Saturday, November 26, 2011

10 Miles!

IMG_4081 by kbshee
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

IMG_4075 by kbshee
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

IMG_4072 by kbshee
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


IMG_4070 by kbshee
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

IMG_4069 by kbshee
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

IMG_4068 by kbshee
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!

IMG_4066 by kbshee
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

IMG_4065 by kbshee
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

IMG_4064 by kbshee
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?).