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Oh, what a bummer! But I enjoy the beach on a winter day too, just watching the waves is a nice break from the mundane. Maybe I need to drive to the coast for a few hours this week and sit on the beach with a book. Hmmm...

By Blogger Catherine, at 2:21 PM  

So disappointing! At least you enjoyed the drive even if there were no whales at the end of it.

By Blogger KathyR, at 4:29 PM  

My family (members of which all have the same quirky sense of humor I do) has a long standing joke about the Vet Clinic of Greater Annapolis (and other like-named businesses).

We feel it would just be silly to take our pets to the Vet Clinic of Just-so-so Annapolis.

Sorry you didn't get to see whales. Glad you got time with your darling - he really is precious.

By Blogger Amie, at 10:50 PM  

thank you so very much


By Blogger vi, at 6:56 PM  

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Monday, February 18, 2008  

Here is where we went to catch the boat to go Whale Watching.

This is what we found when we got there.


This is what the so-called gale force winds looked line on-shore.

But there you have it. We talked to one of the crew of the boat and he said this had been a bad year for weather and for finding whales, with only 3 sightings so far this winter. Last year had been a banner year, he assured us, with whales 98% of the time they went out and hardly any cancellations.

What is for sure is that I am not making the drive back down there on a such an iffy chance. It's too far – a 3 hour drive – and even with a cell phone I don't want to be at the Coleman Bridge when I get the call.

But it is always fun to tool down the road with BD. Our first date was an 18 hour car trip and we have been enjoying them ever since. We can have fun just being quiet together, but we also love to make up word games and play them. Yesterday, after seeing a sign for Urgent Care on a building we challenged each other to find antonyms for other complicated adjectives. What do you think is the opposite of Urgent care? Lackadaisical care? Unnecessary care?

Besides, the ocean is always a treat to see. Good to observe a force that is just so much bigger than we are.

So. On to the knitting part.

If you only ever do what you know how to do, then you will probably never do anything interesting. And if you only ever do what you don't know how to do, you will probably never do anything successfully

This is from MrHoroscope and it certainly applies to my journey into very fine silk lace knitting. I must admit it's something interesting and I am just barely touching the edge of success at this point.

I've completed 2 repeats of a 10 row repeat and I have finally flipped back to see just what that double decrease symbol means – a duh! simple purl three together – would have saved me a lot of trouble to have looked first.

This is not my first lace knitting by a long shot, nor is it even my first silk lace knitting – but it is my first very fine silk lace knitting and it's truly a challenge. The last silk lace I knit was a sock weight yarn; obedient, ever so slightly sticky the way silk is when there's a lot of it, and using a pattern that was quite easy to read. This pattern is not one of those lace patterns that have you purl back on every wrong side row, nor is it a garter stitch thingy - it's different every row, which is what I shall blame for my difficulty in comprehending it's rhythm. No. Of course it's not my aging brain with the blank spots in my super power regions. The yarn is like a pearl cotton thread only softer, of course and a tad bit slippier. It was dyed by J at Spirit Trail Fiberworks.

Let's see if I can do the dime thing.

It would be really fun to crochet but I am determined. It shall be knit. I am going to add this skill to my repertoire.

It's 11:40 now and I am still in my pajamas. Got to love a Monday holiday. But my eyes are screaming "enough already – go look at something else!"

Which I shall.

May your Monday be blessed.

posted by Bess | 11:25 AM