Cherylcan's Blog

Life and Literature

Archive for travel

My First Rhinebeck – Day 2

pei_rhinebeck_crew

On Sunday, we were up early again and at the Mulberry Street entrance for 8:45am because I had my Mosaic Knitting Class with Donna Kay. I was so excited getting there. I could barely sit still. I gave Donna and the ladies at my table some of my stitch markers. There were fourteen in the class and I did not have enough in my bag for everyone (next time I will bring more). Donna showed us some swatches and a mosaic knitting patterns book. We got to cast on to the project right away. I was away to the races even helping my neighbour beside me. She caught on we were doing it wrong before I did. Donna got us all fixed up and we were off again. As we were knitting, Donna took the time to walk us through the basics of this technique as well as how to read the pattern. I absolutely loved her class. Donna was so patient and got around to everyone numerous times. The class was relaxed and I got half-way up my Mosiac Mitt by the time we were finished (even with all my talking and a bathroom break). It was a great half-day project and gave me something new to work on. I love that she took the time to show us how to sew up the mitt so it is a flat seam that is pretty much invisible.

Right after my class and before I went for lunch I stopped at Lisa Souza‘s booth. I wanted a project bag but was having trouble with my Visa so I only chose one ball of yarn. This meant I did not spend enough to get the bag but it is scrumptious yarn, so squishy. I could not find my crew, so I got into Aba’s Falafel line. It was long but kept moving as fast as the team could make meals. I was glad I waited the falafel on the plate was so good. Found my friends via text while in line so I got to eat with them. It was my first chance to use my bamboo utensils. They are great. I spent the afternoon wandering the buildings and barns.

My allergies were acting up so I did not touch any animals. Well one Leicester sheep because I love my Heidi’s by Hand Blue Faced Leicester Knitter’s Mitts. I did go all around the other barns and tents though. I could have spent days there but my bank account needed me to leave at three as planned. I did restrain myself sort of. I got quality things but tried to keep quantities down and shopped a bit for my cousin, Karen. I could go on and on about the wonderful people I met, most of whom actually knew where PEI was. We met at the beer tent at three and got the above picture as we left the festival. What an amazing experience.

The cherry on the top of our weekend was a final meal in Rhinebeck at the Terrapin Bistro. They have a tart cranberry mojito which was refreshing while we waited for a table. It was insanely busy there. When we got the food it was so worth the wait. Then it was back to the cabin to pack for the drive back to PEI. I am still on a high from this trip. So much fun so many new friends.

 

My First Rhinebeck – Day 1

Wow. The NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY was amazing and overwhelming. We got there early on Saturday October 15, 2016 because our traveling companion signed up for a class. We found the Mulberry Street entrance and parked there. Bev got to go in because she had a class, but the rest of us waited in line for tickets (for a few extra bucks buying online would have saved the wait). However, we met a lovely couple behind us and they offered to take our picture. I spent most of my time eyeing everyone’s knitwear. Even though it was supposed to warm up, we all had it on for the festival.

14707935_10157443536945411_4108918085956204717_oFirst, I waded through the crowd to the books because Fiona Alice was at the Pom Pom table. She was busy selling stuff and there were at least ten in the line ahead of me. I felt beseiged by so many people I did not know so it was better seeing someone I knew, even if I was not sure I would find her again. I was then able to actually look at the all the yarn.

Even just going through buildings A, B, and C gave me so many choices. I got a kit from Dirty Water Dyeworks to make The Joker and the Thief shawl. The orange and purple combination sold it for me. I could not even get close to Miss Babs or some of the other places I wanted to see. People were so close together, only some were polite about getting through the crowd. Shopping for Karen was a bit stressful, I found some yarn in the colours she wanted and bought it because I was afraid I would not get to the front of a line again. The yarn popped out at me at the time. But I should have hit the barns and saw everything once before buying. However, other people had said to pick up what you wanted when you saw it as if you wait and go back it would most likely be gone.

By noon I was ready for a bit of a break, so went to the Ravelry meet up. It was good in that I found my friends,  but did not really meet any new people. The crowd was crazy so we went to get food. Aba’s Falafel line was too long for me. I got an apple from the orchard, and we (Heather, Heather, & I) walked through the food building. There were giant whoopie pies and many other yummy desserts but we thought lunch should come first. As I was waiting in line for Greek food nature called so I braved the bathroom line up. It was long but moved quickly. When I got out of there I was not really hungry anymore so I went to the podcasters meet-up.

I was so excited to meet Lynne and Selma from Two Tangled Skeins. I watch their podcast so I felt like I know them because they talk to me every week about their knitting. They have never met me and only know my name because I sent them some stitch markers. I was so excited not sure that Lynne got a word in edgewise. I left to allow others to meet them too, but I did not want to. I wandered around the booths and shops for an hour or so. In a crowded building, I saw the Yarn Harlot. It was kind of funny for people who know how much I talk, but I got so tongue-tied seeing Stephanie that all I could say was I like your sweater. Reading her blog I felt like I watched her make it. As I walked away from her, I realized she had no clue who I was. Thinking about that (probably over-thinking about that) I got overwhelmed, so I found a seat and started to knit. I am not sure how long I was there when I saw Stephen West walk by with his entourage. He had on knit pants. It was really warm, but who am I to talk I had on my alpaca and merino shawl. Earlier in the day I even had my Knitter’s Mitts on.

Met my crew around three, they grabbed a beer and we went back to our cottage to relax. I was so wired it took a long time to settle down and sleep.

Save

NY Sheep & Wool Festival Preparation

I spend last Wednesday morning in Moncton on my own. I was supposed to be working on the completing the updates to a test bank for Introduction to Psychology but I took some time out to go to the London-Wul Fibre Arts. It was a beautiful fall day to take the back roads in to the shop. The trees are changing colours and it was so nice to get outside before buckling down to do work.img_1548Heidi convinced me that a Rhinebeck shawl was fine (especially since I have no time to make a sweater, see pictures below). I decided that I needed some knitter’s mitts for the NY Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend so I got her Heidi’s by Hand Leicester to make them. I have one finished.  Heidi’s wool is so soft and easy to work with. I absolutely love the rib pattern. It is really stretchy. My hands are going to be so warm and stylish this weekend.

Playing Hooky to Travel

My husband works for the government and sometimes has to travel for a day or two on short notice. In the past, this has created logistical issues for me. Now that my baby is in grade 12, I am taking advantage and tagging along.

It is so nice to spend the time together in the car. We chat, enjoy the radio, and shows like The Vinyl Cafe. His down time can be our time, but when he has to work I can knit, explore, or just work on my own writing. It is so nice to step away for the daily grind. Even a one night trip can give a much needed boost.

After a crazy September, I am looking forward to playing hooky with my hubby tonight and tomorrow.

Time to Step Off The Beaten Path

I surprised my husband on his 30th birthday with an all inclusive vacation. I had booked his time off and we left for an all inclusive resort for sun and relaxation. It is over ten years since then. We have stayed at many different resorts in the years since. Moving up the scale from 3 star to five star resorts. I have had my favorites over the years, the following come to mind right now (but I am sure I am forgetting some great spots):

Our first spot Puerto Plata Village. Some great memories and amazing staff in the Playa Doranda complex Puerto Plata Dominican Republic.

The Breezes Bella Costa in Veradero Cuba. We got upgraded to a suite with an amazing balcony and sitting room. I also loved the pizza at lunch.

The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton near Montego Bay Jamaica has an amazing spa and adults only section. We were only able to afford this the year they were undergoing renovations.

This year is our 20th anniversary. I really want to have a vacation that will give me a more local feel. Maybe a smaller resort or renting a villa for our entire group. I may need something that gives me some more local flavor. I am leaning towards Jamaica, as I love the coffee and jerk chicken. Does anyone have a suggestion that might take me off the beaten path but still be budget conscious?

Spring Knitting

Spring is such a wonderful time of year. I love the joy of a warm sunny day with the promise of more to come. Saturday I spent a couple of hours soaking up the sun on the back deck knitting a sleeve for Daniel’s sweater. By this point, I realize that I have started many more projects then I can realistically finish before outdoor activities curtail my knitting to only a few hours a week. As I sat there knitting, I would notice numerous yard projects that I need to get to. Another case of many projects puttered away at moving from one to another without finishing many. The story of my life.

My husband tells me the knitting never stops. He even had to snap a picture of me knitting on our trip to Cuba this March. O.K. so I admit I am a bit of a knitting nut. I need the knitting. It calms me, especially when planes are delayed. Plus, the sweater in the picture was for a baby shower happening the Sunday we returned. I love knitting, my Friday night knitters, and the beautiful projects that I create for friends and family. It is a good addiction.

Yes I even knit on vacation

Back to My Life

I am just back to work after a week in Varadero, Cuba. This having to get up at a specific time to be at work for 8 am sucks! I would rather wake up and head for the beach then breakfast. Then it is no problem to get out of bed; I was up by 6 am while I was away. Why is it so hard to drag my butt out of bed to get to work. I actually enjoy my job but the transition from relaxation to work is hard.

I absolutely loved province of Mantanzas in Cuba. We stayed at the Breezes Bella Costa. I was blown away by the food. This was our third time to Cuba. I have issues with food even in Canada so I had experience with food problems on vacation. None of this was an issue on our resort. I was able to find many foods that I could eat even on a lactose free diet. Swimming in the ocean was so much fun. The water was clear and cooled me down after sitting in the sun. One day we even spent time playing in huge waves. Abraham made me pizza for lunch each day, by day two he knew my order. Mabel, our maid, was amazing. Our room was spotless each day after we returned from the beach. I love the afternoon siesta and dressing for dinner. We loved the lobby bar for drinks before and after dinner, especially on piano nights. The staff and service at the Breezes Bella Costa went above and beyond, we were spoiled rotten all week.

My children are wonderful helpers, they make their own breakfast and lunch so I only had to get myself going today. I really missed them while I was away. It is so great to be around them again. I really appreciate how great they are. It is spring-like today. Such a difference from the snow on Friday night that kept us from landing in Charlottetown forcing an overnight in Halifax. I love my beautiful Island and am glad to be back.