Monday, April 30, 2012

54 Things I know at 54

Today is my 54th birthday. Yee! To celebrate (really?), here's my list of 54 things I know at 54.

1. Wrinkles have little to do with age, and more to do with laughter.
2. Nothing is chemical free.
3. Contact lenses make me happy most of the time.
4. Dogs make me happy all of the time.
5. It's much harder to be a good driver than a bad driver.
6. Many colors go together if you squint really hard.
7. Johnny Depp makes even a horrible movie not too horrible.
8. Marriage doesn't get easier, but it gets much better.
9. The Sopranos and The Wire will stand the test of time.
10. Big Love, not so much.
11. Some people are never meant to drive manuals.
12. Toes never change.
13. Every city everywhere at some point will air a tv news report that says "don't like the weather now? wait ten minutes."
14. I'll never be an innovator, and I'll try never to be a laggard.
15. Some people just shouldn't dance like no one is watching.
16. Every strong woman isn't a bitch. But honestly, some of them are.
17. I need to be OK with not being the most popular teacher on the faculty.
18. Many things are better with a little sparkle.
19. Breathing is underrated.
20. I bet the world would be a happier place overall if we got clean sheets every day.
21. I don't understand why some people look down on fiction.
22. Ghosts=yes. Vampires=no. Werewolves=no. Other stuff on True Blood=probably not.
23. If you have bells on your toes you really won't have music wherever you go because your toes and feet will muffle the bells.
25. I feel bad for people who look to me for help with their Macs.
26. There is a very heavy gravity vortex right underneath the sofa in the living room.
27. One purpose of winter is to allow us to see just how beautiful spring is.
28. When you don't have one, all babies sort of look the same. Cute and adorable, but the same.
29. Puppies, on the other hand, are all cute and adorable in their own special ways.
30. There is a strong, positive and significant correlation between age and distraction level.
31. There is a strong, positive and significant correlation between age and interest in real estate ads.
32. By this age, you know whether you're the good or the bad cop.
33. And you're happy in the role.
34. I get nervous about people in leadership positions who are younger than me. Not sure when that happened.
35. "Whatever happened to..." is a rabbit hole.
36. If you don't know the difference between tempeh and tofu at this point, you will probably never know.
37. Music was better then.
38. Moves were better then.
39. TV was better then.
40. 'Then' is a flexible and amorphous concept.
41. Sun > clouds.
42. Rain > clouds.
43. Snow > rain.
44. Everything > wind.
45 -54. Ten other things that I can't remember. Because I'm 54.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hmm part 2

IMG_4282 by kbshee
IMG_4282, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The wiggle wrap, which I do really like, isn't quite doing what it is supposed to do.

The idea behind if (I think I've blathered on about this before) is that you have two different balls of kauni (with long, blendy repeats) and knit two rows of one and then two rows of the other, with a wiggly pattern on one of the rows. When it works, it looks really cool as the different colors blend during the course of the wrap.

The pattern recommends one 'bright' and one 'drab' color (I think I made up the word drab but you know what I'm talking about) in order to make the colors stand out.

Well, I think I erred in my choices. The red color doesn't have that much variation between the dark red and the bright reddish pink, and the drab color is all kind of grey. Looking at the ball, i can see more drab colors coming up (a drab green and a drab brown) so maybe they'll be something more dramatic coming up, but for now, not so much.

I do like this knitting pattern, and the 'knot'-ty issue is less bothersome now that it is getting longer, but just not the knit I thought this would be. Oh well.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wait til you see!

IMG_4235 by kbshee
IMG_4235, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've been working on this sock this week, and I'm almost done with the first one. Why I love this sock:

1. Black, pink and grey.
2. Sparkles.

More loveliness from String Theory Colorworks.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Well. So much for THAT!

IMG_4237 by kbshee
IMG_4237, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So the idea behind the wiggle wrap is that you (ie me) use two colors of Kauni with the long repeats and the colors that blend naturally into one another so the whole wrap takes on this kind of blending wiggly quality to it. That is the idea. But if you have ever used Kauni, you know that there is a bit of a crapshoot with this yarn. It has happened to me twice before, and I bet it might have happened to you--the dreaded knot. Instead of a delightful blend from one color to the other, you get a knot that stops one color dead in its tracks and adds a new color immediately. Well, that is what happened here, yes? As I said, it has happened before with the multicolored Kauni--it went from red to purple to blue to---purple? Hello? It is supposed to be green next. But someone had knotted it and reversed the color sequence. AWESOME! I think I can make this into a design feature though---toward the end, I'll make my own knot and do a dark block next to a light block and SHOW THEM (who? and what am I showing them? I don't know. That bad Kauni Knotter person I guess).

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Now that it is warm out...

IMG_4231 by kbshee
IMG_4231, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

..I finished the tipped sweater!

It needs the little underarm seams sewn, and some weaving in of ends, and a good block, and then we'll call this one done.

And now that the weather forecast has finally said spring is here, I probably won't need it til the next trip to the beach.

But it will be ready nonetheless!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Gentle Wind

I mentioned we acquired (artsy word) a serigraph when we were over on the coast last weekend. The artist is K Bonnema Leslie who is a Montana artist who does serigraphs and water colors. This is the one we bought.

The gallery had several, but this one was a nice size and an image that made me feel peaceful. Tim loves it too. It is hanging in our dining room in a place where we can see it from the living room.

It feels good to have a little treat now and then!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wiggle it...

IMG_4230 by kbshee
IMG_4230, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

...just a little bit...

Do you remember that song? I only remember that one line. Oh well.

This is a new project--the Wiggle Wrap. It's a feather and fan (I think) wrap, 100 stitches, two rows alternating Kauni Effectgarn. The 'Effect" has not begun yet, given the long repeats that Kauni has, but I bet my next post will show you some of the coolness of this pattern.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tipped Sweater

IMG_4229 by kbshee
IMG_4229, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Today I attached the sleeves to the body, and ended up with what looks like a clown top. I think this is because the circ is short and doesn't accommodate the work well. However, I decrease eight stitches every other round so it should be in manageable (and photographable) shape sometime in the near future.

Yesterday we dashed over to the coast and took a walk on the beach with the dogs. There was a lot of interesting driftwood beached on the sand from recent storms. Then we went to one of our favorite restaurants in Old Town Bay Street Grille and then wandered in and out of the shops. We bought a serigraph at one of the nicer shops (I'll take a picture soon). As we left, the sky was clouding up so we hit it at the good time. No traffic either way. A great day.

Friday, April 13, 2012


IMG_4228 by kbshee
IMG_4228, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is going to be an interesting pair of socks, because the second one looks different than the first. Can't really describe why, exactly, but it does.

This was a crazy week. I hosted our Executive in Residence from Monday-Thursday, which basically meant making sure he was where he needed to be for his 10 hour days, watered and fed, and not exhausted. I also had to find reviewers and send out 50 manuscripts for the special issue of a Journal I'm co-editing. Finally, I had to go through the files for the President search and pick my top ones.

SO not surprisingly, not a lot of knitting to show. Sorry. Next week should be calmer.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Return of the Babyhats!

IMG_4227 by kbshee
IMG_4227, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I started this babyhat many weeks ago and finished it up over the weekend. It is BRIGHT. Bright bright bright. I do love it though.

Four more babyhats went out in the world last week to greet new babies arriving at the end of April (the best time for babies, as far as I am concerned!).

Saturday, April 07, 2012


IMG_4224 by kbshee
IMG_4224, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished the Wingspan, and this was one of the most satisfying knits I've done for a while. It's all knit stitches, short rows with no wrapping and none of that pesky knit the wraps with the stitch. The result is a series of 'feathers' that are set off by the holes made when a short row is turned. I didn't like it the first time I did it, but the effect overall is great.

The yarn is Kauni Effectgarn in blacks, greys and purples,which is a bit bland but of course very fitting with everything I wear.

I haven't knit on anything else this week (except a sock in the faculty meeting yesterday) and even though I haven't had a lot of knitting time, it's done.

Busy week :first week of fall term, plus I had to organize a special issue of a journal that I'm editing (find reviews, remove identifying information from submissions, handle questions, etc). Next week my pal Charlie Robertson is visiting as our exec in residence and I'm excited about that, but it will be another busy one. Plus end of term stuff heating up, not surprisingly.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Too much rain

IMG_4222 by kbshee
IMG_4222, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Tim and I bought a new toy, and were hoping to get it out for a quick paddle on Sunday. Sadly, too much rain and cold weather (yes, the rest of the US, it is still winter here) meant that we had to inflate it in the house and just sit in it longingly.

We love to kayak, and we have several flat water places sort of close by that we like going to. This summer, our friends Steve and Jen got a raft, and started doing some of the gentler rivers in the area. I went down the river in my regular kayak and it was a bit of an adventure--so we decided to buy a blow up so we could do a few more river trips.

It is a two-person, and we bought the delux version with nice seats. It's actually so comfortable I mentioned that if we ever need a replacement couch, we could sit in the kayak.

The first few days of school and I'm worn out all ready. :-)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

It Starts to Make Sense

IMG_4223 by kbshee
IMG_4223, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Spent a bit more time on the Wingspan yesterday--and it started to make sense. The 'holes' that I complained about yesterday are a DESIGN FEATURE! I think the whole effect of the shawl is to look like feathers, and the holes separate one feather from another.

I guess given the name was WINGSPAN I could have figured that out a bit more quickly, but oh well. I've done three of the eight sections (wow, this goes fast..), I'm on the fourth, and I weighed the yarn just to make sure I have enough for the whole thing.

The start of every summer brings the Black Sheep Gathering to Eugene---knitters and spinners galore. I skipped it last year (various reasons, mostly having to do with the fact I needed no yarn/fiber and none of the classes appealed to me). This year, i signed up for a spinning class that is going to teach about incorporating beads and stuff into the yarn. Very excited. I really want to spin up a lot of my alpaca this summer and this class should encourage me to get my spinning chops going again and to give me new ideas for spinning.

Tomorrow: back for the ten week slog known as Spring Term.