Today was another day of secret knitting. Although I finished up a big chunk the other day, it seems like there is a steady stream of secret stuff out there for me to do.
But even more importantly, I started packing for Stitches West! Will you be there? I am teaching two different spinning classes there, one on Friday and one on Sunday. In between I'm going to be roaming around scoping out Stitches, because I've never been there before. I can't wait to breathe all the yarn fumes! The most important part of my packing, of course, is which projects I'll be taking along.
You would think I was going off to Siberia for 10 years when you see the way I pack knitting for a trip. I end up packing a metric ton of yarn because I panic that I might run out of something to knit (in spite of the fact that this has never happened). I have been known to end up somewhere with a suitcase filled with yarn and no underwear... I am always so tempted to bring along my entire stash and library of books as well, and this time is no exception.
knock, knock... hello? Janel? You're going to a place that will be FILLED with yarn!
So I am trying to be reasonable here. I have a secret project I need to be working on so that one will go - but it's almost done and I'm sure I'll need more knitting to keep me busy. I have the Changeling socks I just started, those will go in too, but I think I need something else - something to keep me occupied when I'm tired of knitting on those socks - I think what I need is a lace project! I've been itching to start on a lace stole so I think a nice long train trip is just the time to do it.
Since I just organized my stash, I actually know where all my lace and fingering weight yarns are now - so I browsed a bit in my stash and came up with these likely candidates.
Those are from left to right... An angora/silk blend from Dyelots (a local Eugene dyeworks), Handmaiden Seasilk in a luscious creamy color, Ella Rae lace merino (I have 2 skeins of this so it could make something pretty big!) Dicentra Designs (another local Oregon dyeworks) superfine alpaca (you have to feel it to believe it!) and finally AbstractFiber Supersock in a really gorgeous rich brown. Which one would you take?