Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Harry Potter And The Knitting Progress Not Made

As is my wont, I optimistically packed more than enough knitting for our week-long stay at Virginia Beach. Compounding my natural inclination to over pack yarn was my complete denial about the Harry Potter Effect.

Although I wasn't in the first wave of readers, which comprised the dads and the youngest HP fans among us, I soon got my hands on a copy. It is hard to admit, as this is, after all, a knitting blog, but knitting paled by comparison while I was immersed in this final Harry Potter installment. It made for wonderful beach reading and I had just enough left to occupy me on the long flight home.

As a result, only a smidgen of my planned knitting got knitted, but with four established knitters and one nascent knitter in residence, there was no shortage of knitting conversations, knitting planning sessions, and knitting advice bestowed. Knitting vibes permeated the place. I did work on my second Monkey Sock, and I cast on for a Malabrigo scarf, but neither is yet photo worthy. My biggest knitting accomplishment was deciding on colors (I consulted at length with the other knitters who were more than happy to vicariously spend money on luscious yarn) for a fair isle sweater and placing a telephone order for some Morehouse Merino. It has not yet arrived, however, so photos of that will have to wait as well.

Some people stuck to their knitting despite the lure of Harry Potter (and the beach, poker games, and cocktail hours ...). Hilary finished off a beautiful pair of Monkey Socks and Auden took to her Knitting Mushroom like Harry once took to his broom.

My sister, blogless Beth, worked diligently on an exquisite baby blanket and I've her permission to show it off, in progress, here:

It was over all too quickly. I can only hope I soaked up enough sun-filled memories to get me through another Juneau winter.


gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

That sounds like my kind of family vacation!(and as you know, my kind of family) The reading photos are too funny .

Hilary said...

What wonderful pictures! I love them. I might need some copies. The last one is so sweet ...

Of course after diligently protecting my children from the sun in Virginia, I believe Auden got her first sunburn today at the pool in Rochester. *sigh*

Ketchikan Choc said...

Looks as though you had a good time. It is always good to have multiple projects on hand so that you can select that one that you feel most like knitting.