can you believe i spent the whole day packing and organizing for this trip?
what a dawdler, eh?
it was good though; i really REALLY think i’ve got all my bases covered:
music and audiobooks—check
camera, cables, ephemera—check
passport, tickets, money—check
clothes, woolens, shoes, underwear, socks, etc—check
knitting projects for four weeks—check
actually, that last one took the longest; i do hope i have all the needles i need . . .
wanna peek at what-all i;’m taking along to work on??
good ol’ wasp and rose . . . i am determined to get some work done on it if it kills me. i can’t remember the last time a project took me so long to complete. on the other hand, it’s a good one to savor.
i put together a shawlette kit with three balls of yarn—a pale, pale gray to knit another LOVe, one for a scarf, and one for a new shawlette i cast on last night in craig’s new mink/milk/merino yarn, in maroon
the charcoal gray ball of yak/mink/merino/soy will be knit into a matching rectangle scarf.
here’s the swatch
i’ve had this stitch pattern selected for ages and have been been dying to start this project for months, but was not finding just the right yarn for it. then craig sent his new yarn samples at the end of december and whammo—they are perfect. refined, yet just a little fuzzy. soft, but structured. feminine AND manly . . . perfect for this simple, elegant motif.
i’m bringing this abandoned sock, begun whilst i was designing the june 2010 installment for tina’s rockin sock club. i finished my sample and mailed it away, then started a pair for myself and never finished them. totally lame, since they knit up in a jiffy. time to get them off the needles, i say, along with the roger sock.
if when i get those done, i will treat myself to a fresh sock project.
in desperate need of blue socks, i pulled these two skeins (i also need pinkish ones, but could not find the right thing in my stash—i told myself that they might have pink sock yarn at the vogueLive event . . .you think??)
anyway for the blue ones, i’ve decided to dig into these
on the left, the perfect hydrangea colorway from the periwinkle sheep, in honor of the fact that i’ll be in this dyer’s hometown at the end of my trip; it would be great to be knitting with her yarn by that time. and on the right, studio june’s eight bells sock in the unabashedly vivid blue suede shoes.
a hat kit, packed with enough mountain meadow wool to knit two hat samples, one in chunky weight and one in DK/light worsted.
more mink, this time in the deep forest colorway. i have this lone ball to knit another monkey bread hat, and craig is sending a couple more for the matching scarf. he’s out of the apple green colorway i showed earlier, but he has TONS of the deep green. and it’s such a great color—you’ll see.
meanwhile, i finished my scarf and blocked it—are you ready for some serious yarn prøn??
can you feel how soft that is around my neck?? just think—it hasn’t even begun to bloom—once i start wearing it, that surface will explode with minky goodness.
i love, love, love the big fat loose cables—all of that double-crossing just builds up the depth until the whole thing is a delicious beehive of warm around my neck
and from what i hear, i’m going to need it in new york—my mom was telling me it’s freezing up where she lives (and i’m headed there at the end of the trip)
so, that’s it—i’m off. for those that are coming to vogue LIVE! . . . see you there. i’ll be signing patterns on sunday from 12 to 1 pm—we’ll have a selection to sell on the spot or you can bring your own, or buy one from the sales floor. or just come by to say hello (especially if no one else is there, eek!)
that about zips it up, but i’ll be back in a few days with an update.