Well, Spring Semester 2022 starts tomorrow, and, thanks to our county health officials, we'll be online through the end of January, which is a relief to me, given the massive surge in COVID cases that prompted the very abrupt change. We'd received an email from the university on January 4th making an aggressively confident case… Continue reading New semester, new socks.
As of a few hours ago, I've finished grading all of the final portfolios that were submitted across my four classes this semester. I'm still not *actually* done - several students needed to take incompletes, so I need to finalize those and make sure they're set up for success. It makes complete sense that more… Continue reading Surviving Fall Semester 2021
I tried on my in-progress Musselburgh just to get a sense of where the stripes will hit when I fold up the brim, and it delighted my daughter SO much that she insisted on taking a picture of me like that. It cracks me up, too! https://flic.kr/p/2mLbGsK Considering that I just cast on a week… Continue reading Almost there…
I finished the Musselburgh hat from Gauge Dyeworks "White Light" yarn this morning during Zoom church, and my daughter immediately tried it on and y'all, it's so great on her that I might just give it to her! Pattern: Musselburgh, by Ysolda TeagueYarn: Gauge Dyeworks Shawl in "White Light"Needles: Size 1.5 Chiaogoo Red Lace 40"… Continue reading A new hat
I finished my purple Vita de Vie this weekend, and was able to take some photos today because I gave my students the day off for Election Day. (I've done this since 2017, partly because of what a disaster 2016 was, though what I actually needed that year was the day AFTER Election Day off.)… Continue reading Finished Purple Vita de Vie (and less pleasant things, too)
Today is one of two days of "Fall Break" that I'll get this semester, and while I have PLENTY of work that I'm behind on and need to catch up on, I figured I'd take this opportunity to put together a blog post about the knitting I've managed to do so far. Which...isn't a lot.… Continue reading Still knitting, just…barely.
So far, it's been two weeks of teaching every day in a mask and worrying that I'm being exposed to COVID by my students, who are all lovely people but who are not amazing at wearing their masks properly, and worrying that I'm going to bring it home to my kid, who starts school later… Continue reading Yet another Demeter Dress
I started knitting the Vita de Vie (my second!) that I got yarn for on my birthday (which was back in April but what is time anymore, anyway?). This sweater’s gonna match at least TWO of my Cleo Skirts: the magenta/purple/orange plaid one, and this new one, in purple/blue/pink stripes (hey, I just realized it’s… Continue reading New mask, new skirt, new semester
It's stupendously hot and humid right now, so definitely NOT shetland wool sweater weather, but I'm just so, so delighted with how this sweater turned out! Pattern: Bressay, by Marie Wallin, from her book "Shetland"Yarn: Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift, in a kit purchased from The Woolly ThistleNeedles: size 2 and size 3 circularsTime to knit: about… Continue reading Bressay is finished!
I'm almost finished with Bressay. Once I got to the final bit of the colorwork, I ended up needing to kind of do my own thing, because the pattern didn't include any short rows to raise the back neck, and from experience, I know that simply won't work. I *hate* the feeling of a neckline… Continue reading Almost.
Here's the project that produced the ends I showed in my last post (and there were many, many more where those came from!). My "Late Bloomer" sweater, so named because it was inspired by the "Late Bloomer" mittens pattern from the "Intricate" issue of Making Magazine. Pattern: I made it up! I basically used the… Continue reading “Late Bloomer” sweater is FINISHED!
I finished the first of the Sleepy Kittens! Embroidering on a 3-dimensional handknit object whose backside is not accessible is something I find to be very tricky, so it took a few tries to get the face looking decent. Here's a closeup: https://flic.kr/p/2mcFgfC I think Sleepy Kitten is quite cute in his striped pajamas, and… Continue reading One sleepy kitten: complete! (plus other stuff)
I promised in my last post about sewing that I'd give the things currently on my knitting needles a post of their own, and here it is! The biggest project that I'm currently working on is Bressay, which is hands-down the most complicated colorwork I've ever done. There are SO many stitches now that the… Continue reading I still knit, of course!
I've made it to the part of the summer where my kid has camp every day at the science center (where they have very good masking and safety policies, which I keep reminding myself) and my spouse is working on campus while she's at camp, which means that every day, for about 7 straight hours,… Continue reading I made…another dress!
In my efforts to "level up" my sewing skills, I decided that I wanted to try to make a simple dress. I picked Anna Allen's "Demeter Dress" pattern because it seemed like a nice, simple dress; it's intended to fit loose and the skirt part was basically identical in construction to the Cleo skirts I've… Continue reading I made a dress!