Sometimes I have to put on pretty shoes (or any shoes) to get some writing done.
I baked myself a cake: strawberry buttermilk cake, to be precise. (Based on that Smitten Kitchen raspberry buttermilk cake that I’ve totally made and linked to, here, many times. Of course, too lazy to track down the link right now…)
Wrinkles and snoring.
This blue vest is my new favorite thing — it’s the birthday present I bought for myself. (Do you do this? If not, you should.)
Another handspun eternity scarf in action. This is the first one I knit.
I picked a fight with the driveway the other day. A sheet of ice, courtesy of some early morning freezing rain, means that I’ve got a bloody knuckle and a banged up hip. Tough to get old. My students were sweet, though — I held up my fist and one of them said, “What’s the other guy look like?”
This face is what I saw when I woke up on Thursday — I’d been trying to sleep in, and I didn’t set an alarm. Hello, sweetness.
Boh seems to know that I’m in the market for a little extra puppy love these days. I’ll take it.
Oh. My. Goodness. I swear, he puts that bone around his leg like a bracelet all by himself.
And then proceeds to take a nap.
Snowbird in action.
Boh performs “lap dog” quite well sometimes. Happy Friday, friends.
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For those of you who’ve been following along, last month I finished the handspun seaman’s cap for P., our October houseguest. He was kind enough to send along this shot of the hat in action AND to let me put his face on the internet:
Pretty sure this picture comes from some ice caves in the Apostle Islands. (P. works remotely, and is adventuring westward. Right now, I think he’s in Montana.)
This was a super fun project to work on, especially because P. gave me extensive feedback on the fit, both during and after the knitting. (And he picked out the fiber.)
Sounds like this time around the fit in the crown is just right, but the ribbing could be more snug. (Snugger? That can’t be right.) I wonder if the issue is the sproinginess (to continue making up words) of my handspun? (I am a little rusty in the spinning department these days.) I couldn’t have knit the ribbing on needles that were any smaller, and the stitch count seems to be right for the rest of the hat. Would a 1×1 rib be tighter than a 1×2 rib? You know, for next time.
Alright. Time to stop writing on the blog and get back to writing the dissertation. Happy Monday, folks.
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Hello, friends. This is pretty much what it looks like here at Chez Rooster. Except there’s more snow. (Which means there’s been a lot more shoveling…)
Sweetness from Boh.
A ridiculous outfit I found myself wearing sometime last week, and had to document.
Wrinkles. Snoring. Swoon.
Some mornings, this is the look I wake up to.
And some knits in action. Because if I’m not really knitting right now, at least I should be enjoying handknits, right? (Also, forgive this silly pose. If I want my neck in the picture, which is where the knitwear is, but also want you to be able to see my boots, some awkward posing is necessary. And I’m sure the hand on the hip is thanks to plenty of social conditioning. I cringe.)
I have been wearing the heck out of this handspun eternity scarf. I think the fiber was Pigeonroof Studios merino, and it is so so so soft.
Some grading and editing work at the coffee shop this morning. I treated myself to a dinosaur cookie.
Boh and I are hanging in there — lots of things are up in the air, and the to-do pile grows ever larger. Thankful for a long weekend to try to catch up a little bit. Hope you’re all well — and warm in your knits!
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First up, I knit a tiny hat for my best friend’s son. He’s just about six months old, and I’m hoping this will help keep him warm this winter.
Boh’s ears have been particularly entertaining this week.
Snowbird’s out-of-the-house debut! You can see here that the shoulders aren’t quite right; I think they are too shallow for my arms. But the most important part of Snowbird is that it covers my butt. Perfect for covering up for heading to the gym. (Boots because of the snow!)
More sweetness, and a huge arugula salad.
“Helping.” No matter that his ears are actually in the way.
One ear up for couch lounging.
And this series is from this morning.
From a look of complete boredom–what, you don’t like my conclusion?
To full-on, quite loud snoring. I love this dog.
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This is what getting ready for a conference looks like, especially as I’m still working to put together appropriate academic “costumes” for myself.
The conference I attended just after New Year’s was back in DC, which meant plenty of time to see dear friends. And admire bike racks outside coffee shops.
No trip to DC is complete for me without Teaism. Its proximity to the museum I was working at last winter helped solidify it as the place for comfort food: really good chai, restorative spicy chicken noodle soup, amazing salty oat cookies. The polar vortex extended my DC trip, which mostly meant I ate more of all of the things at Teaism.
I’ve been borrowing this sweatshirt for more than a decade. How crazy/wonderful is that? (Just when I’m visiting and cold.)
A beautiful latte at the Tryst inside the Phillips Collection.
And my lovely workspace inside Champ and N.’s fantastic apartment.
The hat for P. wasn’t quite right (he tried it on in DC) so I ripped back and reknit it.
I think it turned out even prettier the second time around, and I’m hoping it fits perfectly. I’m in between knitting projects right now — I need to find something simple and soothing to balance everything else going on in this week before the semester begins. So much to do!
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A baby hat for my cousin’s second daughter, born a few weeks before Christmas Day. (I enjoyed some serious baby time on Christmas Day, the wee one out cold in my arms. This hat is too big for her, but she was wearing it anyway. Yay!)
Our traditional Christmas Eve meal: French onion soup and quiche Lorraine. This might be the first time I’ve ever snapped a picture of it.
Also traditional: the Christmas Bloody Mary. Yum.
This is the beginning of a hat project for P., our October houseguest. Everything in the house broke that week, and P. was pretty awesome about helping with (read: doing) re-lighting the pilot light on my furnace, locating the source of the water spraying all over my basement, and keeping me company on the porch while we waited for the power company to check out a potential gas leak. These are not the sorts of things houseguests are supposed to do, and so I volunteered to make him a hat! Stay tuned for more in progress pictures of this handspun seaman’s cap.
Plyed, but not washed yet.
A Boh interlude.
More Boh, and the beginnings of a handspun eternity scarf I knit for myself amidst work-related stress.
That was fast. This is merino I spun at least a year ago and it is SO soft.
Here’s the beginning of P.’s hat. Such lovely dude colors.
And here’s Boh, cuddling with my bright pink Mara shawl. And that should get us to the New Year. I’ll be back soon with more knitting and spinning from the beginning of 2014. (And thanks, you guys, for the comments, and for being here. I’m sorry I’m so behind on comments. I might just archive them and try to start fresh with my responding. Thanks for understanding.)
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I love the pockets.
The sweater is a little slouchy, but overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. And just in time, too. These pictures are from last month, but since then, we’ve had cold and snowy weather.
A few pictures from the last good fall walk we took before the weather turned.
This light. So lovely.
It’s been a very busy fall around here, folks. So busy that I missed my blogiversary! Six years and counting now, even though I’ve slowed down a bit recently. Hope you’re all well.
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