We just got home from walking the dogs, and it is COLD out! I am going to have to dig out a scarf because I have some tromping around campus to do today.
Here's something I've been working on---a ten-stitch baby blanket. This isn't the best yarn for it--it is a bamboo blend which is very soft but very splitty and doesn't seem to hold the shape well. I'm sure this blanket will need some embellishment before it goes off to the baby it is intended for.
I'm using two colors--the pink and the peach--as you can see here I've just switches to the peach.
Monday, November 26, 2012
We just got home from walking the dogs, and it is COLD out! I am going to have to dig out a scarf because I have some tromping around campus to do today.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sorry that I haven't posted in so long--it has been busy at work, busy at home, and nothing too inspirational happening on the needles.
When we last left my knitting, I was bellyaching that I wasn't knitting anything colorful. Well, I didn't really fix it with this knit--it is a 48" tube of stockinette knit with Lion Brand Fisherman's wool. It was felted and is about to be transformed. Any idea into what?
BUT--colorful stuff is on its way.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
These socks: white and brown.
Wrap: blue and grey
Dog sweater: black
Luckily, I have yarn to start a baby blanket in pink and peach. That should do it.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Sunday, November 04, 2012
This weekend is my favorite weekend of the year. I love that extra hour of time. I love staying up kinda late last night (well, for us) and then waking up this morning with an entire day ahead of us (because honestly, if we sleep in past 8am it seems that the whole day is just off). And it is a beautiful, sunny day so we're going to take the beasts for a long walk and then take a last ride in the Miata (we think we're going to sell it, as it makes no sense for the 20 year old car to be the only garaged car in our family).
The wrap is about a third done. Zippiknits asked earlier how it was done--well, it is just two colors of yarn...blue and grey. You can see the grey stripes, and the thin blue stripes, and then alternative sections are knit holding both yarns together. The secret is on the blue stripes that for some of the sttiches, the yarn is wrapped multiple times around the needles going one way and then dropped on the next row. Those multi wrapped stitches are then slipped through the combined and the grey rows, resulting in the vertical blue stripes. Pretty nifty!
Not a fast knit, obviously, but I think it is very cool.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I'm working on a little sweater for Comet--she's a tiny thing with no undercoat (just like her big brother) and we think she's going to need a little extra help to stay warm in our winter. Hence, little sweater.
I've been following what is happening in NYC on Twitter--I have many former students living there plus a very close friend from HS and his family. Everyone seems ok, except I haven't heard from one who lives far downtown. My Boston friends seem to be fine too.
But that was something, no?
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I haven't worked on this Toque for a while--mostly too busy/tired and this takes some concentration. But with an afternoon Ducks game destined to be a blowout on TV yesterday, I took this up and did a few more repeats.
The way this works: you're looking at the body of the hat, which will go around my head (the cast on edge, to the left, will join the bound off edge when I get there). Then the top of the toque will come about via picked up stitches and voila, toque!
We're halfway done with the term (yay) and my 'crazy' part is over--I've hosted two candidates for a very big job and we know who we want to hire. So it just needs to go to the faculty for a vote and I'm all done. I'm very relieved we have someone, and I think this person will be terrific.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I'm working on these socks for Tim--the yarn is a kind of thick yarn that is half merino and half alpaca (yum). It isn't superwash so that means we've got to be careful about felting, but since these look like rag wool socks I'm guessing we'll remember.
The yarn is so thick I can do a sock Tim's size with only 48 stitches, which makes me very happy.
I have a pretty bad case of startitis with too many things on the needles right now. But all mindless stuff which is good since it is that 'knit mindless stuff' time in the term.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
But it is a hat.
It's Mountain colors Teton, that I bought at a yarn shop in Whitefish Montana. The colorwayis called Stream. It's bulky--and I had to order an additional skein because the head I'm knitting this for is a bit bigger than average. It is lovely to work with, beautiful saturated colors, and if it wasn't a bit on the pricey side I'd make a whole sweater out of it!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
This is a recent mindless knitting project--a tipped cowl.
I cast on about 120 stitches of Kidsilk Haze Stripe, knit for a while (4-5 inches), and then knit a couple rows in the red-orange Kidsilk Haze stripe. It loops twice around my neck and will be a cute add on for all my grey tops, of which I appear to have many (grey is the new black, at least in my neck of the woods).
Monday, October 15, 2012
I finally took some time and finished this yesterday, which included:
-sewing tiny little seams at the wrists
-sewing tiny little holes at the underarms
-weaving in ends ends ends
-sewing on red toggles that luckily match perfectly.
All ready for the first cold day!
Sunday, October 14, 2012
At least in my wardrobe!
This is Kidsilk Haze Stripes, in grey and black stripes, that i bought on sale a while ago. This is just a stockinette tube, knit in the round, that I'll wear as a cowl. I'll tip it with some red and orange kidsilk haze that is in the stash. It is my mindless project!
We've had Comet for a week and things are going well. I've read that it takes a few weeks for the dogs to get used to each other, and I do think Pilot and Comet are working things out, but we still have a little dust up each day. Right now I'm on the couch with one dog butt on my left side and one on my right side, so they are learning how to share the couch (and me), which is good.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
I finished these cute socks, made by String Theory Colorworks (there are sparklies in the black stripes). They seem to take forever, mostly because I've been just pooped due to craziness at school and of course our new girl.
Things are going pretty well. She and Pilot mix it up occasionally, mostly over food or who is sitting closest to me. We'll work it out.
We've had a beautiful fall that is supposed to come to an end tomorrow. Hopefully that might lead to more knititng time!
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I've been working in some bits and pieces on this scarf, and it is going pretty well. I reallly like the plaidness and I love the slipped stitches and it is just going to be a nice little wrap.
Comet is adjusting--she and Pilot have gone at it a few times but I hope that starts to decrease in the days to come. I keep having to remember there is a lot for that little dog to process, and we need to help her figure things out as best we can. She is clearly feeling a lot better, has some good energy, and we just need to learn her little emotional states better. But she is a little love (when she is not trying to kill Pilot).
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Thursday, October 04, 2012
I started the Cable Toque from IK something (gifts? accessories?). Anyway, you knit a wide brim, join the cast on and cast offs, and then knit a little hat part on top to join them.
I know that makes no sense, but you'll see how it works soon.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
This is the yarn that came from the sheep at the farm we stayed at in Montana (did you follow that?). Beautiful, beautiful merino yarn. I could dye it but I think I'm going to make a cabled hat from the new IK Accessories--and probably mitts too (although they'll get dirty).
Maybe a cabled hat for Tim too.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
It still needs a few little seams here and there and a few ends woven in, but the Hiro is almost done. I changed the pattern a bit and knit a solid color button band that will hopefully match the chinese red toggles that are on the way--if not i'll do little hooks. But I can't wait for a cold day!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
status of the newest one, one down, one to go.
Classes started this week, bringing along the regular craziness. At
our back to school retreat, my dean asked each person to name one goal
for this year. My goal: to next year only have one goal.
And I don't think people thought I was being snarky. Well, I'm sure
I'm almost done with the Hiro, and I realized I'll need a something
else to start. I'll have to return to my summer list, but I think I'll
focus on knitting hats, gloves and socks for a while--small projects
using complex techniques. I think that would make me happy.
Monday, September 24, 2012
2. I have my first class in 85 minutes. I'm all set. I'm showing them this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo
3. I finished the fair isle yoke of my Hiro last night, as you can see. Boy, does this pattern go fast!
4. I was out of town for 42 hours over the weekend, and am now pooped. But I will carry on!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I haven't had one of these for a while--I see a pattern and have to knit it.
This is in the new Rowan magazine and is called the Kirkwall wrap. The wrap mixes a few techniques--there's slipped stitches that are 'long' stitches (multiple wraps around the needle for s single stitch), and some rows are knit in one color and some in two colors. I think it looks really great.
The yarn is Felted Tweed in a grey and a very dark blue, and the blue reads like black a bit. Thumbs up (two) for this one.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 09, 2012
1. This beautiful hike to Stanton Lake, just south of Glacier National Park
2. Driving the Going to the Sun Road alongside a mama bear and two cubs. Yes, we have pictures, but mostly of bear butts.
3. Pilot discovering his inner puppy at the Whitefish Dog Park, with a beautiful view of the Rockies.
4. Staying on a sheep farm. A friggin' sheep farm! We found a great cabin on VRBO with a flock of merino sheep (MERINO SHEEP), three hours, 3 chickens, and three farm dogs. And two lovely families who made us feel right at home.
5. Kobe beef burgers for about $10 (about $4 less than in Eug).
6. Another beautiful hike to Finger Lake ( I don't think I have pics though).
7. Montana yarn (pics to come).
So that's where I've been for a week. I also finished the body of Hiro and started on a fun pair of socks. Pics of those to come too.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Nothing to show you, except balls of yarn for my Hiro. The plan for yesterday (Saturday) was to finish the collar of the tweed sweater, and I thought I would have plenty of time since Tim planned to work on a paper all day. Here's how the day went:
-longish walk through the woods in the morning
-showered and then ran out to Petsmart to buy two Pilot-related items
-Petsmart lacked one item, went to Cabela's (or as I call it now, Ca-Hell-a's).
-THen went to Petco and procured said item (Estimated Errand time: 1 hour. Actual: 2 hours)
-At about 2:30, settled down with book and sweater.
-3:30: Tim says "I'm going shopping for a new car" (we had discussed this and I hate car shopping so he was going alone).
-4:40: spend half an hour on phone with Tim giving him info for loan app (we had a pre-approved loan from our CU but got a better deal at Dealer's)
-5:00 went to sign paperwork
-6:30 drove home to drop off one car and then drove back to dealership.
-7:30 drove new car around the block.
-8:00 settled down to watch a movie and picked up knitting again.
-8:45: very startled by explosion and sounds of breaking class. Turned out the a bottle of mead had overcarbonated and burst in the pantry.
-9:45 pantry cleaned.
The end of the day.
So today, I'm rillyrillyrilly going to try to finish it. Fingers crossed.
ps. A Toyota Prius
Friday, August 24, 2012
I'm still working on this--the collar incorporates Kidsilk Haze for a pretty cool look--but the arms are huge! I had to pick up more stitches than suggested so I guess I should have decreased more sooner. But anyway. Almost done.
And you know what they say: TSWBRO*.
*That sh!t will block right out.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The beads on this mitt are a bit conflubaly (yes, that is a real scientific term) (ok not it isn't I made it up) but I have a thought on how to straighten them up.
And I'm moving right along with the mitt. Sooner or later, I'll be at the thumb, and then it will be almost done.
I have mostly been knitting on a sleeve, though, as well as doing the following:
-taking Pilot to the vet to try to get rid of his intense itchies. Solution: prescription antihistamine and medicated shampoo. And so we've had a few nights of not getting up at 4am because Pilot is itching.
-taking me to the dentist after I bit down on one of those overprocessed tortilla chips, hearing a loud noise, and realizing I had lost a piece of tooth. I HATE THAT! The good news is that my dentist, Dr. Gabriel, fixed it yesterday in five minutes--no crown, no drill, no pain. Yay!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
The Mitten/Gauntlet known as the mauntlet continues to grow, bit by bit. It is going much faster now that the beading isn't constant. Hoorah!
I had a burst of energy where I washed slipcovers, cleaned and dusted our tv room, and cleaned off the disaster known as my desk. Feeling pretty good about it all, but I may need a wee nap.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
This is the 'green blob', also known as the gathered collar pullover from the inaugural issue of Knit.Wear. It's a pretty basic pullover with a really, really pretty collar, that uses both the yarn you see here (felted tweed) and also Kidsilk Haze. But of course first I have to finish the sleeves before the fun part.
I knit this a bit short because Felted Tweed can grow, so I'll block it to the right dimensions.
This morning we took our first damp walk in a long time--we had some fairly strong rain while we were walking and took shelter for a few minutes under the porch of the neighborhood Korean church. Hints of fall on the way, I suppose!
Friday, August 17, 2012
This is all you get to see about the secret knitting project. But it is going very well.
Had a bit of a busy day yesterday with getting a service project out to others and then a search committee meeting. Today I had breakfast with a colleague and now am about to settle down for some reading and knitting. I got about halfway through "The Art of Fielding" and realized I didn't care about anyone in the book. Oops! So I"m on to one about China. Or Japan. OR some other asian country. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
...that you've been wondering, "what ever happened to that project Kim last showed us on January 2 that was so absolutely purpley beautiful?
Well, ever since I finished that first gauntlet mitten (mauntlet?) and placed it in a clear vinyl pouch, it has been mocking me from the corner of my desk. Til now!
Yes, I'm back knitting the gauntlet. And I've gotten through the pain-in-the-butt-add-the-beads-on stage and now I'm at the easy peasy cable stage. AWESOME!
And I'll have new mitts for winter. Which won't be here this week, with projected highs in the 100s.
Monday, August 13, 2012
....my next project is far outside of it.
As I mentioned earlier, I love the "Hiro" pattern by Julia Farwell-Clay. It reminds me of my favorite sweaters of my 20s--Bennetton Sweaters. When I lived in Chicago, there was a Bennetton store between my apartment and my office, and it made a convenient place to stop after a bad day and buy a treat. I don't know why I gave those sweaters away, and I'm sure in the 2012 light of day they're not as wondrous as I remember.
When I decided to knit Hiro, at first I thought of my traditional color palette, which is of course black, grey and white. Or maybe dark blue and light blue. But inspired by Julia, I took a big leap of faith and bought some bright (BRIGHT) yarn for the sweater.
The yarn used in the pattern is a bit out of my price range, but I had a gift cert from Loopy Ewe which made buying enough Cascade 220 to do the sweater very affordable.
I probably shouldn't have photographed this on an ugly plaid bedspread but you can see how bright this going to be. BRIGHT! Yes?
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Yesterday Tim, Pilot and I took a road trip: we drove west to Florence (on the coast), north to Cape Perpetua, north a bit more to Yachats, north and then east to Alsea Fals, and then home.
I drove part of the time, and knit a lot of the time (note: not when I was driving). So i got quite a bit of the body of this sweater done. IT's a little lighter in color but you can see the tweedy goodness.
Cape Perpetua is one of the best places for tidepools on the coast. The tide was out--way, way out so we could walk around a lot of the beach. Much of it is basalt boulders so we did a lot of scrambling around. Pilot was a champ.
We stopped at a good restaurant in Yachats and I had a wonderfully inventive meal: a crab cake eggs benedict. Now, I'm a big fan of the eggs benedict, and fully realize that it is a not-healthy choice so I only eat them on rare occasions. But listen to this twist: a slide of tomato, a crab cake, a poached egg, and hollandaise. Can you say yum? Can you yell yum?
On the way home we stopped by Alsea Falls, a little park south of Corvallis. We haven't been there in a while, mostly because we tend to miss the not-well-marked turnoff to the falls right when you get to the town of Alsea. This time we hit it, and at this time in summer it's not very exciting at the falls but it was a nice place to stretch our legs before the trek home.
Friday, August 10, 2012
While it actually looks sort of cute on, I hated knitting this because:
-there are dropped stitches everywhere
-the hemp yarn is uncomfortable
-even though I got gauge, exactly, this is oversized.
-the thought of blocking it scares me, because I worry it will all fall apart.
Good times, yes?
Thursday, August 09, 2012
1. Secret project cannot be shown in public.
2. Green sweater still a blob.
3. I need to finish the blue sweater (seams, etc).
4. I haven't done anything on the entrelac shrug recently.
5. I'm waiting for some yarn for a new project, this one, by Julia Farwell-Clay . In the meantime, enjoy a little Pilot porn.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
So here's the start of one of the top down sweaters I've recently cast on. It's Felted Tweed in kind of a dull blue greeny color. I love the color and I love top down so this should be a marriage made in heaven.
I spent a bit of time doing the 'secret project' today, that's going well too. And I'm thatclose to finishing the hemp sweater. And with that, I will never work with hemp again.
How are you?
Friday, August 03, 2012
Even if it doesn't look like it. There's a miter in the cuff which is kind of hard to see. But it is a sleeve. And I have one more to go.
In celebration of finishing stuff, I cast on for two new projects yesterday. And then realized today they're both top down v neck sweaters. Oops! But one is a cardi out of laceweight and the other is a pullover out of not laceweight, so they should seem like different projects. Right?
I also need to cast on a pair of socks, since I don't have any on the needles right now.
I finished my week of volunteer work, which means except for writing two syllabi, doing a promotion review letter, grading projects from the Portland class, and organizing a search, I'm pretty much done with commitments for the summer. Oh, and hiring a new Public Records officer. But seriously, I'm going to make myself take time off and not spend the rest of the summer working.
We're going to get a little taste of what the nation has been feeling with a heat advisory tomorrow. We're thinking about hunkering down tomorrow and then going on a paddle on Sunday. WEEKEND! It's funny how having two Saturdays working make it seem like FOREVER since I've had a 'real' weekend!
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
I finished the knitting on this last night--it needs a good blocking so the button band stands out but on the whole I love this sweater. It was a fun knit (from Knit.Wear, you might recall) and even though there were seams, seams, seams, I'm still liking it a lot.
This week I've been doing a program at the UO called the Summer Academy to Inspire Learning. Local smart kids from families where going to college is not the norm come to campus for a week each summer starting after 7th grade. I work with the 'rising Juniors' and we spend the week talking about storytelling, detail, and college essay writing. This go round I'm working with one of our multimedia producers, Matt, and they're doing a little multimedia project as well. The week is going fine--the thing that amazes me about these 17 year olds is that one day they're great, enthusiastic, participating and the next day they're sullen and closed. I guess that is the nature of teenagers, but I'm not used to it. Oh well.
And in the 'I'm an idiot" news, this morning on my way out of the house I stopped to rinse off one of my contacts. Well, I grabbed the wrong bottle and instead of the 'gentle' rinse I grabbed the 'soak overnight' rinse that has 3% 2(HO) (that's hydrogen peroxide to those non chemists out there) (OK I looked it up but only because my friend Julie the Chemist would be mad if I didn't). Let's just say ouch. And that the kids today probably thought I was getting high before class today.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I finished both sleeves on Friday, and had about an hour before dinner so I started the assembly. So far, i have the shoulder seams done, the side seams, and one sleeve set in. Next comes the other sleeve, then that sleeve seam, and then the button band.
The setting in went ok on the first sleeve--I'm getting better at it but I still prefer a raglan rather than a set in. Oh well.
Yesterday was my second Saturday class in Portland: out the door at 6:40 am, back home at 5:45 pm. Class from 9-4. A long day, but a good group of students and lots to talk about.
This coming week I'm doing a volunteer program at UO for students from lower Socio-Economic Status (stati?) and they come to campus for a week for an academic program--the same cohort comes starting eight grade through senior year. I'm working with my colleague Matt and a 'details and storytelliing' project which I hope goes well--it is the first time we've tried it!
Friday, July 27, 2012
It is mystery knitting time!
That time of year when things must be kept secret since they'll be eventually gifts!
I started on a project yesterday realizing it would take me quite a while of secret knitting (which can only be done when someone unnamed is out of the house). So I think if I can get half of the project finished this summer and half in December I'll be fine.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Let's just say that this has lost its charm.
I think one thing I love about entrelac with a Noro type yarn is seeing how each different square becomes its own little thing of beauty and then harmonizes with the surrounding things of beauty to make something gorgeous.
And while I love how the solid color looks, and I know I would only wear a solid color as a sweater (or shrug, in this case), it loses some charm when you don't get the little mosaic beauties.
The last tier--tier 7--was 1300 stitches. And the next few tears are even bigger.
Just saying.But yes this might go take a rest for a bit.
Monday, July 23, 2012
I've been working on these for a long time, and finally finished them last night. I've been kind of worn out and socks are my go-to worn out project.
The yarn is something I found on Ravelry--the dyer dyes yarn in Downton Abbey colorways (me bird, yarn shiny). It's by Roman Hills (http://www.etsy.com/shop/romanhills) and it might be the Mr. Bates colorway but it might not. Anyway--it's nice yarn, it feels a bit thicker than usual and I like the stripey ness. And not a lot of pooling.
Note: just looking around the etsy shop, I noticed there are a lot of differences in the put up. So if you want to make socks be sure you purchase enough.
So I taught in Portland on Saturday--long day but good class. I left the house at 6:40 and got there at 8:15, and then the technology was a mess, so class started a bit late but it all worked out. Once again next Saturday. A good group.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Our schedule has been a bit off this week, and on top of that we had a huge thunderstorm last night, so we're a bit off schedule and as a result I'm kind of exhausted.
We don't get thunderstorms here, so that threw us off. Tim's company retreat has been this week, so he's been out of the house early and back home late.
Tomorrow I'm up at 6:15 to be at my class in Portland by 9, so I'm really looking forward to Sunday and to our schedule getting back on track.
Here is the back and two fronts of the gray cardigan. I'm working on the sleeves now and it is moving along nicely.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
So I'm still fighting with the Hemp cardigan (Tim said, if you don't like the yarn why not stop? but that would be admitting defeat). I'm actually getting to a place where we get along, and I'm just about finished with the body. That leaves sleeves.
I'm at the sleeve place with the grey cardigan too. Luckily the sleeves are elbow length.
Because sleeves. You know.