Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Come On, Irene

I know. It's not an original thought. But the song got in my head almost as soon as I knew the hurricane was bearing down on us.

The smart thing, would have been to hunker down in my NYC apartment. Our neighborhood was unscathed by the storm.

Unfortunately, we already had plans to leave the City for a family visit, one which involved collecting my mom in Saratoga Springs and bringing her over to my sister's in Vermont . . . with us staying at a motel somewhere in between.

Vermont did not survive unscathed. Neither did many of the areas on the drive back to Saratoga or down into the City.

It started off gently enough. Steady rain. There was no thunder or lightning. No high winds.

At three, a police car drove by issuing warnings from its loudspeaker. It was gone before anyone knew what the announcement was. Neighbors gathered on their front lawns to discuss. Word trickled in that a car or bridge had been washed away.

We decided it was best to head back to our motel, just over the border in New York. But in the twenty minutes that had passed since the indecipherable warning, the police had shut down every bridge leading out of Bennington, Vermont. We were trapped.

The rain had stopped. Everything looked normal. Larry, Jill, and I decided to go see what was going on. The police wouldn't let anyone near the bridges, so we scaled the flood wall that sat about thirty feet from the Wallomsac River.

Our short walk convinced us closing the bridges was a good idea. We camped out on the floor and took a circuitous route home the next day. Everywhere we drove, we saw rivers churning over their banks, sometimes over houses and cars.

Happily, home safe.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Drifting Caresses

One more shawl before moving onto another sweater. This was knit using Elyn Cooper's Hand-Dyed Yarn (Alpaca Fine) in a lovely colorway called driftwood. The pattern is Caricia. Silly me took photos of the backside, but the lace pattern is still nicely visible, even if you're seeing the purls instead of the knits.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Little Leaves Falling

The thing is finding projects to knit with only one skein of beautiful hand-dyed yarn. I'm not much into knitting socks, so I'm pursuing shawls, which I'm hoping will make nice gifts.
I completely fell in love with a skein of Spirit Trail's Nona (a merino, cashmere, silk blend) at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. The color, falling leaves, immediately made want to knit a lace pattern with leaves in it. Susanna's Little Leaves pattern was perfect.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

2 out of 3

I love hiking in the Catskills. There's so much beautiful texture all through the woods. The plan was to hike the full Black Head Ridge, which has 3 of the 5 highest peaks in the Catskills - Black Dome (3890 feet), Blackhead (3840 feet), and Thomas Cole (3840 feet). It's a 9.4 mile hike with 2700 feet in elevation gain.

A strenuous hike, and I wasn't prepared for how much my cardio-capacity had dropped when I was sick earlier in the month. My body was not cooperating with me. I really struggled with any inclines, going a few feet and stopping to catch my breath and let my heart slow down. I've never been so challenged on a hike. But it was a gorgeous day, we had driven 2.5 hours to get there, and I wasn't about to make everyone turn back, so I stubborned it out to get to the first peak (Thomas Cole - more than 2 miles and 2000 feet above the parking lot). From there, it was a much easier walk over to Black Dome, but I decided I was not going to push it by going to Blackhead. There's a loop trail we can do another day. So we headed back down. I, at least, was satisifed with our seven mile hike. Going slow gave me lots of time to inspect the scenery around us, which was truly beautiful.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Late Summer Flower - Done!

I'm really excited about how this turned out. Simple pattern, easy and quick to knit. And I adore this yarn.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Late Summer Flower

I am diligently working on my next sweater, using Lisa Mutch's Vanadium pattern. It is a simple stockingette cardigan with purl ridge details, designed to show off hand dyed yarns. I am working with the Wollen Rabbit's Opulence in Indian Paintbrush.