Sunday, March 09, 2008

Estamos En Casa


Yes, we've returned home from another lovely week in Cancun...the weather was practically perfect in every way.



Tan, Fat and Tired



Like most vacations, we spent the majority of our time sleeping, lying on the beach and eating. This year was no exception, although we had a couple of snags in the vacation.

Our airport transportation to the hotel wasn't reserved correctly by the hotel which caused a bit of angst, and then the hotel gave me a dinky little room when I was supposed to be given a suite (they did end up changing my room, but it wasted a hour or so of precious vacation time).

Fortunately, the hiccups all occurred at the beginning of the vacation so we could enjoy the remainder.

One caution about Cancun for those of you planning on going. The beaches have been severely damaged by hurricane Wilma in 2005. While the JW Marriott where we stay has tried to repair the beaches, they are about one third the size of what they used to be. On our last day on the beach, there was tidal erosion of about 20 feet from the day before.

Current Knitting
I got a lot of vacation knitting done on the Ichida lace.



This represents up to round 70 of 142 rounds. Here's a closeup where you can spot some of my mistakes or inconsistencies.



Given the size of the yarn and the needles, this will block out to a square that will be too small to do anything with, other than display as a kind of doily. Depending on how courageous I feel when I get there, I may improvise on the pattern and try and make it large enough for a shawl. We'll see how it goes.

13 comments:

Warrior Knitter said...

"Like most vacations, we spent the majority of our time sleeping, lying on the beach and eating."

Sounds like the idea vacation!! The lace is beautiful.

anne marie in philly said...

you DO look tan; not fat OR tired! mexico agrees with you.

your lace is pretty, though it would drive me batshit to knit it; I have no patience.

"back to life, back to reality" (to quote and old song) - welcome home!

Ted said...

[pause while I look at the lace again]

Well, not that this helps you now, but I think it would have been better on larger needles -- maybe 2 sizes larger. Lace, especially from the 20th Century European style, is funny like that. You really have to get the fabric gauge and the flexibility of the thread working together to prevent problems of distortion and binding when dressing, loss of detail, size, and so on. There really is a skill to getting it all to work together.

Nice to see you back.

Mama-E said...

The lace is stunning! Welcome home!

ElizaMac said...

I've been a bit of a lurker for awhile- but that lovely lace made me come out of my shell. What a breathtaking piece of work. I have never seen a lace pattern that looks so alive!

Lisa said...

Welcome home. Love the vacation knitting!

Seanna Lea said...

I'm glad that you had a good vacation. You look nicely rested your photo.

Angel said...

Looks like you had a splendid time--

Also I remember that we had a conversation a while back about crochet hooks being too short for your hands. Well try a Brittney Birch hook- they are super long (the end juts well out of my little paw) and are nice to crochet with. I picked one up when I was in Saratoga Springs NY on a job interview last week.

Judi said...

The lace is lovely, the face lovelier, nice to have you back.

Marilyn said...

Fat? You? Not hardly. Frame the lace. That's what I would do with it. I agree with Ted--larger needles are often a better choice. I like 5s for lace like that, myself. But it's still absolutely beautiful!

Pheelya said...

Wow! What a gorgeous knit piece! I can't wait to see it finished!!

Franklin said...

Oooh, look at the bronzed lace-knitting god!

Jane said...

Dear Joe,

I think you are doing great on your lace pattern! I was wondering what size needle are you using and what yarn you picked?