Designer: Stephanie van der Linden
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
Yarn: Sheepy Time Yarns Yarn That Shall Not be Named in, “Teal Deer,” from the Sheepy Time Knits December 2009 Club
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This is the second installation of the Sheepy Time Knits club for February 2010. I picked a different base this time, and managed to pick a pattern that worked perfectly with the yarn. These were knit over the span of a week-long vacation in New Hampshire at Attitash Mountain. We, the husband and I, went up for our somewhat annual ski trip, but what ended up happening was him skiing three days of the week, and me spending a lot of time getting to know all the inner workings of the lodge. I did one run down the mountain and decided that I was really out of shape and just not cut out for skiing this season. The pattern was a touch tricky – there’s a 4×5 cable cross in there and I actually needed to break out the cable needle for that one. This is the cable needle that I used only one before since I do all my cabling without a needle – so much faster that way. The result is worth it though – the design is super cute and I just love the brilliant teal color of the yarn. The base is similar to another yarn that shall not be named, but starts with a “W” in case you were wondering. Another fun club knit!
Oh, Teal Deer or, tl;dr for short, is internet speak for, “Too Long; Didn’t Read” (or Too Long; Don’t Read) for posts on message boards that ramble on and on and on. ie:
|More on that vacation though, because I really did spend a few days outside the lodge. Tuesday, we went up to Great Glen Trails to take the Snow Coach halfway up Mount Washington. The road up the mountain isn’t plowed through the winter and cars are only allowed to drive up in the warmer months. During the winter, a specially built van (van + tractor treads = Snow Coach) takes visitors to a halfway point up the mountain, weather permitting. We were having some really fantastic weather which was maybe not the best for skiing, but great for playing tourist. It was about 45 and sunny at the base, and about -20, sunny, but the winds were blowing at around 40mph. We decided to go for the snowshoe rental at the base and bring them with us in the coach. Nixxed the idea of getting out at the midway point (4300 ft approximately), but jumped out somewhere around the 4 mile mark on the auto road (3500ft elevation). We strapped in for our first time snowshoeing and headed off. The Snow Coach driver mentioned a trail that would take us up to Lowe’s Bald Spot. We took the trail only to find that it went nearly straight up and was pretty battered from some knucklehead who tried to hike it in plain boots (and sunk in a good foot with each step). We managed it anyway and came up to a bald spot with some spectacular views. Hiked back down, and made it back to base after nearly 6 miles of snowshoeing. It was exhausting, but well worth it for the experience! We did end up coming home with snowshoes since we loved it so much – here’s hoping we get snow again in Philadelphia (maybe not *quite* as much) next winter too.
We also took a side trip up to the LL Bean flagship store in Maine. On the way back, we stopped off at Cold River Vodka to have some samples. Their vodka is made from potatoes and is sweeter than most other vodkas I’ve had. The Blueberry vodka is really something special – the aftertaste is as if you’ve just squished a big, juicy blueberry in your mouth. Perfect. Needless to say, we took some home.
On the way home, we stopped at a winery we love – Flag Hill. Last time we were in New Hampshire, I didn’t knit, and clearly didn’t notice the farm selling yarn and roving right down the road. So, we stopped at Riverslea Farm too. Found some great roving and yarn.
Overall, a really great trip! It was nice to get away from our snow and see someone else’s snow.
For more photos, click on to this Flickr photo set.
Midway up Mount Washington