I have been visiting Colorado the past week, where we were attending a family reunion. We flew into Denver, and then drove about 6 hours to the Montrose area. That is definitely a gorgeous area. And so cool! And I mean temperature as well as the views. We have had more then 2 weeks of temperatures in the triple digits here, and I honestly have had it with the heat. But in Colorado the highs were only in the 80’s! So I packed my knitting, and an extra shawl or 2 to ward of any evening chill. I had packed Oregon to work on when things were not too busy while we were there, but decided not to pack it in my carry-on, as I wasn’t sure how security was going to react to a metal circular needle. Based on what I have been hearing it is usually not a problem, but as we well know, they have “personal discretion” on what they feel is safe. (I have some strong opinions there, and won’t get on my soap box, promise! ) I usually try to travel with the least amount of hassle, so I try to not pack items in my carry on that anyone might object to. I packed my Poem sock instead. I don’t believe I have mentioned it very much, it has been my travel project, as it is a plain vanilla sock, toe up. Interestingly, when I went looking for the pattern, I couldn’t find it. It appears this might have replaced it? I don’t know, they are both available, but the second one is much easier to find (and ironically had not been saved on my computer yet 😉 ). It is easy enough, and has been great to take along. It is being knit on 5 bamboo needles, and they are cheap, so they were the perfect carry-on project. I mean, if someone would object I would not have a huge issue just tossing those needles. But, as usual there was not an issue, TSA did not give us a hard time, neither on our way to nor back from Colorado. At least not on my knitting. The baby’s drinks were more carefully inspected in Denver then I have ever before encountered. But still no real issue there. I happily knitted away during the flight, and during the 6 hour car ride after (well, only part of that, as I was also driving part of it).
During our stay in Montrose I mostly knit on the edging of Oregon, and taught a delightful little girl to knit. It really is too bad that she lives in Colorado, it will make it more difficult to teach her the rest. And she is really good. Within 2 days (despite having lots of cousins to play with) she had finished 3 inches on a doll scarf, was able to count her stitches, and showed me a spot where she thought she made a mistake (she was correct, she had just slipped rather then knit a stitch). I am very proud of her. I am almost half way done with the edge of Oregon, but will safe a picture for next time.
Then I knit on the socks on the drive and flight back, and part way through the flight I was thinking (no, this was not the first time I started this trane of thought, I am stuborn… 😉 ) that the foot of this sock was looking very big. I know my last pair were toddler socks, but these were really looking big. And when I finally decided to try them on, the foot part extended well beyond the end op my heel, even though I was still working on the gusset. It was also getting really….. roomy, yeah that is a good word. 😉 I decided to take a number of the gusset rows out, and to see what it looked like at that point. Well, when I actually grabbed a measuring tape (yeah, it is in my sock bag, as part of the knit kit but I was too stubborn/lazy to check previously), I discovered that my gauge had moved from a beginning gauge of 40 stitches per 4 inches to 32 stitches per 4 inches. That is a little bit too big of a difference. I guess I got more comfortable knitting them, as there was no clear gauge difference visible. So I ripped/frogged the sock, and will start it again some other time. I love the yarn, but the sock just didn’t want to cooperate. Oh well, it just means that I get to enjoy the yarn longer. 😀