Friday, May 25, 2007

Monkeys


Pattern: Monkey
Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino 2/6
Needle: 2.25mm circular

I like my new Monkey socks; it's a good pattern for yarn that is variegated but not too crazy. I also like that they match my latest sewing mini-project, which is a skirt hem. I thrifted a black linen skirt a year or so ago and have been meaning to hem it for ages. I finally got around to it, using some wide turquoise bias tape (also thrifted). I should have been more careful, as the tape doesn't lie flat, but it still looks cute. And with my Monkey socks and old shoes, I have a sweet new outfit -- look, I'll model on the picnic table on my parents' patio:


Nice view, isn't it? That's Okanagan Lake in the background, and that's the view I grew up with. I'm having a nice, relaxing time here, visiting family, seeing friends I haven't seen in years (and in several cases, meeting their children for the first time). It's been warm and sunny. I definitely feel like I'm on holiday. Still disappointed about my change in plans -- thanks for your commiseration, and no, I couldn't get a passport in time, and I've already changed my tickets, so I'll be flying back straight from Vancouver -- but I'm having a good time. The days are longer here, you see. Time doesn't seem to move very quickly, so the days are long and pretty quiet. I plan to have a very nice weekend, involving garage saling, more visiting, and lots of eating. I hope you have a good one too.

I'll leave you with the standard flat-sock shot -- behold the power of a good wet block!

22 comments:

Chris said...

They're absolutely gorgeous!! And very cute with the skirt.

Bummer about the changed plans - but BC sounds wonderful! *makes mental note to renew passport ASAP*

Knitting Mama said...

I've been to Kelowna, I loved the Okanagan Lake while there. Hope you're having a great time. The monkey's look great!

Alynda said...

Faboo socks! And in my favourite colours. I think we must have grown up close to each other...if I stood right in our yard we could see Skaha lake.

KatieLiz said...

Love your monkey socks and I agree with your comment about the variegated yarn. I'm on the heel flap of Monkey sock 2 and I can see myself knitting this pattern again.

So sorry about the passport. I renewed mine on March 26th and just got it in the mail today! Although it did come 2 weeks faster than what they said it would take. I hear passports are processed much faster in Canada.

miss ewe said...

Those are AWESOME! Sweet yarn!

millie said...

cute outfit!
Where in the OK valley are you? I'm in Kelowna. Been reading your blog since 2004 when I was looking for Canadians living in China, cause I was going there to teach English. The fact that you were "dealing with a knitting obsession one day at a time" really caught my attention. You're very inspiring. You've accomplished so much. My hero!

chez shoes said...

That lake looks gorgeous. Love the socks and bias tape hem - I can see why getting it to life flat would be tricky, though.

goodkarma said...

I just love those colors! Enjoy a peaceful, restful visit.

regina said...

Your weekend sounds heavenly. Sorry about the passport hiccup, though. The socks look great with the skirt! You are truly my thrifting hero. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Seanna Lea said...

I love the socks. It's so funny seeing everything match! The socks and skirt match the picnic table too!

PCR said...

Cute socks and cute skirt!
Sometimes there is nothing better than just having nothing to do. Great view!

La Cabeza Grande said...

Smashing Monkeys w/cute matching skirt. There really is something to be said for the peace and quiet of more natural surroundings.

Elizabeth said...

I love that photo of the socks, skirt, and shoes alongside the turquoise picnic table. so cute! I'm knitting these socks right now - such a great pattern.

Robin said...

Adorable socks and adorable outfit! I have fond memories of garage saling in Penticton and area when I lived there. Although I recall the norm was to start the sales pretty early in the morning. Have fun!

Nicole said...

If it is any consolation it is grey and cold in SF right now. I love, love, love your Monkeys! I can't wait to knit mine. I have to check my queue to see when they are up.

AmyP said...

Love the socks - and what a view!

Stella said...

Have a good time in B.C.! I went there last summer and it was wonderful. You can do SF next time, it'll be here for you. Love the Monkey socks, too!

Mia said...

I love the socks!!! I just started a pair of them. And there are some tricks to sewing bias tape down that I will try to write down and email you. I am sure that your mother has a word to say about you standing on her table but you are enjoying yourself so that is what matters!!!

Michelle said...

Um, I would like to go to BC now. That view is incredible.

Love the socks and LOVE the outfit.

lyssa said...

love the socks, love the outfit, love that it goes with the picnic table. :)

i spent six weeks in Kelowna when i was in high school. some of the best times i've ever had. it's nice to see it in pictures!

Stacey said...

they look so great!!!!!!!!

Mozilla said...

Love the new outfit. The Monkeys are gorgeous!