Earlier in the year I stumbled upon the Drops Reindeer Sweater and just had to knit it for myself ready for Christmas.
This led to
a little guilt about my selfishness me deciding I’d knit a Christmas jumper for both the girls. I finished the first just before we went away in September – more about that when I have a model for photos.
Both the girls’ jumpers are stocking stitch up to the yolk – perfect for knitting in the car, but still being able to see the scenery. Knowing there’d be a lot of miles between destinations on holiday, I packed a rather large ball of red yarn for the second jumper. To his credit, lovely husband didn’t even flinch at the space it took up in the suitcase.
We flew into LAX and stayed the night, before heading to Monterey – yes I know it would have been simpler to fly to San Francisco, but pricewise it was nonsense.
I’d already started the ribbing at home, as I’d hoped to knit stocking stitch in the dark as we drove to Heathrow. Unfortunately I didn’t get the rib finished.
First leg of knitting was therefore from A Thousand Oaks to Hearst castle…
Second leg, Monterey to Yosemite…
I forgot to take a picture in Santa Barbara – by which time I’d finished the body up to the yolk, started the sleeve and gained a knitting injury…
… so this is Yosemite to LA via Santa Barbara…
Unfortunately now I’m home, I’m not so keen on knitting another sleeve of stocking stitch – it felt like time well spent on holiday, but I’d rather be knitting something more interesting in front of the telly or on the motorways where I’m used to the scenery. This has lead me to reflect that this year I’ve chosen to make five projects with a huge amount of stocking stitch, but have put off working on them unless I’m in the car on our windy Devon roads, where anything interesting makes me feel sick.
I’m therefore making a note that however enticing a yolk looks – or anything else – I’m not going to knit anything with a large amount of stocking stitch unless I have absolutely no other easy knitting on the go or planned.
This got me wondering, are there other things I should ban myself from? And have any of you guys ever banned yourselves from certain projects or craft activities?
I’d love to know if you have.