Wednesday, June 28, 2006

2,100 mile TREK!

Hi everyone - my sock decided to take over the blog today so with no delay - here is TREKKY!

Hi everyone! I'm Trekky and I'd like to tell you about the long journey that my mom took me on in June. This post is very long so please bear with me. The photos can be enlarged by clicking the thumbnail.

I was born in Pinehurst, Texas on a hot June day. My mom took me out on a few practice hikes along our country road. Here I'm hanging out in the mailbox ready to actually GO somewhere! As you can see, I'm a handsome fellow being knit in a beaded rib pattern out of Trekking XXL color #78. I'm destined to be a gift to a friend.

On June 15th, my mom, dad and I took a long plane ride from Houston, Texas to Portland, Oregon and began an 11 day trek across the Pacific NW. The first stop was in Troutdale where my dad took a picture of mom and I in front of the fishy statue.

We then proceeded to drive along the Columbia River and saw some gorgeous waterfalls and mountain streams. Mom was careful not to get me wet. See how big I'm getting! That's mom knitting on me while enjoying the cool weather :)

I have to say I was a bit jealous because mom was working on another pair of socks in Shaeffer Anne yarn. They were so soft and cuddly. But eventually she finished those and turned her undivided attention to me.

After we spent the day in Hood River, we drove north into Washington to visit Mt. Rainier. It was COLD and WET and I hid in my knitting bag most of the day to keep warm and dry. But that evening, we stayed at the National Park Inn and mom took me out to enjoy the sunset while gazing at Mt. Rainier. To the left is mom working on me while enjoying the view to the right.

The next day we again went northwest and ended up on the Olympic Peninsula. Mom got some stomach icky stuff and we had to spend an extra day in Port Angeles. She did knit on me a little when she was feeling better.

After the delay, we decided to explore a temperate rain forest and went to the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park. There I got to see a bunch of large trees and moss and ferns! I'll never get tired of trees and mountains :) We stayed overnight in Astoria and started out the next day along the Oregon coast.

Here I am enjoying the rugged beach of Oregon and on the lookout for one of the many lighthouses that we visited. I loved hanging out on the driftwood as long as Mom was careful not to get sand on me!

Oh look! I've got a heel! Yeah! I loved the lighthouses and all the parks around them.

I also enjoyed reading about the sea life although looking through the binoculars proved to be a bit beyond my talents.

I even got to meet a celebrity on my travels. My mom is a friend of Soxie - YES! that Soxie from PT Yarn the Opal distributor! She had dinner with her and her delightful husband and Soxie even posed with me :)

That evening, we ventured out into the California Redwoods and I posed with several of these awesome trees. It was right at sunset and we could hear the elk males in the distance. Was kind of spooky on that hike!

The next day we drove down through more of the Redwoods and of course, we had to visit the Lady Bird Johnson grove since she is from Texas. It was quite beautiful.

We then cut inland and north to Crater Lake in Oregon. This is where I became one finished sock and the beginnings of another. The lake was the bluest I've ever seen and the snow was everywhere! Quite a contrast in colors.

But, overall, the best time I had was at the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene Oregon on Saturday before we left. It was so neat to see all the sheep/ goats/ bunnies/ alpaca! And the vendors were wonderful and mom bought lots and lots of stuff to make more socks, shawls and scarfs!

I even got to meet other projects being knit on by bloggers. Left to right are my mom, Dene, Tammy, Jen and Chrissy. It was super the way these gals made me feel welcome. Thank you!

Well, you may wonder if I was completed on this journey. Sadly, no.. but I was shortly afterwards. To the left is a picture of my travel-mate, Anne and to the right is me, Trekky!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Live from Vacation!

I'm currently on vacation in the Pacific NW and having a blast! We have seen more amazing nature and generally have been having a great time (not going to mention the day I had to spend in bed with stomach flu).

I've been knitting - finished a pair of socks and am working on my Trek-along-with-me socks. So far, I have pictures of my socks enjoing the mountains, waterfalls, temperate rainforest, and the beach. I'll post once I have time :)

I've also joined the Knit Socks Kit Swap. I'll get the button up soon! Anyway - here are my answers to

The Questionnaire:

What are your favorite colors? Blues, reds, brights or pastels, fall colors (except orange). Not fond of greens or yellows.

Are you a new sock knitter? How long have you been knitting socks? I've been knitting over 45 years and have been knitting socks for more than 3 years.

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? I love either. Not fond of jacquards.

What fibers do you prefer in sock yarn? natural fibers - wools, alpaca, cotton

Where do you usually knit socks? anywhere I can! mostly in my easy chair or watching TV

How do you usually carry/store small projects? Yes - I just bought a nylon bag to carry my small projects. I have a lot of projects in zippered plastic bags.

What are your favorite sock knitting patterns? challenging patterns that won't loose my interest

What are your favorite sock knitting techniques? lace, cables, most anything except fair isle

What new techniques would you like to try? maybe I need to try fair isle .. LOL!

Do you prefer circulars or dpns for sock knitting? Double points. I've done magic loop also but prefer the bamboo dpns

What are some of your favorite yarns? Opal, Lorna Laces, Socks that Rocks, Mtn Colors Bearfoot. Fingering weight as opposed to DK since I live in the south.

What yarn do you totally covet? Shaeffer Anne

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? not really

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? Bamboo dpns.

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? I would be Sockotta - a blend of cotton, wool and nylon. Cool in the summer but tough wearing.

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? Caramel and chocolate

What’s your favorite animal? Cats, dogs, horses, etc. I'm a former Veterinary Technician and also raised and showed Birman cats.

Do you have pets? What are their species/names/ages? yes - 4 retired show cats, a barn cat and a dog - Birman/Star/8 yrs; Birman/Nicki/8 yrs; Birman/Andi/5 yrs. Birman/Tia/5 yrs. Tia and Andi are Nicki's kits. Domestic Short Hair/orange tabby/Tweety. Dog - Greyhound/Basinji mix/Curley/11 years

If you were a color what color would you be? blue

Describe your favorite shirt (yours or someone else’s).. my husband's snap up plaid shirt .. because I can rip it off quick (we have been married 31 years .. get your mind out of the gutter LOL)

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? Snow covered mountains. Reminds me of the magesty of God.

Tell me the best quote you’ve ever heard or read. "Sanity is overrated"

Do you have a wishlist? on Amazon here

Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? I love to be surprised!

Till later ~~ Dene

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Cedar Creek Socks

I finished my socks from the Socks that Rock sock club.

Pattern: Cedar Creek Socks by Kaci Kyler Hays for the Socks that Rock Club
Yarn: Socks that Rock lightweight in Rainforest Jasper
Needles: Size 1 bamboo DPs with size 2 used on heel
Note: I used the 'feathering' technique rotating between 2 balls of yarn ever 2 rows except through the heel and gusset.

I really like this yarn - it made a nice dense fabric that will be great in cold weather.

till later ~~ Dene