By the time you read this, I’ll be away on vacation for the first time in about two years—vacation, I mean, where I’m not simultaneously working on MDK. Like, time off. I’m pretty excited—it’s just a ramble to visit family and friends. Including you. But Kay, we are not going to talk about MDK, OK? We’re going to act like normal people and talk about our favorite thing: knitting.
As I write, I’m deep into that most delicious of tasks when preparing to ditch out: figuring out the knitting.
I’ve got a couple of things with me that are going to be a lot of fun.
Vacation Knitting Option No. 1: Antirrhinum Socks by Rachel Coopey.
Many people believe socks are the greatest travel knitting. I am one of those people, so I’m looking forward to getting my eyelet game straightened out once and for all.
Vacation Knitting Option No. 2: Nesting Wrap by Bristol Ivy.
You may recall (or more likely don’t) that I finished a Nesting Wrap earlier this year and found myself a newborn fan of two-color brioche. Since then, we’ve received a fresh supply of Jade Sapphire’s 4-ply Cashmere that has gripped me anew, so much so that I am paralyzed at the thought of having to choose only one colorway to make, of the four colorways we have just brought in.
By the time you read this, I will be motoring away on my Nesting Wrap, having made the excruciating decision of what color to make. But just for fun, I’m curious what colorway you like best.
My plan is to use our newly updated, simple-for-summer Nesting Wrap pattern. Bristol’s pattern is a sculptural thing, with curves slicing across the two-color brioche. It’s elegant, but it does require one not to be in a moving vehicle or otherwise distracted by vacationy surroundings. This simpler version, which is included in the Nesting Wrap pattern, allows me to set up the two-color brioche stitch, then just crank that stitch pattern without any curved sections. I’m looking forward to this as a way to make a Nesting Wrap into excellent travel knitting.
Here are tips and hints I learned on my first Nesting Wrap. I’m giving myself advice—how weird is that?
I left town July 22. I’ll be back July 31. The plan is to be as unplugged as I can stand to be. It may not be very unplugged, but it’ll at least be a time to let go for a bit. While clinging to my knitting. Of course.
Love to everybody,