Thursday, November 08, 2007


My Big Ball of...

I usually don't get too excited about concrete sculptures, but isn't this one the greatest! Who would have ever thought that I would find a big ball of concrete yarn at the Opequimar Yacht Club here in Puerto Vallarta? Jonesy says it's rope, as in nautical knot work - yeah whatever, rope, yarn, line, string - it's all fiber and all wonderful to me!

And speaking of fiber and knitting (aren't I always?) I've finished knitting my Cozy Cable Sock that I designed for the Holiday Mystery Gifts Yahoo! knitalong group. I used Knit Picks Essential sock yarn and it is so soft, and well, cozy! The pattern is available for FREE in the group files - in 3 parts or "clues". That's my foot on the balcony railing of the hotel...

Also for the group, I posted another washcloth; the Scalloped Waves Spa Cloth. This is the one that Jonesy picked out for himself to use out of the three different designs. Here's a picture of the Spa Cloth Trilogy. These are so quick and easy to knit, I'm getting a little carried away with them. And wouldn't you know it - the hotel is now providing washcloths, bathmats, and kleenex this week!!! Why? Did somebody read my blog and tattle to headquarters? Or did we look especially dirty ("get that sailboat trash some washcloths and see if they'll clean up")? Hmmmm...

The old girl is still on the hard in the boatyard. The chemical striping and mechanical sanding is finished and all the blisters have been exposed. Now we are down to the original white gelcoat - and even to the bare fiberglass in many places. The circles you see are areas where they drilled out the deeper blisters. It's a little odd how there are rows of blisters running down the hull at the stern on both sides of the keel in the same place. Something in the original construction caused this area of weakness we assume.

Yesterday they started patching with fiberglass and resin, and by late afternoon were smearing on epoxy. Today, more sanding. It's totally unbelieveable how many man-hours it took to get rid of the thick dark multi-colored paint layers, and to drill out the blisters. But, we need the Niki Wiki to be around for many more years so it's all an investment in her's, and our future.

Okay - speaking of future, for those of you knitters who stayed awake through all the boat repair babble, I'll reward you with photos of two new patterns for ornaments that will be released tomorrow on the Holiday Mystery Gifts group - FREE of course. Introducing the Starburst and Kaleidoscope Ornaments...

And finally, a photo of a beautiful flower that I found this morning when I went out in the gardens here at the Howard Johnson's Hotel. I haven't a clue as to what kind of flower they are, but they are spectacular! Enjoy!

Ouch. Those blisters look nasty. Good luck.

S/V Matsu
I love the picture of you and the yarn ball....
But it still seems like paradise!
Ilove the concrete ball of yarn. You look great wrapped around it. Oh my goodness, I love the socks. Thank you.
Great socks! Thanks and a little tee hee hee about the yarn ball - who'd a thought you would find yarn done in concrete - I say WOO HOO!

I am learning a new sock pathway with Kat Bohrdi books - it is so interesting to see new ways to construct a standard sock... Fun fun fun (witness that it is nearly 1 am) and I will definitely check out the free pattern.
Wow, I really love your sock design and the color is wonderful! If you ever decide to publish it I'd be in line for it. The white flowers with the red centers are called bleeding hearts. I don't think it's the same as the most common plant with this name but may be. I'll try to find the latin name. I only know because we tried unsuccessfully to grow it here, sniff!
Too fun!
Those flowers are beautiful! The ornaments are very pretty :-) So I how much longer on the boat?
Love the yarn ball. Looks like ribbon yarn to me. Whoever heard of flat rope.

Your sock is lovely. All the cables!

Poor boat. Virtual hugs!
Terry, I just joined the group yesterday and they've taken the cozy cable sock down. As of the 14th of this month, they were still up. Anyway you can share it with me?? Please, I love it!!! Would greatly appreciate it. I use to follow your adventures from the firsst, then my computer started going wacky on me and I lost all my favorite blogs to visit, so I was glad to run across you again yesterday on one of my yahoo groups. Doing some catching up now. Looks like your having a wonderful time. Boy how I envy you!! Wish my hubby would do that!! Anyway, I love the socks and I've asked the group, but only 1 person responded this morning, saying she thinks they have taken the socks down. Deb in Little Rock ~
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