This is not typically a travel blog, but owing to the fact that I’m sick of these monochromatic and freezing days I’m going to share a few pics from our vacation. Because they all look mighty good right now and I’m calling summer baby….
Posts Tagged 'travel'
Tags: cruise ship, photography, travel, vacation
Tags: FO, free, Kickin' Back Alpaca Ranch, knitting, pattern, travel, vacation knit
Vacation knitting is always a conundrum, right? You don’t want to be bored, you don’t want to lose all that precious knitting time, and you don’t want to run out of stuff to work on. Here’s my criteria:
- Mindless (No charts, no lace, no pattern to carry about)
- Portable (No multiple balls of yarn, no striping or colour work. Nothing huge)
- Not Socks (This is just a personal thing. To avoid having someone in an airport confiscate my needles, I prefer to fly with wooden circulars, and I hate knitting socks on anything that isn’t metal)
- Fast (I wanted to end my trip with a Thing, not another WIP)
In this case I decided to write my own quickie patten for a scarf. It’s been hella cold, and I had 2 skeins of unbelievably soft Alpaca from the Kickin’ Back Alpaca Ranch in their signature grey. I knew that yarn had to be a scarf for my dad.
Daddy is not a scarf kinda guy, so it had to be classy. I wanted just enough detail to keep it interesting and masculine and keep me from dying of boredom, while simple enough that I could knit it on airplanes and on a cruise ship and (since it wasn’t done when I came home), during the gold medal hockey games ;)
The ‘pattern’ hardly justifies the name since it’s so simple, but if you want to get the same results I got, see my instructions below.
A few notes on construction – the slipped stitch at the beginning of each row was to give the piece a nice attractive selvage. The ‘purl through the back loop’ instruction twists the stitch immediately following the cable to keep it nice and tight and eliminate that horrid ladder that occasionally can happen with cables. If this is not your thing you can ignore that bit; just give your yarn a little tug after the first purl and the results will be the same. There are 4 stitches of garter at each end to keep it from curling.
You will need:
- 3.5 mm needles (I’m using wooden 16” circular needles per my point above)
- 200g of sport weight yarn (approximately 400 yards)
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- 4 stitch markers (Optional. The knitting will be very easy to read.)
- Cable needle (Optional. I cabled without a needle for this project, here’s a great tutorial)
Gauge: It’s a scarf. Live a little.
Note: Work the ‘Slip 1’ instructions at the beginning of each row as follows:
Slip one as if to purl with yarn in front. Move the yarn to the back of the work and continue in pattern.
Cast on 62
Garter stitch edging:
Rows 1-4: Slip 1, knit to end
Begin Cable section:
Row 1 & 3 (RS) Slip 1, k3, pm, k30, pm, p3, k6, p3, pm k12, pm, k4
Row 2, 4 & 6 (WS) Slip 1, k3, sm, p12, sm, k3, p6, k3, sm p30, sm, k4
Row 5 (RS) Slip 1, k3, sm, k30, sm, p3, C6F, p1tbl, p2, sm k12, sm, k4
Work rows 1 – 6 until you only have a few yards left.
Repeat Garter stitch edging:
Rows 1-4: Slip 1, knit to end
Bind off loosely
To really get all that stockinette to lay nice and flat I soaked it (in Soak, of course) for about 20 minutes to really saturate the fiber and then used blocking wires (see photos) to open the piece up.
Finished dimensions: About 12 inches wide (may vary because of my lackadaisical attitude towards gauge in this case) by about 50 inches long.
- k – Knit
- p – Purl
- p1tbl – Purl 1 through the back loop.
- pm – Place Marker
- sm – Slip Marker
- Slip 1 – Slip one as if to purl with yarn in front. Move the yarn to the back of the work and continue in pattern
- C6F: Cable 6 front: Slip 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, K3 and then K3 from cable needle
Super warm and just the right length to tucking into a winter jacket and covering up the chest – daddy loves it! And where practicality took off, guilt came in, which means that he actually wears it too!
Tags: Hamilton, North Ontario, photography, rome, toronto, travel
I do a lot of things in my day job, but photography has always been the best part of what I do. One of our clients in particular is a huge part of my photography life, and every year we choose a shortlist of my best non-work related shots of the year to print and frame as gifts for them. Here are this years Christmas selections – they will be printed to metallic sheets and framed this week :)
Tags: Amalfi Coast, Canon 5D Mark III, Italy, mountains, photography, Positano, travel, Tyrrhenian Sea
Ok, last photos of Italy, promise! I know it’s supposed to be the Friday Shiny – and I’ve got some adorable pieces to show off, but first I must share my absolutely favourite part of the Amalfi coast.
Not much to say, just tons of pics. A little town nestled into the mountainside. Colour galore. Charm galore. A patio with a view straight from heaven. Much knitting was accomplished.
Tags: Amalfi Coast, Canon 5D Mark III, Capri, Italy, photography, The Blue Grotto, travel
The island of Capri lies just off the Amalfi Coast, about an hour long ferry ride from Amalfi itself. The ferry ride is gorgeous, passing the town of Positano on the way in. Positano was so lovely, that I decided then and there to spend my last day exploring it, but that’s for another post :)
Capri is stunningly, stupefyingly lovely. There’s a reason celebrities have been setting up little private villas on this rock – it’s so charming that I can see why people fall in love. Just look at the colour of the water.
My favourite part of Capri though, is a place called the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is a cave in the side of the cliff face with an opening so small you have to lie down in the boat to get inside.
The boatman pulls the boat in via a chain on the ceiling of the cave. Once inside – you turn around, and the water glows. It glows with an incredible amount of sunlight, turning the water a deep, iridescent blue, like nothing I’ve ever seen. The boatmen circle the cave for about 2 minutes, no kidding. They sing as they do it, and combined with the light it’s quite surreal.
The wikipedia article, which I read before going, says it’s a ‘love it or loath it’ type spot. Either you’re blown away, or you’re amazed that you paid €25 to be in a cave for 2 minutes. Well, I loved it. Even better, I loved the friend I made before going in.
One of the great things about travelling alone is how many folks you meet. I met Barbara and Ernie at the docks before the boat ride to the cave. Ernie decided to forego the cave, and Barbara and I went in together. In the spirit of Harry Potter; there are some things you can’t do without becoming fast friends, and lying down on top of each other while being pulled into a glowing cave is one of them.
Tags: Fujifilm x100s, photography, travel
This is the Fujifilm X100s. It’s a beautifully designed, all-digital camera that looks just like my first camera – an old Minolta SLR. I’ve had it for only a day, and it’s totally transformed my idea of what a point-and-shoot digital camera is capable of. RAW capability, fantastic high ISO noise management, all kinds of cutsie tools on board for stylizing the shots and a remarkably compact design.
I’ve taken a few test shots – here’s my favourite. This is ISO 2500, believe it or not.
Nothing can replace my DSLR, but I’m now taking this cam as well as the ‘big cam’ on the trip to give it a good work out!
Tags: florence, Italy, photography, rome, travel, Venice
I’ve finally booked a vacation, just me and my camera and some knitting. Yes, not even resin shall accompany me on this on. Maybe a few books. I’m leaving for Italy on Thursday, this time for the Amalfi Coast. Here are some of my favourites, in no particular order, of the last time I visited this gorgeous country :)