Sunday, November 30, 2014

Taking advantage of a sunbeam...

..to show you the finished Clapo-Tkus.

Unfortunately, said sunbeam wasn't big enough to capture the entire scarf, but this is the best and most accurate representation of the colors that I can get without going outside into the cold.



Friday, November 28, 2014

Purple Friday

How are you spending your Black Friday? Tim is working and I"m doing this and that. We had a lovely and relaxing Thanksgiving--food and football, and Star Trek TNG.

This is very therapeutic (sp?) to work on:



Although as usual the pictures don't capture the colors well.

I'm on the decreases and starting to drop stitches--you can see that happening on the top picture. The top picture, though, doesn't really capture the color (I wish it did because that color is beautiful), the bottom picture does.

I'm so not in love with this yarn but I am in love with the pattern (Clapo-Ktus) and so I soldier on.  I'm disappointed that this yarn was sold as a 'gradient' yarn but it really isn't. Live and learn.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Clapo-ktus

Yes it is a real thing: see?

The pattern is great...easy to memorize, and I look forward to dropping the stitches once I"m halfway done.

The yarn is not so great, so I won't give the brand a mention here. I was led to believe this would be a purple gradient (it isn't) and the 100-gram promised ball is only 88 grams. It also feels sort of felted. We'll see how it turns out.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

More Vivienne

This is coming along:


Not overly fast, but it is fun to do and I like how it looks. Plus you can make a mistake and it won't show that badly. I'm not a huge lace person (understatement) but this seems to work well.

On Thursday, my office at school was broken into at about 3pm (I was working at home) and my school laptop was stolen. This is the second time that my office has been broken into and my laptop stolen in about a 15 month period, and I'm of course furious. I didn't lose any work (I store everything in Dropbox, which brings on its own set of concerns) but I seem to be seeing this as emblematic of the whole school's lack of attention to the things that need to be done on a day to day basis.

But enough of that. I cannot change the things I cannot change. So be it. Go Ducks!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Secret holiday knitting

Tim and I always exchange a 'home made' gift at Christmas, and I finished his gift today. I made it out of the Bijou Basin yarn that I bought at Black Sheep this past summer. The gift itself turned out well. I'll show you full photographs in a few weeks. Ho Ho HO!

Not much else going on of interest, with the regular end-of-term craziness and the upcoming grad student strike now seems to be a go. Oh well. It really won't affect me but it is just another piece of bad news happening at the University right now.

Today is Tim's birthday...I'm making him a nice dinner and then we'll go out on Saturday to King Estate Vineyards....we've never been. Looking forward to that.

I should have more to report but...I don't. Oh well.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vivienne

I've done a bit of work on this scarf since Sunday, not a lot but one repeat out of a dozen or so are done:

Rowan Kidzilk Glamour, with teeny tiny tasteful sequins:


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Planning

As I think I mentioned earlier, there wasn't anything really enticing me to knit so I was feeling a bit at loose ends, knitting wise (HAHA loose ends).

But things have changed...mostly because I feel confident Arwen will be done by Thanksgiving and that's good! I have three shawls on the needles (I'll get to them eventually), a pair of mindless socks, those cable socks, and Tim's Christmas present. But I also plan to knit up these beauties:

This is going to be Vivienne, in Kidsilk Haze Glamour which is the one with little sequins.

This is going to be Clapo-ktus.

I also bought a bunch of Silky Wool XL on sale at Little Knits, and a book that has some gorgeous patterns for both Silky Wool and Silky Wool XL. I'll probably do another cable sweater (and who designs more beautiful ones than Elsebeth Lavold?) with that yarn.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Knit knit knit

Arwen's second side is done. Hoorah!

That is Pilot's head in the photograph, along with my feet.
Cold, rainy weather continued on Friday but today it was a beautiful winter day with sunny skies and highs in the 40s. I'll take that!



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cold and Rainy

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Brr.

It is cold and rainy here---our usual rainy season starts in October but came in a month late this year. In fact, I've been able to keep up my 4 mile walks with the dogs on Tuesday and Thursday at 7am until today, when it was just too wet to go. We eventually got out around 10:00 or so in a little break in the weather.

I'm a bit further along on Arwen than I thought I was,and only have the hood left of one side and the back. The back is maybe 25% done is all stockinette. So that should get wrapped up pretty quickly--I guess the fronts will be done in a week or so, and the back will eventually get done.

I took Jessie cat to the vet today for her weigh in, and she's gained a pound in two weeks. So that means we've basically figured out why she wasn't eating--she didn't like her food. Oh well. Our vet says it is a good sign her skin allergy hasn't come back but we need to be two months clear to make sure that the food is OK for her. So that gives us to about the first of the new year to be out of the woods.

Our grad students are probably going to go on strike, either the last week of classes ("Dead Week" which is anything but Dead) or finals week. Just another fun thing to tear the campus apart!

Hope you are warm and dry!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One Down

I finished (finally) the first sock of this pair. Little cables and little needles are, well, challenging. Which is good, I like a challenge.


Top is the front, bottom is the back.
They are actually a bit brighter than this but the color is very close!
I had a catch up day--finished some grading, submitted some proposals, paid taxes, that kind of thing. A good day I must say!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thank you KAT!

My Twinner organized the TIS swap, and look what arrived today from the amazing Kat in Novato, CA?
T is for Tablet, and I received a great journal with an S on it!
I is for initial, and I got Sweets, Stickers and Soak!
S is for Seasonal, and I got a beautiful hand made Christmas Tree Christmas Tree ornament (yes, I wrote Christmas Tree twice).

TIS a wonderful surprise!!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

That time of year

1. Four weeks of classes left, and my energy is at a low ebb. It always happens this time of the term--midterms are over, students are focused more on Thanksgiving than they are on school work, and it is hard to get the enthusiasm up.

2. Plus, the thought of grading makes me want to scream.

3. Plus, I'm tired of Arwen. Sorry Arwen. The good news is that I'm easily more than 3/4 of the way done--I'm more than halfway done on this side, and the other side is done, and at least half of the back is done, so it will be done. Just not soon enough.

4. Plus--there's nothing I'm chomping at the bit to cast on. Hopefully I'll find something to excite me soon.

5. I ordered stuff for Christmas today for family members--evergreen stuff from LL Bean. That tends to go over well.

6. Finally, I've had a bunch of credits at Elann.com for a while, but haven't found any yarn that I wanted. But! I remembered today they also have books and magazines. So today I went and used up all my credits on several pattern books. So that's a nice thing.

How are you?

Friday, November 07, 2014

The mitts!!

I still have ends to weave in, but ta da!

I love this yarn (Woolfolk). I have this kind in another ball of grey and in navy, and the thicker kind in (again) navy and grey which will be hat for Tim. It feels absolutely wonderful.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Did I tell you about Jessie Cat?

I know I mentioned she went for a weigh-in at the vet, and our incredible vet said "have we tried putting her back on her old food?"

She used to eat Core (after several changes of food) and she suffered from skin problems (this has been a long term condition, we changed foods several times).

We put her on venison food and her skin cleared up immediately. Apparently she also stopped eating at some point.

She's been back on Core since last Thursday or so and is chomping away. Hooray! Plus we have not seen any evidence of skin problems, but it is still early days.


Sunday, November 02, 2014

New sock

I have two pieces of mindless knitting going on. First is this sock for Tim:
The yarn is what---probably String Theory but I"m not sure. It is lovely thick sock yarn though. And the heel worked out perfectly.

My other mindless knitting is a big triangle that will make up the back of Arwen. Just in case you were wondering.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

PSA: How to make mittens from old sweaters

Someone shared this on FB yesterday, and it is awesome:

Make mittens from sweaters

I have several old cashmere sweaters that have worn out in the elbows but I can't stand the thought of throwing them away. That's nuts! So I can make a few pairs of mittens, keep one, give a few away as gifts, and then all would be good.

I will let you know how this works!