Sunday, August 7, 2011

Come Blog Along Pattern 02 Post 02


Knitting on the Road: Canada Canal du Midi • Conwy • Dalarna • Denmark • Friday Harbor • Hiiumaa • Huron Mountain • New England • The Road to Oslo • Santa Fe • Spey Valley • Christmas in Tallinn • Traveler's Stockings • Uinta Cabin • Unst • Whitby

With the heel turn complete and the gusset decreases finished, there's not much knitting left on this first Canal du Midi sock. In this dark lush colourway of Arequipa it's hard to see the stitch detail and the long alpaca hairs don't help either. That's not stopping me though - on my hands (and on my feet) this yarn feels heavenly!

Today's the day for Gavin's paddle for MS. He and several others are paddling 65km (40 miles) across the western side of Lake Ontario to raise funds for MS. Our day started at 3:15am - helped by generous amounts of caffeine - to get him to the meet-up spot by 4:30am. The paddlers hit the water at the base of the Skyway Bridge in Hamilton by 6am. I'll be heading out the door in just over an hour to wait at the halfway checkpoint at Jack Darling Park in Mississauga and then onto Cherry Beach for another checkpoint before the big finish at Ashbridge's Bay Park in the early evening. The whole paddle should take them 12-16 hours depending upon the wind and waves. It's quite a feat!

As for me, it'll be a day of driving and waiting. I've got a couple of knitting projects packed up to come with me. After all, I may as well knit while I await the paddlers, right?

18 comments:

goodpurlgonebad said...

Lovely sock! I just finished a scarf in a sheddy-alpaca blend and I loved those long hairs, it was like knitting a cat. I hope the paddle goes well!

Tonya said...

I LOVE the colour of those socks. It is fabulous.

Cris said...

Good luck to Gavin and that extraordinary task - a good cause too :)

I think the sock looks amazing!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Good luck to Gavin - I hope the weather holds for them - that's a long paddle!

Keri said...

The colour is wonderful. I hope paddling goes well and enjoy the extra knitting time

WildflowerWool said...

Great sock, as always! What an undertaking for Gavin-way to go!!

RugbyMad said...

Sock is awesome, I didn't have my glasses on and it looks like blood. Vampire socks! You fly through socks!

Sara said...

Sock looks great! Hope you get lots of knitting done today!

Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) said...

Looking great!

k2tog said...

hope paddling and knitting went well!

Kepanie said...

What a great way to get some knitting in and kudos to your man and his team for raising money for MS.

One pair of Hands said...

Well done Gavin, a worthwhile cause to paddle for - good luck.

I hope there was some satisfying knitting done too.

pinkundine said...

I haven't made socks out of alpaca yet, but I definitely want to! Love the colour of yours, even if it doesn't show up the stitch pattern so well.

elephantJuice said...

That sock looks fantastic!

I hope the paddle went well. That sounds like a long and tiring day! What a good cause though :)

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Lovely yarn, the colour is gorgeous and I always love alpaca, although do agree that the fluffiness hides stitch patterns a bit

Sandy said...

The socks look sooooooooo comfy, keep up the good work.

Dorothy said...

Your socks are looking good.

thewoolymammoth said...

Hope gavin made it through alright. Your sock is fantastic, drool.