Lima, Peru

Lima has been busy busy. Much like Los Angeles, Lima is a sprawling city, which necessitates lots of walking and/or riding in a taxi. There are buses, but taking one when you don’t speak the language well can be a bit intimidating. While in Lima, we primarily explored the neighborhoods of Old Lima and Miraflores. 

Old Lima contained the architecture of ancestors past. Think colonial buildings in bright colors. In Plaza Mayor, we watched the changing of the guards, which was interesting to watch (and free!). The band played music for about 30 minutes and then the procession began. From there we walked to the Church of San Francisco. The inside of this church was very old and very Spanish. Think murals and tiles dated from the 14th century. My favorite part was the Catacombs deep in the basement of the Church. They contained old bones from centuries past. In the evening we headed over to the Magical Water Circuit. I have to say this park was the best 4 Soles (~$1.25) I have spent so far. There was music, fountains, and lights that provided some lovely entertainment.  We felt like little kids running and playing in the interactive fountains.


     In contrast to Old Lima, Miraflores contained many things new. Picture large skyscrapers, commercial centers, and fancy hotels. We strolled along the boardwalk for most of the morning taking in the stunning scenery. The sun even managed to come out for awhile. We walked through the famous Parque del Amor. Here there were fantastic  colorful murals with love quotes. C- Rex really enjoyed the view. For lunch, we stopped at La Mar. This is a famous ceviche restaurant that did not dissapoint. The food and service were outstanding. Best ceviche I have had so far!  With our meal complete, we left the restaurant and took the short walk to the Huaca Pucllana ruins. This old pyramid was constructed by the ancient Limas ( pre- Incas) as a worship and governmental compound. The entire structure was made out of mud bricks. The small museum on-site contained some artifacts including pottery and textiles. We took a guided  tour and walked to the top of the pyramid to take in the view.

            Well Lima it has been amazing! You have made out 1st stop in Peru memorable. ¡ Hasta Luego!


Hot Off The Needles

Well the Business Casual socks are done. Check out my Ravelry page for sock details.

To be honest it is not likely that I would make these again. Don’t get me wrong the pattern was well written and detailed. I just like my sock knitting to be relatively easy. The constant cabling made it a little difficult to knit whenever and wherever I happened to be. Imagine me in the car trying to keep track of the dang cable needle. (nightmare!)

IMG_6546 My favorite section of the project were the heel flaps. I was digging the subtle texture contrast created by the slip stitch pattern. It really was a nice addition to the design.

To bind off required the dreaded Kitchener Stitch. The stitch isn’t that horrible, it is my execution of it. I generally make the grafting too loose or it ends up looking sloppy. Check out these toes below. *sigh*

I think I need to set a goal for myself to master this tricky finishing stitch. When done right it makes sock toes look great.  Good thing my next project incorporates Kitchener stitch! Today we are heading out on our 6 week vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, Peru, and Bolivia! I decided to forgo a sweater and make some Jaywalker socks on our adventure. Socks are just so much more portable when you are limited on space. Lucky me I have two chances to perfect the Kitchener!

So dear readers please check back for my progress. Posts may be limited as I don’t know how reliable the internet is in South America. However, feel free to follow my journeys on Instagram (username: fabwhitty)!


A Monster Ate My Kindle!

About a month ago I finally broke down and bought a Kindle Paperwhite. Initially, I was pretty against an e-reader. The thing is I have always enjoyed the smell, feel, and weight of books. I thought having an e-reader would take a lot of these things away from me. However, my upcoming trip got me thinking about what a nightmare it would be to lug around books and/or try to buy English books in Spanish speaking countries. So a couple clicks on Amazon and I couldn’t be happier. This version has a built-in light, which is perfect for when I am on the plane or outside. I also love the one-click book access.This was a super smart buy!

Like and iPad, the Kindle does not come with anything to cover  the screen when you store it, which hasn’t been a problem as it mostly stays on my nightstand. Yet, my upcoming trip has necessitated that I get a cover. Rather than buying one off Amazon, I crocheted a cute monster case. 

    Isn’t it cute! I made it using some acrylic scrap yarn from my early knitting days. I am a little concerned about the durability of the case, but my creation is only suppose to act as a sleeve rather than a protective case. I guess I will let you know how it works out!

Happy Friday!

Mixing It Up

Well I am done with one Business Casual sock. This pattern has been a challenge. For me the most complex part of the project has been keeping track of the pattern. Since there are cabling stitches on every row  your mind has to be on alert at all times. My brain was feeling tierd so I didn’t even bind the sock off completely 😕. Currently, I am suffering from SSS (Second Sock Syndrome) so this project is in hibernation.  

 I did manage to start another project. I had some darker rainbow yarn left over from when I went to New Mexico. I wanted to make a scarf, but there was not enough yarn. *sigh*  What is a girl to do? Well make a headband of course!

 My inspiration came from Purl Bee’s Color Tipped Scarf. I love their simple and practical designs that showcase the beauty of yarn. The designers continue to be some of my favorites. I followed the pattern until I had increased to about 25 sts. From that point,  I knitted for several inches with just garter stitch. I then decreased down to 3 sts on the other side.  

The headband came out great. I love wrap headbands as they are perfect for covering up not so great looking hair. This headband also is thick enough to wear over the ears so it can double as a fall/winter accessory. 

Happy Friday! 

Keeping Your Edges In Check

When creating the Lacy Beginnings Scarf , I kept getting nervous about the edges. They were quite wobbly looking. Tension was definitely the culprit. I was using big needles and very fine yarn. When using these complete opposites, it is hard to keep an even tension, especially at the edges.

My anxiety was calmed after I did a quick internet search as to the best way to get my edges in check. Here is what I did:

1) Wet Blocking: Sometimes (like my project) you just need to wet block your piece correctly. Take the time to secure your work with pins or clips and stretch the piece so that everything is nice and even. Repeat the process if necessary

FullSizeRender2) Slip the first stitch (S1): Slipping the first stitch creates a smooth a stitch pattern along the edge of your work. Just make sure you are slipping purlwise.  Need help with how-to slip those edges? Click here for a great video.

3) Tension: Even tension is a learned skill. Basically I encourage others to just keep knitting. However, when I reach the last stitch I give it an extra tug (a light tug) to keep it as tight as the other stitch.

So how do you keep your edges in line?

Lacy Beginnings Scarf

As promised I bring you the pattern for the Lacy Beginnings Scarf. This scarf is all about contrasts. Fine yarn with large knitting needles, light weight yet warm. This scarf is perfect for those days when you need just one more thin layer. Please enjoy the free pattern below.

Lacy Beginnings Scarf

Skills needed: yarn over (yo), knit 2 together decrease (k2tog)

Level: Beginner

Suggested Yarn: 50 grams of wool blend or alpaca blend; Super Fine/ Fingering Weight

Needles: US Size 10.5

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Cast on 21 sts.

Row 1-4: Knit all sts.

Row 5: S1 purlwise, *yo, k2tog*, repeat from * 9 times.

Row 6-7: Knit all sts.

Row 8: S1 purlwise, *yo, k2tog*, repeat from * 9 times.

Row 9-12: Knit all sts.

Repeat Rows 5-12 to continue pattern. Work pattern until you reach your desired length. End with Row 8.

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Knit 3 rows, then bind off all sts loosely.

Finishing: Sew in ends. Block the scarf using wet blocking. Make sure to stretch the piece to even out the edges of the scarf.

(The yarn used in this pattern was Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight in Burgundy)

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This scarf is posted on Ravelry. I would love to see your finished items :).

*Please let me know if you find any errors in  the above pattern.*