Thursday, July 31, 2014


I finished the Clapotis! I wanted there to be more yellow at the end but oh well. Bright and cheery is this one---and it needs blocking so the dropped stitches will show up.

Next up: the wrap Jeanie that I bought the yarn for when the pattern first came out (six years ago I think) and now am ready to start it! It is sort of like a cabled Clapotis.

Other than, just working on getting stuff ready for school and cursing the deer that ate almost everything out of my garden last night.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thorntower and Cats

The back of Thorntower is complete:

I was in a panic because I am very sure I didn't order enough yarn for yesterday I posted a desperate plea on Rav and sent email to the dozen or so shops that carry the yarn looking for the right dyelot. And guess where I found some--the UK! So that yarn, which prides itself on being American sheep and milled in America, is coming to me from London.

Jessie the cat had a vet appointment and the vet fears she has a food allergy. Luckily (or not!) there's a vet allergist in Eugene, so I'll call and get an appointment for her. Argh!

Sunday, July 27, 2014


The Clapotis is heading to the home stretch--twelve rows of the 'straight' section and then I start the decreases. And I just got some new yarn for my next one (maybe the cable idea I'm thinking about?).

Today we went on a loop hike around two waterfalls. We took the dogs and they had a great time. I woke up feeling great--a few weeks ago, I'm not sure if I mentioned it here, but we went Stand Up Paddleboarding and I twisted my knee (not so long story--my feet were basically cemented to the board and Tim gave me a gentle push off and I lost my balance but didn't move my feet and well, yeah, twisted knee). It has been given me trouble off and on (hurting in different places) but I can put weigh ton it, there's only a teeny bit of swelling, no bruising (meaning I'm pretty sure I didn't 'blow out my knee'). So today I woke up and it felt terrific.

I made the mistake of not wearing hiking shoes so the knee got a little twisted again and I lost my footing and slipped down some rocks so I might have undone all the healing but it actually feels OK this afternoon. Tomorrow will tell.

How was your weekend?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Today I have nothing..

...but pretty wound up balls of yarn.
The three large navy balls are for the Thorntower. The yarn is Quince & Co "Lark" in the color Peacoat.
The two smaller yarns are two purply yarns for the shawl. This yarn is by Color Shift on Etsy.
The red is a yak blend from Bijou Basin Ranch.

So. I was cleaning out the yarn room the other day and I found a Vogue Knitting magazine from Fall 2006. Wondering why I had saved this in the yarn area (as opposed to the magazine area) of the house, I sat down and went through it. And found a sweater I loved.

It is here.

So I'm trying to decide whether to make this or not, given it takes 2100 yards of dk yarn on small needles. Which means it would take forever and I'd have to buy yarn to make it.

And the pictures on Rav don't make the sweater look nearly as good as the pictures in the magazine: do you think?

My choices at this point are to: 1. buy cheap yarn and knit it up even though it will take a gazillion years; 2. rejigger the pattern for a bigger yarn that will be more cost efficient or 3. move on to the gazillion other patterns I like since I might fall out of love with this sweater once I start working on it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Desert Island Knitting

If I only could knit one thing---just one--for the rest of my life, it would be clapotis.
While walking the dogs today, I was thinking it would be cool with a cable in the Stockinette between the dropped stitches, yes?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Building the Thorntower

I have about 16 or so rows left before I do the armholes:

And here's another close up of the cable.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It never rains in Oregon in the summer

Except when it does!

We've had two days of rain--nothing deluge-like, just a nice gentle rain. I'm not sure if it will do a lot for the garden or not. It is a nice break (and a good reminder of what will arrive in, say, two months!).

This is incredibly hard to see so next time I'll stretch out part of it, but it is a lace shawl that has little hearts. Very cute.

I spent much of this morning straightening the guest room aka the yarn room--organizing the yarn in little cubbies. I even made a little chart telling me what was in each. I really need to either sell a bunch off or knit it down.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I've purchased many patterns from the Twist Collective but haven't knit a lot of them. I"m changing that now by knitting a sweater called Thorntower. It is a cable knit by Robin Melanson.

I'm knitting it in Navy blue so of course it is almost impossible to see the cables...this is the back.
And here is a close up (upside down):
It is complex enough that you have to pay attention but then it has a lovely stretch of reverse stockinette in the middle.

The yarn is (I think) from Jered Flood (is that his name? Brooklyn yarn maybe?) I'll check and update you the next time I post aout this.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Why I Love Oregon Summers

Oregon can get hot, but it rarely gets muggy and it almost never rains. Yesterday we had a wonderful day: up early and drove up into the Cascades (about 60 miles) for a paddle on Waldo Lake. Waldo Lake doesn't allow gas motorboats so it is beautiful and quiet. It also is pretty mosquito-y so it isn't that crowded at this time of year. The wind made the lake a bit choppy but we got a nice paddle in.

Tim drove, so I worked on a new pair of socks for him:

Mindless socks in Knitpicks City Tweed DK.

After we got home and showered and ate something, we headed over to a local park (Alton Baker Park) for a concert by the Eugene Symphony. This is a 'free' concert that they give at the end of every season--the hitch is that you have to have tickets that they give out in person a month earlier and I never keep track of the date. Well, as luck would have it, the General Manager of the symphony lives across the street from us with his family, and he offered us two tickets to the concert and we happily accepted them (we watered their plants and took in their garbage cans when they were away for the weekend last weekend. We clearly got the better end of the deal). The concert was terrific and the very hot day settled out into a lovely evening.

We'll be getting season tickets for the Symphony this coming season, and are really looking forward to it.

Finally, I wanted to share a video with you. Our butterfly bush is one of my favorite plants--I love the smell. The other day I was working at my desk and took this video (through the window screen!) of something else that loves the butterfly bush. Enjoy.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hands of Blue

These beautiful mitts are finished!

Bijou Basin Ranch yarn and a great pattern. Now the temps just need to drop about 60 degrees and we're ready to go!

Friday, July 18, 2014

As I might have mentioned...

..I love Clapotis!

I also love gradient yarns, although they are the hot yarn of the moment and soon the market will be oversaturated with gradients. This is from an ebay store: Kim Dyes Yarn. I think this is the Sangria colorway.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I've Been Up To

1. Doing research and getting the write up started (an interesting study on pinkwashing).
2. Reading "The Book of Life" (the last one in the All Souls Trilogy).
3. Walking (40-50 minutes a day) and light weight lifting.
4. Trying to make friends with dark green leafy veggies: swiss chard sauteed with oil and wine and seasoned with garlic, lemon juice and parmesan:

5. And these.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Where I've been

I have to say this makes me laugh.Sorry Dakotas, West Virginia and Arkansas! Do yours:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hands of blue

Done with one, about 1/3 of the way through the second. Here is the finished one--and I"m making a fist to hide all the non-woven-in ends.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Recognize this pattern?

It's a clapotis. A bit narrower and it will be in a bright long change yarn. I love this pattern, everyone should make this once or maybe three times.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Do you know...

...the designer Lucy Hague?

She has created a bunch of beautiful cable patterns that I stumbled upon on Ravelry the other day.
 I started in immediately on 'Hands of Blue" (and clearly need more light in this photograph, but I should be done with that one today and will retake the picture) which is a non cabley pattern. But next I'm going to do one of the shawls in the celtic book.

Last Sunday we moved the alpacas. Here is a photograph of Brownie looking out the window of the van as we drove her to her new home.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Duck Sweater

This went pretty fast:
This is made with 'team spirit' from (I think) Lorna's Laces, for a new secret gender baby to join the world in September. Did you see the buttons?

The picture just does not want to rotate.

Friday, July 04, 2014

How to block a shawl

I finished this shawl today (I was very focused and got into a great knitting rhythm during the first match today, not so great the second) and wove in ends (!!!). I took it outside to get a picture near our butterfly bush which is the exact same purple color.

Our neighbor cat, who we think is named Sylvester but we call (alternatively) Tux and Big Pussy, wandered over (from the bench in our yarn where he hangs out a lot during the day) and showed his admiration for the shawl, and a great willingness to help with the blocking.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook

My friend Kathy at wrote about the Daybook today (read more here:,  and I wanted to give it a try:

Outside my window is my favorite plant, our purple butterfly bush, in almost full bloom.
I am thinking of whether I should keep working or stop.
I am thankful for my wonderful husband who took me to lunch today.
In the kitchen are breakfast dishes to be washed.
I am wearing a black top and olive green shorts and flip flops.
I am creating surveys today.
I am going to turn on the air conditioning in a moment.
I am wondering if I really have enough to say to keep writing this.
I am reading a book about map sellers. It is more interesting than it sounds.
I am hoping that my sore muscles ease up soon.
I am looking forward to turning off the computer.
I am learning about mechanical turk.
Around the house we are cleaning up cat gack.
I am pondering how to stop worrying about things at work.
A favorite quote for today has yet to show itself.
One of my favorite things is a nice breeze.
A few plans for the rest of the week: move the alpacas to a new home, get some knitting done.
A peek into my day, looking on the floor as I sit in the office:

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Oh my goodness it is hot!

We are having one day of summer--it is almost 100 degrees out, but it is supposed to be back in the low 80s tomorrow. There's no humidity so all it is is very very warm but still. Hot.

This little thing was on our dining room window this morning (on the outside). 

I finished the Windward yesterday and blocked it this morning (blocked as in dunked it in water and hung it over a shower curtain rod---I'll steam it out once it cools off a bit). It looks good and I like some of the interesting geometric shaping that happened. It looks a lot better on. Next time (no there won't be a next time but whatever) I wouldn't knit the long little ends.
Finally, I tried to work on the cable shawl today but it is HOT (did I mention?) and it is merino so no. I cast on for another clapotis instead but it is really kind of too hot to knit (did I mention?).

Stay cool, friends!