Sunday, February 8, 2009

A trip to Dibba and Fujairah

Asalam Alaikum,

On the way to Fujairah we made some stops check out the scenery. This is a little spot in the desert, there were camels, and some trucks on the side of the road selling fresh fruit(it was pretty tasty). But the DS liked the sand best-

Pretty sand-

Mountains on the way to Dibba-

Me on the beach in Dibba, it was interesting, the mountains don't stop but continue into the water.

After Dibba, on the way to Fujairah we stopped by the side of the road(really these guys with trucks are everywhere) and got some very tasty, fresh cooked corn on the cob.

Then we stopped at The Bidyah Masjid, which dates to about 1446 CE-(This Photo from the outside comes from this site as we went when it was dark and the ones we took didn't come out well.)

Apparently this Masjid is architecturally unique because of the domes which spiral like a snail shell.

And here is the inside-

And I now present the return of the traveling orange-

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Formerly KIP(ublic) -Now KIP(alace)

Asalam Alaikum,

We had to do yet another border run on Thursday, hopefully for the last time. So we finally went to see something in Al Ain, the Sheik Zayed Palace Museum(many thanks to Sydney for the idea).

First up the family tree room-

Then a trip down the well-

The kitchen-

Playing dress-up

Knitting in the Sheik's office-

And since I had no oranges, a guest fruit-

And on Friday We went to Fujairah, so stay tuned for more tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ooooh Presents!!!

Asalam Alaikum,
So, as promised, the new thing I was working on-

Entrelac!!! This was an interesting swatch, my mother took a class on this a while back and was really excited, then the other day the Knitting Daily newsletter had an introduction to Entrelac so I decided to finally give it a go. The color is really really off in this picture, but just imagine it in the colors of the BSJ's #2, and #3 that I finished a while back.

And here is an update of the DS's Hat-

But really all that pales in when compared with this-

And this-

My mother is a queen among women! She sent two boxes stuffed with yarn, needles, and some pattern books, including the best knitting book of all time-Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman. The second picture includes the skeins that will soon be My February lady sweater-

Within moments of its arrival, this yarn had been balled up and a swatch just flew from the needles!

Mom I love you!
--PS please update your blog :-D

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Knitting Update!

Asalam Alaikum,
I finished a pair of socks-
They were knitted on a size US3 (3.25mm) needles, and it was the pattern from the ball band-"Lion Brand Magic Stripes Basic Socks" This is the second pair of these that I have made and while they are nice socks they are really not as firm as I think they should be, but they work up fairly quickly(at least the first one did)-I did more than half of the first sock during the DS's nap time. Also this time I was very careful to start in the EXACT same place in the sequence on both socks so that they ended up looking the same.

I also started a stranded hat of my own design for the DS, the main motif is a Nordic Star. It is a bit further along than in this picture but I haven't taken a progress picture today so maybe more tomorrow.

And finally for today this is what I was crocheting in RAK the other day-

Yes, granny squares! Aren't you all SOOOOO excited? I have decided to get rid of all the little left over balls of yarn and so I am going to make granny squares when I need something simple and eventually make an Afghan.

InshAllah, tomorrow(if the internet behaves itself) I will post a picture of a new technique that I have learned-Mom I think you can guess what it is- everyone else stay tuned!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ras al Khaimah

Asalam Alaikum,

We went to RAK the other day, and had a little picnic.
before we got there we stopped about an hour outside of Dubai because we saw a herd of camels.-

In the middle of the picture the two specks on the top of the hill are the DH and my BIL. On the other side of the hill there were like 30-40 camels, but they were a little shy so we couldn't really get very close.

After that we drove into the mountains, and found a nice spot to picnic, in the shadow of a small mountain, here is me on the mountain-

Here is the a CIP photo(I brought the Crochet and not the Knitting this time)

And for fun -

the orange of Ras al Khaimah, I've got another orange from the last trip to Jebel Hafeet, maybe it'll be a running feature!

Soon to come-Knitting!