Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Alpacas, a stump, sock progress, and more

I went for a walk the other evening, mostly so I could visit the alpacas that live down the road from my parents. I stopped at the fence to look at them, and they all started walking toward me! (It was like a zombie movie, but with fleece-bearing animals.) Here they come:


They were funny. They're all different colours and different sizes. One was extra friendly and came right up to the fence to say hello, so I gave it a little grass in exchange for a photo:


As I was walking back, I was struck by this cherry-tree stump -- doesn't this look remarkably like a statue of a woman's torso?


And the next picture was taken at the spot where I used to wait for the school bus. It shows you all of the elements of the local landscape: semi-desert dryness in the foreground; orchard in the middle; and the lake and mountains in the background.


As I mentioned in the last post, I've had a ton of knitting time. I've already gone through a 50g ball of sock yarn on my first Clessidra Stocking, and here's what that looks like:


So far, so good. A few people commented about the splittiness of Sisu, and it's true -- I probably wouldn't use it again for cables. But other than that, I like it; in fact, I bought enough for two more pairs of socks. (Five dollars a ball, and it comes in great colours.) Trying on the Clessidra-in-progress feels like I'm wearing a sleeve on my leg. It sure is pretty, though.

One more picture, of something I noticed when I was in town a few days ago -- it's on the side of a school, ha ha:


Oh, those crazy kids.

25 comments:

miss ewe said...

Ohhhhhh! Your Clessidra in progress is so pretty! I have my eye on that pattern!
Nice to see you making friends... four legs good!

LaurieM said...

That Alpaca has huge marbles for eyes! Get a load of how far they stick out of her head!

I was amazed at how fast my Clessidra knit up. I think it is the interesting patterning that keeps it moving along.

Anna said...

Hi, I like SISU even though it splits a bit. It keeps the shape after lots of washes and is warm and comfy! Those Clessidra looks very nice.
//Anna

Jodi said...

Sounds like a great, relaxing trip home! I'm jealous of the beautiful lake and the close proximity to alpacas. I did manage to pet a bunch of baby goats over the weekend, though, so I'm not TOO jealous.

Clessidra's looking beautiful!

rjb said...

So that tree stump would be...Daphne de Milo? :-)

Chris said...

Great photos - love the stump and the sign in particular. The Clessidrette - pretty!

Elizabeth said...

Oh my, BC is so gorgeous. I love the alpaca photos - how cool that they're right nearby! But most of all, I love your Clessidra-in-progress. Why, oh why don't I need more knee socks?? I may have to knit this one anyway... yours are looking just beautiful.

Nicole said...

If my passport does not come in time, I just might walk across the border to visit your parents in BC! Love the alpacas. Love, love, love your socks. I am thinking someday, maybe in Knitpicks Gloss. Also, how could you leave that thrift store with so few buttons?! I would have dug my hand in and purchase whatever I pulled out.

Romi said...

The alpacas are adorable! :)

Stacey said...

the socks are beautiful - the color!!! cute alpacas - love the little white nose on the hungrty one

Lolly said...

Those alpacas are so sweet and cute! Love the closeup. And your sock is beautiful! That green is perfect :)

Monica said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. The sign really cracked me up.

gleek said...

clessidra's looking great!

miss ewe said...

Can't stop thinking about your Clessidras... maybe they are the answer to my lost knitting Mojo.

Cactusneedles said...

Love your pictures and those socks look great! Sounds like you're having a fun time. :)

KnittenKnots said...

Beautiful place to grow up - thanks for sharing the alpacas... :-)

Gaile said...

Hooray for the valley!! It's just as beautiful as i recall. Hope you're enjoying your trip home!

J. said...

Clessidra looks beautiful, I think I need some. I know you are away but do you know if there is anythng happening in Montreal knit in public day on June 9th? - lucky me will be there that weekend. And can you recommend a fabulous yarn store that I must see, I think I can only convince the boy to go to one

Nessa said...

Gorgeous sock!! I love that green! Also that tree stump totally looks like a statue of a woman's torso! I actually was thinking that before I read your comment. :-) Also I love those alpacas too~

~Nessa

Daphne said...

Oooh pretty. That goes for every picture except the last, which is a good one: the funny thing is when you *try* to read it, it's really hard, even though you instantly know what it says to begin with.

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Lovely photos. I so LOVE the Okanagan. I spent every Summer from around the Age of 9 'til I was 17 staying with my Aunt (the one who taught me to knitt) in Okanagan Falls--there isn't a prettier place anywhere!!

JustApril said...

Great pics, I laughed out loud at the look in the eyes of the snacking alpaca and I crack up every time I scroll back there. Someone should do a painting of that stump it's cool. and your sock is AWESOME!

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

HPNY Knits said...

the alpaca are so cute! and your sock is looking great!

knittingphilistine said...

In complete love with your Clessidra. Green!