Posts for : April 2016

This And That 4


This is an especially busy week for me work-wise, so I’m feeling a little brain dead and don’t have much to say. I did want to drop in for a quick hello, though, and post a few pics.

Gramps is finished and blocked. I’m hoping to find buttons on Friday. Wish I could go here for them!

This was a thoroughly satisfying knit, and it fits as well as any sweater I’ve made for myself. The only thing I’m not 100% thrilled with is the way the short rows worked our for the shawl collar. I like the size and shape of the collar. I’m just not crazy about the little bit of wonkiness in the middle of each lapel area. It starts where I picked up the wraps. I’ll have to think about this and do some research into other ways to knit shawl collars because I do love them.

In my stupor at the end of the work day, I’ve been taking a little bit of time to continue knitting on the Crystal Palace yarn sweater. We had our monthly bee meeting Monday night, and the best part of the whole thing was the knitting time.

Bee mtg

In other news the flowers and flowering trees have been glorious lately.

The dogwoods are in bloom.


And the rhododendrons.


And this is an iris Paul picked and brought in from the hill behind our house. The irises grow wild around here, and we have them everywhere.

Iris sm

I’m going to be taking a trip to Texas in May to visit family, so it’s time to start thinking about travel knitting. I plan to be working on a sweater for Paul by then, but I’m thinking a huge pile of wool in my lap in Texas in the summer isn’t the best idea. Maybe something small and light would be nice—a scarf or socks maybe. Or maybe something in cotton…

Hope all is well with you, my friends! Happy knitting!!

In The News 0

Check out this article: Oceanography Yarn-Bombed. The research vessel Falkor has an artist-in-residence, and she happens to be a knitter! I don’t know exactly why I love this so much, but I do.


A photo posted by spam KNITsubi (@spamknitsubi) on


While I was looking at Michelle Schwengel-Regala’s instagram feed, I also happened across this:


A photo posted by Makeful (@bemakeful) on

Pretty cool, huh?

On the homefront, I plan to finish Gramps today!! I don’t have buttons for it, but I’ll go ahead and do all the other finishing and soak and block it. Pictures soon.

Have a great weekend, my knitters!

Say It Ain’t So 6

Guess what happened. I was knitting the very last of the shawl collar short rows on Gramps on Friday night, and I ran out of yarn. During a break in our ongoing Lost marathon, I jumped up to grab another skein, but crappity crap crap crap, there was no more Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in “Echo” . . . anywhere. I always always always order more yarn than I think I’ll need, so I was sure there had to be some somewhere. Stop the Lost marathon, stop everything while I spend the next half hour searching for the missing yarn until I come across the original receipt that shows I only purchased—yep, ONE skein of “Echo.” Damn.

Oh, well. . . 

Remember how I was thinking of doing a quick sweater with seamed sleeves as a test for Paul’s sweater? Well, it’s underway. I’d ordered some bulky yarn already in anticipation of doing this. I got it for $4 a skein on sale at Jimmy Beans a few weeks ago!


It’s Crystal Palace Danube Bulky in “Robin Hood.” It’s a nylon/wool/rayon blend. That’s not something I’d normally choose, but the $4 price tag got me. And you know what? I’m really enjoying knitting with it! I think it’s going to make a great lightweight sweater that will transition through all but the warmest weather.

I found a pattern in this book. It’s a plain old straightforward pullover which has the construction I wanted, so it’s perfect for my purposes.


It’s been just the thing for Lost watching, super-busy-week-managing knitting.

Lola Foot

I should finish up the back and be on to the front today. Woohooo!!


Happy Friday 3

In honor of the Anatomy and Physiology class I’m currently taking (more about that later, maybe) and this week’s lesson on the senses, today’s post is an ode to the special senses which my textbook tells me are smell, taste, sight, hearing, and balance.

Let’s start with smell. Wednesday was errand day, and as usual we stopped by the feed store to get chicken food. If you blindfolded me, put me in one of those human-sized gyroscopes, and rolled me around for two days, you could plop me into the feed store, and I’d still know exactly where I was.



Next up is taste, specifically kale chips. They are the easiest thing in the world to make, and they’re better than popcorn! Coat them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a little garlic; bake at 400 for 15 or 20 minutes; and behold, a super tasty treat. Really. I was skeptical until I made a batch earlier this week. Now I’m a convert.


Kale Chips


Sight . . .




Hearing has to be The Lumineers. I’ve been listening to their new album pretty much every second since it came out on April 8th. It’s a lot of fun. Here’s a sample:



And number five – balance. Yoga helps.




As, of course, does knitting . . .




I’m hoping to finish up Gramps this weekend! Woohooo!!!

Happy Friday, my friends! And happy knitting!!

The things I took . . . 5

Fire Evacuation v3

These are the knitting things I packed for the fire evacuation. I loaded three bins of yarn into the car as well but took them out. Moving counter clockwise from the lower left corner:

  • my current WIP
  • the yarn and other supplies for the Geek-A-Long blanket and the squares I’ve finished so far
  • ALL of my knitting needles – circs, straights, DPNs, interchangeables
  • two notebooks full of pattern notes on finished projects
  • yarn for four or five upcoming projects
  • my most beloved handknits

What do you think? What would you have taken?

Fire 4

Fire 1 Darren Reese

Since the last time I posted, we’ve had a forest fire on the mountain. Our house is on the other side of that ridge. A man who lives nearby took the picture.

About 8:30 last Wednesday night, our neighbor called and asked if we’d looked outside. When we walked out onto our deck, we could see flames leaping into the air just south of us. It was sickening. 

We spent the next day and a half wondering how far into our property the fire was going to burn, how many trees it would take with it, and whether or not it would reach the house.

The volunteer firefighters who stationed themselves between us and the fire will have a piece of my heart forever. They came as soon as the fire was called in, and they stayed all through the first night and up until the fire was contained the next night. They literally put themselves between the fire and our house. Their presence was the only thing that made Wednesday night bearable as we sat and watched the flames get closer and closer. We later found out that the winds blowing the fire in our direction had been as high as 50 miles per hour. For awhile it felt like we didn’t stand a chance.

We had to wait until daylight for the state and federal forest service people to be able to start doing their thing. Our house was the closest structure to the blaze, so all the different agencies set up their command post in our front yard. 

Fire 3

They brought in bulldozers and sent crews out into the woods on foot to dig fire trenches and try to slow down the fire’s progress. I wanted to hug every single person who came to help us.

Fire 6

They finally started to get the upper hand on Thursday evening.

Fire 12

By that time we’d moved all of our “important possessions” to my father’s house a few miles away, and the only thing left to evacuate was our animals and ourselves.

I’m telling you about this because, for one thing, I can’t imagine keeping something so significant out of the blog. Some of you are friends and already know what’s happened, but others of you are people I’ve come to know through our interaction here and on your blogs, and it would be weird not to tell you about it. My focus is knitting, but the blog is also about community. The other reason for this post is that the blog serves as a record of some of what’s going on in my life these days, and this was huge.

Here’s how things looked on Friday.

After Fire 2

After Fire 4

Despite appearances, the forest service people tell us that, at least on our property, most of what burned was already dead—underbrush and dead trees that just hadn’t fallen. They say that once the still smoldering sections go out, the forest should start to recover, may actually use the fire’s effects to its advantage. That would be good. We were very, very lucky.

It’s taken us until now to start to get back into a normal routine. After the panic and fear subsided, Paul and I were both overcome by a crazy exhaustion that left us limp. I didn’t even knit. 

After Fire 16