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 …

if wishes were horses …

My dearest friend in Nashville — and one of my dearest friends full stop — will be leaving this evening.  She’s off on some exciting academic adventures and though I’m very happy for her … it’s always sad to say goodbye.  She’s been such a big, generous, wonderful part of my life, Nashville won’t quite be the same without her.

So I’m glad I could send her off with her hat.  Finally.  8 months late.

I always did need a deadline.

Selbu Modern
Rowan felted tweed in billberry (151) and ginger (154), less than one skein each
tiny needles for the brim, US5/3.75mm needles for the body

you know what this means …

… I finally, finally, FINALLY finished selbu two.

(apologies for the dark photos)

According to my ravelry page, I started this hat on January 8.  For a friend’s birthday in February.  Hmm … all things considered, 9 months isn’t so very long to wait for hat.  I did, after all, change horses in midstream, starting over with two glorious shades of Rowan felted tweed: Billberry and Ginger.  Yum.  It was a lovely yarn to work with, and so much better suited to stranded knitting than the sock yarn I’d chosen before.

 

(furry stuff)

Though I’m sheepish to admit it, part of the reason I’d been dragging my feet on finishing this particular hat was the two-color knitting.  I need much more practice– my tension is wonky and I have no idea how my stitches are either loose or tight, but never nicely in between.  And I am no natural-born continental knitter.

Maybe I should start in on one of Kate Davies’ incredible tams?

That will have to wait.  Right now, I’m enjoying a mad rush of finishing … today’s project: knit a heel and toe for a long-lost sock.  I’m feeling in a very sock kind of mood, maybe it’s time to cast on for more?  I also have plans for a job-market cardigan

At least Alice is comfy.

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!

 

Hey world, here I am!

Did anyone else read that book growing up?  It was one of my favorites in sixth grade.  I either wanted to be Kate Bloomfield or have her as my best friend … and it holds up quite well, I’d say.  Or at least it did, the last time I was at home and read it again.

So, hey.  Here I am.  Things are hectic.  I’m applying for jobs.  Real jobs, that require a PhD.  That’s scary stuff.

I miss my knitting time.  I miss you guys.

log cabin

So here I am, taking Philippa’s advice and knitting some log cabin blankets for all the babies arriving later this fall.  It’s very satisfying, meditative  – and squishy — knitting.  The Noro makes it exciting.

And babies need things made with love.

log cabin

Just the ticket for my rather frazzled self.  Which is precisely my feeling about the Alison Krauss station on Pandora.  Why did I not discover Pandora until yesterday afternoon?  Why are Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn and Gillian Welch so good?

Sigh.  Questions for the ages.

log cabin

Right up there with why is Noro so pretty.

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 …

 

this is all i’ve got.

this is all i got.

Yep.  This is it.

The new semester started, and, well … you know how that goes.  Even after only two days.  So I’m waiting for my frozen enchiladas to heat up and maybe the house could some sprucing and … maybe I’m not going to think about that.

Also, it’s still hot here.  And please don’t look at that zit.  Concentrate instead on my awesomely sparkly finger nails.

The good news: I’ve got an awesome cardigan on the needles — in need of some serious tinking because I thought I knew better than the pattern (why do I always think I know better than the pattern?!) — using up some stash yarn.

Life is pretty darn good.  I’ll be back soon.

done!

such a big help

Look!  An almost instant FO … complete with cat.  Because it’s not blocking without Alice.

such a big help

So, hey, this is my bed.  And my new awesome GIANT shawl.  I don’t know if you can get a good sense of scale here, but it’s b-i-g.  That’s because it’s a fingering-weight pattern knit on bulky-weight wool.  Boom!  Baktus, chunky style.  (=4 [??] skeins)

I’m in love.  And I can’t wait for fall so that I can wrap myself colorful woolly garter chunkiness.

such a big help

If I can get it back from Alice, of course.