Exciting news from me: I'm going away for two weeks. I don't think you'll miss me, since two weeks without a post is not that unusual around here. I have, of course, picked out some knitting to take. I believe I will make a hat and maybe a scarf, or maybe I'll take out the bit of the scarf I've started and do something else. (See below, plans change on the fly...)
Exciting thing #2: We put Elaine on the bus this morning and she is off on another camping adventure in the wild woods.
She has a raincoat and sunscreen, and long johns and a bug jacket, so I think she'll survive. I have a friend whose daughter is off on a dig in Europe, texting constantly about the scorpions and snakes. Is that better or worse than no communication at all for three weeks?
I realised recently that I have done nothing this year on UFOs from the past. Sweaters started decades ago that need a bit of edging; squares that should be a cushion cover or blanket by now. Perhaps in the fall I'll get on that. I also, duh, want to start something new.
I had a whim which seems to have become a plan: walking across Hadrian's Wall next spring. Now, there is much to be sorted out about that, but one question looms large -- do I get to knit a cool new sweater? I suggested three to a group on Ravelry: Ceilidh, Rogue and Hiker. All of them are made with heavyish yarn, suitable for gallivanting about on the moors and the dales and the crags and all that, I thought. But no, everyone is telling me to make something lighter. Right now it is in the 30s Celsius around here in the daytime and I can't quite get my head around the weather in May in the north of England, but I think if I can't wear a big sweater then, when can I?
Look, it's perfect:
|It's Rowan's picture|
I could make a multicoloured waistcoat, I suppose. That would keep me warm and chic, but not too warm. How about this? I have the pattern and I have the yarn. It's a slip-stitch pattern, not stranded, so I wouldn't likely go completely bonkers knitting it. Possible, possible.
So tomorrow I just have to pack to go away, swatch a bit of this pattern (having first found the magazine that the pattern is in), do all the dishes and clean up the living room, oh, sew a new tote bag to take....
Arrivederci! (No, I'm not going to Italy.)