Monday, May 25, 2015

Catch Up

Now that the Cuba posts are finished I can get back to knitting!  Bunch of socks, so here goes.

First up were birthday socks for M who was part of the gang from the Cuba trip.  I took these with me, his birthday was while we were there.  They are plain old 2x2 ribbed socks knit with Mary Maxim Simply Sock in forest.  Details here.

Next is a pair of vanilla socks for me, plain old 60sts, heel over 30sts, toe to 20sts.  The yarn is Mary Maxim Twinkle Toes in candy cane.  Now I've got a pair out of all four colors that were originally offered in this now discontinued yarn.  Details here.

Another pair of vanilla socks, same as above, Patons Kroy Sock Ragg Stripes in green ragg stripes, details here.

Yet another pair of vanilla socks, Patons Kroy Jacquard Stripes in fiesta jacquard, details here. 

And again, vanilla socks in Patons Kroy Stripes, eclipse stripes, details here.

And a NOT vanilla sock, finally, Harris Tweed Socks knit with Patons Kroy FX in casual colors, details here.

And another patterned pair, Thuja, also knit with Patons Kroy FX in copper colors, details here.

Next post will most likely have a pair of socks or pairs of socks, but it also includes a baby blanket as well, just don't have my pictures transferred yet.

Happy knitting!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Cuba 2015 Part Five

One night two of us wandered down to the beach to try and get some sunset pictures.  They turned out okay.  I like the first one here of the silhouetted fishing dude.

There were some lizards around the resort, but not a huge amount, at least not that I saw.  I did see this guy a few times, or maybe it wasn't the same one each time.  It was around the same area, and he looked about the same size, so it could have been the same one.

According to my oldest kid, the lizard was feeling threatened, he curled his tail up and started bobbing his head up and down, he said they try to make themselves look bigger.  I wasn't really very close to him, the pictures are all zoomed in.  He only did it for a few seconds then stopped.

 Fresh coconut!

Didn't drink too much of it, didn't want to upset the innards, but it was good.

I am a Diet Coke fan, they call it Coca Cola Light.  Had to buy this stuff, but it was cheaper than buying it here at home.  

My favorite tree on the whole resort, it was the only one I saw that looked like that.  And yes, that IS me and Hubs standing under it.  Had my picture taken a few times, but I don't like it.  Needed proof I was actually there!

Last day at the resort we took a horse and wagon ride back up to the little market.  Hubs wasn't there and already had his two hats.  He's a Flames fan, notice how they spelled Calgary, lol.

We didn't see many cats around the resort, just a few.  This little guy showed up around the pool, but he wouldn't get very close to anyone.  

More lounger views the last day...

The board said our plane was on time, but it wasn't, it was about an hour late.

Our plane.

First stamps in our passports!!!

The girls when we got home.  It was the first time I'd ever been away from them for more than two nights since I got them.  Jewel was so worked up when I got in the house she was hyperventilating.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Cuba 2015 Part Four

There are tons of old beautiful cars in Cuba.  We were in Holguin, but our next trip may be to Varadero as my parents want to go.  It's close to Havana, and my Dad wants to see the old cars, that's his thing.  These two were taxis.

Five of our group decided to do the double decker open top bus trip to Guardalavaca one day, it's only 5 pesos each round trip.  One of the coolest things we did, albeit windy up top.  I got wind burn on my camera arm, lol.  I had my arm hanging off the top of the bus the whole time there and back, constantly snapping pictures.  They go in to other resorts, too, so you get a glimpse of what some of the other ones are like.  

More old cars used for taxis at the market.  Loved this old one.

There are some pretty neat things at the market.  Warning, though, you have to be careful with anything wood, Canadian customs can take it from you.  If it's well varathaned you should be okay, but definitely check things over, look for bug holes.

Beautiful leatherwork.  Next trip we would like to get a couple of these for the rec room.

Some of the houses in Cuba are quite cute, but some are really ramshackle and look like something you'd keep livestock in.  One thing I found very sad is there's no garbage collection, so there are spots on the sides of the roads in the ditches that are just strewn with garbage, it's a shame.

After the bus tour we grabbed a quick bite to each and headed to the beach for some more snorkeling.  That's pretty cool, too.  The fish come right up to you, people take bread down and feed them.  I didn't have an underwater camera, but the next trip down I will.  Very pretty fish, bright yellow and blue, white and black tiger stripes, orange.... I found a couple of starfish, and one day we saw what we thought was a rock, but it was some sort of flat fish crawling along the bottom of the ocean floor.

Since it's windy there all the time the ocean is kind of rough.  Had to be careful along the edges of the shore, it's all sharp, sharp coral.  But there were lots of cool fish along there.  They also had lots of needle sharp urchins.

Happy knitting!