Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: What I did this weekend

It was sort of a holiday--we didn't have class on Monday but both Tim and I spent most of the day working. Still it was nice to be home and just hanging out and not having anywhere special to be. Here is what I did:

1. Photographed some stash yarn and put it up for sale on Rav.
2. Packed up said yarn that got sold in order to mail it out tomorrow.
3. Long and good walks with the dogs.
4. Watched a bit too much "Fortitude" (a mystery that aired last winter on Pivot).
5. Did NOT watch "My Old Lady" because it was too "play-y".
6. Organized my circular needles in their circular needle case.
7. Pulled some weeds.
8. Blocked some sweaters.
9. Made margaritas in the blender.
10. Finished two book chapters, a human subjects application, read a thesis, a prospectus, and a book review. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

Thank you to all of our veterans, and those currently serving, for your sacrifices for your country.

It is a quiet day here, where both of us are working to catch up a bit on work/school projects. I was straightening out my desk and OOPS.

I was feeling very guilty about not paying close attention to it but then remembered I only had it for three weeks, so that isn't bad. It is now packed up and on its way to knitter #4!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Doing some finishing

I finally did some weaving in on this cowl:
I also finished the Mandarin blouse and it is getting a lovely bath as I write.

Friday, May 22, 2015


It is the start of a holiday weekend. Tim and I both have work to do, work around the house and school work, so we'll be sticking close to home. I have some undergrad theses to read so that is what I will focus on. I also want to get some yarn for sale on Rav. And hopefully get some knitting done.

There's a hap-a-long on Ravelry in June...a hap is a smallish shawl. I forgot the part that you aren't supposed to cast on til June 1 but I'm a rebel that way. The pattern is Lionberry and the yarn is some long stashed Yartini. The yarn is quite soft, which is nice, and the pattern is a sampler type, which is fun.

I also need to finish this off:

Yes, the knitting is done on the Mandarin blouse, and I need to do some shoulder seams and some edging and well there you go!

I'm sure I'll post more this weekend, but have a great one!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: the Commencement Edition

I've sat through a LOT of commencement addresses, so this is right up my alley. What would I say to a bunch of hungover 22 year olds who haven't listened to me for four years? (I tease because I love). Here is what I would include:

1. Please thank your parents and anyone else who made a sacrifice to get you to this day.
2. Please thank your professors because they also helped to get you to this day.
3. Thank the guy who cuts the lawn, the lady at the print shop, the custodial staff, and everyone else who creates a beautiful environment to help you achieve your goals.
4. Don't forget to listen.
5. Don't forget to laugh.
6. Be thoughtful and deliberate with your words and actions.
7. Be gentle to the Earth.
8. Be gentle to yourself.
9. Life is a gift.
10. I will end with a quote from John Hiatt: "Whatever your hands choose to do, do it with all your heart."

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekends are just. Too. Short.

A busy weekend (and it is almost noon on Sunday) but when I think about what we did...ah well.
Yesterday I weeded and did some work around the house while Tim worked on his homework as well as the new fence outside (we are putting up a fence to separate the yard in the backyard from the patio, as dogs do not distinguish).

I did some knitting on this:
And I decided what I"m going to knit for the Hap-along on ITFF on Rav. It is the Lionberry shawl and I have some pink and grey Yarntini that has been in the stash for years that I'm going to use.

So I guess I have accomplished something!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mandarin Blouse

This goes well--I'm almost done with the back:
This is the back (the longer part) and the sides (the shorter part). I have two inches or so more on the back, then the fronts, then Bob's your uncle.

Another busy week: three defenses! And a poster session for our undergrads. Three weeks left of class. I can do this.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: things I must do!

Today's theme is procrastination, or rather anti-procrastination: things I need to do that I have put off long enough. This list makes me tired. And I haven't even started writing it yet.

1. Cover the out of control patchy spots of grass in the front yarn with cardboard and then mulch them.
2. Clean the patio.
3. Finish cleaning the yarn room (I got a great start on this over the weekend, and included putting away winter clothes and getting out summer clothes as part of it. Of course then the temperatures plummet (ok went down 15 degrees).
4. Clean out the hall closet (isn't it interesting how so many of these things start with clean)?
5. Put away the clothes that are in the laundry room (yes, this is an ongoing thing).
6. Send out the article on 'chemical free', again.
7. Send out the article on 'binge watching', again.
8. Revise the creativity paper.
9. Revise the typology paper (yes, 6-9 are all academic work things).
10. I won't even list all the UFOs that I unearthed this weekend. Those.

Monday, May 11, 2015

First Summer Weekend

We had a lovely and warm weekend. We took advantage by riding our bikes to our favorite gastropub, Chow..about a four-mile bike ride one way. Pretty uneventful except I haven't ridden for a year, so I was a bit sore. I helped Tim put in some fence posts in the back yard, did some yardwork, and worked on cleaning out the yarn room. So I felt a bit of accomplishment.

I also started on the Thorne Cowl using Black Trillium Fibers gradients. The yarn is really soft and the cowl pattern is fun, lots of short rows which are fun I like the look of it a lot.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Blue Willow Plate Project

A few nights ago I had
 a dream. A wonderful dream, Papa. Oops, kidding. The dream was that I knit a sweater that looks like a blue willow plate. 

I'm not a particularly big fan of blue willow plates, but honestly if you have a dream about something, you owe it to yourself to follow through on the dream, right? So I googled many permutations of blue and willow and plate and knitting and I found a sweater pattern that seems to be right up my alley.

The problem was that it is in an out of print book that the library doesn't have. But I did find a not-expensive copy on Amazon, and I bought it. It is from the "Edina Ronay Collection". Here is a bit about Miss Edina:

"Edina Ronay has earned critical acclaim for her luxurious handmade knitwear, detailed tailoring and exquisite evening and summer dresses. She has dressed some of the most elegant and beautiful women in the world, from Royalty to red carpet stars including The Princess of Wales, Twiggy, Jerry Hall, Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Moss, amongst many others."

I think she designed this book for Rowan because everything uses Rowan yarn. I was kind of taken aback by the great quantity of yarn needed for this sweater, but this explains it:

The ACTUAL MEASUREMENT for a small has a bust of 47 inches. As I perused the book, I realized it has a nice Bennetton vibe from my youth. And indeed:

1988. The book is from 1988.

So here's the thing. I have 1370 yards of white yarn and the same amount of dark blue. I think I can do a cute little cardigan with the same pattern as the huge sweater at the top, and I can integrate the pattern into there. In fact, I found ANOTHER pattern for a knitting blue willow tea cup in Unexpected Knits and I could integrate that pattern in there too.

What do you all think? Am I insane?

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Boring knitting and beautiful flowers

HEre is the boring knitting...it is about all I can handle at this point in the school year:
Luckily the yard is making up for my boring in its beautiful spring display.
One of many columbines (but the only red one):
And all the digitalises that are volunteers (go vols!)

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Diez en martes: Cinco de Mayo

Hoy es Cinco de Mayo! Y el sujecto del diez en martes   es: comida mexicana!

Los favoritos:

1. Guacamole: delicioso!
2. Mole: si you set invitado en la programma "Chopped" hare mole.
3. Chimichangas. Se frien.
4. Burritos
5. Taco salada!
6. Dulce de leche
7. Nachos pero creo que estan Americano.
8. Fajitas pero creo que estan Americano.
9. Margaritas.
10. Fried ice cream (come se dice en espanol por favor?)

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Weekend Recovery

Another quiet stay-at-home weekend where we recovered from another crazy week. We are halfway through Spring term and hopefully the last five weeks will speed by. We'll see.

I read "No Man's Nightengale" by Ruth Rendell, and was sad to read that Dame Ruth passed away this weekend. She was 85 and still writing wonderful mysteries. I got the book (one and perhaps maybe the last of the Inspector Wexler novels?) from the "Lucky Day" shelf of the library. At my library, you can 'reserve' books and get in line on a queue and the book gets held for you once it is your turn. There's also a 'Lucky Day' shelf where one or two copies of the 'hot new' books are placed and if one is there that you want..well, it is your Lucky Day! I love the library.

And knitting was done.

I cast on for a mindless sock, this is STR:

This is the "Mandarin Tunic" from 2006 IK: a short sleeve top from the bottom up, knit in Rowan Calmer:
AND this is a Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf scarf that my Twinster began---I"m not sure if I'm supposed to put up pictures or not, so spoiler alert! This scarf is going to five or six people who are all knitting several inches, and then we'll give the scarf to charity or someone who needs it.

It will need a good blocking. But it is cool looking.

Friday, May 01, 2015

I finished some stuff

Somehow, I finished this:
And these:
And somehow I cast on for three new things (in addition to the many many things OTK):
1. a vest from a 'best of Rowan' collection that can be a sleeveless sumemr top
2. a sleeveless top from a 2006 IK that I knit once in ribbon yarn and now I"m knitting in Calmer and
3. mindless socks.

And these are in the garden: