Saturday, June 27, 2009
Car Trip Planning
What do you do on long car trips, when you're not the driver of course?
There are some things jewelry-related I can do, like making strands of rosary wrapped pearls, or putting them onto headpins and wire wrapping.
But mostly I like to knit or crochet on long trips. The picture is a design in the latest Vogue Knitting magazine designed by Shiri Mor, it's called Botanica Medallion. Isn't it so pretty and sweet? I'd love to work on that during the drive down to the southlands next week, and then back to Saint Louis.
That is definitely NOT me in the photos. And if I make it, I might have someone else in mind to wear it. It's constructed in a giant circular pattern.
I have some of my hand-dyed silk that would look really pretty made up into this design. It's an interesting construction for the design, kind of a shawl-shrug-sweater combination. And it's knit lace, not crochet. I think the medallion is one that used to be found in cotton bedspreads long ago, I have a book of antique pattern reproductions. And some folks online have converted the pattern to a baby blanket, sounds like fun too.
If I get time before I leave, I'll take and post some photos of the cotton lace afghan I'm working on and that I SHOULD keep working during the drive, so it's ready for an early fall birthday present! It's always fun to dream of that next project you'll start when the current one is finished.
Before I leave I'm going to make up some stitch markers using some of my heart-shaped designs, just in case I can't resist putting this onto needles during the trip.
Do you do major cleaning before you go on a trip? I like to return home to a nice, fresh house, so I do a huge cleaning and laundry project before I go. But OH NO! I KILLED the vacuum cleaner. The beater bar started making a huge rattling sound and turned into a real beater, whacking the insides of the poor vaccum cleaner. So now we have to make an expedition to try to find a replacement, so I can finish cleaning the house.
Next is the kitchen, especially the refrigerator. Taking any food that won't be eaten before we leave and putting it in the freezer. Might have to finish off the ice cream, it's the least I can do, right?
Pesky vacuum! why NOW, why TODAY?