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We were getting ready to leave for a camping trip, when I received this in the mail:


Stroll Sock yarn in WhiteDogwood Heather and Dandelion, and Stroll Brights in Pucker for our trip this summer. Kookaburra Wool Wash and the 2 oz bottle of the same to take on our flight for washing clothes out, so we don't need to carry as much. Also the book Classic Color Pattern Collection, Fair Isle patterns. I was afraid this order would come while we were gone, so it was a pleasant surprise. I needed the white for these socks. I want to take the white ones and the navy ones (Kai-Mei, see below) with me this summer, so they are a priority.

Our trip to Moab was great, although I didn't get much knitting done. Between the hiking and cleaning the trailer, which I had to do because it was the first time out for the season, my time was pretty much taken up. We had some great hikes, though, enjoyed the lovely scenery of southern Utah and got to spend some quality time with DGD1 when no one was working or busy with normal activities. 

DGD1 took this photo of me during our Mill Creek Trail hike on Monday. (Notice the camera in my hands.)

I got this one of DH playing with the pups. It was a bit cold for them to swim for long.

It was too bad the water was cold. It would have been fun to play in the waterfall.

I snapped this picture of DGD1 during our four-mile hike at Dead Horse Point State Park on Wednesday.

There were some lovely windflowers. My favorite was this cactus flower.

It snowed the night before we left home. It was great to leave it behind, even though the snow was very light this year.

I did get some knitting done in the back seat of our tow vehicle as we drove down there and back, and we all got to listen to the audiobook together. Here's a photo of the first of DH's Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks, finished except for weaving in the ends the night before we left:



Details of pattern and yarn are here.

And progress on the first Kai-Mei sock:



Details here. In the photo, you can see the beginnings of the panel that wraps around the foot.

For this week's cuteness, I thought you would appreciate how Zachary looks after his first haircut (other than Dad snipping curls from his head while Mom cried).



What's on my needles: The Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks for DH, second sock started and moving along. Ready to CO his March of the Fibres cardi when I get a chance. Also the Kai-Mei socks, first sock at the gusset.

What's on my Featherweight: The third block for the First Ladies Quilt. I missed the class while we were camping, so I didn't get very far with it.

What's on my wheel: Still Full Circle spinning fiber in Pigeon.

What's on my loom: Still some warp for another scarf.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Listened to Mars Rover Curiosity, an Inside Account From Curiosity's Chief Engineer, by Rob Manning and William L. Simon from Audible, the story of the development and deployment of the Mars Rover. I then went on to Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer (one of her mysteries) from the library on the Overdrive app. Finished Rediculous by D. L. Carter on the Kindle app. I don't know when I've laughed so much over a book I couldn't put down. (Caution: some explicit sex, but it wasn't excessive, fit the story and lacked the corny euphemisms I find so silly.) Now reading Marie Astor's To Catch a Bad Guy from iBooks.

What's in my wine glass: Crane Lake Malbec, 2013, always good value.

What's my tip of the week: Remember the finger lights I talked about in my blog post of last June 16th? During our trip back from Moab, it came in handy. I was sitting with the pups in the back seat of the pickup, trying to knit on my dark navy Kai-Mei sock, but not able to see the K3P3 ribbing, because there wasn't enough light. I dug this out of my knitting notions box, and voilà!



Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Barb/WI on May 5, 2015 at 11:19am

Zach is just so darn cute with that new haircut!  What beautiful pictures of your hiking trip!  You new yarn colors are scrumptious.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 4, 2015 at 8:28pm
Jodi, I included the link, although there are other brands. Lots of friends go to Lake Powell. It's very popular.
Lea, I wear mostly jeans and T-shirts or turtlenecks, depending on the season, but over them, there's nothing better than a hand-knit sweater.
Comment by Jodi Cramer on May 4, 2015 at 6:19pm

I love the desert around Moab, especially when the cactus are in bloom. We used to go to Lake Powell every year. Same type of country with high rock walls and secluded pools. Thanks for the pictures. I love the finger lights. I'll have to keep my eye out for some of those.

Comment by lea on May 4, 2015 at 5:34pm

I've knitted via circular needles a few sayelle yarn curling sweaters, love them, I grew in size and sweater stretched so lasted long time.. Before quilting, had a nice sweather with a crochet chord that passed in/out for neck with pom pom at each end.. Lots of compliments for those sweaters. Now I'm more casual dresser.. Sweats/t-shirts. Home lots..

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 4, 2015 at 12:19pm
What a neat way to wash, Rebecca! Too bad we're penny-pinched this year with the trip overseas and our granddaughter living with us. I think (hope) to have access to sinks where we'll be staying, so washing should be no problem. The Wool Wash doesn't need rinsing and smells yummy...like eucalyptus.
Yes, I'll be adding beads. I think I'm going to have to use the dental floss method of adding them to the yarn, or maybe use a wire needle threader, but we'll see.
Lea, I worked most of my life. I feel very fortunate to feel good and to feel comfortable about having enough money to meet my basic needs. We're going out on a limb to take the trip this summer, but for a 50th wedding anniversary, we thought it was worth it. Before we got our little trailer, we always camped with a tent. Three kids and a dog in our VW bug. Interesting!
Comment by lea on May 4, 2015 at 11:39am

Oh me gosh love the socks.. You ladies make me want to apply myself more, just to earn some travelling money.  I will want to travel in my old age, hoping job will happen for me to get off this gov't program, working and allow for a co-share while I travel.. Hoping everyday..

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on May 4, 2015 at 10:28am

Beautiful yarn.  Isn't their colour selection great?  Looked at the pattern for the socks - will you be adding beads to yours?

I remember seeing this bag advertised when you mentioned travelling 'light' this summer - http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=72942&cat=2,4219...

Comment by Pam/NY on May 4, 2015 at 8:38am

Gorgeous pictures...love the yarn colors!

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