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April 28, 2009

We had a fantastic vacation! I was not very good at remembering to take pictures, but here are a few ... virginia

I did finish Vilai - Beautiful socks from every direction!
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Vilai Vilai

A close up of the 2 stitch patterns


Pattern: Vilai from Sock Innovations by Cookie A.
Yarn: 83 gms Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Lilac
Needles: 2 socks on 1 40" 2.25mm needle
I followed the pattern exactly as written - even the pretty gusset pick up and twisted heel flap stitches. A beautifully detailed chart and excellent directions - couldn't go wrong!


As for my top down v-neck pullover...I worked on it all week and it is right back where it was the day I left! How could that be?? A few unfortunate events - Worked on it in the car all the way to VA finishing all the raglan increases and then realized I had missed one V neck increase - tried to figure out a way to "live with it", but just couldn't do it - ripped back 26 rows! Got it back on the needles and started knitting again right away so as not to let it languish and die -THEN while sitting in the car on the way to Busch Gardens, Dave elbowed me while I was holding a full cup of coffee and SPLAT the cup flew out of my hands and the coffee all landed right in my lap - my sweater was the bucket that caught it! I screamed like a crazy woman - knowing my sweater was doomed. Dave immediately pulled into a grocery store parking lot (he understood the severity of the situation) and I ran into the bathroom holding my coffee dripping sweater on it's 40" circular needle. I washed it in the sink (there were several people there watching and no one said a word - definitely not knitters!) The only water that came out of the faucet was very hot and I knew the heavenly soft angora/cotton was not going to survive even if I got the coffee stains out. I left the wet heap of pullover in the car all day while we ventured through Busch Gardens and when we got back 10 hours later the sweater looked PERFECT - I couldn't tell anything had happened! The story doesn't end there (another missed v neck increase - how could I do the same thing AGAIN?)), but I realize this story is getting too long and I won't bore you anymore - if you want to see what it looks like, just look at this picture from the last post - exactly the same! I'm determined to continue on - I can't let this simple sweater get the best of me!

When I got home this is what was waiting for me....

yarn kit Loopy kit
Chevron Love Mittens Kit in Tulip Garden from Julia of Knitterly Things Consolation sock kit from The Loopy Ewe with a beautiful knitting bag (offered to those that didn't win the sock club lottery this year)

I've also pulled lots of blue - all blue - fabric for a new quilt - will show you that next time...



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