The night before a trip always finds me feeling a little bit unsettled. My brain is zooming around from what is or isn’t packed yet, did I turn on my vacation responder, remember to take out the garbage tomorrow, is the camera charged, remember to bring the prenatal vitamins, and on and on.
Last night I woke up for a bathroom break (the baby has found my bladder) and couldn’t stop thinking once I was up. After tossing around for a while, I decided to get back up and deal with the question of vacation knitting. I had been worrying about having the right amount of knitting with the appropriate ratio of interest to mindlessness. So I utilized this time between 2:30 and 4 pm to think, start a knitting project, and catch up on a couple of blogs. Thankfully, I went back to sleep eventually, and there was some coffee waiting for me when I woke up.
Knitting: Wurm in Freia
Reading: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
What’s on your needles and on on your nightstand this week?
I’ve been reading a new book, the sweeping sequel to The Passage. It’s complex and moving, even a little sad and scary at times. It’s epic and will probably take me a bit to get through. And that’s okay, especially with the help of a before-work-mocha and reading moment from time to time.
My fall sweater is nearly finished! I am actually ready to start the ribbing on the second cuff and will hopefully be done tonight! Just in time to jet off to Hawaii for a long weekend with Sweetie to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.
Which brings me to the subject of travel knitting. As you know, a lot of careful thought and planning goes into strategizing vacation knitting projects. The amount of sedentary travel time directly affects the number and complexity of projects I take.
This time I am excited to unearth some single skeins from deep stash and will be attempting a small project on each flight to and fro. I’m thinking this and this. And I might also throw in a sock-in-progress for good measure. I only took one project with me to New York and I finished it on the flight over! Better to overpack, I say.
What’s on your nightstand and in your project basket this week?
Thanks to Ginny for the Yarn Along inspiration!
We originally thought a grand, warm-weather vacation was in order. Think cruise to Mexico, beach front rental in Southern California. Eventually we scaled back the vision to a more local excursion, traveling north just a few hours to visit Seattle. Neither of us has really explored the city much before, so we were excited. Near constant rain hardly got us down, and we had a wonderful time hanging out as a family and having many small and large adventures together.
It’s amazing what happens when time, responsibility to the outside world take time off. It’s so much easier to relax into the moment, say yes to the fun, and just go with the flow. As always, I came home resolving to try to live my life more like vacation all the time! I probably can’t eat ice cream and get room service everyday, but the reminder to stay present and relaxed is always a good one.
And I got so much travel knitting done in the car and the hotel! One afternoon I even switched back and forth between two projects, a rare and indulgent treat. Finished objects very soon…