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January 21st, 2013

After a day spent knitting in which Dani’s scarf is more than finished –

once again blocking on the balcony

the lace detail

the yarn is a sock weight merino. If I tackle this one again, I will definitely cast on with a larger needle…. the basic pattern is Song Thrush and starts at maximum number of stitches (somewhere close to 300 and then decreases).

and I completed the body of the C&C

only a bit more than 2×100 gm balls of sock weight Admiral Ombre

before taking a deep breath and tackling the ruffle which turns out to have a bijillion stitches and takes a lifetime to knit even a single row. Let me not mention that purling back takes even longer and the needle I have is only long enough to tackle one color at a time….

the ruffle color matches the main color on that side. Doing the red first, then will tackle the grey

Anyway – there is also Stromboli which in this case does not refer to the ice cream but to the active volcano.

Viewed from the ship starting right before 2145 it was amazing to watch the eruptions of lava flung up in bright reds and oranges against the night sky. If it hadn’t been raining and cloudy, maybe my photos would have been better. Maybe considering that otherwise it was pitch black, and you couldn’t see the mountain. But between the weather and the not particularly smooth sailing, I did what I could.

we are about 3 miles out

and you can see the eruption streaking up into the sky

and there are actually people living on the south slope…..

Since I will be headed past the volcano again on Thurs – this time at 0500 in the morning, I am going to give the photos a shot once more!

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  1. January 23rd, 2013 at 00:34 | #1

    Just saw at bit about Stromboli on PBS. Fascinating. Love the purple scarf and the shawl I don’t envy you knitting a ruffle on that, though!

    • January 23rd, 2013 at 12:22 | #2

      the ruffle is taking forever. 27 sections x 12 stitches x2 = what? 648 stitches before the increases started? ARGH!

  2. Carmen
    February 2nd, 2013 at 13:30 | #3

    I do like how Dani’s scarf is turning out. Did you bring pins with for blocking, or just have it stretched out?

  3. Holly
    February 2nd, 2013 at 13:31 | #4

    No, didn’t bring pins this time just dirt of smashed it out flat Rocks work …..

  4. Lynne
    February 2nd, 2013 at 13:32 | #5

    Holly love the volcano shots. Looking forward to seeing Thurs efforts.
    What is name of 2 tone scarf?
    Really want to try that one. Fabulous look and I’m sure an amazing project! Just what I need right now to test my new eyesight. ;-)

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