Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
These are on the needles and I"m zipping through them--String Theory socks. So cute!
Was your holiday great?
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
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
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
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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
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
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
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!
Friday, December 06, 2013
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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
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!