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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A quick getaway

Last week DH and I took a trip to Daytona Beach for some sunshine and warm temps. We spent three days on the beach enjoying the wildlife. I had never seen so many pelicans in one place!
I am always amazed to watch them fly. They look like pterodactyls to me!
The first two days the beach was littered with jellyfish. You couldn't walk more than a foot without having to detour around one. They ranged in size from very small to very large. This one was about twelve to fifteen inches in diameter. Monday night there was a fierce rain storm and by the next day there wasn't a jellyfish to be found anywhere!
 The egrets kept their distance from the sea gulls and the sandpipers. At least I think they were sandpipers. They scrambled across the sand, stopping every few inches to jam their beaks into the sand for a snack. When the waves rushed in they all ran for the hills! It was such a funny sight!
On our way inland to visit family in central Florida we stopped at an orchid farm and were greeted by an emu and donkey. They seemed to just tolerate each other.
 We flew back home by way of Pennsylvania so we could spend some time with the grands. Leo is getting so big that he no longer needs help on the playground.
 And Moose is a real daredevil! 
 Sunday night Poppop and the boys "vegged out" together while I knitted. A day filled with activities wore them out.
Now on to our knitting. Let me introduce you to a new Chick. This is Geri Gill. We met her indirectly through Liz's daughter-in-law. She crochets but we promised we wouldn't hold that against her, LOL! 
 On her very first day she showed up with three pairs of mittens! She's going to fit right in!!!
 Geri has already begun a scarf for our next donation.
 Kathleen wanted to try out the Brioche stitch and decided to make a length of fabric and whenever she tires of knitting she'll decide if it will be a scarf or cowl. I think the cowl is winning. The yarn is Plymouth Encore, a wool and acrylic blend that is machine washable.
Barbara bound off ? Binded off? Well, however you say it, she finished her stash buster scarf.
 Elaine started another hat because she added...
 three to our inventory today.
 Cinzia blocked her slipped stitch scarf and her daughter's crocheted scarf and added them to the inventory as well.
 I worked on a Hitchhiker Scarf while on vacation. As it grows wider, each row gets longer and takes longer to knit too. I like the subtle color changes of the Jojoland yarn.
 Carole wore her Crackerjack scarf to show us how nice it looks. Unfortunately, it is scratchy so she'll have to wear it over a turtleneck. I love the placement of the stripes that look so planned. It was perfectly random.
 Now she is knitting the Honeycomb cowl with pretty purples. This is an easy pattern that uses slipped stitches in the pattern.
 Maureen finished her blue hat with the nice cabling and now....
 she's on to another hat.
 Beth was showing Carole her Wickerwork hat, a free pattern on Ravelry.
 We were having a bit of trouble envisioning the pattern but maybe because she hasn't knitted too far into the design yet.
 I'm sure once it's blocked it will be fine.
 Beth brought in a sock she and her daughter are knitting together for a family member. Beth knits the red yarn and her daughter knits the beer steins using the Intarsia method.
 Dorah's Mistake Stitch scarf is steadily growing. Scarves seem to take forever and then BAM! They're finished.
Well, if I keep dilly dallying I'll never finish my scarf so I better say good night.


AlisonH said...

Grandsons are so great. Glad you got to spend time with them.

(And beer steins? Here I was trying to figure out horseheads with a white forelock and a bridle on and it wasn't quite working.)

Karin said...

What a week full of adventure!!