Saturday, January 31, 2015

These guys

are done!
 There's a different cable on the front and the back, the yarn is wollmeise, what else can I tell you?

I might do these Legolas socks if I can find a fairly light colored sock yarn in the stash (I know I have some, but if it isn't in a ball I might not have the ---what? energy? desire? gumption? wherewithall? to wind it up. I know i have a dark purple but I think some of the details may be lost.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Ignore my uneven bangs

I don't think they're that uneven, but I need to clean them up tomorrow anyway.
This is the cowl that I did with that yarn from the place.

Just checked; the Lattice Cowl, in Miss Babs Yowza, in the colorway "Perfectly Reckless." I like it.

This weekend is sort of my knitting anniversary. I started knitting on Super Bowl Sunday in 2004 (hence the sort of). Not much planned other than, well, knitting. My first Super Bowl I knit a scarf (with holes) made out of Lion Brand Homespun. This SB I'll probably be doing a cable sweater.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Mindless Socks

I'm a, a of String Theory Colorworks and have made many socks from a variety of bases and colorways. But this is the base to end all bases:

The Resonance base, 100% superwash merino, in the cobalt hydroxide colorway.
Best colors. Best yarn (sorry Miss Babs Yowza). Best socks. I promise.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

Tuesday's ten on Tuesday: ten types of footwear I own!

This is incredibly easy.
Simultaneously loved and reviled in Oregon
Go to shoes these days for broad toe box
Once or twice a year I have to wear a dressier shoe. Mine looks like this

My summer go-to footwear

Every person on their feet a lot of the day has these
Camper Right Nina. I have in several colors. Comfy and I can put an orthotic in there
Walk the dog shoes

Tevas to wear while kayaking. Love the moons and stars, I'll be sad when these fall apart
Believe it or not, not worn that often here
Wear around the house shoes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mindless socks

I finished these yesterday while finishing "The Girl on the Train".

The socks I like. The book was OK.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Are you sick of this yet?

Luckily I'm not, because it is great fun to work on!

We need rain...we need WINTER...but here was the view out the window last night with just the tiniest sliver of a moon.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

What a wonderful surprise!

These were in the mail the other day, from my incredible twinnie Kim .

They're knit and then lined with fleece.

Can you imagine anything cozier than that??

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ten on Tuesday--because I'm Happy!

The theme is things that make you happy, which I need today since I feel woefully, woefully behind with everything. Argh!

1. My best friend who is also, happily, my husband.
2. Our dogs, Pilot and Comet, who do something nutty every day to make me happy.
3. Fires in the fireplace (where they belong).
4. Yarn arriving in the mail.
5. Seeing FB posts from former students getting married, having babies.
6. A good night's sleep (elusive this week).
7. The ocean.
8. The sky in the spring.
9. When students 'get it'
10. A not-put-downable book (see #6). Suggestions?

Monday, January 19, 2015

So what did I cast on, you ask?

It was the Lattice Cowl!

The pattern is by Melissa Reynolds and published by Swans Island. This is the second Swans Island published pattern I've done, and I like them--very straightforward and direct. The first one (for some mitts) was a bit over designed, but this one fits on one page double sided (the pattern that is).

The pattern is called "the perfect weekend project' and indeed if I wasn't futzing on the Internets yesterday I could have finished it. I'll finish it tonight.

The pattern calls for Bulky but I used Miss Babs Yowza in a Babette colorway called "Perfectly Reckless". Love that name.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Baby blanket

This one, for a baby boy in Milwaukee, is coming along fine:

I kind of want to cast on for something new today so I just might. I'm thinking about Drachenfels but it is a shawl and I"m not really into shawls. But I might just go ahead.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Off hiatus

For whatever reason I let these socks sit all by themselves but am now very interested in them again.
They are a bit more teal-ish than they appear here. The one on the left--you're seeing the back and the one on the right, you're seeing the front. But you probably figured that out.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WIP Wednesday

I'm enjoying working on this baby blanket, and I even think the changing orientation of the blocks is cool.

I also finished the first 'front' of the cardigan I'm working on:

And here's a detail of the cable pattern (and a better representative of the color):
Do your feet usually get in your knitting photographs?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

Ten Ways to Make Winter Less Bleak

Inspired by Carole Knits I'm going to do ten on Tuesdays this year--and today is ten ways to make winter less bleak.

1. Walk. I know I'm lucky in that it is rarely below freezing here, but often days are foggy and wet and it makes it hard to walk. Get out there and walk! A brisk walk will warm up your body and your soul.

2. Walk with blinky lights. I wear a blinky bicycle light strapped to my arm when I walk in the dark and/or fog. I got the light at the local variety store (do other places still have them??) for less than $3 for the light, strap, and batteries. Voila--walking holiday light display!

3. Try a new fun tea. I buy peppermint teas around Christmas and keep that pepperminty feeling going all winter.

4. Use your Christmas cards to make a wreath. This is a terrific recycling project, from Mollie Makes.

5. Before you cut up the cards, read them again. Is there someone who you should drop a follow up note/email to? It is always a good feeling to be in touch even post-holiday.

6. Speaking of Mollie Makes--if you aren't familiar with that website, spend some time looking at the fun projects there. It is simply a happy website.

7. Have some fun things set aside in case you are snowed (or more likely here, iced) in. I have a round jigsaw puzzle (DH and I like to do them when we're stuck), and also two needle felted sheep projects that I bought at a sale from Noble Knits.

8. Leave up your front door decoration (change out the red ribbon or bow if it feels to Christmassy). Hang or place some of your favorite ornaments around the house. We have a beautiful blown egg ornament hanging in our kitchen pass through.

9. Take a long, hot bubble bath. With candles if you wish.

10. Track how each morning gets brighter a bit earlier and each evening comes a few minutes later. Step outside and take a deep breath and enjoy the coming of the longer day.  Think how lucky we are to live on this earth.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The felted hat

As you might recall (from this post), this hat is a wide brim with a square on top that was supposed to look like a pope's hat.

Here it is in all its felted glory:

It's kind of fun--not as pointy as I like and probably won't keep my ears that warm.

I was thinking of doing another one and putting a design (just kind of sewed on) of flowers or something and felt that down to see how it looks. It could be kind of cool and might even be something I could sell.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Double Dip

Two things to share today!

First, I finished the kidsilk haze scarf. You'll see this again once it is blocked.

 Second, I started on the first of two baby blankets that I need to make--one baby is due in early May, the second at the end of May. For #1 (they know he is a boy), I'm doing a mitred squares blanket.

the challenge is--I don't know how to pick up stitches so the blocks go in the same direction. So it will be a bit of a mish mash, but babies don't care, right?

The yarn is a chunky James Brett Marble.

Thursday, January 08, 2015


They aren't nuplets, they're thrums:
Which is basically a little bit of fibre knit into stockinette to make it look like a polka dot. And it makes the inside really, really warm.

I'm a thrum novice but by the time these boots are done I should be good!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Wound up

I did a bit more winding today:

On the left--bulky red yarn from Wool of the Andes (Knit Picks) for some slippers I found while I was cleaning out the patterns. It has little nuplets in it and is gorgeous.

On the right--yarn for probably an Exit 0. It is my favorite yarn (yes, I am committing--my favorite yarn is Miss Babs Yowza). The colors are French Marigold, Fireball, and Scarlet (I think) (left to right). I have more Scarlet but it needs the touch of the Master Detangler (ie Tim).

But for now, off to work on the slippers!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

Tuesday's Ten on Tuesday is ten intentions/goals for the New Year. I like this one.

1. TEN THOUSAND STEPS! Or at least try. So far, at 8:47 am I've done 6300 (dog walk and 22 minutes of Dance With Me) and I'm hopeful I can meet this goal five out of seven days each week.

2. BALANCE AT WORK. I can get so caught up in admin stuff I forget that I love being a professor because of teaching and research. So at most, I'll work eight hours each week on admin stuff and then I'm done. I have a goal of getting 20 hours of research in...lots of great projects on the horizon.

3. BALANCE IN READING. I need to read more academic stuff. I need to fit this in the balance part, as this is for my job, but it is also for my intellectual health. I also need to spend less time reading crap on the Internet (bye bye constant updates on the royal family).

4. COOK MORE. I tend to not experiment and rely on the same old stuff. Once a week I'm going to try a new recipe. Yesterdays': french onion soup. Quite tasty.

5. BREATHE. I need to breath more. Enough said.

6. PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE ANIMALS. Sometimes a day goes by and I realize I didn't spend any time just stroking the cats or the dogs. This is a great calming activity and I need to do this every day.

7. BE (a little more) OUTGOING. I really prefer my own company (and TIm's) to other people's, but reaching out and spending an hour having coffee with someone often makes me feel good and is good for my mental state. So I need to try to do that once a week (maybe once every two weeks).

8. PRIORITIZE. Marriage first. Life second. Job third.

9. BE LESS HASTY. I'll combine this with #5 and just take a breath (or ten) before saying yes or not.

10. CHOOSE NOT TO FIGHT. This goes beyond not choosing battles. It is choosing not to fight the battles that don't matter one little bit. Which is most of them.

Monday, January 05, 2015

A Cardigan for Arwen.. done!

It took about three hours to sew it up (there's a lot to sew up here) and it is drying on a towel. I think it will be lovely when it is dry.

Sunday Fun Day

Let us change that to Sunday Finishing Day, because I finished three things today.

First, the scarf:

I finished and blocked it last night, but today I ironed it out to stretch it out a bit and wove in the ends. Done!

Second, I guess this might not count, but I assembled the blue hat that needs to be felted. You will be able to see the two pieces, and I crocheted them together (me, crochet? Uh huh) and now they need to be felted.  I'm waiting on some new yarn for a slipper project and when those are done I'll felt both.
I have no idea how this will turn out, felted wise. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

An Outing!

Tim and I took a little trip up to Corvallis yesterday. Since Tim works (and goes to school) in Corvallis, he is there several days a week and is fairly familiar with it. In the 18 or so years we've lived here, I've been there about two dozen times and most of those were to go to the Vet School with a sick dog. So a 'fun' trip to Corvallis seemed like a good idea! There was a specific goal too: Tim wanted to scope out the classroom he'll be in--he'll ride his bike from his office to the campus, about a dozen blocks, for class twice a week.

We had lunch at Skyhigh Brewery--some of the best fish and chips I've ever had (mostly the fish, the chips not so  much). Then we went to  Stash, a (fairly) new yarn shop with all kinds of artisan yarns--I think the most 'mainstream' yarn they stock is from Mad Tosh. I bought these:

Tim picked out the 'Jade' yarn from Madtosh for socks. The black and white yarn is Cobasi from HiKoo--it is made of COtton, BAmboo and SIlk (see what I did there?). There's also a bunch of elastic in there too.

We drove up via the Interstate but drove home the 'back way' through farmlands, which is always kind of pretty. You really feel out in the middle of nowhere, even though the back way drive is probably about 40 miles. I knit on the way, and pretty much finished the hat (and actually finished it off while we watched "The Hundred Foot Journey" last night:
It is a cute hat, and went really fast once the cable band was done. As as my twinster will tell you, the slouch hat is now in style with the young folk. The great thing about this hat is that you can knit the band to fit you perfectly, which is a great thing.

School starts up again tomorrow, and I've enjoyed the break and have only slight guilty feelings for not getting more done. Ah well.

Friday, January 02, 2015

This is going to take a while

This being the  Sanquhar Cowl.


202 stitches in the round
Size 1 needles
Two color knitting

I've just started on row 3. 

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” -Neil Gaman

Go  Ducks!

Big blue hat that will be felted.