Yesterday I took a pack of huskies (Maggie, Oso, Rusty and Amadablam) and skijored out Herbert Glacier trail.Â Oso is the only one with a harness so he was the only one working.Â The other dogs were just there
to party to give Oso someone to chase.Â They took this job very seriously and I got zero pictures of them zooming up the trail in front of us.
It was a really great day weather-wise: Cold and sunny.Â We’ve had a lot of wind recently which has left the first 1/3 of the trail in less than pristine shape.Â Lots of debris over the tracks makes it hard to get into a rhythm x-country skiing…
Can you find the trail?
Unless you have a dog to PULL YOU!!!
Go Oso go!
We have been practicing here and there all winter and this was our first trip that Oso pulled the whole way!Â It was amazing and fast and fun and I was very proud of how much he’s learned since we started!
In case you are thinking I’m very lazy, I actually do ski while Oso trots along out front.Â Together we go along at a pretty good pace and I think we are both exhausted today.
We did the whole 9 mile trail in just under 3.5 hours.Â It was around 2Â hours in and 1.5 back.Â I suspect an incline may be involved because we were flying on the way back.
I had so much fun and it snowed today so hopefully we will get a few more skijors in before the winter ends!
Somebody get this dog a cheeseburger!
We have been having some awesome winter weather this month!
Maggie at Boyscout Beach 3/4/11
Last Wednesday I finally got a chance to do something that I have always wanted to do and that was to go camping on a school night!Â Hurray!
My bff Emily and I headed out Peterson Lake Trail at 4:30 in the evening with about 2 hours of daylight to hike the 3.5 miles out to the cabin.
Oso carried all the dog food.Â Good boy!
Lou joined us at the cabin later in the evening (he hiked out via headlamp) and we were treated to an awesome northern lights show for our troubles!Â It was about 20 minutes of dancing lights all across the sky.Â The lights were bright enought to light up the snow and we could see some purples and greens mixed in with the mostly white lights.Â This kind of show is unusual for Juneau.Â We have a lot of cloudy nights which usually obscure any aurorial activity for us.Â No pictures because I didn’t want to miss anything running inside to get the camera.Â Sorry!
In the morning I got up at 6:00am, made coffee, packed up, headed out, drank my coffee and gulped a cliff bar as I headed down the trail.Â Lou and Emily were still in their sleeping bags when I left.Â I jogged most of the way back down the trail and even with the 40 minute drive and stopping at home for a shower I still made it to work by 10:00am.
I even made some progress on my knitting:
I knit a couple inches of this while Lou and Emily built a fire in the woodstove and cooked dinner.Â Thanks guys!
Sunrise on Peterson Lake Trail
I hope there will be more of these sorts of adventures in my future!
This year I am knitting a sweater for my boyfriend Lou.Â We have been dating for 5 years this February and as he is a big fan of anything wooly it is high time he had his own sweater.
Lou and Maggie on Cairn Peak last September
It took me a while to realize that he wanted a sweater.Â I have always shown him the popular men’s knitting patterns like Cobblestone and the Saddle Shoulder Aran Cardigan and had him look through Son of Stitch and Bitch but he never seemed to like anything enough for me to make it so I thought he was only humoring me and didn’t really want a sweater.
However, this year Lou started collecting wool shirts and wool pants for winter (see below).Â It was then I knew he secretly wanted a sweater and I just hadn’t found the right one.
A man after my own heart
This fall I went on a short road-trip up North and while I was gone I left Lou with a big pile of men’s knitting pattern books from the library.Â When I returned he had selected the pattern for his sweater from this book:
This is a really interesting book.Â There are archival photographs of people wearing sweaters and then charts for the stitch patterns in the sweaters.Â Lou asked for a sweater based on this one:
Once we had the pattern figured out it was pretty straightforward to match up a yarn and get started.
Photo not color accurate.Â Actually it is much darker.
I am using Peace Fleece in Baikal Superior Green which is a nice dark blue/green.Â I’ve had some gauge woes so far (this sleeve has been frogged) but now that those are sorted I think the rest of the project will go pretty smoothly.
Shooting cactus in Tucson last March
Finally the Official Blog Photographer will have a sweater of his own!
This sweater I finished way back in November but never got around to taking pictures…Â Until now!
The Freyja Sweater knit in Frog Tree Alpaca Sportweight.
This was a very successful knit for me.Â All the plain stockinette on small needles was great for stressful semester knitting and because I knit this in a mini-KAL with Missy she really cheered me on to knit through the colorwork and get it finished up.
Not as tired as I look, just cold!
The only problem with it is that it came out a little too long.Â This is my third sweater in a row to come out much too long…Â Apparently I think I am much taller than I actually am.
Through some creative blocking I was able to felt the torso section to about 3″ shorter.Â It’s still a little longer than what I would consider “just right” but it’s definitely wearable.Â In fact I’ve worn this a lot since I finished it.Â The alpaca is cozy and warm without being too heavy.
Oso loves modeling knitwear
According to Ravelry I began knitting this sweater in March of 2007.
In the spirit of “Start as you mean to go on,” I finally finished my Thermal Sweater January 1st, 2011.
Honestly, I’m not completey happy with it.Â It’s too big overall, the neckline is too low (even though I raised it from the pattern), it’s too long and the seaming around the shoulders is funky.
However, after almost 4 years of taking up space in the UFO bin I think this may be the sweater I’m most excited to finally be wearing.
Even though this sweater isn’t particularly flattering I’m sure I’m going to be getting a ton of wear out of it.Â I’ve already worn it more times this winter than a couple of my other handknit sweaters I can think of.Â Part of this I’m sure is a desire to save my favorite sweaters for special occasions so they won’t wear out as fast and some it is that this sweater is a nice lightweight layer for beneath my winter jacket.
I’m already planning to knit another Thermal which will hopefully fit a little better.Â It was nice having this one as a long-term background project that I could always pick up if I needed some reliable zombie knitting and it was a perfect travel project.