Saturday, December 31, 2011

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

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IMG_4102, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

If you're anything like our family, you're curling up with a knitting magazine and taking a wee winter's nap.

It's always a marathon at our house--will we make it til midnight? At what time can we start getting ready for bed? How crummy will we feel tomorrow? Etcetera etcetera.

Tim is making dim sum tonight...I'm sure there will be pot stickers and spring rolls. Probably some Shwetty Ball ice cream or perhaps some vanilla with Fermat Branca sauce. And cookies cookies cookies, so that sugar buzz should keep us going til about 10:30 or so.

We'll be having a "Downton Abbey" marathon--we have four episodes left on Netflix and we also have a bunch of 'The Wire" so we'll be entertained.

It's been a tough year, but as Tim was mentioning on our walk this morning, it all ended up well. We're all alive and relatively happy, healthy and sane, and we're looking forward to the next chapter of our lives unfolding in 2012.

Resolutions? I'll steal from this morning's "Mutts" comic and say to "Be Here Now"--to spend more time in the present and less time wallowing about the past and worrying about the future. We'll see how that works out.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vogue Knitting Winter 11/2

I'm confused. Wasn't I just mocking the VK with Martha Stewart on the cover? Well, apparently VK took all the crappy patterns laying around the VK Design Studio and plopped them all in this issue, entitled "Knits You'll Live In".'s not 100% crappy. There's actually...

The Good: 37 patterns for $6.99, plus pictures of a lot of free glove patterns downloadable at . Probably my favorite part, these free patterns. I like a long cable cardigan (#9)and a relaxed pullover (#11).Some pretty accessories in purple (ok, a pair of mittens).

The Bad: The "Knit Living" section has many, many pillow patterns AND a pattern for a knit ottoman (ain't happening here). I'm not a fan of knit skirts, so hoorah, 5 knit skirt patterns! And two pairs of purple socks are ruined (for me) with drop stitch techniques. Honey, if I see a drop stitch in a sock, I've screwed up.

The Ugly: Oh, the ugliness. There's a section called Urban Rednewal (not a typo, RED newal) which are capes and ponchos knit in red yarn. I'm sorry, VK, but a pretty color does not make up for ugly cape poncho things. Then, there's an "eye catching split sleeve effect" cape that makes no sense at all.

But wait. There's more.

Two, count 'em, two turbans. Turbans. Tur. Bans. True, they are positioned as "vintage chic" but who who who would wear these?


Wednesday, December 28, 2011


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IMG_4101, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

We have a tradition where Tim and I make at least one gift for one another for Christmas. This year it was quite the festival of homemadeness, as Tim made some lovely jewelry for me (pics to come) and I made him two knitted gifts.

You may recognize Shaun the Sheep, who is quite the popular one in our house. This came from a kit with lovely chenille yarn from England. Shaun came along with a Shaun the Sheep Christmas DVD. Ho Ho Ho!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Well then.

Christmas came and went, a good few days: a lovely dinner Christmas Eve night followed by "White Christmas", presents in the morning and an afternoon of phone calls, dog walks and cooking (Tim) on Christmas day and then Boxing Day with our friends Steve and Jen and their two kids.

The only knitting type gift was sheep salt and pepper shakers (which will turn up on the blog header, thanks C and B!) and Tim made some beautiful celtic inspired jewelry for me. That was a wonderful surprise. Also, ZUMBA! And finger paints. Because I am six.

Tim goes back to work today and I'll just sort of hang. I started REAMDE last night and it's pretty good--it's also a gazillion pages long but it moves pretty fast. Knitting too--not a lot has been done but I promise to post pictures this week.

Enjoy the last few days of the year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winter's Eve

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IMG_4099, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I love on Christmas Eve how the world seems to screech on its brakes and everything slows to a stop until around noon tomorrow.

I've been working on these socks for a few weeks--they take a while as I'm adding the beads one at a time as I knit. It's Sivia Harding's Winter's Eve pattern from the STR sock club from a gazillion years ago. The yarn is Wollmeise. I had put together the pattern, the yarn and the beads in a project bag and then, um, sort of misplaced it. But I found it again and am loving these socks. The beads are a bit big but I can deal.

Have a beautiful Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Did I post this?

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IMG_4094, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I can't remember.

Candy cane socks, completed.

Anyway--knitting continues, although I don't have the patience to finish the fair isle hood. Maybe I'll work on it during football next week. We'll see. I've been finishing up my syllabi for next term (new class! new graduate class! ARGH!) and now that the syllabus is done I better start on the reading, which is pretty heavy. Double argh!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


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IMG_4096, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

You need to roar it like the Sorting Hat.

Anyway, it is Christmas so I'm reading a Harry Potter book (#4, my all-time favorite...what's yours?) and knitting on Harry Potter inspired socks. These are Gryffindor socks from Sunshine yarn's Harry Potter sock club in, um, 2007.


The yarn has been around for a while.

Basic sock pattern, good repeats, quick knit, bound for Tim.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Knits Accessories Review

As much as I disliked "Jane Austen Knits", it's all good after several perusals of "Knits Accessories", also published by IK. Here are my thoughts:

1. 42 patterns for $14.99. That's something like 40 cents a pattern. Given that accessories patterns bought on Rav are $4-5, even if I knit only 10% of the stuff in this issue then I'll be ahead.

2. And I'm going to knit a lot more than 4. The issue has 4 shawls, 6 socks, 8 women's hats, 11 scarves/cowls, 5 guy's hats, and 4 mitten and glove patterns. And there's good stuff.

3. Even though I don't like lace, I may knit the Trousseau wrap because I have the perfect purple laceweight Wollmeise in the stash.

4.I'm probably going to cast on the Meridian socks this week, and want to do the thrummed slipped called "Highland Slippers".

5. I love the Copenhagen Hat.

6. Readers of my blog know I'm not crazy about cowls. But likely, there are only a few (and even one I like--the Tilt Cowl) along with the Two Ribs Infinity scarf which I think is great.

7. It's too bad there are only four glove/mitten patterns, because I'm going to knit them all.

8. One thing I really like about this magazine is that the designers use yarns that aren't break-the-bank expensive. Sure there are some high end yarnchoices, but there's also stuff made with Brown Sheep Bulky, Cascade 128, Lion Brand, Paton's and Plymouth. I really appreciate that--it makes it easy to mix and match from the stash when many projects use 'workhorse' yarns.

So there you have it. I like this magazine a lot. Could you tell?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Review: Jane Austen Knits

I love Jane Austen. I love knitting. So you'd think I'd love Jane Austen Knits, right?

Well, you would be wrong. It is a beautiful magazine but not just for me. Here's a few thoughts:

1. The cover price is $14.99--a bit pricier than many other publications. You get 36 pattens so I guess that's a pretty good deal. Unfortunately, there are a lot of patterns that I have no interest in knitting. Tea Cozies. Reticules (twee little purses). Capelets, shawl and lacy neckwear. If you like any of these things, this magazine may be for you.

2. Many of the sweaters are either shrugs or spencers. A spencer is a sweater that ends right under the bust, which is pretty typical in Austen's era. I don't think this is a flattering look on many people, and when I read a spencer described as 'flattering' (next to a not flattering picture) I got a little annoyed.

3. There are lots of articles speculating on whether Jane Austen knit and if she did, what she might knit and what she knit those things out of. If you are interested in this type of things, there's a great book called "What Jane Austen ate and Charles Dickens knew" whihc is much more interesting.

4. A few things I did like: "An Aran for Frederick" in a great cable pattern and the "Marianne Dashwood Stockings" are pretty neat looking. But that's about it for me.

Tomorrow I'll share my review of "Knits Accessories" which is much cheerier.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Hexipuff

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IMG_4092, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here's #25, knit in the candycane sock yarn that I've been working on (finished the socks, yes I did).

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Candy Cane Sock

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IMG_4086, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Not much to say: a basic sock made with a 'second' of Socks that Rock. Very festive!

Friday, December 09, 2011

No excuses

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IMG_4084, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Sorry for the blog silence...I have no good reason other than, to be perfectly honest, I just didn't feel like blogging.

It's been a weird end of the term. The University's President was unceremoniously fired at the end of November. I'm on the committee that meets with him weekly to 'advise' him, although he's taught me more than I had advice for him. So it has been a very hard struggle for me to deal with this, to run the committee and to try to help the University stay focused and upbeat and committed given the loss. On top of that was the end of the term and the panic to get stuff done that always comes with that. And so here I am, back again!

I have been knitting. This was my therapy: the anemone hat by Cat Bordhi. Boy, I wish I had this one while I was still in my ten mile mode---it eats up lots and lots of yarn with the little tendrils. It's a couple hundred yards in Malabrigo Merino, any soft worsted will work. There's also an option for a mobius brim, if you are a fan of Cat's mobius.

And now the run til Christmas. Our presents are pretty much on their way to where they need to be, and we have decorating and cookies to accomplish. And cards. But all will be done in good time.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Sorry for the Silence

It's been a bit stressful, with the end of the term and the President of the UO getting fired this week. But knitting pretties to come. I have to say I love that I don't have to worry about yard counts!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

10 Miles!

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IMG_4081, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished Tim's Silk Road DK socks last night, and all that stood between me and my ten mile goal were two hexipuffs. I was delighted to find that the blue one was halfway done, and so I finished it, knit the rainbow one, and ta da. 10 miles. 10 MILES!

Very proud of myself, and proud of Tim to figure out how to present the achievement visually, which included Tim saying "do you have a stitch marker?"

OK now what?? And don't say 20 miles. Too. Much. Pressure.

Two Hexipuffs short of Ten miles

So guess what I'm doing today?

Friday, November 25, 2011

TG Recap

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IMG_4075, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Our Thanksgivings tend to be a bit, um, eclectic. Neither of us is a big turkey lover (one meal yes, ten meals no) and I could be fine with a dinner made completely of mashed potatoes. So Tim often uses Thanksgiving as a day to experiment with different cuisines that take a bit longer to make than, say, grilled salmon and a salad.

To add to the fun, one of Tim's birthday present was (as you can see in the picture) one of those fancy schmancy torches that the chefs on "Top Chef" use. It is a bit disconcerting when he points it from one side of the kitchen to the other and I stand far, far away from him. That baby sounds like a jet engine when he turns it on.

So the menu yesterday was skirt steak with a delicious rub, potatoes in mole, fresh corn salsa, and a garlic and lime steamed green bean salad. The torch was used to get the skin off the many peppers in the dishes. Then Tim made chocolate pot de creme brulee and torched the tops of those as well.

We watched the dog show (favorite tradition) and then last night watched Harry Potter 7.2, and you can't get much better than that.

How about you?

OH and I finished a sweater.
OH and I am almost at 10 miles!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Life in Stockinette

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IMG_4072, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Everything in the active knitting pile is stockinette, which makes sense given the time of the year and the busy-ness that comes with the end of the term. I do have the fair isle hood to finish, but maybe in a few weeks when school is over (next week is week 10, the week after is finals week and then I get several weeks off). So anyway, I finished the first sleeve and got started on the second last night.

Sunday was Tim's birthday (neglected to mention that) so we had non stop celebrating between thesis and birthday.

We're gearing up for a quiet and mellow Thanksgiving, which we're both looking forward to.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunrise Circle again

IMG_4073 by kbshee
IMG_4073, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm getting toward the end of the first part of the Sunrise Circle Jacket...half of the front and a full sleeve. I love the construction of this. The yarn is lightweight and I think will make a perfect little sweater. No major errors as of yet, at least that I can see!

It has been a busy weekend here--Tim's master's defense was Friday morning, followed by a reception at school for him in the afternoon and then a dinner with his advisers. Yesterday we mainly hung out and watched an exciting but disappointing Duck game. Today we've had cards and presents, and we're going out for dinner tonight. And as Tim says, we will not be eating between TG and Christmas!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vogue Knitting Holiday 2011 Review

OK, so if you ever had any question as to whether Vogue Knitting was related to Vogue, this should be the final answer. Cover felon Martha Stewart shares her love of knitting in this issue of VK. She has a new line of yarn produced by Lion Brand. Enough about that? Let's move on.

The Good: The theme of this issue is "Knitting A to Z" and I, for one, dearly miss VK's whackadoodle themes and goofball accessories. However, some of the A to Z things are quite nice. 35 patterns in all (and they don't even do the whole alphabet) and a free pull-out pattern for something odd. Anyway, some pretty cabled sweaters (A for Aran, C for Cables (two sweaters!)and an interesting 'u' (undyed) with a great pattern. Two mitts that are cute (g is for gauntlets, q is for quick). A beautiful jacket. A cute hat. Really, well done, VK! Nothing I'm running to knit rightnowrightaway, but lots of nice inspiration.

The Bad: Check out the "Xtra Bulky" offering: here . Who is wearing an extra bulky skirt this holiday, hands up right now! Oh, that's what I thought.

The Ugly: while you're checking out the link, take a gander at the styling of the pink sweater under vintage. It's like the whackadoodle stylist escaped from her cage and threw all the crazy on one outfit: a green pailette and feather skirt, a Mad Tea Party hat, and polka dot platforms. What exactly is the vintage part there?

Overall: can't really complain that much. Nice pieces and enough crazy to keep me laughing.*-------

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


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IMG_4070, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This sock knit up in about three evenings of knitting, even though it is for Tim with his large-ish feet. Why? It's Jo Sharpe Silk Road DK Tweed and I can do 48 stitches for the foot and leg and it fits him perfectly. And I just keep knitting til the ball runs out (toe up) and that's the leg length. Very satisfying.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Purple Tweedy Sweater

IMG_4071 by kbshee
IMG_4071, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So here is what I accomplished last night during the Ducks-Stanford game...about 25 rounds of sleeve.

That is all.

But quite the games, my friends, quite the game. Go Ducks!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sunrise Circle Jacket, my toes, and a cat bowl

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IMG_4069, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here is the current status of the Sunrise Circle Jacket, which should get a bit bigger after this weekend's football knitting time allocation.

Another busy week--Tim's masters' thesis is due today and his defense is a week from today. Yee!

And yes, the dry eyes are back. I'm trying a new drop called Azasite which is to correct something with my eyelid. We'll see how that goes.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

New Sock

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IMG_4068, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've started on a pair of socks for Tim that should go fairly quickly.

Sadly, a pair made of this same yarn--discontinued Jo Sharp Silk Road Tweed DK--felt a bit in the wash and then ripped. So I found some that people are destashing and will knit him another pair as well as try to fix the existing pair (the color on the existing pair is this great, rich purple that makes me sad is discontinued).

Busy week so far...a long day on Monday with meetings here and then a drive up to PDX for several meetings followed by a drive home. Grading all day yesterday and student meetings today. Good times!

Monday, November 07, 2011

OccupyRowan: Save Calmer!

Did you hear that Rowan Calmer is being discontinued?

This is a wonderful springy cottony yarn that is a delight to knit with. I have a bit in my stash, and am very sad to think it will live on only in destashes.

If you want to help try to save calmer, has started a petition:
Online Petition to Save Calmer . It is worth a try!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Oh Manolo!

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IMG_4066, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished the Manolo is hard to get both the color and the pattern in the socks in a photograph. So this is definitely the color, and if you want to see the details more clearly let me know and I have another photo that does the pattern justice.

Another quiet week as Tim pushes forward toward his thesis defense. I'm getting a lot of knitting done, needless to say--did you see my mileage total? I'm very close to my ten mile goal, yay!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Back of Manolo

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IMG_4065, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Well,between baseball and football I got to the final part of Manolo! The safetypin holds four stitches that then turn in to an icord little bow that, as my twinster points out, no one will see but. I. Will. Know. It. Is. There.

So cute!

But these are put aside for a few days. I have chronic dry eyes and I'm having an feels like I have sand in my eyes so I'm using drops and cold compresses to try to ease them. Good times!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Sunrise circle jacket

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IMG_4064, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

As I mentioned, I decided to make another Sunrise Circle Jacket after deciding I love the one I have already. I had a dream of making it in a grey tweed, and lo and behold I went to the stash and found ten balls of Rowan Felted Tweed in this light grey with white and black nubs. OVER THE MOON!

I have just started on the sleeve (this jacket is in three sleeve/side piece, another sleeve/side piece, and the back) and so don't have a lot to show but thought I had enough for a post.

The electricity went off here last night around 8:45 and stayed off til about 11 (GASP!). It was DARK. DARK DARK DARK. And cold too. We kept the gas stove on for the bird (and in case the elec stayed off and we would need a warm place!) and huddled down under multiple blankets after having to turn the bbq on to light candles (we were woefully unprepared...can you tell?).

Sunday, October 30, 2011

And it now looks like a sweater

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IMG_4063, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The purple top down sweater has reached a point where voila, it looks like a sweater!

I've also turned the heel on Manolo, and cast on for another Sunrise Circle Jacket, which is quite 'on trend' for this fall (not that it will be done, but..).

So life is good in Knit Land.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Well, hello, Manolo

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IMG_4060, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

If you've been reading my blog for the last millenium, you might have been asking yourself "what happened to those gorgeous pink cabled socks Kim was working on? I hope she finishes them because the first one was just stunning."

So welcome back to Manolo, a sock pattern from the Twist Collective. I just checked... I think it was Fall 2010 TC which means they haven't been sitting idle for too long. Anyway, I did the toe on the second one and then put it away.

But with the Cardinals in the World Series, and lots of sports to watch, I plucked these out again and have now almost finished the foot. With the Ducks game today I bet I'll get the heel turned.

The yarn is (I think) Crystal Palace Panda Silk and it feels great.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tweedy Top Down

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IMG_4052, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is my mindless knitting: a top down raglan sweater knit in a very stiff and sticky purple tweed--it's Rowan something. I like it. The sticky yarn means that even if I make a mistake (which happens with mindless knitting!) that noting unravels that much, and the stitches stay nice and even.

This is week 5--halfway through the fall term and things are manageable. I have selected books for my class next term--it is a 'new' class in history and theory of new media, which should be interesting (for me as well as the grad students) and I have a pile of reading to get going as well as keeping up with classes this term. We're about to start a search process...yay.

And it suddenly turned wintery, which is fine but a bit of transition would have been nice.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tiny (but not impossibly so) little booties

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IMG_4055, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So I thought this would be the final piece to my baby gift, but realized--how will these stay on?

So I'll get a pink ribbon to tighten them up.

And then of course I'll need a pink ribbon in a white hat as well. And there's just the hat in (I think) Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fair Isle Sweater

IMG_4050 by kbshee
IMG_4050, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So you probably don't remember that I'm making a sweater with a fair isle hood...this sweater is slightly cursed due to two different dye lots (sound familiar?) and I put it aside because fair isle requires a bit more concentration that I generally have when school is in session.

But generally NOT the amount of concentration needed during a 45-2 blowout (go Ducks!) and so the first cuff is done.

IMG_4051 by kbshee
IMG_4051, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The first picture (above) shows the 'real' color of the sweater, but this picture lets you see the detail in the fair isle. I made this color combination up myself, and the yellow probably needs to be more vibrant, but I'm using stash yarn to do it so I'll be happy with what I have.

I still need to finish the ribbed cuff on this and do the OTHER sleeve (the sleeve is done up til this point, though) before tackling the hood. But I feel more confident in my fair isle skills (although concentration is still required!).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Impossibly tiny little sweater

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IMG_4049, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

It needs blocking and finishing, but the sweater that matches the impossibly tiny little pants is just about done.

It's so tiny!

There's a tiny little fair isle snowflake on the front, plus two more on the back.

And I've started on impossibly tiny little booties as well (booties. They are awesome. I can do one bootie in about an hour and a half. Now I want to do booties and give them out to any impossibly tiny little people I see)

And did you notice the destash total? How about that?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Awkward moment of panic

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IMG_4048, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I had one of those times when I didn't have anything mindless to knit, which sent me scurrying into the yarn room, finding ten balls of Rowan Scottish Tweed DK, finding a pattern for a top down sweater, and having the moment pass.

I've started on it, and it goes, and it is truly mindless, which I've needed as I'm a bit under the weather. The sinus pain has cleared up but the stuffiness is here...good times!

I will make a pot of chili and hope to clean out that stuffiness. How are you/

Saturday, October 15, 2011


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IMG_4039, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

1. I think I have a sinus infection. Ouch.

2. Here's another hexipuff. I am not producing these as quickly as i thought.

3. I'm about halfway done with an impossibly small sweater to match the pants.

4. But because of #1, I will not be working on that today.

5. Note to self: do not go out to lunch when kickoff is at 7pm.

6. I decided to knit another Sunrise Circle Jacket, went to Rav, found the IK that held it, dug out the magazine, and then found that the pattern was available at the website. For free. But no longer. Which kind of sucks.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Impossibly tiny little pants

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IMG_4041, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

As I mentioned a while back, I'm knitting an outfit for my friend and former student Kati's baby (she doesn't read this, as far as I know, so I"m kind of safe. I found a pattern and I knit the pants in white (cotton ease). I started on the matching sweater and I'll also knit booties.

These pants are so tiny. You can see the heart...that's a tape measure, so you can see how tiny these are. But so cute!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I'm particularly brain dead today

And I apologize.
I only have one two hour meeting to be coherent for, and then I'm allowed to continue my brain deadness.

Just thought you should know.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekend Knitting Update

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IMG_4032, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

1. Three hexipuffs. I love this yarn until Pilot got hold of it, and now it is an unrecognizable mess.

2. While hexipuff mania seems to have subsided a bit (at least in my house), it is gratifying to see hexipuffs still get their claws into some people (and yes, I mean you, my twinner).

3. Entrelac wrap is done. I need to block and weave in a few ends but this was a very self contained project!

4. The side to side sweater seems to make sense...the sleeves did fit. It needs a huge blocking to stretch it out but i think it will end up fitting. Right now I'm working on the band.

5. Baby knitting: finished these teeny tiny pants for Baby Berg. Cannot believe they would even fit a real person.

6. I feel very positive about the ten mile goal.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Apparently, the sofa had a little chill

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IMG_4036, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So I've been working on this entrelac wrap (from the Debbie Bliss book, but pretty much the same as Lady Eleanor). It's about 6 feet long and I'm on my fourth ball of Moods something or other, which will probably be the final ball.

But look at the right hand side. The last ball I used was almost all a purple/black pure purple, no pure black. ODD! I noticed it about halfway through the ball...I thought about frogging but thought...nah. And when I went to get the fourth ball from the stash, I noticed that all but one remaining had this lack of solid colors.

I bought the yarn a while ago, and it was on a huge sale, so I can't complain, but it is ODD. But I like it anyway.

I'm thinking about my next project (I still have the fair isle hoodie to finish, though). I found a picture of an icelandic sweater with sheep on it and I'm thinking about doing something like that. I'm sure Lopi has some instructions somewhere.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Side to side

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IMG_4037, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Well, the sleeves didn't take me too long, and now this is ready to be put together. It shouldn't be that bad...block, sew the shoulders together, then put in the sleeves, and then take care of the gazillion ends.

EDITED TO ADD: nope, not that easy to do. Length is good, armholes too big, sleeves too small. I think I have to knit a panel instead of just a side seam on the sleeves. So. It continues.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Past the halfway point

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IMG_4030, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is going pretty well--no major snafus on the entrelac quite yet (when I did the Lady Eleanor, I didn't quite have the hang of pick up and purl, and it shows).

Fall is here with a vengeance, with lots of rain for the past few days. Usually this is mid-October weather, so the weather and being back at work (yet having no office) are kind of messing with me.

How are you?

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Week 1 done

Sorry this is upside down, but that is what the sweater body looks like. Yay, it is done! The sleeves are also knit side to side which is kind of an adventure, but I think it will all work out well. I have half of the first sleeve done and it looks cool.

Although apparently what I thought was the RS is the WS, so that's going to take some getting used to. Just a bit.

Had a good first week of classes, but due to renovations at my building I don't have an office, so I have to time arrivals better than I used to. I held office hours at a coffee shop on campus which was also kind of interesting. It is not fun to tote a bunch of stuff around all the time but I'll get used to it.

It is fall here, now, with the rain starting Friday night. Still warm which is a bonus. And the tree frogs outside the window are terrific to hear!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Good Feeling

Do you ever have the feeling that there is something out there, something that you really need to knit, but you don't know exactly what it is?

My good friend and former doctoral student, Kati, and her husband Trent are having their first baby in February. It's a girl, and she's so excited. I want to make them something, of course, from stash, of course, but can't figure out what.

And then yesterday, I discovered this outfit, and I'll make it in white with pink snowflakes.

Yes, I know white is completely impractical for a baby, but the baby will be perfect and the yarn is washable.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Wrap

IMG_4028 by kbshee
IMG_4028, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

School started yesterday, along with my first meeting as chair of a University committee. I was a little stressed but all went fine. Today was knocking things off my to-do list: 15 letters of recommendation, two journal reviews, some corrections to a workbook instructor's guide, some agenda setting for future meetings,

The entrelac wrap is the result of knitting during the Oregon game this past weekend. It is moving along pretty well...Maybe 1/6 of the way done or so. I love the way this grows and how fun the color changes are.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sideways Sweater with Cat Bowl

IMG_4029 by kbshee
IMG_4029, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Sorry I got Stella's food bowl in on this picture, didn't mean to.

This is the sideways sweater in three different colors of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. Still not sure what to do about all those ends once I finish, I'm hoping I can work them in to an attached icord around the bottom and neck. If you have any ideas, let me know.

The problem with the stripe pattern is that there is no way to carry yarns over...the colors always begin at once end and end at the other, although the starting place differs for each color.

I think this will end up pretty nice, but you never know!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Here is that purple sweater

IMG_4025 by kbshee
IMG_4025, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

In this light the off color part doesn't look so bad. I'm working on the second sleeve and then I'll tackle the fair isle on the sleeves and the hood.

I've posted some pattern notes about the shark socks on Ravelry if you want to know more about them:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shark Socks

IMG_4027 by kbshee
IMG_4027, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So they're not perfect...not even close to perfect...and they're not symmetrical...not even CLOSE to symmetrical...but they're pretty cool!

No pattern. Just winged it the whole time.

I like them. So does Tim, which is the important thing.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

15 and 14

IMG_4024 by kbshee
IMG_4024, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I am scooting along (technical knitting term there) on the arm of my fair isle sweater...almost up to the place where I START THE FAIR ISLE CUFF! About time! I was going to show it to you but Tim asked me to go play frisbee instead so that is what we did.

#14 is in some cashmere yarn and #15 is in silvery yarn with teeny sparklies.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

More Entrelac

IMG_4023 by kbshee
IMG_4023, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

If you follow my ten mile yarn countdown (and I know you do, because it is then you may have noticed that the total has not changed significantly for a while.

This is because of that darned startitis. When you rotate among a lot of projects, you never get finished with a skein or ball of yarn. And when two of those projects use multiple balls of yarn (the shark socks and the side by side sweater), the count slows down.

I am doing my best to not let this upset me. Que sera, sera my friends.

But I did finish a big ball of yarn today while watching the Ducks game...almost 200 yards of the entrelac wrap. One ball knits quite a bit of wrap...the wrap here is posed on my coffee table.

I still continue to be enchanted by entrelac which is good as I've got quite a ways to go.

Hope your team wins this weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

12 and 13

IMG_4022 by kbshee
IMG_4022, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Yes, I skipped 11. It was a blue one just like ten.

Truly loving the Hexipuffs.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More Startitis

IMG_4021 by kbshee
IMG_4021, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here's another piece I began last week. I've had a variety of Cotton Fleece is neutral colors in the stash forever, and I've been wondering what to do with them. I also wanted to do something with vertical rather than horizontal stripes.

So the design I'm doing is based on a side-to-side pattern from DROPS that I've reinvented to match the gauge of the Cotton Fleece. There's a 12 row pattern that does not allow yarn to be 'carried over' hence it looks like there's a lot of fringe. I'll have lots of weaving in to do!

This is my last week of freedom but now clearly people are back at school working and I'm trying to get some of my projects cleared up before classes start. I submitted a conference paper today and I've also finished up the proposal and budget for an Honors Program. I feel somewhat in control. For at least a few days.

How are you doing?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Startitis and a Fladdle

IMG_4020 by kbshee
IMG_4020, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've had a bad case of startitis lately..the knitting ailment that makes knitters cast on for new projects when other projects are not yet done.

Before I had finished the purple fair isle or the shark socks, I cast on for two other projects. However, I figured that I was so FOCUSED...on finishing WIPS during the summer that I deserve it.

First is the Entrelac Wrap from the new Debbie Bliss magazine. i've been planning an Entrelac wrap with this yarn for a while. The yarn is Universal Yarns moods which is 50% wool/50% acrylic. I got it at a sale for nothing. basically. Anyway, if the Debbie Bliss wrap looks familiar it is because it is basically Lady Eleanor with thicker yarn on bigger needles and fewer triangles. There's also squares at the bottom instead of rectangles. Anyway. I really love entrelac and so far I love doing this project.

The Fladdle! Yesterday Tim and I went out with our friend Steve for a little river adventure. Tim and Steve went in Steve's raft, and I took my kayak down the McKenzie river. Now this might now sound like anything, but our kayaks are flatwater kayaks which means they are meant to be paddled on water that is, well, flat. Like lakes. But this stretch of the McKenzie was relatively calm with a good current (maybe 3-4 miles per hour) and some Class I rapids sprinkled in here and there. I did pretty well, considering I've never paddled in any type of rapid before...I knew where to position the kayak but I forgot to paddle through the waves at one point which led to me getting completely soaked. But it was fun.

Oh. Float + Paddle = Fladdle

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Review of Debbie Bliss magazine Fall/Winter 2011

OK I admit it...I love Debbie Bliss. I love her yarns, and I love her magazines, and I love her books. Not surprisingly, this new issue does not disappoint (at least me).

The Good: 32 patterns in fair isle, cable, intarsia, and plain old knitting (and for $8, that's like what? Twenty five cents a pattern?). She has sweaters, scarves, baby clothes, pillows, and more.

The First Section, "The Bold Standard", has a bunch of knits in black, white and grey fair isle. MY PALETTE! I'm sure I"ll knit the handwarmers, and the next time I buy yarn I'll buy it for the white fair isle cardigan. There's a slouchy hat I'll make, and basically I can see myself making any of these sweaters. I have a small, tiny, wee bone to pick: several sweaters have those annoying bracelet sleeves, but honestly it wouldn't be hard to lengthen them.

The second section has scarves, which normally bore me, but I've been itching to do another entrelac scarf (I have the yarn) and voila, Debbie has one for me. There's also a beautiful scarf in her new yarn, Riva, which is gorgeous (it's on the cover. And I love the styling. I want black hair and bangs. Now).

If you like animal prints, there are some fun pillows, desk accessories, and boot socks in animal prints. These aren't me, but they might be good for gift knitting. OH and a cute little dog sweater too. SO CUTE.

Finally, there are adorable bunny slippers which I'm definitely making for my friend Kati's baby (check out the image here .

The Bad: There's an odd one armed cable wrap and an odd giant poncho thingee in mustard, but those are the only things that I can point out.

Did I mention I love this magazine?