Some people hate long drives. I look at that time as the perfect opportunity for uninterrupted knitting and podcast listening time. Of course, I do some of the driving, however Chris tends to do most of it, leaving me free to knit! This time around, we had a 9 hour drive to Yachats, on the Oregon Coast. We decided to break it up into two days so we could go through the Umpqua Valley between the interstate and the coast where there are tons of wineries. We love drinking wine, and wineries are always such fun places to visit so we managed to work three of them (TeSóAria, Reustle Vineyards, River's Edge) into our trip. In between stops I was furiously knitting away on my twisted flower socks and as a result by the time we got to the coast I had finished the leg and heel flap of the first sock. We camped near Chris' parents house so over the next few days I worked in enough time to turn the heel and start the foot. Each evening we had a few hours to ourselves by the campfire which is when I managed to sneak in a few rows.
The day before we left Oregon we decided to take a trip up to the Tillamook cheese factory in Tillamook, OR. This was a solid 2 hour journey from where we were and Chris drove the whole way, so by the time we got back I had just finished grafting the toe. Talk about perfect timing! I quickly wove in the ends and my first Cookie A. sock was complete! I was so excited to get the second one done that I cast on that evening, and then during the drive back to Reno I worked my way through the first half of chart B.
We had a couple days in Reno and then we headed down to Las Vegas for a conference called The Amazing Meeting 9 (TAM 9). It is a conference based on science, skepticism and critical thinking and consists of 3 days packed full of fascinating presentations, panels and discussions. I really enjoyed all of the speakers, and as a bonus I had 6-7 hours of uninterrupted knitting time each day. Needless to say, by halfway through the second day of the conference the second sock was done! Although I was super excited to finish the twisted flower socks, it unfortunately meant that I did no more knitting while at the conference. The other yarn I brought was uninspiring and the only other project I had on the needles was my wedding shawl, which is far too complicated for knitting in public....
You may be wondering what is going on with my wedding shawl since the wedding is less than 2 month away. Well as with everything else wedding related, I am dragging my feet on it. It is partly because beading is not good travel knitting, and partly because I just don't feel like working on it. I seemed incapable of putting down the socks while I was knitting them, but now that they are finished, hopefully I can focus on my shawl for a while.
I am back at work right now working extremely long hours out in the middle of the desert, but with a lot of downtime during the day that I am of course using for knitting. Sock Summit is coming up next weekend and I am taking three classes. Two of them have homework (just a little swatching) which I should be able to finish in the next few days. Most of my classes are geared toward learning to design patterns which is a direction I would like to go with my knitting and I am already getting inspired just from the swatches. Chris is driving me and my girls STItCHA and gypsynit to Portland and I absolutely can't wait!