Saturday, August 04, 2007

There and Back Again - the short version

I'm back! Did you miss me? Aw, I'll bet you didn't even notice I was gone. The internet sure as heck went on without me. :-)

We went to Canada's Wonderland on Thursday and came back Friday afternoon. This was our one big splurge on our family vacation. We took Dexter to a kennel and headed out late Thursday morning. We got into Toronto at lunch, picked up our tickets from the HoJo and had lunch before heading off to play. It was a really hot day, so we spent most of our afternoon at Splash Works. After dinner and a shared funnel cake, we squeezed in some more rides before we melted. Alex has discovered his calling as a roller coaster ride warrior.

It was the kid's first time to stay in a hotel and they were pretty excited about it. We swam in the hotel pool that evening and the next morning before heading back to London.

Of course I had to start a new sock for the road trip. It's a 60 stitch sock intended for my brother-in-law for Christmas, knit from some Regia I picked up on sale. I think I'll call it the Road sock.

I really like the way the heel isn't interrupting the stripe pattern. I took great care to make that happen.

Since rides aren't really my thing, the family agreed to a side trip to Mary Maxim on the way home. I'd never been to their retail store, so it was a nice little trip. I was very restrained in my spending, and only bought some souvenir sock yarn and some feltable wool that was on sale. I'm saving my yarn money for the Needle Emporium's tent sale.

I love the earthy, natural colors of this sock yarn and I like not knowing how the stripes will knit up. I get great entertainment from watching the pattern unfold.

Right after she finished writing the pattern, I ordered Anne's Bee Fields shawl kit and it arrived on Thursday morning.

Isn't the yarn yummy? I'm looking forward to doing a real shawl, using soft merino laceweight, instead of the heavy, stringy, Shetland jumperweight I have been working with.

Now to clean, organize, and get ready for back to work. Thank goodness I have a long weekend to do it in, so I can squeeze some relaxation in there too!


  1. Isn't it funny how you feel like you need to relax after you just had a vacation? I love the shawl. I'm sure there is a KAL out there, right?

  2. How did Dexter do at the kennel?

    I read Anne's blog while she designed and knit her Bee Field Shawl. I've been very tempted to order her rectangle Bee Stole. It will be fun to read your opinions and experiences while you knit this Shawl.

    I noticed your blog was unusually quiet.