Thursday, November 30, 2017

Happy Birthday To...

this guy. The Duke of Calypso is four months old!

And there's some knitting going on. This cable and lace scarf is difficult to photograph.
There are two sections of cable and lace, and in between there is some flame stuff:

This will look better blocked.

Tuesday Tim had a dinner in Corvallis and so I took some time to work on his Christmas handmade gift, and pictures are not available. Well, until after Christmas.

Yesterday was a horrible day at work and let's just leave it at that.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I love these so much it is frightening

I might have to put bottoms on these and wear these as slippers around the house. Becuase I love them so much I want to wear them all the time.

The second oen went really fast, although it did get a bit wonky when I forgot an entire row and had to tink and well, that way lies madness.

I love the colors, I love Koigu, I love them. Did I mention I love them?

This is our last week of classes for Fall term. Yesterday I went in at 7:15 to prepare for the day of meetings and classes, which began at 8:30 and ended at 4:15. Then I had to write up a recommendation for a search committee and then went home where Tim cooked me an amazing dinner.

Today is grading and revising a manuscript (a revise and resubmit, and that appears to be fairly straightforward) and staying dry since it is wet and cold here.

And admiring my socks.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Post TG Quora

 * Do you know a rising star ?  Share their site please. does affordable gradients.
* Have you seen Santa out and about? Where? I haven't yet. But will keep an eye out!
 * Do you love Christmas lights? Absolutely!
*When did you last take yourself by surprise?  I'll have to think on that one....
* Have you recently  “found” a treasure that was one man’s trash?  No, but I really don't look a lot?
 * Do you love a movie filmed in your town or state? Animal House was filmed on the University of Oregon campus---I love it for that alone.
*Do you remember trips with knits? I do! I try to buy a skein when I'm traveling too.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Quick Finish-

-of Glaswegian.

I hate button bands and I hate buttons and yet I love cardigans.

So I'm finishing Glaswegian with two little celtic clasps at the top.

That should work well. I have to wear a long sleeve shirt underneath because itchy, and so having it sort of open but not really will work well. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

The day after

We had a very relaxing Thanksgiving with the parade, the dog show, the football, the cioppino made by Tim, dip made by me, chocolate pot de creme made by Tim, more football, there you go.

There was a half of a FO spotted:

It is the first (unblocked) Liab! Top is the back and bottom is the front.
Very cool socks, if I do say so myself.

Today we got up pretty early for a vacation day and got ready and then headed out to the coast to visit our property in Pacific City.  The permits are in and we knew there had to be some road work done but we were surprised to arrive and find:

The property, which sits on a hill, has been dug out to prepare for the foundation to be poured. This is standing at the back of the property looking out toward the ocean. It is a bit hard to see here but you can indeed see the haystack rock on Cape Kiwanda.  This view is basically the 'lower' floor, and the living area is all on the upper floor, so our view should be good, and we can hopefully get the trees across the street trimmed too.

You can see the heavy machinery behind us.

Then we went to lunch at the Pelican Brewpub and it was a gorgeous day on the beach. The brewpub is a three minute drive from the house (probably about 40 minutes if you walk because you have to go around and around a bit). We then took a long walk with the dogs and it was gorgeous.

So  on the whole, a great Black Friday!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

So much

I have so much to be thankful for--let me begin by being thankful for you and thank you for reading my blog and being there when I need you!

Every Thanksgiving our friends Joonghwa and Soojung send us beautiful flowers. I met Joonghwa when he spent a summer at the UO after finishing his military service in Korea. That was probably 15 years ago. We've stayed in touch as Joonghwa finished first a Master's degree at Michigan State and then a doctorate at the University of Missouri and as he started his academic career at MTSU. Then he met Soojung at an academic conference and they married a few years ago, and now have a beautiful boy Jaden (Jihoo). I am thankful that I was able to spend some time with Jaden in March in Boston.

Of course I'm thankful for the health of Calypso and his mom Tinkerbell. And I'm thankful Ann loves them both as much as I do. Calypso is a special guy and I love seeing him. Yesterday he was in rare form, pronking around the field as he tried to get someone to play with him.

And of course, most thankful for my family on the couch with me right now--my incredible husband Tim and my wonderful pups Comet and Pilot. And Captain MacGregor (the bird) and Jessie Cat (the cat, of course). We miss our Stella cat every day.

Enjoy a day surrounded by your loves!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Spa Day at the Farm

I helped Ann out this morning with  'spa day'. The alpacas all need some maintenance including getting a shot in the rump, getting a supplement (I think) squirted in their mouths with what looks like a caulking gun, and getting weighed. Some got nails trimmed and some got a skin treatment. We did seven of the girls today--it was a bit of work. Well, for Ann, mostly I tried to get the alpaca getting the spa treatment to hold still.

But it went fine, and only a bit of spit was issued.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The first

OK I love this sock. I want every sock I ever wear to be this sock.

It fits great. It looks kind of thick but it doesn't really seem that thick. It looks a bit like a slipper and quite honestly with a leather sole on it I can see this as a slipper. But I think it is also going to be my favorite socks ever.

The strong heel (increases all around over the instep) ended with a heel turn and it seems to work. I'm not sure how well it will wear but we'll see.

Honestly? These are socks that one needs those see-through clogs for. They were popular with knitters several years ago.

In other news, we had a great dinner last night at Novo and had a series of small yummy tapas. I had a great margarita. We were too full for dessert. Tim liked his gift (a Kitchenaid Mixer because I'm so romantic).

Yesterday at work was nuts but I think the lid is officially on for TG.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pre-TG Quora!

1) Do you knit anything from memory without a pattern?
Yes, I can (and often do) knit a basic sock without a pttern.
2) What is your healthy goal for Thanksgiving through New Years Eve ?
Must I have a healthy goal? I'll pick making sure I get some exercise every day.
3)Have you ever given up on a yarn?
Many times. Chenille. It is the devil.
4) When you take a road trip, where do you stop for a snack or a meal?
That's a good question. We tend to avoid fast food places but sometimes you're just really hungry.
5) What is your favorite state to drive through? 
Oregon, then maybe Northern California.
6) Does anyone polish silver anymore?  
We have silver sleigh bells that we hang up at Christmas. They can get a bit tarnished, so I do try to give them a polish every few years.
7) Do you own a knit themed coffee mug?
I'm sure I own a few.
8) You have been asked to knit a scarf for a movie. What movie do you want your scarf in?
OH I don't know, now that the Harry Potter movies are over. Maybe one of the prequels to Harry Potter?
9) Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise?
OH I COULD TELL YOU STORIES! I used to work on the Miracle Whip account (when I worked in advertising). I thought it was disgusting, but always had to eat it with a smile on my face. We tried using it in boxed potatoes once (now that is a food that should not exist, right?) and had to smile while we ate it even though it was disgusting.
10)Something you are thankful for today….
I'm thankful for Tim, my wonderful husband, and that he celebrates another trip around the sun today. Happy birthday Tim!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Strong heel

Have you ever heard of a 'strong heel'? Apparently Norse's pattern includes a strong heel. What that means is that instead of doing a heel flap and gussets, the whole sock just gets a bit bigger around the heel and instep area and then a little heel turn happens. So basically, Norse went from 80 stitches to 104 stitches and now I'm dong the heel turn and it will end up at 66 stitches for the foot (which should fit fine).

Here is what it looks like on the side:

And then when you put it on, it looks like this:

It is hard to photograph because I'm trying to avoid exposing you to my unattractive bunion.

So anyway--when I do another one (which I will), I'll start with probably a few fewer stitches because it is a bit loosey goosey down around the ankle but hopefully this will all come together.

Here is what I don't understand: I've really struggled with fair isle but I have to say, even with my very thick Judgy Glasses on, these looks really good and I'm not sure why. Maybe the changes in the colors in the red Koigu kind of erase some of the wonkiness that happens with fair isle? Maybe I'm improved in my two color knitting with two hands? MAYBE IT IS THE MAGIC OF KOIGU? I'm not sure. I just know I really love working on these socks and love how they look.

I've put a book of Fair Isle motifs on my Amazon Christmas list (if anyone is looking for anything to give me for Christma) because then I could basically just re-create these socks with all kinds of different patterns.

I was a bit under the weather Thursday and Friday--I had a long-ish committee meeting on Thursday in the morning, but left after that and also cancelled commitments (meetings I wasn't leading) on Friday. I think what happens is that if I take any type of delayed-release medication, I just can't sleep. So while some of my symptoms may have been relieved, I was exhausted and achey and just couldn't do anything.

Except knit on a sock. Which is not bad, is it?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Not much to look at--

--but it really is going to be pretty.

This is the 'Scarf of Dreams' and it is a cable and lace sampler scarf (well, it will be a cowl once it is done.) It consists of four different patterns--a lace and cable pattern, which is most of what is above, which gets placed between three other patterns. The first of these 'other' patterns is a candle flame pattern, and you can see that on the top third of the scarf.

It needs blocking, I know.

But this is good. The color is cheerful and the pattern is not overly challenging and there are only about 40 stitches OTK so it isn't taxing. I like it!

I had a nutty day yesterday and today have a search committee meeting (ugh). This is the craziest week of the term because everyone is trying to get stuff done before Thanksgiving (next week) and the last week of classes (the week after).

We're staying home for Thanksgiving and making cioppino. Monday is Tim's birthday and we're going out for tapas so it will be a good food week.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Norse to meet you!

You might recall that on Saturday I cast on for All The Things, and one of the things was Norse.  I've never been a big fan of Fair Isle (well, I love how it looks but often my knitting looks tight and sloppy) but I really really like this pattern.

So I totally love these socks. First, the pattern calls for Koigu so I got some Koigu for the socks. I have used Koigu before but had frankly forgotten what a wonderful yarn it is. I love how it feels--so soft and squishy! Second, the pattern is complicated, but it all kind of makes sense. This is about 75% of the leg and I haven't made any major mistakes. Third, using Koigu colors for this is just plain fun. So thumbs up on this pattern and this yarn!

Yesterday was a busy day. I got in at 7:40-ish and prepped for class. Had class from 10-12, then in the afternoon were several job talks. Then I taught a class for a colleague who is out of town from 4-6. Today I'm working at home and Wednesday is another day filled with meetings and class. It is week 8, so I think everyone is trying to push stuff through before Thanksgiving and then 'dead week' and then finals week.

Sunday night we had a rain/wind storm and yesterday morning we found that one of our aspen trees had uprooted and fell against the class (it was only about two feet from the house, so it was not a dramatic FLOP like sometimes you hear). Tim was working from home yesterday so he got ahold of a tree guy who was free in the morning to come take the tree down. Apparently there was a lot of rot around the trunk. I'm sad that it is gone because I love our aspens---we planted them maybe 8 or 9 years ago and they are beautiful. We had lost one a few years ago and now have three left.  Hopefully they'll all be OK.

Do you like fair isle?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Kathy's QUORA

When were you last in a big city? Boston in March, I think. I can't recall if I've been to Portland since then. We certainly drove through Portland on our way to Hood Canal in September so maybe that counts? 
*What handknit did you wear this weekend? Possibly none? I don't think I wore socks, and it wasn't cold enough for a scarf or gloves or heavy sweater.
*Do your pets sit by the heating vents, radiators or the like when it is cold in the house? Jessie our cat does. She sits  on top of the heating vent. Pilot curls up in front of the gas fireplace when it is on.
*How do you keep track of the knits you’ve created and what yarn was used? I guess my blog is my tracker?
*Does anybody have that Norman Rockwell scene around the Thanksgiving table anymore?  Ha not us! We're having cioppino this year.
*Do you have a small batch recipe that works?  I don't think so, but I"m not much of a cook.
*How are your hands holding up ?  Chapped?  Not yet!
*What are you missing about summer? Sunshine and being able to visit the alpacas every day.
*When was the last time you went through a security line? March, traveling to Boston.
*Does your family have a secret family recipe?  I come from a long line of poor cooks, so no.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stealth FO

I haven't blogged about this project. It has primarily been a 'mindless' project and was a bit hard to photograph but yesterday it was completed and so here it is:

It's the Willow Cowl that is basically stockinette and mesh lace. I did finish it with a faux-picot edge (FOE-PICOE-FOE ha ha!).

Let's revisit the the to-do list, shall we?

1. Need to finish the neckline on black and white sweater and weave in ends. STATUS: still need to do this.
2. Need to finish the sleeve on the cable cardigan and weave in ends. STATUS: this is done and I have the buttons--need to put on buttons.
3. NUTKIN! Must Nutkin!
4. The sparkly blue scarf. That one is almost done.

5. The beaded scarf that is sitting in the knitting bag. STATUS: still sitting
6. Citron (I have watermelon colored yarn) STATUS: I did look at Citron and it looked boring.
7. Silver Storm (I"m sure I have some pretty yarn for this) STATUS:CAST ON!
8 Glaswegian I've already cast on for this. The yarn is--interesting.STATUS: still interesting.
9. I have to find some cable socks to knit because I love cables. Any ideas? STATUS; Liab
10. Those little baby bonnets (must finish baby bonnets).
 So I also want to add thes Fox Mittens to this list. And Norse--I have two sets of yarns for this. And a Christmas gift for Tim.

So I think we need to put this list away and start on a new list because yesterday I cast on for three things.

So here now is my list of projects on the needles:

1. Liab
2. Silver storm (the purple yarn, it has silver threads in it and is gorgeous).
3. Norse (the white yarn).
4. The Scarf of Dreams This is a new one. I ran across it somewhere--probably on a Rav group--and I love it. First, it is inspired by one of my favorite books, The Night Circus. Second, it is a sampler scarf meaning that there are several different patterns included in it. Third, the original scarf was red (as was the scarf in the book) and I had a hank of Wollmeise in a gorgeous red that is the exact correct yardage. So yay!

And in the wings waiting to be cast on:
1. Tim's Christmas gift
2. Norse in blue
3. The scarf with the beads.
4. Something with the watermelon yarn.
5. Fox mittens
6. House clogs
Hypnosis mittens

Yay for being organized!

Last night we watched "LaLa Land" and it was fine. Pretty much what I expected. I finished "The Whistler" by John Grisham and now am reading a book called "The Austen Escape".

Today it will rain all day and I will make chili.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Friday, November 10, 2017

So this happened...

...and I'm not sure how.

I guess once the decreases really get going in the yoke it gets a lot smaller a lot faster. Also, once I finished the yoke I figured I might as well do the button bands (although I think I might use those clasps and not buttons) (#designfeature) (as I forgot the button holes)(oops).

Also I sewed the four short seams which were NOT FUN with that yarn which is basically like sewing with candy floss. And I even wove in the ends. Yes, readers, I WOVE IN ENDS which is basically my least favorite thing to do.

So now it is soaking and then, voila! Glaswegian! How about that?

I have a lot of this yarn (I just wrote a yot of this larn) and so I might do these felted clogs. They're seamless and cute and I think I could use up a lot of the leftover yarn, which is good. I liked knitting this but the yarn and its ability to fall apart if you look at it became tiresome. And who wants tiresome yarn? Not me!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Thursday faces

Well, mostly two faces--Ann and Calypso. It was a lovely morning with the sun shining down and the alpacas happy to see me. OK maybe it was the apples, but Calypso came running when he saw me and I'll just think that he recognizes me and is excited that I'm there.

OH and look there are a few more faces there! This is Gracie (I think) and maybe Chanel.

He's about 53 pounds and his body looks very adult. He looks almost like a mini-Kokopelli at this point (body shape wise). He is very happy and playful still, and everytime I see him I am filled with love and peace. Lucky me!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

A few more rows

On Glaswegian

I'm writing this this morning waiting for the sun to come up and for it to be a bit warmer so I can take the dogs out. Tim is in Bend for  few days, and I usually get up early when he's gone; in addition, I had bad insomnia Sunday night (I slept for maybe 3 hours) and so was exhausted by the middle of the afternoon yesterday. I basically lay on the couch, knitting on Liab, making booboos on Liab, and then went to bed around 8. I sort of remember reading but couldn't tell you exactly what. Anyway, I went to sleep around 8:45 or so, was up again at 1:30 for about an hour (why? why?) and then went back to sleep til Pilot decided it was time to get up at about 6:15.

Glaswegian still goes slowly, but I finished the first 'hunk' of white and green and now am on to a white, green and yellow hunk. I did one set of decreases (and it decresed the yoke a lot, there were I believe two decreases for every 13 stitches) so I think it will go more quickly now. I"m maybe 25% done with the yoke, maybe 30%, but still have a lot to do.

OK it is a bit lighter out so I might bundle up and walk the pups. Have a good day!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Quora and Buttons

I finished off the sweater that had been sitting around button less for a while.

I like these buttons a lot--I found them on Amazon. And the botto of the sweater does not look as wonky as the photo suggests.

On to Kathy's Quora!

*What is the farthest you’ve gotten on a project this year, only to end  up ripping it out?
Oh gosh I don't know. I almost ripped out the black and white sweater, but didn't. I'm sure there was something.
*Can you remember the most expensive yarn you have purchased? .
I bought some silk yarn with beads. I don't remember but the cost (it was probably ten years ago) but a quick check shows today the yarn sells for $58 for 100 yards. Yikes. 
*If you  brew your own coffee, what brand do you use? 
Something local from the grocery store.
*Do you have gifts left to make for the coming Holiday Season?
Yes!  I have Tim's gifts.
*Thinking about the last week, what was your favorite dinner? 
Tim made a wonderful spicy chicken that we used in burritos.
*What’s your favorite brand of blue jeans?
*You have to give one up tomorrow, for a day : television, computer or phone?
Easy peasy: phone
*Favorite breed of dog or cat?
A mixed one.
*How many blankets did you sleep under last night?
One blanket and flannel sheets.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

No pom poms for you

I hate pom poms.
I love baby hats, but hate pom poms.
Two hours of my life were wasted on trying to make perky pompoms.

Wasted, I tell you. Wasted.

These will be off to Charlotte and Elizabeth on Monday. They can fight over who gets which one. Given they'll be about three weeks old when these arrive, that should be one epic battle.

Let's check the to-do list, shall we?

1. Need to finish the neckline on black and white sweater and weave in ends. STATUS: still need to do this.
2. Need to finish the sleeve on the cable cardigan and weave in ends. STATUS: this is done and I have the buttons--need to put on buttons.
3. NUTKIN! Must Nutkin!
4. The sparkly blue scarf. That one is almost done.

5. The beaded scarf that is sitting in the knitting bag. STATUS: still sitting
6. Citron (I have watermelon colored yarn) STATUS: I did look at Citron and it looked boring.
7. Silver Storm (I"m sure I have some pretty yarn for this) STATUS: this is one I should cast on.
8 Glaswegian I've already cast on for this. The yarn is--interesting.STATUS: still interesting.
9. I have to find some cable socks to knit because I love cables. Any ideas? STATUS; Liab
10. Those little baby bonnets (must finish baby bonnets).
 So I also want to add thes Fox Mittens to this list. And Norse--I have two sets of yarns for this. And a Christmas gift for Tim.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Sometimes... just need to knit a baby hat.

This is the first of two 'Tiny Lumberjack" hats for new twins, Elizabeth and Charlotte, born to my friends Mike and Natalie in Austin. The brim can be rolled up. There will be a pompom. The second hat will have the colors (green and purple) reversed.

Making this hat made me happy. It is simple and straightforward and once you start you are close to being done. Twinnie, maybe this might be a good shop pattern for you?

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Plans plans plans

I guess I can say I'm in the 'home stretch' of this term: there are two weeks of class left, then a short week (Thanksgiving), then another week of class and then finals. On second thought, I guess five weeks is not really the home stretch--but TG week is a 'work week' and the last week of classes are 'presentations'. The big class turns in their final paper before TG and the small class turns them in during finals week (and there will be incompletes, as some of the students in the small class cannot get going on their thesis prospectuses).

Then almost a month off. I've spent some time this week (as I only had 66 pages of grading) planning out my new class for next term. I've got the cases decided on and the lectures plotted out. Now I need to create assignments for the cases as well as discussion questions but I am on top of it. So that's good. I've got another new class Spring term and I'll do some reading for that during Winter break.

On the knitting front, I've turned the heel on Liab. This is the back--it has cables that wrap around the back to the front:

 This is the front. You can kind of see the cables coming around on the left hand side.
I read "The Rooster Bar" over the weekend (John Grisham) and while it's not Shakespeare, it was an interesting story with some deeply flawed characters addressing some important issues.

Oh---my last plan (knitting plan) is to make two baby hats. I'm ditching the bonnets because they look sloppy. Instead I'm going to knit two Tiny Lumberjack Hats for the twin girls. I have washable yarn in both light green and light purple so one will be mainly light green with a white/light purple stripe and the other will be the opposite. I think it will be cute (and fast) (and fun). We'll see, won't we?