For a couple of days this past week, this was the view out my window:
Hubby and I got to vacation for just about two days by ourselves for the first time in over 2 years. Amazing! Thanks to the grandparents (all of them!), we had a very restful time by the seaside in Rhode Island doing absolutely nothing of consequence – and it was fantastic. I love to be by the shore, and I love boats. This harbor was a quiet one full of many beautiful sailboats. I particularly admired many of the pretty wooden sailboats anchored out a bit in the water. I snapped this pretty little number at dusk:
And while we were there, the evening was cool enough to finally wear my latest lace masterpiece –
Sea Glass Oriel Lace Pullover
I love the finished sweater. It is a Shirley Paden design, Oriel Lace Blouse, which I found in an older copy of Interweave Knits. I have to say it was really hard to stick with it because it is not an easy-going sort of project. I found it required lots of concentration and could not be let near pets nor toddlers on account of the gossamer weight of the lace yarn. I worked on it in between a smattering of other more basic knits since February, and then finally buckled down to the seaming a couple of weeks ago. Sooo worth it! It just instantly makes me feel like a delicate ballerina in warm-up. Where are those toe shoes?
Of all the yarns I’ve knit with, this is definitely in the top 3 or 4. The yarn itself, Phoebe, is soft, and luxurious on my skin, and the watercolor-like hand dyed color is just beautiful knit up. To my mind it really did look exactly like sanded-by-time pieces of sea glass. Kudos to Mocha’s Fiber Design! I thought I was going to be short on yarn, so I cut in a square neck rather than the turtle neck called for in the pattern. I struggled with the neck finishing, but I finally settled on an improvised lace edging that I felt didn’t detract from the delicacy of the overall pattern. More pics and details here on ravelry.
Hope you’re having a great weekend. I leave you with this colorful pic of some student sailors heading out early one morning off the dock of the local yacht club.