Fussy Bucket

March 5th, 2007

I have been seriously hormonal the past couple days- like crying at the drop of a hat hormonal. It pisses me off. I am like a bipolar patient: one minute laughing hysterically and the next crying.

Casey and I have been working on this huge project together also and we have not been doing very much fun stuff lately- spending all of our free time working together. Which is fine, temporarily, but we sure needed our vacation last week to get recharged.

Maybe some silly sunshine will help you if you are also feeling a bit like a fussy bucket this monday morning? 😉

We went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for one of those drink, eat and sit on your ass vacations. (Gee, wonder why I gained 5lb? hmm… Mysterious.)

But first, we had to fly there. Me no likey fly in airplanes. So, I self-medicated. 😉

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It was worth it though- look at those beautiful mountains! And the blue sky! (Project Spectrum, does this count? I have never done PS before- haha)

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Well, the extra poundage could have something to do with all the margaritas, pina coladas and GUACAMOLE. I think I ate my weight in guacamole. SO GOOD.

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The hotel, Velas Vallarta, was really nice, definitely the best all-inclusive place I have ever been. The food, as I mentioned, was excellent. They had good booze, not that no-label stuff and they have waiters that deliver food to you while you were sitting by the pool or at the beach. They also brought you frozen grapes hand towels at the end of the day- so nice!

So what did I do sitting by the pool being waited on? Knit of course!

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I knit and read, read just, and then knit and listened to podcasts. (love the podcasts!) Also, two clothespins are great for securing books so you can read and knit at the same time. Don’t ever tell me I never had anything useful on this blog. 😉

So what did I knit? The Melody’s Shawl from Morehouse Merino that I bought at Rhinebeck, of course! It was a great vacation project because you don’t have to think and it scrunches up super small in a carry on.

I knit so much that I actually finished it. There she is, all done!

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At the end of the pattern, you bind off all the stitches, except for the 16 stitches in between the two twisted stitches. Then you rip out those stitches! RIIIP!

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It was completely terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. The stitches stay- with no problem whatsoever… very cool. (I guess for the same reason that the twisted stitches secure the dropped ones in clapotis, now that I think about it.)
I was so excited I started flapping it around but none of the other vacationers were that interested. I even showed Casey’s sisters and mom but their reception was lukewarm- where are my knitting buddies when I need them? haha

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Casey’s family was a little more enthusiastic when I wore it that evening to dinner. It was wonderful to wear down there in the air conditioning at dinner but not too bulky for the heat either. I have also been wearing it here as a scarf and it is super warm too. Horray!

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So despite the 4 plane rides, it was a great vacation… wish I was back in that sunshine with my sweetie!

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30 Responses to “Fussy Bucket”

  1. sarah b. Says:

    Oh, so jealous of the vacation, but glad you enjoyed it. I completely understand the hormonal action…pregnancy hormones absolutely got the best of me this weekend. Your shawl is beautiful…maybe it will motivate me to cast on for mine!!!

  2. Kate Says:

    The shawl/scarf is beautiful. I love mine – wear it all the time.

    Mmmmm guacamole. YUM!!!!!

  3. Carrie Says:

    I have one of those kits too! It looks so pretty – must make mine. Your trip sounds fabulous!

  4. maryse Says:

    ha! what a totally cool shawl!

    sounds like a great vacation.

  5. Sarah Says:

    Ooooh, love the shawl. Vacation looks like so much fun. Especially since there was guacamole involved. Yummy!

  6. Sara Says:

    So not only are you absolutely adorable (LOVE that picture of you and Casey… it is so great!), but I SO needed some happy pictures today since today has not been a good one. And I love the shawl… it is beautiful! So glad you had such a wonderful time!

  7. Kathode Ray Tube Says:

    Your scarf is beautiful! I love the clothespins too — thanks for the tip. I don’t like flying much either. I recommend Xanax.

  8. Sherry Says:

    Ohhh, I wish I was in Mexico!!! Great shawl and thanks for the clothspin tip!!

  9. Steph VW Says:

    Sigh. Mexico – Mr. Happy and I are going in May. We can hardly wait. In the meantime, however, I’ll just look at your photos and picture myself on the beach.

    The clothespins are genius! I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to use hair clips on my books. Why didn’t I think of clothes pins? Thank you Frecklegirl – you’re my hero!

  10. Erin Says:

    I am in love with that shawl. Seriously gorgeous. Looks like you had a great vacation too.

  11. Skylar Says:

    I have so been to that resort! Small world, ain’t it? Your shawl came out lovely. I must find that pattern and try it myself!

  12. Martha Says:

    Love the clothespin idea, thanks! THe shawl is gorgeous.

  13. Terra Says:

    What a great place to vacation, I was there a few years ago and would love to go back some day. Love the shawl, so multifunctional. Oh yeah and I’m insanely jealous that you can read and knit at the same time (oh the knitting I could get done during exams!)

  14. maya Says:

    Now we have matching scarves!

  15. elisa Says:

    Sigh…looks like such a wonderful vacation! I am very glad you’re back all safe and sound (btw – I’d be a fussypants if I had just come home to THIS weather from THAT weather).

  16. s t a c i Says:

    I went to Mexico to an all-inclusive resort last year, and my vacation looked a lot like yours! Lots of guacamole, lots of being served champagne on the beach while I was knitting! Bliss.

  17. Dorothy B Says:

    The shawl is beautiful!

    Your vacation looks great. So beautiful and peaceful.

    By the way, if your hormones are still whacked out, you might want to try peeing on a stick. That’s what tipped me off about Girly. Just a thought.

  18. Christie Says:

    Oh, it looks like you had a great time. The shawl looks great…what an interesting pattern. I would be scared of cutting it! AUGH!

    I hope you and the boy can work more fun time into your schedule…demand it! All girls with freckels require fun! And I should know!

  19. carrie m Says:

    (i have the same shirt that you are wearing in the last pic. yeah h&m!)
    that looks like such a fabulous vacation! i LOVE the idea of working on a shawl all day then throwing it over a lovely black dress and heading off to dinner. perfect!

  20. Macoco Says:

    Your shawl is beautiful! So cool that it’s knit in the round.

  21. Vickie Says:

    Now that I have seen your shawl I can not wait for the MD Sheep and Wool Festival. I think I am going to that booth first this year. I love the photo of you self medicating. That will be me in two weeks. I have to fly to Florida for work.

  22. Stacey Says:

    I soooo need a vacation like that. I’m on a bit of a guacamole kick these days too. As a matter of a fact, I may go make some right now. And I never thought of clothespins…brilliant!

  23. Amy Boogie Says:

    Your trip sounds amazing. I love that scarf and the tip on the clothespins. DUH clothespins! I didn’t need that fancy $2 book holder that breaks the spine.

  24. Betsy Says:

    SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Elinor Says:

    Hmmm. I like the clothes pin idea! I’ll have to try it out. The shawl looks beautiful!

  26. maurene Says:

    i need some of that sunshine! glad you had a great time. now, when are WE going to hang out??

  27. anjie joon Says:

    just found you & your lovely blog. such fun! in fact, i liked it so much i gave you props on mine today. (hope that’s ok!) 3 cheers for the freckle-femmes!

  28. jessica~ Says:

    Love the shawl and the color is fab. Glad you had such a great, relaxing vacation! [Oh, and I’m totally stealing your clothes pin/book idea!]

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