Monday, June 19, 2006

Back from Reno road trip

It was interersting that in today's Union Tribune, there was an article about traveling up the 15 to the 395 then taking that road up the Sierra. That's exactly what we did. Up to Mammoth, where there were still people skiing [not us] and the slopes would be staying open until the 4th of July. Stayed there one night, then on to Reno for 3. Once again, I did not win anything, but we had a great time. The day we got there, we encountered police everywhere not allowing traffic or pedestrians to access several downtown streets. It was the day a local man turned sniper and tried to kill the judge handling his divorce. He'd already killed his wife. Other than that, Reno was clean and friendly, even if the slots were not.

We stayed one night in Sacramento, then down to Anaheim where we saw the Padres lose to the Angels on Saturday.

All that time in the car means lots of knitting!

I finished the sleeves to my Rowan denim pullover. Yeah! I'd been working on this sweater for over a year. Not difficult, but since it meant working from a monster graph, not very portable.

I worked a bit on the 2nd black lace sock, but the light was not always right, even in the car, so I concentrated on the Opal rainforest owl pair. I just worked through the problem of finding a knot in the yarn and discovering the colorway interrupted, then starting in the opposite direction. I started the second sock from the outside of the skein and at the break, continued from the inside. I'm ready to begin the garter stitch heel and am hopeful they will match.

Although I like the yarn, I did not think it would be striped. I had hoped for a mottled effect and am helping it along with the rib I'm doing and the garter stitch heel.

Opal Rainforest Owl colorway

Black lace in progress

Saturday, June 03, 2006

My easy, take along sock. Always need something I can work on while chatting with friends and maybe down a cool refreshing adult beverage. Whistlestop Bar knitting is tomorrow and even with the lights on, knitting on the black sock is out of the question.

I took advantage of the bright daylight sun on the ride back from Las Vegas to work on this black lacey sock. The pattern is an 8 stitch repeat from Sensational Knitted Socks. After a few repeats, don't need the chart at all. I did the double wrapped short row that looks so nice, but is rather exacting. When picking up the 2 wraps along with the stitch on the purl row, it needs to be through the back loop. I just turn it over to the knit side and use a crochet hook.

Short row detailing

We left for Las Vegas on Monday, Memorial Day. It was great going against traffic. We saw a comedy show at the Riveria and a ball game at Cashman Field. I lost my budgeted money at the slots, but had lots of time to knit in the car. Finished my 5th and probably last, Sitcom Chic cardigan. I love this pattern because the resulting sweater is so comfy and I'm working away at my 100+ skein stash of Cotton Ease. But I'm in search of another pattern for the next 5 cardigans in my wardrobe.

Sitcom Chic's button and yoke detailing.

Before I start another sweater, I really want to finish this one from the Rowan Denim book. I'm making it from Paton's Classic Wool and have been working on it sporatically for over a year. The monster chart requires this to be an at home only project. I'm about 1/3 done with the first sleeve.

I taught my 1st "First Sock" class at the Bonita LYS last Saturday. All 5 students turned the heel on the practice sock. I was so happy. Some had never used double points. I even got a nice email from one of the students saying she'd completed the sock on her own and made a second one. The class took 3 hours instead of the 2 allotted, but went really well.