Spray ~ Oh. My. Gosh. Where to start?? And it's not over yet!!
Each morning we were at the boatyard by 7:30-8am. We'd work until it got hot. We were usually packed up & home by 9:30-10am.
Saturday, we went back out at 7:30pm & worked 'till dark, came home, showered, did some cool knit stuff (see way below) then crashed. After the Sunday morning stint, we came home, showered & napped, stopped at the Home Depot & were back out at 5ish & worked until 8:30ish. Today, we left after the marina kids helped us put the mast back up as it had clouded up & was going to rain. We didn't go back out.
Last weekend we'd finished running the wire thru the mast to attach for the new mast lights & we'd recaulked the chainplates. We did so much this weekend that I can't even remember (for the most part) when we did what.
- rubbing compound & polished cockpit on the left side of the boat with polisher
- installed new anchor lock latch
- replaced all 4 deck cleats
- dremmeled off our previous fiberglass repair on the mast step (as it had cracked also ~ we found the crack goes all the way down) & filled it with caulk
- replaced the motor well boot
- replaced fuel lines & fuel fitting
- replaced the topping lift
- CLR'd stains between the bottom paint & the boot stripe
- polished the port side of the boat
- worked on the gas locker lid ~ it doesn't rock now!)
- re-ran mast wires thru the PVC tube in the mast (which only goes up to the steaming light fitting)
- installed a new steaming light bracket
- installed & wired the new Aqua signal steaming light (we installed the Aqua signal anchor light last weekend)
- tested both lights (they worked!!)
- reattached all the shrouds & laid everything out for the mast raising
- put the mast back up with the marina kids help ~ THANKS!! Justin & Stacy!!)
- bottom paint
- a little more gas locker lid work & attach hinges
- polish the sides & back
- rubbing compound & polish the rest of the top of the boat
- put teak stuff on the teak
- lightly oil teak on inside of boat
- connect the mast wiring to the rest of the wiring in the boat (once the deck plug from Precision arrives ~ but that won't keep us out of the water—we'll launch without it if it's not here & everything else is done)
- load all the crap we took out of the boat
We are sore from numerous trips up & down the swim ladder & from stepping up & down from the cockpit & side decks to the coach house roof. And stepping over & under the mast, as it was laid across the top of the boat this whole time.
But WoW! Spray looks so good. When we finish polishing she will look even better.
Not much but significant. I finished the MayDay socks Friday evening, well, early Saturday morning. Considering how the rest of the weekend was spent, I'm glad I did.
Saturday, after we got back from round 1 at the boatyard, I quickly decided which 2 Fortissima colors to knit with next. I wound the white & red into center pull yarn cakes. Honey drove & I cast on. I was initially doing a white sock with little red v's scattered throughout but you could barely see the red v's so I yanked that out all the way down to the cast on row. Then I started 1 round of red & 1 round of white in k4, p2 (my NEW favorite ribbing). Not much there in the pic to see yet but it's now my stoplight knitting sock on the 2mm Clover bamboo needles. I'm on round 10.
OK now to my JayWalker socks in Claudia handpainted Twilight socks. Saturday night, I got out my swift & inaugurated it with one of the Twilight hanks. I re-wound it once I got it wound the 1st time as coming off the swift it was kinda rough. I'd never used a swift before & the hank was wound kinda strange but it all worked out.
So Saturday night, I cast on for the JayWalker. I did 9 rounds of k2, p2 & then began the JayWalker magic. I love clever simple patterns that I don't have to keep referring to the directions the entire way thru. This is one of those patterns.
I had been distracted by my stash of Socks That Rock yarn & had forgotten a little why I fell in love with the Twilight colorway until I dug it out again & unhanked it to put on the swift. It's very aptly names as it DOES remind me of twilight colors. The yarn is soft & easy to knit with. I haven't knit with pure wool since the Seaweed Socks that I finished at the end of November. I've forgotten how soft & forgiving pure wool is.
It's hard to tell the pattern on this pic, too as I'm not very far along, only on round 12. Looking closely at the sock in my hand I can just begin to discern the famous JayWalker pattern.
A busy, busy 3-day holiday. And I resign tomorrow!!
reading: Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee aka The Yarn Harlot &
Faking It by Jennifer Crusie
Parting Shot: "The perfect boat drinks 6, eats 4 & sleeps 2." ~ unknown
Quote source: a sign on our living room wall