Timing. We have it.

The tree is down. It’s down two days early for us – I like to do it on the twelfth day of Christmas, but this year I’ll be doing something different. Joe and I are leaving in the morning for Central America – Costa Rica, to be precise, and we are excited and nervous and a little flipped out.  Here. Let’s look at Joe’s (finally – man his feet are big) finished Christmas socks to relax.

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(The yarn is Into The Whirled’s Pakokku sock yarn in Cardamom, and the pattern is mine. Coming soon. Random black scraps from the stash for cuff, heel and toe.)

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I feel guilty about going somehow, I always do when I get something nice, but I’m working very hard to get over it.  Joe and I skipped the honeymoon when we got married a few years back (it seemed silly – we’d been together so long) and before this we’ve always travelled with the ladies, or me with my mum, or him with his.  (We are very charming that way.)  Between this excuse and that, and money and children and …. we realized two weeks ago that we’re always putting it off. Saying we’re going to travel, saying we’re going to see everything together, but we never do. The timing is always bad, it seems.  There’s always a reason we can’t go. My work, his work… the travel fund sits there, and we don’t spend it.  Two weeks ago we were working our way through Christmas stuff, and Joe said something like “*&%$ it. Let’s just go.”

I looked at my calendar, he looked at his, and lo and behold we each had exactly 7 days free. At the same time. I think I said something like “We can’t. That’s crazy.” and Joe said something like “Steph, we haven’t been away together on a trip – just the two of us, since we went to Hawaii for the weekend 17 years ago.  It’s not crazy. It’s the opposite of crazy.”

I took a deep  breath then, because I am sort of a little bit not good at making plans quickly like that (if by a little bit not good at it you understand that I mean I am not good at it the way that toddlers are bad at accounting) and we booked it. We got online that exact minute, and we booked it. Right then. Right there. Then we got our shots, and said nothing to nobody (because it all seemed so wild) and then about a week ago we told the family. We told them sheepishly, feeling guilty about the decadence, wondering what they would say.  They all said “Good for you.” My mum even pointed out that now is the time. The ladies are all big enough to be left, all on their own, and we have no grandchildren (yet, they can  all hold off on that for a while as far as we’re concerned) and if not now… when?

So, tomorrow we’ll fly far away, and see new things, and I don’t know what it will be like, but I promise to tell you all about it. I’ve packed all my things, and the only decisions left to make are ones about yarn.  I’m looking forward to sun and sand and rainforests and volcanoes and monkeys (and I am pretending the spiders aren’t as big as Hondas in Costa Rica) … but the knitting. Oh, there will be knitting.

I’ve got a skein of sock yarn, and…. well.  After that, the world is my oyster. What should I take?

140 thoughts on “Timing. We have it.

  1. Binoculars. Camera. A vow to go see at least one natural area, because it is so very different there. (And don’t break your ankle crossing the road, as I did, although that is exactly what brought me back to knittingh 113 years ago.)

  2. A book. Something decadent. Also, a hat, even if you feel dumb in one (I always do), and your sunscreen. Also, bring a deck of cards, or a travel game (we like Bananagrams) that you can play together. As for the knitting, I can’t help you. I broke my wrist in early Dec. and knitting is a distant dream… have a helluva good time!

  3. I recommend lace knitting. It’s light to carry, good to knit when it’s hot, and you get a lot of knitting yardage and time out of it. Your timing is excellent. High of minus 13 here in Kingston today. Enjoy!

  4. Bravo to you for going on this trip! I’ve been to Costa Rica twice now. You will love it. It is so very beautiful and the Ticos (the Costa Ricans) are incredibly warm and gracious folks. I don’t know if you are looking for recommendations, and I don’t know where you will be staying but here were some favorites for me.
    A drink at sunset at the Hotel Villa Caletas near Jaco. The hotel sits high on a hill and the sunsets are stunning. There is also live music some nights, I think.
    Hiking in Manuel Antonio National Park
    Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs (we just did a day pass, didn’t stay at the Tabacon Resort). There are several different pools you can sit in at Tabacon and there is a bar in one of the pools.. You can drink a Mojito, while sitting in a hot spring pool. It was a wonderfully delicious experience. We even saw a tiny volcano eruption.
    A zip line tour. I can’t remember which park we did ours in, but there are many zip line tours in CR. It was a blast once I got through my fear of stepping off the platform.
    The Monteverde Cloud Forest is amazing.

    I will be excited to hear of your adventures!

  5. I love Costa Rica!! Hot tip: when you go to the rainforest park or the volcano park or whatever park, hire the guide. They’re standing there, waiting for you, won’t overcharge, and really know their stuff. One will show you a spider as big as a Honda that you never would have seen otherwise, as well as all kinds of other really cool stuff. If you’re really lucky, they’ll find you a sloth. There is such a great culture of environmental interest and knowledge that we encountered that is so different from anywhere else I’ve traveled. Those guides are wonderful!

    • I second hiring a guide! We didn’t for our first rainforest (being cheap as we are), but did for the second, and have regretted not getting a guide for the first ever since.

        • To be a licensed tour guide in Costa Rica, you need to pass a national test to make sure (a) you can correctly identify tons of animals and plants and (b) you and your clients won’t damage the environment as you visit it. I was amazed at how well educated these people were on the intricacies of ecosystems as well as the names of so many animals.

          I agree that you should definitely go to Manuel Antonio if you possibly can. It is the smallest national park and one that you can easily walk through in half a day, but the density of animals is spectacular. Just watch out for the monkeys. They love shiny things, and an adult will pose with a baby to distract you while others attempt to steal from you. They can unzip purses and backpacks (they almost got an expensive camera lens from my husband with these tactics because the rest of us were laughing so hard we didn’t have the voice to warn him).

  6. Two friends of mine go there repeatedly because they love it so much. Hope your trip is as good as theirs usually is. When plans keep getting put on hold, the only way to do them is to do it on the spur of the moment. So have a great trip. Go hunt up your passports NOW, and enjoy with all that is in you.

  7. We went there on our honeymoon and it was incredible.

    To take:
    - a notebook to record all of the cool animals/birds/flowers/plants you will see (trust me, you will lose track or not remember when you want to log your photos!)
    - closed-toe shoes for hiking in the rainforest
    -flip flops or something that can get wet if you visit the hot springs
    -a pair of long pants (for hiking if you choose, and horseback riding around the volcano)

    Things to taste:
    - pineapple!
    - guava!
    -many, many fruit smoothies

    Things to bring home:
    - pineapple tea (te de pina, available in supermarkets)
    - hot sauce (not hot at all, but a fun reminder)
    - something handmade–there are craftspeople everywhere (I still use a hand-embroidered bookmark from 14 years ago!)

    Enjoy the journey and the time away together!

    Robin

  8. Go, now, hurry! I thought we had time and now my mother is ill so that puts a damper on things. While everyone is able to live on their own, even if it’s temporary, go, go, go!

  9. Go! Enjoy! No feeling guilty. Your kids are grown up and are all capable of looking after themselves and each other. As for the knitting…..something gorgeous for yourself….after all you are on holiday!

  10. Joe is a very wise man. Have a great time & take a couple of shawl kits with you. I hope you have little time to knit, though. Hope you’re having too much fun to spare the time.

  11. Go, and go with no guilt at all.

    We took the (huge for us) step of a night away this weekend, and it was great to have 24 hours without the kids. Ours are younger, more than that would be too long for them yet. But it’s so important.

    Knitting. It’s hot there. Bring lace weight. Or cotton. Something that won’t roast you. Small items, nothing big that will act as a blanket.

    Maybe you should knit a giant spider…. a quick look on ravelry shows spider hats, spider shawls, stuffed toy spiders… I think you need to make a spider as your “spiders the size of Hondas” souvenir knitting. :)

  12. GO! Have a marvelous time! My husband and will celebrate our 30th anniversary this coming May…we snuck away together back in August for the first time since our honeymoon. We were delirious with the fun of it all, and wondered why the heck we waited so long.

  13. That will be great! Enjoy yourselves. I have cast on an astonishing number of things in the last week, all of which are lying around here somewhere, but my present favourite is the Clapotis I just started. Fun, memorizable, compact, and I am using up bits and pieces of sock yarn for mine. You must have a few of those lying around!

  14. You’re going to Costa Rica. This is wonderful. Enjoy it. I don’t know what to suggest to bring, but I know what I can suggest you leave behind: your guilt. 17 years is a long time to not go on a trip with your beloved. Have fun, and travel ever most safely…

  15. That is very exciting! Good for Joe for insisting – wise man! My son is going to Costa Rica with his school in May and I am jealous beyond measure. We look forward to hearing about your adventures and a little appetizer for him! Safe travels!

  16. Do NOT count on buying yarn. I live next door — in Panama –and neither country is big on yummy yarn. But do look for the naguas (dresses) worn by the Ngabe-Bugle indigenous women. They are beautifully sewn.

  17. Swim suit, camera, sock yarn, needles, scissors, extra needles, lap top, sun screen, cute nighty, chocolate, more sock yarn…one husband.
    bjr

  18. I get emails from American Life in Poetry. This came today.
    American Life in Poetry: Column 563
    BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE
    The only passage of scripture that I know by heart is from Ecclesiastes: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Here’s a poem about the work of just one pair of our hands, by Floyd Skloot, who lives in Oregon. His most recent book is Approaching Winter, from Louisiana State University Press.
    Handspun
    My wife sits in her swivel chair
    ringed by skeins of multicolored yarn
    that will become the summer sweater
    she has imagined since September.
    Her hand rests on the spinning wheel
    and her foot pauses on the pedals
    as she gazes out into the swollen river.
    Light larking between wind and current
    will be in this sweater. So will a shade
    of red she saw when the sun went down.
    When she is at her wheel, time moves
    like the tune I almost recognize now
    that she begins to hum it, a lulling
    melody born from the draft of fiber,
    clack of spindle and bobbin, soft
    breath as the rhythm takes hold.

  19. Pack far less than you think you’ll need. Don’t check bags. Two swimsuits always a good idea so you don’t have to put a wet one back on. Also nice to have two bras ’cause you’ll sweat through them. Ignore the desire to take a bunch of electronics. Spend the time with Joe. You only have 7 days. Your postings can wait.

  20. How wonderful for you both! I hope that you have the best of times. Don’t bring too much knitting, spend time truly with each other for a terrific honeymoon to remember.

  21. This would be a great time to start that Rhinebeck sweater. Then when you go to Rhinebeck, not only will you have a warm sweater, but also warm thoughts of Costa Rica.

  22. I went to Costa Rica on my honeymoon. A tarantula tried to join us in our room but failed. A scorpion made it into our bathtub. So, yeah, check your shoes and the tub!

  23. Avoid Jaco like the plague unless all you want to talk to are US tourists. Monteverde is beautiful. I agree with the comment about hiring guides at the natural areas and national.parks. Arenal Hot Springs are amazing! The beaches are beautiful.

    A side note — NEVER carry valuables in the back pocket of a back pack or rear picket of your pants. There are pick pockets especially at the airport and in San Jose.

    My husband grew up there, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

  24. We went to Costa Rice for our honeymoon and it was our first (and currently only) international trip. It was so amazing. I don’t know which part you’re going to, but we were on the east coast for a while and had such a lovely time hiking around through Cahuita National Park. Monkeys, in the wild! So amazing.

  25. Enjoy every minute of your adventure! What to take? Time. You already have the most important thing–each other. Leave the rest behind.

  26. Costa Rica is really, really, really nice. But be smart and take some lomatil and some wide-spectrum antibiotics along. It only takes one or two bacteria to ruin a trip.

  27. Yep, that’s how you do it! I loved Costa Rica (and yeah, the spiders are kind of big but I was able to avoid them pretty successfully). Have fun!

  28. Enjoy! We enjoyed the Arenal Hanging bridges, zip-lining and the Pacific beaches. I agree that a local guide is a real bonus. The Guatil pottery in The Guanacaste region is also a must.

  29. Take your camera. And an extra battery if you have one. And the charger. Oh, and an extra memory card for the camera. And LOTS of sock yarn – good time to get ahead of next year’s Christmas gifts. Enjoy, you two. You deserve it.

  30. Take something that you don’t need to watch while you knit. Your eyes will be elsewhere, as will your mind. Costa Rica is an insanely beautiful country. Don’t even blink. Safe travel.

  31. One more thing. Take lightweight cotton pants and a ong-sleeved cotton shirt for jungle treks. The mosquitos can be voracious.

  32. Yay – so excited for you! My partner & I decided two weeks ago to go to Nicaragua at the end of January… never been, a bit nervous as I too like to plan but am taking a big leap this time and not planning too much in advance. But am SO looking forward to it. I share your excitement. Enjoy!

  33. I’m a long time reader, but I don’t generally comment on things. Costa Rica is amazing and I’m so happy you will get to see it with your husband. One very important note: I was able to enter Costa Rica with my knitting needles in my carry on (wood with metal points) but was not allowed to leave Costa Rica with them in my carry on. This was just under a year ago. Fortunately I was using circulars and security had scissors so they kept the needles, I kept the knitting. Good luck!

  34. Yes, yes, yes! Take Serious Walking Shoes: A rain forest visit is a must, but ‘slippery when wet’! (I just cicked sunglasses for you.)

  35. My husband and I took our honeymoon (6 months after the wedding, because winter in Canada is the proper time to go to Costa Rica!) in Costa Rica and loved it.

    I brought all 3 balls of yarn for my Colour Affection on that trip, and only started on the 3rd colour on the plane on the way home because I felt like I had to prove I needed it.
    I ended up doing way more lounging and reading in the sun than lounging and knitting.

  36. Well there is certainly lots of advice showing up here. If this is really your first trip away together, then you may not need much but each other. A camera to record what you see, a notebook to record what you feel, an open mind to learn new things. Throw in a little sock yarn in the wildest colours you’ve got – it will keep you entranced and you’ll blend into the landscape. Enjoy every minute and when you realize that you could have (should have) done this before – don’t be upset, just start planning the next trip!
    We’ll wait for pictures.
    Chris S in Canada

  37. I agree with the above poster and suggest lace as far as knitting goes – but leave your guilt at home! You have totally earned this and I am so excited to see your posts when you get back! Good luck (and I’m sure those spiders are only as big as smart cars, ^^ not hondas)

  38. You will love Costa Rica! My parents have bought property there and adore it every winter. You have GOT to try the treetop tours!

  39. Have a blast, but watch out for airport security on the way home!

    A few years ago, I made it through the main security check point with my knitting, but as I went to board the plane, they took it from me. I was able to gate-check it, but the rules were different there, at least at the gate I boarded through. (I can’t remember what needles I was using, but I usually use wooden dps or bamboo circulars, so it’s unlikely they were metal.)

  40. What to take? Are you serious?

    Take Joe, some lube, some sunscreen, a couple of good books and three skeins of sock yarn with needles. Period.

    Enjoy Joe!!! Nevermind “now is the time” you never know when the opportunity will come again.

  41. Well, no one so far has commented on the socks! I think they are sophisticated and elegant. And the black toes, heel and cuff really set off the subtle pattern in the body of the socks. Nice work.

  42. Can I be the first to say that I love the socks? I think I need to make them. They are like ribbed socks but not. Very clever.

  43. A couple years after we got married, my husband had a paper accepted for a conference in Ireland. He told me “Amy and I are going to this conference in ireland” and I said “not without me you’re not!” not because I didn’t trust him with Amy (his co-author and a good friend) but because IRELAND! That was the last vacation we had without anyone else… Well other than Amy who was a grownup and did her own thing including getting picked up by a Swedish guy in Dingle… Who goes to Ireland to meet swedes?! Anyway… The last time we had a vacation without kids. Our kids are now 32, 19, and 16. Maybe we should start submitting papers to overseas conferences again. 25 years together as a couple, 20 years married… A honeymoon might be nice.

  44. Enjoy! Costa Rica is beautiful! I will add to those saying to hire a guide for sightseeing/activities. Don’t try to drive yourself anywhere as there are very few road signs, no posted street signs. Also, it is the only time I’ve had knitting needles confiscated at an airport. Plan to bring a good book for the flight home and check your needles leaving Costa Rica and spare yourself the upset I went through when they ripped a sock off my needles. :(

  45. We went to Costa Rica on our honeymoon. We loved it! I hope you like cilantro! They load it on everything! If you like Kahlua, try their Cafe Rica (I think that’s the name). It’s even better! Enjoy!

  46. I have to disagree with the poster who said not to drive. We did and had no problems. You have to drive standard and have a sense of adventure, though. Some roads are in rough shape! Or, travel like a local and take a bus!

  47. There are too many practical suggestions here. This IS a honeymoon, after all! Therefore: Naughty lingerie.

    Besides, a honeymoon is only as silly as you make it. So enjoy the Slip ‘N’ Slide, Silly String and Super Soakers!

  48. Happy belated honeymoon. Consider it an early 10th anniversary? Bring something colorful. To match all the green and colorful flowers you’re going to see. It would be a time to pull something out that looks way too bright in contrast so that it’ll fit right in in the warm climate.

  49. Have a lovely time! Pack a sunhat. And binoculars. Crazy cool birds and wildlife there.

    I would check the rules on knitting on planes. When I came home from Costa Rica, they took away my DPNs before they would let me on the plane. I flew down there no problem at all, but coming back to the states was a problem.

    The DPNs were metal. I’ve always wondered if they would have let it slide if they were wooden. Or maybe if they were circulars or something.

  50. Bravo you two. Have a lovely time. I second one suggestion from above – as after a few trips to south america, even in my own house, I step on my slippers before I slide my feet in them. Travel light and have a great time!

  51. My mother (the travel agent) always used to say, when asked what to take:
    “Twice the money and half the clothes.”
    Have a super wonderful time.

  52. I also live in the Caribbean and will second the advice to make sure you pack all the yarn you need – you won’t be able to get anymore while travelling. I wouldn’t pack heavy weight wool – I can’t bear to knit anything heavy here, it’s just too hot. I use linen mostly because I can’t stand knitting with cotton. But socks, or light weight shawls are good too. Have a wonderful time!

  53. Perhaps consider this a training ride for making it an annual event? Exercise the it’s-ok-to-go-away-together muscle. Have a fantastic time, I look forward to reading all about it when you get back!

  54. Perhaps I’ll see you down there, we leave on Friday!
    I’m glad to hear from all the other posters about knitting needles, it would be awful to loose the needles before the plane home.

  55. Oh, do visit Paige and John at Mono Azul. You will love the vegetarian food and the Minnesota hospitality. John and Paige left Rochester to follow their dreams a few years ago.

  56. Oh, another thing that’s as big as hondas is the hummingbirds! We saw a garden filled with buzzing birdies near a volcano park, and the hummingbirds were huuuge! I couldn’t believe it! Have the most fun ever! You absolutely deserve it.

  57. What a wonderful idea. My husband and I had begun to take trips on our own, after the children left home, got married etc, and had so enjoyed the time together experiencing new and interesting places. Then last year he died suddenly and unexpectedly. I wish we had started to spend those times together much sooner. So I’d say “go for it, enjoy it and do it more often”. Have a really great time, and tell us all about . . . afterwards xC

  58. You will LOVE Costa Rica!!! Howler Monkeys everywhere. VERY friendly people. Just hope you’re going to the Carribean side rather than the opposite uber touristy side.

    We were there in Feb of 2014 and renewed our vows. Good times!

  59. Congratulations Steph and Joe. Hope you will have a fantastic and restful trip. Just goof off and have fun. BTW, Joe’s new socks look lovely and comfortable. Hope someone is looking after the cat! :-)

  60. You’re going to have a fantastic time! I went to Costa Rica in October for the first time – on the west coast – and it was fantastic. The plane ride makes for good knitting time, the people there are all so so nice and the drinks are always ready.

  61. After I graduated from college and got a job, a dear friend told me that one of the hardest things I was going to have to learn was how to not feel guilty when going on a vacation. She was right. It’s normal to feel that way, and it’s normal to get over it!

    Ten years ago I took my husband on a trip to England with only three weeks’ notice. Those nine days were some of the best we’ve ever had. I wish the same for you!

  62. Good for you. My hubby and I didn’t go on a honeymoon either and we’re “thinking” about a trip this spring. But I’m afraid that if we don’t book it, we’ll get busy and it will get delayed again. Have a great time!

  63. Think about all the time you spent working (and volunteering time for others) this year – you told us about a lot of it. Think about all the times you spend in airport lounges and on flights going back and forth for work. Think about all the nights you spent in hotel rooms without Joe. Good grief! It’s about time you spent some time and energy on yourselves. Enjoy and NO GUILT!

  64. Take sock yarn and more sock yarn. It travels so well, it is portable, and next Christmas you will thank me that you whacked a bunch of presents out early this year. Have a fantastic time and don’t forget sunscreen!

  65. Sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, and camera for posting after you’re home and settled back in. Can’t speak firsthand for Costa Rica, but there are NO knitting needles of ANY kind permitted through airport customs and security departures from Mexico (believe me, I’ve tried and lost too many times… sigh). Click the scissors; too funny.

    Safe travels to you both – you’ve earned it. Namaste,

    Knitsiam aka Bonnie

  66. Good for you guys! The only reason my tree is down is because I was humbuggish enough this year (long story) not to put one up. (Did LOTS of knitting instead.) Have a wonderful time. I sometimes think honeymoons are wasted on the young…. a languid break from quotidian chores is nearly miraculous.

    • You may be my new hero Dana. I finally put my tree up on the 21st and only decorated the bits that showed…It will probably stay up until April.

  67. Not sure where you are going to be, but if you get a chance, visit Conchal beach. The white sand is made from shells, you can snorkel and kayak in tourquoise waters. Locals served us the most delicious red snapper I’ve ever eaten, caught that morning, grilled in front of us. I’ve been to Costa Rica 3 times and enjoy something new each trip, but never seem to knit as there is so much to take in. Also recommend a guided fishing trip where you are likely to see stingrays, sea turtles, dolphins and possibly whales. Such friendly people. Its a beautiful country, you will love it there!

  68. take NOTHING. NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING!!!!!! For this to be a true vacation, you need to do the opposite of your daily regimen. Deliberately take a vacation FROM KNITTING. You will be forced to look at things, go places, and interact with people, not focus all of your attention on a knitting project you can do anytime. If you get antsy about not having any knitting, take a hike, go swimming, kiss your hubby. After all, this is a delayed honeymoon of sorts. When you come back, you will be recharged, and will dive back into knitting with unseen enthusiasm.

    Have a GREAT time!!!

      • I am a knitter from way back, and knit almost every day. (I am 63 now and started knitting at 9.) But, I think it is important completely change my daily routine while on vacation. So when I return home, I am happy to get into the dailyl groove again. Besides, there are too many things to see and do on a vacation like this! She will miss a lot if she is counting stitches or scrutinizing a chart by the hour.

  69. …and there are coffee plantations available for the touring…with coffee for purchase!

    Hope you and Joe have a SPLENDID time!

  70. Fabulous socks!
    For Costa Rica I think you should knit a pearlescent white, linen, asymmetrical shawl that has open mesh but also different types of stitches for texture. It should drape beautifully around your dewy tanned shoulders and be luminescent in the dark as you stroll along the beach, hand-in-hand with the man in the fabulous socks.
    Congrats on the plans, now’s the time to start enjoying the rewards of raising self-reliant kids – extra free time and money.
    Have a fabulous time!

  71. I know you have been to Costa Rica in the past, but I can’t remember if anyone has pointed out that it is the home of the world’s most excellent coffee. Personally, I would bring an extra suitcase just for that. Have a great trip, and never, ever, feel guilty about spending time with your beloved.

  72. Have fun…sounds like a much needed Honeymoon/vacation!! Our College of Architecture/TAMU Texas has a school their in Costa Rica. I haven’t been but they go every year. Do the zip line!!! I saw pictures and looks like so much fun!!!

  73. Congratulations, Stph! Take sok yarn. And when you get back, put the resulting socks in the long range planning box. That wat, Christmas 2016 won’t be so crazy
    Julie in San Diego

  74. To those who suggest that Stephanie skip knitting altogether on this trip — please remember that Joe fell in love (and stuck with and ultimately married and has stayed married to) the person he knows as Knitting Steph. He likely wouldn’t care as much for Non-Knitting Steph.

  75. Janelle at 3:31 pm made me think of something you knit once upon a time. It was a gold or copper shawl that you dreamed of wearing while walking in the evening with the man of your dreams. (or something like that, can’t remember the exact details without stopping to look up the reference in one of your books. but you get the idea.)

    I’d say this is your chance!
    Chris S in Canada

  76. What I loved about Costa Rica? There WEREN”T any bugs!!! I know they must have them, somewhere, but I didn’t see any. I didn’t have to use the bug spray even once!!!

  77. NOTICE – I am totally stealing the phrase “like toddlers are bad at accounting”! So FUNNY! I promise to attribute it to you for as long as I remember – which might be forever or 10 seconds given my memory now acts like a very temperamental roulette wheel….. In exchange, I grant you (& anyone else) the use of the best phrase I’ve ever come up with, which is a comparison of 2 very, VERY unlike things – instead of apples & oranges, I say apples and gorillas. Have a wonderful time in Costa Rica!

  78. Steph,

    What exactly is the pattern for the baby booties/slippers in the last post? It was a Paton’s booklet but I couldn’t find it on Ravelry. Is there anything similar? Sorry for being opaque, it’s probably really obvious. thanks! -Sarah

  79. Stephanie, Any idea when this sock pattern will be available? I would love to make them for my husband for Father’s Day. I’ve got the yarn….awaiting your pattern!

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