5 And A Beagle

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." John Lennon

Monday, September 28, 2009

Eat, Drink and Be Married! 

Eat, Drink and Be Married.....that was the theme for the weekend here at 5 and A Beagle as we gathered in picturesque Parksville to celebrate the wedding of these two special people.

The surroundings were breathtaking, the weather perfect and we now are blessed with a lovely new aunt / sister-in-law!

A pair of previously blogged about socks were made for the bride and groom, but I neglected to take any new pictures prior to wrapping them while they were in their little bride and groom sock bands. A little something from the yarn obsessed sister to keep their feet warm now that the weather has made a definite change towards fall.

Also missed from the photo-taking was a toque made for #3 while I was sitting in the ferry line up. Who knew there'd be so many fellow travelers in the middle of a Friday afternoon. My brother, mother, #5 and I set off to catch the 12:30 ferry only to find upon arrival at the terminal, that the 12:30 was full and we might get on the 3:00. A panicked phone call was placed to #2 and #4 to hustle their behinds down to the terminal so that they wouldn't end up relegated to the next sailing at 5:00.

#2 was smart enough to make a last minute reservation that guaranteed his passage on the 3:00 so we shuffled passengers around so that the groom, best man and mother of the groom would at least make it over to the island in time for the wedding rehearsal. As the vehicles loaded onto to the ferry shortly before 3:00, #4 and I slowly made our way through the lineup, closer and closer to loading, fingers crossed that we'd make it onboard with the rest of the family. But with just two other cars in front of us, the ferry reached its capacity, the loading ramp came up and the doors closed. So close! Next ferry.... 5:00pm.

Luckily for us, they added an additional sailing due to the heavier than expected volume. So with enough time for a quick trip to Starbucks in Horseshoe Bay for a nice, warm chai tea latte, we managed to set sail at 4:00. Between the time spent waiting and the almost two hour sailing time, I finished a Laire Toque with a skein and a half of Noro Silk Garden in a black/grey/beige colourway. Sure to keep his noggin warm this winter. Socks have been put on a temporary hold while I whip up two more toques for his travel companions.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Finishing Socks (cont'd) 

There are certain subtle mannerisms with each of our three kids that are identical amongst them. Whether it's a slight twinkle in their eye when they're laughing, the curve of a lip when trying to be sly, or the simple shrug of the shoulder.

Each time I see the characteristic in one that is similar in their sibling, I can't help but smile and think "how sweet, you remind me of your brother when you do that." or "you're so much like your sister."

It's at times such as that that I'm so grateful to have been blessed with three great kids and I want to give them each a big squeeze.

I must remember that feeling when it's early on a school day morning and someone doesn't want to get out of bed.

#3 will be coming home for a family wedding next week and we'll have a whole week to spend with him before he heads back to the east coast.

Still moving along on the self-imposed sock marathon. The second pair were completed last week.

Sock #1 of the third pair is going a little slower than planned. I took a little jaunt to Vegas at the start of the week and, well really, who goes to Vegas to knit? Not even me. Although, time spent in flight was somewhat productive. However, I've since ripped back the heal because I didn't like the looks of it.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Back to School ..... 

Thursday, September 03, 2009

One More Sock Done 

Given my ability to be distracted from the task at hand, I'm pleasantly surprised that I'm still progressing down the path of 16 socks (8 pair) in less than 16 weeks.

I've actually been granted somewhat of a reprieve being that I'm now only making 12 socks (6 pair) in a 13 week window. 5 of the originally planned 8 pair were to be for the 5 cross country travellers ... #3 and his friends.

However, part way into the trek one of the fellows and his girlfriend decided to strike out on their own, leaving #3 and his two longtime buddies to continue on their journey to Halifax. (and what is sure to be a cold winter)

Here is the one completed Spey Valley coming in at 9 days from cast on to cast off. A fun little pattern that knits up with minimal thought - just my kind of sock. I'm sure I'll have my hands full and will take more than one to one and half weeks when it comes to 'Christmas in Tallinn'.



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