Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Projects On Board

These are the things I’ve brought with me to work on this week. When the weather is fine I get a lot of work done, and when it’s not I get cranky.  I don’t know how my husband stands me! 

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This is a KAL (knit-a-long) from Goddessknits.  She’s giving one clue every Sat. for a total of five clues.  In this photo I’m probably midway through clue 1.  Now I’m a couple rows into Clue 2.  It’s fun!

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This organic, ruffly bit of nonsense is a pattern from Brenda Papita (hmmm..couldn’t find a website for her) which I bought at Just Our Yarn at MDS&W earlier this month.  The concept is short rows which only work half the row at a time with a bit of lace right at the edge.  A 10-row repeat gives one section of ruffle and lace on one side of the scarf.  It’s easy to memorize and easy to do….but….I’ve now completed 50 repeats of the pattern which is only 25 repeats on each side and the scarf is less than 12” long.  I bet I have to do 500 repeats to get enough length to actually wear this thing.  Not sure I have the stamina!

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And here is my soft corrie, combed and dyed by Misty Mountain.  Each time my little Golding spindle gets full I wind onto a bobbin.  I’ve divided my 4 oz. of top in half and plan to fill two bobbins so I can ply one long length of lace weight yarn for a shawl.  As I spin I dream about what type of shawl I want to knit with this!

When I bring projects on board I have agendas and goals for finishing whatever I’ve brought with me.  When the weather is fair I probably knit for about 6 hours a day.  I spin in the evenings while Bob reads aloud, or in the mornings while having coffee.  This week Bob is reading to me Treasured Islands, a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson, that covers the period of his life when he sailed to Samoa on a 90 ft. schooner with his wife and her two children from a previous marriage, and his mother, as well as the boat’s crew. 

On my own I am reading Catch-22 and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, both of which I’m reading sections aloud to Bob and enjoying immensely! 

The weather these past two days has not been good for much beyond reading, and I can barely do that.  I am not of strong enough constitution to do much when the winds are howling and the boat is heeling, even at anchor!  Looks like we are in for this dramatic weather through tomorrow, which will be Thurs.  I will not meet any of my goals for finishing projects at this rate…

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Cedar Point Lighthouse off Shelter Island.


K Spoering said...

If I wasn't prone to seasickness, I would be so totally jealous of you, drifting along with knitting and books! Where is that lovely lighthouse?

OzWeaver said...


I'm quite prone to seasickness also, which is why I cannot even read at the moment. I'm so utterly at the mercy of the weather....

Jennifer said...

I'm rpoud you are out there despite being prone to seasickness. I'm not sure I could look at a boat tossing about without problems, much less be on one!

I read somewhere that right-brained people are more suceptible to seasickness. Right brained people tend to process all information simultaneously. With movements like driving through mountains, there's too much to process at once. I've learned to eliminate something - like close my eyes - or if I'm driving to turn off the radio.

OzWeaver said...


How fascinating! It does sound like me, so I'd like to learn more about it!

Life Looms Large said...

I'm a member of the seasick crew too! I don't get seasick in my kayak (well, once in Costa Rica in a tandem kayak)....but anything bigger and I'm likely to have trouble.

Interesting that it could have to do information processing.....

Here's to calm seas, smooth sailing, and some knitting and reading progress!!!

(In NH I think we're having 3 days of rain I should be knitting or reading, right??)

Have fun!

Life Looms Large said...

Ooops - I meant to say thanks for the lighthouse picture too!! That's a very interesting lighthouse. Very unusual!!


Jennifer said...

Of course because you ask, I cannot find the original source on right-brained people being more prone to motion sickness. What I do remember is it came up from taking the Hermann Brain Dominance Indicator test. In general, the left brain processes sequentially and the right brain simultaneously. Here's a link from HBDI on that:

Motion sickness is a defense mechanism the brain uses to get you to stop until it can figure out what's going on:

So my experience with HBDI said right bein tend to get motion sickness because the brain tries to take on too much at once by simultaneously process all the info about movement.

Hope that helps.