Friday, July 30, 2010

See ya later!

Offline for a bit; preparing for a trip that has come up on us rather last minute :-)

I'll spare you the details, but all's well that ends well... knitting time, here I come!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I need to take better photos...

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
so this is my Swallowtail... you get to see it because my PCR buffers are defrosting... I haven't been able to find time in decent daylight to take better pictures, unfortunately. You can even see how wonky my pinning is on this one, but once it's on, you can't tell.

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark
Started: July 6, 2010
Finished: July 19, 2010
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, nearly 400yds exactly
Needles: knitpicks interchangeables, US6
Modifications: none

Loved it. Will do more. Need blocking wires.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

This is what we've been working on...

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
yes, there's been knitting, but the past few nights have been sleep training... we're working on the big boy bed, in case we get to go on our vacation.

Do we get to go on our vacation?

I have no clue. Still in limbo. Have two new friends, though - Mr. H. Pylori and his associate, Ulcer.


Thursday, July 22, 2010


Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
This is how I feel today. Like being silly. I wish I had something new to report, but I don't. I knit a repeat on my flower basket shawl at lunch, and I've reverse-engineered the next shawl I want to do using photos and a stitch dictionary I had at home, since I don't want to pay to get the book it's in... and because I'm a dork. Not casting on until I finish this one, though. Pinky swear.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I have to remember that he's two....

(The boss just called... at 2pm... to tell me he was staying home for a water filtration system replacement event... boogity boogity I thought it would be with news about the extension. Silly me. Onward...)

So, yes, two. The age of my son. The number of parents he has trying to get him to eat breakfast in the morning. Also the number of hours it took to get him to eat.

Let me preface this by saying my kid is REALLY well behaved most of the time. The teachers at daycare all love him, he's really cooperative and helpful, and he only sort-of acts out at the end of the day (and don't we all?).

He's totally figured out the whole good-cop/bad-cop thing, and I'm the bad cop. He tends to behave better (read: efficient) with me at breakfast, because Daddy lets him sit on his lap, or sit on the floor, or change chairs three times, eat cheerios with a fork one at a time, etc. We figured this out a few days ago when it started taking longer and longer in the mornings if Dad was the one doing the breakfast routine. So, we changed the rules, and Daddy is trying not to be a pushover ;-) Which, of course, is totally our fault and totally unfair, etc etc. I'm trying to have Hubs do the routine a few more times so that N. can realize that it's not time to play, especially when there's a bus to catch. The result? The child refused to eat this morning. Crying, hugging, tantrums, screaming, etc. Wanting everything else besides his cherrios (which he loves). And then he wanted pepper on everything... maybe I should've let that one go through, just to see how he would react...

I tagged in after about 40 minutes and once Daddy disappeared, and we wrestled through getting dressed, N. sat down and ate. Quietly. And was a happy angel on the bus and at daycare once we arrived.

It's fascinating, and a little scary, how quickly a child's behaviour can spiral if you let them have free reign. I don't claim to be the best smartest parent at all, but I'm kind of glad I can see this, at least in our house. And I have to keep reminding Hubby (and myself) that N. is two. There's a reason they call it the terrible twos, and it's not just because of the catchy alliteration. Here's to hoping tomorrow morning will be smoother.

On the knitting front - one repeat of the main pattern in the flower basket shawl... I'm already planning my next shawl, of course... which is not good. not good at all. Must. knit. from. stash.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Closure? We don' need no stinkin' closure.

Do I have a job after next week? Search me. I have no sweet frikkin clue. No one tells me anything.

So, I knit.

Started, knit, finished, blocked a Swallowtail Shawl in 2 weeks. This thing is small, and cute, and did I mention small? No pics uploaded yet since Hubs is constantly writing papers in the evenings when I want to do laptoppy type things. Will I make another one? Hell yes. Did I just cast on another Evelyn Clark pattern? Yup, the Flower Basket Shawl, and I finished the set-up chart over lunch, after helping Ms. L. with her crochet. It's theoretically supposed to be my long-car-ride knitting project, but I a) wanted to get it set up whilst not in a moving vehicle and b) I have no idea if I'll be in a car anytime soon, so frig it. I have 900yd of a light fingering weight, and I'm hoping to get a slightly bigger shawl. And it is BRIGHT.

As for my next Swallowtail, I'm going to do at least two more. Ms. L. wants one, and I love her so much that I would actually consider making one for her. (Have I mentioned the other woman who works in the hospital caf that keeps harassing me for a hat? No? Details at a later date, but suffice it to say, woman ain't gettin' no damn hat from me. She's a pain in the arse.) I also want to do a really large one in a heavier weight - I've seen a few in Cascade 220 on Ravelry, and it looks totally doable, minus the 5-stitch nupps in that weight most likely.

And now, I have to do PCR with oligos I designed to a specific construct 7 months ago, and I can't find them in the original sequence anymore. They disappeared. I have no idea where the sequence came from. It's frigged up. Like everything else around here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Busy little bee

I've been knittingknittingknitting, trying to distract myself from the fact that I still don't know if I have a job past two weeks. I'm also planning on our theoretical trip home, which is both good and bad in keeping my mind occupied.

I have gotten most of the way through the Swallowtail Shawl, and I love it, but fear it'll be to small. I highly doubt it'll block out to a 52"wingspan, but it's very pretty nonetheless. I'm enjoying the process so much that I went out and bought 900 yds of a really pretty fingering handdye to make another Evelyn Clark creation, possibly a mash-up of the Swallowtail and another one.

We have a lab cookout tomorrow for Hubby's lab, and I've baked donut holes so far, and will do a blueberry pie tonight if N. cooperates. He is squarely in the terrible twos now, and while I know on the whole he's still pretty darn well-behaved, baking doesn't happen until he sleeps.

More pics soon, hopefully. And an answer on the job. Sigh.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

How we've spent the last few days...

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
In and out of wading pools for N. (they let the kids splash around every morning at daycare, too), and in and out of air-conditioned work for me. I'm theoretically off tomorrow, but I'm coming in to work anyway. It's a chilly 84 out there today, though; we'll see.

Photo-free, but we had a knit night last night - one of the girls is moving away, so we knit, watched The Last Unicorn, and ate cupcakes and fresh blueberry-raspberry pie. And I worked on the Swallowtail shawl that I was compelled to cast on the other day. I don't seem to learn ;-)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Counting chickens and all that crap.

So, hope all you northeasterners haven't melted. I'm at work all week - free air conditioning, dammit. I had to defrost my bedroom unit on Sunday - it wasn't cooling at all, and I opened it up to find a solid block of ice on the chiller grid. Never had to do that one before.

I managed to do some crochet this weekend while N. was splashing in his little wading pool. One of my big doilies called for flowers and leaves, so they're finally done; just need to sew them on. We had a quiet holiday weekend, going for walks early in the morning and late in the afternoon, grilled some burgers and shrimp (which were delicious, and N. refused everything we offered), and had some festive cupcakes.

Also, my boss retracted his "we're good to go on the grant renewal" statement and basically said we can't call it certain until the CEO signs the papers. Which means limbo. Again. Gah.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Shoalwater Bay

Here's that cotton-rayon stuff I mentioned before... very pretty, very tough to photograph. It came with a simple feather-and-fan scarf pattern, so I decided to forge forward. It's totally slubby, which is pretty, but I'm not used to knitting with anything that's (a) not smooth, and (b) not stretchy. Hard to believe something so simple will be such a test for me. In any case, it gives a pretty result, so I'm going to try and plow through.

I'm also tentatively approved for a contract extension (quiet, theoretical "YAY"), so we're tentatively planning the drive up to see my family and MIL in August. Total driving time: 36 hours. Total time I get to drive: Zero. I can't drive a stick. Darn. Such a shame. I guess I'll have to get some more projects lined up. No more laceweight for the car, though; I learned that one the hard way.

Friday, July 2, 2010

And, just to cause a record three posts in one day...

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
(even though if I was on the home laptop it would be one)

Here are some of the hydrangeas we saw this week. I will never get tired of seeing them and their billion variations of purple-pink-blue.

Annis in repose

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
I love this shawlette. I have no idea how it'll look on me, but it's pretty impressive for two weeks of work (at least, for me).

The color of the Lunar Zazzle is one of my favourites - blue, turquoise, green, purple. I'm also coming back around to the stretchy cast-on. It's not sturdy at all, but the stretchiness makes the points look like they're floating. Pretty cool.

first picture post

Originally uploaded by Dr. Ellen
Because I can't figure out how to put two flickr photos in one post... here's my finished Annis, blocked out amongst the chaos. Don't worry, it was behind a gate, and it was only blocking while N. was asleep ;-)