WIP Wednesday – Socks, Shawls, and Tops!

I’m participating in my very first WIP Wednesday, where I show off what I’m knitting! I have a couple things on the needles right now, and I’m hoping to finish some of them sometime this week. Hopefully.

Haruni

Haruni blocking!

I’ve been working on my Haruni shawl since right before we left for Oregon, being one of two projects I cast on for the drive. I didn’t knit this much as we drove, but I got a lot of it done in Colorado. I’m knitting it with a skein of Knitwhits Freia Ombre Lace in the Atlantis colorway, which I bought at Webs this past spring.

As you can see, I’m pretty much done and at the blocking stage, but I need more blocking boards! Bummer! I can’t call this done until I block it, so hopefully I can pick up more boards sometime soon.

Vanilla Socks

Vanilla socks!

I’ve been on a vanilla sock knitting kick since the spring. I knit up a couple pairs of socks using Lornas Laces Shephard Sock Multi that I bought back in 2008, and I wanted to use this skein of Miss Babs Tarte that Ted bought me when he was in Alexandria last fall to knit another pair. I’ll be honest, I’m pretty bored with these socks, but I’m at least on the second sock and I’m at least close to where I’ll be putting the afterthought heel.

Oh, and I love how the box bag I made a couple years ago matches the socks! Of course I had to put these socks in this bag.

Bonny

Bonny in progress

I cast on Bonny by Tin Can Knits the other day. I wanted to start this before our move, but I figured the shawl and the socks would keep me busy until we arrived. I bought a skein of Madelinetosh Prairie in the Nightbloom colorway specifically for this project, and so far I’ve been cruising along.

Bonny with elephant stitch marker

I’m pretty happy with my projects right now!

Our Big Move – Day 7

Finally, I’m getting to the last part of our drive across the country! It’s short, only because I didn’t take a lot of pictures. I was too excited to finally be done with the driving!

Day 7 – Idaho to Portland

We slept well in Boise, and more importantly, we slept in, as we only had a 6 and a half hour drive ahead of us. We woke up, packed our things in the car, and ventured to a Whole Foods to pick up pastries for breakfast. Soon, we were on the road!

After less than an hour of driving, we saw a very welcome sight.

Our drive across the country | Oregon! Finally!
We finally made it to Oregon!

So, the landscapes of eastern Oregon completely took me by surprise. I expected most of the state to be forest and thought we’d be driving through lots of trees, but no. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This, my friends, is what eastern Oregon looks like. Not a forest in sight. We definitely didn’t expect rolling hills!

Our drive across the country | Landscapes in eastern Oregon.

Our drive across the country | Landscapes in eastern Oregon.

Another welcome sight? Driving along the Columbia River for the last few hours of the trip!

Our drive across the country | Columbia river.
The Columbia River!
Our drive across the country | Another view of the Columbia River.
Another view of the Columbia River.

I drove most of the way after I took these pictures, so I don’t have any of the last couple hours while we drove through the Columbia River Gorge. I also don’t have pictures from when we first arrived in the city, driving over one of the many bridges that span the Willamette River.

I just remember being happy we finally made it to our new home, ready for our next adventure.

Our Big Move – Day 6

Our drive from Colorado to Idaho was our last long drive, but possibly the most scenic. I took a TON of pictures on as we drove through the mountains of Colorado, past beautiful rocks in Utah, and over interesting landscapes in Idaho. This recap will just be of all the pictures we took. Enjoy!

Day 6 – Colorado to Idaho

Colorado. I've never seen views like this.
Colorado. I’ve never seen views like this.
Awesome clouds in Colorado.
Awesome clouds in Colorado.
Colorado mountains.
Colorado mountains.
Trees and hills in Colorado.
Trees and hills in Colorado.
Western Colorado, where rocks started turning red.
Western Colorado, where rocks started turning red.
Cool rocks in Colorado.
Cool rocks in Colorado.
Cool red rocks!
Cool red rocks!
Even more rocks in Colorado.
Even more rocks in Colorado.
Beautiful clouds and fields in Colorado.
Beautiful clouds and fields in Colorado.
Welcome to Utah!
Welcome to Utah!
Utah mountains.
Utah mountains.
These... hills? mountains?  looked pretty cool.
These… hills? mountains? looked pretty cool.
Cliffs in Utah.
Cliffs in Utah.
Fields and amazing clouds.
Fields and amazing clouds.
In northern Utah, no one cares how fast you drive.
In northern Utah, no one cares how fast you drive.
Welcome to Idaho!
Welcome to Idaho!
Ted hit 77,777 miles on his car while going 77 mph in Idaho.
Ted hit 77,777 miles on his car while going 77 mph in Idaho.

We reached our hotel in Boise at around 10pm, and we promptly fell asleep after procuring some free beer from the hotel bar. (Score!) We fell asleep fairly early, ready to finally arrive in Portland the next day. Six and a half hours of driving separated us from our new home.