Knitting on the Road

Yesterday, I left Reno at about 7:30 am, heading for a small town in central Nevada called Eureka. I will be working on an archaeological survey near that town for the next eight days, and then I will return to Reno for a two week vacation. Normally the schedule would be to work eight days in a row and then have 6 days off before returning to work. My fiancé Chris and I have some vacation plans to go first to the Oregon coast and then to Las Vegas so we are taking an extended break between work sessions. All of this means that I won't be spending much time at home over the next few weeks so of course I have to plan my knitting accordingly. Fortunately after we get back from Eureka we will have a day at home, and then another day in between the next two trips. This way I only have to plan for one trip at a time. For me, planning for travel knitting is not extremely difficult, however it does require some forethought.

Generally speaking, I like to have one large and/or complicated project on the needles and several smaller projects, with at least one that is largely stockinette for those days when I just don't have the brain space for something more complicated. Right now I am working on my Wedding Aeolian which certainly fits the large and complicated bill! I am really loving it, however, it is NOT good for car knitting. The beading makes it just a little too difficult! For an evening sitting around after work it is perfect. My wedding is September 17th and I would like to be done by early September so I better get a move on since I am still on the first (yucca) chart!

I am also working on Cookie A.'s Twisted Flower from Knit. Sock. Love. Can I just say I. Love. This. Pattern. It is complicated, but intuitive. My Twisted Flower is in hot pink malabrigo sock yarn so it is pure awesomeness! Unfortunately, it is not ideal for knitting on bumpy, curvy roads because the twisted stitches sections are a little complicated, but I worked through it slowly but surely.

I don't currently have any other projects on the needles, however, when I was packing I threw in a few extra fingering weight/sock yarn skeins. I have found that if I have my knit picks interchangeable needles set, a skein of fingering weight yarn and access to the internet I can almost always find something that strikes my fancy if my current projects aren't doing it for me. I also have some yarn that was supposed to be socks for my fiancé. I knit the first one and it went horribly wrong. He has very wide feet, and somehow I made the width for my size foot (women's 7). Oops! This was a few months ago and I haven't had the heart to rip back yet, but I think I am just about ready to give these another try. They are easy toe up vanilla socks so once I get my gauge straightened out it should be easy going and finally I will have a good car project on the needles!

Well these projects (and possible future projects!) should get me through the next 8 days, after that we will see what grabs my attention for our trip to the Oregon coast!