Knitting? What’s that?

I’m currently in Vancouver, B.C. for a couple of days, eating more than knitting (that’s okay, I’m walking much of it off). We ‘re here for a bit of a break, since we won’t be taking any substantial vacation until sometime next year. We’re staying in a highrise timeshare hotel in downtown Vancouver, with temps in the mid-80s, no air conditioning, and boy, it’s hot in here and the noise from the streets below is deafening. Last night, we had okonomiyaki at Modern Club in West Vancouver, which was a treat, because as odd as this sounds, I’ve made it, but I’d never had it served to me nor seen it prepared by anyone else. It was fun to discover that in following the recipe in my Japanese cookbook, I am not far off the mark in how I make it.

I managed to get my hands on the most recent available issue of Simply Knitting magazine (UK) which includes a pattern for knitting an entire 16″ tall pirate, with ruffled shirt, frock coat, three-corner hat, and parrot! Yes, I said “parrot”. I would really like to get a subscription to Simply Knitting, but the cost seems a bit high.

Tomorrow, we might swing by a knitting store, if our time is good as we head back down the road to Seattle. Stay tuned….

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Making the bend.

Yesterday was a rough day around here, my son awakened in the morning quite sick with a high temperature. On top of that I couldn’t find the thermometer and we had no juice. Luckily my mom came to the rescue braving a 30-minute drive (on a good day) and bringing a new thermometer, juice and children’s acetaminophen! Thanks, Mom! Unfortunately, he threw-up the juice and the medicine… After three bouts of throw-up and an unexpected bath (not a happy guy), some more rest, things calmed down a bit. He’s been that sick only once before, so it was quite the event around here.

I’ve made the bend on the footlet, and it just might not be all that bad.

I’m actually further along than that now and working on the cuff.

I took the above photo at a my husband’s boss’s weekend house on Hood Canal; we were there for an office fun day and it was such a nice treat. Activities included bocce ball, badminton, water skiing, eating and general lounging; I partook of the last two activities, but also added knitting. We feasted on local clams, Dungeness crab and oysters. Delicious!

While waiting for the ferry to take us home I snapped this photo of Mount Rainier just before sunset. Although frequently visible from Seattle, it’s always a treat to see even when plagued by a blanket of smog, alas.

For me, my summer is not complete if I haven’t been someplace with saltwater, and it’s pictures like the one below that help me through dreary winter rains and skies in shades of gray.

I don’t know what it is, but I breathe better, my worries subside a bit, and I feel replenished when I get away from the city and on the shore of some saltwater beach. Water has that general effect on me, and though lakes can certainly help, but it’s that rhythmic sound of waves combined with the salty air that give me a feeling of renewal.