We got back from vacation yesterday and it was like this
with a little bit of this
and a little bit more of this
All in all, we really had a nice vacation. As you can see, we went to the beach, went sailing, and shopping, eating and relaxing. We rented a boat on the last day and went fishing – we caught some but threw them back because they were too little (which was too bad because it would have been great to eat a fish I caught!). It was a beautiful week – it rained at home, but at the Cape it was beautiful – perfect vacation weather. The dogs did well, and had a good time too. We found a new family game – it really is fun, and I recommend it. It was a great week, and I came back happy, relaxed and rested.
On the knitting front, though….
Nice eh? This is the first VanDyke sock – I finished it on the way to the Cape. But…I can’t find the second skein of this to finish the second sock. I’ve looked everywhere – no luck. I’ve contacted the dyer, and I really hope that she will be dyeing some of this colorway in this weight soon (she has this colorway in lace weight right now, but not in sport weight). I also used a new cast off for the sock, and I don’t think it was a success. I have been using the sewn cast off for my toe ups, and it is always stretchy – but seems to take forever. I read on another pattern about using a cast off of k2tog, slip the stitch made back to the left needle, k2tog and so on….so I did that. And it was fast, and seemed ok – until I went to put this on – and yikes! I really have to work to get it over my heel. I’m not sure I’ll take it out and redo it – but I think I’ll go back to the sewn cast off (or try to find another) for future toe ups.
Since I couldn’t finish the second VanDyke sock, I started a new pair on vacation (no knitting on shawls this week) – this is Happy Hands Yarn Toe Jamz – the colorway is After the Gold Rush (I bought this at the Loopy Ewe)- and its pretty wild. And they are for Larry – he likes wild socks and immediately latched on these – he’s a sock pig! I’m just about done with the first one – not a lot of knitting time this week, but enough to get a sock done! I love the yarn though – very soft, and the colors are amazing.
I did go to two yarn shops on the Cape – Sage Yarn in Falmouth – very nice store, and I got a couple of things (I don’t have pictures yet). The person working there that day was really nice and very chatty, and they had a lot of really nice yarn. I also went to the Yarn Basket in Mashpee – and I don’t know what to say about this store other than yikes! I don’t know what the deal with this store is, but I’ve never been to a yarn store like this. It was a little tiny shop, with all of the yarn in packages. And thrown everywhere – we couldn’t walk through the aisles because yarn was everywhere – on the floor, in piles, falling everywhere, no apparent order – crazy. We left after a couple of minutes – it was just so overwhelming that I don’t think anyone could find yarn that they wanted. That was it for me – this just wasn’t one of those vacations were I chased a lot of yarn.
Although we had a great time, it was really good to be home yesterday. Its always nice to be back in my own bed, and I missed the cats. Today was about getting back to normal – laundry, groceries and all that. Tomorrow it will be back to work – it seems like years since I’ve been at work which shows what a great vacation it was!