isle bag. Today I sewed the bottom and the side seam, attaching a D ring. I also used this red felt fabric to 'sew' a lining (thank goodness I found that iron on seaming stuff in the closet today, or else I would still be trying to thread a sewing needle). But now I'm trying to shrink the bag down a bit because it is floppy. I cut out a circle of rubberish stuff that Tim found in the garage for the base of the bag.

Once the bag is dry, in goes the lining, on go the grommets (I know own a grommetizer) and voila, it will be done.

I have a lot of yarn left over, and Tim has been working out in the garage on the kayak so I'm going to make him some felted fingerless gloves. It gets chilly out there. Right now he's working with the kiln set on low and that's helping.

What's up with you?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Another Sweater

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I cast on for this sweater from "Inspired Cable Knits"...if you have that book it is the one in sort of a cloudy blue color.

The close up isn't even one repeat of the cable pattern. You see three columns of twisty cables...there are three of those three-column sets. Between each of them is the the cable pattern that you see the looks right now like a 'W' but it's more of an oval with a cable in the middle.

The recommended yarn is Mission Falls wool (17 balls!) which isn't happening. I found a substitute on Elann which is the same gauge and 100% wool and the same yardage, only it is a single ply rather than a plied yarn like MF. And it was something like $2.50 a ball. yay Elann!

I also want to knit thick cozy mittens as I have the not-unexpected wintry visions in my head, and have to keep reminding myself that winter is Oregon means it is 40 degrees. But we'll see.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Start of a Sweater

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I've given in to my startitis and have decided that hey, if I want to have ten, no twelve, no twenty projects on the needles then damn it, I will!

Aren't I a rebel?

Anyway, I have two cable sweaters that I've started this week: both pinkish, both from Inspired Cable Knits. This first one is a hoody with a zipper, and this is the bank. I'm using Lavold Silky Wool that I know I got on sale somewhere. It is a nice yarn, not very soft, but the cables show up well. And this is Pilot's favorite yarn. He digs through the knitting bag to get it out and then he enjoys running around the house with it. So charming, that dog.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Almost a placemat

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I have one row and a bind off before this first placemat is finished, but thought you'd like to see it anyway.

The yarn is Artful Yarns Fable-the blue part is done in linen stitch and the border is done in garter stitch. Obviously two different colors. I'm very pleased and these will look great with our cream colored dishes.

So now I have almost one placemat I don't hate.

Today Tim and I went to our favorite Indian restaurant for their buffet (and yes, even in a small town like Eugene we have more than one Indian restaurant...I think we might have 4). Afterwards we went to buy pumpkins. I picked out one that was placed a bit far away from the other pumpkins so I couldn't really tell how bit it was. Well, it was 29 pounds. So that should provide some carving fun.

I'm in a cast-on-a-bunch-of-sweaters-and-knit-on-them mood. I have started one sweater from the book "Inspired Cable Knits" and you know what? It really is inspiring because I think I'm going to HAVE to cast on another one from the book too.

How is your weekend? Is it raining?

Friday, October 22, 2010


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Very little knitting has been done this week, so I apologize. Here is a sock that has been in progress for a while. I wish I could tell you a bit about this sock but other than I am knitting it, there is nothing to say.

So a busy week. Monday night I went to a conference in San Fran that was OK. Came back Wednesday and was exhausted, and then had a busy day yesterday and a three hour class today.

Why, oh why, did I think a three hour graduate level seminar would be an ok thing to do?

But. All the notions for my bag are here and if the weather is as rainy as the weather prognosticators promise, I'll have time to work on that and finish it. Plus a pile of books to read from the library is also in the house. Plus hanging with Tim. Oh how I look forward to it all!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Almost a bag

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So I finished up the knitting part of the Debbie Bliss backpack bag like thing....I think it looks good and for a pretty firm non-colorwork knitter, I think i did a pretty good job. It's pretty huge, I must say, and I'm not sure what I will use it for just yet because, let's face it, there is much to do.

I ordered a yard of fabric to line it and I also had to order a bunch of other notions: cord, cord stoppers, a d ring, some tape to attach the d ring. I can't sew it up til the notions arive, so for now I just enjoy it (and to be honest, the pictures are better looking that the real thing, I think because I can see them at a distance).

The yarns were four different colors of Cascade 220, which I need to use a lot more often given the price and the softness.

I'm off to San Francisco the first part of this week for a Green Business Forum--should be interesting but it makes returning crazy since Thursday and Friday are my busiest days. But all will be well. I need to focus more on the positiveness!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Shoot! Thursday Already!

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Where did this week go?

Where is OCTOBER going?

I just want to dig in my heels and yell 'slow down', don't you?

Anyway. Look but please don't look too hard because the excitement might be overwhelming. Here is a placemat...well, almost a placemat. i'm going to do a border of garter stitch in a cream colored yarn...from the same line as the main yarn, so there are some bits and bobs of color in there too.

Life is nutty but hopefully after next week it will slow down.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Getting There

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I'm not sure what exactly I'm doing wrong, but Flickr and Blogger seem to be conspiring to publish my posts before I am ready for them to be published.

So I'm trying (again) with this one, which is the fair isle bag which is actually getting somewhere near completion. It looks pretty good, in my opinion, even though I know my technique is lacking. But it is fun and even a big...dare I say...Christmas-y which we all need in October, don't we?

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Originally uploaded by kbshee
This ALMOST captures the brilliance of the colors in these socks. Look closely at the green and you can see it kind of glow.

The weekend was our first rainy weekend (hello, winter!) and we spent it watching the Ducks win a sorta nailbiter (they won 43-23 and now are #2~ Go Ducks!). I also spent much of the weekend reading the new book by Ken Follett--Fall of Giants. It was great. It covers World War 1 which isn't an era I am particularly interested in but I really enjoyed the book. I think I have to read some of his older books now.

What's up with you?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Things that are apparently too much to ask for

1. Tights that stay up.
2. A sock drawer that stays organized and doesn't discombobulate all on its own.
3. That people were generous enough that we wouldn't have to have public radio pledge drives.
4. Internets that stay working.
5. Size 1 needles that don't get all bendy just because I can get a little aggressive when I knit a sock.

Friday, October 08, 2010

And I try again

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For the life of me, I can NOT get a good picture of the intense colors of this sock. It's frustrating to me! The pink and green are so acid=y, and they pop so well against the black.
Oh well. I guess we'll all survive.
End of week 2 with a 3-hour class followed by a 2 hour meeting. Good times. I'm rewarding myself with a few chapters of the new Ken Follett book and more knitting on this sock.
Pilot has his annual physical (yes! he's been with us almost a year) and he's gained 12 pounds since he came home. Yeee! So he and Juneau both are on puppy diets.
We are supposed to get a blast of fall this weekend with some cool rainy weather, which I'm actually looking forward to. Is it still summer where you are?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Marching Mooses

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Or are they Roaming Reindeer? I can't really tell.

I haven't worked on this bag for a while...i've been sort of tired and tense at night (hello, job!) and then yesterday was spent trying to get my old old Mac up to speed so I could get my new iPad working (and yes, it is very fun).

But this bag seems to be gong well and the fair isle is good about 90% of the time...I thought I was a loose knitter (insert your smutty comment here) but I think I'm actually kind of a tight knitter (oh don't even go there).

I want to get back to it tonight...we'll see...

Monday, October 04, 2010

Knitting Things I Don't Want

Just in case you were doing a little early Christmas shopping.

1. Please don't get me the CD "Music for Passionate Knitters." I think I can figure out the music I like to knit by all by myself.
2. That beaded yarn with little skulls in it that costs something like $80 for 80 yards. I don't like skulls, so the wonderfulness is wasted on me. And I don't like Hello Kitty beaded yarn either.
3. A Knit Kit. I know they are all the rage but the individual components would just get spread out and then chewed up by Pilot, and we don't need that.
4. The book "Cowl Girls". I look horrible in a cowl. And the title just sort of makes me cringe. I'm sure it is a lovely book and full of lovely patterns for lovely people who don't look like dorks in cowls. That is, not me.
5. Anything having to do with gnomes.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

1 down...

9 to go.
Weeks that is.
I haven't been knitting a lot, so not a lot to show...but I'm starting to get into a routine which always takes me a while.

The week was busy with reuniting with returning students, meetings, catching up on gossip, and then going out Friday night for a great dinner with our friends Steve and Jen at Belly. Not for vegetarias. Hence the name.

I promise some picks this week though!

Friday, October 01, 2010


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I got home from work at about 3:30 yesterday and Tim says "oh by the way, the Internet and the cable are out."

The Internet. And cable. Are out.

Six horrifying words, yes?

Apparently a dump truck backed out of a driveway with its dumper part in the dumping it was quite a bit higher than usual. And it tore down the wires providing internet and cable to a big swath of my city.

Including me.

At 3:30am I woke up fretting. The Internet! The Cable! What if it isn't back by Saturday for the Stanford game! What about PROJECT RUNWAY?? And I got up and wonder of wonders, it was back.

So all is well in the world.

The fair isle bag is going well, although I do tend to pull a bit tightly sometimes. But my moose looks good. Or. My reindeer looks good. Which is it? Moose or Reindeer? What do you think?