This past Saturday my guy and some friends and I hiked up the Sandias on an iconic trail named La Luz. We didn’t exactly start at the trailhead and we didn’t exactly land at the Tram, so we added a few miles to the hike which ended up being about 12.5 miles by the time we rode the Tram down.
This was my first time doing this hike, and there is a race held on the trail every year too!
We gained over 3,000 ft in elevation over 12.5 miles and trekked over many a switchback, plenty of rock slides, snow, ice and even staircases in the more steep areas.
Views of Albuquerque were abundant and the city is much prettier from the sky.
Have you ever hiked this trail before? Have you been out in nature recently? Don’t forget to wear proper shoes, as this warning sign reminded us at the top of the trail:
One year from now where will you be with your crafting endeavors?
I hope to continue to grow my business, I want to keep designing and self publishing, but I also want to branch into magazine designs, maybe a book and work with more yarn companies!
I want to keep Tech Editing and better my skills at writing my own patterns clearly.
I want to keep teaching, I really really love teaching.
I also want to try new techniques. I’ve never done contiguous sleeves and I want to try. I’ve never designed a bottom-up top and I want to try. I’ve never designed socks and I want to try.
Where do you see yourself in the next year? What do you want to try?
Knitting and crochet both require some simple tools to get started but it’s easy to collect a plethora of hobby paraphernalia.
The most basic of tools, and arguably the absolute most important, is your hands.
Without my hands, I wouldn’t have been able (or maybe “able” but “less than motivated”) to pursue my knitting hobby and career. When I teach new knitters the basic stitches or experienced knitters advanced techniques, hands are the most integral part!
I try to take regular breaks from knitting (and even typing) marathons to stretch out my wrists, fingers and palms. I definitely have hurt myself in the past by knitting too much and this usually renders me unproductive and sad for days. So, take a break knitters! Do some yoga, pour some tea, or a beer, walk the dog, take care of your most valuable tools!
What is your most coveted tool?
A note from my dog, Mona Lisa
Hey Guys, Lisa here,
I know you all like coming here and seeing what mom’s making and where she’s going and what she has to say about all sorts of boring things, but when she’s hanging out online and doing that thing she does with those sticks that I am NOT allowed to chew on, she’s not taking care of the most important person – me.
So, if ya’ll could just, like, ya know, point her in my direction, that’d be great. I’m going to go lay down and look pathetic at her feet, maybe bring her a toy to distract her from her obsession or nose her elbow to snap her out of that silly trance she gets into when she’s “working” ::coughignoringmecough::
Colors! We all know I love colors and I love mixing them and playing with them. On the one hand, my favorite color is yellow followed closely by purple, but the colors I knit with the most?
I think it’s blue. I have a lot of blue designs and blue FOs.
From the looks of my stash, I have a lot of white, cream and beige yarns although I rarely knit entire garments out of these. I use them for accents, but I do have a few creamy/white designs coming out in the future.
What colors do you knit with the most? Has your preference changed throughout the years?
This prompt, although fun, was definitely tricky. I learned how to do a lot of things and I had a fun time doing it! I think if you click on it you can make it bigger, some of the text looks a little small.
What do you think? Did you participate?
As I mentioned yesterday, my house is that of the Bee – I like having a lot of different projects going at once for a few different reasons, travel mostly.
When I think of the reasons why I fit into the House of Bee and I try to find a good project, yarn, tool or idea that could be the mascot, I keep coming back to my itty bitty mitred square blanket.
It’s perfect – it uses tons of different kinds of yarn in lots of different colors. The sizes of the squares are different – they’re portable as individuals and small groups, but they all come together to form the bigger picture.
As I always say with life and with knitting, Every Little Bit Counts and this blanket really shows that!
The prompt today was to pick a house based on your personal knitting preferences. Of course, I fit into a few different categories but as of late, I think the Bee House is the one for me!
Although I do like to expand my skill set with new projects, like the House of Monkey, I think more often than not lately, I have multiple projects going so that I can switch up my projects when I need to. There are a lot of reasons for me to switch up projects; sometimes we all get bored working on the same project over and over, but I also do a lot of traveling and my knitting needs to fit into my purse or carry on depending where I’m going and for how long.
If I’m taking a short trip, I don’t want to pack an entire suitcase and I don’t want a knitting project that will take up too much space. If I’m going on a longer trip, I need a project that will keep me busy for the duration of my absence.
Travel is one of the main reasons I have different projects going, to be honest. I like to go to knitting groups, I knit waiting in line, or waiting for anything, really, I knit on planes, trains and automobiles and each of these situations requires different knitting characteristics.
What house do you fit in?
I finished something earlier in the week and it’s been blocking out beautifully.
This is one of those seekrit things that you’ll see in August, so I can’t share too much, but it’s fun and colorful and fabulous! Look at those little safety pins, don’t they look like little soldiers?
Linking up with Tami, check out more FOs or share your own.
I’m off on another trip this weekend and I won’t be back until Tuesday, but as next week is the 4th Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, you’ll still have some things to read starting Monday!
Do you have fun weekend plans?
Definitely springtime here in New Mexico – the winds haven’t stopped in weeks. We don’t get the “April Showers” that other states get (nor do we get flowers) but we do get lots of sunshine. This week I’m working on another seekrit design in shades of grey.
I love this yarn, the colors are so spring-stormy with their tonal greys and a hint of purple. Graphic textural changes and simple lace patterns will bring out the best in this yarn I think and I can’t wait to show you how this design turns out! Although, you’ll have to wait till later this fall 😉
Linking up with Tami! What are you working on this week? Do you get rainstorms where you live or is spring something else entirely?