We are getting ready to leave early Saturday morning for our annual trip to the mountains of North Carolina. You know what that means: 1) packing, 2) choosing books (this year I'm only reading from my iPad), 3) kenneling Murphy (we call it taking him to Harvard), and 4) most important picking out travel knitting. Let's have a little quiz. Do you remember the criteria for being good travel knitting? (Small; memorable, uncomplicated pattern; interesting pattern; great yarn; something you can put down and easily pick up and know what you're doing). I have a great knitting in the car pattern for this trip. It's called Bias Stripe Afghan and it uses my favorite yarn Noro. I got it from the Noro Knitting Magazine fall/winter 2013. You can also purchase it on Ravelry. You can tell from the picture it's beautiful. It's done in Kureyon #95 and I just happened to have the necessary 10 balls in my yarn stash. I bet you are wondering why. I just love this colorway and was concerned it would be discontinued before I figured out what I wanted to do with it so I bought enough to make anything I wanted. The grey color is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in charcoal.
I also have an "in the condo" project to go with the "in the car project." Isn't it beautiful?!?!? It is called Camino Bubbles and I got it on Ravelry. It is definitely not an in the car project since it is knit from a chart. I have a beautiful varigated chashmire yarn in coppers, browns and pinks which I also had in my yarn stash. I got this yarn online from Astrid's Obsessions a shop in either Denmark or the Netherlands I can't remember. I bought my first Kauni from Astrid when I couldn't find it in the states. I will do an entire post on beautiful Kauni.
While I am in North Carolina I will mosey over to Knoxville and have lunch with my beloved Annebelle before she moves to New Mexico. I do have a surprise for Annebelle but since it is not steamed, I can't post it yet.
While we are in North Carolina, I will take you on a field trip to one of my favorite LYS Silver Threads and Golden Needles in Franklin. This is the first year in many, many years I won't be visiting Yarn Paradise in Asheville as they closed the past year. I am very sad. Yarn Paradise introduced me to Twisted Sisters yarn and patterns. I remember the first time I saw a Twister Sisters sweater knitted. It was a real WOW. Yarn Paradise also had the most fabulous buttons. In addition to yarn, I have quite a button collection.
Hopefully I will have time for one more post before we leave.