Monday, October 1, 2007

Weekend in Review

I didn't have anything going on at work, so I took Friday off so we could get a head start on the drive to the ranch. We seem to be making the trip a lot, lately. This is unusual for us -- I've always felt it was a bit too far to be worth it for a weekend -- but we have both been enjoying it.

I finished my husband's plain trekking socks. I figured that the first one was finished on a trip to the ranch, so it was only fitting that the second one have the same fate.

Plain Trekking Socks

Pattern: none; 72 stitch plain socks with round toes
Yarn: Trekking XXL, colorway 90
Needles: US0 nickel DPNs

They weren't very interesting to knit, but they sure did turn out pretty. I might have to borrow them some time. They fit me pretty well, too.


It was rainy on Saturday, which is bad weather for a weekend away, but rain is always welcome in west Texas. I stayed inside and finished listening to my book club's selection on my iPod. [I don't even delude myself that I'll put down the needles long enough to read a book that I haven't chosen for myself, and this 'cheat' is probably why I'm usually the only one at book club who ever finishes the book. Which I find annoying. Book club is on probation.]

Where was I? Oh, rainy Saturday morning, listening to a book and knitting this much of Anniversary Sock #2.

Anniversary Sock #2

Once the book was done, we went into town to see my father-in-law, who had just received a Wii for his birthday. I'll admit, I had no clue what a Wii was, or even how to say it. W-2?? Turns out, it's "wee." But we started playing with it, bowling, tennis, golf, and four hours passed before I knew it. So. Much. Fun. It is a testament to our slovenly ways that my husband and I are both still sore from our interactive video game competitions. For the record, I kicked his butt at virtual bowling. I'm sure we looked rather foolish; my father-in-law just cackled as he watched us.

Grandma[-in-law]'s birthday was Sunday, and it was our job to get her out of her house while my mother-in-law set up the party. So we told her we needed to take her to look at this year's first calf heifers, and we had a good visit while driving around the ranch looking for them. I gave her her birthday socks, and she really liked them.

Mama heifer and calf

Sheep Mama heifer and calf Bruneaux Angoras Bull Snake

Once we got her back to the party, she made everyone look at what I had knit for her. One of the guests looked up at me and said, "Are you a knitter? ... Me, too." I must have donned a very eager expression, because she sure backtracked in a hurry. "But I don't knit any more, it puts me to sleep."

So much for that.

We stopped on the way home to visit my parents at my brother and sister-in-law's new place, and by the time we got back on the road for the long part of the journey, it was dark, and I was too tired to knit, anyway.

I think I'll work on the baby shawl tonight, while everyone's still tired from the trip.


sophanne said...

I love those cows. and trekking.

Lynn said...

You are so productive! THe DH better appreciate a sweater and a pair of socks!

So is the Dream in Color as amazing to work with as it looks? I can't believe how gorgeous those are looking.