Saturday, 23 February 2008

Will there be photographs?

...wrote Blackberry Rambles in response to my last post. Oh yes! We had a perfect weeks skiing in Les Arcs & Courcheval last week. The sun shone, the air was very cold and the snow was there in plenty & generally was in great condition for skiing & ski it we did. For miles & miles & miles! On several evenings we caught the last chair lift to the top of the mountain & skied down as the mountains emptied & the light began to go down. This is Mr J as we paused to don extra hats & scarves before plunging down into the shadows that had enclosed the home run. Mt Blanc is behind basking in the rays of the sun. The scenery is stunning and I had plenty of time to admire it whilst son & heir was filmed doing the various drills demanded for his A level PE assessment.

....... S&H, skiing on the Aiguille Rouge above Arc 2000.
This wasn't the only assessment he had to face though. On Saturday we drove to Courcheval so that he could be assessed by 'New Generation' Ski School with a view to joining their trainee ski instructor 'Gap Year' programme. next winter. He passed! They take twenty students each year & over a three month period train them to BASI 2 level (British Association Snow Sports Instructors) & then the successful students have a chance to teach skiing in Italy for a month! (& earn money). This is pretty exciting stuff! Hopefully it will provide a little extra motivation to ensure success in the forthcoming A levels!
Reflections on the mountains!
Lunch stop, on the piste down from the Aiguille Rouge.
Looking towards Mt Blanc.
It was a wonderful family holiday. We are back in the Tarentaise in just a few weeks & hopefully the snow will fall again before then. This time we are driving so their will be plenty of time for knitting!

Now.... knitting. This was originally a knitting blog! I didn't knit on the plane out as Leeds Bradford had a very 'NO KNITTING NEEDLES AT ALL' stance when I queried it in advance of flying. In retrospect I doubt there would have been a problem, but on a very busy Saturday hassle was best avoided. On the way back, Geneva identify long metal pointy things, so I knitted away on my 5" Brittany Birch sock needles without too much concern. I have nearly finished a pair of socks for Mr J. The pattern is a simple garter rib. The yarn is Trekking XXL 100 & the colours are fantastic. The pictures don't do it justice -I will finish them & photo them in the sunlight. I had intended to try a 'new heel' for SKA February challenge, but decided that Mr J would be better with the usual flap & gusset, knit one, slip one routine to give a tougher heel. I am in the process of casting on 'Brigit' in memory of Gigi Silva & her wonderful designs. Her designs have been added to the February Challenge as a memorial to this talented designer. I am going to use yarn from my stash, bought at the Harrogate Show. I think it is Schoppel yarn, but I'm not sure of the colourway.
Much has been written about the wonder that is Ravelry. One unexpected bonus is the wonderful group of knitters in Harrogate that I have got to know 'in the flesh' (or yarn!) We met again on Wednesday. Our original idea of meeting monthly has already become every two weeks. Outings to events such as the Texare Mill open weekend are in discussion, the ongoing 'chat' in our own Ravelry Group 'At Home in Harrogate' punctuates the day with a few chuckles & at least two new sock knitters have been born! Me.... I may knit something with sleeves with their encouragement! I have managed a picture (at last!) of my first hat of the winter. Its an 'Odessa' in Cashsoft DK.
It has had plenty of wear early this week as we have enjoyed stunning frosts. I was running round the front garden as 7.00 am as Mr J was waiting to leave for work! I have been stalking Ravelry for more hat patterns & have found some great possibles, although whilst skiing I found that headbands were best as they stopped the ears getting cold but were less likely to take flight! Utopia could be the next hat. What do you think? Headband? The band from the Amanda hat I think? The pattern is a free Ravelry download. So much knitting, so little time........

7 comments:

Heather L. said...

So lovely to find your post and see your pictures!!! it sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I kept thinking in the past days, that I hadn't seen any new post, and then I would remember -- ah, they are away skiing!

That's terrific that your son passed the qualifications -- sounds like a great opportunity! My husband likes to ski, but I've not done much. Of course, I was born in Vermont (ski country) and had my own cross country skis by the time I was 3, but never got much into downhill. Oh well. Allergy to the cold doesn't help. :)

Love the socks! I'm seriously thinking about trying some. Just saw an article in the UK Country Living about a knitting group in st. Andrews. i think I should find a knitting group....

Kath said...

Lovely snow shots - good to hear a fun time was had by all. My congrats to S&H! I love headbands as well as hats tend to be a bit hot for my likeing at times and this one is one of my favorites: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/86-10-headband-in-alaska
Love the colours in the socks as well!!

Queen of the froggers said...

Fabulous scenery isn't it. Love the colours in that sock too.

Joanne said...

So good to hear about a wonderful holiday! I'm a little jealous, and I don't even ski. :)

Socks and hats look very good! Are you moving onto sleeves soon?!

clarabelle said...

Wonderful post, Mrs J! I love all the photos (and yes, we had that hard frost, and it really did look like snow).

If you need a hat that doesn't blow away, then the Felicity pattern (free on Ravelry) is a good one - it's very head-hugging! And I do like the Trekking - very rustic...

Well done to S&H - sounds a fantastic opportunity!

Probably Jane said...

I can almost feel the clear freah air from here! Lovely photos - and nice to see all those warm woolly things you have been making too - you have just the weather.

Auntie Noo said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! - I would pop in here often. BUT the skiing photos are making me jealous (had to give up due to knee injuries)... I keep wondering about going on a ski holiday just to sit in the bar at the bottom of the piste!!!! :)