Thursday, January 11, 2007

Trippy Knitting Goodness!

I'm going on a trip at the end of the month. Each January we go up to my Aunt Jane's house at the end of Long Island and house- and pet-sit while she goes skiing. Long Island out near Montauk in the winter is gloriously empty, desolate in an exhilarating, soul-stirring way.

Like this:

And this:

And this:

We love love LOVE every second we're there. And we haven't had a vacation since we went up last January, so we are really looking forward to this week away.

But more importantly, for me it means.....5-hour car trip...each way! And vacation! And that means .... specially-selected-5-hour-car-trip-each-way-and-vacation-knitting-projects! And even though we aren't leaving for two and a half weeks, the all-important Speculation Stage has begun. A shawl? A hat? Some complicated mittens? Ooooh, the possibilities are endless! The Speculation Stage is almost more pleasurable than the actual Starting Stage.

But first, there is this:

The Group of Shame. These are three projects that are thisclose to being done, but have been pushed aside for whatever reasons. These must be completed before any Delicious Vacation Projects can be commited to. In my defense, the ribbing on the blue cuffed bootees does make my arm shriek still, so I've only been doing a couple of rows at a time. But c'mon, MM, finish up the ding-dang baby sweater sleeve! And the cuff of the Knuck is only 5 or 6 more rows from completion. So I am turning my attention to this little group, and then my mind and conscience will be gloriously free to pick the all-important Vacation and Car Trip Knitting Projects. I will have pictures tomorrow or whenever I next post.

Baseball Hall of Fame note:

Slam Dunk! Or, uh, Grand Slam! I love both of these guys - no arguments here. And look at those baby blues on Ripken - yowsah.


Blogger Liz K. said...

Oh, delicious vacation knitting by the wintry seaside! Lucky dog!

For me, though, I often use long car trips for dreadfully dull knitting, figuring if I am held captive in the car with only one thing to knit, I'll do it. That, and I have to be careful not to get motion sick, so I have to mostly knit without looking.

8:16 AM  
Blogger diana said...

Liz - your point about the being-held-captive-so-knit-something-dull-but-necessary is well-taken. If I were in the middle of a sweater, I could use the car trip to knit the sleeves, which are my Lex Luther. Maybe I need to re-explore the Group of Shame and see if there's something else hanging around that needs to be finished.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 11th! Happy Birthday Ben Rivera! won 13 games in 1993 for da Phils.....

11:19 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Aahhh, Big Ben.... That '93 staff was off the hook.....

(I'm not even going to ask how you knew it was his birthday.)

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith Olberman (my hero along with Jon Stewart) mentioned Ben's birthday on his show. Guess Ben ended up playing baseball in some out of the way places...

Nice tip on Lifehacker on making your own Silly Putty:

12:44 PM  

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