Best Laid Plans

Project – Lacy Top (knit)
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Silk Bamboo in 85236 Moss
Blogger – YoElizbo

So the plan was to finish my Lacy Top and wear it to the conference I attended in Denver last weekend. Yeah, no such luck there. Any time I go out of town, I swear suddenly everyone in this house becomes utterly helpless and my time is completely sucked up.

I got the side seams sewn up, only because the kids were at circus school and I had an hour in a nearby Starbucks where I knew no one would interrupt. Do you ever do this sort of thing out in public? I knit in public without a second thought, but doing the sewing in public made me feel a little self conscious. I don't know why, but it did.

As it is, I'm a little hesitant about this project, because I don't think I should have blocked it. Which I did. By soaking it. Thinking "well, you always block lace," I kinda wish I hadn't done it with a full on soak. It didn't open up the holes like I thought it would and the ribbing lost some of it grab. I'm hoping I can steam a little life back into it once I get it done. Live and learn.

I absolutely love the yarn though--Patons Silk Bamboo--and wouldn't hesitate to knit with it again. It has that great DK weight, lovely hand and the sheen and softness are to die for. But perhaps soaking it in a warm bath wasn't the best idea. A little steam and a pressing cloth would have been better.

Since I didn't want to bring the Lacy Top along with me on my trip, I picked up my next project, Basic Fine Sock, from Next Steps Four, Socks and Slippers, in Patons Kroy Socks in the Sailor Socks colorway. Here I thought with a nearly three hour flight down and another back, I would make great headway on this project. So much for knitting. A friend turned out to be on the same flight, we got our seats swapped to sit together and ended up yakking it up the whole way down. Exhausted on the return flight, we didn't yak, but I have this to show for the trip:

Not much huh? But I do love socks for summer travels. They make great knitting after a weekend of nonstop work and chatter, and a quiet flight home to the family. What is your go-to project when traveling?



I love the Sailor Stripes color! My travel knitting is also socks, but I like baby hats and dish cloths as well.