We've driven 1,500 miles so far, and we're not even in Texas yet! We're now in Cortez, Colorado, where Mesa Verde National Park is. This is about the half-way point of our trip, at least in time. Driving-wise, we're about 1/3 of the way through . . . the biggest push will come in a few days when we travel through Texas to New Orleans, the stop I'm most excited about!
Since I know this here's a knitting blog, here's some knitting news:
I have been knitting, in case you were worried! I finished the Trivoli tank, and it's a bit short (ran out of yarn, and I know there's no more where it came from, since it's from String!) and wide. My plan is to get home and wash it and stretch it as much as I can, and hopefully it'll more closely resemble my body shape. It's not awful the way it is now, but it's not something I could wear and tell people I made it, if you know what I mean.
With the freed-up needles I started the Silk Corset, but that one appears to be too SMALL! I was working on it in the car yesterday and took it off the needles to measure. I'll tackle that job tonight, measuring in a car is just not worth it.
In the meantime I did work a LOT on my Skyline Shawl. As a response to the comment, this is a shawl I've designed which will be available for sale at Chiagu when it's finished. I've gotten two more colors into it, and am now working with intense reds and oranges (you'll have to take my word for it for now, can't get the pictures onto this computer). I love watching the colors change, it's addictive!
I'm also working on another shawl, this one using Lorna's Laces in the Black Purl color. I'm half-way into the second skein, doing this one in the rectangular top-down shape (my favorite shawl shape). I think I'll keep going for another skein and a half or so, although I did buy 4 skeins so I could make this really big if I wanted to. I'm making this one up on the fly, literally -- the first part uses a lace pattern that I took from another shawl and then inverted to do it top-down, and the second design I litterally made up this morning, since I didn't pack stitch pattern books with me. It was actually a lot of fun! This pattern will likely be a free one at Chiagu, once I'm home and have time to update the site.
Speaking of which, I have a few new sections going up in the near future, including the free pattern section I just mentioned, a project gallery (send pictures of you finished projects using Chiagu patterns to firstname.lastname@example.org, include your name, yarn used, your blog, or anything else you want in there), a designer bio section, and a resources section with a few tips and articles I'm working on. There are also two new patterns almost ready to go up, so watch for that over the next two weeks, too!
Off to get some ice cream, it's HOT here in Colorado! See ya next time I can get an internet connection!