Fabric Lessons Learned from the Grand Canyon

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We just returned from a wonderful week backcountry camping in the Grand Canyon and I am happy to report that I was able to haul my butt out of the Canyon at the end of our trip.  Unfortunately my camera died on day 2 and I have a grand total of 8 pictures from the trip.  Here are our happy faces at the beginning of day 1 hiking into the canyon.  I was much less happy at the end of the day and found solace in starting a lace pi shawl while recovering. DH actually had to carry my pack for about 1.5 miles at the end of the day. He is my hero!! My legs wouldn’t hold up any longer with the weight, I felt like I was in a scene from a movie when the person comes stumbling into town and then collapses.

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So first lesson was that lace knitting is the lightest project to work on.  I think i increased my pi shawl to 290 stitches while still in the canyon.

The real revelation was that the best blister protection is the Dr. Scholl’s lambs wool (can you say roving) and it works by felting with your wool sock.  I swear by it.  No irritation from tape and it created great protection when I felt any hot spots.  At the end of the day, just remove the felted pad from the sock. I thought it was a big improvement over moleskin, which tends to slip around and bandaids.  At the end of 6 days: no blisters!!!

We did some remote camping and for 3 nights we were the only one at our campsites and we saw very few people in the canyon.  I felt so cozy with my handknit hat, cowl, socks in the tent but lost a hat at Granite Rapids.  Early spring is the time to go.  Not too crowded, flowers beginning to bloom and cool weather (OK so it snowed one night and there were 60 mph winds  but the tent held up).

grand-canyon5 I’ve developed a new spa program too. I only use a spork (combo spoon and fork) and mug to eat with and my portions are limited to the size of my mug. So I’m thinking of marketing a book and including the mug with recipes, that and 5-7 miles of hiking daily is a good fitness program. DH thought we might be slowly starving, but I never felt hungry.

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