You can take it with you...

I love a long car ride or plane trip.  I didn’t used to, but now that I can use the time for some focused knitting, the miles roll by unnoticed and the rows seem to stitch themselves.  Rafael and I headed off into the sunset for a family visit earlier this week. Since we are visiting his Mom, we are not heading towards the damp cold of New England, but the soft sand beaches of Maui instead. I know, how lucky am I?

While I lived on the tropical island several years ago, I didn’t knit a stitch; something about the balmy temperatures and soft breezes made it impossible for me to think about working on snuggly wool creations – my preferred projects.  But light weight summer fiber blends have become more interesting and this little preview I’ll have of warmer weather has me thinking of some light and breezy summer projects that I would love to work on without delay. As you’ll see, I’m still drawn to working on sweaters.

© Julie Hoover

Anzula’s Oasis could make a great choice for Garance, a new pattern by Julie Hoover whose design aesthetic I can’t get enough of.  Instead of working with worsted weight silk and mohair, I think that the lighter DK blend of camel and silk will result in a tweedy summer version of this sweater should be a perfect layering piece to ward off air-conditioning chill.  Some sizing pattern modifications should be able to compensate for the different gauge.

© Connie Chang Chinchio

The Austin Hoodie has been in my favorite’s list since it was first published.  I would love to finally cast on for this; the hard part will be selecting the yarn.  We have so many delicious fingering weight options in the shop.  I may experiment with Isager Højlandsgarn (Highland Yarn) which I just used to make a Norby.  I love the rich colors and textures of this yarn and the light as a feather weight.

Realistically, I should use the time to finish some of those lingering projects from last year.  I could make great headway on the Measure for Measure wrap I started last summer. Or, continue with the Featherweight Cardigan from Hannah Fettig that I haven’t gotten past the raglan increases on. Sigh.

© Westknits

One project that I can commit to for sure is collecting shells for Itaca, Stephen West’s creation from his 4th book that arrived in the shop just before the New Year.  Julie is interested in working on this project, so I won’t have to knit a stitch (!) but will still be gratified to help make something beautiful for summer.

I hope that you have some fun travels ahead of you this year and that the adventure inspires some new projects that may make the trip more fun.