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.

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  1. It looks spectacular!
    Oddly enough there was an article in The guardian recently which mentioned a visit to Port Townsend...the writer - if one can so dignify him - managed to ignore everything you mention! More interested in coffee shops!

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    1. That's quite a coincidence! I can't imagine having only written about coffee shops. There were some nice ones, but they were just a small part of what is a very beautiful place.

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  2. What a fabulous visit, such beautiful things to see everywhere you look. I think I would love to be right in front of that fireplace this very minute.

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    1. That fireplace was one of the most amazing ones I have ever encountered. It was like something out of a movie set.

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I'm making my way up to Washington from Los Angeles for the holidays this year, and Olympic National Park is on my wishlist for the stay there!

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    1. You are going to love the park if you are able to get there. But even if you don't have time there are many other beautiful spots to visit. You'll have a great time!

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  4. How cute, I'll bet her granddaughter was thrilled. Looks like a good place to walk. We love Dungeness crab, do they come from there?

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    1. There are Dungeness crab there, but the name was actually given to the spit by Captain Vancouver when he was sailing around the area.

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  5. The knitted leaf fairy and wood sprite are adorable! We drove to the top of Olympic National Park and hiked to the lookout but of course it had to be socked in by fog that day. We also did a short hike to a waterfalls but I don't remember that bridge--but then this was almost 20 years ago! The lodge looks wonderful--your whole trip looks wonderful! Were you getting together so you could plan another trip to the British Isles together?

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    1. We wanted to do that drive to the top, but the road was closed due to snow. What a shame you had fog, but the reality is for that area rain/mist/fog are the order of the day. And yes, part of the reason we were together was to talk about our trip next fall. :-)

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  6. Dungeness is one of my go to spots when I head out to see my Washington cousins!

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    1. Isn't it the neatest place, Karen? Have you managed to walk all the way to the lighthouse at the end of the spit? I wish we would have had the time.

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  7. What a great trip. I would love to explore that part of the U.S!

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    1. It's stunning. I hope you have a chance to go there some day!

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  8. Such a beautiful setting, the fireplace in the lodge was stunning. Loved the sweet gift, a real delight.

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    1. It is a very beautiful spot. And that fireplace was the most amazing one I have ever seen. :-)

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  9. What a beautiful place! It looks like there are lots of knitters and spinners in that area. Great place for a road trip. Those little sprites are so cute. I'm knitting Barbara Prime's Holiday Mice for this year's Christmas ornaments, but those look like great candidates for next year.

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    1. It was a very artsy community, and there were two yarn shops in Port Townsend. They were both very nice, but I surprised myself and didn't end up buying anything. :-)

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  10. It sounds like such a nice time with your friends, Kristie. That's a very beautiful place. I love your little knitted dolls, very sweet and thoughtful too. I hope you have a good week ahead.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  11. that is so sweet.. she must have loved them
    wonderful photo's.. looks like you have a great time.

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    1. Thanks Hena! Yes, my cousin loved the fairies, and can't wait to give them to her granddaughter.

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  12. This looks like a fabulous getaway Kristie. The little wood spirits are very sweet, perfect for little children's hands. I don't have patience for small fiddly project and am all the more impressed with the superquick knitting of those two little creatures. x

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    1. It was a great getaway, and a much needed one, Christina. I usually don't like doing fiddly knitting projects either, but the ones Susan B. Anderson writes are mostly knit in one piece, so aren't as fiddly as some.

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  13. Beautiful photographs, what type of camera do you use?

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    1. Thanks! I just use my iPhone 6. I've gotten lazy, and tend to take most of my photos on it now. It has the advantage of always being with me. :-)

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  14. What a beautiful location for your getaway! Wonderful photos of the hills around the water. Your knitted woodland folk are so cute. I'll bet they were well received.
    Enjoy your week!
    Wendy

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    1. It was very beautiful, Wendy. And yes, the fairies were well received. :-)

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  15. Oh Gosh, I missed this lovely post Kristie, and what adorable little fairies you have knitted. You have walked in a stunning location, beautiful cool end of Autumn woods and falls. How stunning it is, and a great place to enjoy nature.

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  16. Your knitted fairy and sprite look wonderful. I expect that they will be in high demand by your grand children too! It must be lovely to meet up with Kathy again and explore a new location. It looks wonderful and I enjoyed seeing your images and visiting the local web site. Sarah x

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  17. Jealous, jealous and jealous!!! Great post Kristie!!!

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  18. "curl up in front of that fireplace and spend the whole winter there, a book on one side of me and my knitting on the other" - you've said it for me, Kristie. And yet so far I've never even been to Washington. Obviously, some travel is in my future.
    -- stashdragon

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  19. I love nature hikes and sight seeing like that. Someday I will get over there :) love your knits and any child would be delighted in them!!

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  20. what a lovely blog you have! I found my way here via Ella Gordon's blog and am happy to find another knitter. The fireplace in the lodge looks very inviting and the fire, knitting and reading sounds like my kind of afternoon too. :)

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