Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunday In The Sand

While Saturday was all about football,
Sunday was all about sand.

The New Smyrna Beach Sand Festival was underway.
The festival was very, very small --- less than a block long.
But, there were some very cute sculptures,
all with a Halloween theme.




Looking at all that sand made me pretty thirsty.
We went OTB* and found the cutest little coffee shop.


The shop isn't much bigger than what you can see in the photo, but Island Roasters has some darn good coffee.  They do all their roasting in that machine you see in the back.

Good coffee and some knit time was what this chick needed.

*OTB ---- it's island speak for "over the bridge" meaning that whatever it is you are looking for is on the mainland.

Monday, October 27, 2014

One More Football Weekend


Look who rolled into town!

Steve did his first three years of college at Temple.  That was 30+ years ago before we hauled off to Florida. Now we live less than a mile from the second largest university in the U.S.  One of us has adapted to the new neighborhood.  One of us.....well, let's just say you can take the boy out of Philadelphia, but I'm not sure you can take Philadelphia out of the boy.
There might be a little friendly rivalry going on.
I think I need a gold lamé Knight-ro to keep Flo company.

It was homecoming weekend AND Knight-ro's 20th birthday. 


This photo reminds me of that Sesame Street song .....
One of these things is not like the others.
It was a night for friends, football, and a little moon gazing.

A pretty perfect evening.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Into The Swamp

I'm a Libra.
That means while I'm extremely social,
I must balance it with time to myself.
(Or in this case, me, myself and Steve)

We went out to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Preserve.  The trail we usually do is closed for repairs.  It forced us to try a different trail.  It turned out to be a great thing.  We used the Biolab Trail which runs along the wetlands on the right and the bay on the left.

We were stopped by a lost guy and after giving him directions out of the swamp, we asked if he had seen alligators.  He said he saw six or seven about 5 minutes in.  We were way in before we saw any.  I was thinking maybe they all went home for the evening, OR maybe the guy wasn't very good at time keeping.

It was the latter.
About 15 minutes in we saw a huge bull gator up on a bank.
Unfortunately, due to sun glare I couldn't get a good photo.
I'm pretty sure it's the largest gator I've ever seen, but 
since I couldn't see ALL of him, I'm not sure.
I am sure about this one.
Not the biggest I've ever seen,
but certainly of fair size.

Jennifer asked me to bring him home
so she could have some new loafers.
I declined.
He looks a bit bitey.
What do you think?  Six foot.  Maybe seven.
Gator in the foreground.  NASA's VAB in the background.


Biolab Road runs for about 6 miles (of rutted, pothole shell).  We were glad to get back on paved road and we headed over to Haulover Canal.  It is reported to be a place where the manatees hang out, but in all the times we've been there, we have NEVER seen any.

LOOK!
Who owns that nose?
It's a MANATEE!
There were at least a dozen, but are very hard to photograph under the murky water.  I took many pictures, but I have to be truthful . . . there weren't many good ones.

After the manatees, we headed over to one of the boat ramps.
I didn't want to go down that road, but Steve did.
(Really what would be at the end of a boat ramp ---- boats?
People fishing?

Well, how about an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin fishing!

Circling to herd the bait fish.
Throwing the fish in the air before eating it.
Didn't his mom tell him not to play with his food?
Splashing back into the water.


But, that's not all. We continued down the paved road towards New Smyrna Beach and I got my favorite photo of the day.

I see tons of ospreys, but finding a bald eagle is a bit more difficult.  I was checking out all the deadwood and this was my reward.  It's not the greatest photo --- I was probably about 1/4 mile away from where she was perched.

It was a great ride through the preserve.
Unfortunately, it means .......
....there wasn't any knitting going on.

That is what Monday is for.



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Done, Done, Done

Finally!
I am done.
Little Pumpkins Socks are finally finished.
The pattern is adorable.
The yarn is pretty nice too.

BUT, they don't fit as nicely as I would like.
They are difficult to get over my heel.

The pattern isn't terribly hard, but I just didn't enjoy it.
That's one of the reasons I did not continue the pattern on the foot.
Besides ....that part is in my shoe.  Who would even see it?

I can pretty much guarantee I won't be making a second pair.
Once was enough.

I didn't get them finished in time for the Little Pumpkins KAL.  Not really a problem.  I'm just happy to have them finished at all.

On to something much more enjoyable.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Home and Away

Picture this:  Monday Lunch Bunch, knitting going on along with a lot of chatter.  I'm knitting along making pumpkins like no one's business.  I'm a knitting ninja whipping through moss stitch and cables like a boss. Row after row of pumpkins are flowing off the needles.

Fast forward.

Dinner is finished.  The dishes are in the dishwasher and the kitchen is swabbed clean.  It's time to settle in for an evening of knitting and football.

I pick up my needles and OMGosh....what is that???? One of the pumpkins is not right.  There is moss stitch where there should be ribbing.  AND, it is about 15 rows back.  Now plain old knitting I could ease back the errant stitches and make them right. I'm a knitting ninja after all.  But, there are two sets of cables.  This I cannot do.

FROG!

It is apparent that I am not the knitting ninja I think I am.  It is also apparent that I suck at multi-tasking.  I cannot cable and chat at the same time.

I need a home and an away project.
Little pumpkins must stay home.
Shark Infested Waters
Shark Infested Waters will get to go to lunch bunch.

Details:

Yarn:  Black Purls Yarn Blue Jeans and Diamonds Superwash Sock Yarn



Monday, October 13, 2014

Parked

It was a whirlwind week of car travel.
From a few days on an island north of Jacksonville,
to a weekend in Tampa.

After leaving Amelia Island, we were off for a visit with Capt'n Fear
and the Tampa Bay Bucs.
It was a lot of fun, but I am TIRED.
I'm ready to park my behind on my own sofa for a little while.

I need to get hoppin' on my Little Pumpkins socks.
While I had a bit of knitting time on vacation, it wasn't quite enough to get my socks finished. I'm certainly not going to have them done in time for the Little Pumpkins KAL.  It ends tomorrow. 

Hopefully, I'll have them finished this week though.  That's totally do-able and will at least be finished for the Seasonal Sock Syndrome KAL that Angela is hosting.

So, excuse me while I go park myself on the sofa
and pick up the needles!

Friday, October 10, 2014

I Blame Dave

This is Dave (David Levy Yulee)
He's the reason my sock isn't finished.

Instead of knitting on my socks, I explored the area that he loved.
Instead of knitting, I watched the moon come up over the Atlantic.
Instead of knitting, I took a long hike to see the Amelia Island Lighthouse.
Instead of knitting, I made a new friend.
This is Nameless, the stray kitty at a local shop.
(I think I found the perfect guy for Shelby)
Instead of knitting .....I spent lots of time with sand, surf, and silly birds.
And you know what? It was TOTALLY worth it!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

A pumpkin here.
(click to make photos larger)
Some pumpkins there.
"Little Pumpkins" everywhere!
It's pumpkin season and I couldn't be happier.  Little pumpkins are even showing up on my SOCKS.

That's all for today.

MIC......
......KEY   Why?  Because we LIKE you.
M-O-U-S-E!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lace Up Your Dancing Shoes, Gertrude!

It's time to celebrate!
October, November, December - my three favorite months.

There's vacation to the beach.
Then another vacation to an NFL game.
Then it's my birthday!
Then the Temple/UCF football game.
My lucky U.C.F. socks
After that comes Halloween, the second best holiday of the year.
Then Thanksgiving . . . the BEST holiday.
(Seriously, who doesn't love a holiday dedicated to food,
and, oh yeah, thankfulness . . . )

And, it all culminates with Christmas.

I finished my U.C.F. socks last night.  Hopefully it will urge on the Knights to a win.  If not ...at least I'll have really WARM feet.  These are one heavy pair of socks.

Details:

Pattern:  Vanilla Latte  (pattern is a freebie on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope Sock Yarn

Colorway:  UCF

The next socks up are for the knit-along over at Angela's Seasonal Sock Syndrome KAL.  I'm starting over with Little Pumpkins again, but with a different yarn.  Zauberball was a little bit too "slubby".  

Over the weekend I reorganized my sock yarn stash.  I found several autumnal color skeins and found one I think will be just perfect.


Pattern:  Little Pumpkins (another free pattern on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Shenanigan's Silk and Silver

Colorway:  Dr. Alphonse Mephesto   (Sorry, no link for the yarn.  The ladies that ran the company are no longer in business, as far as I can tell.)

So, put on your party shoes!
It's time to CELEBRATE!