Monday, December 29, 2008

Cancun Christmas 2008

The Adams Family took a Christmas break from our normal routines by traveling to the Yucatan Peninsula. Our ultimate destination was just south of Cancun on the Mayan Riviera. We stayed at the Grand Mayan and took side trips to Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen, entered the Nohoch Nah Chich cave system and snorkeled in cenotes, snorkeled off the Fat Cat catamaran in the Caribbean, unimogged through the jungle to a Mayan settlement for lunch, and kayaked to a reef through challenging currents. We also spent some serious "sloth time" at the hotel pool, sipping coco naturales(not coco locos).


Now to the yarn portion of this blog...

I received two skeins of quiviet, a scarf pattern, Signature needles and two skeins from Ancient Threads Farm.
Then, when we arrived home, our neighbor came over with mail and packages from Germany. Yes, most of the Wollmeise has arrived. It is truly breathtaking! Claudia emailed and said the next package should be arriving in a few days.
 I hope you enjoy the pictures...


Friday, December 5, 2008

Squirrels and Wollmeise

Squirrel Crossing
The squirrel mittens are coming along. I have finished the body of the first one. This project has been a huge learning experience which will continue with the second one. Tension is an issue when knitting two colors coming from two directions, using different styles. I did it once before, over a year ago on a simple hat. This is a different animal altogether.
As you can see, the glove is positioned on a laptop. That is because last night (more correctly, early this morning, PST), the Wollmeise shop was updated. Thanks to Ravelry, I had all my squirrels in a row and was in position when the  virtual door opened. I scored big time thanks to all of the hints from my fellow Wollmeise addicts. I was on two computers. On one I monitered the shop website and on the second I chatted with people from all corners of the world who were waiting with me. What interesting times we live in!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Boy

Jackson and his mother were in town this weekend and had dinner with us on Friday. Before going to El Portal, we met at Hobby People to see what Jackson might be interested in for a holiday gift. I think he found the perfect includes fast cars (a consuming interest).

Friday and Saturday were work days at Skein. We were quite busy and I had several students drop in. I also had the pleasure of meeting two fellow Ravelers, DougLaughlin and Asplund. They were checking out LYSs and we were on their list. Asplund showed me some of his knitting (very impressive) and I mentioned that I would be interested in attending a class if one was held close by.. You never know who might come into the store! 

The Cherry Garcia was a quick knit and another will be cast on in a day or two. The cables turned out nicely in the Malabrigo Chunky, I think. The poor squirrels are inching along, too. Today it struck me that stars look more like dive bombing birds of prey intent on doing harm to the scraggly squirrels.