Thursday, February 27, 2020

Quick WIPs

I'm heading out to Portland for an overnight but wanted to share these:

The almost-completed body of Circus Movement and

the very beginnings of Albuquerque Sunset, in colors that have nothing to do with Albuquerque or sunsets.

And we bought a truck yesterday. YEE HAW!!

Monday, February 24, 2020

A few cards

I've been playing around with enhancing some of my cards and wanted to show you them. I really enjoy learning how to do interesting stuff with paper and get a little frustrated with myself at times--these things take a lot of practice! But every so often it works like I'd like it to work. Here are some of the kind of cool things I've been doing.

First, I've been playing around with blended inks. Yes, it's stamping. I have gone down the stamping rabbit hole. Anyway, here is a blended 'sunset' that looks good behind the rock silhouette.

And here is an ocean (or a night sky) behind the whale. I need to do a 'mask' so I can keep the cardstock behind the whale itself white, which will make the whale pop. This dark blue ocean (night sky) is one of my favorite blends.

Second, I've been playing around with heat embossing. This is where you stamp on a pattern, and then put some embossing powder on top, and then dry it with a heat gun.

These two have the same pattern--it's kind of an under sea motif.

This is really a lot of fun.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bigger and bigger and bigger

This scarf is coming to the end of its first phase:

I have a bunch of rows at the end, then I pick up stitches for the long sides. I kind of feel like this will never be done but at the same time, I know it will. This is pretty much mindless knitting (even though the last section is a lot of slipped stitches) so I will work on that while reading today.

Yesterday was a long day. Tim had an early flight---5am yech!--and the alarm was set for 3:15 to get up and for me to drive him there. Well, we both were awake at about 1:30am and while we didn't get up and at 'em then, we just kind of lay there waiting for the alarm. So I drove him to the airport, got home a bit after 4, and then lay down in the dark with the dogs but didn't get back to sleep. Walked the dogs at 6am, got home and did a little work and then ran a lot of errands. Got home, did some knitting and some playing around with cards and then wound some yarn.

I'm planning to make some 'two tones' scarves, and here are three pairs. The top is a fall scarf that I'm not sure I'll work on til this summer. The bottom right is grey solid and a black/grey/seaglass mix, that I think I'll use for Albuquerque Sunset and the pinks and purples for Local Yarn shawl. Here is a close up of that pair.

 More tomorrow with more Circus Movement!

Friday, February 21, 2020


How about THAT!

This is the sweater before it was blocked. It is now drying and it looks like somehow the sleeves have doubled in length. I think that will be OK?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Cards ahoy!

It all started with this birthday card for my MIL.

This is an adaptation of a valentine's card that I made (I bought the cut files for the card, so I didn't design the original). The original had a heart instead of a circle for the 'window', but Tim suggested that a circle would work for a general card. He was right. This is two pieces of cardstock--the light pink as the 'behind' part and the purpley pink as the 'front' part.

Then I started thinking--what if I did other cards with other things in the circle? Hmm. I went online to look for some free images that I could adapt. And I came up with these:

This last one is the Haystack Rock in Pacific City.

Then I thought 'well, plain cardstock is kind of boring for the 'behind' part so I started playing around with some Oxide stamps that I just got. Oxide stamps allow for some watercolor techniques and also some cool ombre techniques. This is how they would look once I figure out the right size to do for them.

I have a few other designs that I'm playing around with so I'll show you those soon!

And there's a bit of knitting to show:

The last part (at the top of the photo)--it felt like I was working on that for hours and it is just about two inches long. Oof.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Not really a holiday

I technically don't have President's Day off, but I don't have a class today, I worked during the past two weekends (and on MLK day, which I technically did have off) and I'm out at the coast, so I don't think a lot of stuff beyond maintenance will get done today. I will go back mid-Afternoon, Tim heads up to Seattle tomorrow for some meetings.

It's been a great weekend. There has been--

All Kinds of Weather

Fog. Sun. Pouring Down Rain. Clouds. A Brief Attempt at a Sunset. And my favorite: Pouring down rain in the back of the house, and sunny in the front.

 This was yesterday morning when we got up.

This was yesterday morning about an hour after we got up.

We took advantage, especially yesterday--we went for a walk on the beach (there was a deer on the beach! That is a first for us) and then a long walk in the afternoon as well. Saturday we were homebound because of the rain but we ventured out to go to a dinner party at a neighbor's. It was very fun to spend a rainy night with new friends.

All kinds of crafts

I knit, I embroidered, I made a bunch more cards (I'll show you those this week, because I'm going to be doing some experimental stamping work to add some color and texture to cards. I need another craft like I need a hole in the head but I think stamping could be a fun and fairly inexpensive (and contained)  little rabbit hole to go down.

This is the new embroidery---the fabric has a blurry background that is different from other stuff, but it looks nice.

I rotated some of the embroidery around, which I tend to do when we're out here. I think this is the last of the 'winter' displays though.

Here is the moon phases one close up, which is one that can be used during any season.

The glass etching stencils didn't work--they weren't tight enough on the glass tiles so they got kind of smeary. I think they'll work for stamping though (stay tuned on that one). And I bought some 'purple' tiles but they weren't purple all the way through--they were clear with some type of purple backing on them so they didn't reflect the light and as a result the etching looks like chalk. Not pretty, but good to know.

One meh movie

"The Good Liar" even though Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan were wonderful.

I hope your weekend was (and hopefully still is)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday Morning Crafts

Well, these are actually Friday afternoon and Saturday morning crafts, just to keep everything honest.

I got here yesterday around 11--Tim got here around 5:30. I unpacked and put stuff away (I brought out some crafting stuff, because generally I don't need a lot for a weekend). I got the crab stock out of the freezer, and then ran a few errands (grocery store, gas station, and post office). And the dogs got a walk, and emails were attended to.


I cut out some stencils that we'll use both on glass etching (I have glass tile coasters to try this on, and if anyone knows where to get red or blue or green glass 'blank' tiles, let me know).

These are cut out of mylar stencil materials, and should theoretically be reusable. We'll see.


I made a few cards. One for my MIL's birthday-

Plain cardstock is starting to bore me, so I'm going to play around with some stamping next week. Stay tuned!

Here is one I made for my friend Platt.

And this one was an experimental card which reinforces my boredom with plain cardstock.

It's sort of cool, but for a pop up card, sort of dull.

Second sleeve

About another inch and I'll be at the stripey part (maybe more given how this looks). But it will be done soon.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday Crazy

This has been a crazy week--lots of stuff with work but I'm, for the moment, caught up. I'll head over to the coast tomorrow morning, and Tim will come later in the day. We really need this weekend of quiet and relaxation.

Circus Movement
It's coming along. I haven't had a lot of knitting time, and I'm also working on a new tiny needle. But this is coming along.

Repair Shop
Have you seen this show on Netflix? It's so sweet and calming. It is about people who bring old stuff to be repaired to this barn on some type of living history farm in the UK.  And then the people who work at the Repair Shop fix their stuff.  It's just such a nice show. We all need some nice, don't we?

Midterm today
I gave a midterm today. In this class, I reference Cultivation Theory in every single class. And that is the only theory I ever reference. Anyway, on the test, I gave an example of cultivation theory (without calling it that) and the question was 'what theory does this reflect'? Oh my goodness the nutty answers. SMH, as the kids would say.

Symphony tonight. Not sure what it is, but it should be fine.

Monday, February 10, 2020

One Sleeve Wonder

Someone--was it Kathy B?--wanted to know how I was going to do the sleeve on my sweater. Well, I really didn't know. Twinnie I think said that she had a sweater her mom made where the stripes matched exactly. Yeah, that's not happening here, particularly with the blocky design of the sweater.

So, basically, I vamped.

The sweater body has two different colors of blue stripes, so I did a sleeves with the light blue on top, followed by six different colored stripes that sort of correspond where the sleeve hits when I wear the sweater, followed by dark blue, then a dark grey cuff.

Here's a close up.

And here is how it might look if the stars and planets align and I get a good block on the body of the sweater and if I hold my arm just right. And since I don't spend a lot of time posing in sweaters I think this will look ok.

That arm didn't take a whole lot of time, so that's good. I should be able to get this finished sooner rather than later!


This will be a crafts free post, mostly because I'm writing it at work and forgot to take pictures. Plus it was a really really busy weekend.

On Saturday I guess lectured (via Skype) at my friend Lauren's graduate class at the University of Washington. I was talking Wokewashing, and was kind of tweaking my presentation up until the last minute.

On Sunday, well, this happened.

 I was a guest coach for the Women's Basketball Game, which means I got a behind the scenes tour of the basketball arena and then had really, really good seats for the game. I'm in the middle, with my friend and colleague Kelli to the right, and Megan who I had not met before on the left. We were invited by the athletes and the support staff because we support athletes (just like we support all our students). It was a fun but somewhat tense game which we won (I'm a GOOD COACH!).

Anyway, back to knitting and other stuff tomorrow.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Halfway done

I'm halfway through our academic year! We're on 'quarters' which means that we have two ten week terms in the first half of the year. The academic year finishes mid-June, and then we start classes again at the end of September.

I'm excited, of course, because it means we are closer and closer to spending another summer on the coast. Can't wait!

But in between will be the busy-ness of classes and research and getting all of our students graduated (I'm on at least 15 committees of students doing theses/projects/dissertations this year) (a bunch of the Master's students haven't decided yet on an adviser so I'm guessing I'll add a few more).

This week

This week has been busy with talking with prospective PhD students--we'll make final decisions on that last week. I've also had a few students who needed a boost--nothing horribly wrong, just 'I don't know that I want to go to work right after I finish' (ok that's fine) and 'I got a really bad score on the LSAT' (ok um not sure what to say).  That's the life of a professor.

But this scarf is coming along:

The 'newest' section, on the left, is curling in a lot----it really is more of a rectangle than it looks here. Trust me on that!


We're watching the new season of "Great Pottery Throwdown" which is the GBBS with ceramics. Really. And longer bakes.

I finished a book called "The Truants" which was---fine? A student gets way too involved with her professor. Chaos ensues. 

The weekend
I was asked to be a 'guest coach' for the Women's Basketball game on Sunday--it means I get to be in the locker room for the pre-game speech, and get a really good seat at the game. I'm excited!!

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

This and that

THIS was completed two nights ago. Yesterday I ironed it and trimmed some threads and today it went off to be added to the 25 million stitches art installation.

There are about 8900 stitches in this, by my count--the goal is to put together an art installation with 25 million stitches, each stitch representing  a refugee. I think I did my part! It was fun to do but I'm glad it is done.

THIS guy got a visit from me yesterday.

is his best friend Tripoli (aka Fluffernutter).

THAT was a view from a morning walk on a snow flecked day earlier this week.  I love our coast views the best, but this one was OK too.


Sunday, February 02, 2020

Happy Knittiversary to Me!

Sixteen years ago, on Super Bowl Sunday, I re-taught myself how to knit during the Big Game (obviously, no teams I cared about were playing). I had learned as a kid from my mom, and tried again in the 1990s when I tried to knit something before I fully grasped the concept of gauge, but then I decided to try again. I learned on a Lion Brand Learn to Knit kit and the first thing had lots of holes and was made with Wool Ease. Wow, 16 years!

So today I celebrate the past sixteen years of knitting (the blog started in August of that year) and am happy to show you a partially FO:

This is a vamp on a bulky sweater pattern (the yarn isn't bulky). It is Blue Sky Fibres which is a delicious yarn. The sleeves are picked up and knit and I'll try to follow this color pattern but the hard thing will be knowing what color to start with. I probably can't go too wrong? Should I start with the first color I used at the shoulder and just keep going?

I think I have seven colors in there.

I'll also make a big bowl of chili for the game and for many meals the rest of the week too.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!