The beach. Need I say more?
We had a wonderful getaway to the beach - thank you everyone for your wishes for a happy vacation. On Sunday it poured buckets and the wind was blowing the rain sideways in sheets, but it cleared up and we were actually able to get some good beach time - with intermittant sun, no less!
And of course, the obligatory action shot of the handspun alpaca hat. It served its duties well. Campbell was great the whole weekend, played hard with her cousins, and even slept through the huge thunder and lightening storm Sunday night. She has a love-hate relationship with the ocean: she loves to play, but invariably falls down and gets wet, then cold, then blue lips, and cries to go back to the house, then runs back toward the water to play, and then cries some more, and then runs back to play...you get the picture. A bit aggravating for Daddy, who was putting up with her schizo behavior.
And I love stormy weather at the beach, so here's a nice shot of the fog rolling in:
And I finished the Bubble Pullover (from Knitting Nature)!!! Yeah for me! Of course, it doesn't fit me nearly as great as if fits the dress form in the shop. Go figure. It's fine in the bust, but a little tight across my hips - I never said I wasn't hippy. Cest la vie. (Did I spell that right?) It also has funny sleeve cap shaping due to trying to fit the sleeve in between pentagons, and that makes the sleeves very tight around the armholes (for me). But it's wearable. I made one, big, mistake all over the pattern, though. Click on the blocking picture to see a close-up - - if any of you who have knit the Bubble can guess what it is I'll put you in a drawing for a little prize....The pattern really is a breeze to knit up (and doesn't have any of the weird math issues that have been reported in some of the other designs in that book). Here's a shot blocking at home, and on the deck of the beach house, and a closeup of my cool buttons. I used 6 skeins of Malabrigo in Burgundy (I HEART this yarn!).
One big accomplishment this weekend? I FINALLY picked up the Men's Ribbed Cardigan that I had started for Jason in January. I think I had overestimated my progress on my sidebar (I had it at 60%), and was really more at about 40%. I had the body and one sleeve done, and the other sleeve casted on. So I finished the 2nd sleeve, joined it to the other pieces, and am now about 2/3rd done with the yoke! Yay for me! It feels so good to get this thing going again and working toward completion. I would guess that now I am actually at about 75%. Whew!
That's not all the knitting to report, either! I finished my October SAM2 socks as well! Here is the completed Petticoat pair (#1295). Love 'em. (If you can't tell, pink and brown is the dominating color scheme around here).
I've already started my Lucy STR - I think I'm going to do a little slip-stitch pattern I've used before. Also - tomorrow Vonnie and I head to the Middle School for a little hat workshop, and the kids are going to do the prize drawing for all of you that so generously sent us your extra yarn!!! Stay tuned for the winners!
I'll leave you with one parting shot of Campbell near Haystack Rock.....