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.


  1. What a great place for a vacation! Love the stuff about the library. Thanks for all the great photos.

  2. Aw thanks - it's awesome here.