Monday, July 14, 2008

Beat the Heat at the Beach

The weatherman calls this time of year July Fry. It's hot. Temperatures are in the upper 90s and the humidity is high, but there is relief at the beach...just be sure to bring your own shade.

Matagorda Beach is our favorite year-round escape destination. You'll find us there every Saturday we have free. Now that summer has arrived, it's also a favorite destination of lots of other folks too. It's only crowded on the first couple of miles of beach though. With four-wheel drive, it's easy to find a spot to yourself if you drive a little farther.

This Saturday we staked our claim just past 3 Mile, marking it with our new Texas flag umbrella and a couple of chairs. Then we settled down to enjoy the afternoon. John pulled out the fishing gear and I took a walk along the shore searching for shells and cooling my heels in the surf along the way.

When I returned, John was catching fish, but only hardhead catfish, so I decided to get out the knitting I brought along.

The shade of the umbrella and the steady breeze blowing across the water kept me cool as I worked on a cotton dishcloth.

I'm knitting up a few of these to have on hand for wedding gifts. A couple of hand-knit dishcloths along with a gift card from the store where the couple is registered is my standard go-to gift.

I was a few rows into my knitting when John began to catch whiting. He encouraged me to join him, so I set down my knitting sticks and picked up my fishing stick. He showed me where to find the fish and gave me a few pointers. A couple of casts later, I caught a fish--not a whiting, but even better, a redfish! And to prove it wasn't beginner's luck, I caught another one. They were too small to keep, but they earned me bragging rights for this trip.

I never did get back to my knitting.

Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth
Yarn: Peaches and Cream (Red, Black, Licorice),
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream (Light Blue, White, Sea Mist)
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)


  1. Sounds lovely! It has been really hot here too! I like your go to wedding gift! I've always wondered what handmade gift I could give.

  2. The beach looks lovely, even if it is hot! My older two will be going to the beach one day this week with their grandparents. I'd love to go too, but I don't think J would do as well! The dishcloths look nice too, I may need to try that pattern one day!

  3. It's great that you can go to the beach for relief from the heat! I love your unbrella and your dish cloths. This is my very favorite dish cloth. I have several in my own kitchen. I use them for everything. And they are perfect hot weather knitting!

  4. What a great day! I'll take the beach, the breeze, and the view: you keep the heat and the humidity.

    Congratulations on your catch.

  5. That sounds like a perfect day. I'd have put down my knitting, too!

  6. I don't know one fish from another but it sure looks like fun. It's always nice to be near the water when it's really hot out, too. You are making my fav dishcloth pattern!!

  7. Looks like you had a great time and some great wash cloths :)

  8. You are proficient with all sorts of sticks! ;-)

    I love the Ballband dishcloths, but have yet to knit one.

  9. I love redfish! Too bad they were too small to keep and eat. Someday I'm gonna join you at the beach.

  10. Hard to keep up on your knitting when the fish are biting! Nice post!

  11. Cool umbrella! This must be the week for dishcloths. I'm working on some too! I like how the ballband is coming out. Very nice.

  12. I just hear that song "Peace - serenity" coming through loud and clear when I see your Matagordo pictures. I can't think of a better way to beat the heat.

  13. I love the salty smell of sea air! And I love that there are still unspoiled stretches of beach left to enjoy. What a soothing place to reflect/fish/knit, not necessarily in that order.

    I put DS on a plane this morning, so DD and I are on a mission to scope out buttons and beads -- it's a girls afternoon. ; )


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