Fruita and the Green Sweater

After a bit of a hiatus I’m going to try to keep this up again. I was looking through old posts and seeing how much I’d forgotten about the kids and how they were and what we’ve done that I realized it’s so nice to have the archive to look back on.  So there’ll be some catch up posts as I try to get back to present day.

In April we went on a camping trip to Fruita to go mountain biking, and it was overall super fun. We went with another family who are all excellent bikers, so for most of the days they were off biking the more challenging runs and I was with the girl going down some of the easier ones. She did amazing for a 7 year old, in my opinion.

The girl scooting down kessel’s run


The view from the top of a challenging hill

The next day we went a bit further and went to Loma for the beginner’s trail there, which was also great with some pretty views of the Colorado river.


Ate lots of pizza at the Hot Tomato, which I must say tastes great after riding in the hot sun all day! We were staying at a rustic campsite (read: no running water/showers) and were entirely disgusting for 3 days. I couldn’t wait to get home and wash all the grime off of me. The kids, however, relished in the filth. Shocking.

A few weeks before that the boy had asked me to make a sweater for him, which I was happy to do! Eric and I took a birthday trip to Crested Butte in March sans kids where I had purchased some hand dyed green and black yarn that I knew he would love. I made the rookie mistake of thinking I had enough yarn for a sweater, and ended up needing to buy some extra yarn to complete the sweater. This ended up being a good thing-I think the whole sweater in the variegated yarn would have been a mess. The yarn pooled a lot in the lower half of the sweater, but the boy said he liked it and loves his cozy oversized superwarm sweater.

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Pattern: Big Kids Bulky Mock Turtleneck

Yarn: Hand dyed from Crested Butte & Black Cascade bulky held double

I finished it in the car on the way to Fruita, and it was an excellent companion for the cold desert nights.

Up next: a skirt I made for the girl, a sweater I’m working on for myself, and a flashback to Christmastime!

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