Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Socks and locks

On Sunday Caroline and her family hired a canal boat for the day as a birthday treat. Mara and I were lucky enough to be able to go with them and we had a lovely day.

It has been years since I have been on a canal boat and it was the first time I had been to Retford, but with Mara directing us we had no problems getting there. The weather was hot and sunny, but the boat was nice and cool. We chatted and knitted the day away, and generally put the world to rights. We saw the cutest little ducks ever and lots of fish as well.

I knitted the foot of the second Vinca sock that day and the socks enjoyed having their photo taken on a lock. I was really pleased with how normal this seemed. Even the non-knitters on the boat didn't raise an eyebrow at this.

Work and reality just seemed so far away and I went to work yesterday feeling I had not been there for ages, which is always a great feeling. I would definitely like to do this again and was wondering about my birthday. The problem is that I am a winter baby so it might not be the same.

I actually had a go at steering at one (brief) point. I started off okay, but then I got overconfident and panicked, and had to leave it to the experts. I came home and bragged about these two minutes for some time. Daniel, Caroline's son, did a much better job steering on the way back and I was mightily impressed by how well he could hoot that horn.

It was a great way of combining two hobbies, canals and knitting. How civilised.


maramcp said...

I think that is the first time anyone has ever complimented my navigational skills, thank you!

It was such a good day, and I would be up for a winter boat trip!

Caroline M said...

There are no clockwork ducks in the winter and no fish fry either. It does make an interesting noise when the ice cracks though.