Saturday, August 28, 2010

what I knit on my summer vacation

After Erin and Ryan's wedding (thanks for the nice comments on my Tree of Life afghan, btw!), Jim and I headed to Lake Michigan for our first real vacation since starting grad school three years ago - yikes! We reeeeeeally needed it. We got to sit on the beach,


and we even got to spend the night on a boat!

Sunset from the Manitou

What did I do on the boat?


Aside from tasting some Michigan wines (very, very sweet) during the evening sail and watching the sunset and being generally blissed out on VACATION!!!, I started an Isabella tank in red Karabella Vintage Cotton. Every time a spring/summer sale rolls around at a yarn store, I go in all hopeful and leave all dejected because lightweight springy yarns tend not to come in my kind of colors - I don't do so well in pastels. So when I found this deep red cotton at my LYS I jumped on it. (I also bought a skein of pretty dark blue/brown/grey Madelinetosh so that I could see what you all are so excited about, as I've never knit with it before and my LYS just started carrying it!)

I'm liking it so far, thought I always find cotton so splitty and I don't know why I keep gravitating towards projects on tiny needles (the ToL afghan was a great break from that - size 8s seemed so luxurious!). We got back from our trip last Sunday and work was pretty hectic this week, but I got to spend some time sitting on the deck in the 75 degree weather today, knitting and savoring another Michigan summer staple.


So long summer, I hope we sent you off in style.


Sara said...

It looks like so much fun! I love the color of Isabella.

Bridget said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation, and the yarn is a gorgeous color!

BTW, I **LOVE** your new header picture!

rObrak said...

Cool! I love the beach photo, it's so refreshing and being able ride in a boat, I can say it's awesome. Well, I can see that you enjoyed your vacation, that's good! I don't know how to knit but I'd love to learn that. ;-) I suggest cooking and preparing pack lunch at times like this is also fun. You can relax that way. Thank you for sharing this to us.