holiday prep (ie, which yarn to pack?)

Warning – this post contains a photo of the Socktupus Sock Club March yarn. Don’t scroll down if you don’t want to see it!

We’re off to Italy for a week on Monday, and tomorrow is my yoga course, so today is my last day for packing and preparing for the trip. The clothes are all washed and ironed, suncream has (optimistically) been purchased, and the camera batteries are all charged and ready to go.

Which leaves the really big decision: which knitting project(s) to pack?

Serendipitously, the second shipment of my Socktopus Sock Club yarn and pattern arrived in the post this morning. The yarn is Artist’s Palette Sweet Feet, which is a merino/bamboo blend. The colours remind me of English skies at this time of year – there are delicate greys and silvers, greyish and gentle cerulean blue. It’s really pretty, and the pattern (by the talented Lou and Emms) is cute too. I’m going to swatch it tonight, and then pack the yarn and needles ready to cast on on the plane.

My ‘on-flight’ knitting kit consists of a pencil case filled with various pens and pencils, ipod earphones and charger … and my knitpick options needles stashed away in there with the other wires and pointy straight things.  I’m not sure whether I really need to disguise the needles this much, but it’s always worked for me, and I’d rather be safe (have knitting) than sorry (not have knitting!)

I have also cast on for a yoga cardigan. I mentioned the other day that I was thinking of making something like this (Ravelry link) but it is not quite what I want. Instead I am following Barbara Walker’s instructions for a raglan cardigan (another Ravelry link*) from her wonderful book Knitting From the Top. No photos yet, as all I have is a scraggy little crescent of knitting, but I’m having fun with it so far.

Anyway, here’s the Socktopus yarn. Next time hopefully I’ll be able to share some photos of Italy!

* If you are interested in these links and are not yet on Ravelry then go! Sign up now!

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