Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Travel Knitting

Well, my multiple weddings and receptions are finally behind me. As much as I enjoyed everything, I am exceedingly glad to be finished "getting married" so that I can now enjoy "being married". But I'm not entirely done yet; we've still got the honeymoon coming up. We're leaving for Japan on Friday and I have to make some tough decisions fast. The toughest decision, of course, is what knitting to pack.

I've been working away at socks, as planned, for the last few weeks, but I've only managed to finish that one pair of Spring Forward socks from Knitty; I grafted the toes on the subway this morning. I got a few more rows in on Arwen this last week, but it's painfully clear that I will not have it finished in time to wear it in Japan. I may take it as a project to work on, if I can get over my aversion to doing finishing work while travelling (not to mention my fear of not bringing enough yarn to finish it, or bringing too much and having to carry it around, taking up room that could be used to buy new yarn).

I was planning to start another pair of socks to work on, since socks make good travel knitting, but a voice in the back of my head has been whispering "a small sweater would be so nice to knit on trains". I contemplated Hey Teach! but the moment passed; it is still in my Ravelry queue, but I just don't think it's right for this trip. Then, while catching up on the Yarn Harlot blog from this weekend, I noticed that she had linked to the February Lady sweater and I think I'm a smitten as she is. For some reason I've never been that keen on the February Baby sweater, although it is in my queue as something that looks like it would be a good pattern to knock off if I ever needed a baby sweater toute suite. But as a grown-up sweater, and with the shaping the designer has added to it, I find it very fetching.

As a top-down raglan, it would be easier to travel with than Arwen, which is currently in 3 parts stored together in the clear plastic packaging that my bed linen came in (you know, the kind with the zipper? They make excellent knitting project holders!). Knitting something that's completely in one piece would give me the satisfaction (not to mention KIP wow factor) of knitting a full sweater, without the seaming or keeping track of pieces that Arwen would require. Wince we're backpacking, this is important, as we don't have the structure of suitcases to keep things organized: just one big chasm of a bag to stuff clothes into between destinations.

Of course, I'll still pack some sock yarn and a pattern, and I need to pick up some bamboo circs in case I feel like working on them on the plane, but I think I've found my travel project. I just need to choose yarn and swatch sometime between now and Friday. I'm still trying valiantly to knit from stash (I say "valiantly" because I noticed on the way home from work the other day that Knit Boutique is having a sale), so I'm going to see if I have anything that would be good for this. However, I'm not averse to picking up some Dream in Colour at Lettuce Knit if it comes to it. :)

Until next we knit!


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Quick mid-weddings post

We had the first wedding on Saturday. Nyron and my maid of honour and her fiance and Nyron's parents and I flew into Halifax Friday morning for the rehersal that night. The wedding was just wonderful and, aside from me blanking momentarily on my vows, everything went off without a hitch. I'd go into detail, but it's better to let pictures tell the story; our photographer put a selection of the photos up on his blog.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Honeymoon dreams

For almost the whole length of our engagement, we had decided that we were going to go to Ecuador.  I lived there for a year as a high school exchange student 10 years ago and I've been dying to go back.  But when we actually priced the trip, we realized that we wouldn't be able to afford to go to the Galapagos while we're there; it would almost double to cost of our trip.  We didn't want to go and not be able to include such an important part, so we decided to postpone going to Ecuador until we can afford the trip we really want.  Which left us, with only a month before our scheduled time off, suddenly without a honeymoon destination.  After a few days of deliberation, tallying up the pros and cons of various possible locals, we finally picked the perfect place: Japan.

We're going to spend 2 weeks backpacking around Japan, starting in Tokyo, where I have a friend who lives just outside the city, and traveling around the various islands. We want to focus on seeing some landmarks of anime, including the Studio Ghibli Museum, I want to check out some of that awesome crafts stuff there and I've already started looking up yarn stores in Japan.  Another thing of knitting note, is that in many places in Japan, visitors are expected to take their shoes off before entering many buildings.  How could a sock knitter worth her salt give up such an opportunity to gratuitously show off fabulous socks?  So I'm doing some serious sock knitting in preparation.  Also, I'm trying to get Arwen finally finished, since I'll need something nice and cozy to wear in the Japanese Autumn.

Any suggestions, from people who have been to Japan?  I've also got to decide on my travel knitting.  Any thoughts?

Until next we knit!