Monday, December 30, 2013

Oldie but goodie.

I finished this up probably last spring, but kind of ignored it til now.
It needed buttons, and a seam here or there, and I finally got around to ordering some snowflake buttons and getting this done. I like it! Although the blues are a bit odd--the dark one is sort of a weird green/blue that doesn't quite 'go' but I'll make it work.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Word verification

I've turned on word verification due to some odd comments in the comment section. Sorry for the inconvenience. I'll turn it off once the odd commenter has gone away.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Willow Cowl

This is a quick knit.
It is now blocking, and is the same colorway as the Casseiopia (sp?) socks. But it looks fun in a cowl too.

Thursday, December 26, 2013


There has been quite a bit of merriment at our house, fueled by chocolate and beef tenderloin and the complete "Sopranos". Santa was very, very good to us (me especially) and we're truly enjoying the Holiday season. 

These are on the needles and I"m zipping through them--String Theory socks. So cute!

Was your holiday great?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

We find magic everywhere!

May the spirit of Christmas last all year long. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Can you say 'quick knit'?

I finished the Something Cowl:

Probably not the best match with a polka dot sweater, but maybe so.
It's very lightweight, and I love the three greys and black. I have a lot left over so will probably do another cowl with these colors too.

Plus you can see our Christmas tree and my holiday hair in the 'Rudolph's Nose' colorway.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Something Cowl

I have been working in bits on this: Something Cowl . I was going to do a shawl in five colors of black-white-grey but, um, didn't. So I'm doing this cowl and probably the hat that goes with it as well. Interesting construction that I think I'm screwing up.

Yep, doesn't look like much yet but stay tuned, hopefully I'm doing it right.

Yesterday I made a batch of cookies and fudge and finished up cards. Today I wrapped some gifts and put the bows on the dogs. Comet is hell bent on untying Pilot's bow. Not sure if that was a good move or not.

All I have left to prepare is to weave in ends on Tim's present, wrap Tim's stuff, and shop for Christmas eve dinner. We still have cookies to make and lights to put up, but both of those are in Tim's Christmas wheel house.

Regardless, Christmas will be here soon!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


I totally forgot about the blue shrug until I was cleaning up the yarn room. Guess I'll get going on that again now too! Plus I started a new thing yesterday---and finished a sweater that had been sitting around since last Christmas.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

So this happened

Yes, this was taken with the scarf in the shower. I just plunked it in a cool water bath, wrung it out, and hung it up and it seems to be drying quite nicely and blocking itself. Very cool.

So *that* means I get to cast on for something new. Yesterday, I did a huge clean on my desk at home--four trips out to the recycling and one to the garbage--and now it all looks good. Hopefully I can keep it that way. But anyway, I put all the patterns I had print out recently into a file (huge file) and now I'll go through that and see what I want to cast on.

I am working my way through the sort-of-not-time-sensitive stuff for work that has piled up (theses and dissertation proposals, letters of rec, and other stuff) and doing a bit each day. Also doing a bit of cleaning up each day--yesterday was office and bedroom, today I vacuumed the floors and am going to do a bit in the living room. And I still have cards, cookies and wrapping to do but I went to the grocery store today (that counts, right?) and have all cookie ingredients in the house. My share of the cards is no longer very big so it won't take that long (famous last words, right)? It just feels great to not have a gazillion emails to deal with every day. Deep breath out!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Merry and Bright

Grading is done (basically--there are three thesis/dissertation proposals in my inbox that I really don't need to read right away and I'm waiting for one last Honors thesis proposal to get in so I can give the person a "P" and then click the submit grades button) and the snow is (finally) melted and look at the fun socks I've been working on.

The yarn is string theory colorworks, the colorway is Cassiopiea, and yes, there are little polka dots in the black stripe! So cute!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Update on life in the icey north

Warning: this post will contain virtually no knitting content. Back to the wool soon!

We have lived in Eugene for 15 years, and I've been able to count the times it has snowed on one hand. In general, when these rare events happen, it snows at night or early in the morning, people freak out, the sun comes out, and the snow is melted by 3:30.

Well, not this time.

It started snowing last Friday in the early morning--by the end of the day on Friday we had 8 inches. That is a lot for a town that has (apparently) a total of six snow plows and bans rock salt. Campus closed at 2pm, and I had stocked up on a few essentials on Thursday so we would not starve.  The snow stopped around 3 or 4. Amazingly, the postman came by as did UPS. Friday was our garbage collection day, and we got a 'robo call' saying they would pick up the next day.

Then came the deep freeze--I think it got down below 0 Friday or Saturday night. We stayed home on Saturday although people were getting out of our street. The sun came out but it didn't get much about 10. Sunday, it was sunny and a bit warmer, and we ventured out---mostly because Tim was flying out Monday morning and we wanted to make sure we could get there. The streets were all snow covered, still, but it was fine getting around with 4wd.

We left Monday morning at about 6:15 to get Tim to the airport, and the hardest part was driving in the dark with the snow covering the lane markers. It barely got above 20 on Monday. Tuesday it was in the high 20s, and finally yesterday we got above freezing at about noon. The melting began--and then froze last night.

Luckily, the trip Monday morning has made me comfortable enough to drive around (cautiously) and I've watched the main streets melt off throughout the week. In a typical situation I'd probably be afraid to do that, but I'm good with it.

Today it is supposed to get up in the high 30s with rain which will either wash this all away or make a real horror show for later today and tomorrow. I've been sequestered grading today and have no plans to venture out except to add more garbage to the trash which has STILL NOT BEEN PICKED UP. Argh.

I have been knitting---but it is Tim's Christmas gift which is almost done. So no pics, sorry. Soon!

Saturday, December 07, 2013


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IMG_1112, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Not really--just saw our next door neighbor drive off without any problems, so if we had to go out we could but there's no reason to go out today. Tim has some work to finish up, and I don't have anywhere I need to go, and we have food to last us til tomorrow, so we'll be staying in and enjoying the 8" of snow and the cold cold temperatures.

I had a very focused grading sesison yesterday (and the day before) and have all grading received completed. The rest of the papers (maybe 1/4 of my total grading pages) are due in Thursday by 10, but I'm certain they'll start trickling in tomorrow night. So I'm in good shape with my grading.

I had posted the hat picture but I also knit up some baby moccassins to go with the hat--and here they are. Cute!

Today I'll do some snow management (clear off the 4WD car in preparation for going out tomorrow), do another shovel of the driveway, and then we'll put those styrofoam thingees around the faucets since we are supposed to go down to the single digits tonight. And then knit and read. And maybe teach myself how to Tunisian Crochet. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Tuesday list

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IMG_1111, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

1. I have approximately 600 pages of student work to grade over the next two weeks.
2. Plus one Master's defense.
3. I currently have about 20 pages on hand. I should get about 2/3 tomorrow.
4. Except, of course, for the multiple extensions that are being requested.
5. At least I have a pretty scarf.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Baby hat

IMG_1109 by kbshee
IMG_1109, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

A colleague of Tim's is having a baby, and I offered to knit up a few things for the shower (the baby in question is a boy). This came together in a few hours using two colors of Worsted weight. Today I'm attempting--for the first time--baby moccasins. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


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IMG_1108, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I'm thankful for family (two and four legged), friends, and a swift and ball winder this Thanksgiving. Have a lovely day.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

And then there's this

IMG_1107 by kbshee
IMG_1107, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So, I finished the pieces of the grey sweater and thought vaguely about blocking them, and then looked at the back and the two fronts and thought--those all don't match.

The two fronts (it is a cardigan) are one length and the back is about two inches shorter.


So technically, the back WAS two inches shorter. What I did was pick up stitches along the bind off at the top and then just knit two more inches. Not sure what this means for the actual construction, but we'll see. Stay tuned.

Gobble gobble!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The back of the shruggy thing

IMG_1104 by kbshee
IMG_1104, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Not sure what else to say. This is a fun, fast knit and I love the yarn (Berroco Vintage Chunky) and it really doesn't look *that* chunky.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Skydive--with question marks

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IMG_1105, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I saw this pattern on someone's blog--was it KathyB's?--and I thought it would be cool in a a color changing yarn. So I bought some--I think it is Lang?--and cast on for it last night. Being a lacey pattern on size 8s, it seems to be going very quickly. And I love watching the colors change.

You can see the ball in the background.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The shruggy thing

IMG_1102 by kbshee
IMG_1102, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is from the new IK--in the magazine it is being knit in yellow.

It uses a chunky yarn but doesn't feel ski lodge chunky. It is going quite fast, is fun to knit and the pattern is quick to memorize, and so I call it a winner!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tiny mitten

I am enchanted with knitted Christmas decorations. At this time of year I get all excited about knitting a tree skirt or some other major project, and then I look at the date. Hello!

One thing I've seen in catalogues that I really love is a garland of knitted mittens. I figure if I knit a few this year and then more next year then I can get a nice garland for 2014. So:
Of course, this may go the way of hexipuffs but we'll see.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Comet and sleeves

IMG_1100 by kbshee
IMG_1100, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

In honor of the depressing grey foggy and drizzly weather we've been having, I'm finishing the grey sweater.

Well actually, as you know, there are two sweaters I want to start. I'm waiting for the yarn for the shrug so I'm trying to get the long grey sweater finished. Getting there! Then I'll have to start knitting some stuff with some color.

Comet looks so skinny in this picture, but rest assured she is a healthy pup!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


IMG_1098 by kbshee
IMG_1098, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Not sure why these don't look the same size because they are--the EXACT same size! Oh well. Anyway, these circle mitts are a fast and fun knit--interesting construction and only two ends per mitt to weave in.

My one recommendation is to write down exactly what you do for one mitt so you can replicate it for the second. Ask me how I know this is what you should do.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Imagine That

Longtime readers of my blog know that I used to do reviews of new issues of IK and VK. I called these posts "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly". For quite a while, though, I haven't done this since there has been little in either magazine that I consider good--defined as something I want to start knitting ASAP.

Well, guess what? The winter issue of IK has an entire SECTION of stuff I want to knit.
My two favorites are the swivel pullover (center of the first row) and the yellow shrug (first one of the second row). The yarn for the shrug is on sale today at The Dizzy Sheep so I snapped that up. I'll make the Swivel in a nice soft pink.

Of course, there is some not great stuff in this issue but I'm honestly quite thrilled with a decent IK! It helps that I love cables I guess!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Almost done

IMG_1097 by kbshee
IMG_1097, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I would guess this sweater will be done before the end of the weekend. I have twelve rows left of Stockinette on the sleeve and then can do the cuff and then it will be done. I thought it would come together a bit more quickly but, oh well. I am kind of tired of it but looking at the picture I'm thinking "that looks pretty good."

I'm looking forward to doing some different things--namely hexipuffs and Christmas ornaments. And cowls and socks and mitts.

Monday, November 04, 2013

This will look better when it is blocked

IMG_1095 by kbshee
IMG_1095, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

But it is a fingerless mitt called the Circle Mitt.

It is a fun pattern from the Rav--a little complex but not really, and no seams and just two ends to weave in.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Dress up part 2

Friday night was the School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Achievement Banquet. I had nominated one of our ad grads, Sheena Brady, to the Hall and she was inducted that night. It is a nice dress up occasion that I like to attend every so often. I realized, though, that I've worn this outfit three times to the banquet. Oh well.

Luckily bling on a collar rarely goes out of style.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Dressing Up

Not a lot of knitting happening here since we had events on both Thursday and Friday nights. Thursday was Halloween and we went to a costume party. Friday was the J school's Hall of Achievement dinner, where one of my former students was inducted. I was so filled with pride that I had a tiny bit to do with her success. Anyway, here is Halloween:

I was a cat. :-)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Faculty Meeting Socks

Every year, my school has an auction to benefit a charity that provides food to low income families in my city. This year, I provided for the auction something called "Faculty Meeting Socks", meaning I would knit the winner a pair of socks in the color of their choice. I would knit them during faculty meetings.

Well, I sat down two nights ago and thought "I need to finish these so I can start other things (hello, circle mitts)" so I did. They go to the recipient tomorrow.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Giving it a go

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IMG_1091, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

When we last visited the Saga of the Skirt, we learned that while the measurements were what they should be, the actual skirt, when donned, assumed hooker-like proportions. The cast off was undone, and a few more inches were added.

So last night I thought "let's just block this sucker out' and bound off and this morning it is in the sink. Hopefully it will all go OK.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Smiling happy people with scribble cowls

This is not scratchy at all. Since I have a fair amount of ribbon yarn hanging around AND a fair amount of laceweight I may have to make many more of these.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Coming along

IMG_1089 by kbshee
IMG_1089, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've finished the stripes on one sleeve of the sweater, and now the rest of the sleeve will be dark blue. This sleeve should be finished pretty quickly.

Busy-ness at work and home has limited my knitting time, but the grey sweater is still in the works.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Scribble cowl and an update

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IMG_1087, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

THis is a scribble cowl, using a pattern and yarn from Alchemy. There are two yarns: a lace weight mohair silk blend and yarn that is made out of twine. Yep. Twine. You knit one row of twine and three rows of laceweight and get the scribble effect with the twine. Pretty cool, a fairly easy knit. I'm not sure how it feel wearing it but we'll see.

And the skirt. I measured and it was the right length when I bound off last night. Then I tried it on and apparently it needs a good blocking (euphemism) because it ended up about six inches above my knee (measurement wise, it should have been one). So I'm going to unbind off it (is that a term?) and keep knitting. And then block. It did look cute though.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

More skirt

Two inches to go. THE END IS NEAR! I'm giddy with thoughts of skirt completion. Sorry for the upside down picture.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


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IMG_1082, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the back of the sweater--you can tell with the little stripe job back there. But yeah, the body is done, and I'm pleased with it.

I'm working on the sleeves, which are light blue and red stripes all the way down--kind of a pain as it moves it away from mindless knitting to have-to-pay-a-bit-of-attention knitting, but that's ok.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hail to purple, hail to white!

IMG_1081 by kbshee
IMG_1081, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

My swap gifties arrived Friday in the mail (I just got mine mailed on Friday, which was a feat itself) and my swap partner, Kathy sent some wonderful surprises.

Apparently I keep no secret that I love purple, so a beautiful skein of purple yarn is much appreciated. And with a hail to purple and a hail to white, she included a Northwestern wallet (where i went to undergrad). Other surprises included leaf buttons, a stitchholder, stitch markers (not shown) and the handy yarn requirements pamphlet.

I hope my surprises delight Kathy as much as hers delighted me. And thanks to Twinster for pairing us up.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Maybe for a 22 year old

IMG_1080 by kbshee
IMG_1080, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So the skirt has grown to one that might be worn by a 22 year old with really good legs.

Next stop: two inches above the knee.

Saturday, October 05, 2013


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IMG_1079, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've been working on this sweater a lot (well, let me redefine that--I've been working on this when I've been knitting, which isn't that often) and it is looking like a real sweater thing!

I reclaimed the yarn from a shawl that I had started but was frankly going nowhere--I liked it better in the Rowan Magazine than I did in real life. I like the color combination and I think the dark blue on the bottom will be flattering. It is Rowan felted Tweed, a great sweater yarn.

I finished the first week of school--yes we started LATE. It is an interesting term: I teach 9-12 and 4-6 on Mondays and Wednesdays. I'm trying to schedule most meetings for the Monday and WEdnesday afternoons, and then hopefully have time during the rest of the week to do class prep and work on research (I have seven chapters in a textbook that I need to finish off this term).

I am also taking an Adult Ballet class on Thursday nights. It is pretty fun--a great way to stretch out--and the class is taught with the assumption that the students pretty much understand some of the basic ballet stuff. Which I pretty much do. I'm enjoying that.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wanna Swap?

My pseudo twinny Kim is hosting a swap on her blog (click on her name and you'll find out the details). Looks like fun! Join and maybe you can swamp avec moi!

Plus, she is also opening a home for wayward Hexipuffs--collecting those you've done but have bailed on the thought of actually making a quilt with them. If you're interested in donating, either leave a comment here or email me at kbshee AT comcast DOT net and I'll hook you up with the twinster.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tis the season

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IMG_1077, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

For secret knitting.
Fa la la la la la la la la.
I can't show you what I'm knitting.
Fa la la la la la la la la.

Do you like my rhymes?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It slowly grows

IMG_1075 by kbshee
IMG_1075, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So here's the skirt. Right now it is way way short but it is looking pretty cute. The construction is somewhat ingenious, I must say.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


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IMG_1074, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I got home last night at 9:30 pm from a whirlwind trip to Chicago--left Friday at 5:30 am. Did a two day meeting, slept a tiny bit, and caught up with some colleagues. But today I'm pretty brain dead.

This sweater has an official name but I'm not sure what it is. I unraveled a different project to get the yarn. But more on that later.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

And the prizes keep on coming

My twinnie ran a contest on her blog called "The Knitters Hunk and Chick" and one of the people I nominated came in second place. And so I won a prize (awesome, right?)!

Included in the awesomeness is two skeins of Mountain colors (Love), enoguh pink cotton for a sweater, a project bag, soaps, stitch markers, those little crochet hooks you use to pick up dropped stitches, a needle sizer, a tape measure, and the Twinster's own tea blend. And really cute needles with bees. And hand stuff. And temporary tatoos. And probably other fun stuff that I'm missing.

Thanks Kim!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Today's tip: Enter every darn knitting giveaway that you encounter

Because the odds are that eventually you'll win something.

This year so far I've won a knit crate prize (thanks Twinnie), a Twist Collective Anniversary prize and now, a Knitty prize.

Yep. Yep.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Skirting the Issue

IMG_1069 by kbshee
IMG_1069, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

As mentioned in my previous post, I'm making a skirt. I find most knitted skirts hideous. However, after playing around on the Rav, I found a pattern that was in the December 2010 IK called the Isobel skirt by Cia Abbott Bullemer.

Did I mention that I HATE twee pattern names? I haven't for a while. But I do. And this is a pretty twee name. "Hi, do you like my skirt? Its name is Isobel." Please.

But anyway--this isn't the EXACT skirt since the pattern called for Manos silk dk yarn and this Eco Wool heavy worsted yarn but I'm making do. First I knit the waistband in a ribbing with some button loops at the end, and then picked up stitches around the waist. The ribbing is K1tbl, p2 and then the increases are done in the purls to eventually get up to K1tbl, p4. And it kind of looks like pleats but not really. Kind of ingenious, I must say, Ms. Bullemer.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Big Grey Cardigan

Tehe body is done. Now on to the sleeves. And major blocking will be required.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Can't remember what this is called--something about a bridge?

It is a cowl, it is cute, it is the last one I"m knitting for a while. I'm actually going to start on a skirt. GAH! A skirt!

ETA: Great Wall.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Our boys

A colleague sent me this jpeg of a poster he found. Love the way the yarn seems sort of alive!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Second to last

IMG_0997 by kbshee
IMG_0997, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is called the 'Great Wall' cowl but I don't know why. It is made with a great blue that is Wowza from Miss Babs.

The next one is the grey one with bobbles and then on to socks for a bit.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Happy Labor Day

It is the so-called end of summer today, and I'm celebrating by, um, laboring.

Tim is working at the office in Corvallis today so we were up early. I decided to wash the slipcovers on the living room furniture and to vacuum in preparation for a trip to the coast this weekend, and that is always a bit of a time consuming experience (the details are so excruciatingly boring that I won't go there right now).

The knitting has been kind of pedestrian, although I do have some things I like on the needles. I think it is time to go back to socks and leave cowls behind (after I do one last cowl with the felted ball yarn in grey). I'll post some pictures soon.

So there you go. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oh Noro

IMG_0995 by kbshee
IMG_0995, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.
You can suck me in.

Noro is a yarn brand that causes knitters to fall into two camps (sure, lots of yarns do this, but Noro seems to be one that everyone is either pro or con). I personally am not a big Noro fan: I have found it scratchy, filled with knots, and the colors generally are a bit too wackadoodle for me.

But I did get sucked in to buying Noro Obi, which was marketed as softer due to silk and mohair. The picture I saw for the yarn I actually bought was primarily blue and pink.

I knit the Cowl Fantastic with this yarn, since the long color repeats generally look great in this--what do you call it--welt look? Anyway---the pattern is terrific. My take away:
-not really soft
-don't like the green and gold, didn't see this in the picture
-but on the plus side, only one knot.

I like this, I'll wear this, it knit up really really fast, but oh Noro. Fool me twice.