Sunday, July 29, 2012

Partway through

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IMG_4352, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

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's the most wonderful time of the year

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IMG_4351, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

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

It's not that I don't love it

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IMG_4347, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

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.

Ah well.

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

Socks

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IMG_4346, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

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

Tired

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IMG_4344, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

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

THAT cardigan

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IMG_4345, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pride and Joy

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IMG_4341, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

My favorite plant in our front garden is our butterfly bush. The flowers are my absolute favorite color of purple and it smells wonderful. The bush is outside our office window and right now I'm taking in deep breaths and smelling how terrific it is.

Monday, July 16, 2012

A second 'tier'

IMG_4336 by kbshee
IMG_4336, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This shrug isn't going as fast as I thought it might, probably because life is busy and I'm also knitting on other things.

We had a fun weekend-some errands and lunch on Saturday, and yesterday we took a long paddle at Coyote Creek, followed by weed pulling (ok not fun). Good walks with Pilot both days. Beautiful summer weather--yesterday was a high in the upper 70s and I'm thankful we don't have that hot weather that the rest of the US has.

I also read the sequel to "A Discovery of Witches" called "Shadow of Night" (loved it) and the novel "Summerland" (liked it) this week.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Cardi

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IMG_4335, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This cardi is going great...I'm about halfway done with the right front and, as you can see, the back is done too. I keep forgetting I have sleeves though but I still think I'm making good progress.

Good progress this week too on my book (one thing I need to add in this update are case studies, and I have almost all of them figured out).

Good progress TOO on my Saturday class, which starts a week from Saturday. I'm all ready, materials wise, for that.

Now, just need to have a bit more fun!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This is an armhole

IMG_4333 by kbshee
IMG_4333, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm making the Cochin Shrug, a Eunny Jang pattern which is a sleeveless shrug done with entrelac. ENTRELAC! I do love entrelac.

I selected a blue cashcotton 4 ply from Rowan in a bright blue--I know entrelac looks best in a Noro type yarn but that would be too much for me.

I have done three 'tiers' so far...basically this gets knit from armhole to armhole and the rectangles get bigger as you move toward the center of the body.

I've also been working on my book (it is going well) and taking time to read.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Fun in the Sun

No knitting content today, sorry, because of a busy weekend in the sun. It seems like summer has finally arrived and we've been enjoying it. I pulled weeds on Saturday after a long walk with Tim and Pilot and then we went out for dinner Saturday night with our friends Steve and Jen. We took the Miata with the top down (finally). Yesterday we did a float trip with Steve and Jen and their kids. They have a raft, and we took the maiden river voyage of our inflatable kayak. Our first attempt with the inflatable was less than successful, so I'm not sure why we thought going from a bad experience on the canoe canal to a trip down the Willamette River with rapids (OK, they're all class 1 with maybe one or two weak weak weak class 2s) was a good idea. But it went well. We probably did about 4 miles in a bit over two hours, we handled the rapids well once we figured out how to not get turned around backwards (that will get your heart pounding) and we had fun. Today I cleaned my closet and did some work, and I'm feeling a bit more in control and verging on back to normal.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Close up

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IMG_4332, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here's a close up of the Linen Stitch Jacket, with the half linen stitch on the bottom, linen stitch along the waist, and then stockinette above the waist. Love it.

I then remembered that linen stitch would make great placemats, which is a nice fast project to use up yarn. So I'll add those to the list.

WHICH HAS GROWN. Because after I posted yesterday I went to see if there was another issue of Knit Wear. There is--the premiere issue--digitally only. So I downloaded it and found three more things I want to make. I even went through and picked out yarn for everything, because that is just how I roll (no, it isn't. But before I lept to the Internets to buy more yarn, I wanted to see if I really needed more yarn. Answer: no).
So my knitting is now coalescing in my head. To be done:

1. Finish this,and the hemp sweater.
2. A shrug using entrelac and some blue rowan cashcotton in the stash.
3. Cute long cardi with cables using some Berroco stuff in the stash.
4. Cute pullover using Felted Tweed with accents in Kidsilk Haze
5. Pink tank using milk cotton (pattern found on rav) with lace cardi using lighter weight milk cotton in same color (lace cardi from new Vogue Knitting).
6. Striped cardi from the last IK.
7. Scarf in lattice cables, just cause I want to do lattice cables.
8. Placemats.
9. Finish the colorwork hoodie.

Friday, July 06, 2012

I love this

IMG_4330 by kbshee
IMG_4330, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the Linen Stitch Jacket from a magazine called Knit Wear. Just for the record:
1. I love this magazine. Why haven't I heard of it before now?
2. I love this pattern. It's a cardigan that used my favorite stitch in the world, linen stitch.
3. I not only love linen stitch, I love half linen stitch, which is used on the bottom part of the sweater. Linen stitch is at the waistband, then stockinette above it.
4. I also love the yarn, Elsebeth Lavold silky wool.

Can you tell I have a little crush on this?

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy 4th!

IMG_4329 by kbshee
IMG_4329, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Isn't it odd when a holiday is on Wednesday? I'm all "it's a regular day OOPS IT ISN'T so shouldn't we do something not regular? Other than not get the mail?"
But Tim is working today (at home, which is nice, except I can't bug him constantly) and so I spent the morning doing some work on my ethics book. I'm quitting now to read and knit. We'll smoke some ribs for tonight and I'm making a fruit salad and my extra special corn and black bean salad*.
This is 'flaming june' in that hemp yarn that I started a while back. I've picked it back up, and it is going along swimmingly. I still don't love the yarn but we've reached a level of agreement that we both can tolerate.
How are you 4th-ing?

*Here's my salad: take two cans of black beans, mix with a bag of frozen corn (you can defrost it if you want) and a little tub of green salsa. Add cilantro (check and see if your grocery has the squeezable cilantro in tubes. I love!). Refrigerate the whole thing for a few hours and then eat it right out of the bowl. Or serve it to guests and have them eat like normal people.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Block(ing) Part

IMG_4327 by kbshee
IMG_4327, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Sorry if this picture makes you a bit dizzy and seasick--the perspective is really odd.

But anyway--I finished both the entrelac scarf and the color affliction (at the top).

Entrelac blocked out nicely.

Color Affliction--meh. Not sure why everyone is so crazy about this scarf/shawl. I'm just not a big fan of knitting 400+ stitches at the end (which is what happens, once I figured it out). I blocked the scarf by folding it in half and then blocking it out evenly. It is a crescent scarf, I think, so I think I messed up the shape by my blocking but not sure I care.

I like how it looks (I'll show you soon) and keep in mind that it is inside out and looks better rightside out. I just didn't have fun knitting it. I made a bad yarn choice (Elann Kid Something--very difficult to work with) and then, well, you know how I feel about all those stitches at the end. i also thought the colors--pink and blue--would show up better with the black (they don't).

But it is light as a feather, which I do like.

How are you?

Sunday, July 01, 2012

So

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IMG_4323, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Every day I say to myself "I blogged yesterday, didn't I?" And I tell myself yes. So today I checked and it is Sunday and I haven't blogged since Thursday and I can't for the life of me figure out why.

I guess I'm still trying to get into the swing of summer but the following things stand in my way:
-it has been cool and rainy (sorry rest of US, but we could use a wee bit of summer here)
-I have a bunch of work stuff on my to-do list and as usual I think everything will take me HOURS so i don't want to do them and then I tackle one and it takes 15 minutes so I get all proud that I finished something and so then say to myself I can take a little break
-I miss Juneau a lot and have trouble getting into a routine without her.

I've finished a few projects (pictures to come) and started on a few more (ditto). I have been working on the revision of my book on advertising ethics which is kind of fun, especially since I have a 'goal' of 25% new content for every chapter (although I've got one that is 90% new content, so that puts me in a good place). Tim and I have been walking between 2 and 4 miles per day with Pilot to get into shape a bit.

Oh, and Thursday we went to the Olympic Track and Field trials that were held at the UO---kind of a big deal, especially if you like Track and Field (which we really don't). The pole vaulting was cool though.

These are socks for Tim. I'd give you more details but that would entail getting off the couch which isn't happening right now.