Yarn Along: Travel Insomia

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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? 

Yarn Along:: Beginnings + Endings

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!

Vacation Time

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.

Space Train! aka The Monorail

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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…

 

On The Road Again

Tomorrow Sweetie and I are heading out on a grand 2-week adventure that will take us to such luxurious locales as Ohio, Kentucky, and California.  Okay, so one of them is outwardly more exciting than the others, but we are sure to find fun wherever we go.  I am particularly excited to sample wine, feel the sun on my face, reconnect with old friends, and see if there are any good yarn shops in Ohio.

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Our trip will be one part road trip and one part air travel, so I will have more than enough time to knit in transit.  Since I currently have 5 projects on the go, I have decided to pack several and take them on the road with me.

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The larger project, my sweater, will be for road trip knitting, while the smaller ones (2 socks and a lace scarf) will be perfect for airplane knitting.  I’m hoping to finish off both socks and make good progress on the sleeves of my sweater.  Anything else will be a bonus (I’m looking at you, Lace Ribbon Scarf).

If time allows, I may do some on the road blogging, so check in from time to time.  See you in 2 weeks~happy knitting!

Wildlife, Wild Knitting

My recent trip to Southeast Alaska was a success in many ways.  This is a place I hold dear in my heart, a place that has retained its wonder and beauty for me throughout a lifetime of visits.  I have been fortunate enough to be a regular visitor since I was a child, spending summers on the water and in the woods. Going to such a wild place as a child jump-started my imagination, cemented a love for animals, and ignited my curiosity for nature.  This trip was no exception.

There was plenty of wildlife to keep me entertained when I wasn’t knitting or visiting with family.

The salmon were running, which had all the carnivores riveted, from eagles and fishermen to bears.

As far as knitting goes, I was able to get quite a bit done, both in transit and during my time there.  My sister and her hubby were kind enough to model these pieces:

  • Pattern: My own.  Details at another time…
  • Yarn: Malabrigo worsted weight, 2 strands held together, 1 skein of each color for hat
  • Needles: US size 8 circular
  • Notes: These were done with 2 strands of Malabrigo worsted held together.  I ran out of blue in the blue/pink one, so had to rip back to the ribbing, add a few rows, and readjust to calling it an earwarmer.  People wear these, right?!

My sister was a superstar knitter, finishing a hat and her first ever fingerless glove.  I didn’t get a chance to take a photo, but trust me: they were fantastic.  She is such a different knitter than I was starting out.  She doesn’t want a pattern to follow; instead, she lets the yarn tell her what to do, occasionally asking me “How many more rows should I do?”.  A fiercely independent and fearless knitter that inspires me to no end!

On the plane ride home I completed another neckwarmer.  I still need to block it and sew some buttons on, but here’s a sneak preview:

To my surpise and delight, I found 3 yarn stores during my travels.  More on that later…