Monday, November 30, 2015

The ABCs of NaBloPoMo

Inspired by Kathy!

A is for almost as in--we're almost done!
B is for blog--where I've spent time this November.
C is for creative--I've loved reading all the creativity on everyone's blogs.
D is for damnit--what I say on the days I forget to blog!
E is for every day blogging, how many of us will keep this up?
F is for friends--new friends--that I met through blogs.
G is for geez--as in 'geez I have nothing to say'.
H is for help with ideas for blog posts.
I is for inspiration--thanks to Carole!
J is for Just Do It, my unofficial mantra douring NaBloPoMo.
K is for all the Kims/Kyms that I now follow thanks for NaBloPoMo!
L is for leftovers because we still have them from Thanksgiving--but no leftover embargoes posts!
M is for maybe I will try this next year---
N is for--or maybe Not!
O is for OMG not that spinning wheel of death which suggests that my blog post might not be saved and might be whooshed into the ether!
P is for pictures because they are worth thousands of words during NaBloPoMo
Q is for quick, which is what many of my posts were this month.
R is for running out of things to write about!
S is for super, how I feel writing this last post (SuperBlogger)!
T is for The Twinnie and her blog
U is for unusual, which some blog posts can be this month
V is for visual, I love seeing pictures on blogs!
W is for weather--we had so much rain this month--hoorah!
X is for  Xcited for December and a bit of a blog break!
Y is for yarn--the subject of this blog!
Z is for zoom--which is how quickly November went by!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

29!!!!

Today is day 29 of NaBloPoMo! Do you know what that means? Today and tomorrow and then we bid NaBloPoMo a fond farewell!

Yesterday was a nice and interesting day. Tim is still working very hard to get his schoolwork done (and he has less than two weeks) so he's busy. I went to the library, then went out and got us some lunch, then went over to meet a new baby. In between I read and knit, and then last night we watched the first episode of Season 5 of Boardwalk Empire.

I'm still not enthralled with this:

But  I will continue with it. Other knitting news: I'm about five rounds away from finishing Tim's Christmas hat and I've done a few more rounds on Koto. So it has been a good knitting weekend.

Yesterday I read a pretty lightweight book called "The Knockoff" about a woman who took a six month leave from her job as a magazine editor and when she comes back to work she finds that the digital revolution has passed her by. It is meant to be lightweight but it has some good reflections about what happens to a society when speed and disruption are more valued than good stories. Kind of what the communications professions are living through right now.

I'm also reading "Undermajordomo Minor" which is--well---odd and interesting at the same time.

Tomorrow starts the last week of classes--hoorah!--and then finals week (grading) and then I get three and a half months 'off' for research time (I have four projects that need writing up during that time). Next week should be very busy with end of term meetings and the symphony on Thursday. Also, I'm introducing my friend Lauren at her book reading tomorrow night. If you like ballet or are a ballet mom, you would like her book: http://www.amazon.com/Raising-Barre-Dreams-Midlife-Nutcracker/dp/0738218316 . And there's a character in the book named Kim.

Hope your weekend was wonderful!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Kinda dark?

I did some more work on the fair isle cowl and took some pictures with the iPhone and they came out kind of dark but you can still tell that I did some work!


I'm not that great at fair isle but it does look better from a distance.

Yesterday watched the last duck game (Go Ducks!) and finally finished "City on Fire". As I mentioned it was long but pretty good--but it did sort of drag on at the end.

Other than that, and leftovers, it was a beautifully quiet day.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday after!

It's the Friday after what was sort of a relaxing and sort of a frenzied day at home yesterday.  We hung out in the morning and took the dogs for a walk, and then watched the dog show. Then Tim scrambled around getting the turkey on the Big Green Egg and I scrambled around prepping the side dishes. We watched football while getting up to check on things (we felt that one of us was popping up every five or ten minutes) and then came the last half hour frenzy of pulling it all together. Which we did:

I forgot to take the picture of just the table so you get the table AND Tim! The beautiful flowers (from yesterday too) are from our friends Joonghwa and Soojung. We are their 'adopted' parents--Joonghwa was an exchange student at UO many years ago and went on to get his Masters and PhD in the US. We would catch up once a year at the American Academy of Advertising conference. He met Soojung, a PhD student at Minnesota, several years ago at one of the conferences and they got married last year.  They are both wonderful people and we're thankful for them although we wished they lived closer than North Dakota (they are both on the faculty at UND). The table runner is also a gift from Joonghwa from several years ago. And the china is my mom's china, and the stainless steel round serving piece and the gravy boat (which has to be on the table somewhere) are two pieces from my grandmother's house (the salad plates too). The white serving pieces were wedding gifts. WOW that is one table filled with memories--I hadn't even realized it til now!

OH I think Tim might be holding the gravy boat.

I did get a start on the cowl that I'm vamping on--

The colors aren't quite as saturated as the one in the W1A but this is a good start! I found a chart of a variety of fair isle patterns so I'm using that. And I'm much better at fair isle in the round than I am at flat fair isle (which says to me I'm not good at fair isle purl if we take that to its logical conclusion).

Today I'm watching the final Duck game of the season and I WILL finish "City on Fire" as I have only 100 pages left (out of 900!). What is your Black Friday day like?




Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday What's Up?

It is what's up Wednesday! Yes i just made that up. Anyway--it is the day before Thanksgiving and here is what's up:

-the Koto sweater is moving right along--this sweater has a hem that is lower in the back than in the front and the short row back is done--but you really can't tell:

-we finished both 'seasons' of W1A on Netflix (the BBC show) and lest you think we spent a lot of time binging, two seasons is only 9 30 minute episodes. One of the characters wore this scarf through much of the second season:

From what I can tell it is an infinity scarf done in some type of fair isle or slipped stitch that I think was knit in a tube. I thought to myself--hmm self--is there anything in the stash?

-And the stash delivers:
I bought a lot of yarn a long long time ago and started some mittens but never finished them and scrapped the whole thing. I think the browns and the blues and the orange colors will work just fine. How bout that!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ToT the Thankful Version

Yes I'm thankful for family, friends, our animals, food, health, freedom, safety--I'm fortunate to have most of Maslow covered. But when I really think about it, I'm thankful right now for:

1. My flatiron. I don't know how I survived 54 years without this little magical machine.
2. My thermos. It is my constant friend in the morning, my cheerleader, my strength.
3. The Cars. I woke up with "Victim of Love" in my head this morning and thought that if I only could listen to Cars songs for the rest of my life the day I'd be fine.
4. Rain. Rain rain rain. Rain is our blanket in the Pacific NW--it lulls us to sleep, it makes our world beautiful, it puts out fires. We need rain, and I'm so happy it is back.
5. Lint rollers. Because I love my dogs.
6. Our dog sitter Zach. He comes by a few times a week when Tim and I have full days and runs around with the dogs. They are happy and the opposite of stressed. So thankful!
7. Emergency vets. Because things happen, and things get fixed.
8. Cheap reading glasses. I can't wear bifocal contacts (well I can but I won't) and these are all over our house to help me when I need to see something (which is all the time).
9. Leaf scoops, which are the most genius thing invented in recent times.
10. Number ten is tied--you all reading this and chocolate. I appreciate everyone who reads this and I appreciate chocolate, so there you go.

Happy Thanksgiving (although let's be real, you'll get two posts wishing you that tomorrow and the next day!).





Monday, November 23, 2015

Retro Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving will be the two of us (the way I prefer quite honestly) so the table will not be overstuffed: we'll have the bird, stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamedgreen beans, a hearts of palm salad and a chocolate pot de creme for dessert.

OK that's a lot of stuff.

But here are some of the things I must say I miss from my youth (I grew up in the 60s)  (and please note I would never do these unless we were doing a retro thing with lots of people):

Green Bean Casserole

 Sherbet Punch

Cranberry Jello Salad


Did you ever have a non traditional Thanksgiving? One time in Boston I went to my friend Liz's house and we boiled lobsters. Once I made paella. I think we've also made chinese food. Sometimes though it is just easier to do the classics!

What are your favorite Retro or Non traditional Thanksgivings?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Visual Evidence!



Yesterday during the Duck game I picked up the Tucker Sweater and did 1/4 of the cable rounds. Here is what I ended up with:




 Apparently there will be an awful lot of crossing cables in the next 18 rounds.

And yes it took me more than three hours to do 6 rounds. There's a lot of stitches on this thing!

Other than the football game, I read more of "City on Fire" which continues to be really good and last night we watched "The Candidate"--an old Robert Redford movie that is just as significant today.

So here's my question for you football fans: here on West Coast, Duck games start at either 12:30, 4:30 or 7:30. Which start time do you prefer? I prefer 4:30--7:30 is too late and 12:30 eats up the whole day. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Sky (and birthday recap)

I'm not a 'Saturday Sky' person but this was the sky or lack of it this morning:

We had incredibly thick fog an hour ago and I was sort of excited that the Ducks might play USC in a fog bowl (we'd have a clear advantage-right--ha ha clear advantage) but it seems like an hour later the fog has lifted and it will e a clear day. Anyway-GO DUCKS!

Yesterday was a busy day, culminating in Tim's birthday celebration. I had a three-hour graduate class Friday morning, then a new PhD student needed to talk as he was having some moments of doubt   (I think he's in a better place now), then a faculty meeting that I snuck out of when we got to the 'Strategic Plan' part (I was there for 'important' votes but honestly---stuff like strategic plans make me nuts). Then home to take dogs for a quick walk and then to correct manuscript proofs that were due two weeks ago (I never did check the due date). So it was a full day, and then Tim came home.

Tim's friends and colleagues know him well:

He got three different kinds of beer.

From me he got the Christmas stocking, as well as tickets to the Peking Acrobats in January and a Christmas ornament from New Zealand. The stocking is now hanging:


The binding on the top worked out really well, if I do say so myself.

In other news:
-I'm reading a GREAT BOOK called "City on Fire" by Garth Risk Hallberg. I have it from the library on a three week loan and readers--it is almost 1000 pages. I am glad I have a long weekend next weekend so I won't worry about finishing it (yet). It is really good, very much in the Donna Tartt school of writing. It is about New York City in the 1970s, which is when I first discovered NYC (my best friend in college lived there). So I'm really enjoying it.
-We have been watching "W1A" on Netflix and so glad I found it! There was a short comedy series on the BBC called "Twenty Twelve" about the London olympics and Lord Granthan (Hugh Something Or Other) (off to Google) (OK Hugh Bonneville) played "Ian Fletcher"...the person doing the arranging of the Olympics. So W1A is a continuation where Ian Fletcher joins the BBC as 'head of values'. There are some great characters in both series and it is very tongue in cheek--kind of like the British version of "The Office". And the voice over narration is done by David Tennant and he's hysterical. So watch that if you have Netflix!
-I'm going to revisit the teal sweater as I feel less exhausted today. We'll see.
-Only nine NaBloPoMo posts left! We are all awesome!



Friday, November 20, 2015

Over it

So the Tucker sweater? The teal one with the sleeves? The one I'm about to start the cable yoke on?

I'm over it. I was working on it the other night and looked at it and thought  "I'm just not into you".

I don't know why-- I think endless stockinette wore me out, the cable instructions look a bit fiddly (every fourth or so row you have to move the start of the row a few stitches to the right or left--what's up with that?), there are a couple places in the body where the stitches look uneven and there is no way I'm ripping back at this point...

Just over it.

Plus it is the end of the term and I am daunted by those cables (and that doesn't make sense, because I can handle the cabling in the hat I showed you yesterday). So I just don't know. Over it.

Hopefully once the term is over and I have three months of sabbatical I'll get excited about it.

Other stuff:

1. Worked a bit on Koto last night--three rounds of knitting followed by a round of purl:

In an inch or so I start the high/low hem with short rows.

2. Today is Tim's birthday! Happy birthday sweetie!

3. We are two thirds of the way through NaBloPoMo! Huzzah indeed!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Leaves and hats

We have a bird bath in our back yard that we generally forget about for most of the year--not good of us! We have (thankfully) had a lot of rain this fall and the birdbath has been full--and yesterday I took a picture of it:

The combination of the leaves in the water and the dark sky seemed very pretty to me. So there's a little piece of nature to start you off today.

I'm really enjoying this hat I'm knitting for Tim. The name of the pattern is Father Cables and the pattern allows for either a fitted or a slouchy version. I'm doing the large slouchy version for Tim because he tends to take a larger hat size than normal.

Here is how it looks so far:
I'm about 40% done through the cable pattern and I like making this a lot. The cables aren't complex, and they are only four stitch cables so I can do them without a cable needle (I do this by holding two stiches in my fingers---I don't do that fancy 'move them around' move because fingers work just fine). The yarn is Cascade 220 and this will be a Christmas gift for him.

There are only two weeks left in the term and the students and I are all exhausted. This really isn't surprising. I've got a book chapter 65% done so that's a win. And next week is Thanksgiving so there's that.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Topping it off

Finally, after weeks (months!) of stockinette--the sweater is ready to come together.

 I have to admit I always get a little confused when I'm doing a sweater in the round and putting it all together (including the sleeves). My natural inclination is to put the sleeves so the armhole is on the outside, not the inside, which just makes no sense so I persevere.

And this is how it looked once together:


And now I go around and around and eventually do some cables.

Hoorah!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ToT: Hang (wo)Man

Today Carole asked "where do you hang out?"

I haven't thought about this in forever--my last 'hang out' was probably the round table in the Reading Room at my high school where my friends and I hung out whenever we didn't have class. But I have places I gravitate to, so here is my list:

1. The Cozy Room--a while ago we put in a gas stove and a really comfortable sofa and ottoman in our TV room, and we hang out there most evenings.
2. The Living Room--bigger and brighter than the cozy room--the sofa in this room is 'hang out central' for the dogs so they can see everything that's going on.
3. The Office--Tim and I both do some work at home and we share an office. My space is usually a mess but I'll clean it up sooner or later.
4. The Patio--in the summer. Tim gave me great reclining chairs for my birthday one year and this is a fabulous place to hang out in nice weather. It is small but we planted trees all around the edges so we really can't see (a lot of) our neighbors.
5. Work--or I guess my office at work. Because of seniority I have a nice sized office with a huge number of windows that look out over a magnolia tree and over a lot of green space. I've angled my desk so I can work looking out. I like it. Plus I have one of those nice Erewon (sp?) chairs and that's nice too.
6. Chow--one of our favorite brew pubs--we go there probably every other Saturday. Small and funky, great food, and they welcome us warmly whenever we go.
7. Steelhead--another brew pub on our hang out list.
8. Hop Valley--another brew pub on our hang out list.
9. The Hideaway Bakery--a coffee place where I hang out with my friend Lauren.
10. The coffee place in the basement of the library at work--I'm sure it has a clever name but I don't know what it is. My 'escape' place when I'm on campus.

So that was easier than I thought! My favorite is probably the Cozy room--what is your favorite hang out place?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sweater Weather Challenge

Just because!

Favorite Candle Scent: none (just plain candle!

Coffee or tea: Coffee unless I'm sick -  then tea

Best Fall Memory: Do I have one? Don't think so

Best Fall Smell: Burning dust when we turn the gas fireplace on

Favorite Thanksgiving food: Mashed potatoes and gravy

Most Worn Sweater:  I have a sweater that I bought from the Gap before I got married--I've been married for twenty years so I'm sure I've had it for 22 plus. It is black (of course) with trapunto stitching and beads. I can't really believe the beads haven't fallen off!

Favorite Fall Makeup: I haven't worn makeup (except for very special occasions) since a grad student told me I looked so much better without any makeup

Favorite Pie: Chocolate silk--from Poppin' Fresh Pies (hey Chicago friends! Remember Poppin Fresh Pie stores?)

Favorite Fall Accessory: Fingerless mitts

Favorite Fall Activity: Reading and knitting. Just like the rest of the year!

 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Progress!

For the past few days I've wrapped up projects and thought more about what to make next. I've woven in ends, blocked, sewn on buttons--all the stuff I really don't like about knitting (I think that is why I like socks, because I'm fine with wearing socks with no ends woven in. I'm a rebel like that).

Yesterday I also finished the second sleeve for the Tucker sweater so I can put that all together today and show you pictures next week. But there was also one of my favorite things:

THE WINDING OF THE YARN!!

The Winding of the Yarn is so much better than the weaving in of ends and such--there's such happy anticipation and excitement built in (although even more than TWofY I love starting a project using yarn that comes in balls). But anyway--I wound yarn:

 On the left--some Elsebeth Lavold silky wool in the exact same color of the Tucker sweater that will be used for the cable shawl I sketched out earlier.

On the right is some Mountain Colors wool that is probably not superwash but pretty soft and I'll make some cozy socks for Tim.

In the center is possibly everyone's favorite workhorse yarn, Cascade 220, which will be a hat for Tim. It has already begun:

Let's see, in other news:
-Ducks won an amazing game versus #7 Stanford
-I'm reading "Just One Damn Thing After Another" by Jodi Taylor--it is part of a time-traveling series that is pretty light hearted except when it isn't--have you read any of those?
-Yesterday's big errand included shopping for greeting cards. Research shows that the time we spend shopping for greeting cards is way out of whack relative to the amount they cost. I had to buy birthday cards for two people, a baby card, and then just went ahead and bought some 'Peace on Earth' Unicef cards while I was at it. Bam.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Tough Week

This has been definitely a tough week with such horrors at home and abroad. While part of me wants to retreat, the other part is making an extra effort to be kind and generous to people I encounter. Sometimes that means rewriting an email four times to remove all the snarkiness. Sometimes it just means smiling at someone I don't know. I really don't know if this will help but we must find a way to remove the poison from the atmosphere and make the world a safe and happy world for all of us.

I'll be back with regular content tomorrow, but for today I ask you to think about something you can do every day to make the world a better place. Even if it is just smiling at a stranger, that is something.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bear Creek Felting

I think the needle felting done at Bear Creek Felting is absolutely beautiful and very inspirational!
And I wanted to share it with you.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Stockings!

A while ago I posted a photo of a stocking that matched our new tree skirt, and I am in the processing of finishing a second one as well. One will be for me, one for Tim.

This still needs blocking and I have a natural-colored edge for the top of the stocking. The other stocking will be natural with a red edge.

Our 'current' tree skirt and stockings were made while we were engaged and when I wasn't a knitter--the stockings are needlepoint on plastic canvas and the tree skirt is white satin with white embroidery and paillettes (is that right? Sequins?). The knitted ones really do reflect more of who were are now and are more 'earthy' I guess. But hey, 20 years was a good run for the other ones!

Do you update your stockings and tree skirt or do you stick with the one you've had for a while?



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ta Da! Sous Sous!

It still needs blocking and weaving in but:




And Away We Go!

Oh no I'm not going anywhere! I'm just about to start seaming the pink sweater and thought you'd like to take a look at it:

Remember it is an oversized drop shoulder so hopefully the sleeves won't look so odd once I get it all done.

In other news:
-finished "The Lake House" and loved it.
-um. I've just been really busy working--grading papers and assignments and working on the organic paper (I have a lovely draft that is probably about 80% done so yay me!).
-and it has been raining.
-and I've knit a lot of stockinette.

I know you are quite envious of my glamorous existence!



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ToT: The Moneybags Edition

This is fun: today's Ten on Tuesday is "10 Things To Shout When You Hit The Jackpot."


  1. Hey! I hit the jackpot!
  2. A wa wa wa wa wa (that's me trying to find a word)
  3. Oh wow!
  4. Oh my god oh my god oh my god (all purpose phrase)
  5. Honey look!
  6. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy!
  7. (nothing because you're too busy putting the coins in the cup)
  8. Woo hooooooooooooooo!
  9. I won! I WOOONNNNNNNNNN!
  10. Well that kitcheners my crotch (see NaBloPoMo Day 4 for an explanation)

Monday, November 09, 2015

Button Button


I went button shopping on Saturday with quite a list of buttons I needed (ok two different types and 11 buttons total). We have a very cute store called Mindy's Needlepoint Shop   that carries lots of one of a kind buttons. There are two challenges: first there are so many buttons that you have to have a really good idea of what you want in order to not get distracted by every cute thing. The second is that the button prices are all over the place--some cost 50 cents each but you can find buttons that cost $7 each. Woah.

The top buttons are for the Christmas tree skirt--I got red square ones and I think they're going to look great. The bottom buttons are tiny pink and purple cubes for the baby overalls--the pink matches the yarn exactly.

I like being able to shop locally and to have so many wonderful button choices and it is a fun and creative thing to shop for. Yay buttons!

Sunday, November 08, 2015

I have a sleeve



Remember the Tucker sweater? This is the one with a pretty cable around the entire yoke. To get to the yoke, though, you need to knit a stockinette body and two stockinette sleeves. Yesterday I spent much of the raining day reading "The Lake House" and knitting on the sleeves--I finished the first one and got the cuff done on the second. The timing for this is good--I should finish the second sleeve on Sous Sous today and then I can focus on this sweater (and casting on other things) (and Koto).

This morning after breakfast we noticed there is a board meeting happening in the living room. Jessie the cat is sitting at the head of the meeting in the big brown chair, Comet is on the couch and Pilot is one the blue chair.  Captain McGregor is in his corner office. They all looked up at me as if to say 'we're a bit busy here' when I walked in with the camera. They crack me up. It may look peaceful and serene right now but there's every chance that Comet will be chasing Jessie around in the next few minutes.


Saturday, November 07, 2015

NaBloPoMo 7 days in!

Congratulations to all of us who are doing NaBloPoMo and who have done seven days in a row! Yay us! I am having a good time reading other people's blogs and I really appreciate everyone who is commenting on my blog too!  It certainly keeps me going when I see that you're enjoying my blog.

So I posted a few days ago about Finding Koto and here it is in all its exciting glory:

This has 207 stitches on the needles and is knit in this corrugated pattern for 4 and a half inches--and then there are some short rows to make it longer in the back. The yarn is Valley Yarns from Webs---I think it might be Northhampton? I will check and let you know. It is quite soft but it doesn't look that soft in this picture.

Yesterday was a bit of a nutty day---I taught from 9-12, had lunch with a colleague from 12-1, had student appointments til 2;30, graded 10 grad student teaching philosophies and outlined a book chapter. I had committed to this chapter last spring and collected data over the summer but then put it aside since I thought it was due in March or May. Surprise! It is due January 1. I got a two week extension but feel better now that the outline is put together and the data is analyzed.

I finished "The Underwriting" (it was OK--not a satisfying ending) and started "In the Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume. I read about 50 pages and stopped--it wasn't grabbing me. I also had just got "The Lake House" by Kate Morton from the library and really wanted to read that so I started that. If you haven't read any books by Kate Morton you should--she's good. So I have a week or two left on the borrowing for the Judy Blume book so I can return to it if I wish. "The Lake House" so far is great.

Today will be reading and knitting and shopping for buttons and then the Ducks tonight--Go Ducks!


Friday, November 06, 2015

Seed and Moss Stitch

Are they the same? Are they different? Do we care?

Yes, yes we do because we love how it looks and it doesn't 'row out' and everything looks good.

But what is the difference?

Seed stitch, British Moss stitch, American Moss Stitch

So that very informative post tells us that there are in fact TWO kinds of moss stitch and the one I like is American.

Good to know!

In reading news: "Everybody Rise" was good--about a young woman who gets sucked in to the NYC socialite lifestyle and how her life kind of unravels. I'm finishing "The Underwriting" today which is about young adults who get sucked into the NYC and silicon valley wealthy people lifestyle and how their lives kind of unravel. I sense a theme!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Finding Koto

Students use the term 'back in the day' to refer to any historical time period. "Back in the day, Caesar was in charge" and "Back in the day, people needed their land lines to connect to the Internet." So back in the day I started the sweater Koto (rav link). I liked how it looked and I was pretty sure I had some dark grey yarn that I wanted to make for it.

Historical note: according to Rav this was published in June 2015 so 'back in the day' isn't that long ago.

So anyway--I started Koto. I remember starting it, I remember knitting on it, but I don't remember what I did with it.

So I excavated my WIPs--I found a really really cute short blue cable sweater that is about halfway done and a pair of bootie slipper with nups, also really cute, and a colorwork shawl that I do love but I am pretty sure it will never get done, but NO KOTO. These WIPs were all in project bags in the guest room closet. Then I searched in the 'official knitting bags' on the floor of the closet. No Koto. Then I fretted about it for a day or two and would go back and search where I already searched. But not surprisingly, no Koto.

I did find a bag with the yarn that I had thought I had planned to use for Koto. The bag was opened but that doesn't really mean anything. But I put that in a project bag anyway.

Then I was looking at my sock yarn stash which is in cubby holes in the guest room. There are also several smaller project bags but I thought 'why would I put Koto in a sock yarn project bag'? But a day or so into the Koto search I did find it in a sock pattern bag. No pattern with the project but I did have a row counter and I had knit so little on it that it won't be hard to pick it up again.

So pictures on that soon.

In Sous Sous news: I have a sleeve halfway done that looks weird but just remember this a drop shoulder sweater with sleeves that go to about bracelet length.Sorry it is upside down--stupid iPhone Camera:



Wednesday, November 04, 2015

NaBloPoMo Day 4: baby knitting

I wrote last weekend how all of a sudden a baby was due and I needed to finish up the WIP. What I didn't mention was that I didn't even remember exactly what was left to do---or to say another way, I had no recall of exactly what I was making. Except it was pink. Did it need sleeve? A collar? I knew it needed two legs--that was all I remembered.

Onward! Here is what it looked like when I started (sorry for the sideways-ness---this is a good approximation of the color, at least on my monitor, and BIG SIGH OF RELIEF I don't need to put in sleeves!



I started work on the first leg while reading "Everybody Rises" and by the end of the afternoon on Sunday I was here:
And then by the end of the Broncos game I was here:
So this weekend I'll block this and go to the button store and find some cute baby girl buttons for the strap. I also have some weaving in to do as well as to Kitchener the crotch (doesn't that sound like a quaint southern expression? "That just kitcheners my crotch!!"). Then off to the new baby who is due on November 20, which is also Tim's birthday.

Changing the subject:

I had a weird thing happen yesterday. I woke up incredibly dizzy--having to hold on to the walls to get to the bathroom. I felt incredibly nauseous and dizzy for an hour or so---and ended up being sick. Tim was headed out of town but waited around til I felt back to normal (ish) after about two hours, but I still had problems if I had to lower my head and then raise it (or frankly, to stand up quickly). I was very careful about the standing up part for the rest of the day. Today I feel fine.

The Internets of course suggest all kinds of maladies but the theory I"m going with it that I was dehydrated. I realized Monday that all I drank was coffee and a glass of hard cider, and I also took an antihistamine before bed. Yesterday I made a point of rehydrating (water and ginger ale). The dizzy when I wake up stuff has happened before but has never lasted so long--if it happens again I'll go have it checked, but I think dehydration seems to be a pretty good explanation.

So here's a question: do you ever lose (or misplace) (or forget about) a WIP and then get a hankering (apparently is is quaint southern expression day today on my blog) to get knitting on it again? How easy is it for you to find it? Please share any stories you have and I'll share mine this week.



Tuesday, November 03, 2015

ToT: ok fine

Today's Ten on Tuesday is ten first lines from novels (not ones I found--ones I make up). Let's see if I can do this.


  1. Her fourth cup of coffee had gone cold and it wasn't even 6 am yet.
  2. One of her colleagues always, always, shook her hand when he entered her office.
  3. The room was spinning that morning, as it always did.
  4. Where are those cupcakes when you really need them?
  5. The good thing about being tall was that few people noticed your roots.
  6. I wish I was a person who didn't need a watch.
  7. To rake or just let the leaves blow away?
  8. Can that much blood really come out of a head?
  9. It is just a crush, she kept telling herself, just a crush.
  10. She envied, in no particular order: ballerinas, redheads, royalty and English people in general.

Monday, November 02, 2015

NaBloPoMo: Day 2

I wanted to catch you up on reading and watching (I would usually put this in yesterday's post but yeah, NaBloPoMo dudes).

Watching: we started watching Season 1 of "The Knick" and it is good--bloody but good (it is about a hospital in 1900 New York). Also started the new season of 'The Comeback' with Lisa Kudrow and it is really funny.

Reading:  I finished "The Clasp" by Sloane Crosley. It was OK. It was sort of a contemporary retelling of the short story "The Necklace" but in a post-modern way where "The Necklace" was an essential part of the retelling of the story. So that is sort of a clever premise but it wasn't as good as I thought it could have been. Mostly because of the three main characters it was hard to like any of them.

I started reading "Everybody Rises" last night and I like it--I'll write more about it later.

Yesterday I read what is sadly the last new Ruth Rendell mystery every. I discovered Dame Ruth's work late in life (I think it is OK to call her a Dame--she has some type of honor from the British) and was sad to hear she passed away earlier this year. Anyway, her last book is 'Dark Corners' and it was good--creepy but not in a scary way. Sort of the horror that lives in someone's mind.

I haven't read a lot of the Inspector Wexler series--I think most of the ones I read were written after he retired--so it is good to know there's a bunch more I can explore in the future.

POLL: do you have a favorite Ruth Rendell book?

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Welcome to NaBloPoMo!

It is National Blog Post Month! My plan is to write a blog post every day. For you, dear reader, that basically means instead of one longer post every few days I'll have a shorter post every day. I'm also going to try to remember to use my camera phone and take pictures of things (what things? no idea. But stay tuned).

Yesterday was Halloween, and it threatened to rain all day. We had a few Trick or Treaters come by very early--6:15 or so--and then the heavens opened up. No one came by after that and then we shut the light off at about 7:30 but I'm pretty sure no one was out.

So if you need a fun sized Snickers....

I finished the front of Sous Sous, even seamed the shoulders, and picked up stitches for the first sleeve.

This is right before I bound off:
AS much as I would dearly love to finish this, and to cast on for lots of other things, I need to return to a jumper I started this summer for our Niece Jean's baby. When I started it, the baby was five months away. Now the baby is three weeks away. Better get on the move, yes?

Oh and if you didn't hear-- ALL BLACKS WON THE RUGBY WORLD CUP AND ARE THE FIRST REPEAT WINNERS EVER! The game was on live and it was very, very, very close. With three minutes left I wasn't sure if I could watch the end. But a breakaway run sealed it for the Kiwis. Congratulations blokes!