Another postcard from paradise
The past couple of days the weather has been spectacular. I'm writing this post Thursday afternoon. Yesterday I kayaked while Chris went on a guided fishing trip and then our from from Boston arrived to hand out with us the rest of out stay. Today we took a hike on Beech Mountain as a warm up to an 8 mile hike up Cadillac Mountain (1500 feet) tomorrow. Beech Mountain is on the lake where we stay and the house we rent is right at the point of the yellow arrow.
You've got to love a park where they can create sections of trails with granite steps! There's lots and lots of granite around here.
This is just a photo that I took while I was out kayaking Wednesday.
I doubt if I'll post tomorrow. Our hike will likely take 5 -6 hours and I expect a long nap when we return.
I haven't gotten a lot done on the sewing front because we've been busy visiting and catching up. Next week we'll get to meet up with some other friends who will also be in the area. We haven't seen them in 3 years so I'm really looking forward to seeing them again. I do have 2 more sets of blocks done and have started a third.
On the crochet front, I've finished off 1 skein of yarn for my baby blanket (no photo). Yesterday I snuck out for a couple of hours to shop in Southwest Harbor. There's a nice quilt/yarn shop there. I picked up 2 skeins of yarn to swatch up to see if I'd like them for a pocket shawl that I want tp make.
The Remix is nice but not particularly snuggly enough for a pocket scarf. I could see this for a very loose crochet summer cardigan or shawl or maybe tightly stitched for a tote.
I absolutely loved stitching the Cumulus yarn and loved the way it looks but I was concerned about this one pilling. A scarf gets a lot of wear and friction so I rubbed this swatch a bit and found my concerns validated. I'm glad I only bought one skein of each of these. I'm not sure what I might make with either of these but I certainly won't be buying more.
There are a few more quilt and yarn shops around here that I'll probably check out Tuesday when Chris and Dave are away on another fishing trip.
If I don't die on the hike tomorrow! We did the steeper version of this hike last year for as my birthday goal so I expect we will be fine as long as we pace ourselves and take plenty of water. I know for sure that I'll hold the boys back and I'm fine with that.
8/27/2021 06:45:07 am
I love all of the projects you do. They are all so pretty. I noticed one of the quilt blocks, first block third row, the upper left corner, the gray blocks are going a different way than the other blocks in the picture. I'm not sure if you have sewn them together or not. Just wanted to let you know.
8/27/2021 08:02:11 am
What a beautiful view and area! Enjoy your hikes and your company!
8/28/2021 09:47:42 am
Sounds like you have a full day planned and a nap will be most welcome I'm sure. As for the yarns, I suppose it IS a good idea to just buy one ball to test out a new one. I don't seem to subscribe to that particular theory though and generally dive in, sometimes to my detriment. Right now (latest sweater debacle notwithstanding) I'm enjoying working with 'Jeans' yarn by Lion Brand - so soft to knit with. Not sure about crochet but it should work fine.
9/9/2021 10:17:38 am
This looks beautiful and so relaxing!!!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.