Weekend packing

This weekend my town is overrun by motorcyclists for an event called Bikes, Blues, and Barbecue. I try to find a way to leave town every year at this time. I have nothing against motorcycle riders, but when the population of the town more than doubles, and the majority of those folks are riding pretty noisy motorcycles, whilst the town accommodates by opening bars at 9 am, it gets a little rowdy. I’m excited to have somewhere else to be this weekend. Matt, Z, and I will head with some friends to a lake house and relax while these bikers do their thing.

Packing what knitting projects I will take on a trip, even a very short trip, is always difficult for me. I overestimate how much time I will get to spend knitting, usually by a lot, and I want choices! This is the yarn I plan on taking for this weekend’s quick jaunt:

packingYes, it’s kind of crazy, but this is the lineup: On the far left, the green yarn is a spare ball of Cascade 220 Pyrite Heather for Matt’s cardigan. I’ve ripped and reknit partly or entirely the shawl collar at least 3 times now to get it the way I want. I will be conquering that beast this weekend.

Clockwise from that is some Jo Sharp DK, which I decided was a lot more like worsted weight than dk. I’m taking it and the lavender Cascade 220 to the right of it to swatch for Oshima. I’m not sure which color I like best, or how they will feel when swatched, so naturally I should take both. Opinions welcome. I think the lighter color would better highlight the brioche stitch, but the darker may be more flattering.

The orange and cream yarn at the top right are for the Little Fox hoodie, which I need to finish this month. I need to finish hood ribbing, and make the ears. That’s it.

The front and center gold skein is for my plans to make Z a lion hoodie for Halloween. I don’t have a pattern. I’m just going to wing it, and maybe take notes and write it up.

So, that’s what I’m planning on doing this weekend…

9 thoughts on “Weekend packing

  1. You’re my hero! I love that you OVERestimate how much time you’ll actually have to knit. I do the same thing too. I always bring some project-in-progress with me everywhere I go (even just to work each day.) And if I think I may complete something, I bring something else to either start or work on. Some days I don’t even get to touch my knitting but I always have to be prepared!

  2. I’m quite extreme: I will pack too much and came back home without knitting a single stitch, or go out without my knitting (because I hadn’t knit a single stitch during the previous trip) and miss terribly my needles….
    Best otpion is bring yarn of course! Have a lovely and calm week end!

  3. Love this. I’m also going to a lake this weekend, but since we will be camping and canoeing, my knitting options are few. Just my socks-in-progress will be coming, although I may pack something else for the drive…

  4. Hope you have a fab weekend finishing a couple of your projects. You can never take to much yarn! Love the way you think. I prefer the darker colour for the Oshima (which is fab – took a peek thanks for the link) but that is what colour I gravitate to – I think the lighter would be fine too.

  5. Always better to overestimate your knitting time and needs than underestimate and be stuck at the lake with nothing to occupy your hands. Also, always better to migrate away from drunken shenanigans at 9 in the morning. Your weekend plans sound heavenly.

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