Travel Knitting.

My suitcase isn’t packed, but my knitting’s ready! Would you like to see?

I wound 3,166 yards of yarn today (and 218 yards on Sunday; one of the projects is already underway) – nine cakes plus Sunday’s one for a grand total of ten. Five of those cakes (and nearly one-third of the yardage) is for 2nd Avenue.

It’s a very colorful (and most uncharacteristic for me 😉 wrap with a LOT of stockinette. Yep, this is my social/cocktail project. I plan to cast on tomorrow morning en route (accompanied by a mimosa).

Four of those cakes are for Whiskyfied. Melanie Berg gifted me this pattern as a thank you for test-knitting A Twist to it. I told her I was planning to knit the piece as a souvenir for an upcoming trip…and that I hoped there would be no whisky spilled on it (gin, maybe, but definitely not whisky).

I’m a few repeats into the first chart and the pattern is clear, rhythmic and surprisingly addictive. This is also in my carry-on for tomorrow – but I can’t get too far – the other three balls are going in my checked bag!

Last but by no means least – socks! I fell hard for the NoShow Socks when the pattern came out last month. It’s been ages since I knit socks (and those size 0 needles are brand new – yep, a first!).  But the pattern promises to teach me a few new techniques and I actually wear no-show socks. Plus I have a  lovely skein of souvenir yarn from my sister’s trip to Scotland last year. Lydia and I will be knitting these together. over coffee, I’m thinking.

I’ve also put together a very streamlined knitter’s toolkit. Thinking through the three projects, I shouldn’t need much, but I want to be prepared. Do you see anything missing?

…and the million dollar question – how much of this do you think I’ll actually knit while I’m away (remember, I’m gone for two weeks!)? leave your answer in the comments!


  • Bonny

    You would have all three projects done in two weeks if you were knitting at home, but in Alaska? I'm going to guess a completed Whiskyfied (that looks like really nice yarn!), a completed pair of socks, and maybe 30% of 2nd Avenue? Or … maybe Alaska will be so beautifully picturesque that most of your knitting will be on the plane! However much you actually knit, have a truly wonderful time!

  • margene

    I guess you'll do very little! But at least one project will come back completed (or near completion). Have fun and come back with beautiful memories!

  • Lydia

    Ha, glad to see we were on the same page. I have 5 cakes of Berroco worsted in a space bag in my suitcase, and that's not all the knitting either! Did I mention the embroidery I brought . . .

  • karen

    you will finish at least one project. I over pack every single time and I don't mind at all because I know if I don't that is when I will need a project in my hands immediately!