Thursday, 6 May 2010

Beach Day

This past weekend was so hot, I couldn't resist a little trip to the beach. I'm pretty close to Brighton Beach and it's a little less crowded than Coney Island, so I set out early in the morning with my beach chair and my knitting.

Coney Island

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There's something soothing about getting to the beach earlier in the day than everyone else and taking in the sounds of the surf and the seabirds.

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I think all New Yorkers forget sometimes that we live on an island.

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Mind you, I don't go near the water anyplace this close to the city but I'm pretty sure it was too cold for a dip anyway. Brighton Beach is a Russian neighborhood, and you can find people in the water year-round going for a swim.

Also, the thing about this beach is that people are pretty comfortable with their bodies. It makes for some mighty fine people watching.

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Be happy that my focal point was off. This guy had skin-tight skivvies on that showed all his junk. The soft focus improves the situation greatly.

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There was something really disturbing about this chap. I couldn't put my finger on it until he passed me by.

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MAKE IT STOP! Oh, my eyes. What is seen can not be unseen.

Sadly, I got this crazy deer-in-the-headlights thing happening and the prize buck eluded my camera. He seemed like a local. Maybe I'll get him next time. His neon green speedo still haunts my dreams.

On to the knitting.

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I'm still crawling along on the Escargot mitts...I did make a pretty big dent in them and I'm almost up to the thumb. I find it hard to find the time to sit down with the chart and have quiet concentration time, and the beach was pretty perfect for this.

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The Pucker top. I actually finished this up on Sunday and I love soon. It's simple and quick to knit and makes a drapey flattering summer top. I'm still love/hating this yarn, but the end result was worth it. The sunshiny lemon color makes me happy.

I have a bunch of FOs that I need to take pictures of this weekend. I also finished spinning for the Oatmeal Cardigan and started swatching in earnest last night...I'm really very happy the way the yarn came out and I have my itchy cast-on finger at the ready.


  1. Oh, wow, that one guy is quite the vampire...

  2. I think my eyes might be bleeding. People watching has it's benefits and drawbacks. Both can be of value, but I could have done with more warning on that one! P-)

  3. At first I thought it was a topless flat-chested woman because of his body shape. Oh dear lord no.