I’ve been a knitting fiend this week. I whipped up some super quick knit-ups, including some last minute Christmas gifts. I did manage to also finish one thing for myself, though: Knitterly’s Moto Vest, which will be a valuable additional layer under my coat to keep me toasty in the cold while visiting family in Kansas. It was a nice, quick project knit on size 15 needles, and I was able to use up the Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool that had been sitting in my stash for the past couple of years. I almost have the lace border finished for Lizzie Bennet’s Shawlette by Annie Riley. It’s being knitted in A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Floating, which is a ridiculously luscious yarn (70% Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere). After I finish the lace portion of the shawl, it will just be quick stockinette stitch to finish it up.
Packing is finally happening for my flight tomorrow, and, of course, the first thing to toss into the suitcase: yarn!
The most essential task for any traveling knitter is picking which exciting projects to bring along. I am always overly ambitious and pick out way more than I need, but, hey, you just never know. I figure that I’ll be living out of a suitcase for three weeks, and, who knows, for a good amount of that I might be snowed or frozen inside the house. So having extra projects on hand will be hugely appreciated.
After spending too much time on Ravelry this week, I’ve organized and handpicked my queue of upcoming projects, and I have chosen my next three. Most likely I will not pack or get to all of these before the year is out, but it is just too hard to decide on just one or two! I know that I am definitely packing two skeins of Twirling Petals yarn to start knitting up Project #1, the Vega beret, which I am super excited about. Project #2 is Marin, a shawlette by Ysolda Teague, to knit with Annapurna, another deliciously soft yarn by AVFKW. Project #3 is Silvia’s Garden Hat by June Muhme using Jaggerspun Zephir Wool-Silk for the lining and Lana Gatto Zephir for the exterior. (Estonian lace!)
Like I said, I will most likely not get to all these projects during my trip, but aren’t they perdy? It is very nice to have options and to have pretty, soft things to pet and snuggle.
The Jaggerspun and Twirl are sold pre-caked and ready to knit, so no winding needed. I was able to squeeze in some time on Tuesday to ball my skein of Annapurna and Lana Gatto on my good friend’s ball winder. Boy, I am so glad that I didn’t forget to do that, or I’d have been hand winding almost 2000 yards of yarn in Kansas. Bleck. The Lana Gatto lace weight just seemed to go on and on, so it was a blessing to have my friend to chat with while I was turning the winder for half an hour, or however long it was.
So, now patterns and yarn are ready to go. All that’s left is to pack some cheapo needles just in case they get confiscated at security. (Yes, that has happened to me before. And, yes, I am still sore about it.)
Oh, and I should probably pack some clothes, too.