Jose and I celebrated our anniversary this week with a little trip to Ruidoso, NM. It was the perfect time to go skiing – snow had just fallen earlier this week, but the weather was warm enough to enjoy. We ski-ed for only a couple of days – its been years since either of us have been, so we figured a couple of days on the beginner’s slopes would probably do us in. ;)
Ruidoso is such a beautiful town – the landscapes are just amazing. Coming from Midland, Jose and I are both in awe anytime we see the slightest of hills. We stayed in a tiny little cabin lodge, and ate at the same breakfast and dinner places each night. We lit the fire each night and caught up on our sleep, and just really spent time enjoying each other’s company. ;;)
Here are some more photos from the weekend:
Also – this trip was the perfect time to showcase my first knitted scarf (last picture, above)!
I picked up knitting towards the end of last semester, when school and work were becoming a bit stressful. By the end of a long day at the library, I wasn’t really looking forward to coming home and working in my sewing room at night. So I picked up knitting as a relaxing hobby that I could do sitting on the couch in front of the TV.
My dear Grandma tried to teach me how to knit when I was probably 10 or 11 years old, and although I remember learning the basic knit stitch, I also remember messing up and not having the patience to ask for help. So my only finished project from that time was a knitted square blob that my poor Dad used as a coaster for his coffee mug for years.
I came across the Learn To Knit Kit at the Purl Bee in November, and decided to go for it. I ordered the kit with their Desert Blue Super Soft Merino, although I wanted to knit a complete scarf before using the beautiful yarn they sent with the kit! (I’ve always been the type of person who likes to try out a technique on not-so-expensive materials before using the “real” i.e. expensive material.. which might explain my love of many muslins in sewing).
I decided to go with the scarf pattern in the book that uses only knit stitches (shown on the left, below). After a couple of goes at it, I suddenly recalled the way my Grandma had taught me – it was like riding a bike!
I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up a couple of skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Eggplant, which used the same size needles as the pattern I chose. I really love the color, and felt like the dark color wouldn’t show off too many mistakes. Turns out this yarn was perfect to knit with – the finished scarf is thick and squishy, and not too itchy since it’s only made of 20% wool (the rest acrylic).
I need to learn a bit more about stitches per inch, because my finished Eggplant scarf is a bit bigger than what the pattern in the book called for – however, it was the perfect “practice” scarf, and completely wearable, too!
I don’t plan on getting too into knitting – I’d rather focus more on sewing – but it’s a nice hobby to work on when I don’t want to work on something that’s super-challenging. I’d like to make a couple of more scarves, and maybe a blanket, whenever I can – someday.
Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo ~ Amanda