An unexpected trip to Europe is in the final planning stages. Woo hoo!
Cue the new coat for spring weather (it's white, eek!) complete with hood for spontaneous showers, and a newly knitted Paestum beret in a fabulous go with everything shade called Black Ice.
I have another Paestum Beret made with Peppino in Sonora and I love it. It is one of my go-to berets. It's light, comfortable, fits well. The yarn is on the side of 'cool' wool, holds its shape, and is filled with lovely shade nuances.
You can find the pattern here.
I have more than a few shawls and pashminas, but perhaps I should make a new one for the trip? Something light, but warm, and colourful for spring? This week I picked up some gorgeous fingering weight yarn from a new (to me) Indy dyer who lives in my neighbourhood. It is so pretty that I am hoping to get it made up before the trip. I'm a fast knitter, but this may be a challenge. I mean it's only 420 ish metres to knit, but I decided that it needs to have beads.
I may, or may not, get it done in time.
The yarn started as a knitted blank. I've not used one of those before and was assured that I could knit directly from the blank which sounded fabulous.
I tried it, but wasn't happy with how crimpy the yarn was and didn't want the stockinette section of the shawl to be compromised.
I skeined, washed, and then wound the yarn before starting. It didn't take long and I am happier with the results.
You may, of course choose not to do these extra steps. I admit to being a bit particular about some things. Below are some photos of the yarn in its various stages.
Then of course I need to prep a travel project because I always knit in airports and on planes. I am a joyful traveller, and even happier when I can knit.
Bring the little bamboo needles for sock knitting and no one bothers you about them. A skein of sock yarn prepped into 50 gram balls makes things even easier. The little balls fit easily into a purse and yarn tangles as you near the end of the second sock are less likely. Now I just have to decide on the colour - that should be simple since I have a limited collection of sock yarn. And the pattern? Probably an old favourite to keep things simple, or I could re-test a new design. I'll keep my options open and decide on the drive to the airport.
Wishing you a beautiful day,