Hurricane update, knitting projects and fun in BC

First off, Isaac came ashore in Martinique as a Tropical Depression, so it broke up as it crossed the island, thank goodness. No damage and hoping the remainder of the hurricane season is without incident.

AND…WELCOME TO CANADA!

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While here in BC, we took the ferry and spent a week on Vancouver Island in the town of Sidney. While there, we drove up island a ways to Ladysmith, BC and we met with another sailor that I met on Facebook, with another steel sailboat. It was fun to meet him, share dinner and stories with him and compare notes. A new friend was made! If you have an interest, his FaceBook page is “S/V Ocean Angel” (the name of his boat) and he posts some amazing photos of his sailing here in the BC area.

Also while on the island, we took walks, and biked and explored the town of Sidney, a beautiful little harbor town with a marina:

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Sidney, BC, Canada

and drove down to Victoria to view sunsets.

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Sunset at Victoria, BC, Canada

We also visited Burchart Garden while we were there on the island. A beautiful garden and very interesting story that I’ll share via these photo’s from their website:

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The gardens were amazing, and they had a beautiful rose garden that I just couldn’t get enough of!

Besides “work” (yes, we do work while on the road-helps to pay the bills), we’ve explored the White Rock BC area. OH! And here in BC, blackberries are wild! When I say wild, I mean WILD! They are ALL OVER! So we just had to spend a few hours one day, and pick 2 bowls full! So much that by the end of the week, we had almost finished them, but not quite, and gave them to the owner of the AirB&B, a real sweet woman.

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Wild Blackberries, BC, Canada

White Rock is on the mainland, and has been good as well. It has REALLY expensive homes here, like the cheapest is $1Million CAD! It’s unbelievable. They are beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I keep thinking, what do you DO with all that space (5000-6000 sqft!). I’m so glad I live the life that we do.

White Rock has a beautiful Promenade and Pier that we take walks on (when it’s not cloudy, foggy and raining).

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White Rock, BC, Canada Pier

White Rock faces south, so we don’t get sunsets here. A short 15 minute drive away is a town called Crescent Beach which faces west. Spent one afternoon there:

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Crescent Beach, BC, Canada

AND I FOUND A YARN SHOP! Only 5 minutes from us, and I bought some amazing yarn from South Africa called Louet. There was a finished knitted cowl at the yarn shop, and I had to get enough yarn to make 2!

Finished cowl at the yarn shop:

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Finished knitted cowl on display at Local Yarn Shop (LYS)

And this is how far I’ve come in just under a week, my cowl:

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Knitted cowl in progress

And I must update the afghan that I’m making (since put on hold until I finish these 2 cowls), it has a beautiful celtic cable in the middle of it.

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My afghan with celtic cables

The last few days we had amazing weather, so we took a road trip to Squamish and Whistler. We stopped and hiked Shannon Falls in Squamish. They were amazing cascading waterfalls!

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Shannon Falls
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Shannon Falls
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Shannon Falls

Our drive to Whistler was on a clear beautiful sunny day. These are some of the mountain peaks covered in snow that we saw as we were driving there:

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Taken while Greg was driving-yea, the windshield was a bit dirty. So ignore those spots!

Upon arriving at Whistler Village, we missed the ride to the top of the ski hill on the Gondola. They had closed during weekdays for the season, only last Friday! Shoot, they are now only running the Gondola on weekends. So, we walked around the Village, then took a short walk to Lost Lake. There are bear sightings here, and Greg was anxious to see one! But I sure wasn’t. And we didn’t, there were quite a few people around so they were probably staying away. But there is an area very near Whistler Village where Grizzly bears have been seen. Needless to say, those trails have been closed to hikers!

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Whistler Village

On our way home from Whistler we stopped at the Tantalus Lookout:

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And this is a photo of what the local “parks” are like, from our hike this afternoon. So very lush and thick foliage! Just beautiful!
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And finally I leave you with an amazing sunset view from our “home” where we are staying. Even facing south, the sunset colors are beautiful.

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Knitted socks DONE!

Well, they are done! BUT I won’t be wearing them while I’m here. These will be going home with me! I can’t imagine wearing socks down here, it is so hot!

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So now on to the shawl! I’ve re-started it, and hope to be done soon! The instructions are not so complicated, and it is looking beautiful so far!

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Here are the instructions:

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Settling in

Well, the days are getting to be routine now, we are getting used to AT, we have all necessities: water, power, gas, etc. I fried up potatoes for dinner last night, and made asparagus soup (ok, it was a packet left by Peter and Ruth, but tasted delicious when reconstituted!).

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Yesterday we put on the mizzen sail and main sail. In between the rain showers. Was raining off and on all day (at least it’s not snow! I don’t miss that!), anyway, they are on. She looks like a sailboat now! One glitch is that the outboard to the dinghy isn’t working. We are going to have somebody look at it, but without that, we are pretty much out of commission, as this is our main mode of transportation when we anchor! And we extended our departure date off the docks to Feb 1, no need to rush things, we still have a lot of stuff to figure out and put back together to sail. I feel like we are truly “live aboards” now!

Also, yesterday, poor Toto woke up with his “gurgly tummy” that he occasionally has. Didn’t eat all day, pretty much slept all day. He’s better this morning, actually ate breakfast. I think the stress of the last week (driving to Illinois, flying to Miami, staying in a hotel, flying to FDF, staying at a bungalow and now, on AT), pretty much got to him. I guess it was kind of a stressful week-has it only been a week? Seems longer.

I’m progressing on knitting my socks-I’m almost done with the 2nd one. I’ll post a picture when I’m done. And I’ve already made 2 dish cloths for AT. But have yet to restart my shawl! Susie I haven’t forgotten that you want the pattern! I’ll get it to you!

Knitting update

As we head into our final hours before flights out of the country, I thought I would update my progress on my shawl. It’s turning out beautifully, completed the 144 rows, picked up 72 rows on either side, and knitted across the 196 stitches, for a total of 336 stitches to now be knit! Here is a picture:

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The chart for the next part is complicated as a chart, and I think I will be writing it out so I can follow it better.

I’ve also been busy finishing a pair of socks! This one has been sitting for a long time, I finally finished it, and am half done with the 2nd one!

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NOW! I need to decide how much room I have, so I can bring these with me on my travels to finish! It might be tight, but in a few minutes, we will find out as we complete our carry on packing.

Knitted Christmas gifts

Well, I’ve had to take a break from my shawl that I was working on (I AM on row 111, of 144!), to make these cotton dish cloths!

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I cannot keep these around! People love them and I just keep knitting, and knitting and knitting them! I put them in groups of 2, then wrap them with these ribbons. I must have given 10-12 sets away this year already! I gave them to my yogi class students at their last classes (on hold until returning from the Caribbean). But these should be the last of them. Now that I’ve finished these 3, I’m going to start back on my shawl.

I’ve started a new knitting project!

Only time will tell..will this project get completed?

Well, I’ve been away from knitting projects for quite a while. Only knitting mindless projects like bracelets and washcloths. But this past weekend, I started a wrap called “Watercolor Wrap”. I had to tear it out (frog it) once, then had to cast on 3-4 times before it was the right number of stitches (192). So, I am hoping to complete this wrap, it’s made with 100% silk yarn so should drape rather nicely. I’ll add photos as I go (I hope).