Coast to Coast in 22 Days!

Posted on July 16, 2005 | 2 Comments

We leave in a few hours, and I'm almost completely packed and ready. . . really!

How I'll survive 3 weeks in a car:


That's my Trivoli tank crammed onto a circular, I'm into the "straight for 5 inches" part of it. This is my mindless knitting for the plane, and should be done soon. It's in a beautiful fuschia color of Debbie Bliss Cathay, which I'm actually liking (for a cotton yarn, that is!). In fact I like it so much I bought 6 more, in orange, to make Annie's Silk Corset. That's also coming with me, but I'm not casting on until after Trivoli's done.

Front and center you see my copy of HBP, which I bought last night with all the other crazies at the stroke of midnight. (do you know the initial run for this book was over 10 MILLION copies? Luxury Knitting, the book that String just finished writting, has an initial run of 10,000!) That should also keep me busy for a while.

And last but best of all, my Skyline Shawl (renamed because there already is a pattern called "Sunset Shawl" and I don't want to create confusion). As you can see I have two balls of Koigu attached, I'm into the 4th color now and this is the most addicting thing I've ever worked on. You can't see much of it since it's also crammed onto a circular, but you get the idea of how big it is (the rows will be 6 feet long once blocked). Here's a detail shot of the lace:


This shot is a little too saturated in color, in real life the yellows aren't so neon. . . but you can see the color progression I've worked up, and I have to say I'm really proud of myself. I cannot WAIT to finish this thing!! Although if I finish it on the road and am unable to block it, that may be very frustrating. But we'll worry about that when/if the time comes. And I guess I can weave in ends well enough in car . . .

I'll be posting from the laptop while I'm gone (and I bought a bigger memory stick for my camera, too!), but I'll probably be hard to reach for the next 3 weeks. Check in here for my Coast to Coast trip, and I hope you enjoy the virtual ride!

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T Minus 7 days

Posted on July 10, 2005 | 2 Comments

I'm leaving on my road trip in exactly one week! There is still so much left to do, but I'm well on track to actually being ready to go on Saturday. We've booked hotels for every night but one, made dinner reservations, reserved the rental car, and mapped routes and times between stops. Today we picked up Adam's new laptop, which will come with us on the trip (so I can update the blog, naturally! well, that and deal with pictures), and bought a FM thingie for the iPod so we can listen to it on the car stereo. Last week I also bought one of those thingies that converts your car's cigarette lighter to an electic outlet. (I clearly like the technical term "thingie").

We're certainly ready when it comes to electronics/entertainment.

I've also been obsessively planning my trip knitting -- I'll be bringing the sunset Koigu shawl, which is currently into its fourth color (Koigu is so addictive, I can't put it down), and today I bought some yarn to swatch for these gloves, available online at Interweave's site:


I bought Dale's Baby Ull in a few colors, and want to fill in other colors with scraps of leftover Koigu (yes, I may be on a kick). These seem like a good travel project because they're small but not boring. I'll be bringing my Trivoli tank, too, as my mindless knitting. I'm sure I'll need several projects, since I plan on only driving at night, and letting Adam drive while there's daylight. And we'll be averaging 6 hours a day of driving, so that's a LOT of knitting time. Although I suppose I should look out the window every so often.

I promise to post pictures and stories as we go cross country, but I'm not sure I'll post much before we leave.

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