Saturday, July 09, 2011

Road Trip! Furrows Shawl

Travel knitting:  Furrows Shawl by Miriam Felton in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock

We've got the Wisconsin-to-Wyoming drive down to a science:

Night 1:  Pipestone, Minnesota.  Pipestone National Monument is the old quarry for the red stone from which Indians carved peace pipes.  The walk around the sacred quarry includes fields of prairie flowers, a rushing river, and even a waterfall.

Night 2:  Wall, South Dakota.  Wall Drug is America's favorite roadside attraction.  Black Hills gold for sale, threadbare jackalopes and singing cowboy animatronics from the 1950's, original artwork from dime novels about cowboys and Indians, donuts, and free ice water - it's all the same year after year after year.

 Night 3:  Buffalo, Wyoming. You'll have time for a visit to Devil's Tower National Monument on the way.  Once you arrive in Buffalo,  a stroll through the lobby and saloon of the Occidental Hotel will have you wondering if maybe there is such a thing as time travel.

Do you knit in the car?  If you're looking for travel knitting, I recommend the Furrows Shawl pattern,  It's straightforward enough that you can easily find your place but not so mindless that it becomes a slog.

This thing is knit lengthwise, which means a cast-on of   514 stitches

It's knit with fingering-weight on #3 circs so it offers lots of knitting time for the buck and the space in your suitcase. Do you love how the stitches are on the bias, yet the top of the shawl is straight?

1 comment:

cleoj386 said...

Very nice! The colors are beautiful.