Lesson learned

Lesson learned

I did some very productive knitting yesterday and the Sunday before — road tripping to and from my sister’s house in Florida. I was working from there all last week, but made a wildly unoriginal discovery on Wednesday afternoon. My niece’s school let out early that day, so I shut the lid on my laptop and the four of us (me, Bob, sister, niece) went to the beach for a bit. In between playing with Nina in the waves and the sand, I was camped out in a chair under a beach umbrella, knitting my Channel cardigan. At first I was wondering how it was possible that I’d never done that before — how I could not have known how brilliant it is to knit on a beach on a breezy-cool day with a pile of sweater flowing across the lap — and then I remembered: I’m not a beach person. I’m a shade worshipper, for one thing, and have never really known what to do with myself at a beach. I mean, I love to go to the beach, take a nice walk and a dozen photos. But to sit down and hang out? Well, now I know.

(Stowe Bag pattern at Fringe Supply Co.)

25 thoughts on “Lesson learned

  1. Something funny happens to me as soon as I sit or lie down at the beach in warm sunshine: within seconds I fall asleep. It doesn’t happen anywhere else, only at the beach and only when it is sunny. Last time I took my knitting to the beach, I woke up with my face pressing it into the sand. Nuts!

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  2. lol I thought for sure you were going to say that your laptop died or something. Glad you found something to do at the beach that you like. :-) I have not tried that, because I love swimming so much, I only get out of the water when I am chilled to the bone, and then my hands are pruney and salty, not good for knitting. :-)

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  3. We’re traveling to Destin, FL for a few days during my husband’s spring break. It will probably be a bit cold to swim but it will be great for beach knitting! :)

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  4. I love to hear you have discovered my favorite beach pastime. In San Diego it is the only thing I do at the beach, besides a quick invigorating swim on the rare day that the water is warm enough for me to swim, I can walk to the beach with my chair with an umbrella attached and my knitting knapsack!

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  5. Knitting on the beach is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. But, I live in RI and there is usually a nice breeze and I bring an umbrella for some shade. Listening and looking at the ocean while knitting something not too complicated is my ideal relaxation!

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  6. Oh, yeah. Beach knitting, how I love thee. Sitting under an umbrella (I’m a shade worshipper, too), with a cool drink, my knitting, the sound of waves and sea gulls. Bliss.

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  7. I love the sound of beach knitting, although I am yet to try it. Your stowe makes an excellent beach bag. I really do need to crack on and make myself a few!

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  8. Yeah, looking forward to doing some beach knitting this year–haven’t tried it. Need an easy project where you can turn-off. Last summer, I took a project that I had to concentrate on, so no beach knitting. The weather here in Southern England isn’t usually too hot/humid, and often, there’s a breeze. Let’s hope it not the windy weather that makes the sand fly all over you! That wouldn’t be good 😊

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  9. Beach knitting is the best! WI summers are short so I try to go once a week. It is so meditative to knit, read, swim and listen to Lake Michigan’s waves roll onto the shore.

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