Got home from the beach on Saturday night. We had a great week. The weather was scorching and the water was icy, so I hung out under the beach umbrella much of the time. I did get enough sun to get brown, but avoided sunburn other than my chest. I thought I was being careful about sunscreen but I slipped up at some point cause now I'm peeling! Very attractive.
It is 10 hours in the car to the beach, so you can bet that some knitting was accomplished. The first FO of the trip was Mr. Monkey.
Isn't he cute???
Both of my children attempted to appropriate him immediately, so I'm guessing I'll make a few more of these. Heaven knows I've got the sock yarn.
Surprisingly, none of the turnpike rest stops were selling buttons, so I just used some simple embroidery for his eyes and added a backstitch line to his mouth. His ears seem a trifle low-set to me, but I am otherwise happy with his little face.
Monkey booty, now with i-cord tail.
When I make the next one, I think I'll incorporate a pipe cleaner into the tail so it can be shaped - this one is a bit droopy. All in all, I would say this pattern was well-written and easy to follow. Any knitter who can manage a mitten thumb has the technology to pull it off.
There was more vacation knitting, but I'm going to ration so I can get another post out of it. Instead, I have spinning to show. And not just any spinning - drop spindle spinning!!
I had started this the day I was teaching Jen and Karen and was surprised that it was easier and more fun than I remembered. My little drop spindle fit easily into my suitcase and came along to Dewey Beach. A few hours of porch time and I had a good amount of single. I had the foresight to bring my Andean plyer as well, so a 2-ply was soon accomplished.
Voila, the teeniest skein of handspun in existence. On the bright side, it is surprisingly fine and uniform. I didn't bother to check WPI yet, but I have my suspicions that this just might be laceweight. So, if anyone has a pattern that calls for almost no yardage of laceweight, I've got the yarn!
Knitting at Yarn Cravin' tonight - woot, woot!!