Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tim's Socks

They're coming along. Not the most interesting knit on the planet but they feel great.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

And this.

This is Peeta--I saw it at  Twinner's blog and love the waves. I have, however, little patience for solid color yarn. So I decided to do it in a long repeat yarn--we'll see how it goes. Worst case scenario is that I have a shawl that doesn't look like waves but I like it anyway.

I like blues for spring. Could you tell?

There's also this waiting to be knit into a cowl:
And finally, I was taking pictures of my spring flowers outside and took a selfie with my neighbor:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring breaking.

IMG_1307 by kbshee
IMG_1307, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is our spring break, and I leave Wednesday bright and early for a conference. I'm taking today and tomorrow to really have a break--I'm trying to not do work (so far so good) and relaxing and knitting.

I'm casting on things in blue because, well, it is spring. This is the first one--the Erica scarf from One Skein Knitting Wonders, the sock yarn book.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What a difference a week makes!

I've been knitting mostly on this.
And it is now blocking. The yarn is  a self striping yarn that does cool things when knit in the round. This is a good pattern with simple lace and slip stitches, and every row is a bit different so it keeps you occupied nicely. However, it does start with 350 stitches or so on the needles.

The Downtown Cowl. I like it.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Has it really been a week?

And this is all I have to show for it?

The Downtown Cowl (not the Downton cowl) in Felix yarn by Biscotti and Cie.

Thursday, March 06, 2014


Where has the week gone?

It is week 9 of winter term here--next week is 'dead' week (when student projects are due), the following week is finals week, then break. Then we start all over again for spring term.

I hate this time of year.

I'm  wrapping up stuff for the end of the term, finishing work on a horrific committee I made the mistake of volunteering for, getting a couple of papers going (one on binge tv watching, one on spam, and one on biomimicry and advertising...just like casting on new projects I love starting new papers!).

Started socks for Tim using yarn purchased over the weekend:
I took this with a really bright flash so the different colors would come through---this is much more subdued 'in person'.
And I got a surprise in the mail! Thanks to my twinner Kim.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Road Trip!

Tim and I (and the dogs) hit the road for a quick road trip to McMinnville Oregon. It is a town about two hours from here,  with a population of about 30,000. However, it is the biggest 'city' in Oregon Wine Country, and we've both heard it is a fun place. So we went up there.

It is also the home of the Spruce Goose, and apparently there is an indoor waterpark right next door to the Spruce Goose where you go down a slide from an airplane. Anyway--we didn't go there but there's that.

McMinnville is so cute. The 'downtown' area is about eight blocks long, filled with cute little shops and unique restaurants. We picked the Creole one, Gem, and we both had po boys.

And McMinnville is the home of Boersma's.

Boersma's is a huge knitting store at the end of the main street with great selection and great prices. It is in an old building, two stories, and is everything a knitting store should be.

I bought: top row: two balls of Crystal Palace Kid Merino for a cowl.

Cascade Yarns Souk--a silk merino blend, hopefully enough for a cowl.
Two balls of Crystal Palace sausalito for socks for Tim.

I knitted on the way up, what will soon be a laptop sleeve: