Hitchhiking Across Utah, Wyoming and Idaho

jens-finished-hitchhikerOK, OK, so we didn’t really hitchhike across three states. We had a rental car. In the world of knitting, there are millions of patterns and many pattern designers name their designs with memorable names and then we knitters call these garments we knit by the name the designer gave them. One pattern that is super popular is called the Hitchhiker by the fantastic designer Martina Behm (aka Strickmich on Ravelry). I needed a super easy peasy project to knit on the airplane and in the car. This pattern is exactly that. Loads of squishy garter. The pic to the right here is me sporting the final product. Cute right? Continue reading


My Stash Floweth Over and Needs Knitteth

This morning I set out to match up all my new yarn from the Utah Yarn Crawl with a great pattern.  You know, the whole “match it up to justify the purchase” exercise.  Yes. I found one.  Check the box, we can now knit this yarn up into a glorious cloud of cuddly goodness.  Then I looked to see how much yarn I have stashed on my Ravelry page  page.  And the yarn gods giggled.  43,770 yards or nearly 25 miles.  Considering I’m maybe a 500 yards a month kind of knitter, that means if I’m consistent I’ll knit down this stash by 2022.  Whoa. If I got ambitious, I might be able to knit this down in 5 years instead of 7.  But that means I buy no more yarn.  And what am I doing this month?  Going to the New York Sheep & Wool at Rhinebeck.  Yep.  One does not go to Rhinebeck and come home empty handed.  Sighhhhh… what’s a few more miles of yarn 🙂 Continue reading

We Tried to Get Outdoorsy in Utah

Like I said, I don’t do relaxing vacations. When we set out to see Utah, I meant we are going to SEE UTAH. See yesterday’s fun post of our adventures in 3 states in one day as a precursor to today’s adventure. Somehow I convinced Mike that a good way to wind down from yesterday’s adventures is to spend the day driving three hours south of Park City to go see the landscapes of Arches National Park. One of the arches is featured on the state license plate so obviously this is something that is a must see if you’re in Utah. Continue reading