Sunday, October 30, 2011

And it now looks like a sweater

IMG_4063 by kbshee
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

IMG_4060 by kbshee
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

IMG_4052 by kbshee
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

IMG_4055 by kbshee
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

IMG_4049 by kbshee
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

IMG_4048 by kbshee
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


IMG_4039 by kbshee
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

IMG_4041 by kbshee
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

IMG_4032 by kbshee
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

IMG_4036 by kbshee
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

IMG_4037 by kbshee
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

IMG_4030 by kbshee
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!