Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Trip, The Shawl, The Socks

Well, we had to come back sometime I guess. On the way over to Wyoming we stopped at the Utah Natural History Museum. The only thing that I like almost as much as knitting is rocks, fossils, and Native American culture--especially ancient American culture!
It was a great museum!!! I could have stayed all day of course. Here I am next to a replica of a very cool petroglyph that was in the Native American exhibit area.

Here is the fossilized skull of a Saber-toothed tiger. WOW! I can't imagine what it would be like to find something as amazing as this!! I did the "Wild Happy Dance" when we found an ammonite (a small spiral-shelled animal from the Cretaceous Period) here a few years ago. I might need to go to the hospital to be resuscitated if I found something like this!!!
I want a wall like this in my house! It is covered from ceiling to floor with Green River Formation rock slabs that feature the carbon imprints of bugs and plants that were alive during that time.
The main entrance to the museum has this lovely dinosaur skeleton. I made the kids stand in there for scale.

This is the shawl that I decided upon to make and the yarn for it. The yarn is "Main Line" in Ivory from KnitPicks. The pattern calls for size 9 needles but the guage was off so I went up to a size 10 and it came out perfect. I also added a pattern repeat to make the shawl a little wider.
This is in the motel room. I was having the time of my life!!! The kids were watching cartoons, the husband was at coffee with his dad and I had nothing to do or think about except knitting!!!

I am about half way through the shawl so I didn't finish it over the weekend like I had wanted to but half done isn't so bad. I LOVE the pattern!!! I found it in one of the Vogue Knitting On The Go books titled "Shawls". The pattern is called "Vine-Stitch Wrap". I LOVE IT!!!! I hate when I make something I love this much--I want to keep it for me!! Oh well, my mother-in-law will love it too.

And finally, here are the socks! They are made from KnitPicks Bare Superwash fingering weight yarn (which is sinfully soft!) on size 2 needles. The pattern is called "Monkey". I loved the pattern. It is easy to memorize and the socks worked up so fast!!!!So how was your weekend?

Happy Knitting! (Surgery is Friday :( and I am not excited in fact I think I am getting cold feet...better make a new pair of socks for ME!)


Anni said...

Love that shawl and hte socks. Nice Monkeys. Your trip sounds like fun and nice to see some family pics. Hope you're okay after the surgery.

Tama said...

Thanks Anni! I am doing well. Check out this weeks post! I am probably doing a little more than I should but I can't help it. The doctor said nothing about knitting--only that I couldn't get it wet--which I translate into no dishes or laundry!!!Yeah!

Annie said...

I love it when you post pics of you and the kids. How did I miss the pictures of the alpacas?

I love my socks! Thank you!

Annie said...

They are like a little slice of heaven for my feet.

Tama said...

I hope you don't mind that I put the socks on to take pictures of them before I gave them to you. They were sooooo pretty!! I loved them. I know that they went to a good home.