It’s about time I got back to my blog. I’ve been remiss about posting, but I have been knitting. More about that in due time…
Last week my sweetie and I took a trip to Northern New York via the Finger Lakes and Niagara Falls. We did some wine tasting in the Finger Lakes wine country. (Didn’t know they had a wine country in New York.) I have to say we are spoiled Californians. We didn’t like the reds they offered at all. They all seemed a little thin to our taste, some were even medicinal. We like the bold and fruity wines, specifically Old Vine Zinfandel. No Zin in New York. The white wines were very nice, in fact we brought home some Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay.
So back to the knitting. (Isn’t that the point?!?)
Of course I needed an airplane project. Conveniently enough my friend was having a baby shower a couple of days after I was coming home, so I thought, aha! A baby project! A quick look at my email and behold! My favorite LYS owner, Stephanie, had created a pattern for baby booties called “Angel Feet.” They are made with Lorna’s Laces “Angel.” I rushed down to the store and picked up the pattern and some yummy Angel yarn in the Camouflage color. I couldn’t leave well enough alone though. The booties would knit up quick and I felt like I needed more of a gift than that. I found the last skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the color Envy. I bought it not knowing exactly what I would make with it. It’s only 200 yards, so I couldn’t exactly make a sweater even for baby. Maybe a vest or hat. Possibly a bib or wash cloth.
I did a quick web search and up came the cutest baby cargo pants you ever saw on Bella Knitting. They only take 200 yards, so I printed up the pattern and packed it in my knitting bag.
I’ll bet you’re wondering why I chose Camoflauge and Envy. You’re not? Well I’ll tell you anyway. The theme for the baby shower was Safari. There, you see? I think it worked. Her colors were green, brown & blue. I don’t remember choosing colors for my baby shower when I had kids… Oh yeah, we didn’t have a nursery. But I digress.
LA to Cincinnati
I’ve actually got some outdoor shots, but they’re on the other camera which is currently in Amsterdam with DH. He flew directly from our vacation there for business.
We took the Maid of the Mist boat ride into the falls. It’s pouring down so hard that you can’t even open your eyes. Needless to say, I got soaked in spite of the plastic poncho.
From Niagara we had the Very. Long. Drive. in Friday evening traffic to Alexandria Bay in Northern New York. Did I mind? Not one Knit!
This is the whole point of the trip, the Alex Bay Blues Festival. Our friend who is also in DH’s band was the MC. He comes from Watertown, NY. He spent summers in Alexandria Bay and the 1000 Islands. It’s such a small town. Everyone knows everyone else. The locals wondered why we would come from California to Alex Bay. The weather of course! Apparently it got to about 113 over Labor Day in the SF Valley! Egads! We were very comfortable in 76 – 78 degree beautiful weather.
We had a great time at the Blues Festival. Music is everywhere in the small village. There is a main stage by the dock, and bands that aren’t currently playing there are at one of the bars or restaurants. Kal David & the Real Deal featuring Lauri Bono were the headliner on Sunday. We were lucky enough to have dinner with them and our friend, Steve. What nice people.
On Monday the owner of Cavallario’s Steakhouse got us a ride in his cousin’s boat. We cruised around some of the 1000 Islands. We’ve got some great pictures on the other camera…
By the way, Cavallario’s has the most delicious food if you’re in the area.
My reading for the trip was Debbie Macomber’s Between Friends.
This is getting really long and I’m tired, so I’ll save the rest for tomorrow.