Tuesday, July 30, 2013


I could show you a big hunk of grey knitting--which doesn't even have armhole shaping in the pattern--or half a Smaug. Which would you prefer?

There's about 4 or 5 other things 'unfinished' and I think they're going to move into the 'active' pile. I also downloaded several new scarf patterns from Rav so I'm ready to cast on. I think it is time.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

One Smaug

IMG_0967 by kbshee
IMG_0967, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here is the first Smaug.These go fast.

Not much knitting going on here as our A/C was broken for three days (during three 90+ days, sadly). It is back, now, so knitting starts again.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Balance Sheet

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IMG_0966, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

1. My family and I are all healthy.
2. I have lovely yarn to knit with (including this, in Rowan Cocoon, which will be a long sweater suitable for winter.
3. Tim and I rollerbladed yesterday and so far, no major aches and pains.

1. The A/C is broken and the repair guy can't come til Wednesday. And it is supposed to be 90 every day this week.

I think that is what they call a first world problem.

Friday, July 19, 2013


IMG_0965 by kbshee
IMG_0965, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've made some progress on the Smaug socks (you saw the yarn for this balled up in a previous post). Very fun knit, well written pattern, cool little cable that flips around the foot.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tweedy Toasty

IMG_0962 by kbshee
IMG_0962, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is being blocked now--love how this looks. It is Fiesta Mythic--this is a terrific yarn that you ought to try out. The colorway is Harlequin.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The weekend

IMG_0958 by kbshee
IMG_0958, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.
It involved work, play and finishing (sort of a combo of work and play).

Finishing: as you may have seen yesterday, I started to post some FOs. I had to do a lot of weaving in yesterday to finish off some things. Here is a cowl that I started a while ago using Elann Sylken Kidd (faux Kid Silk Haze) and Mango Moon novelty yarn.

Work was installing closed circuit cameras around the outside of our house--there have been a rash of break ins in our neighborhood, and we think cameras are a good deterrent. Work involved me threading a snake to Tim in the attic, who then wrapped cables around the snake and pushed cables to me on the outside of the house, and me connecting them.

Snake as in not a real one.

I also weed whacked and Tim did a lot of cleaning of the garage, so we feel virtuous.

Play included a fladdle (float trip in the inflatable kayak) with our friends the Hackstadts--about a six mile trip down a nicely moving section of the Middle Fork of the Willamette.

How about you?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Here is a finished thing.

IMG_0961 by kbshee
IMG_0961, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the Tower of London Cowl, which I really like a lot. I should probably block it to show its total beauteousness. But wanted to show it to you all first.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

More summer knitting

IMG_0950 by kbshee
IMG_0950, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

You know, when you have to wind one cake, you might as well wind a bunch more. Right?

From left, clockwise:
-some red boucle I bought years ago
-Wollmeise sock yarn called something like 'there are no whales in Colorado', I don't know what this will be
-stripey socks for Tim
-Fiesta yarns Mythic, a chained yarn, in the colorway Harlequin--making a cowl right now.
-I need a cowl in these colors.
-Smaug socks.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Starlight Cowl

IMG_0955 by kbshee
IMG_0955, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.
Look closely and you can see the little bits of bling twinkling throughout this.

Easy peasy: using either Beaded Silk or Beaded Silk & Sequins, case on 100 stitches on a size 15 needle. K2tog, YO, all the way around for about ten rounds or so. Then bind off purlwise.

I alternated using the Beaded Silk for one round and the BS&S for the second round.
IMG_0956 by kbshee
IMG_0956, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

It isn't really a tangled mess

IMG_0948 by kbshee
IMG_0948, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

It is a very lacey cowl.

I knit this with Beaded Lace and Beaded Lace & Sequins on a size 15 needle using a very simple lace pattern. I'll spread it out once it is dry.

And aren't you thrilled to see our toilet?

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Oddly proportioned photo of an Outlaw sock

IMG_0949 by kbshee
IMG_0949, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here is the first sock of an Outlaw pair for my fellow Outlaw, my SIL Sue.

Knit Picks chroma in all kinds of festive colors. She's a festive gal, my Outlaw Sue.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Paca Project

My newest adventure.


Several repeats in

IMG_0947 by kbshee
IMG_0947, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the Tower of London infinity scarf--and I love how it looks! I'm several repeats in.

And yes, here is our current reading--the book Mine! about resource guarding. Didn't mean to put that in the picture though.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Bling Ring!

Here is a new pattern for something I like to call the Bling Ring. It is an infinity scarf that uses luxurious silk and beaded yarn to create a beautiful scarf that twinkles!

MC: Art Yarns Silk Rhapsody: 1 skein color 250 (Snow)
CC: Art Yarns Beaded Silk Light: 1 skein H21 with Silver Beads
CC: Art Yarn Beaded Silk & Sequins Light: 1 skein 252 Blue Denim with Silver

Needle size 7, 48"
One stitch marker

Seed stitch in the round with an even number of stitches: on first round, K1P1 all the way around.
On the second round, P1K1 all the way around. Alternate these two rows.


Holding the Silk Rhapsody and Beaded Silk Light together, make a slipknot with both yarns and put on knitting needle. Using the 'long tail' method, cast on 199 additional stitches using the Silk Rhapsody (MC)  as the yarn making the stitches on the needle.

Going back and forth in rows, knit five rows of garter stitch (knit every row) with MC.
On the first row, when you come to the two stitches that are the slipknot (with both yarns), knit both yarns together to make one stitch with MC.
After five rows, join for knitting in the round and knit 1 round.

**Hold both CCs together and join, knit 4 rounds.

Switch to MC, knit five rounds in seed stitch.**

Repeat between the **s two more times

With both CCs together, knit 4 rounds.

Knit 6 rounds in garter stitch (1 round knit, 1 round purl)

Bind off purl wise using just the CC Beaded Light.

It is nice and blingy on both sides, and looks good long or short!