Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Did she fall off the face of the Earth?

Or was she sucked up by the great oboe vortex in the sky?

Neither - she was on a road trip.

First off, let me say thank you to everyone who commented on the baby items. I really enjoyed knitting the beanie and booties but found the blanket to be tedious. Not because the pattern was dull - I liked that - but because it was the same over and over. I like the variation of increasing, decreasing, short rows, etc.

And I wasn't the good time manager you might believe - the baby shower was June 16 (they were in town for father's Day) and I actually finished in the nick of time!

We left June 17 for Little Switzerland, NC to stop in at Wildacres for a day at the John Mack Oboe Camp. As you may remember, camp was cancelled last year because my beloved Mr. Mack fell ill and passed away. This one is the Legacy Camp - taught by his former students from CIM and who hold principal oboe positions in the Cleveland Orchestra. I had 2 students attend and it was a good experience for them. For me it was bittersweet...

Then we headed to Louisville to visit Jim's sister and family. Here are Jim and Lisa:

They live in the Highlands area that boasts the largest number of Victorian homes in any city. It was great to see them and their beautiful home.

Leaving their town, our route took us to Nashville and Memphis. I didn't know what the road was called until I saw this:
I had to pull over and jump out and take this shot! We also saw lots of this:

It was difficult to knit on the road because we drove so many miles (2270 in 6 days) and were *really* tired at night. I tried to knit while riding but it made me dizzy. It was when we returned home I was able to get some knitting done.

Here are the Almost Argyle socks from KnitPicks I began a while ago. I kind of like this pattern. It is nice but probably not one I would knit again - I prefer lacy. I do like the Eye of the Partridge heel, though. I think these will be finished by the weekend.

Remember Cece from ChicKnits? She has morphed into Soleil from Knitty. I liked the lace in the CeCe cardi, but not the band in front. I could not get the two sides to match the way I wanted. I may try it again at some point. Here is Soleil in KP Shine Sport:

That's about it for now - I hope the rest of your week is grand.


schrodinger said...

What a shame knitting and riding in the car makes you dizzy!! Good to see you back.

twig said...

Wow. That's a LOT of miles! Welcome home!

Cindy said...

Welcome back! What a cool highway, and subsequent sign!

The Soleil is looking good so far - that's on my long to-do list. I bought some Crystal Palace cotton yarn for it online, but it's kind of crunchy, so I might have to get a softer cotton. How are you liking the KP Shine for Soleil? That's what I'm using for my Log Cabin, and I love the softness and drapiness!

Larjmarj said...

Looks relaxing..can't wait to see some FO's.

LesleyKnits said...

Welcome back!

Soleil looks great! And it has inspired me to morph my Lutea Lace Shell into a Soleil too.