Every knitter’s dilemma

EVERY knitter I know has this dilemma when they leave their home for a trip:

How many projects and how much yarn do I need to survive this trip?

Now, let’s be clear. A trip could be:

  • a Saturday driving the kids to soccer, to the orthodontist, and then to a playdate
  • a trip to the car repair shop or tire replacement center
  • a trip to the vet
  • a trip to the dentist
  • a trip to the library

and of course longer trips, like getaways (even romantic ones!) and hikes (yes, hikers knit and knitters hike) and vacations.

The key for knitters is never to waste a minute sitting and staring when you could have been knitting and sitting and staring. It’s really simple – NEVER BE WITHOUT A KNITTING PROJECT.

So, last weekend, I was to babysit my niece and nephew, and a snowstorm was predicted. Now, that adds an extra level of concern for a knitter: how much snow and, oh lord, will I be stuck and unable to get out of the house to get more yarn if I run out?  Horrors.

So, this is what my knitting bag looked like for this weekend.

knitting bag for a weekend

Yep, kinda overflowing, isn’t it?

Well, I finished this scarf the first night.

new cable and rib scarf in Fiesta Yarn

This is a variation of the Palindrome pattern using Fiesta Ballet (which I bought at The Loopy Ewe) in the Zinfandel color.

More on last weekend soon!


fourteenergirl Written by:

A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!


  1. February 6, 2012

    Ok – I totally didn’t pay attention to the fact that you made this 6 cables wide! I started mine and made mine 4 cables. You’re right – it is an easy-peasy knit and I’m loving working on it. I also just bought yarn to make two more. Didn’t I tell you that this pattern would take me forever? And it’s just not. I love working on it. So glad you brought yours by last week!

  2. February 7, 2012

    Oh, I think I made the pink one wider than the snowy one … and yes, it IS easy. It’s even TV or movie kind of knitting because you only have to cable every once in a while. I’m so glad you like it! That is a go-to pattern for me.

    Also, my niece ran a fever on Saturday, so I stayed an extra day so as not to get the other kids sick, but I knitted an entire hat with the purple yarn you wound for me – so you saved my Saturday! Rachael lay on the couch and watched Disney and I answered e-mails and knitted. I do my palindrome hats backwards, putting a basic ribbing around the brim, then switching to the cable and rib pattern for the body of the hat. Makes a firm fit.

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