Socks, Sydney and Shows

Kent and I had the great good fortune to spend a week in Australia. First we went to Cairns and spent two days and one night on a dive boat. We didn’t actually dive; we snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef. It was mind-blowingly amazing. If you ever get the chance, do it. I can recommend Cairns Dive Centre as a good operator.

Next we went to Sydney. Since Quantas doesn’t allow knitting on their planes, I didn’t get any real knitting done until Sydney. One evening there I knit the heel flap and turned the heel. Then I made the mistake of also trying to pick up the gusset stitches. Take my advice and don’t begin this in the wee hours of the morning. When I was done, it looked good, but the working yarn wasn’t where I needed it.

The next day I was so eager to get back to the hotel to work on them, but that wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t get back to them until yesterday, three weeks later.

My first day in Sydney, after we spent the day tramping all over, and before we met Chris Betcher and Linda for dinner, I went to Tapestry Crafts. There I bought this…

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I also indulged in a bit of sock yarn…

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The first two were pretty self-explanatory, but the latter is Araucania sock yarn from Chile
colorway: Ranco multy. Yum!

I also bought two pairs of KnitPicks needles. They are lovely. Unfortunately, I should have checked my needle list in Ravelry. I bought the wrong size!

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As I mentioned above, I’m finally back to working on my socks. After ripping back twice and ending in the same predicament, I got smart and just moved the socks around on the needles until they were the way they were supposed to be (back on socks on one needle, insteps on the other) instead of half of instep and sole on each needle. I may actually be a row off, but I think in the end it won’t matter– at least not to me.

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Most of the gussets look okay. I picked up the extra stitches at the gusset turn and it work most of the time. Only one doesn’t look so good. I redid it a few times, but the fabric isn’t dense enough there. It isn’t a huge problem, but I’m glad these socks aren’t meant as gifts.

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Meme1

I’m so behind in my blogging. I’ve been memed twice and haven’t gotten around to responding. Here’s the first one…

These are the rules:

1. Link to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

Okay, six non-important things/habits/quirks about me.

  1. I like licorice, Butterfingers, and Heath bars but can’t find them here in Singapore.
  2. When I was 13 I broke my ankle sledding (not skiing).
  3. I don’t like strawberry lip balm. Makes me think of Carnation Instant Breakfast drink from the 70’s. Yuck.
  4. Except for some kids movies, I don’t find most movies engaging enough to watch them in the theater. I’d rather rent them and watch them at home so I can knit at the same time.
  5. I used to go ballroom dancing 4-6 nights per week. Now I don’t even remember how!
  6. I am a total failure at other languages. I can’t even speak Bahasa and that is a wonderfully easy language to learn (or so everyone tells me). I forget as soon as I stop practicing. Pathetic!

Okay, now to tag. I tag Louise, Jackie, Ingrid, drbrucepk, Tammy, and Chris.