First, the knitting (I have been getting snide remarks that this blog is less and less about my knitting…)
Cute, huh? Another Phildar sweater, the yarn purchased in France (Phildar Aviso, this time). The pattern was, once again, extremely well written and laid out, and the yarn was great! I’m sold on cotton/acrylic blends. The acrylic keeps the yarn springy and easier on the hands. And also lighter. 100% cotton at that gauge (4.5 st/in) would make for an incredibly heavy sweater). Vorlon likes it and keeps asking if he can wear it – sometime when the high is not 26 degrees Celcius would be better…
So, the kids and I went on vacation! The three of us, along with J and her three kids piled up in a van and drove seven hours to Lauzon Lake (well, J drove. I sat and knit and passed snacks behind me). We hung out with M and T and their kids (so, four grownups, eight kids total). It was amazing! I got to hang out with my fellow vodkateers for five days. There was: sitting on the beach, reading, hiking, waterskiing (not by me), boarding (more on that later), inner-tubing, blueberry picking, libation-drinking, eating, swimming, skinny-dipping, marshmallow-roasting and star-gazing. The kids had an awesome time, and everybody got along surprisingly well.
What a nice buncha kids! Decent human beings, every one of them! And I’m a little in love with O (in the yellow t-shirt). See him with his arms around Vorlon? Vorlon was feeling sick for the first three days and was about as much fun as a limp noodle. O was very concerned, and tried to include Vorlon in the kids’ games and offered toys to help him feel better, and checked on him regularly. So sweet.
Blows to my ego: falling off the innertube and not being able to get back on without help (and having to hold my bathing suit bottom with my knees as it was slipping off…), breaking a wineglass on the first night, and breaking the board. The family is into waterskiing. Big time. Including a newly-discovered (through photo evidence) tradition of nude waterskiing. They are also into pulling people on various other objects – an inner-tube, and a wooden board, curved in the front like a toboggan, with a rope and stick to hold on to. Kind of a simplified version of waterskiing – you stand on the board and hold on to the rope. Having tried waterskiing last year, and after six or so tries, never managing to get my ass out of the water, I decided to go on the board. I fell off on the first try, and on the second try, it snapped. In two. Right in the middle. After forty-odd years of proud usage. I felt bad. Both because it had been around so long and ended with me, but also because maybe I’m getting a little heavy for this kind of thing.
We’ve been back for a few days, and are still seeking some kind of routine. Though we shouldn’t get too comfy – we’re leaving for Montreal and Ottawa in less than a week.
I’ve started another sweater! This one’s for Brother-of-Thingo. I promised him a long time ago that I’d make him a sweater, so he’s next. The yarn is Elann Peruvian Highland Wool. I’m making an EPS sweater, raglan style, and I’ll add a hood and a kangaroo pocket in the front, as per his request. Actually, his real request was that the sleeves were joined all in one piece so that he could snuggle right into it. I might rig something up with a kind of muff attached with buttons, depending on time and how much yarn I have left. I promised this for his birthday, which is September 9th. I have one sleeve done so far.