Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Thanks to the first contest, I now have a ton of drink ideas to try this summer.

This time, let's hear about where you like to go before cocktail hour!

My photos courtesy of Caro Sheridan/Splityarn

  For your chance to win a free PDF of the pattern, tell me (in the comments below) about your favorite spot to spend a summer day.  It can be a beach, a park, a lake, whatever, as long as it's summery.   

What's your perfect kind of day and  and where do you go to enjoy it?

I've got two girls to entertain myself, so if it's a local spot, I may be thanking you come August!  Because by then, we will have spent way too many days at our favorite spot.   It's a beach in Gloucester called Good Harbor.  You can swim in the ocean or in the tidal river along one side of the beach, and you can do a great lazy river ride under the bridge when the tide is right.  There's rocks to climb on, a guy who sells iceys on the sand, and a beautiful view.   After the beach, there's a lobster shack nearby.  And beers. 
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The contest will work the same as last time.  We will pick three random comments from the list on  Friday afternoon, and I'll email the PDFs to the winners.  
Please do include either your Rav name or email so I can find you! 


This picture courtesy of  TanteJ.  It's one of the test knits!

142 comments:

randyjen4 said...

I love to pack the kids up and head to Grant Nature center in Centerville, OH. We take along my iPhone loaded with a geocaching app and lunch and have a great time searching for treasures:)

jensacadia@yahoo.com

AuntyCarol said...

My perfect spot to spend a summer day is (sorry - too far for you to come and visit) - my sister's cottage. It is on Lake Kennesis, about 3 hours north of Toronto, when there isn't awful traffic, and 8 hours from our home in Cleveland. At the cottage we swim or kayak the 1/4 mile to the dam, walk the gravel roads, fish, wakeboard and waterski, canoe and lounge around. I make massive meals heavy on grain and vegetable salads (bulgar, quinoa, couscous) and we grill. We also pack 2 cases of wine and pick up 5-6 bottles at Duty Free, depending on the # of adults, so it's not all healthy. Rav name: cdncarol

Hiedi said...

My parents live at the beach so we visit with them and then head upstairs to their terrace for happy hour or we bring happy hour down to the beach/pool. I would love to meet up with you when you come to NJ next, we are in Freehold.

Waiting with bated breath on this pattern!!!

Hiedi
rav name: hpollicove

Geny said...

I love to go to a semi-wild camping site not too far from where I live in the Mauricie region (Quebec), and canoe early in the morning, when I am alone with the loons. Then I come back to a nice breakfast prepared on the fire, and occasionally I'll have a little shot of homemade palinka (a Hungarian brandy) to open my appetite, as I learned to do when I went there!
Rav name: genyke

nanaelliott said...

I cannot wait to go to visit my son and daughter-in-law in Washington state. The weather there is beautiful compared to our hot summers. I like to go to a rooftop cafe overlooking Puget sound. Lovely setting for a late afternoon cocktail.

Nanaelliott on Ravalry

Nell said...

Our local pool!

ctexas said...

This sweater has my name on if for sure, the color and just everything is me.

Sure hope I win.

ctexas@charter.net

Thank you for the chance

Anonymous said...

A long walk around Jordan Pond in Acadia Park in Maine. The walk followed with tea and popovers on the lawn overlooking the Pond. To me this is a perfect summer day especially with children!
Rav Name: Deeden

ChrisC said...

My favorite summer day would be spent backpacking in the Yosemite high country. I particularly love the Cathedral Lakes, because once you get up there, there is a gorgeous, icy lake in a granitic basin to swim in, and lots of big flat rocks to sun yourself on after! bookgeekgirl at gmail dot com or bookgeekgirl on ravelry.

Melissa said...

When I was young my parents would rent a house on Eagle Bay (in the Adirondacks) near the Water Safari (it was the Enchanted Forest then). I would like to do this with my family next year.

melxcloud on Ravelry

Jersey Shore Deb said...

My favorite place to spend a summer day is on the beach in my hometown of Margate, NJ at the Jersey Shore. I would start off with a run on the Boardwalk in the morning, watching the waves when I look to the side...the afternoon would be spent on the beach with a good book, and would end with a cocktail on the beach at sunset!
I'm JerseyShoreDeb on Ravelry

Christine said...

My favorite place to spend an afternoon is Ocean City, Maryland on the beach. Around happy hour, we go to a beach side bar where they have 2 for 1 drinks and great music! Lots of drinks, friends, sun and family!

BellyLaugher on Rav

AntiquityTravelers said...

Not sure this is my favorite thing to do ... but it is in store for the summer! We have 6 flag passes, and are heading your way ... we might seriously need a post-roller coaster cocktail afterwards!

hearts812 said...

My favorite summer place is on our back brick patio under the large red maple...enjoying my shade garden, some knitting and a gin and tonic.

Anne said...

Our favorite way to spend a summer day is to take a hike in a national park out of the heat. Our favorite parks are Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier.

graberg on Rav

k said...

The top of a mountain--almost any mountain but preferably one whose summit is above treeline.

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eleyne said...

There's a spot on the coast south of san francisco, on one of the rare summer days that doesn't include the coast being completely socked in by fog I love going to Swanton berry farm, picking fruit and then heading to one of the nearby pocket beaches and sitting, watching waves and gulls, and gorging on the spoils.
rav ID elzeriny :)

MJG said...

My favorite summer place is sitting out on our back deck - the yard and gardens look great; everything is green and flowering. And... yup, knitting outside is a joy!!!

Sisterbelle on Ravelry

Bethany said...

Crane Beach!!

chathamgrad on Rav

nestra said...

Anywhere with good hiking trails!

nestra on rav

rebecca said...

A perfect summer day: at Lake Tahoe, on the water, either paddling or waterskiing in the hot morning with still, glass-like water. A short, steep hike in the afternoon to view the amazing vistas, and of course a barbeque in the pm, with wine, with friends/loved ones, eating outside. And the bugs have disappeared for the night!

Amy said...

We are lucky enough in the PNW to have lots of ferries. A ferry ride in the summer is the best!

Anonymous said...

DeCordova!

jtharris2000 on rav

rebecca said...

Lake Tahoe: waterski or paddle on glass-like water in the early, but warm, hours. In the afternoon, a steep hike to get to amazing vistas of the lake surrounded by the beautiful Sierras. Return to cabin happily exercised and have a barbeque with friends/loved ones, with a little California wine, and all the mosquitoes have miraculously vanished for the evening!

nanilee2 said...

Hm, I think I just left a comment about enjoying the ballpark on a summer day, but never left my rav name- and I don't see it on the published list so I'll try again.
Watching the Giants, boats on the bay and the surrounding hills is a perfect afternoon for me. With a beer.

Grace Lee said...

Every year, the first week of July, my boyfriend and I get to spend a week with a friend in Jackson Hole, WY...so we love to hike, hang out by the Gros Ventre River and then have cold beers (or scotch rocks for me!) afterwards. I love having a drink with the Tetons in the background!

7823a5c4-9f9a-11e1-8670-000bcdcb471e said...

One of my favorite places on earth is the Outer Banks of NC. Specifically the town of Avon. It has the few necessities...a gas station, a restaurant or two, bike/beach equip rental...but all in all it is a little family oriented community on a narrow stretch of island that has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Sound on the other. It's tranquil, beautiful..beaches stretch for miles...lighthouses to explore AND it's one of the only places I've ever known where you can watch the sun rise and set over water from the same location. :-)

Heather said...

I love to be outside in nature, preferably at an open-air sacred spot -- like Glastonbury Tor in England -- with my harp and my honey. And just chill out in the sunshine, playing some tunes... That would be lovely. :)

Heather said...

And oops, my Rav name is Heathwitch. Sorry :p

7823a5c4-9f9a-11e1-8670-000bcdcb471e said...

ACK Outer Banks comment didn't show my username for some reason...RAV name is magliamammina

jbtraveler said...

My favorite summer day?.......A day spent at my daughters organic farm in Durango, Colorado, pulling weeds, washing bright orange carrots just pulled from the soil, munching on sugar snap peas as we pick 'em and trying to prevent my 9 month old grandson from eating all the dirt in the fields. Then a quick shower and off the the patio at Chavolos for giant margaritas.

Michelle said...

Oh, nothing beats an afternoon at the dock at my family's cottage. Muskoka is pure heaven in the summer. Knitting bag at my side, nephews splashing up a storm (but not on the knitting bag, never on the knitting back, and most likely a cocktail on the arm of my chair. That's my favourite summer day.

Ravelry name is: freddygirl

andiknit said...

My favorite spot for a summer day is the beach. One place I loved visiting and want to go back again is Patrick's Point State Park in N. California. Beautiful!
Rav: andiknits

Raeraggs said...

I love just lazing about by the lake at the cabin.

raeraggs on rav

Sheryl said...

There is a certain spot along the Skykomish river that is just gorgeous. There is a sandy "beach" area, a few picnic tables, and a great place for swimming. It doesn't get too crowded. So great on a warm summer day!

Ravelry: gemfirefly

Sarah W. said...
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Sarah W. said...

My favorite place where we are now is actually the little playground across the street from the elementary school. Great play equipment and lots of shady trees with low branches. I catch up with my friends while the kids get tired out.

When I was a grad student in RI, I spent a lazy afternoon playing hooky at Purgatory Chasm State Park in Sutton, MA. Looks like a giant's building blocks and there was an ice cream truck. http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/purg.htm

Also would love to take the kids to Walden Pond...beautiful place to spend the day swimming and picnicking. (I'm KnitFic on Ravelry)

Debbie said...

From SnowWhiteMama on Ravelry:

We love to go to our little shack/cabin with the tin roof (rusted!) up on the Hiwassee River in TN. There are 91 steep steps straight down to the dock/water so basically it's like a tree house. I love to sit on the screened porch in my single seater hammock swing with my knitting overlooking the water and enter into a world that's as close to Heaven as it gets, imho. All the while watching my family below swim, catch a fish or two or even fight off a rabid opossum or racoon or a rat snake! (this really happened). The pontoon boat is old and huge, which I love, and is practically as big as the cabin itself but we can also crank it up a notch slinging the kids around on the SeaDos and towable.

Anonymous said...

We like to go to the mountains and just hang out. Ride the four wheelers, head to Altoona to watch the trains and visit the Mallow cup factory. Just a chance to relax and get away from it all. The cell phone reception is horrible up there and there's only one radio station and no tv. It's great!! :) Becky (BeanGirl on Rav)

Rachelle said...

Last summer we went to Nelson, NZ which was a 6 hour car drive; well worth it though. Spent a week staying near the beach, walked down there most evenings even if we'd been during the day while the boys collected shells and disappeared into the woods. A wonderful hydroslide (which scared the hell out of me, but the boys loved).

margie said...

My favorite summer day is spent at the beach. The sun, the sand and the water...can't beat that!!

Amalya on Rav

Andrea said...

One of my favorite places to be in the summer is outside on a restaurant patio. One of my favorite things about living in CA was sitting outside at night when it was still hot (since it had been 110 during the day) and enjoying a cold drink. Unfortunately the weather in Ohio is so unpredictable that you never know if it'll start raining while you're eating...


peatmoss83 on Rav

rachelb said...

we love ot head to the local 4H farm and see the animals - they a petting area w/ lots of sheep and goats. love watching the kids try to feed the sheep!

Anonymous said...

Last summer we took a month and headed overseas to the UK and then on to India. This year we won't be able to repeat that escapade, so instead I look forward to lazy afternoons on our new porch swing on the back patio.

Ravname: Sheree

collegeknitting said...

My favorite spot has got to be our neighborhood pool. There's plenty of people to talk and hang out with, but towards the end of summer they stop coming, so it's almost like I get the pool to myself! Ravelry name: gnomesbeatfaeries

Anonymous said...

Oh my, it would have to be my sweet backyard patio. This will be the third summer we'll have been in our perfect little home, and last summer DH built an amazing fountain out of a mix of red, rippled rocks from Utah and smooth, silver stones from Ontario. It makes the most soothing sound, and sitting on the patio listening to it while I knit, have a cold beer (Moose Drool!) and watch him putter in the garden is the best time ever. And this year... we have a puppy! *faints with happiness*

PuffySheep on Rav

Linda W said...

My favorite summer spot is Grafton, IL. It is situated on the Mississippi River and has several wineries with great views.

Rav name: Hilde

ritamyriam said...

Cylcing to the nearby farmer's mart for a breakfast burrito and coffee.

Karen W. said...

The beach, where we are lucky o spend a week each August, or barring that, a nice long bike ride without too many tough hills. Makes you really appreciate that cool drink!

Woolyminded on Rav

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okie2thfairy said...

I love to be pampered in Mexico at an all-inclusive resort. If only this could be the life. Otherwise, I'll take my back patio with a class of wine and a cool breeze.
Okie2thdoctor (rav)

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Burnt Cedar beach at Lake Tahoe. Sorry it is soooo not close for you and your girls. Great place with grownups and/or kids. There is the lake of course and white sandy beach...lots of grass, a playground, bbq pits, and a pool and hot tub....best place ever to hang out!!

jensknits said...

Your favorite spot sounds great! We love the East Bay Bike Path in RI which winds south from Providence to Bristol. We like to end the bike ride near Colt State Park and a favorite waterfront restaurant for a cold glass of something. It's gorgeous!

Stephany said...
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Stephany said...

A lovely hike at Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

~Solemate

Deb C. said...

I love going to this secluded spot we came across while taking my two girls on a nature walk in a local preserve. The preserve angles around the wide part of a lazy river and we found a rope swing calling our names. I'm not sure if I should have had as many glasses of chardonnay later that evening as I did but it all seemed like a good idea at the time. My Rav Id is fabriholic23.

Kris gustafson said...

Tybee Island, GA- we take our annual vacation there and we love sitting on the deck of our rental watching the sun set on the Savannah River as the dolphins jump out of the water.

debwp said...

On a nice, sunny summer day, I love a long bike ride (aka bicycle, I'm not into motorcycles!) before winding down with friends.

debwp on Ravelry

shanalines said...

I like bike riding or hiking, and I especially like being in the city people watching at dusk!

shanalines on rav

nina said...

Our local Vancouver beach, which is only a 5 min drive away! The kids pack the sand toys and I pack my knitting and we all enjoy a few hours of our favourite activities.

Carol said...

My absolute favorite place to spend a summer day is my own backyard. Reading and knitting by the swimming pool is the best!

Anonymous said...

We have a campfire night every Saturday during the summer at our dear friends/next door neighbors. Kids, campfire, hot dogs on a stick, drinks, s'mores...perfection!! (hellogranola on Ravelry)

Anonymous said...

On our sailboat in Brunswick GA. I can sit and knit and not feel like I have to do anything except have a sundowner with the dock mates. It's the best! mountainsailor on ravelry

Adrienne said...

I live right on Lake Michigan. I love to take my 3 year old for a walk through the park (which includes a little river and lots of little bridges) then down to the lake. He could throw rocks in the lake for hours. I bring some lunch and we can hang out on the beach for a long time!

I can't wait to try this pattern out!!!

Rav name: mamatojj

slmiller8 said...

I enjoy having a quiet day at home. Before it gets too hot, I'll work in the garden or flower beds for awhile, go for a walk, and then just sit and read or knit for the rest of the day and enjoy the nature that surrounds me.

toomanyufos on ravelry

GerryART said...

Here in mid-Missouri summertime is hot and humid.
But not so much that a nice afternoon in the backyard sitting, knitting and sipping sweet ice tea isn't on our agenda as often as temps permit.

Just gifted Vodka Lemonade pattern and have spent the afternoon browsing for dk yarn.

Life is sweet.

hugs from Rav name: GerryART

Katy C said...

It's so hot here in Houston in the summer that by the time August comes we are trying to find things to do indoors. When my daughter was little her Brownie troop always used to go to the indoor ice rink right before school started. A fun chance to wear their hoodies and long pants (if they could find a pair they hadn't outgrown!)
longtallkaty on Rav

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Soonerbeknitting said...

My favorite summer place is a whole region - northwest New Mexico. I love being in the mountains of the Sangre de Cristo range. The smell of pines and the afternoon thunderstorms are amazing. And, Taos or Santa Fe are great places to wander or sit and knit.

Second try because I forgot - englishtch on ravelry.

Dorothy said...

Wow. Our friend's mother had a wonderful place outside Gloucester that sat directly on rocks on the coean. It was wonderful. Here at home, it's cool and relaxing go hang out at one of the many northern Minnesota or Wisconsin lakes. Really close to home, we can walk down the trail across from our house along a small lake. It's s little refuge almost nobody knows about.

diane_s said...

My perfect summer spot is a wooden bench under a large tree near my back door . I have some soft cushions , a cool drink and my knitting . We live in a quiet spot so all you hear is birds . Mind you right now it is winter in Australia so that is a thought that will have to wait a few months

Anonymous said...

I love canoeing in the Rockies - esp in Jasper National Park in Canada. Then back to the campsite for drinks around the fire.

missro on Rav.

Angela said...

We have a condo in Destin, FL, where we spend alot of time in the summer. I usually start my day off knitting and then make it out to the beach around noon.
Rav name: tennisgirl

Anonymous said...

We have a family home in Muskoka. My favorite home away from home. I love everything about it and being there...from the family history, waking up to a beautiful sunrise, spending the day swimming, boating, reading and knitting, the early cocktail hours to the cry of the loons.

avasmom2007 on rav

Infinity Quilter/Knitter said...

We love taking a walk along Lake Michigan and out to the lighthouse.

Selkhet said...

I love nothing better than a day sailing on our boat, or at a horse show with my horse -pure summer :)

Sailknitter said...

A great summers day is taking the boat out to Cape Lookout, NC and dropping the anchor. You can dive from the bowsprit, or tie a raft to the stern and be lazy. Get adventurous and try catching your supper. Can't wait to go!

KitchsStitches said...

Sailing on Bristol Harbor in RI or hanging on our patio watching the Red Sox - perfect summertime activities!

Kitchsstitches on Rav

Anonymous said...

I am lucky enough to spend my summers living across the street from a beach on the Delaware Bay. I spend my days riding my cruiser bike in town, reading my Kindle on the beach, and knitting on my porch. Perfect!

suzsmile on Ravelry

Susan said...

Favorite spot? Our cabin in Northern MN near the Canadian border. 800 feet of lake shore, no neighbors. No noise. Just us.

Kamigaeru said...

I love to walk the cliffs and beaches near Shore Acres. It's peaceful and a great place to watch the waves. There's always clam chowder (and drinks!) nearby in Charleston on the way home. (Kamigaeru on Ravelry)

Shirley said...

My favorite summer day is riding around the lake on our pontoon, enjoying the sun and the water.

Dorothy said...

I love Crane's Beach with the children, though there is no place I would rather be than my parent's house, which is on a lake in Maine. I will have to check out Good Harbor.

(skilovr on Rav)

Kathy said...

Sitting outside the cabin we take for 2 weeks every year. In Quebec. No phones, no TV, no people. Just family and friends. Love to sit at the campfire at night...moon shining on the lake. Or, seeing the sun rising over the water...making it sparkle like diamonds. Or, anywhere on the Maine Coast.

dclulu on ravelry said...

hmm, if it can be anywhere, maybe Olympic National Park. In the high mountains or by a lake. Sososo beautiful there.

knitterlydesigns said...

Since my kids are pretty little, I keep it simple. Our favorite summertime thing to do is play in the fountains at the outdoor mall.

knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

Sara said...

One of our favorite summertime (really anytime) activities is long walks on the Montour Trail. The trail consists of old railroad tracks in the greater Pittsburgh area that have been converted into walking/biking trails. Our favorite portion goes past a horse farm where they have set up a picnic bench so you can take a nice break and watch the horses. The kids are troopers and will often walk about three miles out before we turn around and head home.

Rav ID Mootastic1

Erin said...

My family used to take a vacation to NH every other summer, and when I was a kid, everything summer was there: swimming in the lake, canoeing, fishing, telling spooky stories on the dock at night. If it still existed, that would be the perfect summer day, sitting in the sun with a book, going for a swim, canoeing across the lake, and then settling down with a drink and some knitting.

rav id fiercebadrabbit

Jean E. said...

Lake Michigan!

Diana said...

It's not really a "spot," but my favorite place is the Minuteman Bike Trail that runs from Bedford (where I live) into Cambridge, MA. My son and I love packing up our daybag and heading out for an adventure -- a farmers' market in Lexington, or even just for an ice cream in Arlington.

janna said...

On the beach at Port Aransas, Texas! It's windy and hot, with great Tex-Mex and seafood nearby. And this is NOT a fancy beach -- no one really cares how you look in your bathing suit!

Hutchart(rav) said...

Lasker pool at the north end of Central Park. Get there right when it opens so it's empty and swim on your back so you can watch the herons flying overhead to the Harlem Meer.

Freshy said...

Favorite places of all time is the mountains. I love being outside in the sun, hiking up a trail, smelling the pine trees, hearing the birds. Can't wait for the rest of the snow to melt so I can get out there soon!

rav name: freshy

Anonymous said...

Oh how I love to go to ORANGE BEACH ,AL!!
The sand is white and family and friends love to hunt for crabs after dark w nets and flashlights!!

mary said...

My fave spot is up in the mountains at Lake Arrowhead, CA, in the morning when the sun is up; there's a little cool breeze; the water is like glass; and you head out to do a little water skiing and hardly anybody is out on the lake

rav: dimsumknitter

IDALIA (here and in Rav) said...

My fav spot is here in my town (too far from you, in Monterrey Mexico) we live in a city wichh is in the middle of the mountains. One of that is "Chipinque" and it is beutiful to walk, hike or ride a bike.

Tara said...

I love to sit on my deck in the shade. I can see the mountains from my back yard, watch the dogs and kids play in the yard, and settle into my chair with some knitting or a book.

rav: lactivist

vasterblue said...

I love to take a ride to Saugatuck, walk around downtown, visit the shops and have my favorite bloody mary at Phil's.

vasterblue said...

I love to take a ride to Saugatuck, walk around downtown, visit the shops and have my favorite bloody mary at Phil's.

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid we spent a few weeks every summer at my aunt and uncle's cottage on a small lake a few hours north of Grand Rapid, MI. The surrounding forest was great for exploring, the cold well water was the best I ever drank (mom and dad enjoyed it with their scotch), I slept on the screened in porch and enjoyed the cool evenings. I still go there in my dreams.
TulipLynn on Ravelry

Do Right Diva said...

if I were Home in Welly I would say - the harbour! walk to the beach and pools, TePapa Museum and Gold Lounge Movies (where you could drink that mojito while watching a flick)

for now I will be happy with anywhere we can use our water guns/balloons or sashay thru sprinklers

xx
justsohappy (ravID)

Cyndi said...

My favorite summer spot would have to be my screened back porch. My father started building it for me before he died and my husband finished it for us. It is a very peaceful place to relax with a good book or knitting project.

cynshep on ravelry

Estella said...

When our kids were little, I'd take them to this park in our town. The park is an old estate and it is up on a hill. There is always a breeze even on the hottest summer day. We would picnic under the large shady trees, play games, lie on our backs and look up at the leaves, relax and eat a yummy meal. One of the largest trees had a problem and was cut down recently - our sixteen year old son was so upset as he had so many great memories from our picnics there.

Anonymous said...

My favourite summer place is our own garden - it's pretty large, with lawn and old apple trees and cherry trees (they were blooming lately - wow!( and our veggie garden and a small swimming pool - great to relax!
Cheers,
-fernweh- @ravelry

Heather aka Proud Mama said...

My favorite changes depending on what I am doing. Usually summers mean the pool. We live in AZ, so it is hot, hot, hot. It also includes lots of camping in the pines. I love this. The kiddos can run and explore. I can knit. This year we will be living temporarily in D.C. I am not sure what summer will mean here, but I can assure you it will include the beach, sand and ocean. I am esmerlda27 on ravelry.

sconelady said...

My favorite spot is cycling along the coast of Rhode Island...specifically Little Compton/Tiverton. Beach, farms, vineyards...it has it all!

Jennifer in WI said...

A hot sunny day is the best especially if you are sitting in a ski boat on the lake. You can take a quick ski or watch your kids ski. You can take a dip in the lake if you get too warm. Its the kind of day I dream about i the summer.
Ravname: jdonze

Anonymous said...

I love the summer because it means more time on the bike trail. It is a nice ride along the river and now has a bridge connecting it to a small island.

hutch on ravelry

mrsmicrobrew said...

We love to get on our bikes and take a nice long ride on a ' rails to trails' that lands us near a brew pub. A little lunch and a nice IPA is always in order at the end of the ride. Mrmicrobrew and I figure we work off the beer ahead of time :)

mrsmicrobrew said...

We love to get on our bikes and take a nice long ride on a ' rails to trails' that lands us near a brew pub. A little lunch and a nice IPA is always in order at the end of the ride. Mrmicrobrew and I figure we work off the beer ahead of time :)

Lissa W said...

We love to spend a summer day in the big city - Chicago! We take the train in from the suburbs, and walk to Millenium Park, let the kids play in the fountains, look at ourselves in the Bean, walk through the gardens, and finish with some delicious deep dish pizza at Paisano's.

jill said...

My favorite summer spot is my backyard. We've worked hard to create a beautiful refuge from the workday world. Now, if we're talking favorite summer vacation spot, it's a day at Disneyland with my family. My daughters light up when we make our annual visit. Two teenagers giggling and smiling for sixteen straight hours! LOVE IT!

Jody said...

Every summer - a pilgrimage to Chatham where we splurge and stay at the Hawthorne - next door to Chatham Bars. Thea, we enjoy a private beach and a perfect view of the seals, for starters. The sunsets are beyond description. At night we go to the harbor and shine flashlights on the starfish which cling to the boat hulls. We avoid the town at all cost, but always travel out to the sanctuary where one can see the egrets nest. A trip to P-town for food and entertainment - it doesn't get much better than this! I'll pick you up on the way!

Terhi said...

What a lovely sweater!

My favorite place to enjoy summer would be a small cottage by the lake where I could spend time with loved ones, swim, listen to birds and other summer sounds, barbecue and watch the sun go down.

Rav name: mintti

gbellasg3 said...

Hands down favorite place is Hilton Head SC the beaches are fab, great restaurants right on the water, nice mellow waves - aaaah low country, sitting on the beach watching the tide roll in doesn't get any better than that.

Love all you sweaters and this one as well, can it be done without the hood?

Rav name cdoertel

Kassia said...

I guess I'm a homebody!! My favorite spot is on our back deck with a cold drink and a book (if it's really hot) or my knitting (if it's not too hot). I can keep half an eye on our kids playing in the back yard and stay (relatively) cool under the umbrella. :)

Carolina22 said...

My favorite place to spend the day is Myrtle Beach, SC. We have a time share there so I love to sit by the pool and read with a cup of coffee then later in the day take a walk on the beach.

Rav name: carolina22

BlueShoes said...

Ohhh... The beach the beach the beach. For me, it's spaghetti for breakfast, an early run on Carson Beach and Castle Island, a dip in the ocean at high tide, and then an afternoon at the farmer's market putting together dinner. For the kids, sandy pb&j, sandcastles, a trip to the ice cream truck. Or maybe we just pick them up after daycare and have dinner on the beach. The drinks are to help us contemplate cleaning the bathtub after we get them showered off and into bed.

Jill's making Disney sound awfully good though.

Becky said...

Ahhhh, a walk on the rocky beach of Cape Cod Bay in Sagamore is perfect before cocktails. Exploring downtown Falmouth, ice cream at Twin Acres in Sandwich- really anything that has to do with Cape Cod is a perfect day to me!! So jealous- my husband is up there this weekend opening up our cottage for the summer. I still have to wait two months...

Janelle Wertzberger said...

My perfect summer day is one that is not toooo hot, but sunny and breezy. I would spend it hiking in the mountains. Coming off the mountain at the end of the day to an ice cream cone and, later, a cocktail and cookout... perfect. Bonus points if there was a good time to knit some rounds on a sock during the hike.

Anonymous said...

I love to be on my bike heading to the local ice cream parlor! Thanks for all the good ideas!

mlswatek@msn.com

lisa batton said...

i love just sitting on the back porch with a cool breeze. appreciating the beauty of the flowers and birds in the yard.

Heidi said...

My friend and neighbors back patio watching our dogs frolick in the fenced in backyard while we sit and chat with the sunshine dappling through the shady trees and the breeze keeping us cool.

Heidi aka canaandogknits

Meriam said...

In my own backyard...there's no place like home!

Clare said...

Love to walk with the dog through the woods of Connecticut - new places all the time but Sleeping Giant State Park is a top favorite.
Rav name: cbolduc0729

Maryann said...

I like to be at a surfing spot on the california coast called mondos. Its got baby waves and you can ride them forever... And for an old lady like me, its perfect!
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Anonymous said...

Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. Stunning place to hike.

Cookiediva on ravelry.

Diane said...

Mine is pretty close to yours!

I love to walk around Rockport (right up the street from Good Harbor) and sometimes shop other times window shop!

Ladydirich (Ravelry)

sylphette said...

I don't have a camp or a lake house, but I love hanging out at friends' camps. There is nothing like waking up leisurely, helping to make breakfast, going out on a boat or kayak or just lounging around the sandbar all day, snacking, drinking beers or whatever, going in the water, off and on all day till we all help make dinner! (Rav: sylphette)

Gail said...

I have a cool spot on the deck under the oaks in our backyard. No matter how hot it gets, it always stays cool enough to sit and knit!

knitknerd (Ravelry)

Miss Bea said...

My longtime favorite place to spend a summer day is the beach, but sadly I haven't been able to go for some years now. I am going to have to rectify that this summer!

I love the feel of the sun on my body and the sand between my toes. I love to lie with a good book until I'm so hot I can't stand it, and the subsequent refreshing dip in the ocean.

RavID: MissBea

Savannagal said...

My favorite spot to spend a summer day is in my own backyard. I've spent 11 years, so far, removing invasive vegetation from my savanna so that the native species can thrive. I've gone from having nothing but European sparrows to having a very long list of native birds nesting on my land. I could spend all day looking at the beauty out there.Thanks for the terrific giveaway.

Anonymous said...

My favorite spot is my friend Meredith's home in Cranston RI. She lives right on the Bay and I never tire of the view. My kids and I can enjoy swimming, sailing and kayaking there.
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Samantha said...

A great summer day starts with iced coffee and then a lunch at the Legal Seafoods patio in Harvard Square. We're moving to a home in Somerville with a yard, so I expect even more awesome lazy summer days reading in the yard with a tasty gin and tonic at hand.

Samantha said...

forgot to leave my Rav name! It's Orbitalized.

Betsy said...

My favorite way to spend a summer day is to take a fly fishing float trip in the mountains of Colorado (our son is a wonderful fly fishing guide). It is so peaceful, beautiful and fun to catch trout!

stephigordon said...

Wow - I want to spend a summer day in YOUR favorite spot! I am blessed to live in Northwestern Montana, USA - we have tons of clear lakes, rivers, and mountains all around. I live near Glacier National Park where there is snow showing in the tops of most mountains throughout the summer and many of the lakes are the color of Windex (due to the glaciers melting). To spend a summer day camping anywhere in Glacier with my family is the perfect thing. Taking small hikes with our five year old dtr, biking around the campgrounds, throwing rocks in the lakes, and spending family time is my favorite summer activity!

stephigordon said...

Oops - just posted above - I'm indigodogmt on Ravelry.
Thanks!!!

Linda (javalulu on ravelry) said...

On many Saturday mornings, I love to start with a hike in our Colorado mountains, have coffee at my favorite coffee shop, and then sit out on my deck and knit! I have a great view of the Rockies from my back yard, and my yard backs to open space. So, lovely view, and lots of bird song.

karencreates said...

Sitting on the porch swing at my mother's house while knitting with her. She lives in Michigan and it is so much cooler there! Karencreates - Ravelry.

Debbolib said...

On the porch of an old Victorian cottage in the old Methodist campground, Hedding, in Epping, NH. It has the feel of a small town a hundred years ago.