Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Working from home

Which is a good thing since apparently internets are down at school.  I don't know what I'd do in that situation, but it makes me want to plan ahead for tomorrow (i.e. get ppt that is on dropbox to the laptop).

Here's a sock.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Body done

So I finished the front last night (shown against the back):
Next come the sleeves, which are picked up at the armhole and worked from the top down. Before that, though, I have to do one of my least favorite knitting activities: shoulder seams. These are stepped seams in two different colors, so there isn't a lot of room for 'design elements'. Wish me luck.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Quick out of town trip

Had to zip out of town and even though I toted yarn and needles there was no time for any knitting. Will do some tonight to have something to show you tomorow. Hope your week was great!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

So interesting

So I finished one side of this shrug and had a moment of panic:
Because the side was much longer than the back. But then I perused the instructions and the very end of the side (upper right side) wraps around half of the back neck to create an armhole and to get the curve of the shrug in. Very ingenious.

Pilot is doing fine, and sends a wag/

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Updates

We spent most of the day hanging out yesterday, making sure Pilot was doing OK, and he's doing great. We did go out for a more fitted collar and he seems OK with it--he can pretty much navigate where he needs to go, and as long as the food bowl is on the floor (and not slightly raised as it usually is) he can attend to all his needs. We take off the collar when we're all hanging out--the important thing is for him not to scratch his stitches off or for Comet to lick the wound, and between the two of us we can monitor that pretty easily.
I started on this sock with some mystery yarn that I really, really like.
Today we'll be rooting for the Broncos and hanging out with the pups. Hope your Sunday is just as nice.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Poor Pilot. A rumble with his little sister resulted in her tearing out a little chunk of skin near his eye, which sent us to the Emergency Vet. He got stitched up and lots of meds, and will be fine.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

How is it Thursday?

Lookie! I finally finished the back AND I started on the front AND I included the ball of the front color so you could enjoy it.

AND I took the photograph not on the quilt.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Alpaca Hoodie

Not to self: in the future, photograph a striped sweater on the floor, or on a chair, or on a table. NOT ON A QUILT.

But the hoodie goes well, and goes quickly.

Football weekend at our house--the last game starts at 1:40 our time and we'll be rooting for the Broncos and Peyton, of course. And I might, *might*, get the back done on this sweater. 

And a reminder: I'm posting about the progress of my OWN alpaca project here: The Paca Project. I cast on for the first project, a cowl, and you can follow its progress over there. I will also post pics here as it develops if you are not enchanted by the minutia of me knitting alpaca.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


IMG_1209 by kbshee
IMG_1209, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

The blue shrug thing is progressing. There's very interesting construction on this--stitches on the side of the back are picked up, then the front is knit in short rows. I am almost done with the front and then will pick up and do the left hand side. Then, I sew the shoulder seams and set in the seams.

It's going well and is fun to knit. Tehre's also this sort of automatic icord edge which is kind of cool. All in all, I think this is a good knit with a nice challenge to it.

Friday, January 10, 2014

And there's this

This is a sampler cowl that I did in California. Basically I cast on and then did some rows of different stitches to see how they looked. I did some purl rounds in between to make them stand out.

Hard to see, but this is my favorite of the sampler. Four rounds of  yo k2tog and four of k2tog yo. It makes an arrow pattern.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014


These were finished on the trip too!

First day of classes today: one class at 8:30 and one at 10, then my Monday knitting group at school followed by non stop visits from students to say hey. It was nice. And REALLY nice not to have a 4-6pm class!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Happy New Year and Back to Normal

Tim and I just returned from a trip to the Bay Area to spend New Year's with his sister Candace and brother in law Bill. We left Monday night, drove to Ashland and spent the night, and then drove the rest of the way on Tuesday, arriving in time for cocktails and dinner and trying to keep awake til midnight. We went to Half Moon Bay for lunch on Thursday and Santa Cruz on Friday so had a nice dose of sun and sand and sea. Thursday night I hung out at Candace's place of employment: Green Planet Yarns, and knit while she led a knit along (yes, I have a SIL who works in a yarn shop. A really nice yarn shop. I need to put together a list). We drove back yesterday, all in one day, and it was a very easy drive with minimal highway traffic.

Back to fog. Hooray. Hard to deal with after sunny and high 60s down South.

I got a lot of knitting done. First off, here is the sleeve to the shrug:

Right before I left, I got the yarn I need to make this sweater, from the new VK:
And the BEST NEWS of all--the Alpaca is done being processed, and so the Paca Project will officially begin!