Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Get Ready, Get Set....

You get in a wild hurry to assemble needed travel "stuff" and something always happens.  I cast on for the Lace Edged Sweater (Wendy Johnson) and started the first chart for the lace just to get a jump start and know where the sweater is going when I climb into the RV to ride and knit.  Half way through the sixth chart row the cord end of my Knit Picks Options needle pulled out of the needle and stitches went everywhere.  I'm thankful it didn't happen while we were bumping along on the road and I couldn't go the stash room and grab an Addi Turbo replacement!! 
What is the message here?  Only buy Addi Turbo needles?  Don't leave home without replacement needles for ALL your projects?  (That's a good one)!  I don't know, but I am very unhappy with Knit Picks about now.  Then I read that the same thing happened to Marti of It's Just Life blog.  What's up with that?  Maybe we bought into a bad batch of Options.

Anyway, by the time you read this we will be on the road and having loads of fun  an interesting time.  At least I will be knitting, barring unforeseen Addi Turbo malfunctions.  DS#3 bought me new ear buds for my iPod so I will also be listening to good music, and with the download of two new books to my Kindle (Michael Connelly and Janet Evanovich), I will be reading myself into a good nap. 

A funny photo of grandson #3's silly feet shoes:
Life is really good!!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Travel Knitting

Just 18 days until we leave for Chicago for the second BIG wedding in as many years.  I am starting to think about what I will take along for trip knitting.  This year we are putting a little different spin on the trip by taking an RV bus.  It's one of those things that sleeps 8 people and provides the comforts of home. 
There would probably be enough room in the RV for part of my yarn stash and several more projects, except that there are 9 of us and two dogs traveling together.  I'm not sure I remember who thought this was a good idea or I might have a long, intense  talk with them.  If nothing else, this should be the funniest vacation we have taken since twelve of us hit Disney World.  The video camera will be in constant use and could produce an award winning video.  I think we will title it "Family Gone Bad."  (The Disney World video is titled, "Who Let The Dogs Out?")

Anyway, knitting must be confined to an easily memorized pattern and simple stitches because my mind will most likely wander at times and at other times it will be completely impossible to think.  I'm considering a new pattern from Knitting Daily--the Universal Scarf with an easy stitch sequence and Wendy Johnson's Lace Edge Cardigan, easily knit in portable pieces.
I will not be carrying Corinne Cardigan which is getting heavier by the day.  I am approaching the right sleeve which means that I hold the weight of the left front, left sleeve and the entire back in my lap while I knit.  What was I thinking making this sweater in the Summer?

I'm feeling the growing excitement of a family trip and making lists and spreadsheets (yes I'm one of those geeks that puts everything on a spreadsheet). 

You can see that even the dogs are excited!  Really--this is what they do when they are excited!

Life is good.