Just in time for kiddo's 11th birthday, I finished the Professor Meow pullover! https://flic.kr/p/2o2vXet A very happy new 11 year old in her new kitty sweater. Pattern: Professor Meow Pullover from KnitpicksYarn: Knitpicks Wonderfluff in Goji Heather and Beehive HeatherNeedles: Size 10.5 circularsTime to knit: About 3 weeks, including ripping and reknitting the front Just… Continue reading Professor Meow Pullover is complete!
Welp, I made a whole bunch of progress on Professor Meow this weekend, but then made a disappointing discovery: Professor Meow's face is off-center. https://flic.kr/p/2o1Cz6v Look closely - there are 21 stitches on the right of the nose and only 19 on the left. Curses! Between this and the mishap with the Joy Mitts that… Continue reading Apparently I cannot count.
Yesterday, we had our very first snow of the season! It didn't stick, but it was beautiful to watch it fall. It started while I was in a space with other folks from my UU church who are interested in learning more about nature-centered pagan practices for celebrating the turns of the seasons, and I… Continue reading first snow and other delights
Time changes, like the one we just experienced this weekend, are always difficult for me, and I am predictably feeling all sorts of discombobulated today. The light outside my window is lovely but it's not when or where I expect it to be, and my brain is very confused about whether I'm feeling hungry or… Continue reading discombobulated
This weekend, as evidenced on Instagram, much of the online knitting world was at Rhinebeck. I was not, and I'm fine with that. I'm glad to have gone in the past, but honestly...the crowds were always overwhelming, and the fallout from the Ravelry stuff has left me feeling pretty disconnected from much of the online… Continue reading Mid-October.
Last week, I completed my 5th round of “100 Days of Practice”. For those who don’t know, the “100 Days of Practice” hashtag was originated on Instagram by the violinist Hilary Hahn, who is one of my very favorite human beings in the entire world, and who helped create a really wonderful and supportive community… Continue reading 500 Days of Practice
Well, by the time I finished writing my previous post, I had pretty much decided that I was going to rip out Ursina, and so I did. And then my mind went to thinking about what other sorts of things I could knit with a little over 1000 yards of DK-weight yarn that comfortably knits… Continue reading Vita de Vie…times three?
We're now halfway through week 3 of the semester, and my classes are going pretty well. The reality of being one of the few people still masking (even when the University has raised the risk tier to "Medium" meaning that masks are "strongly encouraged" rather than just "optional") is a hard and exhausting thing, and… Continue reading Crop failure.
Ok, so it's still solidly summer in terms of weather and the fact that the Equinox isn't for several more weeks. But tomorrow is my first day of classes for Fall Semester 2022, and so to me, it's "Academic New Year" season (which is the more salient "new year" than actual "New Years Day" for… Continue reading Hello, Fall ’22.
I've been feeling a little bit like I'm missing a shell lately, too - I've never been good at tuning things out, and have always cared too much about everything, and let's just say these last few years, and especially the last few months, have had a LOT of everything. My daughter asked me the… Continue reading A shell-less turtle
When I was asked to be the "fiber arts teacher" for my volunteer placement with the summer learning program this summer, I was a little apprehensive - I mean, I know a LOT about knitting, but that's just one "fiber art", and I knew I'd need to come up with activities that were doable by… Continue reading Teaching what you don’t know
Like most academics, the arrival of August signals the impending start of a new year of teaching. Classes don't start here until the 31st, but still, we're now in the same month as the start of classes, and that comes with a bit of trepidation, even more so now in this allegedly "post-"pandemic time (during… Continue reading Hello, August.
I finished yet another pair of DRK Everyday socks today! https://flic.kr/p/2nBikYK Pattern: DRK Everyday Socks, by Andrea MowryYarn: Lichen & Lace 80/20 Sock in "Beach Glass"Needles: Size 1 40" circular (magic loop)Time to knit: A couple of weeks, on and off I did my usual mods: knitting a size up from what my size "should"… Continue reading Socks and sameness
Today I took what I learned from experimenting with Kool-Aid dyeing with my daughter and her friend and taught the 1st and 2nd graders in the summer learning program class I'm working with how to dye yarn! Before my time with the kids, I tied a different color scrap of yarn onto each of a… Continue reading more Kool-Aid dyeing fun!
Last week I got to meet the group of first and second graders that I'll be visiting a few more times this summer for fiber-art fun. They seemed to really enjoy getting to feel the raw wool and play with different fibers and try out knitting a few stitches last week. I won't be joining… Continue reading making with kids and reknitting brioche