Wednesday, April 29, 2015

road trip knitting

Time flies, doesn't it?

We recently went on a road trip to Florida which meant we had roughly 44 hours of driving time. That meant lots and lots of knitting for me (when I wasn't stressing about my navigation duties, that is). It was the part of the trip I was looking forward to the most because otherwise my knitting happens in tiny pockets of time. Hours of uninterrupted knitting was simply amazing. The bulk of what I worked on was a test knit for byAnnieClaire, which I'll share as soon as the pattern is released (pssst: it's lovely and perfect for the summer!). But I also knit up these wristlets, which have become my go-to gift pattern. They are based on Sarah Compton's foliage lace mitts, just without the shaping and thumb gussets. I love the simple lace pattern! We actually stopped in Washington during our drive and I got 20 minutes in a great wool shop called Looped Yarn Works where I happily picked up more of Quince & Co's Tern in this soft gray/blue colourway called Mist. Tern is perfect for these wristlets and it was fun to contain the whole project to the drive, from buying and winding the yarn to weaving in the very last end. It will be my road trip knitting memory, which gets folded into all the other memories of the vacation. All combined, it was a wonderful trip.

I've been dragging my heels a bit on my reading challenge this year. At least in this batch I have two Canadian selections: How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti and Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Heti's novel was compelling but for an unusual reason - I actually went to school with one of the fairly-real characters, and although I didn't know her very well, it was strange to read the story without constantly imagining her. I've never had that extra level to deal with and it made the reading experience quite bizarre, though since the storytelling is likely considered experimental autobiography, bizarre is probably bang on. As for the classic Anne of Green Gables, which I had never read, Sadie highly recommended it to me and I'm so glad she did. Anne is charming, the cast of characters playful and endearing and the small town east coast setting was a pure joy. Sadie has the whole Anne set, so I just might move on to Anne of Avonlea next. My one non-Canadian read, Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman, also had a great setting. Following the separate storylines of a grandmother and granddaughter as they live on a sheep farm in rural Tasmania, the sweeping story had great struggles, great loves and a great side story about the wool fashion business the grandmother built from scratch. As a sewer and knitter, what else could I ask for?

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Steph VW said... [Reply to comment]

I always love it when you post about your reading material as I think we have similar taste in books. I've added more than a few books from your blog posts to my "must read" pile.

As for LMM, I've read all the Emily books and loved them with a passion. Until a few years ago, I had no interest in reading Anne (despite loving the TV series). Finally, when on maternity leave (the first time, I think?), I borrowed the audio books from the library and have listened to all but one book. It felt like cheating, but it was the very best kind.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

You're so lucky you can knit in the car - I get not nausious, but discombobulated, and my head just doesn't feel quite right. I'm knitting with Tern now - I love it! Next, I'm going to try Finch.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What is that beautiful purple? It's lovely! I secretly like not driving, because it means I can sit in the passenger seat and knit or read the whole time. 8)

sam lamb said... [Reply to comment] I agree! Secretly (or not so secretly) I push for road trips just for the knitting time. And the purple yarn is something I picked up in Washington too - it's Mrs. Crosby's sport weight. Now I just have to figure out the right pattern for it!

sam lamb said... [Reply to comment]

@Steph VW Steph, I think we need a combined reading list! I'd love to know what you're reading. And thanks for the thumbs up for LMM. Hilariously, I'm actually waiting for Sadie to finish Anne of Avonlea (who knew I'd be in competition with my 10 year old?).

And congrats on your second little guy - time really does fly!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Those mitts look fabulous! Living in England - I can't comprehend being able to drive for 44hrs and not ending up in the sea! I forget just what a tiny country I live in!

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