Sunday, January 15, 2017

Knitting Update

I knit a lot of pink hats - mostly for the pussyhat project, although I threw in this one too, which I had on hand:

Mostly I knit regular hats because the leftover pink yarn I had on hand was silk (Ella Rae) and alpaca (Blue Sky Melange).

Which would not have worked well with the pussyhat pattern.

They're all on Ravelry if you're wondering about patterns.

Many were knit on the cruise, which turned out to be very therapeutic.

I received a yarn donation for this one.

And I also picked up a couple of pink yarns at Needlework Unlimited before they closed.

So I used the "official" pattern for one.

I also knit grandson a pair of slippers.  He wants to have slippers like all the grown-ups.

And I knit this random cowl as part of my attempt at putting my stash to good use.

This hat was made with the leftover yarn from the Bella mittens I made for Girl-child.

And I got a last-minute request for a (not pussyhat) pink hat for Boy-child's girlfriend, so this was made.

And when all the other hats were done I finished a Koolhaas for me - started before the cruise.

Hats are so satisfying.  I used some new patterns and made a couple using old favorites.  Most were for a good cause. Now I'm on to my 2017 knitting goals, which means I'm back to the blankie, making more socks and looking to start the first of a good looking lineup of projects.

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


I came home from Tampa, spent the weekend with my people and then turned around to fly into Orlando.

I tried local beers.

I discovered things in my hotel room.

Checking email by the pool was awfully pleasant. 

The place though, was pretty weird.  We ended up calling it "the biodome."

The pool was outside but everything else was under the dome.

Including the alligators.

And turtles.

Made to look like you were outside all the time.

Even though you weren't.

Including heat lamps for a spot of "sun" for the gators.

And a ship, which was part of a restaurant.

I do love goldfish with whiskers.

The baby gators were very cute.

Anyway, it was a trying trip but fruitful enough.  I'm glad to be home.  I'm delighted that it's snowing out today :)

Sunday, January 8, 2017


I was in Tampa for work during the week between Christmas and New Year's.

I discovered the Tampa Museum of Art on the Tampa Riverwalk.  It was great.  There were two exhibits I enjoyed ... The first was on contemporary Cuban artists:

There was also a section that had folk art which included a bunch of AMAZING quilts:

As well as an amazing Henry Darger piece:

It was a good trip.  Busy.

I came home for New Year's and then went to Kissimmee the next week, also for work.  More on that later.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

We had a pretty low-key holiday this year. There was vegetarian paella for Christmas Eve ...

And there were gifts ...

Some socks, some toys and some books ...

Some mittens too ...

In the morning I made waffles and the children watched another movie (we watched The Grinch on Christmas Eve, and Love Actually after the children went to bed).

I received crayons with my name on them:

Girl-child made this awesome piece using my grandmother's recipes (I'll try to snap a better pic later):

And I got a CD mix with new music :D

I'm all set to go to Tampa for work tomorrow ... plenty of music, reading material and knitting packed.   

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nautical Knitting 2016

Rose the Gypsy and I went on another Nautical Knitting cruise with Melissa Leapman.

Here are our fearless teachers on opening night:

It was party, party, party ... so then we had to relax on the terrace to recuperate :)

There were three ports of call - St Thomas, USVI was first:

The food and drink on the ship was great, including but not limited to a tapas restaurant:

Keeping with the Spanish theme, my drink was called "Tie Me Up Tie Me Down"

We also stopped in Tortola, BVI:

The ship was the Norwegian Escape.  It is kind of big:

There was an obstacle course on the top of the ship which I successfully completed (thankyouverymuch).

Last stop was Nassau, Bahamas.

And then back to the harsh reality of the port of Miami:

I came home to snow, though, which makes me very happy.

'Twas a good time ... relaxing, good company, knitting classes and great service ... all while floating through the tropics!