My beloved boyfriend, Tom and I are back from our weekend getaway to Luray, VA. We were hoping for fabulous fall color, but alas were at least two weeks too early - all the trees are still green. No matter. We had perfect weather, a relaxing time, and lovely trip.
Moose, my mega-spoiled pug, went along for the ride. Much to his chargin, he spent most of the trip in the back of my VW New Beetle Convertible. I felt guilty, but Tom kept saying, "He'll get over it!" And he did.
So what did I do on my fall vacation? Knitted, of course. An hour before we left, the Louet Riverstone Bulky in Crabapple arrived from Webs; I ordered this replacement yarn for my Diamond Yoke Cardigan after abandoning the cotton blend I'd used to knit more than half the sweater. On our way out the door, I grabbed a Riverstone skein and worked up a swatch on the way down to the cabin. I had also brought some magenta yarn to make a sweater of my own design, which I also worked on.
But last night, I decided I should knock out Diamond Yoke Cardigan since I already have the pattern stitches in my head. It's moving pretty quickly, as you can see below.
I like this 100% wool yarn much better, at least for this cardigan. It's much less drapey and holds it's shape far better, plus I think it will make for a much lighter sweater. The Comfy Bulky cotton version of the cardigan was already heavy and I was only halfway done. I think I made the right decision no matter how discouraging it was to start over midstream.
The other good knitting news from my trip: I bought a new knitting basket - and for only $28! We stumbled across a little fruit stand north of Luray that sold apples and baskets - so of course I bought both. I like the basket's large size and wide, flat bottom - just perfect for knitting projects. Mind you, I have a gazillion knitting baskets, bags, buckets, totes, ziplocs, bins, boxes and the like. But as you know, one can never have too many yarn storage devices!
So today it's back to reality: clients, work, laundry, taxes, and life. But I'm grateful for the break and for a chance to be with the two people I love most: Tom and Moose. :-)