My suitcase isn't packed, but my knitting's ready! Would you like to see?
I wound 3,166 yards of yarn today (and 218 yards on Sunday; one of the projects is already underway) - nine cakes plus Sunday's one for a grand total of ten. Five of those cakes (and nearly one-third of the yardage) is for 2nd Avenue.
It's a very colorful (and most uncharacteristic for me ;-) wrap with a LOT of stockinette. Yep, this is my social/cocktail project. I plan to cast on tomorrow morning en route (accompanied by a mimosa).
Four of those cakes are for Whiskyfied. Melanie Berg gifted me this pattern as a thank you for test-knitting A Twist to it. I told her I was planning to knit the piece as a souvenir for an upcoming trip...and that I hoped there would be no whisky spilled on it (gin, maybe, but definitely not whisky).
I'm a few repeats into the first chart and the pattern is clear, rhythmic and surprisingly addictive. This is also in my carry-on for tomorrow - but I can't get too far - the other three balls are going in my checked bag!
Last but by no means least - socks! I fell hard for the NoShow Socks when the pattern came out last month. It's been ages since I knit socks (and those size 0 needles are brand new - yep, a first!). But the pattern promises to teach me a few new techniques and I actually wear no-show socks. Plus I have a lovely skein of souvenir yarn from my sister's trip to Scotland last year. Lydia and I will be knitting these together. over coffee, I'm thinking.
I've also put together a very streamlined knitter's toolkit. Thinking through the three projects, I shouldn't need much, but I want to be prepared. Do you see anything missing?
...and the million dollar question - how much of this do you think I'll actually knit while I'm away (remember, I'm gone for two weeks!)? leave your answer in the comments!