Indeed, I was able to knit a bit while on vacation. :-) I didn't drag the huge blanket along with me (but I have finished it... photos as soon as the weather cooperates).
I had three little projects going -
A "first baby" gift for the hip hygienist at my dentist's office, whom I quite surprised by remembering the exact colors she said that she wanted to dress her baby boy in (electric green and dark purple - oh my!).
(a fabulous little book!)
size 8 needles
two balls DK weight Plymouth Encore in Purple (which I carried double)
And for good measure, (because all babies need hats) I made a simple roll rim hat with wild rasta curls on top. (curls directions can be found in Itty Bitty Hats) And I found some cute little buttons to finish it up with.
Socks! I haven't knit an entire pair of socks for awhile (since I have been socking it to myself with that blanket.. (I know, bad joke) And since I never leave on a trip with only one project (that can spell certain disaster with the Knit Goddesses) I began two pairs of socks.
The first is a pattern that I got from Anne Hanson awhile ago, and have been saving it for the perfect yarn - which I bought from Lisa (Dicentra Design). I am truly loving the blend of pattern and yarn on this one. I am about 50% finished with one sock.
Pattern Tesserae Sock
Yarn Dicentra Designs Superwash wool, color Charlene
size 1 needles
Pattern Here there be dragons
Yarn by Scout color Appletini (this yarn was a gift from some dear friend awhile ago...)
size 2 needles (makes it go really fast!)
And when my oldest daughter Erin saw the dragon scales and shocking green yarn she promptly declared these to be hers ;-) (that was the plan all along, heh heh).
The photos today are a little bit on the tame side, as in, they do not accurately reflect the true vibrant colors of the yarns. Autumn has arrived in Pac NW, and its a rainy day today, and a chilly 53 degrees. Yet, I wanted to give a bit of an update, and thus the tame photos.
And yes, one day when there is sunshine, I'll shoot outdoor photos of the finished blanket!...what, you say you want a sneak preview??? nahhhh, you silly ones, it deserves a full post all to itself (since it took the better part of 7 months to finish!) Soon. soon.
And for the new "attitude" portion of the blog, I want to give a small update on my health. Indeed, the last series of three antibiotics seem to have totally smashed the germs out of my system, (hurrah!) yet the approximately 8 weeks I was on them created its own set of small challenges, (multiple side effects) and I am now on two new medicines to attempt to put all systems back on track. Not to worry, I'm taking tons of probiotics, eating gallons of healthy organic yogurt, and fruit like bananas and apples, and I think (she whispers behind her hand) that I am beginning to see some p.r.o.g.r.e.s.s. . Thank goodness. It was a very long year of crumby health, and I am once again finding a bit of optimism that even the side effects will be alleviated soon. Keep sending those good thoughts my way - I know they are helping - thank you.
And to that end, since I am still not able to be running due to my heel injury, I bought myself a small new thing when I got home from vacation..... and she is, coming straight from Craig's List to a street near you, "Pink!"
(that's what my mountain bike deserves to be called, and man has she got attitude!).
I've since added a bell, and a new seat. She's got 15 gears (most of which work) and now courtesy of the fabulous local bike shop where they sell the high end cool-kid-bikes, she also has brake pads in front, a new cable, and a new inner tube on the back wheel. They also straightened/aligned both my wheels at no charge.. nice people ! (and they didn't even laugh at her!) But I must say that as I was leaving the bike shop that day, the nice gentleman who fixed her said.."and one day, you might consider buying a slightly bigger bike..." (hmmmm.... it's a kids' bike!?! who knew!) She might not be the fanciest, but she fit the budget for now, and like I say, she's got attitude!
Watch for me, cruisin' the streets of Olympia, and if you hear the bell, jump out of the way :-)