I am fully in get-ready-for-Nashville mode. Suitcases are out, checklists made, clothing decided upon. There was one problem I had not dealt with, (until yesterday) how to pack the knitting. Since this trip will have Amazing Husband busy in conference activities all day I need to be prepared for 8 hours of on-my-own time each day and what better thing to fill time but knitting, right? In an effort to pack as lightly and efficiently as possible I'm not going to be taking my knitting bag AND since the flight is only an hour long I'm only packing a small project for in flight knitting. That leaves at least two other projects in need of a home. My solution came yesterday. I went downstairs, rummaged through the fabric stash, and came up with enough good choices to sew three drawstring bags that can be packed in my suitcase or carry on.
Bag 1, the smallest of the three, holds the leaf edging for the pinwheel blanket. Since the blanket is 450 stitches around, this edging is going to take some time. Pattern for the edging was found in Nicki Epstein's, "Knitting on the Edge". Great book.
Bag 2, and most likely the one I will pack in the carry on, holds the Simple but Effective Shawl knitted using Briar Rose Wistful. So beautiful and soft and the colors.....sigh. My intention was to have the shawl completed before we made this trip, but yeah, that didn't happen.
Bag 3 is holding all the baby goodness. Mom and Dad to be will be finding out the sex of the baby while we are in Nashville and are going to conference call me in during the ultrasound (I am just nuts that I will be missing this) so that I can know right away. If it is a girl (and we all know that it is) I have the yarn and pattern for that adorable layette on the cover of the book shown. I also have a couple of skeins to work on little genderless hats. If it is a boy (who we shall love just as much) I'll have to make a quick trip to the nearest yarn store for a grandma-loves-you boy sweater pattern and yarn.
Three bags with three projects that I can grab to sit by the pool, or in the shade or just hang out in the room and knit. Yay! Now if Amazon will just deliver my copy of the new Sookie Stackhouse book for my vacation reading I will be all set.
Today is Memorial day and I was just listening to NPR's Fresh Air where Teri Gross was interviewing Donovan Campbell who wrote a book about his experiences as a platoon leader in Iraq. He was fascinating to listen to. We have much to say thank you for to our Veterans and those still in active service.