Sunday, July 08, 2007

Vacation Knitting

Just got back from a trip to Washington DC (just for the fireworks)/Colonial Williamsburg/and DH's parents. Other than the grueling heat and hours of driving down and back we had a great time. Rather than regale you with pictures of fireworks and Revolutionary War soldiers, though, I'll just stick to the knitting parts. Well, and this:

There is no good explanation for why a routine pit stop should lead to the acquisition of 5 Uglydolls, but I do think the two hours straight of giggling over them in the car was worth every penny. Look, one of them even learned how to knit:

The project it's holding in its little mitts is my "official" Tour de France KAL entry, Errol from Charmed Knits, cast on yesterday on the road. I spent Thursday and Friday working on Hedwig, below, who will get stuffing, a beak and some talons later this week:

Hedwig is a combination of Ella Rae Amity worsted and OnLine Pinto, the latter of which knits up loopy like terry cloth. Held together they make a pretty cute owl covering, I think :) A lovely lady named Ann at Unraveled in Richmond, VA helped me come up with this combination; though I think she was a little concerned about my sanity she hung in there with me on the whole owl thing and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. If you are ever in or near Richmond, you should absolutely look Ann up - she is designing the most amazing projects!! And the shop is wonderful, too, lots of great yarns. It was a little skimpy in the sock yarn department, but heck, you probably have too much sock yarn already (coughcoughLynnecoughcough).

I've also sailed past the halfway mark of the bottom section of the Einstein coat! I had some time to work on it on the 4th when they evacuated us from the National Mall in DC into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum because of a tornado warning:

The Air Force "Airmen of Note" Premier Jazz Ensemble entertained the crowd while we sat on the floor in the museum lobby waiting out the storm. They were fantastic, especially the female vocals. Life is so much more fun when things don't go according to plan :)

I'll leave you with some more dishcloths, knitted in the passenger seat en route to VA. There was a third, which I won't show here because it came out so
offensively ugly it hurts to look at it. Suffice it to say you don't ever want to interrupt a 1x1 rib with some garter stitch. Trust me on this one.


bobbi said...

In october I'm on my way to Washing D.C. and Richmond, VA. I will stop in and say hi to Ann.
Love your little guys, I'm a sucker for felted anything and your family of "5 Uglydolls" are so cute. I agree, worth every penny (of yours)LOL!!!

Kathy said...

Sounds like you had a great trip. I have never been to DC or the surrounding area, but on the list for "someday" trips.

Sofee suggests that we babysit Frisky on your next vacation. She entertained Herky this weekend, and had a great time. Although she is currently sleeping it off!

Kat with a K said...

Sounds like a fun trip! I've knit two dishcloths since your inspiration last Saturday...

Lynne said...

Ok, I'll admit that yes, I may have more that my fair share of sock yarn stashed, but you never know when there might be a sock yarn blight or a really cold winter.

What is with those ugly dolls? My daughter loves them too.

Patrice said...

Sounds like you had a great time. It's time for me to stock up on some sock yarn...there's only enough for 4 or 5 pairs of socks in my bin.

The_Add_Knitter said...

Hedwig is too darn cute!!