Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How to Enjoy a Walk in the Woods (Instead of Seaming Sweaters)

First, accept your teenager's eager invitation to the morel mushroom hunting trip, realizing that sweater finishing can always wait, whereas it may not be too much longer that the boy actually wants his mom to go along on his outings.

 Of course, this doesn't mean you can't use the driving time as an excuse to pack up some beautiful new yarn for a "more portable" knitting project:



Next, be sure to take Roxy along as well, so you will have a tired and happy dog at the end of the day:


Once on the highway, try to decide between casting on for those brown socks you've been wanting, or for a Damson in your new lace yarn.  Realize that the 2 new yarns would actually look really good together in a fingering weight Cedar Leaf Shawlette like the one you saw Betsy wearing at knitting night.

On the drive up the mountain, make your husband stop the car so that you can take pictures of the dogwood trees in bloom, as well as the other wildflowers growing in abundance:






Next, go ahead and put down your knitting long enough to enjoy a tromp through the woods.

Note that the cup fungus growing everywhere means there might be morels nearby:

As you continue to hunt, don't be fooled by the false morels:

When you do find some true morels, be sure to admire and photo document them before putting them in your basket:


And at the end of the hunt, get one last picture of the boy with his loot:

Upon arriving home, realize that you are now addicted to knitting your Cedar Leaf Shawlette, and your may even finish it in time for FO Friday.

Finally, stop knitting long enough to take a picture of it for the blog, and link up with the Work-In-Progress Wednesday party at Tami's Amis:

18 comments:

  1. Lovely photos of a lovely day! The shawlette will be a beautiful reminder.

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  2. Excellent seaming avoidance ;) Lovely photos and those yarns look beautiful together

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  3. Sounds like you had a great time! I really enjoyed your post and the shawlette is turning out great!

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  4. I don't know what I'm more jealous of, those gorgeous morel mushrooms (I'm a recent Mushroom Convert, and I haven't tried a morel yet! I wish there were somewhere near me where I could pick some.) or that Gaia Lace yarn, which is too beautiful for words. The soft colours! The shine! <3

    The shawlette is working up wonderfully, and your mushroom-gathering trip looks like the best day ever to me. :)

    (Also, re: growing your own sprouts, I used this tutorial and some French lentils. I was surprised by how easy it was and how well it worked!)

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  5. Those Morel Mushrooms look awesome!!!!
    as does your shawlette!!

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  6. OOOOHHHHH! It's going to be so pretty! I can't wait to see the finished shawl. You've inspired me yet again! Glad you had fun on the hunt!

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  7. I really enjoyed your post :)

    The shawl looks lovely, good choice!

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  8. They are gorgeous together!!

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  9. Yes, those colors go together beautifully; not a fungi lover myself :P

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  10. That was fun to read! Now I know what an edible mushroom looks like in the wild but I still would be afraid to eat it. The flowers are gorgeous! You make me want to get my knitting out today and I promised myself I could knit tonight if I packed enough today.

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  11. Gorgeous combination of colors and yarn. The morels look amazing, too!

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  12. I enjoyed reading about your walk in the woods. Love the yarn colors you're using for the shawlette.

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  13. Great post, loved the photos ... not so sure I'd want to eat a morel though!

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  14. I enjoyed your tutorial about enjoying a walk through the woods! I'll certainly keep that in mind when my son is old enough to want to do the same -- and before he's too old to want nothing to do with me. (That's a window of what, ten days?) ;)

    I hope you're able to finish your shawl in time for this FO Friday!

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  15. The day & developing shawlette both sound delightful. Thanks for the step-by-step!

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  16. Ahhh yes that window of opportunity when they still want to do things with the mother! Lve the shawlette and jealous of the mushrooms

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  17. ps - thanks for your magic loop hint on my blog - you're right, I am using a short cable - I will try a longer one! Cheers ;)

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  18. Awesome awesome day! Thanks for all the pics from the trip. I love this post (and sorry for just getting around to commenting on it!)

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