Saturday, June 28, 2014

Porthos Socks

It felt like a good time to do another pair of toe-up socks. I found a stitch pattern (Porthos) that would pair well with this flashy green and blue yarn. It is Plucky Feet in the colorway, Studio Audience. It was part of Plucky's Hippie Chic series. These Plucky "clubs" are a bit odd; you choose a type of yarn (the base) and the number of skeins you want and you don't know until you open the package six weeks later what color you get. It's supposed to be sort of 70s psychedelic and it is definitely bright. Groovy socks, man. Far out.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sail Away Socks

The package for this month's sock club came with a pretty light blue yarn but I have recently knit a couple of pairs in similar colors so I wasn't in the mood for more. But pond scum, oh yes, that sounded good. This color of Plucky Feet is called Ogre. The pattern is Sail Away by Cookie A.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dave and Ray in the Shop

School is almost over. The last few days, Ray has been watching movies in most of his classes as final exams are over and the seniors have graduated. He is helping his dad assemble tool boxes in the shop and has an interest in welding and learning to rivet. He also likes chemical reactions and explosions. I have offered to teach him to knit but so far, all I get back is a polite smile. 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Last Trip in the Camper

Potholes State Park

We took a three day trip to Eastern Washington while Ray was away at Disneyland with the high school band. Our destination wasn't very firmly outlined, which was good because we were turned around by snow. The Forest Service road that looked interesting on Google Earth was still in the grips of winter and it was easy to see that we needed to turn around and make a new plan.

En route to Troy, Oregon across the Blue Mountains

We enjoyed nosing around through farm towns and wheat fields. It is pretty country and there are surprises along the way like waterfalls and picturesque rivers and canyons.

Palouse River
We did like the trip a lot, but we talked the whole time about whether we should sell the camper. We had plans to use it again in August but otherwise, it wasn't going to get any more miles on it this summer. Dave gathered up some pictures and wrote an ad for Craigslist and it sold 30 minutes after posting. The couple who bought it was thrilled to find it and wrote a note later to tell Dave about their first excursion. I'm pretty sure it will now get a lot more use.

Farm country


Lewis and Clark Trails State Park