Tim and I usually commute together. On top of that, we live less than 5 miles from work/school so it's not like we're using a lot of gas. But with the price of gas getting so high, it was starting to feel like we should explore some alternatives. Nashville's bus system is not the best in the world, but it does get you where you want to go and Tim actually gets to ride for free because his employer has a deal with the Nashville MTA. Today was our first day taking the bus and it went fairly smoothly. It took longer than driving, but on the other hand... it was free. I doubt we'll take it every day, but I think it's a good alternative both for our budget and for the environment.
Okay. Fine. It looks like I'd actually have a chance to knit on the bus as well. That possibly is the tipping point for me :)
Total lack of pictures aside, there's been a lot of crafting going on at our house. Everything is blocking though, so I have no exciting WIP or FO pictures to show off!
Kristin's Favorite Carryall (ravelry link, the pattern is from the Best of Interweave Knits) has been eating up a ton of my time. I've finally got almost all of the pieces knit, but the finishing is going to be insane. Also, my row gauge when I'm doing colorwork is apparently really crazy. It's consistent gauge, just much larger than the pattern calls for. As a result, I think I might run out of yarn with 2-3 little finishing pieces to do (arghhhhhhhhhhhh). Considering options right now. I also decided that a giant bag needs a zipper, even though I hate putting them in. I'm going to use the finishing instructions and approach that I learned while putting together my Little Sparkly Clutch. My other big issue was deciding on lining fabric. Nothing I had in my fabric stash seemed quite right, so I picked out some special fabric this weekend.
I also finished my diagonal scarf (ravelry link, pattern link) out of Artfibers Ultramerino 8. I'm worried though, it rolls like you would not believe. A full wet block has taken the curl out, but my past experience makes me think it's probably going to come back with wear. It's a cool scarf though - pictures when it's all dry.
Because everything else was blocking (and I didn't feel like working on my Ms Purplejeans sweater) I also cast on for a new project this weekend - the Lake of the Woods wrap (ravelry link, pattern link). I'm using some Reynolds Odyssey that I bought last year for a different wrap project that never inspired me enough to actually cast on. I bought the (really expensive) pattern a few months ago on a whim. My sister Kathy used to live in northern Minnesota right on the shores of the Lake of the Woods, a really beautiful lake that spans the US/Canadian border. I think the wrap does a good job of capturing the "feel" of the lake.
If this whole bus thing works out, I'm going to have to come up with some ideas for easy bus projects too!