Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spring knits and more

I spent some time working on this color block top, I might be able to finish it today:

I may just use applied i-cord to finish the armholes and the neckline, we'll see.  I think the colors look great and it is just the type of subtle color blocking that I like.

The garden is filled with loveliness, including:
Columbines (which may be my favorite flower of all time)
Bleeding hearts (which get too much sun but still hang in there)


Digitalis (foxglove), which are all volunteers and are everywhere.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Week of "Days"

Yesterday was Earth Day (yay!), today is World Book Day (hooray!) and Monday was 4/20 (a sacred holiday in Eugene). To me, this week is a continuation of the very hectic pace of Spring term.

In honor of World Book Day, here are three books I've read recently:
1. The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer. Packer wrote one of my favorite books, "The Dive from Claussen's Pier", and this book is almost as good. A story of a family and how a black sheep can change everything.
2. A Brief History of Monmaray, recommended to me as someone who liked "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith (which is one of my favorite books of all time). This book was so much like "I Capture" but written with a more globally oriented viewpoint (because looming WW2 plays a HUGE role) and it is much darker. But I liked it.
3. Us by David Nicholls---I'm reading this one now. A family vacation where the family is falling apart, and trying to come together. Sad and funny.

So there is a bit of knitting:
These are almost done. Note the 'not quite matching' stripe pattern I expertly did.

I love working on Jeanie:
Although I do wish I went faster.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Another busy week--not sure what exactly is making these weeks so much busier than normal.

I think it is my teaching schedule--I teach Monday and Wednesday at 8:30 and Tuesdays from 2-5. So Monday after class I grade the homework and then get ready for Tuesday's class, I meet with students most of the morning on Tuesdays, then have class, then do the Wednesday class, grade that class, and then prep for the next week. I do have research time Thursday and Friday (minus prepping) but add in service stuff and helping the dozen students I'm working with finish up their theses and dissertations, and the week flies by.

But there is some knitting. I dug out 'Jeanie' yesterday because I felt like doing something with drop stitches.

The yarn is some Dream in Color something that is very nicely variegated.
There has been other knitting too but nothing overly exciting.

We had the second to last symphony concert of the season on Thursday. The program was "Pastoral" by Beethoven (lovely) and two modern compositions featuring percussion by a young composer named Avner Dorman. They were both interesting and quite engaging..one piece, "Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!" featured two percussionists who played drums, xylophones, marimbas, and some flags hanging from posts. Really. It was pretty cool.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ten Everyday Things that Delight Me

What a great topic (I skipped last week, 10 books I've read recently, because too hard. I do want to say I did read "The Children's Crusade" by Ann Packer over the weekend and it was really good). So before I dive even further into my day (I've already crossed three things (albeit small things) off my todo list so I'm pleased with myself) here are ten everyday things:

1. When Pilot (dog) hears the radio go off in the mornings, he gets up from his bed at the foot of our bed and comes up to Tim and I for a snuggle.
2. How green it is in Oregon. Many of the flowering trees have finished flowering and it is so, so green.
3. Chocolate, dark chocolate.
4. Parking karma. I get in very early most days I come in so generally don't have a problem getting a place, but those times when I come in later, it is always nice to nab a place. Parking is notoriously bad on every college campus in the world.
5. Seeing the kids of students I"ve taught. It reminds me that miracles do happen.
6. Being able to read, and having reading be a big part of my life.
7. The smell of freshly mown lawns (I AM A CLICHE!).
8. Beautiful tulips uneaten by deer.
9. Little Comet gluing herself to my side when she takes a nap.
10. Living somewhere where I can see stars at night.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kimollie Makes

Do you read the magazine or the blog Mollie Makes ? It is a UK based crafting magazine with a bit of a hipster vibe. I think the demographic is about 20 years younger than me, but that's OK. It always has a lot of interesting ideas and freebies (like all good UK magazines give you), and it is a nice bright well designed publication.

There's usually a knitting something or other in the magazine, and this month's is a color block top. That inspired me to tweak the pattern (it was written for pretty thick yarn) and do my own very subtle color block out of cotton fleece that has been in the stash for years.

The third color will be 'cotton ball' and this should look great with khaki shorts and pants, and jeans, and just about anything given it is a neutral.

Plus it is completely mindless which I need right now.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Three down

...three to go!
Lordy mama it has been a busy week. What was I thinking assigning papers in both classes during week 2? I got through grading, I got through a dis, I"m partway through another dis, I got some writing done, and I feel a wee bit caught up. And next week currently looks a bit emptier than the week before.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Sorry for the silence. Busy, busy week, and much of it good. I'll have a longer post tomorrow.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Happy Easter Weekend

It is cool and dreary here, which is fine since I just want to lay around (lie around?) and read and get the laundry put away. And knit, although I'm a bit bored with it all right now.

But I wanted to share pictures with you of our tulips. I planted bulbs in the fall of 2013 but we had none last year since deer came through and chomped all the heads off. For some reason, the deer are feasting somewhere else this year, and throughout my neighborhood tulips abound.

I had forgotten both the number and colors that I had picked out, but I did good.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Up to speed

Last night was the first night since the time change that I've had a decent night's sleep (meaning more than 6 1/2 hours by my estimation) and it felt great, although I'm hitting the wall again now. I had a very productive day including submitting an article, submitting a two page abstract for a conference, and submitting a case study for a book. Submit submit submit! Yay! Didn't get the reading done on the agenda but I'm OK with that.

I was in a conference in Chicago (spoiler: it snowed): 48 hours in and out, with a total of an hour and a half outside the conference hotel except for cab rides to O'Hare. Busy busy busy with lots of catching up and problem solving, as well as two presentations which went well. My friend Kati, the recipient of the blue baby sweater was there from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon, and then she was induced on Monday morning (she traveled down from Milwaukee) and now baby Graham has a lovely new sweater and all is right with the world.

I finished this on the plane:

This is the first week of a new term (I HATE THE QUARTER SYSTEM RIGHT NOW AND PROBABLY UP UNTIL MID JUNE) with all of its affiliated first week crap. At least my teaching week is over.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Two out of seven repeats

Of this scarf. It has a vaguely GOT type name but I can't think of it. I still enjoy it.