Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beautiful day

Yesterday Tim and I took a whole day off and went to the coast. It was a perfect day--sunny with high clouds, temps in the low 60s, almost no wind. We got there after the tide went out and it was delightful to walk on the packed down sand. We took the dogs, of course, and probably walked for almost an hour on the beach.


This was at the start of the walk, we ended up taking off caps and gloves by the end of the walk.

It was a great day for beachcombing as well.

After the beach we went into Florence and had lunch at Bridgewater, where we both had delicious crab melts. There's something about eating a crab melt where you can just tell the crab got caught a few hours earlier. It was delicious.

Then we got the dogs out of the car (they didn't come to lunch) and took a walk around Florence, because it was just that nice of a day.

I spent quite a bit of time knitting in the car on the way there (about 90 minutes). If I needed a crop top, Cullum would be done:

But it is on its way.

Tim found a video yesterday of a rug made out of felted wool that looks like stones. He wants to make this, and we have quite a bit of raw materials around the house (understatement). He took a stab (pun not really intended, but if you needle felt you'll see how punny it is) and did four last night:



Yesterday was forecast to be the nicer of the two days this weekend, so we went to the beach then, and today is my birthday (we originally thought we'd go to the beach today to celebrate but pivoted once we saw the forecast). We're going out to dinner tonight and had presents at breakfast--Tim gave me a beautful and delicate necklace which I love. It is a low key birthday which is pretty much exactly what I want today.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday wrap up

1. Apparently we are in for a few more days of coolness and then the spring warm up starts next week--yay May! I'm really ready for some nice weather. We are planning to take advantage of a non-rainy day and take the dogs to the coast tomorrow.

2. I had some down time after I got home from class yesterday (before Tim got home--he stayed a bit late a work) and cast on for a new shawl called B e l B e l.  Check out the link on Rav--the pattern is free through the weekend. It is still early days obviously.  Here is all I have done.

And here it is close up.
The yarn was wound into a ball but I'm pretty sure it is a Miss Bab's Yowza yarn. There's a lot of yarn in a yowza skein, and my goal is to use it all up for a huge cozy shawl.

3. I should have led with this but---Tink is definitely pregnant. Dr. Pat was at the farm yesterday (I was in class) to check some 'pacas with ear infections and brought his portable ultrasound to check out two other 'pacas--Chanel and Catalina. Those girls aren't showing consistent indications of being pregnant, but Tink is so there was no real reason to confirm her pregnancy. Well--Dr. Pat checked both girls and both came up negative for pregnancy. He was concerned that his ultrasound was not calibrated correctly, so he tested Tink (if she had turned up not pregnant as well he would have recalibrated the ultrasound). But Tink's pregnancy was confirmed so I'm happy for her but sad for the other girls, although there's no reason not to try again.

ETA: possible names for the cria are Tiger Lily (for a girl) and Ravello (for a boy). Both names affiliated with Peter Pan (as is Tinkerbell, obviously).

4. Just finished week 4 (out of 10). Next week will be my absolute worst week of grading: 23 papers from one class, 18 from the other, and 7 group projects. Argh! The better news is that week 6 is only a 'half week' as most of the ad majors are off to New York for Creative Week so I've cancelled half of my classes in the first half of the week--that gives me extra time to grade. And then after week 6 it is pretty much all down hill to summer.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

It's a JessieCat Day

If you look closely, you will notice that JessieCat is sitting on top of the heating vent.

April has been cool and rainy--I think it has been above 60 degrees maybe three or four days? 



OK maybe five or six days.

Not much to report on anything---just a lot of long days this week. Yesterday my colleague Nicole and I presented some research at a Climate Change conference on campus. It was clear that since we are not Climate Scientisits we were not especially welcomed. Oh well.

 Hopefully I'll have something more interesting to say tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Faits Accomplis

Pretty sure I"m not using that term right, but ah well.

Sometimes I wonder why I feel so out of breath and then I realize that things just are always going on with no time to reflect or plan ahead or process--just keep pushing on. Especially during spring term, when every week brings some sort of fresh hell to address. But I did take some time this weekend to do things to nurture the hearth and home and, as a result, my soul:

1. I cleaned the patio--with the ice storms on top of regular fall detritus the patio was a bit of a mess. I filled up 2/3yard waste toter with pine needles, pine cones, weeds, and dead leaves--and a bit of moss that I think the sun has to take of instead of me. I also washed off patio chaise longues (fancy name for patio furniture) so those are ready for use. And I cleaned up the dogs' area. You know what that is a fancy name for, I"m sure.

2. This.



I've technically reached the end of it but I still have some of that beaded silk left (in all three colors) so I'm going to keep going on it and make it bigger. It is silk so it is very lightweight.

3. I finished "Foreign Affairs" and read the first of the INspector Wexford books by Ruth Rendell. I've read a few of them here and there but I thought maybe the first book would give all kinds of insights into Inspector Wexford and maybe I should read them in order. Not so much. So that will go to the neighborhood Free Little Library.

4. Cleaned the closet and drawers--filled up two giant bags for the Goodwill. I'm going to do some serious paring down this summer--I just have too much stuff. I'm seeing dents in my (too big) yarn stash as well. I'm at a good place in my life where I don't need stuff--it doesn't take the place of a good snuggle with the dogs, a walk with Tim, or quiet time outside listening to birds. I am so happy to be at this place!

5. Read and commented on the second drafts of not one but two dissertations.

6. Started on revisions of a paper for the best journal in my field. I was invited to submit with the caveat 'even though we're inviting you and want you to be in the issue we will send it out for review and nothing is guaranteed'.  So I got the reviewer responses back and it is accepted pending some revisions which will be pretty easy to do---just kind of time consuming. I have a bit of time this week to do those--next week is another 42 paper week so that will be a bit busy.

Onward we go!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Quora

Today she asks:
1* When are you most hungry?  Morning , Noon or Night?
Probably late afternoon because I forget to eat sometimes on my teaching days. Then I'm ravenous before dinner, and then I kind of ruin dinner.
2* Are you still eating Easter Candy?
Nope--we avoided candy (well, Tim bought me two little bunnies and we ate those--I think?)
3* Do you keep a shawl or wrap in your car?
This question just makes me laugh, given all the dog hair in the car!
4* Have you ever knit a snood?
This question just makes me laugh. Um, no.
5* What’s a neighbor’s most annoying habit?
Our one neighbor has a motion light and that gets annoying. She also just cut down a bunch of arborvitaes that used to block the light, so the annoying factor has increased. 
6* What’s the population of your town?
150,000.
7* What did you knit on this weekend?
On Callum and on the shawl I'm working on.
8* Have you ever ridden a tandem bike?
Probably? 
9* Laundry: top load or front load?
Front load! It really does keep your clothes looking nicer longer.
10.* Price of your last haircut?
FREE! Tim cuts my hair.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Quick update on Cullum

kayT couldn't find the pattern--and it is because I am calling it by its wrong name.

The pattern is CULLUM not Callum, and click on these words to see the pattern on Rav.

Sorry for the confusion!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Curse lifted?

Maybe the curse is lifted on Callum--I have the lace part of the yoke done and it actually looks ok:

You can even see that it looks like I didn't mess up the lace. Yay! So now I'll join the sides and then it is non stop stockinette for a while.

Today is a cloudy day--not outside but inside. I learned this morning of the passing of two exceptional men--my best friend from Boston's stepdad, and my colleague Margie's husband. Both passed too soon. I was fortunate to see Richard in Boston a few weeks ago when I was there.

I don't think I've mentioned the reading lately. First, I finished a book called "Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven" which is a memoir of a woman who traveled with a friend to  China in the mid-1980s. Both women were right out of college, and the friend had a psychic break while there. It was an interesting read--I think it came to me via the Kindle unlimited.

As did "Foreign Affairs"--Alison Lurie's Pulitzer prize winning novel, and I'm about halfway through that. It's pretty good--about two academics from the US spending time in London--it was published in the mid-1980s and seems very quaint in that way. The interesting thing is that I know both of those characters intimately from my academic journeys.

Have a good day today.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cursed Callum?

I hope this project isn't cursed.

This is Callum, in particular the shoulders of Callum (this pattern has a very interesting construction technique--you knit the backs of the shoulders, join them, then pick up and knit for the front of the shoulders, then join them (which I'm about to do).

I had to rip out the first attempt at shoulders because the gauge was horribly off.

I had joined the fronts, but didn't realize I had a twist in it and it wasn't going to lay flat. So I had to rip out the join and now I'll do that again.

There's a lace panel in the front and once that gets done then it is straightforward knitting (I think I'm supposed to spit now--or something--to make sure I haven't cursed myself again). We'll see.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Must make

I must make these:

The recipe is posted at the Mollie Makes blog. I love how cute foxes are, I have the correct color of yarns in my stash, and I have slipper bottoms that need tops. I will also need some quick/fun patterns sometime soon, so I'm so excited to see this free pattern posted! FOXES!

I have to say, I have a love/hate relationship with Mollie Makes. I should love it, since it is british and crafts and colorful and they always give you some free craft project--ALL OF THE STUFF YOU NEED--with every issue (I think--I maybe only bought four or five issues).

I once spent three hours tracking down a cute pair of shoes shown in an editorial photo for--something---like 'make your own mini chicken coop out of fairy dust and toilet paper cores' and the shoes just happened to be in the picture.  The magazine is styled beautifully.

But who has the time to be Mollie? If you are well off enough to have a house full of Cute then you probably either have kids or a job, and when do you do the crafts? I have a job but not kids, and I'm lucky if I get an hour of knitting in every day.

And the people who are profiled in the magazine are adorably talented and british, and crafting is their JOB so they have this 'la la la I live in a house full of cute in the wilds of Aberdeenshireblywaite and I'm inspired by the tiny pieces of lint in the dust free corners of my lovely cottage'.

Um, jealous much Kim Knits? Yes, I'm jealous. I want to be Mollie, and I will never be.

But I'll knit her damn fox slippers.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

42

No, it's not my age. I have 42 papers to grade this week. Week 3 of Spring term, and 42 papers!

It kind of sounds worse than it is though. 24 of them are one page creative briefs and 18 are three page papers from my Honor's class. I only assigned written work to both classes during two weeks this term--week 3 and week 5--and this is the one week I have to get them all graded pretty quickly in order for the students to use the comments (hahahahahahah I'm so funny--they don't look at the comments actually) to improve on future work. The good news is that I already have 10 of the short ones done (they are due at 2pm so they'll be coming in all morning) and 2 of the longer ones done (those aren't due til tomorrow at 4).

This is the start of the River shawl, which was probably free of charge last week and now is a 'for sale' pattern. I'm using the leftovers of the beaded silk and I love how it is looking--it is astonishing to me how beautiful the colors of silk are.

What's up with you?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Monday Quora

WARNING! Kathy's blog will make you hungry.

But still, she has questions. And I have answers!

*Easter goodies surrounded me yesterday like yarn in a yarn store.|
 I caved for the cookies.  Did you indulge in any sweets this weekend?

YES! We had decided to skip the baskets but I did make a chocolate cheesecake for dessert. It was terrific! I used this recipe but used chocolate wafers instead of oreos.

*I’m mailing my Motherbearproject bears off today.  I’m ready to knit some fingerless.  Do you have a favorite thumb gusset for fingerless?

I didn't know there were multiple kinds of thumb gussets. 

*I could never hula hoop for long, could you?
No I could not!
 Have you been watching April the giraffe and her baby delivery?
No but I saw the cute 'mama kissing baby' photo.

*The malted milk ball dump cake was just okay.  I made another dump cake with berries, yellow cake and lemon lime soda.  It was fantastic.  It may not look as nice, but I bring food to parties in disposable containers.  No fuss for the host or me afterwards.  Do you prefer to put your contributions in a nice dish or an easy one?

I will put it in a nice one as long as I know I'll get it back.

*I am knitting a garter shawl in Noro cotton.  Don’t tell the shawl.  Garter and I usually don’t do well.  It is a small shawlette and it will be great for next to my neck chill chasing.  I’ve finally found a Noro yarn that I like a lot.  Have you tried their cotton blend yarn?

Yes, I did a drop stitch scarf with it and I  liked it.

*The Ravelry Motherbear group threads were a huge help to me while knitting the bears. Lots of great tips.  I think this is one of the best parts of Ravelry.  So much information is out there for us for free.  Do you study project pages comments on Ravelry before casting on? I do.

Sometimes I do, but generally no. Maybe I should!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Almost done!

I finished much of the knitting, including the neckline, and gave this pretty a bath yesterday:
It is still a bit damp.

I need to sew the side seams and do a finish on the armholes, but this one is close. It looks really cute and I may just knit another one.

Today, though, I need to cast on for more stuff.

In other news: I finished "The Birthday Party" (it was good) and am now reading---"The Widow of Wall Street" (I think) about a woman who is married to a  Bernie Madoff type person. So far it is good.

Thursday was the symphony, and it was "The Damnation of Faust". We know nothing about opera, although according to Wikipedia this is a  mix of Opera and Cantata. Anyway--it was not 'performed' in the sense of costumes and scenery and choreography--it was people standing in the front of the stage and singing the parts. This performance for some reason included projections on the sides of the theatre of things like clouds and church windows and stuff that sort of illustrated the work but was just kind of distracting. Although it did make it clear when Faust and the Devil landed in hell.

It was a bit odd, but pleasant in a 'what will happen next in the story?' kind of way (the symphony translates the words--french in this case--on a screen high above the stage).

We think the guy playing the devil might have been drunk, or stoned. Or just chewing the scenery.

And of course, I'm so uncultured that whenever the work referred to the Devil as Méphistophélès, I immediately went to this place:





Thursday, April 13, 2017

April showers

Apparently, April showers bring April flowers! The garden is in a beautiful bloom--usually things go in 'phases' (first the grape hyacinths, then the daffodils, then the tulips) but this year everything is blooming together:

And whether anything will be blooming at Easter is always an unknown, but apparently this Easter will be flower filled. The tulips in the 'upper garden' are ready to bloom, and if the expected sunshine does appear there will be a beautiful display close to the house. I usually don't cut tulips to decorate inside but dare I say, we have enough this year that cutting a few stems might not make a huge difference:


We both love Bleeding Hearts: they are native to Oregon and we like to have as many natives as possible in the garden. We had a few straggly years of them but now they appear to have naturalized nicely:

The only thing missing this year is the Columbine, which apparently have chosen not to reappear this year. I only see a few lonely flowers peeping up. I need to remember to plant some in the fall.

And in the 'my knitting is boring' category:

I've moved on to the neckline. This might be done this weekend. I need to find something new to cast on for.

There's an interesting light and shadow interplay happening in that photo.

I'm finishing a book called "The Birthday Party" by Barbara Vine (which is one of Ruth Rendell's pseudonyms). It is good, as many of her books are. Baroness Rendell died in 2015 but had a hugely prolific writing career, and I've barely scratched the surface. Do you have a favorite Rendell/Vine book? I want to start the Inspector Wexford books from the start.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Getting there

Not good light this morning (again) as it is cloudy and drizzly (again). But I'm almost done with the light blue and then comes the little bit of pink at the top and then this is almost done! It has seemed to take a while but i've really enjoyed knitting it--it is not quite mindless but sort of mindless.

I have more Calmer in a tan color that I might use for a second one.

Other than that, just regular busy life. I've had two dissertations to read and comment on this week. This actually works out well as starting next week I will have grading to do every week, and that is the priority. Spring term is just out of control some times.

Other than that---let's see. We watched a new series on AMC called "The Son" but I don't think we'll keep watching it--various reasons but it is pretty violent and upsetting and that's a big part of it.

I feel boring, but there you have it.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Quora

Yay for Kathy's Quora since I had another bad sleeping night last night. I kept thinking about how I didn't sleep well LAST Sunday and I think that messed with my head. I feel bad that my M/W class has yet to see me fully awake.

Kathy asked: *I caved and purchased a Earth Day candle from my hair stylist.  It was 12 dollars.  It helps provide water to areas that don’t have water access.  I went for a haircut, not a candle.
Have you caved in to the hardsell lately for anything? Nope! I'm tough as nails!
*Al wants suggestions for Fayettville Arkansas area.  Dining, etc.  Can anyone speak from experience ? (I have never been there so I can’t help) Sorry, no, I don't think I've even step foot in Arkansas (unless it is on the way from Missouri to Oklahoma---and just checked the map so I'm pretty sure the answer stands).
*Did you wear any of your handknits in the past week?  Wearing one of my 'One and Done"s as I type this!
*Easter and Passover are upon us.  Do you have special foods for this week? Nope--Tim and I discovered we still have Easter candy from last year so we're just going to make a nice dinner on Sunday.
*My Nana worked in a candy factory.  Do you know anyone who worked in a factory?  I'm sure I have--but can't think of it.
*Finally, I watched segment on 60 Minutes last night about how we are becoming too addicted to our phones, emails and computers.  How long can you go without looking at your phone or email? I can go days without looking at the phone. The email--maybe 24 hours.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sunday Catch Up

Knitting: I finished the Dolphin Cowl, and gave it a bath last night:
It must be cotton since it is still damp. Plus--this sucker bled dye like there was no tomorrow. That's two in a row. :-( I lost the ball band so I'm not even sure who is to blame for this. Not that I need to assign blame. OK maybe I do.

Reading: I read "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend". I don't know whether to recommend this book to you or not. Probably not. It is a well written story of a Swedish woman named Sara who goes to visit a 'pen pal' named Amy in the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa. When she arrives, she finds Amy has just died.  And Broken Wheel is Sad (in many ways). Can Sara bring Broken Wheel alive? Yeah, it was cute for a while but then it just got long and you pretty much knew how it would all turn out. So if you need a sweet book about books and don't mind incredibly obvious endings--go for it!

Watching: Last night we watched a Masterpiece Theatre from a few weeks back called "To Walk Invisible" about the Brontes. It got pretty poor reviews but if you have a chance, you should watch it. It is interesting and historically accurate and even the ending, which is basically a tourist video to go visit the Parsonage at Haworth (which, actually, I have done!), is fine.

Spring: every day the tulips are prettier. Enjoy.


 These two are from the flower garden in the front of the house closest to the sidewalk.

These are in the front yard closer to the house--they haven't bloomed as much as the ones closer to the street/sidewalk.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Dolphin Cowl

I spent some time working on the Dolphin Cowl yesterday--I started this project with less yarn (by weight) than recommended, so I've been measuring the remaining yarn as I've worked through this to make sure I don't get stuck without yarn. This is kind of important for this cowl since I am doing picot edges which take a lot of yarn.

This is fun to knit--it is a mix of cable and lace.

This is the magic of this cowl: the cable is very simple (just one six stitch cross--you put three stitches on a cable needle--I use a double point--knit three in the back and then knit three from the cable) and the lace is easy lace (depending on the row, it is either three sets of k2tog yo or two sets of the same one, bordered by a knit stitch) but you  put it all together and it looks really cool:

It will look even better when it is locked--it does indeed look like dolphins (a little bit).

The yarn is a mix of greys and pinks which is lovely, the yarn is cotton and something which is nice and light but will block out really well, and it is a relaxing pattern (as there is a lot of stockinette in between the lace and the cable).

I like this cowl. Not as much as One and Done but one cannot only knit one pattern forever. Can one?




Friday, April 07, 2017

I hate gauge

Well I don't really hate gauge--I mean it isn't really something with a soul or something that is actively working to upset me or cause me harm. I just hate it when I think I've got gauge and then I don't.

I hate swatching, but I do swatch for big projects. And this project--Cullum--started with a shoulder piece that is an accurate representation for swatching. But somewhere along the line it all went bad. So I've been tweaking and reverse engineering and trying to get this together so it will fit me and not someone who weight 800 pounds which was the direction it seemed to be going:





And after all that ranting, all I have to show you is a handful of stockinette. Sorry.

Today is a weird day--very very windy and Pilot freaks out in the wind. Tim is at a symposium at the UO all day--I've accomplished a few small tasks and will try to focus myself to do some other stuff. I did get a lot of stuff done this week and I'm using this 'pre grading' period of the term to get some writing stuff done, so yay me!

My sleep schedule is still kind of a wreck but maybe I'll sleep a bit this weekend.

This post seems a bit manic. For this, I apologize.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

More spring

Kathy commented that there was some bad weather in the forecast in Wisconsin, and there's bad weather forecast for the east coast as well. We all might need a bit of spring, courtesy of my tulips:





These are all close to the street--I have more tulips closer to the house that get less sun, so those will bloom soon and I'll have a bit of tulip time for a few weeks. I do love tulips so much. So do the deer, and I expect one morning I'll go out to get the paper and the flowers will be chomped out. Ill enjoy them til then.

Yesterday was my 'long' day at school---I held office hours pretty much all day from 8 am til my class at 4. I didn't sleep well (again) on Tuesday but I persevered. I actually got a lot done yesterday---some different projects moved forward, and had several good student meetings.

I hope I can get on a better sleep schedule. I do try to have good sleep hygiene so I'm not sure what exactly happened.

I cast on for a new project called Cullum but have little to show you. But--here is the other summer top that I'm working on with a photo from my 'home office' with one of my favorite colleagues:




Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Tuesday stuff

The first day of spring term was--well let's say---rocky. I couldn't sleep Sunday night because of a tummy ache and felt completely wiped out yesterday. Tim dropped me off around noon, puttered around the office organizing stuff for the term, did the 4pm class and that was all OK. Today is my class from 2-3:30 and I slept much better last night.

Spring: finally we had sun over the weekend and things are blooming:

This is the magnolia tree outside my office. It usually blooms mid-March so we are about two weeks behind blooming wise. The tulips are also blooming and I'll take some photos of those for you soon.

Knitting: The Dolphin Cowl. I found some yarn that seems sort of cotton-like in the stash, so I started knitting that up. I'm not that far along, mostly because there is a picot edge on it that took a while. I like the colors a lot.

Watching: we just finished an Australian series called "Winter"--it was a police procedural. It was on the Acorn channel. It was pretty good.

Reading: Life at the Dakota--about the history of the Dakota apartment building in New York.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 03, 2017

April Quora

 Today is the first Monday in April AND it is the first day of spring term. Sadly, I have another stomach issue that kept me up half the night.  Luckily, my class is at 4pm so I could stay in bed a bit longer this morning (wonderful Tim took care of animals and other morning stuff).

And Kathy of course has a Monday Quora to celebrate April! She asks:

*What’s your safe place in turbulent weather? We don't have turbulent weather. The worst that happens is a thunderstorm once a year. Or wind storms, and the electricity goes out. There has been one tornado since I've been here and we're too far north for hurricanes.
*Are you more likely to alter a pattern or stick right to the instructions?  For shawls, I'll often alter. For other things I'll tend to stick.
*Would you rather a hottub or a cold pool? Hot tub.
*What was the name of a pet you grew up with? Jon Jon. He was a westie named after John Kennedy.
*How many knit dishcloths do you use, or have on hand? None. I think I lost my knitting credentials.
*Have you ever been give an trophy? I don't think so.
*Would you rather knit, under a shady tree, poolside or beside a roaring fire? All three sound lovely, actually, but I'll pick fire.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

One project--Two surprises

Here is something that almost never happens to me: a project finishes before I think it should finish.

Let me explain. I picked up the 'One & Done' at the start of the Ducks b-ball game last night* and had quite the hefty ball of yarn left. Then, toward the end of the game, I thought "oh two more rows and I'll do the dropped stitch and then I'll do an icord bind off." Um---not quite. Halfway through the first of the 'two more' rows I realized I had almost NO YARN left. So I had to tink back that row, then do a bind off (not icord) where I dropped the necessary stitches while binding off**. Even so, I was about 2 feet short and had to use two feet of Rowan comfort to finish it off***.  So that is surprise #1.

Pre-blocked:

So I gave it a little bath this morning and then came surprise #2. The dye had not set at all. AT ALL. I kept dunking and squeezing**** and dunking and squeezing**** and pink dye kept coming out. I just gave up and hung it up to dry in the bathtub.

It did stretch out nicely, so that's good.

The yarn though--this non-set  yarn annoys me*****.  The dyers are still in business so  hopefully they fixed this issue (I bought the yarn at the last Sock Summit which was at least five years ago, I think). Anyway, that's the second surprise.


*the Ducks lost by one point. ONE POINT. They missed a lot of three pointers. And those Tar Heels are so, so, so tall.

**don't try this at home.

***luckily, I'm not the kind of knitter who is bothered by this.

****gently

*****I lost the ball band---it could be that the dyers warned that the dye would run, but this is sock yarn and many people****** just throw these in the washer.

******ok me