American Adventures 2013

This post has been sitting in my drafts for far too long. Sitting down and rewriting it or at least updating it hasn’t happened so I’m adding images and it is going up as is!

It has been a busy month. I have had so many ideas for blog post and none of them have materialized (yet). They will come, in time. Time being the main issue.

One of the reason’s it’s been a busy is month is I’m plodding ahead with new designs and learning how to balance everything. My second design, A Modern Victorian Shawl, was released this morning (July 25th, 2013), and the third is currently being test knit. Knitting and designing has taken up much of my time but I’ve been keeping busy in many ways.

July began with a short road trip down to Seattle. My first pattern had just come out and spending Canada Day in the States seamed like a good use of the long weekend – if not a little un-patriotic. Our first day was spent in Anacortes and Whidbey Island. As cute as Anacortes is, and it’s worth a visit if you haven’t been, the highlight was Deception Pass. The pass has a beautiful old bridge that spans three islands, Whidbey, Fidalgo Island and a tall rock in between them. Compleated in 1935 the bridge is almost as beautiful as the bright blue water, rocky cliffs, and the arbutus trees that cling to them. That being said, I’m terrified of heights so I was happy to be in a car and had no inclination to stop and walk across it.

From the pass we spotted a beach that looked like the perfect place to stop and stretch our legs. The as it turns out that beach is part of Deception Park State Park which was easy enough to find. Pulling into the park, which is gorgeous, we were shocked to find out there was a daily fee. Oh, we Canadian’s are spoiled, camping we pay for but for the day our parks are free. At lease I’ve never encountered a fee before. So we drove down to the beach, checked out the view and promptly turned around.

In Anacortes by 11am – we left Vancouver around 5:30 am to beat the border lines – we checked into a dumpy little hotel in “downtown” and spent the afternoon wandering around. Just a couple blocks from the hotel was a yarn shop which I was eager to check out. Ana Cross Stitch is a cute yet large store with a wide selection of yarn and thread. I must say I was a little disappointed not to to see many local yarns. Most of the brands they carried I’ve encountered before and I’d really hoped to stumble across some local dyers. But the staff was friendly and I had to resist the urge to pick up some cotton DK.

Sunday we checked out of Anacortes and made out for to Seattle. The drive wasn’t too long but fairly boring.

As we pulled up to our hotel lo and behold the Pride Parade was going right past it. It didn’t take much discussing to decide that we’d just follow the parade and see where we end up. A good choice on our part as the Parade ended at Seattle Center. We joined the crowds in the heat just watching people come and go until the sun sent us (well, not so much me) looking for cover and AC which we found at EMP.

The evening was spent dining by Pike Place and partying in Capital Hill. Like many US cities, downtown Seattle dies at night. Only homeless people live there so when the shops close it’s an odd collection of homeless and bewildered tourists. The front desk staff of a random hotel directed us to Capital Hill and within 20 minutes we’d found a Pride street party. As the street party wound down a neighbouring bar picked up. For a good half hour we were the only straight couple dancing away and until we left we were by far the oldest.

A couple blocks down, another club, this one larger and more diverse. I’d love to give you more details but truth be told things get a bit hazy.

Monday morning was horrible. No fault of the city or hotel or weather, the blame all lies in the last tequila shot. Needless to say we didn’t do much the Monday. A short visit to Ballard was about all I could handle. Luckily by the time we reached the outlet malls on the way home I was feeling closer to better. Outlet malls are awesome.

I think starting the month with a little American adventure set a good pace for the month. More details are deserved but will have to wait for another day.

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