Tuesday, July 20, 2010

10 for Tuesday - Anniversary Edition

10 Reasons that on this, our 19th Wedding Anniversary, I think my husband is Fantastic.

1. He's my best friend. There's no one I'd rather have a bottle of wine or a beer with.

2.  He makes me laugh.  (Sometimes even when I really don't want to.)

3.  He said in Pre-Cana that I was the only one who had enough energy to keep up with him.  On the other hand, he gets me to do things I would never otherwise do.

4.  He jumps off cliffs - into water or on skis.
5.  He's a crazy good father.

6.  Music!  All kinds and lots of live music.
7.  He doesn't mind that I'm a knitting/sci fi geek even though he isn't.
8.  He buys me yarn.
9.  He still kisses me hello whenever he sees me.
10.  He loves adventure. 


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Water Wars

I'm still working on the River Socks.  I have one done and have started the second.  It should go pretty quickly.  I was also able to do 3 rows on my Maplewing while I was at the River but as unblocked lace really doesn't look like much I won't add another picture here.  And I wound my purple Malbrigo sockweight into a ball so I'm ready for my Kai-Mei's (Rav Link) as soon as I finish Mom's socks.

There was also a nice yarn crawl with Mom while I was up north and I really love the selection of yarns at Misty Hollow in Potsdam.  I got sock yarn for DD's Johnny Boy (Rav Link) which I hope to have done in time for her birthday but that might be a stretch.  I also got a sock yarn for myself there and another at Fiber Options in Renssalear Falls.  More on that when I have pics.

Or more vacation madness.  Of which there was lots and I don't know where to start.
There were fish and chips and Tiger Tail ice cream.  If you've never had Tiger Tail ice cream you're really missing out on one of the wonders of the world.  It's orange ice cream with stripes of black licorice through it.  Well yes, you have to like black licorice but if you do this stuff is absolutely the best.  And of course what makes it even more special for me is the only place I've EVER seen it the ice cream stand on Blockhouse Island in Brockville, Ontario.  If you ever get there you must give it a try.
There was jumping off the cliffs into the St. Lawrence Seaway Channel.
That's 7 yo DD taking her first jumps off the lower cliffs with DH and I.  Honestly, is there anything better to do on a 95 degree F day?  I don't think so.  But DS isn't a jumper so he took the pics.  You float down the channel a couple hundred feet keeping close to the cliffs so you don't get pulled too far.  Then you climb up the rocks to get back on the island. 
And there were Water Wars.  I've never seen this elsewhere either but this can't be the only place that has it. 

First you fill your balloons.  Then you load up and prepare to fire at the other side.

And you end up looking like . . .

I will fully admit to ducking out of the firing range several times to keep from getting utterly soaked which, according to the posted rules of the game, is a no-no and opened me up to jeering and cat calls from the crowd and my family.  The crowd was quite nice about it.  My family, not so much.  I'm sure they'll never let me live it down.

And so I spent what will probably be the hottest days of Summer 2010 fully enjoying the St. Lawrence and all it has to offer.  And knitting.  And buying yarn.

Friday, July 2, 2010

River Socks


(Check out the sky.  And this is anal but don't the needles match the yarn really well?)
The middle of the St. Lawrence River is a fine place to knit a pair of socks.  I worked on these in the boat today after a great adventure which I'll describe further below.  These are for my Mom, who we're visiting, out of some of the JoAnne's Sensations Sock Yarn that I got on sale a couple of weeks ago.  The cool thing about these, I hope, is that I'm trying Nancy Bush's Estonian Cast on and I knit the first row and purled the second row as she suggests in this video.

Quite honestly when the sock isn't stretched out I think it's a bit bulky for a K3P2 rib but when I stretch as it will be when it's on the leg I think it looks nice.  I think it would work better with a non-ribbed pattern coming right after the purl row or without doubling the "thumb" yarn and/or skipping the K row and the P row.  I guess that will only make sense if you watch the video, which I highly recommend.  I'll keep you posted on how it turns out.  It's also supposed to be extra stretchy which I hope will make it easier for Mom to put on.

We're on vacation at home, My home.  Where I grew up.  Home being my folks house on the St. Lawrence River also known as The Most Beautiful Place In The World.  The air here is clear and the water is clear and the sky is clear and it's clean and quiet and very Siddhartha.  I sit on the dock for hours listening to the water and watching it go by.  And I do some knitting.

For an adventure today we took to the boat about 15 miles upstream to Dark Island for a tour of Singer Castle.  Check it out here

One of our favorite rooms was the Breakfast room where you can watch the sun rise in the morning over the U.S. and watch the sunset in the evening over Canada.

There are windows on 3 sides of the room.  It's amazing.  My goal some day is to spend the night in the Royal Suite, get up before sunrise and watch is rise over the U.S. then sit all day in that room knitting and watching the water go by until the sun sets.  It would be coolest to do that on June 20th - summer solstice.

Another cool fact is that Mr. Bourne, who built it - not Jason Bourne mind you but another most likely less hot guy but with an island-full of money - also bought a couple small neighboring islands.  One of those neighboring islands was in Canada.  He used it to grow vegetables for the main island AND, during prohibition, his daughter used the Canadian island to store her booze since it was still legal there.  Apparently there's a huge wine cellar over there.  Here's the wine cellar on the main island which holds over 500 bottles in terra cotta.  It's cool.

Other interesting facts about the island are that there are 2700 books in the library including a first edition of Woodstock by Sir Walter Scott and a 2nd edition of The Raven by Poe.  I would have liked more time to look around the library, that's for sure.  I think she also said there's an original Rembrandt in the library but my family disagrees.  Also, I got to sit in the 1920's era steam tank in the sports room - no steam working today though, but it was fun.

And here's just a nice pic of the castle.  Have a good night.