Sunday, August 31, 2008

Not Knitting Fiber Goodness, and Some Travel Pictures

This weekend, I didn't knit a single stitch. I just wasn't in the mood to play with multiple pointed sticks, so I pulled out the poor neglected dragon cross-stitch and I actually finished the dragon part and am now working on the border. After five years, the end is in sight for this project!I probably will only work on this while at home at night, but I'm hoping the thing will be finished by the end of this week. I'm also working on Pomatomus from while at work. Always have to have a work sock.

I also have some travel pictures for you all. First up, Bangkok:We went to the zoo and saw meerkats. Kathy, this one is for you :oPThere were also sleepy tigers, giant lizards (that actually were wild and had nothing to do with the zoo, even though in America they'd be on display), and elephants. There are also temples in Bangkok:There are also temples in Chiang Mai, but there was one imparticular temple that just cracked me up:Yes, that is Donald Duck, eating something with chopsticks, standing in front of this massive temple in Chiang Mai. When I first saw it, I wondered if I had been slipped something, but I knew I hadn't. Yep, there he was. Go figure.There are also elephants who were nice enough to allow us to ride them. We called this one Stampy. Quick, what's the reference to that name?We spent some time with the hilltribes near Chiang Mai. She is from the Karen tribe which actually is a tribe of refugees from Myamar (Burma). They were very nice and their neck rings were very pretty.
They also happen to be weavers. This lady and I had a connection through that swift and the silk she was winding into a ball. I made the motion for knitting and she had that moment of instant recognition. Knitting is universal, people. It's its own language!

We also spent lots of time on Koh Phangan, but I didn't take many pictures due to the massive sunburn that I had only a few days into that part of the trip.This was a sunset as seen from the restaurant at the resort. It was really nice.

It was a fun trip and it was very interesting to see a whole new part of the world and a whole new culture. I never did find any yarn, but all things considered, I guess that was OK :oP

Knit on...

Friday, August 29, 2008

Work hit me like a ton of bricks!

Yep, I'm back to work, teaching and trying to get the kids to talk, and trying to stay awake myself. To add to the tiredness today, there is an after school teacher's dinner to honor our vice principal who has been promoted to principal of another school. I didn't get the Thailand pictures off my camera yet, so it'll be Monday before those get up more than likely. But I did take some pictures of the travel knitting last night with the point and shoot camera:First up, finished Lorna's Laces Hedera socks. I have been wearing them all day today and I have to admit that the stretchy lace just isn't staying up well on my leg. I keep pulling them up to readjust and stuff.Close up of the lace for you all.Finished OnLine RPM socks, though the picture doesn't show off the stitch pattern nearly as well as it stands out in real life. These socks are going to DF's mom.Finished vanilla Lorna's Laces socks for my grandmother with tiny feet.

I also signed up for Mystery Stole 4. All I have is the leftover KnitPicks Shimmer in the tourquoise colorway, so I'm just going to use that seeing as I'm now completely broke after going on vacation and then sending money to my bank at home. I'm not sure who this shawl will be for. We'll see who it reminds me of when it's all said and done.

Time to take a desk nap before we all go out to eat in a couple of hours.

Knit on...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I've been a bad blogger!

Yep, it's been almost a month since I posted anything! Of course I have been traveling all around Thailand, so that's my excuse. I had a great time, aside from the worst sunburn of my life. Now I know not to trust Korean sunscreen products to be waterproof.

I did finish three pairs of socks while in Thailand and I'll probably start another pair tonight after I get home from school. I didn't have time to wind yarn before school today, which actually kinda sucks because my 1 and 2 period classes have been canceled for back to school ceremony stuff. At least I brought my DS with me so I can play some Zelda :oP I guess I could actually make some lesson plans and stuff...nah.

I'll hopefully at least have pictures tomorrow of the knitting I did, but hopefully I'll have some Thailand pictures up too.

Knit on...

Friday, August 08, 2008

One Night in Bangkok

Yep, last night was our first night in Bangkok. Just thought I would post so you all know that we got here safely and everything. I knit on the plane and was able to finish the first repeat of a new sock that I'm working on. I decided to make a pair of RPM socks from out of the last ball of OnLine that I was given for Christmas last year. I also finished the leftover Lorna's socks before I got on the plane.

Anyways, I'll write some more when I can get some pictures!

Knit on...

Monday, August 04, 2008

Finished Mittens, New Socks, and Off to Travel Again

OK, first up, I finished the Broad Street Mittens for Erica last night, but I still need to weave in the ends sometime today. That makes yet another Christmas present down:They're done though, but sorry for the crummy picture. It's morning here and I'm still waking up. I also started a new sock out of the same Lorna's Laces Buck's Bar yarn that I made the mittens from. These socks will probably go to my grandmother who has tiny feet since there isn't enough to make a full sized pair.And I'm off for another few weeks while I travel around Thailand. I'll try to blog when I can, but if posts are few and far between, you'll know why!

I wonder what kinds of yarn they have in Thailand....

Knit on...

Pictures, Pictures Everywhere!

Ok, time for the pictures. I'll be adding a link to the Japan pictures once they get all uploaded into Flickr OK and I can make a new set for them. Here's some knitting pictures first though:These are kids' socks made out of Knitpicks Dancing yarn. I only had one partial skein of it, so I decided that I couldn't make socks that were adult size. I was originally going to make a pair for my mom out of this yarn, but there's no way I would have had enough. These will probably be donated to charity so that they don't go to waste.Here is the finished Broad Street Mitten for Erica. I still need to weave in the ends of this one. This is the state of the current mitten on the needles. I'm hoping to be all finished with this one by the end of the day. I'm still trying to debate on what to take with me to Thailand to work on. I'm afraid that one ball of sock yarn probably won't be enough, so I need to decide what else to take.

Ok, on to a few Japan pictures. First up, we saw the hypocenter of the atomic bomb that fell in Nagasaki:The closer I got to the center of that monument, the more chilling it was to know the destruction that occurred there. Nagasaki is now all about peace, even though most of the tourist things to see there are all about violence. We headed to Kyoto after Nagasaki and we saw Geisha:
Geisha move fast at night...

We also saw lots of temples, but my favorite by far was the Golden Temple:We also made friends with Koi while in Japan:Seriously, this thing was big enough to be a small shark!

There will be lots more pictures on Flickr once they all get uploaded. Look at the sidebar for the link when I am able to post it.

Knit on...

Sunday, August 03, 2008

I'm Back!

I'm back, everyone. I had a good time in Japan with DF. We traveled around quite a bit of the country in the course of just a few days. I took tons of pictures, most of which I'm still sorting through and will be hopefully finished sometime today so I can show pictures on here.

I did finish some knitting and by the time I blog later today, I will hopefully have finished some more or at least be darned close to being done with stuff.

Pictures up next!

Knit on...