Monday, May 28, 2007

Summer Socks and More

Since we've been back from our trip to Matagorda, a few people have asked me what I did to keep busy while John was fishing. Obviously these people don't know me very well or they would know that I knit, of course, but I also did a bit more than that.

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I tried kayaking for the first time (and maybe the last). I was really expecting to enjoy it more than I did, but I think the kayak I was using was not the one for me. I had to fight it most of the time. Some of that was due to inexperience on my part and the fact that we started out against the wind and the current. I learned some things though. It's no fun to sit in water for two hours, so make sure your boat has plugs. Also, it's not that easy to take photos from a kayak. And, don't even think about knitting in one.

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So, I saved my knitting time for when I was on dry land. I was able to finish my summer socks.

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Stitch Pattern: Summer Dream Socks, 64 stitches, Short row heels and toes
Yarn: 2 balls of Panda Wool 46% Bamboo, 43% Wool, 11% Nylon
Color: 2301 Rosewater
Needles: US 1 DPNs

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The rest of the time, I kept busy walking the beach, collecting shells and taking pictures. It was the perfect vacation. I know, because I came home feeling rested instead of tired.

A few of my favorite photos:

The brown pelicans were very entertaining. We could watch them fish from our trailer. Here they are sunning themselves on a sandbar.

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Driftwood is plentiful and it's not uncommon to see whole trees washed up on shore.

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I had the beach to myself most of the time. There were thousands of shells (I'm not exaggerating) to comb through. I collected a shoe box full. My favorites were the sundial shells and the whelks. You can see a sampling in my previous post. I walked this first mile section of beach every day we were there and never got tired of it.

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I was the official fishing photographer. Here's John on the very long jetty pier. No bites this time.

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Sunset on our last evening.

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That's enough of Matagorda for now...at least until our next trip.

13 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a lovely time away. Good for you! Your pictures are incredible ~ thank you for sharing them. Happy Anniversary, too!

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  2. Sitting in the water is fun...isn't it? Well next time tell John to get my other biat..it is just like his and a drier ride. The wind can be hard on you when it is blowing..calm is good!

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  3. YOur socks are lovely, and trip looks beautifully restful :)

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  4. Pretty socks! I love your shoes, too. What a nice trip you must have had. :)

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  5. Beautiful pictures of what sounds like a beautiful time, Tracey. The socks are very nice. Great job!

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  6. I just love those socks! So pretty! I've never tried a kayak...hmmm...maybe I'll stick to the slow-moving canoe?? :-)

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  7. Tracy,

    Great Socks! I have one sock done of a pair but haven't found the time to finish the 2nd one...Love the pics, Congrats on your Anniversary!
    Sarah

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  8. The socks are great summer socks! Love the area..what a nice escape.

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  9. Happy Anniversary! I was reading your blog and thinking, "Twenty-three years! Wow," and then I remembered that I had noticed before that we were married the same year. Yikes! Time goes by so fast.

    Love your socks. I've been looking for a pattern to use with some Fixation yarn I bought last summer, but that would be too thick to use with your pattern wouldn't it?

    Oh, I have to brag to you since I know you're a Mac lover. We bought a new Mac this weekend. The kids are overjoyed to have some power again. The old "flower power" iMac just wasn't cutting it anymore.

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  10. Great Pictures Tracy, hey don't give up on that boat just yet. Please give it one more try under better conditions!

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  11. More fabulous pictures...you've really REALLY made me want to go there! Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. I love your socks...I have a pair of very simple socks on the needles that look about the same gauge....they've been sitting on those needles for a couple of months now...ummmm.....perhaps my patience for tiny knitting, and hopefully my speed will grow with time!

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  12. The vacation looks like it was fun and you got a pretty pair of socks done too. What a great vacation!

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  13. I so love these beach pics! I grew up on the ocean and hope someday to find my way back :-)

    Great socks!!!

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~Tracy