Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Surprise!


So I finished these mauntlets--I need to weave in ends and stretch the thumb out a bit, but they're warm and cozy and ready to go. Let winter come! (OK not).
 And the book was a nice surprise from one of my PhD students who defended at the end of last year. He knows I knit and this is a very cool and inspirational book.

 


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Collar


So here is the collar. It isn't a mandarin collar, but rather a shawl collar so it will lay down when I wear it, and the pretty kidsilk haze part will show through.

The kidsilk haze stripe is the same green as the tweedy yarn but with some blue and other colors in there too. In the pattern, the facing part was gold but that's a bit much for me.

I like. 

 


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Best Laid Plans

IMG_4380 by kbshee
IMG_4380, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Nothing to show you, except balls of yarn for my Hiro. The plan for yesterday (Saturday) was to finish the collar of the tweed sweater, and I thought I would have plenty of time since Tim planned to work on a paper all day. Here's how the day went:

-longish walk through the woods in the morning
-showered and then ran out to Petsmart to buy two Pilot-related items
-Petsmart lacked one item, went to Cabela's (or as I call it now, Ca-Hell-a's).
-THen went to Petco and procured said item (Estimated Errand time: 1 hour. Actual: 2 hours)
-Lunch
-At about 2:30, settled down with book and sweater.
-3:30: Tim says "I'm going shopping for a new car" (we had discussed this and I hate car shopping so he was going alone).
-4:40: spend half an hour on phone with Tim giving him info for loan app (we had a pre-approved loan from our CU but got a better deal at Dealer's)
-5:00 went to sign paperwork
-6:30 drove home to drop off one car and then drove back to dealership.
-7:30 drove new car around the block.
-8:00 settled down to watch a movie and picked up knitting again.
-8:45: very startled by explosion and sounds of breaking class. Turned out the a bottle of mead had overcarbonated and burst in the pantry.
-9:45 pantry cleaned.
The end of the day.

So today, I'm rillyrillyrilly going to try to finish it. Fingers crossed.

ps. A Toyota Prius
ps2: Red.

Friday, August 24, 2012

TSWBRO

IMG_4382 by kbshee
IMG_4382, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm still working on this--the collar incorporates Kidsilk Haze for a pretty cool look--but the arms are huge! I had to pick up more stitches than suggested so I guess I should have decreased more sooner. But anyway. Almost done.

And you know what they say: TSWBRO*.

*That sh!t will block right out.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wonky Beads

IMG_4376 by kbshee
IMG_4376, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The beads on this mitt are a bit conflubaly (yes, that is a real scientific term) (ok not it isn't I made it up) but I have a thought on how to straighten them up.

And I'm moving right along with the mitt. Sooner or later, I'll be at the thumb, and then it will be almost done.

I have mostly been knitting on a sleeve, though, as well as doing the following:

-taking Pilot to the vet to try to get rid of his intense itchies. Solution: prescription antihistamine and medicated shampoo. And so we've had a few nights of not getting up at 4am because Pilot is itching.

-taking me to the dentist after I bit down on one of those overprocessed tortilla chips, hearing a loud noise, and realizing I had lost a piece of tooth. I HATE THAT! The good news is that my dentist, Dr. Gabriel, fixed it yesterday in five minutes--no crown, no drill, no pain. Yay!

And you?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

It Grows

IMG_4372 by kbshee
IMG_4372, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The Mitten/Gauntlet known as the mauntlet continues to grow, bit by bit. It is going much faster now that the beading isn't constant. Hoorah!

I had a burst of energy where I washed slipcovers, cleaned and dusted our tv room, and cleaned off the disaster known as my desk. Feeling pretty good about it all, but I may need a wee nap.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

It really is prettier than this

IMG_4371 by kbshee
IMG_4371, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the 'green blob', also known as the gathered collar pullover from the inaugural issue of Knit.Wear. It's a pretty basic pullover with a really, really pretty collar, that uses both the yarn you see here (felted tweed) and also Kidsilk Haze. But of course first I have to finish the sleeves before the fun part.

I knit this a bit short because Felted Tweed can grow, so I'll block it to the right dimensions.

This morning we took our first damp walk in a long time--we had some fairly strong rain while we were walking and took shelter for a few minutes under the porch of the neighborhood Korean church. Hints of fall on the way, I suppose!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Shh

IMG_4370 by kbshee
IMG_4370, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is all you get to see about the secret knitting project. But it is going very well.

Had a bit of a busy day yesterday with getting a service project out to others and then a search committee meeting. Today I had breakfast with a colleague and now am about to settle down for some reading and knitting. I got about halfway through "The Art of Fielding" and realized I didn't care about anyone in the book. Oops! So I"m on to one about China. Or Japan. OR some other asian country. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I betcha...

IMG_4368 by kbshee
IMG_4368, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

...that you've been wondering, "what ever happened to that project Kim last showed us on January 2 that was so absolutely purpley beautiful?

Well, ever since I finished that first gauntlet mitten (mauntlet?) and placed it in a clear vinyl pouch, it has been mocking me from the corner of my desk. Til now!

Yes, I'm back knitting the gauntlet. And I've gotten through the pain-in-the-butt-add-the-beads-on stage and now I'm at the easy peasy cable stage. AWESOME!

And I'll have new mitts for winter. Which won't be here this week, with projected highs in the 100s.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Comfort Zone, Wheelhouse, Whatever...

IMG_4367 by kbshee
IMG_4367, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

....my next project is far outside of it.

As I mentioned earlier, I love the "Hiro" pattern by Julia Farwell-Clay. It reminds me of my favorite sweaters of my 20s--Bennetton Sweaters. When I lived in Chicago, there was a Bennetton store between my apartment and my office, and it made a convenient place to stop after a bad day and buy a treat. I don't know why I gave those sweaters away, and I'm sure in the 2012 light of day they're not as wondrous as I remember.

When I decided to knit Hiro, at first I thought of my traditional color palette, which is of course black, grey and white. Or maybe dark blue and light blue. But inspired by Julia, I took a big leap of faith and bought some bright (BRIGHT) yarn for the sweater.

The yarn used in the pattern is a bit out of my price range, but I had a gift cert from Loopy Ewe which made buying enough Cascade 220 to do the sweater very affordable.

I probably shouldn't have photographed this on an ugly plaid bedspread but you can see how bright this going to be. BRIGHT! Yes?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Road Trip Knitting

IMG_4366 by kbshee
IMG_4366, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Yesterday Tim, Pilot and I took a road trip: we drove west to Florence (on the coast), north to Cape Perpetua, north a bit more to Yachats, north and then east to Alsea Fals, and then home.

I drove part of the time, and knit a lot of the time (note: not when I was driving). So i got quite a bit of the body of this sweater done. IT's a little lighter in color but you can see the tweedy goodness.

Cape Perpetua is one of the best places for tidepools on the coast. The tide was out--way, way out so we could walk around a lot of the beach. Much of it is basalt boulders so we did a lot of scrambling around. Pilot was a champ.

We stopped at a good restaurant in Yachats and I had a wonderfully inventive meal: a crab cake eggs benedict. Now, I'm a big fan of the eggs benedict, and fully realize that it is a not-healthy choice so I only eat them on rare occasions. But listen to this twist: a slide of tomato, a crab cake, a poached egg, and hollandaise. Can you say yum? Can you yell yum?

On the way home we stopped by Alsea Falls, a little park south of Corvallis. We haven't been there in a while, mostly because we tend to miss the not-well-marked turnoff to the falls right when you get to the town of Alsea. This time we hit it, and at this time in summer it's not very exciting at the falls but it was a nice place to stretch our legs before the trek home.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Hemp Hot Mess

IMG_4364 by kbshee
IMG_4364, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

While it actually looks sort of cute on, I hated knitting this because:

-there are dropped stitches everywhere
-the hemp yarn is uncomfortable
-even though I got gauge, exactly, this is oversized.
-the thought of blocking it scares me, because I worry it will all fall apart.

Good times, yes?

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Why I have no knitting to show you

IMG_4360 by kbshee
IMG_4360, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

1. Secret project cannot be shown in public.
2. Green sweater still a blob.
3. I need to finish the blue sweater (seams, etc).
4. I haven't done anything on the entrelac shrug recently.
5. I'm waiting for some yarn for a new project, this one, by Julia Farwell-Clay . In the meantime, enjoy a little Pilot porn.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

New sweater

IMG_4362 by kbshee
IMG_4362, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So here's the start of one of the top down sweaters I've recently cast on. It's Felted Tweed in kind of a dull blue greeny color. I love the color and I love top down so this should be a marriage made in heaven.

I spent a bit of time doing the 'secret project' today, that's going well too. And I'm thatclose to finishing the hemp sweater. And with that, I will never work with hemp again.

How are you?

Friday, August 03, 2012

Yes. It is a sleeve.

IMG_4358 by kbshee
IMG_4358, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Even if it doesn't look like it. There's a miter in the cuff which is kind of hard to see. But it is a sleeve. And I have one more to go.

In celebration of finishing stuff, I cast on for two new projects yesterday. And then realized today they're both top down v neck sweaters. Oops! But one is a cardi out of laceweight and the other is a pullover out of not laceweight, so they should seem like different projects. Right?

I also need to cast on a pair of socks, since I don't have any on the needles right now.

I finished my week of volunteer work, which means except for writing two syllabi, doing a promotion review letter, grading projects from the Portland class, and organizing a search, I'm pretty much done with commitments for the summer. Oh, and hiring a new Public Records officer. But seriously, I'm going to make myself take time off and not spend the rest of the summer working.

We're going to get a little taste of what the nation has been feeling with a heat advisory tomorrow. We're thinking about hunkering down tomorrow and then going on a paddle on Sunday. WEEKEND! It's funny how having two Saturdays working make it seem like FOREVER since I've had a 'real' weekend!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Not blocked but done

IMG_4356 by kbshee
IMG_4356, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished the knitting on this last night--it needs a good blocking so the button band stands out but on the whole I love this sweater. It was a fun knit (from Knit.Wear, you might recall) and even though there were seams, seams, seams, I'm still liking it a lot.

This week I've been doing a program at the UO called the Summer Academy to Inspire Learning. Local smart kids from families where going to college is not the norm come to campus for a week each summer starting after 7th grade. I work with the 'rising Juniors' and we spend the week talking about storytelling, detail, and college essay writing. This go round I'm working with one of our multimedia producers, Matt, and they're doing a little multimedia project as well. The week is going fine--the thing that amazes me about these 17 year olds is that one day they're great, enthusiastic, participating and the next day they're sullen and closed. I guess that is the nature of teenagers, but I'm not used to it. Oh well.

And in the 'I'm an idiot" news, this morning on my way out of the house I stopped to rinse off one of my contacts. Well, I grabbed the wrong bottle and instead of the 'gentle' rinse I grabbed the 'soak overnight' rinse that has 3% 2(HO) (that's hydrogen peroxide to those non chemists out there) (OK I looked it up but only because my friend Julie the Chemist would be mad if I didn't). Let's just say ouch. And that the kids today probably thought I was getting high before class today.