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I haven’t been doing much crafting on this trip, but I have been doing some cool things. On Wednesday I went to Niagara Falls with my brother, mother, and grandmother. It was super fun and we got really close to the falls. We parked on Goat Island, where we saw the Tesla Memorial and Horseshoe Falls:

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Then we went of the “Cave of the Winds Tour”. It’s a bunch of stairs and platforms next to the American Falls. Here’s what it looks like from above:

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Not too bad, right? A little mist. So we get to climbing (they give you ponchos; my brother and I elected not to wear ours) and there’s like, a lovely little stream coming down some rocks:

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So we climb some more stairs and reach something called the Hurricane Deck:

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It was aptly named. We got thoroughly drenched with Niagara river water. Completely saturated.

We went to the Three Sisters Islands, three tiny islands that used to be underwater. You can get right up close to the river:

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So close, in fact, that I could put my toe in the water (it was cold):

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We also stared longingly across the river to Canada, where you now need a passport to get to:

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We watched the traffic on the Rainbow Bridge to Asgard Canada (that is its actual name):

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I hear today is Canada, so three cheers. I’ll drink to that.

Soo I am in New York this week (near Buffalo) visiting my grandparents, who are there for the summer. It’s partially a visit and partially a mission to help my grandparents go through the stuff in their closes/attic so the house can be sold at some point. I haven’t been doing a whole lot of knitting, but I have been doing some hiking.

On the drive up, we stopped at an overlook in Pennsylvania on the Susquehanna river. There was some very soft mud/quicksand:

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Earlier today (having arrived in New York on Monday), we went on a hike here:

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There was hiking:

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And a “waterfall”:

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There hasn’t been a tremendous amount of rain lately. (And that’s my younger brother, btw.)

I’ll have to snap some pictures when we go into Newfane (the town we’re in). It’s super cute and tiny and all slice-of-Americana. I love it.

One final note: I’m going to continue to call it the Ravelympics. The USOC should see someone about that stick they’ve got up their ass.

I made a thing:

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Pattern: Lacy Vines, a test knit. I’ll edit with a link when the pattern is up.
Yarn: Recycled wool, hand-dyed by me with Kool Aid
Needles: US 8/5mm
Mods: None, though I did use a provisional cast on.

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It was supposed to be a scarf but mine came out rather wide and shortish so it’s more of a shawl. I really do like it. I like it (and you all) so much that I suffered 90 degree (F) temperatures to snap an action shot:

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The pattern was super fun to knit and when it goes up, you should all go knit it. It works up super fast in heavy yarn and there are lots of dropped stitches, which is super fun. My yarn was really sticky so I had to tug the dropped stitches all the way down, but it’s lovely nonetheless.

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This is a pattern that really benefits from a wet block. When I had finished one half (it’s knitted in two parts and seamed in the middle unless you cast on provisionally, which I did) I steam blocked it to see how it came out, and it’s definitely more open and airy after a good strong wet block than it was with a steam.

I am currently down to two projects on the needles (we won’t talk about the scarf in hibernation): a sweater, which is a design I’ve been showing you, and some TARDIS socks, about which I am totally thrilled.

And one final note about the Ravelympics kerfuffle. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know my opinions on the matter (and also that I’ve started watching STTNG). I’m knitting a sweater for the Ravelympics. Because that’s what it is and that’s what I’m calling it and the USOC can suck it. It’s a challenge for me and just because I didn’t sweat, I did train and it is an accomplishment.

The Ravelympics are in the spirit of international cooperation, something the USOC should know and care about it. When you piss off knitters, we band together, stronger, and speak out for ourselves. The Ravelympics is happening (though I’ll not be watching the Olympics after this PR disaster) and I, for one, will not be silenced.

Also, Twitter Knitters are fabulous. I love the community of knitters on the internet.

*awkwardly shuffles to the front*
*taps mic*
Hello?

Well, it’s certainly been a while, huh? Two and a half weeks. Do I even have readers left?

I know it can be irritating to read posts that are just apologies for not posting, so I’ll keep it brief: As I mentioned before, I spent some time in DC and then I spent some time in the hospital (I’m fine now, it was a mental health thing). I just got back to Virginia Beach yesterday and spent most of the day cleaning.

I haven’t been doing a whole lot of knitting, but I’ve sort of been working on the first of a pair of Skew socks:

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I also did/am doing some unravelling:

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(A 60/40 cotton/acrylic with horrible seams)

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(lambswool/angora/nylon)

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(wool/nylon)

Oh, also, while I was in DC, I visited a yarn store (Knit and Stitch = Bliss in Bethesda) and purchased a skein of Malabrigo worsted in Noviembre:

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So I’ll go back to the knitting and then I’ll get back to the posting. : )