Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Six inches

That's right! Six inches done on the sock-mate.

That means tonight I might get to turn the other heel! Just turn the other heel.....

(I did get to knit a lot last night since the game went on and on and on and on and on. I was reading Harry Potter though, while the game was one, and knitting, not really watching per se.)

Thanks for the comment SP~ I'm liking the sock thing!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

We have Sock-age!

Yep.

I did it!

I knitted a real, it-even-fits-me sock! On the first try, and surprise, turning the heel was fun!

It is so beautiful I was tempted to wear my single lonely sock around the house last night.

Thanks to my SP who sent me the KPPPM yarn, the needles, and a handy-dandy sock knitting pattern.

I started it on the Deso trip, and finished it last night, mind you that was a only knitting a bit here and there til I really started to get serious with the sock over the weekend.

And, I like it so much, I'll even knit it a mate. And they can live happily ever after and have baby socklets, and get a nice cozy house (aka sock drawer).

I started the mate last night, 2 inches done. I'm hoping to finish the mate this weekend, and attempt photos of the twins.

yay socks!

Nice 100% merino wool too that should keep the feet all cozy after skiing. mmmmm.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

TR: Deso

(Or Trip Report: Desolation and Gray Canyons of the Green River, Utah, September 26-October 2, 2005.)

Desolation and Gray Canyons of the Green River, approximately 84 river miles, 6-8 days on the river. Put in at Sand Wash, river mile 96 and take out at Swasey's Rapid river mile 12 just north of Green River Utah.

It was an excellent trip. One rainy day where we counted 10 thunderstorms. Many excellent meals, memories, conversations, rapids and laughs.

Some highlights:

Ruins of a stone hewn ranch house at Rock Creek from the turn of the 20th Century


Petroglyphs at one of the side canyons. One of the best panels I've seen!


The rainy day camp. It was gorgeous. More petroglyphs to be found in the canyon behind, and an exciting night as we were woken up twice to the sound of rockfall from the canyon walls.


The upper stretches of the river were flat like a lake. You can see the canyon walls reflected perfectly in the river. Two days of rowing til you start to hit rapids.


A sprained ankle left me knitting socks one morning as I was banned from rigging boats (It feels pretty good now).


My favorite photo of the trip. A moose. In southern Utah. Janet (who spent 7 years guiding on Deso) said if someone told her they saw a moose in gray canyon, she would've said 'Not a chance'). A pretty rare sighting, and very cool.


The moose again, we watched him (her?) swim across the river.


Two horses at Rock Creek Ranch...don't know who they belong to, but they look pretty healthy.


Ruins of workers cabins at Coal Creek Rapid. They were planning on damming the river at coal creek back in the 40s. I'm very happy they abandoned the plan!


Sumner's Amphitheatre. Beautiful spot.


That's it for the Deso TR.

In other teleknitter news:

Tele-age:
Friday Oct 14th we brought the skis and the dog up to the mountains for the day. Above Silverton, up by one of the 13,000 ft passes was our goal. To see if we could find snow and ski. The road got bad around 11,500 or so, so we parked and hiked. I found an old mining road that had enough snow to do a little ski touring on, but nothing good enough to make turns. Oh well, a bad day in the mountains beats any day in the office!

Knitt-age:
Still working on Cozy. About halfway now.
I pulled out the VK shawl and placed the stitches from the provisional cast on on the needle for the trim on the other side (But didn't knit anything). I'm thinking I'll rip the edging from the first side off too now, I can see some mistakes. Might be a while on this one.
Socks: Almost to the heel on sock #1!
Haven't been knitting too much, but plan to tonight.
I got my SP package yesterday, full of Halloween-y goodness and fun stuff...if my digital camera wasn't broken, I'd show you!

Garden:
Still growing! Slowing down for sure...but I picked three huge colanders of tomatoes, eggplants, tomatillos and chiles over the weekend. Made awesome eggplant dip that was crying out for a roasted leg of lamb...so I made that too!

Cheers for now,
Teleknitter (Sarah).

I hope to get knittage pics soon...we have to figure out this camera thing.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Back from Deso

I'm back from the Desolation Canyon river trip. It was awesome. I really enjoyed it! Rapids, camping, and a moose. Yep, we saw a moose in Southern Utah!

Knittage: Worked on Cozy in the car, and started the pair of KPPPM socks that my SP sent me on the river. Cozy is a little more than a quarter done. I didn't knit much, but at least I knitted a little!

I'll be posting pics of the river trip and the knitting when I get a chance. Meanwhile, snow already! I need snow!

And, Muffin continues to recover well!

Garden: still going strong! I picked TONS of tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant, chiles, zuchinni and green beans yesterday. Made some tasty tomatillo salsa. Marinara tonight!