I’m back! I was traveling last week. I took two knitting projects with me. One was my Garland shawl, and the other was the beginning of a Filigree shawl.
I guess I really am a monogamous knitter at heart. I only worked on the Garland shawl; I never even looked at the Filigree. I had been worried about trying to knit with beads on this trip, because we were spending a week on this 65 foot catamaran.
(The Ouvea V)
Surprisingly, bead knitting wasn’t a problem, as long as I wasn’t knitting while we were actively sailing. Which is no time to be knitting, anyway.
(hanging out at Monkey Point, Guana Island, a great snorkeling spot)
We were celebrating my mother-in-law’s significant birthday, and it was a blast. Our family of 10 spent a week in the British Virgin Islands on a crewed charter (captain, chef, hostess). It was a blissful week of sailing, snorkeling, and beaches.
(The Baths at Virgin Gorda)
(Above the Bubbly Pool at Diamond Cay, Jost Van Dyke)
(DH getting away from it all, Benures Bay, Norman Island)
I found a couple of these little shells on the last beach of the trip (Benures Bay, Norman Island). So cute!
It’s a coffeebean trivia (false cowrie). They’re about a centimeter long. They look like smiles on the other side.
I brought them home and turned them into the centerpieces of a little keepsake project. Ankle bracelets, one for me and one for sis-in-law. These remind me of sand and the color of the sea when the sun is shining on shallow waters. (I had to drill holes in them to string them; I did that with a bead reamer.)
The instructions for these beaded bracelets (or necklace, or whatever) are in my free Victoriana Bracelet pattern. They’re made with a crochet chain with a few beads worked in. Pick some beads and make one for yourself, and one for a friend!
Back to my Garland, and real life…