Friday, June 29, 2012

Road Trip

I'm in the midst of another adventure - this one a road trip with 4 teens. The past couple of days I've been glued to the steering wheel.  Mile after mile after mile.  I've missed my knitting time, but it's been a good opportunity to chat it up with the kids.  Teenagers often have a fresh outlook on things, and I appreciate their perspective.  And their sense of humor can be entertaining at times.  Don't get me wrong.  Being cooped up with them for hours on end has had it's moments, but for the most part it's been enjoyable.

The roadside signs for Kent State University prompted a discussion about the Vietnam War and the student protests.  It was a good discussion for teens on the brink of adulthood.  Driving can be a good opportunity to ponder and reflect.  The conversation made me pause and wonder whether we learned anything from those events in our history.

Cross country road trips like this make me want to meander off the main road and explore the back roads the way Charles Kuralt did. For example the signs in Ohio for Grandpa's Cheesebarn caught our attention.  We were tempted to take the exit, but with almost 1000 miles to travel and time constraints our focus was on our destination.

Now that we've arrived the kids are doing their thing, and I have time to myself.  I have a lot of computer work to catch up on, but after all that driving I've earned knitting time.  I have several projects traveling with me - plenty to keep me occupied during my downtime here.

The first project to get my attention was Embossed Leaves.  This sock is almost back to where it was at before I ripped it out, and I'm pleased with the results.  My reward for 2 days of driving is uninterrupted knitting time with an audio book.  If I'm feeling really adventurous, I may even scope out a yarn store or two.

Lately I've been experimenting with yellow and color combinations that include yellow.  I was gifted with flowers this past week and of course my eye was drawn to the yellow - my color inspiration for the week.

Yellow with red accents.

1 comment:

Elisabeth Marino said...

Love the leaves! Reminiscent of the Monkey Socks, but more delicate. Enjoy your vacation!