Just to put the knitting stuff first. I finished the mate to the last orphan that had been languishing in my basket for at least a couple of years. Knit out of JaWoll cotton, it is an even four colour stripe. Going from dark orange to a lighter orange, then blue and finally grey I have no clue why I bought the yarn in the first place. I used a k4 sl1 pattern with the alternate rows being plain knit. The end result looks like chains up the sides. This is not a great picture, and will provide a detail picture tomorrow when I have some light for photos.
Next up is Scarlet Letter (merino and tencel) from Michelle at Sweet Socks. I started the Glamour Socks from the German Kreativ Socken KAL. Stringing beads is a real pain, trust me but much easier because of the tencil than a pure wool would be.
Looking out this morning from the balcony, the sun was shining and white buildings seem to stretch out into the distance. None of them are all that high, maybe 4 stories max for most of them. But it is a plain, cement, blocking kind of architecture. Tel Aviv is a young city for the mid East, starting in the early decades of the last century.
Walking along the beach, there were sunbathers and surfers. The tall buildings are hotels.
The old port of Jaffa was not a bad hike from the hotel. Layer upon layer of old city for thousands of years. Climbing around, there are so few tourists, all the small shops are completely empty. Even the more famous art galleries have few vistors.
And then I decided to walk through the city on the way back via the souks. Fresh dates, small tart olives and a 2 1/2 hour hike by the time I was done.
No fool, I spent the remainer of the afternoon sitting in the lobby looking out over the ocean. JD Robb on the cassette recorder and knitting needles in my hands.