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I live in Marblehead, MA and love to knit and spin!  I host the Knitting by the Sea podcast on YouTube.  I am Saratogaknitting on Ravelry and Instagram!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Back Home Again

Ahhhhh, Key West! We've gone and returned and enjoyed every minute! Here we are relaxing with a few drinks on the back porch of the house my in-laws rent for the month of April. It's located on a golf course, so the porch looks out on the 16th hole. You really need the screen to protect from stray golf balls . . .

Mark did a little cooking - Bourbon Shrimp under preparation here. We did a little ocean walking, some shopping and some dining out. Lots of reading time at the pool too. The water was so warm that Mark and I went back over at night for more swimming - what a treat!

Here's the view from the back porch. And the weather was perfect - 80's every day and rain only at night. It was a wonderful treat!

Here are my finished Felted Clogs. What a fun project. I'll definitely make more.

And spinning! This is roving from Perchance to Knit and it's very springy (both in feel and color) merino. I'm planning to ply it together with some cream roving I purchased at Rhinebeck. Probably for socks. She also sells her hand dyed yarn through the Loopy Ewe and I'm using her yarn for my Chevron Scarf. She has a great sense of color.

This is the sock I knit with my first Hill Country Yarn Sock Club yarn. The yarn came with a pattern but I decided to knit my own basic sock and do a little mosaic knitting for the leg. The yarn is simply luscious and I have really enjoyed knitting with it. The socks are very comfortable!

I finally completed my Monkey Socks! I love them! I am really pleased with the way they turned out. The pattern is beautiful.

I mentioned recently that I've got a little of the lace bug this Spring. I decided to go ahead and start the Sarcelle Shawl. I purchased the pattern sometime last year, but just haven't gotten around to casting on. I'm using the yarn I spun from my Rhinebeck haul. I think it will be pretty. This will definitely be fun to block!

And finally, I couldn't leave Key West without at least one yarn purchase! I scoped out a new yarn store before our trip. My mother-in-law and I went on a shopping excursion in town and we found it! Knit Wits is a lovely small shop with some fun yarns. The employees were very friendly and welcoming. I purchased this great skein of Colinette Jitterbug yarn. I love the color and I've never knit with any Colinette yarn before!


Holly Jo said...

Glad you had such a nice time. It looked heavenly and relaxing.

Love the Monkey socks and the mosaic socks. The colorway of the Colinette Jitterbug is fantastic - can't wait to see it knit up.

Anne said...

How relaxing! Is that the Jay colorway of the Jitterbug? If it is, I made a pair of toe-up Monkey socks out of it. I love the blues!

Queen of the froggers said...

That looked a great place to hoiliday at. your knits look good. The Jitterbug is a great colour.

Kylie said...

That looks so relaxing, I like the monkey sock.

anne said...

it looks like you all had a great time...but my dad says it's a photo that shouldn't ever be posted...norry without a shirt...i think he actually shuttered ehehehehehe