Sunday, April 15, 2018

Yopping 42 - Home Again Home Again


Where to begin?

I have been home since Wednesday Afternoon, and besides Laundry and sorting out the camper I have been dealing with a horrible headache since Thursday.  I blame the cold and the rain.

But,

this greeted me at my front porch when I got home.  My Bleeding Hearts had volunteered and bloomed for the third year in a row.  So, yes, spring will come.  It always comes.





I have had time to sort out my projects since coming home and I finished Maggie's Cowl with less than a yard of wool to spare.   It needs to be blocked - as does my Wingspan.



I picked up my Cotton Tee that had travelled with me the last two months but never saw the light of day.  It is such an easy knit that I finished side one and started side two and you can see it is progressing very quickly.



The yarn bowl that I won arrived when I was away - it is so beautiful:



And, my Simply Knitting subscription started and I came home to two issues to peruse through.



Next week I plan to pick up my Oceans of Time that I started before I left and I have to get to my April spinning now that I am home.  It will be nice to be back at the wheel after my two months of using the drop spindle.

The only craft purchases I made while travelling were the two basket kits.   I did not buy any yarn.  GASP!  I know right?

But I knew I had lots of yarn I had purchased via my dh for Christmas and I didn't want to get ahead of myself with yarn stash when I have sooooooo much fibre to spin.

We spent our last weekend camping on the Oregon coast and it was very windy, but sunny.
After the biggest storm the beach was full of a kind of sealife I had never seen before.

They are called velella - there were hundreds of them on the beach the day after the storm.






One of our last days in our home away from home - Beachside State Park - Oregon.


I'll miss these little guys - my favourite cacti.


and this was our last night in California - camped by the river and this ancient cottonwood tree.


And since I will be teaching a botany course this summer it seemed like ALL the plant world was getting my attention - especially these lovely wooden flowers - pine cones. 





You can follow other yoppers and their progress here.  

I still wish I was away camping, but I think once the sun reappears and the cherry blossoms come out I will be happy to be home. 


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Yopping 41- Heading for home.

We will be home by Wednesday and this past week we were in death valley and now back on the wet and wild oregon coast. Wifi is limited so two project updates and I promise more vacation pics once I am home.

My basket and my cowl:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Yopping #40. From the sublime to the ridiculous

We spent Sunday walking around Williams Arizona - a funky.town on Route 66 and on Monday headed into Grand Canyon National Park to camp right in the park. Mid afternoon we got on the shuttles to Hermits Rest and spent 3 hours hopping on and off to see the amazing vistas.  We decided to get off at mojave point to watch the sun set over the canyon.  It was spectacular.

The next day we left the park and decided to go to Peach Springs where, if you get a permit from the Hualapai Tribe, you can drive done into Grand Canyon and camp beneath the cliffs beside the Colorado River. 


It is a 20 mile drive in on a washboard gravel road and we even had to ford a few streams.  It was  not a drive for the faint of heart but oh my goodness was it worth it! 

We spent two nights there and then decided after such an amazing experience of nature at her finest to head to.....
Las Vegas!

After porta potties and no services we got three nights at an rv park that runs like a 5 star hotel.


The pool was amazing and I had a long swim under the almost  full moon and an even longer one the next morning.


Of course we drove the Las Vegas strip.  I can't even!!! It is so unbelievable but also put us both on sensory overload.  

So of course we had to walk it yesterday.  We clocked over 9 miles and arrived back at campsite dog tired.

I did get further on my basket and I did finish my March spinning.

I also did a couple more repeats on Maggie's cowl.


Today we head to death valley. Yikes!!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Yopping 39 - What? A FO?

A FO! My wingspan is done and I love it!

Another kit purchased - a new obsession thanks to my son.

A week to finish my March spinning. I better get on that today.

 We spent first part of week at Gilbert Ray canpground in the Saguaro National Forest and then headed North to Grand Canyon.  We have been here since Thursday and will head for Death Valley on Tuesday.

Today is laundry and then visiting Williams on Route 66!

The museum was awesome and I included a few shots for y'all.

And my favourite tree at the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Until next week!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Update 38 - koolaid and raffia

Still waiting on wifi and no knitting to speak of but I did spin a little more at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

I found some Kool Aid packets im Eloy (which you can't get in Canada) so I have all the colours for dying yarn when I get home.

My son and I each bought a basket weaving kit so we worked on them a couple of times before sundown.  Slow progress but once the base is done I think it will speed up.

I bought this cool sewing kit in Eloy as well. 10 pre-threaded needles and a wee pair of scissors.  I have already used the gray to fix hubby's hat and I have a pair of pants that keep slipping down so I need to do a quick alteration. 

That is my week.  Today we are off to the desert museum to see ALL things deserty.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Update 37

A little bit late this week because we were out of wifi range until today.  We were camping at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and exploring around the area.  We had great weather, beautiful sunsets and fantastic food cooked over the fire.

So, no knitting at all in the last week, but I can show you the test knit I finished at the beginning of my holidays.  They are called Queen of Tarts and it was an easy and enjoyable knit.  Thanks to Knitterarium for another great pattern.





I have spun all my natural Friesian fibre on my drop spindle and I am half way through my topaz fibre. 

Here are a few shots from our trip.  Our son leaves us tomorrow and we will continue on to ....somewhere for another three and a half weeks.  I have to say I love Arizona. 







This last picture is samples of spinning from the museum at Toozigoot National Monument - a wonderful site to walk among the pueblo ruins.    Their drop spindle and mine look very similar!

Until next week.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Update 36

We are in Needles California as I quickly write this update.  Wifi is slow so no pics today but imagine lots of amazing desert and cactus scenes.

We have driven about 900 km since getting the truck back and all is well. (Knock on wood).

We are heading to Arizona and are just a stone's throw away. Literally.

On the crafting front I did spin up Agate beach and I am on the last triangle of my wingspan. 

I will check in with you all when wifi is available. 

Did I mention the cacti are amazing?
Cause they are!!!

And it is warm and sunny here. 

Win. Win.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Yopping Update 35 - Dropping expectations


On the knitting front I am working on my Wingspan and I am on the fifth triangle.  It is good evening knitting as I listen to podcasts or netflix if the wifi is cooperating.


Mostly this week I have been playing with my drop spindle, and I think I am getting the hang of it.

Here is attempt number one:

 which I am calling Pacifica Sunset:



Number two:
 which is called San Francisco Mist

Number three:


myYukon fleece that is full of lanolin and much easier to spin on this drop spindle than my sipnning wheel.

I have these two ready to go - Agate Beach and Pacific Ocean:



Our truck is suppose to be fixed and ready to go on Tuesday - and then we will head....somewhere.

Yes, beside dropping my drop spindle I am also dropping expectations.  This holiday is unfolding as it wishes and I have a warm camper to sleep in, good food to eat, knitting and spinning to do, and a pool and hot tub at my disposal.  Also the views are amazing.



See you all next week.  I wonder where I will be then?