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Beached – My Non-Knitting Vacay

We just returned from a week at the beach.  In keeping with tradition's past, I over-packed the knitting projects.  I took two sock WIPs, and three, yes you read that correctly, three skeins of sock yarn, with the expectation that I would knit an additional three pairs of socks, despite knowing my monthly sock output is two and half pairs.  Oh, and did I mention that I tucked in my Claire Randall shawl – the one I have yet to cast on? Nope?  Well, I did.  Honestly, my knitting could have taken up its very own suitcase, and well, it kinda, sorta did.   And the best way to describe my knitting last week is simply - beached.  I accomplished very little.

But I was successful on other fronts, namely just being a mom.  My days were spent with the kids, who at 4 and 7, are not likely to sit in their age-appropriate beach chairs and watch the waves roll in.  Our days started early and ended late.  We swam in the ocean, built sandcastle kingdoms, searched for seashells, and mini-golfed until I could putt no more.  After the boys tumbled into bed, I would drag out my limp, stockinette tube.  I’ve developed a bad case of second sock syndrome.
However, I did manage to read three books – one mystery, one biography, and one collection of essays.  And by trip’s end, I was close to completing my August KAL socks, but only because the nightmare that is Interstate 95 turned a 6.5 hour drive into an 8.5 hour one.  As the husband navigated the roads, I knit on.  All that’s left is to shape the toe and add the heel.  Hopefully I’ll be able to post my FO next week, but in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a picture of the most dreamy yarn that I bullied my husband into helping me unskein.  I’m hoping to cast on this weekend, because by then my vacation glow with be gone, and I’ll need some yarn to fill the void.  Bon tricot!


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