Some of you probably already know that I am planning to attend the Estes Park Wool Market on June 17th. Carole knows that she and I fly into the Salt Lake City airport within an hour of each other, from opposite coasts, next Thursday (can I get a whoo hoo?!). Margene knows to come and pick us both up.
What nobody knows is that I have been contemplating what knitting to bring for the trip rather than appropriate vacationing clothes! Now, it's true that I did check the weather for both SLC and Estes this morning, noting that it was quite similar over the next ten days to mine here in the Sierras. That's good enough, I'll just make sure to do laundry a few days ahead of my departure....
Now, back to the problem of what to knit while traveling. I gave this quite a bit of thought on my morning walk (I am not doing the I'm Fit and I Knit KAL nor the one either, but I am walking almost every morning for 25-30 minutes!) and realized that the ideal travel knitting is probably a ribbed sock! First, the item has to be small enough to quickly drop into a bag, without dumping off the needles, as there is all that standing in airport lines, showing tickets and IDs to people, going through security, etc.
It also has to be very simple to "read", either stockinette or ribbing or something equally mindless, since traveling sometimes stimulates much conversation. While more the shy type around strangers, I imagine that no lace patterns or other difficult knitting will be accomplished during the blogger meet-up at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday at the Wool Market, or any other time when knitters get together and converse!
And, lastly, the pattern can't be complicated, involve lots of directions to keep track of, or special tools, since the extra luggage space is supposed to be reserved for my finds along the way.
Last year while traveling on the train and attending Black Sheep, my knit project of choice was a stockinette tank top, which proved to be very versatile, and even provided enough knitting to get me through a five day jaunt (although I purchased some alpaca boucle yarn and made a skinny scarf while there as well - of course, I was carrying extra knitting needles, wouldn't you?!). I am on a "use what you have in your stash" kick this year, though, and will need to dig through there and see what I can come up with...
Of course, there are all the reasons why none of the projects currently on my needles are suitable: Mountain Peaks may come with me, but needs total concentration; its plus is that lace doesn't take up much room in the suitcase. DH's vest-to-be-felted can't say that; it has grown too big and hot and heavy to be appropriate to take traveling. CeCe will be coming along, since I decided that she would be a more entertaining companion as a project than as an object to wear (does that mean I am really a process knitter instead of a product knitter?), plus I don't want any pressing deadlines to have her done and wearable!
The stash has provided me with several items all in the queue, all destined to be shawls or other lace projects (I might be approaching a fetish here). I know there are other wonders in there that I have forgotten about so tomorrow morning I will be throwing around parts of my stash, digging through boxes and drawers, in search of something appropriate. What kind of knitting would you choose to take traveling?