Timberline Take Two

Written by Sarah on March 13th, 2014 Posted in knits, sweater, yarn

When we last saw our hero, she was going through a rough patch with a swatch. Can you believe it’s been over six months since I made my first attempt at Timberline? I have good excuses for not getting back to it (see here and here) but to be completely honest, I was intimidated and frustrated and I gave up a little bit.

It seems like Jon has asked me every day this year when his sweater would be coming. What about a nice raglan or an Icelandic yoke sweater? I even tried to tide him over with a pair of socks. No, this boy will not forget about the 2000 yards of Shelter that’s hiding under the bed.

I think it’s time that I give this sweater a second chance.

timberline again

I’m going on a short vacation next month and I’m super excited about it. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’ll be a good time to start working on any new designs (though I have ideas coming out my ears right now). Now, the crazy part of me thinks that this is a perfect opportunity to knock out some big chunks of this sweater. Why not? I know it sounds totally crazy to schlep an intensely cabled sweater piece on vacation but I feel like it’ll be a great time to just focus on knitting and not worry about getting laundry done or waking up for work in the morning. At least it’ll give me something to focus on while I’m in the air (I hate the whole flying experience from definitely probably getting cancer in those full-body scanners to everyone in the airport hating you to the roller coaster feeling of take offs and landings). I’ll have some unadulterated time with my needles and no one can tell me otherwise when I’m on my own vacation thankyouverymuch.

Now, the rational part of me thinks that I’ll become terribly claustrophobic and frustrated when I mess up a cable six times on the plane. I won’t be able to get up and take a lap or lie on the floor as I like to do when knitting isn’t working out so I’ll end up stabbing my boyfriend with a knitting needle. Then I will be arrested and probably put on the no fly list (not really a loss there) and maybe a pair of socks would be nicer?

OF COURSE, I could always bring a sleeve AND a sock. Why not both?

why not both

Anyway, I have about a month to plan but if I’m taking this show on the road, there is yarn to be wound and some SERIOUS swatching that needs to happen.

What do you think? Do you pack small projects or go all in? Also, somewhat related, any book suggestions for the beach? (I like mysteries, cults, pirates, and young adult dystopias.)

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Comments (6)

  • March 13, 2014 at 10:53 am |

    How fun! (The vacation, not that crazy cabled sweater…) I think it’s a great idea to take it on the plane. I try to bring smaller projects, but I’ve brought sweaters before. Might as well, and you get a ton done. If you’re going internationally, double check that needles are allowed. I’ve heard that some South American counties are very anti-knitting needles. Have fun!!

  • March 13, 2014 at 11:07 am |

    I share your brand of crazy so I like to take intense design work with me on vacation. And nothing else. Then I HAVE to get it done! PS Writing design notes on an airplane/in a car that you won’t be able to decipher two weeks later in a non-vacation state of mind is super fun.

    • March 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm |

      You are ambitious and brave! I know I’ll forget something that I really need and it’ll ruin my whole trip and possibly design also.

  • Linda
    March 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm |

    Have your read The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, I told my sister about it and we both couldn’t wait for part to 2 come out and it just did.

  • March 19, 2014 at 11:50 am |

    If it makes you happy and you want to work on it, go all in with the sweater on your trip! Why not? If I were you I’d also have a sock or something simple in case the sweater stressed me out.

  • Alli
    March 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm |

    Have you read the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer? I haven’t read it myself but it gets checked out from the library where I work pretty often and people seem to like it.

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