only one sleep to go till i meet up with bells at melbourne airport and we get in our little hire car and brave the wilds of victoria, wending our way to bendigo for the sheep and wool show. this will be my first time in attendance, and i am greatly looking forward to it. staying with friends, eating out, buying yarn, exploring a new town, all very exciting. i am a little anxious about collective gatherings, i dont do crowds at all well really, and find it hard to overcome my shyness, but there are some people i am looking forward to meeting so it will be worth the effort.
the biggest dilemma of course is what to take, clothes and knitting wise. i am trying to pack very light, and to be sensible about what i really need, given one tends to end up wearing the same thing repeatedly! i know a coat will be important, as will be the woollens, so i have packed accordingly, and discovered a theme:
i appear to like red at the moment. i also discovered a gap, no simple red handknitted socks to wear! (note: add red sock wool to shopping list!)
i also had to decide what to take knitting wise. the flirtini socks have been frogged back to the heel again, and thats in the naughty corner and not allowed to leave the house. i am nearly finished sock one of the diamond guernseys but they are on a nickel cable, and i am a bit worried about metal pointy things on the plane, even though they say its ok. so i decided to start some socks for me, out of the personal sock club, and i picked the lorna’s laces (in pilsen) to go with the monkey pattern.
ive knitted these before as a gift and know they work well with variegated yarn, and this is the first time ive knitted with lornas laces and i really love it. really, really, love it. im also enjoying being back on DPNs surprisingly. i do feel like theyre a bit busy, but i will persevere. i cant decide whether to take the cardigan and/or shawl in progress….maybe not the cardigan, as desperate as i am to finish it, but i need to check off rows as i go, and its getting big now. possibly the stonington shawl is better perhaps – its fairly mindless, and transportable? oh, so many choices, so little time.
and i must be honest and admit i will probably be too busy talking, laughing, eating and spending to pay much attention to what im knitting.
are we there yet?!