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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Finishing up and a side trip

We're finishing up some of our projects this week. Liz knitted most of this little sweater before she went to Florida. It just needed button bands which Cinzia finished for her. Now that Liz is back for the summer she added the buttons to it. Sitting beside her is the scarf called Speed Bumps which she is working on now.
Elaine finished her baby blanket and it went right into our inventory.
She started a hat this afternoon. The variegated yarn will make an interesting pattern.
Cinzia finished a little jumper dress and put cute pink buttons on it. She's going to get a satin ribbon to put into the waistband eyelets and give it a good blocking before we put it into inventory.
Carole made herself a Cameo scarf with this pretty blue and gray yarn. We each need to make a little something for ourselves now and then. We deserve the rewards too!
Beth finished the beautifully cabled hat. She insists there are mistakes but darned if we could find them!
Maureen's baby hat is almost finished. We discussed how aggravating it is to try to follow directions that are poorly written. This hat pattern said, "I ran out of yarn before I finished so just knit until it's done." WHAT?!?! What kind of directions are those?!?!
Carole knitted this hat before and enjoyed it so much she decided to make it again. It's called
 Declan's Hat. It's a free pattern on Ravelry.
Beth's hat starts with a provisional cast on and then she'll go back and pick up the live stitches so the band will be double thick, nice and warm around the ears.
Four of us are either currently knitting or have finished the Minty Bricks scarf. We each are using different size needles. The one on the left I knitted with fingering weight yarn and a size 5 needle. The one on the right Beth knitted with a size 2 needle. There is a big difference in the size of the bricks when you change the gauge.
I currently have two scarves on needles. What can I say? I get antsy knitting only one project.  The one on the left is a Purl Soho pattern called Jasmine Scarf. The scarf on the right is a pattern I disected and reassembled into a variation of another pattern. They will both need to be blocked to show the pattern neatly.
Last week Ron and I went on a little trip to the Hamptons with our good friends Connie and Al who are from Pennsylvania. We stayed at a beautiful B&B in Southampton. Our first morning there we had an outdoor breakfast.
Kim and Chris Allen run A Butler's Manor where we stayed. They do a superb job of making you feel like family. And our every need was met before we even knew we needed it!
The house is a gorgeous 100+ year old home with beautifully appointed rooms. Our hosts couldn't have been more welcoming. And their cooking was beyond delicious!

Our indoor breakfasts were served formally in this beautiful dining room. We shared the inn with 6 lovely ladies from Australia and we all had a great time.
The gardens beyond our breakfast area were exquisite and not everything was even in bloom yet.
What is it about sea air that makes azaleas bloom so beautifully?
There were all kinds of sweet spring blossoms showing their pretty petals everywhere.
The entrance to the pool deck was so inviting but the 65 degree water wasn't! We'll have to wait until summer weather warms it up a bit.
After breakfast we went sightseeing for celebrities' homes and think we found the homes of Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Speilberg, Ina Garten, and Martha Stewart. It's amazing how rich people live! 
The beaches were beautiful and since it was pre-season, no one was on them. It will be a different story after this weekend I'm sure.
We drove out to Montauk Lighthouse and found out it was commissioned by George Washington. The beach plums were blossoming everywhere.
Another morning we ferried over to Shelter Island to hike through Mashomack Nature Preserve.
Ron spotted a swan in the lake.
I was surprised there were no egrets!
Our last day on the island was spent touring through Old Westbury gardens. See that glass enclosed room on the right? Wouldn't it be a great knitting room for my Chicks?!?!
John Phipps, one of the heirs to the Carnegie Steel fortune, built the home and gardens for his wife, Margarita Grace whose father was of the W.R. Grace Shipping fortunes. 
The flowers and landscaping were breathtaking!
It was a great way to end a vacation with good friends.

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