Monday, February 19, 2007

gung hey fat choy

I'm barbecuing pork chops to celebrate the Chinese New Year, year of the boar. Yum.

Ms Acornbud and I went to Chinatown today to browse around and see the sights. We found assorted bits and bobs, and ate roast duck with noodles and creamy mapo tofu with veggies. We tried to go to Aloha Yarns in Kaneohe, but they were closed for the long weekend, and so we ended up visiting Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens; a place I've never been before. We saw wild pigs, a mother and some good-sized babies, surely a good omen for the new year!

I finished a sock yesterday, in the blue-grey-white Trekking colorway. Being a good pretend sock knitter, I immediately cast on for sock #2.
Pix below. Pay no attention to my scaly hairy legs, and merely admire the beauty of the one sock. I used a recipe from "Sensational Knitted Socks" and employed the Purl Lattice stitch pattern, which was easily memorizable, and forgiving of mistakes, as well. I really like this book, it is merely a bunch of generic formulae for knitting well-fitted socks in any gauge.

In other news, Spring is coming to Oahu! Our once barren plumeria is enjoying the strengthening sun, and buds and leaves are starting to peek out!


Acornbud said...

Hey it was fun hanging out and seeing the pig family was exciting. Hoomaluhia was surprising and I will have to go back there again. Sock looks great, YAY!

Bethany said...

Awesome socks!

I love Sensational Knitted Socks, too. She has a second one now, I hear.

Opal said...

Lovely sock! I'm glad you and Acornbud had such a great time.

Reya Mellicker said...

Seeing the wild pigs is definitely a good omen! The year of the boar brings prosperity, you know. It must have been so fun to celebrate.

Love the pics! The socks are fabulous, but I love the green world stretching up to meet the sun. You can almost feel the sap rising. Thank you and happy year of the boar. Pork chops is a great idea!