Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cuba 2015 Part Two

So one day the five of us girls decided to go to Guardalavaca to the market. This was the cab we went in, the driver was Carlos, and his wife was a customer relations person at the resort we were at.  Taking a cab (or probably any sort of transportation) in Cuba is kind of taking your life in your own hands.  There really aren't (or don't seem to be) any rules of the road, or not many.  


Only three of the guys rented scooters.  It was kind of neat, the taxi we were in, he had different sounding horns.  One was a police car siren.  We came up behind the guys who had no idea it was us, and Carlos turned on the siren, lol.



Guardalavaca has a really nice beach.  This one is a public beach, the resort Club Amigo is located on this beach.  Lots of people tend to go to that one, it's cheaper but it's older, but a lot of people seem to like it.  I took pictures at the market, but better ones were taken on the second trip there, so I will save those for another time.





We missed the lunch buffet, so when we got back to our resort they had this station filled with stuff to make your own ham sub or bun.  I gotta say, this, I think, was the best thing I ate the entire time there.  The food gets quite monotonous, and a lot of it is pretty bland.  But this was really good. 



When you eat outside you get lots of winged company, lol.  I fed them some of the bread.



They fog this resort every day for bugs, but when we returned to our room that night this guy was on the wall outside of our room.  He was quite big, probably 3" long.  He flew at me, though, so he wasn't my friend any more.

Happy knitting!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cuba 2015 Part One

So for the first time ever we finally went on a vacation.  No kids this time, but I promised them next time the vacation would include them.  It was the first time I'd gone anywhere for more than like one night without the boys, and it was the first time I'd ever been on a plane.  Hubs says it only took 15 years to get a honeymoon, lol.  We went down as a group, two left on Good Friday, six of us the next day.  Our flight was delayed for over three hours because of fog, the planes couldn't land.  They ended up being rerouted to Quebec City for refueling, so that meant we didn't land in Cuba until 2am Sunday, and it was almost 3:30am before we got to our resort.  (We should have arrived at the resort Saturday around 11pm.)  I had texted the couple that arrived before us to tell them we were delayed, but they didn't get it, don't think they checked their phone, but they were still up and waiting for us in the lobby when we arrived like they said they would be.

I took over 1100 pictures, lol, got them all on Facebook, but I'll just pick and choose a few for on here over a few posts.  I love taking pictures, and I tend to get carried away.  We stayed at Blau Costa Verde on the Plus side of the resort, located in Holguin. Very nice.  Very hot, windy all the time, but that's good or everyone would die.  It didn't rain during the day, only a passing sprinkle once in awhile that felt really good.  Wednesday night it rained so hard that it woke me up, I thought someone was in my shower, that's what it sounded like.  


The main pool off the lobby.  We sat where this picture was taken from every day.  As guests of the Plus side there was another pool for Plus only, but it had absolutely no shade, we preferred the main pool.  Also, two of our party were not on the Plus side, so they weren't supposed to use the other pool.   We had no choice but to book the Plus side, that's all that was left when we booked.  They were full to capacity the entire time we were there.


Aquabar at the main pool.  Leo, the world's best bartender, works here.


I had to take lots of old car pictures for Dad.  Most of the old cars are taxis.



Blau has a private beach.  Really awesome snorkeling, which I did four times.




More pictures next post!

Happy knitting!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Socks and Not Socks Part 2

Catching up some more FOs, first up is a Kersti Scarf made with Rowan Tapestry.  Since the yarn color changes on its own I didn't use a second color.  I used 3.5mm needles and cast on 300sts.  Details here.


Next up is a pair of really nice socks, probably one of my favorites, Cookie A's Summer Sox Socks, the yarn is Wandering Cat Yarns Alley Cat Sock in sweetpea.  I will definitely knit this pattern again.  Details here.



More sock monkey slippers for a friend for her birthday.  She had said her daughter would probably take them, so I made two pairs so her daughter could have her own.  The pattern is based on Aunt Maggie's Slippers, and the yarn is Patons Shetland Chunky.  Details here.


Last is a pair of slippers for me, my other ones wore out.  Leftover Patons Classic Wool, I didn't have to cobble them together as much as I thought I would.  The pattern is Fiber Trends Felted Clogs.  Details here.


Happy knitting!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Socks and Not Socks

Getting behind in posts again.  The winter is really getting to me, all it did here for two months straight is snow.  Once it started the last week of January it didn't stop.  And it's so darned cold all the time.  Today we have a rainfall warning, so hopefully some of this snow will melt, but I'm sure lots of people will flood.

I finished up a pair of socks.  The pattern is Aramis, the  yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in sunstone.  Ravelry details here.




This is probably one of the cutest baby hats I've ever made.  I used leftover Heritage Yarns Cascade, and the pattern is Pixie Hat.  I did a 4-stitch i-cord for the tie, it turned out really cute. The doll it's modeled on is newborn size, so the hat is a smidge big on her.  It's ribbed so it has a lot of stretch and would probably fit up to six months old, maybe more.  Details here.



And I finally got the gumption to finish the baby blanket that I started way back in September.  I got it half finished rather quickly, but then it sat idle for several months.  It turned out well, the yarn is soft and washed up nicely.  The pattern is Sunny Baby Blanket, the yarn is Mary Maxim Woodlands, details here.



I've got some more stuff to show, but I will save that for the next post.

Happy knitting!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

All Socks, All the Time Part 2

Remember how last post I said we had our first snowstorm of the season on like January 27, something like that?  Well, we're making up for it now.  That's all it does now is snow, at least twice a week.  This is the most snow we've had in years, and it's so cold all the time.  I heard on the radio the other day that it's the coldest February in 20 years.  It's hard to shovel and snow blow now because there's nowhere to put the snow, it's hard to pull out of the driveway because you can't see past the snowbanks.  People's roofs are leaking because of the snow and ice build up.  Part of the Halifax Curling Club's roof caved in because of the weight of the snow.  And today now it's nearly +10C, we've got a rainfall warning, everything is melting, there's some flooding happening places and more roofs leaking.  Then Tuesday back down to -8C, rain or snow for Wednesday, and back in the negatives temperature-wise for the rest of the week.  The winter that never was is now the winter that will never stop!  We'll have snow on the ground til May the way this is going.

Anyhoo, I have more socks to show -- SURPRISE! First up are a pair of Par 5 socks knit with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in rose quartz.  Really nice socks, that yarn is a bit thick, so they're nice and cushy soft. Details here.



I made a pair of plain old vanilla ribbed socks for me with Patons Stretch Sock in fruit slices.  I really like this color, they look like jeans socks to me.  Details here.


I used the leftovers for a small pair of ankle socks size 5/6.  Details here.


Lastly, another pair of socks from Socks That Rock in Fred Flintsone, the pattern is Porthos.  Details here.


Next post will probably contain socks, but there IS a FO that is NOT a sock, lol.

Happy knitting!

PS  Remember last post I had a picture of socks that I knit for my youngest boy's school band, they were doing a raffle draw for a big Valentines Basket?  Guess what -- I won it! So I won my socks back, lol.  Along with a whole bunch of other stuff including candy, bath and body stuff, candles, gift cards, jewelry, odds n ends, and a gift certificate for a night at the local Best Western!

Friday, January 30, 2015

All Socks, All the Time

Well this week, believe it or not, we had our first snowstorm of the season.  The kids got their first storm day on Tuesday, and they ended up with Wednesday off as well because the roads were so icy in the morning.  We only got about half of the snow that we were supposed to get, so 5-6" instead of 12"+, which was fine by me.  It was super duper windy, and it warmed up and changed to a lot of ice pellets and freezing rain.  Our snow is all crusty and crunchy.  I went out after supper with the snow blower and was pummeled with ice pellets the whole time.  Up til Tuesday we got a little dusting of snow a couple of times, and inch or less, nothing a broom couldn't handle or just leave and let it melt off when the sun came out.  Tonight it's supposed to snow a couple of inches, change to freezing rain, then rain, then back to snow tomorrow night and cold on Sunday, so everything will be a skating rink again.  And possibly snow on Monday.  I hope this wasn't the start of something, I was enjoying a snow-free winter just fine.

My first FO of the year was - surprise! - socks.  First up are a pair of vanilla socks for me knit out of Wandering Cat Yarns Barn Cat in Johnny Jump Up.  Ravelry details here.


I used the leftovers to make a pair of Little Johnny Jump Ups.  I didn't have enough yarn so I used some leftover Kroy for the toes.  Details here.




And also a pair of socks for me, Weasley Homestead Socks.  Details here.


The Littlest One's school band is making a Valentine's Basket to raffle off to raise money, so they wanted all of the band students to bring something in.  One of the things they listed was funky socks.  So I made a pair of socks with lace hearts, ankle version as I was short on time before I found out anything about it, they wanted the donations in today.  These were finished last night and photographed this morning.  The pattern is Cairi's Sweet Heart, the yarn is Herrschners Sock Yarn Solids in royalty, details here.


And also out of the same yarn a pair of Columbia Socks.  Details here.


Happy knitting!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Missed!

I missed two FOs off my list for 2014. They are included in my grand total of 86 and 56 pairs of socks, but I forgot to list them in my shortcut to FOs of 2014.

First up is a pair of ankle socks knit with leftover Herrschners Sock Yarn.  Ravelry details here.


 Secondly is a pair of socks knit with Premier Yarns Wool Free Sock Yarn Stripes.  Details here.

Happy knitting!