Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fall Break

Professors and teachers look forward to fall break more than the students. I have been in both roles, and I really do look forward to the extra days off more as a professor. Our fall break started Saturday and extended to Monday and Tuesday. So what did I do over my fall break?

1.) Laundry - Saturday was a beautiful, warm, sunny, windy day. Perfect for hanging laundry out on the line. The clothes line is one of the things I love most about our abode. And hanging the laundry our has become one of my favorite chores. It seems strange to me that something I enjoy so much is a symbol of domestic drudgery. I enjoy figuring out how to fit all the clothes on, I love seeing the colors grouped together (the red load, the blue load, etc.), I love watching the clothes flapping in the wind. I also like that hanging the clothes, in a very small way, offsets the extra fossil fuels I now have to spend driving to and from work 15 miles away.

2.) Mowed the lawn - Well, my husband did most of the work on this. But I wanted to mention it here, as this is another way I try to offset my addition greenhouse gas emissions. For the last 7 years, we had lived in apartments or duplexes where we were not responsible for the yard work. In our new abode, we do have to take care of the lawn. I really wanted a "Leave-it-to-Beaver" reel push mower. So we got one. And I love it. No keeping gas in the garage, no fumes while mowing, and no noise! I love how quite this mower is. I could mow the lawn at 6 am or 11 pm, if I so desired. Which, when summertime temps hit 95+ F, may not be such a bad idea.

3.) A personal fiber fest - I did use some of the extra time off to do some knitting and spinning. I mostly knit on the Clementine Shawlette. But I spent more time spinning. I guess I could take pictures of my spinning as well as my knitting. Something to consider. I am currently spinning a three-ply yarn out of a beautiful blue roving I bought at the Yarn Barn in Lawrence Kansas. Pictures will be forthcoming.

4.) Visited friends in Lawrence - Even though Monday was a gray and rainy day, we took the 1 hour trip back to Lawrence to visit friends there. I had a great time catching up with people. We had a lovely dinner with friends at a local Mexican Restaurant, even though the food was bland.

5.) Catching up on work stuff - No so much fun, but it is nice to get to have an extra day with no teaching to get caught up with work.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Tidepool Revisted Progress

I have finished the first of the Tidepool Revisited socks. I think these are turning out nicely.

It is interesting though, the striping on the cuff was different than the striping on the foot.


Both the cuff and the foot have the same number of stitches, the only difference is that on the foot half of the stitches are in stockinette stitch, while on the cuff, all of the stitches are in the slip-stitch rib. At first I was unhappy with this difference in the stripping. So I had to let go and just let the yarn do what it wanted to do.

Sweater Vest No More

My attempts to design a funky-colored vest have failed. While I think I got the colors right, 2 things derailed this project. 1.) lack of orange yarn. 2) the way the ribbing did not flow into the color work. It mad a really ugly rolled ridge. Perhaps I decreased too much between the rib and the colorwork. This is as far as I got before deciding to frog it (Ha - I just noticed the little stuffed frog in the picture, which was not planned). But with the frogging of an unsuccessful project comes the potential to start something new. Something that might allow the yarn to be used successfully. So using the blue yarn (and the color in the first photos below is more accurate), I started the Clementine Shawlette from the Spring 2007 Interweave Knits. So far so good. The pattern is easy to remember and enjoyable to knit.

A close up picture with some of my rock collection.
A super close-up of the stitch work. I could see this pattern working well with some variegated yarns.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Swimming Pool Socks

I started on these socks in July. The last time I showed them, I had barely started the ribbing of the cuff. The pattern is from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks - Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting. I have yet to figure out which part of the sock is the Citron pattern and which the diaper knitting. The yarn is Claudia's Handpaint Sock Yarn.
The color has always reminded me of a cool, deep swimming pool full of water. I chose this pattern for the yarn as the central portion of the pattern reminds me of the ripples made from someone swimming through the water. The side portions of the pattern remind me of tiles that might be lining the pool.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Cardinal Socks

Since I did not post for a while, I have projects that were started and completed without a mention on the blog. The socks below are one such project. I bought the yarn because it contains bamboo and I love red. Our mascot here where I teach is the Cardinal. So these have become my "team spirit socks".

Yarn: Trekking pro natura (75% Wool, 25% Bamboo)
Pattern: Nancy Bush's Little Child's Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks

Monday, October 8, 2007

Tidepool Revisted

Remember this?

This was the first of the tide-pool socks I was working on over the summer. The yarn was Socks-That-Rock yarn, the pattern was Nancy Bush. While I love both the yarn and the stitch pattern, the two together were not pleasing to me. So, tidepool went to the frog-pond.

I am currently revisiting tidepool - using a slip-stitch rib pattern from Charlene Schurch's book.

I am much happier with the results. The slip-stitch pattern breaks up the pooling and looks really nice to me. Of course the color did not turn out well in the picture above, so I will have to try and get a daylight picture.

Friday, October 5, 2007

A New Project

I have wanted to make a funky colored, color-work sweater vest for awhile now. So I created a swatch. Of course the colors are not quite accurate in the photo, but pretty close. The bottom pattern is a slip-stitch pattern, the top is a stranded color-work pattern. I have had this swatch pinned to the bulletin board in my new office in order to make sure I really do like the colors. They sorta border on the obnoxious, but I have not grown tired of them yet (they have been hanging here about 2 weeks now).
I think I like the bottom pattern the best. I have started knitting the actual sweater vest, but have only gotten to the ribbing. I will start the color-work portion this evening, as we are driving down to visit the in-laws. I am a bit worried that I will not have enough yarn. But I am going for it anyway. I will post a picture after I have finished my weekend knitting.

Have a great one!