I am leaving for Paris tomorrow. My suitcase is almost ready, and I am now stalling as I decide which knitting projects to bring along; the black Silk Seta stole, of course. The brown cardigan, maybe. Neither is ideal as a travel project; the black lace requires good lighting and won't work well in the Paris metro where I'll be spending a fair amount of time. The skeins of brown Eco wool are bulky and heavy, not the ideal fiber for travelling.
So I dug up a lace yarn I have been saving for a long time: merino lace from Baruffa in a perfect scarlet red (no surprise there). And I dusted off my copy of The Best of Knitters: Shawls and Scarves which contains the most detailed instructions for Elizabeth Zimmermann's Stonington Shawl.
I knitted this most addictive pattern a little while ago in Harrisville shetland. I wear it just about every morning over my p.j's and before getting dressed. It is warm and light and the shetland has softened considerably with wear. But I have always wondered how a more dainty, lacy version would feel. Because it is a square, it is easily wearable. There is no lacy motif except for the edging, so most of the knitting can be done on automatic pilot, which is exactly what I'll need most of the time.
I am missing Stitches West this year; the market is wonderful but it is the classes I care about most of all, and the stimulation they never fail to provide for many weeks afterwards. When I called to cancel, the staff member at XRX reassured me that Stitches West will be back in 2009 in Santa Clara. What a relief! To the readers of this blog who are getting their homework and knitting tool kit as I type, have a wonderful time. I will be thinking of you as I knit my way up and down the Paris metro.