Saturday, March 30, 2013

Extreme Knitting 2013

A few years ago, hubby took some pictures of me knitting on vacation.
Not just any knitting....we called the photos, "Knitting on the Edge".
One was taken while I sat near a tree at the saddle of Angels Landing in Zion.  I was knitting near a huge drop off of at least 1000 feet.  The other one was taken as I sat under a tree on the edge of Bryce Canyon.  I was completely safe where I was knitting.  But, I thought they made for some fun photos.

I thought it would be fun to do something like that again this year.  So, before we started out on our canyoneering adventure, I asked our guide about doing something like that.  He was on board with it and seemed to have an idea almost immediately of the perfect place to take the picture.

Here I go....over the top of a waterfall.  My knitting is ready to go.  That's the bulge in my coveralls.


I went over the edge and Hubby had me secure as he belayed me from below.
I removed the gloves, pulled out my project, and got started...


I'm knitting!  Woo hoo!  :-D

 

And, yes...I really did knit.  It wasn't easy because my knitting was completely 
soaked from the previous waterfall rappel and swimming out of that icy water.


Time to put it back in the project bag and tuck it away for the decent down.


Down.  Down.  Down.


Here's another view of where I was hanging while I knitted...


And, here's my Extreme Knitting project.  I started it just for the trip and the hope of getting my
 Extreme Knitting 2013 photo.  It's small and lightweight.  
The perfect size for the backpack and stuffing into the coveralls.


I used a blow drier that evening and again the next day to dry the yarn and project.
Luckily, my needles seem to be ok.  They're not quite as slick as they used to be.  
But, they have a story.  I've been using this adorable bag my daughter made for me.
It looks great with the project and it means a lot to me.
So, it was special to have it with me on my adventure.

The pattern is the Sockhead Hat...a freebie on Ravelry.  I've been wanting to make it for a while but wanted to get some other projects done before I started something new.  My recent FOs and this trip made the timing perfect for casting on.  The colors remind me of the Zion area landscape and some of the beautiful sunsets there.  And, the touch of gray will go perfect with my hiking pants.
Unfortunately, I've lost the tag from this yarn and don't remember what it is except that it's sock yarn and it's wool.  I'm using 3mm, 16" circular needles to knit it.  It's a great project for when I just want to do simple knitting.  I'm excited to finish it up.  I think it's going to be super cute!

When we got back into town and were unpacking the truck, Bill told another guy the story of my Extreme Knitting.  He seemed to get a kick out of it and joked that the photo should be on the cover of "Extreme Knitting Quarterly".  LOL  This 'project' added a little extra fun to our already amazing day!
Thank you, Bill, for taking the photos!

If you missed the story of our canyoneering adventure....click HERE.

12 comments:

Alejandro Ponce said...

I love all the adventure you go on with your husband. I hope to one day have a marriage like yours, open to new things and amazing adventures!

sandy @ french laundry 132 said...

OMGosh! LOL these are adorable just adorable. I love you and your hubby's sense of humor!! I'd be saying, now there's a lady that loves her knitting :) Really amazing photos!! I'm really glad you posted them.

I would be scared though, as I'm very afraid of heights.

Miss LindaLee said...

Well what a daring and neat lady you are. Way to go girlfriend. I love the colors in the hat that you're knitting. I'll have to look into the pattern. My daughter-in-law to be looks adorable in any hat she puts on, and I want to get started on some for Christmas for her.

LindaLee from
CrossN' My Stitches

Carol Cook said...

I thought my grandmother was nuts because she knitted while she played bridge. You definitely take the prize.

You are braver than me - not for the knitting, but for the climbing.

Cindie Kitchin said...

Great pictures - I'll bet one of the knitting magazines would print them..if you wanted to share!

Roxie said...

Oh this looks like FUN! I'm inspired to do some extreme knitting of my own, now.

judith said...

OMG! That's one you won't see me doing, I'm not a fan of heights like that. I'll stick to knitting in a haunted bar.

judith said...

OMG! I'll knit anywhere, but you won't find me in a place like that, I'm not a fan of heights. I'll stick to knitting in haunted bars.

Sarah Jane said...

Goodness! I'd be sick if I was near a ledge like that, lot along hanging on it! (very scared of heights lol!)
I love the colour of your project, and it is certainly going to make for some interesting hiking photos!

Sarah x

September Violets said...

This is hilarious!! What a great way to add to your amazing adventure. You should start a link party and get people to knit in unusual places ... wouldn't that be awesome?! I saw your canyon post earlier, but didn't have enough time to read through it all ... I'm off to do that now. You amaze me with your ambitious hikes!! :) Wendy

Sandra said...

So COOL! What an excellent keepsake - the pictures and the hat!

KarenB said...

You're so funny! And what patient boys you had to help you out. Obviously, they got as big of a kick out of it as you did. I bet the guide is still telling the story. Looks like you had such a wonderful trip. Hope you've adjusted to being back home!
Karen