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Wednesdays Are For Knitting: Vacation Plans

I’m about to embark on a 2 week vacation to Cape Cod and you know what that means, right?

I need vacation knitting. Vacation knitting will be in 3 categories this year:




The mindless will be socks, of course. I’m just about finished with my current pair so I’m going to peruse the stash for something beach-y or summer-y or just something that makes my knitter’s heart sing. Despite the fact that I never ever finish even one pair of socks while I’m away I will still bring an extra skein of sock yarn. I’m hopeful like that.

The necessary will be the Dryad scarf. I’m about 1/3 of the way through and, since I need to gift this when we return, I must finish it. It’s not boring but it is a bit of a slog. I think I will have to make myself work on it for a period of time each day. And then I will reward myself with something fun like spinning.

The challenging will be the Cactus Flower shawl. I am itching to get started on this as I’ve had my yarn from Kim for weeks. This will be a good one for when I’m up early in the morning and the house is quiet. A bit of coffee, a bit of knitting, a bit of paradise.

nantasket beach for carole knits

What do you like to knit when you’re on vacation?


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  1. I think of vacation knitting just like you do – and I’m always optimistic about how much I’ll finish! have a great time!

  2. Vacation knitting is one mindless thing and one more involved item, usually lace. I also try to have at least one of those be light colored. My eyes aren’t quite as sharp as they were and hotel room lighting is never quality task lighting for evening knitting. I’m trying not to be too, too envious of your two weeks at Cape Cod!

  3. I’m another optimistic vacation knitter! I always bring more “project” than I can reasonably manage. But that’s the fun of vacation knitting! (Plus. You never know. Sometimes your knitting falls right into the lake, and then you’re sunk!) I usually try to bring something relatively mindless. Plus something a little more . . . spicy.

  4. Right now whenever I’m on the road I’m knitting some Skew socks with variegated yarn. Watching how the colors stack keeps stockinette interesting. And at home I’m knitting Deep in the Forest mittens. All charted patterns stay inside.

    Are you going to try the fish kiss heel? If you work from the top down it’s very simple and doesn’t require any special measuring. The shawl looks like fun.

  5. I will be bringing some yarn for the mindless picot sock for the beach and that damn cactus flower for early morning knitting as well….and some books. 🙂

  6. I always bring socks – and extra sock yarn because I’m optimistic. And a bit delusional I guess. Usually I bring a shawl as well. I don’t bring anything too complicated unless I know I will get some quiet time, which rarely happens. I think you make wise choices. You should have some fun knitting time!

  7. Oh, have a great time! Two weeks at the Cape is the absolute best!! Where do you
    go and where is this picture taken from? I miss my 2 weeks there. Maybe next
    year! I know how excited you must be right about now!

  8. As the Scouts say, “Be Prepared”. i am uncomfortable without back-up knitting, although good sense has made me dial back a bit. Anyway, I assume you’re driving, so why not!

  9. I always carry knitting with me but am usually to busy going and doing during vacation that I don’t get any knitting done. Socks and a lace shawl is what travels with me. 😉
    Have a wonderful vacation!

  10. Cactus Flower isn’t too bad once you get past the nupps. The yarn has kept me going, as I love the color.
    The thought of vacation knitting is foreign to me, as it’s been ages since I had to worry about such a thing. Enjoy the luxury of having too much knitting and the possibilities it can bring.

  11. Sadly, we rarely go away on vacation. But I did work on a Hedwig Owl in Stowe one year (finished, and wonderful) and a pair of Dragon Mittens – first half of just one still languishing in the UFO category….

  12. Two weeks on Cape Cod sounds heavenly! I usually like to bring socks for vacation knitting. They’re easily portable and I can usually find a pattern or three that’s easy to memorize so that it’s mindless too 🙂 Enjoy!

  13. I finished my summer knitting while in the car on the way to vacationing in San Diego–an Akimbo shawl from the Chelsea’s shawl kit. Then I started another corkscrew hat (knitpurlhunter’s July KAL) for the mostly mindless knitting. I, too, had brought enough yarn for another 2 hats and a pair of socks, but alas, the body surfing was calling louder than the knitting needles, so nothing came of the rest of the yarn. Now I’m using the excuse that I need a break from registering my kids for school.

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