Wishing I was in Maui, but dealing with being here

Archive for September, 2011

WIP Wednesday……….

I wish I had taken a picture of this before I frogged most of it. I haven’t worked on this all summer. I thought I could live with the mistake at the beginning of the lace inset but discovered I really couldn’t. On Monday night I frogged it back 21 rows which was 3271 stitches to where the lace inset begins. This is where I’m beginning from which is where I was August 7th  when I took this picture……

Bad lace work (on right side of photo)

The lace stitches on the right are the ones that were wrong. They look worse in person so I frogged back to a row or so above the lace.

Frogged back to above the beginning of the lace panels

On Tuesday September 27th I started working on it again. The pattern is Polar Cap.  Here’s where i am now, not as far along as I was before.

Where I am as of 9/28/2011


Now my problem is the back. After I frogged and put the stitches back on the needles, some (quite a few) are twisted and you can see it a bit on the back. Oh well, Keep Calm and Carry On!

Twisted Stitches !@#$%^&*()How bad does it look?



U is for………….

Ugly knitting projects. I haven’t read the other post yet but am sure someone must have used this word as well.

Sometimes I look at a WIP and think “Should I finish this?” or “What was I thinking when I bought this yarn”.  But do I stop knitting? No, “Keep Calm and Carry On” goes through my head and I think “This can’t be as bad as I think it is”. But no, IT IS BAD.  Here are some pic’s of some recent and some not so recent projects. Many were donated to charity (I’m sorry but they are warm even if they are ugly).

After searching for these Ugly Projects I realized I’ve made a lot ugly projects.

SQUEE Sunday

Well, if I can’t be in Maui (we got home from 2 weeks there on Thursday night) then I’m glad Fall is in the Air (and the possibility of a rain shower we’ll get today).  Fall means comfort food for me with butternut squash being one of my favorite Fall foods (winter too). Tonight I’m making Fall Pizza with Sage Pesto, Caramelized Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese. I might add caramelized onions as well. Since my oven doesn’t work I’ve learned to use the gas grill outside to do my roasting and pizza making. I bought an Emile Henry pizza stone to use outdoors. The Pampered Chef rep told me they didn’t guarantee their stone on the grill so I got one that I can use with direct heat on the grill.

Last night I made a green bean salad using Haricot Vert from my friends garden, tomato’s from our garden and goat cheese from an organic farmer in Astoria, OR. It was YUMMY. Here’s a pic and the recipe

The only thing that is not a SQUEE today is that I’m doing laundry from vacation. That’s when I know it’s really over. One load in, two to go………..

My husband said he saw his tan going down the drain when he showered  yesterday and knew it was over!

I hope everyone has a great day.

WIP Wednesday……………..

But not mine. Yesterday we were Upcountry in Maui and we stopped at Hui Ho’Eau Visual Arts Center near Makawao. If you are in the Bay Area  (SF, CA)  and know about Villa Montalvo in Saratoga this is a similar facility. Anyway, Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork sculpture is under construction on the property here in Maui. The reason I picked this for my WIP is that I saw his exhibit at Villa Montalvo a few years ago when I was a volunteer with the Service Group there. I was very excited to have a chance to talk to Patrick as he was working on building the exhibit here in Maui. I can’t tell you how wonderful his projects are. They become living things over time as wildlife often take up residence in the sculptures. Depending where the exhibit is children (and adults too) enjoy going in and out of the exhibit and feeling the life in the project. I hope you’ll follow this link to his website and see some of the wonderful structures he has built around the world.

As for me, I haven’t knit much the past few days but did start the partner sock from my FO Friday project.

Please click on the photos to get a better look at the details of the structures that are being built.

T is for Turtle………………..




My husband David, AKA Big Wave Dave, has been showing folks here on Napili Bay where to see the turtles out in the bay for years. He used to tell them where they where they were (on the back side of the second reef straight out from the end of the building on the beach) but they would come back and say they couldn’t find them. Then I said one day  “Big Wave Dave’s Turtle Tours” will leave the beach at 2pm. I was just kidding but folks would come back about 1:45 to see about the tour!! This went on several times until he told me to stop saying that!!  He still tells people where to see the turtles and sometimes they wait for him to go out and quietly follow him!

What does the turtle symbolize in the Hawaiian culture?

Turtle has a meaning of long life. It is also a creature known to bring positive energy.”


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SQUEE Sunday…………

Today is our 34th Anniversary 9/18/77

FO Friday………….

Started this on the plane over to Maui on the 8th. Took it off the needles on the 9th because I thought it was going to be too big. When it came off the needles I realized it was the right size so I re-casted on with the same number of stitches. Had to rethink the heel as it was going to be too wide. After getting the heel flap and heel done it was smooth sailing. (Click on photo and zoom in to see detail)

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