Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

Today: ten things I love about my house.

1. I love that it is filled with entities that I love.
2. I love that there are two sinks in the master bath.
3. I love that I have a yarn room that Tim built for me.
4. I love that the trees make our patio shady and private.
5. I love that we can grow foxgloves easily.
6. I love how close we are to my job.
7. I love living close (one house) to a park, and that it is generally quiet at night.
8. I love the skylights.
9. I love the ceiling fans.
10. I love the artwork that we collect from our trips.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer of shawls?

I guess that is what this summer is turning into!
I did a real block on the Antarktis yesterday:

I will probably steam out the edging too.

And the vamping on Drachenfels continues:

I worked on this last night while watching the documentary "Antarctica" on Netflix. It is terrific--all about what it is like to spend a year at McMurdo station in Antarctica. Also, it is a great hot-weather movie because, well, Antarctica. Highly recommend.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bad (bored) knitter

Don't judge.

I got bored with Antarktis (as I do with most things) and thought it would look just fine with maybe 20 fewer rows (maybe 40). Here it is before I blocked it:

And here it is after I dunked it in the sink and stretched it out in the shower:

Yep pretty much exactly the same so I think I will do a 'real' block with blocking pins tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I love summer. OK? It is hot and dry and sunny and lovely here. Yes it will be hotter over the weekend, I don't care.

I could go around singing this song all summer.

I'm spending days doing some work, hanging with dogs, working in the garden, knitting, and reading for fun (I'm reading "Gods and Kings" or maybe it is "Kings and Gods" about fashion designs John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. It is really good).

This will be finished some time soon--Antarktis:

One of my favorite summer plants is our butterfly bush. It makes the front yard smell great. The back yard smells like pine so it is very lovely to go back and forth between the two!

Sunday, June 21, 2015


I kind of sort of started vamping on the pattern...big swaths of garter stitch were boring me.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Making stuff

I've been busy trying to not be busy.

I need to do three presentations and finish the MTurk book before we leave for NZ. As of today, the presentation power points are done, and I have the notes I need to prepare the talks. I can always review on the plane. The book is at a point where I can turn over some of the work to my grad student, Matt, to pull it all together. I do need to spend a bit of time on the references..I'm thinking an hour a day is about all I can take on those.

So after a 4am panic yesterday I'm ok today. :-)

And knitting is being knit.

This is another hap--Antarktis--which is a fun knit and looks cool. This is knit with sock yarn.

And Drachenfels is OTK:

Just started, but it is actually straightforward enough to knit while reading, so that's good.

Today I read a short book, "The Daylight Wife". Very short. If it wasn't so short, I would have given up on it earlier.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fiber related

Today is my 20th wedding anniversary--we are going to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. We exchanged little gifts with the thought that we're going away in a few weeks and might buy something special while we're away. And when I say away--we're off to New Zealand for two weeks! We're excited and kind of freaked out about everything we need to do to prepare (which really consists of making a list. A nice long list).

Today also was a special day fiber wise for me...I went to Aragon Alpacas, where Brownie and Atom live, and we bred Brownie to a male named Bubinga. After shearing, Ann had Brownie's fleece tested and hers was the softest of all the fleece she tested this year (she has a LOT of alpacas and only tests about a third or so every year). Bubinga's fleece was either third or fourth softest. So if the breeding takes, we could get an incredibly soft little cria in a year.

I wasn't a very big help with the breeding, because the alpaca can do that very well by themselves. It was kind of odd to be a 'spectator' though. Brownie did great (she was a 'maiden' meaning she isn't 'proven' yet meaning she hasn't had a baby) and they make a cute couple (although apparently Bubinga will also be bred with another maiden, so my visions of alpaca wedding bells has flown out of my head).

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Graduation, Ten on Tuesday, And Other stuff

Graduation was yesterday. It was a long and crazy day.

The "Big" ceremony was at 9am. It begins with a parade called the 'Duck Walk" which goes from the center of campus to the ceremony cite, the Matthew Knight Arena:

The way the 'parade' is supposed to work is that the graduate arrive outside of our student union, they go gather around the 'banner' for their school, and then one at a time, each school marches down the street, led by the banner carrier and two professors serving as 'Marshalls'.  Marshalls tend to volunteer, except this year only one person volunteered from the School of Journalism and Communication (my school) and so I was asked to Marshall so I said yes.

Anyway, the parade didn't work that way. The schools weren't kept very separate, and at the designated time a giant mob of people starting walking to the arena--no organization, no one telling you where to go, just a giant mob of people.

Like, 1500 would be my guess.

The map above says the walk is .7 of a mile, but in reality it was longer since we had to walk all the way around the arena, down the loading zone into the bowels of the arena and then on to the stage. Chris had his phone tracking steps and he said by the end of the day we had walked over five miles (because we had to do the walk again in the afternoon for the J school graduation).

Anyway--in the morning it took almost an hour for that whole group to walk to the Arena and get seated. Then the ceremony was pretty boring. Then we walked back, I did some work for a few hours, and then put on the mufti and did it all again.

My colleague Nicole (on the left)  took this photo at the start of the walk (my colleague Chris is in the center) when we were happy and not sweaty and before the scrum began.

Today's Ten on Tuesday is the "Summer Bucket List"

1. Read. I really want to try to get into "The Magic Mountain" and "Godel Escher Bach". Perhaps the 12 hour flight to New Zealand will be good time for that.
2. Work on my arms. I have slacked off the weight lifting (small hand weights) and want to get back on that.
3. Garden. Get our front yard and back yard into shape (they're small, it can't be that hard).
4. Get research projects going--I'm fortunate to have some funding and now have to get off the stick on getting the projects going.
5. Knit of course--but I don't have any big plans except maybe get stuff that is in the works done.
6. Spend more time with alpacas--we are going to breed Brownie tomorrow and I want to spend more time learning about them.
7. Learn to weave?? I just saw that one of our LYSes is having a four-day weaving workshop on Wednesdays at the end of the summer. That might be a fun thing for me to learn.
8. Kayak new places.
9. Hike new places.
10.Ride my bike. We have some nice bike paths near us but we live at the top of a long yet slight incline which always puts me off riding my bike. I am going to try to work on that this summer. Tim has an idea to try to ride a mountain hgihway next year so I have to address the slight incline thing for that to happen.

Have to nap now after this long post.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Quick quick quick

A colleague's daughter had a baby boy on Wednesday and I promised to knit something 7 months ago. Oops. Hence, Quick Oats (a free pattern on Craftsy).

I'm using chenille, which is a bit girly for a boy's swater but at least it is blue, right?
Fun pattern too.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Well hello there

The end of the term is always spectacularly busy, and this one was no different but had a few additional glitches that made it even more insane. Tim had his first final exam as a PhD student and so his time was very busy with that (and his full time job), I had several students finishing their honors projects very late, and then we had a visit from my two BILs and a SIL last weekend (so the weekend before was getting the house in shape, and then last weekend they were here).

And in addition, I got another grant (this is good busy) and had to get IRB stuff in pronto so the money could be released.

So yes, it has been busy but grades are in, today is Saturday, and graduation is Monday. I'm 'marshalling' the University graduation (I lead our j school graduates in the 'Duck Parade' from the center of campus to the arena where the University celebration is held) and then I'll be marshalling for our J school ceremony (where basically I do nothing). Monday will be a long day (I need to be at designated places in full ceremonial dress an hour before things start) but then, lovely summer with lots of fun research projects to work on and the promise of a sabbatical next Winter term.

I spent most of the Tuesday of finals week in the office, and it was a day when for whatever reasons people kept dropping by to give me gifts. One of my students gave me gorgeous flowers, another brought me a necklace, another some spices, it was strange and very wonderful

And there has been knitting, believe it or not. On ITTF at Rav, there's a 'hap a long' happening--a hap is a small shawl. Here is my first hap, lionberry:

This wasn't hard blocked, just soaked and stretched. It has a lot of different stitch patterns that made it fun to knit. I like those patterns with different stitch patterns. I am also working on a second one--Antarktis or something like that. It is the same type of thing with a changing up stitch pattern.

So that's my catch up.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: The Pandora Edition

Wow. No posts in a week. Apologies!

Ten on Tuesday today is the first ten songs on the Pandora station I'm listening to! This morning the first one that turned on is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Channel (I thought it was going to be the Pretender's Channel) so it will take me a while to list them.

1. Mitridate, re di ponto by Mozart
2. Symphony #6 in C Major by Schubert
3. Concerto Grosso #4 in G Minor by Muffat
4. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B Flat Major by Steffani (this is very fun)
5. Divertimento #4 for Wind Ensemble in B Flat Major by Mozart
6. Adagio for Strings by Barber
7. Sobre las Olas by Rosas
8. Concerto for Alto Trombone in E Flat Major by Wagenseil
9. Symphony #1 in E Flat Major, by Mozart
10. Sinfonia in B Flat Major, by Hofmann