One of my favorite parts of traveling is picking out a knit or crochet project to take with me. Traveling gives me some time to focus on a selfish project- something just for me. After making a Rickenbacker over our Thanksgiving trip I was eager to pick out a project for our longer family trip we took this past month. We managed to escape the snow (So. Much. Snow.) for two weeks in Florida. It was fantastic being in warm weather again.
Outside without a coat!
For this trip I picked Ambah O’Brien’s Shawl of Destiny pattern. The two color pattern is so pretty. When I was debating what colors to use I thought back to the knit Ravenclaw scarf I started ages ago. Long story short: I started the knit scarf 1 week before the opening of the last Harry Potter film. I knit through 1.5 skeins of Cascade 220, went to see the movie, and quit. It’s been sitting in a bag ever since. The idea of picking it back up again didn’t appeal to me, but as I looked at the Shawl of Destiny, I kind of thought of it as a grown-up Ravenclaw- you know, something Luna Lovegood would wear in school colors as a mature adult, showing some house pride AND awesome style sense.
Photo courtesy Ambah O’brien.
For the yarn I went with Holiday Yarns Flock Sock in mitternacht and Silver Sock in grey. (I’ve used Holiday Yarns a lot and it’s a consistently good yarn. I’m happy to spend my money on it.) The Silver Sock yarn has a strand of silver sparkle going through it- perfect for that magical touch.
I finished 2 pattern repeats on the trip. The garter stitch portions were great for all the waiting in lines at theme park attractions, plus the two times the attraction we were on (Carousel of Progress) got stuck. (Yes, I got stuck on the Carousel of Progress twice. I’m sure there is some message the universe is trying to send me, but I still don’t get it.)
The various Disney World parks were selling these little charms for girl’s bracelets, but when I first saw them my instant thought was “Stitch Marker!”. I have blinged out my knitting with Mickey Mouse. That’s how I roll.
In addition to the Disney Parks I snuck out to Universal Studios and got to enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was a perfect place to take my knitting.
Stopping at the bank.
I’m sad that I have to put this aside now to focus on some work projects, but I’m definitely going to pick it up again soon!