A long snorkel home

Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao are renowned for their diving and snorkelling so the day before we started our trek home, we decided to take a day trip to Ko Tao and go snorkelling. I assumed I’d probably only see a few fish but let me tell you – those waters were teeming. I saw big silver fish with yellow spots, tiny luminous blue and green ones, big shoals of zebra-striped fish that swarm around you and you get a faceful of fins… and just once, I saw three cuttlefish that I initially mistook to be squid. The coral reef was just as spectacular – stuff that looks like shrubs, massive mushroom-like ones and big clumps that look like the hair of a sleeping giant. The whole time I was in the water over the coral, I could hear a constant crackling, like rice krispies.

Saturday, we came back to Samui and started our trek home early Sunday morning. We flew Samui to Bangkok to Helsinki to Amsterdam, overnighted in Amsterdam, and continued on via Waterford to Galway. I got the train back to Dublin last night and so here I am! Back in my slippers with a proper cup of tea ready to show you some of the other things I couldn’t photograph too well whilst on the road.

The first order of business is those buttons I got in Amsterdam. Aren’t those pink ones so zany!

I did a silly amount of swatching last week. I wrote three patterns, two of which are with test knitters (did you ever hear of anything so fantastic?) and one which will hopefully be coming your way by the end of the week. I’m still working on something that I saw in my profound boredom in Helsinki airport. Apart from that, I have been working on Heidi’s shawl. She’s getting married in October and I’m knitting a shawl for one of her bridesmaids as a present.

I’d better get ready for work. You know the new branch in the Powerscourt Centre is now open? To the best of my knowledge, it’s open Monday to Saturday, 10-6, with lunch from 215-245. Can’t wait to see it myself!

19 thoughts on “A long snorkel home

  1. I’m glad you’re safe back…ready to work in the new shop ! I still cant see a few of your pictures…don’t know why. See you soon.

  2. Wow, it sounds like you had a great time! The shop is open??!!!!! Wow, that was quick? How is it working with all that temptation around? Are you allowed to post pictures of the yarny goodness? I have to live vicariously…

  3. is the cabled rib the bridesmaid’s shawl? or is it a scarf? i like it, either way.
    yes, i know about the new shop, i’ve been dying to go but first had a superbusy week at work and then got ‘struck’ with symphysis pubis or something similar and couldn’t walk far any more, and now i’m off work, boohoo, and still not able to walk! it’ll be months and months before i get into work again, if all is true that i am being told about having babies…

    i’ll just have to chance it and order something off the website… if i get the time for small projects once the baby’s there.

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