Thanksgiving en México

November 27, 2007 at 10:06 pm | Posted in family, knitting | 4 Comments

I know I’ve been away from the blog for a bit but I have a good excuse! We spent last week on this:

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The cruise originally started out as a way for my sister and her husband to celebrate their 10th anniversary but turned out to be a wonderful family vacation that included my sister’s family, my parents and Chris and myself. We had such a great time and I think the last time we took a family vacation it was to Nantucket when I was about 10 years old. Did you notice the flag of Mexico? That’s where we spent Thanksgiving Day. My dad, husband and I went to Playa Del Carmen by ferry and then to the amazing Mayan ruins of Tulum.

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This was the castle of Tulum and it was breathtaking to come up over a hill and through an entrance cut into the surrounding stone wall to see the ruins, surrounded by palm trees, overlooking the clear blue water of the Caribbean.

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The previous day was spent in Grand Cayman which was nice but tough on the wallet. We did get a fair amount of Christmas shopping out of the way while we were on the cruise and I even found time to knit.

On the subject of knitting…I have one FO to report and that is the scarf for the Ravelry scarf exchange. I have a picture ready but I can’t post it quite yet because I only mailed it yesterday and I want it’s recipient to be the first to see it.

I am very close to an FO picture of the Harvest Sock Swap sock and I have to say, I wish I was keeping this pair for myself. I’m extremely pleased with how well they are turning out and I love the yarn I’m using. Again, more details have to be kept under wraps until it’s mailed which should be by the end of the week. I have all the goodies already in the box and ready to go.

Thanks so much for all of the compliments on the Forest Canopy Shawl and a special shout out to Anne for the link in her Sunday bloglines. Please go check out her blog and say hello. Another special shout out and congratulations to my new blogger friend, Ann who has just announced that she’s expecting her first baby. Please stop by and say hello to the new mommy-to-be.

I know this post has been a little light on knitting content but I’ll make up with it in the next post with some FO pics. For now, I’ll leave you with a photo of Chris and I trying desperately to get a great pic for our Christmas card this year….

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“Mama, why do you do this to me?”

Almost an FO!

November 4, 2007 at 12:41 pm | Posted in finished objects, knitting, knitting instruction, lace | 9 Comments

It’s been so long since I’ve had a true FO that I’m posting about this one a tad early. My Forest Canopy shawl is off the needles and now blocking. This is my first real attempt at any kind of lace, or any serious blocking.

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Being the novice blocker that I am, I have only the crudest of tools..straight pins. The shawl is currently stretched out across the guest room bed but I don’t think it looks too shabby. One error that’s noticable right now while it’s blocking is that on the right bottom points of the shawl, I didn’t bind off properly which left one section less strechy than the other side. I was watching TV and talking to Chris at the time and I noticed I suddenly was using a regular bind off..oops. I went back to the 2-step bind off the pattern calls for and you can definitely see what a difference it made on the left side.
The yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Stile in the colorway 8002 and I loved it so so much. It made me so happy as I was knitting it. I tried in vain to find another ball of it so I could make the shawl bigger but noone seems to carry this particular yarn, well..in the USA anyway. I think it’s my favorite yarn so far since I’ve been knitting.

Here’s a closeup shot just for fun. I’ve been trying to read a little about how to take better pictures of my projects and while I don’t quite have the hang of it yet, I did get one closeup that was actually in focus. Yay me!

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I really need to learn more about lighting I think.

Another project Chris helped me with last night was making my own sock blockers. The ones you find online and in the LYS are kind of expensive so I used this tutorial here. At Target, for a whopping $4.99, I found a package of 4 of these:

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They are portable cutting boards by Chefmate. Then I took the template from the tutorial, cut it out and used it as a guide to free hand a larger template onto a cereal box. I cut the cardboard template out and tested it on some socks and it was a pretty good fit. So then I traced around it onto the cutting boards, cut out my new sockblockers and Voila!!

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So now I have a pair of blockers and the fixins to make a second pair, all for less than 5 bucks.

Next up on the FO list are the scarf and Harvest swap socks.

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