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Saturday, July 19, 2008
SP12 QOTW and first package
Here is this week's Secret Pal 12 Question of the Week:

Since thinking about holidays/vacations is SO much fun, let's continue with the theme…

Question #6-What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?
Hey Group!
If you'd like to share a story…Tell us about a time that you packed too much knitting or were stranded without knitting for Question of the Week #6.

Well. I think some of you might already know the answer to the second half of that question (I'm looking at YOU, Maaike), but I'll answer both anyways.

My favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation is socks. I put the yarn and needles into a tiny zippered heavy plastic bag, like a makeup bag or the bag baby shoes come in. I transcribe the pattern into my Palm so it is accessible, and am able to tuck both into any purse necessary. I like to have a more complicated pattern (maybe charts I need to look at, or something I need to pay attention to) for quiet times like relaxing on the beach, and a mindless stockinette or rib for times when I'll have to keep picking it up an putting it back down.

Now then, as for the overpacking or underpacking of yarn. I've never underpacked yarn. But I have overpacked. (Once! Only once!).

I severely misjudged the amount of knitting time I would have on the cruise my family took this past holiday season. What can I say, it was my first trip without my breastfeeding 7.5-month-old, and I thought I'd be knitting to try and ignore how much I'd be missing him, AND because of the novelty of having both hands free AT THE SAME TIME for hours on end.

This is the knitting that actually got done on the 13 day trip. I cast-on and finished Fibonacci Sock #2 (Ravelry project link), I completed 90% of my first Sidewinder Sock, and while waiting in the airport to come home, I cast on for Mona's November Mystery Socks (Barcelona Socks Ravelry link). Why didn't I finish the first Sidewinder before coming home? Who knows. Why didn't I knit in the rest of the airport time and on the plane (4 hours!) coming home? No idea. I might have slept.

As if that much yarn with so little knitting wasn't bad enough, here is more of the yarn I'd brought. Yes, apparently I thought I'd knit 15 socks in 13 days, while 11 of those days were spent on a cruise visiting Cartagena, Ochos Rios, Panama, Limon and somewhere else I forget right now. Plus I took about 9 1-hour computer courses. And we went to the shows every night. Etc... I *did* try to start one of the pairs during a long bus ride at one of the stops, but my gauge was completely off with the needles I had with me, so that got put aside.

But I'm not crazy! These are the 2 balls of yarn I took OUT of my suitcase before closing it- because they would have made it way too much yarn.

Stop laughing.

As a distraction, here is my first Secret Pal 12 package!

Thanks Secret Pal! As you can see, starting from the bottom left, there is some tissues (always handy, especially with a baby), a magnetized notebad (I always have one on my fridge) and a mini notebook with pen, a postcard with sheep on it, a sheep chocolate (which I shared with Yannick) and some LOVELY dyed-in-the-wool mediumweight sock yarn.
These colors are beautiful! Thank you so much Secret Pal!


posted by Jennifer Lori @ 9:43 a.m.  
  • At 11:59 a.m., Blogger Amelah said…

    Nice package! Isn't it nice being spoiled?

  • At 9:10 a.m., Blogger Tara said…

    I remember that overpacking. Too funny! Nice package, I love Maggie's (DITW) yarn.

  • At 11:55 a.m., Blogger JayJay said…

    Better to have too much than too little, right? ;)

    Neat package! I love the sock yarn. I started my very first sock recently, so I'm admiring yarn more lately.

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