This past Tuesday, the girls and I left the house and headed off to Texas - Fort Worth, to be exact. Cody's job is in the middle of town and while it was supposed to be about 4 weeks - I think that it's safe to say, it'll be a bit longer.
We were about an hour from the house when I realized that I had left my knitting bag at the house! It had the next two projects that I was planning on, along with yarn and necessary needles and equipment. I figured I could surely manage without something to keep my hands occupied. Right? Hah! It is to laugh.
We arrived Tuesday afternoon, to tornados and hail - always fun, don't you think? By the end of Wednesday, I was going stir-crazy. Need yarn, NOW! So... Thursday morning, found us loaded up in the Tahoe and off to find a yarn store. I found Yarn Heaven - truly a wonderful yarn shop with a delightful owner that told me all kinds of places to take the kids while we were in the Fort Worth/Dallas/Arlington area. She helped me find some scrumptious yarn for Julia - Lana Grossa Setanova in Turquoise. It's a beautiful silk/cotton blend - and knits up just wonderfully.
We won't talk about the fact that it took me two days to cast on. Okay, we will. Julia is knit from the bottom up with the lace work around the hemline. The designer calls for a backwards cast-on - which is definitely not one of my favorite cast-ons. Going by sizing, I'm making a large, but decided to give myself that little bit extra around the hips and cast on for the XL, and I'll make decreases down to the size L stitch count further up around the waist area. The first cast-on (using backwards loop) was a bust. I find that backwards loop is hard to pick up stitches when trying to knit the first row and it's even harder when going straight into a lace pattern. I ripped that all out and start over using my new favorite cast-on, the cable cast-on. The cable cast-on is nice and stretchy (necessary for hemlines going around hips), and I just like the process of this cast-on.
So far? I've knit 7 rows. Woot! At this rate - I won't need more yarn for the rest of the summer.
After our stop at Yarn Heaven, the girls and I headed to the Fort Worth Zoo - may I just say? The zoo in Fort Worth is amazing! Totally, totally, worth the trip - I'm not sure it was worth the two hour wait for a lock smith when I realized that I had left my keys in the Tahoe, but that's life. I'll post pictures of that trip in a day or so.
Friday, Rachael was sick, and we stayed at the trailer. Saturday, the pool at the RV park was opened and the girls spent all day in the pool. Rachael came home with a sunburn despite several re-applications of spf 50 sunblock.
Debra and I found an awesome church to attend this morning. The pastor's brother has been to my home church and preached revival for us several times over the years. Hannah and Rachael went to Six Flags Over Texas with Cody, Johnathan, and his girlfriend, Heather.
And that.... concludes this week's episode of the Southern Life.