Saturday, March 31, 2012


IMG_4218 by kbshee
IMG_4218, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I cast on for the Wingspan shawl the other day--it is quite the Shawl of the Moment on Ravelry and it is a good 'mindless knitting that looks like it takes a lot of concentration' knitting that I so enjoy.

I found a ball of Kauni in blacks, grays and purples that I'm using, and the picture looks really muddy, but it looks better in person.

There are short rows with not wrapped stitches that don't look very good in real life, I'm experimenting with making these stitches tighter in the next hunk.

Plus the needle I was using has a kink in it and I can't stretch it out to all its glory. I'm switching needles on it today.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tipped Off

IMG_4217 by kbshee
IMG_4217, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

How many puns can I come up with to describe the tipped sweater? My guess is as good as yours.

I finished the first sleeve, and have also done the cuff for the second. It's a pretty basic sleeve so I just have to power through 106 rows to get to the end of the second. And then the joining and the fun begins!

Very, very rainy and windy here, but luckily the electricity has stayed on. We're expected several inches of rain that is putting a damper (HA HA) on the last few hours of spring break. However, I am ready to power through the next ten weeks!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Like Sherbet on your Feet

IMG_4214 by kbshee
IMG_4214, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished those dark gray socks yesterdays---hooray! They were a quick knit (good) and for Tim (good) but just not that fun to knit (bad).

I'm sure I have the name and source of this yarn somewhere but not with me right now. This sock was completely done on the flight from Atlanta to SLC a week and a half ago. They are pretty--pastels but bold pastels.

I have finished up several WIPs and really just have these socks, a baby hat, and the tipped sweater on the needles, so I'm going to look around for a new project today.

I was supposed to have a meeting today but haven't heard a word on that (yay) so it looks like I might have a whole day to myself. I've been working a lot this break (which is fine---it has to be done so it might as well get done now) and sadly, I have no good books in the queue to read. If you have a suggestion, let me know!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Duck Hat

The JSchool does a charity auction each year--people donate items or services, we bid on them, and we give all the money raised to a local charity to fight hunger (FOOD for Lane County). In the past, I've auctioned off knitting lessons, but this year I saw this cute Duck hat on Ravelry and offered to knit it for a lucky winner. My colleague, Kwija, also a knitter, won it for her son. And I spent a few hours yesterday knitting it up.

That sounds so casual, like I do Fair Isle every day. I don't, but I did a good job on this--caught floats, didn't make it too tight, fixed boo boos as they occured. And it didn't really take too long--the corrugated rib was the slowest part. So I built a skill while contributing to a good cause! AWESOME!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Home Stretch

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IMG_4212, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm on the home stretch of Tim's next pair of socks, which I've discussed in all its dull detail in a previous post.

So today is day 2 of Spring Break. Yesterday was spent working--organizing manuscripts for a special issue, finalizing a visit from our Executive in Residence, reading a chapter of a dissertation, preparing a manuscript for final submission, and catch up lunch with colleagues. Now I'm off to a catch up breakfast with a colleague.

The baby hats are leaving--there's a shower this weekend for two of our students (with wives due on the same date) and both are getting two baby hats.

My knitting for today will be 'auction' knitting--more details on that tomorrow.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Back to the Knitting

IMG_4210 by kbshee
IMG_4210, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here's the Spectra scarf. You may note that it is off the needles, and it is much shorter than you might imagine. I think the original pattern called for 75 wedges, and I have about 35 here. This will allow me to tuck this scarf in a neckline of a cardigan, or pin it with a little pin. I think I'll get more out of it this way. So pretty!

We watched the old PBS series "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and the last scene--one of the only scenes with a woman in it--had the woman wearing a turtleneck with a stick pin in it. STICK PINS! I loved stick pins in the 80s. Maybe I should try to bring them back.

This is spring break, and it will be a quiet catch up week. As wonderful as 'quarters' are in the fall, they kind of suck right now--ten more weeks of school staring me in the face with lots to do (include finding a new President for the UO). So I'm using this week to get caught up on a lot of other stuff so I can focus on my one class and the rest of my service next term.

There will be fun, though. Breakfast and lunches with friends/colleagues, and lots of reading and knitting. And hopefully a quick trip to the coast if it ever stops raining.


IMG_4210 by kbshee
IMG_4210, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Last Snow Picture

IMG_4206 by kbshee
IMG_4206, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

If you click on this and make it better, you can see some of the grape hyacinths coming up through the snow. Amazingly, the recent snowstorm didn't seem to damage anything--the daffodils were all bent over with the weight of the wet snow but have all popped back up. Nature. Awesome.

There has been some knitting--I finished the spectra scarf (stopped early), working on socks and other stuff, nothing exciting but we'll return to our knitting content this week.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Yep, it is spring in Oregon.
We woke up to the radio saying the UO was on a two hour delay, and my friends, that DOES NOT HAPPEN. I cannot recall a time where we delayed for weather while classes were in session. And in fact, this week is finals week. How messy is this: 8am finals were cancelled til spring term, and 10:15 finals were moved to 1pm. Some of my students had 10:15 finals and 2pm flights out of town, not sure what will happen with them!
The Internets (and the rest of the electricity) were out for a bit over two hours (we were fortunate), and Pilot snuck out the front door for a romp around the neighborhood.

I've managed to get some work done, and I think I'm un-jet-lagged--and ready for spring break!

The photograph is snow on my Jack in the Box Antenna topper!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Catch Up

IMG_4190 by kbshee
IMG_4190, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Sorry for the silence--I'm at an academic advertising conference in South Carolina and it has been pretty jammed packed. I have a few moments in between meetings, packing to go home, and our 'outing' which is a river boat thought I'd see what was in the flick queue to show you.

This is the spectra scarf that is growing slowly but it is growing. It isn't quite the 'alternating colors' effect that I wanted, but I still thinks it looks nice. I would imagine I won't knit all 75 pieces of pie, but we'll see.

I haven't knit for four days! Kind of unbelievable. Planning to on the long trip home tomorrow though.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


IMG_4188 by kbshee
IMG_4188, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

For the third morning in a row, we've woken to very wet snow in a very thin layer on the skylight and bushes. After an incredibly windy day yesterday, it seems like Winter decided to skip Oregon in January and February and just concentrate on March for us.

I'm making a pair of socks for Tim in Jo Sharp Silkroad Tweed DK. While I love this yarn--love the tweediness, the thickness, how fast they are to knit--they don't hold up that well to wearing, so this will be my last pair. They tend to felt even if treated with kid gloves, and to get little tiny holes in them.

But still. I like them.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Springing forward

So yes, we moved the clocks ahead, and of course it feels like a whackadoodle day. We're trying to get us all on a schedule--the dogs are now eating at their 'summer time' dinner time which is a bit more convenient for all of us!
What is that, you say? You need more baby hats? Well, really, no one is saying that but I do have one last one to show you. I have one more on the needles (well, on the needle, somehow I lost one of my circs that I was using for the baby hat and it is now on a magic lop) but I think I've reached saturation. Although I do like looking at them all on top of the filing cabinet waiting for babies to be born!

Friday, March 09, 2012

Not a giant baby hat

IMG_4187 by kbshee
IMG_4187, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

In case you were wondering, I do work a bit here and there on this never ending sweater of knit stitch in the round. I think I'm almost, almost to the part where I divide for the raglan sleeves, so it should start looking like something other than a giant baby hat shortly, shortly meaning whenever I get around to it.

Even though I told myself I would take a baby hat break, I have found I am completely addicted to them! Not sure why, but probably because they are fast and easy.

I actually gifted the first one yesterday, and I was surprised at how HARD it was...I had to separate from my baby hat! It was baby hat #1, by the way. Anyway, that little boy is due in two weeks or so and thus it is time.
The baby hats must serve a greater purpose than amusing me.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

That scarf

IMG_4186 by kbshee
IMG_4186, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

We must interrupt our important Baby Hat coverage to bring you the most recent developments in this scarf-that-I-can't-recall-the-name-of.

It is now up to I don't know how many wedges and has a nice stained glass effect going on. This is pretty easy and straightforward to knit which belies how it looks, which is kind of fun too.

Not as straightforward as a baby hat, of course.

Monday, March 05, 2012

And another baby hat just got off of the train..

IMG_4185 by kbshee
IMG_4185, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The fourth baby hat, voila. There are four babies either newly born or in the works before the end of April and so I have four left to do, but these are now going so fast that I can do them almost in my sleep.

This is leftover Socks that Rock from a sock club a long, long time ago. Very cute and girly and soft, so obviously for a baby girl.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Yet another baby hat

IMG_4184 by kbshee
IMG_4184, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

These go so nice and fast! And they're cute and tiny! What could be more perfect??

This will be for a boy, although with these colors it could probably go either way.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Another one

IMG_4183 by kbshee
IMG_4183, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The baby hat making continues.

This is for a baby girl, because there is a lot of pink in there although it may be a bit difficult to see. I made this one a little larger since the plans are to gift each new child with two hats, one newborn sized and one a few months down the road.

I'd write more but I have an awful headache right now. Not enough sleep and a bit too much stress.