Carlsbad State Beach Here We Come!

curls2 – One of the greatest things about living in San Diego is the camping with the grandchildren at the beach, so off to Carlsbad State Beach we go.

atthe beach

The first thing to do is hit the beach. Running in the water and jumping the waves. Digging for sand crabs is¬† sooo much fun. Also, don’t forget to bring your boogie boards and shovels.

beach riding

While Grandma and Papa get the camp set up, son takes grandchildren on a bide ride. What could be more fun?

We stayed for two nights. On the second night, Q and her hubby came to visit and we had a BBQ. Nothing tastes better than a BBQ while camping. The best part is we get to do the whole thing over again next weekend. ūüôā

q8~To put in my two cents! So glad we were invited for a bbq. It was delicious and the company was awesome. I was so totally taken with the pouches of Brown Pelicans which would fly up the coastline and down the coastline. I guess they are not endangered any more since there were an awfully lot of different pouches flying up and down.

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Pouch of pelicans flying up the coastline

Single Pelican Flying Low

Single Pelican Flying Low

It’s All About the Neck Candy!

~I’m sure all of us have knit our share of warm, serviceable scarves. ¬†Every so often it’s fun to knit something totally outrageous to wear as neck candy. ¬†While visiting the Acorn Street Yarn shop they had an extremely fun exhibit of yarns made specifically to “knit” into ruffled, wild, scarves/neck candy. ¬†It took me at least half and hour to decide which one to purchase. ¬†The directions were on the package. ¬†It took a couple of hours to make while on the road to Missoula. ¬†Finished it at my sister’s house. ¬†Sad to say that I did not keep the label so I cannot remember what the yarn is. ¬†It is really long so this picture shows the scarf doubled. ¬†Isn’t it fabulous?

Barbara is such a fast knitter that she made two scarves during our journey. ¬†It really was cold! The yarn is Cascade’s Alpaca and is softer-than-soft (my favorite yarn to knit with). ¬†She knit both in a straight garter stitch. ¬†After she got home, she decided she did not like the plain look on hers and wanted to “punch” the color of the yarn better. ¬†So she tore out the entire scarf and reknit using the Fisherman’s Rib, a type of Brioche stitch, found at one of our favorite online sites, The PurlBee. ¬†It is so pretty and SOFT. ¬†She lives in our San Diego mountains where it gets cold and this scarf is wonderful!

I have a totally off-the-wall “neck candy” that is almost finished, I’ll try and share that with you tomorrow. ¬†Today is spinning day, at least for a bit. ¬†It is still cold, drizzly, gray here and the arthritic hands do complain. I do see spots of blue poking through here and there. I’m wearing my new Maja shawlette, with the perfect stick pin, to keep warm.

I’ll leave you with a stunning picture taken during sunset at Carlsbad State Park in San Diego County, California. ¬†It was taken by daughter Emily while we were camping there a few weeks ago. ¬†She fancied it up with the iPhone app Histamatic. ¬†Cool!