Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day

 Just a quick update as there has been no knitting: all is good here as we continue to clear out our house. I will have a TNT for y'all on Tuesday!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Warning, no knitting

 It's been a highly emotional few days, as colleagues have done some amazing things to mark my retirement.

Thursday afternoon, my colleague Deborah organized a Zoom with all three cohorts of our Masters students and our advisory board. Much much crying. 

Friday afternoon, my colleague Chris organized a Zoom with many of my PhD advisees (most of the good ones). It was so amazing to be gathered together. Not as much crying because I am bound to these wonderful people forever.

Friday afternoon, the my department had an in person, outdoor gathering to celebrate my retirement but also the retirement of my colleague Dave and our former Dean Tim. Amazingly, my good friend (and friend of the school) Steve flew up from LA (to Portland), took a van from Portland to Eugene (four hours), came to the gathering, and then got back on the van to Portland, where he had an early morning flight today. We did get to have a good catch up while he waited for the van, and it was so amazing he was there. 

There were speeches and lovely gifts including a bottle of wine, an engraved barometer, and these:

So I guess there is a little knitting in this. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Calm Before the Storm

 Just a quick heads up: I'm starting a really busy two week period, so I may not have a lot to show you. But for today, let's look at my progress on Powder!

I've done the first of four repeats of the three-section pattern (got that?) and I think it looks good. I'm really glad I decided to do it in off white--it gives it that Aran feel. The yarn is Cascade 220 that has been in the stash forever, so I'm happy to be able to use that up (quite honestly, if I hadn't moved my stash out here, I would have never know I had it).

So we're coming up on the end of the term. Tomorrow I have back-to-back doctoral dissertations (I'm already tired) and a late afternoon thing. Friday I drive back to Eugene for a 3pm meeting and a 5pm gathering of my colleagues IN PERSON! Tim comes to Eugene Friday evening and then Saturday morning we meet with a realtor. Then Memorial Day weekend will be spent cleaning and packing, cleaning and packing. Tim is taking next week off to clear out the house. I have my last few class things, grading, and cleaning out my work office next week to do. We'll spend the following weekend in Eugene too, then Monday June 7 and Tuesday June 8 are the final presentations for the masters program I run. And I'm getting crown prep on June 7.

I'm exhausted just thinking about it, but I think we will be able to clear out most if not all of the house (honestly, a huge amount is done so if we can get a good clean out of the garage, we'll be all set). 

Like everywhere else, houses are selling like hotcakes and we expect ours will be no exception--it is in a good school district and is close to the University.

I have to tell you, I'm kind of filled with anxiety about all this---I'm a girl that really likes her down time, so I'll just have to make sure I give myself nice breaks through all of this. 

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021


 It's TNT!  

I have a new hoop to show you--it's the May hoop from Cozy Blue and it was so cute I had to get started on it.  

We had a good weekend. We had neighbors over on the deck! We've only hosted driveway parties since the pandemic started, so to have someone actually in our house was fun (you have to walk through the house to get through the deck). We've had only a few people in the house in over a year, so it is kind of freaky to have people in here. Luckily we've kept up on cleaning so it didn't take too long to get it into shape.

I hope you have a happy TNT!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

A few weekend things

 I've really been focusing on relaxing this weekend, preparing for the last three weeks of school and closing up the house. It's gone pretty well!

I have a lot of the second sock done (although now the yarn is in a tangled mess, curse you center pull balls).

The theme for June Artist Trading Cards (a group I'm in on Rav) is "insects" and I've made some bee cards. They were fun to make and I knew I wanted to do these the minute I heard the prompt.

There are four layers: the card, the honeycomb, the gold part of the bee (the lower part of the bee) and the dark part of the bee (the upper part of the bee).

The dark part of the bee is made out of reflective very dark blue paper and when you hold it to the light you get all kinds of rainbow colors. 

I hope your weekend was special!

Friday, May 21, 2021


 I have not been sleeping well for over a week and it's hitting me hard right now. I have knitted this first section of Powder twice and my head is splitting. And it is not a hard pattern. So here it is. Hopefully I'll sleep this weekend.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Hello FO!

 I finished this cowl!

In retrospect I wish it was more random-y and less stripe-y but I do like the colors and the slip stitch pattern. So we'll call it a win!

Life is busy with my LAST THREE WEEKS OF WORK but all is well here.

And now that this cowl is finished, I'm planning to cast on for the Powder Wrap. When I moved the stash to the coast, I had a good opportunity to really see how much yarn I have (plenty) and for Powder, I have two options. I have enough Cascade 220 to make the Powder wrap in off white (which I love) or light pink. I'm thinking light pink because I ALSO want to make Wild Flowers which is of course a very different pattern (and much lighterweight yarn) but I also want to make that one in off white. So question: do I need two off white shawls? Or should I do Powder in light pink? Let me know your thoughts. It's a very light pink--I think the official color is 'soft pink'. 

Thanks for your thoughts!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


 Hello and welcome to TNT! 

I'm back at the coast house, after 48 crazy hours in Eugene. This was our last quick trip before our big final push, starting Memorial Day weekend. We got a lot done--I took eight boxes to St. Vinnie's, filled two fifty gallon trashbags, and started packing things in boxes and totes. I brought out the rest of my craft materials--I think all that is left in Eugene is my spinning wheel and an 'emergency' knitting project (because I worry I will forget crafts when we go back).

It was very warm and we're not used to that. Yesterday it was 82 in Eugene and 52 on the Coast--and we're talking a distance of 100 miles. I drove back this morning after waking up at 4:30 (not to come back, I just couldn't sleep).

Anyway, on to TNT. First, I have my finished sheep hoop to show you:

And second, I have changed my hoop display for late spring/early summer.

That's about it from here!

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Warning: Cuteness Ahead

 We're in Eugene--I'll go back to the coast tomorrow, Tim on Tuesday after his second vaccine. This is our last 'quick' trip and then we'll do ten days here starting on Memorial Day to finish things up.  There's less throwing stuff away and more packing it up so that's a good place to be, right? 

My craft stuff is all packed up (amazing) and we have space for it on the coast so that's good. Today's tasks involve mostly the kitchen, plus I need to weed whack.

I took a little break yesterday to go to the farm. I hadn't seen the alpacas for a while--they are all sheared but I didn't help, as Ann had a ton of people to help. Plus, there's a new little cria in the world.

Meet Mochachino.

He's a boy, born to Georgia last weekend, so he is about a week old. He was born three weeks early--Ann wasn't even on 'cria watch' yet, so he is a bit small but he is doing really well. Georgia is Calypso and Mana's older sister. This is Georgia's second cria. 

He is small but doing great. He's very independent and curious. 

But still hangs tight with his Mom.

Here's the proud Aunt (she was not very photo compliant yesterday)

Here is the proud Uncle.

And Atom!

Little Family grouping--Mana brings up the rear

Friday, May 14, 2021

How exactly is it Friday?

 This week has been nuts. I actually thought it was Thursday when I woke up. I'm awake way too early these days but at least I can get caught up on news and email when I get up that early.

We head back to Eugene tomorrow for our last 'quick' trip to do cleaning and packing, and then we'll be back for a week and a half starting Memorial Day weekend. That's our last big push, and I have to clean out my office at school too. I also have a dentist appointment and then we're hoping to do the final presentations of the Masters students 'live' for those who feel ok doing it in person. I'm looking forward to that. 

Retirement is so close, now, after feeling it wouldn't ever come. Now our focus turns to the last big push on the house. Real estate is nuts in Eugene (in a good way) so we think we can sell it pretty quickly.

I've been working more on Float, and I'm only about halfway done with the first hank. The whole thing takes three hanks! I'll be working on this forever.

I also did some scarf rings yesterday. I am a klutz at tying a scarf. Then I saw a pattern that had a really cool scarf ring on it, made out of leather. I have some faux leather and I tried to cut out a scarf ring but it was too flimsy. So then I ordered some small wooden rings from Amazon and then did some decoupaging experiments. 

The front two are washi paper and the second two are washi tape. Paper works better. 

Mod Podge rules. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Days Continue to be Mixed Up

 It's Tuesday afternoon, and I posted a TNT yesterday afternoon, and so that is messing with my head.  

But on the blog we have:

-a cowl

-a closeup of a cowl

-eagles overhead

-some cards 

I know that much!

Monday, May 10, 2021


 I'm halfway done with the new table runner!

Sorry they're so wrinkly! But isn't it happy?