Sault Ste. Marie, by the numbers

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
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As you folks might remember, I was gone last week in Northern Ontario. I wanted to post something but didn’t have the time to take photos until now. Here the highlights:

  • 8 days
  • 5 deer
  • 2 adorable baby raccoons (fluffy tails, little masks)
  • 3 snakes (two babies, one momma)
  • 2 porcupines
  • 1 vulture
  • Harry Potter 5
  • Harry Potter 6
  • Chapter 31 of Harry Potter 7 (since finished)
  • 3 camp sites
  • 1 beautiful sandy beach
  • 20 mosquito bites on my right foot alone
  • Approximately 50 bug bites in total, give or take
  • 3 shots fired
  • 2 holes to the right of the bulls-eye
  • 2 planned dishcloths
  • 0 finished dishcloths
  • 3 shades of grey and 1 shade of red:

Shades of Grey

That’s my artsy brooklyntweed shot, revealing several shoes and some recycling.

Here’s a breakdown of the week:

Shades of Grey

The first stripe was started on the Thursday or so, but not seriously worked on except after it got too dark to read my Potter. On the trip back, a light stripe was knitted onto that accidentally and then ripped back. Fortunately, there were twelve hours in which to knit, so it wasn’t a huge loss. I spent an hour working on a paper and then knit knit knit until we got to Kingston. It was pretty grueling. I think 3 of the remaining 11 hours were spent trying to sleep to avoid having to boringly continue on the sweater with nothing else to do but listen to the CBC’s boring diatribes on the history of Simcoe Day. Honest to goodness, it’s referred to as “Civic Holiday” by most of Ontario. That’s its actual name. From this, you can extrapolate how boring it was to listen to their coverage. YAWN.

If you’re looking at this and wondering why there are points at the beginning of the armholes, that’s because my gauge swatch was off from the beginning (despite hours and hours of swatching and re-swatching!) and I didn’t realize how seriously off it was until I’d knit 4 or 5 stripes. Seeing as I didn’t have anything else to do except listen to “John Graves Simcoe was the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada” for the 15th time, I just kept knitting and hoped it would work out. A few days later I decided to accommodate by knitting a larger back section and have the seams shifted forward or backward a little bit. The seam shifts under the arm, which I’m calling a “design feature.” This may be a huge disaster, but it’s my first sweater, so I wasn’t really expecting it to work out anyway. I’m exploring! It’s an adventure.

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