This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Packing for the Trip

Well my bags are packed and I'm ready to go. . . .

I leave for New Orleans in just a few hours, for a ten day trip. I'm bringing along a few knitting projects, because, like rust and real estate, knitting never sleeps. The projects I'm bringing are three cowls, for Maddy, Grace, and Steven, a scarf for John, and the unfinished feather-and-fan for Michela. I had hoped to finish the scarf before Thanksgiving, but alas! to no avail. I am, however, past the half-way mark (added the second skein this morning). My plan for the week is to do a little sight-seeing, and a whole lot of knitting. I want to finish as many of these projects as I can while down there, so I reckon two days per project is about right. Right?

I'm mad. Absolutely mad.

While down there, I'll visit The Quarter Stitch (which finally has a website!), one of the most delightful and quirky yarn stores I know. And I'm hoping to make it up to Baton Rouge to visit Knits by Nana, and maybe any other stores I can find in the area. Like I need more yarn.

When I was visiting Mind's Eye the other day, I mentioned to the owner that next year was my year to knit for myself. 2015 was going to be all about me. She told me she'd hold me to that. But I've already seen some patterns and yarns that would be just perfect for various friends. I want to knit up the Deathflake pattern for Troy (this is a pattern on Ravelry, by Art Fiend). I want to make something for William, who wants the Eyeball boa, knit with Vitreous Humor yarn, made by Insubordiknits. And a shawl for Heather, the yarn for which I got during the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl. And of course I want to make a few things for myself. I've got some sweater yarn in my stash that is just raring to be knit up. And some of that awesome tussah silk that I got a The Artful Ewe really has been begging me to make something. And last year I got some gorgeous orange yarn from A Hundred Ravens, and just found someone who loves to wear orange, which is not a colour I can get away with. Just because a yarn is in my stash does not mean it is something I can wear (besides, this particular yarn was a gift from a friend last Christmas).

So maybe I'll try to intersperse some knitting for myself in along with some things made for friends. After all, I can't wear all the yarn!


  1. Have a great trip! Hope the very first thing you cast on in the new year is a sweater for YOU!!

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I have some yarn for a vest that I got at Stitch House just waiting to be cast on!