I am planning for an almost two week long vacation next month! Forget about what clothing, suitcase, toiletries, etc. to bring…I am deciding first and foremost what knitting project should come along!
Here are some details to consider:
- 2 8 plus-hour flights
- 2 2 plus-hour airport waiting times
- I aim to bring a carry-on suitcase and a tote bag
- Traveling with a group, so there may be some “waiting for others” knitting time
- Lots of sightseeing, food, wine and fun!
This leads me to believe that my project should not:
- Be too complicated, but at the same time not too simple
- Have too many pieces to keep track of
- Have too many needles to bring
- Be boring!
Here are my choices, at least in my queue!
You know this had to be the first option! The project that is supposed to be completed before I start any others. I included this picture to show that I’ve finished the cuffs of both sleeves. (Yes, that’s as far as I’ve gotten since my last update, which I now realize was way back in JULY!!! when I was starting the first sleeve. Looks like other life activities have gotten in the way of knitting time over the summer.)
However, this one does not meet much of the criteria – I would need to bring too many pieces because the sleeves get fitted to the body, and that would be just too much to carry along, and may require more concentration than available when I reach that point of the pattern.
Here are some lovely yarns (Madeline Tosh) that I picked up at Vogue Knitting (VK) Live in January to make an entrelac scarf. This seems to fit most of the criteria, except for the complicated part. Since it would be my first entrelac project, it may require too much attention especially at the beginning…which would then become an end of the scarf and those mistakes would be most noticeable when worn.
I absolutely love this yarn! This is from Dragonfly Fibers and is beautiful and brilliant! I bought this after taking Melissa Leapman’s class on double knitting at VK Live. I can’t wait to see the juxtaposition of these two yarns in the double knitted scarf I’m going to make. But yes, I know what you’re thinking and I agree. Too complicated, and too many opportunities for frustration of not paying attention or not keeping good track of where I stopped. So…not a good choice for my trip.
Another good contender from my VK Live expedition…this wonderful yarn is going to be another Anemone hat…for me!
However, this choice falls into the too simple category. This would be my 3rd or 4th in this pattern, and would be too boring for those long plane rides.
I bought this as part of a KAL (Knit Along) this year. I knew I couldn’t participate in the timing of the KAL because I was working on LD’s sweater, but I liked the pattern and wanted to do it. So I bought this lovely (Manos del Uruguay – Maxima) yarn, and the project’s been calling out to me for some time. However, it would be too much yarn to bring in my suitcase and as I knit it, it would become a bulky project to schlep along.
And here is the last choice…a wedge scarf pattern, using short rows…another inspiration from a VK Live class in January where Laura Bryant tried her hardest to teach me how short rows work. This is my perfect opportunity to understand it through experience. The instructions are simple enough, the yarn (Lorna’s Laces) is one of my favorites, and it will keep my attention in both the project and in picking it up when I have a spare few moments here and there. Plus, if I finish it on the trip, I’ll be able to wear it, and it won’t take up any extra room in my suitcase!