Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Don't fall asleep!

IMG_4160 by kbshee
IMG_4160, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Look, a sweater. Well, at least the body of a sweater, up to the armpits, and a sleeve, up to the elbow. Pretty gosh darn exciting, no?

This is my take on the Tangled Yoke Cardigan--knit in LB Fisherman's Wool. This yarn is a great value--all you see here knit with one big old skein (and a bunch is still left).

This week hasn't started off quite as horribly as last week but hey, it's only Tuesday.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Welts and All

IMG_4159 by kbshee
IMG_4159, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here is my favorite WIP--an infinity scarf in Kidsilk Haze Stripe, in the colorway Circus.

It is really, really bright--one thing I truly love about these types of yarn is the way that they take the dye. So vibrant! This scarf has colors that I'd never wear in real life--bright orange, greens and chartreuse (is that the bright pink color? neer quite sure). However, I love the look of the colors so much that I'm going for it.

Infinity scarves are quite the trend...basically, you cast on a bunch of stitches, join in the round, and knit. This one has 160 stitches and can be worn long or doubled up like a cowl. The interesting feature is that it has welts...basically, you knit ten rounds, turn it inside out, knit ten more rounds, turn it inside out, etc. Then on the 'right' side you have what looks like ten knit rounds and ten purl rounds. And the same thing on the inside.

We had a great day yesterday. We had a Hike of Celebration on a sunny, 50 degree January day a bit more than a year after Juneau's diagnosis of leukemia. A year ago, she could hardly make it down the driveway (but she wanted to go for a walk every day). Yesterday, we went on a two mile hike up Spencer's Butte. It's only a bit more than a mile one way, but the elevation gain is 750 feet and the last 1/8th mile or so are over boulders to reach the top. Juneau was out in front the whole way, and did a great job on the boulders (better than Tim and I did, but probably not as great s Pilot). The only downside was that half of Eugene decided to make the hike yesterday as well, and the trail was somewhat crowded (too many off leash dogs as well). But little could dampen our day with our Juneau!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Still life scarf with long dog

IMG_4158 by kbshee
IMG_4158, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

i finished the heartbreak scarf--love it! I'm so thrilled with this scarf (although I haven't worn it yet...it is too precious).

(ha ha).

Anyway, I'm having a little bout of startitis and am about to have too many things OTN. I have an infinity scarf in Kidsilk Haze Stripe going. I have the Crazy Avas. I have the twisted yoke cardigan. I want to cast on for another heartbreak (using lots of kidsilk haze) as well as for a tipped pullover that I just discovered the perfect yarn for in the stash. Someone stop me!

And yeah, that dog is pretty cute.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Crazy Avas

IMG_4157 by kbshee
IMG_4157, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished the first Crazy Ava, and now I'm on the second. Today is a pretty major knitting day as the second to last football day is happening. I'll start working on these at the second half of the SF/NY game.

Today so far I've finished the Heartbreak scarf (it looks great) and I'm working on the Tangled York cardigan for the first half of the SF/NY game.

I've made a big bowl of chili and it's raining out here (as well as in SF) so it's a fine day to snuggle down and enjoy hopefully a good football game. See you tomorrow!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I've come to the hearbreaking conclusion

IMG_4156 by kbshee
IMG_4156, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

that I won't have enough dark grey yarn to finish the Heartbreak. I'm knitting the last section (you can see in the picture I'm in the middle of a row) and there isn't going to be enough yarn. I'm just going to suck it up and put black in to finish it off. I will still like how it looks and you (I) are meant to wear it sort of jauntily draped so that might take some of the oddness out of it. Yet who knows?

We've been having rain rain rain--to the degree that I wore my polka dot rainboots twice to school as part of my outfit. Luckily that's considered haute couture in my neck of the woods. That's why they call us ducks.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Knitting Revelation

IMG_4141 by kbshee
IMG_4141, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is a new project called Heartbreak. I was wandering around Ravelry looking for something to make and this jumped out at me and I started on it pretty fast with yarn in the stash.

Because, and here comes the revelation--as much as I knit with all kinds of colors, I really only wear black and gray. Oh socks don't count (although in the past few months I've been suggesting to myself that some black and gray socks would be a nice idea) but if you would now step into my closet, you would see black black black black heather gray black black black black light gray black black black dark gray.

It explains a bit why I don't wear my handknits that much--I always feel like a BEACON OF COLOR when I don't wear one of my safe choices.

So this scarf was absolutely me--and while knitting it, I can see how it could use other yarns that would integrate other colors and even self striping but I don't think I'll actually do that because it is NOT GRAY or BLACK.

I think I am very happy in my little dark comfort zone and that will drive my knitting choices, at least for a while.

Although I did wrap a red scarf around my (gray) sweater this morning.

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Twinnie is going to knit a sock! Please send her good wishes!

So here is what the scarf looks like all stretched out

IMG_4138 by kbshee
IMG_4138, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Today is technically a holiday but I have a 90 minute date with the dentist as well as a lot of class planning to catch up on, so all it is really is a work day without having to be at work.

I love this scarf (I wore it yesterday) and discovered it matches the lining of my parka (the pinky purply color) and the gloves I wear with that park (the bright blue). So score all around.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

OH LOOKIE! Real knitting content

IMG_4135 by kbshee
IMG_4135, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

As I mentioned, I've been a bit single minded in my pursuit of working on the Kidsilk Haze Stripe scarf. I finished it yesterday (finished in terms of running out of yarn) and wound it up so you could see all the colors.

The scarf was really simple--a 2x2 rib with 48 stitches knit on #8 needles. There's a lot of halo in this yarn so it doesn't look hole-y at all. And the way the colors ebb and flow is really, really beautiful. I loved knitting this just to see what would come off the skein.

This is theoretically a limited edition yarn, and so if you find some out there you might want to grab it. I know I want to do more with this. And I have pictures of it looking like a scarf too.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I'm pretty sure I got tagged!

Rules: • Post these rules. • You must post 11 random things about yourself. • Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post. • Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer. • Go to their blog and tell them that you have tagged them. • No stuff in the tagging section about ‘you are tagged if you are reading this.’ blah blah blah, you legitimately have to tag 11 people! (whatever, tag as you like, fun remember?)

Random Facts:

1. I bit my nails until a year ago.
2. From the time I was 25 until I was 37, I did not own a car.
3. I own two alpacas (although I did not own them when I did not own a car).
4. My favorite US city is Boston.
5. My favorite International city is London.
6. Not crazy about cell phones.
7. I'd rather email than talk on the phone.
8. There are about four meals I can cook well.
9. I have ugly toes.
10. People always want to add 'berly' to the end of my first name, but my 'legal' name is Kim.
11. In the vast majority of cases, I find dogs > people




My questions: 1. What made you smile today? A: dogs. 2. If you had to perform at the circus, what trick would you do? A: clown...I'm thinking about going to a clown workshop. 3. Zombie, werewolf, or vampire? A: Werewolf probably. 4. What’s the coolest dream you ever had??? OUt of body experience, assuming it was a dream. 5. Rock, paper or scissors? Oh paper. Wait no scissors. OK Scissors. No paper. 6. If you could go on a road trip with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and where would you go? Person: Tim, Place: National Parks in a van. 7. If you could have 1 superpower, What would you choose? Flight. 8. If a unicorn and a squirrel had a baby what would it be called? Petey. 9. If you could instantly become fluent in another language, which language would you pick? Italian.10. What is your favorite movie quote? "Suck my love pump". 11. What TV show do you wish was still on the air? Hmmm. I remember a game show from when I was a kid which was like full size candyline or something like that. That one.

Questions for the people I tagged:
1. What was the best thing that happened yesterday? 2. What book could you read once a year and never get bored? 3. What was the last good idea you had in the shower? 4. Mac or PC? 5. What is your first thought when you hear that snow is in the forecast? 6. Favorite beach? 7. If you could do one sport very well, with no fear of injury, which would it be? 8. What is your favorite piece of jewelry and why? 9. Do you get excited when the mail arrives? 10. If you have a superpower where anything you knit would be finished, flawlessly, in a week, what would you knit? 11. DPNs or circs?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

I'm not superstitious--are you?
I've just been knitting on the scarf--it has been a busy week so I hope to finish that up this weekend. IT's very cold and frosty here--and snow is in the forecast! OK just snow showers but I'll take whatever I can get.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Beautiful

IMG_4132 by kbshee
IMG_4132, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

It's hard to take a picture of this scarf, but I have to say I can't stop knitting on it. The color changes are absolutely amazing. I love watching how each row makes it prettier and prettier and prettier.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe, in the 'Cool' colorway.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Sweater

IMG_4125 by kbshee
IMG_4125, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've had four hunks of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in the stash for a long time, and over the break I wondered what I could make with it. I got it in my head that I wanted to do another Tangled Yoke Cardigan--an easy to wear, relatively easy to knit cardigan that would be nice and toasty.

I found the pattern and of course, the Fisherman's Wool is way too thick. But I'm holding my breath, doing the math and hoping that I can revise the pattern to a thicker gauge yarn without too many problems.

For starters, I case on about 2/3 of the stitches needed in the original pattern. I'll knit this straight up to the armpits, knit the sleeves, and then the tricky bit will be the yoke. However, I think I can do the math part and figure out how many pattern repeats I need to make the sweater look good. Mathiness is a bit of a strength of mine.

I love the color, I love knitting with it, and I think it will be a great cardigan.

First day of class went fine, met our new President which went fine, my head is down and I'll plow through.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

St. Distaff's Day

IMG_4128 by kbshee
IMG_4128, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Today is St. Distaff's Day, the first day after epiphany. A distaff is used in spinning--it is what you wind the unspun wool around--but St. Distaff's day is 'traditionally' the day women go back to work after taking time off for the holidays.

Interesting, yes?

So I'm putting my head in 'back to work' mode. Ready to take on the next (busy) ten weeks and then the ten weeks after that leading to the summer. I'm in a 'head down, get stuff done, get out' frame of mind, which is not the BEST but not the absolute worst either.

The socks are by Miss Babs, bought at last summer's Sock Summit. Colorway: Crazy Ava. Love.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Startitis

IMG_4126 by kbshee
IMG_4126, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Like every other knitter on the planet, I'm experiencing a bad case of startitis. This past week or so I've cast on for three new projects (and I still have one Midwinter Eve mitt to finish) (and the fair isle hoodie) but whatever.

This is a scarf done in Kidsilk Haze stripe. The colors are really pretty--I used a flash which makes it look like there's a little hole in it but there isn't. Anyway, the scarf is just a 2x2 rib and the colors really come through. This is really a lovely yarn.

I've also started my own version of the tangled cable cardigan (using a much thicker yarn) as well as a pair of socks using Miss Babs. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

As Tim Gunn would say...

IMG_4123 by kbshee
IMG_4123, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

...'that's a lot of look.'

So this is what I knit yesterday--this ruffly scarf that looks a bit like a boa and weighs absolutely nothing. It's Rowan Kidsilk Creation, which is pretty amazing. Basically, you get several yards of a Kidsilk Tube, and you knit the tube in such a way that you form ruffles. There's videos out there that explain it, and it is simple and literally takes an hour and a half to make this scarf.

It's not a scarf that will keep you terribly warm, and it is a bit fancy for me, but it is pretty fun. If I'm every dressed up then I would wear this. Also, if you know someone who would like this, it would make a great gift. Kind of ingenious!

Today is my 'just do it' day. School starts Monday and while I'm fine for classes, I've a list of things to do around the house and to get going for next week. We were up early today (Tim's Corvallis day) and I did one thing I've been wanting to do for a while: cleaned out my jewelry drawer.

Here's a question: what do you do with all your old fashion (costume) jewelry? I have a bunch of stuff from the late 80s that I love but looks very outdated now. I hate to throw it away. Any thoughts?

I also had the dogs out for a long walk (I kept thinking about cutting it short but said to myself 'just do it', mostly because it is a beautiful winter day--cold and clear). Now I'm going to read some Comp Exam answers and start on a new sweater.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Rose Bowl Halftime

IMG_4116 by kbshee
IMG_4116, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Well, it is tied 28 all at halftime at the Rose Bowl--great game although I'd feel a wee bit better if we had 14 more points. GO DUCKS!

For your visual enjoyment is the first of the Winter's Eve socks, a pattern by the fabulous Sivia Harding and adapted (by me) to mittens because there are way too beautiful to wear as socks.

The yarn: Wollmeise. Just as beautiful in person as on your screen.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

IMG_4108 by kbshee
IMG_4108, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Wow, the last ten days have gone by so fast. Although, oddly, it seems like Christmas was forever ago.

We did make it til midnight, enjoyed watching Downton Abbey again, and Tim's dinner was scrumptious. The morning brought coffee and crosswords and a long dog walk, followed by the annual tradition of taking down the tree and putting the decorations away--the house always looks so big without all the trimmings!

I also put a pot of chili on the slow cooker and now we're settling in for football and relaxation. And tomorrow---ROSE BOWL! Go Ducks!

Oh I forgot. I finished the Sunrise Circle Jacket, which I tweaked to add the ribbing around the whole sweater. I'm sure I'll make another one---with more ribbing, I really like how the ribbing looks. I love that sweater!