this is a 1st for me!

holy shit i made a swatch.... and i blocked it!!

i reeeaaaallly want my gathered pullover to fit and to be fabulous, so i'm going all out in an attempt to make a sweater that actually fits that i will actually wear. i'm knitting it with knit picks telemark and so even though i went crazy and bought 14 balls of it (wtf was i thinking??!!), it only cost me ~$27 - not bad! the color i'm using is called royal heather, which is plum-purple (i thought it would be more blue). i got gauge (after blocking) on size 7s and i'm knitting the 36" size. it's knit in the round from the bottom up, so i don't have more than 6 inches of curled up stockinette to show you at the moment. i will post a picture once i get to the cool cable part. if you're on ravelry, there are some really awesome FOs of this sweater there. this one is my favorite (ravelry link).

i'm desperately trying to finish my woodland shawl before the 23rd for a christmas gift and i've got a couple of hats to make for my good guy buddies who kept my dog for my while i was in SF. (my interview went really well, btw!). apparently, while henry the dog was at their house, he learned some bad habits, like lying on the couch.

look at him trying to look all cute. he seems to be saying to me: "oh mama please don't yell at me, don't make me move, look how cute and snuggled up i am on the couch. it's cold in here and i'm lonely when you're in the other room working on the computer. in fact, maybe you could come over and pet me a little??" so now henry gets to hang on the futon all he wants. i am such a sucker.

i just spent the last 2 days skiing up in northern arizona - there was good snow!! i hope to post a picture of that soon - there were some nice views...



plain ole koigu socks

i finally got around to grafting the toe of my second koigu sock and boy am i glad because it has started to cool waaay down in the desert. i'm sitting at my desk now wearing them and long pants and a long sleeve and a fleece and my nose is still cold. good thing my friend helped me replace my thermostat last night so i can have heat. my old thermostat actually had a little glass bead of mercury in it and i'm wondering how best to dispose of that. hmmm... maybe i should take it to the hazardous waste people at the university.

my knitting projects are moving along verrrry slowly. right now i'm putting most of my knitting time into the tree jacket (i'm using knitpicks andean silk in barn red). i really want to finish this and wear it this season. i'm also working an another sock using some of the new regia kaffe fassett landscape sock yarn. it's going more quickly because i love seeing the stripes emerge. i decided to knit this toe up, however, and i really hate the short row heel i made - i can't make it deep enough for my high instep. i'll have to choose a toe-up heel gusset tutorial to walk me through redoing the heel. any suggestions?

my knitting time has been dwindling lately, though, because of 3 reasons: 1) i'm working hard getting ready to present some research at a conference in SF; 2) there's a new boy on the scene; and 3) i'm spending a lot of time climbing and adventuring outdoors. (this picture was taken before a pretty nasty fall i took).

also, some friends and i did a 3-day backpacking trip to the galiuro mountains - gorgeous! one of the peeps on the trip is a photographer, so i can't wait to see the pics!!

i do have some more knitting to show you, but it will have to wait until i get back from this meeting. i'm interviewing there with some potential employers in anchorage. please keep your fingers crossed for me!

back soon,