There is so much to do today, and I’m not getting it done! We are headed out for our annual ski vacation in a few days. We’ve been culling through our gear for a few weeks now, and after one last, full dress rehearsal/inspection, that part will be finished. Today I’m supposed to be organizing the food, I’m going out tomorrow to buy the rest of the perishables. Planning meals for 8 hungry skiers is a big challenge!
Instead of getting ready, I’ve been spending most of the morning snuggled under a blanket drinking coffee and searching Ravelry for knitting project(s) to pack……….. priorities. I’ve been allotted one small, (9×11 inch) bag for my knitting. 16 total hours in the car, a week of evenings on top of the mountain, and only one bag! Careful consideration must be given for sure. Of course, we’re taking lots of board games/cards, magazines and books too, (this will be a mostly ‘unplugged’ trip). As of now I’ve selected a big ball of Kauni, a bright ball of Classic Shades Frenzy and a ball of Rowan’s Fine Art Aran.
The Kauni will be for a mystery KAL, called, Follow Your Arrow 2 by Ysolda Teague. This is her second KAL offering. I enjoyed the last one so much, but this one has been a little frustrating. The clues, she’s released 2 so far, are beautiful and brilliantly written. I should know, I’ve knitted them both twice. The trouble I’m having, is choosing a yarn that does such a lovely pattern justice! The Kauni has a long, long colorway, and the color is light enough to showcase the stitches, I hope! Third times a charm? I’m still looking for ideas for the Rowan and the Frenzy, I’m thinking cowls, maybe.
Speaking of lovely patterns, my dear friend Eva has offered to share one of her’s that has been a shop favorite for years. It’s a simple segmented coaster that is fun and fast to knit, and makes a wonderful gift. She gifted me a set a few years ago and I use them everyday. (She also gave me this hysterical mug.)
The pattern calls for one skein of Brown Sheep Cotton Fine, which will make 8 coasters. She stacks them and secures them through the eyelets with a handmade cord for giving. It’s a cute presentation.
Any fingering weigh absorbent yarn would work, Rowan Sienna, SMC Catania, and most sock yarns work up really well. In fact she has made several lately using multi colored sock yarns and they are adorable.
Click the link to download a PDF of Eva’s Knitted Coasters. Enjoy!
Well, I guess it’s time for me to get busy, vacations can be a lot of work! 🙂