The idea came around when Heidi and I were noting how fun a knitters cruise would be and there was one with the Stitch & Bitch chick Debi Stoller. THEN we saw how much it would be. *choke-$800HAH-choke* Got the book, thats good enough for me thanks. Then we waxed poetic about how nice it would be to get away, and go with people we already knew who we had a good time with and voila - The Knitters Retreat was born. (for a TENTH the cost mind you). The cabin has a full kitchen so we are cooking most of our meals and hopefully will get a hike in at some point.
And yes... there will be booze involved.
It was an incredible sunset tonight - heres what it looked like from my back yard.
Amazing what nature can do with a smog layer.
So with the recent travelling - the time afforded me a chance to actually KNIT. Amazing I know. And what do I do with the time? Do I finish any of the various languishing items in my knitting bag? Of course not. I immediately cast for Mariah using the Odyssey 100% merino yarn that I got from Mary Kay not too long ago. I've fallen in love with cable knitting - even though it requires a good bit of attention to follow along with the chart. I got one of these:
which rules by the way. Its got magnets and you can frame the row that you are working on. Why didnt I think of this? Brilliant.
I'm knitting both sleeves - also known has gauge swatches - at the same time, and Im liking how its turning out so far. I've got plans for the body too. I'm going to run the small cables up the sides to kind of shape the sweater a little bit and to keep the knitting not quite so much stockinette. I also may do a shawl collar instead of the hood. Its a super secret Christmas present for my sister. Hopefully for Christmas 06 and not 09.
I got my first skeins of Sweet Georgia Yarns too. They are mucho squishy and the color is almost edible. I've got a long list of socks on my to-knit- list so I'm looking forward to casting on for these. The left is a skein of Speed Demon Sock Yarn in Viola and the right is Marina. I love me some worsted weight socks.