Vacation Knitting

I said I’m back but I’m still behind in uploading photos and blogging about them. No mean feat as I have over 1000 photos due for post-processing! So I thought I’d start with the knitting side of things. I brought a few projects with me but admittedly I was not able to finish all of them.

I did a couple of small, impromptu projects. Here is a mobile phone holder for my Mom. Improvised using seed stitch throughout the body and short rows to shape the flap. I crocheted the button loop. Mom wanted it around her neck, so even though I hated doing it, I did an I-cord strap. She hasn’t found the right button yet but I’m sure she will soon.
Project: Mom’s Cozy
Pattern: Improvised
Yarn: Lily’s Sugar n Crème Solids, Colourway Tan (only used a few yards)
Needle: 3mm
Dates: Cast on and off May 25, 2009

The next improv is another mobile phone holder, this time for Viel. I made this from the leftover STR (see socks below) while we were in the hospital. Viel had a bout of infection which needed observation. I was bored out of my wits so brought my knitting with me. I decided to make a mobile phone sock with ribbing on top to close it up a bit and then a couple decrease rows at the end and then grafted them close. She wanted to hold it around her wrist so did an I-cord which ended up looking like a jewel-banded snake to me.Project: Rockin’ Cozy!
Pattern: Improvised
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight, Colourway Xmas Rocks
Needle: 2.5mm
Dates: Cast on and off June 15, 2009

This next project is a little special for me as it involves a lot of firsts. First time I’m knitting a proper lace shawl, an Evelyn A. Clark pattern no less! First time using Sundara Fingering Silky Merino. First time I knitted from a chart, okay so it’s not a very complicated chart, in fact it was so easy I managed to memorise the body chart by the second repeat! And this is the first time I used blocking wires. It has been a truly fun project and I am sure I will be making this pattern again. And yes, I brought the knitting on the flight, managed to sneak my wooden needles through!
Shetland Caramel x 2
Pattern: Shetland Triangle by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: 1 skein Sundara Fingering Silky Merino, Colourway: Caramel Apple
Needle: 4mm
Cast on: May 11 (1st one), June 10 (2nd one)
Cast off: June 7 (1st one), June 19 (2nd one)
Now on to socks. I am still okay with my 1 sock a month target for this year. I think I’m even ahead as I have 9 already. No matter, I just love knitting socks now that I cannot stop.
One thing with this project, I made a mistake in the toe decreases. Instead of starting the decrease row with a ssk, I did a k2tog so they ended up looking like these!
I love them though. They fit great and though the colours are really mad, they get an A+ on comfort and warmth.

Project: Mad Colour Rocks!
Pattern: Mad Color Weave by Tina Lorin
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight, Colourway: Xmas Rocks
Needle: 2.25mm
Cast on: May 1
Cast off: June 15

So there you have it. I’m glad I found time to knit during my vacation. The time spent in the car going to places helped. My mom also loves the Clapotis I gave her. I didn’t get to give the Silk Ruffles personally to my grandma but I’m sure she would love it too.
I’m working on my first Liesl now and another pair of socks for my husband.

Edited and posted for the nth time because I was using someone else’s laptop and the Blogger settings are all screwed up on this machine!

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