Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blocking my Hiro

IMG_4507 by kbshee
IMG_4507, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

It still needs a few little seams here and there and a few ends woven in, but the Hiro is almost done. I changed the pattern a bit and knit a solid color button band that will hopefully match the chinese red toggles that are on the way--if not i'll do little hooks. But I can't wait for a cold day!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Back to the Socks!

I took a bit of a sock hiatus this summer, didn't I? But here's the
status of the newest one, one down, one to go.

Classes started this week, bringing along the regular craziness. At
our back to school retreat, my dean asked each person to name one goal
for this year. My goal: to next year only have one goal.
And I don't think people thought I was being snarky. Well, I'm sure
some did.

I'm almost done with the Hiro, and I realized I'll need a something
else to start. I'll have to return to my summer list, but I think I'll
focus on knitting hats, gloves and socks for a while--small projects
using complex techniques. I think that would make me happy.

Monday, September 24, 2012

First Day of School

IMG_4503 by kbshee
IMG_4503, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

1. Argh!
2. I have my first class in 85 minutes. I'm all set. I'm showing them this video:
3. I finished the fair isle yoke of my Hiro last night, as you can see. Boy, does this pattern go fast!
4. I was out of town for 42 hours over the weekend, and am now pooped. But I will carry on!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A must knit

IMG_4499 by kbshee
IMG_4499, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I haven't had one of these for a while--I see a pattern and have to knit it.

This is in the new Rowan magazine and is called the Kirkwall wrap. The wrap mixes a few techniques--there's slipped stitches that are 'long' stitches (multiple wraps around the needle for s single stitch), and some rows are knit in one color and some in two colors. I think it looks really great.

The yarn is Felted Tweed in a grey and a very dark blue, and the blue reads like black a bit. Thumbs up (two) for this one.

Monday, September 17, 2012

"Back at work"

Technically I'm 'back at work' as my contract starts today. But after a summer of organizing and participating on searches and doing other admin-stuff-that-I'm-not-compensated-for I'm feeling a bit put out at the 'yay start of the new school year' brouhaha that others take on.

But whatever. Here's a sock that looks like one that Charlie Brown would wear, doesn't it? String Theory, sparkly yarn, good times.



Friday, September 14, 2012

Awful sleeve picture

Seriously, don't look at this for too long, as it might make you nauseous.

But--here's the first sleeve of the brightly colored cardigan--you can see some of the fair isle down at the cuff. 
This sleeve went pretty fast so I think the second one will go fast too, and then the fun starts!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Secret Knitting

I finished the secret knitting project today--ho ho ho. The project turned out really well. Stay tuned for a few months!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's not a vacation without yarn

On our last day in Montana, Tim and his buddy Gabe went out on a float trip on the Flathead river, and Pilot and I spent the day together eating potato puffs from Taco John's (if you have a Taco John near you I"m very jealous), going to the dog park, and shopping for yarn. Whitefish, with a population of less than 10,000, has an adorable knit shop called Knit and Needle
I bought three yarns. First (at the top) is Mountain Colors Teton, a collaboration between Mountain Colors in Montana and Mountain Meadow Wool Mill in WYoming. This color is Stream, and will be a hat for Tim. Gong clockwise, this silver sock yarn (winters night) was dyed using all natural dyes by Sincere Sheep in the Napa Valley. They're a new company to me. And the green is BFL sock from Sweet Georgia, and the color (spruce) reminds me of Montana and will be beautiful cable socks for me.


Monday, September 10, 2012

It is the bottom part of a cardigan

HEre is the bottom part of my Hiro cardigan, 17 inches of stockinette except for a twisted rib band at the bottom. 1500 miles of a car ride got 'er done!
Now on to the fun parts!



Sunday, September 09, 2012

That is Some Big Sky!

Tim, Pilot and I just returned from a week in Montana. Tim was last there over 25 years ago, and Pilot and I have never been. Let's just say every time you turn a corner it is a picture postcard. Here are some highlights:

1. This beautiful hike to Stanton Lake, just south of Glacier National Park
2. Driving the Going to the Sun Road alongside a mama bear and two cubs. Yes, we have pictures, but mostly of bear butts.
3. Pilot discovering his inner puppy at the Whitefish Dog Park, with a beautiful view of the Rockies.
4. Staying on a sheep farm. A friggin' sheep farm! We found a great cabin on VRBO with a flock of merino sheep (MERINO SHEEP), three hours, 3 chickens, and three farm dogs. And two lovely families who made us feel right at home.
5. Kobe beef burgers for about $10 (about $4 less than in Eug).
6. Another beautiful hike to Finger Lake ( I don't think I have pics though).
7. Montana yarn (pics to come).
So that's where I've been for a week. I also finished the body of Hiro and started on a fun pair of socks. Pics of those to come too.