Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Fun Weekend and Then Some Knitting~

After an all day choir workshop on Saturday, we got up, had a leisurely morning, and then headed to Alderbrook Lodge on the Hood Canal.  We got there just in time to watch a very important game and then had a very tasty celebratory dinner. 

The next day we walked to the end of the pier which we could hardly see in the dark the night before; just the lights told us it was there. Off in the distance we could see the entrance to this part of the Canal.

Can you imagine Vancouver's ship sailing here so long ago?

This is Alder. S/he used to have a companion named Brook, but Brook passed away a few months ago  we were told.  Alder seems happy to "decorate" the entrance to the lodge.  We didn't meet her/him until just before we left.

Before we headed back home, we did a little exploring. This is the Dalby Waterwheel which has been preserved. The Dalbys brought the wheel from Seattle in the early 1900s to provide electricity to their house.  As you can see, moss and ferns do very well in this part of the world! Our exploring took us through Port Orchard and a requisite stop at A Good Yarn and the adjacent Tea Room, and then we headed home. (We did not attend the parade yesterday though, but read that 700,000 other people did. Brave souls!)

Since our return, I did finish this dishcloth and an ear warmer.

This is made from leftover Berocco Brio according to Kathy B's instructions.  (I used a size 13 needle and only 13 stitches though.)   Hope it fits Sophia!

That's all for now.  Back to my Downton Abbey KAL project and maybe even some embroidery. Have a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

You and Dick go to some of the prettiest places. I think I would spend most of my time with Alder. LOL Looks like a very sweet kitty.

Did you get anything nice at A Good Yarn?

Nancy said...

Definitely a beautiful area!

Alder looks like a curious and loving kitty.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You take the most fun trips, Judy!!! And, still have time to whip out great projects! blessings ~ tanna

karen said...

what an outing! We are caught up on Downton so far awaiting this Sunday's installment. I love finding projects to use up bits and pieces :)

Janet said...

Sounds like a lovely trip. Great photos. I love the colors in your knitting.

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh lovely!!!! That must have been so enjoyable :) Congrats to those Seahawks!!!

Nancy Kay said...

The Lodge and Hood Canal...what a beautiful place to visit; the photos are great. Sounds like a very good time! Love the place with the waterwheel. Very nice knitted projects too!!

kathy b said...

ALderbrook looks charming. Thanks for the tour!!

Im so excited that you made a headband from my meager little instructions! love the yarn .:)

Merry said...

More amazing scenery. Thanks. That ear warmer looks like it would be toasty warm.

Crazee4books said...

Oh Judy !!! Oh look!! Beautiful trees, lake,
islands ... and not a snowflake in sight!!!
I can see green!!!! Oh!

I've given myself a mental shake and am
trying to leave a semi coherent comment
for the rest of my posting here. It's just
seeing someplace with no snow left me
momentarily beside myself!!

I agree with Dee ... you folks go to the
most beautiful places. Alderbrook Lodge
is lovely. The Pacific Northwest is one
of the most breathtaking places on earth

The Dalby Waterwheel is a neat way to
provide electricity and much nicer to
look at then a solar panel. And the sound
of the water would be wonderful. I love
the moss growing on the roof of the

The dishcloth and ear warmer are lovely
projects. The purple variegation running
through the dishcloth is so pretty. The
ear warmer will look great on Sophia.
Hope it fits.

So you're an Downton Abbey fan too?
Everyone asks me if I've watched it and
the answer is "not yet". Might have to
sooner or later though. It's mighty


Becca said...

Love your photos at Alderbrook! :-( I have to say I'm sad to hear that "Brook" passed away…I just saw her the last time we were there. Alder is sweet isn't he? I'm going to miss going there this year, but we will be heading south near the Wa/Or border. This years conference is going to be at Skamania…it looks pretty too! Have you been there?

Becca said...

Lovely work as always Judy…I especially love the kitty looking up at the bird house.