Out and About

April 15, 2019

No matter how cold, snowy, or long the winter, Spring always arrives eventually. And the glory of the season never fails to amaze and lift my spirits — and, based on conversations with friends and chats with strangers on the street, I’m not the only one.

Last Saturday, Patrick, Mom, and I drove to Castle Island — which is neither a castle nor on an island — for a couple of hours of enjoyment in the cool sunshine

From a bench, we marveled at planes taking off from and landing at the airport across the harbor, commented on the hundreds of people (and plenty of dogs) passing by on foot, scooter, stroller, bike, and wheelchair. We didn’t count, but I’d estimate that we overheard conversations in at least a dozen languages.

Being his usual generous self, Patrick stood in the very long line at the storied snack bar in order to buy our first soft serve ice creams of the year. Mom had a twist in a cup. Patrick and I shared a cone.

Back at Mom’s apartment, the knitting continues. Even as I was getting the hang of the House Greyjoy sock pattern, I had to suppress a nagging fear that it would be too small for the intended recipient. The leg looked so narrow.

Nevertheless I persisted, ignoring that inner voice of doom and reminded myself that yarn (like humans) usually relaxes after a bath. Sure enough, after a good soak and blocking on my new frame, it relaxed quite nicely, revealing the cable and twist details.

House Greyjoy knit sock

As usual, the second sock is progressing faster than the first although I still have to check each row with the pattern chart. If you knit cables or lace, do you follow a chart or row-by-row instructions?

marked-up pattern chart for knitting

6 Responses to “Out and About”


  1. Your sock looks great! What a nice pattern! I use a chart – it’s the easiest way to see what is going on. Also, looks like you all had a lovely outing :)

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  2. Melissa Says:

    Hello-Loved seeing your smiling faces and want to confess I just had my first soft-serve of the summer. Ha! Castle Island is a lovely spot. So nice to get out and enjoy open space and sunshine. it twists my brain to see the sock pattern. Lordy. Each sock is a work of art. The yarn choices make up in the most pleasing ways. Happy Spring to you all. w/Love

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  3. Patrick Dober Says:

    Ignoring that inner voice of doom…yes, a wise idea.

    Thanks, as always, to the good folks at Saltwater Hill Knits, for their regular doses of joy, inspiration, and wisdom.

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