My vacation is over, but I hereby officially announce that Vacation Knitting Mode will continue through Labor Day. Arrange your queue accordingly.
For me, Vacation Knitting Mode has a shape, and the shape is a square.
It’s a great time to replenish the dishrag drawer with a couple or 30 Ballband Dishcloths. (One summer, I knit at least 30 of them. Good times, or maybe the most epic displacement/procrastination knitting streak of all time.) Make it extra vacation-y by avoiding the trip to the Big Box Dishcloth Cotton Mart and just using 20-year-old scraps and cones and other remnants of dishcloth-eligible cotton, linen, or hemp yarns. (If you have a Log Cabin Cloths Kit or Rowan Handknit Cotton lying around, you’re already bound for glory.)
Color coordination is not even a thing with dishcloth knitting. Mix colors up every which way, or do a mono-cloth, all in the only color you have on hand. Your dishes don’t care. If you’re knitting at the beach, a little sand in the cloth is not a problem either. Helps with the scouring, honestly. Adjust your dial to: Vacation Knitting Mode. Get fresh dishcloths as your reward.
For me, this year’s Vacation Knitting Mode focus has turned out to be squares for the MDK Team Blankets that are all the rage over in the Lounge. I can’t stand to miss out on all the fun they’re having. And my Savage Heart Cardigan left me with a lovely little stash of Elemental Affects Cormo Worsted. Three skeins and change of Oyster, the perfect neutral background shade for a Mitered Crosses Blanket square, and a single skein of a beautiful shade called Doppio, which sometimes looks taupe-ish and sometimes is downright aubergine.
Square the First is done.
square the first has not been blocked. Remember: vacation knitting mode. Pattern: Mitered Crosses Blanket.
I can’t remember what the teal/turquoise (tealquoise) yarn is, but it’s something yummy and worsted weight.
This one is for Team Blanket 2: For Survivors of a House Fire. Team Blanket 2 is actually several blankets, all being shepherded in the most jolly, hearfelt way by Karen Tumelty.
Square the Second is on the needles, roaring along.
I’m gradually getting the hang (again) of not leaving a big hole in the middle of the square where the four corners meet.
This one is for Team Blanket No. 1: For Carrie Swanson,led by Sarah Inskeep, the intrepid knitter who stepped up to be the first Team Blanket leader.
I promise that Vacation Knitting Mode notwithstanding, I will weave in all the ends and block these babies before mailing.
Now that you’ve sailed through your incredible Sail Away Shawl, what’s your Vacation Knitting Mode knitting?
P.S. If knitting something square does not appeal to you (what? that’s crazy but OK), there’s another great summer knitting bandwagon to jump on. I’m calling it the Wimple-along, a knitalong led by designer extraordinaire, Annie Modesitt. If you’ve been keeping up with Annie lately, you know she’s carrying a heavy load right now. Since I can’t drop by to see her in St. Paul, I figured knitting along with her was the next best thing. Now to paw through the odds and ends of my stash to find a yarn that will work well for the lovely Split Cable Wimple.