A few days before leaving home for a trip abroad, I offer a new axiom for knitters: the time spent searching through stashes of patterns and yarns for the best travel project is in inverse proportion to the time the knitter will devote to knitting once he or she sets out on their journey. At home, I contemplate all kinds of projects. Once there, I am too busy, the subways are too dirty, the light in my room isn't right, and so on. Mostly, I rediscover the joys of avid reading, en route and over there. So I am packing more books than yarn this time, although I cannot leave home without yarn and needles anyway. They are my own transitional object, AKA Linus's blanket. They feel soft and comfortable, and they keep me connected to the pleasures of home.
Here's the other long-earmarked favorite pattern I mentioned in my last post. It is a design by Melissa Leapman, from the Winter 00/01 issue of Vogue Knitting. Is it just me or weren't sweater patterns incredibly stylish at the turn of this century? I can't resist the subtle cabling in 2/2 ribbing or the turned-in collar.
For all its sophisticated touches, this is an easy pattern, but I need to ask myself a few questions before I jump in. Mainly, do I really think an all-ribbed pullover in worsted weight has any chance of flattering my middle-aged knitter's figure? And isn't alpaca a bit warm for a pullover, at least in my part of the world? Details, details...
In other knitting news, I still need to tackle the collar on China. I need a couple of hours to do this right, as I have become very finicky on collars ever since taking a class on the subject from Maureen Mason-Jamieson. Her method isn't really hard but it requires more attention than my typical corner-of-the-couch, late-evening-knitting usually receives.
Meanwhile, afghans For Afghans just put out a call for children's wool hats in solid, primary colors, for use by a children's circus traveling through Afghanistan. My stash, which is organized by colors, held exactly one skein of bright yellow virgin wool, so the match was made and the hat promptly knitted over the last two evenings. The a4A drive will go on through February, and all the details can be found here . I can't imagine of a project better suited to my one and only skein of bright yellow, so I'll count it as the year's first stashbuster, though much busting still remains to take place.