Sketrick

Sketrick

Wind, hail, blow or shine, this project encompassed weather conditions, plus a helter skelter of my emotions but after our adventures yesterday I can look back and feel happier that I set out to knit Adelaide as part of a Brooklyn Tweed kal (although the kal part left me feeling isolated on an Island) and I have just realised I chose to go to Sketrick Island to take styled photos to complete my project.

Adelaide : designer Isabel Kraemer for Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 12 : Vale in Arabesque 

Saturday started out with a relaxing cup of coffee out in one of our favourite coffee shops. The vibe there is special and the coffee service is tip top which all helped me to feel more relaxed when dad suggested we plan to take the finished photos of Adelaide which was in my ‘naughty corner’ I have a place in my mind and in the corner were my knitwear goes when I don’t feel good about it. Various aspects surrounding this project and the desert island feeling really made me set this aside. A glimpse of hope and enthusiasm appeared towards the end of the week to penthouse me to try the sweater on again and feel much happier. My project notes have the details about my gauge and after trying to wear the sweater to the styling the designer intended, I just didn’t feel it was me. I decided to layer it over a shirt and wear it the way I felt most comfortable. I had already knit the neckline higher and tweaked a few little details but it wasn’t until I saw the photos dad took that I overcame all the emotions I had felt to see how pretty the design was and even wonder if I should pan to knit another one with some lace weight wool I have or find another UK stockist of Vale as Loop London no longer carry this line.

I know from my previous blogs everyone will have realised we had a heatwave and both of us struggled to cope with daily routines and constant heat. Yesterday started promising and it wasn’t too hot or freezing cold, well until we went to Sketrick! I know I added memories while knitting Adelaide and collected a sea urchin and pretty shells and stones as part of the inspiring theme chosen for this collection. Memories of yesterday have been added and they made us laugh and I feel a lot more relaxed after the tension I experienced when I felt Brooklyn had forgotten ordinary knitters and the kal. I checked the time stamps on the card when I downloaded the photos and this proved we didn’t have time to breath as the sea mist rolled in and the rain came on but the fun didn’t end, more about that towards the end of this blog.

Standing, trying not to blow over : bad hair day!

Dad took a few shots and neither of us would admit the breeze was changing. We waited when some children came along to play like warriors in the ruins and hid in the open chambers, wishing they would get bored as we really needed extra time although at this stage we didn’t realise how little time we would actually have. Thank goodness for dad’s eye and accuracy as the shots we got were within a short period of time before we had to rush headlong into the wind and try to get back to the car, dry and in my case with my jeans still round my waist! One of the fun photos dad took has given me a reason to buy new white jeans as I despite having time to find my belt they still wouldn’t say up. Dad saw the funny side as I flew along faster than I even thought I could go. I was very cold (happy days!) and all I could think about was my Atlas cardigan was in the car and I needed to wrap up in Milarrcohy tweed’s mohair and wool. I will never forget the feeling when dad opened the car door and I put Atlas on and really felt the warmth, it was an ohhh ahhh moment and brought back memories of how it felt when mum cuddled a blanket around me after feeling cold. After  the heatwave experience the feeling of cold to warm was a remarkable moment to me. One I took fro granted but now it was a luxury and it really didn’t matter if we had enough photos or not as we had fun, making more memories which always add warmth to the way I feel about finishing a project.

 Quick snap, sails folded a different scene as we left

Quick snap, sails folded a different scene as we left

I was glad I had my sneaky shot too after I saw the one dad took of me as after he had let me into the car off he went with his reusable bags. I jumped out of the car, into the wind and rain hoping I could capture his bags of conditioner, no not for his white hair….seaweed (he always goes prepared) and this I am told is a conditioner for the soil in the garden after the salt is was he away. Sketirick has different seaweed from Rough Island and now we have rain it is easy to let the salt wash away. Note his hands when he got back into the car. I best pack some baby wipes just in case our next location doesn’t have clean water to wash those hands!

We hope to go back and take photos of the ruin and island. We have other areas in County down to explore which we were reminded about due to taking the photos of the project I took out of the naughty corner to share on our blog and complete my project on Ravelry. Brooklyn Tweed are moving so fast with new releases and it seems people who used to knit in the relaxed kal are preview knitters now which only left a few to knit along. I am thankful the kal became active last week but I had just finished knitting and now Adelaide is part of the finished objects. Hopefully if they have another kal I will feel I part of a fun island and not the desert I was on. At least I have the motivation to knit but I didn’t realise I would feel lonely when there was very little activity. I am counting YO’s for a lady who is knitting now and won’t abandon the island as there is more than enough room for people to join in. The deadline has been extended so it’s not to late to add another project to The Wool People 12 kal. I am a lot happier with Adelaide and dad has helped me to see how comfortable I looked even if the styling wasn’t quite what Brooklyn or Isabel Kraemer envisaged, it’s me.

Points of interest for the who like history:

Sketrick Castle is located on Sketrick Island which is reached by a causeway on the west coast of Strangford Lough. The large tower house was built in the mid 15th century and was actively involved in warfare during the 16th century. Originally it would have been four storeys high with a boat bay and subterranean passage. There were four chambers at ground level, the largest had a vault built on wicker centring and two ovens. The small unlighted room could have been a lock up or treasury. The tower-house was relatively complete until half of it collapsed in a storm in 1896. Part of the bawn wall survives to the north and east of the castle.

The restaurant at Sketrick is calle Daft Eddies and little Eddies but we didn’t have time to take photos of the sign

A little note to my friends: I have messages to reply to but with balancing my energy being out to take the photos and then preparing the blog, means I am not online for as long. I have to take a few days of resting which I didn’t have to do before but I know friends will understand and will enjoy the blog until I can reply to my messages. I can't apologise for another long blog as I seem incapable to type a precisé  Thank you for reading, especially if you have reached the last dot. Beverley

 

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