a saturday spent knitting …

 

… and maybe listening to a little Lionel Richie.  (Check out those sweet dance moves.)  I can’t help myself, it’s a dorky, it’s soothing, it reminds me of the time (= most of my childhood) when I wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.  Perfect antidote to stupid application stress.

I also took some time out to visit the yarn store with a friend and pick up some buttons.  And wonderfully woolly Brown Sheep bulky for a Ganomy hat, knitted by special request in FC Union Berlin colors.  An evening later … finished cardigan! finished hat!  The perfect instant gratification.

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Now, back to what I should be doing …

a few odds and ends

 

Well, hello there.  Perhaps you’ve guessed that are a little on the hectic side around here?  I have been sucked into a strange alternate shadow-Kirk world, where  job applications and research statements and electronic letterhead seem like the only topics of conversation.  It is intensely boring, and yet … so compelling.

In any case, I’ve sent one out and have 3o more to go … I’m really going to need to get a grip.

And in that spirit, I present to you: Levenwick, the button-less wonder!

This is the only somewhat not blurry photo I managed.  But you get the idea.  It really is a lovely cardigan, and now that fall has finally arrived in Nashville, I really need to get some buttons.  And knit that pocket.

The heathered gold shade is so lovely and so easy to wear.  Speaking of which, Hooray! has summered well … it made it’s fall debut earlier this week, looking sturdy and fresh with hardly a pill to be found.  My advisor wanted to talk about its construction before we got down to research statements, which is a nice way to put it all in perspective.

But most exciting of all, it turns out that one of the first-year students is also an avid knitter.  She asked for the pattern and we’ve already made plans to take a trip to the local Haus of Yarn.

Exciting stuff, as you can see from Alice.

I’ve also finished blankets for the two little ones on the way.  More on that soon!

 

not much.

progress.

Yes, I have one slightly blurry photo for you.  Please don’t let the excitement go to your head.

And you know what?  This isn’t even the ball of yarn I’m using … I wound up a new one a couple of days ago.  But I figure, eh, balls of yarn, they all kind of look the same.

So progress is being made on the Levenwick, slowly but surely  Last night I started on the first sleeve, while worrying that the body might be a smidgen too small — I’ve put my faith in the powers of a good blocking.

In a bit of serendipity, I’ve inherited a box of wool from my advisor.  She’s working on a throw blanket, and a few skeins of Cascade 220 didn’t fit in: a few skeins of heathered jewel tones and neutrals.  We’d been talking about a wool transfer for a while now, but somehow always forgot to make it happen … but kizmet!  Now I have two more skeins of “straw,” the color I’m using right now … the perfect amount to finish up.

The other colors, well, I probably would never have chosen myself, but now can see using for something a little bit stripey.  I’m thinking Hap shawl thoughts.  Once I finish some baby knits, that is.

hello september.

levenwick

So, I don’t know about you guys, but September snuck up on me.  Somehow I was going to have more done by now.

Ah, well … it’s always like that.  Besides, it takes me a while to settle into the new semester, the new routine, all the new faces.  But look!  Levenwick!  I’m through the yoke — in which I messed up the raglan increases ever so slightly — and just divided for the body.  So far, smooth sailing.

Since multiple skeins Shelter (however lovely the colors) is a little out of my budget right now, I went with some Cascade 220 (in straw?)  that might look familiar — it was leftover from Hooray!.  Very matchy-matchy of me.  I don’t think I’ll have quite enough to finish, but definitely enough to make a good start.

Also, I can’t wait to wear the heck out of this.  Maybe with wooden buttons?

summer zinnias with snoozing kitty

 

Look what I found when sorting through photos: happy summer zinnias and a snoozing kitty.  The flowers are long gone, but the kitty is still happily snoozing away.  More to  come soon …