Saturday, June 10, 2006

Monkey's away, stuff gets done!


I've got one of the Trekalong socks done. I really like the pattern. It looks like cables, but it's really a lace. Very comfy too. The socks's pointing out the Peace Arch in the background. It's the shiny thing at the skyline about mid-sock. Very hard to see, but it's there. The beach is great at this time of year. The tide goes out so far that you can almost wade across to the U.S. The bay almost empties, it's very cool. There's usually herons and bald eagles sitting on beach at the delta, and jelly fish wash up onto the sand after really lows tides. Sometimes sand dollars and starfish as well. Beautiful place to have so close to home.


I managed to get Roz's socks done before she left for Britain and France. She was kind enough to model them (make sure they fit) for me. I used the cotton Regia so she'll have comfy feet trekking through the Loire Valley. She's my dog walking pal and I'll be going much earlier than normal with her hubby while she's off having fun in Europe. Hope he doesn't expect much perky chat from me at seven am. Mornings and I are barely on speaking terms.


My first Amazing Lace project is done! And the weather is cooperating today so I can block it outside. I had to keep the mister close at hand as it's so warm, the shawl was drying before I had all of it pinned out. I got these great foam locking tiles from the dollar store and they're excellent for blocking. You can change the shape and pins go in easily and hold. When you're done, you just take them apart and they store in a tidy pile. Much nicer than having a huge foam board for blocking.


Here's a close up of the lace. Nice easy pattern that knit up very quickly.


I also managed to get the Shapely Tank done this week. I used the Treasure cotton and it's worked up very light and soft. A great summer shell.
Now I have to decide whether I'm gonna behave and do my homework for the spinning course and the Nihon Vogue class, finish the two poor shawls from the last post, OR be really bad and start something new. I've been eying up Print O' The Wave Stole and this short sleeved lace cardy. Anybody wanna help me decide?

16 comments:

margene said...

Is the Shawl Adamas?
The first picture of your Trekking sock is a kick!

Thistledown847 said...

Always willing to assist in decision making: Print O' The Wave Stole will be lovely for your cruise.....and hey, we have a long break from Nihon Vogue, so live at the edge, start something new! Oooh, the foam locking blocks are brilliant! Gotta git me some o' that!!
A

Kirsten said...

What a fabulous idea to use foam tiles to block. I may have to steal it!

I say jump in and start a new project. You'll always come back to the others when you're ready!

Angela said...

I vote for the cardi.

Kim said...

I stopped by to see your sock(it looks great by the way), but little did I know I'd find a great lace blocking idea! That is brilliant--I need to go on a search now. Thanks :)

Uli said...

Of course...... start something new. They are both great. Love the shawl and the socks and of course, Roz's socks are great, especially since they got their start on my couch. :-)

sarah said...

Your sock pic is great (I stopped by from the trek along page), but I have to agree with other commenters, foam blocks for blocking is a great idea!

lorinda said...

Everything you posted is super; you are quite prolific. Love the trekking sock, gorgeous colorway. Your lace shawl is wonderful; thanks for the foam tiles idea. And of course, start something new. Isn't that what all knitters do?

Catherine said...

These Trekking socks sure do get around! I vote for the cardi. Love the foam tiles for blocking - must get me some.

Frauke said...

I vote for the cardi....I love the socks as well and I'm going to have to get the pattern....maybe that "lace" won't stump me..... do you read I'm having trouble with my lace project. You make it look so easy.

Norma said...

Love that sock pic, and that IS quite a natural treasure to have so close to your home.

Sarah said...

love the foam boards idea. I have seen those at the dollar store and never thought twice. What an amazing idea. Thanks

Paula said...

Nice Trekking sock. Your other projects are impressive, too.

Melanie said...

Why not start both. You know you want to. Oh, and buy a new spindle while you're at it.

Elisabeth said...

Beautiful trekking sock! I've just started mine and you've already got one done!

kerry said...

I'm with Mel - my first thought was "Why not both?" I can't believe I didn't think of the spindle part.