I expected to be finished with my Lintilla scarf this weekend. After all, the way I saw it, I had a road trip to work on it. But, the problem was, I didn’t work on it. At all. I never touched the thing. I was too busy chattering, and driving, and cooking, and riding my bike in South Dakota.
You see, my team and I went up there for Tour de Corn, which started at The Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.
We all stayed in a lodge together, which made for some great times. We rode Saturday morning, what was supposed to be a 64 mile ride. However, with winds sustained at 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph, and high heat and humidity, we cut back on our miles a bit. We rode as a team, pulling each other through the worst of the wind. We ended the day with 48 miles, but those miles were awfully rough. That being said, we stopped a lot, we flew a kite, we took over a bar and had lunch, we added random riders we did not know to our pace line, we sang along to the music being pulled on a trailer and we had our photo taken many times. It was a great day. Even the drivers did not seem to mind the spectacle of 25 or so riders in a pace line and they’d smile and wave as they were passing us.
What I noticed the most though, over the weekend, was just how seamlessly the team works together. It isn’t just about biking. Never once did anyone lack for food. Everyone brought food, everyone cooked, every shared in the clean up, everyone helped out beautifully. It was a lovely experience. And there was SO MUCH food! Good food. Delicious home cooked meals and many crock pots and big pancake and bacon breakfasts. Such a treat!
I tend to be one of those people who stresses a lot over travel. I worry about so many things, I pack too much, I prepare too much food, I worry and worry. However, it became clear so quickly that I needn’t have worried at all. I did exactly right. I packed the right amount, I brought the right amount of food, it was all very seamless.
In any case, the trip was wonderful. And I never had an excuse to pull out my knitting. So, I didn’t get around to working on Lintilla again until Sunday evening. I used it to unwind, but went to bed quite early due to post trip exhaustion. Last night, however, I was determined to get it done. I had taken it to work and gotten a bunch done, so I knew this was a goal I could achieve. After I put Bug to bed, I just sat down with a movie and powered through. It was, again, quite relaxing. And the end result was fantastic! I just love this shawl. I love that it is asymmetrical. I love how the fractal spun yarn stripes, and the interesting construction makes the stripes diagonal. I love that it is lusciously soft between the woo/silk blend and the garter stitch. I love that I didn’t even feel a need to block it! Just wrap and go.