Actually, we returned Thursday evening, but I do not go back to work until Monday so I am solidly in vacation mode still. On my last night in Boston I accidentally stayed up until 2:15 a.m. talking with my sister in law while relaxing in the hot tub. It was cool enough out there during the second part of our trip that we actually had to turn the heat on in the hot tub!

On Thursday we had our trip to the airport in Boston all appropriately planned out, or so we thought. My sister in law insisted we were leaving in perfectly appropriate time to catch our plane. What she wasn’t counting on was an accident in a tunnel, bringing our car ride to a complete halt, in a tunnel, with absolutely nowhere to go. As I tried to tamp down my anxiety, while sitting not moving in the car, I refused to let ANYONE talk about it since there’s absolutely nothing we could do. I warned Miss Butterfly that once we arrived she was going to have to LISTEN, and PAY ATTENTION, so that we could possibly make our flight. After a very harrowing half hour, we did begin to move again, and we made it to our gate just as the plane was boarding. What a relief! With the exhaustion I was feeling from being up so late, I was very quickly asleep. Our return was fairly uneventful after the first flight.

So, on Friday I decided to just do stuff around the house. I did laundry, unpacked, mowed lawn, did some cooking, and took two naps. It was a pretty nice day. I also knit and spun. And I finished something!

So, despite the fact that I really believed I’d be bringing two spectra scarves with me to work on, when push came to shove, I ended up bringing my partially completed lillia hyrna shawl. I am so glad I did. Turns out, the plane was the perfect place to complete super long rows of shawl pattern knitting, and I returned home with only 5 rows and a bind off left.

So that was my goal yesterday. Complete the final 5 rows, bind off, block, and show off today.

And there you have it! This is the one I made for my boss to keep at work. In all honesty, I had a lot of this yarn, 3 skeins of the blue, one of the pink, and I’ve been trying to get rid of it for ages. It’s gone now! In fact, I had to fudge the crochet bind off a bit to finish, I had absolutely no blue yarn left, just enough to weave in the final end. Since this one has been on the needles since the end of April, I am very happy to have completed it.

I did also manage to finish up TdF.


This is my second spindle of the orange fiber I brought with me. A photo taken on my aunt’s deck while drinking coffee and waiting to go for an early morning swim in the ocean. Both days of the reunion we got up early and were in the water by 8 a.m. ย On this particular day, we got back from the ocean, rinsed off, and headed to my other aunt’s home for outdoor family yoga. It was an exceedingly good morning.

After yoga? We went for a sail.

It was a rather windy and choppy day, my favorite kind of sail. Miss Butterfly, however, was not so used to being in a boat that tipped quite that much and we scared her quite well for awhile. If she hadn’t been there, we’d really have moved much faster and tipped more dramatically, but we didn’t want to turn her off to it either. As you can see, she eventually became more comfortable, sitting up on the bow of the boat. It was quite an odd day really, because we’d been moving along so fast, and then my cousin asked how much longer we wanted to be out. I said “I think we can do another half hour or so.” and exactly at that moment, the wind completely died. We ended up having to motor our way back to the marina. Kind of a disappointing end, but the wild beginning was great.

I’ll have many more vacation moments upcoming, I’ll just start with this one. Hope everyone has had a decent week, I look forward to finding the time to do a big blog reader catch up next week!

8 thoughts on “Back

  1. _Love the shawl finish. What a great careful work of art
    _Love the orange batting spinning up: red sky at night, sailors delight
    _Love that you had an outstanding time
    Keep the recaps coming!

  2. good job on that shawl, it is lovely. Your boss will love it!

    Sailing – nothing like a good steady wind so you can feel the boat moving. the harder the heel the more fun, lol. Miss Butterfly just needs to learn to trust the equipment and the Captain, She will get it with more experience.

    sounds like a wonderful vacation! Sorry our New England weather was too chilly for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I got out of the midwest just in time, as it was headed up to 105 there while we were gone. I’ll take chilly and bundled in blankets ANY day over 105. We seem to have brought mild weather back with us, it was so pleasant this morning I wanted another day of vacation! (Who am I kidding, I wanted another day no matter the weather.)

      We kept telling Butterfly that the boat WOULD NOT TIP OVER, and explaining the physics of the thing. However, I think you just have to experience it to really understand.

      • I am glad you missed thatheat wave, and brought some of our cool ocean air home with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

        And of course, you could have been lying to Miss B. boats can tip over if the conditions aren’t great. But I feel confident that your captain and crew knew enough to spill some wind if it got really blowing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a step mom for a few years who would be terrified when we heeled, and a father who loved to sail. We all knew that relationship was doomed from early on! Just when the sailing got good, she would start to carry on and cry, and back we would go, sails luffing the whole way. It was pretty awful. So I hope Miss B gets used to it and learns to love it for the magic it is.

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