…than I’m off again. It feels like I just got back from DC (wait, I did just get back—I’ve only been home a week), and I’m packing to head up to Toronto. This trip is for fun: my sister, who lives up in the T dot, is getting married to a lovely man, and the clan is gathering for the event. My other sister has rented a cottage, so there will be city time and lake time and family time and time with old friends from the punk rock stompin’ around town years. Many of my internet friends are gathering while we’re there (for another wedding—apparently it’s the thing to do right now), so there will also be time with old friends I’ve never met in real life. And there will be knitting. I got shockingly little knitting done during TNNA, and hooboy, am I going to make up for that in the next couple of weeks. (See above re: lake time: there’s a whole nine glorious days of it.) Of course, most of it will be work knitting, but that’s my favourite kind of work, so I don’t mind one bit.
First up: Born at Sea, the shawl version.
I’m actually hoping to get this done before I leave so I can send it off to the lovely Gale for photos, but that’s a
pretty very ambitious hope, and if it doesn’t get done, so be it. It’s pretty close to finished, I think, and I know the stitch patterns by heart, so it’ll make good travel knitting. I still don’t have a name for it, so maybe that’ll come to me while I’m gazing at the lake.
Next: a colourwork cowl/infinity scarf thing. Maybe also a hat.
Okay, this is a pile of yarn. I know what it’s going to be, though, and with luck, it’ll be on its way to being that thing by the time I get back. Stranded colourwork isn’t great travel knitting for me, so this’ll be lake knitting and coffee with friends knitting.
Third: a handspun shawl.
This pattern will have a handspun sample and a millspun sample, in two different sizes. As a spinner who writes knitting patterns, I feel like I’ve let down the side a bit, so I’m hoping to incorporate more handspun examples in my patterns. I haven’t decided on the commercial yarn yet; maybe I’ll have a clearer idea once this sample is done. This project is simple, it’s portable, and all the increases and decreases have stitch markers (different markers for each, so I can tell by feel what I’m supposed to do), so I can work on this shawl pretty much anywhere.
Fourth: some noodling.
Yeah, I know, this is actually another pile of yarn. I got to meet Jeane deCoster of Elemental Affects while at TNNA, and to see her yarns in person, and I knew I had to do something in her Shetland fingering. Photos just do not capture how these colours glow, especially when worked together, and they certainly don’t convey how soft the finished fabric is. Jeane explained that her Shetland wool—true Shetland, as she described it—benefits from agitating the finished project when washing it. Rather than felting, the yarn softens amazingly, creating a cohesive, slightly haloed fabric that makes the colourwork really sing. I also love that the yarn is grown, spun, and dyed in the US: there are amazing yarns being made in Canada and the USA, and I want to work with more of them. She gave me some samples, and I ordered some more colours from The Feral Knitter when I got home. (I could’ve sworn I ordered more blues, but apparently not.) I’m going to throw my KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, my grid sketchbook, and a bunch of different-sized needles in my bag, and noodle away to my heart’s content. Definitely lake knitting.
Finally: non-work knitting, the sock repair edition.
I made these socks for himself, and he loves them more than anything I’ve made him. Indeed, he damn near loved them to death. He’s pretty hard on his socks, and I failed to take that into account when choosing the yarn. Fortunately, I used an afterthought heel, so all I have to do is cut out the heels and redo them in a more durable yarn: a 75/25 merino/nylon blend kindly donated from my friend Bridgette’s copious collection of sock yarn leftovers. (P.S. This experience has completely sold me on afterthought heels.)
So. I think I’m covered as far as knitting projects go, yes? Of course, there will be yarn shopping while up north: yarn tourism is one of my favourite parts of traveling, and you know I’m going to hit some of the fabulous yarn shops in Toronto. (I hear there’s some Indigo Dragonfly in the wild up there.) Besides, once the wedding gift is given, there will be room, right? (It’s really big. And knitted. There will be photos after the wedding.) So this plan is more loosey-goosey than I’ve made it sound, and is subject to change at any time, as befits a good vacation plan.