This weekend, my husband, my pup and I went on an impromptu trip up to the islands, and it was amazing!
We visited Lopez Island, which sounds like it should be in the Carribean, off the coast of Mexico, but is actually a tiny farming and fishing community in the Straight of Juan de Fuca, north of the Olympic Peninsula and just south of Canada.
We took the ferry early Saturday morning and got thoroughly windblown.
But I think Ollie enjoyed himself. So many new smells for him to sniff! He’s actually still recovering.
We hiked along beaches and clambered over rocks. We saw seals and schools of tiny silver fish and jumping Pink Salmon.
It was a lovely break from the city. Cool, overcast and perfect PNW weather.
It makes me want to get out my needles and make some island-appropriate gear for when I move up to the islands. Which definitely is going to happen. Someday.
Island Wools Swirl Hat by Julie Packard
Bandana Cowl by Purl SohoFiona Coat by Justyna Lorkowska
Where is your favorite place to visit on a day trip?
Last week, I was a little bored (OK, a lot bored). My friends had all left after our long weekend at PAX, my husband was at work, and I was sitting at home, twiddling my thumbs. My day job is on a little break right now, between the end of summer and the beginning of the fall semester, so I have lots of time to sit around and watch TV.
Maybe too much time to sit around and watch TV.
So, I picked myself up off the couch and said, “Enough!” I decided to have a day down on the water, and the easiest way to do that here is to go for a ride on the ferry. I know this isn’t something that everyone can do (I lived in the Illinois for most of my life… I understand “landlocked”), but if you have a chance to get away from your usual venue with a cup of coffee and a skein or two of yarn, I highly recommend it. (If the ferry isn’t an option for you, try a train, bus, or just going down to a favorite park or local coffee shop.)There’s something refreshing about getting away from your house (and your dirty laundry, and the floors that need vacuuming) . It always opens up my mind for fresh ideas, and makes my projects seem even more fun than usual. (Getting away from a speedy internet connection doesn’t hurt, either.)
Expanding my horizons (literally) always helps me get out of a rut. And, there’s no better place for people-watching than public transportation. You never know what you’ll see that might inspire your next project.
So, get out there! Explore the world, and enjoy some knitting on the water (or on the road, or on the rails).