Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hearst Castle Once Again



My Thanksgiving vacation began a little early with our annual Honors fieldtrip to Heart Castle. Paige, who is in my Honors English class this year, has probably been to Heart Castle ten times and so have many of her friends, but they still had a great time. After we go up to the Visiter's Center to see the movie that "convinces" us that W.R. Hearst was not an egocentric, war mongoring, yellow journalist, we go back to the village of Cambria and give the kids a couple of hours to walk around, eat, and shop before we head up for the evening tour. One of my favorite yarn shops is in Cambria, The Ball and Skein, but they're in the East Village and we go to the West Village, too far for me to walk in the time we have. Happily for me, though, Flying Fuzzies was open. It's mainly a cross stitch shop, but she has yarn too, and I always enjoy seeing the unique variety of "handcraft" items she carries. I ended up buying a bookmark counted cross stitch kit to make for my mom for Christmas; and, although I've mentioned innumerable times that I don't need more yarn for years, I couldn't resist some Fiesta Alpaca/Tencil yarn. The color is "African violet," and it's just beautiful. I don't think forty-six is old...at least for me. I've seen lots of "old" forty-six-year-olds, but I don't act or feel old most of the time. Still, I have to admit that riding on a school bus for several hours has never been comfortable for me, and it gets more uncomfortable every year; however, I do get some good knitting done during those long drives. I finished my socks.

9 comments:

TheBlackSheep said...

Nice socks! And yes, buses do get more and more uncomfortable. Do you remember how we could once sleep on the floor? I'm crippled for a week if I do that now.

Tracy said...

Such fun for girls!! Those socks are incredible...just LOVE that yarn! Those make for happy feet. ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Wool Winder said...

Pretty socks! And, you got some beautiful pictures of the girls too.

JayJay said...

Wow, that looks like a lovely trip. Maybe we will do it over Christmas.

JayJay said...

Oh, and the yarn is beautiful and the socks look fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I love that girl group shot on the beach.........tell Paige she looks gorgeous (of course).....looks like tons of fun....BUT those bus's are NOT kind.

Happy t day CA relatives!!

XO
Ann M

Willow said...

Yeah, I always wonder how much good could have been done for a lot of people in the world with the money Hearst spent on that castle. Which of course is a truly magnificent place. But still.

I too love Cambria. And Morro Bay. And Los Osos.

gingerspice said...

hi,
what great socks , i have never made any ,but its on my list!
You have a lovely family and i really enjoy reading your posts.I am a bunny knitter also, after months of trying to replicate the L.C.R pattern , i blame it all on Julie!
Take care

Julie said...

I really, really, really like that Fiesta yarn in African Violet. Really.