J Tree

Man is this summer flying by! I'm freaked that it's already the end of July. I hate to see the summer slip by so quickly, especially when I'm having this much fun! I took a short trip last weekend to Joshua Tree N.P. with the b-friend, who was driving out that way to do some field work. We made a detour though the park and got in 2 days of amazing (and sweltering) climbing, before heading to L.A. to see his bro and some friends.

He stayed out to complete his work and I flew back to AZ to continue with my own (big scary paper deadlines looming!). Coming back I got stuck in Phoenix because they had oversold my flight. I was superly-mega annoyed, but in the end, I only had to wait around for an hour - and I got a free roundtrip ticket for my inconvenience. Not a bad deal!

While on the trip / in the car, I was able to finish up my pomatomi. Yes, I really did knit both socks, but I can't find the second one right now. durn. You might notice my sock sitting on sawhorse. That's because there is a lot of demolition and remodeling going on at my house - exciting stuff! But I shall save that for another post...

Hoping you all had terrific weekends!


new yarns, new project

this is to make a koolhaas for a friend of mine who is moving to NYC. *sniffle*

this is for a pair of socks (duh), but i don't know what pattern to use. something simple, since it's going to have crazy rasta-like stripes. any suggestions? i don't have a single idea...

and this lump is the beginning stages of a montana tunic (rav link). i LOVE this yarn (Queensland Kathmandu DK). i should really buy more if it's still on sale at WEBS. i'm pretty psyched on the pattern, too. but i need to find a way to make it long-sleeved. this might be hard given the somewhat unique construction of the sweater, but i'm going to try anyway.

i've got a long trip to joshua tree tomorrow, so i'm hoping to get in some valuable knitting time in the care. yippee!


green river trip

this trip already feels like ages ago - it makes me a little sad to think about it... i hate it when the fun stuff that you look forward to comes and goes! and always waaaay too quickly!

getting ready:

on the river:

hike up side canyon to see some amazing pictographs:

and of course the trip would not have been complete without a little knitting on the side...

apparently i knit with my eyes closed and smiling like a big dork! that sock (pomatomus knit in str rolling stone meduimweight) weathered the miles of sand and rapids tucked safely in a little dry bag clipped to the front of my boat. the things we do for our knitting / required eccentricities. my fellow travelers on this trip could not believe i was knitting such a fancy sock! i admit i felt proud showing it around. it is pretty amazing to be able to whip up a complicated lace and ribbing sock, ain't it!??



i've been out of town and completely out of contact for the last 6 weeks and it's been, well, kinda nice. i was a teaching assistant at our university's geology field camp in the owens valley, california for a month or so and then i went up to northern utah to do some climbing and a river trip on the green river through lodore canyon. it was STUNNING!! i can't wait to get the pictures up and show you a few. the trip was 4 days and i paddled the river in a super-nice, top-of-the-line ducky (inflatable kayak) and had the time of my life! in fact, it was so much fun that after we took of the river, we went and got a permit to run the daily stretch again the following day. as much as i love rivers and whitewater, it's a cryin' shame that i live in the desert. ah well... there are gorgeous rocks and canyons here, too. and now that the monsoon has begun, pretty soon those canyons will be filled with cold, cold water. yayayayay!

in the meantime, i did manage to finish some knitting... i finally completed my firestarter socks and my noro scarf! i also finished an Inga hat (rav link) for my boyfriend, but i don't have a picture of that yet. coming soon...

oh yeah, and i've almost finished a pair of pomatomi. AND, i started a new project, which i will blog about soon. damn webs and their awesome sales!!

hope you're all having a glorious 4th of July. i'm off to beg my way into someone's pool...