Sometime last week, I finished Pompa. The days of last week are blurred, melted together to be remembered as a week with family, doing things mostly together. My niece, now a tall and slender 13 year old (need I say more) pleasantly surprised me by getting out of the car after a 12 hour drive, heading for the pond to check out, and catch frogs. Whew!! Maturity (??) had not dulled her skill and soon she had one in each hand. I was SO afraid those days of kids in the pond were gone. Almost. Just not this year. Though they knew that we don't have cell service, that was still the biggest disappointment. I saw the two of them carrying their phones to assorted high up places in hope of catching that stray signal. Trips out, away from this side of the kingdom were as much a time to upload all of the waiting messages and emails as adventures. We managed to fit in two bike rides, one on the bike paths at Stowe, and another day spent on the trail that hugs Lake Champlain in Burlington. There should be pictures, but.. I was too busy. We ate. My BIL made pies. And fudge. Chris made pizza on the grill. Three pounds of dough makes a lot of pizza. Yumm.. He's a master at it.
My nephew surprised me. He's a new knitter. By the time he left (with a small stash of his own), he was doing short rows, purl stitch, long tail cast on, and k2tog. along with the garter stitch he arrived with. It was amazing to see how quickly he picked up the new skills. Faster than I remembered. We knit on the deck, on the raft, and while watching movies at night. He's working on head wear to hold back his dreads. New design ideas are already dancing around in his head. A circular needle went along with him to try on the trip home. It was fun. In between, I worked on finishing Pompa.
That head belongs to Sam, always ready to help.
Pompa held my interest all the way through. I love the zig zag patterning. I decided to knit it as long as the skein of yarn allowed. It blocked at nearly six feet.
- Pattern: Pompa by Anne Hanson
- Yarn: Ball and Skein Elise
50% merino / 50% silk
- Needles: KnitPicks Harmony #5