Travel knitting this spring

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. 

Paestum Beret made with The Yarns of Rhichard Devreize, Peppino - Black Ice.

Paestum Beret made with The Yarns of Rhichard Devreize, Peppino - Black Ice.

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. 

This is the yarn for the shawl: She Sells Sea Shells, by the Ravenswood Fibre Co. of Nova Scotia. 

423 metres of superwash merino and nylon (75/25)  in a colourwash of golden yellows and clear blue. 

The Sea Shells Shawl in progress. I had the perfect colour of beads for this. Some golden, some blue.  Lace will be starting soon! 

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. 

The yarn started as a knitted blank, which one can knit directly from. I chose not to, however.

Here is the knitted blank, dyed in the She Sells Sea Sells Colourway before I skeined it. 

Here is the knitted blank, dyed in the She Sells Sea Sells Colourway before I skeined it. 

The knitted blank, un-knit. See how crimpy it is?  I wound it off on my Swift and tied it with cotton yarn - it is so squishy! 

The knitted blank, un-knit. See how crimpy it is?  I wound it off on my Swift and tied it with cotton yarn - it is so squishy! 

Washed and air dried. Ready to wind into a centre pull ball starting with the yellow. It still has some crimp, but it is much reduced. I could have soaked it longer to relax it even more, but I really wanted to get started on my shawl! 

Washed and air dried. Ready to wind into a centre pull ball starting with the yellow. It still has some crimp, but it is much reduced. I could have soaked it longer to relax it even more, but I really wanted to get started on my shawl! 

The pretty yarn cake ready to knit!  I wound this to start with the yellow and transition to the blue at the edge of the shawl. 

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, 

Coryna