Thursday, August 02, 2007

Back from Vacation

We got back from a 2-week vacation to Newfoundland last Monday, and it's been go-go-go ever since.

Newfoundland was fantastic - so much wilderness! It was amazing. And there are so many small fishing villages where you really wonder how the people can live there, so far from civilization. We hiked a lot, saw the ruins of a Viking village, went whale watching, and saw icebergs. It was all good. And we had no cellphone reception (with the exception of the 3 days we spent in St. John's) and no internet.

When I got back, I found out I had an invitation to join Ravelry! Very exciting! It had been sent on the first day of my vacation, and had gotten sorted into my spam folder, so I didn't realize right away that it was there. So I've been minorly obsessed with Ravelry ever since. I kept planning to start a knitting journal, but I was always too lazy (or too busy knitting) to actually get around to it. Now I have one, and it's all online. Score. (I guess I might want to back that stuff up somehow, in case Ravelry ever goes away.)

My big knitting project at the moment is the Mystery Stole. For those who don't know, it's a lace shawl pattern, which the designer is releasing piece by piece, so we don't know what the finished product will look like until it's all knitted up. Unfortunately due to my vacation (I didn't want to bring a complex lace shawl with me, I thought that would be a recipe for disaster), I fell behind, and I'm still working on Clue 2 while Clue 4 has already been out for over a week. That's OK, though. I may be able to catch up this weekend since I'm planning to visit my parents, and that always entails a lot of knitting time.

Here's the progress to date:

Nice, eh? It's my first big lace project - previously I'd only done a lace edging on a tank top, and a lace dishcloth. It's also my first attempt knitting with laceweight yarn. Well, maybe my second attempt. I did try to do last summer's Mystery Stole, but I gave up after about 10 rows because I was having such a hard time with the laceweight yarn. This time it's going much better.


Sioneva said...

That's gorgeous! I'd love to be able to knit like that :)


Krystal said...

that is very pretty! i have never been able to knit.