Sunday, April 27, 2008

one down

I finally put the finishing touches on my silk camisole. I completed the knitting last summer, but just finished it off today. It still needs to be blocked a bit to bring out the lace. I don't love it, but I like it.

Pattern: Silk Camisole from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Ella Rae Shibu (brownish, pinkish, purplish colorway)
Needles: US 5

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

no new knits

So I have halted any new casting-on until I complete several almost-done projects:
  1. Fix Jessica's Bamboozled
  2. LMKG silk camisole - hibernating since last fall:
    1. Kitchner stitch the straps
    1. Picot edge
  3. Frock camisole:
    1. Fix disastrous unraveling
    1. Weave in ends
  4. Matthew's man sweater:
    1. Sew in custom zipper that finally arrived
Then I can cast on these!

In other news, I just submitted an outline to my adviser, can you tell?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

saturday hike

This Saturday we headed up to the Santa Fe National Forest for a hike. Scarlett loves being free to roam the trail and is a constant source of entertainment. Here she is in a pool of water:
video
Mmmmm wet dog:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Francis!!!




I am what they call, pleased as punch.

news of the wierd

The weather here in Santa Fe has been crazy. A week ago Sunday I sat outside under my beautiful blooming apricot tree having my alone time and got a sunburn, but the next Wednesday we had snow, which lasted on and off until Friday night. By the Sunday just passed it was sunny and nice again and by Monday I had on shorts, and Tuesday I was wearing a summer sundress and frolicking about in the outdoors. Yesterday I went for a long walk with my friend Kristin and wore only a tank top. Today:That's my apricot tree all covered in snow. What!? I'm sure tomorrow I'll be sitting outside in shorts and a tank top!

In other news, look at this face:
That folks is the face of a killer. Last night, a local sparrow met his or her end in the jaws of the ferocious beast pictured above. Needless to say, I was a bit freaked out. I know she's an animal and it is just her instinct, but it was disturbing none the less, a bit like the weather.

Nature makes for some strange stories.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

something for the birthday girl

It's my mom's birthday today, so everybody wish her a happy day! I wish I could be with her to celebrate, but I am super excited that she'll be here in a few weeks to celebrate mother's day and my birthday with me.
Note: For those who don't know, my mother has a yorkie, hence the baby yorkie photo.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Francis revisited

So I had to frog my first attempt at using my beautiful Francis yarn my mom gave me for my birthday last year. I tried making the textured tunic from fitted knits, but it definitely needs the elasticity of wool and Francis is an alpaca not a sheep. So I decided I wanted to use all of that drapey alpaca goodness in a cowl neck, but had no pattern, so basically I made one up (sort of, I relied on the original tunic pattern for some things). Francis revisited is nearly done and I think I am going to be really, really pleased. Details to follow.

more visitors

Last Wednesday my Uncle John and his wife Robianna stopped by while touring the Southwest in a rented convertible. They arrived in Santa Fe in the middle of a snow storm! They tell us snow in April is unusual, but we acctually had three days of it last week. John and Robianna came to the house and met little Scarlett and we all went out to the Shed for deliciousness. Then, Thursday night they rang us up to tell us they were still in Santa Fe and asked if we wanted to go out for drinks, which of course we did. It was so fun to have them in town, and now my mom is coming next month! We feel so lucky to have so many visitors.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

a happy day

The philosophy department at UC Riverside has changed alot in my four years there, and it has had a stellar year with three amazing new hires, including the news today that Maudemarie Clark a prominent Nietzsche scholar will be coming to Riverside. Please read about what ratings czar Brian Leiter had to say about it on his blog. Leiter also recently wrote this about UCR, which I can say is absolutely true:
I can report,
based on accumulated anecdotes over many years, that some departments
are really exceptional for how pleasant they are as places to do
graduate study: faculty are engaged, kind, supportive, committed, and
professional in their interactions with students. Arizona, North
Carolina, MIT,
UC Riverside, and U Mass/Amherst are among those about
which one regularly hears these kinds of glowing reports.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

philosophy in the news

The new york times ran this article on the increasing number of students majoring in philosophy. This either indicates future job security with more students opting to major in the subject, or an increase in job competition. Either way, the article makes some good points, like: yes a philosophy degree can be very useful, and no philosophers are not all out of touch freaks. Please remember, my husband, the one with the real job, has not one, but two philosophy degrees.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

knit stuff

The universe aligned such that I just had to knit the baby hat bellow. I found myself in Hobby Lobby (I know they're evil) because I looking for a zipper for M's sweater, which I did not find, but I decided to browse their "yarn" and picked up some really cheap cotton yarn in blue, because it just so happens that some friends of ours just had a baby boy. I had never before knit the baby hat from Stitch N Bitch, and everyone I know had knit it and it's always been cute. So voila - baby hat:For my s-i-l's birthday I made the bamboozled headband. Jessica is the mother of a one year old and showers can be hard to come by so I thought this would be a good gift. I bought this beautiful hemp yarn and got to work. The pattern was fun, but thanks to my incredibly loose knitting it's way too large for a normal sized head, I am planning to fix it by taking off some of the rows at the end. The disappointing hempboozle:
Finally, Scarlett is modeling a baby hat that I made to get over the disappointment of the bamboozle:
The pattern for the hat can be found here.

on my own

I lived by myself for four years. It's an experience I think everyone should have, but I think surprisingly few people do. People move from their parents' homes or ones they share with friends into a home they share with their husband or wife without ever getting to enjoy that feeling of being utterly alone - in a good way of course. No parents, no roommates, no partners, just you and your stuff in a place that belongs to no one but you. Of course it has it's draw backs, like if you hit your head on the corner of a cabinet and knock yourself unconscious, no one is going to come and find you, so you better wake up. But living by yourself is a wonderful experience. You learn how to be alone without being lonely, and I think that's a really important lesson. I am thinking of this because I am alone this weekend for the first time in a long time, maybe a year. Matthew went to Tulsa to celebrate his sister's birthday with his family and because plane tickets are ridiculously expensive I stayed behind. At first I didn't know what to do with myself. I spent most of yesterday reading in bed and snuggling the pooch, but today I remembered what I loved about living by myself: the feeling of being comfortable being alone. I woke up late (but not too late), ate breakfast and took a shower. Then I got dressed, did my hair, even prettied up a bit - all just for me. Then Scarlett and I spent the lion's share of the late morning and afternoon outside. I worked on thinking my deep philosophical thoughts, took notes (which I too often forget to do), and actually made some progress, then I read my just for fun book. After awhile I was pretty hungry. I came in and made a big delicious salad and took it outside and ate it while listening to music I love and enjoying the beautiful spring day under my apricot tree, which today was mine alone.
I know many of us never get the chance to live by ourselves, but I think everyone should take time for just themselves. I used to be scared of doing things alone, but when I lived by myself I learned to enjoy doing things solo. So I challenge everyone to go get some lunch or dinner alone, go to a movie by yourself, or just sit in the silence of your own backyard and take the time to be with you. Wow, this sure is preachy.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

eye candy

The apricot tree in our backyard today.

Birthday Wishes

Today is my sister-in-law Jessica's birthday. Like me, she is celebrating a big birthday this year. Happy 30th Jessica!