I certainly hope everyone is having a lovely Labor Day. Like many Americans, I am totally confused and thrown by how late the holiday has fallen this year. I spent the whole of last week thinking about emailing a friend, assuring her that I had plenty of time to get an exchange sent to her halfway across the country on time (meaning by Labor Day). I sat down to send said email on Saturday morning only to realize that was really not going to happen since the holiday was in, you know, 2 days, one of which was a Sunday. Why if the holiday is late was I thinking it’d be later? I have no idea. I think I’m just generally confused by this weird timing. Or I’m just generally confused. That’s a definite possibility, too.
In any case, since Mr Knitting Sarah had off yesterday and is working today, our family celebrated Labor Day yesterday. It was slated to be ungodly hot & humid and we are flying sans a/c, so we definitely wanted something that got us out of the house during the hottest part of the day and preferably that something would keep us relatively cool. Just to make it interesting, we also wanted to be able to bring Moose so he wouldn’t have to sit in the hot house.
We chose the beach.
We have two very nice dog-friendly beaches on Lake Michigan within reasonable driving distance and it just so happened that Kohler-Andrae State Park also had a program at noon by the Great Lakes Search and Rescue Dogs. Since our kids are both very interested in working dogs, we packed up a little picnic lunch, our beach gear, and a ball for Moose and headed out.
Since I’d just finished these socks…
This is Narwhal Needlework‘s Squishy Sock in Chocolate & Raspberries. I actually ordered this skein via the Mystery Skein KAL which is such a fun idea. You purchase the Mystery Skein in the Etsy shop and they send you a random skein (the listing is 10% off the regular price). Knit it up by October 1st & post a photo and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a skein of your choice. All in good fun and I so love a yarn surprise!
In any case, since the new socks weren’t travel-ready, I grabbed this for car and beach knitting…
I bought some Valley Yarns Northhampton in Burgundy a while back to make a sweater for my son. I haven’t knitted a lot of sweaters for my kids just because they grow out of them so quickly the time and financial commitments just haven’t made sense. The economical nature of this yarn, however, makes it worth a shot. If I can knit up a sweater for my boy for around $30, that actually seems like a really good deal for a good quality sweater, let alone a handknit one. So far I’ve been very happy with the quality of the yarn for the price and I’m hopeful this little experiment will help me justify knitting a larger variety of things for the kiddos. My daughter is, of course, already protesting because her brother is getting a sweater and she isn’t, so the pressure is on!
But I digress.
Since I’m currently working the stockinette body, I got to knit in the car and did a whole lot of beach knitting. I even got the blissful hour while Mr Knitting Sarah took the kiddos to the rescue dog presentation.
I have to admit, I really like this photo. I purposely got part of my big zipper scar in the photo. Growing up a lot of people who loved me very much were always offering to help find ways to cover up this 20″ zipper shaped scar with longer shorts over my swimsuits and any variety of wardrobe work-arounds. While I’m no exhibitionist, I’ve never been ashamed or bashful about the scars that pepper my leg. They are just a part of me and a pretty formative part at that. Without them and all that went into needing & recovering from them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today — imperfect, but perfectly me. I gladly wear them with pride.
We spent another hour or so after lunch playing on the beach and soaking up the beautiful lake breeze and fabulous 78F temp. Home was pretty sweltering. I tried to do some spinning, but didn’t get very far as the humidity just made it kind of unpleasant, so I tagged on another inch or so onto the sweater before the day out in the sun caught up to me.
Our holiday celebrated and the mister back at work, the kiddos and I am having a regular school day today. We are flip-flopping the traditionally short week, working early and taking our time off toward the coming weekend so we can spend some quality time when my Mom comes to visit later in the week. The easy, at home workday probably suits Moose best of all…
This is pretty much all he’s got in him after his big beach adventure. I have to admit, I know how he feels – it’s going to take an extra cup of coffee to make it through today! Yes, it’s a just add more coffee kind of day!