I flew with my grandma to Arizona last week, for a whirlwind, 5-day trip. We stayed with my aunt who has a vacation house down there and did some sightseeing. It was a very full, exhausting trip, but the smiles on grandma's face made it totally worthwhile! She hadn't been to Arizona in over 16 years, ever since my grandfather had a stroke (he has since passed away) and she is not exactly mobile herself these days and she really missed it. With two of us to help her, we were able to really show her around.
I didn't do any yarn shopping, other than a quick check of the yarn aisle at an Arizona Wal-mart to see if they have anything different (not really, except the kitchen cotton comes on cones instead of the giant Handicrafter balls we get here) and a quick run-in to the Sedona Knit Wits store, where the yarn was just too expensive for me to even buy one token skein. I am sorry, Sedona Knit Wits, the 135% exchange rate last week was killing me!!
I did bring knitting from home, at least: Just one project, which made me very nervous but it lasted the whole trip thank goodness! I chose my favorite travel knitting of all time, the Shaelyn shawl pattern. I made this one (my third) with a ball of navy, black & green Noro Silk Garden sock yarn and a 5 mm circular needle.
As often happens with Noro, there was a confounded knot in the skein, which broke up the colour pattern. The end result was that this ball was mostly blue and black, with only one green section:
I was really disappointed by this as I was knitting, but once I blocked the shawl and saw how the green lined up just perfectly with that last stockinette portion, acting as an accent to punch up the blues without overwhelming them, I had to admit it all worked out for the best. I am really happy with the striping, even if it is technically a mistake in the production of the yarn!
I never get tired of knitting this Shaelyn pattern. The pattern notes include excellent instructions on how to read the knitting so that you don't have to refer to the chart, and I was able to knit a good chunk of it in the dark on the plane on the way down (why they turned out the lights on an early evening flight with no time change, I will never know, maybe it had to do with the number of elderly snowbirds on the flight, in need of a nap?).
On the plane home I mainly ripped back and re-knit a big section that I'd messed up while trying not to get carsick in rush hour traffic in Scottsdale one day, so that was a net zero amount of knitting, but it was all easily finished once I got home, and it's ready to wear as a neck wrap with my new navy coat.
Unfortunately, that's all I have to report on the knitting front. I have been doing a little bit of great wheel spinning, but I will save that for another post!