My husband and I went to Houston this past week to close out the estate of a family member (still living - just in a nursing home now) and it was quite a journey! We are in Oklahoma City and Houston is 8 hours away. Of course, my first thought was "that's a lot of knitting time!" so I wasn't too daunted by the long trip. I did get a lot accomplished. Before we got to the Oklahoma/Texas line this is what I'd done:
which turned into this:
A few posts ago, I wrote about how I was starting some socks for my stepdaughter in the Tiger colorway from Opal's Rainforest collection. Well, I was getting ready to start the toe and realized the darn sock was just too big. Actually, I just finally admitted it to myself because I knew it was too big after I'd turned the heel and just kept on knitting stubbornly. My stepdaughter has little feet and these were loose on my size 8 feet, so obviously, they weren't going to fit. So, I sucked it up and started frogging. After I finished, I wound it into a center pull ball following the instructions I got off knittinghelp.com. I suppose I could have brought my new ball winder and clamped it to the dash somehow, but I didn't have the foresight to bring it. Anyway, I got started on the sock and this is what I accomplished through Dallas traffic (which is saying something because Dallas traffic - at rush hour, mind you - is a little disconcerting):
After it got dark and we still had about 3 hours to go before we hit Houston, I was starting to wish I hadn't scoffed at those needles with tips that light up. Hmm...could've come in handy. The next 2 days were consumed with the job at hand and I went the full 2 days without knitting a stitch. Thursday morning, we found a little time to visit a local yarn shop. (bless my dear husband) We researched the possibilities on Knitty and ruled out those too far from our area of Houston. In the end, we drove about 20 minutes to Yarns2Ewe. This was a big yarn shop! It was jam packed with yarn and I was quickly overwhelmed. I had a spending limit, but knew I could get some good stuff. I knew I wanted some Koigu KPPPM. I'd never used it before and had heard so many things about it. I spent about 15 minutes picking out a color. This is what I chose:
I then looked through her IK magazine (my copy was in the car) and decided on a project to buy yarn for. I'm not good at just picking up yarn and thinking I'll use it someday. I have to have something in mind or I'll worry I didn't get enough or that I got too much. Oh, wait. Never mind on that last part. (there's no such thing as too much yarn!) Anyway, I settled on the Gatsby Girl Pullover. I love it! I couldn't afford the Rowan Cashsoft, so I decided to substitute Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool. My husband helped me pick a color. He thought I'd look great in this:
It's a really pretty coral orange. I probably would not have picked it all by myself, but I do really like it. I can't wait to knit with this yarn! Alas, it is not to be until after Christmas knitting is done. But, I have it and am very happy. My stash is growing! I also picked up some cable needles. The straight bamboo kind. I don't care for J hooks so am looking forward to trying these out.
We finished up our business in Houston at around 5:00 and headed north. Great timing huh? And I thought Dallas traffic was bad! Let me just say that there are a lot of people in Houston. And everyone of them was driving a car Thursday afternoon. I didn't get much knitting done on the way back because of the late start, but I have now turned the heel on the Tiger sock (which I cast on with 8 fewer stitches, so it goes faster!). Now it's Rosemary's turn to go to the Houston area from OKC. Have fun!