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they say purple is the new black

4 September 2008 2,718 views 26 Comments

Well, JulieFrick does and I'm not one to tell her no.

The Husband and I are taking some much needed time off this week. After a hectic summer we're heading to Minneapolis to visit some pals and kick back for a few days. (I never thought I'd vacation in Minnesota, but at least it won't be as cold as the last time I was there.) As always, the tricky part of travelling is deciding what knitting to take.

Ms. SotoSofties and I went to Windsor Button on a yarn mission yesterday and I picked up a couple things to make the decision that much tougher.

Do I take the fiddly Garden Snail that I started?

is it snail-like yet?

Do I start in on a pair of colourwork mittens in my favourite colour combo of the day?

Ultra Alpaca

Continue the second of the Noro striped socks?

Noro Striped sock #2

Or chuck all the gift knitting and work on a mini-Hanami Sea Silk scarf for myself? Think I can juggle the beaded cast-on on the plane?

Sea Silk

Decisions! I need help!


  • frecklegirl jess said:

    Snail then mittens. :)

  • maryse said:

    well leave the scarf at home. you don’t need to be starting that while on the road.
    take the sock, because you’re so close to being done and it’s mindless. then the mittens or snail. or both.
    i like that purple/green combo too.

  • brenda in toronto said:

    how can you even resist working with that green heaven for even a second?!

  • Ashley said:

    Sock. No need to juggle a pattern and multiple and/or slippery yarns on the plane.

  • Danielle said:

    Mittens and sock. ‘Cause I love the green and purple.

  • Sally Villarreal said:

    I’m having a similar issue because I’m going to California in a week. I’m thinking Chevron Scarf and some socks. Or maybe arm warmers. If I brought the shawl, would I really work on it?

  • jene said:

    if that hanami is for me then you know how i vote. Caro – how are you going to do a mini — shorten the rows width-wise?

  • Jennifer said:

    I vote for the sock. It would be easy to pick up and start at will and can tolerate the interruptions that occur during travel.

  • Heather said:

    Oh have fun in my home town and lob a Molotov cocktail at the Excel center for me, k?

  • janna said:

    Oh, definitely the mittens! I love that purple and green yarn!

  • Mintyfresh said:

    seasilk, if only because then i can live vicariously.

  • Plum Texan said:

    Sea Silk + lace + beads = lovely.
    Sea Silk + lace + beads + airplane = disaster waiting to happen.
    I vote colorwork mittens!

  • stacey said:

    Socks!!!! (but then, I always vote for socks!)

  • Laura said:

    I’d take the socks and the mittens. Boy, do I love that purple and green combo. So pretty.

  • Carole said:

    I think socks are the perfect travel knitting. Then the mittens.

  • Preita said:

    Minnesota will be fabulous this time of year. Being from the twin cities I miss it with my whole heart. (I will never get used to California & their damn sunshine ALL THE TIME!)
    I would say take the colorwork mittens & the sock. Then you have something realtively mindless & totally creative if you want :)

  • Julia said:

    My inner knitter/traveler is screaming take them all. Realistically, take something mindless, and take the mittens, cause I really want to see what gorgeousness will be!

  • stinkerbell said:

    cant exactly help as I am not really a decisive one… but damn I need to figure out how to rig up things for photos like you’ve got there!

  • Silver Ilix said:

    Mittens and socks…. gotta get some nice tings to wear for the colder months coming up! What better than new mittens!

  • ilana said:

    Mittens and/or sock. Multiple needles are great for shock value. 😛

  • Steph said:

    Hmmm. I’d say mittens and/or sock. I would take both because I’m awful about sticking to one project. lol Have a great trip!

  • Catherine said:

    Christmas is close so keep knitting the gifts.

  • Péitseoga said:

    silk scarf!

  • Nell said:

    Sock. Travel is always the sock for me!

  • Claire said:

    How funny, you inspired me to knit Hanami the first time, and I was just about to start another for myself. Synchronized Knitting!

  • Clestial said:

    It’s beautiful up here right now. Things are still green, the leaves are just starting to change. And the highest temp should be 70, with a light cool breeze. My favorite time of year.
    Hope you enjoy your time in my neck of the woods. (oh, and be sure to hit up the Yarnery on Grand in St. Paul!)
    oh, and sock, definitely :)

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