I arrived back in Kamloops Saturday evening. I am always very relieved to pull into my driveway after the long drive back from the US, but never more than this time due to the unwelcome passenger in my vehicle.
On the trip south last Tuesday I was driving along, listening to an Audible book, minding my own business when suddenly a spider appeared on the windshield directly in front of me. My first reaction was that it had better be on the outside of the window. My second was one of alarm when I realized I was looking at the top of the spider, which meant it had to be on the inside. Not good. Especially since there wasn't any place to quickly pull off to the side of the road and deal with it.
Ten very long minutes later I was able to pull over, but by this time the spider had vanished. I looked everywhere, but it was not to be found. Not good.
This was only about two hours into an eight hour drive, so for the next six hours I was sure I could feel the spider crawling up my leg. Or down my neck. Or across my head. Or on my shoulder. Not good.
I sort of forgot about the spider while I was at my mom's, until Friday when we hopped in the car to drive up to my cousin Kath's for a visit. Just as I was getting ready to enter the freeway the spider appeared. On my steering wheel, crawling with considerable speed towards my right hand. Not good. I brushed it off the steering wheel and it fell on my leg. My mom swatted at it and it then fell to the floor. That is the last time I saw it. But I know it is still there, lurking under my seat. Or on my visor. Or under the floor mat. Or in the cup holder. Not good.
I really had intended to write about the spider on the weekend, but something else has been consuming my time for the past three days. A very dear friend is going through a rough time, and she asked me if I could knit her a hat. I was so happy to be able to do something, anything, to make her feel better that I cast on hat #1 as soon as I got home from Spokane. My friend described a style of headband she thought would be nice, one with a wide front. As she was describing it I knew immediately what pattern I would use. Calorimetry!
She said she would like something in yellow. I found this Madelinetosh yarn when I was in Spokane, and knit it into this Hurricane Hat. I think it looks very bright and cheerful. I hope she thinks so too.
While I was shopping for the yellow yarn I spotted some Spud and Chloe Outer in this beautiful shade of blue. I grabbed a couple of skeins, then went on a pattern search. The New Quick and Easy Ribbed Hat pattern was a perfect match.
Three hats knit in three days.
Or in the middle of a hat...