on the needles: a second take

take two

I started this project a long time ago (months!) with a much different shape in mind, but for once the knitting defeated me – it was just too much fabric in this laceweight yarn! So while on holiday I ripped it out and started again. It’s going much faster this time! The yarn is Blue Moon Laci.

on the needles: hawaii inspired

This trip I actually did more knitting than I expected to – I don’t tend to knit on planes, because I don’t feel comfortable and I’m usually sleeping anyway! But I did do a fair amount on the shorter inter-island flights, while waiting in the airports, and in the car.

hawaii-inspired knitting

I hoped to get this done, blocked, and photographed while in Hawaii, but that might’ve been a bit ambitious considering that I started it while I was there and had only 2 weeks! It’s still not done, but nearing the end. And I’m hoping that I’ll get away with using just 2 balls of Koigu.

the big island

I’m home! But I’ve still got lots to catch you all up on from the trip – the whole last week on the Big Island.

Monday we drove the northern route to get to Volcanoes National Park – it was a long drive (about 4 hours), but the scenery was interesting. There’s lots of different types of landscapes on the island, from lava fields:

lava fields

To almost southwestern tribble-looking plants:

funky landscapes

To lush green rainforest and jungle.

Akaka Falls
(Akaka Falls)

Unfortunately, it was super rainy, cloudy, and cold, and once we got to the actual park we realized that we couldn’t really see much of anything! Plus, the main short route around the caldera is closed because of new volcanic activity.

kilauea caldera

You can just make out the rim of the caldera there. I could process the photo and bring it out more, but really, that’s what I saw. We decided to drive down Chain of Craters Road a little ways before turning back, and it delivered – there were some pretty big craters!

another crater

On Wednesday we took the Atlantis submarine tour, which goes 100ft down to the ocean floor. Photo taking is hard because the water filters out colours and makes everything blue and grey!

341.365 - fishy face

underwater

That was pretty much it for activities, for me – one of my sisters and my mom went on a snorkel tour, but I wasn’t too into it. Other than that, I did visit another coffee plantation and bought loads of Kona coffee, shopped for clothes, and lounged about.

Fun time in Hawaii, although it’s rather far away – the trip home was over 20 hours thanks to an 8-hour layover at Honolulu airport. And lugging 8 pounds of coffee in my luggage kinda sucked.

But apparently the next trip is already booked!

sunset on the Kona Coast