No knitting here for a bit, having done a poor job of chopping an apple, slicing the finger instead. The result? Eight stitches, antibiotics and a tetanus shot. I still plan on posting the recent FO once the pictures are taken. No photos required on this post however, you do not want to see it.
The older my kids get, the possiblity of everyone tgether on vacation seems like a remote possibility. We were fortunate to have it happen. Seven if us, including Baby Rye, in our two bedroom condo in Palm Springs. Cozy but fun. On our last night together we talked of our highlights:
Two of my S'sIL were in Phoenix celebrating C's brother's 80th birthday. We couldn't go so they brought the party to us even though it was a brief visit the end of their trip, so appreciated:
We picked grapefruit in an abandoned orchard and made grapefruit mimosas the next morning:
We hiked to an oasis:
Ms. M edited her Master's thesis, which she successfully defended this week and starting May 1st she is officially a PhD student:
You go, girl!
And we were bouyed by baby smiles:
Part 2 to follow, including the best sky picture ever.
Part of the fun of trip anticipation is the plan for travel knitting. Used to be I could take several projects, but with recent weight limitations I limit myself to one or two small ones. The result is quick progress.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina, Stargazing colourway (royal to navy blue with green flecks), a birthday gift from Blogless Marsha.
Needles: US size 7, last row and bind off in size 8.
Finished blocked size: 59.5" (along the top edge) x 13.5" at its deepest point.
Thoughts: The perfect pairing of yarn and pattern. Could this have been my favourite project ever? The knotted openwork was a slower than the rest, but fun. The key is to knit that section loosely.
1. After adding two extra repeats of the knotted openwork, knowing that I would have enough yarn and wanting to avoid a frilly ruffle, I knit through Section 7, Row 2 of the pattern, stopping just before the row where you the knit through the front and back of each stitch.
2. I added one section of a chevron lace, with a bit of stockinette above and below, similar to the one seen in the pattern "My version of Summer Flies" by Alla Postelnik, but without the increases described above and adjusting the amount of stitches across one of the stockinette rows to accommodate the repeats.
3. I finished with a tailored ribbed ruffle as follows:
Row 1: Knit all stitches, increasing until you end up with a multiple of 8 stitches. I needed to add three stitches across the row.
Row 2 and 3: K 4, P 4 to the end of the row.
Row 4: *K1, K to the front and back of the next stitch, K2, then P1, P to the front and back of the next stitch, P2* repeat across the row.
Row 5 and 6: K 5, P 5 to the end of the row.
Row 7: *K2, K to the front and back of the next stitch, K2, then P2, P to the front and back of the next stitch, P2* repeat across the row.
Row 8 and 9: K 6, P 6 to the end of the row.
Row 10: *K3, K to the front and back of the next stitch, K2, then P3, P to the front and back of the next stitch, P2* repeat across the row.
Row 11: K 7, P 7 to the end of the row.
Row 12: Bind off in knit and purl.
You could make it longer, but weighing my yarn with each of the last few rows in order to use all my Pashmina, this was the end result, a perfect size.
Remember when you could take more than one piece of luggage on a plane, sans fee, prior to the degeneration of policies that limits you to one checked piece totalling 50 pounds for $25? If you fly Allegient, the used-to-be cheap West Coast airline to sunny climes, you now pay $35 for even carry on.
I'm not known for packing lightly. On a recent trip of three weeks, I weighed what I didn't wear, and it came to 8 pounds. My New Year's resolution, and promise to my not-so-luggage-inclined-spouse, was to buy a smaller, lighter suitcase. Costco cooperated and I've been given a chance to prove my new ability.
I did great with 36 pounds for a two week trip. But herein lies the problem. Mail order. For some reason, shipping costs to Canada plus applicable taxes and duties, make mail order an exorbitant proposition. The end result is shipping those items to my vacation destination, resulting in extra poundage on the return flight. In the meantime I'm gratefully saved by Blogless Marsha, whose home serves as my shipping depot in between trips.
And then there's shopping. My knitting souvenir purchase was Madelinetosh Pashmina, go figure, in the Magnolia Leaf colourway. My 6th Clapotis-to-be?
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