Turns out travel knitting is the right answer

Well friends, after a late winter phase of Not Loving My Knitting All That Much, I had been hoping that spending the last week of April travelling would give me the deadline I needed to finish things and then start new things for my trip. As it turns out, I did not finish the things I wanted to finish, but I started new things anyway. This was the right decision after all.

Because, guys, just look how much knitting you can get done in a week of travelling. I had back-to-back work and personal travel, and all together had 6 airplanes, several airports, and many stints sitting in cars. This paired well with a project that essentially involved knitting around and around and around.

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This is the Lightweight Pullover pattern, which many many people have knitted and I had somehow managed to skip it. But then my sister knitted one for herself with a long-stashed sweater quantity of sock-weight yarn, and I liked how it looked on her (we’re twins, so if something looks good on her it’s a solid bet it’ll be okay for me too), and lo and behold the sweater quantity of Sweet Georgia sock yarn I bought on the Boxing Day sales is working out great.

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Before my trip I managed a quick swatch (in the round, because the sweater is in the round), and wouldn’t you know it I got both stitch gauge and row gauge on the same swatch. I sincerely do not want to look a gift gauge-horse in the mouth, but that’s pretty damn great and I hope the knitting gods are not fooling around with me.

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Because I’m using hand-dyed yarn, I’m working with 2 skeins at once, alternating skeins every 2-4 rounds (ish). So far that’s going well, and I’m glad I made myself do it from the beginning – sometimes you can’t tell the colour variation in hand-dyed skeins very well at a glance, and only discover them after you’ve changed skeins. Just means a bit of yarn management while you’re knitting and avoiding tangles.

So yep, I’m patting myself on the back for giving my knitting brain a break and the chance to stare at some gorgeous turquoise yarn for a week. I’ve still got those other projects to finish, but turns out they’re not that far away from being done and it’s OK to get back to them after a refresher.

I hope you’ve got some good knitting time coming up this weekend! Perhaps with a fun springy colour. Happy knitting, blog friends!

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Pattern: Lightweight Pullover
Yarn: Sweet Georgia tough love sock (in ‘tourmaline’)

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20 comments

  1. I’ve been like that except it’s been my spinning instead of knitting. And I too had to put my long *cough* 2 year *cough* spinning w.i.p on the back burner and pick up something where I wasn’t concerned with thickness consistency. Has done wonders and revitalized my desire to spin. Sometimes walking away is what’s best.

  2. Lovely color. Hope the knitting goes well, and I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  3. I would of never thought about using Sock yarn for a sweater

  4. Travel knitting is the absolute best!!

  5. Wow! All the gods came together for this beauty. So glad you started it and are back into the knitting thing. 🙂 Love that yarn, and the sweater will be great!

  6. That yarn is absolutely gorgeous! I love the variations in the blues and greens. Congrats on getting back on the horse 🙂 I absolutely love travel knitting and need to make sure that more of it is in my future.

  7. So pretty! It just hit 100º F here in Phoenix but I was burnt out on the sock I was working on, so I pulled out the Still Light Tunic I’ve been working on for over a year. Even though it’s alpaca and I won’t be able to wear it until November, the plain stockinette has been very therapeutic 🙂

  8. Sometimes our knitting brains just need a break. Endless stockinette in the round. Perfect. And so pretty in those blues!

  9. Stephanie · ·

    I love that color way so much!! You’re going to have such a gorgeous sweater!

  10. Oh my! That yarn is beautiful! I love everything about this project & have added it my Ravelry que.

  11. I think travel knitting is the answer to many things 🙂

  12. I periodically go through that phase of not liking my knitting as well. Sometimes casting on something easy and fun like you did helps, and sometimes I decide to power through the wip that’s closest to being finished. Often, finishing that one wip I had lost interest in revitalizes my will to knit on the others again.

  13. I made that sweater years ago and loved it until I discovered that every time I wore it the arms got shorter and shorter. I have no idea why that happened. It drove me crazy and I finally had to chuck it in the donate pile.
    Yours is beautiful. I love that teal color!

  14. Your jumper is going to be beautiful! Sometimes you need to start something new to feel inspired, and that’s ok!

  15. What a gorgeous shade of yarn. That will be one lovely sweater when you finish. Me? It would take me FOREVER to knit a sweater in fingering weight yarn!

  16. Susan713 · ·

    “So like which cocktail do I sip while watching this particular brand of terrifying garbage fire go down, I’m just wondering #AmericaOMG”

    Sorry, not on Twitter, but Had to respond – I think Scottie Nell Hughes would suggest a Mazel Tov Cocktail

  17. […] my travels at the end of April, not only did I treat myself to a new sweater project to cast on, but I also started a new pair of socks. My Pi Shawl is getting close enough to […]

  18. What a fabulous colour! That would motivate me too, bright colours are so much fun to work with 🙂

  19. […] also glad for Past Glenna who set herself up with an around-and-around stockinette top-down sweater back in April, because that’s pretty soothing to pick up and work on as I breathe a sigh of […]

  20. Is it possible to have too many WIPs going at the same time? I often find starting a new project is really and truly what is needed to rejuvenate me. This does mean multiple WIPs – I’ve had up to 14 (gulp! I feel like this is a safe space for that admission) – but hey, I need a couple easy projects when my brain is tired, a couple hard projects for when my brain is revved up, I need various colors and various weight yarns so whatever mood strikes, I’ve got the thing. I need a project stuffed in a drawer or closet in every room in my house, plus of course a couple easily portable projects to take on the road. That turquoise yarn… gorgeous.

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