Wednesday, January 20, 2010

To Canberra We Shall Go...

So we're doing a little road trip today, to Canberra where it's going to be hot, hot, hot...35 C. Not nice! However, we're hoping both venues where we're going will be air-conditioned. Not sure if this will be going from the Ridiculous to the Sublime or not: first up will be a matinee of Avatar in 3D. Then, for a little "high kulcha," doncha know: the Masterpieces of the Musee d'Orsay at the National Gallery. It's a members only event, so we're hoping the crowds will be a tiny bit less than if we just went on a regular day. Promises to be a fun day! Then the long drive back home, 90 minutes or so.

In other news, I've FINALLY finished the paper-pieced blocks for Hugo's Wheels, and am auditioning sashing, cornerstones and borders. Wanna see? I thought so! This gives you an idea of how it might finish up. The dark blue is too dark (looks much darker in person) and I'll look for something a bit lighter with a slightly more turquoise tone to the blue. The wavy turquoise print for the outer border will stay, and I think the red cornerstones and skinny border will be something close to this. All in all, I'm pleased with how it's looking. Hope to get the piecing finished before we leave in a couple of weeks.
And since it feels very funny not to have a pair of socks on the needles, I decided to use this gorgeous dark green variegated Koigu to make a pair of socks for Ross. The pattern is called Simple SKYP Socks, and it's very fun to knit...relaxing, easy to take along, only two rows to the pattern so you can always tell where you are. I can even talk or watch TV while working on these:
And it's been ages since I reported on this Print O' The Wave shawl/stole. It's my longest WIP, since I started it well over a year ago. A fun knit, but I need concentration and quiet so it often spends time in hibernation. I will, however, run out of yarn before I can finish the knitted-on border. Fortunately, Ravelry friends pointed me to a nice woman in California who is sending me one more skein of this KnitPicks Shadow laceweight yarn in the Sunset colorway, so I can finish this one. Hopefully in this lifetime!

So that's what's up with me at the moment. Summer in the Southern Highlands...a good time to knit. What else is new?!


7 comments:

floribunda... aka Julie said...

I'm still loving those trucks! And the SKYP pattern looks great -- can you think of any reason why I couldn't knit the men's small for myself? I usually cast on 66 stitches, and that's 64 so it seems like it should be fine. I need something I don't need to pay attention to, for the bus commute...
Stay cool in Canberra!

Clare said...

The trucks are looking great.

Enjoy the exhibition and the road trip.

bellsknits.com said...

great to see you blogging a little more! Keep it up!

Love love love those socks! Great colours!

Your quilt is so gorgeous!

Jan said...

Enjoy the exhibition, seeing the originals is just amazing, so much better than even a good reproduction.

I spent three days in Canberra last week when the temps were very high, 37 deg at 10:30 pm.

The middle day was our exhibition day. We were fortunate enough to get covered parking early in the morning. Stood in the queue, got passouts and had brunch with Canberra friends in members lounge. Went back inside exhibition for three+ hours then spent the remainder of the day still in the gallery with its airconditioning. They pushed us out the door to a relatively cool car at 4:55 pm.

scribblearts said...

Lucky Ross! And I love the ambulance. If my nephew catches sight of your quilt, my mother is in trouble...

Jenni said...

It's not knitting weather here in QLD I can tell you. You will have a nice day in the aircon - perhaps even a little crafty shopping?

Libby said...

Oh I hope you had a wonderful time. The Musee d'Orsay was my favorite place when visited Paris!