Grace Knits a LOT!

Knitting mostly but other crafts, too (crochet, cross-stitch, scrapbooking) and life in general.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Not really a knitting post...

I just watched the movie Firewall last night and it is about a bank security head that a group of men hold hostage until he can get $10,000 from their top 2000 accounts. They wire him and put a camera on him, have his computer 'bugged' so that anything he writes or looks at, they see, too. But it never occurs to him that he could very sneakily write a HANDWRITTEN note to anyone to clue them in on what is going on. My boyfriend said that this was a summer blockbuster movie and you have to have a reasonable suspension of belief (he said, "Ohmygodthisisasummermoviegetoveryourselfalready"--I tend to do this a lot at the movies). But when I watch Sci-Fi movies I don't question what happens. I wonder why this is?

On the knitting front, I have no pictures, but I have started my THIRD blanket for my brother and SIL for their new baby coming in september. I had started a log cabin quilt from the Mason Dixon Knitting book in Noro Kuryon but my brother said it looked too tie-dye-y. I then went for the moderne baby blanket in peaches n cream and sugar n creme but I didn't like the colors. I then went to my LYS to get some birch dpn's and found cotton classic mercerized. Great colors and such a pretty sheen! I will post pics as soon as I get all 4 colors going.

I also got some kidsilk haze in a pretty burgundy color and will be starting a shawl soon...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Trekking in Jackson, Wyoming

So, I have just returned from Jackson, WY (thanks for inviting me Barb!) and I had a fabulous time! We hiked, rafted, went horseback riding, recoved from the horseback riding at the Granite hot springs and played LOTS of Cranium (a completely fun game!). Of course I brought my knitting along...

This was taken on a hiking trail along the Gros Ventre River valley.

This was taken by the Gros Ventre River.

This was taken at the top of Rendezvous Mountain (last year for the tram in Teton Village--boo hoo!) and yes, that is me. Great view, huh? This was the second of the pair using Trekking XXL 100 (seems to be a favorite...) knitted using the Child's First Sock Pattern from Nancy Bush's book: Knitting Vintage Socks and here is the finished product:

Fun, huh? This is the first lace sock pattern I tried. Needless to say, my second sock is much better than my first. After I finished this pair I started another using Mountain Colors Wool Quarters in Wilderness. I only finished one sock in Wyoming--the second I finished back in Illinois. I modified Nancy Bush's heelless bed sock--I wanted a heel, so I put one in:

And here is another clearer picture of my trekking socks:

I like to knit socks!