Tuesday, October 30, 2012


IMG_4555 by kbshee
IMG_4555, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm working on a little sweater for Comet--she's a tiny thing with no undercoat (just like her big brother) and we think she's going to need a little extra help to stay warm in our winter. Hence, little sweater.

I've been following what is happening in NYC on Twitter--I have many former students living there plus a very close friend from HS and his family. Everyone seems ok, except I haven't heard from one who lives far downtown. My Boston friends seem to be fine too.

But that was something, no?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Toque=n Hat Picture

IMG_4557 by kbshee
IMG_4557, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I haven't worked on this Toque for a while--mostly too busy/tired and this takes some concentration. But with an afternoon Ducks game destined to be a blowout on TV yesterday, I took this up and did a few more repeats.

The way this works: you're looking at the body of the hat, which will go around my head (the cast on edge, to the left, will join the bound off edge when I get there). Then the top of the toque will come about via picked up stitches and voila, toque!

We're halfway done with the term (yay) and my 'crazy' part is over--I've hosted two candidates for a very big job and we know who we want to hire. So it just needs to go to the faculty for a vote and I'm all done. I'm very relieved we have someone, and I think this person will be terrific.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


IMG_4554 by kbshee
IMG_4554, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm working on these socks for Tim--the yarn is a kind of thick yarn that is half merino and half alpaca (yum). It isn't superwash so that means we've got to be careful about felting, but since these look like rag wool socks I'm guessing we'll remember.

The yarn is so thick I can do a sock Tim's size with only 48 stitches, which makes me very happy.

I have a pretty bad case of startitis with too many things on the needles right now. But all mindless stuff which is good since it is that 'knit mindless stuff' time in the term.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

It may not look like it

IMG_4552 by kbshee
IMG_4552, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

But it is a hat.

It's Mountain colors Teton, that I bought at a yarn shop in Whitefish Montana. The colorwayis called Stream. It's bulky--and I had to order an additional skein because the head I'm knitting this for is a bit bigger than average. It is lovely to work with, beautiful saturated colors, and if it wasn't a bit on the pricey side I'd make a whole sweater out of it!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tipped Cowl

IMG_4551 by kbshee
IMG_4551, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is a recent mindless knitting project--a tipped cowl.

I cast on about 120 stitches of Kidsilk Haze Stripe, knit for a while (4-5 inches), and then knit a couple rows in the red-orange Kidsilk Haze stripe. It loops twice around my neck and will be a cute add on for all my grey tops, of which I appear to have many (grey is the new black, at least in my neck of the woods).

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hiro with Sheep

IMG_4536 by kbshee
IMG_4536, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finally took some time and finished this yesterday, which included:

-sewing tiny little seams at the wrists
-sewing tiny little holes at the underarms
-weaving in ends ends ends
-sewing on red toggles that luckily match perfectly.

All ready for the first cold day!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gray is the New Black

IMG_4534 by kbshee
IMG_4534, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

At least in my wardrobe!

This is Kidsilk Haze Stripes, in grey and black stripes, that i bought on sale a while ago. This is just a stockinette tube, knit in the round, that I'll wear as a cowl. I'll tip it with some red and orange kidsilk haze that is in the stash. It is my mindless project!

We've had Comet for a week and things are going well. I've read that it takes a few weeks for the dogs to get used to each other, and I do think Pilot and Comet are working things out, but we still have a little dust up each day. Right now I'm on the couch with one dog butt on my left side and one on my right side, so they are learning how to share the couch (and me), which is good.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Finished Socks

IMG_4521 by kbshee
IMG_4521, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished these cute socks, made by String Theory Colorworks (there are sparklies in the black stripes). They seem to take forever, mostly because I've been just pooped due to craziness at school and of course our new girl.

Things are going pretty well. She and Pilot mix it up occasionally, mostly over food or who is sitting closest to me. We'll work it out.

We've had a beautiful fall that is supposed to come to an end tomorrow. Hopefully that might lead to more knititng time!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012


IMG_4520 by kbshee
IMG_4520, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've been working in some bits and pieces on this scarf, and it is going pretty well. I reallly like the plaidness and I love the slipped stitches and it is just going to be a nice little wrap.

Comet is adjusting--she and Pilot have gone at it a few times but I hope that starts to decrease in the days to come. I keep having to remember there is a lot for that little dog to process, and we need to help her figure things out as best we can. She is clearly feeling a lot better, has some good energy, and we just need to learn her little emotional states better. But she is a little love (when she is not trying to kill Pilot).

Sunday, October 07, 2012

10 Things We (Sorta) Know About Comet

Our new dog, Comet, is (like most shelter dogs) a bit of a mystery. But here is what we know: 1. She was transferred from a shelter in Cottage Grove, Oregon, and had a 'friend' named Boo Boo who may have been her son or the father of her pups. 2. She's had at least one litter, and we think she might have had several. She may have been a puppy mill puppy. 3. She is between 1 and 4 years old (she was estimated at 1 when she came into the shelter, after the spay that number was revised. Apparently when they spay a dog they can tell from the internal organs how may times she went into heat). (They meaning vets). 4. She weighs about 25 pounds, and she is a bit underweight. 5. Even though she isn't a puppy, she has a sweet puppy face. 6. She loves to snuggle. 7. She is generous with puppy kisses. 8. She is black with a white dot on her neck and a larger white mark on her chest. 9. Her feet are black and white. 10. While we do not have personal evidence of this, there is a note in her file that says she doesn't mind having her nails trimmed. We are looking forward to learning more about her. She's not feeling well--she had diarrhea four times last night (and threw up twice) but who can blame her? She hung out and watched the Ducks with us last night and that was wonderful bonding time. We hope to have more of that.

Thursday, October 04, 2012


IMG_4513 by kbshee
IMG_4513, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I started the Cable Toque from IK something (gifts? accessories?). Anyway, you knit a wide brim, join the cast on and cast offs, and then knit a little hat part on top to join them.

I know that makes no sense, but you'll see how it works soon.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012


IMG_4511 by kbshee
IMG_4511, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the yarn that came from the sheep at the farm we stayed at in Montana (did you follow that?). Beautiful, beautiful merino yarn. I could dye it but I think I'm going to make a cabled hat from the new IK Accessories--and probably mitts too (although they'll get dirty).


Maybe a cabled hat for Tim too.

Monday, October 01, 2012

A Good Day

> I posted this on Facebook, but thought you'd enjoy Pilot enjoying the sunshine. Yes, he's on our outside dining table.