Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

The Great Sheep Drive: The First Leg May 9, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah Jane Humke @ 1:40 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

I am sitting in the Des Moines airport writing this waiting for a flight to Denver.  This isn’t the original plan.  I was supposed to be flying out of Cedar Rapids to Chicago then onto Denver but due to weather issues I am now flying directly to Denver.  So, score one for me, oddly enough.  It’s not often that weather cancellations actually make for a better flight path but they did for me today.  I found out early enough about the cancellation to be able to reroute and get to where I needed to be in plenty of time.  Also, for the record, the United agent that I spoke with one the phone was absolutely lovely and helpful.

There are tons of Iowa State students flopped about in the various gates, exhausted by either the finals that they just finished with or the parties that came after.  Listening to their conversations makes me both miss being at school and to be very glad that I am no longer there.

I know that the weather I am going to be flying into isn’t nearly as nice as the weather we are having here today.  I have packed a jacket and even gloves.

Adventure here I come!


Why I love Ag Schools July 18, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah Jane Humke @ 7:27 pm
Tags: , ,

You never know exactly what you will see on any given day.

Walking out to my car today, I ran across this sight.Ag1







ag 8




I adore old tractors, so this was quite the pleasant surprise.  I think that the tractors were there preparing for a tractor ride in the area.


Make do With What’s on Hand July 12, 2013

So, today I nearly finished my most recent monkeys, but I had left my sewing-up needle at home.  However, I really wanted to get the almost completed monkeys off the needles so I could cast on another pair.  What to do?

So, I thought about what I had around me.  I was at the ISU agricultural mechanics shop out at the 450 farm.  So, I procured a couple of little pieces of leftover  mig  welding wire, transferred the stitches onto them, and voila! Rough and ready stitch holders!

Make 1

The rest of the sock isn’t visible as this pair will be a future gift for someone who might actually read this.  Yes, I am working on the Christmas presents already! 🙂  If you want to see them, pictures are available on my Ravelry page.

However, I have started on another pair, this time for me, thus I can show them to you!

Make 2

And this is one day later!

And this is one day later!


I’m totally adoring that green, grey and teal together. Can’t wait to wear these!!!


I Will Drink From the Keg of Glory! June 29, 2013

I finished the first men’s sock last night.  It felt like it took forever and not in a good way!  I switched to grey for the “toe” as I was worried about having enough for the second sock.


This weekend is pretty quiet here.  Everyone I know is pretty much out of town.  I have homework (check), grocery shopping (check), cleaning (sorta check), and prepacking for the move.  You know, getting boxes together, finding packing materials, deciding what goes where, that sort of thing.

A low-key weekend. Maybe I’ll go hit that keg of glory now…



A Fine Day June 27, 2013

Yesterday I went down to Lake LaVerne and I remembered the camera.

First the fish started feeding (can’t really photograph them all that well).  Then the geese came.


These guys were literally eating out of my hands.  In fact, one kinda tried to hop onto my lap!




Then came the swans (they feel that they have to check out anything that the geese are into).



Swans are more elegant at a distance don’t you think?


There was also a turtle in all of this, but I didn’t manage to capture a photo of him.

Also yesterday there was good mail.


A letter from Tini and a little skein of sock yarn! Yay for the sock yarn blanket!

Still knitting on socks myself.  Still the Basket Weave Rib Socks.


I’m to the heel flap now. Have never made a pair of men’s socks before so it feels like it is taking forever.



Detor from Monkey Town June 25, 2013

Yes, you read that right. Knitting socks that are not monkeys.  These are Basket Weave Rib Socks by Sarah Ronchetti. 


So far I am enjoying the pattern and the yarn is beautiful. Darker teal than what I can capture with my camera today.

In other news, I submitted that paper that I have been working on f-o-r-e-v-e-r today.  This is quite an accomplishment given that it was due by the 28th and I tend to submit at the 11th hour, quite literally. It felt good to be done with it for a little while.  If it gets accepted (which I hope that it will) it will mean the writing of a much longer paper, but that’s ok.  I’ve already cut enough out of this paper to fill up about 4 or 5 pages:-)  Submitting doesn’t mean anything really except that I am done editing the abstract at this point.  If it gets accepted, that’s where the real work begins!

I went and fed the fish, geese, and swans again today and again I forgot my camera.  Tomorrow I promise….


Practically a Sock Knitting Factory June 24, 2013

Ok, so that might be overstating it a bit.  But I do feel like a MACHINE of knitting prowess! Here are the latest and greatest Monkeys!


This was some beautifully dyed yarn.  I know it’s hard to see it, but this yarn had reds, rusts, oranges, greens, browns and even a tiny bit of pink in the mix.  It’s Socks that Rock Lightweight, unknown colorway.  It was a lot of fun to knit.

However, I am going to be hoping off the Monkey train for a little bit.  I’m making some socks for a male friend of mine and I’m not sure that the Monkey is the way to go. Both for the yarn and the person. Here’s the yarn:

Joel 1

Yes, it is very rainbow-ishious. And yes, he chose it:-)

Today I caused a (very) minor traffic jam on campus. You see, I took some stale buns down to Lake LaVerne to feed the fish and geese and swans. Anyway, first came the fish, then the geese and finally, the swans.  However, the geese are afraid of the swans so ran into the street.  They are not afraid of cars however, and would simply honk back as drivers tried to get through!  Oops!