Just a little more than a week after moving in to our new-to-us home, we took a break.
We left behind the still weird smells, patched spots, the very beginnings of changes, and a basement loaded with things we miss on a daily basis.
We headed off in the car and stayed at one of my favorite hotels.
Met up with my family who recently came across new old pictures that posed even more questions that no one can answer.
Celebrated a birthday outdoors – the first alfresco meal of the year.
The day was warm enough to stay out into the night.
Broke up the drive on the way home with a stay at another well-liked hotel.
And arrived home to find that the tree that we suspected to be a Magnolia, was one.
I was a little sad I missed the unfurling, but new surprises are coming up in the yard daily.
I took some travel knitting along, but didn’t pick it up.
Instead, I mulled over colors for our walls.
Somewhere I saw something like this – maybe exactly like this, at least in terms of application. Cut up an old felted sweater and use it to sit on the cold wet ground… maybe it was someone on Ravelry, Pinterest, Etsy, Flickr, a blog, or, or, or*… oh my, many days I just want to kill my devices. But regardless, I’m not super keen on winter hiking if there is snow or ice involved, but the warming winters are having less of the stuff and making for pleasant and cool outdoor ventures. On a recent hike through the New Jersey Pine Barrens, we found a large plastic bag of “wildlife feed” on the trail and picked it up to dispose of it properly. I don’t know what wildlife it was intended to feed, or if there is a one-beast-fit-all kibble, but the dregs were a disturbing fleshy liverish color, so maybe it was a modern Soylent Green for the Jersey Devils. The bag had a phone number on it so I could have returned it for a refill which probably would be the most ecologically friendly thing to do, but we’ve been watching a lot of Portlandia lately and my urge to make stuff out of trash is especially high.
And besides it was a good lightweight damp-proof material – I cut it up, sewed it to some felted sweater chests, and done.
Field tested and approved – not too heavy to pack along for a short to medium trip and allowed us to linger longer over our still steaming coffee for a legitimate break. The plastic is woven though, so it would not be ideal in a sopping wet situation, so I’m considering making some backed with oilcloth, though that would make them heavier and less bendy; or some fused plastic. In a pinch, they could also be used for staunching the flow of a serious wound or added warmth shoved into a jacket…
And the knitted hat is Stephen West’s Botanic Hat pattern.
* If anyone knows the original source for this, please let me know!
Ravelers are fantastic creatures and came up with my reference in a snap! I saw it on Hanna Breetz’s Ever green knits blog.