Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring Awakening

I am super excited because of the GREEN!!

Daffodils! (probably...I will be able to say more once they have bloomed)

I took advantage of the sun and warmth and blue sky and sat out on the porch of the Student Union to finish turning the heel of Betsy second socks.

The rest of the student body emerged from the libraries to enjoy the weather too.

I have reached the point where I have started too many projects but haven't finished any of them, and it is making me anxious because I have so many things I want to knit. To remedy this, I have been making some extra time for my acorn scarf, which is a repeat and a half away from finishing.

The elusive acorn scarf (alpaca subspecies), seen here warming itself in the spring sun. This specimen is an adolescent that will soon reach maturity. It still have some growing up to do; pretty soon it will sprout a picot edge, become blocked, and withdraw from the world to hibernate in the scarf drawer for the summer.

Fortunately, spring break is fast approaching when I shall have ample travel and knitting time. Advantageous, because I will probably return from my adventures with souvenir sock yarn.

PS--I am listening to my first Lime and Violet podcast (#83). So far they not talked about knitting or yarn, but have been so entertaining with stories of exploding boobs and sea cows that I don't really mind.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


I've got a lovely bunch of Great Horned Owls! Here they are all standing in a row:

Big ones, small ones, all that sit on your head

Wait, you are confused?

Northern Saw Whet Owl

You do not see the resemblance?

The Great Horned Owl

Perhaps this will help:


This weekend I shall have to stalk Bead Paradise for some real eyes and actually finish knitting the decreases and sewing in my loose ends.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Knitting in Classes

I used to get to class a few minutes early and get a few rows in before the professor arrived and the intellectual excitement started. It was motivation to get to class early and it gave me small knitting breaks throughout the day. Even though I have just enough brain capacity to knit and listen at the same time, I always tucked it away to be polite to the speaker, who I assumed was a non-knitter and wouldn't understand that I wasn't ignoring their lecture.

Then I started knitting through the opening announcements...

...through the extra-curricular lectures I attended for my own edification and edumacation...

....through my Calvin and Hobbes Exco...

...through the lectures of the class I was auditing...

....and now I knit with wild abandon through every class that I can.

I have discovered it can help me pay attention during lecture, especially a lecture that doesn't require me to take a lot of notes but requires a lot of listening. I work on my dummy knitting, usually a sock, and it keeps my hands occupied and my body still so my brain stops roaming and focuses on the discussion at hand. I have yet to encounter a professor that takes offense, and I find the risk of unintentional rudeness is a worthwhile trade-off for the heightened engagement.

This week during classes I have finished the first of a pair of socks for my weaving teacher, who does not knit but loves handknit socks.

Online superwash sockyarn, size 2.25 mm needles, size 10 feet

For this pair of socks, I am trying to get over my subconscious fear of long cuffs and learn how to execute the short row heel. I love how the red and white has striped up. It makes for a particularly groovy toe.

Yes, I am easily entertained.

I am currently working on the cuff of its companion,

Seen here on a date with Louie, who likes hiking, skiing, and befriending burnt popcorn.

but have temporarily abandoned it for some fuzzy brown owl butts.

It'll make more visual sense once I knit the rest the owls, promise.