FO: Campy and the Mallows

Long time, no see, guys.  I’ve been crafting, but just finally got some photos of things!

Last weekend we had a big camping trip planned.  There were going to be nine of us (mostly Lucas’s family) camping at Joshua Tree National Park for three nights.  Five of us planned on driving out late Thursday night to make sure we could get a campsite (first come, first served) for the weekend.  There were a few hiccups leaving on time, including a call to the paramedics for back pain and breathing problems (not for me, and it ended up being nothing serious).  By the time we left Los Angeles (down to just four of us) it was midnight!  And it took longer to get to Joshua Tree than I remembered!

We stopped at the Jelly Donut to regroup outside the park and saw these little wonders:

Filled buttermilk bars!  This is a total anomaly to me.  I love old-fashioned donuts and thought I would love Buttermilk Bars, but recently they have been much too heavy for me.  But this is taking it to a whole new level.  Filled with custard!!  I didn’t try one, but kind of wish I had now.

When we got into the park at 4am, there were no campsites available!  Apparently it was spring break.  In advance, the park ranger told us we would be safe arriving Friday but we had left early just in case.  We thought we found an open one and set up camp, only to realize four hours later that the campsite was taken!  The campers had just left to sleep in town for the night.  Thus began an long frustrating morning of trying to find somewhere to stay.  Eventually we told the other half of our group not to bother coming out.  The four of us that were already there decided to do a night of backcountry camping so that it wouldn’t be a complete loss.  It was a lot of fun, but we weren’t allowed to have a campfire, and we had only brought big bulky car camping equipment.  Nonetheless it was an enjoyable little adventure.  We left the next morning to spend time with the family back home.

The reason for the trip had been the birthday of Lucas’s cousin Clay.  Because we were going camping, I decided to knit him a little camping themed present.  Of course the rest of his family was with the second group that never made it out to camp!

 

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Campy and the Mallows by Anna Hrachovec.

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Bark, Orange, White, Basalt Heather, and either Semolina or Safflower.

Needles: 2.5mm, US 1 1/2

Start Date: March 25, 2014

Finish Date: March 27, 2014

Can you believe I already owned this pattern?  I spent a lot of time trying to find good worsted weight yarns from my stash to make this in, and then remembered that I have a gazillion colors of Palette.  And things are always cuter smaller.

Here are some shots from the weekend:

The Birthday boy, in a randomly configured Hipstamatic photo.

What we learned is not to go to camping during Spring Break!  And if you must, leave mid-week.  Before Thursday for sure!

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