We have certainly put the mileage on this weekend! On Friday, Rick had to drive down to Coronado (about fifty miles south of here) to help lay floors for Younger Daughter's dance school's feis. As soon as he got home, we loaded the car up, and headed 200 miles north (about 3.5 hours) to Tehachapi (feeling very grateful that the Cajon pass had reopened after a brush fire shut it down; the traffic still wasn't pretty, but at least it was rolling), where the tribe that I work with was hosting a huge fundraiser on Saturday called Go Native Days. We worked at that all day on Saturday (well, the girls and I worked; Rick went for a well-earned bike ride), and then drove home on Saturday night. Then on Sunday, it was back down to Coronado for the feis, before finally coming to a rest here at home last night.
Tilly was really glad when we didn't leave again this morning.
Today has been a catch-up day, and as part of that catch-up, I finally got a few pictures of some recently-finished projects. Alas, I completely forgot to bring my camera to Saturday's event! (But I do have a few things to share from that in another post.)
First up, Stripe Study (modelled here by Younger Daughter):
And front. Opinions? Those of you who have knit this, how do you wear it?
In any case, to recap, this is Stripe Study, knitted in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Lace II, on size 6 needles. I love the yarn - it was wonderful to work with, it has a lovely hand, and it knitted up beautifully even before I blocked this. The pattern was clear and easy - very good travel and meeting knitting, in spite of needing to haul two yarn colors around. This is definitely one I'd knit again (assuming I figure out how to wear it), and that's not something I say often of a garter stitch project.
The next project is a pair of socks that I'm embarrassed to say I started on the trip to Peru and only just recently finished. Honestly, they should have gone faster, but I got distracted by the siren call of stripes (and cashmere, let's not forget the cashmere).
So that's it for finished projects. Right now, I am working my way glacially slowly through the fifteen inches of linen stitch (over about 300+ stitches) that I need to start out Vancouver. Thank goodness I love the colors and the yarn (BFL, mmm...), because otherwise this one would be a chore. But I plug away at it, a few rows here and there, and someday it will be done. I am also working on the pair of Silk Road socks that I am knitting for myself. I had a totally delusional moment on Saturday night while I was packing them up to go to the feis when I wondered why I couldn't find the first sock to take along (so I could be sure to compare the second sock to it so they match). Until I realized that there is no first sock - I am still knitting it. Alas.
And finally, as the secretary of my union local, I would be remiss if I didn't wish you all a happy Labor day, and leave you with this quote from the Department of Labor's description of why we celebrate Labor day:
"The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker."