My dear friend, Julie, and her beautiful boys visited us in Boston this summer. Thinking that a visit with a 9 year old and a 7 year old boy demanded some structure and an essay-worthy summer activity, I brought our clan of 5 boys (total) to Plymouth, MA for a day wandering through our colonial history. At Plimoth Plantation we were pleasantly surprised by a very modern retelling of the Colonial experience in America in an air-conditioned Hi-def theater before being released to walk the intrepid trails of our forefathers. We visited the original Plimoth Rock where Europeans were reputed to place their first thankful steps on American soil. We visited a Wompanoag community where one is not only not discouraged (as in the desert SW) but is encouraged to snap photos of their traditional ways. Most noteably, a Wompanoag woman who had given birth only 1 month previously was raising her son traditionally and was generously encouraging tourists to photograph their cohabitation on the site. Personally, if anyone had brought a camera within 20 miles of me 2 months post partum I would have slung it against the nearest wigwam. Further along, we visited the Pilgrim's settlement, where the kids enjoyed watching early animal husbandry with goats and sheep. On the site, Plimoth Plantation boasts an impressive collection of rare animals in its Nye Barn. "The animals you will see at the Nye Barn, as well as those in the 1627 English Village, are all older breeds that were common in past centuries, but have critically low breeding populations today." Notable to knitters are the San Clemente, Arapawa Island goats and the Wiltshire Sheep. You can support the recovery of these historic animals through the efforts of the Plimoth Scientists by clicking the following link (allowing you to donate AND get a cute stuffie for your closest and dearest kid): Adopt a Colonial Animal
Alternately, you could support the historic site as a whole WHILE supporting your own sick self-serving and ever-growing stash :-) by purchasing some of their absolutely YUMMY locally spun yarn!!!!!!!!!!! Here is what I got!
Or why not indulge yourself in one more sock pattern...you never know when you might need it. My guess is that nobody appreciated warm woolen socks as much as the Pilgrims, so the pattern is likely pretty good.
In short, a summer adventure need not be entirely devoted to the kids interests...goodies for knitters can be found everywhere. Here's to getting the kids out without being ENTIRELY self-sacrificing!