Friday, July 20, 2018

Songbird Mittens and Hawaii








So we went to Hawaii.  I know!  Waikiki Beach is as advertised—packed solid with surfers and tourists and little kids in water wings.  Frangipani blossoms drifted down from the trees and into my hair.  The coral sand was soft and slippery, like walking through sesame seeds.  I ate sushi and fresh pineapple and huge amounts of coconut ice cream, and Spam, and more sushi.  I found a pearl in an oyster.  The water of the tropical Pacific is clear and slightly bracing and it all felt so friendly and happy.  It was blissful.  I think if I were to stay there long enough, those scowl lines between my eyebrows that never disappear would disappear.

I didn’t even knit while I was there.  Who am I???  Honestly, I don’t really know how people do that anyway—the beach is a salty, windy, sticky, messy place.  It’s all I can do to keep my hat from flying away.  Knitting doesn’t really seem necessary there, or actually even all that possible.  Fortunately, getting to Hawaii and then home again involves two pretty long plane flights, which gave me a chance to make these mittens.  They were the perfect travel project—absorbing, but small.  It is 90 degrees F today and for once I don’t need any mittens, and I’m kinda missing those trade winds.  Also, I need a nap.  Hawaii is six time zones away and I can’t sleep when I’m supposed to and now my brain feels kind of soupy and fuddled.

19 comments:

  1. My Bestie's two daughters and grandaughters are all in Hawaii at the moment, all the way from New Zealand. Thanks for a lovely travelogue about the island. Very interesting indeed.Nice mittens too.

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    1. I hope they're having a good time--it would be so hard not to, I think. :)

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  2. I absolutely love the mittens. I do like Hawaii but as you said it doesn't seem the place to knit.

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    1. So. Relaxing. No need to knit at all. Maybe I only knit to relax? Curious...

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  3. Those mittens are gorgeous! How wonderful to vacation in Hawaii. Glad to hear that you had such a nice trip.

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  4. How wonderful to get away to Hawaii. The mittens are amazing, you are one talented lady.

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  5. awesome mittens!
    thanx for sharing

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  6. Marvellous mittens! I can't knit on the beach either. Jo x

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    1. Not much reason to, is there? I'm too busy doing nothing to find the time. :D

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  7. You are a amazing knitter and the mittens are proof:)

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  8. Hawaii plus mittens!? What a hilarious mash-up! My son is currently begging for the family to go to Hawaii and we've told him it's not going to happen - so expensive to fly a whole family and then stay there! But it sounds like paradise.

    (I am a beach knitter! I knit dishcloths which are small and mindless - I like it better than reading bc I can't people-watch as easily when I'm reading)

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    1. It is awful expensive--we saw so many families there, and I had to wonder how they ever managed it.

      I can imagine knitting dishcloths on the beach; they're going to get wet and dirty eventually anyway! :)

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  9. I am not a beach person, but the few times I have been on the beach I found knitting to be difficult...the wind and sand. Your mittens are beautiful!

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    1. Yes, the wind is the main problem. Also, how am I going to do nothing if I have something to do? ;)

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