Monday, July 11, 2011

(Water)Crafting Weekend

When people ask why I knit or "craft", I feel the same way as when people ask me why I write. I really have no idea why I do any of it. Part of it is that I can barely remember a time when I wasn't churning out words or knit items from the tips of my fingers. But mainly, it just feels good to take something relatively ordinary like a pile of words or ball of yarn and transform them into something extraordinary.  

The weather was too gorgeous this past crafting weekend to devote too much time to actual crafting. We diligently pulled out our projects on Tuesday afternoon when the group of five girls arrived and moved (temporarily) into the old, unused lodge building down the road. But when Wednesday dawned just as gorgeous as the day before, we shoved the projects in the corner and spent the entire day out on the dock.

Despite our sunbathing tendencies this crafting weekend, we still managed to do a fair bit of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. 


Just take floating in the lake, for example. Pretty awesome just the way it is, but when I mention our need for floating noodles, Katie's eyes lit up. She turned to Emily: "You have your air mattress with, don't you?"



Some people might be deterred by the air mattress's very clear labeling that it was not meant for use as personal floatation device. This group was not. "Bullsh!t!" declared Betsy.


It took some doing, but we managed to turn the mattress into a multi-person floatation device.
The canoeists in the background of the picture below pretended to be amused by our antics. But given their marked avoidance of us the rest of crafting weekend, they were obviously afraid . . . very afraid.
After we'd proven that the raft could indeed hold five grown women, four of us took the air mattress for a spin out to the island at the mouth of bay. Yep the island, in the blog header above.

Of course some things require no transformation. The double rainbow that appeared on the last evening of crafting weekend was pretty extraordinary just the way it was.

It's been one busy, beautiful week at Of Woods and Words. Stayed tuned to hear about the "miracle" that happened Saturday evening.

13 comments:

  1. What a great float idea!! Hehe, looks like it was a blast! The rainbow is breathtaking..

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  2. Truly looks like a blast and the rainbow - crafted by nature just add how extraordinaire this weekend was! BTW, I remember you love blueberries. I just posted about homemade blueberry wine vineger. Even The Husband who doesnt like berries at all, has taken to it! Have a great week!

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  3. That is so awesome, nuts to the rules! Looks like y'all had a great time and wowzers to that rainbow!

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  4. I wouldn't have thought to use an air mattress as a floatie, but it looks like it worked pretty well.

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  5. I can't think of a better weekend than this last one for floating on a lake! I agree about the knitting/ crafting/ writing- it just feels good to make something out of nothing or out of other things, I think. I like the tactile part of it too a lot of times. Beautiful rainbow!

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  6. It looks like you had a blast--- even without the crafting! And the rainbow is perfection!

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  7. what fun!!! That rainbow looks like the perfect end to a great trip!!

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  8. Oh and I'm your newest GFC follower!!

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  9. love this post...what a wonderful way to spend the day...and that rainbow is gorgeous!

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  10. ada, I just had to come back and tell you I just gave you a blog award. It is posted on my blog...I hope you will accept it from me.

    always,
    melody

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  11. Gorgeous! What a perfect day. Wow. Just...wow :)

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  12. Ummm...that's GENIUS!!! I never would have thought of that. Love the rainbow pics too, how spectacular!

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  13. Hi! I'm your newest follower from the I love blogging hop. I love the rainbow pictures. Look forward to checking out future posts. :)

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