Consideration and Coasters

Consideration and Coasters

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!

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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! 🙂

Claire

5 Responses

  1. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth January 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm | | Reply

    LOL… Isn’t that just like a knitter. Planning our projects before other things! I can’t wait to see what you bring back as finished projects.Have a fun trip and enjoy your time unplugged! I think we all need that sometimes!

  2. Rachel
    Rachel January 28, 2015 at 4:36 pm | | Reply

    Just ONE 9×11 bag????? Good luck with that!! Have a blast skiing. I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back.

  3. Marjorie
    Marjorie January 28, 2015 at 10:47 pm | | Reply

    Hope your knitting projects last the length of the trip. Have a great time you deserve it. Love the coasters.

  4. Shirley Ulisnik
    Shirley Ulisnik January 29, 2015 at 11:16 am | | Reply

    I so enjoy your blog and look forward to each one. Haven’t gotten to see you all in such a long time so it’s nice to keep in touch this way. I see some coasters in my future. Looks like fun. Enjoy your trip.

  5. Cheryl
    Cheryl February 3, 2015 at 9:57 pm | | Reply

    Thank-you for the coaster pattern in your last newsletter.

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