Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Yarn Along

I *heart* vacation knitting time.

I took the Textured Tunic sweater intending it to be the main project for the trip. Maybe I'm funny like that but I always have to have a backup project on a trip. It makes me sweat just thinking about wanting to knit and having time to knit but having nothing to knit for some crazy reason.

I knit in the car on the way down and got through almost all of the stockinette on the body before the split for the front and back just in the car. Everything was humming along, traffic was cooperating, the boys were happily occupying themselves in the backseat, I was at a really great part in my book- and I found myself thinking that I would certainly make it through the body and at least get started on a sleeve on this trip. And then I let myself remember that the boys would surely get up to go fishing without me once or twice and that would give me three or so hours to just sit on the porch of the cabin and knit... perhaps even on a second sleeve...

I think I would have made it too, but I ran out of yarn.


{This is where I remind you of the importance of the back-up project, people. Let me be your lesson!}

I bought plenty of yarn, folks, just didn't pack more than the skein I was knitting off of, because I always have to forget something crucial on every trip. The bright side is that it was only forgotten yarn this time and not forgotten toothpaste or toilet paper.

So the Omelet Shawl received a promotion from back-up plan to priority one. It is now mostly through chart D and after that I have only one {very large} chart E and the bind off to go.

In our stack of reads this week is part of our first block for science this year. I had planned to start with animal study, but Ender has been asking so many questions about skeletons and muscles that we're starting with the human body instead. We would have gotten there later in the year anyway- why not go for it now?

We're starting where we always do by reading and talking and I'm sure a project or two will show up along the way. As we get into it and I see exactly where his interests lie I'm sure we'll turn to homeschoolshare for some printables and maybe a lapbook.

So I have to know... am I the only person to make sure I have a back up project on trips?

I will admit that I rarely get to that second project, but I was so grateful to have that shawl along this time!


  1. I usually bring at least one backup project. As you know, better safe than sorry.

  2. I took all the yarn for a sweater project on a car-trip to Wyoming from my home in Saint Paul, MN, but forgot the pattern.
    I knit and knit, making it up as I went along, and when I got home I ripped the whole thing out. It was kind of a disaster ;)
    It was nice to have something to do with my hands all that time anyway...

  3. Glad to know you had a back up project. I try to do the same. The shawl is looks as gorgeous as ever. Jacinta

  4. Oh Erin I am so glad you had a back up project and that you have more yarn at home to finish your first project. I thought you were going to say your knitting flew out the window or something!

    I wanted to recommend


    for your lessons. I used it years ago and we enjoyed it. xx

  5. I always bring a back up project. I got the shivers just reading the phrase "I ran out of yarn". Disaster!

  6. I always bring at least three projects because I do not know what I will want to work on. Ran out of yarn??? That is a dilemma!!

  7. For me it's usually back up books, in the plural :) Your shawl looks wonderful! I think I will be bringing back up projects when we travel from now on.

  8. I'm lucky if hubby doesn't give me a hard time if I want to bring ONE project on any trips we've taken.

    However, when I go away with the girls for the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, I do bring multiple projects.

  9. Oh my goodness, when we just go for a day trip that will involve a lot of driving, I think I usually bring three projects...
    The work on that sweater is beautiful.

  10. Oh boy, I'm in awe of that shawl - maybe one day I'll be patient and determined enough to attempt something like that.
    I just ran out of yarn on a little cardie I'm knitting! :( So sad. I do have other things to work on, but still it's nagging me!
    Happy knitting anyway.. :)

  11. That shawl is incredible! You are very talented to say the least. I usually bring a backup project but nothing nearly as complicated as your shawl! :)
    be well,
    Angela (peach coglo)

  12. You were so smart to have a back up!

  13. I usually bring a back-up, something lacy that packs small. But the last two holidays I only took one project because I was sure I'd not get as much knitting time and that was quite true. Those two holidays were "sporty" trips as usual but also the boy-friend demanded attention, books had to be read and things went other ways. So I didn't even make much progress on the one project I took :( I still had fun :)

  14. You do beautiful knitting. What a great color too!


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