Tuesday, May 26, 2009

::the weekend::

There was definitely some knitting** on the deck::

But this didn't last long, because we moved all activities down to the dock.

First we towed a dock:: This was a public dock that came loose and floated its way over to our neck of the woods. We were overjoyed with the increase in dock size {ours is much smaller}, so we set ourselves up with some drinks, and a few lawn chairs, and we were about to float the day away... that's when we saw four kayakers headed our way - they were here to reclaim their dock, so rather than vacate the premises, we found some paddles and joined them for the ride.

That, my friends, opened up a world of possibilities.

We started simple, we untied our dock, picked up a few more drinks, and took it out for a ride.

On our next trip, we flew a kite off the dock::

Eventually we jumped off the dock::The water was a burly 33-35F, flowing into the lake from the melting snow. Jumping required courage.

And, you know, one thing leads to another, and before the end of the weekend, we bbqed on the dock::Yes, while the dock was floating in the middle of the lake. And yes, we did have a few boaters pull up along side us to see what this monstrosity was, but none of them took us up on the offer to dock their boats with us.

Warning ~ only try to bbq if you've spent a couple of days on the dock and feel confident with your dock maneuvering skills, especially when the thunder starts to roll in.

**I'm almost finished with the hood of my vivian, so pictures will come soon!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The *not knitting* update::

Soon, very soon, there will be some knitting news, but not today. Today you get the hodgepodge of pictures taken over the weekend.

Friday Morning:: Dew

Friday Afternoon:: All the animals out to play

Friday Evening:: Bruce!

Saturday:: Pictureless

Sunday:: Bay to Breakers

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday Soundtrack

It's been a fun weekend, starting with a Bruce concert on Friday night. We saw him in an outdoor stadium in Hershey, PA; the weather was beautiful, and the show was awesome. Today's soundtrack is one of the last songs he played that evening. It's a fun song, and it's been stuck in my head since Friday - while I flew from Philly to Berkeley, while running in the San Francisco Bay to Breakers race yesterday, and while starting my work in the coffee shop this morning!

So, since I can't get it out of my head, I knew it was worth sharing. enjoy*

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

my latest obsession::

...trying to get shots of the sun peaking through a hole, a break in the clouds, petals, whatever::

if you see it, let me know*

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday Soundtrack

This is gearing up to be a week of travel. I just returned from my sister's graduation in Syracuse, now I'm in Mass, heading to PA in a couple of days, then off to CA! So to kick off the summer season of travel, here's a fun song about the states...

This is Erin McKeown, if you haven't seen her in concert before she can put on quite a show. go watch, I'll be driving, flying, and knitting*

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

scratched an itch

After weeks of cables, seed stitch, and the continued sweater knitting, I had an itch for a quick and easy stockinette project. On Monday I cast on for the Felicity Hat, and it kept my head warm all day today!

A hat in spring? Yes. I'm still preparing for more chilly nights and even a few bone-chilling, wind blowing days this summer. I'm a boyscout like that - all prepared and ready for the challenge.

So a hat it is, but I think this is a perfect "summer" hat - it's rather loosely knit, and it doesn't hug your head, so I think it'll allow for some air circulation... I'll report back in mid-July.

Felicity pattern found here.
Needles - US 5 & 7
Yarn - Classic Elite Inca Alpaca
Modifications - Cast on 90 stitches rather than 70, and adjusted the pattern accordingly

now... if only I had the itch to grade and pack up for the summer.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Monday Soundtrack

Another good, hard working song for Monday!

I posted about this song back in August/September as I was studying for my comprehensive exams. Like many of my favorites, this one has spent some time on repeat. And I checked, last week's song is currently in third place, while this week's is the number one most played song in my itunes!

I turned to this one again last week as I prepared to defend my proposal. Luckily that went off without a hitch, so my really hard work ended for the semester, and I'm gearing up for a summer of camping on the weekends and research during the week...

I'm sorry I couldn't find a better video version, but here you go, enjoy*

Saturday, May 02, 2009

It's the Weekend!

And I'm knitting! I'm splitting my time between more striped jaywalkers::

and the sleeves for my Vivian sweater::
Yes, things are going swimmingly, hehe::