Happy Leap Year Day!
And the first day I wore shorts after getting off work!
Labels: Friday's Flowers
The adventures of a knitting grandmother
She spins, she knits, she blogs about it all.
Labels: Friday's Flowers
At the end of the first turn we took we came across several old corrals and a tumbledown stable or shelter of sorts. I wouldn't say that this site was abandoned; I can imagine it still being used for cattle or horses. This particular trail went no further than this, so we turned around and went back to the last intersection in the road. It seems that this turn was the one we should have taken in the first place; we found ourselves heading up into the main portion of the canyon. The wind was quite strong coming down the canyons and over the top of the mountain range. The cloud formations were really unusual.
About an hour later we finally found ourselves up on the trail itself. The trail was taking a gradual upward incline and we found ourselves up in the trees, a very pleasant shady route. There were several dry creekbeds that we crossed and we found a concrete trough used for collecting spring water. Containers like this one were often built to collect the spring water for the use of both man and beast.
Unfortunately it was starting to get too late in the day to go much further up the trail into the canyon. We had lost too much time on the wrong road. However, we did not regret the wrong turn. We enjoyed the exercise, the sun, the fresh air, and the serendipity of exploring the area. I'm sure we will soon return better prepared to explore further up the canyon.
The Friendship Scarf is finally finished, thanks to a massive knitting effort during the Super Bowl. In between providing hot wings and nachos for the males in residence, of course. I didn't expect it to take this long, but that's because I wasn't thinking about how much longer it would take to knit a scarf in fingering weight as compared to worsted weight. Those who are looking for the specs can find them here. This is a very soft scarf and I know that it will get plenty of use. The scarf has not been blocked and it may not be; like Susan, I like the texture that the pattern has in it's unblocked state. But that of course may change at any time.
The scarf also took longer because I did end up ripping out a good bit, due to miscounting and otherwise allowing mistakes to creep in and mess up the pattern. Of course I wouldn't realize that there was a problem until several rows later, making the tinking all the more time consuming. This was totally due to me being completely distracted this last week. Nana was taken to the emergency room last Monday night and she is still in the hospital; her status right now is not very promising. The scarf, which began as cruise knitting, ended up also being hospital knitting, which had a lot to do with the miscounting. But the act of knitting did keep me grounded during a difficult time of trying to get answers out of emergency room doctors, etc, etc.
I've been playing around with some other yarn and another scarf pattern, but mostly now I am knitting on the Moderne Baby Blanket in hopes of finishing it for Felicity's first birthday on March 4. Has it been a year already??