Laar at Last

Laar Lace Sweater

Hello everyone!

I have not yet completely disappeared from the planet. As you can see, I have still been knitting, albeit slowly.

The new job has been very busy and fun, but I have still managed, after 6 long months, to finish the Laar sweater! It involved doing a lot of techniques that were either completely new to me or that I had only done maybe once before. And yet it still turned out wearable with no obvious flaws. It’s a success!!

Laar Lace Sweater

Laar Lace Sweater

Laar Lace Sweater

Laar Lace Sweater

Ravelry project page.

The Way Things Go

Hello, my friends. It has been a while.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around much these days. It seems the new job is keeping me pretty busy. I just have not had the time or the energy for the blog, and, truth be told, I go for weeks without even remembering that it exists. I’m a little sad about this, but realize that it’s just the way things are going to be.

I was at a birthday party for a couple of 6-year old today and was asked how the new job was going. When I complained that I just don’t feel like I have very much time to do anything any more, I got a couple of blank stares and some silence. Then someone said, “You’re talking to people with kids.” Right, no sympathy from that crowd. But it’s a huge change for me (both having a full-time job again and having to have that job be somewhere else than my home office) and I’m working on having some patience with it all and letting more things go than I would have in the past.

And one of those things is obviously the blog. I do hope to post here on occasion in the future — like when I finally finish that sweater.

But I wanted to let you know that I won’t be around much, at least for a while. Until I can figure out how to juggle more things at one time. I hope to still see you here on occasion, and I’ll be lurking around your blogs as well, commenting while I’m on the train home from work.

Until then, here are a few more views of Stanford’s campus, usually taken on my morning or afternoon walk through campus to my office. Passing on a little of our Northern California blue skies to you!

Verb For Keeping Warm & A New Project

I recently took a trip over to Berkeley on a lovely Sunday to talk to some folks about a new project (more on that below). After our meeting, I stopped by A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland.

They have lots of really beautiful yarn here. I do not desire a yarn stash, but, even so, I have yarn for at least 3 or 4 specific projects waiting for me at home, so I wasn’t looking to buy. Just fondling the goods.

They also have yarn they dye themselves with natural dyes that is super yummy. I had seen this before at stitches.

This location is relatively new for them. When they moved here they added fabric to their offerings! And they have some super cute stuff, even if it’s a fairly small collection.

Now about my new project! I had a couple contact me about making a queen-sized quilt for them to use as part of the commitment ceremony they are planning for next July. Their story really touched me and when I met them they seemed like such sweet people that I agreed to do this project for them. And I only agreed because it’s a year off, and we are going to try to get started fairly soon. Otherwise I don’t think I would have had time to do this with the new job and all.

Lots of the details are yet to be worked out, but they do know that they are going to get fabric contributions from all of their friends and family to include in the quilt. They seem super organized, so I think it will be a fun experience. And I think it will be a good way to keep me sewing! I’ll keep you posted on the project as it progresses!

Library Views

The library where I work is an Earth Sciences library. One thing we have that I think is super fun is a ton of globes!!

We also have an awesome mineral collection, but it’s in double-sided glass cases in the foyer and is super hard to get pictures of. Plus, I’m not sure I’m allowed to take photos of them and post them anyhow. Things are a little particular about the minerals collection, which technically I think is only on loan from someone.

And here’s the view from the mezzanine level where all the map cases are. I am almost never up there, but went up to snag a few photos. This one is looking out through the front of the building down the Lomita Mall, which runs along the west side of the Main Quad.

Picturesque Egypt

For the first time in my life I am working in a library. A library with tons of really cool stuff, not just current popular fiction and DVDs you can borrow for free. There is some seriously cool stuff in this library.

I recently went on a field trip with some colleagues to one of the library’s storage facilities on the other side of campus. They were doing a survey of the atlases the library had in its collection. I was looking at cool old books!

You know I have a thing for beautiful book covers. Check out this book on Egypt from 1885.

Is that not gorgeous? And the title page is nearly as much fun, with its beautiful type.

Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, Picturesque by G. Ebers (originally in German).

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