Friday, February 27, 2015

All. The. Things.

OK two of all the things. I cast on for them. The two summer sweaters I discussed yesterday.
Also today 1:
Read 1/3 of a 250 page dissertaton
Finished a presentation and wrote a script for a conference
Did several hundred more words on the MTurk book

Pleased with myself.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Almost finished

So the sleeves are done:
And the seaming together shouldn't be that bad, as it is all straight lines and I ROCK the straight lines.

The good news is that I can now cast on for some new stuff as well as return to the elf socks. I have two spring/summer tops to get going: (apologies if linkies don't work): Siesta in milk bamboo, Sous Sous in Rowan Calmer, and the Antarktis shawl even though I'm not really a shawl person. I even bought new red needles for the two tops.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

And the finishing continues

I have lots of things I want to start, but I also want to finish. I have about half a sleeve left:

And this seems to go pretty fast.
The shoulders are a bit drop shoulder-ish and so the sleeves will be a fine length.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: The Timeperiod Edition

This is not one I will be good at...I just am not a fan of the past. That said, what are ten time periods I'd like to visit?

1. London in the 60s

Seriously, that's about it. I think of all the challenges that people faced before 1950: health challenges and societal challenges and educational challenges...maybe I would want to visit for ten minutes or something but not for any extended period of time. Unless I was incredibly privileged and lived in a bubble.

2. England in the 20s
3. England in the 1890s

So yeah, I'd do the Lady Mary Crawley thing and live a Downton existence in 'the country' and occasionally go up to London.

Saying "I"m not a fan of the past" makes me sound so-- what is the word--unimaginative? But I think it is in some ways a coping mechanism that helps me get through things. The past is yesterday and it is over and done and let's move on.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Apparently this is the week I finish stuff

I finished this cowl--the grey one with the 'woven' colors in it. I've made the photo a bit bigger than usual so you can see the weaving parts. It turned out very cool. I've seamed it so it is a giant tube, dunked it in a cold bath, and now it is getting stretched out.

We took a long walk with the dogs this morning along the river--our outstanding (and yet scarily warm) weather continues. I myself am ready for some rain and a bit of cloudiness.

Last night we watched "St. Vincent" and it was very started a bit slow (IMHO) but ended great. I even got a bit teary.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror on  my feet
I think these socks are might sweet.

Except they're not mirrors.
Good poem though.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Let the Decreases Begin!

ON the hat:

I worked on this a bit yesterday (the skinny white yarn bits are the 'markers' so I know when to decrease) and I'll probably finish this up tonight.

Not a lot of knitting time yesterday because, well, work and then we went to our monthly symphony concert last night. It was another amazing night of music--Mozart (yay), Sibelius (beautiful) and a Rachmaninoff (sp?) concerto with a guest pianist who was astounding. I guess I could bring my knitting but a. dark and b. close quarters so probably not.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Elven Sock

It is hard to see how this works since the wide band kind of wraps around the leg, but here is almost one repeat:

I think this will end up looking great--the yarn doesn't have great stitch definition but it is really soft so there's that.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Even though I have a dozen things OTN

I felt the need to cast on for a hat for Tim last night.

It is the one on the front page of, first row far right, from Purl Soho. The pattern is a bit of a mess..the first cast on for the largest size resulted in a hat at least 8inches too big (different yarn but same weight so I don't think it is that). Anyway...I finally futzed with it enough to get it going.

You can sort of see the earflaps. It will look better today.

Plus I started on a sleeve.

And that doesn't really count because you have to finish what you start, amirite?

I slept horribly last night, too many bad work things on my mind.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ten Things I'm Looking Forward to Right Now

Ten on Tuesday--the anticipation edition.

I feel a bit guilty because we aren't covered in snow and it's not freezing cold--we've had April weather through most of January and February. I kind of miss the winter thing but not the snow and ice thing. Anyway, that doesn't mean I don't have a lot to anticipate!

1. Winter term is winding down--three weeks left of 'teaching', one week of presentations, then I'm done for the term.  I like my class but they are up and down in terms of their preparation.
2. Spring term I'll have one class that I'm very excited for (Digital History and Theory) and one class that I've taught before and should be small and OK (advanced account management). The term should go fast.
3. I'm going to Chicago over spring break for a conference, seeing my good friend and former advisee Kati (we're presenting together) and also my buddies from Australia (and everyone else at the conference).
4. July=New Zealand and I can't wait.
5. Summer. Well, every faculty member looks forward to summer, but I have two fun projects that I'im working on and that should be fun.
6. Three month sabbatical next year (if it gets approved) to finish up the fun summer projects.
7. Long term anticipation: building our house on the coast.
8. Short term anticipation: watching the new "Better Call Saul".
9. I always hope for a good night's sleep, don't always get it.
10. Oh what the heck, my birthday is in two months so I'll just end with that. And yarn. I always anticipate yarn.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday update

I love this cowl, it is fun to knit and I love how it looks and how cozy it is going to be if we ever again have a normal winter. I shouldn't complain, given what is happening Back East, but the weather is more like April/May than January/February: highs have been in the upper 50s and lower 60s and lows barely around 40. There is no snowpack and we're in for a drought in the summer. But hey! I have a gorgeous scarf in the works!

The yarn is Yowza--the grey is two held double, the multicolored is a single of a variegated that apparently is made for this scarf.

We celebrated Valentine's with a trip to the coast--took a walk with the dogs on the North Jetty in Florence, had lunch at a small Mexican family restaurant, and then walked a bit around Old Town before driving home. A beautiful, sunny day, very similar to a summer day on the coast. I kept thinking the temps in Eugene would be in the 80s when got home, since it seemed so summer like! Not quite though.

Friday, February 13, 2015

A really nice hour

Some of our grad students invited me to an informal coffee hour today. I basically talked about myself for an hour and ate cute little cupcakes.

And then at the end, this:

The basic contains eight small 'bonbons' by Lion Brand (sparkly yarn!). a ball of purple Wool Ease (hat), a ball of patons classic worsted (something felted?), two sets of needles, chocolate,  and the new KNit Scene. How awesome is that?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

And now for the sleeves

I paid a bit of attention to this during the past week or so:
And now only the sleeves remain. The cuff for the sleeves is the same cable pattern as the front of the cardigan sides. You might even recall I did the back a while ago.

And you get Comet's butt for free. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: I love

I love:

1. Tim
2. Pilot
3. Comet
4. Jessie
5. Stella, poor broken little Stella cat
6. Chocolate
7. Knitting
8. My car (silly, I know, it is a Rav4 and I love it)
9. The ocean
10. The future

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sunday Catch up

We are having a 'Weather Event' this weekend, the infamous "Atmospheric River" which used to be called the "Pineapple Express." Or to say another way, lots of rain.

It is freakishly warm as well here. So we've been having out and reading and knitting (well me, not Tim) and working and just being still. That's nice.

I finished #1 of these guys:

I will start casting on for the second one with hopes I can do a 'sort of matching', that is, starting with the toe in light blue and seeing how it goes from there.

We watched "Henry IV part 2", part of the Hollow Crown series last night, and it was good. I'll miss Falstaff (who I kept calling Flagstaff in my head). 

Other than that pretty quiet here. Hope the same for you.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Because let's cast on for all the things

This is the start of a tube scarf (it is the one on the front page of Rav, only in dark colors). I'm certain I won't have enough yarn for it but I love how it looks. And I'm vamping on the pattern a bit.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: Guilty Pleasures

This is a tough one, as I think I've kind of rationalized things that should be a guilty pleasure. But onward!

1. Getting six koigu mini skeins every month. (Beekeeper's Quilt, right?)
2. String Theory Colorworks Sock Club (but Momentum yarm, best yarn ever, right?)
3. Books on the Kindle
4. Letting the dogs sniff (a lot) on walks.
5. Those really really expensive coconut cookies that the grocery store has once in a blue moon.
6. Cashmere
7. Shoes (because really, last week's was way too easy).
8. Pretty office supplies (well that's random).
9. Philosophy lip gloss.
10. Coach bags.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Baby blanket

This is coming along:

The colors are a bit brighter than in the photo. I hope it is Ok for a little boy!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Sunday Catch Up

My posts for the past few weeks have been sort of---oh I don't know--short?
So let's have a lot of catch up as we Rabbit Rabbit our way into a New Month.

First, the obligatory "where did January go" post. We are having a very warm and dry winter. It is nice, but we need and I miss the rain--it is raining now but total anticipated rain is not great. The snowpack is tiny. Not good for a region that gets most of its electricity from water.

Second, a more in focus picture of the socks from yesterday.

Third, we've been watching "The Hollow Crown" which is BBC productions of Shakespeare's histories starring people you see on Tv all the time. Last weekend it was Richard the Second with a guy from "The Hour" and Jean-Luc Picard. Last night we watched Henry IV part 1, the one with Hotspur. Jeremy Irons was the title character, and Lady Mary was Mrs. Hotspur (or I guess lady Hotspur). I think Prince Hal was someone famous (Tom Hiddleston?He was in all these movies that I didn't see: Thor, Marvel Avengers, Muppets mOst Wanted? Is he Thor? I don't know. He was very good). Falstaff was excellent. Anyway, good programming, next up is (wait for it) Henry IV part 2, in which Doris feels her oats (kidding).

During H4p1 I knit on this:

This is the Elsebeth Lavold sweater. Here's a closeup of the cable pattern (it is 32 rows of fun).

Turn your head to the side, please.

Super Bowl Sunday, my Sort of Knitting Anniversary, and Tim is making ribs in the smoker. I will contribute my 'famous' "Rich and Charlie's" salad. Rich and Charlie's was a pasta restaurant in my home town of St. Louis--they made a salad called the R&C salad. Now they are the Pasta House and I think it is the Pasta House salad, I was at a restaurant in Eugene years ago and on the menu was a
St. Louis Chopped Salad. So it is basically:

Romaine-2 cans of artichoke hearts-1 can of hearts of palm-chopped up red onion-jar of pimento.

Mix it all together. The dressing is one part olive oil to one part taragon vinegar, and then you dump Kraft Parm in a cylinder into the dressing to thicken it up. Pour on salad, toss, and let it marinate for an hour. Yum.

I've been working a lot, lots of revise and resubmits and a new book proposal in.

I'm reading "Jackaby" ("Sherlocks" meets "Dr. Who") and just purchased "The Great Zoo of China" which is "Jurassic Park" meets "The dragon parts of Game of Thrones" (I made that up). Looking forward to that.

So have I rambled on enough?