Knitting, Travel

I Wanna Go Back

Mark and I were able to take our teens to O’ahu, Hawaii for spring break this year and my mom decided to tag along. We had a wonderful time. We rented a 50’s era, three bedroom house right on the north shore in beautiful Laie.

The little beach by our house
The little beach by our house

We saw whales, sunrises and sunsets.

Watching whales greet the day in Laie
Watching whales greet the day in Laie

We toured the Pearl Harbor Monument (fabulous!)

Pearl Harbor Memorial
The Boyz at the Tree of Life Monument at Pearl Harbor

We visited the Polynesian Cultural Center (amazing!)

Sweet Baby James enjoying the canoe ride

We walked around the historic Laie Mormon Temple (stunning!)

Laie Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
A cloudy Sunday

We enjoyed breath-taking world class beaches.

Kailua Beach, O'ahu
Kailua Beach, O’ahu

We had sand between our toes, in the house and in the rental car, and believe it or not, we trailed it onto the plane ride home.

My husband needed to go to Honolulu one morning to pick up a new computer cord (he’s always working) so I went along for the ride with the understanding that we would stop by a yarn store on the way home. (He maintains we made the trip to buy yarn and stopped at the computer store on the way…details, details.)

I decided on YarnStory located at 1411 South King Street, #201 in Honolulu because it was the only one open on Tuesdays. The owner was pleasant and although her yarn selection was small,  she did carry some nice brands and some very nice locally dyed yarn. I decided on two skeins for two different projects.

I love the color of this Bamboo Pop yarn, aptly named Ocean.

50% cotton, 50% bamboo

My shopping goal was to find a yarn to suit the Wave Lace Scarf from Vogue’s 2014 Spring/Summer edition. When I got home, I did a swatch with the Bamboo Pop and decided to go up a needle size for better drape. It’s in my projects as a WIP and will be a nice summer knit.

Wave Lace from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2014
Wave Lace from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2014

I also purchased a skein of Malabrego’s Sock in Carabeño

Malabrigo Sock Carabeño
Malabrigo Sock Carabeño

and found this easy, fun-to-knit free pattern on Ravelry for my mom as a thank you for coming with us and for her role as head cook. I made quick work of it and mailed it for Mother’s Day. Here’s a pic of my beautiful friend Emily who was gracious enough to model the scarf for me.

Emily wearing Wave scarf
Emily wearing Wave scarf – not sure the ends were supposed to curl up like that, but it looked pretty so I left it

All in all it was a great trip with great people.  Bonus…I ended up with some great yarn!

Have you visited O’ahu or YarnStory?  Make sure and comment with your experiences.



5 thoughts on “I Wanna Go Back”

  1. oooh, looks like it was an amazing time, and I love the shawl/scarf, the colour you went with is perfect!

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