I wasn't worried though. I had several knitting projects and an arsenal of audiobooks. Since I had finished my Shalom sweater a few nights before we left, I was fresh for a new project. My brother and sister in law are expecting their second child mid-August. It seemed like the perfect excuse for some baby knitting. I cast-on and finished a pair of baby booties in some stashed yarn. The pattern was quick and easy and looked quite cute in the variegated yarn. They seemed a bit big, but my sister in law reminded me about our history of large babies.
|Pax's Booties for Ginny's Yarn Along|
I really like how it is coming along. The color is fantastic for a burst of color. With this shawl and the others I have recently made, I am finally making some progress with my stashed yarn. It was getting a bit heavy on sock yarn. After giving a few skeins away, I have plans for a few more shawls and a couple pairs of socks (I have heard from several friends and a certain sister in law about the need for handmade socks).
Due to the traffic delay, I also swatched for another sweater for me. I am making the Oatmeal Pullover in Puffin by Quince and Co Puffin. The swatching went well, and I plan to start while on the next leg of the trip. It is amazing to go from no sweaters to three in one year.
As far as what I am reading, I have to say it is mostly audiobooks. I am fortunate that our family enjoys audiobooks. I know some families do not. While driving, we listen to books above all else. Our main book for the first part of the trip was The Indian in the Cupboard. We had read and listened to it in the past, but none of the kiddos remembered it. They really enjoyed it this time. We also listened to part of The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) series, which is always a crowd pleaser. Aine especially seems to like the children in these stories. On my own, I have been listening to My Antonia. The Nebraska setting of the story speaks to my roots and reminds me of the place I was born.