Sunday, April 29, 2007
west coast weekend...
ah, tofino. who can complain when there is lots o' sun, sand, and the huge ocean to awe you? i just got back from a few days with friends; a little vacation to help me relax, and also to wish a friend well before she departs on a new life adventure.
today we went out whale watching, which we'd all done before, but only one of us on the west coast. i rarely get seasick, but three & 1/2 miles out in the pacific in a large rolling swell makes one feel very small and insignificant. and we did get lucky and see one grey whale, a few spouts piercing the surface and a large rolling barnacled back disappearing back down under. not a chance for photos, but as you can see, we had plenty of time with the california sea lions, noisy and smelly but fantastic all the same. hard to snap shots when i was trying to maintain my balance in the rolling seas, but think i got a few good ones.
and some recent knitting - these fingerless mitts are getting quite popular. these ones are for amanda, and she used them all weekend, but somehow i neglected to get a photo until we were in the car on the way home. and they are in fact modeled by kristie as amanda was driving. knit with superlana from lanagrossa, and based on the kew socks from knitty, this pattern was a neat leaf variation that was fun to knit, although a bit more challenging in the thicker yarn. i will be doing a follow up with the same yarn - a little pair of mitts for amanda's little daughter, but will probably go with a different pattern as i don't think this will work at such a small size.