Yes. BF and I went to London for Winter Break. We visited our good friend CB and even snuck away to Liberty of London. They've completely redone the haberdashery department and I was able to buy 4 skeins of souvenir sock yarn - 4fadig. I bought gray sock yarn for BF and a navy, royal, sky blue and green striped colorway for Secundogeniture. It's a good thing I'm not completely hooked on sewing yet, or I would have spent a small fortune on the sumptuous material they have at Liberty. Sigh.
After our yarn purchases, we had tea at Liberty's Cafe des Artes. I love a good English tea with scones and clotted cream. Here I am knitting my TOFUtsies sock.
I had hoped to meet Kristine for tea and knitting, but unfortunately she was home sick in bed. I hope you're feeling better Kristine. Next time we'll definitely get together.
In the meantime, here's the progress I made on my Sox-on-Stix on the airplane and my short stay in London.
BF, Angel, Erik and I left Dar es Salaam via a charted plane to go on Safari. Here I am knitting on the plane. That's Erik in the front seat with the pilot.
Here's the view of Dar es Salaam from the plane:
And here's the aerial view of the Saadani National Park. Can you spot the giraffes?
We had a great time at the Saadani Safari Lodge. We went on two safari drives and saw lots of amazing animals. I even managed to get a picture of John, our dereva (driver in Swahili) to pose with my Sox-on-Stix:
We saw many wonderful animals. Here are just a few.
Here's a picture of Major Knitter in my safari hat, with my Sox-on-Stix and a giraffe. You don't get too many pictures like this in knitterdom
Secundogeniture is a bit embarrassed of this picture of his Mom in a silly hat. It's my Tilly! And I have absolutely zero qualms about looking goofy. I actually take great pride in it.
This is my favorite animal picture from the safari. Napenda twiga. That means "I like giraffes" in Swahili
I am so glad we went to Tanzania. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a bit of adventure in their soul.
BF and I just got back from our 6 day journey to an undisclosed location. Here are the goodies we brought back. Can you guess where we went?
For the first time ever, the neurotic flight attendant asked me to put my knitting away on the plane, so I didn't finish the blue/green striped sock as I had hoped. In the end, it was just as well. I slept for 4-5 hours instead of knitting. I think it did wonders for helping me recover from my jet lag.
Due to the overwhelming demand for sock photos... here's a group shot of the Sox on Stix
The pink, gray/blue/white and the blue/green socks are all in stockinette. The two socks that are barely started will be ripped out and started over - the gray Regia socks need about 72 sts to fit a man. The blue jean Koigu is too tight a stitch, so I think I'll knit it up on US size 2 needles. The lovely TOFUtsies socks and the red Lorna Lace's Almost Argyle socks are complicated patterns that require paying attention, so I'll need to be able to sit and focus for those. That's it. Seven socks on the sticks.
You'll understand why there are no pictures. It just wouldn't be appropriate. Too much socks. OK - really it's that I have gone crazy with the half started socks here and there and I don't want to bore you with 2 inches here or 3 inches there. Here's what I've got on the needles:
- TOFUtsies Swirly Girl Socks by SWTC in the blue/green/yellow colorway
- Lorna's Laces red Almost Argyle socks by Knit Picks
- Lorna's Laces Purl Exclusive self-striping pink and white socks in stockinette
- Koigu KPM bluish gray socks - pattern yet TBD
- Knit Picks Stripe Socks in the gray/blue/white self striping pattern in stockinette
- Regia gray 4Fadig in Nancy Bush's Vintage Sock - "Madder Ribbed Sock" for BF
It has numerous stitches all laid out in a logical setting that allows the knitter to decide what to add for a personalized aran sweater. I am particularly intrigued by this stitch:
I think this would make a nice all-over pattern for a sweater without using up too much extra yarn as an Aran sweater might. It's what I'm keeping in mind for a personal project for moi. I have some lovely yarn that might just do the trick. But first things first. I have other projects to finish before I begin a new monumental task.
Stacie cautiously asked me how Wilma was doing. She's fine. In fact, after 3.5 months of pneumonia, she's been given the all-clear by the vet. Whew. I haven't posted many pictures of her because, well, she's generally got devil eyes in the shots. It's nothing worse than that, thank goodness.
See? And the edit feature to remove the red eye doesn't actually work with her, because her eyes aren't red in the pictures. But she is growing and she's a cutie. Her tongue is always hanging out, she had a tremendous Bulldog underbite, and yes, everything else that goes along with being an English Bulldog. If you're not sure what that is, you probably don't want to ask. Suffice it to say that the new air freshener ad I saw on TV this morning featured an English Bulldog. Enough said.
Here's Wilma's tongue, Wilma, and Wilma's Valentine's Day gift from Susan of SNL. C'mon everybody now - AWWWWwwwww. This is Wilma's favorite spot in the whole house - suede bean bag chair. She's no dummy my girly girl.
So thank you Stacie for asking. Wilma's getting more and more spoiled every day and - yes - I have learned to leave my knitting out of her reach - for both of our sakes.