summer knitting, happend so fast

 

summer knitting, vacation knitting.

There’s a difference between those two. I find the last one to be the most difficult. Your summer knit is the knitting you knit on your porch on lazy summer evenings or in the garden during the day when you need a break from the book you’re reading. It’s what you knit when the rain is pouring and the kids are claiming they are bored to death. My summer knitting is planned: I have high ambitions on finishing the shawl I started in December (and that I might said I would finish during easter) I am going to knit a lovely hat in a lovely yarn I haven’t tried before. I have some fingerless gloves I want to knit in a yarn I got from a friend, and I’ve just finished a cosy mohair thingy.

Vacation knit on the other hand, well that’s tricky. There’s so much to consider! Where are you going, how will you be traveling, what will the weather be, who are you spending your vacation with (if it’s your mother in law; bring lots of knitting!) will there be yarn shops nearby? And so on. When you’ve answered those questions you can start to really think about what you will knit.

So this is my situation: 7 hour drive, where my better half will be doing most of the driving. I’ve never been a car knitter. I bring knitting, but I always end up sleeping with my face smooched over the side door window. I also think that car driving seems a bit dangerous. Maybe it’s the Norwegian roads, maybe it’s my better half driving skills, but I’m always afraid I’ll end up with a 3mm needle through my kidneys. Oh well, were was I, yeah, 7 hour drive, we’ll be staying 4 days at my mom’s place, then 2-3 days at her cabin. There will be yarn shops near by the first 4 days, there will be shopping, visiting, talking, doing stuff. I need something that’s easy to knit while talking or watching TV, but I also need it to occupy my mind when I need a break from all the talking.

I don’t think I will be bringing any yarn for other than my projects this time. (And that’s a first! Do I get a price?) But I might bring some needles, just in case I buy some new lovely yarn that wants to be knitted with immediately

I am going to knit the shalom cardigan and the zig zag bedspread.  The shalom has been in my queue forever, but I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate summer knit, since it requires bulky yarn, but then I remembered that I will be spending my summer here in Norway, and that I wore a scarf two days ago, and that bulky yarn will be just fine. I choose Alfa from Sandnes garn, which I find to be a rather bold choice, since I have not knitted anything with it before. I choose beige. Oh there I go again with my boring beige. I always end up with beige or grey, even though blue and purple are my favorite colors. But beige and grey goes with everything! The zig zag. Well what do I have to say in my defense? Because let’s just take a moment and remeniss my blanket knitting history, shall we? 2 years ago I knitted my first blanket, a blanket for my grandmother (funny coincidence; that was also a pickles pattern, very similar to the zig zag) and after that, have I knitted any blankets? Well… I’ve started some. Some being around five. At the moment I think I have 2 or 3 ufo-blankets laying around somewhere. But let’s ignore those, and talk about the zigzag again. I have already started it, and it’s such a great pattern! Only a two row pattern repeat, that is super easy to remember, I can talk and knit at the same time. I am using acrylics. (omg, did she just write acryl?? Seriously?! Like as in the yarn? She’s knitting with it?) the blanket will be in my new hobby room, so the colours will be matching the walls. I am knitting it in light grey (oh, there’s the gray again) dark gray and purple, and it’s going to be a smashing looking acrylic art peace!

Links to the patterns:

http://www.pickles.no/zig-zag-spread/

http://involvingthesenses.blogspot.com/   (scroll down a bit, and you’ll find the download button on your right)

So there you have it, my vacation knitting, and my summer knitting. Have a great summer!

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