Monday, February 23, 2009

Alpaca, and Wires, and Blocking, Oh My!

Well, dang! Looky-looky...see that blue bow? As I started blocking the wet pink alpaca shawl, I found a very large hole, getting larger with every gentle pat of the shawl. It was such a sickening sight, I couldn't stand even to take a pic of it for you to see! Instead, I grabbed a yarn needle and some yarn, gathered up every open stitch I could find, and pulled them into this bow. Now I've gone ahead and blocked the thing, and I'll worry about somehow sewing that spot in some not-too-obtrusive fashion when I'm finished. Grrrr! Can't even feel too sorry for myself, because I remember Bells had a similar experience recently, and someone else, too, but I can't remember who it was. Anyway, here's the nearly finished piece -- sorry for the poor pic. It's a very grey day outside, and pink alpaca doesn't show up very well against the pale blue sheet on which it's being blocked.
In happier news, here is the scene when we visited our friends in the Sierra Nevada Foothills this weekend...pretty, no? It didn't actually snow up there while we were visiting, but I think they're getting some now!

As you see, they had gotten a pretty good fall over the previous week, although rain the previous day had melted off quite a bit of it. This is actually how I LIKE snow: enough to look pretty, but not enough to be a nuisance.

And, as promised, here's the Mini Mochi sock yarn. Since I took this pic, I've turned the heel and started down the foot on the first sock. I think it's going to be pretty, don't you? And very warm, due to the small percentage of alpaca in the yarn.

So now we're back at the condo for the final week of our visit to the Bay Area. Next Monday is departure day, but in the meantime, there are friends and family to visit, restaurants and shops to visit, and Stitches West on Friday...yay!


Quilts And Pieces said...

Absolutely beautiful! People who can knit like this amaze me!

Bells said...

yes I did have that problem! Mine was fixed fairly easily but I try not to look too closely at it. What a gut wrenching moment!