plying after months away.

15oct - 5(WordPress encouraged me to change my theme because I was using something older and now unsupported, so I did that, and now I’m fiddling with image size and some other things — please bear with me.) Also, this is what happens when you sit down to ply after months of not plying: you ply in the wrong direction until you notice that something just doesn’t seem right. I even had to google “which way do you ply” to confirm that yes, I should be doing this in the opposite direction I spin singles…sigh.

15oct - 4Boh totally knew that I was doing it wrong.

15oct - 3But then I started again, and see? Pretty pretty. (I think the twist could be a smidge tighter, but these singles, spun in the spring, maybe, are really nice!)15oct - 6And I’m excited about the yarn, though I don’t have the label handy to tell you what it is. (My best guess is something awesome from back when I belonged to the Hello Yarn fiber club.)15oct - 1I did a little bit of work on the patio yesterday.15oct - 2And Boh kept me company.15oct - 7This morning he was a ham and a bed-hog.15oct - 8Looks like I’m going to have about 176 yards of this squishy 2-ply. It’s soaking as I type. Happy weekend, friends.

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An October week in photos.

Thanks for the kind words, friends, and for still being here. It means a lot. I don’t have any new knitting to show — I’m teaching a new class right now, so the prep is pretty intense — but I do have pictures of Boh, food, and mountains to share.

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In his old age, Boh now naps with a pillow.

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And pants happily after runs along the creek.

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I still watch for birds, and this flicker has been visiting the rooftop outside one of our apartment windows. She’s noisy, always announcing her arrival.

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Leggings and boots under long skirts — we had a sharp cold snap earlier this week, and even a little bit of snow!

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We got a new toy in anticipation of the immersion circulator Chefboyfriend ordered for himself. It should arrive next month…

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Snow on the peak. (This is the view from our apartment patio.)

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A thing of beauty, prepared for the company we had over for dinner on Tuesday night. (Chefboyfriend made duck with a maple syrup glaze. I ate mine too quickly to take a picture!)

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Our favorite bakery had a donut day on Wednesday, so we made this our first stop before heading to work.

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Farm share — the haul from week 19 of our CSA.

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Early this morning I curled up with Boh to read for a lunchtime discussion of Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas, which I highly recommend.

anybody out there?

Hello, friends. It has sure been awhile. (So long, in fact, that the jeans that were new in the last post ripped a few weeks ago and I went on an emergency jean-buying spree.) When I last wrote to you, Boh and I lived in the South, but we were getting ready to head West for a new job, maybe even THE job. (This one’s tenure-track, and partway through year two, I’m really happy here.)

Not long after we moved, I met a dude — from here, but newly returned. We figured out that we drove across the country the same week. Let’s call him Chefboyfriend — because yep, that’s what he does. We’re going on 16 months together, and all three of us (me, Boh, Chefboyfriend) are happy.

I’m not knitting a lot, but there are some long term WIPs on the needles. And also a book in the works. And I’m wondering to myself if restarting the blog might be a good way to work on my writing practice as I begin working to find regular time for my research again alongside my pretty intensive teaching schedule. So, no promises — we’ve seen how that goes — but I have missed this space. And all of you.

Would you like to see some pictures of my life since March 2016? Here’s a handful (or seven):

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New apartment.

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Not long after I moved out here, I went to a dear friend’s wedding in Portland. And wore pink!

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And I cast on a baby hat.

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I continued working on a long overdue wedding blanket…

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Boh and I explored our new home.

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More of that wedding blanket. (Yes, this picture is from more than a year ago, and no, it isn’t done yet…)

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I prepped for class on my patio and looked at the mountains.

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Chefboyfriend took me on lots of hikes and drives. This one, to see the aspens last fall, was pretty great.

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I set up (and sat down at) my wheel.

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And even spun some squishy two-ply yarn.

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More adventuring with Chefboyfriend.

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We drove out to see my little brother and meet the animals on his farm.

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We took our bikes to Canyonlands for spring break.

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And there’s been lots of chef-cooked food. Cornish game hens and asparagus here, I think.

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Buffalo chicken sandwiches with Anchor Bar wing sauce my parents sent us.

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Grilled butternut squash and pork loin.

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Scallops, enjoyed on the patio near the end of summer.

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More spinning.

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We bought a dresser and celebrated our adulting skills.

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Boh experienced Great Sand Dune National Monument.

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I baked several of these variations on the Smitten Kitchen raspberry buttermilk cake.

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A colleague invited me to guest lecture at Tulane, so we went to New Orleans and ate all of the tasty things.

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I got out the tent.

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And we camped in Yellowstone.

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And drove through the Tetons.

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I baked zucchini bread and muffins — and barely put a dent in the zucchini we’ve been getting in our farm share.

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Saw my first show at Red Rocks — The Avett Brothers with Shovels & Rope.

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We have a new bakery in town, and it turns out the baker moved from where I went to grad school! He used to bake the bread in my bread share and work at the awesome farm I belonged to there. These galettes are happy-making. And the bakery is an easy bike ride from the apartment.

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Boh remains sweet and silly.

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A pinwheel blanket I cast on before our summer road trip.

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A professor costume.

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Sour beers in bright colors.

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My office door.

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Boh, with an ultrasound haircut. We had a big health scare with Boh this fall. He’s certainly getting older, but for now, he’s doing pretty well — and running along our favorite path with me again. And frolicking. Here’s one last picture from our first hike after all the scary medical stuff:

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Hope you’re well, friends. And happy knitting!

dr. rooster

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I’ve spent the week reading my dissertation.

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And today, I put on one version of my professor costume (I will never not call it that, K.), and headed to campus for my dissertation defense. And after a lovely, productive conversation about my work, and congratulations from my committee, I came home and crossed the defense off my list for good.

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And then a dear friend brought over beautiful flowers.

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Aren’t they lovely? They’re my first fresh flowers of spring. What a perfect day for them. I think it will take awhile for today’s milestone to really sink in, but hooray!

Signed,

Dr. Rooster

FO: kerrera. (also, fall break.)

Actually, how about Fall Break first? I stopped to snap this picture on my walk to the coffee shop Friday morning. The leaves and the light are so lovely right now.

A lovely latte at one of my favorite places to work. I’m almost happy with my fellowship application, after lots of struggling and a two-week time-out.

Can you see that snake in the grass? Boh totally didn’t see it. (It was right in front of us on the paved path we walked on Friday, and then it slithered off to the side.)

Bright red leaves from my yard. Hello, fall.

Fall is for vests. Especially vests like this one, snagged from my mom, who wore it so well in the late 70s.

And here’s my Kerrera! I’m calling it done, even though the collar could use more of a blocking than the rest of it received this morning. (I put it in the bathroom while I took a hot shower and left the fan off.) The left arm is a little looser than the right between the wrist and the elbow, but I think I can live with that!

I absolutely love the length, and the way the double garter stitch edging hangs, especially in the back.

And of course, I love the patch pockets. I think this is going to get lots of use this fall as a cozy layer for working at home and as the perfect thing to throw on as a light jacket for walking Boh or sitting on the dock with a cup of tea! I think this is the most complicated knit I’ve attempted, and I’m really happy with what I’ve learned. This was the first time I knit anything with short row sleeve caps or patch pockets, and I think both turned out pretty well. (I also learned that I should take better notes — I clearly modified the decreases on one of the arms and did not write that down.) I used not more than 5 and a half skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca, which means I’ve got almost half a bag left — enough for another sweater!

Okay, back to commenting on papers. Happy Monday!

four.

Today is my blogiversary. Has it really been four years? To celebrate, I got my blog a present: its very own domain. You can now find us at barefootroosterDOTcom, though the wordpress home will automatically point you to the new domain. (Everything else is staying the same — still hosted at and by wordpress. I’m not that technologically fancy!) RSS feeds should still work, but if they don’t let me know.

Also, thanks for being here, for reading, for commenting, and for knitting, spinning, and cooking with me. I say this every year, and I’ll keep saying it because it is true: I’ve found more community on the internets than I ever thought possible. Thanks for being part of it.