Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More Affection

IMG_4304 by kbshee
IMG_4304, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The scarf-of-the-moment, the color affection. Lots of cool examples on the Rav. Mine is pretty bo-ring.

Life here has taken a sad turn as we've learned that Juneau's leukemia is no longer in remission. We're trying the chemo protocol again..hold good thoughts for her please.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ducks and Cardinals

IMG_4303 by kbshee
IMG_4303, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

These are socks for Tim--made of yarn (duh) from my favorite indie dyer, String Theory Colorworks. I think this is the Resistor Colorway which was part of a sock club but I bought it from someone on Rav.

It has both duck colors (green and yellow, go Ducks!) and Cardinals colors (red and back, go Cards!) so Tim is very happy with them. And no one does a grey like STC!

I hope you're enjoying today; please take a moment to remember those who serve and who have served.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day weekend

IMG_4299 by kbshee
IMG_4299, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

You know it's Memorial Day weekend in Oregon when you're wrapped up in a wool shawl while knitting socks and waiting for the rain to start.

I shouldn't complain--we had a beautiful month of gorgeous weather, and a record stretch of no rain for May--I think over two weeks. When it rained earlier this week, I knew the green outside would be incredibly intense, and the weeds would be out of control. All the flowers are mixed up in terms of their blooming---fox gloves should NOT be blooming now--but it is so beautiful outside.

I've never been a big napper (napping does run in my family, both my mom and my Twinster are champion nappers), but I've taken naps yesterday and today. As I mentioned in the previous post, the early part of this week was intense and exhausting, and naps are helping. Yesterday's was only 15 minutes, today's was a bit longer, and I wake up feeling ready to take on the world...or at least sit up on the couch and knit some more.

We're having a mellow weekend--Tim is working from home on Monday, it's not nice out and we still have two weeks of classes AND THEN finals week, so the end isn't really even in sight. But for those of you who live where summer is a-cumen in, enjoy!

Friday, May 25, 2012


IMG_4300 by kbshee
IMG_4300, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the start of my Color Affection scarf, which is very much the Scarf-of-the-Moment on the Rav. It is made with three colors, and you see two of them here, black and pale blue (it comes off as gray in the photo).The third color is pink. It should look good when it's done, I hope.

It's been a busy week here in Lake Woebegone. I spent Sun-Fri in Portland doing some intense stuff for the University, and now spending a lot of time catching up, mostly getting through theses for our students finishing up in the next few weeks.

Two more weeks of classes then finals week, I can do it! But I'm definitely excited about a long weekend!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ho Hum

IMG_4298 by kbshee
IMG_4298, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So the Wiggle Wrap is done. Here is is, before blocking (with Pilot). It is now stretching out after a nice cool bath so it will reach its full potential.

I'm disappointed in this. I made a bad yarn pick--I should have picked Kauni choices with more variation. Or found a yarn with long changes that aren't as long as Kauni changes.

And it isn't that I don't like it--as a patterned stripe scarf it is cool. But if you look at ones made with other colors they look better. IMHO.

I've started on the most recent scarf of the moment--the Color Affection (affliction?) scarf. Hope that one doesn't disappoint me!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Two reviews in one week! Awesome!

I wasn't that crazy about the first Jane Austen is just a bit too twee for me. This one continues with the tweeness (the articles include stories about regency era hats, sheep and dressmaking, plus some other literary stuff that I'm just not interested in). But there are a bunch of patterns that are pretty nice, specifically the mitts on the cover (Hetty's Sunday Cuffs). If you can get past the uber-twee names (calling bags reticules just makes me roll my eyes), you might find something to knit.

There are two sweaters I love, An Aran for Annie and the Camden Place Cardigan. Unfortunately, this last one uses a merino/bamboo yarn that is way out of my price range, and its drapey enough that I"m scared to sub a less expensive yarn. Any thoughts?

There are smaller projects that are cute, including socks and Miss Jane's Hat (eyeroll again). I'm skipping the fichu, because it has lace and a twee name.

All in all, a good investment for some sweet patterns.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Well, usually I'm not a big fan of the summer issues of IK (and I didn't like the Spring issue SO MUCH that I didn't even write a review of it), but this one, is, ready for it:

Not bad.

The Good: I think there are 24 patterns, all knit in lightweight yarns, all pretty and summery, etcetera. My favorite is by far the Bethany wrap  and in fact I even bought the yarn for it. There's a hat, and some jewelry, and a pair of cute gloves. 

The Bad: The summer tops are just kind of odd. They're kind of bulky and make the models look chunky. Then there's a sleeveless one with a hoodie pocket that leaves me scratching my head.

The Ugly: So sorry IK, but there is no reason for this to exist out of a bad 1980s disco movie: The Planche Top . Even its name is ugly.

Bottom line: well, considering that the last issue was so lame I couldn't even review it, we'll call this a win for IK, shall we?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Slip Sliding Away

IMG_4297 by kbshee
IMG_4297, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the sweater with the Hemp yarn, and it is so damn slippery.

Right now there's more than 280 stitches on this, and part of it falls off every row. Luckily it doesn't unravel that much (unless it is hanging over the edge of a coffee table, ask me how I know about that) but it does always fall off.

Anyway--we had a beautiful weekend that involved a few long walks, a gorgeous paddle with white pelican sitings, and some good relaxation time. Which we need.

Powering through.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Week 6

IMG_4288 by kbshee
IMG_4288, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

It is week 6 of our 10 week spring term.

Every morning, i wake up and search my mind to remind myself of what day of the week it is. Then I go over the schedule for the day. Then I open my email to discover a fresh hell. Then I reformat my day. Then the day starts.

Just too much going on, which is normal for spring term plus all my other service stuff is layered on top (and layered is not the right term, thrown in a messy heap on top is more of the right term).

These are socks that I think are from the Yarn Pirate sock club from a gazillion years ago. I'm not even sure if the Yarn Pirate is still out there. But cute socks, they feel good (will have to figure out fabrication of the yarn) and nice colors that go with everything in (my) closet.

Monday, May 07, 2012


IMG_4287 by kbshee
IMG_4287, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Socks finished--these are genius. String Theory Colorworks rocks, my friends.

What else? Good weekend--we bought a Big Green Egg and now apparently are living the Big Green Egg Lifestyle. Confused?

Sunday, May 06, 2012

And it grows

IMG_4289 by kbshee
IMG_4289, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So I think this shawl is about three or four feet long now, so I'm more than halfway through. If I do this shawl again (and it is fun to 'thinking' row followed by three 'mindless' rows) I'll pick something with much more contrasts. Oh well. Live and learn. It will go with a lot, though.

I've also cast on for a cardigan made out of hemp yarn (allhemp3, and it is the Flaming June from Knitty. I wanted to use the recommended yarn since I've never knit with hemp before, and I bought two colors of blue (which was all the store had left).

Hemp is not fun to knit with.

But more on that later.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012


IMG_4280 by kbshee
IMG_4280, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. I had a great birthday--it began with a Sunday night dinner at our favorite Italian place, then a lot of work on Monday (boo) then cards and pizza and gifts from Tim Monday evening. Additionally, one of my doctoral advisees and his wife gave birth to their first son on my birthday! He was due on 4/26 but I suggested 4/30 might be a better date and like any good doctoral student, he listened to his adviser.

These socks are almost done--they are the Photon base form String Theory Colorworks.