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Friday, May 25, 2007

Another vacation post

See how often I can post when I'm not working?

Today is the last day I took off from work (I've still got the long weekend ahead) and I'm already feeling nostalgic for this trip. This morning, we got up early and rode our bikes into the Foothills here in Chico and now we're getting ready to leave for Sacramento, the penultimate stop in our little California/Nevada road trip.

Yesterday we hit three places of note: First, we lunched at Tacos Cortez, a super-cheap burrito joint D discovered 15 years ago when he lived here. The place has been a legend in our relationship. It's possible he told me about it at our very first meeting 13 years ago in DC. And now I have seen it with my own eyes.

Second, we hit a yarn store, Knit Wits in Paradise (in the mountains above Chico). I bought some lovely Cascade Magnum to make this. D helped me pick it out, then waited patiently while I pawed through the sale bin. What a sweetie!

Third, we walked around the Thursday Farmer's Market, buying locally grown cherries and almonds and buying a bottle of locally made olive oil. We'd have a hard time doing that in Boise!

Now, into the shower, one more trip to the Naked Lounge for the requisite double macchiatto, then in the car again, still knitting the socks I flubbed up a couple of days ago.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Still on the road

Here's another posting from the road. Work on D's sock has come to a halt as I realized halfway through the gussett decreases that this, the second sock, was significantly shorter than the first. Drat. And now for some on the road ripping.

As for the trip, it's been splendid. Yosemite is beautiful. I lost D on a hike and cried in front of a nice man named Richard who helped calm me down until D came off the mountain. The entire incident was entirely my fault. Really, I have no common sense.

In Yosemite, we stayed in this place called Curry Village, with wall-to-wall tent cabins, shared bathrooms, and about a million middle-school aged kids there for some program. We ate pizza two nights in a row, and one day, due to my poor planning, went on a 8-mile-round-trip, straigh-up-straight-down hike with only banana chips and sesame honey almonds for lunch. Needless to say, when we drove into Chico, CA, (where we are now) and walked into our fabulous room at the Hotel Diamond, I felt like I'd gone to heaven.

On the agenda today: More bike riding, burrito eating (we had burritoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner yesterday), knitting, and yarn shop finding.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

On the road again

I'm posting this from Carson City, Nevada, on my way to Yosemite. I have a camera, but no fire wire, so you'll have to make due with my descriptions.

It's a car trip, so there is much knitting. D's birthday was yesterday, so in honor of that event, my first car knitting item of business is a pair of socks for him. I've got one down and about 3 inches on the second. I also plan to work on my Argosy Shawl and I'm hoping to start this Fitted Knits cardigan using Cotton Angora I scored at an LYS sale.

Interesting sights so far: All the crazy casinos (like the one right next to the state Capitol building here); the beautiful mountains after the straight, long road to get here from Boise; a cottontail bunny hopping as we road our bikes this morning through a cool old Carson City neighborhood at dawn.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Puffed Sleeve Cardigan 2

Puffed Sleeve Cardigan 2
Originally uploaded by knitfreak.
It's Fitted Knits, the sequel. And while I thought nothing could top the first entry (the ribbed shrug), this one definitely comes close. It may even be the Spiderman 2 of Fitted Knits (fitting, isn't it, then that it's red?).

The details: I used Knit Picks Merino Style in Maple Leaf (just like the sweater in the book). The project took six skeins, and I do mean six skeins. I have about a yard left over.

I followed the instructions in the book to make a 33-inch chest (instead of 34) and made it a few inches longer (because I am longer).

I began it on a flight home from Baltimore. I bound off at a party with my knitting friends. I sewed the buttons on while watching America's Next Top Model.

Overall, a very satisfying knit.

Now, on to Fitted Knits project 3! (I'm not counting the two failures caused by my boneheaded yarn substitution ideas).

(I've also got another couple of projects on the needles. See photos of them on my Flickr page. I'll be blogging on those as soon as I make a dent in that huge stack of portfolios I need to grade by the end of the week).