Eye Candy Friday

beach view for carole knits

With some cooperation from the weather gods and a lot of good luck, this shall be my spot for the next 2 weeks. See you in September!

Vacation Reading

beach reading for carole knits

Yesterday we talked about vacation knitting and today I want to talk about that other great vacation pastime – vacation reading. You thought I was going to say vacation drinking, didn’t you? You all know me so well.

Seriously, reading on vacation is something I look forward to doing. It engages me and entertains me and I feel so accomplished when I finish a book.

Here’s what I plan on reading during our vacation:

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. I’m about 15% into this one already. It’s a little heavy for vacation reading but it’s different and I’m enjoying it very much.

Winter’s Tale. What’s better to read on the beach than a book about winter? I may or may not make it through this one. It’s okay if I don’t, though, because I’ve got one I know I will love to fall back on.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes. This is #6 in The Outlander series. I’m savoring them and don’t want to read them too quickly.

I also have a few books on hold through Overdrive. They probably won’t come in on time but if they do any of these will jump to the top of the queue since I will be borrowing them and don’t already own them.

Me Before You.

My Life in Middlemarch.

The Mockingbird Next Door.

The Winter People.

All The Light We Cannot See.

I think my vacation reading is even more ambitious than my vacation knitting!



Wednesdays Are For Knitting: Vacation Plans

I’m about to embark on a 2 week vacation to Cape Cod and you know what that means, right?

I need vacation knitting. Vacation knitting will be in 3 categories this year:




The mindless will be socks, of course. I’m just about finished with my current pair so I’m going to peruse the stash for something beach-y or summer-y or just something that makes my knitter’s heart sing. Despite the fact that I never ever finish even one pair of socks while I’m away I will still bring an extra skein of sock yarn. I’m hopeful like that.

The necessary will be the Dryad scarf. I’m about 1/3 of the way through and, since I need to gift this when we return, I must finish it. It’s not boring but it is a bit of a slog. I think I will have to make myself work on it for a period of time each day. And then I will reward myself with something fun like spinning.

The challenging will be the Cactus Flower shawl. I am itching to get started on this as I’ve had my yarn from Kim for weeks. This will be a good one for when I’m up early in the morning and the house is quiet. A bit of coffee, a bit of knitting, a bit of paradise.

nantasket beach for carole knits

What do you like to knit when you’re on vacation?


Ten On Tuesday

I was thinking, as I was writing my post on Fiber Revival, about what a great day it always is. And also, how it’s too bad it’s only once a year. And that got me thinking about Ten on Tuesday and lo and behold, a topic was born. Today we are talking about 10 Things I Only Do Once a Year But I Wish You Could Do Them More Often.

annual things mosaic

  1. Fiber Revival. It inspired the topic so of course it needs to be first.
  2. SPA. I’m not sure my liver or wallet could handle more than that one weekend per year but I’d give it a shot.
  3. Jimmy Buffett. Ditto on the liver survival. I do sort of wish there was a way to go the night before the concert and camp out – that would be bomb.
  4. Our vacation in Mexico. For right now, at least, this is an annual event. I’d be pleased to make it semiannual, though.
  5. Celebrate our anniversary. It’s always such a day full of special feelings and memories. Then again, we try and make most days like that. I’m leaving this on the list anyway, though.
  6. Experience the summer solstice. How about if this was 4 times a year – then we’d never have to have winter, right?
  7. The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Sure, it’s a lot of work but it’s also a LOT of fun. And we make a lot of money!
  8. Go to the Marshfield Fair. I love a good country fair and, since we go on vacation right after the local fair starts, we only get to go one night. It’s this coming Friday and I intend to make the most of it: corn dogs and beer, fried dough and ice cream! Good thing I go to the gym more than once a year.
  9. Attend Tom & Anne’s St. Patrick’s Day party. It’s fun, we get to see lots of great people, the food is fantastic, and there’s lots of beer. Too bad St. Patrick’s Day only comes once a year.
  10. Christmas morning. I debated putting this on here because everything that leads up to Christmas morning is work and stress and spending. But Christmas morning, when it all comes together and my family is opening gifts in their PJs and sharing and laughing and drinking mimosas – well, that moment is pretty sweet.

That’s my list and I can’t wait to read all of yours. Be sure and click the button below to add your post. Sign up for the Ten on Tuesday weekly email here.

Fiber Revival 2014

I meant it when I said I wanted an uneventful weekend. That didn’t, however, mean I wanted a weekend without fun. And lo and behold, I had fun with my spinning and knitting friends at Fiber Revival.

Blogless Sharon and I were up and on the road Saturday morning at 8am and arrived in Newburyport at 9:30. Nice and early so that we would have all the time we needed to visit and shop and spin and knit. And we did all of that and then some!

revival vendors 2014

The vendors at this event are dear friends and it was fun to see them and buy from them – I may have once again succumbed to the persuasive powers of JessaLu, the beautiful batts that Josette dyes, and the gorgeous new gradient kits that Kim is offering. By the way, Manise and Kathy and Cheryl and I have decided that gradients are the new variegated. We have stated it so it must be so.

beer truck 2014

The very popular Ipswich Ale beer truck was on site with Summer Ale. And the lunch (I had the chipotle chicken pita pocket) was terrific.

Believe it or not, between all the eating, drinking, shopping & visiting, I still managed to find time to spin. And friends, I have not spun since SPA, I think, so I was way overdue to sit down at my wheel. As always when I spin, I enjoy it like crazy and wonder why I don’t do it more often.

The event may have ended at 4pm but the day wasn’t over for us – there was still dinner and a small group of us – let’s see, it was Kelly (organizer extraordinaire for this event) and Josette, Sharon and I, Diane (dear friend to all and best storyteller ever!),  Wendy (a new friend I made on Saturday), JessaLu and Heather of Mad Color and Terry –  went out for sushi and more chatting and talking, everything from books to yarn to designers and more. It was the perfect way to end this time with friends but – guess what? – it still wasn’t over because Sharon and I came back to my house and watched . . .

wait for it . . .

Episode One of Outlander on Starz. We loved it and I’m so glad we got to watch it together since Sharon is the one who first told me about this book series and I’m so grateful she did. I may have had to clean the drool off my couch once we were done watching but it was worth it, I’ll tell you that.

So, to recap my Saturday:

friends, wool, knitting, alpacas, beer, lunch, shopping, spinning, gossiping, sushi, Outlander, Jamie Fraser, tequila.

What more could a girl ask for?

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