O, my winter wonderland peeps, I have been up on the mountain and looked down in the valley and it is FULL of POWDAH!! ahem. I (really foolishly) drove 8 1/2 hours through a blizzard, most of it on I-70 which was down to one totally unplowed lane, from southern Utah to Steamboat Springs. I saw eight bad multi-car accidents before I stopped counting. And 3 of them were rollovers... Certain portions of my steering wheel will forever have my finger prints embedded therein. It was seriously the worst weather I've ever driven in and I used to commute once a month from Toronto to Philadelphia. In the winter. Including the bit between Syracuse and Scranton. I can drive in snow but this was a whole 'nother animal.
All that to say it was totally worth it. My destination was a week of skiing and lessons in Steamboat Springs. Lessons courtesy of an ex-now-friend who was probably equal parts eager to enable my skiing obsession and tired of hearing me moan that I'd never get to be as good as he (he skis only backcountry stuff, no groomers for him). Ah, but he signed up for the same week-long package to learn telemark skiing. Lo and behold on the last run of the last day we found both our classes on the same (blue! Yay!) run. So I got to see him wobble a bit and he got to see me ski pretty damned well down an easy blue slope. Yes, yes this is supposed to have knitting in it but humor me here. Trust me, one day I'll be good enough to knit while I ski a bunny slope. but not just yet, heh. Screw the Pitch and Stitch, how about Ski and Stitch?
And did I mention the SNOW? It snowed easily over 48 inches in 6 days. I have never seen anything like this. I had to get off the mountain and on the way out of town before sundown or I'd never make it and I'm still driving Precious, the AWD Subi. Folks, don't be suckered in. If you're gonna live in such a climate buy 4WD. AWD (all wheel drive) is not the same. in a bad way. The weather warmed on Saturday and by Sunday I had a quick and non-snowy drive home. Only 7 hours, heh.
So. knitting. I was glad to see Carolyn's store, Knitch on the Mountain, is still going strong. The store name is no joke for you can walk there from the lift line or the Slopeside Bar. She was having a great sale and I picked up a Rowan mag and Cat Bordhi's Socks Soar, etc. plus a handful of older patterns at a buck a pop. If you happen to be in Steamboat there are several yarn stores but do check out Knitch. Carolyn's a great lady and I'd like to see her continue to flourish.
On those blizzardy evenings after banging my shins to a pulp all day, I did also manage to get within a few inches of finishing the back of Titicaca. The yarn and the colors are just wonderful. And so far so good on outlook for being able to finish the front before running out of yarn. The sleeves will be another story. I'm really enjoying this pattern, too. If you haven't see The Mirasol Project book (and yarns) yet do check them out. It's a great cause and great patterns courtesy of Jane Ellison, the designer.