We're in the home stretch here at Chez Natasha. Laundry is done and packing is underway. My youngest won't let me supervise her and my oldest is trying to break me by waiting until the absolute last minute. Instead of stomping and shrieking, I'm blogging. So therapeutic.
Remember my plan to only take one book on the trip? Yeah, that dream has died. It's out of my hands! Just look what Amazon delivered to me today:
On the right, the latest book from our beloved Yarn Harlot. Her blog always delights me and I have loved her other books, so there is just no way this baby is staying behind. If I have to leave out a pair of shoes, so be it.
The good news is that the question of my back-up project is now answered. With my brand new sock book, I gotta make some socks!
I need to look at the book a little more before I can choose what pattern to use, so I'm not sure what kind of yarn I'll want. In the interest of space, I have narrowed it down to two choices.
If I choose a two-color stranded pattern, I'll use this Regia Silk. I've used this yarn once before and it is deliciously...well... silky! The solid color is a deep green - not very well represented in this photo.
If I choose a one-color pattern - Koigu!! I love Koigu for socks, although it is a little high-maintenance to wash. Either of these yarns will work for me with size 2's, so I'll only have to take one set of needles. (No, that doesn't make up for the extra books. I'm rationalizing here, do you mind?)
The pinwheel sweater has one whole sleeve and 3/4 of a second one. Matching the colors on the sleeves has been unexpectedly difficult due to some inexplicable changes in color sequence mid-skein. I have had to patch parts of skeins together, leaving me with several little balls of varying lengths. There is no noticeable color sequence in the garter stitch border, so I'll just knit those onto it randomly and cast-off when they're gone.
I can't wait to see this off the needles. It is looking weirder and weirder and I can't really explain it to casual observers who want to know what I'm making. I wish I had room to bring it with me, but I just have to be strong.
Back to the trip-preparation trenches. I'll be back in a week!