As I think I mentioned, we went on a little vacation last month. We flew to Newark, caught a car to Queens, hung out with my folks for 36 hours, then got on a cruise ship with my parents, my three sisters and our husbands. Off to Bermuda goes us. The weather was warm (okay, stinkin’ hot.) and humid enough to put an afro on a sheltie. Our first port day in Bermuda culminated with one of us getting a wee bit of heat stroke (but not to the point where I barfed or anything. Just needed a cool shower and then lots of blankets because I couldn’t get warm. It was like my internal thermostat couldn’t deal with the temperature shifts. I mean, it has barely figured out what’s going on with menopause, and then I throw weather at it?), but that’s not what I wanted to talk about.
If you’ve ever taken a cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines, you’re familiar with the concept of “Fun Days at Sea”. (I don’t know if any other lines use the “F” word to try and convince you that it’s a good thing to be bobbing along like a cork in the ocean, but since Geoff’s tenure as a sailor, we refer to the days where you see no other vessels as “Fun” days.) Like any card-carrying Knit-Nut, I had packed a couple of projects for the specific purpose of having Fun Days. The first project I hauled out had been irritatingly packed without needles, which was going to make it a whole lot harder to knit, so I took out the second one. It had needles, some Rowan Kidsilk Haze, in a sort of misty gray-blue, and I even remembered to bring the pattern. I chose it specifically because a) I love anything that Kieran Foley designs, and b)I felt that the name of the pattern (High Seas) was so appropriate that I couldn’t possibly knit anything else whilst on a cruise. While the sea was lovely and calm, with very little swell, what I had not accounted for was the humidity. Kidsilk Haze does not like humidity. Or sweaty hands. Or cruise ships. Or any combination thereof. Oh, sure, I could have stayed indoors on the ship where the air conditioning kept the temperature at a cool 65 degrees, but what’s the fun of that when you know your whole family is out on the poopdeck talking about whoever isn’t there to defend herself? I’d rather be part of the solution, if you know what I mean.
So, my lovely shawl made it this far:
more of a narrow lace collar than a shawl at this point.
and no further. I did do a little fibre-related shopping during our week in New York after the cruise, and I will share some of that experience next time.
Since I’ve been home I have been working like mad (but in a loving way) on some friendship shawls for a friend and her family who have been having a rough summer, and also on another Foley project:
As I believe I mentioned before, this is the Teardrop Rectangular shawl, using Fantastic Knitting (formerly Fiddlesticks) Laceweight Zephyr Wool-Silk. I’ve been disappointed with the yarn, as there have been numerous joins in it, and being the untrusting type, I have been re-joining them all and so will have lots of ends to work in at the end of the project.The lower left hand corner has been wet and stretched a bit- I was getting anxious about blocking, but it looks like it will open nicely. I leave this project out on the dining room table, and work a few rows here and there. Because of the beads, I find that sitting at a table works the best for me.
Tools of the Trade
Sometimes a knitter needs a little reminder:
In spite of not putting the beads in where the pattern specified, I still like the look of the pattern.
At least they're all in the same wrong place.
The crush on the designer is continuing unabated. I don’t mean “I’m the Future Mrs. Justin Bieber” kind of infatuation, but a deeper, more meaningful, more adult one: the “I worship Kieran Foley and his genius” kind. Sigh.
Read any good books lately?
Because I don’t have enough to fill my days.
I guess I could blog more.
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