Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Weekend Away

I've just returned from a mini-holiday. I journeyed to Port Townsend, Washington to spend a few days with Kath and Melissa, who you will have met in previous blog posts about my walks in Wales and Ireland. In one of those crazy knitter moments, just three days before I left I decided to knit something for Kath's granddaughter. That meant that all my free moments leading up to my get-away were spent madly knitting away, trying to finish the project. Late Wednesday night I cast off the last of the items, and managed to take these pictures early Thursday morning before I headed south.

Introducing Leaf Fairy and Wood Sprite, knit from a pattern by Susan B. Anderson. It was a great way to use up bits of leftover yarn from the stash. The pattern was easy to follow and fun to knit. I'm fairly certain more of these will be knit before Christmas!

I had never been to Port Townsend before, and I have to say I was impressed by this quaint little community. We had a great time looking through the shops that line the main street, and the setting right by the water is spectacular. I think for the three of us though, getting out of town and into nature is what we like the most.

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge was amazing. These pictures were taken on the Dungeness Spit, which extends for five miles. We didn't have time to walk the whole distance, but managed to make it quite a ways down the narrow band of sand. When you are on the spit you are only allowed to walk on one side. The other side is for the resident bird population.

We journeyed on to the Olympic National Park, and did a short hike in to Marymere Falls.

The falls was near Crescent Lake. It was a spectacular setting, and we were there as the sun was going down, which added to the cozy feel of the lodge. I think I could have curled up in front of that fireplace and spent the whole winter there, a book on one side of me and my knitting on the other.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Sunday Before Tuesday

:: The leaves are dropping from the trees at an alarming rate. These trees seem like some of the last sentinels guarding the autumn colours.

:: Time to start raking. A neighbour told me we are supposed to have a colder than normal winter, and that piling leaves around the base of our trees will help protect them from the cold. I'm not sure if it's true, but thought it couldn't hurt.

Lotte Ravelry details

:: Here is Lotte, the latest project off my needles. It was knit with the souvenir yarn I bought in Edinburgh back in the fall of 2011. My cousin Kath and I had just finished an epic walk over the Cateran Trail in Perthshire, Scotland. After the walk we headed to Edinburgh, and while we were there we had a meet-up with Jean Miles. It was the beginning of a very special friendship, one that saw us travel together to Shetland two years later.

:: The leaves may be disappearing, but the fungi that pop up everywhere in the autumn months are still abundant.

:: Most of October it rained. Record setting rain, as in 28 out of 31 days. That rain has mostly continued into November, but we have had a few nice days. These mostly start out with fog, but once it burns off it's brilliant.

:: These birds seemed to be enjoying the break in the weather as much as me. They just kept swimming in circles, totally ignoring my presence.

:: The beaver is hard at work again.

:: Friday was Jay's birthday and I made him an oatmeal cake. I've posted about this Hammond tradition before. I would be embarrassed if you could see how little of that cake is left. Caution: view the recipe at your own risk. I won't accept any responsibility for what happens if you make it.

:: Did anyone else start watching The Crown this weekend? It's an American-British series Netflix has produced, and I am loving it!

:: Yesterday I came across this quote by T'ien Yiheng, and it seems very appropriate: "Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world." I have to admit to being somewhat stressed about the election in the US on Tuesday. A few months ago it all seemed mildly entertaining. Now it all seems rather horrifying. I know I am not alone in those feelings.