Cause I don’t have enough…

My haul from Cape Cod:

The purple (90% mink, 10% cashmere) and dark brown yak were gifts from my darling daughter and came from Great Northern Yarns, black, grey and red from KnitPicks to be used for some Hungarian motif double knitting and the rest were 50% off!!!! from A Stitch in Thyme, Hempathy (for god knows what), Firefly (for Filtering Daylight), Classic Elite alpaca/silk lace (for something I had in mind… it’ll come back to me…) and  Tahki cotton (for using with yarn from my STASH – so that doesn’t even count – to make Shellseeker). And yes, I did manage to fit my clothes back into my suitcase, in case you were wondering. In my defense, it was my belated birthday. Chocolate cake with blackberry buttercream icing with a candy sweater and yarn balls, all made by my daughter (who started knitting again, by the way, so she is an even better daughter than she was before, which was already pretty darn fantastic):

Otherwise, mostly we did this:

Those kids in the water: CRAZY! The water was so cold that the instant it hit your feet it was PAIN, thumping PAIN like an instantaneous hangover in your feet. But we know that kids are crazy and don’t feel things the way the rest of us mere mortals do.

And now back to preparing for our little retreat which is almost upon us.

But I’ll leave you with this:

Really?? Isn’t that usually called sunbathing?

Exciting times

Exciting times, well for a knitter, so how exciting can that be, you wonder… Well, I finished my double-knit shawl:

I realized as I was happily knitting along that I might actually run out of yarn since I wasn’t paying close attention to how many pattern repeats I was knitting. But I had already started another repeat so I ended it all in a flurry of big and little diamonds. Then as I was blocking it I noticed this:

On one of the stitches, I managed to knit only one of the yarn’s 3 or so strands, making my knitting a tad holey and weak. A little surgery ensued and I sewed over the lame stitch with the same yarn and tucked in all the ends. (And all that “hair” you see is from the yarn – alpaca – and not my cats, really, I swear.) Let’s hope THAT holds. And let’s hope that’s the ONLY one.

Oh yeah, and then I’m pretty sure we had a little earthquake. There was rumbling, a boom and the house shook. We had one about a month ago too. No end of excitement here. But Henry might disagree:

Excitement? What excitement?

And I’ll end with a little cookie tease again from my daughter the baker, wishing you a Happy Easter!

Cape Cod, here I come!

Well, in two weeks… I’m off to visit my daughter who has the misfortune to live in Cape Cod.  I know it’s hard, and you must be thinking, but how can she do it? I just don’t know. So I’m going to visit, eat seafood, walk in the ocean breeze, and buy all things nautical. In anticipation of this much anticipated trip, I knit myself a sweater, perfect, I think for Cape Cod, in a lovely light blue (I will surely match someone’s cottage or boathouse). It is Shalder (which apparently means ‘oyster catcher’, which I also plan on doing, with my fork or mouth) from The Shetland Trader, I used just over 5 skeins of Cascade Sierra, a lovely worsted 80% cotton, 20% wool yarn.

And a little detail shot:

I love I-cords. This sweater also has short-row shaping, on the yoke and the pockets, so this project is even retreat related since we will be practicing this technique.

Oh, and my daughter is a baker and makes beautiful cookies… I told you her life is hard…