Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Number 2

IMG_3993 by kbshee
IMG_3993, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Still loving the hexipuffs.

So, it is the last day of August. Summer is winding down, and I"m happy that I finished those three sweaters that I wanted to finish (oh, I still need to do the icord for the bright pink one but I'll knock that out sooner or later).

Also, I did a great job knitting stash this month...I'm already about 1/4 of the way into the next mile, and since knitting will slow down this month I'll need that little bump.

I still have a few weeks before classes start and I'm pretty much ready. In denial but ready.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hot off the Needles

IMG_4002 by kbshee
IMG_4002, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So I finished this last night...including the weaving in of the ends. I haven't blocked it yet, though, but I really like how it turned out so I wanted to share. And I finished it by my self imposed deadline, which is tomorrow! Awesome!

The pattern calls for a zipper, but I can't decide whether I want a zipper or not. I'll probably wear it for a while and see.

And can I remind you? TWELVE SEAMS.

IMG_3996 by kbshee
IMG_3996, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

And here is the back. It looks a little tweaked, doesn't it? I think it is because I'm twisting a bit to take the picture, but hopefully blocking will straighten that out too.

It is actually cool enough this morning to wear this sweater, which I am doing as I type this. It makes me happy!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hexipuff #1

IMG_3951 by kbshee
IMG_3951, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Yes, I'm a sheep. I'm launching into making hexipuffs for the beekeeper quilt. And as a bonus, for every hexipuff I finish I get to add 14 yards to the yarn total.

They're fun. Really.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

because I'm busy sewing seams

IMG_3945 by kbshee
IMG_3945, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I"m finishing up the Celtic Icon sweater (for that is its name) which has involved ten seams. TEN SEAMS! As Tim mentioned, that is unseemly.

I'm working on the hood, which has TWO MORE SEAMS.

So a little Pilot eye candy instead.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Almost there

IMG_3949 by kbshee
IMG_3949, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished the second sleeve (sorry you can't see the pattern). I also finished one of the inserts (yes, this pattern has seven pieces: one back, two sides, two inserts connecting back to side, two sleeves). If I hustle, I can finish the second insert today. Leading us to PUTTING THIS TOGETHER and doing the hood. And then, amigos, I"m done!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Another surprise

IMG_3946 by kbshee
IMG_3946, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I spent some time finishing the second surprise knitting thingee today.

Here are the pieces. I'll post the final project on Ravelry if you want to see it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review of Fall 2011 VK

It's Fall! It's that time when all us knitters get so excited about beautiful new patterns in the magazines we love! The new VK is "In the Mood for Romance" and hey, I'm all for that! Let's take a peek.

The GOOD: 37 patterns PLUS a bunch of free sock patterns in a special advertising section (well, you have to download them at, but that's not bad. These free patterns are good, especially the ones from Alpaca with a Twist and Mountain colors. Nice job! The Masterpiece Classics are black, grey and white knits that should make an anglophile's heart go ba bump. I like the gloves, the cute shawl collar sweater, the hat, and I see things I like in all of them. Cute mittens and scarves in the "What You Want NOW" section, and the braided cowl looks intriguing.

The BAD: Nothingin the Stripe It Right section speaks to me: bulky striped short sleeve knits? Really? Many of the sweaters are just so BIG with no sleeves..what is up with the Lace section and the All About Ease section.

The Ugly: why why why? Why take nice sweaters and knit them up in ugly green colors? Green is a hard color, and my friends, the greens might not look that awful on your computer screen but in the magazine they are much, much brighter.

And VK does not disappoint on styling.

Apparently someone at VK has been watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

On the balance, though, I'm happy with the issue. Plus, many of the ads feature great patterns that are for free on websites. Yep. Happy. What did you think?

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Have you seen this designer?
Tiny Owl Knits?
And if you have, why haven't you told me about her?
I'm so doing the beekeepers quilt with my leftover sock yarn (sock yarn blanket be damned! Or maybe it will be the edging. I don't really have that much done).

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sleeve it to Me

IMG_3943 by kbshee
IMG_3943, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

For some reason, sleeves make me want to do puns on my blog.

So this is the second sleeve for the monk sweater thingee from that book, you know? It's almost...almost...time to start the raglan decreases and that means that the sleeve is almost done.

I also have two side pieces for this sweater to knit AND a hood, but I got half of a side piece done in a 90 minute faculty meeting yesterday so I feel like I'll be able to start putting this together someday soon. The goal is to finish it by the end of August, which probably won't happen, but I think I'll be kind of close.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Caught Up

Well, I have reknit the sweater...the top down cardigan with the fair isle hood...and I've completed past the part where Pilot destroyed it, so I guess I feel sort of caught up.

The yarn is a lovely Jaeger Matchmaker Merino DK in the second best purple color that they make (I don't have enough of the first best purple color, sadly). Lovely yarn to work with, but apparently very attractive to pups.

But honestly, you tell me, how angry can you be with this?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Can I do this?

So I've done almost no intarsia, and definitely not intarsia in the round, but Tim found these socks online (they're commercially produced, not hand knit) and they sort of call out to be knitted. Don't they?

I've printed out the graph paper and am about to dive in the stash to see if I have yarn. I know I have grey sock yarn, and I know I don't have white sock yarn, but I'm hoping I have a light grey that could be a contrast.

Even though I could buy the darn things for $9, I really want to give these a try.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


IMG_3938 by kbshee
IMG_3938, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

After working on this top down sweater for about six hours (it was double the size in this picture), I left it out on the coffee table.

Where Pilot grabbed it, gnawed the cable in two, and chewed up one end.

And so we begin again.

Friday, August 12, 2011

One pink sweater

IMG_3936 by kbshee
IMG_3936, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So it isn't yet needs ends woven in and there are these funky little ties that add some interest to the right bottom side and to one of the sleeves. These mean I have to do some icords--so I'll get to those eventually.

Wednesday evening we toted the kayaks over to the Canoe Canal for a little pre dinner paddle that was gorgeous. We had done a longer paddle on Sunday so I was still feeling it a bit but it was a great break for the middle of the week.

And secret project #2 is underway!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


IMG_3933 by kbshee
IMG_3933, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

These socks are complete,
Red and black cherry colored
Destined for Tim's feet.

Hey lookie! Haiku AND a rhyme!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Focus focus focus

IMG_3934 by kbshee
IMG_3934, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I took some time yesterday to finish this sweater, that is to finish the second sleeve...there's still the putting-it-together and knitting of the neck to occur.

I've done two of 14 rows for the neck, so I'll finish that up tonight and will have this together by the end of the week.

I'm SO EXCITED to cast on something new...I'm going to find a needle for that fair isle hood sweater and also going to start another entrelac shawl, plus a second secret project plus a dog sweater for Juneau. SO EXCITED!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I feel like this sock

IMG_3932 by kbshee
IMG_3932, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Sort of .....limp.

Today we got up sort of early and drove up to Blue Ridge Reservoir, about 60 miles away
'up the McKenzie' as they say here. We got the boats in the water and did quite a paddle...Tim looked at the map afterward and thought that maybe we had paddled six miles! It certainly feels like it right now as I lie on the couch with thismuchenergy left to type on the keyboard.

This sock's partner is almost done too. So I'm almost done with these socks and with one of the pink sweaters. It's time now to think about new things to cast on. One will be that sweater with the fair isle hood (could be a mindless project) and I've also found some super bulky yarn in the stash that will knit up quickly into a bit thick sweater. So those are the two plans.

The first mystery project is done and I have a second one to do too.

I can't believe it is the end of the first week in August and summer seems to be ending. Yikes!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Still life with knitting and toes

IMG_3931 by kbshee
IMG_3931, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished the first sleeve for the bright pink sweater. My plan was to go back to the dark pink sweater and work on THAT sleeve but I'm just going to barrel ahead and get this sweater finished. I do feel I can finish both by the end of August and then I'll call summer successful.

I'm tired. I've spent this week, from 10-3, with a dozen 17 year olds at a program run by the UO called the Summer Academy to Inspire Learning. I've taught storytelling to these kids, and we've focused on college essays. Man, they are exhausting! They are exhausting on many different levels but from a teaching perspective, just the idea of being 'on' for five hours a day, four days in a row, without a break, is a lot. So I'm going to relax and knit and read today to recover.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011


IMG_3928 by kbshee
IMG_3928, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Today is the anniversary of when I started blogging--I think it has been seven years! Maybe six...I can't see the archive dates from the flickr site where I write this. But anyway, yes, happy blogaversary to me!

I really like writing my blog, keeping up with knitting, and hearing from other knitters, so thanks for being part of my blogging adventure.

This weekend as I mentioned my SIL Candace and I zipped through the Sock Summit marketplace. I had three rules for shopping:
-no purple yarn (I have too much)
-no yarn like other yarn in the stash (I have too much)
-$50 budget.

On the left is Miss Babs in the "Crazy Ava" colorway, which will work up into nice fall socks. On the right is Three Irish Girls cotton/bamboo yarn in pinks that will match my new pink sweaters! And in the middle is a gifty from said SIL...a Herdy mug! I absolutely loves this company and love this mug. Thank you again Candace!