I've read mixed reviews on getting knitting on international flights. It shouldn't be a problem but some people report having their knitting rejected from their carry-on luggage. There are a number of suggestions - like removing your adjustable needles from your work so that you don't have to discard the whole project (or figure out what to do with it) if they ask you to throw away your needles. Or only bringing wooden needles, etc.
I'm still on the fence about what projects to bring. A pair of socks (or two) is a non-brainer but what else? A lace shawl? A sweater? A mindless baby blanket?
Chris and I are traveling to the UK for 10 days in April. It won't surprise anyone to know that I'm anxious about how many/which knitting projects to bring with me. There is a drive to/from Houston, the flights (9-10 hours each), time in the airport, etc. etc. etc. Is it better to travel with something that requires attention (a lace shawl?) or something simple that will take a while to complete (a sweater?) or a couple of really boring and portable projects (socks?). All of the above?
Either way I want to finish my Haruni shawl before I leave (so I can gift it to my sister in the UK) and start another one (for myself). I splurged on some Sanguine Gryphon Bugga (colorway: Longhorned Beetle) which is 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon. My first cashmere! Yummy! I would also like to finish the Saroyan scarf I'm making so I can gift it to one of my other sisters. Turns out I'm not a fan of the yarn (Shibui Knits Merino Kid) it is really itchy. Is it lame to gift it because I think it is too itchy?
I plan to knit with the London knitters while I'm there, maybe go see some derby. There will be yarn shopping, that is for sure!
I'm wearing my new Rose Red hat today. It got damp from my wet hair and now I'm trailing the stench of wet wool/barnyard. I actually like the smell of wet wool but this has a stronger than usual barnyard odor which is a bit disturbing. I actually dated a guy who got this same exact barnyarn smell about him when he hadn't showered in a while. Gross. I wish I hadn't thought of that...
I've been attracted to star shapes in knitting for a while. I started a 14-pointed Spiderman Blanket (which I'm pretty sure I'm going to frog) and then got interested in a 5 pointed Starghan pattern. I did a couple of swatches. 5 pointed stars out of Noro Kureyon (various colorways), size 8 needles - alternating skeins on each row for stripes.
Then I had a bit of a vision about this project after looking through all my sock yarn. I found that I had 5+ skeins of one colorway of Kureyon Sock yarn. Came home from work at the beginning of January and cast on for a seven pointed star in Kureyon Sock - 188. Size 4 needles - no stripes - just knitting straight from the skein.
My ultimate vision is a large lap blanket - or maybe something bigger. I think I'm just going to knit round and round on it for a year or so and see what happens. I'm about 1/2 way through the first skein now and I'm liking it so far. This is my favorite colorway of Kureyon/Kureyon Sock (188).
I'm discovered that I'm a total sucker for any knitting with leaf shapes. I'm also working on Saroyan scarf. I bought one skein of Shibui Merino Kid (Wasabi) with a Christmas gift certificate from my dad. Webs accidentally sent me a second shipment and instead of just sending it back, I went ahead and paid for it. And thus I had enough yarn for something substantial. I used 1/2 of the first skein for the increases and will use the other 1/2 for the decreases, and one skein for the center.