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?

Friday, September 09, 2011

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Almost a Shark Sock

>All I need to do is:
-add a fin
-add gills
-add eyes
-add lines for the teeth
-weave in ends
-make the mouth not flop over and
-make a second one.
But hey. Shark Socks!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Festival of Hexipuffs

IMG_4010 by kbshee
IMG_4010, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Five and six.

IMG_4011 by kbshee
IMG_4011, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Number 7. With blingy beads.

IMG_4012 by kbshee
IMG_4012, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

And eight and nine...completed during day trip.
I have a hexipuff will travel bag now.

Sunday, September 04, 2011


IMG_4008 by kbshee
IMG_4008, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

First the knitting content: this is the cardi with the fair isle hood that I"m working on. I've finished the decreases to the waist and now I have some increases and some ribbing and the body will be done. Then come sleeves with little bits of fair isle and then the major work: the fair isle hood. It makes my head spin to look at the instructions.

ETA: oh no! It looks like there's a weird stripey thing happening there! I'm 100% sure this was all in the same dye lot, so have no idea what is going on with that.

ETA2: yep, dye lot change that I didn't notice. Now officially a design element.

Tim and I, and the pups of course, took a day trip today and had a wonderful time. We drove up the McKenzie river to Sisters...around 120 or so miles one way. We took the Old McKenzie Highway up to Sisters (an old highway, duh, that closes down once the snow comes) and stopped to hike Proxy Falls and to visit the Dee Wright Observatory at the's in the middle of a lava bed and made out of lava rock. We saw smoke from a forest fire that was pretty wild to watch.

After pizza in Sisters, we took the 'regular' way back to Eugene and stopped to see the forest fire from the 'other' side (the first road went south of the fire, the road back went north). Then we stopped at Sahalie Falls on the way back.

Juneau did great...she was more than ready to hike the trail (it's only about a mile and a half at Proxy, but there was a lot of uphill and it was a warm day). Pilot of course was friend to all.

We haven't been up in the mountains for a long time and it was great to be out with the dogs enjoying a beautiful day.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Dum dum dum dum dum dum

IMG_4009 by kbshee
IMG_4009, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

That's Jaws music.

The shark socks are coming along. They won't be much to look at til the end, but then they will be something! Given there's a football game today ( GO DUCKS!) there's a chance I'll get to the fun part.

Friday, September 02, 2011


IMG_4007 by kbshee
IMG_4007, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Yes, I love me some hexipuffs!

I can do one in about 40 minutes, so this is a great travel project and faculty meeting project. And I love revisiting all the remnants of sock yarn that hides around the house!

I notice that people are skeining their leftovers and selling them on etsy as mini skeins. This is cracking me up but I might have to do that as well.

Are you hexipuffing!