Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I'm back!

My pumpkin vines are teeming with beetles, my youngest daughter screams herself sick every morning before daycare, and I'm stuck here sleeveless in an overly air-conditioned office rewriting things I routed last week. If that doesn't say summer, I don't know what does.

I'm mostly bummed because I'm no longer in Disneyworld eating dessert at every meal.

Gary is dedicating hours of his post-vacation life to uploading and captioning the 600 photos we took, so those of you who are really in love with my family will be able to fully immerse yourselves in our Disney experience. The rest of you can look forward to a few choice hightlights.

In the meantime, I can show you how I amused myself on the 2,000+ mile roundtrip drive.

One Waving Lace sock:

Waving lace socks

This is the nicest sock I've ever made. It actually fits like a proper sock and not like a smooshy leg sleeve. I did modify the pattern to leave out two lace repeats (I cast on 48 instead of 60) so it's nice and snug. I just love it. I'm almost to the heel of sock #2.

Also, I made this:

Bamboo Clapotis

I resisted the Clapotis for years despite the fact that every single other knitter was raving about this pattern. I thought, what is the point of knitting a stitch if I'm just going to unravel it? Also, I didn't like the bulky, weird shape of it.

But I had five balls of bamboo yarn and time on my hands. So the bamboo Clapotis was born. And honestly, it's now one of my favorite things. If you haven't made a Clapotis, immediately make one out of bamboo. It's silky, drapy, warm, and fun to knit.

And just before we left, I put the finishing stitches on the Petunia Tote from Interweave Knits. Bessy is modeling it here:

Petunia tote

It's huge. And it's lined thusly:

Petunia tote

And it's covered with sweet little petunia-like purly flowers:

Petunia tote

Now I have to go to a meeting and explain why one page of a brochure will not hold three pages of product description, even though I'd rather be knitting.


Kathy said...

Happy homecoming! That is the best part about vacation...endless knitting. For our next vacation, I'm going to spend most of the money on yarn...there are so many great patterns out there that must be knitted!

Birdwell said...

I just finished my first Clapotis as well--it's freakin' addictive! I made mine out of a sport weight mercinized cotton. And the pooling--omg it looks like I made a pattern on purpose.

I love the socks too--so purty.

Post vacation come down sucks--hang in there.

Octopus Knits said...

Lovely sock and Clapotis (I did a mini Clapotis scarf in bamboo -- I agree it's a great material for it) and Wow! what a big bag!

Nottadad said...

wrap a bar of Grandmas Lye Soap in your sock and place it in your garden. It will repel the beetle infestation. I think you see where this is going.

Squeaky Weasel said...

*...then I'll have the cleanest beetles in the land!*