Sunday, March 8, 2009

Where to Begin?

Since it's been almost a month since I posted anything, I'll just provide a general idea of what's been going on and hope to do better in the future.

When last we visited our intrepid knitter, she had just returned from a wonderful day at the Madrona Fiber Arts retreat. On President's Day, she and the Princess took off for the wilds of Las Vegas for a mid-winter break trip. I learned not to fly to Las Vegas on a holiday if you don't like standing in lines at the airport! Be that as it may, we were in the rental car and on our way a mere two (!) hours after we arrived.

The Princess' graduation gift was a trip to a spa, and she and I drove through the very scenic mountains from Las Vegas to St. George, Utah. I love how the road is cut right through the rocks.

At this time of year there's still snow on the top of the mountains there. The contrast of colors is spectacular.

We had a lovely four days of being pampered, eating healthy food and taking exercise classes at the spa, then got back into the car and returned to Vegas. We spent the night with my cousins there, then toured the campus of UNLV. The Princess is pretty sure she wants to go to school there next year, so we needed to take a look. It's a big school, not terribly scenic, but has lots of new buildings and facilities and sounds like it has a lot of good educational opportunities from which to choose.

Here's our future Rebel in her new gear.

On the knitting front, I finished something! The Loopy Ewe Spring Fling group on Ravelry is having monthly knitalongs, and February's theme was Anne Hanson patterns. I happened to have an unknit Socks That Rock club kit that featured an Anne Hanson pattern called Holidazed. I got those socks finished in February and they're very cozy.

I also finished the sampler sized shawl I began in Nancy Bush's class at Madrona. I was pleased with how it came out and am looking forward to tackling a person-sized shawl from her book in the future, nupps and all. It's a pretty little shawl

and I think it looks quite fetching on its new owner (even if it has to be tied onto her.)

The March knitalong features Cookie A patterns and I chose Mona to do. It looked interesting and easy enough to finish in a reasonable amount of time. I couldn't find much solid color sock yarn in my stash (shopping?) so I used some All Things Heather that I had wound already. It doesn't have too many color variations and I think it looks okay, but a more solid color would show up the pattern better.

The first sock is done. And this is the first toe I've kitchenered without looking at directions. A milestone!

And now for the weather, yes we did have snow again in Seattle yesterday but it didn't stick. We're getting lots in the mountains where we need it, so everything is good.


Cathy-Cate said...

The little sampler shawl is awesome! And looks gorgeous on its new owner, too.

I've been distracted from my Cookie A pattern (which is a serious follow-the-chart pattern) by a couple other projects, and I have another distraction project (or two) to cast on after that. Plus homework for Sock Camp at the end of the month. Maybe I won't complete the KAL this month after all....Yours looks wonderful, and I love the color.

But that goes without saying, doesn't it?

Sam said...

Great socks! I failed to finish mine for the Feb. KAL, but I'm determined to finish my Twinkle Toes for March.

Tava said...

You are one fun mom! A spa vacation, I am so jealous. I would settle for an uninterupted shower at this point (hee hee).
Thanks for the knitting inspiration!