Some of you know that we're going to Hawaii in a few days. Anyone who has been anywhere near me the past few weeks knows it for sure - it's all I can talk about (sorry about that...). We're going there for a wedding, but decided since we'll be there to make a real vacation out of it, so we'll be there for 9 days. (If you're thinking of coming over and swiping my stash while I'm gone, forget about it - I've got someone staying at the house guarding it against people like you.)
Anyway, though everything we'll be doing there calls for casual attire - even the wedding - I thought it would be nice to have a light sweater-type thing for later in the evening when just a tank top might not be enough. So I bought the yarn for and cast on Gisela (Ravelry link).
Here it is, nearly complete. Just the button bands and some blocking to be done. Nice, huh?
I chose to knit the medium size (36" - 40") because I wanted it to be fairly loose. Gauge correct? Check. Measurements accurate? Check. 'Fairly loose'? Nope. Sure I can get it on but it's snug - unflatteringly so. I'm not going to frog it though - at this point I'd end up with too many ends to weave in if I re-did it. So I'm going to finish it and give it to someone smaller and more narrow than I. And some day I'll pick up more yarn and re-do it for myself in a larger size because sizing aside, it's a great pattern.
I found knitting solace by starting Stria by Jeni.
I'm using my 'Born to Be Wild' handspun. This will be my airplane knitting for the flight to Hawaii (see? I can't stop talking about it). It's a nice simple pattern, designed for handspun. The only modification I'm making is to reduce the size a little to accommodate my narrow feet.
That's a shot of my narrower foot sporting my first professional pedicure ever. I'm finally a Californian! Well not really, but in Vermont pedi's aren't a big thing as it's too chilly to expose one's toes much of the year. Out here, it's all toes, all the time and it feels as if there are mani/pedi places every couple of feet. Get it? Every couple of feet. Oh I slay me.
Obligatory food shot:
Pasta salad with all the fresh veggies left in the house, a little cheese and a tiny bit of sopressata. We needed to use up all of the perishables because we're leaving for Hawaii soon. Did I mention that?