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Fish Lips Kiss

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There are times when I see a pattern and think it’s the greatest thing ever.  Then, when I get the pattern and want to start it, something makes my knitting mojo sink.  I’ve had the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern printed out for over a year.  I had heard about it being the best heel around – comfortable and knit to fit your own foot – so I figured I had to try it.  I went and bought it (only $1 on Ravelry!) and printed it out.  Sixteen (16!) pages later, and seeing the need to make a template of your foot, I thought to myself, “Hmmmm.  Maybe later.”  I put it away for another day.  Recently, I started hearing about it all over again on a few podcasts.  Paula from the Knitting Pipeline podcast said it was the only heel she ever uses now.  Since I love Paula, I decided to revisit the pattern. [As an aside, Paula also recently gave a 5-star review for the iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets.  Her daughter-in-law said it changed her life- changed her life! – and I am now dying to get it since I hate housecleaning.]

Originally, what turned me off was what seemed like the “extra work” involved (making a template of your foot).  But this time I decided to just jump right in and follow all the suggestions.  If Paula could do it, so could I.  I enlisted Paul’s help (since the pattern says you should absolutely not trace your own foot because you should be standing with your weight evenly distributed).  Got the template made and my toe-up sock started:


(And now you know how weirdly shaped my wide, flat, no arch, getting-a-bunion feet are.  Nothing like a blog to “put it all out there”.)

See the solid line and dotted lines on the template?  You use those to tell you how far to knit your toe and then the rest of the sock before starting the heel:


I did mine as a toe-up sock, but this template can also be used for a cuff-down sock!

Then you do the special, fancy, not-hard heel and then finish the sock:

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Pretty neat and totally fits me great.  Apparently, that little pucker in the heel is how the pattern got its name.  I’ll be scheduling a class to teach this at The Spinning Room coming up in April.

In other knitting news, I finished the pre-steeked portion of Paul’s Perun vest:


He said it looks “fancy” which makes me nervous that he won’t want to wear it.  I promised him it wasn’t fancy and that it was very “outdoorsy”.  Also that the neck would not be that tight since it is a zippered vest.  I am very happy with how it turned out so far.  Since that was done, we went and bought a zipper.  Now I have no choice but to do the steeking.  I’m very nervous.  Stay tuned.

In students-who-finished-a-project-news, look at Jan’s finished (but for the button-sewing) Tea Leaves Cardigan!:


It looks GREAT!

In Doodlebug crafting news, they made Martha’s heart garland for their mom and dad for Valentine’s Day:


Then this week they made some pinecone bird feeders:


And then drew pictures of birds eating from them (based on my very artistic sample):


Mr. Doodlebug decided to make his into an alien rocketship (on the left).

And then we hung them in the yard, and in one tree, where there is a nest every year, we put some extra wool yarn in case they needed it for their nest:

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Wish me luck on the vest steeking.  Hoping to get started on it this weekend….

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The Unintended Yarn Crawl

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Paul and I went to Maine last week for a nice, relaxing vacation.  We went to Bar Harbor, where we have been several times before.  Apparently, we like it there.  Since it is an 8 hour drive, we like to break it up by staying in Freeport on the first night so we can go to LLBean.  We had a lovely drive up the coast, stopping at some popular beaches and unintentionally driving by the Bush compound in Kennebunkport (none of which did I get pictures).  Stopped for lunch at the Portsmouth Brewery where Paul had his first of many blueberry sodas:


And I had the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten in my life:


Fried eggplant, blistered cherry tomatoes, sprouts, pickled shallots and basil pesto mayo. Oh. My. Gosh. So. Good.  I wished I could have taken one home with me.

We had left the house at 6:30am and finally got to Freeport at 4:30.  Ha!  So much for breaking up that 8 hour drive to Bar Harbor.

But then, fun was had at LLBean:


The next day was terribly rainy, so our continued drive up pretty, picturesque, historic Route 1 was a little foggy.  I had planned to stop at a yarn shop called Over the Rainbow Yarn in Rockland because they carry Quince & Co. yarn which is based in Maine. (**Note: This is seriously the only yarn shop I had planned to stop at.)  I’ve been hearing about this yarn for ages on the Knitting Pipeline podcast and have been wanting to try it.  Before we left, I researched the types of yarn they have and looked up potential projects so I knew how much yarn to potentially purchase.  What an incredibly pretty yarn shop, living up to its name:

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(even the buttons are organized by color)

Here is what I got there:


Quince & Co. Chickadee, a sport weight yarn, to make the Rhombus Feather Shawl (green yarn on the left).  And Cascade Venezia Sport to make the Piper’s Journey shawl (eggplant yarn on the right), which is a design by the woman who hosts the Knitting Pipeline podcast.

Once we were done at Over the Rainbow, we were making our way along the coast and it was still raining.


We decided to stop in Camden for lunch. What a beautiful town.  And since we were there, and since they have a yarn shop called The Cashmere Goat, we decided to stop.


There was a scarf/shawl/poncho-y thing there as a sample of the Manos del Uruguay Fino yarn.  Just a long rectangle, seamed along one part.


(Don’t ask me why I didn’t get a picture of it on the mannequin.  You really would get the idea better if I had.)

I had to make it, so I got some yarn for that:


The Fino is the blue and green yarn on the right and middle.  Fingering weight yarn, knit for this pattern on a size 8 needle to make it soft and drapey.  The pattern was made up by an employee of the yarn shop so I took pictures of it to get an idea of when to change colors for the stripes.  I also had to get the Araucania Huasco yarn on the left because I loved the color.

Then we had lunch with a view of the harbor.


That’s our lunch, not the view of the harbor.  I tried lobster spring rolls which were very tasty.

We left there, with plans to see downtown Belfast.  Paul’s family went to Belfast for vacations when he was young, so he wanted to see the downtown area again.  Another pretty little harbor town.


And since we were there, and since they have a yarn shop called Heavenly Socks Yarns, we went.


A small shop packed with yarn and buttons and samples, including this cute, felted mobile:


…which I pretty much took a picture of so I could show the doodlebugs the felted turtle.  (They have four little plastic turtles they got from the dentist, named Timmy and Twimmy, Tammy and Twammy, and they loooooooove them.)

And since they had a The Fiber Company yarn called Acadia (the national park in Bar Harbor) in the blueberry colorway (Maine has blueberry everything), I had to get it:


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Everyone was so friendly at these yarn shops.  So helpful and pleasant to talk to, asking us where we were from and where we were going and making suggestions for things to do while we were in Maine.  This is not surprising, really, because knitter’s are awesome.  If you go to Maine, stop at these shops!!

After that, it was finally on to our hotel in Bar Harbor where we were welcomed with a misty view:


But, hey, I’ll take a misty view over no view any day!  We left Freeport at 8:30am and got to Bar Harbor at 4:00pm.  So, it took us two days and 17.5 hours to get there.  Didn’t seem like it.

More on our trip in the next post…