Hamilton Island is a perfect family holiday when you have a nearly two year old. We just had cruisy days, the pool, the beach, sailing and they even have a little zoo which is perfect for a half hour visit. The restaurants are generally family friendly and the accommodation was great. Our boy just loved it – the pools were a bit cold but he jumped in and out quite easily. There was a heated spa to help out too. I think that the boy grew up a bit during this week. I guess that kids do that when you challenge them out of their normal routine, introduce them to a new environment and get yourself away from the usual buzz of life and to spend more time with them. Gryff seemed to take advantage of that to a certain extent with some challenging behaviours of his own but I know that these are the peaks and troughs of a toddlers life. All in all, I was so pleased with how he behaved and how we went about our days.
I took only two projects with me to force myself to keep going with my WIPs. I was able to finish the crocus bud, put the beaded edging on it and weave in the ends ready for blocking. This light little folly was a really big project. Just on 1000 yards of yarn and although it was a really simple pattern, it went off the rails a few times and needed some real work. I am so very happy with it but will reserve all judgement until it is blocked (happening as I type). But here are the photos taken with my phone as I was jumping around with excitement.
I also made real progress on the Clapotis. I have done most of the straight rows that the pattern calls for but might just keep going with them for a bit longer to use all three full balls of yarn (690m). I spent some time unravelling the dropped stitch rows just so I could see how it was all going to look and I’m pretty happy with it so far. I understand that this project grows when it is blocked and so I think it will look lovely. I think that I chose the right yarn but I was not sure about the colour (I have a blue green colourway of this yarn too). Still, it is done now and both colours have their advantages. As my Eva shawl is a dark, muted tones, I think this pastelly, pretty one is a good option to have in my wardrobe. It won’t be finished for a couple of weeks yet as I put it to one side and finish another couple of time dependent projects which were too big to take in the holiday bag. It feels like I was able to ‘break the back’ of this one and will enjoy finishing it when the time is right. Photos soon.
My ‘skirt-a-day’ skirts were perfect for this holiday and I was really pleased that I had made so many. I actually took six with me but only wore 5. The great thing was that they worked so well with just a simple t-shirt which meant that I packed really light. I took a spare pair of my Amy Butler pants and wore jeans on the plane but that was it. So my clothes took less suitcase space than my husbands – and I had plenty of lovely little skirts that fitted me and looked quite nice (I thought).
Back in to the routine but that is OK. I came home to a new bathroom (and a big builders mess) but that was OK too.