Back To Reality

room with a view in Po'ipu

pretty plumeria

It’s hard to believe we’ve been back from Kaua’i for two weeks; I miss it.  Everywhere I looked there was something beautiful to marvel at and it’s a great place to kick back and just relax.

luscious green in Hanapepe

just plain colorful

The weather at home has been typical of a Pacific Northwest spring: cold, cloudy and rainy.  To ease back into normal everyday life, I went right out and gathered a bit of Paradise for our home by buying Hawaii-grown pineapple and papayas. I also went to Trader Joe’s and bought an Oncidium orchid with tons of pretty orange flowers.

paradise in the kitchen

Knitting projects that accompanied me on the trip were Tokyu Wisp and Red Melon.

red melon at rest

I was hoping to get Red Melon done for my mother’s trip to Turkey in a week, but while on our trip to Kaua’i, it became apparent that that would not happen; the pace hasn’t been fast enough.  So, once home I put down Red Melon and started Abrazo.

Perusing Ravelry, I saw that people have been able to finish Abrazo in a week, so with a few weeks to go before my mother leaves, I thought it was a sure thing to get done to give her for the trip.  I started right away, but didn’t get out of the starting gate, so to speak, until a week later, because the yarn I’m using, Misti Alpaca Lace, keeps vomiting all over the place.  I have spent much of my rare and precious knitting (and blogging) time undoing huge rats’ nests of yarn snarls—HUGE.  I only get about 1-2 hours of knitting in a night, and maybe an hour during the day, and that often gets spent on yarn snarls.  I’ve finally begun breaking-off impossible knots and tossing them.  I had two skeins, which was more than enough to make Abrazo, but at the rate I’m going, I might not have enough.  The snarls are becoming fewer, and I’m at the 13th row, with only 13 more lace rows to go, and then the body of the shawl is stockinette.  The deadline is still within reach, don’t you think?  I dunno know….

Giddy!

Although I don’t normally describe myself with the word giddy—make that, I never describe myself with that word—that’s the best word for it. I’m giddy about the shipment that arrived from Amazon.com today!! Two books: Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave and Victorian Lace Today.

Grumperina really gets the thanks from me for turning me onto Favorite Socks; there are many fun patterns to be found in there, and I am particularly pleased that Mary Snyder’s Padded Footlets pattern is among them. I knitted Padded Footlets over a year ago, and it wasn’t an easy accomplishment, but I hope to knit more of the same, hopefully resulting in mastering the tricky pattern.

I guess I’m a bit behind the times on getting my copy of Victorian Lace Today, since it came out 5 months ago, but this is the primary book of the two in the shipment that just has me in such a state of euphoria. I was so beside myself when I opened the book that I almost ran out of the house and upset the sleepy suburban decorum of DomesticShorthair’s neighborhood by shouting, “It’s here! It’s here!” Of the 40 patterns in Victorian Lace Today, I didn’t see one that did not beckon me to knit it. Even if you don’t knit lace, this book, which features sumptuous photography by Alexis Xenakis of English estates and countryside, would make a lovely coffee table book. But why would you do that? It’s a definite must-knit-that kind of book. Beautiful!

Finally, here’s a two-page spread of an estate from the book:

For more Victorian Lace Today pictures, try Grumperina’s blog archive. Click here.