Friday, June 16, 2006

Smooth Sailing

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. It was with regret that we made our way back from the beautiful British Virgin Islands. We had a wonderful time sailing from island to island. We sailed from Tortola to Virgin Gorda and then back again, stopping at small bays to snorkle and play in the sun. There were some terrific water balloon battles between our boat and one of our family friends' boat. Of course, we won every battle even while under full sail:)
The weather was terrific -definitely hot, but not unbearable (the air conditioning at night helped!). We only had the occasional rain shower so that the majority of the time it was just blue skies and calm seas.
I read two of the three books I took: The Stolen Child by Donohue and In the Heart of the Sea by Philbrick - both were very good and I read right through them. The Stolen Child was a very well written and unique story while In the Heart of the Sea was just plain fascinating non-fiction (and I normally don't like non-fiction).
Our crew got along really well with many good times and funny stories to tell. Overall this was our best sailing trip - the people, weather, and sailing all were great! Now, back to the knitting:)



When we get back from sailing trips, we always have a few days of swaying which is an effect of being on a boat for a week (a small price to pay). Knowing this swaying can make concentration tough, I went with a very simple project to ease myself back into regular routine life. Pictured to the left is the almost completed leg of the first Cable Rib Sock from the Spring 2005 Interweave Knits. I am knitting with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Nearly Solid Carol Green on 1's and 0's. As my gauge was quite different than that called for in the pattern, I reworked the pattern increasing the cast-on number. I think these are going to turn out really well and be super comfy. I love the intense green and the subtle variegation of the Nearly Solid Lorna's Laces.

5 comments:

Lynae said...

We missed you in group!

SO glad you had a wonderful time. LOVE the Caribbean!

Kim in Oregon said...

Welcome back!

Ah yes, the swaying. I went on a cruise once and when I got home, I would get seasick in small spaces (like the shower and the elevator).

trek said...

Great sailboat picture.
Got your email - sent reply.

Chicago Jen said...

Welcome back!! I'm sorry your vacation is over, but we're really glad you're back!! & lovely sock as usual....

Kathy said...

Alyssa

thanks for the nonfiction recommendation. My husband really enjoys that type of book.
Cats are good at staying cool. THey live in warm climates mostly, naturally. Yours looks darling in the pic.post. I ran into Jen at the _____house last week. :)